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Smooth Sailing For Panetta

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Panetta has a more than full plate as the next CIA director. It's good he's going to be starting out without all the political distractions that many thought would derail him last month.

The GOP's Phony Honor

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Republicans are accusing Obama of disrespecting the Oval Office by not enforcing a coat and tie dress code. What next, a lecture from Karl Rove about obeying the law?

Cheney Sets the Trap

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You'd think that the at-long-last-former Vice President of the US might take his eight years of power and his 13 points of public approval and slink off to one of those undisclosed locations he liked so much.

Video for Change: The ICC and Justice for Child Soldiers in the DRC

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

The International Criminal Court commenced its first trial Jan 26, and I am inspired by the myriad and unprecedented ways video and technology have been incorporated into the proceedings.

Memorial Day, Abu Ghraib Film, Opens in NYC

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ryan J. Davis

Memorial Day begins with a group of young Americans partying at a beach town over their holiday break and follows their army service at an Iraqi Prison.

Days of our Lives

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

When I picked up the paper the morning of November 5th, I still couldn't believe it. As the weeks passed, every story reminded me that, yes, Barack Hussein Obama had indeed won.

A New Approach to Terrorism

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Kennedy

A war on terror which undermines the most basic values of society -- life, liberty, the rule of law -- is not worth waging if we end up creating a society which mirrors the repression we battled in the first place.

Obama, Islamic World and Obstacles of "Mutual Respect"

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omid Memarian

You cannot just declare respect and move on, you must recognize how much damage your predecessor has done.

Abu Ghraib Prison To Reopen -- With Facelift And New Name

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq will reopen the notorious Abu Ghraib prison next month, but it's getting a facelift and a new name, a senior justice official sai...

Obama Faces Daunting Task Winning Over Arab World

GlobalPost.com | Caryle Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIYADH -- A Saudi friend recently asked me a difficult question. Norah Al Hassawi was lamenting the horrible televised scenes of bloodshed and huma...

Bush's Final Press Conference: White House Interns Forced To Fill Seats

The Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bush's final press conference was, at best, a maladroit, awkward, and typically belated attempt at final fence-mending before the president leaves off...

Obama on Torture: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

This answer tracks the language of many torture apologists (and advocates) in Washington, who posit a choice between protecting the country today and second-guessing the past.

What Do Torture and Porn Have in Common? More Than You Might Think.

Susannah Breslin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susannah Breslin

While many Americans have seen photos from Abu Ghraib, many have turned a blind-eye to their country's position on torture. Video games encourage us to engage deeply with complicated questions, torture among them.

CIA: The Panetta Pick and the Feinstein Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Feinstein's call for the appointment of a CIA director who can be linked to the practices Obama has made clear must end demonstrates how out of touch she is on intelligence.

Joe Klein Proposes Bush Memorial In Washington: Statue Of Hooded Abu Ghraib Prisoner

Time | Joe Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"This is not the America I know," President George W. Bush said after the first, horrifying pictures of U.S. troops torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghr...

Obama Prompted To Prosecute Bush

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With few exceptions the transition period has been a model of presidential goodwill and cooperation. Apparently, the curious users who have been submi...

If Terrorism Is a Cancer, Treat It Like One

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

In the spirit of President-elect Obama's call for unity, the present divide between opponents and supporters of the war in Iraq needs to be healed. O...

Making His List: Presidential Pardons and Torture

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

At their essence, human rights, including a ban on torture, are about respecting human dignity. They are guiding principles for how and what governments ought and ought not do.

Clint and Cheney: a Tale of Two Dicks

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The VP and Eastwood's character are both gruff, prickly, taciturn, sandpaper-voiced men, given to conservative views, macho posturing, and a narrow view of right and wrong. And they both always seem on the verge of telling people around them to go f**k themselves. Read More Will The Madoff Debacle Finally End The "Who Could Have Known?" Era? Iraq. Fannie Mae. Citigroup. Bernie Madoff. When you look at the elements that were crucial to the creation of each of these debacles, it's amazing how much in common they all have. And not just in how they began but in how they ended: with those responsible being amazed at what happened, because...who could have known? Read More Watch: Arianna Talks New Media and Politics with Ashton Kutcher

Cheney's Confession Should Lead to Criminal Investigation of Bush's Torture Policies

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If the Bush administration would have at least acted like they might have done something wrong, maybe we could have moved on. But if Cheney is going on national TV to endorse torture, he has tied the hands of the country.

Shoe Fetishism...The Arab Way!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

If our journalists in the Arab world were as good at investigating and writing stories as they were in shoe tossing, we would have perhaps uncovered a whole series of Abu Ghraibs or even more horrific stories.

Bush Ducks Flying Shoes -- Any Footwear for Donald Rumsfeld?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

There are not enough shoes in the world to express adequately the outrages the world has endured from the Bush administration over the past eight years.

A History of Music Torture in the "War on Terror"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

U.S. military personnel were ordered to keep prisoners awake by blasting ear-splittingly loud music at them -- for days, weeks or even months on end -- at prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Flag International: Global Perspectives On The American Flag

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lauri Lyons

What is America? Growing up, I have been able to view the country from several perspectives: Black, female, first-generation American, and a former military child.

A Bright New Day - But What Now, President Obama?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Millions of Americans have proved that they are hungry for change and have elected a president whose very identity bridges a divide in American society.