from India Insight:

Being gay and ‘No One Else’ in India and the USA

December 8, 2015

Siddharth Dube’s latest book, “No One Else – A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex,” is more than a memoir of a gay man’s life growing up in India and the United States. It is also a firsthand account of the lives of sexual minorities in these two countries during the 1980s, a time when being gay for many meant living in fear – of disease, abuse and public scorn.

from The Great Debate:

Why it’s still worth being president of the fractious United States

By Bruce J. Schulman
December 6, 2015

A man holds a sign reading "Obama Bin Lyin'" before a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Columbia, South Carolina January 11, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2W5YS

A campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Columbia, South Carolina, January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from David Rohde:

Detainees’ lawyers question Obama commitment to close Guantanamo

By David Rohde
August 13, 2015

 

A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class inside the Camp 6 high-security detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Michelle Shephard/Pool

from The Great Debate:

Why do all the GOP candidates sound like George W. Bush?

By Lawrence Wilkerson
August 12, 2015

U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in the press briefing room at the White House

President George W. Bush at his final press conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from Tales from the Trail:

Clinton and Bush are to appear on same stage, but don’t get too excited

July 2, 2015

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The Clinton and Bush political dynasties will come face to face next week in Dallas.

from The Great Debate:

The Bush boys: No sibling rivalry, but maybe something deeper

By Peter Wolson
May 21, 2015

US President Bush bids farewell to his brother in Tampa

President George W. Bush (R) bids farewell to his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as they step off Marine One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, May 9, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from The Great Debate:

Is Jeb Bush just another ‘big government’ liberal?

By Craig Shirley
February 6, 2015

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club about his "Reform Conservative Agenda" in Detroit, Michigan, February 4, 2015 REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

from The Great Debate:

Don’t believe the U.S. military when it says it doesn’t keep body counts

By David Axe
January 22, 2015

Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike, in Kfredrian

Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike, in Kfredrian, Idlib province September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

from The Great Debate:

Torture, deny, repeat: ‘Enhanced interrogation’ never works, the CIA never learns

By Tim Weiner
December 12, 2014

A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base

When the United States was attacked on 9/11, every member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine services had a rule book on the conduct of interrogations. It was clear and concise.

from The Great Debate:

To deter U.S. from torturing again, those involved should be prosecuted

By Kenneth Roth
December 9, 2014

Barbed wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest near Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytn

The publication of the long-awaited summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s torture provides a useful moment to consider the lessons learned from this sorry chapter in American history and the steps that might be taken to avoid its recurrence. With the truth now told about this blatantly illegal policy, President Barack Obama has a chance to reverse his misguided refusal to prosecute the officials who authorized the torture, ending the impunity that sets a horrible precedent for future United States presidents and governments worldwide.