Archive for ‘April, 2011’

Bahrain: Do No Harm?

Bahrain: Do No Harm?

Bahrain’s monarchy, struggling to hang on to power in the face of growing pro-democracy protests, is cracking down on doctors. Physicians for Human Rights says at least 19 doctors have been arrested by authorities since March 17, eight of them within the past week. A month into the civil unrest, and under a state of […]

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

News certainly travels fast, sometimes. While it took the U.S. government two years to reply to a request by a Spanish judge regarding whether or not the U.S. has instigated any investigations or proceedings against six high-level Bush administration figures named in a complaint by the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners (see PDF), […]

The Three Blind Mice Of The Middle East

The Three Blind Mice Of The Middle East

In Bahrain, the daughter of one of that country’s most prominent human rights advocates has now been on a hunger strike for well over 52 hours. The whereabouts of her father, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, and his family members, as well as many others, remains unknown after they were whisked out of their homes in a dead-of-night […]

International Silence Over The Middle East Felonies

International Silence Over The Middle East Felonies

As the U.S.-backed repressive regimes of the Middle East harshly crack down on their unarmed, innocent citizens, the international community has kept a low profile and indifferently watches the massacre of pro-freedom demonstrators in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen by the merciless dictators of the Persian Gulf region. Since the wave of protests at the dictatorial […]

How The Supreme Court Gave Up On Guantanamo

How The Supreme Court Gave Up On Guantanamo

Last Monday, on the very same day that the Obama administration gave up on Guantánamo, so too did the Supreme Court. As far as we know, it was not a choreographed climbdown — nor had money been offered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to rehabilitate their legacies — but the effect was the […]

The Masters: An International Event…And A National Embarassement

The Masters: An International Event…And A National Embarassement

I followed the first three rounds of the Masters tournament online and then watched the final round on television. In the course of that afternoon I found myself cheering the efforts and prospects of eleven players from seven different countries. At the end of the day the ten at the top of the leaderboard represented […]

The Collapsing Hegemony Of The West

The Collapsing Hegemony Of The West

In its path towards becoming a regional and international superpower, Iran is achieving remarkable breakthroughs in science and technology which have started to flabbergast the rivals around the world, from the United States as a self-proclaimed absolute superpower in economy and science to the neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf region which are years from […]

Are Mideast Women Being Sidelined From “The Arab Awakening”?

Are Mideast Women Being Sidelined From “The Arab Awakening”?

During the pro-democracy demonstrations that ultimately brought down the dictatorial reigns of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, you couldn’t help noticing that these events were distinctly unisex, still a surprising development in the Middle East. As a leading Egyptian feminist, Nawal El Saadawi, put it: “Women and girls are […]

Prepare For Revolution: The Empire State Rebellion Begins on June 14th

Prepare For Revolution: The Empire State Rebellion Begins on June 14th

Contrary to rumors being spread around, I do not know what our friends at Anonymous have planned for Operation Empire State Rebellion (OpESR). However, I wholeheartedly agree with the goals they presented in their “Communication #1” video. They are very similar to reports I have been writing and the movement we have been calling for […]

An All-American Retirement System

An All-American Retirement System

Building for the Future While Congress bickers and the President dithers, roads are crumbling, bridges are failing, dams are cracking, and water and sewer systems are leaking all across the United States.  If that’s not enough to worry about, the government is threatening to default on the $2.5 Trillion it has borrowed from the Social […]

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