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  • Treaties — as American as Ben Franklin

     Treaties — as American as Ben Franklin
    However the Syrian crisis turns out, it holds a lesson for American leaders. They have often been ready to confront those who violate international norms, such as Syrian President Bashar Assad, but reluctant to join worldwide agreements that express those...
  • Myanmar begins new round of political-prisoner releases

    NEW DELHI – Myanmar started releasing approximately 70 political prisoners Tuesday, days after President Thein Sein promised during a European tour to free all remaining prisoners of conscience by the end of the year. Civic society groups...
  • Iran frees human rights lawyer, 10 other opposition figures

    Iran frees human rights lawyer, 10 other opposition figures
    TEHRAN -- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least 10 other religious and political opposition figures were released from prison Wednesday with no explanation for the reprieve offered by the new government of President Hassan Rouhani....
  • Iran frees prominent dissidents: What the tea leaves say

    There was big news out of Iran on Wednesday: It freed heroic human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer whose crime was defending dissidents. She had been serving a six-year sentence, down from 11 years. But almost everything Iran does is part of a...
  • Jefferson and Ho

    When it comes to Vietnam, I'm all for moving on, putting the past behind us, looking forward, letting bygones be bygones, but doing so requires honesty about the past, lest history be forgotten and the memory and honor tarnished of the 60,000 Americans...
  • WWII POW remembers time in service

    WWII POW remembers time in service
    Bud Nech served in the Army Airforce during Word War II. He was stationed in Italy and was on his way back from a mission when his plane was shot down. One man died and Nech was injured. He was taken to a German hospital, then sent to a prisoner of...
  • Talks with Taliban ahead, now that U.S. envoys can find them

    In one of the more bizarre diplomatic events of late, turbaned envoys of the Taliban cut a pink satin ribbon across the entrance of a two-story villa in Doha, Qatar, a fixed address where U.S. negotiators can find the fugitive extremists when they want to...
  • Jorge Rafael Videla dies at 87; Argentine dictator

    BUENOS AIRES — Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who presided over that country's so-called dirty war in which up to 30,000 dissidents were murdered or disappeared, died Friday while serving a 50-year prison sentence. He was 87. He...
  • Hunger strike, Yemeni dilemma could spur Guantanamo closure plans

    Hunger strike, Yemeni dilemma could spur Guantanamo closure plans
    A 100-day-old hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison for suspected terrorists has agitated international human rights advocates anew, prompting fresh calls worldwide for closure of the detention center that President Obama vowed to shutter more than...
  • Eric Lomax dies at 93; ex-POW's act of forgiveness set stage for memoir 'The Railway Man'

    "Some time the hating has to stop," reads the last line of "The Railway Man," a moving tale of wartime torture and forgiveness by former British prisoner of war Eric Lomax. Lomax was a British army officer when he was captured by Japanese forces during...
  • Abe Baum dies at 91; decorated WWII officer

    Dog-tired, Capt. Abe Baum was snoozing on the hood of a military vehicle when he was shaken awake and summoned to a superior's tent. With worry on their faces, his unit's top officers were clustered around Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who had just issued...