Torture’s Political Invisibility

by John Buell August 19, 2008 the Bangor Daily News That U.S. military personnel — and their superiors — supported the torture of enemy combatants elicits disturbingly little outrage among most voters. Human beings seldom torture those they regard as like themselves. Humans need and crave community, but throughout history narrow definitions of community and…
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We drive. They get sick.

Tar Sands: Environmental justice, treaty rights and Indigenous Peoples Clayton Thomas-Müller, March/April 2008, Canadian Dimension magazine Tar Sands: Environment justice, treaty rights and Indigenous Peoples Pulling crude from the tar sands As a conventional reserves of crude oil tighten, the race is on in northern Alberta, where fleets of dinosaur -sized trucks are tearing apart…
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God Help Us

It’s Kristallnacht 2007 9/11 again. The ninth of November for Europeans. The burning of the synagogue in Ober Ramstdt during Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938. The local fire-department prevented the fire from spreading to a nearby home, but made no attempt to intervene in the synagogue fire. Trudy Isenberg Collection, USHMM Archives The US Holocaust Museum…
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UK Holocaust Curriculum

UK Treasury, Pears Foundation Pledge £1.5m. for Holocaust Education Article by Jonny Paul, In the Jerusalem Post Britain’s Treasury and the Pears Foundation, a major contributor to education and civil rights causes in the UK and abroad, will each contribute £250,000 a year for three years to the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) to train instructors…
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A White New Orleans?

This May Be From Katrina Today, Congress has the opportunity to help thousands of New Orleans residents come back home.  The Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007 would re-open desperately needed public housing units and make sure there is no loss of affordable public housing in New Orleans. The bill quickly passed the…
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Ineffable & Unspeakable

An Optimism Too Far for Palestine-Israel? By Timothy Seidel in Ekklesia 12 Apr 2007 United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently travelled through the Middle East, making visits with Israelis and Palestinians, bringing with her, many have speculated, little more than another round of optimism. This familiar aura of hard-to-pin-down optimism was also found…
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