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Threat of civil war looms in Lebanon

Posted: 17 Dec 2010 10:30 AM PST

The Guardian reports: More than six months of menacing political rhetoric is likely to reach a potent day of reckoning in Lebanon soon when indictments are handed down after a five-year investigation to determine who killed the fragile state’s former leader Rafik Hariri. The indictments are almost certain to implicate at least three members of the militia […]

The legal assault on WikiLeaks and press freedom

Posted: 17 Dec 2010 08:30 AM PST

As the Justice Department develops a legal strategy for attacking WikiLeaks it will be looking for political cover to defend itself from the charge that it is attacking the First Amendment rights of a free press and will do so by arguing that what WikiLeaks does is not journalism. The administration’s lack of interest in defending […]

The United States: imperial by design

Posted: 17 Dec 2010 06:00 AM PST

In The National Interest, John Mearsheimer writes: In the first years after the Cold War ended, many Americans had a profound sense of optimism about the future of international politics. President Bill Clinton captured that mood when he told the UN General Assembly in September 1993: It is clear that we live at a turning point in […]

The House Committee for Promoting Islamophobia in America

Posted: 17 Dec 2010 04:00 AM PST

The New York Times reports: The Republican who will head the House committee that oversees domestic security is planning to open a Congressional inquiry into what he calls “the radicalization” of the Muslim community when his party takes over the House next year. Representative Peter T. King of New York, who will become the chairman of the […]

India accused of systematic use of torture in Kashmir

Posted: 17 Dec 2010 03:00 AM PST

The Guardian reports: US officials had evidence of widespread torture by Indian police and security forces and were secretly briefed by Red Cross staff about the systematic abuse of detainees in Kashmir, according to leaked diplomatic cables released tonight. The dispatches, obtained by website WikiLeaks, reveal that US diplomats in Delhi were briefed in 2005 by the […]

Al Qaeda braced for a war without end

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 07:14 PM PST

Syed Saleem Shahzad reports: Richard Holbrooke, the United States special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan who died on Monday aged 69, had come to the realization that the nine-year war in Afghanistan had to come to an end. Stopping the war will not be an easy matter. The situation on the ground is not so simple. […]

Who gets to feed from the trough of classified information?

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 05:00 PM PST

Robert Naiman points out that the only reason we know that President Obama’s Afghan “progress” report is at variance with the reports coming from the intelligence community, is thanks to classified information being made public — without being declassified. [T]he reason that we know that the collective assessments of the 16 US intelligence agencies give a […]

The DOJ’s conspiracy to criminalize investigative journalism

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 04:30 PM PST

The New York Times has reported that the Department of Justice is investigating the possibility that Julian Assange could be charged as a conspirator in the leaking of classified documents. The aim would be to draw a distinction between Assange’s actions and those of journalists. But as Glenn Greenwald points out, investigation journalism involves all […]

Will the Afghanistan war break Obama’s presidency?

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 03:47 PM PST

Simon Tisdall writes: Barack Obama puts a brave face on it. The Afghan war is winnable, he insists. “We are going to break the Taliban’s momentum,” he told US troops at Bagram this month. He repeated the mantra today. But American commentators and analysts, across the political spectrum, are wondering aloud: will it happen the other […]

Bill McKibben: Why Obama and Cancún miss the point

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 01:07 PM PST

Reprinted with permission of TomDispatch.com At the moment, if you live in the American Midwest, where part of the roof of a football stadium just collapsed under the weight of a massive snowfall, or in Europe in the grips of a frigid cold spell, it may seem strange to be talking about warming, global or otherwise, no less vanishing […]

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