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Surviving Torture in Iran

Posted on April 06, 2009
In an interview with 60 Minutes Ahmad Batebi tells his tale of woe in Iran.  The story begins with Batebi's holding the bloody shirt of his friend who was shot during 1999 demonstrations against the government.After helping his friend, Batebi returned to the protest, and waved the bloody shirt to show what police had done...


Guantanamo News Sunday

Posted on April 05, 2009
Guantanamo Bay and the detention of various persons held there by the Bush administration continue to bring news reports of varying sorts.  The recent visit to the facility of Crystle Stewart, Miss USA, and Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, of Venezuela brought varying reviews...


Guantanamo News Sunday

Posted on April 05, 2009
Guantanamo Bay and the detention of various persons held there by the Bush administration continue to bring news reports of varying sorts.  The recent visit to the facility of Crystle Stewart, Miss USA, and Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, of Venezuela brought varying reviews...


This One Goes Out To The One I Love

Posted on April 04, 2009
For more than 400 years, the people of the nations of Western Europe, and their far-scattered children, have cleaved to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as the archetypal expression of "star-cross'd lovers" cruelly dealt by the triple doofi of family, culture, and fate...


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This One Goes Out To The One I Love

Posted on April 04, 2009
For more than 400 years, the people of the nations of Western Europe, and their far-scattered children, have cleaved to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as the archetypal expression of "star-cross'd lovers" cruelly dealt by the triple doofi of family, culture, and fate...


Splitting the Sky Tried Arresting "The Decider"

Posted on March 29, 2009
The United States of America gave its president the power to decide if anyone, including US citizens, were enemies of the state or "enemy combatants" during the Bush Administration.  Henceforth, the CIA kidnapped people from their homes or off streets...


Splitting the Sky Tried Arresting "The Decider"

Posted on March 29, 2009
The United States of America gave its president the power to decide if anyone, including US citizens, were enemies of the state or "enemy combatants" during the Bush Administration.  Henceforth, the CIA kidnapped people from their homes or off streets...


Amnesty International: U.S. immigrant detentions violate human rights

Posted on March 26, 2009
A new report from Amnesty International offers harsh criticism of U.S. immigration detentions.  The report contains several case studies with interviews of both families and of detained immigrants.The detention of hundreds of thousands of immigrants every year in the United States represents a violation of human rights On an average day, the rights group said, more than 30,000 immigrants are in detention facilities...


Amnesty International: U.S. immigrant detentions violate human rights

Posted on March 26, 2009
A new report from Amnesty International offers harsh criticism of U.S. immigration detentions.  The report contains several case studies with interviews of both families and of detained immigrants.The detention of hundreds of thousands of immigrants every year in the United States represents a violation of human rights On an average day, the rights group said, more than 30,000 immigrants are in detention facilities...


Leaked! International Red Cross Report on CIA Torture

Posted on March 19, 2009
Mark Danner has scooped the NY Times, the Washington Post and other papers by publishing in the current New York Review of Books an essay quoting long excerpts of a leaked International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report on "high-value" prisoners held in CIA black site prisons...


Leaked! International Red Cross Report on CIA Torture

Posted on March 19, 2009
Mark Danner has scooped the NY Times, the Washington Post and other papers by publishing in the current New York Review of Books an essay quoting long excerpts of a leaked International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report on "high-value" prisoners held in CIA black site prisons...


The Drug Wars Continue

Posted on March 18, 2009
Lax laws in the U.S. allow Mexican drug dealers to drive across the border, buy whatever numbers and types of weapons they desire, and return to Mexico to continue the violence currently rocking the nation.Last year, no less than 20,000 weapons were seized in drug-related actions, raids, arrests, and shoot-outs; nearly all of them were sold in the U...


The Drug Wars Continue

Posted on March 18, 2009
Lax laws in the U.S. allow Mexican drug dealers to drive across the border, buy whatever numbers and types of weapons they desire, and return to Mexico to continue the violence currently rocking the nation.Last year, no less than 20,000 weapons were seized in drug-related actions, raids, arrests, and shoot-outs; nearly all of them were sold in the U...


Science Tidbits

Posted on March 13, 2009
Once again the time has come to gather around for exciting and tantalizing news in the realm of science.  New discoveries.  New takes on old knowledge.  The base of information and knowledge grows at a rate much too fast to keep up with all that is available...


Science Tidbits

Posted on March 13, 2009
Once again the time has come to gather around for exciting and tantalizing news in the realm of science.  New discoveries.  New takes on old knowledge.  The base of information and knowledge grows at a rate much too fast to keep up with all that is available...


Return of the Blackshirts

Posted on March 08, 2009
It's something out of a twisted wingnut fantasy: 25,000 identically-dressed, tough-looking men and a charismatic leader with a simple, strong motto (in this case, "Believe!  Obey!  Fight!") barge into the capital city and bully their way into a leadership role in the government...


Return of the Blackshirts

Posted on March 08, 2009
It's something out of a twisted wingnut fantasy: 25,000 identically-dressed, tough-looking men and a charismatic leader with a simple, strong motto (in this case, "Believe!  Obey!  Fight!") barge into the capital city and bully their way into a leadership role in the government...


The Legacy of Bagram Lives On

Posted on March 07, 2009
Bagram Air Base has for some time now housed a detention center in which people captured outside the U.S. soil are held under conditions of secrecy.  Recent news told the story of expansion of the detention center under the Obama administration.  The planned expansion will allow the continuing detention of as many as 1100...


The Legacy of Bagram Lives On

Posted on March 07, 2009
Bagram Air Base has for some time now housed a detention center in which people captured outside the U.S. soil are held under conditions of secrecy.  Recent news told the story of expansion of the detention center under the Obama administration.  The planned expansion will allow the continuing detention of as many as 1100...


Open Thread and News

Posted on March 04, 2009


Open Thread and News

Posted on March 04, 2009
News of the day comes with many variations and lots to consider. Republican fearmongering continues with the introduction of a bill forbidding any detainee being brought to American soil.  Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) thinks Guantanamo is just fine and the detainees should not be brought to America...



Five Remarkable Interviews in "The Warning"

Posted on March 02, 2009
The producers of a unique documentary sent me a DVD copy of their independent documentary, "The Warning." They hoped they would get a good review, and they needn't have worried. "The Warning," written, produced, and directed by Joseph P. Sottile, consists entirely of interviews with five well-known liberal authors (see below)...


Science Tidbits

Posted on February 27, 2009


Science Tidbits

Posted on February 27, 2009
Gather around for another day of new and exciting, tantalizing news in the realm of science.  New discoveries.  New takes on old knowledge.  The base of information and knowledge grows at a rate much too fast to keep up with all that is available...


Report Calls Guantanamo Conditions a Violation of Law

Posted on February 25, 2009
In direct disagreement with the recent Pentagon giving a green light to conditions at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released a report (.PDF) with an opposite conclusion.After over seven years of unlawful executive detention, the approximately 240 men who remain imprisoned at the U...


Open Thread and News: Wednesday

Posted on February 25, 2009
The day is filled with various bits of news today.  Much is happening in our world as the Obama administration continues to work to reverse the failures of the Bush administration.  Not all the news is good, but much is worthy of note today...


First Century Christianity

Posted on February 25, 2009


First Century Christianity

Posted on February 25, 2009
An examination of Jesus as a historical figure was begun in an earlier diary.  To consider the origins of Christianity from a historical perspective one must begin by thinking of "histories" rather than a single story.  The very early beginnings are murky and subject to various interpretations...


Report Calls Guantanamo Conditions a Violation of Law

Posted on February 25, 2009
In direct disagreement with the recent Pentagon giving a green light to conditions at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released a report (.PDF) with an opposite conclusion.After over seven years of unlawful executive detention, the approximately 240 men who remain imprisoned at the U...


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