Category: Civil Liberties

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Stephen Ma: Nepal: Maoists form embryonic parallel government

Posted by the Kasama Project from Nepal News The Unified CPN (Maoist) has formed 18 departments resembling the ministries of the government. A meeting of the party’s Joint National People’s Movement Committee on Sunday formed the departments. Many of the departments are coordinated by party leaders who were ministers in related ministries in the Maoist-led Read more…

Aura Bogado: Immigrant Detainees Staging Hunger Strikes to Protest Deplorable Confinement

When more than 60 prisoners at the South Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile, LA, began a hunger strike last week, in protest of the facility’s deplorable conditions, guards at the immigrant detention center placed at least six of them in solitary confinement for 60 days. The planned 72-hour strike was the fifth of its kind in Read more…

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Badri Raina: Judge Not the Judge, or Thou Shalt Be Judged.

During early days I used to think “ah, if only I were Sherlock Holmes”! Which was my idea of being invincible. Now I say “god, let me be born a judge in a higher court in India.” There is no better ticket to absolutely unchallengeable freedom, even as I would have the satisfaction to send Read more…

Andy Worthington: House Threatens Obama

Last Thursday, while most U.S. media outlets were focused relentlessly on the marathon endurance test that was Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights And Oversight held a hearing to investigate why the Bush administration had allowed Chinese interrogators to visit Guantánamo to interrogate the Read more…

Candice Bernd: The Holy Land Foundation Case

As the five defendants of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) case were being sentenced May 27 in Dallas, Texas, many members of the local Muslim community came together to rally outside the Federal building. They held a banner that read "Feeding children is not a crime" and wore black shirts with the words "Free the Read more…

William Robinson: Academic Freedom at the U of C

Remarks for Seventh Annual International Al-Awda Convention, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition Garden grove, california 23 May 2009, Academic freedom is under attack at the University of California. I am under investigation by the university – and I face possible sanctions – because of my vocal condemnation of the nearly one-month long Israeli invasion Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Torture Memos

  The torture memos released by the White House in April elicited shock, indignation, and surprise. The shock and indignation are understandable—particularly the testimony in the Senate Armed Services Committee report on the Cheney-Rumsfeld desperation to find links between Iraq and al-Qaeda, links that were later concocted as justification for the invasion, facts irrelevant. Former Read more…

Chris Parsons: Now Showing: The EDL Security Show

We’re paying for a high-tech Broadway show that’s themed around ’security’, but we’re actually watching the equivalent of a catastrophic performance in a low budget community theatre. The price of admission? Only millions dollars and your privacy. As of June 1, 2009, Canadians and Americans alike require an Enhanced Drivers License (EDL), a NEXUS card, Read more…

Jeff Gore: A Conversation with Bill Ayers

  Bill Ayers, former 1960s radical and now a professor of education, became a household name after last year’s presidential campaign. Less than a month before Election Day, he was clumsily referred to by Sarah Palin as one of the “terrorists” that Barack Obama was “palling around” with. In April, I spoke with Ayers about Read more…

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David Barsamian: Human Rights in India and the Case of Binayak Sen

Satya Sivaraman is an independent journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist based in New Delhi. He is the author of "Asia Sees America and other Rants."   In your article "The Mistrial of Dr. Binayak Sen" you write, "Anyone trying to figure out, after the recent Mumbai attacks, whether India will ever win its war Read more…

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