Countering Religious Extremism in a Human Rights Context: The Use of Social Media

  On May 28-30 Kosovo held its 4th International interfaith Conference highlighting the role, experience and contribution of Kosovo and the Balkan region to the global debate on promoting interfaith dialogue and countering violent extremism. The conference is the flagship event of Interfaith Kosovo initiative, bringing together civil society activists, faith leaders, diplomats and academics […]

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When Human Rights Conflict: The Right to be Forgotten and Freedom of Speech

  In 2010, a Spanish man named Mario Costeja González sued Google Spain and Google Inc. after complaining that a Google search brought up a digitized auction notice of his repossessed home. He claimed that because the issue had been resolved in 1998, the information was unnecessary and a violation of his privacy rights. Google […]

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A Day that Changed Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Nelson Mandela Released from Prison 25 Years Ago

  Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. He went on to transform South Africa – ending apartheid and instituting democracy, a process of healing, and human rights. In the late 1980s, the South African government under F.W. de Klerk had made it clear that it was open to negotiations, and anticipation […]

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How Can People Be So Evil? The Brutality of ISIS

  The brutality of the most recent killing  of a Jordanian air force pilot  by the terrorist group ISIS has shocked the world, even after multiple beheadings and other news of barbaric and systematic human rights violations. This begs the question: why are human beings so ruthless, so cruel, so brutal; killing without empathy for the […]

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Extremists in Paris: The Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo (Part II)

    With John D’Angelo. There is still a lot we don’t know about Wednesday’s attack on the satirical magazine at Charlie Hebdo, discussed in yesterday’s blog post. What we do know is this: besides killing twelve people, these terrorists have attacked fundamental human rights, specifically the right to freedom of speech, expression, and press. The […]

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ISIS Who? Understanding the current crisis in Iraq

To many people, the mere mention of Iraq conjures up an unfavorable war that dominated headlines for years. With the advent of the recent violence in Iraq, it comes as no surprise that people everywhere are fervently expressing their views on the subject. Even though many will inevitably draw comparisons between the Iraq conflict that […]

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