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Don't Do That Voo Doo that You Do Do

World financial systems were devastated in 2008 and 2009. Now, in 2010, nobody is sure where we're headed. There seems to be general agreement that we will not get back to where we were. Wall Street is doing okay apparently. Profits are soaring. Main Street continues to suffer and ominous clouds remain on the horizon.

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The Big Gamble

Salam Fayyad, rightI MET Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, two weeks ago, and was again impressed by the calm and modesty he radiates.

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Is Murder the New Torture?

By David Swanson

I've been reading about the history of torture, including John T. Parry's new book "Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity."  Parry gives a history of torture in Europe and the United States through the twentieth century, establishing its pervasiveness, and the repetitiveness of the excuses and legalistic machinations used to allow it.  Parry sees torture as an absolutely normal activity in our society, but an activity that at least until now was always treated as an aberration, no matter how systemic.  Parry even tries to suggest at times that torture is required, necessary, or "essential" for western democracies.

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US-Committed Atrocities in Afghanistan

Afghan childernAfter General Stanley McChrystal took charge of US/NATO Afghan forces last June, systematic atrocities escalated sharply after promises of kinder, gentler killing (an oxymoron), winning hearts and minds, and fewer civilian casualties as a "paramount" objective - now much higher the result of more than a fourfold increase in night raids, targeting civilians, including children, while they sleep.

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Tough Time for Democratic forces in Egypt's Up-coming Election

Mubarak Although Egypt’s heir apparent Gamal Mubarak says next year’s election “is going to be free and fair,” his father Hosni’s regime has tightened the election laws to block other contenders to his presidency, an American magazine says.

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