2018-12-10: Social Media Postees

Iran: Solidarity with tortured trade unionists as strike action spreads
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2018-12-10
Iranian communists have called for international solidarity following the arrest and torture of leading trade unionists as strike action spreads across the province of Khuzestan. Tudeh Party international secretary Navid Shomali said that the clerical regime is in a fragile position and that support for striking workers in Iran was vital. Workers at the Iranian …
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At 70, the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights Is Still Making a 'Critical Difference'
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2018-12-10
In the current age of authoritarian-leaning governments, politicians and activists see this declaration as more important than ever.
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Doctors Who Facilitate Torture Must Be Held to Account
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-10
To prevent further stains on the medical profession, the names of those involved in torture and executions need to be made public. | Physicians hold a special position in U.S. society. They are given a place of honor in return for the expectation that they will use their knowledge and skills in the public interest and adhere to a clear set of ethical standards. | Under pressure from the government to misuse their expertise, though, some doctors have been willing to rationalize cooperation in unethical behavior. In recent years, nowhere has such ethical deviation been so starkly on display as in the case of the pa…
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Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-09
On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. … | The post Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire appeared first on Global Research.
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CIA Torture Killed My Father. I Want to Know What They Did With His Body
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-07
The truth hurts, but it also helps. | This piece was originally published by The Washington Post. | I believe there are two paths in life — the paths of right and wrong — and that all people know the right path in their hearts. So I believe that people in America, if they can read this, will know the right thing for their government to do is tell me and my family what happened to my father's body. | My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen ye…
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Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Can I be the only one — apart from his own sycophants — to find the sight of America's finest Republicans and Democrats condemning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi a bit sickening? "Crazy". "Dangerous". A "wrecking ball". A "smoking saw". These guys are angry. CIA director Gina Haspel, who was…
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Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Warning Against Facial Scanning With a "Dangerous History"
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-12-06
Facial recognition has quickly shifted from techno-novelty to fact of life for many, with millions around the world at least willing to put up with their faces scanned by software at the airport, their iPhones, or Facebook's server farms. But researchers at New York University's AI Now Institute have issued a strong warning against not only ubiquitous facial recognition, but its more sinister cousin: so-called affect recognition, technology that claims it can find hidden meaning in the shape of your nose, the contours of your mouth, and the way you smile. If that sounds like something dredged up from the 19th cen…
theintercept.com/2018/12/06/artificial-i…

Why I Ended the Horror of Long-Term Solitary in Colorado's Prisons
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-05
Long-term isolation has disastrous physical and mental health effects that can amount to torture. The practice must be abandoned across the nation. | In Colorado, long-term solitary confinement used to be a tool that was regularly used in corrections. The problem is that it was not corrective at all. It was indiscriminate punishment that too often amounted to torture and did not make anyone safer. | The practice was pervasive because it was considered reasonable and effective. It was neither. In practice, long-term isolation punished people in a way that not only lacked humanity but sense. And when a program lack…
aclu.org/blog/prisoners-rights/solitary-…

Trump's Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-05
With just a few days left before Congress adjourns, House Republicans, like their President, have pretty much let the clock run out. There's little chance now in "taking on the intelligence community," says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to… Read more ?…
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Ariel Dorfman: George H.W. Bush Is Alive in His Many Victims Across the Globe, Including Me
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-04
George H.W. Bush was the only president in U.S. history to serve as CIA director, a role that would come to define his career and politics. He once described the intelligence agency as "part of my heartbeat." Bush Sr. was at the helm of the CIA from January 1976 to January 1977. We speak with Ariel Dorfman, best-selling author, playwright, poet and activist, who teaches at Duke University. In 1973, he served as a cultural adviser to Chilean President Salvador Allende's chief of staff. He says George H.W. Bush was "presiding over the CIA when Pinochet, the dictator of Chile, had concentration camps open. They were…
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