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Muslim USAF veteran again barred from flight - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Muslim USAF veteran again barred from flight - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran who had trouble entering the country last year to visit his terminally ill mother was barred again Saturday from trying to return home to Qatar, the second time this month that he’s been prohibited from boarding a flight in Oklahoma City because his name appears on a government no-fly list.

The Hidden History of Water Torture by Tom Engelhardt -- Antiwar.com

The Hidden History of Water Torture by Tom Engelhardt -- Antiwar.com
Sometimes, the world can be such a simple, black-and-white sort of place.  Let me give you an example.  Imagine for a moment that the Iranians kidnap an American citizen from a third country.  (If you prefer, feel free to substitute al-Qaeda or the North Koreans or the Chinese for the Iranians.)  They accuse him of being a terrorist.  They throw him in jail without charges or a trial or a sentence and claim they suspect he might have crucial information (perhaps even of the “ticking bomb” sort — and the Iranians have had some genuine experience with ticking bombs). Over the weeks that follow, they waterboard him time and again. They strip him, put a dog collar and leash on him.  They hoodhim, loose dogs on him. They subject him to freezing cold water and leave him naked on cold nights. They hang him by his arms from the ceiling of his cell in the “strappado” position. I’m sure I really don’t have to…

Major Protests, Hunger Strikes after Palestinian Detainee Dies of Torture -- News from Antiwar.com

Major Protests, Hunger Strikes after Palestinian Detainee Dies of Torture -- News from Antiwar.com
Major protests have broken out in the occupied West Bank and reports say every single one of Israel’s 4,500 Palestinian detainees took part in a hunger strike today to protest the death of detainee Arafat Jaradat in custody on Saturday.