As you may know, nearly 160 nations have ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture -- but in nations such as Mexico, torture is still far too commonplace, with complaints going uninvestigated and perps evading justice. Mexico's federal government has convicted exactly seven folks -- seven! -- since 1991, though more than 7,000 good Mexicans have brought torture complaints in just the last three years. If you're thinking to yourself, I wonder how many of those complaints are rubbish, don't congratulate yourself too much -- you also should consider how many folks don't bring complaints forward because they know their government will do nothing (or worse, subject them to more torture), or how many folks can't bring complaints forward because their torture killed them. And, of course, if you're thinking to yourself, these folks are all just drug dealers and drug users, you still must justify torturing and killing anyone, ever. Amnesty International helps you tell the government of Mexico to eradicate torture throughout their land.
Meanwhile, the government of the small island Republic of Nauru -- with an area of 8.1 square miles and a population of just over 9,300 -- has been blocking Facebook and some other websites in a supposed attempt to protect Naurans from "abusive" online content. Some Nauruans see the block as a way of chilling free speech against their government, while other observers note that refugees in Nauru's camps rely on Facebook as a way of staying in contact with their family. The Nauruan government's defense of its actions doesn't exactly inspire confidence -- they claim they're only cutting off Facebook temporarily until they can figure out how to put an effective ban on child pornography and other abuses in place, which is not how you or I would do it, plus they think people who protest their ban are "bullies," when we could much more easily describe governments that cut off internet services willy-nilly as "bullies." Access Now helps you tell Nauru to abandon their free speech-chilling internet shutdown.
Finally, This American Life host Ira Glass has lately come under some heat for saying, of public radio, "My hope is that we can move away from a model of asking listeners for money and join the free market," adding that "I think we’re ready for capitalism which made this country so great. Public radio is ready for capitalism." Maybe he was trying to be "cheeky" or something, but he later backtracked, saying that of course public radio shouldn't "chase ratings and destroy everything that makes public radio special," but that corporations should "come on our shows and pay lots of money." But the correct funding model isn't "asking listeners for money" but taxpayers paying to fund public radio, and the solution to the funding dilemma isn't to take corporate money and thus be subject to corporate whims, but to ensure that our representatives in Congress allocate our tax dollars more in line with our priorities. And you can remind him of that, using the link at the beginning of this paragraph.