Jaafari: Syria Committed to Ceasefire, to Respond to any Violation

February 27, 2016

SyriaSyria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Friday that the Syrian government has spared no effort, since the beginning of the crisis, to find a political settlement to the crisis in the country. (more…)

Mohammed al-Qeeq Suspends Hunger Strike with Agreement after 94 days

February 26, 2016

qeeqqqqqOn Friday, 26 February, after completing 94 days of hunger strike, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq suspended his strike in an agreement announced by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society. (more…)

Albert Woodfox Speaks After 43 Years in Solitary Confinement: ‘I Would Not Let them Drive me Insane’

February 20, 2016

Exclusive: In his first interview as a free man, the last of the Angola Three talks about how he followed the news, including the ‘racism’ of Donald Trump, to keep himself sane.

Albert Woodfox, second from right, stands with his brother Michael Mable, second from left, as he is introduced by Malik Rahim, right, and Parnell Herbert at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans on Friday. Photograph: Max Becherer/AP

Albert Woodfox, second from right, stands with his brother Michael Mable, second from left, as he is introduced by Malik Rahim, right, and Parnell Herbert at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans on Friday. Photograph: Max Becherer/AP

In 1951, scientists at McGill University conducted an experiment in which they subjected male graduates to solitary confinement in a simulated prison cell, to see how they would cope with prolonged isolation. (more…)

Noam Chomsky: We Owe the Rise of Trump to Fear and the ‘Breakdown of Society’

By Aaron Williams on February 23, 2016

Leading GOP candidate is taking advantage of America’s fears.

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Noam Chomsky, 87, is without a doubt the most significant academic figure to cast a highly critical eye on U.S. foreign policies. (more…)

Will The Thaw in US-Cuban Relations Chill Cuba’s Revolutionary Zeal?

By Ramona Wadi on February 22, 2016

“That conscience is ingrained in our internationalism, and is at the essence of our policies of international solidarity. It won’t change just because we establish a normal relationship with the U.S. or any other government,” the Cuban Five’s René González tells MintPress News.

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Photo: Bill Hackwell

The December 2014 announcement that Cuba and the United States would be normalizing relations was met with both eagerness and suspicion. (more…)

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