Human Rights Watch Alleges Abuses By Opposition Groups in Syria

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 11:00 am

There are reports that Saudi Arabia has sent military equipment to aid the rebels in the Free Syrian Army, according to an anonymous diplomat for the Arab nation. But who the “good guys” in this fight, considering the push by neoconservatives to arm these same Syrian rebels, or intervene militarily on their behalf. It turns out that human rights groups are now accusing the Syrian opposition of a litany of abuses.

Doctors Without Borders Describes Being Asked to Treat Patients Between Torture Sessions in Libya

By: Friday January 27, 2012 8:15 am

Glenn Greenwald had a good story yesterday about continuing human rights abuses in Libya, and how you cannot justify interventions on “humanitarian” grounds without being concerned about what you leave behind. There’s more indication of that today with this ugly situation described by Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in prisons [...]

Hedge Funds Putting Together “Chutzpah Lawsuit” to Sue Greece for Debt in Human Rights Court

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 10:18 am

We’ve been following the story of the hedge funds who bought up distressed Greek debt at a discount and plan to make a killing on it. The only obstacle to this is the inconvenient fact that Greece made a deal to give haircuts on the debt. So the hedgies are blocking that deal, figuring they [...]

UN Envoy Sharply Criticizes US Local Governments for Repressive Actions Against OWS Protesters

By: Monday December 5, 2011 12:20 pm

I’ve seen all kinds of hand-wringing over how the focus on Occupy encampments holding onto or getting driven out of their physical space has unwisely shifted the focus away from their core message of inequality and an economy that doesn’t work for anyone but the top 1%. This is true to a certain extent, although [...]

Seif al-Islam el-Gadhafi, Fearing for His Life, Tries to Charter Plane to International Criminal Court

By: Friday October 28, 2011 8:15 am

Seif al-Islam el-Gadhafi has contacted the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and is seeking an airlift out of Libya, where he fears assassination, in favor of a war crimes trial. The International Criminal Court (ICC) said intermediaries had been used in indirect talks with Saif al-Islam. Prosecutors said the court had made it clear [...]

Yet More Allegations of Detainee Abuse by Libyan Rebels

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 12:54 pm

Libya’s Transitional National Council has vowed to prosecute the killers of Moammar Gadhafi if crimes were found to be committed. They say they have issued a code of ethics on prisoners of war, and that any violation of that code will be investigated and subject to a criminal trial. They now have something else to [...]

More Mass Graves, Atrocities Against Gadhafi Loyalists Found in Libya

By: Monday October 24, 2011 7:00 am

I continued to be infuriated by the invocation of the summary execution of Moammar Gadhafi as a “foreign policy success” for the Obama Administration. Among the other reasons, it was pretty clear that the Libyan rebels and their allies didn’t solely execute Gadhafi and treat all their other perceived adversaries with dignity and respect. And [...]

Feingold’s LRA Reaction

By: Monday October 17, 2011 10:04 am

Russ Feingold, author of the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Relief Act of 2009, has responded to the news that President Obama sent 100 combat-equipped troops to Uganda last week. I said I would follow up on that, so here it is: The author of that legislation, former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., told [...]

Amnesty International Again Criticizes Libyan Rebels Over Detainee Abuse

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 8:55 am

One of the newest governments in the world, the Transitional National Council, again came up for criticism by Amnesty International for systemic detainee abuse. The report provides evidence of arbitrary detention and abuse of thousands of people in Libya over the past several months. Amnesty calls the lack of oversight a stain on the new [...]

Obama’s Middle East Speech Reflects Tension Between Words and Actions

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 9:59 am

Obama’s speech on the Arab uprising was delayed, apparently because of late rewrites. And I think that’s apparent in the text, which is a real tightrope. There’s a tension to fit all of the past and present actions of the United States in that part of the world under one coherent theme. The President spoke [...]

Unions Largely Opposed to Colombian Free Trade Deal

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 12:31 pm

Labor unions are not happy with the “action plan” that is seen as a precursor to a free trade agreement with Colombia. Scores of labor organizers have been attacked and even killed in Colombia over the past several years. And the AFL-CIO and other unions simply find the deal insufficient. “The action plan does not [...]

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