A brief window into Nazi rule in Germany

My Grandfather wrote this letter to me 60 years after Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass. He was just a boy living in Berlin, Germany when the Nazis rose to power. Thankfully, he and his immediate family were able to get out of Germany before the final solution. Unfortunately, millions…


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You think America belongs to you
But you don’t got a clue
This is the land of the free and home of the brave
Not the sociopathic and depraved

You say you want to make America great
But we know that’s just…


The video above and the transcript below are my thoughts on the insurrection and attempted coup that took place at the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. This horrific day in our country’s history must not be glossed over. This was a direct attack on our democracy, our government…


Religion isn’t required to bring about progressive change.

In a November 21st op-ed entitled, “To Take on the Religious Right, We Need a Religious Left,” author Bianca Vivion Brooks makes the argument that since her Christian faith helps guide her progressive values she wishes more progressives would be religious like her.

Bianca’s main argument, or warning, seems to…


In a report released earlier this week, the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, established by the UN Human Rights Council, stated that top Myanmar military leaders must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

The majority of the report focused on the…


We have a problem. The truth seemingly doesn’t matter anymore to the Republican party and it’s hurting Democrats.

We’ve known for a long time now that Donald Trump is a pathological liar. The Washington Post estimated that from the time Trump took office in January 2017 to May 31, 2018…


In light of Roseanne day, I want to take a minute to reflect on one of the many things Roseanne tweeted about during her tenure on Twitter, something that has been getting a lot of play in conservative circles.

There is a narrative, largely attributed to the QAnon followers, that…


What the current shakeup in Washington could mean for a potential war with North Korea.

It seems like the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week is just the beginning of the “bloodbath” that is coming, as Fox News reported. Washington is abuzz with reports of a major administration shakeup as President Donald Trump is seemingly seeking to cull any advisors who disagree…


On February 6th, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) in the House of Representatives held a hearing entitled, “Mass Atrocities Prevention.” The room was packed, with every seat filled and many in the audience forced to stand in the back. …


July 9th marked South Sudan’s sixth year as an independent country, but instead of celebrating, the people are mourning.

Just two short years into the country’s existence, a brutal civil war broke out at the end of 2013. Since then, the violence has created the fastest growing refugee crisis in…

Mike Brand

Human Rights & mass atrocities prevention advocate. Purveyor of logic and rational thought. #Idealist https://twitter.com/miketheidealist

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