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The Win Without War coalition released the following statement by Advocacy Director, Stephen Miles, in response to House passage of H. Con. Res. 105. Introduced by Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), H. Con. Res. 105 is a strong, clear statement of congressional opposition to US military intervention in Iraq.

"Today the House of Representatives made clear that they stand with the American public, who do not want to go back to war in Iraq. By passing H. Con. Res 105 overwhelmingly, the House also sent a strong message to President Obama that there is no authorization for any escalation of US military involvement in Iraq."

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Attorney General Declares POWs "Non-Persons"

Friday, 25 July 2014 12:31 By John LaForge, SpeakOut | Op-Ed

Hand it to President Obama for appointing Eric Holder the first African American Attorney General in US history. Then try to fathom that after generations of civil and human rights work by African Americans -- whom the US Constitution once called "3/5 of a person" -- it is Holder who declared some brown skinned prisoners of war to be "non-persons." The men are held outside the law by the US at Guantánamo Bay.

Attorneys for the POWs have asked for an order that would allow group prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, but Holder's Justice Dept. has formally replied that the men aren't entitled to relief under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) because the Supreme Court has not found that Guantánamo's prisoners "are 'persons' to whom RFRA applies."

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  • FB description The men held outside the law by the US at Guantánamo Bay have been called ''non-persons'' by the US attorney general.

The Blame for MH 17 Isn't Russia's Alone

Friday, 25 July 2014 12:25 By John Pedler, SpeakOut | Op-Ed

Clearly whoever fired that SA 11 BUK (a Soviet 1972 ground to air missile) bears the primary responsibility for shooting down the airliner. Although the Ukrainan army, like the Russian army, has this system, the position of the wreckage and the unhelpful behavior of the leaders of the self-styed Donetsk People's Republic makes it virtually certain that they are responsible. It is not yet clear whether the system used was one of those that once formed part of the Ukrainian army or was recently supplied by Russia.

But Russia's support for the Donetsk separatists is well known and the Donetsk "people's republic" could hardly have been declared had Russia disapproved. But blame falls much wider than this. With warnings in place regarding the dangers of Ukrainian airspace which was therefore avoided by other airlines, how was it that MH 17 entered this airspace from the East? A Malaysian Airlines desire to save fuel costs with the shorter route? And the Captain of MH17 who bore ultimate responsibility for his plane's security – why did he agree to the fly this route? And what is the responsibility of the Ukrainian aviation authorities? Did the plane have their permission to overfly? Was Ukrainian air traffic control in contact with this flight?

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  • FB description The ultimate responsibility for this disaster falls on those whose actions led to the civil war in the Ukraine.

Poland "Facilitated" CIA Torture in European Secret Prison, Court Rules

Friday, 25 July 2014 12:13 By Staff, Reprieve | Press Release

The European Court of Human Rights has today ruled that the Polish government was not only aware of but actively assisted the CIA's European "black site" programme, which saw detainees held and tortured in secret prisons across the Continent.

In a judgement handed down today in the case of Abu Zubaydah, a Guantanamo detainee who the US has admitted it mistakenly believed to be a senior member of Al Qaeda, the court concluded that it was "established beyond reasonable doubt" that Abu Zubaydah was flown from a secret site in Thailand to another CIA prison in Stare Kiejkuty in northern Poland.

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  • FB description The European Court of Human Rights has today ruled that the Polish government was not only aware of but actively assisted the CIA's European black site program.

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies,

The situation in the occupied Gaza Strip is critical for the civilians living there and requires your urgent attention. Since Israel announced its military operation "Protective Edge" on 7 July, Gaza has been subjected to daily intensive bombardment from the air, land and sea, employing well over 2,100 air strikes alone. The hostilities have resulted in the deaths of more than 600 Palestinians, including at least 147 children and 74 women.

This is the third serious escalation of hostilities in my six years as High Commissioner. As we saw during the two previous crises in 2009 and 2012, it is innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip, including children, women, the elderly and persons with disabilities, who are suffering the most.

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Seven Arrested at Hancock Air Base in Anti-Drone Protest

Friday, 25 July 2014 11:17 By Palina Prasasouk, SpeakOut | Press Release

Earlier today eight Atlantic Life Community activists joined with Upstate Drone Action at the main gate of Hancock Air Base, in Syracuse, New York. Hancock is the home of the 174th Attack Wing of the New York State Air National Guard. The 174th Attack Wing pilots weaponized MQ9 Reaper drones over Afghanistan – killing and terrorizing an uncountable number of civilians.

The eight delivered a People's War Crimes Indictment to the Hancock chain of command by affixing it to the fence after being refused by the base personnel. Also delivered was an Order of Protection on behalf of the children of the world who are subject to U.S. drone surveillance and attack.

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