Published on December 9th, 2014 | by admin0
Peace And Equality Weekly Report – Dec 8th, 2014
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Senate Torture Report Condemns C.I.A. Interrogation Program: A scathing report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday found that the Central Intelligence Agency routinely misled the White House and Congress about the information it obtained from the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects, and that its methods were more brutal than the C.I.A. acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public. The long-delayed report, which took five years to produce and is based on more than six million internal agency documents, is a sweeping indictment of the C.I.A.’s operation and oversight of a program carried out by agency officials and contractors in secret prisons around the world in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It also provides a macabre accounting of some of the grisliest techniques that the C.I.A. used to torture and imprison terrorism suspects.Read more at nytimes.com
Philippine rescuers struggle to reach villages after typhoon ‘folded homes like paper’: Philippine emergency workers were struggling on Tuesday to reach coastal villages on an island hardest hit by a typhoon where thousands of homes have been wrecked, suggesting the Red Cross’s estimated death toll of 27 may rise. Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 damaged on the eastern island of Samar, where Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Saturday and made slow progress across the country, officials said. The storm, one of several typhoons to hit the tropical archipelago each year, has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and was headed west towards Vietnam. Read more at reuters.com
Nationwide Protests Condemning Police Brutality Continue With No End In Sight: Demonstrations continued Saturday night in New York City and across the country, as protesters raised their hands and voices to decry abusive police tactics in light of the growing number of unarmed black men who have been killed by police officers. Picketers swarmed New York City’s Grand Central Terminal and Times Square, four nights after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, and not quite two weeks after a Missouri grand jury refused to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Read more at huffingtonpost.com
Animal rights protesters in Nepal seek to stop Gadhimai festival sacrifice: Animal rights protesters in Nepal are making last-ditch efforts to disrupt the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of animals including buffaloes, sheep and goats in the name of a Hindu goddess on Friday. Every five years, pilgrims flock to the temple of the goddess Gadhimai in the small Nepalese border town of Bariyarpur to behead vast quantities of livestock over two days, creating scenes of carnage that revolt opponents of the practice. In 2009, an estimated 250,000 animals were killed by men wielding traditional curved kukri knives during an event which attracted up to a million worshippers to the town 60 miles from Kathmandu. Read more at theguardian.com
60,000 killed annually – UK’s misjudged air pollution highlighted in upcoming report: A disturbing new analysis says that traffic pollution in Britain is to blame for as many as 60,000 premature deaths each year, double what was thought until now. Scientists are to present their critical report to the government in 2015. The pollution, most of which comes from diesel cars, was not being factored into the official annual count of 29,000 deaths, which comes from a wholly different type of deadly pollutant. Currently, even high levels of highly-toxic nitrogen dioxide emitted by diesel engines don’t make the official statistics. A report by the Committee on the Medical Effect of Air Pollutants wants to put it to the government that inaction will mean deaths on a massive scale, almost exceeding the count related to tobacco, according to the Sunday Times.Read more at rt.com
Polio vaccinator shot dead in Faisalabad: In 2014, Pakistan broke its own 14-year-old record when it crossed 200 polio cases. According to the World Health Organization, the country is at a “tipping point” as the remaining endemic countries in the world—Afghanistan and Nigeria—have seen a significant decline in the number of cases this year. All stories related to polio, including new cases, attacks on health workers and other reports on polio can be found here. Stories can can be found on this trend page as well. Read more at tribune.com.pk
Whistleblower makes claims over Qatari African payments: The Qatari team for the controversial winning bid to host the 2022 World Cup offered large sums of money to senior African football figures for their respective federations, claims former communications director Phaedra Al-Majid. Al-Majid, who gave evidence under condition of anonymity to the Fifa inquiry into the corruption allegations surrounding the 2018 and 2022 bid races led by American former federal prosecutor Michael Garcia, only to be controversially outed by Fifa’s ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert, told weekly football magazine France Football she had been present when offers were made.Read more at dawn.com
Curiosity Rover Report by Ashwin Vasavada of Mars Science Laboratory – The Making of Mount Sharp (Video):
Watch What It’s Like to Be a Factory-Farmed Chicken (Video): After 22 years of raising chickens for Perdue, one brave factory farmer Craig Watts was at his breaking point and did something no one has done before. He invited us, as farm animal welfare advocates, to his farm to film and tell his story.
U.S. Transfers 6 Guantánamo Detainees to Uruguay (Audio): The Defense Department announced Sunday that six men being held at Guantanamo Bay prison have been transferred to Uruguay. NPR’s Arun Rath talks to Charlie Savage of the New York Times.