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The Jehoshua Novels


CIA’s Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF’s 17th Reconnaissance Squadron

The Guardian, By Chris Woods, April 14

A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.

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Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans

“This decision is a true travesty of justice for our constitutional democracy, and for all victims of the U.S. government’s unlawful killings.” – Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams, April 5 – A US federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s killing of three Americans in drone strokes, a decision slammed [...]

Colombia: Disappearances Plague Major Port

Criminal Groups Terrorize Neighborhoods, Displace Thousands

Human Rights Watch, March 20

Bogotá – Paramilitary successor groups have abducted and disappeared scores, and possibly hundreds, of residents of the largely Afro-Colombian port of Buenaventura, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video released today. Thousands of residents have been fleeing their homes in the city [...]

In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

ProPublica, By Nina Martin, March 20

The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means [...]

Pope Francis names first members of child sex abuse commission

Archbishop of Boston Sean O’Malley and Irish campaigner Marie Collins in group of eight to set out tasks of commission.

AP, March 22

Pope Francis has named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, including lay and religious experts, and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a [...]

White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help

McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins & Marisa Taylor, March 12/13

Washington – The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a [...]

The “Paid-What-You’re-Worth” Myth

Robert Reich, March 13

It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. Any attempt to force employers to pay them more will only kill jobs.

According [...]

Federal judge rules Tennessee must recognize same-sex marriage

Al Jazzera, March 14

The preliminary injunction bars the state from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of three marriages.

A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal [...]

Should women fight violence with violence?

Canadian film director, writer, and producer Karen Lam whose chosen genre is horror with a feminist twist, posed this provocative question.

Lam’s choice and musings were influenced by her father’s penchant for twisted storytelling and the real-life violence committed against women. What particularly stood out for Lam were the cruel murders of 49 women by [...]

Veto By Not Vetoing

Jan Brewer was really between a rock and a hard case this week, with the passage of SB1062, which I refer to as the Jim Peacock Law. I’m surprised how deftly she manuevered around it:

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Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, judge says

AP, February 27

Austin, TX — A federal judge declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional yesterday, but left it in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

Judge Orlando Garcia issued the preliminary injunction after two gay couples challenged a state constitutional amendment and a long-standing law. He said the couples [...]

Current “Rules of this Site”

One Agonist tradition is that Agonists seldom know where the rules of the site are written, but often refer to them in the heat of battle.

Recently, in our last pre-SP-redux incarnation, Steeleweed published a set of Rules (click “Rules” on the top header row). So you know they exist and where to find them, [...]

‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Three Times in Two Months?’—Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer

The Dissenter/Firedoglake

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Radack said she was “stone face cold” during the interrogation but afterward was shaking and in tears. “How did he know to bring up those names?”

Notably, Radack mentioned she was told she was on an “inhibited persons list.” Jennifer Robinson, an Australian human rights lawyer who has represented WikiLeaks, discovered she [...]

Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia

BBC, February 13

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

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Study paints grim picture of worldwide risk of sexual assault for women

Globe & Mail, By Gayle MacDonald

A comprehensive new study has found that an estimated one in 14 women around is sexually assaulted by someone other than her partner – with real numbers likely higher, given that many victims fail to report the crimes out of shame or fear.

The research, published in the medical [...]