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Beyond Language: Reflections on the Arakan Tragedy

Myanmar's 800,000 stateless Rohingya are described by the UN as one of the world's most persecuted minorities [AFP]Yesterday I listened to the Turkish First Lady, the wife of the Prime Minister, Emine Erdogan, speak about her recent harrowing visit to the Rohingya people in the the federal state of Arakan ( formerly now known as Rakhine) who are located in northwestern Burma (aka Myanmar).

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Intensified Warrantless Spying in America

Warrantless SpyingNewly released ACLU Justice Department documents and Kurt Eichenwald's just published book titled "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars" provide new information on lawless spying in America.

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Understanding the Death Penalty

Death Penalty50 Years of Politics and Public Opinion

On November 6th California voters will go to the polls to vote on Proposition 34: The Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement (SAFE) California Act, which would replace California’s death penalty with a sentence of life in prison with no chance of a parole (LWOP). The success or failure of Prop 34 will not only determine the future of California’s capital punishment system, but it will be a bellwether for other states grappling with similar concerns.

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Endless War on Terror

civilian-casualtiesHuge cost for Australia & America

The 11th anniversary of the war criminal US invasion of Afghanistan (7 October 2001) has just passed. The US War on Terror has had a disastrous impact not just on Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and other Muslim countries but also upon the US itself and on Australia, one of America’s most slavish allies. The War on Terror  was precipitated by the 9-11 atrocity that in the view of many science, engineering, architecture, aviation, military and intelligence experts must have involved the American Government itself (with some asserting Israeli involvement.)

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Argo's Asinine Auteur and his American Audience

A defaced Great Seal of the United States at the former U.S. embassy, Tehran, Iran, as it appeared in 2004Are We Hostages to Hollywood History?

Ben Affleck's new film, Argo, hit theaters today. It tells the tale of six American diplomats who, having escaped the besieged Embassy in Tehran in late 1979 and taken shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor, were successfully smuggled out of Iran in a daring Hollywood-produced CIA operation under the guise of being a Canadian film crew.

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