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Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 18:14
Friday, June 12, 2009 - 09:45

A New York Times editorial sheds light on the difficulties of covering torture and interrogation.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 14:48

Two examples of individuals who confronted the status quo, and were ultimately vindicated.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 16:28

Hear an excerpt of an American RadioWorks interview with Rejali about those who resist the pressure of group-think in a "torture bureaucracy."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 10:51
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 09:46

A passage from Torture and Democracy with a view of Rejali's personal stake in this subject.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 04:30

A few days ago, a “Speaking of Faith” Google alert highlighted Kaye Thompson’s blog entry about her first year in Lesotho, Africa. Her reflections on serving in the Peace Corps is refreshing, honest, and vulnerable. I appreciate that. And, I found her description of cooperation among medical professionals and local healers hopeful and inspiring:

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Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 12:02

Video of a troupe of dancers who express their mystical Sufi faith through exuberant movement and traditional music.

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