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USA | Lethal Injections Are Crueler Than Most People Imagine. I’ve Seen the Evidence Firsthand.

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Alabama is pausing the use of the execution method after two botched attempts, but physicians need to refuse to ever participate in making them possible. Lethal injection is not a medical act, but it impersonates one. The method of judicial execution works by shuttling medicines, repurposed as poison, directly into a vein via an intravenous catheter. Intravenous use is a ubiquitous method for drug and fluid delivery that most anyone might recognize, either by direct experience when sick or by observation in others when others are sick. According to the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, punishment cannot be cruel, and when lethal injection causes death, the outward result can be extraordinarily mild and bloodless. I speak from experience. As a physician, I was invited by Georgia prisoner Marcus Wellons to watch his execution on June 17, 2014. Lethal injection is a highly curated event; even my medical trained eye could detect very little. Wellons died quietly and quickly. I’ve

'There's really no future left' - Afghanistan's LGBT community

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After the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August 2021, the UK government made a promise to take in those who had helped UK forces during the war, and those most vulnerable to persecution. But many of the most at-risk, including "thousands" of LGBT Afghans, were left behind, according to Nemat Sadat, the executive director of LGBT charity Roshaniya. Speaking to the Sky News Daily podcast with Niall Paterson, Sadat, who left Afghanistan in 2013 after hostility to his sexuality, said that "there's really no future left for LGBT people in Afghanistan". Homosexuality is currently illegal under Afghanistan's Islamic law, and transgender people are not recognised by the state. The punishment for being gay is the death penalty. "It's the probably the worst place to be an LGBT person. And under the Taliban rule, under Sharia law, the Taliban are continuing to entrap LGBT people. Once they find an LGBT person, they torture them," Sadat continued. "A

SCOTUS Taking Up Clash of Religion and Gay Rights

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing the case Monday of a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, a dispute that's the latest clash of religion and gay rights to land at the highest court. The designer and her supporters say that ruling against her would force artists — from painters and photographers to writers and musicians — to do work that is against their faith. Her opponents, meanwhile, say that if she wins, a range of businesses will be able to discriminate, refusing to serve Black customers, Jewish or Muslim people, interracial or interfaith couples or immigrants, among others. The case comes at a time when the court is dominated 6-3 by conservatives and following a series of cases in which the justices have sided with religious plaintiffs. It also comes as, across the street from the court, lawmakers in Congress are finalizing a landmark bill protecting same-sex marriage. The bill, which also protects interracial marria

Arizona | 2024 trial date for man accused of killing 9 in Phoenix area

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PHOENIX (AP) — The trial of a man accused of fatally shooting nine people in the Phoenix metro area over an 11-month span has been pushed back again, this time to February 2024. Aaron Saucedo, 28, was arrested in April 2017 in connection with serial street shootings that began in August 2015 and ended in July 2016. Authorities said Saucedo, a former Phoenix bus driver, was allegedly linked to 12 separate shootings that left nine people dead and three injured, mostly in a largely Latino neighborhood in west Phoenix. The victims were Black women and young Hispanic men and all but one were randomly shot, according to prosecutors who are seeking the death penalty. Saucedo is facing charges for first-degree murder, drive-by shooting, attempted murder, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm at a non-residence, endangerment, and discharging a firearm at a residence. Prosecutors allege Saucedo targeted victims after dark and shot them as they stood outside their homes or sat in cars. Sauced

80 Iran Protesters Face Execution On Trumped-Up Charges

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A leaked audio file from a meeting of Iranian regime insiders indicates that at least 80 people detained during nationwide protests are in danger of execution. The recording is from a recent meeting of the Coalition Council of Islamic Revolution Forces, a conservative coalition of parties that endorsed a joint electoral list for the 2020 Iranian parliament and city council election.  The parliament, elected in a non-competitive election in February 2020, is packed with hardliners and Revolutionary Guard officers, most of whom, including its speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, are members of this coalition.  During the session, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the head of the coalition and a hardliner politician very close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, asks the secretary, Reza Davari, to brief members about recent developments in the country. In his report, Davari said 80 people have been charged with "Moharebeh" and "corruption on earth.” Mohareb (muharib), which means warrior in

North Korea executes teens for distributing foreign films

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Officials forced shocked residents of Hyesen city near the border with China to watch the firing at an airfield Terrified residents expressed grave shock as North Korean authorities publicly executed three teenagers by firing including two who allegedly watched and distributed South Korean movies, says a report. A third teenager was accused of murdering his stepmother, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Dec. 2 quoting witnesses. The officials in the ultra-communist pariah state have claimed that the crimes committed by teens aged around 16 or 17 were “equally evil” and forced the shocked residents of Hyesen city near the border with China to watch the firing. “They said, ‘Those who watch or distribute South Korean movies and dramas, and those who disrupt social order by murdering other people, will not be forgiven and will be sentenced to the maximum penalty: death,’” said a local resident. The execution took place in October at an airfield in the city, the resident said. “Hyesan reside

Iran executed 4 people it says spied for Israel

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CAIRO (AP) — Iranian authorities executed four people Sunday accused of working for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, the state-run IRNA news agency said. Three others received lengthy prison sentences. IRNA said the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard announced the arrests of a network of people linked to the Israeli agency. It said the members had previous criminal records and tried to disrupt the country's security. Israel and Iran are regional arch-enemies and Iran occasionally announces the detention of people it says are spying for foreign countries, including the United States and Israel. Iran does not recognize Israel and supports anti-Israeli armed groups across the region, such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Network members stole and destroyed private and public property and kidnapped individuals and interrogated them, according to the report. It said the alleged spies had weapons and received wages from Mossad in the form of cryptocurrency. Iranian authorities provided no

Iran | Execution of 2 prisoners in Bandar Abbas and Hamedan

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The death sentence of a prisoner in Bandar Abbas named Parviz Brahui was carried out on drug charges. And another prisoner named Turkzadeh was executed in Hamadan prison. Execution of a prisoner in Bandar Abbas According to the Balochistan media, at dawn on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, a Baloch prisoner named Parviz Brahui was executed in Bandar Abbas prison on drug charges. Parviz Brahui (Anshani) is the son of Khudanazar, who is married and has 2 young children from Zahedan. In 2017, Parvez arrested in Bandar Abbas on drug charges . And sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of this city. According to this report, Parviz’s family was unaware of his execution. And prison authorities called them this morning and asked them to go and receive their loved one’s body. Execution of a prisoner in Hamadan prison According to Harana, on Monday morning, November 28. The death sentence of a prisoner named Turkzadeh (unknown first name) was executed in Hamadan prison on charge of murder.

Iran abolishes morality police after protests

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Iran has scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country’s strict female dress code, local media said Sunday. Women-led protests, labelled “riots” by the authorities, have swept Iran since the 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin died on September 16, three days after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran. “Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency. His comment came at a religious conference where he responded to a participant who asked “why the morality police were being shut down,” the report said. The morality police – known formally as the Gasht-e Ershad or “Guidance Patrol” – were established under hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to “spread the culture of modesty and hijab,” the mandatory female head covering. The units began patrols in 2006. The ann

Saudi Arabia | Jordanian man at imminent risk of execution amid spike in beheadings for drug-related offences

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Hussein Abo al-Kheir, a Jordanian man and father of eight who has been on death row since 2015 on a drug-smuggling conviction is at risk of imminent execution, Amnesty International said today, as Saudi Arabia resumes executions for drug-related offences after a two-year moratorium. Since 10 November 2022, Saudi Arabia has executed 20 people convicted on drug-related charges, 60% of whom were foreign nationals. Dozens more prisoners are feared to be facing the same fate. "Hussein Abo al-Kheir could now be put to death at any moment. He has already seen other detainees from his facility taken away to be executed. These callous executions must end now." -- Heba Morayef, Amnesty International “The resumption of executions for drug-related offences in Saudi Arabia mean that Hussein Abo al-Kheir could now be put to death at any moment. He has already seen other detainees from his facility taken away to be executed. These callous executions must end now. Nobody should have to suff