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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia area coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views appear regularly in a variety of newspapers, magazines and web sites. Note that the ideas expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Amnesty International or any other organization with which she may be associated. Email her.