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Remember Afghanistan?
Afghanistan has not been in the news much in recent months. A good thing for the Bush administration if not for the Afghan people: for the news coming out of Afghanistan has not been good. Afghanistan? That's where Al Qaida, in the years leading up to the terrorist attack of 9/11, were protected...
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Letter to President Bush: Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners Produces Blowbacks and Backlashes
May 13, 2004 George W. Bush The White House Washington, DC 20500 Re: Inhumane treatment of prisoners produces blowbacks and backlashes Dear Mr. President: The reported widespread abuse of prisoners by your Administration adds another condition that reflects on your failure of leadership...
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How to Get Out of Iraq
Any "practical" approach to the situation in Iraq, any prescription for what to do now, must start with the understanding that the present US military occupation is morally unacceptable. Amnesty International, a year after the invasion, reported: "Scores of unarmed people have been killed due to...
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This War and Racism -- Media Denial in Overdrive
Among the millions of words that have appeared in the U.S. press since late April about abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, one has been notably missing: Racism. Overall, when it comes to racial aspects, the news coverage is quite PC -- as in Pentagon Correct. The outlook is "apple...
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What Do We Do Now?
It seems very hard for some people--especially those in high places, but also those striving for high places--to grasp a simple truth: The United States does not belong in Iraq. It is not our country. Our presence is causing death, suffering, destruction, and so large sections of the population are...
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'Blood Diamonds' Still Sold by U.S. Retailers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Major U.S. and international retailers that sell diamond jewelry are failing to follow through on promises to prevent the trade in so-called 'conflict diamonds' that have fueled civil war and violence in several African nations, according to a new report released at this week's...
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FTAA Protests: Amnesty Says Miami Police May Have Broken UN Laws
MIAMI - Police in Miami may have violated various international laws and covenants on civil rights and use of force when they crushed protests against a free trade meeting last month, rights group Amnesty International said. In a letter to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, dated Dec. 16 and made public on...
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The Torturers' Picnic
Repressive Regimes Will Be Stocking Up Again at This Week's Arms Fair - and We're Footing the Bill
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U.S. Must Not Act Like a Rogue Superpower
WASHINGTON -- More and more, the United States is parting company with European and other nations on political, diplomatic and judicial issues. Our friends and allies are wondering what has happened to the great America they once knew. To many of them, we have lost the moral high ground. There is a...
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US Must Address Mideast Bias
U.S. POLICY IN the Middle East is biased against the Palestinians. The United States has vetoed, or abstained from, numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions that have criticized Israel on various issues. A recent notable U.S. abstention was on October's Security Council Resolution 1233. The...
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