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Prison Dispatches From The War On Terror: Ex-CIA Officer John Kiriakou Speaks

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John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter. The Intercept – BY ANDREW JERELL JONES @sluggahjells Kiriakou is the Central Intelligence Agency officer who told ABC News in 2007 that the CIA waterboarded suspected al-Qaeda prisoners after the ... Read More »

David Hicks’s lawyer confident former Guantanamo Bay detainee will have conviction overturned in coming weeks

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The lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks believes his client’s conviction for supporting terrorism will be overturned. ( ABC ) Mr Hicks spent time in a US military prison after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001. He eventually pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism and was transferred to an Adelaide jail in April 2007. He served ... Read More »

Illegal migration to US by Cubans surges after rapprochement

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WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The number of Cubans trying to reach the US illegally by sea surged in December, after Havana and Washington announced a landmark rapprochement, the US Coast Guard said. President Barack Obama and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro announced December 17 that the two countries would revive diplomatic ties severed during the Cold War and move to ... Read More »

Pentagon, moving to close Guantanamo, sends five prisoners to Kazakhstan

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The U.S. military has sent five detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to Kazakhstan, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, capping a year of intensified efforts by the Obama administration to shut down the detention center. The Washington Post – Missy Ryan and Adam Goldman The transfer of the prisoners, three Yemenis and two Tunisians, to the central Asian nation brings ... Read More »

A New Deal With Cuba

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Caribbean détente, after a half-century of conflict. The Nation – Peter Kornbluh Pick up the phone, Mr. President! Make the call!” That was Alan Gross’s demand when I visited him in a Havana prison a year ago, expressing his desperation at being seemingly abandoned by the government that had sent him on a secret mission to foster regime change in Cuba. ... Read More »

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

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The Editorial Board The New York Times Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes ... Read More »

Mexico: Upheaval and Paralysis

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“Mexico cannot go on like this”, President Enrique Peña Nieto said on 27 November, addressing the country from the National Assembly. ICG – By Mary Speck | @speckmary Most Mexicans would agree, yet Mexico remains embroiled in a political crisis over the disappearance of 43 students, apparently at the hands of police and local thugs and assisted by city officials, in the ... Read More »

Cuba and the U.S.: Turning the Page

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The dramatic improvement this week in U.S.-Cuban relations, and the possibility of an end to the decades-long U.S. embargo of the island, is set to transform political relations in the entire hemisphere. In the three posts below, the director of Crisis Group’s Latin America and Caribbean program, Javier Ciurlizza, and our vice president and special adviser on Latin America, Mark ... Read More »

In Paul-Rubio feud over Cuba, a preview of GOP’s 2016 foreign policy debate

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Two of the Republican Party’s top White House hopefuls clashed sharply Friday over President Obama’s new Cuba policy, evidence of a growing GOP rift over foreign affairs that could shape the party’s 2016 presidential primaries. The Washington Post – Philip Rucker Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who backs Obama’s move to normalize relations with communist Cuba, accused Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) of ... Read More »

Historic breakthrough in US-Cuba relations

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WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to review trade ties and to re-open its embassy in ... Read More »