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http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/01/30/syria-thousands-houses-unlawfully-razed


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Syria: Thousands of Houses Unlawfully Razed

Satellite Imagery Shows Entire Neighborhoods Gone
January 30, 2014
  • The Syrian Government Should
    Immediately end demolitions that violate international law
    Compensate victims and provide alternative housing
    The UN Security Council Should
    Refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court
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  • Video screenshot shows government soldiers and civilian contractors overseeing the demolition of a seven story residential apartment building with controlled explosions in the Zahirat neighborhood of Damascus. Video recorded late September 2012.

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Satellite imagery, witness statements, and video and photographic evidence show that Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report…

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Doctors angry Ohio executed inmate despite ´HORROR´warning


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Doctor angry Ohio executed inmate despite ‚horror‘ warning

Anaesthesiologist David Waisel warned Ohio court Dennis McGuire would experience ‚agony and horror‘ during execution

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    Dennis McGuire (right) said last week he planned to file a lawsuit against Ohio over the unusually slow execution of his father, also named Dennis McGuire. Photograph: Kantele Franko/AP

    The anaesthesiologist who told a court that a new two-drug protocol used in an execution in Ohio would cause the inmate “agony and horror”, has expressed anger the state pressed ahead with the experiment despite his warnings.

    David Waisel, associate professor of anaesthesia at Harvard medical school, who acted as expert witness for Dennis McGuire’s defence attorneys, said he was angry when he learned Ohio had gone ahead with the execution last Thursday using a previously untested combination of midazolam and hydromorphone.

    Eyewitness accounts…

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    US state plans to shut off  NSA’s water supply: Video report:
    Anti-surveillance activists in Utah  think up a new campaign to bring down the US spy agency.

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    Iraq executes 26 men on ‚terrorism‘ charges


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    Iraq executes 26 men on ‚terrorism‘ charges

    A hangman's gallows sits idle The number of people executed in Iraq in 2013 was the highest since the US-led invasion in 2003

    Iraq has executed 26 people convicted of „terrorism“ offences, according to officials.

    The deaths came despite international criticism of the country’s increasing use of capital punishment.

    The justice ministry said Adel al-Mashhadani – allegedly a leader of a local Sunni militia known as Sahwa – was among those put to death on Sunday.

    Iraq executed at least 151 people last year, up from 129 in 2012 and 18 in 2010, according to Human Rights Watch.

    ‚Brutal crimes‘

    It follows calls from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for an immediate halt to executions in Iraq. A spokesman for Navi Pillay said…

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    Freedom is something to use or lose – we must fight the antisocial behaviour bill


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    Freedom is something to use or lose – we must fight the antisocial behaviour bill

    Consumerism’s petty liberties have made us inhumanly passive. We’ve forgotten what freedom is, and how easily it is lost
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    ‘As US representatives become richer, they ensure they exercise ever less power over the rich and ever more over the poor.‘  Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

    The question has changed a little since Rousseau’s day, but the mystery remains. Why, when most of us now possess greater freedom than almost any preceding generation has enjoyed – freedom from tyranny, freedom from slavery, freedom from hunger – do we act as if we don’t?

    I’m prompted to ask by the discovery that the most illiberal and oppressive instrument proposed by any recent government – injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance in the antisocial behaviour bill – has…

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    ‚Agony‘-Filled Execution Sparks Protest From Anti–Death Penalty Groups


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    ‚Agony‘-Filled Execution Sparks Protest From Anti–Death Penalty Groups

    Experimental lethal injection of an Ohio inmate leads to planned lawsuits, outcry.

    'Agony'-Filled Execution in Ohio Sparks Protest From Anti–Death Penalty Groups

    The execution chamber in the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Photo: Scott Olson/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

    January 17, 2014       By Solvej Schou
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    It took Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire an unusually long 25 minutes to die during his execution on Thursday. He was wheezing, grunting, and gasping for air in “agony and terror,” according to his adult children, as an untried cocktail of lethal injection drugs was pumped through his veins.

    McGuire, convicted in the 1989 rape and murder of a 22-year-old pregnant woman, is one of several recent cases sparking outrage…

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    Hidden History Plato and the world of illusion


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    Hidden History Plato and the world of illusion

    TV about what’s REALLY going on

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