Giving the Torturers a Pass

During Watergate, senior US officials went to jail for lying and obstructing justice. Many politicians have gone to prison for taking bribes and for corruption. But it’s somehow unthinkable to prosecute Bush administration officials implicated in torture and murder, an attitude that Marjorie Cohn rejects.

Shattering Israel’s Image

Netanyahu masterfully manipulated public opinion over the years to justify his misadventures and continued occupation in the name of national security, while bringing the peace process to a grinding halt, points out Alon Ben-Meir.

Go West, Young Han

The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length, notes Pepe Escobar.

Cheney’s depraved defense of torture

By suggesting that everyone who was tortured was guilty, Cheney ignores the innocent victims of torture, reports Lou Dubose.

The Angels and Devils of our Last Four Years

We know today about both our angels and our devils, and they will battle for our souls for some years to come. We have become normal countries, in the early years of our painful birth, says Rami G. Khouri.

Eric Holder: Profiling Continues

This week, the new guidance was finally issued. It was more than a disappointment; it was an outrage. Instead of ending Ashcroft-era profiling, the new guidance opened new loopholes, stresses James Zogby.

Where Obama’s immigration policy stands in the Republican war

If judged on the merits, Obama's immigration order is clearly within the constitutional limits of his authority, writes John Stoehr.

The Abolition of Abolition

As the Christmas season approaches, could there be a sadder story of hopes dashed, promise sunk, and the world set for another century on what James Carroll calls the road to “nuclear perdition”?

The Media and the Senate Torture Report

With no real examination of the culpability of the Bush White House in crafting the torture policy and no political will to prosecute the outrageous wrongdoing of those who carried it out, there’s little actual precedent here to dissuade future (or current) administrations from the same flawed, moral calculus on torture’s acceptability, argues Reed Richardson.

Trapped In Their Public Narrative

I am not naive to suggest that by merely changing their public narrative positively, the Palestinians will instantly and dramatically alter the political map in Israel, writes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

In a country in which war has failed dismally to advance national policy for 13 years and in which no official in Washington is allowed to give that obvious reality any thought at all, Adam Hochschild’s essay is a crucial reminder of the important of keeping the idea of opposition to American-style war and a penchant for peace alive in this country.

Drowning in Gaza

I first met the Awajah family in August 2009, in the tent where they were living. I filmed them as they told me what had happened to them eight months earlier during the military invasion that Israel called Operation Cast Lead, writesJen Marlowe.

Barack Obama: Progressive Americans’ Pyrite-Politician

Sorry, folks; Mr. Obama may be accused of many things, but progressivism, much less socialism, is not likely something which is evidenced in his presidential lexicon, argues Ben Tanosborn.

How Netanyahu Committed Political Suicide

Netanyahu has lost tremendous political ground; it may not manifest itself today but it will eventually sink into the Israelis’ minds what this travesty was all about, writes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

Party On! The War Party Ascendant

Tom Engelhardt writes to focus on the crucial aspects of war, American-style, that were missing from the blitz of Hagel coverage -- especially that, after 13 years of failed war across the planet, the War Party (and when it comes to war there’s really only one party in Washington) remains ascendant.

Las Vegas and the Global Casino We Call Wall Street

In her unforgettable portrait of Las Vegas, Rebecca Solnit offers the ultimate anatomy of casino capitalism and the various gambles that have been taken with this planet and its inhabitants.

A Dangerous CIA ‘Reform’

The CIA’s original purpose was to coordinate intelligence and provide unbiased analyses to US presidents to avert another Pearl Harbor, but politicians and operatives have corrupted the process, a problem that CIA Director Brennan would make worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman.

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?

In the past few years, the Pentagon has issued several reports which concur that the greatest threat to U.S. national security is posed by climate change and potential environmental disasters, notes Kathy Kelly.

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New competitions at 8th edition of Al Dhafra Festival
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300 poets from 29 countries to be interviewed for Prince of Poets
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Optimism to all Syrians as countryman wins Arab Idol contest
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Drama out of tragedy: Syria women present new version of ‘Antigone’
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AC Milan outline plans for new 'Emirates' all-seater stadium
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Turkish actress insulted for translating for Pope
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In Lebanon, seaside garden blooms on towering ‘mountain' of trash
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Saudi Arabia extends detention of women driving activists
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On Olympic TV, flame would never expire
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Beware at moment of log-on: Iran web technicians can identify you!
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