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Candide Recommends: Tuesday, July 11, 2006

  • The Pentagon surrenders—to the Geneva Conventions. The Financial Times reports on a memo sent Friday by the Deputy Defense Secretary “to senior defence officials and military officers last Friday, telling them that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions – which prohibits inhumane treatment of prisoners and requires certain basic legal rights at trial – would apply to all detainees held in US military custody. This reverses the policy outlined by President George W. Bush in 2002 when he decided members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban did not qualify for Geneva protections because the war on terrorism had ushered in a “new paradigm…[that] requires new thinking in the law of war”. The story here
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Waldman reports today on the FBI’s favored tactic of corralling Muslim informants: use their Green Card to blackmail them and threaten deportation if they don’t join up. As one FBI agent told Yassine Ouassif, the Moroccan subject of the story, “ America is just like a bus, and you have a choice to make: Either you board the bus, or you leave.” Emma Lazarus, R.I.P. The whole story here…
  • Zidane’s self-implosion is still the story of the planet, the circling hurricane that won’t abate. Leave it to Bernard-Henri Lévy, also in today’s Journal, to tell us what led this man, “a man more admired than the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela put together,” to implode: It isn’t the insults. “No. The truth is that it is perhaps not so easy to stay in the skin of an icon, demigod, hero, legend.” The essay here...
  • The Washington Post’s Dana Priest is back on the Bush-warmongers’ path: Administration rethinks tactics in the “war on terror.” “Accustomed to having its way on matters related to the nation’s security, the administration is being forced to respond to criticism that it once brushed aside.”

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