Sunday news round-up: December 8th-14th

An ongoing series that gathers some main headlines from the week, for people too busy to keep an eye on the news.

Top Story: Declassified report shows extensive CIA human rights abuses: A newly declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee documents how the CIA interrogated terrorist suspects in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, including forcibly feeding detainees through their rectum and psychologically abusing them for weeks at a time.

ISIS executes man on charge of being gay: The monstrous group declared that “The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practised sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city” and posted pictures of the man being thrown off the side of a building. Warning: Graphic pictures at the link.

Greenpeace irrevocably damages World Heritage Site: Whilst laying out banners warning of the dangers of environmental damage, the environmental group accidentally caused damage to the Nazca Lines, a series of geoglyphs in Peru, as part of a statement against climate change. The group later posted “Without reservation, Greenpeace apologises to the people of Peru for the offense caused by our recent activity laying a message of hope at the site of the historic Nazca Lines. We are deeply sorry for this”. The group has so far refused to hand over the names of the offending protesters to the Peruvian government, who wishes to charge them.

Richest man in Russia buys Nobel Prize from disgraced scientist, immediately returns it: Oligarch and Arsenal owner Alisher Usmanov bought the prize from James Watson, who was rewarded for being one of the scientists who discovered the DNA double helix. Usmanov dedicated the sale and subsequent return as a thank-you for Watson’s important scientific research. Watson was shunned by the scientific community after suggesting that parents should selectively abort gay people, that dark-skinned people have higher sex drives than light skinned people, and that Africans were less intelligent than Westerners. What a piece of work.

Parliaments of Belgium and Portugal urge their governments to recognize Palestine: Following the lead of the legislatures of Ireland, the UK, France and Spain, Brussels and Lisbon have added their voices to the growing discontent towards Israel’s failure to make peace.

Michigan House passes bill which allows broad discrimination: The State legislature has passed a measure which allows individuals to refuse service to any individual on grounds of religious beliefs. Paramedics may be allowed to let gay patients die, DMV workers may be allowed to refuse to grant a driving license to someone who is divorced, and landlords may be allowed to deny tenancy to black people, all if they can prove that doing so protects their religious beliefs.

FDA stands by discriminatory gay blood ban: An advisory panel to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has decided that the health risks in allowing sexually-active gay men to donate blood are too high, and that they would rather gay men did not donate. All donated blood is screened for any infection or disease, making the ban unnecessary, discriminatory, and archaic.

Richard Desmond set to donate £300k to UKIP: The Daily Express owner, whose paper is renowned for anti-immigration scaremongering, has engaged in talks with UKIP leader Nigel Farage to boost the party’s coffers before next year’s general election.

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