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The Ratner Report

May 9, 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

American Exceptionalism at Play in Interpreting the Convention on Torture
Michael Ratner of the Centre for Constitutional Rights rejects the idea that the convention on torture exempts the US outside its borders

  October 22, 14

Federal Court Weighs Gitmo Force-feeding
Michael Ratner: Gitmo prisoners remain on hunger strike as President Obama refuses to use his executive power to end inhumane force-feeding and close the prison

  October 14, 14

The World Made A Much More Dangerous Place by the U.S. Since 9/11
Michael Ratner: The United States should have held Saudi Arabia and Pakistan criminally responsible for 9/11 instead of launching wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

  October 3, 14

US-Israel Pressure Palestine Not to Join the ICC
Michael Ratner: Will the Palestinian Authority join the ICC despite intimidation?

  October 3, 14

The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel's Intentional Mass Slaughter in Gaza
Michael Ratner says a recent release by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows brutal depths of Israeli policy towards Gaza

  October 3, 14

Sweden Violates Assange's Human Rights
Laughable "decision" refuses to dismiss Assange warrant & recognize his asylum

  October 3, 14

10 Years Since Historic Legal Victory Protecting Rights of Guantanamo Detainees
Michael Ratner: 10 years after the Center for Constitutional Rights won a major civil rights case that ended or limited torture of Guantanamo detainees, 149 people remain in detention though 88 detainees have been cleared for release

  October 3, 14

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