Washington lawmakers have been speaking out against the repatriation of Yemeni prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. Sparked by an upswing in Al Qaeda activity in Yemen and the terrorist threat that recently led to the temporary closing of several US embassies, the pressure in Congress will slow down the Obama administration's effort to close down the facility, Reuters reports.
Meanwhile, the White House came under fire from an unexpected angle, in this remarkable opinion piece by thriller writer John Grisham. Angered by the discovery that his books were banned at Guantanamo Bay, he wrote the story of prisoner and hunger-striker Nabil Hadjarab. It's a scathing commentary on the current U.S. government's policies.
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