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    Greening Racism Rami El-Amine October 01, 2006

    The war on terror is the most blatant example of anti-Arab/anti-Muslim racism, but there are other less overt and more sophisticated examples, which together contribute to the overall hysteria against Arabs and Muslims. In his State of the Union address, Bush pledged to end US dependence on Middle East oil. Bush—whose ties to oil corporations are well known—had the audacity to say, “America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world,” and “this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.”

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    Right to Torture: The Erosion of Legal Remedies Sean Sullivan June 01, 2006

    It is hard to make habeas corpus sound sexy. Consequently, it is perhaps the most important legal tool that no one knows about, and the Bush Administration is busy ensuring that fewer and fewer people will be able to use it.

    Shorthand for the fancy Latin phrase “habeas corpus ad subjiciendum,” habeas corpus means to “hold the body to be subjected to examination”—or that one has the right to contest their detention if held by authorities. It has been around since the Magna Carta and has been used to challenge detention by everyone from public defenders to lawyers representing protestors at the 2004 Republication National Convention.

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    Domestic Terror Nancy Hormachea May 01, 2005

    While the occupations rage on in Iraq, Palestine and Haiti, the Bush administration is systematically — and without much notice — putting into place a national infrastructure dominated by right wing extremists who sanction torture and repression and seek to virtually eliminate civil liberties in the US.

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    The Making of the Arab Menace Rayan El-Amine May 01, 2005

    Anti-Arabism and Islamophobia are so much a part of the political and cultural discourse on Arabs and Muslims in American society today that most do not even recognize it as racism. The fear mongering of the Bush administration and the right wing media pundits who make a living from demonizing Arabs and Muslims have inundated people with images of the violent Arabs bent on death and destruction. For media outlets like Fox Television, it is a way to sell their sensationalist news programs and for the current administration, a way to sell its wars.

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    American Gulag Pt. 2: Guantanamo Bay Jumana Musa August 01, 2005

    Much has been made in the past few weeks about Amnesty International’s (AI) use of the word “Gulag” in referring to the detention facilities at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where approximately 520 detainees from 35 countries are being held indefinitely, the vast majority without charge. General Meyers called it irresponsible. Secretary Rumsfeld called it reprehensible. Vice President Cheney said he was offended and did not take the report seriously. President Bush said it was absurd.

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    The Death of #58: Last Days in the Life of Abdul Kareem Sean Sullivan August 01, 2005
      The information in this article was acquired by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace in a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Request. Through the story of one Iraqi’s death, and the indifference of military authorities, a vivid picture emerges of the every day treatment of prisoners in U.S. military custody.


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    Israel Launches War on Lebanon Various Authors July 7, 2006

    Following the capture of Israeli soldiers by Palestinian and Lebanese militants, Israel has launched a full scale assault on civilian infrastructure in both Gaza and Lebanon.

     

    Good Morning Beirut by Bilal El-Amine

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    Protecting Torture: The Red Cross' Deadly Silence Adam Hanieh, Hazem Jamjoum, Rafeef Ziadah May 01, 2005
      By promising confidentiality to the occupying and imprisoning powers the International Committee of the Red Cross monitors the fate of prisoners of war that no other organization can reach — from Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-ray, to Abu Ghraib and even the many Israeli detention centers in occupied Palestine. Here, Rafeef Ziadah questions whether the ICRC’s monitoring efforts help prisoners or protect those who violate prisoners’ human rights.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded in 1863 to help the wounded and other victims of war. In the Geneva Conventions the ICRC is given exclusive rights to investigate prison conditions in war situations.

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    Lebanon In Context - An Interview with Bilal El-Amine Sasha Wright October 01, 2006

    Bilal El-Amine, founding editor of Left Turn, moved back to his native Lebanon over a year ago. When Israel started bombing Lebanon, Bilal did what he knows best and started reporting for independent media outlets on the Israeli devastation of the country and the Lebanese resistance. He reported almost daily from South Lebanon throughout the 33-day invasion for Flashpoints on Pacifica radio network. Left Turn editor Sasha Wright spoke with Bilal immediately after the UN “cease-fire” resolution was passed about the context of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, its impacts on Lebanese society and politics, and about the South Lebanese Resistance and Hezbollah.

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