UN torture envoy calls for immediate release of Julian Assange on 10th anniversary of arrest: ‘He’s not a criminal and poses no threat to anyone’

The rights of Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange have been “severely violated” for more than a decade, according to the UN’s top envoy on torture, and the British government should release him from detention immediately.Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, said Mr Assange had been convicted of no crime, and yet as he awaited…Continue Reading

The Torture of the EMR

I have written, or more accurately ranted, about electronic medical records (EMR) systems throughout this blog. While the systems have clearly improved since their mandatory introduction into the medical universe, they have still not delivered on many of their promises. Of course, EMR has brought tremendous advantages to the medical profession, and we are all…Continue Reading

In Belarus, Torture Allegations Dog Lukashenko as He Tries to Keep Power

MOSCOW—Alexander Cherevach, a software engineer in Belarus, said he was returning from work when police stopped him on the street in Minsk and accused him of participating in mass demonstrations against the country’s authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko. Mr. Cherevach, 26, said that when he wouldn’t unlock his computer and phone, the officers shoved him into a van…Continue Reading

Torture Porn for Highbrows

Petr Kotlár in The Painted Bird (IFC Films) Even in a Holocaust-adjacent movie, what’s the point of ramming home the same point in a hundred sickening ways? NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here is so much grim knowledge about the Holocaust available to us, that sticking close to the factual record is the obvious and perhaps…Continue Reading