Europe/Americas update: May 31 2018

EUROPE A European court brought up an ugly reminder of the Bush administration’s lawless War on Terror on Thursday: The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Romania and Lithuania allowed the detention and abuse of a Saudi and a Palestinian at secret U.S. prisons.   The Strasbourg, France-based court said Thursday that Abd… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 31 2018

World update: May 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Nikol Pashinyan, seen below with a megaphone in front of his face, was elected Armenia’s new prime minister on Tuesday, one week after failing to secure the post and several days after agreeing to call off the protests caused by his failure to secure the vote last week. Pashinyan won by a 59-42… Continue reading World update: May 8 2018

World update: May 5-6 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenians who are struggling to make ends meet are hoping that whatever government emerges from this week’s parliament vote can do a better job of managing the country’s economy: AFGHANISTAN The Taliban’s spring offensive continues to be an active one. On Saturday, Afghan forces, helped by US air support, defended a major highway… Continue reading World update: May 5-6 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 7 2017

COMEY TIME Former FBI Director James Comey will testify tomorrow before the Senate intelligence committee regarding his firing and allegations that President Donald Trump tried to “encourage” him to drop the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. First, I would suggest you read this summary of recent developments in the Trump-Russia story leading… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 7 2017

Cherry picking polls

There’s a lot of buzz being invested in a new WAPO-ABC poll on the idea of torturing detainees in the name of fighting terror. A majority of Americans believe that the harsh interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were justified, even as about half the public says the treatment… Continue reading Cherry picking polls

One more thought on torture

The idea that the information contained in the SSCI report is so volatile, so outrageous, so intolerable that it could actually inspire attacks on Americans and American interests overseas is, if true, an argument not to do the things mentioned in the report. It’s not an argument for burying the report and pretending we never… Continue reading One more thought on torture

Tortured report

Pretty slow news day, huh? Yep, not too much to talk about today I guess. Well, I guess there is that report the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released about some program or another, enhanced something something? I guess I could Google that and see if it’s gotten any attention… (Hours pass) Well, uh, I… Continue reading Tortured report