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John Kerry: Army Field Manual Should Acknowledge Time-Honored Principles on Torture

The L.A. Times reported yesterday that “The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans “humiliating and degrading treatment,” according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.” Today, […]

RIP: Billy Preston

Singer, songwriter Billy Preston, died today. Preston was 59. Known for his big smile and towering Afro, Preston was a teen prodigy on the piano and organ, and lent his gospel-tinged touch to classics such as the Beatles’ “Get Back” and the Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking?” He broke out as a solo artist […]