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Posts Tagged ‘human rights’
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Tags: Afghanistan, AntiWar radio, Bagram Air Base, Bush Administration, Canada, child soldiers, criminal justice, Daphne Eviatar, Guantanamo Bay, human rights, international law, military commissions, Newspeak, Obama Administration, Omar Khadr, rendition, Scott Horton, torture, United States, United States armed forces, war crimes, War on Terror, Warfare and Conflict
Omar Khadr, a 23-year-old Canadian citizen was kidnapped by the military in Afghanistan after being shot to the infirmary at the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base, where he was tortured and threatened with rape before being transferred the prison at Guantánamo Bay—all when he was only 15—where he’s been held captive since. The ‘war crime’ was throwing a hand grenade at U.S. troops and allegedly killing one of them, though the cause of the soldier’s death is in question, the burden of proof cannot be met of who threw any grenades, throwing a grenade at a uniformed enemy is not a war crime and child soldiers are legally distinguished as victims.
At AntiWar Radio with Scott Horton, journalist, legal analyst and Human Right First senior associate in law and security Daphne Eviatar discussed the U.S. military commission to try Mr. Khadr for war crimes (25:55):
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Specifics of its agreement with the government reveal BP PLC has not agreed, as is widely reported, to set aside a $20bn escrow fund for the Deepwater Horizon explosion that flooded the Gulf of Mexico with millions of barrels of oil. CNN reported Tuesday morning that University of South Florida researchers are calling the floor of the Gulf “a constellation” oil, based on preliminary observations of images (10:47):
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Tags: culture, human rights, libertarian, Newspeak, War
Man is coward. He is.
The man who chooses to not stand against war chooses to stand for nothing and is the vilest coward of all mankind. He is the sociopath that plagues the zeitgeist.
He ought to be ostracized from any community pursuing anything near virtue.
He is the hate.
He hates humankind for the Truth of humankind.
He is below the Neanderthal.
Caring not for the undead, he doesn’t deserve to kiss the dirt upon which the hypothetical zombie walks.
He’s never surpassed the machine of the flesh.
Is he even Man?
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The first military commission of a detainee renditioned to the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay under the Obama Administration opened Tuesday. Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was kidnapped eight years ago in Afghanistan at the age of 15 by the U.S. military, threatened with rape in detention at the U.S. air base at Bagram, transferred to Guantánamo where he was tortured until he confessed that he threw a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier. Monday evening, Texas A&M at Qatar associate professor Todd Kent noted that it will likely not be a political issue for the Adminsitration because the mainstream media is downplaying it, though criminal justice is a large part of the president’s avatar, at Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story”—which focused on the coming so-called ‘trial’ (23:41):
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With 70,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, President Obama yesterday dropped his 2009 pledge to remove all combat troops before September, extending the target date 15 months, Gareth Porter reported today at Inter Press Services. The drawdown is intended by the Administration to leave 50,000 ‘residual troops’ indefinitely, but investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill notes the so-called “withdrawal” is a replacement of combat troops with ‘private’ mercenary firms. Earlier today, he spoke with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! (11:48):
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Watered-Down ‘Regurgitated Pulitzer Campaign’ Called ‘Top Secret America’ and ‘Blowback’ in Somalia (mp3)Posted: 27 July 2010 by Editors in International Affairs, National News, Political Science, Somalia
Tags: 9/11, Al Shabaab, AMISOM, AntiWar radio, arms trading, blowback, CIA, corporatism, Costa Rica, domestic surveillance, drug war, extrajudicial assassination, Horn of Africa, human rights, humanitarian crisis, Islamic Courts Union, Israel, Jeremy Scahill, Latin America, libertarian, Mohammed Atta, National Surveillance State, Osama bin Laden, Palestine, Ramsey Yousef, Scott Horton, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Somalia, South America, TFG, think tanks, Top Secret America, Transitional Federal Government, Uganda, UN, UN food aid, US, WaPo, War, Washington Post
Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on the Pentagon’s military contracting, discussed the “incredibly disappointing” Washington Post series on giant system of ‘top secret’ operations of the U.S. government with AntiWar Radio host Scott Horton at Pacifica. He discussed “preparing the battlefield” operations, the WaPo as a “dumping ground” for the C.I.A. and the ‘system intended to give cover to clandestine operators in the private sector acting on behalf of the government’.
Later, Mr. Horton discussed blowback in Somalia against foreign intervention in Somali society perpetuating the horror in the Horn of Africa, giving a great summary of the recent history that led to the current state of affairs in the territory from the Bush Administration’s invasion to the Obama Administration shipping in arms, but blocking food entry. He also discussed 9/11 as blowback for Washington’s enabling of Israel’s ‘war crimes’ (25:50):
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The massive dump of U.S. military records relating to the war in Afghanistan confirms prior knowledge in some areas and shines light to other grim realities of aggressive war and occupation.
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David Cameron, British prime minister and leader of the national Conservative Party, said Tuesday, “Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.” He also called out governments on double standards against the Turkish State (1:04):
Tags: AntiWar radio, Central America, CIA, Colombia, Costa Rica, DEA, drug war, Honduras, human rights, IMF, Joseph Shansky, Latin America, Manuel Zelaya, Nicaragua, OAS, odious debt, Panama, Scott Horton, South America, US, US Marine Corps, US military, US Navy, Venezuela
Last week, Joseph Shansky discussed the July 26 mobilization of 46 U.S. Navy and Marine warships to Costa Rica under the guise of the drug war and the coup in Honduras at AntiWar Radio with Scott Horton (10:33):