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July 27, 2015:


After 54 Years, US Isolated and Forced to Renew Diplomatic Relations With Cuba
Michael Ratner talks about the reopening of the Cuban embassy, and says the next steps include ending the embargo and returning Guantanamo

  July 27, 2015

Wikileaks Revelations Expose US NSA Tentacles Reaching into Allied Governments Around the World
CCR's Michael Ratner breaks down how documents expose United States economic and political spying as CCR calls on UN to protect publishers as well as whistleblowers

  July 12, 2015

UN Report: Israel Committed Unprecedented Devastation and Killings in 2014 Gaza War
Next step: Palestine submits thousands of pages documenting Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court; if the prosecutor fails to act, legitimacy of the court will further erode, says CCR's Michael Ratner

  June 26, 2015

Court Reinstates Case Against Former Attorney General, FBI Director and INS Commissioner
Calling it a "big victory", Michael Ratner says that after 13 years, the Center for Constitutional Rights will be able to proceed with its case against top Bush administration officials for post-9/11 abuse of immigrant detainees

  June 21, 2015

Magna Carta at 800: A Promise Unfulfilled
As the world marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Michael Ratner says the promised guarantees of liberty are unfulfilled as our elected leaders continue to flout the law through indefinite detentions in Guantanamo, illegal wars and imprisonment of millions.

  June 15, 2015

Court Allows Germany's Key Role in Deadly US Drone Program to Continue
Michael Ratner says even though the case filed on behalf of families of victims of US drone strikes was dismissed, it raises important issues about the German role in the US drone program

  June 1, 2015

Cuban Resilience
As the US officially removes Cuba from the state sponsors of terror lists, Michael Ratner, just returned from Cuba, reflects on the resilience of Cuban people in the face of the harsh decades-long US embargo

  May 31, 2015

The Wailing of Western Sahara
Michael Ratner, who returned from a refugee camp and a film festival in Western Sahara, explains the struggle for life, liberty and self-determination by the Saharawi people.

  May 10, 2015

Ratner Report: The Palestine Exception to the First Amendment
Any criticism of Israel and push for BDS is considered anti-Semitic - such extreme reactions are an indication of the success of the campaign. The most recent Stanford University case is another example of that success.

  April 27, 2015

Bringing the U.S. Torture Team Justice
Michael Ratner says while the wheels of justice are slow, the Bush/Cheney torture team may be facing some kind of justice in various judicial proceedings

  April 12, 2015

Swedish Prosecutor in Julian Assange's Case Retreats; US Continues Espionage Investigation
Michael Ratner says the real threat to Assange is the continuing espionage investigation against him and Wikileaks

  March 17, 2015

Why the $655 Million Verdict Against the PA is Not A Victory for Human Rights
Michael Ratner says a US Court's ruling against the Palestinian Authority demonstrates America's hypocrisy towards Israel by impeding justice for victims of Israel while holding the Palestinian people collectively responsible for the acts of a few

  February 28, 2015

Prejudicial Trial, Prejudicial Verdict: $218 Million
Update: On Feb 23 the jury found the PA and PLO liable for terror attacks in Israel. Michael Ratner argues the odds were stacked against the Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO) and Palestinian Authority(PA)

  February 23, 2015

Why is Obama Requesting an AUMF When We're Already at War with ISIS?
Michael Ratner of the Centre for Constitutional Rights says the request for the Re-Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS will give Obama more authority to expand war across the world

  February 13, 2015

Google Gagged and Ordered by NSA and FBI to Release Personal Communication Data of Wikileaks Staffers
Michael Ratner says that US government is still pursuing criminal investigations against Wikileaks Editor and staffers, not just because of what they have already released to the public but because of what they still continue to release

  February 8, 2015

Will the ICC Charge Israel With War Crimes?
Michael Ratner, Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, says it's uncertain if the move by Palestinians to join the ICC will lead to cases on the last military assault on Gaza or the continued settlement construction

  January 7, 2015

Case Filed in European Court Against Bush-Era Torture
The European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) files case against Bush Administration officials for running a state organized program of torture authorized at the highest levels, says Michael Ratner, chair of ECCHR

  December 19, 2014

Obama's Record on Defending Civil and Constitutional Rights Abysmal
Michael Ratner and Paul Jay discuss Obama administration's policy towards Ferguson, Guantanamo, the NSA and torture

  November 27, 14

Swedish Court of Appeals Rule to Continue the Detention of Julian Assange
While the prosecutor was reprimanded by the court for failing to move this case forward, it does not provide Assange with a remedy, says Michael Ratner, US lawyer for Julian Assange

  November 21, 14

Obama Administration Leaves Door Wide Open for Torture to Occur Again
The Obama administration should be judged by its actions, not by its pious words, says Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights

  November 16, 14

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