Worth a Look: Between the Bars: Human stories from prison

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Between the Bars is a weblog platform for prisoners, through which the 1% of Americans who are in prison can tell their stories. Leave a comment – we’ll pass it on.

In part with the help of MIT Civic Media.

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Oct 11

Video Interview with Chris Hedges at Occupy Wall Street

Author and former war correspondent for the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist interviewed at Liberty Plaza/Occupy Wall Street (Sept 26)

Also see:

Video: Chris Hedges Public Lecture on his experiences in war zones

Video: “Death of the Liberal Class” at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Review: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

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Oct 6

Penguin: State Department Implodes Over Book

Who, Me?

Sounds like somebody I know. Maybe he got to Hillary in the end?

How the State Department Came After Me

For telling the truth about what I saw in Iraq.

Peter Van Buren

Foreign Policy, 29 September 2011

I never intended to create this much trouble.

Two years ago I served 12 months in Iraq as a Foreign Service Officer, leading a Provincial Reconstruction Team. I had been with the State Department for some 21 years at that point, serving mostly in Asia, but after what I saw in the desert — the waste, the lack of guidance, the failure to really do anything positive for the country we had invaded in 2003 — I started writing a book. One year ago I followed the required procedures with State for preclearance (no classified documents, that sort of thing), received clearance, and found a publisher. Six months ago the publisher asked me to start a blog to support the book.

And then, toward the end of the summer, the wrath of Mesopotamia fell on me.

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Sep 29