Human rights activist and scholar Samantha Power, who was banished from the Obama campaign after calling Hillary Clinton "a monster" during the primaries, is back advising Obama on the transition, particularly in the State Department. Most likely she was never really gone, as Obama does not seem stupid enough to deprive the country of one of the most passionate and brilliant advocates for human rights we have.
Power is hated by both the far right and the far left for her advocacy of armed intervention in human rights emergencies like Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur.
The question of intervention is obviously a legitimate matter for debate, but Power's continued presence in the Obama orbit is a sign that human rights might become a real priority rather than an opportunity for empty rhetoric.
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