Category Archives: Human Rights

America’s Chemical Burns

I’ve been trying all day to think of something to post around the news that the United States — your country and mine — used chemical weapons in Iraq; specifically, in Fallujah, with devastating effects on insurgents and civilians. Powerful … Continue reading

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Shorter on Torture

We don’t. But we do. Because we want to. Technorati Tags: bush, current events, human rights, politics, war on terror

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Black Sites, Black Marks

I haven’t blogged today about the CIA story that’s been virtually all over the blogs today. But maye that’s because it’s an old, old story to me. As I’ve mentioned before, I covered the issue of torture in the “war … Continue reading

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Happy Genocidal Maniac’s Day

Oh don’t act so surprised. I’ve mentioned before how I feel about Columbus Day (not to mention Thanksgiving). I guess some folks might find something in it to celebrate, but I’m long, long past being able to do that. I … Continue reading

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The Big Picture vs. the Little Pictures

Someone named Sactodan trackbacked to my post (I didn’t notice a link, tho’) on the judge ordering the release of the rest of the Abu Ghraib pictures, with the following. Releasing these photos is akin to yelling fire in a … Continue reading

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Getting the Pictures

Brace yourselves. This has been going back and forth in the courts, as the ACLU has fought to get the rest of the pictures and videos from Abu Ghraib released, and the Pentagon has fought to keep them covered up. … Continue reading

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England: “I was used.”

When Lynndie England — the symblic pin-up girl of the Iraq war – says she was used, I tend to believe her. England, convicted Monday of prisoner mistreatment, directed blame for her conduct toward Pvt. Charles Graner Jr. during her … Continue reading

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Things Happen, And Happen Again

I’m nearly finished reading We wish to inform you that we will be killed with our families tomorrow. I’ll probably finish it later this today, but as I was reading it on the way home yesterday I started thinking of … Continue reading

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Darfur

I am about three quarters of the way through We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda, Phillip Gourevitch’s account of the genocide of Rwanda’s Tutis minority by the country’s Hutu … Continue reading

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More Abu Ghraib Photos Released?

In Europe? Well, no one’s sure just yet. Helena Cobban has come across an article from ANSA, the Italian News Agency, that seems to suggest that pictures of abuse at Abu Ghraib are being traded on a porn site based … Continue reading

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Dangerous Living

In the aftermath of the hanging of two gay teenagers in Iran, I’ve found myself wondering about gay life in other places — including non-western, developing countries. Almost as if by telepathy, yesterday Zefrog brought to my attention an anti-gay … Continue reading

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Rape Charge Challenged in Hanging of Gay Iranian Teens

I’ve taken to not posting much in the evenings, but this is something I don’t think can wait until morning. I posted about the story of the gay teenagers hanged in Iran, response to the hangings, and  the ensuing controversy … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Hangings

A while back I posted on the reports that two young boys in Iran were hanged for having gay sex, after being imprisoned for 14 months and receiving 280 lashes for their "crime." Right away, I received a comment doubting … Continue reading

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