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Author: Common Dreams

Ron DeSantis faces revelations about his military assignment in Guantanamo’s “Torture Machine”

Recently, there have been troubling revelations about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a leading 2024 GOP presidential aspirant, concerning his conduct as a Navy JAG officer at Guantanamo Bay. His responsibilities at the detention facility apparently included responding to claims of mistreatment from the war-on-terror prisoners there. Relatively few of these detainees had any connection with al Qaeda, and many had simply been handed over to US forces in exchange for bounty payments. But DeSantis seemingly viewed them all as wily and unrepentant terrorists. Of particular note, DeSantis was at Guantanamo in 2006 during the brutal forced-feeding of prisoners engaged...

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FCK PTN: Ukraine symbolically body slams Putin with postage stamps based on Banksy mural

Again highlighting its tenacity, its resilience and its way with words, Ukraine marked its grim anniversary of Russia’s invasion with a new postage stamp, featuring an image from street artist Banksy’s recent visit there. A small boy deftly flipping to the ground a man in a judo match, with in one lower corner the words, in Cyrillic, “FCK PTN (ПТН ПНХ).” The “allegorical” image, says the post office, describes, “A year of resistance – painful, ragged, fierce, persistent,” but above all “Ukrainian.” A bloody year on, Russia’s war of aggression remains what one U.S. official calls “a grinding slog,”...

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Beyond achieving a policy goal: The far-right’s obsessive romance with cruelty for cruelty’s sake

Politics has always been cruel. Political candidates can be brutal in trying to discredit, or even destroy, their political opponents. Congressional leaders will at times act harshly when trying to whip party members into line. And as is true in any profession, there will always be politicians who mistreat subordinates simply because they are jerks. But the cruelty of the far right is something different. This is cruelty as the defining characteristic of a movement. To the far right, cruelty is more than a means to achieving a policy goal — it is often the goal itself. Cruelty for...

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An infatuation with darkness: The character of the far-right can be seen in their hideous heroes

You can learn a lot about the people who make up a political party by identifying their heroes. So, who are the heroes of today’s Republicans? If your first thought was Ronald Reagan, you’re showing your age. Reagan was the answer of an earlier time, when we had a different, although not wholly dissimilar, Republican Party. Saint Ronnie, as he was sometimes called back then, was the patron saint of the GOP. Their answer to every question. Republicans were very effective in pushing this sanctification, or perhaps whitewashing would be better term, of Reagan’s record in office — a...

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Faith leaders say report by January 6 Committee minimizes central role of Christian Nationalism

In an effort to fill in what they say are critical gaps in the U.S. House select committee’s report on the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, faith leaders are pushing the corporate media and the American public to confront the role Christian nationalism played in the insurrection, warning that ignoring the link could make similar violence more likely in the future. The committee’s report, released at the end of December, laid out extensive evidence showing that former President Donald Trump was the driving force behind the attack aimed at stopping lawmakers from certifying the 2020 presidential...

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Failed Stewardship: Final Congressional report on COVID-19 exposes Trump’s reckless pandemic response

A congressional panel on December 9 published its final report on the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the Trump administration’s “failed stewardship” and detailing how a “persistent pattern of political interference undermined the nation’s ability to respond” to a crisis that has claimed more than a million lives in the United States. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis report notes that “the United States was underprepared for a major public health crisis for years before the coronavirus pandemic,” and that “chronic underfunding and long-standing health disparities put many Americans at heightened risk of becoming infected and developing severe illness...

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