NATO buildup in the Black Sea

Brussels (AFP) – NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a more assertive Russia, the alliance said Thursday.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the decision taken by alliance defence ministers in Brussels was not designed to be a provocation […]

Feds to compensate Canadians tortured in Syria

Abdullah Almalki (right), Muayyed Nureddin and Ahmad El Maati arrive at a news conference in a 2008 file photo. A federal inquiry has concluded the actions of Canadian officials contributed indirectly to the torture of the three Arab-Canadian men in Syria. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
by Tonda MacCharles, The Toronto Star
OTTAWA—The federal government will […]

Amnesty International Report on Syria condemned

By: Rick Sterling
Amnesty International has done some good investigations and reports over the years. This has won them widespread support. However, less known, Amnesty International has also carried out faulty investigations contributing to bloody and disastrous actions. One prominent example is in Iraq, where AI “corroborated” the false story that Iraqi soldiers were stealing incubators […]

War and famine in Yemen

Yemeni homes and buildings have been destroyed by airstrikes. Photo: BBC
Donald Trump’s first concrete decision as commander in chief was a major fiasco that killed nine children, eight women, and a U.S. soldier in a botched raid on al Qaeda in Yemen.
The operation — which Trump reportedly approved over dinner — also failed to catch its reported […]

Condemn Trump’s Attack on Asylum Seekers

Thousands of Winnipeggers rallied at the Forks Market on Feb. 4th in solidarity with the Muslims who were attacked in Quebec City on Jan. 29, 2017, and more generally to show support for refugees, human rights and an inclusive society. Photo: Paul S. Graham
by Jahanzeb Hussain & Derrick O’Keefe
Trump’s ban affects asylum seekers, immigrants and […]

Syria’s Saydnaya Prison a Human Slaughterhouse, says Amnesty International

Aerial view of Saydnaya Prison Photo: Amnesty International
by Amnesty International
A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells […]