An ex-general in Chile killed himself rather than face transfer to a general-population prison, as trial opened in Quito for three former officers accused in extrajudicial killings.
by Pete Dolack, Systemic Disorder
The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership is about to become even more secret, perhaps seen as a necessity in light of plans to make it easier for tobacco companies to sue while making health care more difficult to obtain.
The governments negotiating the draconian TPP still don’t want you to know what’s in it. Many of them issued cheery press releases congratulating themselves for the “progress” they made last week in Brunei. But you will search in vain for any information on what TPP negotiators are up to. They will now end their practice of “consultation”—the August 23 to 30 negotiations (the 19th round) are the last scheduled. Instead, negotiators will begin to meet in unannounced meetings.
In other words, not only is the text of the TPP to remain a secret, the negotiations themselves are to now be secret.Continue ReadingTRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: STRICT SECRECY
Residents of Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico long used as a US Navy exercise range, brought a complaint before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.