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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
thumbscrew (torture)

In today's art auctions, the 'male gaze' is going out of fashion

The Independent - 30 Jul 2018
Taste is changing. When private collectors and public museums acquire works of art, these acquisitions are being made in a very different cultural climate from that which prevailed in the late 20th century, let alone the late 19th. The market for ...
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In Today's Art Market, the 'Male Gaze' Is Not a Good Look

New York Times - 14 Jul 2018
Tassi was subsequently charged and found guilty, but only after his victim had been forced to endure testimony under thumbscrew torture and accusations of immorality. The condemned rapist never served his sentence of exile. The self-portrait, painted ...
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National Gallery buys Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece for £3.6m

The Guardian - 06 Jul 2018
Just a few years before she painted this self-portrait, those fingers were deliberately crushed in a courtroom in Rome, when an 18-year-old Gentileschi was publicly subjected to a thumbscrew-like torture called the sibille. Cords were twisted round her ...
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Trump and the Law on Torture

Lawfare (blog) - 02 Mar 2018
Given President Trump's enthusiasm, as a presidential candidate, for enhanced interrogation, waterboarding, torture, and “worse,” as well as his eagerness to contrast himself at every opportunity with President Obama, one might have expected to see the ...
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Ending the Torture Trade

Project Syndicate - 06 Sep 2017
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 produced and sold, finding their way ...
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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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What John McCain Went Through as a POW

ABC News - 21 Jul 2015
McCain says his torture began in August of 1968. “For the next four days, I was beaten every two or three hours by different guards. My left arm was broken again and my ribs were cracked,” he said according to U.S. News. The North Vietnamese wanted a ...
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How accurate is the waterboarding in Gunpowder?

Radio Times - 29 Oct 2017
In the second episode, there's not anything nearly as gory as the door-pressing, disembowelling action of the series premiere, but one scene of torture carried out against Catholic priest John Gerard (Robert Emms) might give viewers pause for a ...
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With alliance planned, countries focused on ending torture

Irish Examiner - 11 Sep 2017
If we are serious about ending torture and capital punishment, we must do more than make lofty promises, writes Jorge Faurie, Cecilia Malmstrom, and Tsend Munkh-Orgil. Shock belts, spiked batons, and electrified thumbscrews can serve no other purpose ...
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More savage than Caravaggio: the woman who took revenge in oil

The Guardian - 05 Oct 2016
The judge had advised moderate use of the sibille, as this torture was called, for she was after all 18. Across the court sat the man who had raped her. No one thought of torturing him. Defiantly, Gentileschi told him her thumbscrews were the wedding ...
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Believe Me, It's Torture

Vanity Fair - 02 Jul 2008
When contrasted to actual torture, waterboarding is more like foreplay. No thumbscrew, no pincers, no electrodes, no rack. Can one say this of those who have been captured by the tormentors and murderers of (say) Daniel Pearl? On this analysis, any ...
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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. Read more. It is the first full quarter since the BBC's former political editor Nick Robinson joined the Today team, succeeding James Naughtie who left last November.

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