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The Jehoshua Novels


Guantánamo Bay detainees’ release upon end of Afghanistan war ‘unlikely’

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 [...]

CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

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 [...]

Obama signs law barring Iran U.N. envoy

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 [...]

The “Purple Wedding” of Geo-Politics

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.

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CIA’s Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

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.

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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

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 [...]

Caption “Contest”

NYT

The Red Line and the Rat Line

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 [...]

“It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine”

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. [...]

Venezuela: A Call for Peace

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 [...]

White House denies covert Twitter-style Cuba secret op

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 [...]

Ukraine crisis: US-Russia deadlock despite ‘frank’ talks

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 [...]

US Hege-Money Threatened By Vlad-the-Invader’s Russin into Ukraine

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, [...]

ABC.net.au verifies Hillary’s Claim

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 [...]

Al-Qa’ida’s Second Act…

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 [...]