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The thumbscrew is a torture instrument which was first used in ...

wikipedia - 17 Sep 2016
The thumbscrew is a torture instrument which was first used in medieval Europe. It is a simple vice, sometimes with protruding studs on the interior surfaces. The victim's thumbs or fingers were placed in the vice and slowly crushed. The thumbscrew was also applied to crush prisoners' big toes. The crushing bars were sometimes lined with sharp metal points to puncture the thumbs and inflict greater pain in the nail beds. Larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to crush
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Ending the Torture Trade

Project Syndicate - 06 Sep 2017
BUENOS AIRES/BRUSSELS/ULAN BATOR – Shock belts, spiked batons, and electrified thumbscrews can serve no other purpose than to inflict pain on people. But despite the fact that torture is prohibited by international law, goods such as these are still ...
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In China, torture is real, and the rule of law is a sham

Washington Post - 27 Jan 2017
A NATION under the rule of law must have a commitment that no one is exempt from justice. China has courts, judges and lawyers, but the Communist Party remains above the law. Two recent cases have dramatically illustrated how brutal and arbitrary ...
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How accurate is the waterboarding in Gunpowder?

Radio Times - 29 Oct 2017
Does its history really stretch back to the 17th century? Waterboarding is a form of torture in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and nose of an immobilised prisoner, simulating the sensation of drowning. While it might not sound as ...
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Six inspiring Italian women who changed the world

The Local Italy - 08 Mar 2017
Her father prosecuted the rapist, and the trial - during which Gentileschi underwent invasive gynaecological exams and thumbscrew torture - has influenced the interpretation of her work. But she went on to achieve considerable success, becoming the ...
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Will: 3 ways 'The Marriage of True Minds' flirts with history - 01 Aug 2017
But according to our Topcliffe, “Silver bells and cockle shells, those were her instruments of torture.” Silver bells were a type of thumbscrew, while cockle shells were a torture device designed to go around a man's genitals. And “How does your garden ...
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The Secret Liquor History of Nursery Rhymes

Daily Beast - 12 Oct 2017
She was also known as Bloody Mary (no relation to the drink) for her fondness for executing and torturing Protestants. The cockleshells (genital torture devices) and silver bells (thumbscrews) kept company with all “pretty maids all in a row,” which ...
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What John McCain Went Through as a POW

ABC News - 21 Jul 2015
When McCain was brought to the senior North Vietnamese officer -– a man he refers to as “The Cat” –- he refused the offer of an early release yet again. McCain says his torture began in August of 1968. “For the next four days, I was beaten every two or ...
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Trudeau's torture policies no different than Trump's - 24 Feb 2017
While Canadians may indeed find torture abhorrent, that fact alone does not prevent the Canadian government from being up to its neck in torture complicity. Indeed, for decades, Canada's state security agencies have behaved exactly as if Donald Trump ...
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The 25 Most Unimaginable Medieval Torture Devices! - 30 Mar 2015
The dark age torturers and executioners that created these devices, were really imaginative when it came down to torturing others and apparently it payed off because millions of people suffered the unimaginable when it came to their deaths. Most of ...
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MEPs strengthen EU export ban on “torture goods”

EU News - 04 Oct 2016
A key EU tool for fighting torture and the death penalty is the 2005 Regulation imposing restrictions on trade. This bans the export of goods which have no other practical use than execution or torture and controls trade in products that have been ...
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The Archers audience slips despite domestic abuse storyline

The Guardian - 19 May 2016
Nancy Banks-Smith on The Archers: two years of thumbscrew torture comes to a climax. It was an explosive Sunday in Ambridge, with abusive Rob left pinned to the kitchen floor at knifepoint by his wife Helen. It may mark the first murder in Ambridge ...
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The Ugly Specter of Torture and Lies

Consortium News - 18 Jan 2017
Owing to an edict by President Obama, Bush administration officials have never been tried for their complicity in more than 60 renditions of CIA prisoners, but Britain's senior officials may face justice thanks to their Supreme Court ruling, which ...
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Torture Entrepreneurs

The Moderate Voice - 14 Dec 2015
Democracies generally might not torture as much as totalitarian regimes do, but they did invent a lot of torture's modern incarnations, writes Darius Rejali, a professor of political science in Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Democracies' open courts ...
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Man punishes himself with 220 antique torture instruments

The Nation - 01 Apr 2017
METRO-Ontario-This man likes to punish himself with the 220 antique torture instruments he owns. Steve Santini has the largest collection of torture devices in the world and keeps them at his home in Ontario, Canada. They include guillotines, whips ...
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More savage than Caravaggio: the woman who took revenge in oil

The Guardian - 05 Oct 2016
yelled Gentileschi as she was tortured in a Rome courtroom in 1612. Ropes were wrapped around her fingers and pulled tight. The judge had advised moderate use of the sibille, as this torture was called, for she was after all 18. Across the court sat ...

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