|—||Rys Yamlas, a villager who was raped 35 years ago by a Khmer Rouge soldier and recently came forward to give public testimony about the attack. For the full story, courtesy of IRIN, see “Khmer Rouge sexual violence survivors break silence”|
|—||Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia religious leader whose Mehdi Army militia fought the US military during the Iraq War, on the state of Iraq from “The near future of Iraq is dark’: Warning from Muqtada al-Sadr - the Shia cleric whose word is law to millions of his countrymen" The Independent|
|—||Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaking after a Thanksgiving Day U.S. drone attack killed a 2-year-old child. For the full story, see “Karzai says U.S. drone strike killed child, won’t sign security deal if similar attacks continue” The Washington Post|
|—||IRIN’s Cathy Otten on the state of the Iraqi healthcare system and what it means for victims of a war that never ends. For the full story, see "Victims of violence struggle for medical treatment in Iraq"|
Between 2007 and 2012, six patients accused an employee at California’s Porterville Developmental Center – an institution which houses 425 men and women with cerebral palsy, mental retardation and other disorders — of violence, including rape, choking and battery. He has never faced criminal charges.
|—||Laura Gottesdiener from her alarming new article, “The Empire Strikes Back: How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich- Quick Scheme — Again” at TomDispatch|
When I interviewed the spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) earlier this year and asked him to tell me a real U.S. military success story in the region, guess what he said?
I bet he’s not going to be happy about this new article at DefenceWeb, “Pirate attacks in West Africa could double next year" which begins: "Africa’s west coast, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, has become the continent’s hotspot for piracy with warnings the rate of attacks could rise to two a day next year."
In “Stuxnet’s Secret Twin,” Foreign Policy's Ralph Langner at writes:
"Stuxnet’s later, and better-known, [cyber-] attack tried to cause centrifuge rotors to spin too fast and at speeds that would cause them to break. The ‘original’ payload used a different tactic. It attempted to overpressurize Natanz’s centrifuges by sabotaging the system meant to keep the cascades of centrifuges safe. ‘Protection systems’ are used anywhere where abnormal process conditions can result in equipment damage or threaten the health of operators and the environment. At Natanz, we see a unique protection system in place to enable sustained uranium enrichment using obsolete and unreliable equipment: the IR-1 centrifuge. This protection system is a critical component of the Iranian nuclear program; without it, the IR-1s would be pretty much useless."
Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences.
Detained migrants describe overcrowded holding cells along the U.S.-Mexico border that are so cold they become ill.