WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday presented a long-awaited roadmap to close the controversial U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying it was time to shutter a facility that betrayed U.S. interests and values.With less than a year left in office, Obama unveiled a plan that says the United States should continue to transfer low-risk detainees to other countries and which describes how 13 possible replacement facilities could save the U.S. taxpayer millions of dollars each year.“For many years, it’s been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it,” Obama said in a White House address. “This is about closing a chapter in our history. It reflects the lessons that we’ve learned since 9/11 — lessons that need to guide our nation going forward.”A total of 91 suspected jihadists remain at Guantanamo, a prison that once housed about 700 inmates at its peak and has become synonymous around the world with torture, indefinite detention and orange jumpsuits.Obama has pushed for Guantanamo’s closure since taking office in 2009, but his efforts have been thwarted by Republican lawmakers, many of whom see it as a useful tool in combating terror. Obama says the opposite is true, and that the facility feeds into anti-U.S., jihadist propaganda.The U.S. president also has faced opposition from within his own administration, with the Pentagon accused of slow-pedaling transfers and overstating closure costs.“This plan deserves a fair hearing, even in an election year,” Obama said Tuesday. Welcome to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mladen Antonov/AFP‘Dangerous precedent’The Guantanamo Bay closure plan, which took months to produce, gives few specifics on where a U.S. facility would be, but military officials have previously listed Fort Leavenworth, Kansas or the U.S. Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina among the possible destinations for inmates.Those locations, however, face objections from local politicians.The U.S. leader has long argued that many Guantanamo prisoners should be transferred overseas and some should be tried by military courts.A small number — those deemed too dangerous to release but too difficult to prosecute — would be held in the United States.But Congress has placed a ban on transfers to the U.S., deepening the legal thicket.Human rights groups worry this would only extend detentions without trial and create a “Guantanamo North.”“The possibility of a new, parallel system of lifelong incarceration inside the United States without charge would set a dangerous precedent,” Amnesty International said in a statement. “If successfully mounted, it would be a devastating blow to basic principles of criminal justice.”Saving money?The plan says a U.S. facility would save money over time. It currently costs about $455 million each year to run Guantanamo, and a U.S. site would reduce that amount by up to $180 million.Most of the savings would come from a decrease in the number of troops guarding the reduced population on the U.S. mainland, but it could cost as much as $475 million in one-time expenses to move the men and build or update a facility to hold them.“However, within three to five years the lower operating costs of a U.S. facility with fewer detainees … could fully offset these transition costs,” the report notes. Related posts:6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay After 23 years, the US is dropping its claim that Cuba sponsors terrorism. Here’s what it means. White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison Obama promises human rights talk with Castro 91 prisoners leftBoth as a candidate and while president, Obama promised to close Guantanamo, arguing indefinite detention and “enhanced interrogation” violated the nation’s values and handed militants a potent recruiting tool.Efforts to transfer prisoners overseas have been stymied by unrest in Yemen — a likely destination for many — and by recidivism among those already released.Still, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has in recent weeks signed off on a flurry of transfers, and last month, the prison’s population dropped below 100 for the first time.Today, 91 inmates remain. Of them, 35 have been approved for release. The rest face ongoing, indefinite detention.Perhaps the most notorious prisoner is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who along with four co-defendants is charged with plotting the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.The Guantanamo Bay military prison was opened in January 2002 on a U.S. Naval base on a coastal spit of land in southeastern Cuba, leased from Havana under a treaty dating back to 1903.It was set up after the 9/11 attacks under the administration of then-president George W. Bush to deal with prisoners who were termed “enemy combatants” and denied many U.S. legal rights. Facebook Comments
Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts December 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Both pro- and anti-government demonstrators threaten media RSF_en August 21, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom ThailandAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more News Organisation The Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the News Broadcasting Council of Thailand issued a joint statement condemning the demonstrations as anti-democratic and as a threat to media freedom. The statement nonetheless acknowledged that the wave of anti-government protests had received little coverage since they began.At the same time, the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) warned that the opposition’s actions posed a threat to the independence of the media and journalists.Demonstrators nonetheless continued to target the media today. In the northern city of Chiang Mai, around 150 members of Rak Chiang Mai, a pro-government “Red Shirt” group, marched to the local Thai PBS branch and handed in a letter calling on it not to broadcast Suthep’s statements, which it said were illegal.Shortly before the march, a Rak Chiang Mai leader warned that the group’s members would set fire to any TV station continuing to Suthep’s statements.Thailand is ranked 135th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Credit photo : The Nation Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the harassment of TV stations by both pro- and anti-government demonstrators.“It is clear from the latest events that the demonstrators have not heeded our appeals and the appeals of Thai journalists’ associations to respect the media’s work,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Targeting TV stations and forcing them to broadcast messages of any nature is unacceptable. This is a real threat to media freedom and independence. As the physical attack on a German freelance journalist on 25 November showed, events can easily get out of hand in the current fraught climate.” Reporters Without Borders added: “Everyone has a duty to guarantee a safe environment for all the media, including those that are not independent.”Anti-government demonstrators stormed into six TV stations yesterday demanding that their statements be broadcast on the air and telling the stations not to report government information. In the course of the morning, activists managed to seize control of the Bangkok headquarters of public broadcaster Thai PBS and at the same time get control of its news coverage.The anti-government protesters entered NBT and Channel 11 in Bangkok at around 11 am. All TV stations except state-owned NBT were forced to carry a statement by opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban in a feed supplied by the opposition TV station Blue Sky.Under an accord with the demonstrators, Thai PBS broadcast the speech in a small window on its screen, and planned to provide equal time to government representatives.Blue Sky televised negotiations between Thai PBS and demonstrators in which an opposition representative said: “If you don’t follow our request, we will have to black out the station. We have to. That’s the only way. We can’t let it be any other way.” Suthep, for his part, said the TV stations had “cooperated” to relay the feed and had been “understanding.” News News to go further Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News June 12, 2020 Find out more
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The government even decided to hold a meeting with Team Anna but suddenly they started criticizing the draft Bill which is open to all citizens for suggestions, said Dhumal What the draft Bill says Setting up an independent investigating agency under Lokayukta Special prosecution wing Setting up special courts for time-bound trials Empower citizens to act as whistleblowers For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sankhayan Ghosh | Mumbai | Updated: April 29 2014 12:38 am (From left) Avinash Gowariker Nikhil Thampi Neeta Lulla Celina Jaitley and Dino Morea at the Screen Big Picture Related News Fashion designer and film stylist Neeta Lulla remembers how in the ’80s her mother would visit the local darzi with picture cutouts of Bollywood actors from glossies as reference for the clothes she wanted tailored Ever since the average Indian’s idea of fashion has gone through a massive evolution — the clothes have gone “more sober” following the globalisation wave in the ’90s and catalogues are updated with latest global trends But what has remained constant is Bollywood’s influence on it “Cinema is such an impactful medium in India that it is bound to inspire people’s fashion tastes” said Lulla a panelist in a discussion on the trends Bollywood sets — six-pack abs tattoos and anarkali kurtas among others — and examine them in today’s context “Image Reality and Reflected Beauty” was the topic of discussion at the Screen Big Picture on Friday with models-turned actors Dino Morea and Celina Jaitley celebrity and fashion photographer Avinash Gowariker and contemporary fashion designer Nikhil Thampi and Lulla on the panel Held at the Express Towers Nariman Point the discussion was moderated by Screen editor Priyanka Sinha Jha A defining trait of this era is health consciousness fuelled by the increasing number of ultra-fit models such as Morea entering the film industry The heroes of today as opposed to those of the ’90s respect the “aesthetics of the human body” as put by Morea If looking and feeling fit has the upside of the trend the flipside includes the rise superficial fads such as six-pack abs “Many from the younger generation go to extremes to achieve a good body like starving themselves or opting for quick fixes like steroids This is unhealthy in the long run” said Morea adding “We were inspired by senior models such as Milind Soman who were more lean and athletic than beefy” Sridevi’s chiffon saris in Chandni (1989) and Ranbir Kapoor’s dhoti-pants in Rockstar (2011) may have dictated the popular psyche but Lulla and Thampi said that Bollywood’s fashion statements today are less a star’s individual statement and more the requirement of a film’s script “I’m sure that setting a trend wasn’t on Farah Khan’s mind when she got Sushmita Sen to wear those saris in Main Hoon Na Shah Rukh Khan’s character needed to fall in love with her a teacher The look was designed to suit the situation” pointed out Gowariker Over the years the horizons of fashion in Bollywood have also expanded to mix-and-match Indian styles with global trends “The good part is that we’re looking both Westward and also at our own rich cultural heritage” said Jaitley The image of a fashion icon has also changed over the years becoming more “common man” Sonam Kapoor may be a “fashionista” in the high-fashion sense but may not capture the imagination of the common class “A Barkha Dutt or a Maharani Gayatri Devi may instead be my fashion icons It’s about identifying with a personality” Thampi added And what is it to be on the other side as people who are expected to appear beautiful all the time The pressures are enormous and like ordinary mortals stars have insecurities “You are being judged all the time So the first thing you should wear is confidence” Jaitley concluded [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: April 24 2012 3:38 am Related News The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday arrested stock market analyst Gautam Vora for allegedly aiding Vijay Palande the main accused in the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murders during his brief escape from police custody on April 10 Vora was also trying to facilitate Palandes escape from the countrythe police alleged Vora conspired with Palande for his escape from police custody He was also planning to move Palande out of the country Further investigations are on to ascertain the exact nature of their association Considering Palande turned to Vora for help in such a situation indicates that they were very closely connected? 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