CIA torture report could ignite unrest, Kerry warns

By Matthew Lee and Ken Dilanian
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Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein to “consider” the timing of the expected release of a long-awaited report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques.

Kerry called Feinstein to discuss the broader implications of the timing of publicly releasing a declassified summary of her committee’s report “because a lot is going on in the world, and he wanted to make sure that foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. (more…)

Nixon Foundation and Dick Cheney Attempt to Rewrite History Again

the dick cheney lo-res

Exhausted. Frustrated. Lost.

The perfect trifecta when confronting a known war criminal on his turf.

After crawling through traffic, I finally arrived at the Nixon Presidential Library. Historically notorious for omitting facts and attempting to whitewash the Watergate scandal, this mausoleum stood upon unholy ground.

I texted Cassandra and met her in the parking lot. She was pissed. (more…)

Charlie Sheen, Bradley Manning, Sex & Censorship

Media Roots Radio- Charlie Sheen, Bradley Manning, Sex & Abortion by Media Roots

Robbie Martin, Abby Martin and Laurie Kirchner host this edition of Media Roots Radio. We talk about Charlie Sheen’s squelched opportunity to bring up his politics while the world watched him “win”, new updates on Bradley Manning’s detention, the campaign to de-fund Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, and sex: the over-sexualized nature of advertising and sex  censorship in the US compared to other countries.

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China To Sterilise 10,000 To Curb Births

9:12am UK, Friday April 23, 2010

Peter Sharp, China correspondent

Health authorities are planning to sterilise nearly 10,000 people in southern China over the next four days as part of a population control programme.

Some of the people in Puning City will be forced to have the procedure carried out against their will.

Amnesty International says forced sterilisation “amounts to torture”.

Reports in the Chinese media say that Puning Health authorities in Guangdong Province have launched a special campaign to sterilise people who already have at least one child in order to ensure local birth control quotas are met.

Chinese newspaper reports say that those who refuse to be sterilised have seen their elderly mothers or fathers taken away and detained.

Hundreds of people in Puning are said to have been locked up.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said: “It is appalling that the authorities are subjecting people to such an invasive procedure against their will.

“Reports that relatives are imprisoned as a means of pressurising couples into submitting to surgery are incredibly concerning.

“The Puning City authorities must condemn this practice immediately and ensure that others are not forcibly sterilised.”

More than 1,300 people in the city have been held in local government buildings where they were given “lectures” on China’s family planning regulations.

Huang Ruifeng is the father of three girls.

“Several days ago, a village official called me and asked me or my wife to return for the surgery,” Huang told the local paper. “Otherwise they would take away my father.”

He refused.

His father was later rounded up and detained by the authorities.

According to Puning rules, farmers are allowed to have a second child if the first child was a girl.

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