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Bill Longstaff: Will we have to bomb the Shias now?

We are all familiar with the depravity of the Islamic State. Tragically, some of their foes are also descending into the moral depths. According to a report by Amnesty International, Shia militias, often armed and supported by the Iraqi government, “have been abducting and killing Sunni civilian men in Baghdad and around the country.” Their complicity with government forces ranges “from tacit

The Disaffected Lib: Bomb’Em All – Well Except the Kurds, Maybe

By now we’ve all been well steeped in the brutal excesses of ISIS – beheadings, mass executions, torture – in Middle Eastern parlance, the full nine yards.  And so we’re off to Kuwait from where we’ll launch air strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq.

Well, since we’re going all the way over there anyway and since we’ll be hunting for scarce targets among the Sunni ISIS militias maybe we can spare a few bombs for Iraq’s Shiite militias also.

With today’s manipulative, corporate mass media cartel we’re used to getting just one side of any story and even that is (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Kiev’s crimes in Eastern Ukraine includes reports of torture, execution and mass graves

Mass graves uncovered in Eastern Ukraine

When Ukrainian government forces were raining hell-on-earth on the people of Eastern Ukraine there were many well substantiated claims of atrocities that were routinely underreported or outright ignored by Western media. In addition to shelling and airstrikes directed at civilian areas in Eastern Ukraine by Kiev’s military, Right Sector’s ultra-nationalist recruits engaged in brutal assaults on towns and villages in the region.

In September an Amnesty International report exposed the activities of the pro-Kiev Aidar Battalion. The tactics employed by Aidar members involved human rights violations that in some cases amounted to war crimes.

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The Canadian Progressive: Mounting Evidence of Deliberate Attacks on Gaza Health Workers by Israeli Army

Amnesty International releases disturbing testimonies revealing evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by the Israel Defense Forces.

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The Canadian Progressive: “Clear evidence” of war crimes committed by Israel

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki has informed the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” of war crimes committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict.

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Dead Wild Roses: Secure Housing Unit Psychosis – A Window into the World of Torture

Have you ever wondered about some of the shared traits of humanity? One could prosaically think of Love, Compassion and Happiness and one would be correct. If the similarities ended there, I wouldn’t be writing, nor would you be reading about the prevalence of torture across the globe.

“The report titled Torture in 2014 – 30 Years of Broken Promises read: “Although governments have prohibited this dehumanising practice in law and have recognised global disgust at its existence, many of them are carrying out torture or facilitating it in practice.”

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Melissa Fong: Why is Captain Picard so awesome?

First, this halloween getup: and now this: Jean-Luc, you are a stone cold fox. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Amnesty International, awesome, Patrick Stewart, social justice, […]

The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes”

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says some of the unlawful killings executed by US drone strikes in Pakistan “could even amount to war crimes”.

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The Canadian Progressive: Manning case shows that US government’s priorities are ‘upside down’

The Bradley Manning verdict is about sending the message that “the US government will come after you”, says Amnesty International’s Senior Director of International Law and Policy Widney Brown.

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The Canadian Progressive: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants, says Amnesty International

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its annual assessment of the world’s human rights.

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: In Canada, a ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’ campaign is launched on Refugee Rights Day

By: Canadian Council for Refugees | Press Release: Today the Canadian Council for Refugees and other organizations announced the launch of a campaign designed to transform the conversation about refugees in Canada. Under the banner ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’, 4 April (Refugee Rights Day) will see the launch of new efforts to [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International: Sudan releases prisoner of conscience

by Amnesty International | Jan 20, 2013: Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko, who was arrested by the National Security Service in March 2012, was released from detention after a court hearing today. Jalila was acquitted of all charges except those related to “spreading false news”, a vague provision of the criminal code often READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Is Chief Theresa Spence your 2012 newsmaker of the year? POLL

Is hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence, who entered Day 20 of her peaceful protest today, your 2012 newsmaker of the year? Is it the Idle No More movement? The Quebec student movement? Beleaguered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Is it Kevin Page, Canada’s fearless gallant Parliamentary Budget Officer, who showed uncommon courage recently when he took the Harper government to court seeking accountability and READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International Urges Harper to meet with hunger striker Chief Spence

by Amnesty International Canada: Editor’s Intro: In the letter bellow, issued yesterday, Amnesty International urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with hunger-striker Chief Theresa Spence as her peaceful protest reaches Day 18. Chief Spence is demanding a meeting involving Harper, a representative of the Queen, and First Nations leaders. She wants this meeting to discuss treaty READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s new refugee system unfair to refugees

by Canadian Council for Refugees AND Amnesty International Canada: On the eve of the introduction of important changes to Canada’s refugee determination system, the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International expressed fear that the system will fail some refugees, violate their rights in Canada, and send them back to persecution. “The whole purpose of our READ MORE

Geoff Campbell: Newhouse “Boot Camp” for Graduate Public Relations Students Summary

A few weeks ago I completed the summer session of the class of 2013 M.S. in Public Relations program. It was sold as a six-week intensive introduction to the field of public relations, proper PR writing, and an interaction to graphic design/visual communication principles and practice.

Coming from the viewpoint of someone who studied a more academic-focused program (Honours in International Relations from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada) it seems like a decent introduction to the field. I began reading number of blogs (Brian Solis, Chris Brogram Dave Fleet, Ragan) in the months leading up to the program and did

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Canadian Progressive: Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years in prison

In Vladmir Putin’s Russia, a peaceful and legitimate act of civil disobedience earns you two years in prison. That’s the sentence a Russian court just imposed on three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot. Judge Marina Sirovaya found Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, guilty of “hooliganism” earlier today. The trial was a sham. The harsh sentence is emblematic of Russia’s intolerance of dissent, human rights and basic freedoms. Hooliganism? Please! The three women performed an anti-Putin political protest song on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The real reason behind

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Canadian Progressive World: URGENT PETITION: Free Members of Feminist Punk Group Pussy Riot Now!

Recently, the Putin regime in Russia extended the pre-trial detention of 3 members of the feminist punk group “Pussy Riot” until January 2013. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich had been in detention since March after they were arrested for committing the ultimate crime in Vladmir Putin’s Russia: singing a protest song, “punk-prayer” called “Our Lady, chase Putin out”!

If convicted, they could face an additional 7 years in prison. The New Yorker has rightly called this affair: “Putin’s Religious War Against Pussy Riot”.

We need to act now to stop this madness. Please go the Amnesty International website

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DeSmogBlog: 2008 Shell Nigeria Oil Spill 60 Times Larger Than Originally Claimed

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Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) dropped a bombshell early this week, unveiling documents pertaining to the Royal Dutch Shell Oil 2008 Bodo oil pipeline spill.

The documents indicate that the Shell spill released 60 times the amount of oil Shell had originally reported in the ravaged Niger Delta coastal town with a population of 60,000 people.

In a press release, Amnesty explained its findings:

The previously unpublished assessment, carried out by US firm Accufacts, found that between 1,440 and 4,320 barrels of oil were flooding the Bodo area each

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Cowboys for Social Responsibility: A letter from Canada

OTTAWA

Dear Foreign Dictator:

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to clarify our position on the use of torture.

To be clear, our Government supports the use of torture when it is practiced with a clear objective.

Please accept my most heartfelt apologies if the position of Canada’s former terrorist-loving government has caused you or those close to you any discomfort or

Oh, Those ‘Radicals’!

Today the HarperCons stepped into the cesspool polluted waters tarsands issue to announce a water monitoring project which will take 3 years and $50 million to fully implement. the regina mom agrees with Halifax NDP MP Megan Leslie; this is a PR stunt. And, trm shares Edmonton MP Linda Duncan’s concerns that First Nations’ communities were not adequately consulted and that many more tarsands projects could be approved before this monitoring begins. trm considers this announcement to be a reflection of the great work the ecojustice community “radical groups” are doing to educate citizens on the issues.

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Canadian Progressive World: CPW Book Salon: Taking A Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

Author: Juan E. Méndez and Marjory Wentworth Palgrave Macmillan, September 2011 ISBN: 978-0-230-11233-9, ISBN10: 0-230-11233-1, 156.000 x 234.000 inches, 256 pages Juan Méndez has experienced human rights abuse first hand. As a result of his …R… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: CPW Book Salon: Taking A Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

Geoff at Mount Allison: Introducing the new President of Amnesty International Mount Allison Advait Vij

Over the last month I’ve done a lot of thinking about the future of Amnesty International at Mount Allison (AI Mount Allison). I had a discussion with another engaging and motivated student who happens to be your next President of AI Mount Allison. O… . . . → Read More: Geoff at Mount Allison: Introducing the new President of Amnesty International Mount Allison Advait Vij

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Selected text for your weekend reading. – Edmund Pries points out how the right sees wasted public money and gratuitous tax slashing as tools to force cuts to programs which actually serve a valuable purpose: During the Reagan era, a friend and former… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Burning question

Since declaring themselves enemies of Amnesty International apparently wasn’t enough villainy for one week, the Harper Cons have also decided to pick a fight with an asbestos widow. Can National Kick a Puppy Day be far behind? . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Burning question