State Department Refuses to Be Open About Specific Impact of Bradley Manning’s Disclosures

By: Friday August 2, 2013 9:31 am

Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was recently found guilty of nineteen offenses related to his disclosures to WikiLeaks, faces a possible twelve years in prison because of his decision to provide a cache of over 250,000 US State Embassy cables to the media organization. He could be put in prison for ten years for stealing the [...]

Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Comes with Pledge from Obama to Seek More Defense Aid for Israel

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 1:51 pm

(update below) United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr announced ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. There was no signed agreement. The ceasefire is essentially “quiet in exchange for quiet,” as one Israeli diplomatic source put it. In the announcement, Clinton reiterated the US’s position that “all rocket attacks must [...]

More Sanctions on Syria Government as Obama Calls for Assad to Step Down: How Will Gulf Countries Respond?

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 11:31 am

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions on Syria today, in conjunction with a statement calling for President Asad to step down. Such sanctions may not be effective, and they tend to have adverse consequences for innocents. Pressure from neighboring states may be more effective.

Boycott of UK Torture Inquiry by Human Rights Groups is Official

By: Friday August 5, 2011 11:53 am

The British press is reporting that ten major human rights and anti-torture organizations have announced they will not be cooperating or participating in the United Kingdom Torture Inquiry, headed by Sir Peter Gibson. The organizations, who sent a letter on August 3 to Sara Carnegie, Solicitor to the Detainee Inquiry, cited a lack of transparency and credibility in the proposed investigation, noting, “Plainly an Inquiry conducted in the way that you describe and in accordance with the Protocol would not comply with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

A new phase in the struggle for accountability for torture and war crimes is sure to begin.

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