For much of the past year and a half, Juka Ceesay has wondered if her brother was alive or dead. Alhagie Mamut Ceesay, a 39-year-old father of two, and his friend went to their native Gambia in May 2013 to look into investing in a cashew exporting business. A month later, both men had disappeared, ... More >>
According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the recently adopted League City resolution banning undocumented immigrants from using city services also contains language suggesting closing the borders to Mexico is about more than keeping out impoverished children. In an op-ed piece in the ... More >>
If you're one of those privacy loving folks who hates when your cell phone gets tapped or gets even more worried when you hear about the ubiquity of drones hovering around our local airspace, we've got some good news and some bad news for you. First, the good news. According to the Harris County Sh ... More >>
While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.
It'll be a public statement about discrimination in the City of Houston if a planned anti-discrimination ordinance gets through the council. For her final two years in office, Mayor Annise Parker wants to be working on greening Houston and cutting deeper into the homelessness problem, but it may be ... More >>
The 7th Amendment to the Constitution allows for the right to a jury trial. The 8th Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." A new report by Human Rights Watch shows that federal criminal defendants, especially those charged with drug crimes, are having their constitutional rights arguab ... More >>
UT Young Conservatives abandon plan after hilarity did not ensue.
Plus: Why is fear a part of Mexican childhoods?
A children's advocacy group can proceed with a class action lawsuit accusing the Texas Department of Family Services of depriving foster children of their Constitutional rights, a federal judge in Corpus Christi has ruled. The group, Children's Rights, sued DFPS in 2011, claiming that the more than ... More >>
If you've never been to Farmers Branch, you haven't missed much. It's a neighborhood/suburban bubble/town engulfed by Dallas's urban sprawl, and it's such a bland place you'd probably never have noticed or heard tell of it until the city government enacted a controversial housing law back in May 2 ... More >>
J. Lo's Marilyn Monroe moment may not have gone as well as she planned. You see, when Monroe sang the words "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy, the controversy arose by murmurs of an affair. When J. Lo sang those words, scandal came by means of scathing headlines about human-rights ... More >>
The Houston Press has got your complete guide to Houston Pride Week.
In June 2009, Chris Vogel wrote our story "For Their Own Good," detailing the problems created when teens are left in solitary confinement in jail for up to 23 hours a day. We'd like to think we made an impact -- well, we had some effect in Harris County, which is what we concentrated on -- but as ... More >>
Above: Video of the performance that got three Moscow punk rockers arrested If he were still alive, Frank Zappa would have a field day with this one. Just when we thought the Montgomery County sheriff's department was setting the standard for dodgy tactics and thought control with Friday's suspici ... More >>
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs.
The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.
Schools are finally getting tougher on gay bullying.
You rotten flexible bastard. Sting. He's the artist we love to hate: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova--herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha and daughter of ... More >>
You rotten flexible bastard.Sting. He's the artist we love to hate. From The Atlantic: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova - herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha ... More >>
A lawsuit alleges that 12,000 kids trapped in foster care with little chance of getting out are being exposed to abuse and neglect, shuttled around the state and denied health services.
Thousands of Texas foster children are subject to "immeasurable and permanent harm and are deprived of the opportunity for a safe children," according to a class-action lawsuit filed by a New York-based advocacy group against Governor Rick Perry and state child welfare officials. Filed in Ma ... More >>
Does Cleve Foster deserve a death at least as humane as that of a lizard? The ACLU thinks so.The pets of those on death row would be treated more humanely than their owners, if the animals were sitting in the execution chamber instead of them. According to a report released by the American C ... More >>
The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but whats been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.
Hopefully he learned a few tricks in Midnight Express.Americans, as a people, are fascinated by stories of outlaws. English bandit Robin Hood has been dead for 500 years (give or take) and they're still making crappy movies about him. And the Old West remains a fertile ground for tales of rom ... More >>
Unlike refugees from other troubled countries, only a fraction of Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum are accepted no matter how horrible their wounds or their stories.
Today is National Dog Day, the annual event where we honor man's best friend.Although man's best friend has done some pretty crummy stuff to man, come to think of it, if you look at sequels to dog movies. Dog movies are generally not that great anyway, but a sequel is just death.For instance, these ... More >>
No appointed lawyers, unlike criminal courtsAlberto was born in Portugal, but moved with his parents to the United States before his second birthday. In time, he received his green card, becoming a legal permanent resident.But Alberto was bipolar, and as the decades ticked by, he found himself ho ... More >>
Blueberry croissant bread pudding at Cafe Chino
Photo by Liana Lopez Carted away in comfort At least four protesters were arrested this morning at a demonstration outside a Chevron shareholders' meeting downtown. The protesters moved past temporary police barricades and sat on the ground after they were refused entrance into the buildin ... More >>
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death.
A group of marathon runners were kicked out and banned from the Chevron Marathon Expo for displaying material that was critical of the oil company, but one of the runners tells Hair Balls that the group is continuing as planned. "We are still going to, at least try to, run the race on Sunday. We ... More >>
Two artists who split their time between Houston and Spain share a vision
Sixty years ago this week in Paris, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The original text was a collaborative effort from representatives from many nations including the United States (Eleanor Roosevelt was part of the team), written as a way to repudiate the atroci ... More >>
Journalist and former detainee Paul Salopek talks about the wars in Africa
You’d think that deporting felons would get you a round of applause. Well, not if you’re in Houston. Local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced last week that they returned almost 15,800 undocumented workers to their home countries during the last fiscal year. Of those, ... More >>
Bold stands are the order of the day, and U.S. Rep. Al Green is right on the front line. Fighting the Vietnam War. Green has issued a press release bringing notice to the fact that he's against the Vietnamese government opening a consulate here in Houston. "The Vietnamese government has come under ... More >>
Jody Williams, a professor at UH's Graduate College of Social Work, is having quite the summer. She's touring Thailand, Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad (one luxurious resort after the other!) as part of a Nobel Women's Initiative peace delegation. Thanks to heavy support work by people at UH, the delegat ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas wants the Beaumont Independent School District to explain why a “Big 3 Conference” at West Brook High which included topics such as “Thug Life” was required only for African-American, male students. Other topics at the March 29 session ... More >>