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U.S. Inaction Following CIA Torture Report is De Facto Amnesty for Perpetrators - by Amnesty International
NEW YORK - Amnesty International released a report on April 21 (see PDF) criticizing the Obama administration’s silence in the wake of the Senate torture report, calling it de facto amnesty for those responsible for CIA torture. The government inaction following the December publication of the summary report on the CIA’s secret detention program is outlined in detail in the new report, Crimes and Impunity. The document also highlights the lack of accountability for enforced disappearance ...
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:06PM
Nearly 80% of Surveyed US Companies Fail to Meet Requirements of Conflict Minerals Law - by Amnesty International
Nearly 80 per cent of U.S. public companies analyzed by human rights groups are failing to adequately check and disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals from Central Africa, a new report by Amnesty International and Global Witness reveals.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:01PM
Wiping the smug look off the face of capitalism! - by The Acorn
When a young anti-capitalist leapt on to the desk in front of European Central Bank president Mario Draghi when he was giving a press conference in Frankfurt on April 15, the look on Draghi's face was priceless.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:01AM
Politics Faded Out the Constitutional Offensiveness of Trade Agreements - by Axel Flessner, J Baertner and S Liebrich
The arbitration jurisdiction with the ISDS mechanism is the most controversial point of the two trade agreements. US corporations could file lawsuits against the German prohibition of gas production through fracking. They could demand compensation in the billions from the states. States could be deterred by the threat of lawsuits from environmental and labor protective regulations. These agreements are not trade bills but bills to increase corporate profits and privilege foreign investors...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:20AM
Alleging Labor Abuses, U.S. and Mexican Workers Call for Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries - by via Rachel Luban, In These Times
Driscoll's is headquartered in Watsonville, California. In 2008, Driscoll's was named "business of the year" by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The company has fields in California, Florida, Mexico, and Australia.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:54AM
Tibet and the global economy: is today’s China poisoning the West? - by Yeshe Choesang
Dharamshala — The democratic ideals of freedom and liberty that the world enjoy today were won through a decades-long struggle. However, despite the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights, a popular future slogan may arise among the Western world who fought for these principles: "Today's China is tomorrow's Western world". Gradually, their values are becoming one and the same.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:26AM
World Bank Announces Package of Aid and Loans to Ebola-Affected Countries - by Sophia Har
The World Bank announces $650 million in new concessional loans and grants for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone at the start of the Spring IMF and World Bank Meetings
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:11AM
IMF Reports Debt and Human Crises Drive Uneven Growth - by Sophia Har, Jubilee USA Network
Global Stability and Economic Outlook Reports Released
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:24AM
The Futile Attempt to Learn Why Philadelphia (and Your Hometown) Is Voting to Arm Nazis - by Chris Randolph
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to send guns to Ukrainian fascists. Getting a straight answer from your representative as to why, or even getting them to admit to that reality, is nearly impossible.
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:55PM
Mideast Migraines - The Ideas that Define Benjamin Netanyahu (audio/mpeg 140.0MB) - by Ren Tawil
The Ideas that Define Benjamin Netanyahu, The real winner in Israel's election: BDS, Time to Sanction Israel, LATEST ON GAZA GAS DEVELOPMENTS, music of Arab Americans. Length: 2:02:18/ Date Recorded: 2015-03-23/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info/ 64Kbps, mp3 (143MB), Mono
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:49PM
The Human Rights Impact of Less Lethal Weapons and Other Law Enforcement Equipment - by Amnesty International
Law enforcement agencies around the world regularly misuse so-called “less-lethal” weapons and equipment for torture and their use can also have deadly consequences, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation said as they launched a new briefing at the United Nations Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar.
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:37PM
Idan Raichel Project Concert Met with Protest by Human Rights Activists - by Adalah-NY
NYC human rights advocates protest the April 12th concert of Israeli army booster Idan Raichel at the Beacon Theatre and call for cultural institutions to distance themselves from events that whitewash Israel's violations of Palestinian rights. The action was part of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to pressure Israel by sending the message that there will be no business as usual until Israel ends its occupation and apartheid policies. (Include...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:53AM
Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped! - by Thilo Bode
How scandalous that communities and states should lose sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP negotiated in secret, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The threat of a lawsuit can have a chilling effect on labor and environmental protective regulations. A parallel private arbitration system (ISDS) is created that privileges foreign investors over labor and the environment. Philip Morris, Violea, Vattenfall, Occidental, Pacific Rim and Metalclad are flagrant examples of profit ...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:20AM
This Week in Palestine, April 10th, 2015 (audio/mpeg 7.4MB) - by IMEMC
Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for April 4th, to the 10th, 2015.
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:02PM
American Airlines Announces on Twitter Shark Fin Shipment Ban - by Joanna Nasar
American Airlines sent out tweets today announcing that they will no longer be shipping shark fins.
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 12:38PM
Endangered Hammerhead Shark Fins Exported from Costa Rica, Touch Down Illegally in U.S. - by Joanna Nasar
Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network and have found evidence that hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) are being exported from Costa Rican ports and flown to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 11:18AM
World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis Joins the Cry "Nous Sommes Bardo!" - by Sharat G. Lin
The World Social Forum in Tunis (24-28 March 2015) closes with resounding unity against global warming, neoliberalism, militarism, terrorism, and for the increasingly important role of women in making another world possible.
Posted: Sun Apr 5, 2015 4:08AM
Religious Coaltion Calls for Debt Relief for Vanuatu After Monster Cyclone - by Sophia Har
Vanuatu owes millions in debt and struggles to recover from cyclone, religious coalition calls for debt relief
Posted: Fri Apr 3, 2015 7:06AM
Death Sentences and Executions 2014 - by Amnesty International
An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security linked to terrorism, crime or internal instability in 2014, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 5:00PM
Greece Proposes Plans to Tackle Tax Evasion and Corruption - by Jubilee USA Network
Greece submitted a list of economic reforms to the European Union (EU) in an effort to secure emergency financing.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 2:29PM