Starbucks: A Prison for Human Rights Defenders

Starbucks: A Prison for Human Rights Defenders

Last week we reported that a Starbucks in Bahrain willingly agreed to an unofficial government request to kick out a group of journalists, international observers, human rights advocates and the families of torture victims, all just sitting around drinking coffee. But after Change.org contacted a number of witnesses, it turns out that the Starbucks staff kicked out the observers and human rights advocates after having locked them inside! What does Starbucks have to say about this? So far, nothing… That’s where all of you come in.

Starbucks Kicks Out Families of Torture Victims

Starbucks Kicks Out Families of Torture Victims

Starbucks proudly claims to have “a positive impact” on the communities the company’s numerous branches all over the world serve, but their employees in the tiny Middle Eastern island kingdom of Bahrain don’t seem to have gotten the memo. Starbucks managers willingly and immediately agreed to an unofficial Ministry of Interior request to kick out a group of journalists, international observers, human rights advocates and the families of torture victims, all just sitting around drinking coffee.

US Banks Refuse to Serve Africans

US Banks Refuse to Serve Africans

Two major banks, Bank of America and HSBC, have determined that certain clients are not worth their time: Africans. In what is believed to be a response to improved US regulations requiring banks to monitor for suspicious activity, the banks have decided that providing services to African embassies is just not worth it. Find out what you can do.

The Gaza Strip: No Cameras Allowed

The Gaza Strip: No Cameras Allowed

The Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip generally goes out of its way to court foreign visitors to the embattled coastal enclave. Humanitarian assistance to help the Palestinian people survive the Israeli blockade is welcome. Diplomatic visits are encouraged. Foreign activists, please, come in. Financial assistance, more than welcome… Journalists? Not so welcome.

Eid Mubarak: Welcome to Death Penalty Season

Eid Mubarak: Welcome to Death Penalty Season

To Muslims all over the world, today’s celebration of Eid al-Adha means extravagant celebrations, fancy cloths and massive meals. But to foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, today marks something entirely different: the beginning of death penalty season. As one of the global centers of capital punishment starts the public beheadings, a campaign to save one woman is in 5th gear.

Israel Advocate Pepper Sprays US Peace Activists

Israel Advocate Pepper Sprays US Peace Activists

San Francisco Voice For Israel’s mission is “to stand up to anti-Israel speech wherever it may surface… in the time-honored tradition of peaceful protest.” Last night the group’s activists experimented with a quite different time-honored tradition: pepper spraying peace activists. Call on the police to arrest those responsible.

Where There Is No Dentist

Where There Is No Dentist

There’s do-it-yourself building, view do-it-yourself home repair and do-it-yourself guides to everything from photography and guitar playing to gardening, bike mechanics and sailing. Getting a dental filling, though, is something many would prefer to avoid…

UN Chief Tongue-Tied over Chinese Human Rights

UN Chief Tongue-Tied over Chinese Human Rights

The Chinese government has for years severely restricted the freedom of movement, abortion speech and religion of its citizens, pharmacy failed to develop an independent judiciary, viagra buy done very little to curb discrimination against…