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Russia: Bill to Decriminalize Domestic Violence

(Moscow) – A draft law pending in Russia’s parliament would seriously weaken protections against domestic violence, Human Rights Watch said today. Parliament should reject the law as dangerous and incompatible with Russia’s international human rights obligations. “Passage of this law would be a huge step backward for Russia, where victims of domestic violence already face enormous obstacles to getting help …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 12.12.16

Show Description – MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th – On today’s program, Vince talks about love, the holidays, anti-Russian propaganda, Standing Rock, the unfortunate state of leftwing activism in the U.S., and why we should occasionally disconnect from social media and various other forms of manufactured digital realities.

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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 11.16.16

Kim Witczak lost her husband to antidepressant-induced suicide and has become a powerful advocate speaking truth to the Pharmaceutical Empire. Hear her astonishing story of one person’s impact in Washington, DC, including her recent appointment as the Consumer Representative on the FDA Advisory Committee that makes recommendations about approving psychiatric drugs. Learn about the new drug company thrust to undermine Black Box warnings on drugs about suicide and violence. A very informative and inspiring hour with a great consumer advocate. A real glimpse into the corruption rampant in government/industry relationships.

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Nadia Prupis – Pentagon Admits It Underreported Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria

The U.S. Pentagon has vastly under-reported civilian deaths from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria—by half. According to new figures released Wednesday by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), 119 civilians died since bombing against the Islamic State (ISIS) began in 2014, an update that now includes an additional 64 deaths between November 2015 and September 2016. Previously, CENTCOM only acknowledged 55 civilian …

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Chinese official who hoarded cash convicted of corruption

A former senior Chinese energy official found to have more than 200 million yuan ($29.99 million) in cash at his home has been given a suspended death penalty after being found guilty of corruption, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday. Wei Pengyuan had been deputy director of the coal department at the National Energy Administration until he was put …

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Nika Knight – After Profiting from Weapons Sales and Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for Cease-Fire

The United States, Britain, and the U.N. peace envoy to Yemen called Sunday for an unconditional ceasefire in Yemen to take place “within hours.” The two nations are trying “to seize on outrage caused by the killing of 140 people in a Saudi airstrike,” the Guardian reports. Read more

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Secret Stingray Manuals Reveal How Spying Tools Leave ‘No Place to Hide’

The Intercept publishes instruction manuals detailing how to build and use cell phone surveillance devices The technology manufacturing company Harris Corporation has fought to keep the public from knowing about how its surveillance devices work—specifically, the controversial cell phone spying tools known as Stingrays—but The Intercepton Monday published about 200 pages of Harris Corp. instruction manuals detailing how to build and use them. Harris …

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Tom Carter – Whistle-Blower Chelsea Manning: “I Became Very, Very Sad” During Torture

A 2015 interview with Amnesty International, published Tuesday in theGuardian, sheds light on the conditions faced by US Army whistleblower, political prisoner, and torture victim Chelsea Manning, who attempted suicide on July 5 and now faces a vindictive campaign of retaliation by the military. Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning), formerly a US Army specialist stationed in Iraq, is a whistleblower …