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'They Were Torturing to Kill': Inside Syria's Death Machine - Secret 'Caesar' Interviewed for 1st Time
World  (tags: Syria, Bashar al-Assad, atrocities, damning evidence, torture, Caesar, military, photographer, mission, documenting prisoners’ deaths, morgue, intelligence services, smuggling photos, USB key, terror, 40-hr testimony, Syrian National Movement, Skype )

- 8 days ago -
Known only as Caesar, Syrian military photographer who smuggled shocking evidence of torture out of Assad's dungeons tells his story for 1st time. For 2 yrs, he used a Damascus police computer to copy thousands of photos of detainees tortured to death...
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Lists Alleged Israeli Violations Before 'Bombshell' UN Speech to General Assembly
World  (tags: Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, UN speech, 'Bombshell', critique, Israel, violations, Oslo agreements, effectively gutted, West Bank, 62 percent, Israeli control, military occupation, Palestinian rights, self-determination )

- 9 days ago -
Abbas circulates hard-hitting critique of Israeli violations of 20-yr-old Oslo accords ahead of UN speech today; covers vast array of issues. Read his Sept 29 article in WorldPost for more clues of UN speech content on day Palestinian flag raised 1st time
"There May Be Flowing Water on Mars. But Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?" - George Monbiot
Environment  (tags: environmental issues, media coverage, steep decline, natural resources, animals, extinction, conservation, waste, fresh water, salt water, oceans, fish decline, trawling, dumping, digging, drilling, poisoning, #extremecivilisation, consumers )

- 9 days ago -
While we marvel at Nasa's discoveries, we destroy our irreplaceable natural resources. 1 ex: Only 1/3 of 3% of Earth H2O is fresh & accessible, yet rivers, lakes & aquifers sucked dry, & what's left often so contaminated drinking it is life-threatening.
'Reprieve' Take Action: Saudi Arabia, Stop Crucifixion of Ali Al-Nimr, Teen Sentenced in Wake of 'Arab Spring' Pro-Dem Uprising
World  (tags: Saudi Arabia, death penalty, dictatorship, repression, Arab Spring, freedom, free expression, demonstration, Ali al-Nimr, teenager, targeted revenge, uncle, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, noted critic of kingdom, Reprieve, British, legal aid group, Guantanamo )

- 17 days ago -
At any moment, w/out prior notification of family, Ali al-Nimr, 20, may be crucified by Saudi authorities. Join campaign to save Ali, 3 yrs in prison, accused of many offenses, inc illegal demonstration; tortured, forced to sign false confession when 17!
Navajo/Maidu Student Claims Native-American-Genocide-Denyi ng Professor Expelled Her From Cal State US History Course
Society & Culture  (tags: Cal State Sacramento, education, US history, Native American history, Chiitaanibah Johnson, Navajo/Maidu, Native Americans, genocide, genocide denial, racism, discrimination, War Crimes, atrocities, Indian Country Today )

- 25 days ago -
Chiitaanibah Johnson challenged professor's view with facts she'd researched, was accused of hijacking lesson & told she'd be disenrolled. Some students agreed she'd disrupted class by insisting on accuracy of term genocide for Native American demise
Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter From Thomas Piketty to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel
World  (tags: Greece, bailout, Eurozone crisis, leading economists, anti-austerity, call, appeal, debt relief, Merkel, Troika, Grexit, ultimatum, collapse, unemployment, suicides, infant mortality, healthcare collapse, medicine, food shortages, bank bailouts )

- 92 days ago -
5 leading economists- T Piketty, J Sachs, H Flassbeck, D Rodrik & S Wren-Lewis- warn Mme Merkel: "History will remember you for your actions this week." & 525,050 Europeans have signed Avaaz 'Stand with Greece' anti-austerity petition to Merkel & Troika!
Greeks Defy Europe With Overwhelming Referendum 'No' !
World  (tags: Greece, EU, referendum, NO!, debt, bailout, historic, defiance, negotiating tool, PM, Tsipras, Varoufakis, Troika, Merkel, austerity, Greek economy, finances, five-yr crisis, depression, Euro Zone, ECB, emergency lending, warnings, risks, bankruptcy )

- 95 days ago -
Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" today July 5th in a historic bailout referendum, partial results showed, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro
Puerto Rico on the Brink of Financial Collapse
Business  (tags: Puerto Rico, financial collapse, aid appeal, crushing debt, healthcare collapse, reasons, analysis, economy, finance, banks, hedge funds, destruction, poverty level, unemployment, neo-liberal economics, Greece, shock doctrine, Real News Network )

- 99 days ago -
James Henry, leading economist, attorney & investigative journalist (The Nation, NYTimes) writing extensively on global issues, breaks down the hedge funds, bond holders & wealthy individuals who've benefited from Puerto Rico's triple tax exempt status..
Chicago Police 'Hunting' Photograph With Black Man as Prey: Shades of Abu Ghraib Just 1 Mile From CPD 'Black Site' Homan Squ
Society & Culture  (tags: Chicago, police, CPD, police misconduct, racism, brutality, tradition, Jon Burge, torture, humiliation, Abu Ghraib, African Americans, Timothy McDermott, appeal, Homan Square, 'black site', Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy, Mayor, Rahm Emanuel )

- 135 days ago -
1 officer dismissed 2014 & other jailed yrs ago, but newly released image further taints CPD in wake of revelations re: Homan Square, identified as 'black site' facility run by CPD where police misconduct, torture & other civil rights violations abound
El Salvador Celebrates Beatification of Martyred Archbishop: > 250,000 Gather For Ceremony of Beloved Priest Oscar Romero
World  (tags: El Salvador, San Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero, beatification, sainthood, martyr, defense of the poor, liberation theology, assassination, right-wing death squad, US-backed, military dictatorship, oppression of poor, Pope Francis, new direction )

- 137 days ago -
Pilgrims from round the world mixed wi former Marxist rebels from El Salvador's brutal civil war, 35 yrs after death squad shot him dead at the altar for denouncing oppression of the poor, to honor the country priest who confronted US-backed military govt
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