As Donald Trump takes over the reigns from US President Barack Obama today, this week’s column focuses on a selection of rights issues that are likely to suffer under his administration.
Trump will take opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the US-Mexican border and roll back Barack Obama’s policies, including Obamacare.
Julian Assange has now said he will stand by his extradition offer if his rights were protected.
“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” WikiLeaks has tweeted last week.
The ex-National Security Agency contractor shook the American intelligence establishment to its core in 2013 with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world.
Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence, will likely be released in May after US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.
It was in Africa that he signalled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.
Rivera, the longest-serving political prisoner in the US from Latin America, has been incarcerated for 35 years.
The White House drew a distinction between the unapologetic Snowden and Manning, whom officials noted has expressed remorse and served several years already for her crime.
In his hands, Donald Trump claims, the US will be like him – a winner. And if anything doesn’t go according to plan, it’s someone else’s fault.
Cuba remains one of the world’s least internet-connected countries but the introduction of home internet last month has led to a dramatic change in daily life.
Earlier this week, Barack Obama, who served two terms as president of the US, gave his farewell address to the nation in Chicago. We take a look at some key aspects of his legacy including policies in the civil, military, economic, and environmental domains.
The vice president winced in shock as Obama announced he was conferring the nation’s highest civil honour on his right-hand-man for eight years.
Started by Bill Clinton and called the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, the decision follows months of negotiations focused on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the US.
Buzzfeed’s decision to publish an unverified dossier that makes explosive claims about Donald Trump has stirred debate about journalistic ethics.
Recently some Republicans have expressed concern about the party’s current strategy of voting for a repeal without having a consensus replacement plan ready.
There’s probably no more consequential and contentious a target for the incoming administration than an arcane metric called the “social cost of carbon.”
The fall of Aleppo will only deepen the bloodthirsty sectarianism fuelled by regional powers, who continue to use Syria as a chessboard to further their geopolitical interests.
Barack Obama may be the most affable world leader in recent history and some may even call him the best US president in history. But he came nowhere close to being a revolutionary leader on the domestic and international fronts, as was hoped.
Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the many trials the US faces now.
Overall, the impact of UNSC resolution 2334 condemning Israel’s occupation is likely to be greater than it would have been if Tel Aviv had not reacted so petulantly.
Cuba and US agree to jointly prevent, contain and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico days before Donald Trump takes office.
Making people anxious to ask honest questions, and robbing them of the opportunity to respectfully disagree, isn’t going to do much good for the climate.
Tellis is very well known to the current foreign policy leadership, especially foreign secretary S. Jaishankar, as both were involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement.
Trump’s incoming chief of staff said that the president-elect believed Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organisations.
Will the US end its aggressive counter-narcotics strategy, which has battered Latin America for four decades?
Obama’s racial legacy will have all three facets – pride, promise and regret.
With Donald Trump assuming office on January 20, the UN Security Council might be in for a greater political shift than the usual rotation of non-permanent members.
Trump’s transition team issued a blanket mandate requiring politically appointed ambassadors appointed by Obama to leave their overseas posts by January 20.
With the victory of five Indian Americans, the community, which is roughly 1% of the population, got about 1% representation in the US Congress.
The emerging Democratic strategy is to warn that Republicans risk throwing the US healthcare system into chaos by moving to dismantle Obamacare with nothing to replace it.
It will be the first in Obama’s flurry of transfers aimed at sending as many as 19 prisoners to at least four countries before Trump is sworn in.
On Saturday, Trump expressed continued scepticism over whether Russia was responsible for computer hacks of Democratic Party officials.
Donald Trump praised Putin for refraining from retaliation in a dispute over spying and cyber attacks, in another sign that he plans to patch up relations with Moscow.
After the US imposed fresh sanctions on Russia, a Trump spokesman clarified that he could reverse the Obama’s order on Russia.
Monitors reported clashes between insurgents and government forces along the provincial boundary between Idlib and Hama and other isolated incidents.
US President-elect Donald Trump suggested that the US and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow’s computer hacking of Democratic Party computers
The Jerusalem municipality is due to act on requests to construct hundreds of new homes for Israelis in areas that Israel captured in 1967 and annexed to the city.
The speech, less than a month before Obama leaves office, is expected to be the administration’s last word on a decades-old dispute that Kerry had hoped to resolve during his four years as America’s top diplomat.
Bossert will concentrate on domestic security issues and help craft the Trump administration’s approach to cyber security.