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National Review Helped Cover Up Pinochet's Crimes

Pinochetewly declassified documents released by the Obama administration confirm the long-held suspicion that in 1976 the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was responsible for killing two people on American soil.

Other evidence had long pointed to Pinochet’s culpability, but these new documents leave the question of guilt beyond doubt. On September 21, 1976, a car bomb went off in Washington, D.C., killing Orlando Letelier (an exiled Chilean diplomat and critic of the Pinochet dictatorship) and his assistant Ronni Moffitt, whose husband, Michael, was badly wounded in the attack.


Pentagon to pay compensation over Afghan hospital bombing

Petagon to pay Afghan hospital victimsThe Pentagon has announced it will pay compensation to families of those killed and the injured from US air strikes on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.

The group, known by its French acronym MSF, has demanded an independent international investigation. It says 33 people are still missing after the 3 October attack in addition to 12 MSF staff and 10 patients already confirmed dead.


Investigators Scour Secret Tapes of the Afghan Hospital Attack

Afghan hospital attackU.S. military investigators are focusing on classified video and audio recordings taken from the gunship that carried out a lethal attack on a hospital in Afghanistan, The Daily Beast has learned.

A U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast the recordings were key to the Pentagon’s emerging understanding of the assault in Kunduz that killed 22 people, including patients and medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders.


MSF: US raid on Afghan hospital an 'attack on Geneva Conventions'

Attack on hospital war crimeA U.S. airstrike on an Afghan hospital that left 22 dead was an "attack on the Geneva Conventions" and warrants an independent fact-finding mission to establish if it amounts to a war crime, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday.

The medical charity said that a commission, which can be set up at the request of a single state under international law, should be set up to gather facts and evidence from the United States, NATO and Afghanistan.


Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City

Israel bars Palestinians from Old CityIn an unprecedented measure, Israeli police barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in response to stabbing attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded three others, as Israel's prime minister vowed a "harsh offensive" to counter rising violence.

Tensions have flared in recent weeks over an Old City holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews, a series of so-called "lone wolf" attacks on Israelis and a security clampdown, which on Sunday saw Israeli troops launch a bloody arrest raid in the West Bank.


Yemeni man denied apology from US for drone strike that killed his family

No apology to Yemeni man who lost his famlyFaisal bin Ali Jaber came to recognize that in his case, justice was not realistic. The most he could hope for from the American government that killed his family in a drone strike was an apology, much as the families of two wrongfully killed westerners received from Barack Obama.

But the answer came on Wednesday from the Justice Department: no.

Earlier this week, Jaber, a 57-year old Yemeni man, had offered to drop a federal lawsuit he filed in June, which sought to establish that the 29 August 2012 drone strike – which killed Jaber’s brother-in-law and nephew – was unlawful.


How US immigration officers use dubious ID papers to deport people

Deportation fraudsIn March 2013, Patrice Talbot was taken out of York County Prison in southern Pennsylvania and told he was being deported. Officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, later showed Talbot the temporary one-way passport, known as a laissez-passer, they said they had secured for him from Cameroonian officials.

ICE was required to produce a travel document in order to send him back to his native country of Cameroon, which he said he’d fled in 2002 after enduring arrests and brutal beatings by police. Talbot had been living without papers in Philadelphia after being denied political asylum in the United States almost nine years earlier. He says he was afraid to return home.


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