Torture in Thailand
A recently released bi-partisan task force on U.S. interrogation tactics after 9-11 puts a spotlight on Thailand. The task force says definitively that the CIA conducted interrogations and torture at a facility in Thailand between 2001 and 2003. The Bangkok Post reports, “The US government has refused to provide any details about the “safe house” interrogation centre where al-Qaeda members were waterboarded.” More troubling to Thais is the fact that every Thai government since 2001 has denied the existence of this facility.
The unique plight of aging Arab women in the U.S.
A feature in New American Media examines the unique plight of aging Arab women in the U.S. In particular, it finds that divorced women face high levels of social isolation yet are met by a lack of public resources to help them integrate. A sociologist from Eastern Michigan University has made inroads to studying this unique group, but says she is met by institutionalized barriers: “Even if we define the need, we cannot do anything about it due to the lack of funds.”
Keystone’s a go—maybe
A former Bush official is promising the Canadian government 4 to 1 odds that President Obama will approve the Keystone XL pipeline. David Gordon tells Canada’s Globe and Mail that polls show a majority of Americans prioritize energy security over climate change, and argues that Democrats may be able to win back the House of Representatives in 2014 by winning over moderate, blue-collar Americans in rural areas. But Ottawa is not taking any chances: Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is visiting Washington this week on one last lobbying effort. The State Department is expected to make a decision on the pipeline this week.