Category Archives: Human Rights

Housing as Infrastructure

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/07/02/18816285.php Housing as a human right is sometimes superseded by the right of speculation. Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (a Federal program), non-profit or cooperative housing, and SROs (single residency occupancy) are three solutions to the housing crisis. Strategies like public … Continue reading

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They Knew What They Did: Texaco in Ecuador

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/05/24/18815205.php The world has created a system where businesses only have rights but no obligations. There is no international tribunal that can make businesses liable for human rights violations. What is perverse is that Texaco knew they polluted the land. … Continue reading

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5 Reasons for UN Agreements Regulating Corporations

Countless cases of human rights violations by corporations show voluntary self-commitments of businesses cannot ensure social and ecological standards. Instead of social achievements, neoliberal globalization brings a deregulation race downwards. UN agreements create rights for persons instead of companies rather … Continue reading

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Housing is not just another commodity by Friedhelm Hengsbach

Housing is not just another commodity by Friedhelm Hengsbach, 2014 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/03/06/18807182.php Like food, clothing, health, and education, housing is an elementary need. One’s apartment is a place of retreat of the private person, a protective- and creative space of inviolable … Continue reading

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Judge Orrick on Sanctuary Cities, Nov 2017, 28 pp

Judge Orrick on Sanctuary Cities, Nov 2017, 28 pp https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4254991-document-21296594.html Thanks to California Federal District Judge Orrick we can breath again! The constitutional state is not the security state. Trump cannot punish sanctuary cities. Toward a civilization of shared sufficiency … Continue reading

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Slavery as a Human Right

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/11/435247.shtml Book Review by Rainer Roth, July 1, 2016 Slavery lives in modern forms like debt slavery. Capitalist society stands in opposition to human rights and does not only realize human rights. Capitalism cannot realize essential demands from the Universal … Continue reading

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The Theater of Good and Evil by Eduardo Galeano, 90 pp

Voices of Sanity Reaching out for Peace, 90 pp The Theater of Good and Evil by Eduardo Galeano is on pages 3-4 Thanks, Arvind Gupta! Enjoy the feast! http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/sanity.pdf

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2017 Human Rights Report, 704 pp

2017 Human Rights Report, 704 pp by Human Rights Watch https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/world_report_download/wr2017-web.pdf The Dangerous Rise of Populism Global Attacks on Human Rights Values By Kenneth Roth, Executive Director Human rights exist to protect people from government abuse and neglect. Rights limit … Continue reading

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Video: Noam Chomsky: The Alien Perspective on Humanity, 51 min

Video: Noam Chomsky: The Alien Perspective on Humanity, 51 min Albert Einstein said we must have world government or we’re finished. The UN was undermined by the US and nationalism. We had half of the world’s wealth; manufacturing quadrupled after … Continue reading

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Democracy and the Social State by Franz Segbers

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433278.shtml Finance capitalism and Citizens United have turned life, language, and democracy upside down as the $150 million given by Wall Street to Hillary Clinton falls under the rubric “social engagement.” With these theses, Franz Segbers emphasizes the social state … Continue reading

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