Monday, March 30, 2015

Dispelling The Myths Of Guantanamo Bay

By Thomas Wilner and Andy Worthington, Chicago Tribune (TNS)

We are confronted every week by stories of the most barbaric crimes committed by Muslim terrorists. We want to do everything we can to protect ourselves and catch and punish these evil people.

In these circumstances, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton’s recent statement that every last prisoner detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should “rot in hell” seems to make perfect sense — if, as he says, every last prisoner in Guantanamo is in fact a “hardened terrorist.”

But that assumption, by any measure, is both false and dishonest.

It is certainly what we were told in early 2002 when the U.S.…

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Colorado City Vows To Be Carbon Neutral, Defying Partisan Politics

By Naveena Sadasivam, InsideClimate News (TNS)

Copenhagen and Melbourne have committed to the most aggressive carbon reduction goals on the planet.

Now those two cities — homes to 4.5 million people — have been joined by a perhaps unlikely companion on the fast track to carbon neutrality: the Colorado college town of Fort Collins, home to 150,000.

This month, the city approved new targets to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050. Those goals place Fort Collins among a handful of cities playing a prominent role on the world stage in combating climate change.

“In terms of their level of ambition, they’re among the leading cities trying to tackle climate change,” said Paula Kirk, an associate in the energy consulting group at Arup, a firm that routinely advises business and government on sustainability issues.…

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Shooting Incident Outside US Spy Agency: Media

Washington (AFP) – A shooting took place when a vehicle tried to ram an entrance gate to the US National Security Agency outside Washington, media reports said Monday.

There were conflicting reports of up to two casualties.

Video imagery showed a crash-damaged police vehicle and a civilian vehicle outside a main gate of the super-secure headquarters of the NSA, the US intelligence agency that conducts electronic surveillance worldwide.

CNN reported that police in Anne Arundel, Maryland said one person was killed and another injured in the incident, but provided no other information.

Other reports said two people were injured in the incident.…

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