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A dozen prisoners incarcerated at Illinois’ Menard Correctional Center began a hunger strike in January 2014 amid reports of prison retaliation including the beating of hunger striker Armando Velasquez. The reports come from recognized historians and social activists Staughton and Alice Lynd, who have actively supported the strike since being contacted by the prisoners. The […]
Iraqi author, artist, and political activist Haifa Zangana delivered an address before the European Parliament on January 29, 2014 detailing overwhelming challenges faced by Iraqi women as a result of the US occupation and breakdown of civil society. *Many women are widowed, forced to haunt social welfare offices only to retrieve insufficient payments which are […]
The top ten recipients slated to receive US foreign assistance in 2014 all practice torture and are responsible for major human rights abuses, according to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other major human rights organizations. The violators and degree of aid they are expected to receive are: 1. Israel – $3.1bn, 2. Afghanistan – […]
New government reports released by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism demonstrate the nature and extent of a far-reaching CIA drone attack program waged against the Pakistani population the deaths of an estimated 2,371 people. The most detailed authoritative record of US drone activity in Pakistan yet available shows a “strike-by-strike account” including the time and […]
Close analysis of documents related to the recent protests in Ukraine culminating in the ouster of the Viktor Yanukovych-led government suggest probable foreign-orchestration, according to historian and geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl. The US has vigorously advocated for Ukraine-European Union integration, much as it backed the 2004 failed “Orange Revolution” to split Ukraine from Russia […]