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Rights Are Not Entitlements

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

As Americans discuss our system of social supports, we constantly hear the word "entitlements" and rarely the word "rights." Of course, in America the word "entitlements" is not a neutral word.

Questions About Torture

Rev. Colin Bossen | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Rev. Colin Bossen

This month marked 11 years since the opening of the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo, where over a hundred men, many innocent, remain indefinitely d...

A Response to Kathryn Bigelow's Latest Statement on Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty ignores the fact that America's torture program inspired anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, causing many to vow revenge on the U.S. and its allies.

ReThink Review: Zero Dark Thirty - Yes, It Endorses Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.

Al Jazeera English: Too Uncomfortable For U.S. Audiences

Geri Spieler | Posted 03.11.2013 | Media
Geri Spieler

Are we uncomfortable with news that has not been sanitized by our own American-based networks? Is that the reason there is so much pushback to Al Jazeera English on U.S. network TV?

Defense Contractor Pays $5M To Abu Ghraib Prisoners

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 03.10.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in I...

Eric Holder: Prosecutorial Discretion and Extrajudicial Deaths

Tung Yin | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Tung Yin

Gul Rahman and Manadel al-Jamadi were among hundreds of detainees captured during armed conflict with U.S. forces in Afghanistan or Iraq, but unlike most of the other captives, they died in captivity.

Bad Apples Is Destined for the Big Apple

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

It's rare that you walk into a garage and see the next great work of art. That is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon Jim Leonard's new masterpiece, Bad Apples being performed into Atwarter Village Theater.

Why Is Failed Iraq Neocon Dan Senor Dictating Romney's Foreign Policy?

Washington Spectator | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Washington Spectator

Washington Spectator correspondent Wayne Barrett investigates Mitt Romney's saber-rattling advisor Dan Senor--and his disastrous record in Iraq. The...

'Ministry by Presence' and the Difference it Made at Abu Ghraib

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

Both through the reforms ordered by senior commanders and through the pro-active ministries of these new chaplains, Abu Ghraib was transformed.

U.S. Hands Over Bagram Prison To Afghans

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 11.09.2012 | World

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai welcomed Monday's handover of the main American-run prison to Afghan forces as a victory for Afgha...

The NYT Got It Right: Torturers Must Be Held Accountable

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The Attorney General closed his statement last week by arguing that the investigation "was not intended to, and does not resolve, broader questions regarding the propriety of examined conduct." When will the propriety of that conduct be examined? And who will be held responsible for these acts?

No CIA Prosecutions: the Cover-up Continues

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.31.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It's not clear what national security interest is served at this point by continuing to hide what U.S. officials did to people detained after the September 11 attacks, other than to avoid U.S. embarrassment.

Comedy Takes a Stand for the Troops in Manhattan

Jim Luce | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

If the U.S. government recruits soldiers and sends them around the world often in harm's way, it is incumbent upon our nation and its people to be there for them when the return. Stand for the Troops helps us do just that.

Three Years After Cairo: Partisan Obstruction Continues to Block Change

James Zogby | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

We live in what I call, "The house that Bush built." Both at home and abroad, the impact of the sometimes neglectful and other times reckless policies of the last administration are everywhere in evidence.

War Movie Marathon

Chris Kelly | Posted 07.27.2012 | Politics
Chris Kelly

Does torture fit with historical American values? One need only look to the filmography of the great Dana Andrews for the answer.

Should America Be Involved in Democracy Promotion in the Arab World?

James Zogby | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

We fail to recognize the damage that has been done to "brand America." While many Americans still want to see ourselves as "the shining city on the hill," we simply do not understand that is not how most Arabs see us.

Life In a Box

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.30.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Americans were once riveted by the horrific news of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Today, I believe there is another atrocity taking place inside our own American prison system.

Is Our Military Addicted to 'War Porn'?

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics
Matthis Chiroux

Our military is addicted to war porn, and this fact may ultimately usurp any legacy of honor or glory the military may cling to. No longer can the world be duped by the government-controlled facade of the U.S. soldier as a liberating force for good.

Video of Marine Atrocities Highlights Split Between Right Wing and Our Military

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Jon Soltz

There are no words to express my disgust at the video making the rounds today, of U.S. Marines apparently urinating on the dead bodies of the Taliban.

The End of the Iraq War and the Beginning of an Election Year

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In today's parlance, Iraq looks like a war that was brought to us by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent, and attempting to further some ill-defined geopolitical goal of the 1 percent.

Both Sides Now: Iraq -- End of an Error

HuffPost Radio | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgIf the base can't embrace Mitt's switches and Newt's swagger, is it their fault or voters unhinged by Fox and Obama?

NYC 'Terror' Suspect Out-Geneva's Manhattan DA

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Matthis Chiroux

And as long as the U.S. remains "at war" either literally or rhetorically, either directly or by proxy, we will continue to present our infrastructure as legitimate targets to our adversaries. If we want to be safe, we have to end the wars!

Army Sniper to Riot Police: Just Say "No, I'm Not Going to Shoot."

Pat LaMarche | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Since his return from combat, former Iraq Veterans Against the War board chair Garett Reppenhagen has tirelessly opposed the Iraq war as well as all recent acts of U.S. aggression -- including the violent attack of Occupation protesters.

A Conversation With Helen Benedict: Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Len Hollie | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

Helen Benedict has written five novels and five books of non-fiction. I recently spoke with Benedict about the unique undertaking of writing both fiction and non-fiction from the same research material.