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Congress Should Not Reject the Goldstone Report

November 3rd, 2009 by Michael Ratner

On Tuesday, November 3, Congress is poised to vote on H.Res.867, which calls on the “President and the Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the `Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict' in multilateral fora.’ ”

How to Guarantee Prosecutions Won't Happen: Call for a Commission

April 23rd, 2009 by Michael Ratner

Today I awoke to read that a number of human rights type groups have called on President Obama to create a commission of accountability to investigate and report publicly on torture and the cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees. There is not a word in the petition about criminal prosecutions of the torture team. Yet, [...]

Israel in Gaza: A Time Comes When Silence is Betrayal

January 22nd, 2009 by Michael Ratner

On the celebration of King’s birth I often read or listen to the anti-war speech that he gave at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967—"A time to break the silence". It was a powerful statement of his opposition to the Vietnam War. He spoke of how he was told to not oppose the war because [...]

Laws Broken with Impunity Today, Can and Will be Broken with Impunity Tomorrow

November 24th, 2008 by Michael Ratner

In his first nationally televised interview, President-elect Barack Obama made this promise: "I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world."
Let there be no doubt that we have been a country [...]

A Preventive Detention Law: Throwing Gasoline on an Almost Extinguished Fire

November 17th, 2008 by Michael Ratner

When I awoke this morning I saw the New York Times headline: "Post-Guantanamo: A New Detention Law?" (Nov. 15, 2008) I was afraid to read the article for I knew what was coming: some on the Obama team supported by a few liberals were considering a preventive detention law. I had feared this moment for a [...]

A Black Family In the White House That Slaves Built

November 4th, 2008 by Michael Ratner

Lines are huge! Obama will win. It is historic. A black family in the white house that slaves built. Yes, slaves were used in the construction of the White House. When I was a child this never could have happened. In the 50s when I visited Florida, even after Brown v. Board, there were separate [...]