Human Rights

Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

Senate votes to ban waterboarding and other forms of torture

The US Senate has voted to outlaw many forms of torture, including waterboarding, “rectal feeding,” mock executions, hooding prisoners, and sexual humiliation in any sector of the US government. By a vote of 78 to 21, the Senate agreed on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the US government to […]

NSA’s ‘Google for Voice’ tech can transcribe any phone call -Snowden docs

NSA’s ‘Google for Voice’ tech can transcribe any phone call -Snowden docs

Documents from the trove of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, shine a light on the US government’s use of sophisticated computer programs to monitor, record, transcribe and analyze all sorts of speech. The NSA has for over a decade routinely increased the capabilities of speech recognition software, according to a report published this week […]

More than 150 detained in California as police killing protests reignite

More than 150 detained in California as police killing protests reignite

Some 150 people have been arrested in California as protests spilled into a third night, after decisions not to charge white police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner prompted outcries about the use of force on minorities. Protests in Berkley involved more than a thousand people, several hundred of who stormed […]

‘F**k it, I quit’ – Alaska TV reporter resigns on air to fight for marijuana legalization (VIDEO)

‘F**k it, I quit’ – Alaska TV reporter resigns on air to fight for marijuana legalization (VIDEO)

A former television reporter for an Anchorage, Alaska CBS News affiliate is for once making headlines instead of reading them announcing her resignation Sunday evening by saying live on air: “Fuck it, I quit.” Charlo Greene’s unexpected sign-off came seconds after she finished playing her audience a report concerning the Alaska Cannabis Club — an […]

Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

Uncovering information that should be available to the public has become increasingly difficult under the presidency of Barack Obama, an Associated Press bureau chief says. In some cases, it surpasses the secrecy of the George W. Bush administration. The White House’s penchant for secrecy does not just apply to the federal government, according to AP’s […]

Rabbi, cop, nurse among 70 arrested in child porn bust

Rabbi, cop, nurse among 70 arrested in child porn bust

New York City Police and federal authorities have arrested at least 70 people in what’s being billed as one of the largest online child pornography busts ever. According to the Associated Press, among those arrested are a rabbi, a Boy Scout leader, a little league baseball coach, a nurse, and a police officer, with most […]

Khodorkovsky arrives in Germany hours after release from prison

Khodorkovsky arrives in Germany hours after release from prison

Ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has landed in Berlin, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman has said in a statement. Khodorkovsky has been freed from jail after a decade of imprisonment as President Vladimir Putin granted him a pardon. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on Khodorkovsky’s release. “I can confirm that Mikhail Khodorkovsky landed in Berlin Schoenefeld [Airport] […]

Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky shortly

Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky shortly

Vladimir Putin will sign a pardon for jailed ex-Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky “in the nearest time,” the Russian president announced following a large media conference in Moscow. “He has spent over ten years in confinement – which is a serious term, I believe,” Putin told journalists on Thursday after a four-hour Q&A session with national […]

Eyes everywhere: NSA’s second tier spying partners identified

Eyes everywhere: NSA’s second tier spying partners identified

Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other EU countries were named among “third party partners” in the NSA-led global signal intelligence program, a new leak submitted by journalist Glenn Greenwald to Danish TV reveals. According to the document, obtained by Swedish TV program ‘Mission: Investigate’, that has been probing Sweden’s participation in global spying operations, […]

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