Category: Human Rights

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Marjorie Cohn: Senate Confirms Gina Haspel, Despite Her Facilitation of Torture

The Senate voted 55-45 to confirm Gina Haspel as CIA director on May 17, despite the fact that her facilitation of torture should disqualify her from assuming the role. In her testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 9, Haspel insisted that the CIA’s interrogation program during the Bush administration was legal. Haspel, a 33-year Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: Palestinians Are Forcing the World to See Their Humanity

The Gaza massacre is a war crime. And the United States is complicit alongside Israel

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Juan Cole: Apocalyptic Numbers: The Saudi-Trump War on Yemen

The total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen is 22.2 million – or 76% of the population – including 11.3 million children

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John Feffer: Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead

Washington Takes on the World

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David Swanson: Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen

Tuesday’s debate and vote in the U.S. Senate on whether to end (technically whether or not to vote on whether to end) U.S. participation in the war on Yemen can certainly be presented as a step forward. While 55 U.S. Senators voted to keep the war rolling along, 44 voted not to table the resolution Read more…

Raymond Bonner: CIA Cables Detail New Deputy Director’s Role in Torture

Gina Haspel was more deeply involved in the torture of Abu Zubaydah than has been publicly understood, according to newly available records and accounts by participants.

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Joe Emersberger: Amnesty International Winks at Trump

Amnesty International told me that it “does not take a position on the current application” of U.S. economic sanctions that Trump’s administration imposed on Venezuela in August “but rather emphasizes the urgent need to address the serious crisis of the right to health and food which Venezuela is facing. In terms of human rights, it Read more…

William Eichler: As Afrin burns, where is the left?

For many on the left, it is not “western” enough to care about and therefore its victims are invisible.

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Patrick Cockburn: People care more about Oxfam scandal than cholera epidemic

Compare the lack of interest shown by the international media, politicians and assorted celebrities to the cholera epidemic, leading to the death of thousands of Haitians, with the hysterical outrage expressed about Oxfam officials consorting with prostitutes

Robert Koehler: War and poverty: a compromise with hell

In America, the horrors of poverty go on and on. The solution for some — especially those in positions of power — is simply to close their eyes to it

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