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  • Former prisoner of Zion against Palestinian visitation rights

    06/26/2007 6:23:06 AM PDT · by Alouette · 5 replies · 313+ views
    YNet ^ | June 26, 2007 | Aviram Zino
    Ida Nudel, former prisoner of Zion, Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, petition High Court of Justice to order Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter to withhold Hamas, Hizbullah prisoners' visitation rights until sign of life of captive IDF soldiers given Aviram Zino Published: 06.26.07, 12:20 / Israel News Former prisoner of Zion, Ida Nudel filed a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding it order Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter to withhold visitation rights of Hamas and Hizbullah prisoners in Israel. The petition argued that the prisoners should not be allowed visitation as long as the Red Cross was prevented...
  • The Truth About Guantanamo

    06/25/2007 9:46:45 PM PDT · by gpapa · 6 replies · 456+ views ^ | June 26, 2007 | JAMES TARANTO
    Proposals to treat detainees as criminal defendants make a mockery of international humanitarian law. Was it wishful thinking? On Thursday the Associated Press reported that, according to sources it did not name, "the Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere." The White House quickly denied the rumor, and, for good measure, on Friday the Pentagon announced that Guantanamo had admitted its first new detainee in months: Haroon al-Afghani, a commander from the al Qaeda-affiliated terror group Hezb-i-Islami.
  • China 'Bodies' Exhibit Raises Hackles Here

    06/24/2007 7:07:29 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 44 replies · 1,475+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 21, 2007 | By Sally Kalson
    The bodies are coming, and with them some questions that will not go away.    "Bodies ... The Exhibition,' featuring 15 full-body human corpses from China that have been preserved by a process called "plastination," is scheduled to open at The Carnegie Science Center in October for a seven-month run. The cadavers are peeled of their skin and arranged in poses -- kicking a soccer ball, setting up a tennis serve -- alongside 200 other body parts and specimens, including embryos and fetuses from 9 to 32 weeks gestation, all plasticized. It is one of three major traveling exhibits that...
  • The Laptop Is Mightier Than the Sword

    06/15/2007 1:00:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 714+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 15, 2007 | OWEN WEST and BING WEST
    WHILE waiting to see if the Iraq surge strategy pays off, President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have shown Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the door and brought in Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute as the new White House “war czar.” Well, they can shift senior leadership all they want, but unless they give our troops patrolling the streets the tools they need, our leaders are going to see this strategy fizzle. Part of the problem was that when the military surge was announced, it became commonplace for officials to assert that political compromise, not...
  • China Kidney Transplant Expert Commits Suicide

    06/06/2007 4:11:20 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 15 replies · 608+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 28, 2007 | By Xue Fei
    On May 4, The Yangtze Evening News reported that China's most famous kidney expert, Dr. Li Baochun, had committed suicide by jumping from the twelfth floor of the Shanghai No. 2 Military Medical University Shanghai Hospital Building. Dr. Li had served as Deputy Director of the hospital and as Professor and Chief Physician for kidney disease. The report said Dr. Li's suicide was caused by depression. On May 24, The Yangtze Evening News report was reproduced on several major websites including the website of China's most important official media, Further analysis revealed that the cause of Dr. Li's depression...
  • Organ Transplants in China: Just Like Picking Lobsters in a Restaurant

    05/31/2007 5:29:30 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 3 replies · 375+ views
    Sound of Hope Radio Network ^ | May 31, 2007 | By Lee Yuhan
    Organ Transplants in China: Just Like Picking Lobsters in Restaurant By Lee Yuhan Sound of Hope Radio Network May 31, 2007 The Human Rights and Medicine Forum drew an interested crowd to the University of Chicago on May 24. Canadian Independent Investigator David Matas, coauthor of "Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China," Dr. Kirk C. Allison, Director of the Program in Human Rights and Health, University of Minnesota, and Falun Gong Spokesperson Zhang Erping attended the Forum. Two of the University of Chicago Student clubs, Falun Gong and Amnesty International, sponsored the Forum. The...
  • Female prisoners demand bikinis

    05/25/2007 9:17:14 AM PDT · by gpapa · 32 replies · 1,481+ views
    The Local: Sweden's News in English ^ | May 25, 2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Women at a prison outside Gothenburg have decided to fight for their right to a decent sun tan. Sweden's Justice Ombudsman has received a letter from the Prisoners' Council at Sagsjön jail in which the women bemoan the fact that they are not permitted to wear bikinis. "It's a human right," wrote the chairwoman of the council.
  • Prison Labor: It's More than Breaking Rocks (how about letting prisoners pick our lettuce)

    05/21/2007 3:26:38 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies · 788+ views ^ | 2002 | Atkinson
    NOTE: why can't prisoners pick our lettuce? Let them earn money. They can use that money to pay for their prison cell and food. They can save some of it for when they get out. Some might worry that they could escape. Okay, put on an ankle bracelet with GPS tracking capability, and have it sound an alarm when it gets a certain distance away from the guards watching them. This could be a win-win. Illegals sent home so that they are not continuing to destroy our schools and infrastructure would be great. Add to it that prisoners would...
  • Chinese prisoners' organs used in transplants

    05/20/2007 11:27:29 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 678+ views
    National Post ^ | May 18, 2007 | Allison Hanes
    Foreign patients who travel to China for transplants are likely receiving organs culled from political prisoners who are alive when their corneas, kidneys and livers are harvested, then left to die, an international group of doctors armed with a chilling Canadian report is warning.In a new twist on an old practice of using organs from executed criminals, China has since 2000 turned to living donors and outlawed Falun Gong members to supply a growing trade in medical transplants, Doctors Against Organ Harvesting said yesterday during a public forum held at the University of Toronto. With increasing numbers of Canadians on...
  • (Angela)Davis challenges Stafford Creek (all male)prisoners to embrace feminism

    04/19/2007 3:17:20 PM PDT · by llevrok · 68 replies · 1,946+ views
    The Daily World (news paper) | April 19, 2007 | Callie White
    American socialist organizer and philosopher Angela Davis talks in front of the Stafford Creek Corrections Center Wednesday. Davis spoke at the prison, and then at Grays Harbor College. Called upon to introduce famed radical activist Angela Davis to offenders at Stafford Creek Correctional Facility Wednesday, Gary Murrell paraphrased Eugene V. Debs, the legendary labor leader who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1918 for giving an anti-war speech. “ ‘So long as there are prisoners in the U.S., I am among them,’ ” the Grays Harbor College history instructor recalled Debs saying. “If anyone exemplifies that kind of...
  • Israel rejects Hamas list of prisoners

    04/18/2007 2:17:12 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 223+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | April 18 2007
    Israeli prime minister stated Wednesday that the list of prisoners Palestinians want released in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier "creates expectations we cannot meet." The list has not been made public, but media reports have put the number of names between 350 and 1,450, including activists convicted in killing Israelis. Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has not said how many Palestinians Israel would be willing to free in exchange for Shalit. He has hinted he would free a large number but not as many as 1,400. Speaking before parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Israeli leader said the...
  • Release 500 Prisoners For Soldier, Israel Told

    04/08/2007 8:14:43 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 485+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-9-2007 | Conal Urquhart
    Release 500 prisoners for soldier, Israel told Conal Urquhart in Jerusalem Monday April 9, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Hamas has sent Israel a list of Palestinian prisoners it wants released in return for the freedom of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held since last June, officials said yesterday. The Israeli government has insisted that Corporal Shalit's release is a prerequisite to progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The Palestinian list is believed to include Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah leader who was jailed by Israel for his role in the murder of four Israelis and a Greek monk -...
  • U.S. transfers prisoners to Afghan custody

    04/03/2007 10:30:55 PM PDT · by Dacb · 3 replies · 323+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03 April 2007 | Sayed Salahuddin
    The U.S. military handed over a group of suspected Taliban rebels to the custody of the Afghan government on Tuesday, the start of a program to transfer all Afghan prisoners it holds both in Afghanistan and at Guantanomo. The 12 prisoners, captured at various times by the military since the Taliban's ouster in 2001, will be kept in a newly refurbished bloc of Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, Afghan officials said. Taliban prisoners captured by the Afghan government have staged at least two revolts in the past in Pul-i-Charkhi and several have managed to escape from the...
  • ‘They will be scared by sound of death chants’

    03/31/2007 2:15:40 PM PDT · by LikeLight · 34 replies · 1,143+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 3/31/07 | David Brown and Michael Theodoulou
    The detained sailors and Marines are likely to be kept in good physical conditions but will find their detention by Iranian forces a frightening experience, experts say. The 15 are most probably being held in the military barracks at Jamshidiyeh in the foothills of the Alborz mountains which shelter Tehran. Although the seven Royal Marines are drilled in techniques to cope with capture, the eight sailors have little relevant training. The number of vehicles entering the barracks has increased significantly since the British were caught, according to Alire-za Nourizadeh, a senior researcher at the Centre for Arab--Iranian Studies in London....
  • US Accused On 'Missing' Prisoners

    02/28/2007 10:20:53 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 516+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-28-2007
    US accused on 'missing' prisoners The CIA allegedly flew secret detainees in unmarked jets Thirty eight people believed to have been held in secret CIA prisons - or black sites - are missing, according to a report by a US human rights group. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) report also details allegations of torture by a terror suspect who was held in secret custody for more than two years. The group has asked US President George W Bush to reveal the location of these detainees and close all US black sites. Last year Mr Bush said the prisons had all...
  • Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights

    12/28/2006 9:16:59 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 997+ views ^ | Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights |
    Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights Thursday, December 28, 2006 A state appeals court is restoring the voting rights of about 100,000 local jail inmates across the state who are serving a year or less for felony convictions. The state said it would not appeal the decision from the 1st District Court of Appeal. The affected inmates were eligible to vote until last year, when the state disenfranchised them. For three decades, California's secretary of state had interpreted that the state Constitution barred voting by those in state prisons and those on parole. The appeals court said in it's decision last...
  • Concessions, hope in PA for release of prisoners [Olmert Insanity continues]

    12/28/2006 4:58:52 PM PST · by Alouette · 14 replies · 368+ views
    YNet ^ | Dec. 28, 2006 | Ali "Itbah al Yahood" Waked
    Defense establishment announces concessions for Eid al Adha holiday on Saturday. Israeli Arabs allowed entrance to Gaza, 4,000 Palestinians allowed entrance to Israel to visit relatives. Hope in PA for release of prisoners Ali Waked Published: 12.28.06, 23:09 The defense establishment will apparently allow the entrance of Israeli Arabs into the 'A' territories of the West Bank and the exit of some 4,000 Palestinians from the West Bank into Israel in order to visit family members for the coming Muslim holiday Eid al Adha which is this weekend. Arab Israelis will also be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip for...
  • VIDEO: Doin' Hard Time in the Pink Palace (funny)

    11/02/2006 8:11:03 AM PST · by pollwatcher · 8 replies · 965+ views
    Provided by CBS
  • Pagan inmates are given a day off from work for Halloween

    10/31/2006 6:19:18 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 498+ views
    This London ^ | October 30, 2006
    Hundreds of Pagans serving prison sentences are to be given the day off work for Halloween out of respect for their religious beliefs.Prison Service bosses have instructed staff to grant the convicts, who include Devil worshippers and Satanists, special privileges on Tuesday.While fellow prisoners sew mail bags and undertake other jail work, the Pagans will be allowed to celebrate their 'holiday'.They can use certain artefacts, including rune stones, flexible twigs and hoodless robes, provided they are kept in their cells or worn during communal worship. Robes with hoods are banned for 'security reasons', however.The move is revealed in Home Office...
  • Hamas wants 1 for 1,000 prisoner swap

    10/12/2006 5:00:35 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 14 replies · 443+ views
    United Press International ^ | October 12, 2006 | UPI Staff
    GAZA, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The chief political strategist for the Palestinian Hamas party said an abducted Israeli soldier won't be released until Israel frees 1,000 prisoners. In an interview with London's al-Hayat newspaper, Khaled Mashaal said he had not ordered the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a June 25 Hamas border raid and suggested it had been an impromptu act, which he praised. First it wasn't me who took the decision to kidnap the soldier and I had no previous knowledge. Second, I don't think that those who carried out this heroic operation, which I am proud...