2018-12-16: News Headlines

Michael Welch (2018-12-16). Slowing Down the Beast of American Empire: A Salute to the Life and Legacy of William Blum. globalresearch.ca "I'm a member of a movement which has the very ambitious goal of slowing down, if not stopping, the American Empire, to keep it from continuing to go round the world doing things like bombings, invasions, overthrowing governments, and torture. …

Democracy Now! (2018-12-14). Headlines for December 14, 2018. democracynow.org Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Saudi Crown Prince for Khashoggi Murder, 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl Dies in U.S. Border Agents' Custody, Trump's 2016 Inauguration Being Probed for Misuse of Funds and Illegal Donations, Russian Gun Activist Pleads Guilty to Acting as Foreign Agent, Global Calls Mount to Release Burmese Journalists, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Addresses Iraqi Officials, Argentina: Ex-Ford Execs Convicted of Kidnapping & Torture During Dirty War, France: Police Kill Suspect of Strasbourg Mass Shooting, Bolton Calls for Western…

WSWS (2018-12-14). "Five Eyes" intelligence agencies behind drive against Chinese telecom giant Huawei. wsws.org An Australian Financial Review report details an "unprecedented campaign" by the members of the network to prevent Huawei supplying equipment for their next-generation wireless networks.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-13). Ethiopia's Torture Problem and the Court of Public Opinion. hrw.org Ethiopia's state broadcaster EBC aired a documentary this week, detailing numerous horrendous acts of torture carried out by security services in recent years. Many Ethiopians were shocked and outraged. | | | Screenshot from EBC documentary detailing numerous horrendous acts of torture carried out by security services in recent years. | © 2018 EBC/YouTube | These allegations are not new. Human rights groups have …

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…

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.

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…

2018-12-16: Social Media Postees

Slowing Down the Beast of American Empire: A Salute to the Life and Legacy of William Blum
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2018-12-16
"I'm a member of a movement which has the very ambitious goal of slowing down, if not stopping, the American Empire, to keep it from continuing to go round the world doing things like bombings, invasions, overthrowing governments, and torture. … | The post Slowing Down the Beast of American Empire: A Salute to the Life and Legacy of William Blum appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/slowing-down-the-beast…

Bellingcat's Kerch Gaff — How Kurt Volker Bought Ukraine's Lie
George Eliason | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-14
For the last four years, there has been a massive uptick in how much information and Intelligence from politically deviant sources like Bellingcat are tainting the President's daily press briefing, NATO Intel, EU Parliament, and US Congressional inquiries. | The post Bellingcat's Kerch Gaff — How Kurt Volker Bought Ukraine's Lie appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/bellingcats-kerch-gaff…

"Five Eyes" intelligence agencies behind drive against Chinese telecom giant Huawei
WSWS | wsws.org | 2018-12-14
An Australian Financial Review report details an "unprecedented campaign" by the members of the network to prevent Huawei supplying equipment for their next-generation wireless networks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/14/huaw…

Ethiopia's Torture Problem and the Court of Public Opinion
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-13
Ethiopia's state broadcaster EBC aired a documentary this week, detailing numerous horrendous acts of torture carried out by security services in recent years. Many Ethiopians were shocked and outraged. | Screenshot from EBC documentary detailing numerous horrendous acts of torture carried out by security services in recent years. | © 2018 EBC/YouTube | These allegations are not new. Human rights groups have
hrw.org/news/2018/12/13/ethiopias-tortur…

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

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…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/torture/…

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.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-declarati…

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…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/torture/…