Sec. State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at ISSG Meetings in Munich. Feb. 11, 2016 (by Dept of State)
12 Feb 2016

ISSG Negotiating Cessation of Hostilities, Saudi & British Troops Near Syrian Border

Next Cold War Roundup 2/12/16. The Syrian war continues to become more complicated and escalates. The International Syria Support Group in Munich agreed to form a task force with dual goals of cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid to besieged towns.  At the same time NATO defense ministers are meeting

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Ecuadorian Embassy Standoff - Front Entrance (Jaggers on Flickr)
05 Feb 2016

U.N. Group: U.K., Sweden Violated Julian Assange’s Due Process Rights

A United Nations working group determined Sweden and the United Kingdom have arbitrarily detained WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange.

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David Miranda (Photo by Senado Federal)
19 Jan 2016

U.K. Court of Appeal Rules Against Terrorism Law Used to Seize ‘Journalistic Material’

The Court of Appeal in the United Kingdom dismissed David Miranda’s appeal against Metropolitan Police for detaining him at Heathrow Airport for nine hours under the country’s terrorism law. But the court ruled the terrorism law violates the European Convention on Human Rights because it does not have “sufficient legal

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Edward Snowden in a scene from the documentary "Citizen Four." (Citizen Four)
07 Nov 2015

Edward Snowden Just Slammed UK Mass Surveillance

Edward Snowden has a problem with the UK’s push for mass surveillance, and he’s taken to Twitter to air his grievances.

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Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, right, greets British Prime Minister David Cameron June 10, 2014, during a defense chiefs strategic dialogue with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and their British counterparts in London. (Wikimedia Commons / Department of Defense / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton)
08 Sep 2015

‘A Dangerous International Precedent’: British Government Embraces Killer Drones

British Prime Minister David Cameron informed Parliament the government had launched a drone strike on August 21, which assassinated three people in Syria alleged to be Islamic State militants, including two British citizens. The strike against British citizen Reyaad Khan, the “target of the strike,” was committed without approval from Parliament. British citizen Ruhul Amin, who was killed in the strike, was deemed an “associate” worthy of death.

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A portrait of Julian Assange taken at a Norwegian Conference on investigative journalism on March 10, 2010. (Flickr / Espen Moe)
13 Aug 2015

Nearly £12M Wasted Holding Julian Assange Without Charge In Embassy

For three years, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been forced to take refuge at Ecuador’s embassy in London, fearing arrest and eventual extradition to the United States if he ever steps outside. Four teams of eight police are maintained at all times to ensure Assange does not escape, at a shocking cost to British taxpayers.

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