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America's ongoing shame and disgrace
"To mark the 11th shameful year of Guantánamo, filmmaker Laura Poitras follows the journey home to Yemen of Adnan Latif, who has been called "the human face of indefinite detention." Held for ten years without charges and cleared at least three times for release due to an extraordinary lack of evidence - but never, finally, released - he was found dead in his cell last September in circumstances that remain cloudy. The film is still, largely silent, almost unbearably heartbreaking, and rage-inducing. From one of Latif's poems: "Where is the world?"
Go here to view the documentary. Moving and likely to induce rage..........
"Palestinian municipal elections were supposed to be held last week. Instead, they were canceled. A statement released by the Palestinian Authority claimed the cancellation was "in order to pave the way for a successful end to the siege on Gaza and for continued efforts at unity" between Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and the government in the West Bank.
The cancellation of this election was an unjustified, unlawful, and unacceptable act. It damages democratic rights and makes a mockery of the interests of the Palestinian people.
But this is far more than an internal Palestinian issue. The only lasting peace between Isr…
The so-called "war on terror" has shown itself up in a multitude of manifestations. The most dangerous thing has been governments using the "excuse" of the war to restrict certain civil liberties, allowing government agencies to pursue a variety of things that they would otherwise would not - and should not - be allowed to do and gathering, and retaining, a variety of information on its citizens.
"The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials.
The personal travel records are meant to be stored for as lo…