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WikiLeaks releases almost all the Guantánamo Files

‘In its latest release of classified US documents [763 of 779], WikiLeaks is shining the light of truth on a notorious icon of the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” — the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which opened on January 11, 2002, and remains open under President Obama — despite his promise to close the much-criticised facility within a year of taking office.

‘In thousands of pages of documents dating from 2002 to 2008 and never seen before by members of the public or the media, the cases of the majority of the prisoners held at Guantánamo — 758 out of 779 in total — are described in detail in memoranda from JTF-GTMO, the Joint Task Force at Guantánamo Bay, to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida.’

The files can be accessed by country. In terms of number of prisoners by originating country, Afghanistan (223) heads the list followed by Saudi Arabia (135), Yemen (110), and Pakistan (69)

http://wikileaks.ch/gitmo/index.html

The Guantánamo documents, WikiLeaked

Read a selection of the 750 leaked Guantánamo files containing secret US military assessments of detainees:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/guantanamo-files-documents

Explosive! Guantánamo files, released by WikiLeaks

Guantánamo files, obtained & released by WikiLeaks, lift lid on world’s most notorious prison

  • Innocent people interrogated for years on slimmest pretexts
  • Children, elderly, and mentally ill among those wrongfully held
  • 172 prisoners remain, some with no prospect of trial or release

The Guardian: The Guantánamo files: documents
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/25/guantanamo-files-lift-lid-prison
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/guantanamo-files-documents

New York Times: Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/world/guantanamo-files-lives-in-an-american-limbo.html?_r=1&hp

Washington Post: WikiLeaks discloses new details on whereabouts of al-Qaeda leaders on 9/11:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/wikileaks-discloses-new-details-on-whereabouts-of-al-qaeda-leaders-on-911/2011/04/24/AFvvzIeE_story.html?hpid=z1

BBC News: Wikileaks: Many at Guantanamo ‘not dangerous’:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13184845

The bribing game – A response to Kaushik Basu from Jean Dreze

The bribing game.

“The moral acceptability of this proposal has already been questioned by other commentators. Not only does it condone bribe-giving, it also relies on bribe-givers being doubly corrupt: by giving a bribe, and by stabbing bribe-takers in the back as they blow the whistle after the event. Be that as it may, there is another problem with Basu’s paper: the central argument — that legalisation of bribe-giving will cause a sharp decline in the incidence of bribery — is incorrect.”

Is There Anything More to Say About the Rosenberg Case?

Is There Anything More to Say About the Rosenberg Case? :: Monthly Review.

Yes, says lawyer and historian Staughton Lynd. The first question:“Why were the Rosenbergs punished so much more severely than others whose activities were comparable to theirs?”

The second question:”If an American helped the Soviet Union to obtain the atomic bomb as soon as possible, might that have been justified?

There is a short comment by Michael Meeropol, the elder son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, (how he and his younger brother Robert, came to bear the name Meeropol is recounted in the Wikipedia entry on the brothers) on this article that is in keeping with the manner in which the Rosenberg sons have carried forward the legacy of their parents.

Not Naming Names: Julius Rosenberg’s Decidedly Political Decision

James Meek · In the Sorting Office

LRB · James Meek · In the Sorting Office.
(Freely accessible. May require registration)

“Across the world, postal services are being altered like this: optimised to deliver the maximum amount of unwanted mail at the minimum cost to businesses. In the internet age private citizens are sending less mail than they used to, but that’s only part of the story of postal decline. The price of driving down the cost of bulk mailing for a handful of big organisations is being paid for by the replacement of decently paid postmen with casual labour and the erosion of daily deliveries.”

This excerpt gives a fair idea of what it is about but one has to read the piece to see how wonderfully well it is written. A remarkable comment also (among other things) on technology in the era of globalization.

P. Sainath, ‘Bribes: a small but radical idea,’ leader page article on Kaushik Basu’s latest thesis, The Hindu, April 21, 2011

Link to leader page article by P. Sainath, The Hindu, April 21, 2011 + pdf of page from the ‘as printed’ e-paper or digital edition

*Bribes: a small but radical idea*

To ask a people burdened with systemic bribery to accept bribe-giving as legal is to demand they accept corruption and the existing structures of power and inequity it flows from.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/sainath/article1712689.ece

P. Sainath, leader page article, ‘Bribes: a small but radical idea,’ The Hindu, April 21, 2011

‘Halt work at Jaitapur,’ leader in The Hindu, April 21, 2011

A link to the leader in The Hindu of April 21, 2011 + 2 pdfs from the ‘as printed’ e-paper or digital edition.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article1712694.ece

‘Halt work at Jaitapur,’ The Hindu, April 21, 2011, full page

‘Halt work at Jaitapur,’ The Hindu, April 21, 2011, leader as pdf

India Cables special — the entire series in PDF here! (resumed: Day 22), April 21, 2011

These pdfs carry stories of ‘The India Cables’, accessed by The Hindu (TH) through WikiLeaks. These are pdfs of the full pages from the ‘as printed’ e-paper or digital edition of The Hindu of April 21, 2011 (Day 22 in the series). The up to date stories and texts of the cables can be read at http://www.thehindu.com/news/the-india-cables/

India Cables, Kolkata Consulate on Mamata, The Hindu, April 21, 2011, Page 1 story
India Cables, The Hindu, April 21, 2011, Page 1
India Cables, The Hindu, April 21, 2011, Op-Ed page

Courtesy: The Hindu

On Kaushik Basu’s latest genius idea on how to combat corruption! Article by P. Sainath in The Hindu

‘Let’s get this right. The Chief Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, wants a certain class of bribes legalised? And says so in a paper titled “Why, for a Class of Bribes, the Act of Giving a Bribe Should be Treated as Legal.”’

The paper can be downloaded the Finance Ministry’s website: http://finmin.nic.in/WorkingPaper/Act_Giving_Bribe_Legal.pdf http://finmin.nic.in/WorkingPaper/Act_Giving_Bribe_Legal.pdf

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/sainath/article1712689.ece

U.K. phone hacking scandal triggers Ed Miliband challenge to the press over its practices

British Labour leader Ed Miliband has boldly called for an independent review of newspaper regulation and practices following News International’s admission that it hacked into the phones of celebrities and politicians, and then failed to carry out full inquiries into the wrongdoing.

Miliband told the Guardian: “I think there does need to be a review after the police inquiries have been completed and any criminal cases that flow from it. I think it is in the interests of protecting the reputation of the British press that these matters should not simply be left to rest, and lessons have to be learned…The press itself will want to look at how self-regulation can be made to work better because it clearly did not work very well in relation to these issues here.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/apr/19/phone-hacking-ed-miliband-inquiry-press-abuses

Press standards: tougher regulation would be fought tooth and nailEd Miliband’s inquiry call may irritate industry already troubled by superinjunctions and commercial problems.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/apr/19/press-standards-regulation-analysis

DVD of the week, New Yorker

‘Their anarchic and joyful free-spiritedness was both the cause of their celebrity and the product they were promoting; their cultural revolution was the first to be carried out in an echo chamber the size of the world.’

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2011/04/dvd-of-the-week-a-hard-days-night.html

(Posted at The New Yorker’s Multimedia by Richard Brody, the movies editor for Goings On About Town and the author of “Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard.”)

 

granma.cu – Central Report to the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba

“In Cuba, under socialism, there will never be space for “shock therapies” that go against the neediest, who have traditionally been the staunchest supporters of the Revolution; as opposed to the packages of measures frequently applied on orders of the International Monetary Fund and other international economic organizations to the detriment of the Third World peoples and, lately enforced in the highly developed nations where students’ and workers’ demonstrations are violently suppressed.”

granma.cu – Central Report to the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Interview with Julian Assange on YouTube, six video excerpts + audio excerpt (on cable reporting and cable journalism) + print, Parts One and Two, The Hindu

Video: excerpts of N. Ram’s April 8, 2011 interview with Julian Assange presented on YouTube

1. Julian Assange on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s reaction to the India Cables

2. Julian Assange on the Jasmine Revolution

3. Julian Assange on the pro-U.S. tilt in India’s Foreign Policy as exposed by WikiLeaks

4. Julian Assange on the nexus between U.S. International Policy and Big Business

5. Julian Assange on the systematisation of unjust practices

6. What moves Julian Assange?

Video excerpts presented at The Hindu’s website:

Video: excerpts of N. Ram’s April 8, 2011 interview with Julian Assange

Audio excerpt: Julian Assange on the difference between cable reporting and cable journalism:

Julian Assange on cable reporting and cable journalism

In print, The Hindu, April 12 and 13, 2011: Julian Assange interviewed by N. Ram for The Hindu:

Part One:

‘It means he has a habit of reactively covering up allegations of corruption’, Page 1

WikiLeaks has provided the critical climate for political reform: Assange

Part Two:
WikiLeaks is the method we use towards our goal of a more just society: Assange

U.S. warns of more control system vulnerabilities like the Stuxnet worm that hit Iran

U.S. warns of more SCADA software holes | InSecurity Complex – CNET News.

More news from the cyber warfare front, where it is completely unclear who is fighting whom. The range of possible systems and their location that would be vulnerable to a Stuxnet-like attack is interesting.