Dec 03 2013

Daily News Flash with Robert Jensen on Extraordinary Rendition, UN Panel on Syria, and Obamacare Redux

Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Two men are calling on the European Court of Human Rights to hold Poland responsible for the torture they suffered at the hands of the US CIA at a secret “black” site in that nation. Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri, a Saudi man of Yemeni descent, and Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian, were secretly transferred in 2002 to a prison in Poland under the US’s Extraordinary Rendition program where they claim they were water boarded. The two men, who are currently being held at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay, want Poland’s government to be held accountable for allowing their torture to be committed on Polish soil. Click here for a Guardian article about the story.

In more international news, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner has cited “massive evidence” linking top Syrian government officials to “war crimes and gross human rights violations.” Commissioner Navi Pillai led a team of investigators to uncover who has been responsible for the humanitarian disaster in Syria’s two and half year long conflict. The Commissioner has stated her desire to refer the case to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The Syrian government has predictably rejected the findings of her panel. Click here for a New York Times article about the story.

Here in the United States, President Obama will attempt to salvage his administration’s reputation over the bungled rollout of healthcare.gov, the federally run website which was meant to be an easy-to-use online marketplace of health insurance plans for the uninsured. Obama will publicly address the nation later today to announce a better functioning site, which it is hoped will enroll at least 7 million uninsured Americans by the end of next March. Click here for a Reuters article about the story.

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