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?

DC Hotel: No Muslims Allowed, When the Israelis Are Around

DC Hotel: No Muslims Allowed, When the Israelis Are Around

Employees at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel are used to high profile VIPS, and regularly handle CEOs and foreign leaders. But when Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak rolled into town last weekend, suddenly the hotel’s Muslim employees were explicitly barred from doing their jobs.

 

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.

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.