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Human Rights

Culture of death

By R. Neal
February 22, 2007 - As Chris noted in this recent post, there is growing world-wide opposition to the death penalty, and the numbers are down in the U.S. but it's still most prevalent in the South.

North Carolina 'torture pilots' discovered

February 20, 2007 - In a fast-moving story that's being followed by several news organizations (including reporters here at the Institute), the identities of three North Carolina pilots — all operating under aliases — linked to CIA "extraordinary rendition" flights have been discovered.

Immigration fuels Klan surge

February 12, 2007 - After years of dwindling membership, the Ku Klux Klan is on the rise again by successfully exploiting the highly charged issue of immigration, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League titled "Extremism in America."

"An unjust, evil and futile war"

January 12, 2007 - As political leaders opposed to the Iraq tragedy struggle to find their voice, and progressives generally grapple with the role of faith, it's valuable to look back at the words of a minister from Georgia, only 38 years old at the time, who we honor this weekend.