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2010-08-30 11:18:00

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With tens of thousands of hurricane survivors still prevented from returning or rebuilding five years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita -- and the Gulf Coast now reeling from the disastrous oil spill -- actor Nicolas Cage is speaking up on behalf of victims in a video produced by Amnesty International USA. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081014/AILOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081014/AILOGO) In the film...

2010-08-27 10:38:00

Actor is Filmed Walking in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and Meeting with Community Leaders About Recovery Crisis NEW ORLEANS, La., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With tens of thousands of hurricane survivors still prevented from returning or rebuilding five years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita -- and the Gulf Coast now reeling from the disastrous oil spill -- actor Nicolas Cage is speaking up on behalf of victims in a video produced by Amnesty International USA. (Logo:...

2010-07-06 12:53:00

Activist's Organization is Official Observer of Kimberly Process and Played Key Role in Investigating Abuses of Local People in Marange Diamond Fields NEW YORK, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International today called on the Zimbabwean government to release an activist who was detained after he exposed human rights violations in the country's Marange diamond fields. The organization said it considers Farai Maguwu a prisoner of conscience who is being persecuted for...

2010-06-30 11:51:00

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cuba's government continues to stifle dissent through arbitrary arrests, surveillance, intimidation and harassment of journalists, dissidents and activists, despite recent assertions that freedom of expression is respected inside Cuba, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081014/AILOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081014/AILOGO) "Restrictions on freedom of...

2010-04-28 13:50:00

Human rights organization continues to urge Yahoo! to publicly call for Shi Tao release on World Press Freedom day WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International USA members and other activists will hold a vigil at the Yahoo! headquarters demanding the release of Chinese journalist, Shi Tao. He was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison for sending an e-mail to a U.S.-based pro democracy website. Yahoo! provided Chinese authorities with the information that...

2010-04-16 16:37:00

NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The disturbing report by the BBC that a secret detention facility is still operating at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan and that inmates are being subjected to abusive treatment that far exceeds the limits set in President Obama's January 2009 Executive Order Ensuring Lawful Interrogations demonstrates all too vividly that the United States cannot so easily turn the page on the torture and other abuses unleashed as part of the global war on...

2010-04-15 16:29:00

Human Rights Organization Demands Accountability for Contaminated Water in Bhopal NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dow Chemical Company must not be allowed to run from its responsibility for the impact of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster by sponsoring this weekend's Live Earth 'Run for Water' events in the United States and worldwide, Amnesty International said today. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081014/AILOGO) Thousands of people died and more than 100,000...

2010-04-07 13:57:00

International and Local Speakers to Focus on Campaign to Reduce Preventable Deaths of Women and Mothers; NY State Ranks 47th in Terms of Maternal Deaths Among All States NEW YORK, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International, in partnership with The Riverside Church and the NAACP NY State Conference, will host a special public town hall forum with Amnesty International leaders from around the world in New York City (April 19) to spotlight a new campaign to reduce preventable...

2010-03-24 14:04:00

Human Rights Organization Calling for National Action to Combat Rising Pregnancy-Related Complications and Deaths NEW YORK, March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International today pointed to new government figures showing the highest-ever rate of Caesarean sections as more evidence the United States needs to adopt guidelines for the use of obstetric procedures to begin reversing rising pregnancy complications and maternal deaths. (Logo:...

2010-03-05 13:19:00

Human rights organization appalled at administration's reported decision to try detainees in military courts after proclaiming they would be tried in federal courts; sends wrong message to friends and foes WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA executive director, issued the following statement in response to news reports that the Obama administration is considering to try 9/11 detainees in military commissions after stating that the men would...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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