September 2009

Tom Engelhardt  TomDispatch 09/18/09

“War is peace” was one of the memorable slogans on the facade of the Ministry of Truth, Minitrue in “Newspeak,” the language invented by George Orwell in 1948 for his dystopian novel 1984. Some 60 years later, a quarter-century after Orwell’s imagined future bit the dust, the phrase is, in a number of ways, eerily applicable to the United States. (more…)

By Pam Martens Counterpunch 7/17/09

Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to be damned and no body to be kicked?

–  Edward, First Baron Thurlow

We’re about to find out if the filmmakers can succeed where Congressional hearings and mainstream media have failed. (more…)

By Jeremy Scahill Rebel Reports 09/16/09

Jamie Rubin, one of the leading Democratic Party hawks, was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday to discuss Afghanistan policy. Rubin, who served as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s top deputy in the 1990s, was a major figure in shaping and refining Clinton’s “military humanism” doctrine. He was a passionate advocate for war against Iraq (more…)

Harvard researchers published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health a study which reveals roughly 45,000 American adults die every year because they are not covered by health insurance.  (more…)

Convictions in Dr. Dhafir’s case were affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals but the case was sent back to Judge Mordue for resentencing. The court decision can be read here.

Dr. Dhafir’s lawyers will file a petition for a rehearing en banc (all the judges on the court of appeals) because they believe that the court’s analysis of the sentencing issue is inconsistent with the holding of a fairly recent Supreme Court case.  They will also renew their challenge on convictions on at least one ground. (more…)

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