Ben Plackowski

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Ukraine activist Dmitry Bulatov found alive after 'kidnap and torture'

A leading anti-government activist in Ukraine who had been missing for over a week has turned up alive – but covered in blood.<p>Dmitry Bulatov claims he was abducted, tortured and had part of his ear cut off by men with Russian accents, before he was dumped in the countryside outside Kyiv.<p>“I was …

The CIA's Version of Failing Upward: Torturing Upward

The rise of spy-agency officials who played a role in its "enhanced interrogation" years<p>As I reflect on the fight between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA (one I'll return to soon), I can't help but marvel at a detail that Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed.<p>"I should note that for most, …

Guantánamo hunger-strikers endure 'water cure' torture, federal court hears

Hunger-striking Guantánamo detainees are being subjected to a form of torture known as the “water cure” that was widely used in the Spanish Inquisition, lawyers are claiming, in the first legal challenge to force-feeding at the military base brought before a US federal court.<p>The case was lodged on …

MI5 and MI6 face questions over torture of terrorism suspects

Former government ministers and intelligence chiefs face a series of disturbing questions over the UK's involvement in the abduction and torture of terrorism suspects after 9/11, an official inquiry has concluded.<p>In a damning report that swept aside years of denials, the Gibson inquiry concluded …

Contrary to Obama's promises, the US military still permits torture

The United States Army Field Manual (AFM) on interrogation (pdf) has been sold to the American public and the world as a replacement for the brutal torture tactics used by the CIA and the Department of Defense during the Bush/Cheney administration.<p>On 22 January 2009, President Obama released an …

Jack Burkman-Michael Sam: GOP lobbyist's cynical ploy to ban gays from the NFL.

A conservative lobbyist of debatable repute grabbed a few D.C.-centric headlines on Monday when he announced that he was preparing legislation that …

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Gay Rights at Sochi, Round One

Hudson Taylor, the only head of a United States-based gay-rights group to attend the Sochi Olympics during its first weekend, was back home in New York late Sunday night. He told me in an e-mail that he was satisfied so far with efforts to keep gay-rights issues front and center. (I was surprised …

How to be a gay rights ally during the Sochi Games

Sochi is upon us. After months of debates about the Olympics and Russia's draconian anti-gay laws, the Games have begun. Some who supported a boycott may choose to turn their backs on the games, while others remain ambivalent about how to engage with the Olympics without turning their backs on LGBT …

You Can Play Project

The Chicago Red Stars join You Can Play in working for equality for all in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.<p>Connect<br>& Share<p>Louisiana …

Home - Athlete Ally

National<br>Campaign Features<br>Athlete Ally<p>#EraseTheHate partners with<br>changemakers working to end<br>discrimination and hate in America<p>Athletic Equality …

Olympians urge Russia to reconsider 'gay propaganda' laws

On the eve of the Sochi Winter Games, more than 50 current and former Olympians have called on the Russian authorities to reconsider recently introduced anti-gay laws that forbid "gay propaganda" aimed at under-18s and that have led to a wave of homophobic attacks.<p>Some of the 52 Olympians, with …

Casey Stoney hopes sexuality discussion will help athletes to come out

The England Women's captain Casey Stoney is hoping to make it easier for more people to come out after speaking at length for the first time about being gay.<p>The Arsenal defender is the latest sportsperson to speak openly about their sexuality after the former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas …

Why the Significance of Jason Collins Cannot Be Overstated

NEW YORK — Two hours before making his home debut as a Brooklyn Net, Jason Collins climbed onto a stage, peered into a sea of cameras and answered eight minutes of questions, both meaningful and mundane.<p>He was asked about his playing shape.<p>He was asked about his No. 98 jersey, which has been the …

Michael Sam Has Amazing Response To Lobbyist Who Wants Gay Athletes Banned From NFL

Michael Sam, a first-team All-American defensive lineman out of Missouri, dropped a "Back to the Future" reference on Tuesday when responding to a Republican lobbyist who wants him barred from the NFL. The 24-year-old college football standout recently announced that he is gay and is aiming to …