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Islamic State crisis: US-led Syria strikes 'kill dozens of civilians'

syria air strikesAir strikes by the US-led coalition targeting Islamic State militants have killed more than 50 civilians in northern Syria, activists say.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group, says Birmahle village was hit on Friday and that some people were still trapped in rubble.  The coalition has so far not commented.

Earlier this month, the Observatory said the US-led air campaign had killed more than 2,000 people in total, including at least 1,922 IS fighters.

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Echoes of Baltimore on the streets of Jerusalem

Baltimore in IsraelThe pictures that consumed the attention of Israelis overnight Thursday seemed grimly in tune with those that filled American and international airwaves over the past two weeks: Young men and women, overwhelmingly black and some with their hands raised high to indicate they were unarmed, clashing with heavily armed police.

But instead of happening in places like Ferguson, Baltimore or New York, these confrontations took place in the center of Jerusalem, and the protesters weren’t African-Americans but Ethiopian Israelis.

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American Psychological Association helped Bush justify torture

APA helped justify tortureThe American Psychological Association is accused of secretly collaborating with former President George W. Bush's administration to justify torture.

The All the President's Psychologists report, written by doctors, professors and human rights activists, accuses the APA of working to keep psychologists involved with interrogation programs after the public saw the graphic photos of prisoner abuse in the Abu Ghraib Iraqi prison by U.S. military personnel.

The APA's actions coincided with efforts by senior Bush administration officials to keep the programs alive.

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Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report

alissa starzakFive months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, someone is finally paying steep professional consequences. Except it’s not the former torturers. Or their superiors. Or even the CIA officials who improperly searched the computers that Senate investigators used to construct the study.

It’s the person who helped expose them.

Alissa Starzak, a former Democratic majority staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, played a critical and controversial role during her time on the panel: She was a lead investigator for the torture report, and was one of two staffers involved in an ongoing feud over damning internal CIA documents obtained by the committee.

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Why the Arabs are coming to Tel Aviv

Joint List ArabsThe average Israeli does not understand the dramatic changes taking place in their own back yard — in Arab society. Snippets of information about Arab society’s agenda — house demolitions, a march here, a protest there — appear in the Hebrew media every once in a while, sparingly.

The way that the Arabs relate to the government is fairly predictable, it seems. For Jewish Israelis, the script probably seems to be the same. If something is going on with “the neighbors” — like land expropriation, the Prawer plan, a murder by the police, or even abhorrent statements by the prime minister on election day — the automatic Arab reaction will come on the streets, often spontaneous and angry. But most importantly, nobody will care — neither the government nor the media.

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Pakistani Activists Mourn Slain Human Rights Proponent

Sabeen MahmudLast week in Karachi, gunmen killed prominent Pakistani women's rights activist Sabeen Mahmud. She also founded a cafe/bookstore. At a literature festival in Islamabad, colleagues mourned the loss.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:  We're going to turn now to Pakistan where a free-speech activist was gunned down in Karachi a few days ago. Her name was Sabeen Mahmud. She owned a cafe in her home city of Karachi. It was a gathering place for other human rights activists and community leaders trying to improve life for Pakistanis - women in particular.

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Israel struck Gaza shelters - UN report

Gaza shelters hit by Israel during Gaza strikeAt least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer's war in Gaza, a UN inquiry has found.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the deaths and stressed that UN facilities were "inviolable".

The inquiry also found that three empty UN schools were used by Palestinian militants to store weapons, and that in two cases they likely fired from them.

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