America's the world's leading human rights abuser. State terror is official policy. So is waging war on humanity.
Societies perhaps are best judged by how they treat prisoners, their most disadvantaged and children.
In summer 2010, sporadic protests began. In mid-February 2011, major ones erupted. Bahrainis want democracy. They want King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalif's repressive regime replaced.
By Yves Engler - April 10, 2013
The current Canadian government has a thing for monarchy. In fact the Conservatives seem to like it better than democracy...[S]ince the "Arab Spring" democracy struggles that began in 2011 Stephen Harper's government has gotten down right scary, apparently supporting the divine right of kings over rule by the people.
By Paul Tetrault - April 10, 2013
In 2002, Omar Khadr was captured by the Americans in Afghanistan. He was 15 years old. Eleven years later, he's still in jail, and his sentence runs for seven more years...Last year, the Conservative government was finally forced to repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada where he is now incarcerated in Millhaven maximum security penitentiary, without access to basic education and rehabilitation programmes.
By NATHAN GOODMAN - Counterpunch
Human rights organizations shouldn’t be in the business of handing out awards, accolades and executive positions to human rights abusers...Resistance to war, occupation and mass incarceration includes opposing organizations that falsely claim to fight for human rights.
Israeli criminals have avoided accountability long enough. Ignoring them any longer is intolerable.
Israel operates one of the world's most unconscionable gulags. Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners fill it. Fundamental human rights are denied. Torture, ill-treatment and medical neglect are commonplace.
Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months.
By Rocizela Pérez Gómez - April 02, 2013
In the first three months of 2013, a number of social leaders...have been assassinated or kidnapped...These attacks are not isolated events. They have all been directed against men and women who struggle to claim individual and collective rights and have constantly denounced the looting of natural goods on the part of transnational corporations, in complicity with the Government which has instituted policies of repression and criminalization of the organized struggle.
A state of siege exists. Human rights violations are horrific. Killings, beatings, disappearances, and intimidation are commonplace.
By Niles Williamson - 27 March 2013
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), in gross violation of democratic and human rights, routinely subjects a significant number of detainees to conditions that meet the United Nations definition of torture...Immigrants held in ICE detention facilities are being subjected to indefinite detention and prolonged solitary confinement.
By Finian Cunningham - March 27th, 2013
More than 11 years after this penal colony was opened on the American-occupied territory of Cuba, there remains some 166 prisoners who live in a nightmarish world of indefinite detention...Hundreds of others have been ground through the machine, spewed out like human waste. Denial of human freedom is torture; denial of any sense of when that torture ends adds a whole new barbarous dimension of cruelty.
Washington and Israel have unbreakable ties. They're longstanding. Obama's visit affirmed them. He ignored Palestinian suffering. Occupation harshness wasn't mentioned. Nor was Israel's most extremist government in history. It reflects fascism writ large. Obama supports its worst crimes.
Gitmo symbolizes injustice. Bush administration crimes continue under Obama. Nothing ahead suggests change.