US officials indicate fate of inmates captured during the country’s longest conflict will continue to complicate Obama administration’s efforts to close wartime detention complex.
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, April 19
Guantánamo Bay – Typically, when a war ends, so does the combatants’ authority to detain the other side’s fighters. But as the conclusion of [...]
The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18
James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’
The psychologist [...]
Al Jazeera, April 18
Washington – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring entrance to the U.S. for any foreign diplomat seen as a threat to American security or who has engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure that effectively bans Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Washington said earlier this [...]
Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.
Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF’s 17th Reconnaissance Squadron
The Guardian, By Chris Woods, April 14
A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.
U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa
TomDispatch, By Nick Turse, April 13
What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military [...]
Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels h/t Michael Collins
LRB – …Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya?
The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and [...]
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov pens a “Comment is free”…
The Guardian – The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. [...]
New York Times Op Ed, By Nicolás Maduro, April 1
Caracas – The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.
Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the [...]
AFP – The United States on Thursday denied it used its overseas aid agency to mount a covert operation on social media to incite political unrest against Cuba’s communist leaders.
But the US Agency for International Development (USAID) did admit to building a Twitter-style application on which Cubans, who face strict curbs on expression, were [...]
BBC, March 30
US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced no breakthrough on Ukraine, following four hours of “frank” talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
Mr Kerry said he told Mr Lavrov that the US still considered Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region to be “illegal and illegitimate”.
He said he had stressed that [...]
Hege-Money: Hege-money, (“leadership” and “rule”) is an indirect form of government, and of imperial dominance in which the hege-money-lender (lending institutions) subordinate states by the power of money, rather than by the threat of force.
This is an extrapolation of the behaviour of two sets of Powers. It considers the hidden agendas on both sides, [...]
The toppling of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych and the takeover of the Crimean region by Russia has captured headlines around the world. Western nations including Australia have condemned Russia’s moves. At a function on March 4, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton told the audience that “if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler [...]
The Full Five-Part Series Our foreign correspondent’s investigation into the Jihadi resurgence
The Independent, By Patrick Cockburn, March 21
Twelve and a half years after 9/11, al-Qa’ida-type organisations control an area the size of Britain in western Iraq and eastern Syria. Include Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia and the territory they rule is larger in size [...]