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Pain and Blame – The CIA Torture Report

After 9/11 the U.S. government captured terrorists, ‘enemy combatants’ in Afghanistan and, occasionally, some innocent bystanders during its retaliatory War on Terror. Those captives were taken to ‘black sites’, places free from those pesky legal protections and domestic civil rights legislation, and some were subjected to torture during ‘enhanced interrogations’. Now, after years of delays, a U.S. Senate report is out detailing what actually happened in those torture sessions and the recriminations have begun. Simon Letich writes;

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The Decline of Sovereignty and the Rise of Human Rights

The principle of non-intervention in the affairs of states has diminished in status since the end of the Second World War in 1945. Alochonaa Editor Liam Maddrell explains what impact this has on the concept of sovereignty and how the decline of this concept has seen the rise of the ideal of ‘Human Rights’

Scottish Independence – a critical review

The upcoming referendum on the independence of Scotland from the United Kingdom has brought out many pundits, each with their own “evidence” on why Scotland should or should not leave the Union. In this article, Alochonaa’s incoming European Affairs Editor Mr. Chris Elcombe filters through the standard nationalist rhetoric and evaluates the political and economic problems and benefits associated with Scottish independence, and draws a complicated picture of the potentially independent Scotland’s chances on delivering better outcomes for its residents.

The Launch of the Dialogue Series

There are two sides to any great story, and we at Alochonaa aim to bring you diverse analysis from around the world and across the political spectrum. In our new dialogue series Alochonaa will bring together opposing sides of a debate and let them explain their story, in their own words, so you can critically evaluate the issues and be more informed.

The Myth of the Sectarian Problem and the Solution in Iraq

Dr Simon Leitch analyses the current Iraqi crisis. As Iraq today is rocked by attacks from ISIS a blame game has started to undermine Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Maliki, so the argument goes, needs to do more for Sunnis or the country needs to be divided up along sectarian lines. Such a dichotomy is not helpful, as Maliki’s new democracy cannot be easily divided nor can Maliki give the Sunnis minority an equal say in the running of a Shia-dominated state.

Moving Away to Make Home a Better Place

Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer Mt. Everest, who is now on a visit to Australia, writes for Alochonaa.com about his experience of meeting non-residence Bangladeshis. He discusses what impact corruption has had on opportunities in Bangladesh, how leaving home to pursue education, while a difficult choice is the right choice and that by doing so Bangladeshis can actually help make their home a better place.