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Open the lid on US torture: The public deserves to know what the CIA did in its name

Majid KhanI thought things might be changing earlier this year, but I was wrong.

In January, Barack Obama’s administration announced what seemed to be a major change in policy: Henceforth, former prisoners of the Central Intelligence Agency would be allowed to describe their life in custody. Though they could not identify CIA personnel or disclose where they were tortured, the new rule allowed them to provide “information regarding [their] treatment” and “conditions of confinement.”


US releases Gitmo prisoner who staged 9-year hunger strike

Gitmo prisoner releasedA Guantánamo Bay prisoner who waged a nearly nine-year hunger strike while held at the U.S. base in Cuba has been released.

The Pentagon said Tuesday Abdul Shalabi has been sent back to his native Saudi Arabia. The transfer brings the Guantánamo prisoner population to 114. Fifty-two of them are cleared to leave.

Shalabi, 39, launched a hunger strike in 2006 to protest his indefinite confinement without charge. His lawyer says the military tube-fed him daily to prevent him from starving to death.


US releases Moroccan after more than 13 years at Guantanamo prison

Moroccan Gitmo prisoner releasedAnother Guantanamo Bay prisoner has been released as part of the drawn-out U.S. effort to close the detention center on the U.S. military base in Cuba, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Moroccan prisoner Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri was sent home to his native country after nearly 14 years at Guantanamo after a security review and notification of Congress as required under the law, the Pentagon said in a statement.


Israel re-arrests Palestinian hunger striker

Palestinian hunger strikerA Palestinian prisoner who nearly died during a 66-day hunger strike resumed his protest Wednesday after he was re-arrested following his release from an Israeli hospital.

The move sparked renewed Palestinian outrage after days of unrest at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site and a spurt of violence that killed an Israeli motorist on the Jewish New Year. The unrest has raised fears of a new outbreak of heavy violence in the holy city.


Where thousands of women vanish every year without a trace

Where women vanish Thousands of women and girls disappear in Mexico every year - many are never seen alive again. When one couple realised their daughter was missing, they knew they didn't have long to find her.

Elizabeth realised something was terribly wrong within 15 minutes of her teenage daughter, Karen, disappearing.

"I just knew it, I had an anguish that I'd never felt before. I searched the streets, called friends and family, but no-one had seen her," she says.


Israel resumes ethnic cleansing of the Negev

Israel resumes ethnic cleansing of NegevIn Israel's Negev desert, ethnic cleansing is once again rearing its ugly head.

The unrecognised Bedouin village of Umm Al Hiran faces demolition and replacement with a Jewish town, Hiran. Seven hundred villagers face displacement, and only because they are of the wrong ethnicity.

Umm Al Hiran is one of tens of unrecognised villages in the Negev, inhabited by descendants of the Abu al-Qian tribe. Located in the area of Wadi Attir, the village is divided into two areas: Umm Al Hiran and Attir.


LA garment workers suffer health, safety violations, wage theft

Garment workers in LAA new report on the health and safety conditions of garment workers in Los Angeles may give pause to shoppers who buy garments “Made in the USA,” in an attempt to avoid participating in the exploitation of workers in foreign sweatshops.

A survey of garment workers in Los Angeles by the Garment Worker Center found an alarming number of health, safety and wage violations in the garment industry that employs an estimated 45,000 in Los Angeles County.


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