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Netanyahu: “We are a Beacon of Light and Hope”, unless you are a Palestinian Child

On December 25, 2014, 14 year old Khaled Al-Sheikh was detained by Israeli authorities for allegedly throwing stones. Khaled Al-Sheikh’s father reported to numerous media outlets that his son appeared beaten and was shackled upon arriving to court. 276 more words

In This Garden

In this garden they do not grow flowers.
Here is earth tarnished by blood, soil mixed
with flesh that returned to an earthy residence,
and the family chanting and encircling a mass grave… 320 more words


Cover Art for my new book with HUP – Why Torture Doesn't Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation

I have a new book due to appear (Autumn/Fall 2015) with Harvard University Press. Here’s the cover art (which is copyrighted HUP, so usual warnings apply regarding reproduction): 298 more words

UK's FCO conceals ID's of companies wanting to do business with rights-abusing Egypt.

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Tuesday 3 March 2015

Foreign Office silent on Egypt trade visit as Irish teen faces gallows

The government is refusing to reveal which British businesses accompanied it on a recent trade visit to Egypt, as concerns grow for an Irish teenager facing execution alongside 493 others in Cairo. 422 more words

Wild, Wild West

March 3,

And I was quite indignant to see a child dipped into an icy pool of water. Of course the episode takes place in Russia as depicted in the “Real Russia”, YouTube channel. 94 more words

Day One. Familiar With Suffering.

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.” — Isaiah 53:3

While this passage, which was written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, graphically describes the brutal and agonizing death our Lord suffered, it also reminds us of the human condition. 730 more words


2/25, 2/24, 2/23: Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun - Epic, or at Least Long

#1: Read Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun, which is actually a tetralogy, over the past three days. Guess the books aren’t that long. For a fantasy-epic, they’re not very epic, either. 984 more words