The Senate Torture report confirms that Guantánamo was a place of torture and indefinite detention, and continues to be an international embarrassment.
President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba deserves applause. Normalization, however, will not be complete until the U.S. ends its economic embargo and returns Guantánamo Bay to Cuba.
The L.A. Times recently reported that Latino voters may opt to sit out the upcoming mid-term elections. Why? Because as one man lamented, it is President Obama’s failure to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.
My 19-year old son died of AIDS back in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. The hysteria surrounding the Ebola crisis reminds me somewhat of the hysteria in the early days of the AIDS crisis. There was a plethora of misinformation, risky rumors, blaming of the victim, and lots of finger pointing.
Looking back over Obama’s years as president, It seems clear that racism is a factor in the GOP’s threat to impeach Obama.
Shortly after Obama became president, an international poll showed him to be the most admired person in the world. But that was then and this is now. Now his international image seems to have devolved to a seemingly deplorable level.
Iraq is descending into civil war. The nation is close to a partition of the country into Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish zones, a predictable result of Bush’s ill-advised, unnecessary war.
It is unfortunate that the debate about the prisoner swap – U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officials – disregards or at least minimizes the fact that prior to the swap, there were 149 still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, of which 78 are still imprisoned after being cleared for release and 38 the U.S. has said it lacks evidence to prosecute but claims they are too dangerous to release.
Senator John Boehner recently derided the President as being “nuts” for believing the Keystone pipeline could cause environmental damage. Never mind that he qualified his assessment by noting that he was not a scientist, never mind the threat of eco-terrorism on that pipeline that could be disastrous, never mind that we need to focus on cleaner, renewable energies.
The Obama administration announced January 3 executive actions intended to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a rule whereby states can submit information on such people to the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
To much of the world, it appears that our president is indecisive, unsure of his options, and unable to amass consensus on how to proceed on the issue of Syria
Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offenses for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years
Following the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq in December 2011, can the U.S. claim victory or did the Obama administration adopt the face-saving solution of “Just declare victory and get out,” a position proposed by the late Senator George Akin of Vermont at the end of the Vietnam war?
Evidence of alleged sarin gas use has supposedly come from human tissue samples. A few dozen Syrians are said to have been killed. If true, did Assad forces or the opposition forces use these chemical weapons and why was only a small amount of sarin used?
Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film shows graphic scenes of US torture including waterboarding, beating, sleep deprivation, humiliation, and psychological torture.