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Just in time for an election campaign in which Stephen Harper is positioning himself as a war-time prime minister, Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorism Act 2015) was recently introduced to play a dual role: granting extraordinary new powers to already hyperactive and unaccountable state security agencies, and baiting as "soft on terror" anyone who questions the bill's necessity and the human rights violations it will further legitimize.
Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women's Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System
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"Among Palestinians, jail is a very normalized part of life -- as normal and as common as school, as babies, as olive oil and thyme," proclaimed Palestinian lawyer Noura Erakat at a recent discussion (with Angela Davis) on mass incarceration in the United States and Palestine.
This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet. This grim anniversary, and the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S and Cuba, serves as a reminder that we need to permanently close the prison and return the land to its rightful owners, the Cuban people. It is time to put an end to this dark chapter of United States history.
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When it comes to torture, it's hard not to look good compared to the U.S. authorities who, among other things, subjected an Algerian prisoner to ice-water baths and 66 hours of standing sleep deprivation ... before discovering he was not the person they thought he was.
OK, so there were a few screw-ups in the U.S. torture program. Stuff happens. No big deal. Here's how Dick Cheney summed it up last week: "I would do it again in a minute."