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War Clouds Gathering Over Iran?

The Nation is reporting that the Pentagon has moved up the deployment of a major “strike group” of ships, including an aircraft carrier, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran’s western coast. This is not conclusive, but it follows all kinds of other ominous signs of an impending strike on Iran.

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Has American Airlines Banned Gay Air-Kissing?

An interesting confluence of apparent homo- and terror-phobia: A gay couple flying on an JFK-bound AA flight out of Paris were told that their air kissing was impermissible; when the couple inquired further, the captain threatened to divert the plane.

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N.Y. Times and Wash. Post: Interrogation Bill Allows Torture

The editorial boards of the N.Y. Times and the Washington Post, along with First Amendment lawyer Glen Greenwald, condemned the interrogation bill agreed upon by the president and a group of GOP senators.

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Sullivan Responds to Harris on the Pope

Responding to Sam Harris’ Truthdig-published column on the pope’s recent speech on “faith versus reason,” Andrew Sullivan writes, “Harris both condemns Benedict for being controversial in inflaming Muslims and then condemns him for not being controversial enough.”

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Gambians Vote With Marbles

Check out the Gambian voting system. It’s enviably simple: “Voters enter a booth and pop a clear glass marble into one of three drums representing the candidates.” The marble hits a bell on its way down, preventing people from voting more than once. No hanging chads, no hacking, just a satisfying plunk when your vote goes in.  Are we advocating marbles? No, but a paper trail would be good.

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A Warm Welcome Back for Nasrallah

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Beirut to celebrate what Hezbollah has called a “divine victory” over Israel. It was Sheik Hassan Nasrallah’s first public appearance since July.

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International Peace Day

Did you know that Sept. 21 is International Peace Day as designated by the U.N.? Well, it is.
BBC bloggers on Peace Day, current conflicts, conflict map, peaceYour comments here.

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Iraq Torture Worse Now Than During Hussein’s Rule

The U.N.‘s chief anti-torture expert, Manfred Nowak, says: “The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein.”  Sectarian violence has filled the Baghdad morgue with bodies bearing evidence of brutal torture. More

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Clinton Attacks Torture Agenda

In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” former President Bill Clinton vigorously argued against Bush’s torture plans, citing both moral and practical reasons: “We have a system of laws here where nobody should be above the law, and you don’t need blanket advanced approval for blanket torture.”

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California Sues Auto Industry

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer went after the six biggest U.S. and Japanese automakers on Wednesday, filing a lawsuit that cites greenhouse gas emissions as a public nuisance.  Lockyer blamed the carmakers for millions of dollars worth of damage, and said he was out to get the taxpayers’ money back.

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