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As a newly inaugurated president, Barack Obama renounced U.S. torture and promised to close Guantánamo. But is this enough to repair the damage wrought by the Bush administration? Does the country need to hold the responsible parties legally and morally accountable?
Michael Walzer moderates a panel featuring David Bromwich, Scott Horton, and Joseph Saunders on the question of how to seek justice in the wake of American-sanctioned torture–and how to prevent it from happening again.
The panel is on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at BookCourt (163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201). The event is free and open to the public, so please feel free to forward this invite to friends and colleagues.
Michael Walzer is co-editor of Dissent and Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, a Dissent editorial board member, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor of Harper’s where he writes the “No Comment” blog and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. He wrote the “Justice After Bush” cover story for the magazine’s December issue.
Joseph Saunders is deputy program director at Human Rights Watch, responsible for overseeing the organization’s work in Asia, Latin America, and the United States, and its thematic work in the areas of terrorism and counterterrorism, business and human rights, and LGBT rights.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
Average duration of a Japanese prime minister’s tenure since August 1993, in months:
Brain shrinkage has no effect on cognition.
An Indianapolis fertility doctor was accused of using his own sperm to artificially inseminate patients, and a Delaware man pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his former psychiatrist.
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