Should the Internet Be Run by One U.S. Company?

Should the Internet Be Run by One U.S. Company?

Tomorrow the FCC is set to rubber stamp weak Internet regulations and the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, a move activists are calling “the beginning of the end” and the effective death of Internet freedoms. What can we do to save net neutrality in the final hour?

Save Ghana’s Railway Dwellers

Save Ghana’s Railway Dwellers

The Ghanaian government has imminent plans to evict thousands of destitute “Railway Dwellers” after signing a $6 billion contract with a Chinese company to completely overhaul the country’s railways last month.

Workers Burned Alive Making Luxury Clothes for US Brands

Workers Burned Alive Making Luxury Clothes for US Brands

Three days ago more than two dozen people, most of them poor women making luxury clothes for Americans, were burned alive in a sweatshop in Bangladesh. Despite it being the latest in a series of similar deadly incidents, multinational clients of the factory like the GAP still refuse to end their relationship with the local company that owns it.

Woman on Death Row for Defaming Islam

Woman on Death Row for Defaming Islam

Asia Bibi is the first female to ever be convicted of anti-Muslim ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan. The sentence? Mandatory death. The Catholic mother of a poor bricklaying family, Asia Bibi claims she did not say whatever anti-Muslim words some of her fellow citizens feel make her worthy of death. Can lots of local activism save her?

Can a Music Video Prevent Genocide?

Can a Music Video Prevent Genocide?

Emmanual Jal, a Sudanese child soldier turned hip hop artist and activist, is pushing a music video espousing the benefits of peace in Sudan. Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel, Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter have all joined in, and in a Change.org interview earlier today, Emmanual argues that global pressure is the only thing left to save Sudan from civil war.

Victory! Starbucks Apologizes

Victory! Starbucks Apologizes

We last reported that a Starbucks locked a group of human rights advocates and the families of torture victims inside the store and then kicked them out. Starbucks refused to apologize, claiming the incident was not a big deal. The verdict? Starbucks is lying, and secretly launched a full investigation. After hundreds of Change.org members petitioned Starbucks to apologize, yesterday they finally did.

Lawyers Quit in Protest at Bahrain Torture Trial

Lawyers Quit in Protest at Bahrain Torture Trial

Things have been better for Bahrain’s 23 human rights activists, opposition activists, bloggers and dissident clerics all on trial for treason. After being tortured for months, today their entire defense team quit. Local activists are calling on their international supporters to up the pressure.

Israel: The Democratic Haven of the Middle East?

Israel: The Democratic Haven of the Middle East?

Israel touts itself as the bastion of democracy in the Middle East, a mainstay against the dictatorships and monarchies that characterize the region. But there have been some incredibly worrying signs over the last two years in the erosion of freedoms of expression in Israel. One local feminist peace organization is calling on the UN to do something about it.

“The Beginning of the End” – Obama Abandons Internet Freedoms

“The Beginning of the End” – Obama Abandons Internet Freedoms

President Obama has repeatedly pledged to protect Internet freedoms. But under rules just proposed by Obama’s hand-picked FCC chairman, Internet providers will be able to speed up access to sites willing to pay top dollar, while slowing down your connection to everyone else. With a vote on the new rules in two weeks, a new coalition is mobilizing millions to pressure the FCC.