May 2010

Glenn Greenwald Salon 5/26/10

The New York Times this morning has a particularly lush installment of one of the American media’s most favored, reliable, and self-affirming rituals — it’s time to mock and pity Those Crazy, Primitive, Irrational, Propagandized Muslims and their Wild Conspiracy Theories, which their reckless media and extremists maliciously disseminate in order to generate unfair and unfounded hostility toward the U.S.:  (more…)

Audrey Macklin, law professor at the University of Toronto

I have long known that torture can impair the memory of survivors. What I learned from observing the recent military commission proceedings in the case of Omar Khadr, the Canadian facing trial at Guantanamo for crimes he allegedly committed at age 15, is that it can impair the memory of perpetrators too.  (more…)

Vanessa Thorpe 5/16/10

The title of the film is taken from the nickname of the dangerous road that links Baghdad’s safe green zone to its airport. The movie examines the difficulties experienced by ex-servicemen who cannot get used to living as civilians, and who often decide to go back to Iraq to work as commercial contractors. “The film asks what are we doing being involved in a privatised war? (more…)

The WikiLeaks website is fast gaining credibility as a whistleblowing site for political secrets, but one of the people behind it, Australian Julian Assange, remains an international man of mystery.   See video here

Before making a commitment to indefinite recession and slow recovery, Greece may want to consider the alternatives (more…)

Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish judge made famous for probing into abuses committed under dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and for going after notorious international figures like Osama bin Laden and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, has been suspended  (more…)

A primary reason Bush and Cheney succeeded in their radical erosion of core liberties is because they focused their assault on non-citizens with foreign-sounding names, casting the appearance that none of what they were doing would ever affect the average American.  (more…)

REYKJAVIK – More than a year and a half after Iceland’s major banks failed, all but sinking the country’s economy, police have begun rounding up a number of top bankers while other former executives and owners face a two-billion-dollar lawsuit. (more…)

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