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News Roundup for February 22, 2017

Outspeak | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics

We don’t even know what to say anymore.1. Trump administration says mass deportations are not the goal. Which doesn’t really align with the all th...

Trump's 'Us vs. Them' Politics Raises Warning Of Global Fallout

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.21.2017 | World

The humanitarian consequences of President Donald Trump’s “poisonous” rhetoric will be felt far beyond U.S. borders, Amnesty International warne...

Syria Killed Thousands In Secret Mass Hangings Inside Prison, Amnesty Reports

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 02.07.2017 | World

The Syrian government killed thousands of people during years of secret mass hangings at a single prison outside the capital of Damascus, an Amnesty I...

Killers Are Paid Up To $300 Per Head In Philippines' Deadly War On Drugs: Report

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 02.02.2017 | World

Since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s launched his bloody war on drugs, the country’s police and their hired hitmen have killed more than 7...

Sir Nigel Rodley versus Donald Trump on Torture

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.08.2017 | World
Halim Shebaya

Donald Trump is a man who defines himself by the number of norms he violates, according to Michael D’Antonio, the author of a biography, The Truth A...

U.S. And European Weapons Used To Commit War Crimes In Iraq: Amnesty

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 01.05.2017 | World

Militias fighting alongside Iraqi troops against Islamic State are committing war crimes using weapons provided to the Iraqi military by the United St...

After Fidel's Death, Calling on Raúl Castro to Protect All Peaceful Citizens, Even Comics and Critics

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 12.14.2016 | World
Barbara E. Joe

Although Fidel Castro turned over the daily governing of Cuba to his brother Raúl in 2008, his once-iron hand, bolstered by his diehard loyalists, continued to be felt behind the scenes. Now that Fidel is gone, that hand should be loosening its grip.

Israel Puts Celebrated Palestinian Activist On Trial

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 12.13.2016 | World
David Palumbo-Liu

Charges against Issa Amro, a 36-year-old Palestinian activist who heads the non-violent human rights group, Youth Against Settlements, stem from 18 alleged crimes stretching back three years. Among the charges -- "insulting" an Israeli officer.

Qatar calls into question its sincerity in pushing World Cup-driven reform

James Dorsey | Posted 11.10.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey For much of the last six years since winning the hosting rights of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar appeared to be taking a slow and tort...

Iraqi Forces Accused Of Killing, Torturing Civilians Near Mosul

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.10.2016 | World

Iraqi government forces killed and tortured civilians south of Mosul, rights groups said on Thursday, the first such reports of alleged abuse in a U.S...

Amnesty International Urges President Obama To End Military Aid To Israel Over Human Rights Abuses

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 10.31.2016 | World
David Palumbo-Liu

Amnesty International is not alone in making this request. The growing list includes most recently churches like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the World Council of Churches and National Council of Churches, and others.

Shi'ite Militias Launch Offensive To Seal Off Western Mosul

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.29.2016 | World

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi’ite militias said on Saturday they had launched an offensive towards the west of Mosul, an operat...

Australian Government Allows Severe Mistreatment Of Refugees, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.17.2016 | World

The Australian government is aware that refugees and asylum-seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru face cruelty and abuse that amounts to torture, acc...

Only 10 Countries Take In More Than Half Of World's Refugees: Amnesty

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.04.2016 | World

Just a handful of nations are shouldering the burden of caring for the world’s 21 million refugees, causing protracted situations of extreme sufferi...

Bulgaria Bans Muslim Women From Wearing Full-Face Veils In Public

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2016 | Religion

Bulgaria’s parliament on Friday banned the wearing of face veils in public in a move supporters said would boost security after Islamist militant at...

Sudan Used Chemical Weapons In Deadly Darfur Attacks, Rights Group Says

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 12.29.2016 | World

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sudan’s government has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since Ja...

What Colbert and Springsteen Can Teach the Next President about American Power

András Simonyi | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
András Simonyi

Back in the '60s and '70s, American popular culture played an incredibly important role for us in Communist Eastern Europe, turning our heads toward freedom and democracy. Even the most repressive regimes in Russia and East Germany could not put the "Rock and Roll Genie" back into the bottle.

Tens Of Thousands In Syria Are Being Tortured And Killed In Detention

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 08.18.2016 | World

Evidence of crimes against humanity being committed in Syria goes beyond photos and video footage of the aftermath of an airstrike or the chaos inside...

Soccer investments' reputational risk catches up with UAE

James Dorsey | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Reputational risk associated with autocratic investment in high profile soccer clubs threatened to catch up with the UAE as a powe...

Blessing The Sex Trade In South Africa: A Sex Trafficking And Prostitution Survivor Testifies

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Grizelda Grootboom recently published "Exit," a book about her violence-ridden and homeless childhood, sex trafficking, her escape from prostitution and her transformation into one of the most vocal survivor leaders in South Africa committed to ending the sex trade.

"Let Daddy Fix It!" Donald Trump And The Collective Unconscious

Laurie Nadel | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Laurie Nadel

"Have you Americans gone bonkers?" my friends in England keep asking. The Donald makes them nervous. It's not just what he says. ...

Hundreds Abducted And Tortured By Egyptian Security Forces, Amnesty Reports

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.13.2016 | World

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security agents have abducted and tortured “at least several hundred people”, some as young as 14, in an unprecedented ...

Baton Rouge: 'Put Those Damn Weapons Down!'

Bill Quigley | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

“Put those damn weapons down. I’m not going to tell you again, goddamn it. Get those goddamn weapons down.” That was the first command of one o...

Vevezuela in crisis: "If you are lucky, you eat twice a day"

Josefina Salomon | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Josefina Salomon

Venezuela is going through one of the worst economic crisis it has faced in decades. With oil prices at an all-time low, the country is largely unable...

Saudi Arabian Social Justice Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair Continues to Fight for Social Justice from Prison

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

"Even from prison, you can still light a candle" Waleed Abu al-Khair began to practice law in Saudi Arabia in 2007. He quickly earned an internat...