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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the US government of covering up the extent of waterboarding at secret CIA prisons, alleging that Libyan opponents of Muammar Gaddafi were subjected to the torture before being handed over to the former dictator’s security police. The report, Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya, also says that the CIA, Britain’s MI6 and other western intelligence services were responsible for “delivering Gaddafi his enemies on a silver platter” by sending the captured men to Tripoli for further abuse after the American interrogations. After four decades of dictatorship, Libya held its first national elections. Yet its transition into a law-respecting state has been bloody, with rights violations committed by all parties. Thousands of people are held in illegal detention facilities without any judicial process. Ill treatment, torture, and even killings in custody are a sad reality. Tens of thousands of displaced Libyans languish in camps around the country, many of whom have been unlawfully forcibly displaced from their homes. The transitional authorities, who ruled after Gadaffi’s fall, have failed to rein in the militias that de facto control the country, whose crimes have gone unpunished.

Human Rights Watch accuses US of covering up extent of waterboarding The organisation alleges that opponents of Muammar Gaddafi were subjected to the torture at secret CIA prisons Share77 Email Chris McGreal guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 September 2012 05.00 BST Human Rights … Continue reading

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The USA are still top: Nowhere are more people in prison! And there are people who benefit from it!

What part of this prison corporation of America don’t you understand? — “A new report from the reformist Justice Policy Institute concludes that private prison companies have not only benefited from increased incarceration, they have also helped fuel it. According … Continue reading

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UN-General-Secretary, Ban, defends his visit in Iran against critics from US and Israel: “I believe in the power of diplomacy and I believe in dialogues and I believe in engagement. This is exactly what I did during my visit to Tehran. “As a secretary-general of the United Nations, I have a mandate to engage with all the member states of the United Nations.” Ban Ki-moon has defended his controversial visit to Iran, saying that he had used this week’s trip to push hard for human rights and transparency from Tehran over its nuclear programme.

UN chief defends Iran visit Saturday 1 September 2012 07:18 REUTERS United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.(REUTERS) TAGS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Iran Tehran Dubai UN New York Non-Aligned Movement NAM President Bashar al-Assad Syria United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon … Continue reading

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Five Australian soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan – Three soldiers were shot dead in southern Uruzgan province by an Afghan army soldier who turned his gun on them as they were relaxing at their base late on Wednesday evening. Last year, four Australian soldiers died at the hands of their allies, although the majority of casualties have come from the US. Australia makes the largest contribution to the Afghan mission of any nation outside the Nato alliance, with 1,550 troops on the ground. It has lost 38 soldiers in Afghanistan. The Australian Stop the war coalation: After 11 long and devastating years of war, NATO must get out now and allow the Afghans to determine their own future. They could hardly do worse than under NATO’s rule. Another 12 months or more of war and occupation will only further devastate the country and its people. Australian troops must be withdrawn immediately and the military funding promised by the Gillard government be re-allocated to grassroots Afghan-controlled health services, educational materials and teacher training. This could make some difference to the lives of ordinary Afghans.”I believe this is the most losses in combat since the days of the Vietnam war and the battle on Long Tan,” said Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In that 1966 battle, 18 Australians were killed.

Five Australian soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan Prime Minister Julia Gillard says deaths are Australia’s worst combat losses in nearly half a century Share20 Email Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul guardian.co.uk, Thursday 30 August 2012 08.36 BST Australian prime minister Julia Gillard addresses … Continue reading

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Interoccupy.net Notice: Voice Conference Using Mumble, Free software to Empower the World! ICMA promotes collaboration among communications and media groups in Asia & the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Interoccupy.net Notice: Voice Conference Using Mumble, Free software to Empower the World! Developing International Media Work Among Occupy Groups and other Movements for Democracy. Coverage: The Pacific Australia, and Asia. Host: Occupy Oregon Media Group and The International Collaborative Media … Continue reading

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Are Accusation of a ‘New Colonialism’ by China in Africa Unfair? This and other Articles on African Globe – black news

http://www.africanglobe.net/ Are Accusation of a ‘New Colonialism’ by China in Africa Unfair? August 24, 2012 | Filed under: Business | Posted by: Editorial_Staff China has steadily grow its influence in Africa The so-called “new colonialism” allegation that China has exploited Africa’s resources is unfair, given … Continue reading

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Are for a second African independence step: Common people start to claim their rights to live in dignity! As Cape Town braces itself for a protest march today, political analyst Dr Lubna Nadvi says protests seem to have become the norm in South Africa. Durban has seen a number of planned and unplanned protests recently such as the Durban Metro Police protest last week! and the on-and-off student boycotts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

As Cape Town braces itself for a protest march today, political analyst Dr Lubna Nadvi says protests seem to have become the norm in South Africa.   Durban has seen a number of planned and unplanned protests recently such as … Continue reading

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