Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj's recollections of the horror of detention should be front and centre in the confirmation hearings for new CIA head John Brennan.
Why have our societies become conditioned to accept torture? The main reason is that intelligence agencies and politicians have mastered the "art" of demonizing terror suspects.
From the hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., to Afghanistan, to Somalia, the flood of U.S. weapons and ammunition fuels violence, death and injury.
Jim Flaherty and Stephen Harper are worried about America heading off towards the "fiscal cliff". They do not seem ashamed that Conservatives' spending cuts propel Canada in the same direction.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has called on the U.S. to immediately end its "unlawful" and "counterproductive" assassination drone strikes in her country.
Today's America faces a situation which is a test of democracy, and of the American creed: how to overcome economic injustices due to the concentration of wealth and power in a few hands?
The widespread surprise and alarm over Barack Obama's recently revealed "kill list" for suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens and innocent bystanders, is a case of misplaced shock.
The "war on terror," under Bush or Obama, has been a disaster all along. The complicity in torture is now haunting many Western democracies. Most importantly, it is a test about our humanity.
Another mass murder, another shooting spree, leaving bodies bullet-riddled by a legally obtained weapon. This time, it was Wisconsin, at a Sikh temple, as people gathered for their weekly worship.
The UN has pledged to resume the effort to pass an arms trade treaty, despite the intransigence of the country that Martin Luther King Jr. called "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world."