Torture, Racism, Drones & Unlawful Killings: UN Human Rights Committee Releases Report on US Government

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 4:55 pm

The United Nations Human Rights Committee completed its review of the United States’ compliance with a major human rights treaty. It takes issue with the government’s interpretation that the treaty only applies to persons when they are inside the country and also expresses concern with drones, racism, gun violence, excessive use of force by police, [...]

Podcast: Oakland Planned Federally-Funded Citywide Total Surveillance System—But Citizens Fought Back

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 10:28 am

While the National Security Agency should still be of concern to citizens when it comes to indiscriminate massive surveillance, there is another agency or department in the United States government that has far more potential to specifically intrude upon the lives of citizens. That department is the Department of Homeland Security, which offers federal funds [...]

Rendition of Libyan Terror Suspect: What If Abu Anas al-Liby Had Nothing to Do With the Embassy Bombings?

By: Monday October 14, 2013 8:11 pm

A Libyan terror suspect kidnapped from Libya in a raid by US special forces on October 5 was transferred from the naval ship, where he was being detained and interrogated, into “law enforcement custody” over the weekend. The Justice Department indicated in a press release that he was “brought directly to the Southern District of [...]

US, UK Seek to Neutralize Drone Opponents Whom They Perceive as Threats

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 4:52 pm

A human rights activist in Yemen who testified in May at a United States congressional hearing on the US drone program was detained under the same United Kingdom terrorism law used to justify detaining Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, in August. Simultaneously, Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who has represented drone victims, says he [...]

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 [...]

Film Review: ‘Act of Killing’ & What Happens to Society Unwilling to Confront History of War Crimes

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 10:03 am

This documentary is one of the most surreal yet unflinching attempts to understand how mass murderers are able to walk freely without facing justice or accountability for their actions, even decades after the atrocities they have committed. It also explores how this impunity can affect the history which children learn and pervert the future of [...]

California Prison Officials Demonize Prisoners by Claiming Hunger Strike a Part of Gang Conspiracy

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 12:19 pm

“We’re learning more about the large hunger strike going on behind bars of several California prisons,” a local radio station in Fresno, California reported yesterday. “State prison officials say the whole thing was orchestrated by prison gangs in order to sell drugs and make money.” KMJ News also highlighted the Los Angeles Times, which apparently reported [...]

In Statement, Snowden Announces He Formally Accepts Venezuela’s Offer of Asylum

By: Friday July 12, 2013 11:20 am

NSA whistleblower met with human rights groups in a Moscow airport. During the meeting, he discussed his options for leaving Moscow to get to countries in Latin America that have offered him asylum. He also discussed how human rights organizations might be able to assist him. Snowden prepared a full statement for representatives of human [...]

Snowden Meets with Human Rights Groups, Says He Plans to Go to Latin America

By: Friday July 12, 2013 10:50 am

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been in a Moscow airport for weeks now, is seeking temporary asylum in Russia so he can guarantee his safety before traveling to a country in Latin America that has offered him asylum. What he plans to do next became known after a meeting with representatives of [...]

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 [...]

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