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The Dark Hole
Andrew Sullivan explores the dark history behind the 2002 decision to torture Abu Zubaydah – who was waterboarded 83 times – by first noting that "torture is about forcing a victim to tell you something you already think you know ...and there are many things that Dick Cheney simply knows..."...
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Diplomacy Not (More) War
With the Obama administration asking for another $83.4 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and voting likely next week, today is National Call-In Day to tell Congress to fund diplomacy, economic help and humanitarian aid, not war. Callers can also urge support for a bill to...
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He's Not The Only One
A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled police can attach GPS devices to cars to secretly track people's movements without getting search warrants – even if the drivers aren't suspects. Though even the court saw Big Brother lurking and asked legislators to come up with some regulation. "(We are) more...
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Neither Efficacious Nor Medically Safe
Word has it the White House will soon release a 2004 CIA inspector general's report disproving claims, most recently by Dick Cheney, of the effectiveness of waterboarding, and proving its illegality. But footnotes from the report have already been released showing that medical personnel at...
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He's Probably Behind Global Warming, Too
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the NRCC, believes rising unemployment can be traced to President Obama, who is trying to "diminish employment and diminish stock prices" as part of a "divide and conquer strategy" to gain power. He says that any day now people will start feeling wistful for...
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World's Happiest Countries? Social Democracies
A new report released by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) shows that happiness levels are highest in northern European countries. Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands rated at the top of the list, ranking first, second and third, respectively. The US? As expected,...
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Free After Protests
Roxana Saberi, the U.S.-Iranian journalist jailed in Iran last month on spying charges, has been released after her conviction was reduced on appeal to a suspended sentence. Her case sparked protests by human rights groups, the U.S. and Europe. "They (Iranian officials) surely must have felt the...
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Casualty Figures: Let's Talk Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza, Sri Lanka, Congo....
Seen, today's most offensive, skewered-priorities, missing-the-point bumper sticker: "Abortion: One Dead, One Wounded."
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The Victims
More horrors from Afghanistan, where we should not be. The first known civilian casualties of phosphorous use, which is illegal, are 8-year-old Razia and her family. "The kids called out to me that I was burning..." said her father Aziz Rahman. "And then my wife screamed 'the kids are burning' and...
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In Praise of Porters
In honor of National Train Day – who knew? – give a listen to NPR's piece on the Pullman porters - the first group Rosa Parks called when she was arrested, the first African-American labor union, and the forbearers to the civil rights movement and black middle class. For several decades and all the...
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