As military officials begin to notify the public of this summer's upcoming military training exercise in rural counties in Texas, conspiracy theories have run wild about the Obama administration's "plot" to invade the state. While the training isn't a federal coup attempt, it does fit into a larger pattern of an expanding domestic military footprint.
The quest for justice by one indigenous Guatemalan woman for the murder of her husband by private security forces of a Canadian company's subsidiary transcends borders. The trial in Canada has paved the way for other indigenous communities to seek restitution from multinationals for human rights violations.
Ashley Diamond's story starkly illustrates the challenges facing trans women behind bars - from frequent violence and sexual assaults to the denial of hormones and other medical neglect. But Diamond's experiences are far from unique, or even unusual. Nor is her decision to challenge prison policies around trans health care and safety an exception.