Archive for ‘August, 2011’

83 Died On U.S.-Guatemala Syphilis Experiments: “We’re Talking About Intentional Deception”

83 Died On U.S.-Guatemala Syphilis Experiments: “We’re Talking About Intentional Deception”

It made headlines when historian Susan M. Reverby of Wellesley College discovered a decades-old program run from by the U.S. Public Health Service’s studies in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948. That’s because the researchers deliberately inoculated subjects with syphilis in order to study sexually transmitted disease, and they did so without informed consent for the […]

Egypt: NGOs Accuse Army Of Smear Campaign

Egypt: NGOs Accuse Army Of Smear Campaign

Thirty-six of Egypt’s most respected civil society organizations are denouncing Egypt’s military rulers for “conducting organized smear campaigns designed to impugn these groups’ patriotism as well as ongoing attempts to intimidate” them, the organizations said in a statement. The groups accused the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of ordering investigations conducted by the […]

Heels Dug In, Cheney Rewrites History

Heels Dug In, Cheney Rewrites History

Human rights advocates and legal experts are hitting back at statements made by former vice president Dick Cheney in his new book, “In My Time,” that abusive interrogation methods – torture — yielded information that saved lives and that he had “no regrets” about their use. Cheney has been unshakable in defense of his decision […]

US Army Bars Reservist From Re-Enlistment For Speaking To Reporter Jason Leopold About Guantanamo

US Army Bars Reservist From Re-Enlistment For Speaking To Reporter Jason Leopold About Guantanamo

This story was written by Jason Leopold and originally published on Truthout. The US Army has told a reservist who has spent half his life in the military that he is barred from re-enlisting, asserting he “leaked” classified information to this reporter during an interview in which he spoke candidly about his experiences working as […]

APA “Casebook” On Psychologist Ethics, Interrogations Fails To Convince

APA “Casebook” On Psychologist Ethics, Interrogations Fails To Convince

A new proposed “casebook” on psychologist ethics in national security settings, written by the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association (APA), tells psychologists that when assessing whether an interrogation technique is abusive or not, they should consider, among other factors, whether there are “data to support that the technique is effective in gathering accurate […]

Is Mubarak Really Gone? Slum-Dwellers Forcibly Evicted

Is Mubarak Really Gone? Slum-Dwellers Forcibly Evicted

In post-Mubarak Egypt, an estimated 850,000 people are facing forced eviction from housing deemed “unsafe” by the transition military government, according to a new report from Amnesty International (AI). The report condemns the treatment of the country’s 12 million people who live in Egypt’s vast slums. It documents “how the Egyptian authorities have persistently failed […]

History Demands Nonviolent Resistance From Us

History Demands Nonviolent Resistance From Us

We are living in extraordinary times. The gulf between rich and poor has widened to its greatest since the Gilded Age: executive salaries have skyrocketed 23% in just over a year, while wages (when adjusted for inflation) have lost ground since the 1980s. Based in large part on a corporate-backed, state-focused legislative agenda called American […]

America’s Day Of Rage Is Coming, And It’s Just The Beginning

America’s Day Of Rage Is Coming, And It’s Just The Beginning

We now have a political system that is blatantly manipulated by a jaw-dropping amount of cash from both corporate, and to a lesser extent, organized labor. Thanks to the Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited amounts of special interest money to be poured into political advertising and political action committees (and with no accountability), the […]

Myopic Extremists Take The Lead

Myopic Extremists Take The Lead

The electromagnetic spectrum is a window on the real world in all its vast variety. In wavelength it ranges from 0.1 nanometers for gamma rays to long wave infrared waves of a 1000 meters. Humankind has invented instruments that can look out into the world at all of these wave lengths. However, when it comes […]

How Much Money Could The Defense Department Save If It Stopped Trying To Save Souls?

How Much Money Could The Defense Department Save If It Stopped Trying To Save Souls?

When the average American thinks of military spending on religion, they probably think only of the money spent on chaplains and chapels. And, yes, the Department of Defense (DoD) does spend a hell of a lot of money on these basic religious accommodations to provide our troops with the opportunity to exercise their religion while […]

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