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Philippines: Release and Protect “Secret Jail” Detainees

(New York) – The Philippine government should immediately release the alleged drug suspects unlawfully detained in a Manila police station “secret jail,” and ensure their protection after release, Human Right Watch said today. The official Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the National Bureau of Investigation should conduct a joint investigation into the existence of other unofficial lock-up cells in police stations across the countr...
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US Invests Too Little, Not Too Much in China

US Invests Too Little, Not Too Much in ChinaWhile the EU and the United States have similar barriers to entry, EU investments in China have grown more rapidly. ...

Trump Tax Plan’s Hollow Promises of “Trickle-Down” Growth

President Trump’s tax plan contains large, specific tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations but few tangible proposals for working families; it’s even missing many details needed to assess whether the plan would raise their taxes. Administration officials, however, assert that its tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will yi...

Roundup: The House GOP Health Bill’s Flaws Remain

The latest version of the House Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, while making no changes to address the flaws in the underlying bill, we explained yesterday. Here are some key graphs and resources that highlight how the House bill would hurt coverage and afforda...

Thailand: Draft Media Law Threatens News Reporting

(New York) – The Thai government should immediately withdraw the latest draft law that seeks to tighten control of news reporting in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. The Media Reform Committee at the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA), whose members are appointed by the military junta, announced that the National Assembly will consider the bill on May 1, 2017. ...

House GOP Health Plan Cuts Tax Credits, Raises Costs by Thousands of Dollars for Californians

In more than half of California’s counties, the cost increases for covered California enrollees would average more than $4,000. ...

Housing Vouchers Work: Flexible Tool Effective for All Types of People and Places

This is the next post in our “Housing Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing. ...

How to Clean Up the Mess in Venezuela

To stop the worst hemispheric crisis in decades, President Donald Trump needs a policy that includes not only tough words but also concrete actions. But the United States can’t do it alone. To help rather than hurt U.S. interests, the United States should assemble a diplomatic effort against Venezuela’s increasingly repressive regime, writes Shannon O’Neil. ...

China’s New Regulations for Persons with Disabilities Are a Good Step—but Not Enough

students gathered around a table in a classroom Advocates fighting against educational segregation have won an important victory, but Chinese authorities must now follow through. ...

The Future of News and the Information Revolution

Experts examine how the media industry is adapting to the changing information landscape, from traditional news sources to social and digital platforms, and the effects of these changes on how the public receives their news and analyzes U.S. foreign policy. ...

The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq’s Future

The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq's FutureIraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) remains divisive, poorly understood, and plagued by internal divisions, as it is both recognized by the state and at the behest of nonstate leadership figures. Key challenges involving the PMF will shape Iraq’s political and se...

In Egypt, Meeting with Sunni Muslim Leaders, Pope Francis Must Speak Up

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Why We March

Why We MarchAdd Comment|PrintPeople’s Climate March, September 21, 2014. Photo by Moms Clean Air Force/flickr People march motivated either by despair or hope. In the case of the People’s Climate March, it is appropriate to be motivated by both. Despair because of damage already done by a changing climate: sea levels rising to threaten a billion people, global temperatures increasing, agricultural yields declining in Africa where the poor suffer most, species lost at a ra...

Sub-Saharan Africa experienced largest increase in religious restrictions in 2015

While sub-Saharan Africa had fewer religious restrictions than many other parts of the world in 2015, it experienced a larger increase than any other region. ...

Can China Become the World’s Clean Energy Leader?

China seems poised to surpass the United States in leading clean energy innovation and climate change response, but Beijing faces internal challenges to energy reform. ...

Trump’s First 100 Days in 100 Seconds

After promising for months on the campaign trail to help ordinary Americans, President Donald Trump’s first 100 days have revealed his true policy priorities are benefitting corporations and the wealthiest few at the expense of everyone else. His actions and those of his administration have been characterized by broken promises, gross conflicts of interest, and a stark erosion of transparency, ethics, and other democratic norms. Here’s just some of the ways President Trump has hurt...

Lessons for Europe From One Hundred Days of Trump

Lessons for Europe From One Hundred Days of TrumpAs the Trump administration finds its feet on foreign policy, there are both promising and worrying signs to which Europeans should pay close attention. ...

History Shows Gutting Essential Health Benefits Would Likely Promote Fraud, Abuse

Permitting states to waive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum benefit standards (“Essential Health Benefits,” or EHB) for individual and small-group market plans, as the MacArthur-Meadows amendment to the House ACA repeal bill would do, would likely leave many people with pre-existing conditions unable to find coverage at any price, cause women to be charged more than men, and expose many insured people to unaffordable out-of-pocket costs. But that’s not all....

Defining Power and Why It Matters: Securing Women’s Equality and Women’s Futures

This week, Germany hosted an international summit focused on women’s empowerment as a strategy to drive economic growth. The summit, the third such gathering, was launched by G-20 countries to devote much-needed attention to creating thriving economies by maximizing women’s full participation. High-profile attendees at this year’s summit—dubbed the “W...

The Hungarian Hostage

The Hungarian HostageBy attacking the Central European University, the Hungarian government seeks to cement its role as a protector of national interests against an international scapegoat. ...