Tag Archives: Human Rights Watch

NATO’s Expensive Anniversaries, by Brian Coughley

It was a classic set-up, and it is patently obvious, in hindsight, that NATO’s Godfathers had no intention whatever of abiding by the solemn assurance that the alliance would “not expand one inch to the east.”

God Only Knows, by Kathy Kelly

To date, the US continues selling weapons to the UAE and to its coalition partner, Saudi Arabia

Legalizing Tyranny by Chris Hedges

The law as an instrument of morality at the state and federal levels has been deformed into an instrument of racialized social control.

Disastrous Toll of Drug Use Criminalization | ACLU, Human Rights Watch

Enforcement destroys families, undermines health

Julian Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. A court in Sweden may drop rape charges against Julian Assange. (photo: AFP) By Julian Assange, Newsweek  ReaderSupportedNews.org   October 24, 2014 For […]

Nobel Peace Laureates to Human Rights Watch: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government

The leading human rights organization’s close ties to the U.S. government call its independence into question. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons alternet.org  May 12, 2014  The following letter was sent today to Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire; former UN Assistant Secretary General Hans […]

Ramzy Baroud: Preserving the Abu Ghraib Culture

It is as if the torturers have read from the same handbook. In fact, they did. The torture and degrading treatment of Iraqi prisoners—men and women—in Abu Ghraib prison was not an isolated incident carried out by a few “bad apples.” By Ramzy Baroud  March 26, 2014  ZCommunications hen they first put the electricity on me, I […]

▶ Defending Democracy: Government Whistleblowing in the Digital Age, the Manning Trial Appeal

Published on Apr 16, 2014 WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s new legal defense council is preparing for an appeals process that may go up to the Supreme Court. On Sunday, April 13th at 7:30pm, defense council Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward will be joined by prominent FBI whistleblower Mike German and NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake to discuss […]

Chase Madar: The Criminalization of Everyday Life

The Over-Policing of America Police Overkill Has Entered the DNA of Social Policy     By Chase Madar  December 8, 2013  tomdispatch.com Read Tom Dispatch editor Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Xurble. Art from truthdig.com posting of this article. If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police […]

[Video] Ratner: US Drone Strikes Are War Crimes, Despite Human Groups Reluctancy to Blast Obama

Published on Oct 25, 2013 Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch label drone strikes as indiscriminate but don’t go as far as to label them as war crimes  TheRealNews Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on […]

Two Human Rights Groups Target U.S. Drone Policy as Illegal

Like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch called on the U.S. to offer more transparency and accountability into the drone strikes program, and open itself to investigations of possible violations of international law. Posted by Scott Martelle  Oct 22, 2013  truthdig.com Two notable human rights advocacy groups Tuesday took aim at the United States’ highly controversial—and possibly illegal—use of drones […]

Snowden Statement & Meeting with WikiLeaks & Human Rights Watch

the Guardian  July 12, 2013    More at this link to the Guardian 4.00pm BST WikiLeaks has posted a long statement by Edward Snowden, dated today at 5pm Moscow time. Here it is in full: Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived […]

Diana Johnstone> The Decline of Political Protest> Pussy Riot and Amnesty International

The Decline of Political Protest> Pussy Riot and Amnesty International  What is most notable about this attention, and the attention of the Western media in general, is its tone. The tone is by no means a diplomatic appeal intended to persuade authorities to free the women in question. Rather, it is a tone of provocation. by DIANA […]

Dan Kovalik> American Shame in Colombia

The US is Supporting Egregious Human Rights Abuses American Shame in Colombia by DAN KOVALIK   January 25, 2012   Counterpunch As Noam Chomsky has often cautioned, when considering foreign relations, and especially military intervention, states should always heed the primary Hippocratic oath – “First, do no harm.”   The U.S. has certainly disregarded this admonition […]

UN Torture Report Stirs Pressure for Congressional Response> Tom Hayden

UN Torture Report Stirs Pressure for Congressional Response Monday 17 October 2011 by: Tom Hayden, The Nation | Report  via Truthout Ten years after promising that human rights would be protected in Afghanistan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified “systemic torture” by Afghan security forces trained and funded by the United States. The UN […]