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The UN special rapporteur on torture has blasted four nations for imposing psychological torture on Julian Assange. ‘A Relentless and Unrestrained Campaign of Public Mobbing, Intimidation and Defamation’ Warns of ‘Criminalization of Journalism’ By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, […]

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#MyRedLine: The Afghan Women Who Won't Accept Taliban Peace At Any Cost

May 30, 2019           |                                       

“I don’t want to give up my work and hobbies.” “I’m not willing to sacrifice my right to watch a football match at the stadium with my friends.” “I didn’t have a chance to chase my dreams, but my daughter now has this opportunity. I don’t want to sacrifice her future, her rights. That’s my […]

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Russian Rights Group Says Golos Activist Is A Political Prisoner

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s Memorial human rights center says a detained board member of the independent Golos (Voice) election-monitoring group is a political prisoner. In a statement on May 30, the Moscow-based watchdog called on the authorities to immediately release Roman Udot from house arrest, saying that the case against him was politically motivated. Udot was arrested last […]

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Amid widespread attacks on bodily autonomy, an intersectional approach can help guide our response. re•pro•duc•tive jus•tice noun 1. The right to make decisions about child-bearing and childrearing free from economic, legal or social coercion “The sin to me is bringing a child into this world and not taking care of them. The sin for me […]

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Rightwing religious groups have been mobilizing followers behind a new wave of abortion restriction bills crashing over state capitols in the North and South, crafted to ultimately overturn the 1973 Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion nationwide. But the battle isn’t simply between religious anti-abortion advocates and a secular vanguard fighting to preserve […]

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“I reject both an overly romantic and an overly cynical reading of humanitarianism. Instead I treat humanitarianism as a morally complicated creature, a flawed hero defined by the passions, politics, and power of its times even as it tries to rise above them.” Michael Barnett A recent conference examined the interplay between politics, humanitarianism, and […]

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On April 4 2019 the UK Charity Commission opened a formal inquiry into allegations that the UK branch of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) may have been complicit in violence perpetrated against indigenous people overseas. WWF, famous for its panda logo, is one of the biggest International NGOs operating in the field of nature […]

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That is a question one might pose to people who are celebrating the arrest of Julian Assange. The arrest of WikiLeakers founder Julian Assange on April 11 has been met with celebration by politicians and media figures and with howls of laughter from late-night comics. Here’s Hillary Clinton’s response: [embedded content] Here is The Daily […]

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Posted by Arnold Isaacs at 8:03am, April 16, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Typical of last week’s news when it came to immigration and the U.S. border was a Soviet-style “purge” of the Department of Homeland Security, or to cite another grimly appropriate word, as an unnamed official of the Department of Homeland Security did […]

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Cook County Judge Loosens Unusual Restrictions on Publishing Details of Child Welfare Case

April 15, 2019           |                                       

A Cook County judge Monday lifted part of her previous order prohibiting ProPublica Illinois from publishing some details of a child welfare case it has been investigating, conceding that the restriction was “overbroad.” At the same time, Patricia Martin, the presiding judge of the Cook County Juvenile Court’s child protection division, continued to block the […]

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Two weeks ago, the Intercept, in partnership with Sentient Media, a new media company devoted to the issue of animal rights, launched the debut episode of our eight-part video series covering all aspects of the animal rights movement: political, economic, environmental, cultural, racial, labor and public health. That debut episode was devoted to a discussion of why […]

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On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high level Ecuadorian government […]

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The Seven Years of Lies About Assange won’t Stop Now

April 11, 2019           |                                       

For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations. For […]

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