A drafted memo by the United Nations Human Rights Committee calls for abortion to be decriminalized everywhere. (Photo: mizoula/Getty Images)
The United Nations Human Rights Committee drafted a memo saying that abortion and physician-assisted suicide should be universal human rights.

The memo, or “general comment” on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, calls for abortion to be decriminalized everywhere. Nations and states should “not introduce new barriers and should remove existing barriers [to abortion] … including barriers caused as a result of the exercise of conscientious objection by individual medical providers,” it said, Crux Now reported Thursday.

The committee that put forward the draft is headed by former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, according to Crux. Aborting an unborn baby was illegal in Chile until August 2017 when the nation’s lawmakers ruled to decriminalize abortion in the cases of rape, fatal fetal abnormalities, and when the mother’s life is in danger.

By Chris Hedges (*) - Truthdig - November 12, 2018

DISINTEGRATION POLICY / Credit: Cartoonist Mr. Fish / Truthdig

“Julian has been detained nearly eight years without charge. That’s right. Without charge. For the past six years, the U.K. government has refused his request for access to basic health needs, fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper dental and medical care. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated….”

Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.

Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Over Environmental Concerns

in a 'Landmark' Ruling

By Eli Meixler - TIME - 09. November 2018
Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally protesting President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing the projects next to the White House in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24, 2017. Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge in Montana issued a “landmark” ruling temporarily blocking construction on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday in a decision welcomed by environmental groups. The order came as a Canadian energy company prepared to assemble initial stages of the 1,200-mile long, cross-border project.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said the Trump administration’s projections for the pipeline’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, potential for oil spills and impact on the local Native American community fell short, the Montana-based Great Falls Tribune reports.

“The [State] Department must supplement new and relevant information regarding the risk of spills,” Morris wrote.

The $8 billion pipeline would convey up to 830,000 barrels crude oil per day from Alberta, Canada and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana to facilities in Nebraska and Oklahoma. The State Department initially denied the pipeline a permit in 2015, under the Obama administration. A presidential permit is required for infrastructure projects that cross international borders.

Study finds that Congo Basin rainforest may be gone by 2100

Another Saudi journalist tortured to death in prison

Held 8 Years Without Charge by the UK Government

Under intense pressure to silence Wikileaks then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed a Drone Strike on Julian Assange

On 4th November, 2018, Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange, made a deeply moving public Audio Appeal to  save the life of her son Julian.  

Julian Assange is Editor in Chief of Wikileaks. Because of Wikileaks reporting of acts during US/NATO’s illegal wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., and the highlighting of corruption by USA/CIA and Corporate powers, and continuing his fight in disclosing the links between the private corporations and government agencies, Julian Assange has been threatened by high profile USA citizens, and a Grand Jury has been set up in America to try Julian Assange and Wikileaks, for their publications.  For this he is being persecuted and deprived of his right to liberty, basic human rights etc., Six years ago Julian Assange, aware of these extradition plans of America, sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, where he remains.  Julian Assange is now six years within the Ecuadorian Embassy, and has now been detained WITHOUT CHARGES for eight years.

Uncle Sam's snoops got sloppy with online chat, it seems

Iran apparently infiltrated the communications network of CIA agents who allowed their secret websites, used to exchange messages with informants, to be crawled by Google.

A report from Yahoo! News this week claims that a 2009 breach of the US spy bods' communications channels came after the Iranian government infiltrated a series of websites the CIA had used to talk to its sources in places like Iran and China.

Zach Dorfman, one of the journos behind the Yahoo! report, previously detailed the CIA's "botched" communications system, from the point of view of China, over the summer for Foreign Policy.

“We’re still dealing with the fallout,” one former national security official was quoted as saying this month. “Dozens of people around the world were killed because of this.”

By Venatrix Fulmen (*) - 27. October 2018
 

Toxic sludge flows free from the Kenticha Tantalum mine

Finfinne/Oromiyaa - Two environmentalists were killed a forth-night ago and several wounded in a fresh uprising against the illegal exploitations of Tantalum and other minerals in the Highlands of Ethiopia.

The serious incident halted the activity of the exploitation company and was triggered when the community caught people from the company in an attempt to steal a consignment of feldspar - a by-product of the Tantalum production - and to illegally transport the contraband away.

Already two months ago, protests had broken out near Qanxicha (Kenticha) town in the Guji Zone of Oromiya state. The site is located north-east of the Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary and west of Bitata  and Negelle towns in the highlands of Oromiya state. The large scar of the mine at the otherwise green mountainsides can be even seen from space.

Nearby the Guji Oromo people have since long been protesting against the Legadambi gold exploitation by MIDROC Gold Mining - a company, which is owned by highly corrupt and corrupting Ethiopian-Saudi billionaire Sheik Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-'Amoudi - often dubbed as Sheik Mo (see: Clinton Foundation Coerced Ethiopian-Saudi Billionaire).

Monsanto Cancer Verdict Upheld By Judge;

Analyst Estimates $800 Billion In Future Liability

Bayer greedily bought and swallowed the 'poison pill' of Monsanto without considering its true liability. Fifty-seven billion Euros of market cap down the drain later, now their headache is taking on epic proportions...

Growing uncertainty about whether San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos would rule in favor or against Bayer’s appeal of the Monsanto Cancer Verdict was resolved Tuesday morning as the judge upheld the jury’s decision that the glyphosate-based weedkiller (aka Roundup) sold by Monsanto caused a California man’s terminal cancer and that Monsanto intentionally hid its dangers.

 
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (R) [Anadolu Agency]

Germany wants other European Union member states to follow its example in stopping arms exports to Saudi Arabia as long as uncertainty remains over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reported Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said today.

Riyadh has given multiple and conflicting accounts on what led to Khashoggi’s death on 2 October at its consulate in Istanbul. Yesterday, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called the killing a “huge and grave mistake” but sought to shield Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Germany would stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia as long as the uncertainty around Khashoggi’s death persisted.

Altmaier, a close ally of Merkel, said Riyadh’s explanations on the case so far had not been satisfactory.

“The government is in agreement that we will not approve further arms exports for the moment because we want to know what happened,” Altmaier told ZDF broadcaster.

This Is What a 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

21st-Century Police State
Police watches everywhere - BuzzFeed

KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting too many people to your wedding, or naming your child Muhammad or Medina.

Driving or taking a bus to a neighboring town, you’d hit checkpoints where armed police officers might search your phone for banned apps like Facebook or Twitter, and scroll through your text messages to see if you had used any religious language.

You would be particularly worried about making phone calls to friends and family abroad. Hours later, you might find police officers knocking at your door and asking questions that make you suspect they were listening in the whole time.

For millions of people in China’s remote far west, this dystopian future is already here. China, which has already deployed the world’s most sophisticated internet censorship system, is building a surveillance state in Xinjiang, a four-hour flight from Beijing, that uses both the newest technology and human policing to keep tabs on every aspect of citizens’ daily lives. The region is home to a Muslim ethnic minority called the Uighurs, who China has blamed for forming separatist groups and fueling terrorism. Since this spring, thousands of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities have disappeared into so-called political education centers, apparently for offenses from using Western social media apps to studying abroad in Muslim countries, according to relatives of those detained.

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