Last month, the Guardian reported on a new push for the release of UK residents currently being held in Guantanamo, now that Bush’s best British friend forever is out of the way. This might remind us that close to three hundred men are still being held in Guantanamo. When the “detention center” opened in 2002, I remember being outraged and thinking that there was no way that it would hold up against legal challenges and protests. A few grey hairs later, I know better.
Anyone who pays attention to the news knows that the NYT’s Thomas Friedman has made an art form out of wrong-headed punditry and sloppy guesswork wrapped in useless platitudes. Over at Counterpunch, Norman Solomon dissects TF’s pro-war babble and flip-flops over the course of the past decade. How this guy, one of the most influential columnists in the US, keeps his job is almost a mystery.
Iraqi Women and War
A post on Iraqi women forced into prostitution from Vox Ex Machina reminds us of the fact that women are worst affected by war. The story of militarized prostitution is familiar, but, to my knowledge, it has been little covered in Iraq; sure complicates the narrative of “bringing ‘em democracy” and “kicking ass,” no?