Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Dec 15, 2014

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand despite a downturn in global defense spending, a Stockholm-based think tank said Monday. The buyer responsible: the Russian government. “The remarkable increases in Russian companies’ arms sales in both 2012 and 2013 are in large part ...

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

Dec 13, 2014

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terrorism detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to last ...

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. closes last Afghanistan prison

The United States on Wednesday released the final three detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the U.S. operation of any prisons in the country after more than a decade of war, the Pentagon said. Two of the detainees, including Redha al-Najar, ...

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

Dec 10, 2014

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine’s industrial east has stayed out of rebel hands but a mysterious spate of bombings has triggered fears that Russia is trying to destabilize this key defense hub. Barely a week goes by without another bombing reported against Ukrainian ...

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Dec 10, 2014

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Minutes after a U.S. Senate intelligence panel released details of the CIA’s torture of terrorism suspects, President Barack Obama suggested the country should move on. The U.S. Department of Justice, which has the power to bring criminal charges, looks set to follow his word. ...

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Dec 10, 2014

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Thirteen “enhanced interrogation techniques” are at the center of a Senate Intelligence Committee report about the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Here are the methods, as listed by a memo from the Justice Department to the CIA ...