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Was Chomsky Right? Did East European Dissidents Suffer Less?

July 29, 2016 // Lidové Noviny - Czech Republic - Czech

A couple of weeks ago, I received a surprisingly long email from American linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, one of whose statements on dissidents two years ago stirred up a fuss. He was reacting by email to my request for an interview on Václav Havel, and East European dissent in the late socialist period [Read more]

Cruz, Trump and Rubio: Who Will be the Worst War Criminal?

March 8, 2016 // Nouvel Observateur - France - French

In televised debates, the Republican Party's main presidential candidates have indulged in a strange competition: Who will promise to commit the most war crimes once he is elected. As of now, they are committed to "grow Guantanamo" (Marco Rubio), submit prisoners to waterboarding (Ted Cruz) or "even worse" (Donald [Read more]

Will Waterboarding Be Socially Acceptable Again?

January 31, 2016 // Die Zeit - Germany - German

<i>Nearly all the Republican presidential candidates favor a relaxation of America's ban on torture. If one of them wins the election, the brutal practice will once again become business as usual.</i> The first primary election takes place a week from now in the state of Iowa. By this summer, Democrats and [Read more]

The Certainty of Impunity

September 19, 2015 // El País - Spain - Spanish

The Guantanamo investigation, begun in 2009 and continued by Judge Ruz, concerns crimes of torture and degrading and inhumane treatment in the prison of the same name, as suffered by four citizens (including one Spaniard) after their arrest by the United States in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gambia. Although years after [Read more]

Europe and America: Partners Even in Torture

January 11, 2015 // Al-Watan - Oman - Arabic

A report from the American Congress’ Senate Intelligence Committee recently exposed some methods of torture that American intelligence agencies have used. This report, known as the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program, contains a total of 6,000 pages — though only [Read more]
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