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Commentary :: Human Rights
Torture Never Stopped Under Obama
26 Jan 2010
What is Torture? It can be physical or psychological, quick or unhurried. It implies lasting trauma unbefitting a human. The U.N. defines torture as:

“ ...any act by which severe pain or suffering, physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession…” (U.N. Convention Against Torture).

By this definition the U.S. continues to practice torture. Yes, Obama outlawed some especially shocking forms of torture — water boarding, for example — but other types of torture were not labeled “torture” and thus continue.
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News :: International
Currency Adjustment: Necessary, but is it Socialist?
26 Jan 2010
"Another—more economically democratic, and hence more socialist—measure would be to move away from the dilemma between state pricing and market pricing, towards prices that are negotiated cooperatively between consumers and producers, between communities and factories. Such a long-term project would represent a real move towards participatory or 21st century socialism."
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Review :: War and Militarism
The Role of Neoconservatives - and Israel's Right Wing - in the War in Iraq
26 Jan 2010
Review of the Transparent Cabal
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News :: Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights
5 Animal Rights Requests of Dollar General
26 Jan 2010
an end to meat promotion on website,
vegan alternatives, etc
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Commentary :: Politics
How Liberals Strengthen the Right Wing
25 Jan 2010
The Democrats look around, blindly, after losing their long-held Senate seat in Massachusetts, and with it their Senate super-majority. They wrongly blame the voters, or their “populist” opponent, but rarely themselves. The Democrats’ claim to be “shocked,” but this scenario is now too familiar in the U.S. two-party system — that corporate-owned game of political musical chairs.



Just when it seemed that the Democrats could finally “do something” — since they had a year of super-majority status in the Senate — a wrench was somehow thrown in the machinery.
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News :: Globalization : International : Politics : Social Welfare
The crisis in Venezuela: understanding the causes, assigning blame and suggesting solutions
25 Jan 2010
* The public pronouncement from the Editorial Collective of El Libertario in mid-January 2010 on the current situation in Venezuela.
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Commentary :: Media
When Authors Are Authoritative
25 Jan 2010
It is not mere coincidence the word authority takes command from the word author, or a group of authors acting as a united force. Both words are coequal and stem from the idea that some form of egotistic persuasion has come to dominate or rule. This authoritarian reality is true irrespective of whether people put their faith in law, religion, articulated ideology, or any other form of persuasive power. Yet there is little doubt that the most effective form of authority, if believed, is that which speaks fore an endgame result of lasting spiritual finality—namely those clerics, that is how their personalities, claim to speak for an ultimate power of religion, and the ego-will of God, Yahweh or Allah. What mere mortal can stand up to what Hobbes has described as the Leviathan or the iron-fisted state?
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Focus on Haiti: Washington's Militarized Takeover
25 Jan 2010
Washington plans exploitation, not humanitarian aid
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LOCAL News :: Politics
Was the Senate election thrown?
25 Jan 2010
Hold the phone Thom! Black Box Voting is looking into a potential Diebold scam in Massachusetts. Check it: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
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News :: GLBT/Queer
California Governor Candidate Stewart Alexander Backing Same-Sex Marriage Rights
24 Jan 2010
Stewart Alexander is confident that Californians will be voting on the issue of same-sex marriage rights in November; however, Alexander says it is necessary to win the vote and to win the decision of the courts. With little or no money to finance a political campaign, Alexander is prepared to challenge a billionaire and the multi-millionaires in the California governor’s race to defend same-sex marriage rights.
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