The Unknown Known: Rumsfeld Documentary on Screens Now

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 2:55 pm

My most profound disappointment is the interview was not conducted at the USP Florence ADMAX.

How Do Justice Failures Affect You?

By: Saturday April 6, 2013 10:30 am

I used to work with a great organization called the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Beyond their four tenants of social justice, simple living, spirituality and community, they also had some interesting bumper-stickers. I’m a sucker for a good bumper-sticker.

One from Pope Paul VI said, “If you want peace. work for justice.”

War Criminals for Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 3:40 pm

You take your allies where you can find them, I learned again this weekend when Don Rumsfeld, Princeton wrestler and Navy wrestler, OpEdded in the Washington Post in favor of continuing wrestling as an Olympic sport. I didn’t like seeing him rehabilitating himself through the Olympic movement, but the WaPo editorial board has such low standards for contributors, I figured Rummy’s own rueful advice about his Army applied: “You go to wrestle with the OpEdders you have—not the OpEdders you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

Wrestling I love; marriage equality I must have, though.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Juan E. Mendez and Marjory Wentworth, Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

By: Saturday December 3, 2011 1:59 pm

What could possibly make a human being torture another human being?

That’s a question that, as a young boy, I recall asking my grandparents—Holocaust survivors—after they described to me in vivid detail the torture they and other members of my extended family were subjected to by the Nazis during World War II.

It’s a question I returned to earlier this year when I had the opportunity to interview a veteran of the US Army Reserves who was torn up about the torture he says he witnessed and participated in against some “war on terror” detainees while serving as a guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. [That guard, Pfc. Albert Melise, has since been barred from reenlistment for speaking to me.]

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
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All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
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