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The Private Prison Business in the United States: A Big Business and Potential Slavery

Sabria Chowdhury Balland An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law ----Martin Luther King The above quote may seem like an idealized version of the system of incarceration and the philosophies behind it. The reality of the situation is quite far from this idealism, even more so when considering the private prison business sector in the United States. Human rights, social and political organizations are condemning what they rightfully see as an exploitation of an inhumane nature which has begun in the United States. Nearly 2...

July 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm | News Desk

The battle for the soul of Egypt

Javid Husain The Egyptian army’s coup in July to overthrow the country’s first democratically elected President, Muhammad Morsi, and the subsequent clashes in which hundreds of his supporters have been brutally killed by the Egyptian security forces reflect the battle being fought for the soul of Egypt.  Arrayed on one side in this battle are the forces defending the authoritarian rule of the Egyptian army, which has already lasted more than six decades, and its vested economic and commercial interests. They are supported by the westernized and the so-called liberal classes of the Egyptian society who, while championing democracy and human rights, fail to see anything wrong in the military coup against a freely elected government an...

September 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm | News Desk