Matthew Daniels is Chair of Law and Human Rights and Founder of the Center for Human Rights and International Affairs at IWP. Full bio

A divided America needs Dr. King’s unifying social justice principles

The destructive chaos in our nation’s capital is another warning that America is moving down a road of divisiveness and violence. In 2020 Americans endured a global health pandemic, a costly economic shutdown, multiple foreign policy crises, a bitter presidential election, and angry political differences that split communities, friends, and even families. Many people complain that we…

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Drawing on the wisdom of two Martins in troubled times

We are living through a deeply fractured moment in the history of our nation. Our political and social compact sometimes seems to be at risk of tearing apart. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching developments in our country and wondering if the light is going out for democracy in America. Read more at…

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Overcome hatred and violence through education

The killing of George Floyd and other examples of police violence against African Americans ignited a political and cultural explosion in 2020. Although the U.S. has come far from the era of state-enforced discrimination and segregation, this year’s events remind us how much more we have to do. For Charleston, the wounds remain from the…

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Amplifying Next Generation Voices for Human Rights in the Global South

Bridging the digital divide and making the cyberspace accessible to young people everywhere is necessary to help them build a better future. As you read this article online, think about the number of devices at your disposal that are capable of accessing the internet. You may be reading this on a cellphone, tablet or desktop…

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Dr. King’s principles an enduring remedy to rising violence

Our nation’s capital prepared for this election the way Florida prepares for a hurricane. Election day in the nation’s capital was marked by businesses across the city boarding up their buildings. Having suffered a spate of broken windows during earlier demonstrations, companies feared that dissatisfaction with the poll results might trigger a new round of…

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Africa’s gathering storm

Imagine if the largest nation in Europe was increasingly in the grip of violent militants committed to genocide. Having already seen that happen once in Germany, such a development would spark dire cries of alarm that would echo around the world. So, why are we not more concerned about the gathering storm in Nigeria —…

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Produced by Hollywood, directed by China

Americans are rightly proud of our traditions of free speech and free artistic expression. Hollywood has made full use of these traditions, so much so that political diatribes are now a staple feature of the Oscars. But when it comes to China, Hollywood has voluntarily self-censored to appease a regime known for its brutal repression…

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The tragic cycle of genocide denial has returned: This time, Nigeria

The Age of Terrorism that is now upon us has proven to be the greatest modern challenge to the legitimacy of all governments and international organizations who claim a commitment to human rights. Nowhere is this more evident today than in Nigeria, where terrorist violence and mass slaughter by Islamist groups are reaching genocidal proportions. When President…

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Hong Kong’s struggle against China’s new Iron Curtain

Anyone who loves the unique culture of Hong Kong can sympathize with the demonstrators who are protesting the latest step in a long process of Hong Kong being absorbed by mainland China. The subjugation of Hong Kong to the full weight of the PRC’s oppressive legal system is like watching a beautiful flower being crushed…

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