Trump: I’ll Send All the Syrian Refugees Back


The ghastly civil war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people so far, which is why millions have fled the bombs and the mass killings going on. Most of them have ended up in Turkey and Jordan as the rest of the world mostly ignores the problem. The United States is now taking in a few thousand of them, a mere pittance, and just a few weeks ago Donald Trump said we had to do this because it was an “unbelievable humanitarian problem.” And now: … [Read more...]

Michigan Jail Lets Man Die for 17 Days for Not Paying Ticket


This is an absolutely horrifying story, though not at all surprising for those of us who have covered Michigan news regarding the Macomb County Jail. Officers in that facility watched a man die a slow, painful death for 17 days while refusing to get him medical treatment or even provide him with prescribed medication for drug addiction treatment. And it was all caught on video from his cell. … [Read more...]

Update on the Saudi Arabia Human Rights Council Story


My friend Michael De Dora sent some important information about the story about Saudi Arabia being named to head a panel under the U.N. Human Rights Council that chooses experts and consultants to evaluate the human rights situations in countries around the world. It turns out that it isn't quite as bad as it has been made out to be, though it's still a disturbing situation. With his permission, I'm posting that full email: … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabia Appointed Head of Human Rights Panel


Saudi Arabia, quite possibly the most brutal and repressive country in the entire world, has been named head of an important panel under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Human Rights Council (they were not named to head the UNHCR, as many have reported). That panel, called the Consultative Group, is made up of five ambassadors who oversee the selection of experts who advise and report on human rights around the world. … [Read more...]

Think You’re Brave? Not as Brave as These Guys


It's very easy to take for granted the freedom to speak our minds without fear of arrest or, worse, murder by religious fanatics. When we see non-Muslims, atheists and Christians alike and even the wrong kind of Muslims, being imprisoned and killed in a country like Pakistan, it's jarring and horrifying. So if you want to see an example of bravery, how about the people who just formed a CFI chapter in Pakistan. … [Read more...]

Right Wing Radio Host Wants to Turn Immigrants Into Slaves

Jan Mickelson

Being a right-wing radio talk show host must be very difficult. If you want to get noticed, you have to somehow find a way to say things even more bizarre and outrageous than people like Michael Savage, Steve Deace and Rick Wiles. Iowa wingnut host Jan Mickelson is apparently up to the task, saying that instead of deporting immigrants who are here illegally, we should round them up and turn them into slaves. … [Read more...]

None Dare Call it Torture

President Obama came out and bluntly said that the United States tortured people after 9/11, a rare moment of honesty from the government. Unfortunately, most media outlets continue to refuse to call it torture, relying on euphemisms and weak language instead. … [Read more...]

State Dept. Ignores Pakistan in Religious Freedom Report

The State Department released its most recent International Religious Freedom Report, which includes a list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs). That list is Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Uzbekistan and Turkemnistan (the first addition to the list in years). The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom wonders why the hell Pakistan is not on that list. … [Read more...]

Rape Helping Fuel Child Refugee Crisis

Here's one major aspect of the child refugee crisis on our southern border that is rarely mentioned: The role that sexual violence in Central America is playing in driving young girls to flee north. The New Republic sheds some light on the issue. … [Read more...]

Josephine Macintosh Speaks Out

Josephine Macintosh is the women Saudi Arabia tried like hell to silence, as they do all women, during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council a couple weeks ago. She was there as a representative of CFI and Paul Fidalgo, CFI's communications director, interviews her at Hemant's blog. … [Read more...]

Badawi Lawyer Gets 15 Years in Prison

Waleed Abulkhair, the Saudi human rights activist who was Raif Badawi's attorney in his blasphemy trial, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in that country for "inciting public opinion against the government" and "insulting the country's leaders and judiciary." … [Read more...]

Did Saudi Arabia Hurt Themselves?

You've probably seen stories about the Saudi Arabian delegation trying to quash the statement of a CFI representative about the Raif Badawi prosecution and brutal punishment for being an atheist. My friend Michael De Dora, CFI's director of public policy, says they only hurt themselves with their behavior: … [Read more...]