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Pakistani Taliban want to trade Swiss hostages for Lady al Qaeda - Threat Matrix

Pakistani Taliban want to trade Swiss hostages for Lady al Qaeda - Threat Matrix | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
He said his group ordered the kidnapping in order to gain freedom for Aafia Siddiqui, a US-educated mother of three who is serving 86 years in an American jail for trying to kill US officials in Afghanistan.
Rehman said the Swiss have not been tortured.
But he said that if Siddiqui is not freed, a Taliban court will decide the fate of the pair.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2011/07/pakistani_taliban_want_to_trad.php#ixzz1ThM2t7ez
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Some of what police used to shoot a house in #Aali Thu 28-7-1... on Twitpic

Some of what police used to shoot a house in #Aali Thu 28-7-1... on Twitpic | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CS gas grenades from Republic Labs, (made in USA), are not being used for crowd control, they are fired into homes to attempt to effect suffocation. Some deaths have already been caused. All these grenades and more fired at one home! ---- Crimes Against Humanity ----
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Iranian top cyber police official: Facebook may be unblocked in the future | Middle East news, articles, opinion and analysis | CrethiPlethi.com

Iranian top cyber police official: Facebook may be unblocked in the future | Middle East news, articles, opinion and analysis | CrethiPlethi.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CrethiPlethi | Middle East News, Articles, Opinion and Analysis.
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The Malevolent Ex-Maestro

The Malevolent Ex-Maestro | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Greenspan, still doing damage....


What were you doing before the collapse? .....remember these times!
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Nabeel Rajab Awarded the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab Awarded the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights has been awarded the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award by the Washington based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

What a great man! So deserved.....how long until he gets the Nobel Peace Prize?
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Kissing is Forbidden ("No Se Permiten Besos")

Kissing is Forbidden ("No Se Permiten Besos") | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Just outside the town of Ponce, on Puerto Rico’s southern coast, is a prison for girls. Although the place is named “Center for Detention and Treatment” (Centro de Detención y Tratamiento Social), little by way of “treatment” goes on there.
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Islamism with Hill and Ajami: Chapter 4 of 5 - Uncommon Knowledge - National Review Online

Overview of the Arab-spring!
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Defending the right to practise — Irish Medical Times

Defending the right to practise — Irish Medical Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“The IMO upholds the right of medical personnel to ‘non-combatant’ status in any conflict zone and insists that prompt due process be available to any personnel detained in the course of their work in all such zones,” a spokesperson said.
While the RCSI last week said it was not commenting on the issue, the College has previously said punishing doctors or nurses for treating patients, irrespective of their background, was completely unacceptable. The RCPI, which went on a fact-finding mission in Bahrain to gather “first-hand, albeit limited” information, said it was supporting calls for justice for doctors arrested in Bahrain.
A human rights activist had forwarded Prof McCormack’s email to numerous other individuals in Ireland, and through that contact the surgeon made contact with Front Line Defenders in Blackrock, whom he described as a “fantastic NGO”.
“They [Front Line] agreed to declare the doctors human rights defenders defending the right to health, which they are, and so they got on board.”
Front Line has taken up the cases of all the arrested doctors, including the Irish-trained doctors, Dr Ali Al Ekr, Dr Basim Dhaif and Dr Ghassan Dhaif, whom the NGO says are currently being subjected to an unfair trial before a military court on unsubstantiated charges. For more than two months after their arrest, the doctors were denied access to their families or lawyers, and there is credible evidence of torture, according to the NGO.
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Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East and the Arab World

Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East and the Arab World | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An unofficial collection of CRS reports on national security...


see 'Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy'

Great collection of MidEast Info!
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Amnesty International website ‘blocked in Saudi Arabia’ | Amnesty International

Amnesty International website ‘blocked in Saudi Arabia’ | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International's website has been blocked inside Saudi Arabia after the organization published criticism of a draft "anti-terror" law.

I think scoop.it and 'Bahrain, MENA & Arab spring' are still viewable in Saudi Arabia.....

Saudi's apply censorship, and propaganda techniques in a feeble attempt to keep their citizenry
ignorant of the Regimes Human Rights Abuses.....a failure upon implementation!
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Free Ebrahim Sharif

Free Ebrahim Sharif | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ebrahim Sharif is a 53-year old Bahraini politician, businessman, husband, and father — and now, a political prisoner.
He serves as the secretary general of the National Democratic Action Society (also known as Waad), a secular, moderate, and peaceful political opposition group in Bahrain.
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Sham Trials in Bahrain Prove Need for Greater U.S. Pressure | Human Rights First

Sham Trials in Bahrain Prove Need for Greater U.S. Pressure | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The U.S. Government has continued its relatively muted line on Bahrain. While many say the United States has privately increased pressure, it’s time for that pressure to become public. Naming Bahrain as a violator of human rights is one good step, but another could be a discussion of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. It has been previously suggested that the fleet be moved or even disbanded.
The U.S. Government must make clear that its relationship with Bahrain is not unconditional – that it does not want to be seen as friends with torturers. And that to be a partner of the United States, Bahrain must act in a responsible way. The partnership needs renegotiating, and the future of the Fifth Fleet ought to be part of that discussion.
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Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار

Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار | Facebook...
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UN experts strengthen human rights safeguard - Europe - Al Jazeera English

UN experts strengthen human rights safeguard - Europe - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UN Human Rights Committee issues document strengthening legal safeguards for freedom of opinion and expression.
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Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37 to death

Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37 to death | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTO: Kelly Thomas, 37, from California, was beaten beyond recognition by police and died a few days later. A YouTube video showing the beating has been released.


THE STATUS OF 'HUMAN RIGHTS' IN AMERICA.....
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The Cutting Edge News

The Cutting Edge News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Egypt After Mubarak

Egypt turns to the Dark Side as Muslim Brotherhood Calls the Shots

... In Cairo, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square on July 29, in response to an appeal launched by the Muslim Brotherhood. Fifteen lay political formations as well as Coptic Christians joined in the demonstration.
Among the slogans in the square, there was ''Islam, Islam, we do not want a liberal State," "The people want Islamic law,"''Islam: not West or East," to which were political demands, such as bringing ormer President Hosni Mubarak to justice.
...During Egypt's spring there was heard "Hold your head up high, you’re Egyptian.” On Friday, “Muslim” was substituted for “Egyptian.” Similarly, the chant that resounded throughout the revolution, the people want to topple the regime,” became "The people want to apply God’s law.” Moreover, the chant "There is no constitution but Islam," was also heard.
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"The young protagonists of the revolution in previous months (who forced the resignation of President Mubarak) would like a more democratic government," said Rev. Verdoscia. "These young people are from the cities and are able to handle the most modern means of communication, such as the social network."
"On the other hand," continued the missionary, "the Muslim Brotherhood has a considerable organizational capacity and appeal especially to religious identity. One must keep in mind that a good part of the Egyptian population lives in rural areas. These people have no culture and their identity is only religious."
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Following Friday prayers, contending groups of Egyptians flooded Tahrir Square and chanted conflicting slogans. Prominent among these were Salafists, an ultraconservative branch of Wahabi Islam that has close ties to Saudi Arabia. Saudi flags were evident among members of the crowd that numbered in the thousands and appeared to fill the now iconic Tahrir ('freedom') Square in Cairo. Both the Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood contingents vastly outnumbered the other groups present.
The Salafists are considered to be more religiously conservative than the Muslim Brotherhood. According to local reports, in some cities the Salafists have refused to allow contending groups to join them in marchs demonstrating against the current government. ...
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Pakistan braces for rainy season | Video | Reuters.com

Pakistan braces for rainy season | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
July 30 - One year after the worst floods in the country's history, the devastation is still evident and Pakistan remains unprepared for the rainy season. Lindsey Parietti reports.
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“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country

“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva reviews the human rights record of the United States on the 5th of November 2010, on the occasion of the Ninth Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), 1 to 12 November 2010. The following is a presentation given by Dirk Adriaensens in Geneva on 3 November.
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US Zerocracy in IRAQ: Iraq's Secret War Files : What really happened in Iraq

US Zerocracy in IRAQ: Iraq's Secret War Files : What really happened in Iraq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
US Zerocracy in Iraq
Free Iraqis Who Refuse American Occupation. Our Aim Is to Expose The Wonders of American Zerocracy in Iraq .
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BBC News - Hardtalk - Saudi intervention in Bahrain 'a faux pas'

BBC News - Hardtalk - Saudi intervention in Bahrain 'a faux pas' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A critic of the lack of human rights for women in Saudi Arabia, Princess Basma Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud says Saudi Arabia's intervention in the Bahrain protests was a wrong decision.
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Mounting fears for Bahraini teachers held after protests | Amnesty International

Mounting fears for Bahraini teachers held after protests | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International calls on Bahrain to release two people held for leading a teachers' strike amid wide-scale protests earlier this year.


Jalila al-Salman and Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb
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Teachers arrested for striking — Amnesty Urgent Actions

Teachers arrested for striking — Amnesty Urgent Actions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The former president and vice-president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA) have been detained since the end of March. They are now facing trial and Amnesty International believes they are likely to be prisoners of conscience.
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Bahrain: the crisis of the Al-Khalifa monarchy | openDemocracy

Bahrain: the crisis of the Al-Khalifa monarchy | openDemocracy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In reality, the Al-Khalifa now have no legitimacy in the eyes of the majority of the Bahraini population. Most of Bahrain's people are still Shi’a, despite the government’s determined attempts over the past decade to manipulate the sectarian imbalance by trying to naturalise large numbers of invited Sunni immigrants. The understandable Shi’a resentment at such policies and the discrimination they represent have since February 2011 been expressed in protests, most of which have been put down with bloody force.
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Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee

Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Dozens of athletes rallied in Baghdad on Wednesday, demanding the release of a 16-year-old Iraqi football player detained in Bahrain earlier this year when the country was swept by anti-government protests.


a coach in Baghdad's al-Hadoud club, says the arrest of Zulfiqar Naji was not justified and was politically motivated. Naji plays for Bahrain's al-Muharraq club, and his supporters say he did not participate in protests against the Bahraini government.
"We demand the release of Naji, whose arrest was unjustifiable," Aboud said. "He is being kept in prison because Bahraini authorities want to show that the protests are a foreign conspiracy."
Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2011-07-27/iraq-athletes-demand-bahrain-release-16-year-old-detainee#ixzz1TLovG9gI
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Death in Bethlehem, made in America

Death in Bethlehem, made in America | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israeli troops also regularly fire American-made CS gas rounds at Palestinians in Bethlehem itself. Palestinians claim the gas has caused serious breathing difficulties among children after the rounds were fired at stone-throwing youths near Rachel's tomb. The cartridges and gas canisters are labelled "Federal Laboratories, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania 15681" and are stated on the metal to be "long range projectiles 150 yards". The rounds, show the US manufacturers' instructions on the side, contain "tear gas which is highly irritating to eyes, nose, skin and respiratory system". And continue: "If exposed, do not rub eyes, seek medical assistance immediately."
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