Brave Iraqis and Americans Seek Democracy


Under threat of violent reprisal, some Iraqis will venture out to vote. And American soldiers in an all-volunteer army, and Iraqi guardsmen and women, will seek to protect the Iraqis as they do so.

We should applaud such courage.

Dangerous Terrorists Released by Tony Blair!

This week, four British Muslims were transferred to UK custody after three years in Guantanamo. They are still dangerous, according to the U.S. authorities. But the silly, terror-seeking British Government led by Tony Blair has released them to roam freely within the U.K. (and presumably, by virtue of EU law, throughout Europe).

Now for a brief word on Gitmo

"It is an American Gulag and we will not be satisfied until this experiment with human lives is ended," the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, said in a statement.

Justice Denied

R. Jeffrey Smith and Josh White of the Washington Post report on the Army's failure to investigate charges of abuse.

We had been told that one of the hallmarks of a just society was that it punished wrongdoers. Not to fear: property rights violations by soldiers were prosecuted fully--"Many of the participants in such crimes were referred for courts-martial, while those who participated in beatings or abuse generally received lesser punishments, according to the documents."

Should India, Japan and South Africa Have a Veto?


Should new permament members to the Security Council have the same veto power as the original 5 permanent members (China, France, Russia [replacing the USSR], the UK, and the US)?

The argument against extending the veto is that this would increase obstructionism in the Security Council.

Documenting copyright problems for documentarians

There's an interesting article in the Globe and Mail this week re: how difficult it is for documentary film makers to clear copyrights. As the article (quoting Robert Stone of an American University study) aptly puts it:

"'Why do you think the History Channel is what it is? Why do you think it's all World War II documentaries? It's becuase it's public-domain footage. So the history we're seeing is being skewed towards what's fallen into the public domain.'"


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