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Bradley Manning and the miscarriage of justice

Last week, after an astounding 567 days in prison, Bradley Manning – the US Army private accused of leaking the WikiLeaks documents – finally began his pre-trial hearing. In the year and a half since he has been in jail, Manning has been severely mistreated by his jailers, has been assumed guilty by the president and now potentially faces life ...

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Russian University Honours Dalai Lama For His Outstanding Work Of Peace

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – After three days of teaching and initiation events in Dharamshala, India, today, December 21st, the Russian Federal State Education Institute, Tuva State University, has awarded His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his outstanding input to freedom, human rights, religious harmony and environmental protection. The Honorary ...

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South Sudan rebels to fight on after chief’s death

South Sudanese rebels will continue their fight against the newly independent government in Juba despite the killing of their leader George Athor, his spokesman said on Wednesday. “To me, the mission is alive,” James Puot told AFP. “Only one man has died.” South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar announced on Tuesday that Athor was killed when a border patrol clashed ...

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Navalny challenges Putin after leaving Russian jail

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Opposition leader Alexei Navalny used his release from jail on Wednesday to call on Russians to unite against Vladimir Putin whom he said would try to snatch victory in a March 4 presidential election that was sure to be unfair. Navalny, who has harnessed a mood change among Russia’s urban youth against Putin’s 12-year rule, was greeted ...

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Assessing Assad

The assessments of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following his interview with Barbara Walters in early December all strike a common theme. A U.S. State Department spokesman, for instance, declared that Assad appears to be "utterly disconnected with the reality that’s going on in his country." One analyst opined, "It’s now clear that Assad meets his own definition of crazy." What ...

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Iraq issues arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on accusations of running a hit squad 

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Shiite-led government issued an arrest warrant Monday for the Sunni vice president, accusing him of running a hit squad that assassinated government and security officials — extraordinary charges a day after the last U.S. troops left the country. The vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, left Baghdad on Sunday for the semiautonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, presumably hoping that ...

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Uncle Jang, the real power behind Kim the younger

He has been described by some analysts as the power behind the throne in North Korea following the death of the “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il. But who is Jang Song-taek? And why does he appear to wield more influence in the Hermit Kingdom than Kim Jong-un, the 27-year-old son of Kim Jong-il and his anointed successor? Advertisement: Story continues below ...

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Dalai Lama Sends Heartfelt Condolences to Family of Former Czech President

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala, India. Dharamshala, India: – The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on Monday, expressed his sadness over the demise of the former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, and has conveyed his deep and heartfelt condolences to the late leader’s family. Former President Havel, one of the leading anti-Communist ...

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Philippine floods: Benigno Aquino visits disaster zone

Philippines President Benigno Aquino is visiting parts of the country which have been devastated by deadly storms. More than 1,000 people are dead or missing after Typhoon Washi hit southern Mindanao island and surrounding areas at the weekend. Mr Aquino has declared a national calamity and said the…

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