2018-12-11: News Headlines

teleSUR (2018-12-11). Four Dead, 10 Wounded in French Christmas Market Shooting. telesurenglish.net Gunshots in the center of the French city of Strasbourg on the German border on Tuesday left at least four dead and 10 injured, the local fire department told Reuters. | RELATED: | France : High School Students Join Yellow-Vest Protests | The gunman was identified as a 29-year old man whose residence had been searched by police earlier in the day in connection with a robbery, two police sources said. | The attacker was allegedly placed on an intelligence services watchlist by security se…

teleSUR (2018-12-11). Argentine Court: Ex-Ford Execs Guilty of Kidnapping, Torture. telesurenglish.net The Federal Court of San Marin ruled that ex-directors of the Ford multinational Pedro Màºller and Hector Sibila were found guilty in connections with the kidnapping and torture of workers at the plant that the carmaker had in General Pacheco city during the last military dictatorship. | RELATED: | Argentina: Women Protest Ruling in Femicide Case | It is the first sentence against directors of a multinational corporation, not as accomplices, but as direct participants in crimes against h…

teleSUR (2018-12-11). Chile: 36 Former Pinochet Intel Agents Sentenced. telesurenglish.net The Court of Appeals of Santiago de Chile sentenced 36 former agents of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) for their participation in the forced disappearance of hundreds of opposition leaders during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). | RELATED: | Chile: Police Lawyer Suspected of Obstruction of Justice in Mapuche Murder | At least 32 former agents of Pinochet's secret police were sentenced Monday to 10 years and one day in prison for…

ACLU (2018-12-10). Doctors Who Facilitate Torture Must Be Held to Account. aclu.org 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…

Norman Stockwell (2018-12-10). At 70, the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights Is Still Making a 'Critical Difference'. progressive.org In the current age of authoritarian-leaning governments, politicians and activists see this declaration as more important than ever.

Steve Sweeney (2018-12-10). Iran: Solidarity with tortured trade unionists as strike action spreads. peoplesworld.org 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 …

ACLU (2018-12-07). CIA Torture Killed My Father. I Want to Know What They Did With His Body. aclu.org 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…

ACLU (2018-12-05). Why I Ended the Horror of Long-Term Solitary in Colorado's Prisons. aclu.org 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…

Consortiumnews (2018-12-05). Trump's Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Headlines for December 4, 2018. democracynow.org Wisconsin: Protesters Take to the Capitol to Oppose GOP Power Grab, North Carolina Investigating Election Fraud in Congressional Race, Trump Praises Stone for Refusal to Testify in Mueller Probe, CIA Director Haspel to Brief Top Senators on Khashoggi Murder, Spain: Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains in Regional Elections, France: Fuel Tax Hikes Suspended Amid Growing Unrest, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC, Mexico's AMLO Creates Truth Commission over 2014 Student Disappearance, Philippines: Indicted Rappler Editor Posts Bail, Vows to Keep Reporting, Reports: U.S Admiral in Middle East Died by Suicide, Texas: Calls Grow to…

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