Tony Abbott is a bully over UN Convention Against Torture

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Australians ‘sick of being lectured to’ by United Nations, says Tony Abbott A United Nations report says Australia is in breach of the UN Convention Against Torture because of aspects of its treatment of refugees held in detention on Nauru and Manus Island. The Age – Julian Burnside Prime Minister Tony Abbott has attacked the UN for that criticism. It ... Read More »

Australia is ‘sick of being lectured’ on torture in its immigration system, says PM Tony Abbott

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Australia’s Prime Minister has hit back at allegations of systemic torture in the country’s immigration system by telling the United Nations that Australians are “sick of being lectured” on the subject. The Independent - JON STONE A UN report, to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, found that the Australian immigration system breached the global convention on ... Read More »

Being Pro-Choice Isn’t Just About Abortion


We’re all pro-choice aren’t we? All us reasonable people anyway. Not religious extremists or UKIP voters, but everyone else. But while I imagine people reading this probably consider themselves pro-choice, but not everyone knows what the term should really mean. Rebecca Schiller Vice This article originally appeared on VICE UK. People talk confidently about choice, but the small print on their ... Read More »

Talking Point: Lessons in brutality and terror

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ELEVEN years ago I was standing outside of the Abu Ghraib prison about 60km west of Baghdad. The Mercury – JOHN MARTINKUS * I was there to get a story about what was happening inside. It was a story that had been floating around journalism circles in Baghdad. Western journalists worked with Iraqi drivers, translators and fixers. They all insisted that there ... Read More »

Henry Kissinger or CODEPINK: Who’s the “Low Life Scum”?

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A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CODEPINK activists as “low-life scum” for holding up signs reading “Arrest Kissinger for War Crimes” and dangling handcuffs next to Henry Kissinger’s head during a Senate hearing on January 29. Common Dreams – Medea Benjamin ** McCain called the demonstration “disgraceful, outrageous and despicable,” accused the protesters of “physically intimidating” Kissinger and apologized profusely to his ... Read More »

Prison Dispatches From The War On Terror: Ex-CIA Officer John Kiriakou Speaks

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John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter. The Intercept – BY ANDREW JERELL JONES @sluggahjells Kiriakou is the Central Intelligence Agency officer who told ABC News in 2007 that the CIA waterboarded suspected al-Qaeda prisoners after the ... Read More »

The CIA Torture Report: The Elephant In Australia’s Foreign Policy Room

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The recent revelations that the United States – our ally in the ‘War on terror’ – engaged in torture should cause Australians to stop and take stock, writes Jason Andrews. * New Matilda - Jason Andrews  If, in order to defend Australia, we do not believe that members of our defence forces and intelligence agencies should become the facilitators and accomplices ... Read More »

Watchdog who queried CIA’s handling of torture report is to resign

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CIA inspector general David Buckley, who investigated a dispute between the agency and Congress over the handling of records of the CIA’s detention and interrogation activities, is resigning effective January 31, the CIA said on Monday. The agency said in a statement that Buckley, who has served as the agency’s internal watchdog for more than four years, was leaving the ... Read More »

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

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The Editorial Board The New York Times Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes ... Read More »