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Horrors in the Rear-View Mirror: Ten Years of Iraq

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Why look back?" some of them say. Here's why. ...

Society Instructs Hollywood on 'Moral Ambiguity' of Torture: Or, What the Zero Dark Thirty Controversy Means

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Film, whether big-screen or TV, is a powerful medium of representation; it has the power to define. And with this controversy, Society pushed back and said we do not like how this film represents or defines us.

Christina Wilkie

Iraq War Contractors Still Fighting -- In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Rumsfeld declared war on the Pentagon bureaucracy on a quiet, sunny Monday seven months into his tenure as secretary of defense. ...

Review: Nick Turse's Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Peter Van Buren

As America again makes war on an industrial scale on nations far less advanced, and commits again torture, assassinations, mass killings and keeps secret prisons while all the while trying to hide its dirty hands from the American public, that Turse's book was published in 2013 is no accident.

Evil and the Scapegoat

Arthur D. Colman | Posted 03.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Arthur D. Colman

Creating scapegoats is not without its hazards to the perpetrators or community at large.

Abu Ghraib Revisited

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Robert Koehler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhy are we waging this war? Why are we continuing to terrorize parts of Central Asia with our drone strikes?

Journeying From Evil To Heroism

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Philip Zimbardo

2013-03-08-PhilipZimbardo_2008stageshot1.jpgWhy did some kids give in and start down that slippery slope of evil, while others resisted and stayed on the right side of that line separating good from evil?

Petraeus' Torture Teams

John Tirman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
John Tirman

The Guardian has just published an exposé of interrogation teams run by two U.S. operatives acting under the authority of General David Petraeus in Iraq. It's clear that Petraeus not only knew of the "enhanced interrogation," but likely hired the thugs who were involved in it.

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.