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INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's execution lust puts it in rare and brutal company

Sue Sturgis
This week Amnesty International released its annual report on the death penalty worldwide, finding that the United States executes more people than just four other countries -- China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It also shows that when it comes to state-sanctioned killing, the U.S. South is an outlier among outliers.

UN human rights group calls for investigation of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia

Sue Sturgis
The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights recently visited West Virginia communities affected by the controversial mining practice and said allegations of health damage, water pollution, failure to protect cemeteries, and harassment of opponents should be investigated and addressed.