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Kuwait’s Weak Position On Guantanamo Continues: Business as Usual

Kuwait’s Weak Position On Guantanamo Continues: Business as Usual

Based on recent statements made by Kuwait Ambassador Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, it is clear that the Government of Kuwait is accepting of the US position that they can hold any Kuwaiti for however long and for any reason or for no reason at all. On June 29, 2012, the United States dismissed allegations […]

Guantanamo: : A Cold Sore On The Face Of America

Guantanamo: : A Cold Sore On The Face Of America

Recently, the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, traveled to the United States and, in a meeting with Vice President Biden, once again asserted Kuwait’s interest in seeing its two remaining citizens (Fayiz Al-Kandari and Fawzi Al-Odah) returned from America’s island prison in Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). While I applaud the Prime Minister addressing […]

Is Permanently Detaining Foreign Nationals Without Any Due Process The New Norm?

Is Permanently Detaining Foreign Nationals Without Any Due Process The New Norm?

Long ago, individuals from around the world came to America to escape kings and monarchs that had the power to treat people with utter distain, sending their children to wars on a whim, and imprisoning people without charge or judicial review, sometimes for life.  For many, the behavior of these rulers became so intolerable that […]

Three Dead Bodies

Three Dead Bodies

On January 11, 2011, Kuwaiti citizen Mohammad Ghazzai Al-Mutairi was reportedly beaten and tortured to death by members of the Kuwaiti police force (part of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior). Of course, in the interest of “security,” what actually transpired will never truly be known. Nonetheless, this horrific example of how the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior […]

Terror, Intelligence And You: Partners At The Fear Ballet

Terror, Intelligence And You: Partners At The Fear Ballet

Have we become a nation that values intelligence and secrecy over individual rights and government transparency? Can we as a nation be secure without having to dominate those abroad in never-ending wars, while single-handedly garrisoning the world?    At the onset, I acknowledge that intelligence is important and that certain information must be kept secret.  Nonetheless, […]

Nine Years Too Long

Nine Years Too Long

In 2002, my client, Kuwaiti citizen Fayiz Al-Kandari, was captured by Pakistani forces and sold to the United States military. Since that time, he has been confined at America’s notorious island prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for almost nine years now without charge. On various occasions since 2002, Kuwait has politely asked the United States […]

The War on Terror: Beyond the Military

The War on Terror: Beyond the Military

The U.S. government routinely uses the term “War on Terror” to describe its military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But how do we really define this “War on Terror”? After all, terrorism dates back to at least the 14th century, and individuals, groups and even nations have employed it ever since. It’s hard to argue […]

Going Along to Get Along: Can Kuwait Ever Satisfy U.S. Demands?

Going Along to Get Along: Can Kuwait Ever Satisfy U.S. Demands?

Imagine the following scenario: Four Americans are apprehended and detained by a foreign nation. This foreign nation, a close ally of the United States (US), suggests a willingness to return the American detainees, but only if the US is willing to take them back. In response, the US announces its eagerness to take custody of its own citizens. Meanwhile, rumors begin to circulate that the American detainees are being mistreated.

Obama’s Record On Guantanamo Just As Shoddy As Bush’s

Obama’s Record On Guantanamo Just As Shoddy As Bush’s

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama promised the country “change we can believe in.” Yet, more than a year into his administration, he has delivered “more of the same” on issues pertaining to Guantanamo Bay. The island prison is still open, detainees still await trials, and officials have recommended the worst of George W. Bush’s policies — indefinite detention.

Kuwait Needs to Speak Up About Guantanamo Injustice

Kuwait Needs to Speak Up About Guantanamo Injustice

With the Obama administration’s January 2010 deadline for closing Guantanamo Bay now in the past, two Kuwaiti detainees remain imprisoned in Cuba where they have been held without trial for more than eight years. While the U.S. government is primarily responsible for the suffering these Kuwaitis have endured, the Government of Kuwait is also responsible for allowing the injustice to continue.

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