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2011-04-12 09:00:00

80% of youth ages 12-17 think there should be more education about these rules before they are old enough to vote and enlist in the military WASHINGTON, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new American Red Cross survey reveals that only 1 in 5 American youth is familiar with the Geneva Conventions, while 4 in 5 think that the U.S. should better educate young people before they can vote and enlist in the military. These rules protect civilians in conflict zones, allow safe passage...

2011-02-02 13:12:07

University of Montreal study explores why dialogue yields better results than coercion Even the most horrible criminals feel guilt, and according to new research from the University of Montreal, playing on that sentiment might be a good way to extract a confession. In order to gain a better understanding of why and how criminals admit to their crimes, Michel St-Yves, a forensic psychologist and lecturer, and lead author Nadine Deslauriers-Varin, both of the university's School of Criminology,...

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2010-08-20 12:35:00

Virtual reality is giving scientists the ability to ask tough questions about human behaviors that were previously thought not possible or unethical. Scientists in Spain designed a trial that allows men to step inside the body of a woman subjected to violence. Male volunteers at Barcelona University experienced life as a virtual young girl and then separately witnessed violence towards her. The men later empathized with her more than usual, feeling scared and insecure themselves. "I want to...

2010-07-30 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 72 Iraqi citizens who allege they were tortured while imprisoned at detention facilities across Iraq can continue with their lawsuit against military contractor L-3 Services, Inc. and a former employee, a federal judge in Maryland ruled Thursday. In a 92-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte denied the defendants' motions to dismiss the Iraqis' federal and state court claims. He wrote, "On the facts alleged, Defendants'...

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2010-07-02 10:05:00

Or Must Authorities Trade Off Some Human Rights to Reduce Terrorism? A new research symposium investigates the interrelationships between terrorism and governmental respect for human rights, regarding both how political authorities respond to terrorist violence and how human rights abuses can predict subsequent terrorist attacks. Responding to a lack of systematic evidence and granular data on the linkages between these two areas, the symposium addresses issues both domestic and...

2010-07-01 15:22:00

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new research symposium investigates the interrelationships between terrorism and governmental respect for human rights, regarding both how political authorities respond to terrorist violence and how human rights abuses can predict subsequent terrorist attacks. Responding to a lack of systematic evidence and granular data on the linkages between these two areas, the symposium addresses issues both domestic and international, ranging from...

2010-04-16 16:37:00

NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The disturbing report by the BBC that a secret detention facility is still operating at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan and that inmates are being subjected to abusive treatment that far exceeds the limits set in President Obama's January 2009 Executive Order Ensuring Lawful Interrogations demonstrates all too vividly that the United States cannot so easily turn the page on the torture and other abuses unleashed as part of the global war on...

2010-02-26 09:22:49

Analysis: Helping to stop doctors becoming complicit in torture A new UN resolution has the potential to fight torture and cruelty say experts on bmj.com Feb. 25. The resolution, passed in March 2009, goes further than previous rulings, say the authors and spells out that "states must never request or require anyone, including medical or other health personnel, to commit any act of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". Lead author, Dr Peter Polatin from the...

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2010-02-04 12:56:43

U.S. intelligence director Dennis Blair said Wednesday that an elite U.S. interrogation unit will conduct "scientific research" to find better ways of questioning top suspected terrorists. "It is going to do scientific research on that long-neglected area," Blair told the House Intelligence Committee, without elaborating on the nature of the techniques being tested. Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for Blair, declined to give detail to "specific research projects" but said any such project would...

2010-01-29 14:06:32

Analysis: Interrogating the role of mental health professionals in assessing torture Psychologists and psychiatrists should not be expected to participate in torture as they do not have the expertise to assess individual pain or the long-term effects of interrogation, says an expert on bmj.com today. The authors, Derrick Silove and Susan Rees, from the University of New South Wales in Australia, say some senior members of the US military have argued that a psychologist's presence is necessary...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.