World Book Day: Guantánamo’s Restricted Library | Blogs | Amnesty International UK
Today's World Book Day celebrates and encourages reading. What will you pick up today? Some Shakespeare, a classic fairy tale such as Puss in Boots perhaps, or something weightier like Dostoyevsky’s Crime & Punishment? For Guantánamo detainees, however, none of these books are options; they are banned from reading them.
The reading material requested by detainees is vetted and some books fail to make it through. To say the decisions are curious would be an understatement. Russell Brand’s Booky Wooky 2 is forbidden. Franz Kafka’s The Trial is permitted. The protagonist in The Trial, Josef K, is arrested and prosecuted without ever learning of the charges brought against him. If any book were deemed too close to the bone, surely it would be The Trial.
The incendiary, inappropriate material in banned stories such as Cinderella and Jack and The Beanstalk is obvious. Other books appear to have been vetoed for their titles alone, regardless of the content – Crime and Punishment, John Grisham’s The Innocent Man, and Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, for example. The ban on The Innocent Man was lifted after Grisham wrote an article in the New York Times about Nabil Hadjarab, the man who had requested the book.
Tom Bingham’s The Rule of Law is prohibited. In this book, published towards the end of his life, the former Lord Chief Justice discusses law as the basis of a just society and the potential erosion of a fair legal system under the threat of terrorism.
Senate Race-Baiting? Dems Join GOP to Block Obama DOJ Pick Tied to Legal Defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal | Democracy Now!
Senate Race-Baiting? Dems Join GOP to Block Obama DOJ Pick Tied to Legal Defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal | Democracy Now!: In a stunning vote, a group of U.S. Senate Democrats has broken ranks to join Republicans in rejecting President Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division, Debo Adegbile. The confirmation fight focused almost solely on Adegbile’s role in the legal defense of imprisoned Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, despite Abu-Jamal’s longstanding position of being not guilty. Adegbile was part of a team of lawyers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who successfully argued the trial judge’s jury instructions violated Abu-Jamal’s rights. Adegbile’s supporters say the attacks on him mark a new form of Willie Horton politics and race baiting. We discuss the controversy with two guests: Johanna Fernandez, professor of history at Baruch College-CUNY and a coordinator with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home; and Ryan Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Political Participation Group.
Abuses Reported At Alabama’s Women’s Prison | Techyville: Tutwiler prison has been operating for 18 years with accounts of officers raping, beating, and harassing women according to an ongoing investigation from the Justice Department. This report clearly depicts prisoners having sεx with more than a third of the employees. Sometimes these interactions are for basic living needs such as toilet paper or tampons.
Why are Nazi and Confederate flags on display in Kiev? | Global Research: Racists from across Europe have traveled to Kiev. Wearing these symbols on their helmets and jackets, these thugs roamed Kiev and defaced the homes of Jews. They destroyed memorials to those who fought the Nazi invasion and occupation of the Ukraine in World War II. Offices of the Communist Party of the Ukraine were ransacked and destroyed, revolutionary books publicly burned in bonfires. Twenty-five statues of Lenin have been destroyed, requiring heavy equipment. (tinyurl.com/lfs734u) Amidst this offense of fascist vandalism, progressive people have mobilized to protect progressive centers, monuments and government buildings.
Workers strike at Kinross' Chile mine, operations suspended | MINING.com: Maricunga is one of Kinross' four Chilean properties, and is its only operating mine in the country. The mine, which is located about 4,500 meters above sea level, has been operating since 1996 – though due to low gold prices production was suspended for several years.
In 2013 Maricunga produced approximately 188,000 gold equivalent ounces. Last year Kinross' total production was 2.6 million gold equivalent ounces.
New Zealand: Maori king snubs British royals claiming he's "not a carnival act" | Descrier News: New Zealand's Maori King Tuheitia has refused to meet Prince William and Catherine during their royal tour of the country next month, saying that he is "not some carnival act to be rolled out at the beck and call of anyone".
Gulf Daily News : By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI , "The Supreme Judicial Council has told us in writing that the law doesn't contradict Sharia and would help protect family members from violence in all its forms," Shura Council woman and child committee vice-chairwoman Dr Jihad Al Fadhel said yesterday.
"However, it has stressed that husbands and guardians should be excluded from criminal punishment if they were reasonably disciplining their wives or daughters.
"It also asked for the removal of an article that criminalises husbands who force their wives to have sex, which is their right, unless the wife is sick."
The Shura Council yesterday approved eight of 21 articles in the new law after suspending talks in January due to disagreements over government definitions of abuse and cruelty.
It also approved the establishment of a family violence directorate to operate counselling centres and shelters for victims of violence.
Is CCA Guilty? | American Civil Liberties Union: Serious concerns about CCA’s administration of ICC began in 2008, when the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC), which oversees CCA’s administration of ICC, found that there were four times as many prisoner-on-prisoner assaults occurring at ICC as in Idaho’s seven other prisons combined. Inadequate staffing was identified as a primary cause of the bloodshed, with guards failing to take appropriate measures to halt rampant violence. Stronger prisoners (and gangs) were allowed to prey on weaker prisoners with virtual impunity.
When violence at ICC persisted, the ACLU filed suit against CCA in federal court in March 2010, accusing the company of violating the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment in its operation of ICC. Plaintiffs’ complaint details more than 30 gruesome assaults that might have been prevented had CCA operated ICC in a responsible manner.
Belgian Witch: The Indigenous and Canadian Studies Students’ Association (ICSSA) condemns rape apology
Belgian Witch: The Coordinating circle of the Indigenous and Canadian Studies Students’ Association (ICSSA) of the University of Ottawa is deeply saddened and angered due to communications, that have recently been made public, by the Vice-President Social Pat Marquis of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), who represents us and all undergraduate students. Marquis participated in, and encouraged, a conversation in which several of his associates planned (apparently in jest) the sexual assault of SFUO President Anne-Marie Roy. Our disgust is all the more profound because this is not the first time that we have had to condemn Marquis for his despicable and oppressive behavior.
DOJ hearing: We are failing the children of Indian Country | Al Jazeera America: “I’m about to get my tribal name, and everyone keeps saying I should grow out my hair,” he said. “I’m just now learning about my history and about Indian Country.”
A renewed interest in his home tribe and a goal to become a social worker are signs of hope, experts say, from a generation facing a number of deep-seated issues.
“Indian children are not well, and that’s the conversation we need to have,” said Theresa Pouley, a tribal court judge for the Tulalip Tribal Court on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state.