The Banality of Haspel

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by John Feffer Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who has served the U.S. intelligence community with distinction for more than 30 years. As the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, Haspel has received endorsements from six former… Continue Reading  

Islamic Reformation: The Antidote to Terrorism

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by Emile Nakhleh The horrific terrorist attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo has once again raised the question about violence and Islam. Why is it, some ask, that so much terrorism has been committed in the name of… Continue Reading  

The CIA-SSCI Feud and US Capacity for Self-Reflection in the “War on Terror”

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by Derek Davison The CIA and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) have been embroiled for several weeks in a dispute over the declassification of a sweeping Senate report, the product of an investigation into the George W. Bush-era CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation” program. The SSCI’s… Continue Reading  

Edward Snowden in Russia

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by Robert E. Hunter Edward Snowden has left Moscow for an “undisclosed location” in Russia, with a one-year freedom-of-the-country pass. The US government is naturally incensed with Russian President Vladimir Putin. To borrow a Russian phrase coined by Nikolai Chernyshevsky… Continue Reading  

If The Yasiin Bey Video Was Hard To Stomach…

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by Jared Metzker By now millions of people have seen the video of Yasiin Bey (a hip hop artist and actor formerly known as Mos Def) being strapped to a chair and force-fed in a manner similar to that used… Continue Reading