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Damn It All: A Meditation on Hell

Stephen Greenblatt New York Review of Books
Charting the origins of the Christian idea of a vast underground realm where the souls of sinners were hauled to suffer eternal punishments by fiends, the author walks readers through a panoply of sadistic fantasies long considered revealed truths.

The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders

John Feffer Foreign Policy In Focus
Saudi Arabia's apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi might have taken inspiration from Russia and North Korea - or Israel and the United States. State-sponsored assassination is a ruthless gamble. But other countries have gotten away with it.

Neil Gorsuch Helped Defend Bush Torture Policies

Charlie Savage The New York Times
After visiting Guantanamo, Judge Gorsuch offered the prison operation commander a glowing review. "Being able to see first hand all that you have managed to accomplish with such a difficult and sensitive mission makes my job of helping explain and defend it before the courts all the easier.”

Friday Nite Videos -- July 1, 2016

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A Special Fourth of July Message About Patriotism. More Torture Talk From Donald Trump. Homeless Man Joins Busker for Spontaneous Street Jam. Jesse Williams' Fiery BET Awards Speech. Jessica Williams Questions Sanders-to-Trump Supporters.

More Torture Talk From Donald Trump

Polling guru Nate Silver predicts a Hillary Clinton presidency, and Donald Trump (Bob DiBuono) drops by The Nightly Show to proudly reaffirm his support for torture.
 

UN Discovery of Secret Detention Centre Revives Nightmares

Amantha Perera IPS
The site is nothing new to those who were held there. In June this year the South Africa-based International Truth and Justice Project, Sri Lanka (ITJPSL) launched a 134-page report on on-going human rights violations and past cases in Sri Lanka. Many of those held were either members or were connected to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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