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Untitled. Video - Breaking News Videos. VIOLENCE : MYTHS AND REALITY. By Kumudu Kumara (Date: 9 Jun 1990) Myths play an important role in human life both personal and collective.


On the collective side there are myths related to nations, races, castes, religions etc which serve to group human beings under these mostly primordial categories, providing members of those groups feelings of security and an ideological basis for unity against the 'others' outside these groups, which may be a foreign power in the case of a nation, or another race, ethnic group, caste etc.

In Sri Lanka, the Sinhala Buddhists have the myth of the Sinhalese of Aryan origins being the first settlers in the island. On the basis of this myth the Tamil community in the country has no equal status with the Sinhalese both in their historical claims to settlement in the island as well as in their origin of birth which is Dravida not Aryan. Violence can take various forms. 25 Torture Methods Jiang Zemin's Criminal Regime Uses to Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners.

I have personally experienced and witnessed 25 different torture methods Jiang's regime has used to torture Falun Gong practitioners while I was held in a detention centre and a forced labour camp.

25 Torture Methods Jiang Zemin's Criminal Regime Uses to Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners

I have summarized these torture methods below. 1. Hung up There are two forms in this torture: (1) Normal Hanging Up: One is hung by a rope that is tied to the ceiling, with both feet off the ground. Those who have suffered from this kind of torture will feel numbness in their arms for several years. 2. The four limbs of the victim are stretched into four directions, and the victim is tied with strips of fabric onto a big wooden board. 3. With the victim bound, the torturer inserts a high-pressure bicycle pump nozzle into the victim's rectum and pumps air into his body which causes excruciating cramps. 4. The victim is forced to hold a block of ice in his hands or stand barefoot on the snow for a long time. Bush Approved Use of Insects in al-Qaeda Interrogations. Thursday, Apr. 16, 2009 By Michael Scherer / Washington The Bush Administration approved the use of "insects placed in a confinement box" during the interrogation of top Al Qaeda official Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2002 document that President Obama declassified for release Thursday.

Bush Approved Use of Insects in al-Qaeda Interrogations

The legal memorandum for the CIA, prepared by Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, reviewed 10 enhanced techniques for interrogating Zubaydah, and determined that none of them constituted torture under U.S. criminal law. The techniques were: attention grasp, walling (hitting a detainee against a flexible wall), facial hold, facial slap, cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivation, insects placed in a confinement box, and waterboarding. (View pictures of life inside Guantanamo.)

The CIA desire to use insects during interrogations has not previously been disclosed, according to two civil liberties experts contacted by TIME. The Bybee legal guidance is no longer in effect. From insects to waterboarding: 10 'torture' techniques blessed by Bush - Times Online. History of CIA Torture: Unraveling the Web of Deceit, Part I. Military Torture, Legal Fig Leaves & Premature Exculpation...

History of CIA Torture: Unraveling the Web of Deceit, Part I

Guest Blogged by Ernest A. Canning "When any modern state tortures even a few victims, the stigma compromises its majesty and corrupts its integrity. Its officials must spin an ever more complex web of lies that, in the end, weakens the bonds of trust and the rule of law that are the sine qua non of a democracy. And, beyond its borders, allies and enemies turn away in collective revulsion. " - Prof. Truth and justice are essential components of democracy and the rule of law.

This is the first in a five-part series of articles which will strive to correct misperceptions arising from the erroneous blending of military and CIA torture. Part I addresses the relatively public involvement of the U.S. military and private contractors at Guantanamo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Military Torture In the SERE program U.S. military personnel, under careful medical controls, are taught to resist unlawful interrogation practices (aka torture).

Psychopaths In Sheep's Clothing. An Excerpt from the book: In Sheep's Clothing By George K.

Psychopaths In Sheep's Clothing

Simon Two Basic Types of Aggression There are two basic types of aggression: overt-aggression and covert-aggression. When you're determined to have something and you're open, direct and obvious in your manner of fighting, your behavior is best labeled overtly aggressive. When you're out to "win," dominate or control, but are subtle, underhanded or deceptive enough to hide your true intentions, your behavior is most appropriately labeled covertly aggressive.

Acts of Covert-Aggression vs. Most of us have engaged in some sort of covertly aggressive behavior from time to time. The tactics of deceit, manipulation and control are a steady diet for covert-aggressive personality. The Process of Victimization For a long time, I wondered why manipulation victims have a hard time seeing what really goes on in manipulative interactions. A manipulator's aggression is not obvious. Recognizing Aggressive Agendas.