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Torture Memo Judge Greeted by Protests at Harvard
bybee protesers.jpgCambridge, MA (9 March 2006) — Federal appellate judge Jay Bybee, who signed the infamous 2002 “torture memo,” was confronted by protesters at Harvard Law School today after speaking at a closed event.

In August 2002, Bybee, then a high-ranking Justice Department official, signed the now-infamous “torture memo” establishing a legal framework for interrogation policies in the “Global War on Terror.” The Bybee memo distorted international and U.S. law to give a green light for the kinds of torture and mistreatment documented in Abu Ghrayb, Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
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12 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Rosa Parks coalition takes anti-war, anti-racist message to the streets
1_DSC03264a.jpgBoston-As the “Stop the violence, Stop the war at home and abroad” March 18 march and rally draws near, a broad spectrum of communities in the Greater Boston area are working vigorously to build this unique and historic event.

Initiated by the Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Coalition, March 18 activities here will begin with a rally in Roxbury in the heart of Boston’s Black community followed by a march through various communities of color and move through the Downtown Crossing, the major shopping district of Boston, then on to the State House.
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07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / International
Venezuela expands heating oil discounts in Northeast and beyond
HugoChavez1824.jpegOn Jan. 12 Maine State governor John Baldacci with representatives from the state’s heating oil assistance program and the Venezuelan government signed a contract with CITGO to provide eight million gallons of heating oil at a 40 percent discount to low-income residents.

A statewide heating assistance program in Massachusetts began Nov. 22 and a similar program in The Bronx started Dec. 6 and more than half-a-dozen more are imminent.
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17 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / International
Louise Arbour Speaks about International Justice
#media_8659;left# Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, spoke to Boston students at the JFK Library last week in a special event commemorating International Human Rights Day. Arbour’s address reflected on the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials and discussed what needs to be done in today’s world to help end human suffering.
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15 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics
Venezulea delivers subsidized heating oil for thousands of Massachusetts residents
citgoquestion.jpgIn a resounding gesture of humanitarian internationalism, CITGO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, began shipping 12 million gallons of discounted home-heating oil for 45,000 low-income families’ and local social service organizations in Massachusetts the week of Nov. 27.

A similar program began in the Bronx this week and preliminary discussions regarding possible CITGO heating oil subsidies are taking place in Maine and other parts of the U.S. where blistering cold weather is a factor.
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29 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / International
Resistance to military recruiters grows
recruitmentprotest.jpgStudents and their families in Massachusetts and nationwide are increasingly resisting the Pentagon’s plans to use them as cannon fodder for U.S. imperialism.

“A whole bunch of troops are dying,” said Gwen Clairborne, a senior at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, Mass., a predominantly Black community in Boston. Clairborne, who has “opted out,” was interviewed in a Nov. 13 Sunday edition Boston Globe front-page article headlined “Students rebuffing military recruiters: More high schoolers in state opt out of lists.”
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20 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / International
Human Rights Activists Discuss Torture at Amnesty International Conference
Kibria2a.jpgHuman rights activists came together at Amnesty International's Northeast Regional Conference at Boston University this weekend. Dr Nazli Kibria of Boston University (photo) was a guest speaker.

The issue of torture was a key discussion at this year’s Amnesty International Northeast Conference held at Boston University this weekend. The Bush Administration criticized Amnesty’s annual report earlier this year which quoted Irene Khan, Secretary General of the human rights organization, as saying that the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo was “the gulag of our time.”
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15 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics
Alive in Baghdad: Indymedia Reports from Iraq
55213185_4e4e14b085.jpgHere is the brief update. There is confusion over the number of casualties. The number reported by the US Military is nearly the same number we received from an Iraqi Police officer who was involved in firing on the second vehicle, which exploded near the Mosque in Firdos Square. He claimed there were approximately 4 killed and 16 wounded at that time.

The assertion that the attack was intended to take over the Hotel was not substantiated by any of the IPs or PSDs(private security) who we spoke with that were on the scene. He believed this attack to be similar to previous attacks, where the first bomb is intended to bring IPs and other security forces, and subsequent bombings are used to inflict mass casualties on the response teams.

Despite the loud gunfire long after the attack, no gunmen other than the IPs were reported to be in the streets. One BBC colleague reported to me that “The Iraqi Police tend to be quite trigger-happy.” Also, my fixer overheard an IP shouting “Be careful they are shooting everyone.” We now believe “they” almost certainly means other IPs, although we don’t have a first-hand report of IPs firing on each other.

There is still some confusion over the carbombings. We received an eyewitness report from a PSD that the first car was a Black Jeep Cherokee, it now appears this may have been the second vehicle, as the AP reports the first car was a white vehicle.

We will try to provide photos of the aftermath this evening.
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25 Oct 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
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