Congratulations to TIME’s Person of the Year, the Ebola fighters. Ebola continues to rage in Sierra Leone, even as it quiets in other parts of Western Africa. Meanwhile the CIA torture report excerpt is out and it’s a horrifying thing. Protesters in Hong Kong are leaving but departing with a message to the government — they’ll be back. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi shared their Nobel Prize this week for their work in the areas of women’s education and the rights of children, respectively. As a Pakistani and an Indian, the Prize’s committee expressed hope that the recipients’ home countries would continue to strive for peace and dialogue.
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- The US CIA torture report is out and it is bad. | Really bad. | 54 countries pitched in. | Poland comes clean. | The CIA is unapologetic.
- The State Department is advising Americans to be careful as they travel in light of the report. An excerpt from Mic‘s morning brief:
- 119: Number of individuals known to have been held in CIA custody under the agency’s detention and interrogation program
- 26: Number of individuals the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has determined to have been “wrongfully” held by the CIA
- 180: Maximum number of hours detainees were forcefully kept awake, “at times with their hands shackled above their heads”
- 5: Number of detainees who experienced “disturbing hallucinations” during prolonged sleep deprivation
- 5: Number of CIA detainees subjected to “rectal rehydration” or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity
- 3: Number of detainees the CIA threatened with harm to their children or sexual abuse of their mother
- 834: The number of times “enhanced interrogation” appears
- 131: The number of times the word “torture” appears in the report
- 4: The number of years that the CIA used enhanced interrogation before briefing President George W. Bush on the specific techniques they were employing
- 180: Number of dollars, in millions, the CIA included in a base contract in 2006 to hire psychologists to help devise the agency’s enhanced interrogation techniques
- 17: Number of detainees subjected to enhanced interrogation without approval from CIA headquarters
- How effective is international human rights law?
- The one thing this blog currently has to say about the Rolling Stone UVA fiasco is that rape culture is still a pandemic.
- The protests surrounding the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner continue. | Black congressional staffers walked out in a powerful symbol of protest.
- Schmuck of the Week: He’s right here. | Here’s the other one.
- Millennials are broke as hell.
- If you were watching the Newsroom, you should probably stop.
- Is it possible to meet the responsibility to protect (R2P)?
South & Central Asia:
- Azerbaijan‘s government is not as Western-friendly as it would seem.
- Pakistan says it has killed a senior Al Qaeda member.
- One woman’s family waited 28 years to kill her, her husband, and the majority of her children in an apparent honor killing.
- In Baluchistan, fixing schooling is a challenge.
- Female lawmakers dominate in parliament.
- Pakistan has arrested several militants ahead of a planned attack in Karachi.
- An Afghan woman has returned to her home country on a mission to educate young women.
- The politics of last names.
- A suicide bomber attacked a French school during a theatrical play mocking suicide bombings.
- In India a woman was allegedly raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi.
- India’s latest superhero is a rape survivor.
- Forced conversions of Muslims and Christians in Hindu-majority India are causing controversy.
Southeast & East Asia:
- The end of democratic protests in Hong Kong…for now.
- China notes that the US is escaping censure for the torture report due to soft power.
- In South Korea, journalists fear a clampdown on the press.
Europe & Eurasia:
- Putin and Erdogan are getting chummy.
- Turkey‘s Davutoglu appointed an Armenian top adviser…to much consternation.
- The rights of Turkish women, beyond Islamists and secularists.
- Russia‘s new law on extremism violates human rights.
- Paris’ giant inflatable butt plug has had some surprising consequences.
- Following a hate crime against a Jewish couple France‘s interior minister is vowing to act against rising antisemitism across the country.
- Europeans Kurds are leaving to fight Daesh/ISIS.
- Police in Greece are investigating a shooting attack on the Israeli embassy.
Middle East & North Africa:
- Don’t be fooled — liberal values are spreading in the Arab world.
- Abbas the autocrat?
- Daesh/Islamic State is making inroads in Gaza.
- Israel has bombed Syria in an attack likely aimed at Hezbollah.
- A challenge to Bibi.
- Western countries will take only 100,000 Syrian refugees despite larger requests from the UN.
- After attack, Israelis are showing support for one bilingual school.
- A Palestinian cabinet member was killed after clashing with Israeli troops. | Palestinian leaders are meeting to discuss ceasing security cooperation with Israel.
- Britain and Canada have both closed their embassies in Cairo, Egypt due to security concerns.
- One WaPo reporter’s health is failing in Iran’s Evin prison.
- An attempt to rescue an American hostage in Yemen killed 13 people, including the hostage.
- Inside the ICC’s decision to drop the case against Kenyan leader Kenyatta.
- At least 12 people were hacked and stabbed to death (reportedly by a rebel group) in the DRC.
- Zimbabwe’s vice president has been fired by the country’s leader.
- Ebola is slowly easing in Liberia but raging in Sierra Leone.
- Mounting evidence indicates that the 43 missing students in Mexico were murdered.
- The US is eyeing harder sanctions against Venezuela.
- Emptying the Tower of David, the world’s tallest slum.
- Brazil’s torture report brought its president to tears.
- Greenpeace has apologized for pulling a stunt on Peru’s ancient Nazca lines.
- Uruguay has accepted six Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
- Racial profiling is still permitted at the American border.
- Religious bias in Montgomery County has Muslim leaders troubled.
- Congress reached a deal on a massive spending bill.
- Native Americans are writing powerful country music.
- The House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion package despite a revolt led by liberal Democrats. This does not bode well.
- A new report condemns Australia over rioting at detention center in Papua New Guinea.