Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib

Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib

The recent shootings of soldiers at Fort Hood and other U.S. military bases have once again brought to public attention the challenge of making sure that soldiers returning from war zones find security and support at home. The Washington Post calls the pressures on...
Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

As more U.S. military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals”—at the Tailhook Naval Aviators’ Convention (1991), Aberdeen Proving Grounds Ordnance Center (1996), the U.S. Air Force Academy...
Justice Department Gives Torturers a Pass

Justice Department Gives Torturers a Pass

The Romans had an expression for it: “Nulla poena sine lege,” no punishment without a law. But people sometimes forget that the opposite is also true: Without punishment for offenders, a law itself can die. The Justice Department recently announced that,...

Rubber Dollie

The only permanent thing is the soul,and what has happened to it.Patrick Kavanagh Like a dancer covered in nothingbut white powder, then sponged with course brown makeup;nothing else in plain sight but silver anklets; armsextended to take the tribute of a...
Review: ‘I Go to the Ruined Place’

Review: ‘I Go to the Ruined Place’

The infamous torture photos from Abu Ghraib were first released to the public in 2003. The horrific images of prisoners hog-tied and beaten naked, leashed like dogs with bags over their heads, and posed in forced sexual positions — all with grinning U.S soldiers...

Hostility to Plans for New Mosques

It has been said before that Al-Qaeda’s greatest victory was not September 11th but Abu Ghraib. Indeed, the images of Americans reveling in the humiliation of Arab prisoners enhanced the potency of al-Qaeda’s narrative and won it scores of new recruits....
Book Discussion: Spies for Hire

Book Discussion: Spies for Hire

Come meet author and Foreign Policy In Focus contributor Tim Shorrock, when he speaks at IPS about his new book, SPIES FOR HIRE: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing. Since 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, newspaper headlines and the blogosphere have been afire...

The Poetics of Botero’s Abu Ghraib Paintings

E. Ethelbert Miller: What were your first impressions when you viewed the paintings of Fernando Botero? Joseph Ross: They were awful and frightening. I found myself drawn back and forth from the place of the wounds—the chains, the bleeding—to the face and...

Response to Public Diplomacy Dialogue

Public diplomacy includes the government-sponsored cultural, educational, and informational programs, citizen exchanges, and broadcasts used to promote the national interest of a country through understanding, informing, and influencing foreign audiences. My view of...

Anti-Americanism and the Rise of Civic Diplomacy

Anti-Americanism has emerged as a term that, like “fascism” and “communism” in George Orwell’s lexicon, has little meaning beyond “something not desirable.” However it is defined, anti-Americanism has clearly mushroomed over the...

Dude, Where Are My Rights?

Guantanamo, CIA secret prisons, and Abu Ghraib represent the first round of the Bush administration’s assault on constitutional guarantees. Now they’ve introduced Round Two with an attack on habeas corpus: the right to “present one’s body”...