Issues / Human Rights
In towns and cities all over Japan farewell gatherings were being held, as "returnees" to North Korea packed their bags and boarded trains that would take them to the port of Niigata where, after various formalities including a "confirmation of free will" by the International Committee of the Red Cross, they would board Russian ships for the voyage to Cheongjin in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Beijing's recent crackdown on human rights has revealed the importance of a new group of activists.
With a slim majority in Congress and a still-strong conservative opposition, Ollanta Humala may well find it difficult to implement even his moderate program of change.
The author will shortly be setting sail on the next Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
A poem about the theater of cruelty that was Abu Ghraib.
As a result of Syrian President Assad's brutality, his country's relationship with Turkey lays in ruins.
At nearly 200 meters high and 2.3 kilometers wide, the hydroelectric dam in Hubei, China, is creating a reservoir that will eventually stretch 600km (370 miles) to the west.
Mexican human rights activists have issued an emergency appeal to apply international humanitarian standards in providing relief to more than 150 refugees.
Israel's decision to deploy its version of the U.S. Navy Seals to interdict the Gaza flotilla was -- and is -- a recipe for disaster.
The proxy struggle between the United States and Iran has spread to Bahrain. But this Cold War ignores the silent understanding the two rivals have forged against a common enemy in Afghanistan.