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The fog of war-crimes trials

Thursday, July 31, 2008

With the trial of Osama bin Laden drive Salim Hamdan underway in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, writer Jonathan Mahler compares the proceedings those in Nuremberg after World War II. Nuremberg mattered, Mahler says, but Guantanamo is another matter in the eyes of the public.

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A day at the movies at Guantanamo Bay's Hamdan trial

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Hamdan trial continues in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yesterday, prosecutors in the trial of Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, unveiled a graphic video of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and other al-Qaida operations, created for the Office of Military Commissions, entitled "The al-Qaida Plan."

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What’s the future of U.S. policy in Pakistan?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


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President George Bush and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani met yesterday at The Oval Office. It’s Gilani’s first visit since Pakistan formed a coalition government earlier this year. Speaking to reporters, the president called Pakistan “a strong ally” and a “vibrant democracy.” The meeting comes as U.S. officials have called on Pakistan to stop militants from organizing cross-Afghanistan-border attacks.

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Four suicide bombers attack in Iraq, killing 50 in Kirkuk and Baghdad

Monday, July 28, 2008

Guest: Jim Muir, BBC correspondent

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The Pentagon turns a blind eye to Afghanistan’s poppy fields

Monday, July 28, 2008

In the New York Times, Thomas Schweich, a State Department narcotics official, charges that the Afghan government is deeply involved in protecting the opium trade and funneling profits to the Taliban and Taliban sympathizers.

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Reporter's notebook: "It don't Gitmo better than this"

Monday, July 28, 2008

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is famous for the secrecy and security that shrouds the legal proceedings of its detainees. But what is like to be a reporter there? USA Today’s Alan Gomez was at Guantanamo. He joins The Takeaway to share his experience, Irish pubs and all.

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No claims for dual blasts that killed 17, injured 150 in Istanbul, Turkey

Monday, July 28, 2008

Guest: Sarah Rainsford, BBC correspondent

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Will the capture of wartime leaders mark the end of Serbian nationalism?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Guest: Helen Fawkes, BBC correspondent, in Belgrade, Serbia

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White House to shift $226 million in counterterrorism aid for Pakistani jets

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Guest: Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

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Salim Hamdan's interrogation video shown at Guantanamo trial

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Hamdan trial continues in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yesterday, U.S. Military prosecutors played an interrogation video of former Osama bin Laden driver Salim Hamdan in which he denied any connections to al-Qaida. Hamdan asked to leave the courtroom as video playback began.

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An update on the capture of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Guest: Stephen Erlanger, The New York Times

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In first Guantanamo trial, the two sides paint two portraits of Salim Hamdan

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The first American war crimes tribunal since World War II is taking place in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On trial is Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Defense lawyers say the poor Yemeni took the job only for its $200-a-month salary, but prosecutors say Hamdan was a willing recruit, aiding al-Qaida in its militancy efforts.

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In a blow to the prosecution, judge bars coerced evidence in Guantanamo trial

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Guest: Rob Watson, BBC defense correspondent

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Tsvangirai and Mugabe talk about sharing power in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Three months after the voting and violence began, Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, is holding hands with opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara. The Zimbabwean politicians have agreed to sit down and talk through the disagreements, ending an election crisis.

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Serbia captures Radovan Karadzic, alleged orchestrator of Srebrenica massacre

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

After 13 years on the run from the law, one of the world’s most wanted men, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, is behind bars. Karadzic had twice been indicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal and accused of 16 counts of genocide.

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Writer exposes Dick Cheney’s war in "The Dark Side"

Monday, July 21, 2008

In "The Dark Side," author Jane Mayer weaves a seven-year narrative detailing what we know and don't know about the decisions made while pursuing terrorists after the coordinated terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mayer focuses on roles of Vice President Dick Cheney and his chief-of-staff since 2005, David Addington, and infers details from a secret 2007 Red Cross report that says the prisoner abuses at U.S. facilities constitute war crimes.

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Somalia's refugees suffer as aid workers become targets of violence

Monday, July 21, 2008

In the past month, Somalia has witnessed a sharp increase in violence directed at international aid workers, many of them employees of Western organizations, who deliver food and medical relief to the more that 1.1 million refugees living in Somalia.

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Back from the brink: Journalist Sean Langan recounts Taliban captivity

Thursday, July 17, 2008

While filming a documentary on the Afghanistan–Pakistan border, Sean Langan ("Fighting the Taliban") was abducted and held captive by the Taliban for three months. His captors were his contacts. Three weeks after his release, Langan speaks about his harrowing experience.

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The videotape, the war-crimes trial and the future of Guantanamo Bay

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Eyes are once again on the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This week, it’s because of the release of a hidden-camera video that gave the world a glimpse into interrogations. And, next week, pending a federal hearing Thursday, Osama bin Laden driver Salim Hamdan is scheduled to appear in Guantanamo’s first trial — the first American war-crimes trial since World War II.

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Israel and Hezbollah trade prisoners and dead bodies from 2006 conflict

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This morning, Israeli forensic specialists confirmed the remains of two soldiers handed over by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to be Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. The capture of the two men in 2006 prompted a violent month-long clash. With the bodies are identified, Israel has agreed to return five prisoners including Samir Kantar.

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