Rights & Liberties

At War in Texas

Border policy is now effectively dictated by alarmist border-area sheriffs and politicians — and the federal funds flow fast and loose their way, with little accountability.

Straight Man’s Burden

It was a Ugandan member of parliament who introduced the bill that would penalize homosexuality with life imprisonment or death, but the idea traces back to a secretive American evangelical movement known as The Family.

Hazing Arizona

The policies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, infamous for his zeal against undocumented immigrants, may soon go statewide. The story of one immigrant, who died soon after being deported to Mexico, may serve as a warning sign of the brutality ahead.

Not a Lone Wolf

Scott Roeder is now serving a life term for murdering abortion doctor George Tiller. But did he really act alone?

Taser Timeout

Taser abuse is rampant at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, an hour south of Chicago. More than 100 inmates were shocked by Tasers over a 28-month period, even though a quarter of the inmates were restrained at the time.

Bound for America

Enticed by unscrupulous recruiters, saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, and working in exploitive, often abusive conditions, guest workers in the United States are legal — but vulnerable to a modern form of indentured servitude.


Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ban, Texas has continued to send mentally retarded criminals to death row. Will a Mexican immigrant’s case correct this injustice?