The American Academic Studies Association approved a resolution to support a decade-old effort to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
Several large department stores in New York, including Macy's and Barneys, have signed on to a 'customers' bill of rights' to try to address recent customer complaints of racial profiling by store employees or NYPD police.
The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted 65 years ago paved the way for decades of progress. The picture of human rights today is hardly as encouraging. But changing norms takes time and doesn't follow a linear path. From this view, 2013 brought some notable advances.