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American Exceptionalism and Torture

American Exceptionalism

by William Blum

In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds. 1

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Who is afraid of Palestinian statehood?

State of Palestine

Splendid Isolation

Almost A thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine.

I am honored to be among the signatories, which include former ministers and members of the Knesset, diplomats and generals, artists and businessmen, writers and poets, including Israel's three outstanding writers Amos Oz, David Grossman and A. B. Yehoshua.

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Torture in Israeli Prisons

Torture in Israeli Prisons

Washington and Israel replicate each other's worst crimes. A previous article discussed a UN Committee Against Torture report. Citing grave US civil and human rights abuses. Including systematic use of torture. Senate Intelligence Committee members confirmed it. In highly redacted form.

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'Cuban Five' at Heart of US-Cuba Deal

Cuban Five

In the course of delivering his historic speech dramatically altering US Cuba policy, President Barack Obama briefly mentioned that the United States released three Cuban agents. These men are members of the “Cuban Five,” who were imprisoned for gathering information on US-based Cuban exile groups planning terrorist actions against Cuba. Without their release, Cuba would never have freed Alan Gross. And Obama could not have undertaken what ten presidents before him refused to do: normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.

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The Loss of US and USS Liberty

The Passionate Attachment. America's Involvement with Israel, 1947 to the Present

Israel and the US Empire are supposedly best friends, although the history between the two nations tells a different story.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


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