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Supporters cry foul as veteran Cambodia rights activist gets 20 years | Reuters

(Reuters) – A Cambodian court jailed a 71-year-old radio broadcaster and land-rights campaigner for 20 years on Monday after finding him guilty of leading an anti-state rebellion, a verdict condemned by activists as the latest crackdown on human rights. Three judges in the Phnom Penh court convicted Sonando, who has joint Cambodian-French citizenship, and 13 others of inciting villagers in ...

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Bureau’s drone project praised by leading US academic study: TBIJ

A nine-month investigation by two leading US universities into CIA drone strikes in Pakistan has concluded that the Bureau’s Covert War investigation is ‘the best currently available public aggregate data on drone strikes’. The 165-page study, Living Under Drones, produced by Stanford University’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and New York University School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic concludes that the ...

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US Designates Wikileaks ‘Enemy of the State’ | Common Dreams

ed note: Benjamin Franklin wrote in”On the Freedom of the Press” This Nurse of Arts, and Freedom’s Fence, To chain, is Treason against Sense: And Liberty, thy thousand Tongues None silence who design no Wrongs; For those who use the Gag’s Restraint, First Rob, before they stop Complaint. Documents show US policy puts media outlet in same legal category as ...

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In U.N. Address, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Urges Obama Admin to End ‘Regime of Secrecy’ | DemocracyNow!

Speaking via videolink from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed a side meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday evening. In his remarks, Assange gave thanks to the United Nations for its treaties on political asylum and denounced the U.S. treatment of alleged Army whistleblower Bradley Manning. Assange also accused President Obama of exploiting the ...

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UC agrees to pay $1 million to settle UC Davis pepper-spray lawsuit | Vallejo Times Herald

SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall, according to a preliminary settlement filed Wednesday. … Under the proposed settlement, UC would pay $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs named in the complaint and an additional ...

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Activist Mona Eltahawy released after arrest in New York subway protest | guardian.co.uk

Prominent Egyptian-American writer and activist Mona Eltahawy has been released from police custody after being arrested in New York on Tuesday for spray painting a subway poster that equates Muslims with “savages”. Eltahawy was charged with criminal mischief after she painted over a poster that read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man” ...

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NYU–Stanford Report Documents U.S. Government’s False Narrative on Drone Strikes | ACLU, GantDaily, CNN, NYTimes, TruthOut, DemocracyNow!

By Brett Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project Today, researchers at the law schools of New York University and Stanford University published an important and comprehensively documented report about the human and strategic costs of the United States’ drone program in Pakistan. The report marshals research based on interviews of victims, witnesses, medical experts, and journalists in Pakistan, and ...

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Living Under Drones | YouTube

http://www.warcosts.com Since 2004, up to 884 innocent civilians, including at least 176 children, have died from US drone strikes in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. A new report from the Stanford and New York University law schools finds drone use has caused widespread post-tramatic stress disorder and an overall breakdown of functional society in North Waziristan. In addition, the ...

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World’s leaders to take on global problems at UN this week | Various sources via UNWire

The 67th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly will be highlighted today by a briefing by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, and on Tuesday and Wednesday with speeches by U.S. President Barack Obama and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, respectively. Nearly 120 heads of state and government are scheduled to attend, although solutions to the war ...

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