An upstate New York farm has been fined by the state Division on Human Rights for refusing to host a wedding for a lesbian couple two years ago. Liberty Ridge Farm is located in Schaghticoke, New York, a 7,000-person town some 30 miles north of Albany. When Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy decided t ... More >>
Federal prosecutors notched three more convictions this week of defendants accused of filing false asylum claims for immigrant clients. That brings the total to 30. On Tuesday, a jury in Manhattan federal court found Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang guilty of conspiracy to commit immigrati ... More >>
Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes describes fleeing his village in Somalia in 2012 after gunmen threatened to kill him. Mohamed says he was forced to quit his j ... More >>
For the chance to live in America people walk for days across sprawling desert, traverse thrashing waves in small boats, hand over life savings to men whom they aren't sure they can trust, and do all sorts of other things only desperate people do, including lie about their past. In December 2012, ... More >>
It's true, that old adage about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions. Sometimes, there's a seed of a great idea, one that involves a number of powerful celebrities with household names combining the behemoths of their popularity for a noble cause. It blossoms, budding with it an awarene ... More >>
We're hearing yes. Earlier this month it was announced that weirdos (Flaming Lips), jocks (Imagine Dragons), legends (Ms. Lauryn Hill), and the recently released from prison (Pussy Riot) will take the stage at Barclays Center on Feb. 5th for Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert ... More >>
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda collected lots of art. They bought the works using the country's public funds. Many decorated the presidential palace in Manila. Others hung in the Philippines consulate in New York City or in Imelda's Upper East Side town house. By the time ... More >>
In the most non-rightblogger tone possible, Obama has been on quite a roll when it comes to his administration's assault on civil liberties lately. Not one, not two, but three different pieces of legislation and policy with the potential to drastically infringe on the civil liberties of Americans ... More >>
A newly released report by human rights lawyers documents widespread police abuse of the rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters. Over 195 pages, the report offers the most detailed and comprehensive accounting yet of the New York Police Department's response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, fro ... More >>
New Yorkers are legally protected against discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, or disability -- which means people who fall under any of those categories cannot lose access to homes, jobs, and other services because of their racial, sexual, or physical identities. Currently, howe ... More >>
Some (mostly annoying) Scientology updates today while we wait for tomorrow's big reveal in our countdown: In the suburbs of London (and in nearby Birmingham), where rioting has reached end-times proportions, Scientology's "Volunteer Ministers" have been spotted in their yellow jackets, hand ... More >>
A new report out of the NYU Law School slams the feds and the NYPD for conduct in three recent terrorism cases, saying that the government should end the practice of sending "paid informants into Muslim communities or families without any particularized suspicion of criminal activity." The ... More >>
Alkhawaja: Beaten in BahrainLeading Bahraini human-rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja was beaten bloody and dragged out of his house by government police over the weekend in Manama, his daughter (and former Fulbright Fellow at Brown University) Maryam Alkhawaja tells the Voice. Abdulhadi Al ... More >>
Maikel Nabil, a 25-year-old Egyptian blogger, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after criticizing the military for supporting "the corruption and anti-democratic practices" of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Nabil, who describes himself on Twitter as an "Egyptian Blogger, Activ ... More >>
Ai Weiwei, one of China's best-known artists and a vocal critic of the Chinese government , has been arrested at the airport in Beijing. Ai was put under house arrest last year and has been harassed by officials in the past, including a forced demolition of his Shanghai studio, but now it seems t ... More >>
The House of Representatives failed on Tuesday night to extend three security measures in the post-9/11 Patriot Act, voting 277-148 to push the provisions through 2011, but failing to reach the required two-thirds majority, the Washington Post reports. For those doing math at home, that's sev ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Having had no luck in U.S. courts getting President Obama thrown out of office because he was born outside the United States, alpha birther Orly Taitz is applying to the United Nations for "urgent action under the mandate for human rights defenders." Taitz, who claims to have "been the victi ... More >>
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Countries abusing their prisoners say they are following America's practices
Leaving the United Nations, the Secretary General tells us why it's not working.
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Invoking centuries of Jewish law, hundreds of American rabbis confront Bush
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Your extensions look hotexcept maybe for the roots
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Condoleezza Rice's failed European mission to reignite faith in U.S. rule of law
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A follower of Martin Luther King and Gandhi in Fidel's custody for 22 more years
The late philosopher asks: if the whole world confesses, who's behind the screen?
Circling the wagons around the defense secretary and his commander in chief
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A library defies Castro and the American Library Association on Freedom to Read
New attorney general twists the rule of law to which he is 'deeply committed'
ACLU releases documents of U.S. torture of detainees by more than 'a few bad apples'