Things Are Good: White House Planning to Close Guantanamo Bay’s Infamous Torture Centre

Guantanamo Bay on the beautiful island of Cuba sounds like a great place if you don’t know anything about it. We do know what happens there and it’s immoral and likely illegal (probably even worthy of investigation by the International Criminal Court which the USA hasn’t ratified). The USA has been operating a prison there ...

Alberta Diary: Why Denmark fears militarization of Arctic islands means Canada could soon control almost all of Hudson’s Bay, and other tall tales

If we just listened to Stephen Harper and the BBC, what a wonderful world this would be! Below: Catherine the Great, USAF Gen. Philip Breedlove. Last Wednesday, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported in shocked tones on its online news site that “NATO’s top military commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russian ‘militarization’ of the ...

Alberta Diary: Is Omar Khadr a pawn in a cynical political game by the Harper Government?

The scene a week ago in the chapel at the King’s University College in Edmonton during a forum on the fate of Omar Khadr. Below: Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney, U.S. Defense Department lawyer Samuel Morison. Is the continued imprisonment of Omar Khadr actually a question of principle for the Harper Government, or has it become ...

Dead Wild Roses: Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes

Shutdown this, markets crashing that.  Hey, if the Americans want to self-destruct their country maybe they should start with Guantanamo Bay. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Force Feeding, Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Institutional Evil., Torture

LeDaro: Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas against closing Gitmo

When will Americans close Gitmo? To start with, there are a lot of detainees who have not been charged with anything and the Gitmo detention centre gives a tool to extremists like Al Qaeda for new recruits. Now Senator Ted Cruz, during a Senate hearing on Gitmo, says that Gitmo must not be closed. I ...

Dead Wild Roses: America’s Shame – Guantanamo Bay

   We have not written on America’s imperial adventures for awhile here at DWR.   Constant examination of the antithesis of our civilization lays bare the soul, to touch the carefully crafted web we ensconce ourselves in and shake it till the dirty bitter truths rupture forth wearies the heart and mind.  To see things as ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Why Omar Khadr’s psychology does not matter

This post is a quick update to my previous post ‘Why Omar Khadr still matters‘ in response to a CBC article that contrasts the views of two psychologists who studied Khadr. As interesting as the article may be, everything I wrote previously about whether Canada should repatriate Khadr, whether his proceedings were legal, and whether ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Why Omar Khadr still matters

A decade after a wounded Omar Khadr, a then fifteen year old Canadian citizen, decided to lob a fatal grenade in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan, Ottawa is still dragging its feet on finally repatriating Khadr back to Canada from Guantanamo Bay where he is currently detained. Khadr’s fate is ultimately set; he ...