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Omar Khadr Jury Hammers the Final Nail Into the Coffin of American Justice 1.11.2010 Truthout.com

On Sunday, a military jury at Guantánamo handed down a 40-year sentence to Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen who was just 15 years old when he was seized after a firefight in Afghanistan. The decision brought to an end a week of hearings that began when Khadr, now 24, accepted a plea deal giving him an eight-year sentence in exchange for agreeing that he was guilty of murder in violation of the laws of war, spying, conspiracy, providing material support to terrorism and attempted murder, with one year to be served in Guantánamo and the remaining seven in Canada.

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Torture Is Finally Mentioned on the Last Day of Omar Khadr’s Sentencing Hearing at Guantánamo 30.10.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Andy Worthington

Everything about the last week’s events at Guantánamo has been deeply disturbing.

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Headlines for October 29, 2010 29.10.2010 Democracy Now!
Panel: BP, Halliburton Ignored Cement Flaws, US Intelligence Spending Tops $80.1B, Audit: US Can't Account for $17.7B in Afghan Spending, Inquiry: Pentagon Official Misled on Spy Program, Tsunami Death Toll Tops 400 in Indonesia, Argentines, Foreign Leaders Mourn Kirchner at Wake, Mexican Youths Protest Drug Killings, North Korea, South Korea Exchange Fire on Border, Report: Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law, Poll: Latinos See Widespread Discrimination, US Life Expectancy Falls to 49th, Clinton Pressures Meek to Drop Senate Bid
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Killing Reconciliation: Military Raids, Backing of Corrupt Government Undermining Stated US Goals in Afghanistan 29.10.2010 Democracy Now!
The Obama administration says it is backing a strategy of reconciliation with the Taliban. But just back from Afghanistan, unembedded investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley say night raids by US Special Operations are killing the reconciliation the administration claims to support. [includes rush transcript]
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First Guantánamo Detainee Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Given Hearing Today 29.10.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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October 29, 2010

Center for Constitutional Rights

Today, Mr. Djamel Ameziane, the first individual detained at Guantánamo to file a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, was granted a hearing to determine whether his petition will be heard by the international body. Mr. Ameziane filed his petition with the Commission in August 2008 to challenge his years-long detention without charge at Guantánamo and his risk of forcible repatriation to his native Algeria, where he fears persecution and torture.

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Headlines for October 29, 2010 29.10.2010 Democracy Now!
Panel: BP, Halliburton Ignored Cement Flaws, US Intelligence Spending Tops $80.1B, Audit: US Can't Account for $17.7B in Afghan Spending, Inquiry: Pentagon Official Misled on Spy Program, Tsunami Death Toll Tops 400 in Indonesia, Argentines, Foreign Leaders Mourn Kirchner at Wake, Mexican Youths Protest Drug Killings, North Korea, South Korea Exchange Fire on Border, Report: Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law, Poll: Latinos See Widespread Discrimination, US Life Expectancy Falls to 49th, Clinton Pressures Meek to Drop Senate Bid
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Daphne Eviatar: Judge Hides Evidence of Torture from Gitmo Jury 29.10.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In ruling today, Judge Patrick Parrish seemed confused and unmoved by the argument that the jury is entitled to hear the conditions of Omar Khadr's confinement and his treatment during interrogations.
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Killing Reconciliation: How US Policy Undermines Peace in Afghanistan 28.10.2010 Common Dreams: Headlines

On March 26, 2009, Mullah Sahib Jan, a militant Taliban imam from the Mohammed Agha district in Afghanistan's Logar province, walked into the office of the Independent National Reconciliation Commission, the main body encouraging the Taliban to lay down their weapons and work with the government. He was escorting fifty Taliban fighters who, he said, had committed to ending their fight against the Afghan government and entering the process of integration. To the government, Sahib Jan was a shining example of how reconciliation with the Taliban is supposed to work.

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"Travesty at Guantanamo" 27.10.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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October 27, 2010

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)



LISA HAJJAR, [currently at Guantanamo]
Hajjar is an editor of Middle East Report and an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is covering events from Guantanamo Bay. She recently wrote the piece "Travesty in Progress: Omar Khadr and the U.S. Military Commissions."


MICHAEL RATNER

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Polish Prosecutor Will Investigate Torture Of Guantánamo Prisoner 27.10.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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October 27, 2010

ACLU

The Polish prosecutor will investigate the detention and torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a black site in Poland after he was kidnapped and transported there by the CIA. This is the first time an extraordinary rendition victim's claims have been recognized in an official investigation in Poland. In response to the announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union called for accountability in the U.S.

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UN Investigator Urges Probe of Alleged US Torture 27.10.2010 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. torture investigator said President Barack Obama has ended harsh interrogations that were commonplace during the Bush era but an independent probe is needed of U.S. practices since 2001.

"There is a major difference between the Bush and the Obama administration," Manfred Nowak told reporters on Tuesday. "To my knowledge, the torture practices under the Bush administration are not anymore continuing."

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Daphne Eviatar: Govt Witness Testifies Gitmo Prisoner's Religiosity Makes Him Dangerous 27.10.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In testimony this afternoon that literally had my jaw dropping, a forensic psychiatrist called by the U.S. government testified that Omar Khadr, the Canadian who...
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Farewell Mon Amour: Prospects on Democracy's Electoral Defeat 26.10.2010 Truthout - All Articles

Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of collective purpose. We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth. We no longer ask of a judicial ruling or a legislative act: is it good? Is it fair? Is it just? Is it right? Will it help bring about a better society or a better world? Those used to be the political questions, even if they invited no easy answers.

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Arundhati Roy Responds to Threat of Arrest for Sedition, Sparking Debate on Free Speech in India 26.10.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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October 26, 2010

Haymarket Books

The following is a full statement by Arundhati Roy, Booker Prize-winning novelist and renowned global justice activist:

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A Response to the Threat of Arrest for Sedition 26.10.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Arundhati Roy

Kashmir, Oct. 26 -- I write this from Srinagar, Kashmir. This morning's papers say that I may be arrested on charges of sedition for what I have said at recent public meetings on Kashmir. I said what millions of people here say every day. I said what I, as well as other commentators have written and said for years. Anybody who cares to read the transcripts of my speeches will see that they were fundamentally a call for justice.

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No Choice but to Accept Plea Deal, Khadr's Attorney Says 26.10.2010 Truthout - All Articles

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced on Monday that Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, 24, pleaded guilty to all war crime charges against him, including murder, attempted murder, providing material support to terrorism, conspiracy and spying, in a long-negotiated plea agreement.

The deal allows Khadr to avoid a controversial military trial in favor of a shorter prison sentence and spares the United States further embarrassment in prosecuting a child soldier for the first time since World War II. Khadr's sentencing hearing will begin today.

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Daphne Eviatar: Gitmo Guilty Plea Is A Sad Day for U.S. Rule of Law 26.10.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This morning I sat in a U.S. military commissions courtroom in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and watched the first child soldier charged by a Western nation...
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Amnesty International Says U.S. Government Must Address Khadr’s Rights Violations After Plea Agreement 25.10.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

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October 25, 2010

Amnesty International - USA

Amnesty International today called on the U.S. authorities to address any human rights violations committed against Canadian national Omar Khadr, in spite of him pleading guilty to the charges against him at a military commission at the U.S.-controlled Guantánamo Bay detention center.

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Child Soldier, Omar Khadr, Pleads Guilty in Plea Agreement 25.10.2010 Common Dreams: Headlines

A Canadian prisoner in Guantanamo Bay has pleaded guilty to killing an American soldier while he was a young teenager as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid a war crimes trial.

Omar Khadr on Monday pleaded guilty to five charges, including murder, for throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. He was just 15 at the time of the incident, which occurred during a fierce firefight at an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.

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Scots hacker facing jail after virus attacks on businesses 25.10.2010 Science / Technology News

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