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Posted on Dec 1, 2006

In this week’s roundup of Truthdig-flavored videos, an Australian atheist goes door-to-door in Mormon Utah; a documentary film crew tells the story of the rendition and torture of a Guantanamo detainee; and Jon Stewart holds forth on Iraq “civil war” semantics.

No. 1: Atheist Proselytizing

Australia’s John Safran goes door-to-door in Salt Lake City, trying to convert Mormons to atheism. Hysterical. (There are lots more Safran-versus-religion videos in the YouTube “related” column.)

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No. 2: Iraqi Kurdistan


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Kurdish woman

Check out this beautifully produced photographic flipbook-style animation of the people of Iraq’s semiautonomous northern region.

No. 3: Stewart Debates “Civil War” Semantics

Jon Stewart and John Oliver debate whether the conflict in Iraq is a “civil war” or “a minor linguistic flareup between two parties of different terminological points of view.”

Jon Stewart

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No. 4: Truthdig Podcast: The Hadley Memo, Healthcare, Truthdig’s Birthday and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer digests the Hadley memo, Dennis Kucinich’s healthcare plan, media anxiety, Truthdig’s birthday and more.

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No. 5: “Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition”

Watch this harrowing personal account of the extraordinary rendition and torture of a Guantanamo detainee.

Watch it:

No. 6: Hearts and Minds

This appalling video shows a group of U.S. soldiers in a truck taunting a pack of Iraqi children with a bottle of water.

A bottle of water….

Watch it:


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By willis, August 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm Link to this comment

What’s wrong with atheism? We’re all born to find our purposes of life. We are not responsible for following the available teachings. Whether we choose one or not, it’s really individual. None can be wrong provided that we’re not taking expenses on others.

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By incisive32, December 2, 2006 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment
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In the words of X-Patriate: “More and more like a civil war.”

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By D. Smith, December 2, 2006 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment
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All you hear is “support the troops”. Do you support this?

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By Stephen Brown, December 2, 2006 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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There is little wonder why there is such hostility towards american troops in Iraq.  This video demonstrates the problem with having young, stupid,  arrogant males in an area where there needs to be diplomacy and good will.  How many people on the sidewalk watching this display will go home and embellish the story?  Will this one stupid act cause more hatred and violoence against the troops in Iraq?  I don’t know the answer to these questions but I do know that simple acts can have grave consequences.

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