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2007-10-04 06:00:12

By Johnson, Thomas H An undergraduate anthropology student came to me with an assigned reading in a philosophy course at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. The student was confused. What he was learning in his philosophy class challenged what he had learned about cultural relativism as a core concept in anthropology and he was surprised to find it examined negatively by a philosopher. The article in his Ethics textbook was "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism" by philosopher James...

2006-07-28 05:07:40

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee on Friday told Washington it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict. In findings on U.S. observance of the U.N.'s main political rights' convention, the committee said it had "credible and uncontested" information that the United States had detained people "secretly and in secret places for months and years." "The state...

2006-07-19 12:31:18

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Using electric shock, beatings and suffocation, Chicago police tortured criminal suspects into giving confessions during the 1970s and 1980s, the authors of a report said on Wednesday. But the abuse inflicted on suspects by Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge -- who has since been fired, lives in Florida and receives a full pension -- and detectives under his command occurred too long ago to pursue criminally, a four-year investigation concluded. "We have...

2006-06-27 18:04:05

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Women and girls trafficked for forced sexual or domestic work suffer post-traumatic stress on a par with torture victims, researchers said on Wednesday. In one of the first studies of health problems of women who have been trafficked, they found 95 percent had been physically or sexually abused and nearly 40 percent had suicidal thoughts. "This research shows that women who have been trafficked into sex work emerge with very severe pain and...

2006-05-19 03:27:41

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, also urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment, citing use of dogs to terrify detainees. The United...

2006-05-19 03:09:10

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, also urged the Bush Administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment, citing use of dogs to induce detainees' fear. The United States "should ensure...

2006-05-16 01:09:27

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police had a better rate of success at cracking murder cases last year than either the United States or Britain, officials said on Monday, strongly denying that forced confessions were behind the good results. Of the more than 30,000 murder cases in China in 2005, almost 90 percent were solved, and the number of people murdered per 100,000 of the population was only just over 2, far less than the 5.6 figure in the United States, police...

2006-05-05 09:25:00

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Friday defended its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling a U.N. committee it backed a ban on torture and stressing there had been "relatively few actual cases of abuse." John Bellinger, legal adviser at the State Department, said the Bush administration was "absolutely committed to uphold its national and international obligations to eradicate torture." "There are no exceptions to this prohibition," he said....

2006-05-05 03:21:43

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States defended on Friday its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling the U.N. torture committee that there had been "relatively few actual cases of abuse." In prepared remarks obtained by Reuters, John Bellinger, State Department legal adviser, declared that the Bush administration is "absolutely committed to uphold its national and international obligations to eradicate torture." Bellinger, head of the U.S. delegation to the...

2006-05-03 08:48:16

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - Torture and inhumane treatment are "widespread" in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's denials, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. In a report for the United Nations' Committee against Torture, the London-based human rights group also alleged abuses within the U.S. domestic law enforcement system, including use of excessive force by police and degrading conditions of isolation for...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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