Archive for ‘May, 2011’

Memorial Day 2011: Two Names That Matter

Memorial Day 2011: Two Names That Matter

Unless you were in a coma the past few years, you probably know who Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton are. You heard about them on radio, saw them on television. You read about them in newspapers and magazines, on Facebook, Twitter, and every social medium known to mankind. Because of extensive media coverage, […]

Supreme Court Fails To Tackle Torture-In The Past Or In The Future

Supreme Court Fails To Tackle Torture-In The Past Or In The Future

Since the dying days of the Bush administration, when the Supreme Court savaged the indifference of the executive branch and of Congress towards the cruel mess they had created at Guantánamo, by ensuring that the prisoners had constitutionally guaranteed habeas corpus rights, it has, sadly, all been downhill when it comes to judicial oversight of […]

WikiLeaks And The 14 Missing Guantanamo Files

WikiLeaks And The 14 Missing Guantanamo Files

In the classified US military files recently released by WikiLeaks, and identified as Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs), files relating to 765 of the 779 prisoners held at the prison since it opened on January 11, 2002 have been released. The other 14 files are missing, and this article addresses who these prisoners are and why […]

Suleiman: Mubarak Knew Of Killings

Suleiman: Mubarak Knew Of Killings

The man who was Hosni Mubarak’s Vice President and Egypt’s top spy is telling prosecutors that the aging dictator was aware that his security services were firing at peaceful protestors during the January 25 uprisings in Tahrir Square and elsewhere. Testimony by Omar Suleiman could constitute key evidence against Mubarak, who will be tried for […]

WikiLeaks: The Unknown Prisoners Of Guantanamo (Part Two of Five)

WikiLeaks: The Unknown Prisoners Of Guantanamo (Part Two of Five)

As I explained last week in the first part of this five-part series, one of the great publicity coups in WikiLeaks’ recent release of classified military documents relating to the majority of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo was to shine a light on the stories of the first 201 prisoners to be freed from […]

The Only Way Out Of Guantanamo Is In A Coffin

The Only Way Out Of Guantanamo Is In A Coffin

Despite sweeping into office promising to close Guantánamo, President Obama now oversees a prison that may well stay open forever, from which the only exit route is in a coffin. The last living prisoner to be released from Guantánamo was Farhi Saeed bin Mohammed, an Algerian who was repatriated against his will in January. Since […]

The Audacity Of Hate: Birthers, Deathers, Deniers, And Barack Obama

The Audacity Of Hate: Birthers, Deathers, Deniers, And Barack Obama

The latest garbage spewing hate as it circles the Internet in a viral state of panic continues a three year smear against Barack Obama. The attacks had begun with the extreme right wing spitting out Obama’s full name—Barack HUSSEIN Obama, as if somehow he wasn’t an American but connected to the Iraqi dictator who, despite […]

University Professor Says US Human Rights Policy Self-Serving, Duplicitous

University Professor Says US Human Rights Policy Self-Serving, Duplicitous

George Katsiaficas is a renowned university professor, sociologist, author and activist. He is a visiting American Professor of Humanities and Sociology at Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea where he teaches and does research on the 1980s and 1990s East Asian uprisings. Katsiaficas has a Ph.D. of sociology from the University of California, San Diego. […]

WikiLeaks: The Unknown Prisoners Of Guantanamo (Part One of Five)

WikiLeaks: The Unknown Prisoners Of Guantanamo (Part One of Five)

In WikiLeaks’ recent release of classified military documents relating to the majority of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo, one of the great publicity coups was shining a light on the stories of the first 201 prisoners to be freed from the prison, between May 2002, when a severely schizophrenic Afghan prisoner, Abdul Razak, was […]

No End To The “War On Terror,” No End To Guantanamo

No End To The “War On Terror,” No End To Guantanamo

With the death of Osama bin Laden, there is a perfect opportunity for the Obama administration to bring to an end the decade-long “War on Terror” by withdrawing from Afghanistan and closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The justification for both the invasion of Afghanistan (in October 2001) and the detention of prisoners in […]

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