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U.S. Moves Closer to Closing Guantanamo Bay

Source: Wall Street Journal

Updated Dec. 31, 2013 11:24 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon said it has transferred the last three ethnic Uighur Chinese nationals from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Slovakia in what it called "a significant milestone in our effort to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay."

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a written statement that Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper are "voluntarily resettling in Slovakia," leaving 155 detainees at Guantanamo.

The three men were the last of 22 ethnic Uighurs captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and ordered released from Guantanamo under an Oct. 7, 2008, federal court ruling. The 22 men have ended up being resettled to six different countries, the Pentagon said.

Andrea Prasow, senior counterterrorism counsel for advocacy group Human Rights Watch, said the transfer was an important moment. "The Uighurs had nothing to do with any conflict with the United States," she said. "It is a stark symbol of what was wrong with Guantanamo, with what was wrong with just sweeping people up and detaining them in an offshore facility."

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304361604579292270871879140

This is a Google News link ... the non-google link goes to a firewalled version here:

To a BLUE 2014, Cha!

and to the year that was 2013 . . .


. . . adieu to yeiu!

Joe's the man

"I had this impulse to hug him, so I did. And I cried. I think I even got tears on the VP's jacket!"

Standing at the back of a packed high school gym as Vice President Biden finished speaking in Ft. Myers, Florida, on Saturday was 15-year-old Kobe Groce. He cradled a "Forward" sign, hoping to get the Vice President to sign it for his brother, Kaelin. After unsuccessfully trying to make it to the front of the event, a staff member asked if he could help. Kobe told his story, and the staffer left for a moment and came back, saying simply: "The Vice President would like to meet you."


Santa Takes a Dive

. . . into a Paris aquarium:

Vive la France!

Awesome thread ... here are the others (I had to look 'em up):

What top 5 books would you list when directing a teenager?

Results of my very very long "Top 5 Books for Teens" thread

To the many fantastic choices so far I'll add a quick miscellany of old faves:

Dubliners, by James Joyce;
JFK and the Unspeakable, by James Douglass;
Middlemarch, by George Eliot;
4 Quartets, by TS Eliot;
Madame D, by Louise de Vilmorin.

... and for good measure a few runners up:

A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt;
Ulysses, Joyce again;
Les Jeux Sont Fait, by Jean Paul Sartre;
The Strategy of Peace, by John F. Kennedy;
Civilization and Its Discontents, by Sigmund Freud.

Anyway thanks and have a great holiday shopping season Prezel! and Happy Christmas to all at DU!

l'Architecture: Les gares futuristes du Grand Paris Express

Published on Dec 21, 2013

Le Grand Paris Express, métro du XXIe siècle, trace les voies de son identité, encore en devenir. La Société du Grand Paris, maître d'ouvrage, a confié ce défi aux architectes Jacques Ferrier et Pauline Marchetti, qui nous livrent leur vision.

update: watch lower-res video here without having to jump to YouTube:

Noël à Paris, au google:

Joyeux Noël à tous!

PHOTOS: Under the nave of the Grand Palais

Et au grand magasin . . . Sous la nef du Grand Palais, tournez manèges, LeParisien En Images, Publié le 21.12.2013:

lien: http://www.leparisien.fr/loisirs-et-spectacles/en-images-sous-la-nef-du-grand-palais-tournez-maneges-21-12-2013-3428089.php?pic=7#infoBulles1

DC Pipe Bomb alert

Source: International Business Times

CPoliceDept: have closed 10 square block area around 1200 North Capitol St NW .. reported pipe bomb in apt building

live link: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/13/possible-pipe-bomb-found-in-arlington-streets-closed/

Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/dc-pipe-bomb-washington-dc-police-close-10-block-area-due-police-activity-photo-1517594

From the IBT link:

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

The Washington, D.C. Police Department has shut down a portion of the city to traffic Friday due to “police activity.”

The department did not elaborate on the reason for the closures on its Twitter account, but Washington Post reporter Peter Hermann reported that the 10-square-block area around 1200 North Capitol St. NW was closed due to a potential pipe bomb in an apartment building.

“Police and fire have not confirmed pipe bomb – they are checking situation out now,” Hermann tweeted. “Roads closed as a precaution.”

LeParisien En Images: Noël à Paris

1. Çe dimanche, la Tour Eiffel s'est illuminée en hommage à Nelson Mandela.

2. La magie des vitrines de Noël à Paris

3. Les coulisses la confiserie Kubli en Essonne

4. Dimanche 15 décembre, au Trocadéro (Paris),

5. Lhommage à Nelson Mandela.

6. Hommage à Mandela : ils étaient presque tous là.

7. L'étincelante Fête des Lumières 2013 à Lyon.

8. Dans les coulisses de la création du sapin et des vitrines des Galeries Lafayette .
lien: http://www.leparisien.fr/international/en-images-le-dernier-hommage-des-parisiens-a-mandela-15-12-2013-3411165.php?pic=4#infoBulles1
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