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Update: An American (minority) view on torture

Sadly, my impression in a recent blog post was correct: a majority of Americans believe that the torture done to detainees since 9/11 was justified. … 176 more words

Society

NYTimes Editorial board calls for justice: Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses - NYTimes.com

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 918 more words

Iraq

UN: Freeze Funding of Iran Counter-Narcotics Efforts

Source: Human Rights Watch

Surge in Executions for Drug Trafficking

(London) – The United Nations agency charged with combating illicit drug trafficking should withdraw its support for counter-narcotics police operations in… 711 more words

Drug War

Trei încercări de salvare a unor drepturi fundamentale - intimitatea digitală, munca decentă şi protecţia copilului

De la începutul lunii aprilie, Curtea de Justiţie a Uniunii Europene (CJUE) a anulat Directiva UE de Reţinere a Datelor, Marea Britanie caută să combată ceea ce numeşte ”sclavia modernă”. 296 more words

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[From the web] Uniting Against the Pakistan School Massacre by Zama Coursen-Neff, Human Rights Watch

Dispatches: Uniting Against the Pakistan School Massacre
by Zama Coursen-Neff, Human Rights Watch
December 16, 2014

The attack on a school in Peshwar in northwestern Pakistan that left at least 145 dead – almost all of them children – sets a new low of depravity for the Pakistani Taliban. 494 more words

Human Rights

Why Can't President Obama Reach Out To The 57,000 Cubans in Work Camp Cages? -- U.S. and The West Routinely Send The Wrong Message

By Lukas Mikelionis
Huffington Post

The expectation for the west to defend freedom in the world was never universally believed. Even during the peak of the Cold War, there were politicians and people who uttered, ‘better red than dead’ as a badge of honour. 779 more words

Toxic Water, Tainted Justice. Thailand’s Delays in Cleaning Up Klity Creek

(16/12/2014). This 32-page report describes 16 years of failure by Thailand’s Pollution Control Department and public health authorities to prevent further exposure to lead among the village’s ethnic Karen residents. 75 more words

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