USAID’s Response to AP’s Story on ‘Cuban Twitter’: What Isn’t Denied & What’s Striking About It

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:14 pm

It is “important that the good work” of the US Agency for International Development “not be falsely characterized,” the agency wrote in a blog post responding to the Associated Press’ story on “Cuban Twitter.” The response outlined eight “inaccuracies” and eight “facts” to show key flaws in the story.

 

Torture Report Controversy: Is the CIA Beyond Accountability?

By: Friday April 4, 2014 3:59 pm

Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing.

Hard Time: Black Panther Robert H. King’s Life of Resistance

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 6:08 pm

A new 40-minute documentary film by Canadian History Professor Ron Harpelle, entitled Hard Time, focuses on the life of Robert Hillary King, who spent 29 years in continuous solitary confinement until his conviction was overturned and he was released from Louisiana’s infamous Angola State Prison in 2001.

Along with Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, Robert King is one of three Black Panther political prisoners known as the Angola 3.

Late Night: We’re Exceptional, All Right

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 8:00 pm

So it turns out that Michele Bachmann was right all along, but as usual, not in the way she intended. America is exceptional; just like say, Saudi Arabia is.

Torture, Racism, Drones & Unlawful Killings: UN Human Rights Committee Releases Report on US Government

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 3:18 pm

he United Nations Human Rights Committee completed its review of the United States’ compliance with a major human rights treaty. It takes issue with the government’s interpretation that the treaty only applies to persons when they are inside the country and also expresses concern with drones, racism, gun violence, excessive use of force by police, Guantanamo, NSA surveillance, mandatory detention of immigrants and impunity for those who commit torture and unlawful killings.

Podcast: Oakland Planned Federally-Funded Citywide Total Surveillance System—But Citizens Fought Back

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 7:59 am

While the National Security Agency should still be of concern to citizens when it comes to indiscriminate massive surveillance, there is another agency or department in the United States government that has far more potential to specifically intrude upon the lives of citizens. That department is the Department of Homeland Security, which offers federal funds to local law enforcement agencies to expand surveillance capabilities.

Sex Workers Have Labor Rights Just Like Any Other Employee, Confirms NZ Court

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 5:20 pm

When it comes to debates about sex work, feminists often raise the concept that it’s a “job like any other,” as journalist and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant has explained. Yet the exchange of sex for pay remains a curiously radical notion for many around the world. While it’s certainly true that sex work is a real career born of both necessity and ambition for many, it also comes laden with social anxiety and culture-war taboo.

Snowden’s Case for Asylum Strengthens as US Officials Tell Press They Want to Murder Him

By: Friday January 17, 2014 6:37 am

Multiple officials within the United States government have told a reporter of their interest in murdering Edward Snowden. A killing that would take place outside of any legal proceeding or formal process. The US government officials not only expressed a desire to do it for their national security concerns but also a sense of personal satisfaction they would receive from completing the task.

Documents Tie Henry Kissinger to ‘Dirty War’ in Argentina

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 2:00 pm

Ever since The Trial of Henry Kissinger came out linking the former Secretary of State to illegal bombing in Cambodia, genocide in East Timor, and a coup in Chile there has been a renewed interest in discovering more about Kissinger and his conduct as a government official. That renewed interest has led to another discovery of Kissinger’s complicity in human rights abuses.

Richard Branson: “Boycott Uganda Over Anti-LGBT Law”

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 4:32 pm

British billionaire Richard Branson called for a boycott of Uganda. The African nation’s parliament passed a bill that proposes a life sentence for certain homosexual acts. The bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people to the police.

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