Archive for ‘August, 2010’

Reporter Paul McLeary Has A History Of Making Stuff Up

Reporter Paul McLeary Has A History Of Making Stuff Up

This is really old news, but it’s worth documenting just so it becomes a part of the public record. Paul McLeary, a former reporter for Columbia Journalism Review, has made many errors in his career as a media critic during his tenure at CJR. He has routinely written scathing commentaries on journalists only to be […]

Omar Khadr Trial Begins This Week

Omar Khadr Trial Begins This Week

McClatchy’s Carol Rosenberg: Khadr claims confession result of gang rape threat as trial begins in Guantanamo. Tweet

Wikileaks and the Mighty Wurlitzer

Wikileaks and the Mighty Wurlitzer

It used to be the honorific of Frank Wisner, the first chief of political warfare for the Central Intelligence Agency, used to describe the C.I.A.’s plethora of front organizations and newsmedia stooges that he was capable of playing (like a great organ with many keyboards) for synthesizing any propaganda tune that was needed for the […]

The Cost Of Pakistan’s Betrayal

The Cost Of Pakistan’s Betrayal

“May you live in interesting times” – The timing to ponder this ancient Chinese proverb/curse could not be more perfect, given the world’s political events of the last decade, especially the recent drama surrounding the revelation by the web-based whistle-blower WikiLeaks, where a substantial number of classified documents attest to the U.S.’s failure in identifying Pakistan’s role and its untrustworthy behavior in an almost decade-long war on terror.

Dodd: A Potential ‘Eight-Month’ Battle Over Elizaebth Warren Confirmation Not Worth It

Dodd: A Potential ‘Eight-Month’ Battle Over Elizaebth Warren Confirmation Not Worth It

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Congress OK’d Gitmo Prisoner’s Deportation To Algeria, Despite His Fears Of Torture Upon Return

Congress OK’d Gitmo Prisoner’s Deportation To Algeria, Despite His Fears Of Torture Upon Return

The odyssey of Abdul Aziz Naji has taken many terrible twists and turns since he was seized in Pakistan in May 2002, tortured at Bagram, then sent to Guantanamo, were he was formally cleared of any charges in a review of prisoner status last year. He was forcibly repatriated to Algeria on July 20, despite his fears of being harmed by Islamic forces or the government upon his return. Such forcible repatriation of a prisoner or detainee who fears persecution or worse is a violation of international law. This principle of non-refoulement, or non-return is specifically forbidden in the UN Convention Against Torture and Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

The Rigging Of Digg: How A Covert Mob Of Conservatives Hijacked The Web’s Top Social News Site

The Rigging Of Digg: How A Covert Mob Of Conservatives Hijacked The Web’s Top Social News Site

If you’re at all web-savvy, you’ve probably heard of Digg.com. Founded in 2006, Digg is the reigning king of the social news ecosystem, cracking the top 50 websites in the U.S. and the top 100 worldwide. Its million-plus users democratically filter the torrent of online media, upvoting or “digging” desired content while “burying” rubbish and […]

The New Afghanistan Policy: Murder Inc.

The New Afghanistan Policy: Murder Inc.

Let me get this straight. Robert Gates, the Secretary-Of-Defense-For-Life, is touring the TV news shows and major newspapers pleading with great angst lines in his forehead that WikiLeaks is “guilty” and “morally culpable” for releasing 75,000 field reports from Afghanistan to the American public because they endanger Afghans allied with US forces. But he and […]

Judge Orders Mentally Ill Yemeni Free From Guantanamo

Judge Orders Mentally Ill Yemeni Free From Guantanamo

As of today, the results of the Guantánamo prisoners’ habeas corpus petitions stand at 38 victories for the prisoners against 15 victories for the government, after two recent rulings. On July 21, Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. granted the habeas petition of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a 34-year old Yemeni, while, in another courtroom, Judge Reggie Walton denied the habeas petition of Abdul Rahman Sulayman, a 31-year old Yemeni.

The War on Terror: Beyond the Military

The War on Terror: Beyond the Military

The U.S. government routinely uses the term “War on Terror” to describe its military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But how do we really define this “War on Terror”? After all, terrorism dates back to at least the 14th century, and individuals, groups and even nations have employed it ever since. It’s hard to argue […]

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