2019-01-08: Social Media Postees

For the First Time Since 9/11, There are a Few Hopeful Signs in the Preemptive Prosecutions of Muslims
Kathy Manley | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
I have been studying the prosecution of Muslims in the "war on terror" since 2006, and the courts have been consistently and resoundingly unfair. Constitutional protections under the First Amendment; Fourth Amendment (illegal wiretapping); Fifth Amendment (tortured confessions); Sixth Amendment (secret evidencegiven to the judge but not the defense, anonymous witnesses), and Eighth Amendment (long…
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Children 'still tortured' in Iraq's Kurdish regions: HRW report
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Human Rights Watch report says teenage boys falsely confessed to joining ISIL while under torture by the authorities.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/children-tort…

Iran 'responsible for killing' two dissidents in the Netherlands
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-08
Dutch intelligence agency says Tehran ordered the killing of two opposition figures as EU announces targeted sanctions.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/iran-responsi…

Break the Cycle: Say No to the Government's Cruelty, Brutality and Abuse
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-08
"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." –Edmund Burke Folks, it's time to break the cycle. Let's make 2019 the year we say no to the laundry list of abuses–cruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional and unacceptable–that have been heaped upon us by the government for way too long. Let's make 2019 the year we…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/08/break-the-cy…

Persecution, torture, global warming: The health challenges of an asylum-seeker
Marc Lavietes | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-08
NEW YORK–In the process of gaining asylum and transitioning to the United States, immigrants cope with many health-related issues. Post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, as well as many often indolent (slowly progressing) infectious diseases, are common among the immigrant population. Professional organizations are taking note of these health care needs. My professional organization, the …
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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Detained Children Tortured
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-08
Exterior of the Women and Children's Reformatory in Erbil, where several dozen children are held in pre-trial detention or are serving sentences for alleged ISIS affiliation. | © 2018 Jo Becker/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq is torturing children to confess to involvement with the Islamic State (ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. | Children told Human Rights Watch tha…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/08/kurdistan-region…

See No Evil: Pentagon Issues Blanket Denial That It Knows Anything About Detainee Abuse in Yemen
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-01-07
A U.N. panel found that detainees in prisons controlled by U.S. allies were beaten, electrocuted, hung upside down, and raped. | The post See No Evil: Pentagon Issues Blanket Denial That It Knows Anything About Detainee Abuse in Yemen appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/07/yemen-prison…

'Gender parity in torture': Twitter unimpressed as Maddow celebrates CIA's all-female leadership
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-06
Women now control all three directorates of the CIA — a historic milestone for gender equality in the clandestine regime change/assassination sector. Rachel Maddow seems to be celebrating, but why is Twitter full of party poopers? | …
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AI Should Improve Quality of Life, Not Make Capitalists Rich — Lester Earnest on RAI (5/5)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-04
Artificial Intelligence can make the world better or be a tool for war — says Lester Earnest, founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford, on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay | The post AI Should Improve Quality of Life, Not Make Capitalists Rich — Lester Earnest on RAI (5/5) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Billionaires Shouldn't Control Artificial Intelligence — Lester Earnest on RAI (4/5)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-02
"Patents block progress" — says Lester Earnest, founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford, on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay | The post Billionaires Shouldn't Control Artificial Intelligence — Lester Earnest on RAI (4/5) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara–A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-01
In this special rebroadcast of a Democracy Now! exclusive documentary, we break the media blockade and go to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. The international media has largely ignored the occupat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/1/four_days_…

A Disaster for Brazil: Noam Chomsky on Brazil's New Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-31
As Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take office on Tuesday, we return to our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky shortly after the election. Bolsonaro's impending presidency marks the most radical political shift Brazil since military rule ended more than 30 years ago. Bolsonaro is a former Army officer who has praised Brazil's former military dictatorship, spoken in favor of torture and threatened to destroy, imprison or banish his political opponents. Bolsonaro has also encouraged the police to kill suspected drug dealers, and once told a fem…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/31/a_disast…

The Long Hand of U.S. Intervention: The Intercept's 2018 World Coverage
The Intercept | theintercept.com | 2018-12-31
Many of the world's troubles are legacies of American intervention. In Iraq, there is the continuation of a war that began with the U.S. invasion in 2003. One of the casualties is an American citizen imprisoned in Iraq for more than a decade, a victim of torture, secret evidence, and witnesses who later recanted. Decades of U.S. meddling in Central America, and support for repressive dictatorships there, have undermined social fabrics; gangs are rampant, and if joining them is easy, getting out is not. In Yemen, where the Saudi-led war has been supported by the U.S. military, children are dying of starvation. |
theintercept.com/2018/12/31/the-intercep…

Bahrain: Rights Defender's Conviction Upheld
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-31
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. | © 2015 Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters | (Beirut) — The Bahrain Court of Cassation, the country's court of last resort, on December 31, 2018 upheld a five-year sentence for Nabeel Rajab, a prominent human rights defender, Human Rights Watch said today. | The sentence arose from comments criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and the Saudi-…
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Iraq/Kurdistan Region: Risk of Double Trials for ISIS Ties
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-23
Cigarette burns cover the hands and arms of 18-year-old "Karim." Kurdish authorities held him for 13 months. He then returned home and was rearrested by authorities under Baghdad's control, who tortured and held him for months. | © 2018 San Saravan | (Beirut) — Sunni Arab boys who serve prison time in Iraq's Kurdistan region for Islamic State (also known as ISIS) connections risk rearrest after their release if they try to reunite with their families…
hrw.org/news/2018/12/23/iraq/kurdistan-r…

#SaveHakeem — Stop deportation of Bahraini refugee
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-21
Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since November 27, facing the terrifying prospect of deportation to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi fled to Australia in 2014 and was accepted as a refugee. In November, he travelled on UN travel documents to Thailand for a short holiday with his wife. When he arrived at Bangkok airport, Al-Araibi was arrested under an Interpoll "Red Notice" (an international arrest warrant) issued by the Bahrain government. | Interpol is not meant to issue red notices for refugees, so this red notice should never have been issued for Al-Araib…
greenleft.org.au/content/savehakeem-%E2%80%93-stop-deportation-bahraini-refugee

Occupied Western Sahara: A rare look inside Africa's last colony
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-13
In an exclusive broadcast, US-based independent news outlet Democracy Now! broke the media blockade and visited the occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and occupying power Morocco's violent crackdown. | Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands of Sahrawi people have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1700-mile wall…
greenleft.org.au/content/occupied-western-sahara-rare-look-inside-africas-last-colony

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