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Bradley Manning Trial: After 3 Years, Army Whistleblower Begins Court-Martial Shrouded in Secrecy | Democracy Now!

More than three years after he was arrested, Army whistleblower Bradley Manning goes on trial today accused of being behind the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Manning faces life in prison for disclosing a trove of U.S. cables and government documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. On Saturday, hundreds of Manning supporters rallied outside the barracks at ...

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Petition asks that Bradley Manning receive Nobel Peace Prize | RootsAction.org

Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it,” according to the popular petition site RootsAction.org. “No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the madness of militarism’ than Bradley Manning,” the site reads. Alfred Nobel’s will left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the ...

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Hunger strike reinvigorates movement to close Guantánamo | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, it is quite shocking that the renewed vigor to close Guantánamo has found the footing that it has. Even though many of the terrible myths started by the Bush administration’s War on Terror rhetoric linger, especially regarding the so-called “worst of the worst” at Guantánamo, Boston Globe columnist James Carroll recently added his ...

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Pakistani court rules CIA drone strikes are illegal | TBIJ

In the first major Pakistani court ruling on the legality of the CIA’s drone campaign in the country, a Peshawar High Court judge said this morning that strikes are ‘criminal offences’. Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan ordered Pakistan’s government to ‘use force if need be’ to end drone attacks in the country’s tribal regions. He ruled that US drone strikes ...

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How to Close Guantanamo – By Laura Pitter | Foreign Policy

President Barack Obama finally broke his long silence on Tuesday on the need to close Guantanamo. Echoing comments he made four years ago — when, on his second day in office he promised to close the facility within a year — he said “Guantanamo is not necessary to keep America safe. It is expensive. It is inefficient…. It needs to ...

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Putin and Medvedev Join Moscow’s May Day Parade | NYTimes.com

MOSCOW — On May Day, this city partied like it was 1951. Tens of thousands of trade unionists, waving boughs of artificial flowers, marched to oompah music down the broad thoroughfare that leads to the Kremlin. Along the route an earsplitting female voice exclaimed, though a public address system affixed to poles, “Hail to the aviation workers of Moscow! Hail ...

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‘Some things can’t be covered’ campaign begins in Saudi Arabia | Al Jazeera English

In what many are calling a groundbreaking move in Saudi Arabia, the King Khalid Foundation released the image above as part of its No More Abuse campaign against domestic violence. The image depicts a beaten woman whose wounds are concealed by her niqab, and has solicited a significant response on social media. Many applauded the first-of-its-kind effort in the Kingdom. ...

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Turkey: Justice Central to Kurdish Peace Process | Human Rights Watch

Justice for the thousands of state-perpetrated killings and disappearances of Kurdish civilians in the 1990s should be an essential part of the peace process under way in Turkey, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released a video outlining the events of that era, with family members whose loved ones were killed describing the lack of justice ever since. ...

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Senate hearing blasts Obama’s refusal to share details of drone program | McClatchy

Democratic and Republican senators joined a former deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday in urging the Obama administration to make public more information about its top-secret targeted killing program amid questions about the legality and effectiveness of hundreds of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere. For more on this story, visit: Senate hearing blasts Obama’s ...

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