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Obama's Prison
Fyodor Dostoyevsky argued that the “degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” What does it mean when certain prisons are located on occupied territory and the treatment of prisoners are reminiscent of torture techniques used during the Spanish Inquisition?...
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The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss!
In 2004, we made a documentary called The Take about Argentina's movement of worker-run businesses. In the wake of the country's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, thousands of workers walked into their shuttered factories and put them back into production as worker cooperatives. Abandoned by...
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Israel Hands Over Lebanon Cluster Bomb Maps - UN
BEIRUT - Israel handed over to U.N. peacekeepers on Tuesday maps of where it dropped cluster bombs in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Hezbollah guerrillas, the UNIFIL peacekeeping force said. The United Nations and the Lebanese government have repeatedly called on Israel to hand over the maps of...
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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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Cheney Learned Iran-Contra Lessons
In a new article by Stephen "W.W. Beauchamp" Hayes, former Vice President Cheney gripes extensively about the Obama administration. It's exactly what you'd expect. But what you might not expect is that Cheney (seemingly inadvertently) confirms that there was a massive cover-up of the Iran-Contra...
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Castro Says US Wants Cuba to Be Slave
HAVANA - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Thursday derided U.S. steps towards improving relations with the communist island, saying the United States wants Cuba to act like a slave willing to "accept again the whip and the yoke." The 82-year-old Castro, writing in a column published on the...
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Evo Morales
The IMF and World Bank are knocking on Latin America's door. A headline in Tuesday's Washington Post reads, " Latin America Appears to Warm to IMF ." But that is not what Bolivia's Evo Morales--the country's first indigenous president--said last week when he spoke in front of the United Nations on...
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Taliban: 60 Miles from Islamabad
US Foreign Policy: in Outer Space
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Reach Out to Cuba to Heal Guantanamo's Wounds
President Obama makes his first trip to Latin America this week, arriving in Trinidad and Tobago Friday for the Fifth Summit of the Americas. But notably absent from both attendance and the official agenda will be Cuba. According to Jeffrey Davidow, President Obama's adviser for the Summit of the...
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Sri Lanka: Bring on the White People
"Democracy is a messy thing and all of these voices must be heard," said Amy Goodman, speaking as a journalist and for Democracy NOW, on the Bill Moyers show on Friday. She and Glenn Greenwald from Salon.com were being interviews as the first recipients of the Park Center for Independent Media Izzy...
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