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Taiwan issues first-ever apology to indigenous people for history of 'pain and mistreatment'

Taiwan apology to indigenous peopleFor the first time in the nation's history, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen issued a formal apology Monday to the indigenous people of Taiwan for their enduring centuries of "pain and mistreatment" at the hands of the country's power brokers.

Speaking at her presidential office surrounded by aboriginal leaders, Tsai said the nation has made numerous efforts to correct injustices of the past but noted an official apology was necessary.


Bodies of 120 refugees found on Libya shores in 10 days

Libyan bodies wash up on shoreThe bodies of 120 refugees have washed up on the shores of Libya in the past 10 days, from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean that were not previously known, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

A total of 4,027 refugees have died worldwide so far this year, three-quarters of them in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe, IOM spokesman Joel Millman told a briefing.


ACLU: Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement, no parole after suicide attempt

Chelsea ManningU.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning may face indefinite solitary confinement and a move into a maximum-security prison after a suicide attempt earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Manning, a transgender woman whose name was Bradley Manning when he was convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, is under investigation for resisting the force cell move team, prohibited property and conduct which threatens, the ACLU said. She is also facing an additional nine years in medium custody and the chance of no parole. She was treated after her suicide attempt and returned to prison.


Israel seeks to 'publicly shame' human rights groups

Israel seeks to publicly shame NGO'sThe Israeli government stands accused of waging a campaign of incitement against human rights groups as it tries to hamper efforts by the international community to monitor abuses of Palestinians under occupation.

A so-called Transparency Law, passed by the Israeli parliament last week, compels some two dozen Israeli rights organisations to declare publicly that they receive a majority of their funding from foreign governments.

TVNL Comment:  Another example of the 'great democracy' that Israel pretends to be.


CIA knew it had the wrong man, but kept him anyway

Khaleed al MasriBy January of 2004, when German citizen Khaleed al Masri arrived at the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prison in Afghanistan, agency officials were pretty sure he wasn’t a terrorist. They also knew he didn’t know any terrorists, or much about anything in the world of international terror.

In short, they suspected they’d nabbed the wrong man.

Still, the agency continued to imprison and interrogate him, according to a recently released internal CIA report on Masri’s arrest. The report claims that Masri suffered no physical abuse during his wrongful imprisonment, though it acknowledges that for months he was kept in a “small cell with some clothing, bedding and a bucket for his waste.” Masri says he was tortured, specifically that a medical examination against his will constituted sodomy.

TVNL Comment:  If nothing else, the CIA has been consistent in its criminality.


Israel extends detention of Palestinian clown

Mohammad Abu Sakhasrael has renewed the administrative detention of a Palestinian circus performer for another six months after arresting him without charge in December 2015.

Mohammad Abu Sakha, 23, teaches at the Palestinian Circus School in Birzeit, near Ramallah.

His case stirred global calls for his release after he was arrested on his way to work at the Zaatara checkpoint near Nablus and taken to Israel's Megiddo prison in the north. He was later transferred to Ketziot prison in the Negev, the country's south.


The Army Chaplain Who Quit Over 'Unaccountable Killing' of Obama’s Secretive Drone Program

dronesAs a witness to the removal of fallen U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Army Chaplain Christopher John Antal can’t recall a time when that solemn ceremony wasn’t conducted without the presence of drones passing along the horizon.

They were sleek and quiet, making a gentle humming noise as they flew over the flight lines — where aircraft can be parked and serviced — of the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan, where he was stationed in 2012. Not everyone had access to the flight lines, according to Antal, but he was responsible for participating in dignified transfer ceremonies, also known as ramp ceremonies, which were set there to greet the caskets of fallen service personnel as they were returned to base, en route to the U.S. On these occasions, he would watch the drones drift in and out, loaded with Hellfire missiles.


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