“A Big Black Stain That Provides No Benefit Whatsoever”: Lawyers Urge Joe Biden to Close Guantánamo

An unidentified prisoner in the recreation yard of Camp 6 at Guantánamo Bay, probably photographed in 2015 (Photo: AFP). Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help, please click on the
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Minitrue Diary, March 5, 2020: Coronavirus, Iran Evacuation, Healthcare Worker Commendations, Uyghur Labor, Party Titles

Be sure to use standard Party terms for grassroots organizations and related positions. 1. Do not describe a “Party committee secretary” as “community secretary”: “secretary” is a Party position, and the expression “community secretary” is non-standard. 2. Do not confuse “Party branch secretary” with “general Party branch secretary”: Party branches and general Party branches are both grassroots organizations of the Party, but
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Africa: What the Nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield Means for Global Engagement and African Partnerships

[FEEEDS] Washington, DC -- President-elect Biden's nomination of Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield sends a strong message that the incoming administration is serious about re-engaging the world not only with strong policy leadership and national security skills, but also ensuring that America acts in line with its core values when working with our partners.
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Saudi Arabia wants to be consulted in US, Iran nuclear deal

Joe Biden has signalled he will return the US to a nuclear accord with Iran and that he still backed the 2015 deal negotiated under Obama, from which Trump withdrew. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states must be consulted if a US nuclear agreement with Iran is revived, Riyadh  said on Saturday, warning it is the only
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HRW slams France for 'endangering liberties' by dissolving anti-Islamophobia group

The US-based rights advocacy group condemned France's shutting down of leading anti-discrimination group Collective Against Islamophobia. A decision by France to shut down a leading anti-discrimination group threatens basic human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Friday, after it was emerged that the Collective Against Islamophobia [ CCIF] in France was dissolved
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Fasooliya Bayda

Ingredients Instructions Start by cooking the meat. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and brown the meat until it is a nice mahogany colour. Add in the spices, onion and garlic and then top off with enough water to reach a few inches over the meat. Once the water comes to the boil, you will notice the impurities
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We’ll Always Have Paris?

In light of this, the fanfare surrounding the US’ re-entry to the Paris Agreement must be paired with ever stronger demands for action that delivers climate justice on a global scale. This will require international cooperation – but not of the type embodied by global summits and non-binding treaties. International action on climate change is often cloaked in the language
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Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

Results of the Electoral College vote are due to be received, and typically approved, by Congress on Jan. 6. Although lawmakers can object to accepting the electors’ votes, it would be almost impossible for Biden to be blocked at that point. Friday’s certification of California’s 55 electoral votes put Democrat Joe Biden past the 270 needed to win the race. (AP
| World, 2020 US presidential elections, Democrats |

This Relatively Young Military Sealift Command Ship Is Absolutely Caked In Rust

It isn't clear exactly everywhere USNS Washington Chambers has been or how long it has been away from home and under what circumstances, but these Military Sealift Command vessels, which provide an absolutely essential lifeline to the combat ships they resupply, usually operate with much smaller crews compared to their mainline counterparts. This can make preventative
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COVID-19 stretched multilateralism: WHO chief

Mogadishu (SONNA)- The head of the World Health Organization told the UN General Assembly that the coronavirus pandemic stretched the fabric of multilateralism. “In the past 75 years, the UN has had many successes and many challenges. But none more than the COVID-19 pandemic which has strained the very fabric of multilateralism,” Tedros Ghebreyesus said via video link from
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Remember the Kennedys!, by Laurent Guyénot

I admit it: I like the Kennedys. Actually, I love the Kennedys. Religiously. I think they deserve a heroic cult. “The hero in the Greek religious sense,” according to Lewis Farnell, “is a person whose virtue, influence, or personality was so powerful in his lifetime or through the peculiar circumstances of his death that his...
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Security Council Presidential Statement Urges Stronger Response to Conflict, Coordination between African Union, United Nations

United Nations (SONNA)- Ahead of a high-level debate on cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union in peace and security, the Security Council today encouraged the two organizations to further strengthen their coordination in a mutually supportive manner across the range of possible responses to conflict. In a presidential statement (document  S/PRST/2020/11 ) issued by President Matamela
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How to fight Holocaust denial in social media – with the evidence of what really happened

A decadeslong campaign A photo taken April 12, 1945, shows just some of the bodies found by U.S. troops when they arrived at Nordhausen concentration camp in Germany. Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library An image from a film taken during the Soviet liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in early 1945 shows children who had survived the Holocaust. Belarusian State
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Translation: Xianzi’s Friends “Surround and Watch” in #metoo Solidarity

Read essays by Xianzi and her friend Xu Chao (also known as Classmate Maishao) about their motivations in posting Xianzi’s accusations against Zhu Jun. See also an essay by feminist activist Lü Pin about the origins and significance of the #MeToo movement in China. Translation by Yakexi.
| CDT Highlights, Human Rights, Law |

France Confirms That Indonesia Wants To Buy Rafale Fighter Jets

Dassault Aviation A two-seat Rafale B fighter. Airbus Helicopters An Indonesian Air Force H225M combat search and rescue helicopter. Australian Department of Defence A two-seat F-16B from the batch of Vipers delivered to Indonesia from the late 1980s. Australian Department of Defence Indonesian Flankers — single-seat Su-27SK and two-seat Su-30MK2 versions — fly in formation with a pair of Australian
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Africa: Keeping Climate Ambition Alive - Challenges Remain but Signs of Progress Abound

[IPS] Washington DC -- For those of us in the international climate action community, 2020 isn't ending the way we expected when we rang in the new year. Even before 2020 dawned, countries were hard at work planning for their first updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in line with the Paris Agreement's five-year NDC revision cycle. NDCs are official statements,
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Biden says Trump policies allowed Iran to increase nuclear material

President-elect Joe Biden has signalled he will return the US to a nuclear accord with Iran. US President-elect Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump ’s Iran strategy and reiterated his intention to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons in a new televised interview. "The bottom line is that we can't allow Iran to get nuclear weapons," Biden
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Saudi Arabia thanks Kuwait for Gulf crisis mediation efforts

Prince Faisal bin Farhan expressed hope that the Kuwaiti and US efforts will be successful in finding a solution to the dispute. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that the kingdom appreciates the US and  Kuwait’s efforts in mediating the three-year-long Gulf crisis. “We hope that the efforts of Kuwait and Washington will be successful, in the interest of
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That booster shot is a doozy. Production problems involving Sputnik V’s second dose complicate Russia’s plans for mass coronavirus vaccinations

Earlier this week, Vladimir Putin vowed that Russia will produce 2 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, known as “Sputnik V,” in the coming days. Under his orders, the nation will launch a mass vaccination campaign, beginning on Saturday in Moscow. Meduza has learned, however, that Russian pharmaceutical companies are struggling to build a stable supply chain for Sputnik V’s
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Survey says. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov weighs in on negative attitudes toward Russian officials

During a press conference on Friday, December 4, journalists asked Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to comment on the results of a new survey conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM). Responses to the survey indicated that the majority of Russian citizens believe government officials aren’t doing their jobs. Peskov, a government official himself, offered a personal take on the survey results
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Mozambique: U.S. Counter-Terrorism Official Meets With Nyusi

[AIM] Maputo -- Nathan A. Sales, the United States Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism, visited Mozambique on Tuesday and Wednesday and, according to a US Embassy press release, the purpose of his visit was "to strengthen the commitment of the US government to supporting the efforts of Mozambique in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism".
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The AI-powered smartphone and what it means for developers

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip will let handsets take high-resolution multimedia faster and perform AI-related tasks more efficiently As more AI-enabled handsets hit the market, new opportunities are emerging for app developers for cutting-edge customer experiences AI-enhanced smartphones Apple silicon heralds new era in computer performance race Emotion recognition: Emotion sensing systems and  affective computing allow smartphones to
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ACLU demands records on data US agencies gathered from Muslim prayer app

The advocacy group submitted a Freedom of Information act (Foia) request on Thursday alongside CUNY Law School’s Clear clinic. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is demanding that the US government hand over records that could reveal how it acquired location data from mobile phone apps, including one used by millions of Muslims around the world. The advocacy group
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Africa: Putting Women's Voices At the Centre - a Comprehensive Report On the State of Gender Equality in Africa

[Graça Machel Trust] The African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and UN Women unveiled details of its Africa Gender Index report during a virtual global dissemination event that took place on 01 December 2020. The online event drew more than 150 participants from government, development institutions, the private sector and civil society who discussed ways to
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World Soil Day 2020: IAEA & FAO lay the groundwork to ‘Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity’

Soil, the ubiquitous living resource beneath our feet, is alive with organisms that work in a coordinated effort to sustain life on Earth. These organisms help soils store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while also providing a home for up to 90 per cent of all living organisms at some point in their lifecycles.
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Calligraphies of the Desert by Hassan Massoudy

Book Club: Iraqi calligrapher Hassan Massoudy draws inspiration from the words and wisdom of revered poets and writers who have lost themselves in the mysteries of the desert. Looking back on 2020, a year defined by the experience of a global pandemic, there has never been a better time to pause and take stock of our place in the world.
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Morocco's Famous Oyster Capital Bursts with a Unique Flavour

The Most Famous Oysters in Morocco Oualidia, famous for its lagoon where shellfish are farmed, it is known as the oyster capital of Morocco. Local producers have been cultivating oysters in the area since the 1950s and people from all over pass through the city just to get a taste of their reputably unique flavour. Chaib gushes, "It's impossible to
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Prof Prem Sikka: Reform company law to protect workers’ pensions

The shareholder-centric model of corporate governance needs to be replaced by a stakeholder model so that companies can advance the interests of all stakeholders, including employees. Directors’ duties and Section 172 of the Companies act 2006 needs to be reformed. Rather than being agents of shareholders, directors need to act as trustees and aim to secure equity amongst all stakeholders.
| Left Foot Forward, Arcadia, Pensions |

Lebanon extends coronavirus general mobilisation period until March

Lebanon has extended the general mobilisation period to March 2021 in efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Lebanon's Higher Defence Council extended the general mobilisation period to the end of March 2021 to deal with the coronavirus pandemic with a set of health, economic and security measures.
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Biden Is the Perfect Figurehead for the Post-Trump National Security Establishment

Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP For millions of voters, this was not a choice between Biden and Trump — it was a referendum on Trump, and Biden’s name on the ballot was a stand-in for “No!” Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images The true utility of courting neoconservatives and Never Trump right-wingers was to use it as a scaremongering cudgel against progressive values and
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Communists were jailed for Less: Trumpies call for overthrow of US Constitution

Click graphic to donate via PayPal! Juan Cole P. O. Box 4218, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2548 USA (Remember, make the checks out to “Juan Cole” or they can’t be cashed) “knowingly or willfully advocate, abet, advise or teach the duty, necessity, desirability or propriety of overthrowing the Government of the United States or of any State by force or violence, or for anyone to
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Palestinians can expect Israel's Trump-era plans to continue under Blinken

Comment: Secretary of State Blinken will likely bring an 'acceptable' veneer to US enabling of Israel, but little concrete change, writes Ramona Wadi. As US President Donald Trump's era comes to a close, Israel is in search of a new narrative to sustain its future diplomatic relations with the US.  Trump's White House oversaw a series of swift decision-making that
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Laser Weapons On The Battlefield Of Tomorrow: Separating Fact From Fiction

Lockheed Lockheed's HELIOS system will have both a high-power laser weapon and dazzler built into a single integrated unit.  AFRL Tyler: Some have noted the forward fuel tank [or lift fan on the B model] in an F-35. I'm sure you know about that… For something like this to go into a big open space and you lose some
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How can resource-rich Africa thrive in global markets? {Business Africa}

As COVID- 19 cases continue to rise in Africa, how can businesses which were already hit by months of restrictions and loss of revenue adapt and thrive in the new normal? On this week's edition Business Africa, Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact joins us to discuss how African businesses can emerge stronger from the
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Why North American investors are gobbling up booming bitcoin

Fri, 2020-12-04 00:43 HIGH LIGHTS North American exchanges win out in bitcoin boom. Huge bitcoin flows to that region from East Asia. Market players cite demand from large US investors. Fewer retail punters in Asia another factor at play. Main category:  Business & Economy Tags:  bitcoin digital currency Saudi, UAE central banks work on joint digital currency planBitcoin plummets to
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CIA officer killed in Somali raid on suspected Al-Shabaab bomb-maker

Mohamed, who is also known as “Engineer Ismail”, was recently listed by the US government as a “specially designated global terrorist”, a step that freezes any assets he may have in US jurisdictions and bans Americans from doing any business with him. The listing says the 36-year-old is the group’s senior explosives expert, head of al-Shabaab’s media wing and a key
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A Saudi-Israeli rapprochement?

Comment: Courtney Freer appraises the prospects of a Saudi-Israel normalisation deal, or a resolution to the GCC crisis in the last days of the Trump administration. Israeli media reported last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had secretly flown  to Saudi Arabia to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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Immigrants Detained by ICE Say They Were Punished for Requesting Covid-19 Tests

Photo: Obtained by The Intercept Photo: Courtesy of Karim Golding Photo: Cydni Elledge for The Intercept “A Form of Punishment” Photo: Cydni Elledge for The Intercept Photo: Cydni Elledge for The Intercept Photo: Cydni Elledge for The Intercept Nowhere to Go Photo: Sarah Dudik/The Gadsden Times/AP Photo: Cydni Elledge for The Intercept Nothing to His Name Photo: Cydni Elledge for
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What Facebook’s empty campus says about the post-Covid world

Facebook RSS:  Business Article :  Business box 1 :  Business Box 2 Title :  More from New Statesman Media Group Business box 2 text 1 :  Energy Monitor: Business box 2 link 1 :  Why your data is moving to Canada Business box 2 text 2 :  Investment Monitor: Business box 2 link 2 :  Will smart cities lead the world out of the Covid crisis? Business
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Revealed: Britain’s economy of men

*/ */ */ */ Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images RSS:  Business Article :  Business box 1 :  Business Box 2 Title :  More from New Statesman Media Group Business box 2 text 1 :  City Monitor: Business box 2 link 1 :  Why Britain needs more female cyclists Business box 2 text 2 :  Energy Monitor: Business box 2 link 2 :  Fairness and the energy revolution
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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Quick Review: C'mon and Bring the Family to 180 MPH

Dodge 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, By The Numbers Base price $82,490  Powertrain: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 | 8-speed automatic transmission | all-wheel drive Horsepower: 710 at 6,100 rpm Torque: 640 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm EPA Fuel Economy: 11 mpg city | 17 highway | 13 combined Cargo Space: 17 cubic feet Curb Weight:
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The New LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Is Ready to Conquer Your Living Room Furniture

LEGO makes a number of different cars in its Technic series of kits, with iconic vehicles like the Bugatti Chiron, Land Rover Defender, and Fiat 500 all being immortalized in the brand's plastic bricks. Now, the most popular enthusiast vehicle in the U.S. is finally getting it's due. The Jeep Wrangler has been made into
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The complicated business of investing in Saudi Arabia

FAYEZ NURELDINE / Getty images RSS:  Business Article :  Business box 1 :  Business Box 2 Title :  More from New Statesman Media Group Business box 2 text 1 :  Energy Monitor: Business box 2 link 1 :  What a no-deal Brexit will mean for the UK's energy industry Business box 2 text 2 :  Tech Monitor: Business box 2 link 2 :  Ranking the global cyber
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Amazon Workers Are Organizing a Global Struggle

Photo: Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto/Getty Images Amazon is best understood not as a retailer but a monopolist empire: a 21st century East India Company, and no less colonialist in its practices. Photo: Courtesy of Make Amazon Pay Coalition One of the keys to the Make Amazon Pay policy platform are guidelines to regulate the sort of contracts Amazon offers to workers,
| Justice, Natasha Lennard, Technology |

Bahrain to allow occupied West Bank goods to be labeled as 'Made in Israel'

Bahrain will allow Israeli goods produced in the West Bank to be labeled as 'Made in Israel'. Goods coming to  Bahrain from the  Israeli -occupied  West Bank , East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights will be labeled as "Made in Israel" , the country's Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani said on Thursday. "Without going into
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How We Won: The Stripper Who Took Her Club Boss to Court

‘I was told I wasn’t welcome back.’ ‘Very often employers will end up settling before going to court.’ ‘It was a very stressful time for me.’ ‘We want Sonia’s victory to empower other dancers.’ The strippers union’s recent court victory proves that when we work together, WE WIN! Want to improve pay and conditions at your club? Now is the time
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From county to congress, scores of Muslim Americans sweep to power after US election

This year's US elections saw the highest number of Muslim candidates running for office, advocacy groups said in a joint observation statement. A large number of Muslim American candidates ran for office in US elections in 2020, prominent advocacy organisations said on Wednesday, interpreting this as a sign of the  community's growing political power . Not only that, but this
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Starmer is failing to unite Britain's Labour Party

It's baffling to see an experienced lawyer like Starmer in such difficulty. Clearly, former US President Barack Obama was right when he said in his new book, A Promised Land , that politicians face enormous pressure from the pro-Israel lobby. In the US, this means, among others, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). "AIPAC's clout," wrote Obama, "could
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