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Archives by Tag 'torture'
Operation Torture
VIJAY PRASHAD
“No state shall expel, return (refouler) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.” United Nations Convention Against Torture (art....
When Qaddafi Was Our Friend
JOANNE MARINER
With Muammar Qaddafi’s ignominious disappearance to who knows where, fast on the heels of President Obama’s proclamation that “Qaddafi’s rule is over,” it is easy to think of the United States as the dictator’s stubborn, persistent, and ultimately triump...
The Post 9/11 Torture Network
PATRICK COCKBURN
Here is an account by a Libyan, who did not want to disclose his name, of what it was like to be tortured by Libyan security. He says: “I was blindfolded and taken upstairs. I was shocked with electricity and made to sit on broken glass. They were kicking and punchi...
MI6, Oil and Libya’s Torture Chambers
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s rule is coming to an end in Libya and a picture of contrasts is emerging. There is a contrast between the celebratory mood in London, Paris and Washington on one hand and Libya itself on the other. With Gaddafi down and disappeared but not alto...
Cheney’s Kettle Logic
DAVID SWANSON
Sigmund Freud once mentioned the defense offered by a man who was accused by his neighbor of having returned a kettle in a damaged condition. In the first place, he had returned the kettle undamaged; in the second place it already had ho...
Bahrain: the Divided Kingdom
PATRICK COCKBURN
Sometimes I think there must be a fatal connection between the initial letter “B” and places torn apart by struggles for power between different religious communities. I started as a journalist in Belfast in the early 1970s when the city was convulsed by secta...
Torture Accountability After All?
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Those of us who opposed the Bush administration torture program have been demoralized by the lack of accountability for the numerous abuses committed as part of that program. President Obama decried torture, and said he would end it, but he also said he wan...
Doctors and Nurses Tortured in Bahrain
PATRICK COCKBURN
Doctors and nurses put on trial in Bahrain last week told relatives that they had been beaten with hoses and wooden boards with nails in them as well as being forced to eat feces. They were also compelled to stand without moving for lo...
Torture at a Louisiana Prison
JORDAN FLAHERTY
The torture of prisoners in US custody is not only found in military prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo. If President Obama is serious about ending US support for torture, he can start here in Louisiana. The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is alread...
The Torture Ban That Doesn’t Ban Torture
ALLAN NAIRN
If you’re lying on the slab still breathing, with your torturer hanging over you, you don’t much care if he is an American or a mere United States – sponsored trainee. When President Obama declared flatly this week that “the United States wi...