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Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Inmate’s ‘Guantánamo Diary’ tells of captivity, interrogation and torture

A Mauritanian folktale tells us about a rooster-phobe who would almost lose his mind whenever he encountered a rooster. “Why are you so afraid of the rooster?” the psychiatrist asks him. “The rooster thinks I’m corn.” “You’re not corn. You are a very big man. Nobody can mistake you for […]

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks from Russia at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Snowden warns of surveillance in a democracy

When the moment came, attorney Ben Wizner and Aviam Soifer, dean of the UH School of Law, took to the stage in the Hawaii Convention Center. Then, Edward Snowden was “beamed” into the ballroom and onto a large overhead screen via (somewhat ironically) Google Hangouts. “And there he is,” Soifer […]

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A demonstrator holds up a sign reading “I am Charlie” in the aftermath of the attack on the magazine’s staff.

An attack on freedom of speech

In the late morning of Jan. 7, the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” was attacked by Islamic extremists. Masked gunmen identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi barged through the doors and killed 12 people, including the magazine’s top editor. The assault triggered a worldwide response and violent demonstrations concerning […]

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