Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses – NYTimes.com

These are, simply, crimes. They are prohibited by federal law, which defines torture as the intentional infliction of “severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” They are also banned by the Convention Against Torture, the international treaty that the United States ratified in 1994 and that requires prosecution of any acts of torture. via Prosecute […]

مهنة جديدة في مصرالمبرراتي – سمير عطالله

لاحظت، منذ سنوات، ظهور مهنة جديدة في مصر يمكن أن نطلق عليها “المبرراتي”. إن الفارق بين المسحراتي والمبرراتي أن الأول يصحي النائمين في رمضان بينما الثاني يُخدر النائمين “في العسل” طوال السنة. برزت هذه المهنة أو الوظيفة في عهد عبد الناصر وشغلها بجدارة رائدها حسنين هيكل “المحلل السياسي” وهو لا يختلف كثيرا عن “المحلل” الذي […]

Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program “Counterproductive”

The agency’s own analysis, conducted in 2009, found that its clandestine drone and assassination program was likely to produce counterproductive outcomes, including strengthening the very “extremist groups” it was allegedly designed to destroy. via Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program “Counterproductive”.

If you open the window of torture, even just a crack, the cold air of the Dark Ages will fill the whole room by William Blum | Dandelion Salad

American Exceptionalism and American Torture In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds. […]

Muslim pensioner who paid two thugs £50 to throw sulphuric acid in his teenage Islamic convert ex-girlfriend’s face is jailed for 18 years | Daily Mail Online

Miss Horsman, who had converted to Islam for Rafiq, suffered horrific burns and has been left permanently disfigured by the attack. A court heard that the jealous pensioner had hatched a plan to blame an innocent man before ordering the pre-planned assault. Pakistan-born Rafiq persuaded Steven Holmes, 25, and Shannon Heaps, 23, to carry out […]