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Joint Letter to Secretary John F. Kerry Regarding UN General Assembly Action on North Korea

TCf fellow, Morton Abramowitz is a signatory to a Human Rights Watch letter to Secretary Kerry about UN action on the humanitarian situation in North Korea.

Dear Secretary Kerry,

The undersigned organizations and individuals, comprising several key advocacy groups, academic institutions, think tanks, and others, know that you understand the seriousness of the human rights situation inside North Korea, a country President Barack Obama spoke of in April as “probably the worst human rights violator in the world.”

We write to request that you personally attend a United Nations General Assembly side event on North Korea later this month to highlight the recent work of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea and set the stage for a strong General Assembly resolution endorsing its findings.

Read the entire letter.

Tags: united nations, secretary of state john kerry, north korea, john kerry, human rights watch, human rights, foreign policy

A Brief Summary on Pot

June 17, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Jessi Stafford TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Confronting International Crime

The case for pot as a legitimate business will be made at a compelling new event, “The Green Rush,” hosted by TCF, with commentary from Patrick Radden Keefe, TCF senior fellow, and Michael Shtender-Auerbach of Privateer, a private equity fund that invests in the cannabis economy.

Tags: pot, patrick radden keefe, marijuana economy, legalization, green rush, cannabis

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/9/2014?

The Nation's interns recommend TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe's New Yorker story, "The Hunt for El Chapo" as a required read. Get the full list of must-reads here

Tags: the nation, patrick radden keefe, new yorker, longreads, el chapo

Requiem for a Snakehead

TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe publishes another feature for the New Yorker regarding the death of "Sister" Cheng Chui Ping, the subject of his book The Snakehead.


In China, human smugglers are known as Snakeheads, and the prosecutors who put Sister Ping on trial called her “the mother of all snakeheads.” They told the story of a ruthless criminal entrepreneur who had preyed on the dreams and ambitions of her customers. The tabloids went a step further, with understated headlines like “EVIL INCARNATE.” But in Chinatown the reaction to the trial was different. Many in the community rallied to her cause, defending Sister Ping as a heroic figure who had escorted a generation of immigrants out of poverty in China to a better life in the United States.

Read the full article here.

Tags: the snakehead, sister ping, new yorker, international crime, human trafficking, cheng chui ping

Requiem for a Snakehead

TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe remebers Cheng Chui Ping, who died in prison after being convicted of human smuggling. “Sister Ping” as she was known, was described as “the mother of all snakeheads” by federal prosecutors during her 2005 trial. (Snakehead is the term used in China for human smugglers.) Read Keefe’s entire piece at the New Yorker.

Tags: snakehead, sister ping, patrick radden keefe, patrick keefe, new yorker, human trafficking

Was Torture the Key to Bringing Down a Kingpin?

In a recent flurry of press and writing on drug kingpin "El Chapo," TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe writes a new piece for The New Yorker on the potential use of torture in his capture.


One question raised by the successful capture, in Mexico, of Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzmán, which I recount in the magazine this week, is whether one decisive tool that Mexican authorities used to find the elusive leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel was torture. Guzmán had been on the run since escaping from a maximum-security prison in 2001. He was constantly on the move, sleeping in a different safe house every night, always a step or two ahead of the federales, some of whom were in his pay. But, in the days leading to his capture, two of Chapo’s closest associates were arrested by an élite unit of the Mexican Marines, and turned over valuable, real-time information about his whereabouts.

Read the full account here.

Tags: torture, patrick radden keefe, new yorker, mexican cartel, el chapo, drug trafficking


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