Canadian activist details evidence stacked against Canada’s illegal transfer of detainees in Afghanistan, whose ill treatment is documented in the Guantanamo files. Cables discuss Egypt’s plans to diversify its export market to military equipment that didn’t compete with foreign firms. US Ambassador to Philippines reacts to cables reporting his views on strict banking laws in the country. Switzerland has a history of complying with US demands for sanctions on Iran, despite reluctance.
Torture, war, Guantanamo, human rights^
Canada complicit in Afghan detainee torture: An in-depth article presents the evidence presented which point to Canada participating in illegal transfers of detainees in Afghanistan to entities known to torture. 120 documents were filed with the International Criminal Court by human rights activist John McNamer. WikiLeaks released documented accounts of torture, including the torture of children mentioned in the Guantanamo files, which showed that many of the detainees had no connection to militant activity.
|The entrance gate to Camp Ashraf. (source)|
Iran exiles moved to ‘transit site’ in Iraq: Exiled Iranians move to a new location after living in camp Ashraf for decades. human rights groups’ concerns were later confirmed in a cable which said that a claim by one of the two “Ashraf residents found planning to depart were punished and threatened with death is corroborated by numerous former residents.”
WikiLeaks: Major General Chandrasiri Confided MOD instruction to US: A cable written in 2007 by the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka describes how the Sri Lankan government allowed paramilitary groups to operate in the country. In the cable, one government agent revealed that “…some military commanders in Jaffna, including Major General Chandrasiri, want to clamp down on paramilitaries but have orders from Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa to not interfere with the paramilitaries on the grounds that they are doing ‘work’ that the military cannot do because of international scrutiny.”
Collateral Murder: the second event^
On 17 Feb 2012, Dylan Ratigan revisited the Apache gunship video released by WikiLeaks in April 2010 in a discussion with US Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer. Special attention is given to the second attack in the video, a hell-fire missiles attack on an apartment complex.
Industry competition: Thales, Arab International Optronics, and Boeing^
Egypt’s Other Revolution – Modernizing the Military-Industrial Complex: With the Egyptian military producing manufactured household goods unattractive to the wider global market, military planners propose changing production lines to military equipment and weapons with a focus away from co-producing alongside foreign firms. With a vast array of defense firm contracts, the Department of Defense said this latter contract would “help Egypt to expand its defense industry.” In a WikiLeaks cable, Thales and Arab International Optronics planned to import 520 kits for the Russian designed SA-7, providing the company an opportunity to test out assembling systems.
Obama To Expand Ex-Im Financing For U.S. Firms: The Obama administration has announced its intentions to expand financing for US exports, including for Boeing aircraft, competitors with Canada’s Bombardiers which are being provided loan guarantees by the Canadian government. A 2009 cable shows that Obama disapproved of Canadian financing of Bombardier aircraft, and threatened to match financing of US Boeing aircraft.
Swiss come into US sights again over Iran: Although Switzerland is reluctant to impose economic sanctions on Iran, it is likely that it will do so since cables indicate that it has cooperated with US pressure to block third party transfers of good to Iran as well as compliance with UN Security Council sanctions.
Labor coup not part of ‘official’ talks: Cables reveal US involvement within the Australian Labor Party politics for over a year prior to the meeting that led to the leadership challenge between Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. Despite public statements maintaining the challenge began on the 23rd of June in 2010, Ms Gillard had been campaigning for leadership.
Are Chinese Telecoms acting as the ears for the Sri Lankan government?: Consistent to the China’s Politburo hacking revelations in WikiLeaks cables, notable Chinese telecommunications companies seem not only to be seeking domination of target markets, but also acting as front companies to initiate widespread surveillance.
Sizing up China’s next leader no easy task, WikiLeaks cables show: With the appointment of China’s new leader, talks between US and China appear amicable, but diplomatic cables describe a critical view of his competence. In one cable, it was speculated that, “Xi Jinping was likely out of the running for a top-level job for the next 5-10 years.”
Le câble wikileaks sur les armes ayant transité en Afrique du Sud: A cable reports that the former president of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana, in order to circumvent customs restrictions, used South Africa as a transit point for importing riot control gear from China.
Congo suspends two airlines after crash: Augustin Katumba Mwanke, a top adviser to Congolese president Joseph Kabila and described in a cable as “the power behind the throne” in Congo, was killed in a plane crash in February.
Zimbabwe: Gono wanted to form his own political party: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Mugabe’s right-hand governor Gideon Gono told US ambassador James McGee he was planning on starting his own party since he perceived Mugabe as too “weak.” While McGee was “skeptical” he perceived this decision as a relevant indicator of the atmosphere within Zanu-PF.
Sen. Graham adapts to the times, confident of re-election: Described as “one of a kind,” Senator Graham was found in Wikileaks cables here and here to advise the Pakistani government against “appeasing radical Muslims and unbraiding Chinese currency manipulation.”
Three Catholic dissidents criticize Cuba, communism and the church: An article discusses three of Cuba’s outspoken Catholic dissidents who have spoken loudly against Cuba’s communist system, the Rev. Jose Conrado Rodriguez, Oswaldo Paya, and Alberto Valdes.