Romney Not Done Insulting the British – Next Up: King David Hotel Fundraiser

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 8:35 am

Speculation over why GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney originally excluded reporters from his Jerusalem King David Hotel fundraiser is perhaps beside the point. Nobody in the American press is going to center a story around the event upon the fact that this hotel was the scene of an awful act of terrorism, perpetrated upon the British in July, 1946.

Britain to Destroy Internet Anonymity?

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 5:02 pm

Society needs weapons against cyberbullying, which can be a seriously harmful activity, and against libel that is shielded by anonymity. But somehow, surprise surprise, neoliberal governments are using those worthy goals, in Great Britain now (but in New York last month), to advance a sledgehammer attack on internet anonymity.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gary Younge, Who Are We – And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 1:59 pm

The title, Who Are We, signals a questioning about identity and begins an exploration of its “vexed terrain.” Gary Younge, columnist for the Guardian and The Nation and the author of two previous books, lifts our understanding of identity from the taken-for-granted where it is too often treated as a fixed and done thing. Instead, Younge brings us into layers of our identities from micro to macro, from the personal to the political, revealing paradoxes both in how we know ourselves and how others (too often wrongly) ascribe identity to us.

Never mind why…

By: Monday August 22, 2011 1:30 am

The only comfort of America’s illogical use of resources on prejudice and emotion is that were not alone…wait a minute that isn’t comforting at all.

The Worst, gets worse

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 1:30 am

The revelations of Rupert Murdoch’s media depravity come fast and furious…but only for consumption in another country. Here, potential six and seven figure paychecks must be protected.

Did BP Have Special Reason to Worry About Iraq War for Oil?

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 6:10 am

In addition to the March 22, 2001 meeting that a bunch of BP folks had as part of the “official” Energy Task Force meetings, BP’s CEO John Browne had his very own meeting with Cheney during the Energy Task Force discussions. And among other things the Task Force was discussing were Iraq’s oil fields and the companies already trying to develop them.

Uncle Sam’s Lap

By: Monday September 6, 2010 1:30 am

Tony Blair has come to America on another enabling tour.

Relax, Britain. We’re Upset with BP, Not the British People or Nation

By: Saturday June 12, 2010 7:40 am

PBS News Hour spent 15 minutes Friday night fretting about some manufactured controversy between America and Great Britain. But I can’t find any evidence that any sensible American or any sensible US official who is even remotely upset at the British people, the UK or its government. So everyone relax.

We know somebody that can “help” you…

By: Friday May 7, 2010 1:30 am

Great Britain, the country with three major political parties, all to the left of our Democrats, held its election yesterday. In some respects it was business as usual. Everyone got excited that this might be the year the Liberal Democrats (who are mildly liberal and very dysfunctional — like our Democrats) did something at the [...]

Seven Paragraphs Are Not Enough: Release the 42 CIA Documents on Binyam Mohamed’s Torture

By: Thursday February 11, 2010 2:35 pm

The recent decision of the UK High Court to release a seven paragraph summary of the torture perpetrated by U.S. agents upon Binyam Mohammed in April and early May 2002 is welcome news. The summary, written by a British court, was derived from 42 classified CIA documents delivered to the British legal authorities as part of an investigation into the actions of MI5 in the torture and interrogation of Binyam Mohamed and other prisoners held by Pakistan. These documents purportedly describe the torture of Mohamed, and indicate the collusion of U.S., British, and Pakistani authorities in the torture.

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