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FBI Entrapped Suspects In Almost All High-Profile Terrorism Cases In US – 21 July 2014

RT logoA new report by Human Rights Watch accuses the FBI of using sting operations to entrap informants, creating terrorists out of law-abiding individuals and targeting American Muslims in the agency’s counterterrorism investigations.

The Justice Department and the FBI have targeted American Muslims in “abusive” counterterrorism sting operations based on religious and ethnic identity, according to the new report from HRW and Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute. The study found that many of the over 500 terrorism-related cases since the War on Terror began in 2001 have alienated the communities that the government should rely on to prevent terrorism.

“This is a number that sounds really big, and it makes it sound like Americans are being kept safe from terrorism attacks,” Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director for HRW, said in a video released with the report. “But we found that in a lot of these cases, people were prosecuted who never would have committed a terrorist attack in the first place, if it weren’t for the involvement of the FBI.”

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Iraq Whitewash? Swathes Of UK Public Inquiry Findings Suppressed – 21 July 2014

RT logoA lack of transparency concerning a UK public inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq has bred heated criticism that its findings may vindicate a brutal war that divided the nation and blackened Tony Blair’s decade-long leadership.

In the aftermath of the eight-year investigation, the inquiry’s concluding report has been delayed as a result of negotiations concerning its content. Of particular concern to the British establishment, are records of a series of meetings and exchanges between then-US President George W. Bush and Blair.

It first emerged the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence had blocked the release of these records in May 2014. Several months later, it has now been confirmed large proportions of these controversial exchanges will be omitted from the inquiry’s final report – remaining obscured from public knowledge indefinitely.

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ISIS Militants Ransack Catholic Monastery In Iraq – 21 July 2014

RT logoIslamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) insurgents stormed the ancient Mar Benham monastery in the Christian town of Qaraqosh Sunday, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS on 10 June.

Mar Benham is a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church.

A member of the Syriac clergy said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s relics but the ISIS fighters refused and ordered them to leave on foot with only the clothes on their back.

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Future Cell Phones To Recharge From Air After Rain? – 21 July 2014

RT logoMIT scientists have discovered a way to get an electric current out of water droplets. Enough power to charge mobile phones can be drawn from water condensing and jumping from a super-hydrophobic surface.

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a simple device that – not without some improvements – could power electronic devices with ‘green’ energy.

The study by postdoctoral scholar Nenad Miljkovic, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Evelyn Wang, and two others was published online in the journal Applied Physics Letters.

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9 Times More ‘Stop & Searches’ By Scottish Cops Than NYPD – Report – 21 July 2014

RT logoPolice in Scotland carry out nine times as many ‘stop and searches’ as New York cops, figures show. However, the disparity was not included in the police authority’s report.

The comparison between the Scottish and New York forces was left out of the Scottish Police Authority’s final report as it was deemed irrelevant, causing outrage over the force’s lack of transparency.

While the report acknowledged the force’s comparison with London’s MET Police, it disregarded its share of non-statutory searches, carried out on police discretion and with verbal consent, which are not performed in London and other parts of the UK.

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Killer Taboo: Swedish Mental Health Groups Lobby For Creation Of ‘Suicide Agency’ – 21 July 2014

RT logoSwedish mental health charities want the government to create an official agency to reduce the high number of suicides in the country. Experts argue the issue has been swept under the carpet at the expense of human suffering.

Non-profit organization Mind, which works with people suffering from mental illnesses, has raised the alarm over the number of suicides in Sweden. Representatives from the agency believe the taboo surrounding discussion of the issue has led to stagnation, which is costing people’s lives, the Local reported.

“The taboo should not lead to that the question is avoided and is buried in inquiries without anything really happening. Moreover, the price in human suffering far too high,” representatives for the charities wrote in Dagens Nyheter on Sunday.

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