2019-01-11: News Headlines

Robert Scheer (2019-01-11). The Opioid Crisis, Made in the USA. truthdig.com Writer Chris McGreal and host Robert Scheer zero in on the book " American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts" in this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence." | Scheer and McGreal, the book's author and a correspondent for The Guardian and other news outlets, discuss how the opioid addiction c…

Nina Khrushcheva (2019-01-11). Trump's Wall With Mexico Follows in the Footsteps of Authoritarian Leaders Throughout History. commondreams.org Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-01-11). US-led Coalition Claims Syria Withdrawal Begins. telesurenglish.net The United States-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing, a spokesperson said Friday. | RELATED: | Iraq: Children Tortured in Kurdish Jails, Activist Group Says | U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement last month to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops stunned allies who had joined Washington in an intervention in Syria against the Islamic State group and indirectly against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. | Senior U.S. offic…

commondreams (2019-01-11). Witness Against Torture Activists Hold Sit-In at Senator Mitch McConnell's Office. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-01-11). CIA Director Gina Haspel may have run 'black site' at Guantánamo Bay, court docs reveal. rt.com CIA Director Gina Haspel, confirmed by the Senate last year amid accusations of involvement in torture, may have run a so-called 'black site' at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Haspel did not mention this role in her confirmation hearing. |

Max Blumenthal (2019-01-09). New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics. grayzoneproject.com The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-09). Venezuela: Suspected Plotters Tortured. hrw.org

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-08). Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Detained Children Tortured. hrw.org | | 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…

Alex Emmons (2019-01-07). See No Evil: Pentagon Issues Blanket Denial That It Knows Anything About Detainee Abuse in Yemen. theintercept.com A U.N. panel found that detainees in prisons controlled by U.S. allies were beaten, electrocuted, hung upside down, and raped.

kathy_f (2018-12-21). #SaveHakeem — Stop deportation of Bahraini refugee. greenleft.org.au 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…

stuart_m (2018-12-13). Occupied Western Sahara: A rare look inside Africa's last colony. greenleft.org.au 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…

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