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Beyond Boko Haram: Long-Term Justice for Nigeria Lies in Economic Empowerment and Social Change

Although an international campaign drawing attention to the hundreds of kidnapped girls this past April under the social media banner of #BringBackOurGirls has gathered serious momentum, little attention has been paid to the conditions that have nurtured a group like Boko Haram.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Steps Up Effort to Find Nigerian Girls

The United States deployed 80 military personnel to Chad on Wednesday to help find 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, as Nigeria probed its deadliest attack ever, two car bombings in the city of Jos, with the militant group the main suspect.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



Nigerian President Sparks Outcry by Canceling Visit to Abducted Girls’ Town

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday canceled a visit to the hometown of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants, provoking fresh criticism of his handling of the crisis.

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U.S. General in Nigeria to Aid Search for Schoolgirls

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

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Nigerian Parents Say Boko Haram Video Confirms Worst ‘Fears’ About Abducted Girls

Nigerian parents on Tuesday said their worst fears about their daughters’ fates had been confirmed after Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, threatened to sell the hostages as “slaves.”

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



garryknight (CC BY-SA 2.0)

They’re Kidnapping People for Money in Syria

The Syrian civil war has given rise to a wave of kidnappings and ransoms as desperate members of the opposition movement struggle to support themselves and their cause, Patrick Cockburn writes at The Independent.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Cleveland Police Department

Ariel Castro: ‘I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help’

In a chilling letter allegedly written by Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapping suspect admits to his crimes but blames his three female victims for getting into the car with him in the first place.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Tony Dejak

Horrific Details Emerge in Cleveland Kidnapping Case

The three women who were kidnapped and held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade were raped, beaten mercilessly while pregnant, kept in ropes and chains and forced to crawl around on their hands and knees naked in the backyard by their captors, according to reports.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



twm1340 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Obama’s Terror Campaign

The president maintains a “global system of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder” to demoralize and coerce those who would oppose the American-led neoliberal empire, political economist Rob Urie writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



YouTube / propublica

Redistricting, a Devil’s Dictionary

Redistricting should be a way of ensuring your vote counts. But instead of voters choosing politicians, the practice often works the other way around. The right lines can all but guarantee an incumbent a decade’s worth of electoral success, or help send others into retirement.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE


Amiri
bbc.co.uk

Missing Iranian Scientist Case Causes Diplomatic Discomfort

Well, this is awkward: After months of conflicting reports as to his whereabouts, missing Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri has apparently turned up in the Iranian section of Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, D.C. But was he kidnapped?

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Amiri
bbc.co.uk

The Case of the Missing Iranian Nuke Scientist

One video shows a man who may well be Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri claiming that he was abducted by Americans and is now being held in Tucson, Ariz.—in which case, whoever kidnapped him should make sure he has the right papers.  (continued)

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


Hamid Karzai
DoD / Cherie Cullen

Report: Karzai Set Taliban Leader Free

A professional kidnapper and Taliban commander was released from an Afghan prison 10 years early and may have won a hush-hush pardon from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the BBC reports. Karzai’s people say the president “could not recall the matter.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


American missionary

Haiti Frees American Missionary Held in Kidnapping Case

On Monday, Haitian officials freed Charisa Coulter, a Baptist missionary from the U.S. who was held on kidnapping charges following January’s catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince. One other American from Coulter’s group remains in custody in the island nation’s capital, according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Barker

Haiti Frees Most of the Jailed Missionaries

Eight of the 10 Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping have been sent packing by a Haitian judge, who said he had not finished questioning the group’s leader and nanny. The judge said that parents of children taken by the missionaries made statements in their defense, AP reports.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Marco Di Lauro

Adopting From Haiti: Too Soon?

Indeed it is too soon, says actress Angelina Jolie, who has three adopted children, from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. In the wake of allegations of child kidnapping and fears of child trafficking in Haiti, Jolie has come out to make the very uncontroversial assertion that “an emergency is not the time for new adoptions.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE


Adoption in Haiti [A Cartoon From Germany]

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Cuellar
AP

Kidnapped Colombian Governor Found Dead

Colombian officials were blaming the rebel organization FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, for the death of Luis Francisco Cuellar, governor of the country’s southern province of Caquetá, on Wednesday. Cuellar had been kidnapped Monday night and was found less than a day later with his throat slit.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Unhindered by Talent

Obama Keeps Renditions In the Toolbox

President Obama may be trying to shut down Guantanamo and CIA black sites, but he’s decided to make renditions a part of his regime. In case you’ve repressed it along with other Bush-era nightmares, extraordinary rendition is what the U.S. calls kidnapping someone and sending him to a nasty place to be tortured.

Posted on Feb 1, 2009 READ MORE


Simpson
AP photo / Isaac Brekken, pool

O.J. Simpson Sentenced to Prison

O.J. Simpson’s fame in the football and film arenas was eclipsed by his nationally polarizing murder trial in 1995. On Friday, he was back in court in Las Vegas facing kidnapping and burglary charges, but the outcome was not in his favor this time.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


Douche With Knife: Luciano Menendez
soberaniachile.cl

Argentine ‘Dirty War’ Murderer Gets Life

Former Argentine army officer and current scumbag Luciano Benjamin Menendez finally got what should have happened to him 30 years ago: a life sentence in jail for the kidnap, torture and murder of anti-dictatorship activists in 1977.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


Kidnappers Free Baghdad Security Spokesman

Iraq’s civilian spokesman for Baghdad security was released from captivity Monday. Professor Tahseen al-Sheikhli, who was kidnapped a few days ago, was found unharmed, except for his ego.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


id cards
news.bbc.co.uk

‘Proof’ of American Hostages

A video has surfaced that shows what appears to be the identifications cards of two missing American soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni insurgent coalition, has claimed responsibility for the capture of three soldiers, one of whom was later found dead.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


5 Suspected Militants Captured in Baghdad

American and Iraqi troops raided houses and buildings in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood on Wednesday to arrest five suspected members of a Shiite terror cell following Tuesday’s brazen kidnapping of a British computer expert and his four bodyguards from a government building in the capital city.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


Mass Kidnappings Trouble Iraqi Authorities

Iraqi police are searching for victims of mass kidnappings that occurred Wednesday. At least 43 people were abducted in two areas of Iraq. Some of the gunmen responsible for the attacks reportedly wore uniforms resembling those of Iraqi security forces.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert
haaretz.com

Israel Preplanned Lebanon War

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, while speaking with a commission investigating the Lebanon war, said he made the decision to invade four months before soldiers were abducted. Olmert testified that he agreed with a contingency plan to respond dramatically should Hezbollah take predictably aggressive action.

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Will Protect Alleged Kidnappers

A State Department official said the U.S. will not extradite 26 suspected CIA agents to Italy, where they are accused of carrying out “extraordinary rendition.” Legal adviser John Bellinger added a veiled threat, saying further legal action in Europe would hamper “intelligence cooperation.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


‘Extraordinary Rendition’ on Trial

An Italian judge has decided to go forward with the first criminal trial of extraordinary rendition. Twenty-six Americans and five Italians—including the former head of military intelligence—have been indicted and ordered to stand trial for the abduction of an Egyptian cleric who was detained and allegedly tortured in Cairo.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


checkpoint
news.bbc.co.uk

Diplomat’s Abduction Aggravates Iran-U.S. Relations

Iran says it is holding the United States responsible for the life and safety of an Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped Sunday. Iraqi officials say Jalal Sharafi was abducted by men wearing the uniform of a special unit under American command, but the U.S. has denied any involvement.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


helicopter raid
apan-info.net

U.S. Abductions Lead to Standoff With Kurds

Just hours before the president’s national address, during which he accused Iran of supporting attacks on American troops, U.S. forces raided the Iranian consulate in Erbil, Kurdistan, abducting at least five people and seizing documents and other property, according to eyewitnesses.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Terrorists Allegedly Bribed on Behalf of Fox News

Conservative website WorldNetDaily claims someone paid Palestinian terrorist organizations $2 million for the release of two Fox News reporters.  The payment was then allegedly used to buy weapons, meaning—if the claim is accurate—that someone financed terrorists on behalf of Fox News. (h/t: Americablog)

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


commandos
spokesmanreview.com

Iraq: Mass Kidnapping Targets Academics

Earlier today some 80 armed gunmen dressed as interior ministry commandos stormed a research institute in Baghdad, kidnapping between 100 and 150 at least 50 people, some of whom were apparently released. The incident follows a series of attacks on academics and prompted Iraq’s higher education minister to close all universities until security is improved. (That order was later rescinded.)

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


JonBenet Ramsey
cbc.ca

JonBenet Confession May Be Bunk

UPDATE: Authorities are questioning the veracity of the supposed confession described below.
John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old schoolteacher, has admitted to kidnapping and killing JonBenet Ramsey.  The surprise confession comes after 10 years of dead-ends and false accusations in a mystery that gripped the American imagination?and airwaves.
UPDATE: Thai authorities said Karr told them he drugged and had sex with the child, and then realized he had “accidentally” killed her.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi kidnappings
From the AP via Washington Post

In Brazen Kidnapping, 56 Vanish from Baghdad

Gunmen wearing police uniforms forced 56 people into pickups during the daytime operation. A Washington Post reporter writes, “The scale and audacity of the operation were unusual even by the capital’s lawless standards.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


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