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Entries by William J. Furney from 10/2013

The Spies Who Hate Us

| Posted 10.16.2013 | World

Britain and America's Orwellian spy agencies seem to think they know what's best for their respective, snooped-upon citizens, even if it means apparent side-stepping of democratic institutions designed to keep them in check.

The Cost of a Lie: Half a Million Dead in Iraq

| Posted 10.17.2013 | World

Is it right to blame leaders -- directly -- for such loss of life? When there was no real reason for war in the first place, the only ethical answer can, of course, be yes. And herein lies one of the main paradoxes of Western powers and their actions.

Cracks Appear for Assange the Martyr

| Posted 10.19.2013 | UK Politics

Like humankind's fabled saviour over two millennia ago, there is no doubt that the Australian website operator Julian Assange is suffering. He hasn't been outside or seen his family in over a year. He is, he apparently feels, being crucified. It's enough to drive anyone half-mad, if not entirely around the bend.