Human rights issues articles

human rights issues

Tolkien and the machine
Richard Gunderman | 09 January 2015 |
To Tolkien, the machine represents the lust for power over others.

Is more blasphemy the best response?
Michael Cook | 08 January 2015 |
tags: blasphemy, Charlie Hebdo, democracy, Enlightenment, terrorist
Awful as the Paris massacre is, does it really mean that we ought to blaspheme more?

2014: the year of international surrogacy
Claire Achmad | 06 January 2015 |
tags: rights of the child, surrogacy
The world needs to act now to protect a whole generation of children from being exploited.

Mark Regnerus: Dignitarian of the Year
Mark Regnerus and Carolyn Moynihan | 19 December 2014 |
tags: Dignitarian of the Year, human dignity, MercatorNet, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
Against vehement opposition, he has courageously defended the intact biological family as the best place to raise children.

The 2014 dignitarian awards
Carolyn Moynihan and Michael Cook | 12 December 2014 |
tags: heroes, human dignity
MercatorNet's five nominees for "Dignitarian of the Year".

Two cultures, one demeaning attitude to women
Johanne Brownrigg | 09 December 2014 |
tags: abortion, female genital mutilation
It takes a village to support female circumcision. The same for abortion.

Unborn babies are “organisms” says a British court
Philippa Taylor | 08 December 2014 |
tags: fetal alcohol syndrome, personhood, unborn child
A girl suffering fetal alcohol syndrome is refused compensation to help with her care.

Thanksgiving and Puritan geopolitics in the New World
Stratfor | 27 November 2014 |
Puritan settlements in New England were part of a grand strategy for controlling the wealth of the Americas.

Is Obama’s immigration plan reasonable?
Kathleen Arnold | 21 November 2014 |
tags: Barack Obama, immigration, immigration reform, USA
Executive authority on immigration has bipartisan precedents.

Men of blood and iron
Michael Cook | 21 November 2014 |
tags: Christianity, ISIS, Islam, Teutonic Knights
700 years ago a Christian counterpart to ISIS emerged in Europe.

Freedom in the scales on the Western side of the Wall
Michael Cook | 12 November 2014 |
tags: Berlin Wall, Communism, freedom, materialism
There are battles to be fought in the countries which won the Cold War.

Children in care: Australia’s adoption challenge
Carolyn Moynihan | 11 November 2014 |
tags: adoption, Australia, foster care
A rethink of adoption would help thousands of children in foster care, among others, says a new report.

Life to the full: the dangers of material wealth and spiritual poverty
Jordan J. Ballor | 05 November 2014 |
tags: economics, poverty
In helping developing countries, we must remember that human welfare cannot be reduced to a rising GDP.

Surrogacy: a global trade in women’s bodies
Swedish Women's Lobby | 27 October 2014 |
tags: feminism, slavery, surrogacy, Sweden
Sweden’s leading feminist lobby regards surrogate motherhood as a revival of serfdom for women.

How we justify a market in children
Rickard Newman | 25 September 2014 |
tags: commodification of human life, IVF, rights of the child, surrogacy
Third-party reproduction inexorably leads to violations of human rights.

Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
Daniel Ross Goodman | 28 August 2014 |
tags: ageing, films, human dignity
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.

Why we should keep the cult of youth out of politics
Holly Hamilton-Bleakley | 06 August 2014 |
tags: democracy, politics, youth
Only someone at home with the humdrum of life is qualified for political activity.

On July 23, 1944, Soviet troops found 800,000 pairs of shoes
Toby Thacker | 23 July 2014 |
tags: Holocaust, World War II
This was the day that the world finally realised that the horror of the extermination camps was real.

Mothers in shackles
Carolyn Moynihan | 16 July 2014 |
tags: Meriam Ibrahim, shackling pregnant women
It’s not only in Sudanese prisons that women give birth chained.

Brown v. Board of Education turns sixty
Jeff Shafer | 24 June 2014 |
tags: civil rights, racial equality, same-sex marriage
The new world of civil rights turns the old one on its head.

Will Joe Biden stop the tide of child “refugees”?
Michael Cook | 20 June 2014 |
tags: Central America, immigration, Obama administration
The flood of unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala is partly America's own doing.

New data shows drones killed hundreds of Pakistani civilians
Philip Di Salvo | 03 June 2014 |
tags: drones, ethics of warfare, Pakistan, targeted assassination
There is a heavy humanitarian cost to US strikes.

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