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Myanmar crisis textbook example of ethnic cleansing: UN

Myanmar crisis is ethnic cleansing: UN

The top UN human rights official has denounced Myanmar's "brutal security operation" against Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to militia attacks carried out last month.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, said that more than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

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Chelsea Manning joins NYC Pride March

Chelsea Manning joins NYC Gay Pride paradeChelsea Manning celebrated her freedom from a military prison by joining the NYC Pride March on Sunday.

Manning, a transgender U.S. army soldier, beamed in front of a giant rainbow colored heart sashayed with an American Civil Liberties Union banner.  She was sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting to leaking more than 700,000 classified documents in 2013.

President Barack Obama commuted her sentence and she was released from Fort Leavenworth prison in May.

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Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal C.I.A. Interrogations

Mohamed Ben Soud - held by CIAFifteen years after he helped devise the brutal interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects in secret C.I.A. prisons, John Bruce Jessen, a former military psychologist, expressed ambivalence about the program.

He described himself and a fellow military psychologist, James Mitchell, as reluctant participants in using the techniques, some of which are widely viewed as torture, but also justified the practices as effective in getting resistant detainees to cooperate.

“I think any normal, conscionable man would have to consider carefully doing something like this,” Dr. Jessen said in a newly disclosed deposition. “I deliberated with great, soulful torment about this, and obviously I concluded that it could be done safely or I wouldn’t have done it.”

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Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory

Ivanka Trump The reality of working in a factory making clothes for Ivanka Trump’s label has been laid bare, with employees speaking of being paid so little they cannot live with their children, anti-union intimidation and women being offered a bonus if they don’t take time off while menstruating.

The Guardian has spoken to more than a dozen workers at the fashion label’s factory in Subang, Indonesia, where employees describe being paid one of the lowest minimum wages in Asia and there are claims of impossibly high production targets and sporadically compensated overtime.

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‘War Does Not Just End’: The Survivors of World War II Sex Slavery Demanding to Be Heard

WWI Japanese sex slaves demand to be heardImages of horror are often indelible. When we think about horror, we remember gory movie scenes or even still moments—an actress covered in blood, a mouth paralyzed mid-scream.

Historical tragedies have their own visual references—footage of violence, photographs of victims—that have been pored over, forgotten, and subsequently rediscovered. Of course, images lose their potency with time, and become faded as witnesses die and disappear. Remembering the story behind the photograph becomes tantamount, since reducing history to a collection of snapshots risks a tragic loss of nuance, depth, and truth.

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Israeli settler shoots dead Palestinian protester

Israeli settler kills Palestinian protesterAn Israeli settler has shot and killed a 23-year-old Palestinian during a protest in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian officials.

The Palestinian health ministry said the victim succumbed to his wounds on Thursday shortly after being shot at by the settler who fired live ammunition on protesters near a military checkpoint in the village of Huwwara, local Ma'an News Agency reported.

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Palestinians: 6 wounded at rally supporting hunger strikers

6 Palestinians wounded in support of hunger strikersThe Palestinian Health Ministry says six protesters were wounded by Israeli fire at a West Bank demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

It's the latest rally in support of hundreds of prisoners held by Israel who are on an open-ended strike, now in its 25th day.

The ministry says the protesters sustained light leg injuries from low caliber bullets at Thursday's rally, during which some Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli soldiers.

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