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Women and a new world order

May 25, 2021 Opinions

Elisa Massimino introduces Mona Siegel's book "Peace on Our Terms" about the fight for women's rights during World War I in a book review roundtable with the Texas National Security Review.

It's official: In Egypt, you can now get 15 years in jail for a tweet

August 31, 2020 Opinions

"In the six years since Abdel Fatah al-Sissi assumed the presidency in Egypt, the country has devolved into the deepest human rights crisis it has experienced in decades. In the face of this downward spiral, it’s not surprising that many in the West have stopped paying attention. As more and more activists are exiled or jailed, human rights abuses in Egypt have become a dog-bites-man story," write Elisa Massimino and Neil Hicks.

Pompeo’s new commission undermines universal human rights — just as planned

July 17, 2020 Opinions

"The burning human rights problem for the Trump administration," write Elisa Massimino and Alexandra Schmitt, "[is] that too many 'subgroups' — read, women, LGBTQ people, black people, poor people, native peoples — are demanding rights, including (gasp) in 'domestic political discourse.' America’s rights tradition is under attack, Pompeo claimed, by people who have forgotten a fundamental truth: 'America is special. America is good.'"

Human rights lessons of the pandemic

April 24, 2020 Opinions

"From its quick spread across continents, to the disrupted global supply chains for life-saving supplies, to international networks sharing vital information on treatments and cures, the life-and-death connections between people and nations are now in stark relief. But most importantly, the coronavirus is demonstrating how human rights violations left to fester, even in societies far from our own, carry direct costs for all of us," write Elisa Massimino and Alexandra Schmitt.