Worldnetdaily Goes All Worldnetdaily on Immigration

The Worldnetdaily has never quite so...Worldnetdailyish...than in this article about a decision by the Obama administration to make those who are fleeing violence in several countries in Latin America eligible to apply for refugee status before leaving their home countries, thus avoiding the huge problem of rape and extortion by smugglers in Mexico helping them get to the U.S. currently. Slanted language, deceptive framing, outright falsehoods. It's all there. … [Read more...]

Guilfoyle: Just Kill the Remaining Gitmo Detainees

Kimberly Guilfoyle, one of the more braindead of the Fox News hosts (and imagine the competition for that designation), is upset that President Obama is still trying to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and she has a solution: Just kill all of the remaining detainees and shut it down. Because they're not entitled to human rights or anything anyway. … [Read more...]

Islamists Murder Publishers of Atheist Books and Magazines

The barbaric Islamists in Bangladesh has now moved on from killing atheist bloggers and writers to killing those who publish their work. They attacked two publishing houses in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, killing one and injuring several others with machetes. The International Humanist and Ethical Union reports that the attacks were coordinated and carried out by people pretending to be customers. … [Read more...]

The Changing Excuses for Bombing Afghan Hospital

The American military bombed a hospital in Afghanistan run by Doctors Without Borders the other day, killing nine doctors and injuring and killing many patients as well. Glenn Greenwald documents the ever-changing rationalizations offered by the government, from "whoops, we didn't mean to do that" to "it's all the Afghani government's fault" to "they were harboring Taliban fighters there." … [Read more...]

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

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...]