Brazil | Guantánamo | Edward Snowden

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Thoms Rotta: Brazil 2013: Mass Demonstrations, the World Cup, and 500 Years of Oppression (CounterPunch)

Brazil has a long history of top-down reforms that have inadequately addressed the profound inequality that divides the country. The mass demonstrations, provoked by public transportation fare increases and World Cup costs, are finally calling attention to issues that cannot be solved by minor changes, indicating things might be different this time.

George J. Annas, Sondra S. Crosby, Leonard H. Glantz: Guantanamo Bay: A Medical Ethics–free Zone? (New England Journal of Medicine)

American physicians have not widely criticized medical policies at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp that violate medical ethics. We believe they should. … How should physicians respond? That force-feeding of mentally competent hunger strikers violates basic medical ethics principles is not in serious dispute. … Nevertheless, the DOD has sent about 40 additional medical personnel to help force-feed the hunger strikers. … Physicians can no more ethically force-feed mentally competent hunger strikers than they can ethically conduct research on competent humans without informed consent. … Force-feeding a competent person is not the practice of medicine; it is aggravated assault.

Peter Lee: Snowden and the three wise NSA whistleblowers (Asia Times)

Whistleblowing is a risky business. I expect that, as they planned their course of action over the four months, Edward Snowden and his main media minder, Glenn Greenwald, paid very close attention to what happened to three past whistleblowers who crossed the NSA. And looking at these three men gives an idea of the interests, principles and powers that are being contested beneath the superficially simple tale of a young analyst who fled to Hong Kong to tell the world about runaway US government surveillance.

John Sexton: America’s PR disaster over Snowden (

They seek him here, they seek him there. Snowden the young whistleblower is making a fool of Obama.

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