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6 August 2008


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Guantanamo Detainee Found Guilty -- A military tribunal in Guantanamo, Cuba, has found Salim Hamdan Usama Bin Laden's former driver, guilty of five counts of material support to a terror organization in the September 11, 2001, attacks. The trial was conducted under the Military Commissions Act, a stop-gap measure that allows for Guantanamo detainees to be tried without giving them the civilian protections of the US Constitution nor the privileges of proper prisoners of war. It was, in short, a kangaroo court.

Military Takes over Mauritania -- The armed forces of the northwest African nation of Mauritania have arrested the legally elected president and prime minister. Earlier today, President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi dismissed several senior army officers, including the head of the presidential guard, General Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz. The general didn’t like the idea of losing his job, so he took over the country. And now, he gets to steal the country’s new-found oil wealth. This movie is a re-run.

Congressman Dingell Wants Subsidies for Alternative Fuel -- Congressman John Dingell is a Democrat who represents America’s automakers as much as the people of the 15th Congressional District of Michigan. So, it’s no surprise that he’s pushing for a hand-out to the Big 3 automakers to help them convert to alternative fuels. He wants $25 billion in loans for that purpose, which were part of last year's energy bill, to be freed up early. The Energy Department should do just that, but these loans aren’t the best way to go about it.

Scientists Find 125,000 “New” Gorillas -- Yesterday, the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS] announced that it has discovered 125,000 or so Western lowland gorillas living in a swamp in equatorial Africa. Western lowland gorillas are listed as critically endangered, the highest threat category for a species. An extra eighth of a million should help keep them around.

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