Show Details for the week of December 3rd, 2012

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  • Bradley Manning takes the stand – an interview with Kevin Gosztola
  • The State of Palestine, can it take Israel to the ICC? – an interview with John Quigley

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Kevin Gosztola

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ABC News reports: “Private First Class Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified and confidential military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, took the stand in a military court [Thursday] to make his first public statements since his arrest in 2010.”
Kevin Gosztola is the co-author of “Truth & Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning,” Gosztola is covering the Manning trial at Firedoglake.com.

Quote: “Bradley Manning has been in pretrial confinement for over 900 days and, in this current hearing, his defense is arguing he was ‘unlawfully punished’ while imprisoned at the Quantico Marine Brig for nine months. They hope to have the charges dismissed or be awarded credit for time served and are putting key commanding officers on the witness stand to show how the Brig was more concerned with media attention and scrutiny from senior officials in the Pentagon and Washington than they were with Manning’s health.”

 

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John Quigley

https://i2.wp.com/moritzlaw.osu.edu/images/profiles/portraits/quigley_john.jpgReuters reports: “The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government.”

AFP reports: “Britain threatened Wednesday to abstain from a vote for enhanced Palestinian status at the United Nations. … British Foreign Secretary William Hague … said to win Britain’s vote, the Palestinians would also have to pledge not to sue Israel for war crimes through the International Criminal Court … If the request is approved, it will give the Palestinians access to a range of UN agencies and also potentially to the ICC, where they could accuse Israel of war crimes.”

Legal analysts note that if the Palestinian Authority has the political will it could do a wide range of things.

John Quigley is Professor of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley’s books include “The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict.”

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