In another unexpectedly prolonged execution using disputed lethal injection drugs, a condemned Arizona prisoner on Wednesday repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes, according to witnesses, before dying at an Arizona state prison. At 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, one day after the United States Supreme Court overturned a stay of execution granted by a federal […]

The set of internal rules used by the federal government in compiling terrorism screening watch lists was made public on Wednesday despite Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s assertion that its disclosure would damage national security. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/over-government-objections-rules-on-no-fly-list-are-made-public.html?ref=us The procedures for adding names of people deemed to be known or suspected terrorists to various screening lists, […]

As the death toll mounts and passions spike, the Foreign Press Association in Israel condemned on Wednesday what it called “deliberate official and unofficial incitement against journalists” who are reporting on the fighting in Gaza. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/world/middleeast/foreign-correspondents-in-israel-are-targets-of-intimidation.html?ref=world That includes “forcible attempts to prevent journalists and TV crews from carrying out their news assignments,” the association said. […]

Poland broke the European human rights convention in helping the CIA to render two terror suspects, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28460628 The judges said Poland had co-operated with the secret illegal transfers in 2002-2003, allowing two suspects to be interrogated on its territory. It is the first such case concerning a […]

The UN’s top human rights official has condemned Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28437626 Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel’s military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians. Israel launched its offensive on 8 […]

The blast from the Israeli strike was so powerful that it threw an iron door clear over several neighboring houses. It came to rest along with a twisted laundry rack still laden on Monday with singed clothes and a child’s slipper. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/world/middleeast/questions-about-tactics-and-targets-as-civilian-toll-climbs-in-israeli-strikes.html?ref=world&_r=0 When the strike leveled a four-story house in the southern Gaza Strip the […]

During a robotics conference last week, ethicists discussed the moral implications of using childlike-robots to help treat paedophiles. http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28353238 The theory is that these machines would help provide a non-harmful outlet for an individual’s sexual inclinations as part of a treatment programme. It’s like providing methadone to heroin addicts, the reasoning goes. Ronald Arkin, the […]

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