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'Last Throes' Only in Eye of Delusional Bush

by Wayne Smith

Sun-Sentinel, Aug-06-2005 | Article

The Bush administration assures us that the insurgency in Iraq is in its last throes, even as the attacks increase and casualties climb. It also assures us that the Castro regime is in its last throes, thanks to the new measures against it put forward by the President's Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba in May of 2004.... Read More »

Grappling with Gitmo

by Wayne Smith

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jun-26-2005 | Article

Many prominent Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, are urging that the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo be closed. Their argument is that given the many reports of detainees being abused there, Guantanamo has come to be seen internationally as a symbol of U.S. disregard for human rights and for the Geneva Conventions. And so, to get rid of the harmful symbol, we should close it.... Read More »

Investigation Needed

by Wayne Smith

Sun-Sentinel, Jun-11-2005 | Article

Responding to Amnesty International's allegations on May 25 of "atrocious human rights violations " at Guantanamo and various other U.S.-controlled detention centers, and especially to the term "gulag," President Bush on May 31 described the charges as "absurd" and based on the stories of "people who hate America," i.e., the detainees.... Read More »

If the intelligence doesn`t fit, bend it

by Wayne Smith

Korea Herald, Jun-04-2005 | Article

The function of intelligence should be to provide as accurate an assessment as possible of a given situation to guide the formulation of policy. But the Bush administration doesn`t see it that way;... Read More »

To Advance Rights, Lead by Example

by Wayne Smith

The New York Times, Feb-16-2005 | Letter

Your Feb. 15 editorial ''Self-Inflicted Wounds,'' about the torture of prisoners, is right on target. For the United States to torture prisoners, or outsource torture, is not only ineffectual, ''it debases this nation at home and abroad.'' ... Read More »

Not What U.S. Is Supposed To Be About

by Wayne Smith

Sun-Sentinel, Feb-04-2005 | Article

Writing on these pages on Jan. 12, I discussed the reports coming out of the Guantanamo Naval Base concerning the abuse, even torture, of prisoners. Some observers, I pointed out, were beginning to call it "our own Devil's Island."... Read More »

Our Cuba Policy Will Get U.S. Nada

by Wayne Smith

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Feb-02-2005 | Article

The outcome of the election in Iraq is encouraging, to be sure. Elections for a national assembly, however, are only a beginning. And if the United States is to point Iraq and various other societies toward democracy, it must go back to the adage that "one leads best by setting an example."... Read More »

To Tailor the Truth

by Wayne Smith

Baltimore Sun, Dec-28-2004 | Article

The function of intelligence should be to provide as accurate an assessment as possible of a given situation to guide the formulation of policy. But the Bush administration doesn't see it that way.... Read More »

How Average Cubans See Our Election

by Sarah Stephens

AlterNet, Nov-01-2004 | Article

There is a visible chasm in Cuba between its leaders and its people over the importance of our presidential election this Tuesday.... Read More »

Bush Knows Why `Relatives' Are So Important

by Wayne Smith

Sun Sentinel, Jul-31-2004 | Article

On July 15, addressing the Justice Department's conference in Tampa on trafficking in forced labor, President Bush said the U.S. has a major problem just 90 miles off its shores... Read More »

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