Last week, Europe's highest human rights court upheld the transfer of five men to the U.S. despite the risk they would be held in long-term solitary confinement at ADX Florence, a "supermax" prison in Colorado. The decision was a stunning loss for campaigners who say solitary confinement is a form of torture. We speak with New York-based advocates Jeanne Theoharis and Pardiss Kebriaei about how the case will impact terrorism cases and the broader campaign to secure humane treatment for prisoners in the U.S.
Pardiss Kebriaei joined the Center Constitutional Rights in July 2007. Since then, her work has focused on representing men detained at Guantánamo Bay in their habeas corpus challenges, before international human rights tribunals, in diplomatic advocacy with foreign governments to secure resettlement for men who cannot return home, and in post-release reintegration efforts.
Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science and the first internal endowed chair in women’s studies at Brooklyn College of CUNY. She has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles including Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle. Her current project is a biography of Rosa Parks The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks: A Political Biography, under contract with Beacon Press and due out in January 2013. She is also co-founder of Educators for Civil Liberties and has published a number of articles on the abrogation of civil rights in the federal system post-9/11.
Earlier this month, the news of a shooting spree that left seven dead on a small college campus in Oakland seemed to follow a sadly familiar pattern of public gun violence. But the twist in the case that might surprise many is that it involved a Korean immigrant, One Goh, and the incident has stunned the local Korean American community and raised questions about how Asian American communities in general deal with mental health issues. We talk to two mental health experts about the challenges Asian American and immigrant populations face in seeking treatment and intervention.
South Korea was riven by mass uprisings and radical movements throughout the 20th century, but that revolutionary legacy has been largely invisible in mainstream historical accounts. Now, with popular uprisings again emerging across the globe, author and activist George Katsiaficas has sought to recover this history of people's struggles in South Korea with the book Asia's Unknown Uprisings: South Korean Social Movements in the 20th Century. We spoke with author about why he chose to write this book, and what we all need to know about South Korea's lost history of radical movements
George Katsiaficas is an author and activist based in Cambridge, Massachussetts