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Yes, It Was Torture, and Illegal

Editorial from The New York Times Bush administration officials came up with all kinds of ridiculously offensive rationalizations for torturing prisoners. It’s not torture if you don’t mean it to be. It’s not torture if you don’t nearly kill the victim. It’s not torture if the president says it’s not torture. It was deeply distressing to watch the [...]
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Fair Warning

TO THE JAPANESE PEOPLE: America asks that you take immediate heed of what we say on this leaflet. We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what two thousand of our giant B-29s can carry [...]
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How to Save Journalism

by John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney from The Nation We will give you the good news first: the politicians and regulators who have it in their power to do something about the decline of American journalism are finally paying attention. Already this year, House and Senate hearings have investigated the crisis. And even as Congress focuses this [...]
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Tribute to Giovanni Arrighi

by Tom Reifer from the New Left Review Of the minds produced by the international left in the second half of the twentieth century, few have been the equal, in historical imagination, architectonic scope and conceptual clarity, to Giovanni Arrighi, whose work will be read and reflected on for the rest of this century. We publish below [...]
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America, stop sucking up to Israel

by Gideon Levy from Haaretz Before no other country on the planet does the United States kneel and plead like this. In other trouble spots, America takes a different tone. It bombs in Afghanistan, invades Iraq and threatens sanctions against Iran and North Korea. Did anyone in Washington consider begging Saddam Hussein to withdraw from occupied territory [...]
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Can Our Shameful Prisons be Reformed

by David Cole from The New York Review of Books With approximately 2.3 million people in prison or jail, the United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—by far. Our per capita rate is six times greater than Canada’s, eight times greater than France’s, and twelve times greater than Japan’s. Here, at least, [...]
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How messy it all is

by David Runcimanfrom the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The argument of this fascinating and deeply provoking book is easy to summarise: among rich countries, the more unequal ones do worse according to almost every quality of life indicator you can [...]
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Know Your Ally: Britain

An incredible propaganda film narrated by Walter Huston and produced by the United States War Department and Signal Corp to inspire Anglo-American solidarity during WWII. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwn7dNXzvp0&hl=en&fs=1&]
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