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Philippine Officials Propose ‘Muslims Only’ ID

(HRW) – Philippine authorities are threatening to further single out Muslims as part of official counterterrorism efforts. This week, authorities in Central Luzon in the northern Philippines proposed imposing a mandatory identification card system for the region’s estimated 26,000 Muslims. Central Luzon Police…

Abusive Philippine Cops Get Kid Glove Treatment

(HRW) – How does the Philippine National Police deal with personnel implicated in torture of criminal suspects? Reassignment and anger management training. That’s the lesson of an incident last month exposed in a cellphone video that has since gone viral that shows a…

A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

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(OW) – One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign — a short list, I’ll admit — was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the war-mongering of his rivals and predecessors. In early 2016, Trump (correctly) summed…

The Fight for Freedom Begins in Culture

(FEE) – To a first approximation, American political history before the 18th century is British political history. As most American schoolchildren know, in the 17th century, John Locke crystallized the idea that human law should reflect Natural Law, but the idea…

What the Deep State is

(Garrison) – Buzzwords come and buzzwords go. Lately, a trending buzzword — or, I guess, buzz phrase — among the politically inclined is “Deep State.” Google News returns 127,000 recent media uses of the phrase. Every time US president Donald Trump finds…

Tradecraft: How to Make an Edible Garden

(SurvivalSullivan) – Having an edible garden can be one of the most important features in any long term survival situation. They can also help keep everyday living expenses low which is especially important in times of economic hardship. If you only…

Australia’s Abusive Asylum Policy Rebuked Again

(HRW) – This week, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights reviewed Australia’s asylum policy. Once again, Australia’s officials were both disingenuous and unconvincing in their appearance before the committee, which monitors state compliance with the International Covenant…