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A U.S. military tribunal court has convicted Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, of providing material support for terrorism after detaining him for nearly seven years. Is this a step forward or a step back in the war on terror?

Posted by Lauren Keane on August 7, 2008 12:16 PM

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Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.

Detainee Conviction a Step Forward

I am not sure that this was a fair trial, but at least it was a trial.

Carlos Alberto Montaner Madrid, Spain | 12 COMMENTS
Aug 7, 2008 at 12:15 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

The Yes-Man Military Tribunal

Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 26 COMMENTS
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