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These rabbis prove criticism of Israel’s campaign of terror is NOT anti-semitic

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A group of 30 rabbis has criticized the “unjust” demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank in a letter to Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK. The British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights spoke out against the impending ...

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Are Human Rights Violations Already Being Trumped By Corporate Trade Deal?

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AP, Reuters report that Obama administration about to upgrade Malaysia’s human trafficking status, seen as move merely ‘for political expediency’ by Andrea Germanos  (Common Dreams) – The Obama administration is reportedly poised to upgrade the ranking it gives Malaysia on its efforts ...

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US urged to investigate CIA human rights abuses

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Leading human rights groups have called on the United States Department of Justice to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to US Attorney General Loretta ...

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Chicago police sexually abused prisoner at ‘black site’ – report

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One of the people held at the Chicago police’s notorious “black site” at Homan Square claims the officers sexually abused him into agreeing to participate in a drug sting. Security footage from the facility shows the man was indeed held ...

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Criminalisation of Free Speech and Double Standards

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In what appears to be another attempt to suppress criticism of Israel, the Canadian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel which makes the claim that “the selective targeting of Israel is the new face of anti-Semitism” and ...

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Criminalisation of Free Speech and Double Standards

In what appears to be another attempt to suppress criticism of Israel, the Canadian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel which makes the claim that “the selective targeting of Israel is the new face of anti-Semitism” and ...

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Human cost of cheap clothes – Firms still ignore family victims

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Roughly twelve clothing firms linked to Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory, which collapsed two years ago killing over 1,100 people, are yet to offer a single penny into a fund for the families of victims who lost their lives in the ...

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Expected trials at Guantanamo falls to new low

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The US Government has revealed that the number of detainees it expects to be given a trial at Guantanamo has fallen to a new low, with a maximum of just seven more of the remaining 122 people being held at ...

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How to Close Guantanamo

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President Barack Obama once again has made it plain that he intends to close Guantanamo. Those who doubted his previous promises on immigrant rights and Cuba should realize that he is serious about Guantanamo as well. Most of the remaining ...

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Americans Support Torture … Because They Don’t Know THIS

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Reprinted with permission from Washington’s Blog What Americans STILL Don’t Know… New polls show that – even after the Senate torture report showed that torture is unnecessary and doesn’t work – Americans still think torture is necessary and works. Why? ...

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Democracy Shredded – Torture and America

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Norman Pollack RINF Alternative News When will America be cleansed of its fascistic rot? Never, because its institutional core not only protects but generates this rot. The rot? Today, revelations of torture, but torture is merely the excremental if not ...

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The US Must Prosecute Torturers and their Enablers, or Forever Be a Labeled a Rogue Nation

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In all the media debate about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s release, finally, of a heavily redacted report on officially sanctioned torture by the CIA and the US military during the Bush/Cheney administration and the so-called War on Terror, there has ...

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Tens of Thousands Protest Water Privatization in Ireland

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Mass march demands abolition of water fees, which are part of broader austerity push Sarah Lazare “We can’t pay! We won’t pay!” was the call of tens of thousands who took to the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday to ...

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Only CIA Agent Jailed for Torture Program Is Whistleblower Who Confirmed Its Existence

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Former operative John Kiriakou, currently in prison, was charged with a crime after helping expose widespread abuses conducted by agency Sarah Lazare There is only one U.S. government employee who has gone to jail in connection with the widespread torture ...

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Senate accuses CIA of torturing prisoners, overstepping legal boundaries

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The intelligence committee of the United States Senate has released its long-awaited congressional report detailing the CIA’s use of torture on prisoners in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Tuesday, the executive summary of the roughly ...

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Britain and the US have always used torture

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The problem wasn’t carrying out torture. It was that releasing a report into torture might increase the chance of terrorism. That was the deliberately obtuse response from the media to a report examining the CIA’s use of torture. After a ...

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UK complicit? US Senate report into CIA torture and rendition due

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As the US administration prepares for the release of a long-awaited report examining the CIA’s use of torture post 9/11, Britain’s previously undisclosed role in the controversial rendition program is set to become clearer. Following a six-year examination of CIA ...

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Rampant Use of Solitary Confinement in the US Constitutes Torture

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Alexis Agathocleous George Ruiz is 72 years old. For the past 30 years, he has spent every day alone — locked in a cramped, windowless cell inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) first at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, then ...

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The United States Admits It “Crossed a Line” on Torture. That’s the Least of It

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Sarah Mehta On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo Bay but closer to home, in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities. The U.S. ...

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Protest is a Right, Repression is Crime

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CHARLES GLASS “Protest is a right, repression is a crime.” Written on a wall at the Escuela Normal Rural Raùl Isidro Burgos, Guerrero State, Mexico, where 43 students were kidnapped following clashes with police on 26 September 2014. Three people ...

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US words on Gitmo torture ‘laughable’ without release of force feeding tapes

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The US has announced that it will this week tell the United Nations that it now considers a ban against torture to apply to US prisoners held overseas – including those 148 men held without charge or trial at Guantanamo ...

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Obama and the Convention Against Torture

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STEVE BREYMAN On November 12—thirteen years after the onset of George W. Bush’s dirty underground war against “unlawful combatants”—the Obama administration finally told the United Nations Committee Against Torture that the United States believed, in the words of Assistant Secretary ...

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US: ‘No Nation Is Perfect.’ ‘We Crossed the Line.’ (But Don’t Expect Accountability for Legacy of Torture)

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Despite earlier indications, White House tells panel in Geneva that U.S.  will abide by UN Convention Against Torture… for the most part  Jon Queally The Obama administration indicated on Wednesday that it will back away from a position held by ...

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U.N. Presses U.S. on Torture Policies

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Appearing today before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, U.S. representatives acknowledged that the country’s legal obligations under a major anti-torture treaty apply to certain places outside the United States. The position is a departure from the Bush administration’s, which ...

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G4S stonewalls questions over involvement in Guantánamo Bay

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British security company G4S is refusing to address concerns over its involvement in the running of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay. Human rights charity Reprieve submitted a complaint to the UK government earlier this year, arguing that G4S has ...

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Human Trafficking adviser warns Modern Slavery Bill leaves victims helpless

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A former government adviser has called the UK’s efforts to curb slavery and human trafficking a “lost opportunity,” claiming the proposed bill, to be debated by MPs this week, would still leave abused victims vulnerable to exploitation. Anthony Steen, chair ...

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Ireland protests against water tax

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Over 100 demonstrations held across Ireland protesting austerity scheme to tax, privatize water supply Lauren McCauley Protest organizers Right 2 Water estimate that over 150,000 people came out to protest the water charge scheme. In a statement released Saturday afternoon, ...

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Human rights? Only at the government’s discretion

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FRANCES WEBBER There is more to the Tories’ proposals on human rights and free movement than mere electioneering, argues Frances Webber of the Institute of Race Relations. The October 2014 Conservative party conference was dominated by justice minister Chris Grayling’s ...

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The CIA torture cover-up continues

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One of the numerous issues being carefully avoided by the political establishment in the US midterm elections, now less than one week away, is the constitutional crisis surrounding the plot to cover up torture carried out by the CIA. All ...

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The Home of the Free Speech Movement Suppresses Freedom of Speech

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Dan Bacher In the home of the Free Speech Movement at the U.C. Berkeley campus, students got a rude awakening when what they describe as an administrator “with clear political motivations” shut down the Beehive Collective’s art project on drought ...

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When It Comes To Torture, Silence Is Bipartisan

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Torture politics makes for strange bedfellows. For those of you who think the Obama Administration doesn’t know how to work with Republicans, think again. North Carolina’s Republican Senator, Richard Burr, may soon be one of the Obama Administration’s best friends. ...

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American Exceptionalism at Play in Interpreting the Convention on Torture

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Michael Ratner of the Centre for Constitutional Rights rejects the idea that the convention on torture exempts the US outside its borders

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Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights

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During and after Israel’s war on Gaza, bipartisan congressional majorities have worked to undermine war crimes investigations by the United Nations and human rights groups Stephen Zunes Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in ...

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The Tories Don’t Understand Human Rights

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We have human rights because we are human, not because we are British. Forced to abandon NHS bashing for the sake of the election, David Cameron needed to feed the right some red meat. He chose the European Convention on ...

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Eroding Principles of Human Rights

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Lawrence Davidson The traditional criterion for state legitimacy was very simple. If a state and its government could hold and govern territory, it was legitimate, at least in the eyes of other governments. The form of government and its behavior ...

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First-ever trial to assess Guantanamo force-feeding begins today

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An unprecedented trial to assess the legality of force-feeding methods used at Guantanamo Bay will begin today, Monday Oct 6, at 10am (EST) in courtroom 26A of the District Court, Washington DC. The trial, in the case of Dhiab v. ...

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Scrapping human rights law is an act of displaced fury

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The Tory plan to break with the European court is all about blunting Ukip’s bayonets – channelling rage that should be aimed elsewhere Jonathan Freedland It’s the spelling mistake that gives the game away. Like a twist in a fine ...

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Free Speech Arrested: Police Union Seeks To Censor College Commencement Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Linn Washington Police carp about college students’ selection of a prison inmate for their commencement speaker. It must have something to do with Mumia Abu-Jamal…the man that cops across America love to hate. Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal ...

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Cameron vows to scrap Human Rights Act, civil liberties groups outraged

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Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to terminate the Human Rights Act if the Conservatives are re-elected in Britain’s 2015 general election. The controversial proposal has stoked the ire of civil rights groups across the nation. Speaking on the final ...

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The Destruction of Human Rights

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Justice minister’s attack to destroy ability to challenge state Amberhawk Training According to most of the broadsheets, if there is a Conservative government after the next General Election, the European Court of Human Rights will no longer be able to ...

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TSA Now Deciding If You’re Allowed Your Medication

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LISA SIMEONE Several stories have been circulating recently about people’s medications being confiscated by the TSA. In some cases, these are potentially lifesaving medications, such as nitroglycerin for heart patients or insulin for diabetics.  We’ve written in the past about ...

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NYT Would Call It Torture — If It Covered Torture

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After more than a decade of criticism, the New York Timesexecutive editor Dean Baquet announced (8/7/14) that when the paper reports on US torture, it will call it “torture” (FAIR Blog,8/8/14). But what if the paper decides that well-documented evidence of US torture ...

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Pentagon Hands Lucrative Guantanamo Bay Deal to Notorious Private Security Company

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“It would be much better if the U.S. did not award contracts to companies with horrendous track records and itself stopped human rights abuses at Guantanamo.” Sarah Lazare A British private security company that has been accused of numerous human ...

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ACLU Threatens Lawsuit Over Violations of Chelsea Manning’s Rights

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Rights group, lawyer give Sept. 4 deadline for Manning’s Gender Dysphoria to be treated Andrea Germanos The medical needs and therefore constitutional rights of Chelsea Manning continue to be ignored during her incarceration, a fact that has prompted the threat ...

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War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?

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Jeff Bachman On Aug. 1, President Barack Obama stated in an oddly casual manner that “we tortured some folks.” As Obama is well aware, torture is a violation of international law. It is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their ...

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US wanted Britain to build 2nd Guantanamo – report

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Britain could have had its own Guantanamo Bay, according to classified documents detailing discussions between the US and Tony Blair’s government. The prison, which could have been built in the British territory of Diego Garcia, would have hosted up to ...

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Still Tolerating Torture

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William Blum Since the “war on terror,” the  before  , there was the argument pretense that Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked ...

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American held without bail after tweets in support of Islamic State

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An American accused of conspiring to aid the militant group Islamic State was ordered by a New York judge to be held without bail after he was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this month, according to the ...

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5 Human Rights Abuses America Commits Right Here at Home

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Watching Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza over our TV screens makes it easy to forget about the human rights abuses taking place right here on American soil. Sybrina Fulton and Ron Davis, whose sons were killed in what ...

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Release of Senate report on torture stalled by CIA redactions

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Eric London Senator Dianne Feinstein announced last Friday that the Senate Intelligence Committee would delay the release of a declassified summary of its voluminous report on CIA torture programs during the Bush administration due to the scale of redactions made ...

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Obama is a ‘war criminal’ for supporting Israel’s treatment of Palestinians – Cornel West

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Professor and political activist Cornel West declared President Barack Obama a “war criminal,” arguing that his support of Israel and his drone policy make him complicit in the deaths of innocent people. The controversial activist made the comments at a ...

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US/Israeli Hypocrisy on Human Rights

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Lawrence Davidson By the end of the 19th Century, it was recognized by those concerned with human rights that the nation-state was a destructive anachronism. It was an entity that seemed addicted to periodic spasms of mass violence, particularly in the ...

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With Obama Torture Admission, John Yoo Should Be Investigated

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Obama just admitted that the United States tortured people. Apparently, he’s softening up the public for the imminent release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the CIA. The Committee’s report “will reveal new and shocking details about the CIA’s detention, rendition and interrogation program in ...

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It’s About the Lying: On John Brennan, the CIA, and Torture

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I don’t want to understate how seriously wrong it is that the CIA searched Senate computers. Our constitutional order is seriously out of whack when the executive branch acts with that kind of impunity — to its overseers, no less. But given everything ...

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Human Rights Watch or Hypocrites Representing Washington

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Unlike previous centuries and epochs, modern warfare is not restricted solely to the battlefield. Rather, it extends into the information sphere where the dissemination of propaganda and the construction of narratives are of equal importance to weapons and soldiers. For ...

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White House accidentally leaks post-9/11 CIA torture report findings

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When the CIA first began using its controversial interrogation and detention methods after the September 11th attacks, it reportedly declined to tell the Secretary of State and other American ambassadors about its actions. The revelation comes from the Senate’s still-unreleased ...

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Why Has Obama Rejected a More Humane Response to the Hunger Strike at Gitmo?

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Jeff Bachman RINF Alternative News On July 15, the Miami Herald reported that a Navy medical officer recently refused to continue to participate in the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are on hunger strike. According to Cori Crider of Reprieve, who was ...

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Pushing Release of CIA Torture Report, Senators Threaten Use of Special Rule

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Rarely-used resolution may allow Senate to declassify documents without presidential approval Nadia Prupis U.S. Senators are considering using a special rule to compel the White House to reveal the information from their investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture ...

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How grassroots power is shaping New York’s marijuana decriminalization debate

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Hannah K. Gold Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or ...

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The CIA’s Global Torture Operations: Disclosure under Barack Obama, the Most Secretive President in U.S. History

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Joachim Hagopian Journalist Mai Bei, (Yahoo News) is reminding America of its recent dark past vis-à-vis that longtime rogue agency the CIA’s global torture operations during that rogue regime of the Bush administration. The plot thickens with the Senate Intelligence Committee ...

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White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

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With all eyes glued on the atrocities in Gaza and Ukraine, another homegrown atrocity may soon be underway. The Obama administration has quietly executed one of those sneaky summer weekend news dumps in hopes of nobody noticing or caring. Because ...

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Opposition grows to Detroit water shutoffs

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“We are not living in a democratic society” The shut off of water to tens of thousands of Detroit residents has provoked widespread anger and opposition throughout the city and beyond. As part of a broader corporate-imposed bankruptcy restructuring, the ...

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Even a Guantanamo Nurse Refuses to Force-Feed Prisoners

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Kevin Mathews We’ve been following the Guantanamo Bay prisoner hunger strikes for some time now, but the situation has inexplicably not improved. In fact, things have gotten so terrible that one of the nurses assigned to administer the force-feedings has declined ...

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Snowden: ‘If I end up in chains in Guantanamo I can live with that’

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“If I end up in chains in Guantanamo I can live with that,” Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor-turned-privacy advocate, told the Guardian newspaper during a recent interview released in part by the paper on Thursday. Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger ...

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Another Hancock Anti-Drone Protester Convicted of a Misdemeanor

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Jack Gilroy of Binghamton, NY was convicted after a two-day jury trial in DeWitt Town Court of charges stemming from his arrest during a nonviolent protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base on April 28, 2013. Jack was convicted of ...

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The End of Pot Prohibition As We Know It

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Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War? This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that ...

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Military Nurse Refused to Force-Feed Guantánamo Prisoners

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“This is a historic stand by this nurse, who recognized the basic humanity of the detainees and the inhumanity of what he was being asked to do.” Sarah Lazare A nurse in the U.S. Navy has refused to participate in ...

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America: Where the “Good Guys” Torture

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In a twisted new world, the all-American heroes wield the pliers and waterboards. Rebecca Gordon Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad ...

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What is to be done about police brutality?

Mariam Elba Whether officers are pepper-spraying protesters in the face or shooting and killing people in the back while in custody, the police force throughout the United States continues to have notorious reputation of being an institution that abuses its power. ...

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Americans Content with Loss of Freedom

Is it true that natural born citizens no longer cherish their personal freedom? What about the hordes of immigrant refugees that flock across our borders, do they have a desire to embrace the goals set down by the Founding Fathers ...

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Raper Talib Kweli stands in solidarity with Palestinians, refuses to perform in Israel

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Last Tuesday, Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli joined a host of other artists, including Jello Biafra, Stevie Wonder, Danny Glover and several others in canceling a planned concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, to honor the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. “As much ...

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Ukraine’s “Terrorists” Talk.

Their Message Is to America:  “Please Stop Terrorizing Us!” Here’s How That Can Be Done. Eric Zuesse A 41-minute documentary has been produced and is online, “Ukraine Crisis Today,” interviewing “terrorists” (as our side calls them) who have been bombed by the ...

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Drone memo should reverse Gitmo convictions, attorneys claim

Attorneys for a Canadian man who spent a decade detained by the United States military at Guantanamo Bay say details in the Obama administration’s recently released “drone memo” exonerates their client of war crimes. Omar Khadr was only 15 years ...

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Our Handiwork. Hidden from Us, by America’s “News” Media (which have the audacity to lie calling THEM “Terrorists”)

Eric Zuesse RINF Alternative News UPDATE: Russian TV did a piece on this on July 3rd: http://rt.com/news/170104-ukraine-lugansk-shelling-airstrike/ Their reporter wasn’t able to find any military explanation for why this inconsequential village had been bombed. But she didn’t consider the possible ...

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Iraqi torture victims will have day in court

Andrea Germanos In a ruling that “affirms that U.S. corporations are not entitled to impunity for torture and war crimes,” a federal appeals court Monday overturned a lower court’s decision that had prevented accountability sought by Iraqi victims of torture at the ...

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Pew Poll: America Is Becoming a Nation of Political Enemies

Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News “A threat to the nation’s well-being” — that’s what 36% of Republicans think of Democrats, and what 27% of Democrats think of Republicans. Furthermore, “Today, 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and ...

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UN to Detroit: Denial of Water to Thousands ‘Violates Human Rights’

Experts slam city’s aggressive drive to disconnect water from residents who are unable to pay Sarah Lazare United Nations experts declared Wednesday that the city of Detroit’s shut-off of water to thousands of residents who are unable to pay their ...

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Three New Evidences that Obama Is a Fascist

Eric Zuesse 1: http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/6/wikileaks-trade-inservicesagreementsecrecy.html and here is more detail on that: http://www.world-psi.org/sites/default/files/documents/research/en_tisaresearchpaper_final_web.pdf and here is even more, the draft document itself: https://wikileaks.org/tisa-financial/press.html Obama, it turns out, thinks that financial services, and all services, are too regulated by governments in public, and should ...

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President Obama’s Brilliant Strategy for Nuclear-Blitzing Russia

There is no mystery as to why Russia is making preparations for being hit by a U.S. nuclear attack. When the U.S. toppled the freely elected, pro-Russian, President of Ukraine, in February of this year, and replaced him with a U.S. appointed ...

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Our People in Ukraine Vandalize a Russian Bank

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Eric Zuesse  RINF Alternative News On Monday, June 22nd, a video was posted to youtube showing (starting at 3:00) a Russian bank being vandalized in Ukraine by a mob of “Right Sektor” thugs, which is the same organization who were used by Obama’s team ...

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America Cleanses Southeastern Ukraine of Ethnic Russians

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Eric Zuesse RINF Alternative News The Western news media have not been showing the footage of this action by the U.S. Administration, but U.S. news media also covered up the Administration’s constant lies about “Saddam’s WMD” (which the U.N. had ...

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Obama’s Ugliest Crime Exposed in Just a 4-Minute Video

Eric Zuesse RINF Alternative News It’s stunning. It’s video showing inside the Odessa Trades Unions Building while hundreds of people who opposed Obama’s coup that had overthrown Ukraine’s freely elected President (the last President who was elected by the entire ...

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Penny Lane: The CIA’s Double Agent Recruiting Station at Gitmo

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This satellite image provided by TerraServer.com and DigitalGlobe shows an image captured on Sept. 2, 2010, shows a portion of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including the secret facility known as Penny Lane, upper middle in white. In the early ...

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Israel’s War on Palestinian Children

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Israel's War on Palestinian Childrenby Stephen LendmanIsrael is a serial human rights abuser. It's one of the world's worst. It's war on Palestinian children alone reflects it.They're systematically abused unjustly. Up to 700 are arrested annually. Mos...

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7 Signs the National Outcry Against Walmart Will Lead to Big Changes

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Walmart workers are not backing down in their fight for better working conditions, and the nation is beginning to join them. “People across the country are starting to see the real Walmart,” said Q Knapp, a Texas Walmart worker who ...

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UN Official: Israeli Blockade Has Made Gaza ‘Uninhabitable’

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A year after Israel ended its 8-day bombardment of Gaza, a UN official has warned that the blockaded territory has become “uninhabitable.” A street in Gaza City flooded with sewage water on November 14, 2013. (Photo: Reuters/Mohammed Salem) Outgoing Commissioner ...

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Wage Wars Continue: Thousands in Streets after Bad Deal Offered to Bangladeshi Workers

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Garment workers shout slogans as they block a street during a protest demanding higher wages in Gazipur November 13, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer)Thousands of striking factory workers took to the streets of Dhaka in Bangladesh once again on Thursday, following a weak ...

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Video: US Soldiers Stand By as Afghan Man Whipped, Beaten

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A still from the video which shows what appear to be U.S. Special Forces soldiers standing witness as a man, bound by his hands and ankles, is beaten by Afghan interrogators. (Screenshot) A violent video acquired by Rolling Stone journalist ...

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Dreamer activist deported after protesting US immigration policy

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American immigration officials have deported one of the dozens of activists taken into custody last month while protesting current US immigration policy. Rocio Hernandez Perez was one of 34 immigrants who attempted to cross into the US on September 30, ...

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For First Time Ever, Majority of Americans Say: Legalize It!

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Everybody must get stoned. Three years after Bob Dylan penned these lyrics, a scant 12 percent of the nation believed marijuana should be legal. On Wednesday national pollsters Gallup announced that, for the first time, the majority of Americans want ...

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Growing Clash Between Immigrant Rights Activists and Washington Power Brokers

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This fall, when Congress couldn’t pass immigration reform bills – even ones deeply unpopular among many immigrants themselves – one of the most important responses came from Oaxaca. In the capital of this southern Mexican state, a representative of a ...

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UN torture investigator condemns California prison conditions

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The foremost torture investigator at the United Nations has expressed concern over worsening conditions in prisons throughout the US and hopes to visit California facilities, where a judge has granted state lawmakers more time to reduce overcrowding. Juan Mendez, the ...

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French Students Barricade High Schools to Protest Deportation of Classmates

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Thousands of French high school students protested the deportation of their classmates Thursday (Photo: AFP)Thousands of French high school students have launched protests across Paris, erecting barricades to block their own schools’ entrances, to show their opposition to aggressive government ...

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Exposed: Obama’s ‘Unprecedented’ War on Journalism

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President Barack Obama has overseen an all-out war on journalism: attacking sources, conducting surveillance, creating a climate of fear, and prosecuting double the amount of cases for alleged leaks of classified information as all previous administrations combined, a report released ...

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UN Expert Slams US Prison System for ‘Torture,’ Overall Inhumanity

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The more than 40 year solitary confinement of “Angola Three” inmate Albert Woodfox “amounts to torture and it should be lifted immediately,” declared UN Special Rapporteur on torure Juan E. Méndez in a sweeping indictment Monday of injustice and abuse ...

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Vigils Around the Globe for Greenpeace Activists Held In Russia On Piracy Charges

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Protests were held in cities around the world on Saturday to rally support for the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists currently being held by the Russian government on charges of piracy. Both activists and governments have been shocked by ...

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Despite Repression, Mexican Teachers Continue to Resist Education Reform

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This year’s Mexico independence celebration came with an extremely high cost, and we’re not talking about the fireworks budget. In preparation to “liberate” Mexico City’s central plaza, the Zócalo, the government deployed 3,600 riot police, a water tank and two ...

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School Madness: Students To Be Expelled For Shooting Airsoft Guns At Home

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The madness of the government indoctrination machine is no longer limited to school grounds. With children and teens across the country being regularly suspended for playing with toys that resemble guns or even wearing t-shirts that are suggestive of rebellious ...

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Photos: New York Cop Steals Resident’s Pro-Second Amendment Signs

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Gun rights advocate plans to go public with story Adan Salazar After a Somers, New York, resident discovered someone was coming on to his private property and repeatedly stealing his pro-Second Amendment signs, he thought up a brilliant plan to ...

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Attorney for New York City says NYPD was right to spy on Muslims

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The New York City Police Department was right to operate a program that put undercover officers in mosques to spy on Muslims, an attorney for the city argued in federal court this week. In an attempt to have a lawsuit ...

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