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Banned Books of Guantánamo: 'A Most Wanted Man' by John le Carré

"In banning my novel, the custodians of Guantánamo have once again demonstrated their sensitivity and respect for human dignity."<p><b>John le Carré on his own book:</b><p>​In banning my novel, the custodians of Guantánamo have once again demonstrated their sensitivity and respect for human dignity. No prisoner …

My Time As a Guard at Guantánamo Bay

How Terry Holdbrooks entered Gitmo a soldier and left a Muslim convert.<p>"ERF team assemble, Tango Block." I paid no attention to it, as I had no idea what an "ERF" was. Brief training had been provided when I first arrived, but since I hadn't used that knowledge in the first months, I'd forgotten …

Banned Books of Guantánamo: 'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If I were running an illegal detention center in a distant no man's land where prisoners could be held indefinitely and without trial I wouldn't want detainees to read Fyodor Dostoyevsky's masterpiece <i>Crime and Punishment</i> either.<p><i>Reza Aslan is an author and creative writing professor at UC</i> …

AltGen Is Giving Hope to Depressed UK Students at Careers Fairs

With the UK job market looking increasingly bleak for graduates, AltGen is trying to convince people to start their own cooperatives rather than taking crappy jobs or unpaid internships.<p><i>This post originally appeared in VICE UK</i><p>​ If you have recently started the final year of your studies, or your …

Obama and China Cut a Deal That Just Might Save the World

At the very least, it's a beacon of hope.<p>This is the surprise climate change announcement of the year, by a mile: the Obama administration has finally reached a deal with China to slash greenhouse gas emissions in a decidedly serious, potentially planet-unfucking way. Caveats abound, of course, but …

Working a Minimum Wage Job Should Be the UK's New National Service

A year in the shoes of your average worker might give Britain's political leaders a little more perspective.<p><i>This post originally appeared in VICE UK​</i><p>I was at work a little over a week ago when a greasy-haired man walked in and transferred a substantial amount of his stomach contents onto and across …