November 2009

An Evening to mark International Human Rights Day, With Benamar Benatta
Special Guests: Marina Nemat and Nicole Chrolavicius
Wednesday, December 9, 7:15 pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto (more…)

William Fisher 11/29/09

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging a law that critics say treats human rights advocates as criminal terrorists, and threatens them with 15 years in prison for advocating nonviolent means to resolve disputes. (more…)

From:  Toronto Action for Social Change

Benamar Benatta: Another Detainee Canadians Transferred to Torture;
Take Action to Demand a Public Inquiry into Canada’s First 9/11
Rendition to Torture (more…)

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says the clear message of the recent 125-page majority opinion from the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upholding the convictions of civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart will undoubtedly chill the willingness of criminal defense attorneys to handle terrorism cases.  (more…)

The Twisted Logic Behind the Prosecution of Khaled Shaikh Mohammed

Paul Craig Roberts  Counterpunch 11/23/09

Republican members of Congress and what masquerades as a “conservative” media are outraged that the Obama administration intends to try in federal court Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 9/11, and four alleged co-conspirators. (more…)

Glenn Greenwald  Salon 11/21/09

Lithuania is currently embroiled in a bizarre and deeply confusing political controversy which reveals what happens when a country becomes gripped by extremist ideologies.  Evidence has emerged that Lithuanian intelligence agencies allowed secret CIA prisons to be maintained in their country during the Bush era.   (more…)

This is a must listen -  Interview With Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya was 27-years-old when she became the youngest person elected to the new Afghan Parliament. She’s now suspended from Parliament for criticizing other MPs and accusing many of being warlords and criminals. She calls Afghanistan’s democracy a farce and says her country’s liberation is a lie. She has written a book called A Woman Among Warlords. Malalai Joya was in Toronto.

Listen to interview here

Richard Norton-Taylor  The Guardian, U.K. 11/19/09

The high court today flatly rejected claims by David Miliband, the foreign secretary, that releasing evidence of the CIA‘s inhuman and unlawful treatment of UK resident Binyam Mohamed would harm Britain’s relations with the US by giving away intelligence secrets.  (more…)

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