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U.N. General Assembly 2012: Leaders Spend Millions As Their Citizens Starve | The Huffington Post

By Lili Holzer-Glier, 100Reporters Beneath the 193 fluttering flags representing the United Nations’ member states cruises a glossy Mercedes with tinted windows and diplomatic license plates. Security personnel whisper into their sleeves as a Bentley slips through the United Nations’ gates. Staffers bustle between buildings, making final preparations for visiting prime ministers, presidents and diplomats. Although the General Assembly does ...

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Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war: Desmond Tutu | The Observer

Anti-apartheid hero attacks former prime minister over ‘double standards on war crimes’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the ...

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Chris Hedges: ‘Life Is Sacred’ | Truthdig

All natural resources are being exploited until exhaustion. They will diminish and soon vanish. Droughts are affecting forests in the Northeast as well as the Northwest. The wintertime die-off of pine beetles and other pests—a reduction vital for the health of the forests—is no longer happening as the planet steadily warms. The traditional hardwoods of the northern forests and the ...

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Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers | Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk

The Obama administration’s aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the “war on terror” crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, ...

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9/11 hearings: Hear no evil | Opinion, Al Jazeera

By Lisa Hajjar, professor of sociology at the University of California The challenge the government faces is how to prosecute people who have been tortured without putting the torturers and those who authorised them on trial, too. Of course, no one responsible for CIA torture has actually been put on trial, but these 9/11 defendants are a weak link in ...

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UN investigator condemns Corrie court ruling | JPost

A UN investigator condemned an Israeli court on Thursday for clearing the military of blame for the death of American activist crushed by an army bulldozer, calling it a “victory for impunity”. The ruling handed down on Tuesday on the civil suit brought by the family of Rachel Corrie was part of a pattern of decisions exonerating Israeli military actions ...

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Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes | Wired.com

It seemed like a simple enough idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America’s many undeclared wars. But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store — and therefore, from iPhones everywhere. The Cupertino company says the content is “objectionable and crude,” according to Apple’s latest ...

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Owen Jones: Getting rid of George W. B7ush wasn’t enough. The US remains a bully | The Independent

How easy it was to scrutinise US power when George W. Bush was in office. After all, it was difficult to defend an administration packed with such repulsive characters, like Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, whose attitude towards the rest of the world amounted to thuggish contempt. Many will shudder remembering that dark era: the naked human pyramids accompanied by ...

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