Rights Group Releases ‘Torture Database’ Of Bush-Era Interrogation Documents

via Think Progress The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today released their “Torture Database”website, making over 100,000 pages of government documents on the George W. Bush administration’s interrogation policies, primarily obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by the ACLU,… Continue Reading  

Bahrain Repression Belies Government Stand on Dialogue


by Emile Nakhleh Bahrain remains a repressive state, and civil rights are violated daily. Forty-one years ago, Bahrain celebrated its first year independence as a budding democracy.  This December it will celebrate its forty-second independence as a practitioner of repression… Continue Reading  

Magic and the Machine

Living in an American Age of Techno-Wonder and Unreason via Tom Dispatch By Lewis H. Lapham [A longer version of this essay appears in “Magic Shows,” the Summer 2012 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, and is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission… Continue Reading  

Where are the Iran talks heading after Moscow?


To anyone trying to guess where this year’s re-engagement of Iran by the Obama administration is likely to lead, two things look clearer in the aftermath of the 18-19 June talks in Moscow. First, the administration appears to have thought… Continue Reading  

Hawks on Iran

Lobe Log publishes Hawks on Iran every Friday. Our posts highlight militaristic commentary and confrontational policy recommendations about Iran from a variety of sources including news articles, think tanks and pundits. William Kristol & Jamie Fly, Weekly Standard: Neoconservative pundit William… Continue Reading