NEW FBI FILES DESCRIBE ABUSE OF IRAQ INMATES: F.B.I. memorandums portray abuse of prisoners by American military personnel in Iraq that included detainees' being beaten and choked and having lit cigarettes placed in their ears, according to newly released government documents.The documents, released Monday in connection with a lawsuit accusing the government of being complicit in torture, also include accounts by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who said they had seen detainees in … [Read more...]

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NEW FREEDOM HOUSE REPORT. Russia downgraded to "Not Free" for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union; modest gains in the Middle East and North Africa; more. Via The Corner. … [Read more...]

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APPARENTLY THE WARRANTY JUST RAN OUT ON MY LIFE: Computer crashed in a fashion so exotic I saw screens I'd never seen before. (Fixed now--thank you, Old Oligarch.) Sink and bathtub both need a fixin'. Fluorescent lights over sink, i.e. the lights I can't fix myself, burnt out. (Fixed now, at a cost of $6.) The ol' ratty jeans with a hole at the knee are now my "good pants." DVD/CD player broke.And my neck hurts.I mean, not like, "Oh, my neck hurts." That was yesterday. Today is more like, A … [Read more...]

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TORTURE'S PATH: Newsweek on Gonzales. … [Read more...]

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LATEST CHRENKOFF "GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ" ROUNDUP. As always, there's some sunshine painted on the data to make okayish news look better, but just as a journalistic point I'll note that Chrenkoff is finding those little, unflashy, ten-point-headline stories that do in fact change many people's lives. In this roundup there's a ton of election stuff, plus anti-corruption efforts, computer education, the underground labor movement finally coming into the open, a trove of infrastructure-related links … [Read more...]

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I know that I must watch your blog, although it dooms me, Though it consumes me...After Abortion has a lot of great stuff up right now, including college abortion/pregnancy policies and Democrats, pro-lifers, and shame. Go there!Get Religion: "Help us out, readers: Do you have any favorite stories of forgiveness -- whether of seeking it or extending it?"And dueling op-eds take on Richard H. Sander's claim that affirmative action in law schools has led to fewer black lawyers. Sander makes … [Read more...]

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IRAQ ELECTIONS BLOG. Link-o-rama. Via The Corner. … [Read more...]

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