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Shocking reports reveal U.S. torture widespread

‘Architects of torture policy must be held accountable’ New reports of torture of detainees show the U.S. as a global enforcer gone wild.

Book review: Veterans storm the pages of history

From the Revolution of 1776 onward, America’s war veterans have forced their way onto the pages of history, and they are doing so now.

Media reform movement gathers momentum

ST. LOUIS - Over 2,000 media activists from across the country attended “Gathering, Momentum” the National Conference on Media Reform, held here May 13-15.

Groups suing FBI over monitoring of activities

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five civil rights, animal rights and environmental groups are joining together to sue the FBI to release records about monitoring of anti-war and other political activities by federal agents assigned to counterterrorism duties.

Reporters notebook

In the 2001 movie “Oceans Eleven” starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Julia Roberts, a gang of thieves wanted to rob a casino. The problem they faced was getting the money out of the heavily guarded vault. Their bold solution was to put the cash in the bags of the bomb squad team which had been called in to foil the theft. This reminds me of the role in the pension heist now being played by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC). click here for related article

U.S. blocks agreements

UNITED NATIONS — Nearly two weeks into the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference here, the first step — agreement on an agenda — has been reached. However, the process of beginning the conference’s work immediately stalled, again due to barriers put up by the Bush administration. click here for related article

Leak shows U.S. fixed intelligence to sell war

Classified British documents, recently published in The Times of London, reveal that President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly agreed to attack Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein and had discussed “fixing” intelligence and facts to support that decision, months before congressional authorization was sought.

Preserving the tradition of the Negro spiritual

DOVER, Del. (AP) — They speak of sorrow, oppression and strength. They cry for freedom and faith, many of the words familiar even to the littlest ones: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” But beyond the simple melodies and easy-to-remember lyrics that helped make them staples of American popular music, Negro spirituals are an enduring legacy of the slaves who relied on them for both solace and hope. More than a century later, the message is no less powerful or inspiring.

Bushs Yalta myths

George Bush is back from his trip to Riga, Moscow and Tbilisi after turning a celebration of the end of World War II into propaganda for his administration’s militarist policies.

Living wage offers ray of light for homeless

A labor-community coalition in Albuquerque, N.M., is involved in a campaign to adopt a living-wage ordinance in the city. This article summarizes Martin’s remarks at an April 24 conference, organized by the New Mexico People’s Weekly World Committee, to build alliances to help defeat the Bush agenda.

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