Tag: Torture

Easter Lessons, Revisited »

First posted last Easter, here again are my contemplations on the meaning of Easter: This week is the most holy for Christians, as we commemorate Jesus’ trials, scourging, crucifixion, and triumph three days later over the Roman Empire’s most fearsome weapon: death. Christians and non-Christians alike can take many worthy lessons from these events....
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250 Legal Scholars Condemn Obama’s Treatment of Bradley Manning »

The Obama administration has detained the alleged Wikileaks whistleblower under torturous conditions—for almost a year, he has been subjected to solitary confinement in a windowless 6×12 cell for 23 hours a day, under constant surveillance, prevented from exercising, lacking a pillow or sheets. For the remaining hour every day, he is allowed to walk...
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Is the CIA Helping More al-Qaeda Associates? »

Obama has reportedly signed a secret order authorizing CIA operations in Libya, where the agency is there “to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, according to American officials.” Al-Qaeda, a great enemy of the Libyan regime, has also offered assistance to these...
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Wikileaks: Presidents Like Immunity »

Of recent human rights abusers, the liberal left points with great frequency to Augusto Pinochet, the military dictator of Chile—and for Arnold Harberger’s memories as one of the “Chicago boys” during Pinochet’s regime, see here—whose immunity from prosecution over his “disappeared” victims was dramatically challenged by the investigative crusade of a Chilean judge—as documented...
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ComeHomeAmerica.us Hits the Stands »

The much anticipated call to arms for a left/right antiwar coalition, ComeHomeAmerica.US, is now available. The book is edited by Paul Buhle, Bill Kauffman, George O’Neill Jr. and Kevin Zeese. It includes selections from both conservatives and liberals, including the editors as well as yours truly (on the American Anti-Imperialist League), Jesse Walker, Doug...
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Arnold Harberger on the Chicago Boys »

In my Econ 100 class, we discussed Milton Friedman and monetarism on Thursday. Some of my students mentioned Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, and I emailed everyone links to Robert Lawson’s and my paper “Human Rights and Economic Liberalization” and my review essay on Klein’s book. After I distributed the published version of my...
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Preemptive War/Preemptive Body Scans »

Americans who followed George W. Bush’s fractured reasoning in supporting a preemptive invasion of Iraq—a country that hadn’t actually aggressed against the U.S., but he just “knew” was going to—in the process implicitly supported the deprivation of the right to life for an estimated 122,000 Iraq civilians—on top of the up to 1.5 million...
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Wikileaks: Torture, War Crimes, Thousands of Deaths »

Hundreds of thousands of new Wikileaks documents reportedly uncover another torture scandal, expose potential war crimes such as the killing of surrendering soldiers, and disclose 15,000 previously unreported deaths in Iraq. See below for the Wikileaks press conference and this interview with John Sloboda from Iraq Body Count. The administration’s position has been that...
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Trouble in Welfare-State Paradise: France, Sweden and Cuba »

Welfare states are unstable, and tend either to give way to free market reforms and liberalization, to collapse under their own weight, or to fall down the slippery slope of interventionism and degenerate into authoritarian regimes. For as long as I can recall, and certainly for decades before I was born, the American left...
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C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism, Part 3 (Final) »

Here Is the Final Part Continued from Part 2: Part 1 Scientism For Lewis, science should be a quest for knowledge, and his concern was that in the modern era science is too often used instead as a quest by some for power over others. Lewis did not dispute that science is an immensely...
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