Link Round-up for April 11

From around the blogosphere:

I have found a surprising plethora of items for your round up pleasure today. Bear with me and bask in the glow of knowledge:

First, GTMO trials for the four most high value detainees appear to be a legal farce, at least according to their civilian defense attorneys. This strikes me as a perfect Law & Order/JAG crossover episode. Too bad both shows no longer exist. In all seriousness though, these trials have no precedent, and the current rules laid out under the Military Commissions Act coupled with the heinous nature of the defendants’ [alleged] crimes, seems to me to lead inevitably to SNAFU. Salon

Can ISIS returnees to Europe be deprogrammed or used as a tool in preventing homegrown violence? The U.K. experience with Northern Ireland suggests that they can, but there are some serious differences between the cases… Political Violence @ a Glance

The U.K.’s election for London’s next mayor is taking a cue from our own presidential election: the favored Labour Party candidate, a Muslim of Pakistani decent, has had to endure aggressive Islamophobic mudslinging as legitimate campaign strategy. Democracy, anyone? Le Monde Diplomatique

Speaking of both the U.S. elections and Europe, what – pray tell – is Trump’s NATO strategy? [Let me tell you something: they are freeloaders, all right? And it’s going to stop]. Seeing NATO as obsolete is dangerous for the EU, given the multiple pressing threats, and it behooves them to reconsider investing more heavily in defense infrastructure. Carnegie Europe

Recent verdicts in The Hague have once again focused attention on the fragile peace between Bosnia and her neighbors. As anger mounts, the Serb Prime Minister attempts to hold it all together. Politico

As instability goes, this next news item seems to have flown under the radar: India successfully testing a nuclear-capable submarine missile. Because that can’t possibly be interpreted as threatening or aggressive to Pakistan, right? The Diplomat

I’m not sure why I was so surprised to read about the rampant sexual abuse perpetrated for years by Tunisian state agents as a form of political intimidation. The recently established Truth and Reconciliation commission hears women’s testimony and has the opportunity to usher in real change in gender relations. But shame runs deep. Monkey Cage

Now onto the Panama (World elite are douches) Papers: so far we’ve had Asange’s Wikileaks, Anonymous’ leaks, and Edward Snowdon’s NSA leaks. Now Panama. Face it, folks. With big data and super computers come big opportunities to air out A LOT of dirty laundry. Politico

General Zinni and Admiral Stavridis agree that U.S. development aid goes a long way in protecting U.S. troops and preventing violence. Bottom line: don’t cut this funding. Politico

Let's accept it: Iran is one of the more stable countries in the region. But they could be even more prosperous now that sanctions are lifted. And that’s a good thing. Marginal Revolution

Now for some naval gazing: I am opposed to DA-RT. I don’t do the type of research that is amenable to data sharing. I’m not the only one. Duck of Minerva


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