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Montreal Simon: Please Help Save the Brutalized Albinos of Malawi

As you may know, I despise bullies of any kind with a passion. Especially those who terrorize children.And this has to be one of the most horrifying bullying stories I've ever heard about. It's like a bloody zombie movie.And it couldn't … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Please Help Save the Brutalized Albinos of Malawi

The Disaffected Lib: So What’s Our Excuse?

Amnesty International is urging Britain’s Cameron government to stop arms shipments to Saudi Arabia.  Amnesty claims the weapons are being used to deliberately slaughter civilians in Houthi-rebel controlled parts of Yemen.

Amnesty said it found a pattern of “appalling disregard” for civilian lives by the Saudi-led coalition in an investigation of 13 air strikes in . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: So What’s Our Excuse?

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian rights groups demand a stronger Canadian response to the Syrian refugee crisis

Amnesty International and 11 other rights and refugee groups have released a comprehensive set of recommendations that should form the basis of Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Paul de Grauwe points out that the European push to force Greece into continued austerity is the most important factor holding back a recovery, as the country would be fully solvent if it were being allowed to borrow money on anything but the most draconian of terms. And . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Going, Going ….

…soon to be gone?

There are many things we take for granted in our lives: our health, our family, our way of life. Sometimes, changes in those and other areas happen so gradually that we really don’t notice until it is too late. The state of democracy, both globally and domestically, is one of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Going, Going ….

Politics and its Discontents: Human Rights And The Politics Of Fear

When Alex Neve, longtime Secretary General of the Canadian branch of Amnesty International, speaks, people should listen. He and his organization have now weighed in on Bill C-51, the ‘anti-terror’ bill being promoted with such relish by Stephen Harper and his acolytes. It is a bill, Neve and many others contend, that will seriously . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Human Rights And The Politics Of Fear

Montreal Simon: Raif Badawi and the Shameful Silence of the Harper Cons

Yesterday I wrote a post denouncing the Harper regime for its refusal to protest the savage punishment the Saudis are inflicting on the blogger Raif Badawi.For the price of $10 billion dollars worth of armoured cars.But what I didn't know at the time is that Badawi's family lives in Quebec, which makes the silence . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Raif Badawi and the Shameful Silence of the Harper Cons

The Canadian Progressive: Retrial of Al Jazeera Journalists Must Pave Way to Their Unconditional Freedom

Egypt’s retrial of Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and two other jailed Al Jazeera journalists acknowledges major flaws in their original convictions, says Amnesty International.

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drive-by planet: New free security tool Detekt scans for hard-to-find surveillance spyware: just launched by Amnesty, EFF

Activists, journalists or just the average concerned citizen who want to know if their computers and mobile devices are a target of unwanted surveillance now have access to a badly needed resource. A German security researcher named Claudio Guarnieri … . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: New free security tool Detekt scans for hard-to-find surveillance spyware: just launched by Amnesty, EFF

drive-by planet: New free security tool Detekt scans for hard-to-find surveillance spyware: just released by Amnesty, EFF

Activists, journalists or just the average concerned citizen who want know if their computers and mobile devices are a target of unwanted surveillance now have access to a badly needed resource that offers one line of defence. A German security researcher named Claudio Guarnieri is behind a free new security tool named Detekt. It . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: New free security tool Detekt scans for hard-to-find surveillance spyware: just released by Amnesty, EFF

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace

Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. Corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees. Here are four ideas that are simple to run and cost little to implement.

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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 . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Will we have to bomb the Shias now?

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 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Bomb’Em All – Well Except the Kurds, Maybe

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

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

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: Amnesty International: Sudan releases prisoner of conscience

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

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 . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International Urges Harper to meet with hunger striker Chief Spence