What Should Be Progressive or Humanitarian Response to Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria?

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 3:14 pm

The increasing consensus, despite the lack of incontrovertible proof, is that a chemical attack took place in Syria that killed hundreds of innocent people and the Syrian government was behind it. It is impossible to be one hundred percent certain that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government launched a chemical attack, but, since it is [...]

Politicization of Asylum Seeking on Full Display in Case of NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 1:12 pm

“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution,” under Article 14 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, however, that does not apply to individuals who have committed “non-political crimes” or “acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden [...]

Judicial Ignorance and Bias Doom Ahmed Abu Ali to Decades in Isolation in Key “War on Terror” Case

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 3:07 pm

Ahmed Abu Ali was framed up by the notorious torturing security forces of Saudi Arabia. A confession, including incredible assertions he was a member of Al Qaeda, was planning another 9/11-type terrorist plot, and planning to assassinate former President George W. Bush, was coerced out of him via use of physical and psychological torture. But the evidence for this torture was contested in court. A judge decided to ignore psychiatric testimony from defense experts and use his own biased judgment on what a tortured person might remember while under torture to condemn Ahmed as guilty and condemn him to decades in solitary confinement. How could this have happened?

Countries Subject to US Intervention Become Executioners & Impose Death Penalty

By: Friday April 12, 2013 11:35 am

Amnesty International released its annual review of death sentences and executions around the world. The review found the five biggest executors in 2012 were China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the USA. It also found that the number of countries that abolished the death penalty rose to 97 and progress toward abolition of the death [...]

In 2012, Number of New Death Sentences Remained Near Historic Low

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 11:42 am

(photo: Truthout.org ) A year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) indicates the “number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.” The number remained near the historic low number of death sentences in 2011. Seventy-eight people were sentenced to death in the United States. States that [...]

Gitmo Detainee’s Body Returned to Yemen, New Details on His Death Revealed

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 7:42 pm

The U.S. Southern Command has announced that after three months, they’ve released the remains of Adhan Farhan Abdul Latif to Yemen. This first official statement verified earlier reports Latif supposedly overdosed on prescription drugs, but the announcement also adds the surprising new information that “acute pneumonia” was a contributing cause of death. DoD is not answering any questions right now, though their press release only adds a new wrinkle to what was already a murky picture about Latif’s death.

Macedonia Held Accountable for Role in US Rendition Program

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 3:23 pm

A landmark ruling was issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) holding the European Union responsible for its role in the CIA’s detention and rendition of German national Khaled El-Masri. The ECHR unanimously found Macedonia had been responsible for his “unlawful detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, and for his transfer out [...]

WikiLeaks Releases US Military Policies for Detention & Avoiding Accountability for Torture

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 5:47 pm

The media organization WikiLeaks has released the first of more than one hundred classified or “otherwise restricted” policies from the US Department of Defense that lay out rules and procedures for detainees in US military custody. The “Detainee Policies” show how the US military has handled detention for the past decade and will be released [...]

Khader Adnan & the Global Practice of Administrative Detention

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 2:14 pm

(update below) A Palestinian who was detained without charge under an Israeli administrative detention order has ended a hunger strike he has been engaged in for sixty-six days. Khader Adnan reached a deal with Israeli authorities for his release. Under the proposed deal, Adnan will be released on April 17, three weeks before his administrative [...]

The State-Sanctioned Killing of Troy Davis

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 12:17 am

(photo: Truthout.org ) Was it when it was after 10 pm and the Supreme Court still hadn’t issued a decision? Was it when the Supreme Court issued a “temporary reprieve” instead of a stay of execution and left people emotionally on edge outside the prison? Or was it when there was an abrupt flurry of [...]

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