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By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis Bulatlat MANILA — The United Nations (UN), including its committees and commissions, is not known for straightforward and precise assessments and statements. Its reports and statements are usually couched in diplomatic language. This is understandable because the UN is comprised of governments, thus they would not want to offend each other…

BY JASON LEOPOLD Truthout Posted by Bulatlat Former Vice President Dick Cheney intervened in CIA Inspector General John Helgerson’s investigation into the agency’s use of torture against “high-value” detainees, but the watchdog was still able to prepare a report that concluded the interrogation program violated some provisions of the International Convention Against Torture. The report,…

The Arroyo government and its allies have been harassing their critics — political activists, human-rights advocates, journalists, government employees, workers, teachers, environmentalists, lawyers, to name some — with court cases that range from the frivolous to the absurd. Now, these victims of political persecution have banded together to fight back.

BY BENJIE OLIVEROS ANALYSIS Bulatlat Vanessa and Gadian provide two more reasons why the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) should be abrogated and the Balikatan joint US-Philippine military exercises be stopped. Vanessa is a 22-year-old student who recently came out in a press conference with the women’s group GABRIELA and Evalyn Ursua, former counsel of Subic…

The question at hand is not whether Pakistan is on the verge of a takeover by reactionary religious extremists from Afghanistan. It is not. Conflating the situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan only confuses people. Pakistan is, however, experiencing an extraordinary upheaval of popular discontent. In a word, it���s the emergence of democracy. Left on its…

Council Of EU Fails to Present Any Concrete Evidence of Any Specific Act of Terrorism Against Prof. Jose Maria Sison BY THE INTERNATIONAL DEFEND COMMITTEE DEMOCRATIC SPACE Posted by (Bulatlat.com) The oral procedure in the case of Prof. Jose Maria Sison against the Council of the European Union for unjustly maintaining him in the so-called…