Elham Shabahat

Elham Shabahat helps to edit the Social Justice section of Identity Theory.

Green For All: fighting poverty and pollution

Green For All is an organization advocating for a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. We've heard the presidential candidates talk about green-collar jobs; click here to read what exactly a green-collared job is. With an increasingly urgent need to think of new ways to counter our two most daunting problems: […]

Restoring checks and balances

How do we fix the current trend of wireless wiretapping, illegal torture, suspension of habeas corpus, and other monarchical prerogatives imposed by the Bush administration? Aziz Huq, Director of the Liberty and National Security Project at the Brennan Center, outlines twelve steps to restore constitutional balance: For the President and Presidential candidates: Mr. Huq asks

2016: Waving Goodbye to Hegemony

Super Tuesday is stressful and to stop myself from nervously checking the news every two minutes, I've been immersed in a great essay by Parag Khanna from his upcoming book The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order. It's quite appropriate for this moment, since it never hurts to have some overall

Burger King: stop being a scrooge

Tomato pickers in Florida might lose the first significant raise they've received in thirty years, because Burger King is trying to undermine agreements made with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes. These workers earn about 40 to 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick.

UN calls for a suspension of the death penalty

Overcoming opposition from China, U.S., and Iran, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution today "calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, with the ultimate aim of abolishing capital punishment." Amnesty International heralded this moratorium as an important way to "encourage retentionist countries to review their use of the death penalty." 104 UN member

On Human Rights Week (Dec 10 – 17)

Lawyers argue that detainees at Guantánamo should have the right to habeas corpus. The U.S. Supreme court is considering whether detainees should have access to courts. Hospital worker and teacher Adel Hamad is released from Gitmo and reunites with his family in Khartoum. See also "Poems from Guantánamo." Gawker (yes, Gawker) in a fantastic case

WGA Strike continues

The Writers Guild of America continue their strike against studios, since negotiations this week did not satisfy both parties. For those unaware: writers, actors, and directors are on strike asking for 2.5 cents per every dollar made by media conglomerates when T.V. shows and films are aired over new media channels (free episodes streamed or

Climate change: what’s in our future?

The idea that capitalism can save us from climate catastrophe has powerful appeal. It gives politicians an excuse to subsidize corporations rather than regulate them, and it neatly avoids a discussion about how the core market logic of endless growth landed us here in the first place. World governments are meeting this week in Bali,

Unlocking America

According to a 2005 report of the International Centre for Prison Studies in London, the United States—with five percent of the world's population—houses 25 percent of the world's inmates. Our incarceration rate (714 per 100,000 residents) is almost 40 percent greater than those of our nearest competitors (the Bahamas, Belarus, and Russia). Other industrial democracies,

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