World Economic Forum on Africa, and other links

Posted by Sappho on May 4th, 2011 filed in Blogwatch


World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Cape Town.

As Portugal prepares for a bailout from the EU, Portuguese bloggers comment on the country’s economic woes.

S&P: Calif’s fiscal problems different from Greece.

Lost civilizations: 12 societies that vanished in mystery.

Problematizing the language of inclusion in the Church.

Things that will make you feel old department: Online teens want to know who is Osama bin Laden.

Mona Eltahaway gives one of the more nuanced critiques I’ve seen of the Ground Zero celebration of Osama bin Laden’s death.

Responding to Deathers: attacking a conspiracy theory in its nascent stages.

Rumsfeld and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein both report that torture wasn’t involved in getting the intelligence that led to bin Laden’s death. Glenn Greenwald says that even if torture had been involved, it wouldn’t matter.

But even if it were the case that valuable information were obtained during or after the use of torture, what would it prove? Nobody has ever argued that brutality will never produce truthful answers. It is sometimes the case that if you torture someone long and mercilessly enough, they will tell you something you want to know. Nobody has ever denied that. In terms of the tactical aspect of the torture debate, the point has always been — as a consensus of interrogations professionals has repeatedly said — that there are far more effective ways to extract the truth from someone than by torturing it out of them. The fact that one can point to an instance where torture produced the desired answer proves nothing about whether there were more effective ways of obtaining it.

PAHO/WHO Urges Travelers to the Americas to Get Vaccinated against Measles and Rubella. The Western Hemisphere is the first region of the world to eliminate the two diseases.

Possible Brain Biomarkers for Bipolar Disorder.

All the frogs croak before a storm: Dostoevsky versus Tolstoy on Humanitarian Interventions.


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