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Millions 4 Prisoners March: Abolish 'legalized' slavery.

I am one of the leading voices of prisoners throughout the United States who are calling for the amending of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a total and final abolition of slavery in Amerika. An organization located here in the USA, Raleigh, North Carolina, to be exact, is educating, organizing and ...

- San Francisco Bay View - US

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate.

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend. Cook made the commitment late Wednesday in an internal memo obtained by The Associated ...

- SFGate - US

Political Conflict Over Historical Monuments, From Charlottesville to Moscow.

Stephen F. Cohen Today's conflicts over American slavery and Stalin's Great Terror reveal similar controversies as well as an unknown Putin. The post Political Conflict Over Historical Monuments, From Charlottesville to Moscow appeared first on The Nation.

- The Nation - US

Irom Sharmila ties nuptial knot with long-time partner in Kodaikanal.

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila has tied the nuptial knot with long-time partner Desmond Coutinha in a simple ceremony in Tamil Nadu'sKodaikanal on Thursday.

- Zee News - IN

After Years of Slammed Doors, Torture Survivors Finally End Impunity Streak.

I'm in awe of our clients, who courageously pursued justice and prevailed against overwhelming odds. As an attorney representing victims of torture, one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen is the sheer determination of survivors standing up and publicly confronting those responsible. That's why I'm so elated that ...


We Must Remove Shrines to White Supremacy From Public Property.

Shrines to white supremacy and racial violence denigrate my existence and that of millions of North Carolinians. The resurgence of white supremacy and the violence perpetrated by neo-Nazi terrorists in Charlottesville are painful reminders of how much work remains to challenge and defeat systems of hate and racial ...


CNN's Rye Calls for Washington, Jefferson Monuments to Come Down.

As the left mobilizes mobs to tear down confederate statues from city-to-city, it was only a matter of time before they would be going after our Founding Fathers. On CNN Thursday morning, liberal analyst Angela Rye argued that our nation’s first president was as detestable as Robert E. Lee because he was a slave ...

- NewsBusters - US

ESPN Apologizes for 'Offensive' NFL Fantasy Football Auction of Black and White Players.

ESPN is eating crow -- Jim Crow -- and enduring the humiliation of its fellow race-baiting rivals, many of them crowing about its racial insensitivity. The Worldwide Leader in Sports is apologizing for a segment in a 28-hour marathon in which an auctioneer 'sold' NFL players. The headshot photos of black and white players ...

- NewsBusters - US

CNN Analyst Calls for Removal of Washington, Jefferson Statues.

President Trump predicted that people will start going after statues of our slave-owning Founding Fathers after Confederate monuments are taken down and he couldn't be more right.

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Statue of Roger Taney, the Supreme Court justice behind Dred Scott, is being removed from Maryland State House grounds.

Early Friday morning, crews began to work on removing a statue of Roger B. Taney, the former Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and ruled that any person with African descent could not be a citizen, from the grounds of the Maryland State House. Any change to the building or ...

- The Week - US

This week in statehouse action: racist is as racist does edition.

Campaign Action Mama always told me life was like a box of Confederate sympathizers. The horrific violence perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville last weekend is still fresh in our minds, and we'll be dealing with its aftermath for a long time. But one of the consequences of that abhorrent display of neo-Nazi ...

- Daily Kos - US

Ibrahim Halawa enters fifth year in Egyptian prison

Family, politicians and rights groups decry jailing of Ibrahim Halawa, who was 17 when arrested and faces death penalty.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Two politicians want to take down the Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol

While President Donald Trump spent Thursday morning tweeting about the “beauty” of monuments to slavery, at least two politicians are calling to remove them from the U.S. Capitol building. Senator Cory Booker tweeted on Wednesday night that he would introduce a bill taking down Confederate statues in the ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Security Forces Abused Civilians in Mosul Campaign, Iraq Admits

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said Thursday that a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State insurgents from Mosul. His government began an investigation in May into a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel that included images of apparent ...

- Voice of America - US

In Tunisia's 'State of Emergency', a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse , With Impunity

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

- Global Voices - US

Settlement Reached In Case Against Pyschologists Who Designed CIA Torture Program

The ACLU represented the three men who were seeking damages after being subjected to torture. This is first time damages will presumably be paid to people interrogated in the CIA program.

- NPR - US

As Mexico debates giving the military more power, a judge asks why soldiers gunned down 22 people

As Mexican lawmakers debate expanding the role of the military in the country's drug war, a judge has ordered a new probe into whether army commanders ordered soldiers to shoot 22 people in a 2014 incident described by human rights advocates as an extrajudicial massacre. The federal judge, whose...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Fellow Republicans assail Trump after he defends Confederate monuments

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump decried on Thursday the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions.

- Reuters - US

New York to axe Confederate busts from 'hall of fame'

New York authorities are taking steps to remove two busts of Confederate commanders from a "Hall of Fame" as America's most populous city joins others in erasing symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South. Bronx Community College said the bust of General Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern ...

- Yahoo! News - US

ICC orders former Islamist rebel to pay €2.7 million for destruction of Timbuktu holy sites

A war crimes court Thursday said a Malian ex-jihadist caused 2.7 million euros in damages when he destroyed Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012.

- France24 - FR

How 'Marikana: the Musical' has contributed to cultural amnesia

Members from a local church mourn near a site where miners were killed during clashes at the Marikana mine in 2012. Siphiwe Sibeko/ReutersCommissions of inquiry are often nothing but cynical political tools to reestablish a form of normalcy after a nation's traumatic event. It happened in South Africa after the Marikana ...

- The Conversation - UK

Bosnian Serb Policemen's War Crimes Convictions Upheld

Three Bosnian Serb ex-policemen were sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison for crimes against humanity in Bileca, while an ex-soldier was jailed for 14 years for the murders of Bosniaks in Bihac.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Man accused of murder, eating couple's faces won't face death penalty

Austin Harrouff accused of killing John Stevens III and Michelle Mishcon in the garage of their Martin County, Fla., home and injuring their neighbor.         


US cities are debating on how to dispose their Confederate statues

Jonathan Drake/Reuters - As communities across the United States redouble efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces after a far-right rally in Virginia turned deadly, city leaders now face another conundrum: what to do with the statues. President Donald Trump described them on Thursday as "beautiful statues ...

- Business Insider - US

CNN's Rye: Statues of Washington, Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee 'All Need to Come Down'

On Thursday's broadcast of CNN's “At This Hour,” CNN Political Commentator Angela Rye argued that statues of slave owners, whether they're of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Robert E. Lee should come down. CNN Political Analyst and Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon who had referred to comparisons ...

- Breitbart - US

ACLU settles lawsuit against 2 psychologists who created CIA torture program

The ACLU came to a settlement with two psychologists who were involved in the creation of the CIA's controversial interrogation program.

- UPI - US

Chicago bishop wants George Washington's name taken off park in black neighborhood

Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, in Chicago thinks it's no longer appropriate for statues of American presidents who owned slaves to be commemorated in black neighborhoods.

- FOX News - US

Apple boss makes US$2 million pledge to fight hate

Apple is donating US$2 million to two human rights groups as part of chief executive Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fuelled the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white-nationalist rally.

- Stuff - NZ

Venezuela protest violinist alleges he and other activists were tortured in army custody

A young violinist who became a symbolic feature of Venezuelan protests over President Nicolas Maduro alleged Thursday he was tortured while held in army custody.Wuilly ...

- The Japan Times - JP

For a Yazidi Woman, Justice for ISIS Crimes Is Still Elusive

Iraq will let investigators collect evidence of ISIS crimes. But an urgent test remains: how to deliver justice for beheadings, slavery and genocide?

- New York Times - US

Housing and environmental failures behind shocking scale of mudslide deaths in Sierra Leone

Source: Amnesty International Country: Sierra Leone The terrible aftermath of the mudslides, which have left more than 3000 people homeless, grimly illustrates the human cost of the government's failure to implement housing and land policies, said Amnesty.The terrible aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone, which have ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Republicans line up to assail Trump after he defends Nazis fighting to keep Confederate monuments

President Donald Trump on Thursday decried the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions. Trump has alienated Republicans, corporate leaders and U.S...

- The Raw Story - US

Trump defends monuments to pro-slavery Confederacy

U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday decried the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and refusing to let go of a controversy that has inflamed U.S. racial tensions and threatens to further derail his policy agenda.

- The Daily Star - LB

Poll shows most Americans want to keep racism-tainted statues

A new poll Thursday showed that most Americans favor leaving in place statues of Civil War figures associated with the defense of slavery, offering a measure of support for President Donald Trump's stance on the issue.

- The Daily Star - LB

Ibrahim Halwa enters fifth year in Egyptian prison

Family, politicians and rights groups decry jailing of Ibrahim Halawa, who was 17 when arrested and faces death penalty.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Trump suggested Robert E. Lee and George Washington were on the same level — scholars say they aren't

Wikimedia CommonsBoth were great generals. Both Virginians. Both came from slave-owning plantation families. Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday? Many historians say yes. “It’s a ridiculous conflation,” said ...

- Business Insider - US

Statue defaced as Confederate monument protests grow

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON - A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was defaced at North Carolina's Duke University and there were more arrests on Thursday over the toppling of a similar statue as communities in the U.S. South faced a contentious debate over such divisive monuments. The discovery came as President ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Trump's response to Barcelona attack? A fake story about bullets dipped in pigs' blood.

The president of the United States just advocated for the execution of Muslim prisoners by firing at them with bullets dipped in pigs' blood. He did so by doing something he's done before , reiterating a totally disproved internet tale about a massacre. In the story , which again, is false , U.S. Gen. John J. Pershing uses ...

- Mashable! - US | Kenya holds memorial service for murdered election official

Kenyans have held a memorial service for the election official who was found tortured and killed shortly before this month's presidential vote.

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Ruling over damages on ruined holy sites

Judges at the International Criminal Court ruled yesterday that a former Islamist rebel who was jailed for wrecking holy sites in Timbuktu was liable for damages of US$3.2 million.Amad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was sent to prison for nine years in 2016 after pleading guilty to war crimes for his involvement in the destruction of ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

US history being 'ripped apart'

A DEFIANT President Donald Trump shrugged off a barrage of bipartisan criticism yesterday and said US history was being “ripped apart” by the removal of Confederate statues. Trump waded back into the charged racial debate over monuments to the pro-slavery South with a volley of tweets doubling down on his ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Poll: Statues should stay

MOST Americans favor leaving in place statues of Civil War figures associated with the defense of slavery, according to a survey yesterday, offering a measure of support for US President Donald Trump’s stance on the issue. Days after a violent rally by right-wing groups to protest removal of a statue of Confederate ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN | Elderly couple tourtured with boiling water and hot oil

An elderly woman who has been tortured with boiling water and hot oil during a robbery was more concerned about her husband than herself, Netwerk24 reports.

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'That's good': Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte praises police after they kill 57 in drug raids

Officials place total deaths at 3,451 in the 13 months through July 26, but Human Rights Watch earlier this year estimated that more 7,000 people had been killed, including at least three mayors

- National Post - CA

Trump reacts to Barcelona terror by touting anti-Muslim war crime tale

President Trump responded to the news of a terrorist attack in Spain by peddling a debunked legend about a general's harsh tactics more than a century ago.

- Yahoo! News - US

CNN's Angela Rye: Statues of Washington, Jefferson and Lee 'All Need to Come Down'

It's happening just as Donald Trump predicted. He said in a press conference Monday that if a confederate statue of Robert E. Lee comes down, what's next? Statues of George Washington because he was a slave owner? Well that is exactly what CNN political analyst Angela Rye thinks should happen.

- Mediaite - US

Trump Bemoans Confederate Statue Removals: 'So Foolish'

In an extraordinary set of tweets Thursday morning, President Donald said he was sorry that Confederate monuments were being removed from public spaces all over the country, calling the slavery-linked artifacts beautiful statues' and saying the moves were foolish.'

- Newsmax - US

Parents of Newtown victims want to know if teachers had keys

Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school massacre are demanding to see evidence that two slain teachers had access to keys that could have been used to lock their classroom doors

- ABC News - US

Attack in Barcelona Kills 13, Settlement Over CIA Torture Methods, Massive Lottery Jackpot Grows: P.M. Links

A van driven at high speed crashed into a crowd of people in a tourist-filled part of Barcelona. Police believe it was a terrorist attack. Details remain very sketchy. Casualty numbers vary, but the most recent numbers have an official claiming 13 dead, 50 injured. One suspect is in custody. Police have released a picture ...

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Venezuelan forces kill 37 inmates in riot 'massacre'

Dozens of inmates were killed in a "massacre" after an armed, two-day prison riot broke out in Puerto Ayacucho, a top government official said Thursday.

- UPI - US