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September 24 2014

surveyork
14:40

It was not until Coppin and others went to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT), which in turn put pressure on the Irish government to investigate, that Senator Martin McAleese, a former member of the Irish Senate and a devout Roman Catholic, was asked to head an inquiry into what exactly had happened behind the convent walls.

Survivors were astounded to read in his report that "ill treatment, physical punishment and abuse… was not something experienced in the Magdalene laundries".

The government has now called another inquiry into what happened at another church-run institution, the Mother and Baby homes for unmarried mothers, after it was revealed earlier this year that nearly 800 young children had been buried in unmarked graves from 1925-1961 at a convent in the west of Ireland. Some remains were found in a concrete tank.

So the Magdalene laundry survivors are asking for this latest inquiry to have a wide remit, and to investigate the laundries again.

"I would love them to get to the real truth, but they won't," says Coppin. "They won't inquire properly because I know what the government are like."

May 21 2014

surveyork
21:42

February 04 2013

surveyork
13:46
In Saudi Arabia an Islamic cleric who admits to raping, torturing and killing his daughter received a fine but no jail time for his heinous crime. Saudi media reports that the father paid 200,000 riyals ($50,000 US) in “blood money” for his crime, but will not be required to serve any time in prison.

January 11 2013

surveyork
11:55
Inna Shevchenko, a 22 year-old leader of the Ukrainian organization, survived 24-hours of torture by the KGB, in Belarus. On December 19, 2011, KGB agents kidnapped Shevchenko and two other Femen members in Minsk, for protesting the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, known as “Europe’s Last Dictator.” The six agents drove the women blindfolded into a snow-covered forest, stripped them naked, doused them in oil, and threatened to burn them alive if they didn’t complete humiliating drills. The agents chopped off the women’s hair with knives, threatened rape, and videotaped them, presumably for Lukashenko. One agent allegedly said for the camera, "Look at those bitches that were traveling all over the world, protesting, look at them now.”

November 29 2012

surveyork
22:58

The church is a petrified oligarchy, a dictatorship like the medieval monarchies it once existed alongside, and it's run by a small circle of conservative, rigidly ideological old men who make all the decisions and choose their own successors.

This means that, whatever individual Catholics may do, the resources of the church as an institution are bent toward opposing social progress and positive change all over the world.

50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church | Alternet

September 04 2012

surveyork
08:27

August 17 2012

surveyork
18:44
After a decade of fiery public debate and bare-knuckle partisan brawling, the United States has stumbled toward an ad hoc bipartisan compromise over the issue of torture that rests on two unsustainable policies: impunity at home and rendition abroad.

May 30 2012

surveyork
11:38
This note explains what happens next now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Arrest Warrant is valid and that Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden. The note explains what will happen to Julian once he is taken to Sweden, the bail system there, possible pre-trial restrictions that he could endure, and whether he is able to review his detention conditions.
Julian Assange and detention before trial in Sweden | Publications | Fair Trials International
surveyork
08:49
Assange has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish prosecutors want to question him in connection with allegations of "unlawful coercion and sexual misconduct including rape," according to a Supreme Court document.
WikiLeaks' Assange loses appeal against extradition to Sweden over sex claims - CNN.com

May 06 2012

surveyork
12:42
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The Roman Catholic Church faces permanent disruption and banishment in at least five countries if it does not comply with ten “non-negotiable measures” by September 15, 2012, according to a global coalition of survivors of church rape and torture.

May 01 2012

surveyork
17:23
As many commenters correctly noted, the torture-defending Rodriguez is clearly a crazed sociopath (of the distinctly banal type identified by Hannah Arendt). At Esquire, Charles Pierce has a perfect post about all of this, writing: “I’m pretty convinced that Rodriguez is both a sociopath and a maniac” (his first paragraph, on the Obama administration’s serial protection of these war criminals, is a must-read). The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson notes that Rodriguez did not even bother to defend torture as a necessary evil but rather “bragged about its use in proving the manhood of the torturer” (indeed, Rodriguez’ claim that authorizing torturing meant people in government were willing to “put their big boy pants on” exposed a whole new level of psychosexual creepiness). Andrew Sullivan says Rodriguez is “a war criminal” who “has no shame about any of this, and intends to make money off it.”

November 12 2011

surveyork
20:05

July 02 2011

surveyork
04:13
American war criminals, responsible for some of the most shameful and inexcusable crimes in the nation's history -- the systematic, deliberate legalization of a worldwide torture regime -- will be fully immunized for those crimes.
Torture crimes officially, permanently shielded - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

June 23 2011

surveyork
20:05

June 04 2011

surveyork
00:22

June 03 2011

surveyork
12:01

May 31 2011

surveyork
22:32

May 27 2011

surveyork
22:26
Opinion: Judicious use of torture enhances our freedom

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Opinion: Judicious use of torture enhances our freedom - NorthJersey.com

May 23 2011

surveyork
21:46
The judicious use of enhanced interrogation techniques advances and vindicates this highest of human rights, whereas the failure to use them subverts it.

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Opinion: Judicious use of torture enhances our freedom

April 28 2011

surveyork
15:11
Torture advocate John Yoo thinks that the President of the United States has the executive power to order a village of civilians slaughtered. But force federal contractors to disclose their political donations? That's a bridge too far.
Yoo: President Can Slaughter Village, But Not Force Disclosure Of Political Donations | TPMMuckraker
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