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Redaction Faction

Maybe the Bush administration has a taste for the literary after all. Jessica Azulay’s article in this morning’s New Standard News reported Senator Carl Levin’s recent success in getting the Pentagon to unredact a bit more of its censored literature on Guantanamo. Under pressure from Senator Levin, the Justice department penciled in a few more (previously hidden) words on the Guantanamo reports, making them look more like a complex crossword puzzle or a high-stakes game of madlibs than FBI memos protected under the Freedom of Information Act. Par for the course, really. Michael Ratner warned us a year ago that hard-won clues to the reality of Guantanmo will appear one by one, over time. Levin’s pushing for more… >>In a press statement about the newly released memo, Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan), who was responsible for pushing the Justice Department for the revised version, vowed to keep pressing for more revelations. “The facts related to interrogation practices used against some detainees are slowly being forced to the surface and we will keep pushing for more,” Levin said. “Today we were able to obtain some information that had previously been blacked out in an FBI document critical of DOD interrogation practices. As I suspected, the previously withheld information had nothing to do with protecting intelligence sources or methods, and everything to do with protecting DOD from embarrassment.”(New Standard) Meanwhile, take a look at Ratner’s interview in the new issue of Mother Jones


Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..