December 2008

Apologies for the long delay. Here is a summary of Oral Arguments for Appeal in the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir. Arguments took place at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, on August 28, 2008 (more…)

9 Minute Video Report From The BBC Dec 02, 2008

Former Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a former U.S. prosecutor at Guantanamo, told BBC yesterday in his first interview since resigning earlier this year that Guantanamo detainees were treated in a “wrong, unethical and finally, immoral” manner. Vandeveld was so “appalled” by the conditions at Guantanamo that he consulted his Jesuit priest, who told him to resign. “I never suffered such anguish in my life about anything,” he said. Watch BBC’s segment: here

Behind the debate over remaking U.S. financial policy will be a debate over who’s to blame. It’s crucial to get the history right, writes a Nobel-laureate economist, identifying five key mistakes–under Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II–and one national delusion.

By Joseph E. Stiglitz (more…)

It’s always a little spooky and a little funny to listen to a person from the past predict a future that may have already come to pass. In this clip from 50 years ago, Mike Wallace interviews “Brave New World” author Aldous Huxley, who holds forth about technology, democracy, drugs and freedom–and while some of what he says sounds goofy, some sounds uncomfortably familiar, especially his take on the melding of advertising and politics. (more…)

The Documentary PBS Does Not Want You to See Before Jan 21, 2009

Torturing Democracy is a new documentary which details how the government set aside the rule of law in its pursuit of harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists. (more…)

In 2002, Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained at JFK airport while on a stopover. He was interrogated, detained for two weeks, denied his right to go to court, and sent to Syria where he was tortured and held in a grave-like cell for ten months. He was never charged with a crime.

His appeal in front of the full Second Circuit Court of Appeals was argued today, it’s available here

Bait and Switch on the Employee Free Choice Act

By STEVE EARLY Counterpunch 12/09/08

It’s only been a month since hundreds of thousands of union members and their families helped Barack Obama win key “battleground states.” Yet, already, some labor supporters of the president-elect fear he may be backing away from a key campaign promise to workers threatened by recession. (more…)

Wall Street, Not the Auto Industry

By MICHAEL HUDSON Counterpunch 12/08/08

There is a strange double standard in President-elect Obama’s largesse with the public purse when it comes to Wall Street’s banks and insurance companies as compared to his more exacting stance toward bailing out the U.S. auto industry. (more…)

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