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Court upholds 50 years for Liberia’s Taylor | AP.org

An international war crimes court upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for aiding rebels in Sierra Leone, ruling Thursday that his financial, material and tactical support fueled horrendous crimes against civilians. The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone kept the 65-year-old Taylor’s conviction on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes ...

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Zubin Mehta in Kashmir: Concert hits controversial note | BBC

Renowned conductor Zubin Mehta’s planned concert in Indian-administered Kashmir has run into controversy with separatists and human rights activists opposing it. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey reports from Srinagar. The venue of Zubin Mehta’s Saturday concert is the spectacular 15th Century Shalimar Gardens, which has the Himalayan mountains as its backdrop. The garden has not looked so glorious in recent years ...

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Germany should lead on disarming our global surveillance system | theguardian.com

It is because of this dark past that not only are Germany’s data protection laws stricter than elsewhere but also freedom rights are still held high. Intelligence officers forcing the destruction of source material at a media institution would lead to unthinkable outrage in Germany and, likely, a minister stepping down. But among the blind, the one-eyed man is king. ...

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From Russia With Love: Snowden Gets Asylum | The National Interest Blog

With its decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum, Russia is once again demonstrating its independence from America and handing a big victory to WikiLeaks. The Obama administration has gone into overdrive to attempt to capture Snowden, promising Moscow that Snowden would neither be tortured nor subjected to the death penalty if he is returned. But in the wake of ...

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Protect Whistleblowers | By John Scales Avery, CounterCurrents.org

The world urgently needs a system of international laws for protecting whistleblowers. There are many reasons for this, but among the most urgent is the need for saving civilization and the biosphere from the threat of a catastrophic nuclear war. It is generally recognized that a war fought with nuclear weapons would be a humanitarian and environmental disaster, affecting neutral ...

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Bradley Manning verdict: cleared of ‘aiding the enemy’ but guilty of other charges | The Guardian

Bradley Manning, the source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of secret disclosures, faces a possible maximum sentence of 136 years in military jail after he was convicted on Tuesday of most charges on which he stood trial. Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the court martial of the US soldier, delivered her verdict in curt and pointed language. ...

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The Meaning of the Manning Verdict | CounterPunch

Acquitted of “Aiding the Enemy,” found guilty of several other counts under Espionage Act Although Manning was not convicted of the harsher “aiding the enemy” charge, which would have introduced a death-eligible charge into the government’s anti-whistleblower toolbox, he was convicted of several other lesser counts. He probably will not receive a life sentence, but still faces potentially decades or ...

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