Author Archives: Scott Long

About Scott Long

Scott Long, a visiting fellow at Harvard Law School, served as founding director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. He has been a human rights activist campaigning for sexual rights for over twenty years, working in countries including Albania, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, Jamaica, Romania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the United States. He blogs on human rights issues at www.paper-bird.net.

War on Drugs, War on Terror, War on the Poor

The War on Drugs morphed, like a late-model Terminator, into the War on Terror. Governance in the US has been slipping fully into the modes and mindset of a security state for a long time. The government sees large parts of its population not as citizens or constituencies, but as potential objects of a counterinsurgency campaign.

Posted in Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics, War on Terror | Tagged | 11 Comments

Free Razan Ghazzawi: Syrian blogger, feminist, and activist

Authorities in Syria arrested Syrian blogger, feminist, and activist for free expression Razan Ghazzawi on December 4, 2011. She was at the Jordanian border, traveling to attend a conference on media freedom in the Arab world. She was representing the … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Arab Spring, Israel/Palestine | 11 Comments

Letter from Cairo: A general’s torture– Nada Zatouna’s story

A young Egyptian woman active in the revolution tells of her torture by the Central Security Forces during a protest near Tahrir Square.

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East | 2 Comments

Pinkwashing Lieberman, whitewashing fascism

“Pinkwashing” corrupts the idea of human rights, by throwing out the promise of universality & turning them into instruments of exclusion.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government | 20 Comments

After ‘Amina’: Thoughts from Cairo

Amina Arraf fooled me. I share this with plenty of others, but it’s still embarrassing. Now, as other straight men start to appear from behind their lesbian masks (“Oh, but I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad … Continue reading

Posted in Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Middle East | 7 Comments