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Report from Baghdad

Anna Badkhen has covered wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Chechnya and Kashmir. She recently returned to Iraq—her 10th trip since 2003—and wrote a series of journals for The Muckraker. During her month in Baghdad, Badkhen met the wives of detained Iraqis, followed soldiers out on home searches, and witnessed the

Money and Politics

Misleading Calls Confuse Voters

A nonprofit organization with ties to Sen. Hillary Clinton is under fire for running apparently illegal "robocalls" in advance of next week's Democratic primary in North Carolina. The group promotes voting by single women, but its recent calls contained misleading information that may discourage voting in the African-American community, a bastion of support for Sen.

May 1, 2008
Accountability

The High Price of Diplomacy with China: Documents

Four members of the Falun Gong filed this complaint in federal court against Bo Xilai, China’s former minister of commerce. They alleged that Bo—while serving as a provincial governor from 2001 to 2004—oversaw torture and executions at forced labor camps. The case was filed under the Torture Victim Protection Act and the Alien Tort Statute.

Apr 25, 2008
Accountability

The Rise of an Alleged Torturer: Bo Xilai

One of China's most powerful political figures is facing allegations in a U.S. court that he directed a torture campaign against religious followers. The Bush administration is trying to get the case thrown out. Bo Xilai, the son of one of modern China's most influential leaders, has thus far led a life of privilege and

Apr 24, 2008
Accountability

The High Price of Diplomacy with China

The Bush administration is trying to scuttle a federal human rights lawsuit that threatens to embarrass one of China’s top political leaders. The administration says the case could jeopardize trade and “has already had a chilling effect on U.S.-China relations,” documents show. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. district court, accuses Bo Xilai—a member

Apr 24, 2008
Accountability

Beijing Olympic Chief Linked to Torture

The president of Beijing's Olympic Organizing Committee was once found liable for torture in a U.S. federal court, a review of court records by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found. The 2004 judgment against Liu Qi — a member of the country’s powerful Politburo — received little media attention at the time. The U.S.

Apr 24, 2008
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