Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, an innocent man from Mauritania, describes his experience of extraordinary rendition in the US global war on terror in the book Guantánamo Diary. He continues to be held in Guantánamo Bay Cuba prison without charges since 2002. 



An excerpt from his book describes his experience in Bagram prison in Afghanistan before being transferred to Guantánamo prison:

"Detainees were not allowed to talk to each other, but we enjoyed looking at each other. The punishment for talking was hanging the detainee by the hands with his feet barely touching the ground. I saw an Afghani detainee who passed out a couple of times while hanging from his hands. The medics 'fixed' him and hung him back up. Other detainees were luckier: they were hung for a certain time and then released. Most of the detainees tried to talk while they were hanging, which made the guards double their punishment. There was a very old Afghani fellow who reportedly was arrested to turn over his son. The guy was mentally sick; he couldn’t stop talking because he didn’t know where he was, nor why. I don’t think he understood his environment, but the guards kept dutifully hanging him. It was so pitiful. One day one of the guards threw him on his face, and he was crying like a baby." 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Wake Up America - The Truth about the Boston Marathon Bombings"

Just as the trial begins for accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a shocking and revealing investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing:


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Jamaica's Underground Gays"

This video depicts the gay minority living in Jamaica, and all of the homophobia and violence they have to endure due, in a large part, to the pervasiveness of Christianity in all aspects of the culture.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Failed Rescue by Navy Seals Shows US Gov.'s Inhumanity

The "failed" attempt by US Navy Seals to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers and South African aid worker Pierre Korkie from Yemeni terrorists is more than just a tragedy.

It's an outrage -- especially considering that the South African aid group Korkie worked for, Gift of the Givers, was just a couple days away from securing his release. Additionally, considering the fact that the US government has been known to lie, there is no way to verify that Somers and Korkie were actually killed by retreating al-Qaeda forces, or whether they were killed by the 'friendly' fire of the US Navy Seals.

Slain US photojournalist Luke Somers. [Photo source: www.dailymail.co.uk / AP]

Don't be surprised. The US government has been known to lie - just last week they were caught lying about information they extracted from 9/11 mastermind [sic] Khalid Sheikh Mohammad through torture.

The irony is that I am helping to fund these violent self realizing prophecies to create more extremists rather than promoting peaceful solutions. We are paying for the salaries and capital of these killing machines, i.e. elite forces of SEALS and Joint Special Operations Command units.

Rather than pay the ransom and return these people home, the US holds onto the inhumane and ruthless no ransom policy, where they refuse to fund the release of hostages, claiming that there would be more citizens taken hostage if it agreed to pay ransom to kidnappers, yet not backing it up with an evidence.

But what if Luke Somers, James Foley or Steven Sotloff was your son? How much would you be willing to pay to return them home safely?

Yet, could it be true that the US government does not value the life of journalists, especially the ones like Foley , Sotloff or Somers, who had travel to countries in which the US has had an active role in destabilizing?

Slain US photojournalist Steven Sotloff / Photo source: www.telegraph.co.uk/

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Support Buy Nothing Day - Black Friday at Walmart


While the masses rush to get the best consumer deals this Black Friday, stand in solidarity with the workers at Walmart who are fighting to get better pay and working conditions by attending a Black Friday protest at your local Walmart.

Lubbock, Texas, a city with a population of approximately 288,800 people has four Walmart Supercenters. But there is another way! Attend a local protest in Lubbock, Texas and help educate people that there are alternatives, and that buying from Walmart will only increase the cycle of poverty locally and globally.

Black Friday protests are being organizing nationally by OUR Walmart, which is a campaign organized by Walmart workers, community groups, and the United Food & Commercial Workers.  


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Torture Against Maine Inmate - Disturbing Raw Footage! Warning!

The use of premeditated torture on an inmate in a US prison in Maine reportedly carried out by Captain Shawn Welsh and his crew. This cruel and unusual punishment goes against the 8th Amendment to the US Constitution and the United Nations' Universal Declaration on Human Rights


Some people feel that torture against an inmate is justifiable, however these people are sociopaths and society needs to be protected from people who think this way. The entire system of justice in the US is corrupt and needs reform. Our prisons do not correct people, but rather use and abuse them as cheap labor and continue to break the human spirit. We need to abolish this corrupt system and replace it with true rehabilitation if we want to heal as a society. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ebola – your questions, our answers

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres counters the media scare about the Ebola epidemic coming to the United States as they continue their humanitarian work to curb and defeat this disease:



Dear Friends,

We are hearing many kind words of encouragement from our supporters, as well as some questions and concerns. I would like to address these concerns, and also update you on our safety protocols and our current work to contain Ebola in West Africa. 

As you likely know, Dr. Craig Spencer, a physician from New York who spent over a month treating patients in our Ebola project in Guekedou, Guinea, was diagnosed with Ebola on Thursday. He is currently receiving care at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.  Although MSF is not in charge of his medical treatment, we are monitoring his progress, and hoping for his full recovery. 

Prior to developing Ebola, Dr. Spencer used public transportation in New York City and visited several locations. This activity has been treated by some media and viewed by many people as irresponsible. Both MSF and Dr. Spencer have been criticized for putting New Yorkers at risk. For the thirty years we have been managing Ebola outbreaks, we have found our protocols effective at preventing the spread of the disease back to the homelands of our volunteers. In Dr. Spencer’s case, he followed MSF’s strict safety protocols and was placed in isolation before he was  contagious. Dr. Spencer is a highly experienced medical professional who knows Ebola well. He would not put others at risk for a disease that he had just watched ravage his patients.

Ebola is frightening, but much more help is needed on the ground to stop this outbreak. Unnecessarily punishing healthy aid workers with mandatory quarantineupon their return home does not serve the public interest, but does make the commitment to go to West Africa more difficult for those who are willing and able to help. Combatting the disease at its source is the only way to curb this outbreak and prevent from spreading worldwide. MSF protocols governing returned health workers are driven by science and based upon the guidelines of international health agencies, notably the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Diligent health monitoring of returnees from Ebola-affected countries is preferable to coercive isolation of asymptomatic individuals, as happened recently to one of our returning staff, Kaci Hickox.

The medical facts about how the Ebola virus is transmitted are validated by our own experience in the field and Ebola scientists around the world.  Before an infected person is symptomatic, their viral load is too low for them to pass on the disease.  Of the more than 700 international staff members who have worked in our Ebola projects during this outbreak, Dr. Spencer is the first, and thus far the only one who has shown symptoms after returning home.  

As of October 23, MSF is operating six Ebola case management centers across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and providing some 600 beds in isolation, more than any other organization is today.  Since the beginning of the outbreak in March 2014, MSF has admitted more than 4,900 patients to its treatment centers. Around 3,200 were confirmed as having Ebola and 1,140 Ebola patients have survived. 

We ask you to stand by us as we call for a rational approach to handling the return home of medical staff from all organizations who volunteer to fight Ebola. Please read our Q&A to answer some of your questions about how we respond to Ebola outbreaks and the current situation in West Africa.

Also, please join us on Thursday, November 13 at 8:00PM EST for a webcast about the Ebola crisis and our response, featuring MSF leadership and field workers recently returned from West Africa. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions directly to our staff and panelists via an interactive chat feature. You can register here: https://ebolacrisiswebcast.eventbrite.com

Thank you again, sincerely, for your support.  

Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, MSF-USA