January 31, 2020

Guantanamo inmates say interrogation was ‘torture,’ despite CIA psychologist’s denial

Alex Potemkin/iStock(GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba) -- Dr. James Mitchell, one of the pioneers behind the CIA’s controversial "enhanced interrogation" program, has testified this week at the pre-trial hearing of the suspects behind the 9/11 attacks. During the proceedings at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp Justice, which will establish what evidence will be admissible in the eventual trial of the five accused 9/11 conspirators, Mitchell has defended his work. He said he "would get up today and do it aga..
January 31, 2020

New solar telescope produces images of sun’s surface with ‘unprecedented detail’

dem10/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The world's largest solar telescope has given the world a glimpse at the most intricate details of the sun's surface. The National Science Foundation released the highest resolution image of the sun's surface on Wednesday which "reveal unprecedented detail" and marks a new era of solar science to better understand the sun. "The images show a pattern of turbulent 'boiling' plasma that covers the entire sun. The cell-like structures -- each about ..
January 31, 2020

Kenya says new digital IDs that civil rights groups say exclude minorities are lawful

iStock/omersukrugoksu(LONDON) -- Kenya's high court ruled on Thursday that the government may forge ahead with its controversial plan to assign all citizens a unique identification number, but the process must be done under a comprehensive regulatory framework that addresses concerns over exclusion and privacy. Three Nairobi-based civil rights groups -- the Nubian Rights Forum, the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights -- sued the Kenyan government ..
January 31, 2020

US envoy for Iran Brian Hook says the Iranian government manipulates humanitarian aid to benefit its elite

Oleksii Liskonih(WASHINGTON) -- Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, said Thursday that the Iranian regime had diverted humanitarian money and goods to its elite members. "A big part of our Iran strategy from the very beginning is standing with the Iranian people instead of standing with the regime," Hook said when announcing the first successful transaction to Iran through a humanitarian channel based in Switzerland and new sanctions on an Iranian agency. Abdul Nasser Hemmati, ..