Human Rights

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Aggressively Pursuing the Human Rights Agenda

Undoubtedly, effective human rights policy has the ability to enhance the global image of the United States and strengthen its national security.  It is necessitated by the elevated state of threat to our nation and, to an extent, is where these abuses resonate. The reach of human rights policy, while admittedly difficult to quantify, is rooted in our nation’s desire to adhere to the moral principles that championed its own creation centuries ago and its willingness to promote them abroad. Continue reading


Iraqi Security Forces: Are They Ready?

Certainly, Iraq has made much progress over the past four years. Nevertheless, attacks against political leaders and religious minorities, along with religious and tribal conflicts, are not capable of being averted by the current Iraqi Security Forces. With the instability of many governments in the Middle East, the United States has an enormous stake in the outcome of the Iraqi democratic experiment. After such an enormous monetary investment and the enduring sacrifice of thousands, the US cannot leave Iraqi security in the hands of ill-prepared Iraqi Security Forces. Continue reading

Christianity’s Exodus from Iraq

As worshippers gathered for Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad on October 31, 2010, no one could envision the bloodshed that would occur that day. According to witnesses, al Qaeda terrorists stormed the church and, upon entering, immediately shot the priest. They held hostage the congregation of more than 100 before Iraqi security forces intervened, setting off a deadly gun battle. Thirty-seven hostages and seven members of the security force were brutally murdered that day. This was the deadliest church attack since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 (Reuters). Continue reading

Pragmatic Solidarity, Liberation Theology, and Health Care as a Human Right

Summary and Critique of Paul Farmer’s Book: Pathologies of Power Share! In Pathologies of Power, Dr. Paul Farmer, anthropologist and infectious diseases specialist, attempts to reframe the struggle for social and economic rights within the context of health and medicine, and offers some solutions to the growing inegalitarianism between the access to health and technology … Continue reading

The Indigenous Rights Regime, Its History, and Its Relationship With Regional and Global Human Rights

A review of Mauro Barelli’s: The Interplay Between Global and Regional Human Rights Systemsin the Construction of the Indigenous Rights Regime. In an article titled “The Interplay Between Global and Regional Human Rights Systems in the Construction of the Indigenous Rights Regime,” author Mauro Barelli documents the recent emergence of the global indigenous rights regime … Continue reading

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