Amnesty

The Right's Obsession With Obama's "Lawlessness" Has Nothing to Do With the Law
August 03, 2014

The New York Times's Ross Douthat is the latest conservative to conflate the law with politics.

The Khodorkovsky Case: Putin Giveth and Putin Taketh Away
Why Putin freed Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and why now
December 20, 2013

Russia's president frees Russia's top dissident—on his own terms

Amnesty's Not Enough
Will the pathway to citizenship lead towards health insurance?
February 01, 2013

Will the pathway to citizenship lead undocumented immigrants towards health insurance?

Eight Ways Obama Can Jam Through His Agenda Without Congress
November 16, 2012

House Republicans still don't want to cooperate with Obama. So here's eight policies the executive branch can carry out all by itself.

“Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion”: The Unlikely Source of a Legendary Smear
October 22, 2012

How Tom Eagleton screwed up George McGovern's chances of getting elected president not once, but twice.

The Furrows of Algeria
January 27, 2010

The German Mujahid By Boualem Sansal Translated by Frank Wynne (Europa Editions, 240 pp., $15) I. From the terrible Algerian slaughter, and its terrible silence, comes this small tale, told by an officer of the special forces who broke with “Le Pouvoir” of his own country and sought asylum in France. It is the autumn of 1994, deep into the season of killing. An old and simple Algerian woman, accompanied by two of her children, comes to the army barracks, to the very building where the torturers did their grim work, in search of her husband and her son.

The politics of "24."
May 15, 2006

It's 11:20 p.m., and agent Jack Bauer has had a very long day. In the morning, he worked to rescue the secretary of defense and his daughter (who also happens to be Bauer's girlfriend) from a terrorist kidnapping and Web- telecast execution. The afternoon was mostly spent unraveling a plot to melt down all of the nation's 104 nuclear reactors simultaneously.

Gulag v. Guantánamo
June 03, 2005

In a recent report, Amnesty International referred to the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo as "the gulag of our time." The term--a Russian abbreviation for Glavnoe Upravlenie Lagerei, or Main Camp Administration--refers to the network of Soviet labor camps established during Stalin's rule that continued, in a different form, for much of the Soviet Union's history. During a press conference on Tuesday, President Bush rejected the charge as "absurd." Amnesty has defended its use of the term.

Amnesty and Amnesia
March 10, 2003

Adenauer's Germany and the Nazi Past: The Politics of Amnesty and Integration By Norbert Frei Translated by Joel Golb (Columbia University Press, 365 pp., $35)In this grim account of the formative years of West German democracy, the German historian Norbert Frei examines legislation affecting the amnesty and the integration of Germans suspected of, accused of, and in many cases indicted for crimes committed during the Nazi era.