Okay, C.I.'s been covering Amnesty International's report [PDF format warning] "NEW ORDER, SAME ABUSES: UNLAWFUL DETENTIONS AND TORTURE IN IRAQ" since Sunday and I thought I'd note the report here myself.
If you just want one main point, it's that Iraqi prisons today are places of torture and abuse and the prisoners are denied attorneys and the right to trial. Shashank Bengali (McClatchy Newspapers) reports:
And who's being held? Peter Boaz (IPS) explains, "The majority of detainees are Sunni Arabs held under suspicion of working with armed Sunni groups against U.S. forces and Iraqi authorities. But the report also documents hundreds of Shi'a Muslims suspected of supporting the al- Mahdi Army, a group that has been in armed opposition of the occupation until recently. "
Had an e-mail asking why we aren't "all over the Nelson Mandela story." Why would we be? He's been in the news for 2 or 3 days with his 'I was betrayed by Tony Blair!' b.s. Who cares? Really. If Nelson Mandela had gone public back in 2003, it might have counted for something. Desmond Tutu, a contemporary of Mandela's, did go public and I do think it mattered and made a difference. I saw his actions as brave. I'm not into all this, wait years and years and then let it leak to the press. Real courage was shown by Tutu.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"