Rumsfeld Admits to 'Ghosting' Detainee

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has admitted that he 'ghosted' a detainee, meaning that he made the decision to hold a prisoner without keeping any records of the fact...  the Director of the CIA told him not to register a prisoner with the Red Cross...he obeyed, and several months later the prisoner was still not registered.

Terrorism: Who Benefits and Why

Before the events of Genoa, because of the fall of the Soviet Union, many of the peoples of the Western world had been led to believe the possibility of a global capitalism free from any hampering opposition. Yet, obviously, for those represented by the demonstrations at Genoa this was just a Hobson’s choice between exploitation either by one giant global capitalist corporation or another.

WTO Declaration: A Bad Deal for Developing Countries

THE WTO Ministerial Conference, which commenced in Hongkong on December 13, 2005, adopted a declaration on December 18, after six days of acrimonious negotiations between the developed and the developing countries.

IRAN: Reconstruction efforts in quake-devastated Bam continue two years on

Some 30,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured on 26 December 2003 when the 6.5 magnitude quake razed the ancient Silk Road city, making it Iran's worst recorded disaster ever, rendering some 200,000 people homeless and damaging or destroying some 42,000 housing units.

Hong Kong Declaration: WTO Inequitable For India & Developing Countries

THE declaration adopted at the WTO ministerial conference in Hong Kong makes it clear that the global trading system continues to be weighted in favour of the developed countries. The Doha round of negotiations initiated in 2001 has been used by the rich countries to protect their interests to the detriment of the vast mass of humanity belonging to the developing countries.

Bush's 'evil' little twin

George W. Bush must have scowled when Cuba's Fidel Castro referred recently to his brother, the Florida governor, as the president's 'fat little brother.' But he got over it. There were other, more important fish to fry, among them hiding that he had another, skinnier brother halfway across the world whose antics were becoming a nuisance.

The State Department’s Shannon

Committed Latin Americanists relished the unceremonious departure of right-wing ideologue Roger Noriega as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemispheric affairs and welcomed, by default, the promotion of Thomas A. Shannon Jr. to the post in October.

Millennium Development Goals Are Failing

IN the year 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted the Millennium Declaration, in which world leaders committed to achieving a set of eight goals by 2015. Since then, these Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, have become the latest buzzword at different levels of the international development aid industry, and have spawned substantial employment generation for what are now called 'development practitioners.'

Zimbabwe: No forced removal of failed asylum seekers, says Court

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal has refused the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality permission to appeal against its determination that the way its officers were enforcing returns of failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers was unsafe.

Torture and Empire: An Interview with Lila Rajiva

I think the way the Iraqi detainee torture scandal was covered -- which is the subject of my book -- is a perfect example. There were actually reports on torture right from the start, right after 9-11. But it didn't become a mainstream 'story' until three years later, after the CBS report in late April 2004.

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