Tag Archives: Human Rights

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Justice Dept Announces It Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons

This announcement comes on the heels of a rather scathing report from the DOJ’s inspector general last week which found the nefarious privately-run facilities had a greater number of safety and security incidents than those run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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Liza Burr | One Humanity, One State: An Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh

Only a single democratic state will promote “human rights and…reconciliation and justice”; there is no other way. You cannot make 78 percent of historic Palestine off-limits to Palestinian refugees (or their descendants) who were ethnically cleansed from their homes and have been granted the right of return under international law. You cannot divide “such a small piece of land…into two countries.”

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From Ft. Benning to DC April 14-18, then on to the Border!

Save the date, and stay tuned for more details for this year’s legislative asks, actions, concert, and Border Mobilization workshop at the 2016 Spring Days of Action, April 14-18. Arturo J. Viscarra <arturo@soaw.org>, SOA Watch <soaw.org> February 24, 2016 | As you probably already know, SOA Watch is heading to Nogales, Arizona/Sonora this October for […]

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VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

In 2014, Palestine Legal—a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization supporting Palestine activism—responded to 152 incidents of censorship, punishment, or other burdening of advocacy for Palestinian rights and received 68 additional requests for legal assistance in anticipation of such actions.

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Cornel West: The Fire of a New Generation

West: …we’re trying to sustain hope by being a hope. Hope is not simply something that you have; hope is something that you are. So, when Curtis Mayfield says “keep on pushing,” that’s not an abstract conception about optimism in the world. That is an imperative to be a hope for others in the way Christians in the past used to be a blessing — not the idea of praying for a blessings, but being a blessing.

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SOA Watch: Join us this November 20-22 for our 25th Anniversary Vigil

From the article: July 3, 2015 | Twenty-five years ago, a handful of human rights activists staged a hunger strike at the gates of Fort Benning, one year after the November 16,1989 massacre at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador. It was on that date that Elba Ramos, her daughter Celina Maricet Ramos, and Fathers Ignacio Ellacuría , Ignacio Martín-Baró, Segundo Montes, Amando López, Joaquín López y López, and Juan Ramón Moreno were murdered by Salvadoran soldiers trained at the School of the Americas (SOA).

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▶ Mark Fiore: The Selective Hearing of Gun Violence (animation)

Fiore: Six times a week or so, I pass by the pier where Kathryn Steinle was killed. Never did I think that beautiful spot would become such fertile ground for campaign demagoguery.

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Mark Fiore: The Gospel of Denial

Fiore: Now that Pope Francis has come out on the side of acknowledging human-caused global warming, Republican presidential contenders are suddenly on the side of “science” not religion. Where does this pope guy get off on mixing religion and politics, sheesh!

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Glen Ford: ‘No Justice, No Peace’: Clarity Of Purpose, Warning To Ruling Class

Ford: The logic of the emerging movement is Black self-determination – the principle that Black people have the inherent human right to determine their own destiny – which, in the immediate sense, means control over how they should be policed, and by whom. The venerable slogan “No Justice – No Peace” has served as a workhorse of the current protest, and would be an ideal organizing principle if the implications of the slogan were fully understood, rather than simply mouthed.

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RT interview: Bagram, Gitmo victim: ‘Ticking time bomb intel is falsity, people say anything to stop torture’

Former Bagram and Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, who was subject to abuse and mentioned in the Senate committee report, dismissed claims that CIA torture could be justified, sharing his own experience with RT. He once made up facts to end the torture. RT.com  December 13, 2014 Click here to view the video READ MORE: 10 […]

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Dahr Jamail: Tortured and Raped by Israel, Persecuted and Imprisoned by the United States

“There is Islamaphobia, and it’s moved from being a personal tool of oppression to structural and institutional,” [Abudayyeh] explained. “Even non-prominent Muslims are being caught up in law enforcement entrapment on both coasts now. The majority of the prominent Muslims caught up in that net have in common that they are Palestinian organizers and are […]

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Kathy Kelly: Another 58.6 Billion for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan?

Americans have a right to learn about people bearing the consequences of U.S. war, but there is scant incentive to exercise this right in a society where militarism is glorified and military spokespeople continually assure the U.S. public that U.S. militarism has improved the lives of women and children in Afghanistan. By Kathy Kelly  HuffingtonPost.com […]

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Peter Brown: Torture, U.S. National Security Council Reverses Position

In contrast to positions previously taken by the U.S. government, the delegation will affirm that U.S. obligations under Article 16, which prohibits cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, do not apply exclusively inside the territorial United States.  By Peter Brown  November 12, 2014 Editor’s Note: Also note the upcoming workshops this Friday listed below. […]

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Glenn Greenwald: UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

“The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether,” the report concluded.    By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  First Look Media  15 October 2014 The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the “Special Rapporteur”) […]

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Syria Emergency Response by WAMM members Meredith Aby, Marie Braun and Sarah Martin

Meredith Aby, Marie Braun, and Sarah Martin from Women Against Military Madness speak out about the new wars in Syria and Iraq during Peace Week, 2014. Speeches given on September 23, 2014 at the Syria Emergency Reponse action at the Federal Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota Marie Braun, WAMM Thank you for coming here today to speak […]

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▶ Please join us at the Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, Sept. 19-21!

Please join us at the Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, Sept. 19-21. Come to NYC or bring Convergence to your community by holding a solidarity event wherever you are. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and […]

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Evergreene Digest: A Defiant Ecuador Seeks Solutions in Assange Case

The Assange case goes beyond just simple political asylum and issues of sovereignty. It is matter of principle in a time in which information and secrecy have become ever more the tools of the most powerful. Justice must be done for those who have sacrificed their liberties to warn us of these dangers. Eva Golinger, […]

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Thor Benson: Putting the Police Under Surveillance

“Thankfully, many black Americans are rising up against a society that allows them to be killed for selling cigarettes or walking in the street, but it remains to be seen whether those not in danger will join the struggle.” By Thor Benson  truthdig.com  August 21, 2014 Shutterstock In some places in America, a black man […]