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Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, speaking Mexico City, in August 2007. (AP)

Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, speaking in Mexico City in August 2007. (AP)

A new Sudan policy out today from the Obama administration — and immediate scrutiny from human rights advocates of its impact on a campaign called genocide.

It’s been a tough decade for human rights. As if terror and torture and war on terror weren’t tough enough to deal with, then came economic collapse.

From dissidents in prison to populations in peril and poverty, it’s a hard world.

This hour, we’ll talk with the secretary general of Amnesty International worldwide, Irene Khan, and The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof, about human rights up against tough times.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Guests:

Irene Khan joins us in our studio. She is has been secretary general of Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, since Sept. 12, 2001. She’s the first woman, the first Asian, the first Bangladeshi, and the first Muslim in the job. Her new book is “The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights.”

Joining us from New York is Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times and author of the On The Ground blog. He is the co-author, with Sheryl WuDunn, of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

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Dec 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

Dec 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

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Dec 17, 2014
Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

From the Sochi Olympics and Ray Rice to Lebron’s return to Cleveland, we’ll unpack a big year in sports.

 
Dec 17, 2014
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

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