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Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Human Rights Groups Urge Criminal Investigation Into CIA Torture

The Senate torture report is spurring new calls to prosecute Bush administration officials.

December 23, 2014

Cuba Diplomacy: Behind Right-Wing Outrage, An Intellectual Void

Republican critics furiously denounce Obama’s Cuba initiative — but they’re devoid of fresh ideas.

December 18, 2014

Don’t Use Religion To Cloak Bias Toward LGBT Families

Growing up with two moms in the San Francisco Bay Area, I thought a family was defined by loud dinners, birthday parties, overprotective parents and unconditional love. Then, when I was 7 years old, a girl in my class told me I couldn’t sit with her and her friends because I wasn’t a “real person.” […]

September 15, 2014

Case Raises Questions About Afghanistan’s Response To Sex Crimes

By Ali M. Latifi and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — A case stemming from rapes that generated national outrage and brought swift convictions for seven assailants might seem like a milestone in Afghanistan, where such crimes often result in punishment for the women, if there is any punishment at all. Yet the […]

September 10, 2014

Libya Fighters May Be Guilty Of War Crimes, Rights Group Warns

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Human Rights Watch warns that some tactics of rival militias in Libya amount to war crimes. In the latest marker of Libya’s descent into chaos, a leading human rights group warned Monday that some battle tactics being employed by rival militias — looting and burning, indiscriminate fire and the […]

September 8, 2014

Egypt Authorities Likely Committed Crimes Against Humanity, Group Says

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times A leading international human rights group asserted Tuesday that Egyptian authorities likely committed crimes against humanity in the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators last August, most of them supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt sharply disputed the findings of New York-based Human Rights […]

August 12, 2014

‘Barrel Bomb’ Use In Syria On The Rise, Rights Group Says

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Syrian government has escalated its use of “barrel bombs” against densely populated neighborhoods near Aleppo in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the indiscriminate and deadly explosives, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday. The report also appealed to Russia and China to cease blocking U.N. efforts […]

July 30, 2014

U.S. Data Sweep ‘Harms Press, Democratic Rights’

By Rob Lever Washington (AFP) — Large-scale surveillance by the U.S. government has begun to have an impact on press freedom and broader democratic rights, a study released Monday said. The report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch found that the vast surveillance efforts aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks have undermined […]

July 28, 2014

CIA’s Use Of Harsh Interrogation Went Beyond Legal Authority, Senate Report Says

By Ali Watkins, Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A still-secret Senate Intelligence Committee report calls into question the legal foundation of the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, a finding that challenges the key defense on which the agency and the Bush administration relied […]

April 11, 2014

Syrians Call For Foreign Help

The revolutions that have swept across the Arab world this year have raised debates about the extent to which Western powers should intervene. Libyan rebels are taking over the last Gadhafi strongholds, but fighting rages on in other countries as people seek to topple oppressive regimes. Protesters in Syria began resisting President Bashar al-Assad’s rule […]

September 9, 2011