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Greg Grandin: The Latin American Exception 19.2.2013 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
All told, of the 190-odd countries on this planet, a staggering 54 participated in various ways in the American torture system. No region escapes the stain. No region, that is, except Latin America.
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How a Washington Global Torture Gulag Was Turned Into the Only Gulag-Free Zone on Earth 18.2.2013 Commondreams.org Views
Greg Grandin

(Max Fisher — The Washington Post)

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Headlines for February 18, 2013 18.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Tens of Thousands Rally in D.C. Against Keystone Pipeline, Admin Has Backup Plan on Immigration, Obama Talks Gun Violence in Chicago; Sister of Audience Member Slain Hours Later, Shiites Urge Protections After 85 Killed in Pakistan Bombing, Karzai Bans Forces From Calling in NATO Strikes, 37 Killed in Iraq Bombings, Bahrain Protests Continue After Uprising's 2nd Anniversary, Palestinians Stage Rallies for Hunger Striking Prisoners, Correa Wins Re-Election in Ecuador, Chavez Returns to Venezuela After 2-Month Absence, Thousands Rally in Maldives for Ousted President Nasheed, Washington St. Nuclear Site Leaking Radioactive Waste, Jesse Jackson Jr. Admits to Misusing Campaign Funds, Sen. Menendez Faces Probe of Donor Ties, NYC Bus Drivers End Month-Long Strike
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Tens of Thousands Rally to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline & Urge Obama to Move "Forward on Climate" 18.2.2013 Democracy Now!
We play highlights from the "Forward on Climate" rally that drew tens of thousands to Washington D.C.’s National Mall Sunday. Protesters from across the United States and Canada urged President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would deliver tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Organizers described Sunday's protest as "the largest climate rally in history," and Reverend Lennox Yearwood compared it to Martin Luther King’s 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. We hear from speakers including Van Jones, Obama's former Green Jobs advisor, Canadian indigeous leader Chief Jacqueline Thomas of the Saik'uz First Nation, and Bill McKibben of 350.org. [Includes rush transcript]
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"Lift Every Voice": Potential Senate Hopeful Cory Booker Praises Harry Belafonte's Life of Activism 18.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Just hours after New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg announced he would not seek re-election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker introduced Harry Belafonte at an NAACP function in New York. While he hasn't officially launched a campaign, Booker has filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission, a legal requirement to begin fundraising for the 2014 race. In his remarks Booker praised Belafonte's lifelong commitment to civil rights and justice. "We are losing black boys at a rate that is alarming. How could we go from being a people in chains to now large percentages of our men are in shackles in prison in the land of the free," Booker said. "We have a state like New Jersey where 65 percent of our prison population is black when only 13 percent of our state is black. There is a problem and Harry Belafonte wants to talk about it." [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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"We Must Unleash Radical Thought": Harry Belafonte's Stirring Speech Accepting NAACP Spingarn Medal 18.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, the musician and actor Harry Belafonte has been deeply involved in social activism for decades. One of Dr. Martin Luther King’s closest confidants, Belafonte helped organize the March on Washington in 1963. On Friday, the NAACP awarded Belafonte their highest honor, the Spingarn Medal. "Numerous strategies in the quest of our freedom have been played out at all levels of the social spectrum," Belafonte says in his acceptance speech. "What is missing I think from the equation in our struggle today is that we must unleash radical thought... America has never been moved to perfect our desire for greater democracy without radical thinking and radical voices being at the helm of any such a quest." [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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Guantánamo Trials Plunged into Deeper Discord as Confidence in Court Wanes 18.2.2013 CommonDreams.org Headlines
The battered credibility of the Guantánamo trials has been further dented by revelations of hidden microphones, intelligence service interference with court proceedings and protests from lawyers who say the US military is preventing a proper defence of the alleged organisers of the 9/11 attacks. read ...
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Obama's Guantanamo Is Never Going To Close, So Everyone Might As Well Get Comfortable 16.2.2013 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- In late January, shortly after President Barack Obama began his second term, Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz stood inside an...
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Bahrain: Silencing the Voice of the Voiceless 15.2.2013 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Gallagher

Bahrain is a small country, often forgotten unless the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy, which it hosts, is in the news. A country where people continue to fight for democracy despite the high, sometimes deadly, price of speaking out.

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Headlines for February 15, 2013 15.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination, Bahrain to Probe Death of Teenager on Anniversary of Uprising, Meteorite Injures Hundreds in Russia, Body in Cabin Identified as Ex-LAPD Cop Christopher Dorner, Antitrust Questions Raised over American Airlines and U.S. Airways Merger, Senate Democrats Outline Plan to Avert Spending Cuts , Climate Change Bill Calls for Fee on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Bill Introduced to Restrict Drone Use Inside the United States, Former GOP Chair in Florida Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft, Amazon Accused of Hiring Neo-Nazi Guards in Germany to Intimidate Foreign Workers, Report: Federal Weapons Prosecutions Fall Under Obama, 232 Journalists Were Imprisoned in 2012, 70 Killed In Line of Duty, Native American Leader Urges Passage of Violence Against Women Act, One Billion Rising: Actions To End Violence Against Women Held in 200 Cities, 40 One Billion Rising Events Held in New York City, 10th Anniversary Marked of Historic Global Protests Against Iraq War
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An Intentional Fire? Police Use of Incendiary Tear Gas Criticized in Killing of Christopher Dorner 15.2.2013 Democracy Now!
An Intentional Fire? Police Use of Incendiary Tear Gas Criticized in Killing of Christopher Dorner
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From Dorner to Waco to MOVE Bombing, A Look at Growing Militarization of Domestic Policing 15.2.2013 Democracy Now!
The fire that killed former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner on Tuesday has drawn comparisons to the deadly 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas, and the 1985 police bombing of the MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia. In Waco, federal agents denied for years they had used incendiary tear gas after a fire killed 76 people inside the compound. The MOVE bombing left six adults and five children dead. We speak to former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper and Radley Balko, author of the forthcoming book, “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces.” [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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NAACP: New Election Commission Needed to Address Voter Suppression, Attacks on Voting Rights 15.2.2013 Democracy Now!
During his State of the Union Tuesday, President Obama announced the formation of a new bipartisan commission to fix the nation’s broken voting system. In the audience was 102-year-old Desiline Victor who waited for hours to cast her ballot in the last election. Victor lives in Florida, where an estimated 200,000 voters failed to vote after becoming frustrated by the long lines. We speak to NAACP President Benjamin Jealous about how long lines is just one of many forms of voter suppression that the commission needs to address. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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No books for prisoners part 5: Racism and the war on books 15.2.2013 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The last piece that I posted on this subject was written in this prison a couple of months ago, before I’d been thrown into “the hole” on administrative segregation. I wrote about the prison’s banning of reading material, which they have classified as “anarchist.” Security here has been removing such items from my mail. Prior to that posting I had written about a newly enforced policy at the CNCC that functionally prevents books from being sent in from the outside. read ...
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Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail 14.2.2013 Commondreams.org Views
Matt Taibbi

The deal was announced quietly, just before the holidays, almost like the government was hoping people were too busy hanging stockings by the fireplace to notice. Flooring politicians, lawyers and investigators all over the world, the U.S. Justice Department granted a total walk to executives of the British-based bank HSBC for the largest drug-and-terrorism money-laundering case ever.

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Headlines for February 14, 2013 14.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Headlines for February 14, 2013
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48 Arrested at Keystone Pipeline Protest as Sierra Club Lifts 120-Year Ban on Civil Disobedience 14.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Forty-eight people, including civil rights leader Julian Bond and NASA climate scientist James Hansen, were arrested Wednesday in front of the White House as part of an ongoing protest calling on the Obama administration to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The action came before a rally planned for Sunday on Washington's National Mall, which organizers have dubbed "the largest climate rally in history." We speak to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, who was arrested in the first act of civil disobedience in the organization's 120-year history. [includes rush transcript]
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"We Need To Push Him": Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested While Urging Obama to Reject Keystone Pipeline 14.2.2013 Democracy Now!
For the second time in six months, actress Daryl Hannah has been jailed for protesting the Keystone XL oil pipeline. In October, she was arrested in Texas. On Wednesday, she and 47 others were arrested outside the White House. “It is incumbent upon us as citizens who show up, stand up and take actions,” Hannah says. “The polls show that the majority of people in this country are very, very concerned about the climate crisis and want action. The only way that is going to happen is if we insist on it. President Obama has said ‘push me.’ Well, we need to get out there and push him.” [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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"Two Years of Deaths and Detentions”: Bahraini Pro-Democracy Protesters Mark Anniversary of Uprising 14.2.2013 Democracy Now!
Bahraini security forces shot dead a teenager earlier today as pro-democracy activists marked the second anniversary of what has been described as the longest-running uprising of the Arab Spring. Since February 2011, at least 87 people have died at the hands of U.S.-backed security forces. We speak to Maryam Alkhawaja, daughter of imprisoned Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. Maryam has served as the Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights ever since the group's head, Nabeel Rajab, was arrested and jailed. The group has just published a new report titled, "Two Years of Deaths and Detentions." Maryam also serves as the co-director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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One Billion Rising: Playwright Eve Ensler Organizes Global Day of Dance Against Sexual Abuse 14.2.2013 Democracy Now!
People around the world are rising up today and taking to the streets to dance. Their actions are part of a global movement in more than 200 countries to end rape and sexual violence against women called “One Billion Rising,” launched by playwright Eve Ensler, creator of “The Vagina Monologues.” We speak to Ensler in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where she is helping survivors of gender violence. We also air a video of the acclaimed musician Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Ravi Shankar, who reveals she was sexually abused as a child. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
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