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No other way to handle Guantanamo now

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As Robert Redford pointed out in a recent interview on public TV, “Attorney General Eric Holder knows full well that in reversing his position on Guantanamo he and the Obama administration are yielding to a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.”
That is undoubtedly true. Nearly 400 years of legal precedent holds that the right of due process and the writ of habeas corpus (appeal to the courts of law to challenge detention) are inviolable, irrespective of whether the prisoner is held by the state at home or abroad.

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What hospital CEOs are really worth: a world health viewpoint

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To one who spent some 30 years in international health work, including planning for development of primary health care, clinics and hospitals in foreign countries, it still came as something of a shock to read Jim Dwyer’s report, “Immune to Cuts: Lofty Salaries at U.S. Hospitals” (New York Times, March 16, 2011).
It appears that at major U.S. city hospitals, kept afloat by taxpayer public financing, top executives are paid millions of dollars, even as the hospital teeters on the brink of disaster, or as in the case of venerable Saint Vincent’s in Manhattan, it goes belly up.

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