What About Diego? What the Torture Report Missed
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What About Diego? What the Torture Report Missed

The Senate Torture Report released in December 2014 reads worse than even the foulest imaginings of Hieronymus Bosch: sleep deprivation, isolation and sensory deprivation, forced nudity, rectal feeding and rectal rehydration, waterboarding, beatings, threatening detainees with the rape of their mothers and harm of their children, chaining detainees to the ceiling for days clothed in … Continue reading

The Price for Justice: Resettlement of the Chagos Islands
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The Price for Justice: Resettlement of the Chagos Islands

Published on Truthout In over 40 years, despite multiple court cases in two different countries (some lost, some won, some won and later overturned), hunger strikes, protests, media events, petitions to the UN, and even Kickstarter campaigns, the exiled people of the Chagos Islands, some 300 miles south of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, … Continue reading

“Stealing A Nation” – Resettlement of the Chagos People
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“Stealing A Nation” – Resettlement of the Chagos People

Film Screening and panel discussion of John PIlger’s “Stealing A Nation” and the struggle for justice of the Chagossian Islanders. The Chagossians were forcibly removed from their islands during the late 1960s and early 1970s by the U.S. and U.K governments in a brutal campaign to make way for the U.S. military base, “The Footprint … Continue reading

Where the F*** Are YOU? Are You Coming?
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Where the F*** Are YOU? Are You Coming?

The following is a re-post of an article by Anna Kaminski at CodePink. My organization at American University – the US Foreign Policy Activist Cooperative – is now partnering with CodePink to fight the very issue that Anna addresses in her piece. It is vital that we build the next generation of activists. The University … Continue reading

Shoving Freedom Down Our Throats: Guantanamo Force-Feeding
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Shoving Freedom Down Our Throats: Guantanamo Force-Feeding

Here’s one story: September 11, 2001, terrorists from al-Qaeda who hated the American way of life hijacked four passenger airlines and drove them into buildings in a coordinated attack against America and all it stands for. In response, America launches a war against these terrorists as a way to protect our homeland. Here is another … Continue reading

Human Rights Open Mic @ Lamont Street Collective
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Human Rights Open Mic @ Lamont Street Collective

I’m still so inspired by the folks that participated in the Human Rights Open Mic last Friday at the Lamont Street Collective (a truly amazing place)! Some photos below and a teaser. I will soon be launching a page called Mad Catz: The DC Beat, which will feature radical DC poets. Stay tuned, Black Cat readers! Continue reading

Human Rights in Palestine – Voices Across the Divide
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Human Rights in Palestine – Voices Across the Divide

Alice Rothchild, Director of the film, “Voices Across the Divide”, which features voices of Palestinian refugees, came to talk at American University on Friday following a screening of the film. Full video: <br /><a href=”http://www.ustream.tv&#8221; style=”font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; font-weight: normal; text-align: left;” target=”_blank”>Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream</a> Continue reading

Chris Woods and Col. Ann Wright: Morality and Legality of Drones
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Chris Woods and Col. Ann Wright: Morality and Legality of Drones

The following is from a talk at American University on the morality and legality of drones: It is no longer up for debate, Chris Woods, London-based investigative journalist, said, that drones and their use in warfare make the likelihood of war greater. This is our modern war – remotely piloted drones being controlled by someone … Continue reading

Hedges: Get In the Damn Streets!
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Hedges: Get In the Damn Streets!

Yesterday, Chris Hedges came to American University to discuss the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers and the targeting of journalists. He began, “Over my own lifetime, 30 years as a reporter, I started covering the war in El Salvador in 1983, you’ve seen an assault against not only the press but basic civil liberties that make … Continue reading