03.16:top.10.reads

Jezebel.fix:

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WTF, AIG? The Sanctity of AIG’s Contracts | CommonDreams.org.

Where did all the wealth go? To our kids – The Atlantic Business Channel.

t r u t h o u t | Red Cross Described “Torture” at CIA Jails.

Update from DemocracyNow:

The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report two years ago that the Bush administration’s treatment of prisoners “constituted torture” in violation of the Geneva Conventions. The findings were based on interviews with prisoners once held in the CIA’s secret black sites. The Red Cross said the fourteen prisoners held in the CIA prisons gave remarkably uniform accounts of abuse that included beatings, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures and, in some cases, waterboarding. The author Mark Danner published parts of the secret Red Cross report in the New York Review of Books. Danner said the Red Cross’s use of the word “torture” has important legal implications. Danner said, “It could not be more important that the ICRC explicitly uses the words ‘torture’ and ‘cruel and degrading.’ The ICRC is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions, and when it uses those words, they have the force of law.”

El Salvador’s Left Turn? | Mother Jones.

Update from DemocracyNow:

In El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, of the former rebel FMLN party, has won the country’s presidential election, ending two decades of conservative rule. Funes won 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Rodrigo Avila of the ruling right-wing ARENA party. Avila conceded defeat late Sunday. The FMLN was a coalition of rebel guerrillas who resisted the US-backed military government. More than 70,000 people died over an eighteen-year period, the overwhelming majority killed by military and paramilitary forces.

Regarding Michelle Obama – The Many Meanings of a New American Icon — New York Magazine.

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Why Is Dick Cheney Still Talking? — Daily Intel — New York News Blog — New York Magazine.

Equal pay is a step too far in recession, says rights body | Society | The Guardian.

Feministing reports: the Guardian Article reports that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission “in the UK will tell the government today that the economic climate is too fragile to impose equal pay reviews on business.”

The article continues:”Pay audits are unpopular with businesses both because they are expensive and because revelations of pay disparities often unleash legal action by women who had not realised they were underpaid.”

Apparently the way to get out of a recession is to promote discrimination.  I really don’t know what to say that most readers here probably aren’t already thinking.

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