Tag: Torture

Cleveland Kidnappings, Rapes and Torture

The horrific stories of the abuse inflicted by Ariel Castro upon his victims Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina de Jesus for a decade of imprisonment have been this week’s big news story, and I know some of you will want to discuss it. Because of the potential for triggering, I’m giving it a thread of its own so those readers who want to avoid potential PTSD triggers can do so.

Syrian blogger Amina Abdallah kidnapped

Horrible news: A blogger whose frank and witty thoughts on Syria’s uprising, politics and being a lesbian in the country shot her to prominence was last night seized by armed men in Damascus. Amina Arraf, who blogged under the name…

a force more powerful

“We may not currently have the might of the Israeli army and the power of traditions confine us in certain roles, however, we know that one woman standing behind another in a line of solidarity is a force more powerful…

Abu Ghraib Abuse Allegations Include Rape

By now, you’ve likely heard of the most recent allegations regarding U.S. soldiers’ abuse of Iraqi prisoners: they include rape and other sexual assault, of both female and male detainees, and there may be photographs of the assaults among those…

War Crimes

Yeah, we commit them in secret prisons. WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Thursday made public detailed memos describing brutal interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, as President Obama sought to reassure the agency that the C.I.A. operatives…

Executive Order Watch

Executive orders from the office of the new President are trickling in at a faster pace now. Here’s the rundown so far: Guantanamo Bay must be closed down within a year. Nothing is clear yet about what exactly the government…

Smarter Better Faster Stronger

Unlike Cara, I don’t watch Lost, so I’m dragging you all back to the inauguration festivities: specifically, the Neighborhood Ball, which was intended to be the “people’s ball” for locals, the Obamas’ new neighbors. It was the new First Couple’s…

Whoops, we do torture people after all

Yeah, oops. One of the more frustrating aspects about this situation — other than the clear human rights violations — is that prolonged detention without charge or trial, coupled with torture and inhumane treatment, shows a fundamental lack of faith…

Shoes and Democracy

You know, even some Americans *cough* have reacted with amusement at the shoe throwing incident. Bush turned the shoe incident into a serious of puns, saying that he’d “seen the man’s sole” for example, and lauded the incident as a…

An Eye for an Eye

An Iranian woman was blinded and disfigured when a man threw acid in her face. Now, a court has held that his punishment should be to have five drops of acid dripped into each of his eyes. “At an age…