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U.S. Values on Trial Alongside Hicks
Two days before David Hicks arrived at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba on January 11, 2002, flown there in a military transport from Afghanistan where he had been captured by Northern Alliance forces and sold to the US military for $US1000, lawyers at the US Justice Department drafted a memo on how the US...
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Guantanamo Trial Would Have Done Stalin Proud - Lawyer
THE secret agreement that resulted in David Hicks facing only nine more months in prison may do fatal damage to an already discredited system of dealing with terrorism suspects, legal experts say.The combination of a sentencing deal arranged behind closed doors and the conditions imposed on Hicks,...
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American Kangaroo Court Claims Its First Victim
It is appropriate that a person from Australia, home of the kangaroo, should be the first one dragged before the kangaroo court at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. David Hicks, imprisoned there for more than five years, pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support for terrorism. The...
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Iraq Needs Educated Who Flee Terror
SAN FRANCISCO -- CONSIDERING the persistent bad news from Iraq, it's hard to imagine that adding a mere 21,500 troops will bring security. But even if it does, the surge is only a small step toward stability, an interim strategy that may suppress but will not crush the insurgency. Recognizing this...
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Guantanamo Illegal Despite Guilty Plea: Critics
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A guilty plea by Australian David Hicks to terrorism charges should not be seen as legitimizing U.S. military tribunals taking place at Guantanamo Bay, human rights groups said on Tuesday. Lawyers met to work out details of the plea after Hicks, a farmhand...
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Global Warming Study Warns of Vanishing Climates
By the end of the century up to two fifths of the land surface of the Earth will have a hotter climate unlike anything that currently exists, according to a study that predicts the effects of global warming on local and regional climates. And in the worst case scenario, the climatic conditions on...
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Antarctic Melting May be Speeding Up
HOBART (Australia) - Rising sea levels and melting polar ice-sheets are at upper limits of projections, leaving some human population centers already unable to cope, top world scientists say as they analyze latest satellite data. A United Nations report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
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Bush Has Chance to Hold Terrorists Accountable
The troops marched slowly, their U.S.-made M-16s raised. It was Nov. 12, 1991, a day that would forever be seared into my memory, and into history. I was reporting in East Timor, a small island nation 300 miles north of Australia, brutally occupied by Indonesia since 1975. A third of the population...
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Curb this Deadly: Trade Those Who Oppose the Proposed UN Arms Treaty Could Derail a Chance to Save Millions of Lives
As the UN general assembly opens this week, it has its best opportunity in years to make a life-saving difference to people all over the world. An opportunity to stop human rights abuses, limit the threat of terrorism, and reduce suffering for millions. The opportunity is a draft resolution for an...
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Un-American About Animals
What country has the most advanced animal protection legislation in the world? If you guessed the United States, go to the bottom of the class. The United States lags far behind all 25 nations of the European Union, and most other developed nations as well, such as Switzerland, Australia, New...
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