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A PERFECT STANDARD
ON MY DESK is a copy of a document given to my grandfather in France following the close of World War I. It was signed by a group of German prisoners who were then under his authority. And it reads: "To the Commanding Officer Paul D. Cook, 1st Lieut. U.S. Armee. The undersigned, in representing the Pris. Of War Labor Co. 89 have to say their thanks for the good and correct treatment, during the time, being a P.W. Is-sur-Tille (France) 15th Sept. 1919." Each soldier signed his name and gave his rank. It's a unique statement of appreciation by a group of prisoners who could have been mistreated, but were not.
Now, 86 years later, it's encouraging to see a worldwide debate about eliminating prisoner abuse in all its forms. The world seems to be approaching the collective realization that torture and coercion are practices that should disappear forever from the earth. In 1984 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Since then, no fewer than 176 countries have either ratified or signed this treaty forbidding physical and psychological abuse of people in detention anywhere in the world.
About the author
Dave Hohle is a contributing editor and lives in Weston, Massachusetts.
with contributions from MARILYN S. DONALDSON, DOLLY BRABANT, ELEANOR CARTWRIGHT, KAREN VANASSENDERP, PETER SHEPHERD
'O blessings infinite!'
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Rosa Salter Rodriguez, Erik Ness, Makeba Scott Hunter
BRING IN THE NEW
BY KAY OLSON
'UNLESS THERE IS A NEW MIND...'
BY RICHARD NENNEMAN
NOT JUST WALKING—PROGRESSING FORWARD
BY NANCY SEDAN
WHAT ABOUT THE PUMA?
BY WENDY MANKER
BY JUDITH HARDY OLSON
TAUGHT by WIND and WAVES
BY DAVID A. CORNELL
What would you do?
BY MONIQUE GUTERRES DOS SANTOS
MY PATH TO A MOST AMAZING SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH
TEN PERCENT LESS WORRY
A PERFECT STANDARD
MOBILITY REGAINED QUICKLY AFTER FALL
MARY MARGARET STEWART
QUICK FREEDOM FROM ACUTE PAIN
ISAAC ALAIN BOUITY
ARM AND SHOULDER PAIN HEALED THROUGH PRAYER