The ‘Spotlight’ series is dedicated to highlighting civil and human rights concerns and abuses, at home and abroad.

SPOTLIGHT – Looking again at Solitary Confinement

“Hell is other people.” Compared to much of human history, modern prison life might not sound so bad: you won’t starve, you won’t freeze, and you won’t get eaten by a lion. The worst part is probably, as Sartre reminded … Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT – Prison Rape is Corporal Punishment

It is no surprise that bad things happen when criminals are held together in an overcrowded and poorly controlled environment. Prison life is rampant with drug abuse, gang activity, and violence. The widespread disorder, including sexual assault, raises serious questions for a system administered under full government control. Continue reading

On the Death Penalty, A Question of Integrity

Two days ago, the state of Oklahoma revived arguments about the death penalty when it was forced to issue an emergency stay to a man just hours before his scheduled execution. The stay came after an earlier attempt to execute … Continue reading

Spotlight: On North Korea, A Call to Action

The Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge, the Rwandan genocide – in each of these cases the world stood by and did nothing while hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, died in horrible and unnecessary ways. In … Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: James Taranto Will Tell You When You’ve Been Raped

Here’s what I wanted to write about today: I wanted to write about how one of the unseen consequences of all the bickering in Congress is the continued expansion of the President’s ability to wage war on his own prerogative. … Continue reading

On the Impossibility of Women’s Issues

There are two kinds of people who care about the equality of women: those who understand that feminism has a branding problem, and those who do not. But I think there’s a more fundamental problem with modern feminism and it’s this: feminism starts from the premise that there is such a thing as ‘women’s issues’. I’d like to humbly submit that there is not. Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: Why Marriage is Not Enough

It doesn’t take an advanced degree in social science to see that public opinion on gay marriage has changed quickly. But the celebratory tone surrounding strides towards equal marriage rights, as well as repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military, has served to obscure some troubling facts. It’s time for a reality check. Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: Sexual Violence in America

You can’t tackle sexual violence without empowering women. You can’t tackle sexual violence without enlisting men in the project. You can’t tackle sexual violence without having a grown-up conversation about sex. And you can’t tackle sexual violence one case at a time. Continue reading