US Must Release Files Proving Innocence of Former Guantanamo Detainee, Say Lawyers


Lawyers at human rights NGO Reprieve yesterday filed an emergency motion demanding the US government release information which could exonerate a former Guantanamo detainee facing the possibility of charges in Morocco.

Younous Chekkouri, 47, was transferred to his native Morocco last week. He has been detained ever since and the prosecution in Morocco announced on Wednesday that he is now facing the possibility of charges of ‘attempting to disrupt the internal security of the country.’

Soil Can Reverse Climate Change: A Message of Hope To Address the Pope’s DC Congregation

Carbon Underground

On September 24, the Pope, after addressing a Joint Session of Congress on the environmental and moral crisis of climate change, will speak to one of the largest congregations at the National Mall since two million people attended President Obama’s inauguration. Shortly before he speaks, Larry Kopald, from The Carbon Underground, a not-for-profit organization, will deliver a message of hope to the crowd. “For the first time a real solution to climate change has emerged.

CPJ Urges El-Sisi to Release All Journalists Jailed in Egypt

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes a letter to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi expressing concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Egypt, days before he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York. CPJ welcomes the pardon on Wednesday of the Al-Jazeera journalists, but calls for the immediate release of all other journalists imprisoned in Egypt in relation to their work.

Parliamentarians Threaten Legal Challenge over Government Secret Kill Policy


Members of the British Parliament are threatening legal action to force the UK Government to come clean over its ‘targeted killing’ of people in countries where Britain is not at war.
The challenge comes in response to the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of a US-style programme, in which covert strikes are carried out, commonly by drones, as part of the ‘War on Terror.’  A combination of faulty intelligence and a lack of safeguards has seen hundreds of civilians killed by the US drone programme in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen.

Fed Up Campaign Celebrates Victory for Working Families as Fed Holds Off on Rate Hikes

Center for Popular Democracy

After a month of major mobilizations from Jackson Hole, WY to Washington, DC, the Fed Up campaign today released the following statement, celebrating the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates.

“This is a victory for the working families who stepped up with innovative organizing to send the Fed a clear message: Our voices belong in the debate about our economy,” said Ady Barkan, Campaign Director for Fed Up. “With the recovery still far too weak in too many communities, it would have been economically devastating – and immoral – to slow the economy.”

Next Steps on Iran Deal After Surviving Congress

National Iranian-American Council

With today's expiration of the Congressional review of the Iran nuclear agreement, and the failure by Congressional opponents to kill the nuclear deal, NIAC President Dr. Trita Parsi released the following statement:

With the Iran nuclear deal having survived the Congressional review, focus must now turn to how the newly won dialogue with Iran can be used to stabilize the Middle East, push back against radicalism and terrorism, and improve Iran’s deplorable human rights record. The nuclear deal provides a unique momentum for peacemaking in the Middle East that must not be lost.

How WSJ is off by $18 Trillion on Sanders’ Proposals

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Jerry Friedman, gfriedma at, @gfriedma, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Friedman’s work was cited by the Wall Street Journal about Bernie Sanders’ proposals for government spending. Friedman responds in “An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal on Its Bernie Sanders Hit Piece,” which states: “It is said of economists that they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.

Sanders, House Leaders Introduce Bill to Ban Private Prisons

Senator Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today introduced bills to ban private prisons, reinstate the federal parole system and eliminate quotas for the number of immigrants held in detention.

Concerns raised over welfare of Guantanamo detainee released to Morocco


Lawyers at international human rights organization Reprieve are increasingly concerned for the safety and well-being of their client Younous Chekkouri, a Moroccan national who was recently released from Guantanamo Bay.

Reprieve representatives today learned that Mr Chekkouri has been transferred from Guantánamo and is in Morocco, but have been unable to meet or speak to him since the US handed him to Moroccan authorities. He is being held in an unknown location, and has not been allowed so far to contact his local lawyer, in apparent violation of Moroccan law.

Feds urged to protect wild bees


Five environmental groups are pressing the federal Minister of the Environment to list four wild bee species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  Listing these bees is the crucial — and overdue — first step in protecting them from threats to their survival and recovery, including the use of harmful neonicotinoid pesticides.