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Words and Deeds: President Obama delivers eloquent defense of free speech and democracy at U.N. General Assembly (with text and video links)

  On September 25, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly, delivering a nuanced and eloquent defense of the right to freedom of speech, liberty, and democracy. See Remarks by the President…


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By publicly naming person behind anti-Muslim film, federal officials commit appalling abuse of power

On dit quelquefois: “Le sens commun est fort rare.” People sometimes say: “Common sense is quite rare.” –Voltaire, “Common Sense” (1765) U.S. federal officials have reportedly identified by name the person behind the making of…


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South Africa strays from Mandela’s vision, abstaining in Security Council vote on Syria— Update #69 (July 27)

The following article is divided into five sections or parts. Due to its length, the reader may wish to read one or more different sections at different times. The sections are: (1) South Africa’s Abstention…


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REPRISE: Consorting with the Devil? The Debate over the Efficacy of Torture

Given the renewed debate in the U.S over the efficacy of torture in the wake of Bin Laden’s death, the article republished below, written on April 24, 2009 and first published here on October 1,…


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Bin Laden and the Debate Over Torture–Revived

Some former U.S. officials responsible for torture under the Bush administration have claimed that the trail to Bin Laden was uncovered by the use of torture. The Telegraph (London) reports: Jose Rodriguez, the agency’s former…