Monthly Archives: July 2014

Israelis assault foreign press covering Gaza invasion

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. […]

Human rights court finds Poland assisted in CIA torture

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 […]

UN calls civilian death toll in Gaza a war crime

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 […]

Israeli disproportionate response kills over 300 civilians

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 […]

Scientists discuss making childlike robots for paedolphiles

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 […]

NYC police kill cigarette seller with illegal chokehold

A NYC agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct is finally studying more than 1,000 complaints about police officers using chokeholds two days after a man died following a police encounter in which the illegal hold was used. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/nyregion/thousands-police-chokehold-complaints-are-focus-of-new-york-study-after-man-dies-in-staten-island.html?ref=us The study by the Civilian Complaint Review Board follows an announcement on Friday by Police Commissioner […]

Creating wealth through predatory lending Part Two

Rodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan. “I am not sure how I got the loan,” Mr. Durham, age 60, said. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/in-a-subprime-bubble-for-used-cars-unfit-borrowers-pay-sky-high-rates/?ref=us Mr. Durham’s application said that he made $35,000 as a technician at Lourdes Hospital in […]