Posts Tagged ‘prison’

Syria clashes amid prison revolts

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

Fresh fighting breaks out in Damascus and Aleppo, while activists say they fear a massacre as troops prepare to put down prison rebellions.
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Egypt captor holding 2 vows more abductions

July 14th, 2012 Comments off

The Egyptian Bedouin who abducted two Boston natives and their guide on Friday vowed he would take more hostages of different nationalities if police do not release his uncle from prison.
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Daughter: Iran dissident gets 13 years in prison

June 12th, 2012 Comments off

The daughter of a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer says her father has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court.
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Health of Egypt’s Mubarak deteriorates in prison

June 12th, 2012 Comments off

FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2012 file photo, Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. Doctors used a defibrillator twice on Hosni Mubarak when they could not find a pulse Monday, the latest health crisis for the ousted Egyptian president since he was sentenced to life and moved to a prison hospital nine days ago, security officials said. In his last public appearance at his June 2 sentencing, the bedridden Mubarak sat stone-faced in the defendants' cage in the courtroom, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses. Officials said he broke into tears when he learned he was being transferred to a prison. (AP Photo, File)Hosni Mubarak's health worsened Monday, with doctors twice having to use a defibrillator on the imprisoned former leader, adding to the tumult in Egypt before this weekend's runoff election for president.

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Veteran Palestinian hunger striker freed, family says

June 6th, 2012 Comments off

Palestinian and Arab Israeli protestors wave the Palestinian flag and hold a poster picturing Thaer Halahla, in MayPalestinian hunger striker Thaer Halahla, who fasted for 76 days in protest at Israeli prison conditions, was released on Tuesday evening, relatives told AFP.

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Jail for Egyptian protest police

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Five Egyptian policeman are sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for their roles in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising.
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Legalize Pot, Save Public Education, and end Student Indebtedness

May 15th, 2012 Comments off

College students and graduates in the United States have a debt crisis on their hands, owing a trillion dollars.

Some 80% of university students attend public colleges and universities, which were set up to provide inexpensive education.

These public institutions are increasingly expensive, however, in large part because [pdf] state legislatures have systematically cut their contributions to their state universities since 1990, by 26%.

At the same time, states have vastly increased their prison populations and prison costs, primarily because of the so-called ‘war on drugs,’ which everyone throughout the Americas recognizes as a complete failure except Barack Obama, Eric Holder and most other US politicians of both parties. Many of us suspect that the liquor corporations or private prison owners are bribing them through campaign contributions to keep marijuana illegal.

So here is a fix for the student debt crisis and the crisis in public education funding.

1. Legalize marijuana (Belgium, the Netherlands and Peru have not suffered from doing so, and it has been decriminalized in places like Portugal and Argentina with no ill effects; Portugal’s drug addiction rate has actually fallen).

2. Tax marijuana farms and dedicate the tax receipts solely to public higher education and student debt forgiveness

3. Pardon the hundreds of thousands of prisoners in state penitentiaries whose sole crime was using or selling marijuana. Save $40,000 per year per prisoner. Dedicate savings solely to public higher education and student debt relief.

4. Allow multiple sclerosis sufferers to use medical marijuana as a treatment, and let those with cancer, glaucoma and other conditions proven treatable via marijuana by science to use it for that purpose (as even conservative Arizona is now doing).

5. Tax medical marijuana clinics and dedicate their receipts solely to public higher education and student debt relief. (In California alone, pot is a $12 billion a year industry, and a ten percent tax would yield $1.2 billion a year to state coffers, helping save the University of California system).

6. Employ fewer narcotics police, achieve savings, apply those to, you guessed it.

7. Finance the education of new poor but outstanding students with the tax receipts on the marijuana industry, helping restore some of America’s former upward mobility.

These steps would not only solve the student debt crisis and allow universities to lower tuition, but would strengthen higher education in the US and allow us to remain competitive with Europe and rising nations in Asia (we are not keeping up). Our current declining investment in higher education will otherwise cause us to start falling behind in scientific and technological innovation and in cultural contributions, so vital for a dynamic democracy.

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Women accuse Egyptian military of sexual assault

May 9th, 2012 Comments off

Women protesters and rights groups on Wednesday accused Egyptian troops and prison authorities of sexual assault during the latest crackdown on demonstrations, reviving allegations they are using abuse to intimidate female detainees and protesters.

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Accomplice in Rabin killing freed from prison

May 4th, 2012 Comments off

Haggai Amir leaves the Ayalon prison in RamlaThe brother and key accomplice of the man who assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was on Friday morning released from jail after more that 16 years, an AFP correspondent said.

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Egypt comedian’s sentence upheld

April 25th, 2012 Comments off

A court in Egypt upholds a three-month prison sentence handed to leading comic actor Adel Imam, convicted of insulting Islam in his films and plays.
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