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  • Former Kazakhstan uranium czar blames imprisonment on sale of Clinton-linked Canadian company to ...

    11/02/2017 12:12:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | 11/2/17 | Tom Blackwell
    Mukhtar Dzhakishev is by all accounts in miserable shape.Languishing in a “harsh” Kazakhstan prison colony that was once part of Stalin’s gulag system, he suffers from hypertension, hardened arteries and kidney disease likely triggered by a severe beating.“His life is constantly at risk,” one human-rights group warned in September, as it urged the international community to advocate on Dzakishev’s behalf.Largely unable to communicate with the outside world, the former head of Kazakhstan’s state uranium conglomerate has made one thing clear: he blames his arrest and 14-year prison term at least in part on a Canadian company’s corporate dealings.More specifically, Dzakishev...
  • Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

    09/30/2017 10:17:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2017 2:19 PM EDT | Hamza Hendawi
    Two international rights groups called on Egyptian authorities on Saturday to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent concert in Cairo. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also urged Egypt, a majority Muslim country of some 95 million people, to call off the anal examination of people detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations. They said the practice amounted to torture and called it “abhorrent” and scientifically unsound. Homosexuality is highly taboo in Egypt among Muslims and minority Christians alike,...
  • Human Rights Watch blasts Hamas executions

    04/06/2017 10:33:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Human Rights Watch on Thursday condemned Hamas, after the terrorist group executed three men in Gaza who were accused of “collaborating” with Israel. In a statement quoted by AFP, the organization urged Hamas to stop the "barbaric" practice. The executions were carried out after Hamas vowed revenge for the killing last month of one of its top terrorists, Mazen Faqha, which it blamed on the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and its Palestinian "collaborators". The men who were hanged on Thursday were not implicated in the killing of Faqha but were accused of past acts of "treason and collaborating," a Hamas...
  • Justice Department on So-called ”Al Qaeda Seven”: We Will Not Participate in An Attempt to Drag.....

    03/03/2010 2:13:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 672+ views
    ustice Department on So-called ”Al Qaeda Seven”: We Will Not Participate in An Attempt to Drag People’s Names Through the Mud March 03, 2010 4:19 PM For several weeks, Republican lawmakers and a conservative group have been attacking the Justice Department for refusing to reveal the names of nine officials who have in some way advocated for or represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay. "The administration has made many highly questionable decisions when it comes to national security, " Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a recent statement, arguing that the public has “a right to know who advises the Attorney...
  • Al-Qaeda chief commits suicide in Libyan prison, report says

    05/11/2009 11:54:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/11/2009 | Duncan Gardham
    Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, whose real name was Ali Mohammed al-Fakheri, 46, took his own life in his prison cell, according to the Libyan newspaper Oea. Information gained from the interrogation of al-Libi was cited on several occasions by the Bush administration as justification for the war in Iraq. He told his CIA interrogators that al-Qaeda had sent two men to Iraq to seek training in chemical and biological weapons in December 2000. Classified documents added that the men did not return, so al-Libi did not know whether the training took place, and that, in any case, he was probably "intentionally...
  • Analysis: Freed former al Qaeda operative was part of intelligence dispute

    01/21/2015 8:59:44 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Last month, Senator Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the executive summary of their final report investigating the CIA's controversial detention and interrogation program. As part of their study, the Democrats compiled twenty case studies, which were intended to address claims made by the CIA regarding the efficacy of its interrogations. One of those case studies focused on the identification and arrest of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, who was freed from a US prison just days ago. Al Marri served as a "sleeper" operative for al Qaeda inside the US in 2001....
  • Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

    07/27/2015 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wired ^ | 7-27-2015 | MICHAEL RUNDLE
    A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned. In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that "starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control". Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that "we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many...
  • UN to Put Israel on Child Rights Violators List [tr]

    06/05/2015 3:17:10 PM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to add Israel to an annual "List of Shame" of children's rights violators, AFP reported, citing more than 500 children killed in the war in Gaza last year. The group called on Ban to resist pressure from Israel and the United States to keep the Israeli Defense Forces off the list due to be released next week. "Secretary-General Ban can strengthen child protection in war by compiling his list based on facts, not political pressure," said Philippe Bolopion, crisis advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, according to AFP. A draft...
  • CMS launches campaign to break the silence over atrocities in northern Uganda

    08/21/2003 6:55:10 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 5 replies · 120+ views
    CMS launches campaign to break the silence over atrocities in northern Uganda by Matthew Davies In an effort to raise awareness of the shocking realities of child abduction and the 17-year war in northern Uganda , the Church Mission Society (CMS) launched a campaign today (21 August) by delivering a petition to Downing Street. The petition asked Tony Blair to "help break what local churchmen have dubbed an 'international conspiracy of silence' over the Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) brutal reign". The Bishop of Kitgum diocese, the Rt Revd Benjamin Ojwang, accompanied an Acholi refugee child to Downing Street and...
  • Inside the Head of a Bank CEO (Down The Rabbit Hole-Must Read)

    02/15/2009 5:01:46 PM PST · by khnyny · 33 replies · 2,600+ views
    Fox Business ^ | February 13, 2009 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    In covering the hearing of the nine bank chief executives on Capitol Hill, it didn’t take long for me to see that Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was having a hard time of it, valiant effort though he did make to defend his bank’s lending practices. Because to look inside Wells Fargo, you will find the worst of the mortgage lenders housed in this bank, Wachovia, which Wells Fargo bought last fall for $15.4 bn, and housed within Wachovia is Golden West Financial, which Wachovia bought for a stupefying $25 bn, Golden West, the purveyor of some of the worst...
  • ISIS executed 600 prison inmates in Mosul says Human Rights Watch

    10/31/2014 10:45:55 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    (IraqiNews.com) Today Human Rights Watch reported that gunmen from the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria carried out the systematic execution of about 600 male inmates from a prison on the outskirts of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq on June 10 according to accounts of the survivors. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Shiites. After seizing Badush prison near Mosul, the militants ISIS separated the Sunnis inmates from the Shiites, and then forced the latter to kneel at the edge of a valley and shot them from assault rifles and automatic weapons, according to what...
  • Report slams Israel on African migrant rights

    09/09/2014 7:34:33 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | 09/09/2014 | AP
    An international watchdog organization has slammed Israel for its treatment of thousands of African migrants, saying it is forcing them to leave the country at grave personal risk. In a report issued Tuesday, Human Rights Watch says Israeli authorities have coerced almost 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese to return to their homes, where they may face serious abuse. For the past several years Israel has been placing thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese migrants in hardscrabble detention centers in the Negev desert. Citing statements by senior Israeli officials including former Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Human Rights Watch says the aim of...
  • Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms (Soros HRW report)

    05/14/2014 11:38:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 14, 2014 1:46 PM EDT
    An international rights group is pushing the federal government and the tobacco industry to take further steps to protect children working on U.S. tobacco farms. A report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch claims that children as young as 7 are sometimes working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous conditions. Most of what the group documented is legal, but it wants cigarette makers to push for safety on farms from which they buy tobacco. Human Rights Watch details findings from interviews with more than 140 children working on farms in North Carolina, Kentucky,...
  • HRW Accuses Israel of ‘Shooting Palestinians’ (Soros group)

    04/25/2014 6:12:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 4/26/2014, 1:41 AM | Elad Benari
    The U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday accused Israel of “shooting at Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip,” ignoring the deliberate provocations of Palestinian Arabs along the border fence. A report by the group cited by AFP said that four Palestinian Arabs have been killed near the border fence since the beginning of 2014. The organization cited UN data which also said more than 60 civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire near the perimeter fence of the territory that is ruled by the Hamas terrorist group. …
  • China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam in line for seats on UN Human Rights Council

    11/12/2013 9:07:31 AM PST · by haffast · 20 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2013 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS – China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are among the nations running unopposed for seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.'s highest rights watchdog body, a prospect that has upset independent human rights groups. The General Assembly on Tuesday will elect 14 new members to the 47-seat, Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight of publicity and censure on rights abuses by adopting resolutions — when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes. New York-based Human Rights Watch pointed out...
  • Dunkin' Donuts criticized for 'racist' ad campaign

    08/30/2013 5:45:12 PM PDT · by massmike · 39 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 08/30/2013 | Associated Press
    A leading human rights group has called on Dunkin' Donuts to withdraw a "bizarre and racist" advertisement for chocolate doughnuts in Thailand that shows a smiling woman with bright pink lips in blackface makeup. Human Rights Watch said it was shocked to see an American brand name running an advertising campaign that would draw "howls of outrage" if released in the United States. The CEO for Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand dismissed the criticism as "paranoid American thinking." "It's absolutely ridiculous," said CEO Nadim Salhani. "We're not allowed to use black to promote our doughnuts? I don't get it. What's the...
  • Watchdog Group: Soros Funding Conflict in Israel

    08/06/2013 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 8/7/2013, 1:46 AM | Maayana Miskin
    Billionaire George Soros’ philanthropy is bad news for Israel, according to an in-depth report from the NGO-Monitor watchdog group. The report listed the many causes in Israel, or pertaining to Israel, that are funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Among the top beneficiaries of OSF funding is Human Rights Watch, which has been criticized for targeting for criticism, and falsely libeling, the state of Israel. Another is J Street, which describes itself as “pro-Israel” but has been termed anti-Israel by others for, among other things, welcoming proponents of a boycott on Israel at its national conference and honoring IDF soldiers...
  • Vultures; AP, AFP reporters trash Israel in secret Facebook group

    05/22/2013 1:53:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/22/13 | Alana Goodman
    A “secret” Facebook group of foreign correspondents and human rights activists quickly devolved into an anti-Israel hate-fest on Tuesday following the release of a new Israeli government report that cleared the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of wrongdoing in the 2000 death of a Palestinian boy. The Israeli government report contests the claim that the IDF killed a Palestinian boy, Muhammad al-Durrah, in a famous 2000 incident in Gaza that helped ignite the Second Intifada. Journalists and activists mocked the report, attacked the IDF, and claimed pro-Israel lobbyists were influencing the media coverage, in a private Facebook group for foreign correspondents...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • Dana Priest's controversial co-author (William Arkin)

    07/20/2010 8:50:03 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 11 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 07/20/2010 | KEACH HAGEY
    With two Pulitzer Prizes to her name, Dana Priest is one of the Washington Post’s most celebrated reporters. Until Monday, when the Post published the first installment of a bombshell series on post-9/11 intelligence industrial complex, national security blogger William Arkin was hardly known to the paper’s readers. But from a media perspective, Arkin’s role as co-author of the series might be the more important. It marks the first time one of the Post’s bloggers – lately the cause of controversy because they sometimes blur opinion and reporting — has had a byline in one of the paper’s big, investigative...