By Amy Goodman, Truthdig, Nov. 16, 2010
“Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future,” said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, [...]
By Andy Worthington, October 11, 2010
Last June, in the District Court in Washington D.C., a ruling was delivered on the habeas corpus petition of a Syrian prisoner in Guantánamo, Abdul Rahim al-Janko (also identified as Abdul Rahim al-Ginco), which exemplified all that was wrong with the Bush administration’s detention policies in the “War on Terror,” [...]
Photo: Allan Lissner
Obama Bravely Takes on a Tortured Child Soldier
Torturing the Rule of Law at Obama’s Gitmo
By Chase Madar, Counterpunch, July 30-August 1, 2010
President Obama may lack the nerve to stare down Liz Cheney or Bibi Netanyahu, but no one can deny that our commander in chief has the guts to take on a child [...]
by Andy Worthington, December 23, 2009
Over the weekend, 12 prisoners were released from Guantánamo, as the Justice Department announced in a press release on December 20. I have previously reported the stories of the two Somalis who were released — emphasizing how nothing about their cases demonstrated that they were “the worst of the worst” [...]
by Andy Worthington, August 18, 2009
The mesh-wire cages, suitable only for animals, are empty now and overgrown, but they will stand forever as a symbol of the Bush administration’s inept, brutal and destructive “War on Terror” policies, implemented in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the US mainland on September 11, 2001.
This is Camp [...]
Death Looms for Inmates Amid Hunger Strikes and Beatings
by Mark Townsend and Paul Harris, Independent UK. Posted on Alternet, February 9, 2009.
Lieutenant-Colonel Yvonne Bradley, an American military lawyer, will step through the grand entrance of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London today and demand the release of her client — a British resident who [...]
Canadians prefer tangible foreign aid to value spreading: Poll
by Norma Greenaway, Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2008
OTTAWA – Canadians say providing bridges, roads and other forms of concrete foreign assistance is more important than spreading such Canadian values as democracy, freedom of speech and gender equality, says a new Environics survey.
The survey, being released Wednesday, [...]
by Andy Worthington, Antiwar.com, Oct. 28, 2008
Hardly a day goes by without some extraordinary news from the military commissions, the system of “terror trials” conceived in the office of the vice president in November 2001, and their days now seem to be as numbered as those of the Bush administration itself.
Following the outspoken resignation of [...]
Omar Khadr has been detained without trial in Guantanamo Bay since he captured by the U.S. military in Afghanistan in 2002. At the time of his capture he was 15 years old. Omar Khadr is the youngest detainee and the only “Western citizen” still being held (Britain, France, Australia and others have all successfully had [...]
Stephen Harper, Bush’s Last Yes Man?
by Robert Fantina
Counterpunch, July 12/13, 2008
During the administration of Tony Blair as Prime Minister of Britain, he was sometimes referred to as the ‘Yankee Poodle,’ due to the constant and humiliating spectacle he made of himself with his obvious adoration of U.S. President George W. Bush.
Now, it seems, Canadian [...]