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What Ferguson, Eric Garner, and CIA Torture Have in Common

Human Rights

There’s no better way for Washington to commemorate Human Rights Day than by letting the public finally learn the truth about torture. And there’s no better way for concerned Americans to do so than by raising our voices to challenge the compounding crimes of our lawless agencies.

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IWW Picket Violently Attacked -- Call For Full Boycott Of Sisters' Camelot

Human RightsOn May 4th 2014, members of the Twin Cities IWW and supporters withstood a violent and deliberate attack on a picket of Sisters’ Camelot, whose canvass workers went on strike in March of 2013 and have endured vicious union-busting efforts from the organization ever since. After some twenty minutes of peaceful picketing, Sisters’ Camelot supporters organized an escalating series of attacks and attempts to break the picket line, eventually tackling an IWW member to the ground and beating him until other Wobblies pulled them away.
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Herman Wallace and Nelson Mandela: A Tale of Two Heroes

Human Rights

Two political prisoners: one past, one present, both lay dying. Two heroes of the Black liberation movement: one revered, one maligned, both endured decades of solitary confinement. Two men: one African, one African-American, both fought for the rights of African peoples. Two names: one internationally known, one unknown to many of his own countrymen. Both names echo the journey to overcome apartheid and segregation.

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Los Angeles to Regulate Feeding of Homeless

Human Rights

LOS ANGELES — They began showing up at dusk last week, wandering the streets, slumped in wheelchairs and sitting on sidewalks, paper plates perched on their knees. By 6:30 p.m., more than 100 homeless people had lined up at a barren corner in Hollywood, drawn by free meals handed out from the back of a truck every night by volunteers.

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Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: Why I have gone on hunger strike

In an open letter, the imprisoned Pussy Riot member explains why the brutal conditions at Penal Colony No 14 have led her to undertake a hunger strike in protest Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.

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Prisoner Solidarity And Justice For Trayvon Activists Join Forces

On day 24 of the largest prisoner hunger strike in California history, more than 100 people participated in a rally in downtown Los Angeles that organizers called "Hunger for Justice." The rally was part of an international day of action meant to show support for the hunger strikers--many activists are fasting for the day in solidarity with the prisoners--as well as to protest the not-guilty verdict handed down in the trial of George Zimmerman, who shot the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Rallies were also held in London, Germany, Guyana, Quebec and several other cities in the U.S.

Actor Danny Glover addressed the crowd (Lauren Madow)

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Radically Wrong: The Right to Think Dangerous Thoughts

Human Rights

Despite evidence to the contrary, the government continues to embrace a theory that adopting radical ideas is a first step toward terrorist violence. Based on this discredited model, "preventive" policies are being pursued, resulting in discrimination, suspicionless surveillance of entire communities, and selective law enforcement against belief communities and political activists. The following is the third installment in the ACLU blog series "Radically Wrong," which highlights counterterrorism policies that are not only ineffective, but also undermine our constitutional rights.

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White House Strategy to Protect Trade Secrets Mischaracterizes WikiLeaks, Criminalizes Hacktivists

Human Rights

The administration of President Barack Obama released a strategy aimed at protecting trade secrets. As White House press secretary Jay Carney stated, the strategy aims to “protect the innovation that drives the American economy and supports jobs in the United States.” He said, “We know that trade secret theft can cripple a company’s competitive advantage in foreign markets, diminish export prospects around the globe, and put American jobs in jeopardy.” That was why the White House had put together a strategy.

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Do US Prisons Violate European Human Rights Law? An interview with Hamja Ahsan and Aviva Stahl

     

On April 10, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued judgement in the case of Babar Ahmad and Others v The United Kingdom, thereby making a landmark ruling on the legitimacy of solitary confinement, extreme isolation and life without parole in US supermax prisons (view ECHR press release and ruling). The ECHR denied the appeal filed jointly by six appellants, consisting of four British nationals (Babar Ahmad, Haroon Rashid Aswat, Syed Talha Ahsan, and Mustafa Kamal Mustafa—aka Abu Hamza), an Egyptian national (Adel Abdul Bary) and a Saudi Arabian national (Khaled Al-Fawwaz) who have been imprisoned in the United Kingdom, pending extradition to the United States for alleged terrorism-related activities.

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The Human Rights Record of the US in 2012

Human Rights

The USA loves to criticize the human rights record of China and all sorts of other countries, while pretending to be the land of the free.  The USA loves to harangue various countries about treatment of dissidents, while acting as if it has no problems of its own.  The USA and the corporate media love to talk about the growing income disparity in China (which always amuses me since they also hated it when there was no income disparity to speak of, as well), while ignoring that no country has a more glaring case of "income disparity fever" then itself.

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