Four Iranian gay men are due to be executed for sodomy under their nation’s Shari’a laws, Pink News is reporting. The four men — identified by the Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran as Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari and Houshmand Akbari — are set to be hanged after their guilty verdict was approved recently by high … Continue reading Just another day in Iran
Neither President Barack Obama nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has singled out China for public criticism over the latest wave of arrests, though both have said that they always raise human rights in their private conversations with Chinese officials. Which makes them just like every administration, Republicans and Democrat. Artist Ai Weiwei, who collaborated … Continue reading Wouldn’t want to offend China
China has detained several dissidents ahead of the president’s visit, and it’ll be interesting to see if he takes note. His silence on human rights abuses has disappointed. (Commenters, please refrain from the hyperbole consistent with Obama Derangement Syndrome.)
They are not a priority of President Obama, who, in his first nine months on the job, dissed both the Iranian revolutionaries and the Dalai Lama. I understand the rationale, but, as Leon Wieseltier writes in the upcoming New Republic, compromise isn’t always the answer. “The demotion of human rights by the common-ground presidency is … Continue reading whatever happened to human rights?