C.I.A. Torture Report – When is it OK to Abandon our Values?
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C.I.A. Torture Report – When is it OK to Abandon our Values?

In 528 pages of grisly detail released just last week, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s long-awaited “Torture Report” details how the C.I.A. handled ‘criminals’ captured in the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Water boarding, rectal feeding, psychological trauma, and worst of all, detention of innocent people. We must ask ourselves: generally our justice system purports to see suspected criminals as innocent until proven guilty; is it acceptable to reverse this standard on an issue of national defense? Additionally, the US regularly criticizes regimes of other countries for being inhumane; at what point can we expect to be taken seriously as a nation if we commit the same crimes that we criticize others for? Lastly, when, if ever, is it OK to abandon our (stated) values of respecting human life? If we wouldn’t want American prisoners of war treated in these ways, why do we think it’s OK to do it to others? If we’re unwilling to recognize and play by international rules, why would anyone else? Continue reading »

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Iraq is Unravelling—Is Foreign Intervention to Blame?
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Iraq is Unravelling—Is Foreign Intervention to Blame?

If by chance you’ve peeked up from the World Cup matches this week, you’ll have noted Iraq is competing for global headlines, with sectarian violence gripping the country and nations like the US stalling without a clear response. The question facing the US right now is one that many of us face in our lives when we witness situations of poverty, disease, discrimination, or other injustices. To aid or not to aid? Will jumping into a controversy make things better or worse…? Continue reading »

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Weekly Passport: Internet Freedom for All, Crazy People, and the Downside of Upworthy
Weekly Passport

Weekly Passport: Internet Freedom for All, Crazy People, and the Downside of Upworthy

Contrary to popular opinion, the internet isn’t free—but Anne Jellema wants to make it so ~ The Awesome Foundation proves that ROI isn’t the most important factor when investing in good ideas ~ Crazy people doing crazy things make the craziest difference ~ More than a third of web traffic is automated, making us more vulnerable online ~ Upworthy dumbs down the world Continue reading »

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Thinking About Borders
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Thinking About Borders

Today’s post comes from Anya Zakhour, a Thinking Beyond Borders fellow from San Francisco, CA currently volunteering in South Africa. Follow her gap-year blog for more thoughtful reflections on engaging abroad with curiosity and compassion. Up until now it’s been very windy. I’m not talking small-time “open your mouth, eat some hair” type of wind. I’m talking about … Continue reading »

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