Category Human Rights
A Tale of Two Wars: Biden Decries Russian Atrocities in Ukraine While Backing Saudi/UAE War in Yemen
CodePink. “Why is there such a disparity between coverage of the war on Ukraine vs. the war on Yemen? Coverage of Yemen reveals the US and UK’s complicity in creating the humanitarian crisis. Coverage of Ukraine constructs the US, the UK, & their allies as the ‘saviors of democracy.’” [as quoted on Democracy Now!]
30 Nonviolent Things Russia Could Have Done and 30 Nonviolent Things Ukraine Could Do, by David Swanson
Instead of hyped military spending:
Fund educational programs across the world on the value of cultural diversity in friendships and communities, and the abysmal failures of racism, nationalism, and Nazism.
My Life with Maus, Or How I Was Banned… by Tom Englehardt
“Tennessee school board banned Spiegelman’s book on the grounds, at least nominally, that it contained naked cartoon mice — Jewish victims in a concentration camp and Spiegelman’s mother, who committed suicide, in a bathtub — and profanity as well (like that word “damn!”).”
Second George Floyd Murder Trial Begins, by Susu Jeffrey
Judge Peter Cahill released the raw video footage of ex-police officer Thomas Lane’s body camera of the murder of George Floyd. It is essential viewing for background of the federal trial of Lane and ex-officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.
Now that the War Is Over: A Man-Made Crisis, The Afghan People Face Freezing and Starvation, I Am Livid, Dominik Stillhart
“It’s so infuriating because this suffering is man-made. Economic sanctions meant to punish those in power in Kabul are instead freezing millions of people across Afghanistan out of the basics they need to survive. The international community is turning its back as the country teeters on the precipice of man-made catastrophe.”
The Doublespeak and Newspeak of Release from Guantánamo, By Maj. Todd E. Pierce (Ret.)
“The judge issued an order stating that the U.S. Government must release him from Guantánamo imprisonment. But then again, maybe he won’t be released, even for another decade or more—a scenario which wouldn’t be unprecedented.”
Your Rights Are at Risk, Journalism is Not a Crime
The UN working group on arbitrary detention issued a statement saying that “the right of Mr. Assange to personal liberty should be restored”.
A Come-to-Jesus Sermon from the Rev. Chris Hedges
“The Bible has been used by systems of power to perpetuate all sorts of injustices and persecution since the Christian Church was institutionalized in the third century by Constantine, who was a brutal dictator,” says Hedges.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022: Call-in Day for Julian Assange
Julian Assange is charged under the Espionage Act. He is not a spy. He is a journalist. He provided information of public interest to the whole world, not a foreign adversary.
Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange
“When the ruling class peddles lies there is no cost for parroting them back to the public. The cost is paid by those who tell the truth.”
Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange
“If [Assange is] found guilty it will effectively criminalize the investigative work of all journalists and publishers, anywhere in the world and of any nationality, who possess classified documents to shine a light on the inner workings of power. This mortal assault on the press will have been orchestrated, we must not forget, by a Democratic administration. It will set a legal precedent that will delight other totalitarian regimes and autocrats who, emboldened by the United States,..”
Rise Up Times Post Summary
$778 BILLION Military Budget Approved (military madness); Hedges and Brown: Inverted Totalitarianism, Nature of Neoliberalism; Code Pink: Cost of War at Home; Nader: Corporate Crimes in Corporate State; COP26 Fails, and more…
Minneapolis Set to Vote on Dissolving Police Department, by Mike Ludwig
“If passed, Question 2 would not immediately remove police officers from the streets or the city’s payroll. Instead, proponents say, Question 2 would kickstart the process of expanding the city’s approach to public safety — such as dispatching unarmed social workers to help unhoused people and sending de-escalation experts to domestic disputes — rather than relying on the “armed-police only” approach.”
The Belmarsh Tribunal: The War On Terror is Put on Trial
“To free the world we have to free Assange. Stay Free.” Edward Snowden
United Nations committee asks U.S. to investigate possible Line 3 treaty violations
“If the violations are verified by the United Nations, the letter says it would be a breach of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which has been signed and ratified by the U.S. “
Chris Hedges: How Corporate Tyranny Works
“They tried to grind us down using classic corporate defense tactics,” Donziger said of the legal war. “They filed thousands of motions. We stood strong. We had a great legal team of Ecuadorian lawyers.”
#DeadlineGlasgow: Defund Climate Chaos Aug. 13 focus #StopLine3
List of demands put in place by November 1, 2021 when international Climate Chaos conference begins in Glasgow.