Weekday News Wrap: Monday, August 19, 2013
- British authorities used anti-terrorism powers yesterday to detain Glenn Grenwald’s partner (Greenwald is the journalist with close links to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who has been granted asylum by Russia), as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport. Greenwald’s reaction is here, calling the incident “a failed attempt at intimidation.’
- A defense lawyer who gained rare access to an ultra-secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison has said that the camp does not meet international standards under the Geneva Conventions, an allegation denied by the chief prosecutor for the US military’s war crimes tribunal.
- The CIA has finally acknowledged it was behind the 1953 Iranian coup d’état, 60 years after the overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh.
- A team of U.N. chemical weapons experts have arrived in Damascus and will start to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.
- The Faroe Islands has initiated arbitration against the EU pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in connection with a dispute over fishing rights.