Torture

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Abu Ghraib: The Politics of Torture
Levi Strauss, David; Ehrenreich, Barbara; Danner, Mark et al.
Book
2004
A series of essays on the Abu Ghraib prison and the political climate surrounding the Bush Administration's intervention into Iraq.
American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination
Williams, Kristian
Book
2006
A damning audit of the US record in underwriting human rights violations around the globe and at home, and about the centrality of rape, racism, and conquest to both the state and US national culture.
The American Way of Torture: The Rule of Law Went and Never Returned
Cockburn, Alexander ; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Article
2013
Torture is now solidly installed in America’s repressive arsenal, vigorously applauded by prominent politicians.
Bloggers Name and Shame Torturers in Egypt
McGrath, Cam
Article
2009
Egyptian bloggers use the Internet to expose police abuse and torture.
Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Selective Outrage: What about the Others?
Casella, Jean; Ridgeway, James
Article
2011
Calls attention to the widespread use of solitary confinement with Bradley Manning as a specific example.
Bradley Manning's Torture Commonplace In U.S. Prisons
Ross, Sherwood
Article
2011
The corrosive, solitary confinement being inflicted upon PFC Bradley Manning in the Quantico, Va., brig is no exceptional torture devised exclusively for him. Across the length and breadth of the Grea...
Chile Report
Article
1975
Describes the repression and injustice that exists in Chile and criticizes Canada's attitude.
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
The CIA and Questions of Torture: Against The Current vol. 131
Fish, George
Article
2007
Alfred W. McCoy's A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror is a chilling, eerily fascinating account of how the CIA used physical and psychological torture as a...
CIA Experiments in Torture
Article
2010
Over the last year there have been an increasing number of accounts suggesting that, along with the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" torture program, there was a related program experimenting with and r...
CIA photographed detainees naked before sending them to be tortured
Ackerman, Spencer
Article
2016
The CIA took naked photographs of people it sent to its foreign partners for torture, the Guardian can reveal. A former US official who had seen some of the photographs described them as “very gruesom...
CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison
Mclaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
Over 60 inmates at New York's Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison
McLaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
Over 60 inmates at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
The CIA's Greatest Hits
Zepezauer, Mark
Book
1994
Brief case studies of the CIA's greatest 'triumphs'.
The CIA's Memory Prison: A Perverse Logic
Sottile, J.P.
Article
2013
The U.S. government has ruled that the prisoners kidnapped and tortured by the U.S. cannot talk about their experiences because those experiences are the property of the U.S. government, which has cla...
The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture: What the APA Knew
Eidelson, Roy; Bond, Trudy
Article
2014
James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are two psychologists who played central roles in designing and implementing the CIA’s torture program. Now we also know how lucrative that work was for Mitchell and Je...
Convict Labor in America: Book review
Ortiz, Paul
Article
1998
Convict labour, like antebellum slavery, was an American way of life, a cultural practice that tied northern capitalists, plantation owners, university-trained social reformers, federal officials and ...
The Culture of Terrorism
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Chomsky argues that the United States elites are dedicated to the rule of force, and that their commitment to violence and lawlessness has to be masked by an ideological system which attempts to contr...
Empire of Lies and Torture: Against The Current vol. 111
The Editors
Article
2004
The prohibition of torture in international conventions is absolute. There are no exceptions for so-called "ticking bombs," for "high-value terrorists" or "illegal enemy combatants" or similar improv...
The Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World
Horton, Michael
Book
2006
A positive, practical guide to healing the world - one day at a time. Packed with ideas and facts from leading campaign organizations, this handbook shows how the smallest actions can make a differenc...
Fascism, American-Style: One-Step from the Third Reich?
Stanton, John
Article
2014
Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financiall...
Force-Feeding a Suffragette
Pankhurst, Sylvia
Article
1915
A description of the brutal force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes in England.
Guatemala 1962 to 1980s
Blum, William
Article
An account of the United States' repeated intereventions in Guatemala.
The Humiliation of Bradley Manning: Kangaroos Missing
McGovern, Ray
Article
2012
It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel...
Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia: A Diary of Three Wars
Cockburn, Alexander; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Book
2004
Iraq was just one of three major imperial crusades in the decade after 1992, orchestrated by a new generation of American politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who backed pre-emptive strikes to o...
Incarcerated Inside Israel: Palestinians Tortured and Isolated
Peebles, Graham
Article
2012
Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care, such is the Israeli j...
Insouciant Americans: Blinding Hypocrisy
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2010
Hypocrisy in America is now so commonplace it is no longer noticed.
An Interview With Noam Chomsky on Obama's Human Rights Record: Nothing Can Justify Torture
Bailey, Eric
Article
2012
America's human rights record under the administration of President Obama and the military intervention policies that have seen increased use during the Arab Spring.
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Israeli Apartheid and Terrorism
Herman, Edward S.
Article
1994
If Jews in France were required to carry identification cards designating them Jews, could not acquire land or buy or rent homes in most of the country, were not eligible for service in the armed forc...
Israeli Doctors Collude in Torture
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
Israeli human rights groups charge that Israel's watchdog body on medical ethics has failed to investigate evidence that doctors working in detention facilities are turning a blind eye to cases of tor...
Israeli torture of Palestinian children 'institutional'
White, Ben
Article
2017
Investigation of the practice of torture by Shin Bet interrogators, revealing the practice as systematic.
Leader and Vassal: Bringing Death and Destruction to Muslims
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2008
Americans do not think of themselves or of Israel as terrorist states, but the evidence is complete and overwhelming. Thanks to the power of the Israel Lobby, Americans only know the Israeli side of t...
Letters to My Torturer: Love, Revolution, and Imprisonment in Iran
Asadi, Houshang
Book
2010
In these letters, Asadi confronts the man who tortured him while he was held prisoner in Iran.
The Logic of Torture: It's About Domination, Not Intelligence
Sparrow, Jeff
Article
2014
Torture seems to have been as bureaucratic as any other government program, with the interrogators more obsessed about memos and ass covering and obscure turf wars than stopping the progress of tickin...
The Man Who Was Chemically Tortured
Kampmark, Binoy
Article
2012
The torture of David Hicks at Guantanamo.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 15: Marx and Engels 1856 - 1858
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
1858
Mainly articles about Europe, colonialism, and India.
The No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade
Burrows, Gideon
Book
2002
A review of the increasingly prolific global arms trade and its economic, political and social impact on exploited and vulnerable nations.
One Thousand Years of Solitude: Life in the SHU
Mariner, Joanne
Article
2012
Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
Patricia Isasa's Quest for Justice: Against The Current vol. 137
Finkel, David
Article
2008
Patricia Isasa turned 16 on April 24, 1976 in her home town of Santa Fe, Argentina. She was an honor student, a delegate of her school and a member of a Catholic group in support of the poor - all com...
Police Torture and the Real Militarization of Society
Martinot, Steve
Article
2015
What rights can we still say we have, if we find ourselves trapped in a military structure? A person has the right to remain silent if arrested, but one does not have the right to remain silent if app...
Predicting Torture: The PATRIOT Act, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange
Van Bergen, Jennifer
Article
2010
Bradley Manning is charged with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks and faces a court martial. The conditions of his confinement are extreme, and amount to torture.
Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor
Herivel, Tara; Wright, Paul
Book
2002
Essays on the cruelty and inhumanity of the American prison system.
Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number
Timerman, Jacobo
Book
1991
The story of Timmerman's 30 months as a political prisoner under the Argentine dictatorship in the 1970s.
The Professor of Torture: Dershowitz for the Defense -- of Waterboarding
Whitney, Mike
Article
2007
Whitney exposes the hypocrisy of Alan Dershowitz, who claims to support civil liberties while advocating the use of torture. Dershowitz seems to believe that he should be considered a liberal because ...
Proposed Torture Ban Includes New Transparency and Oversight Mechanisms
Sacks, Sam
Article
2015
The US senate has approved the ban for government torture. Along with this move, they have also implemented transparency and oversight policies into government agencies like the NSA and FBI.
Psychologists' Collusion in Ongoing Illegal Detentions: The Status Quo of Torture
Bond, Turdy; Eidelson, Roy; Olson, Brad; Soldz, Stephen
Article
2012
Putting the Arms Industry on Trial
Douglas, Sean
Article
2014
Sean Douglas and other activists are prosecuting two companies that promoted torture equipment in the UK.
A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror
McCoy, Alfred
Book
2006
Chronicles the US government's use of terror as a political instrument
Questions for the APA Board Regarding Claims in James Risen's Book "Pay Any Price": Colluding With the CIA on Torture?
Coalition for ethical psychology
Article
2014
In his new book Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, James Risen, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter, documents apparent collaboration between (American Psychological Ass...
Radical Digressions 4
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
The Real Costs of Empire: Against The Current vol. 123
The Editors
Article
2006
Vietnam all over again? Yes, it is. The massacres by United States military forces of unarmed civilians in Haditha and, as is finally being revealed despite official lies and coverup, numerous other I...
The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
Herman, Edward S.
Book
1982
Herman sets out to show that the U.S. ignores or sponsors terror by authoritarian states that are allied with U.S. interests.
Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America
McManus, Philip and Schlabach, Gerald (ed.)
Book
1991
There is in Latin America a tradition of "firmeza permanente," relentless persistence, which has enabled the people to preserve parts of their culture during five centuries of conquest and oppression.
A Reply to B'nai Brith's Manifesto Denouncing CUPE-Ontario's Boycott of Israel
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Article
2006
Why supporting the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid is the right thing to do.
The Representation of Torture in the 'War on Terror'
Watts, Josh
Article
2013
A nation cannot claim to act to promote democracy and human rights whilst it kidnaps citizens the world over, places them in secret detention and tortures them.
Revealed: Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centres
Mahmood, Mona; O'Kane, Maggie; Madlena, Chavala; Smith, Teresa
Article
2013
The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the "dirty wars" in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurg...
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Blum, William
Book
2005
A mini-encyclopedia of the numerous un-humanitarian acts perpetrated by the United States since the end of the Second World War.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Klein, Naomi
Book
2007
Klein chronicles free-market disasters of recent years and advances a theory that we are living in the age of 'disaster capitalism'.
The State of the World Atlas
Kidron, Michael
Book
1981
Terror Takeover: The monstrous march of the security state
New Internationalist November 2009 - #427
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2009
Has our panic over terrorism given permission for unchecked abuse? The fear of terrorism has been used to curtail our liberties and violate human rights.
The Torture Memos
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2009
Chomsky comments on the revelations of and reactions to the White House report. He examines the proposed justifications and reasserts that despite the idea of "American exceptionalism", allowing insta...
Torture - never forget: New Internationalist September 2000
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
The importance of listening to victims of torture and bringing their stories to the world stage. Articles include an expose of the trade in torture weapons, a look at the torturers themselves, torture...
The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America's Post-9/11 Torture Program
Siems, Larry
Book
2012
Sometimes the truth is buried in front of us. That is the case with more than 140,000 government documents relating to abuse of prisoners by U.S. forces during the "war on terror," brought to light by...
Torture Report Reveals CIA's Manipulation of US Media: Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception
Conroy, Bill
Article
2014
In essence, the CIA operated as a propaganda machine, utilizing classified information as part of a larger effort to deceive the American public about the shortcomings of its torture program.
Torture: Thou shalt not bear honest witness
Rohricht, Alyssa
Article
2014
To date, only one person has been jailed in connection to the US torture program - the man who blew the whistle. His sentence must now be quashed and this true American hero set free and compensated.
Torture and the Violence of Organized Forgetting: A Form of Moral Paralysis
Giroux, Henry A.
Article
2014
With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, it becomes clear that in the aftermath of the loathsome terrorist attack of 9/11, the United States entered into a new and ba...
The Torturer as Feminist: From Abu Ghraib to Zero Dark Thirty
Cornell, Matt
Article
2013
How “feminism” is used in service of the American empire.
Torturing and Jailing Palestinian Children: Nightmare in the Occupied Territories
Abbas, Ziad
Article
2013
About 500-700 children are arrested by the Israeli occupation every year, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine. These children face a policy designed to kill their spirit and shut...
Torturing the Rule of Law at Obama's Gitmo: Obama Bravely Takes on a Tortured Child Soldier
Madar, Chase
Article
2010
Give our government credit for breaking new ground: no nation has tried a child soldier for war crimes since World War II, and the decision to prosecute Khadr has drawn protests from UNICEF, headed by...
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
The United States and Torture: We Tortured Some People and Probably Still Are....
Blum, William
Article
2014
Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized. Si...
Unlocking Uncle Sam's House of Horrors: Smashing Plato's Cave
Neville, Richard
Article
2011
The effects of Wikileaks in showing the public what is really happening.
Uruguay 1964-1970
Blum, William
Article
1995
An account of American involvement in torture and counter-insurgency in Uruguay.
US Still Seeks Jail for 'Fighter' Captured at 15 in Afghanistan
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2015
The good news is that a judge in Canada has had the courage and good sense to uphold the release from jail on bail of Omar Khadr, a native of Canada who was captured as a child soldier at the age of 1...
War and the Culture of Violence: Against The Current vol. 125
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2006
Last year I had the opportunity to see “Winter Soldier,” a rarely shown 1971 documentary based on the testimony of over 100 soldiers recently back from Vietnam. It was filmed during a three-day hearin...
The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism: The Political Economy of Human Rights: Volume 1
Chomsky, Noam; Herman, Edward S.
Book
Chomsky and Herman demonstrate, with devasting logic and overwhelming documentation, that the purpose of U.S. global policy is to make the world safe for exploitation by U.S. corporate interests and t...
We are NOT the 'Story', It's Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers : Sources News Release
Article
2009
On June 30th 2009 Israeli Occupation Forces forcibly boarded the Free Gaza boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, and kidnapped 21 human rights workers and journalists who were on their way to deliver much needed ...
Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified
Finkelstein, Norman G.
Article
2006
If singling out South Africa for an international economic boycott was defensible, it would seem equally defensible to single out Israel's occupation, which uniquely resembles the apartheid regime.
With My Heart in Yambo
Restrepo, Maria Fernanda
Film/Video
2011
Twenty-four years ago director Fernanda Restrepo's two teenage brothers disappeared. A year later, the family finally learned the worst possible news: the brothers had been kidnapped, tortured and mur...

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Alternative Information Center
A Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting coo...
Amnesty International, Canadian Section
Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights organization which works to secure the release of all prisoners of conscience, works for fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners, and works...
Amnistie internationale, Section canadienne (Francophone)
AI works for the release of prisoners of conscience, it opposes torture and capital punishment and advocates fair and early trials for all political prisoners.
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fro...
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...

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Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian perspective.
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...

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CIA rendition: more than a quarter of countries 'offered covert support'
Cobain, Ian
2013
Report finds at least 54 countries co-operated with global kidnap, detention and torture operation mounted after 9/11 attacks.
CIA Torture Architect Breaks Silence to Defend 'Enhanced Interrogation'
Leopold, Jason
2014
The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the...
Concern about blogger's condition after second flogging postponed
Sources News Release
2015
Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the Saudi authorities have postponed blogger Raif Badawiâ's second session of 50 lashes on medical grounds but is very concerned about his health and urges t...
Decision not file charges in CIA video destruction deals new setback to right to information
Sources News Release
2010
The decision not to file charges against any of the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videos of interrogations in secret CIA prisons has dealt a new blow to the search for truth in a matter of public inte...
The mass graves of Kashmir
India's dirty war unmasked
Scott-Clark, Cathy
2012
For 22 years this contested region has endured a regime of torture and disappeared civilians. Now a local laywer is discovering their unmarked graves and challenging India's abuses.
Rendition ordeal raises new questions about secret trials
Fatima Bouchar's story reveals involvement of the British government
Cobain, Ian
2012
Investigative reporting on the rendition (initiated by British intelligence officers) of Libyian Islamist militants who sought to oust Muammar Gaddafi.
Rights activist arrested over tweet about prison torture
Sources News Release
2015
Reporters Without Borders condemns renewed efforts by the Bahraini authorities to censor online information, including leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab's latest arrest on 2 April and attempt...
10 most shocking facts we found in CIA torture report
2014
The so-called "torture report" released by the U.S. Senate this week contains only a fraction of the findings on how the CIA aimed to gather intelligence from detainees through interrogation. Still, i...

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Amnesty International Canadian Medical Group
Organization profile published 1979 (May)
Organization
1979
Canadian Centre for Investigation and Prevention of Torture
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
Counterpunch
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.
Double Standards
Website
Focusing on double standards in the media and in international politics. "Double Standard 1. a rule or principle applied more strictly to some people more than others (or oneself)."
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.