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Geithner Visit: Chinese Economists Skeptical of U.S. Strength

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2 Jun 09 | CSM

A survey of 23 experts finds deep concern about Beijing’s large dollar holdings. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 June 2009 at 8:13 pm

Audience Laughs After Geithner Tells China Its Dollar Assets are Safe

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1 Jun 09 | Reuters

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Monday reassured the Chinese government that its huge holdings of dollar assets are safe and reaffirmed his faith in a strong U.S. currency. Read the rest of this entry »

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1 June 2009 at 8:52 pm

Eavesdropping Case Tests Obama Vows on Secrecy

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by William Fisher

1 Jun 09 | IPS

Despite President Barack Obama’s formation of a new task force to review government secrecy, and an ongoing investigation into use of the so-called “state secrets doctrine”, lawyers for the new administration refused last week to disclose information on the government’s use of warrantless wiretaps and backed legislation to block the release of photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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1 June 2009 at 6:39 pm

Local Currencies Really Can Buy Happiness

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30 May 09 | IPS

In the face of an economic system which seems to be premised on environmental harm and profit-driven growth, a handful of communities across the U.S. and the globe have begun experimenting with alternative forms of local currency as a pathway to sustainability. Read the rest of this entry »

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30 May 2009 at 4:48 pm

Backlash Grows Against Obama’s Preventive Detention Proposal

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by Glenn Greenwald

25 May 09 | Salon

The backlash against President Obama’s extraordinary proposal for indefinite “preventive detention” — already widespread in the immediate aftermath of his speech — continues to grow. Read the rest of this entry »

President Obama Defends Guantánamo Closure, But Endorses Indefinite Preventive Detention

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22 May 09 | AI

In a major speech on national security on 21 May 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama restated his commitment to closing the Guantánamo detention facility and to ending the use of the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved under the previous U.S. administration. Read the rest of this entry »

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23 May 2009 at 11:13 am

Dollar Hits Five-Month Low, Gold Hits Two-Month High

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22 May 09 | FT

The dollar dropped to its lowest level so far this year as optimism that the worst of the financial crisis may be over stemmed haven demand for the currency. Read the rest of this entry »

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22 May 2009 at 4:55 pm

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CCR Guantánamo Attorneys Comment After President’s Speech

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21 May 09 | CCR

Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner and Managing Attorney for CCR’s Guantanamo project Shayana Kadidal responded with disappointment to President Obama’s speech this morning. CCR represents the detainees at Guantánamo and is part of the key FOIA lawsuit surrounding the torture photo disclosures. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 May 2009 at 9:02 pm

Did White House OK Earliest Detainee Abuse?

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by Ari Shapiro

20 May 09 | NPR

It is clear that increasingly abusive interrogation techniques were used on Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee, in the months between his capture and the first Justice Department memo authorizing harsh interrogations. But the legal guidance that authorized those early interrogations remains shrouded in secrecy. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 May 2009 at 8:57 pm

Using the Courts to Undercut Union Power

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by Lee Sustar

21 May 09 | SWO

Lee Sustar looks at the court order banning an L.A. teachers’ strike last week in the context of the long history of anti-union judges intervening in labor struggles.

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21 May 2009 at 1:00 am

Prosecutors Still Opposing DNA Access for Prisoners Despite New Laws

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by Jonathon Turley

18 May 09 | Jonathon Turley.org

We have seen a number of cases on this blog where prosecutors fought efforts by prisoners to obtain DNA tests that might prove their innocence — only to be proven innocent once the tests were performed. Prosecutors are rarely denounced for these reprehensible efforts. The story in the New York Times indicates that prosecutors are continuing to oppose such testing even in states that passed new laws guaranteeing such testing. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 May 2009 at 12:54 am

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Obama Eyes ‘Preventive Detention’ System

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20 May 09 | AWC News

President seeks legal basis to hold people who can’t be charged with any crimes. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 May 2009 at 11:31 pm

Unexceptional Americans: Why We Can’t See the Trees or the Forest

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by Noam Chomsky

20 May 09 | LAW

The Torture Memos and Historical Amnesia

The torture memos released by the White House elicited shock, indignation, and surprise. The shock and indignation are understandable. The surprise, less so. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 May 2009 at 6:51 pm

Judge Says U.S. Can Hold Detainees Indefinitely

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20 May 09 | Raw Story

A Bush appointed judge ruled late Tuesday night that the United States can hold detainees for an indefinite period. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 May 2009 at 4:59 pm

Senate Democrats Reject Funding to Close Gitmo

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20 May 09 | RT and AJE

Barack Obama’s controversial decision to shut down Guantanamo Bay made headlines around the world. But while most Democrats initially supported the plan, now theyre refusing to finance the move. (2:50):

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20 May 2009 at 10:16 am

G.M. Bankruptcy Plan Eyes Quick Sale to U.S. Gov’t

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20 May 09 | Reuters

General Motors Corp’s (G.M.) plan for a bankruptcy filing involves a quick sale of the company’s healthy assets to a new company initially owned by the U.S. government, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 May 2009 at 9:19 am

CIA Chief: Torture Debate in a ‘Nation at War’ a Distraction

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19 May 09 | LAT

Speaking at the Pacific Council on International Policy, Panetta calls on lawmakers not to be distracted by the debate over Nancy Pelosi and waterboarding. ‘We are a nation at war,’ he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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19 May 2009 at 6:42 pm

Supreme Court Tosses Former Detainee’s Lawsuit

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18-19 May 09 | LAT and CCR

The justices rule that Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani Muslim arrested after Sept. 11, may not sue former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for abuses he says he suffered. Read the rest of this entry »

The Impotent President

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by Paul Craig Roberts

15 May 09 | Counterpunch

Who runs America?

What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups? Read the rest of this entry »

Boy Scouts Train in Post-9/11 Law Enforcement Methods

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14 May 09 | NYT

Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.

The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.

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16 May 2009 at 3:34 am

Military Commissions: Neither Court Nor Tribunal

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15 May 09 | LAT and PTV

President Obama’s decision Friday to revive military tribunals to try suspected terrorists will likely fail to erase the taint of illegitimacy over the courts despite efforts at reform, civilian and military legal experts said. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 3:09 am

Obama’s 48-Hour Makeover

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by Jason Ditz

15 May 09 | AWC News

President departs from last vestiges of change mantra.

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16 May 2009 at 2:48 am

Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama

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by Jeremy Scahill

15 May 09 | AlterNet

The ‘Black Shirts’ of Guantanamo routinely terrorize prisoners, breaking bones, gouging eyes, squeezing testicles, and ‘dousing’ them with chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »

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15 May 2009 at 6:18 pm

U.S. Sets Free Test Case Detainee

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15 May 09 | BBC

An Algerian man held for seven years by the U.S. has arrived in France after being set free from Guantanamo Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

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15 May 2009 at 6:14 pm

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