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How to Close Guantanamo


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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Democracy Shredded – Torture and America


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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Protest is a Right, Repression is Crime

Chelsea Manning in an undated file photo provided by the US army (Photo: AP)

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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Obama and the Convention Against Torture

US and ARVN soldiers waterboard a North Vietnamese prisoner during Operation Wheeler in 1967.

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

Anti-torture demonstrators performed a mock waterboarding outside the White House during the Bush years to protest CIA use of the technique. (Photo: flickr)

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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Ireland protests against water tax

Protesters rally in Swords County, Ireland against a government plan to tax domestic water use. (Photo: Right2WaterIreland)

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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The CIA torture cover-up continues


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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When It Comes To Torture, Silence Is Bipartisan


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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Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights


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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Eroding Principles of Human Rights

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush (with First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush) walk to a White House event on May 31, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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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The Destruction of Human Rights

Chris Grayling

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


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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War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?


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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Still Tolerating Torture

CIA Director John Brennan addresses officials at the Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Photo credit: CIA)

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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US/Israeli Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Oct. 1, 2013. (UN Photo by Evan Schneider)

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


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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White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber


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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