Did the US Issue a Prior Restraint Request to the NYT, Too?

By: Saturday November 27, 2010 10:15 am

The only way the British Defence Advisory notice to UK media makes sense,in my opinion, is if Britain’s partners are making similar efforts to request prior restraint from the other major news outlets that have the Wikileaks dump.


Do German Authorities Believe Ahmad Sidiqi Is Being Tortured at Bagram?

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 8:50 am

In an article published Monday by Der Spiegel, we learn that German authorities remain skeptical regarding information being obtained by US interrogation of Ahmad Sidiqi, a German citizen of Afghan heritage currently held at Bagram Air Base. Since there are accusations that US torture continues at this facility (which appears to be under the control of the Defense Intelligence Agency outside normal detention practices) and since it is known that torture produces notoriously unreliable information, then the question must be asked whether the German skepticism is based on a presumption that Sidiqi is being tortured.

NYT’s Ignores Documents Showing Large Numbers of Unreported Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan: “We Know All That.”

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 4:35 pm

The New York Times continues to downplay the human rights abuses, amounting in some instances to war crimes, in its reporting on the classified documents released by Wikileaks. In contrast to the Guardian and Der Spiegel, the NYT’s failed to highlight the many accounts of atrocities committed by U.S. and coalition troops in the papers’ recent coverage.

Tomorrow’s German Election Could Signal Political Shift to the Left

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 9:00 am

Britain’s elections have center stage right now, but there is a rumbling in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia that could have even greater consequences. With the precarious state of European finances and the German government’s role in it all, tomorrow’s parliamentary elections in North Rhine-Westphalia could shift the political momentum away from the bankers and business leaders of the political right and toward the trade unions and workers of Germany’s political left.

The Cardinal Law Solution Won’t Work for Pope Benedict

By: Saturday March 27, 2010 9:10 am

When Cardinal Law of Boston was in trouble over his handling of priests who abused children, the Peter Principle solution was to move him to a new job in Rome. Pope Benedict, however, can’t exactly do that in his own situation. There is one job, though, that might be a possibly acceptable step up for him from being pope: student teacher in a preschool.

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