China rejects open nominations for Hong Kong leadership
AP, August 31
China’s legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong’s leader, a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub.
The legislature’s powerful Standing Committee ruled that all candidates for chief executive must receive more than [...]
Washington Post, By Barton Gellman, August 15
CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009. His instructions were unusually opaque.
As he boarded the flight, the engineer told confidants later, he knew only that he should visit a German national who awaited him with an [...]
The U.S. and U.K. collaborated to snatch Khadija al-Saadi’s family in Hong Kong and deliver them into the custody of a murderous dictator.
The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, August 7
President Obama is letting the CIA play a major part in censoring a report on brutal human-rights abuses perpetrated by CIA employees. This has [...]
On Monday, a federal court ruled the state’s same-sex-marriage ban unconstitutional—the latest to be overturned. What makes the decision in the Old Dominion different?
The Atlantic, By Emma Green, July 29
“[T]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free [...]
NYT – A Nobelist With 3 Banned Apartheid Novels
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Ms. Gordimer found themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored. She died Sunday at 90.
Nadine Gordimer in the New Yorker here
h/t Steve H.
Guardian -The British government’s problems with missing files deepened on Wednesday when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK’s role in a CIA global abduction operation had been accidentally destroyed when they became soaked with water.
In a statement that human rights groups said smacked of a cover-up, the department maintained [...]
Takepart.com, By Liz Dwyer, June 25
The Motor City is playing serious hardball with residents who have fallen behind on paying their water bills. Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department has begun turning off the taps of 150,000 residents who are at least two months behind on payments. People are being left without a drop to [...]
When you think “poverty in New York City,” what springs to mind? What stereotype has been so drilled into our heads from the newspapers, magazines and TV shows we all watch, like Law & Order or The Wanderers?
The very poorest among us in this city are Hispanics, perhaps African-Americans. Want to portray a [...]
I wish I could say Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will lose sleep over this, but somehow I doubt it:
Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of three drugs in [...]
It’s a long way from the UK and now Brunei institutes sharia law.
Any local outrage was ordered to be silenced earlier this month, and it was, as the Sultan gets his own way. “”Theory states that Allah’s law is harsh and unfair, but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair,” the [...]
The Nation, By Jules Boykoff & Dave Zirin, April 25
In news as shocking as it was unreported in the United States, the Brazilian press revealed earlier this week that Academi—the rebranded private militia once known as Blackwater—has been providing security training for the 2014 World Cup. The notorious company, responsible for the 2011 Nisour [...]
US officials indicate fate of inmates captured during the country’s longest conflict will continue to complicate Obama administration’s efforts to close wartime detention complex.
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, April 19
Guantánamo Bay – Typically, when a war ends, so does the combatants’ authority to detain the other side’s fighters. But as the conclusion of [...]
The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18
James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’
The psychologist [...]
…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change: