Declaring a State of War Against Iranian Dissidents

by Shadi Sadr Once again, we are at a state of war, and we have an unfinished job of exterminating the dissidents, all at once.  This is the essence of a recently broadcast Mosalas magazine interview with Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, Iran’s… Continue Reading  

The Trump Administration’s Declaration of Inhuman Rights

by Karen J. Greenberg Lately, I’ve been thinking about the Grimms’ fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Terrified by cruel conditions at home, the brother and sister flee, winding their way, hungry and scared, through unknown woods. There, they encounter an… Continue Reading  

Bahrain Follows U.S. Lead on Executions

by Brian Dooley Citing the existence of the death penalty in the United States as justification, Bahrain’s government executed political prisoners Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali by firing squad on the morning of Saturday, July 27. Another man was also… Continue Reading  

Reviving Westphalia

by Helena Cobban It is a time of great uncertainty in international affairs. U.S. troops are deploying to Saudi Arabia for the first time in 16 years, presaging an increasingly probable showdown with Iran. The Anglosphere is likely to soon… Continue Reading  

Why Human Rights Matter

by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been justly criticized for his creation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, with the mission of redefining human rights. The move appears designed to base the redefinition on religious doctrine… Continue Reading