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The CIA’s secret Predator war: JANE MAYER of the New Yorker reports on the secret war being fought with remote controlled unmanned planes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The program has dramatically expanded under Obama. “Nearly all the victims have remained faceless.” Jane Mayer wrote about Obama’s predator war for the Oct. 26 New Yorker.
Plus: AMIRA HASS is the columnist for Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper who has often told the hard truths about Israel and the Palestinians. Now she has received the International Women’s Media Foundation 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for her remarkable bravery as an Israeli citizen who lives and reports from Gaza. READ her column about the Gaza war, “Lucky my parents aren’t alive to see this.”
Also: WAL-MART, the largest private employer in the nation, is notorious for mistreating its workers in both American stores and Chinese factories. Historian NELSON LICHTENSTEIN looks at the company that started out in Bentonville, Arkansas, and built a corporate culture based in a remote region that was all-white, all Protestant, and almost all poor. Nelson teaches at UC Santa Barbara; his new book is The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.