U.S. Army guard at Guantanamo speaks out about abuse of detainees

A former guard at the detention facilities in the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba has given a rare interview to the Associated Press describing abusive treatment of prisoners who were detained in Afghanistan and other parts of the world after the 9/11 attacks (on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon […]

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Experts call collision of orbiting US and Russian satellites "catastropic"

What more is there to say than this? Apparently, there is only “little risk” to the international space station — not no risk, just a little one. Remember the fuss about space debris when China deliberately shot down one of its “weather” satellites (apparently to try to focus attention on China’s belief that it i...

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Tough love: Flowers from Gaza – first exports Israel allows in a year

The IDF has announced that it is allowing the export — apparently to Europe only — of 25,000 flowers from Gaza. These flowers are the first exports allowed from Gaza in more than a year… Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Maan News Agency reported that the flower exports — carnations, it seems — were […]

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At least, Livni did not lose

It is a tremendous relief that Tzipi Livni was not trounced in this vote. By the narrowest of leads — the Israeli election commission now gives Livni’s Kadima Party 28 seats while the next highest party has 27, and some votes are still not counted — she seems to have “won” the most votes in […]

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Bloggers are in big trouble

Bloggers are in trouble in the Middle East — and when dealing with the Middle East. You can get in big trouble for speaking out, in this part of the world. A few recent examples:

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"America will not torture"

Among the things U.S. Vice President said at the Munich security conference is this: “America will not torture”. The Politico blog reported that Biden said in Munich: “We will uphold the rights of those we bring to justice. And we will close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay” … In return for closing the Guantana...

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