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Gruesome Details Emerge of Israel’s Torture of Palestinian Prisoners

    Gruesome Details Emerge of Israel’s Torture of Palestinian Prisoners

New allegations have surfaced claiming that Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, Shin Bet or Shabak, is engaged in the brutal torture of Palestinian detainees, despite the practice being against both Israeli and international law. The new accusations, deemed “very credible” by both Israeli and Palestinian rights groups, come amid a recorded spike in the use of torture…

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The Valley of Death: the Saudi Coalition is Creating a Living Nightmare for African Migrants in Yemen

    The Valley of Death: the Saudi Coalition is Creating a Living Nightmare for African Migrants in Yemen

YEMEN-SAUDI BORDER — Hoping for a better life, 32-year-old Hermala left Jimma, a poor farming district in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, and set out towards Saudi Arabia. He faced unspeakable dangers along the journey, including death at sea, torture, and abuse in chasing what would ultimately remain an unfulfilled dream. Over the course of the nearly…

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Strip Searches and Worse: Heba al-Labadi Among Palestinians Tortured in Israeli Prisons

    Strip Searches and Worse: Heba al-Labadi Among Palestinians Tortured in Israeli Prisons

On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention.  On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike to protest their unlawful detention and horrific conditions in Israeli prisons. Among the prisoners is…

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UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange’s Most Vocal Advocates

    UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange’s Most Vocal Advocates

On May 9, UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, visited WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison, where he is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for a minor bail violation. Melzer was accompanied by two medical experts who specialize in the examination of possible victims of torture as well as the documentation…

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The Many Reasons to Believe Vasily Prozorov’s Testimony About Ukraine’s Role in Downing MH-17

  The Many Reasons to Believe Vasily Prozorov’s Testimony About Ukraine’s Role in Downing MH-17

KIEV, UKRAINE — A former top official in Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), who recently fled the country, has given explosive testimony regarding the involvement of the Ukrainian government in the 2014 downing of the MH-17 passenger plane. The incident, which killed all 283 passengers and 15 flight crew members on board, had been blamed on…

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Israel High Court Rules to Allow and Expand Use of Torture

  Israel High Court Rules to Allow and Expand Use of Torture

In a ruling that directly violates international law and conventions against the use of torture, the Israeli High Court ruled Monday that Israeli intelligence officers were justified in their use of torture against a Palestinian prisoner. The ruling sets a precedent for the future use of torture and the expansion of such techniques used against…

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The APA Wants Back into Gitmo – and the Pentagon’s Good Graces

  The APA Wants Back into Gitmo – and the Pentagon’s Good Graces

A convention of professional specialists is always revelatory – if not always intellectually edifying. This is especially true of academic disciplines in the Liberal Arts. It is a species of social institution that bears its American birthmark. Now spread throughout the developed world, it was born in the United States and evolved into its present…

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Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts

  Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts

While Democratic senators, corporate talking heads, former national security officials, and Twitter pundits issued dire proclamations about the “dangerous precedent” President Donald Trump set on Wednesday by revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance for obviously vindictive and political reasons, critics of America’s far-too-powerful intelligence apparatus were quick to express how little sympathy they feel…

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Senator Richard Burr: a Longtime Fan of Torture

  Senator Richard Burr: a Longtime Fan of Torture

Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA “Black Site” simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspel’s confirmation hearing.  Burr allowed her to “classify” her own direct role in waterboarding…

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Secret Report Reveals Torture Used in Saudi-led Coalition Prisons in Yemen

  Secret Report Reveals Torture Used in Saudi-led Coalition Prisons in Yemen

Al Jazeera received a secret report prepared by former military officials who worked with the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen on the conditions of prisons and secret detention centres and forced disappearances. The information in the report matched the testimonies of prisoners and abductees given to human rights activists. Such details also reinforced what had been revealed…

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