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Avoiding Impunity: The Need to Broaden Torture Prosecutions

American prison in AfghanistanPresident Barack Obama declared "nobody's above the law" in 2009, as Congress contemplated an investigation of torture authorized by the Bush administration. However, Obama has failed to honor those words. His Justice Department proclaimed its intention to grant a free pass to Bush officials and their lawyers who constructed a regime of torture and abuse. US Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that his office will investigate only two instances of detainee mistreatment. He said the department "has determined that an expanded criminal investigation of the remaining matters is not warranted." Holder has granted impunity to those who authorized, provided legal cover, and carried out the "remaining matters."

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Freedom Flotilla II: Blocked but not Defeated

noflyOn July 7, Israel National News writer Elad Benari headlined, "Failed Flotilla: Only 2 Ships Leave for Gaza," saying:

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Slanting Rafiq Hariri’s Assassination

Rafiq HaririBy Dan Lieberman

A United Nations (UN) Special Tribunal received a mandate to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and handed down indictments to prosecutors in Lebanon. Its indictments named four men, Mustafa Badreddine, Salim Ayyash, Asad Sabra, and Hasan Ainessi, with “ties” to Hezbollah. The “leaks” do not refer to the involvement of any political party or indicate that the indicted represented a specific organization. It’s not far fetched that we might eventually learn that the bombing was a Mafia type contract and occurred due to a rupture of business relationships. Nevertheless, the media slanted the news to an indictment of Hezbollah and strained to find information to support its revelations. Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, added fuel to the embers by permitting himself to be quoted as saying, “he would never surrender the indicted to authorities.”

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Jewish Self-Reflection is Overdue

Harvard University Yiddish Professor Ruth WisseIn an audio interview , Harvard University Yiddish Professor Ruth Wisse has condemned ongoing attempts by international activists to set sail for Gaza, on what she calls a “kill-the-Jews flotilla.”

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Health Care in Cuba and America

havana-cheUnder Article 50 of Cuba's Constitution:

"Everyone has the right to health protection and care. The state guarantees this right:

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