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Keeping Guantanamo open 'does not make any sense'

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said of Guantanamo Bay that he might want to "load it up with bad dudes". Why didn't the Obama administration manage to close Guantanamo as it had initially hoped? After Trump's election, can we realistically expect the prison to close at some point in the near future? FRANCE 24 puts these questions to President Obama’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure, Ambassador Lee Wolosky.

"The logic of closing [Guantanamo] is quite clear. It’s out in the middle of the Caribbean. Everything that needs to be brought there – food, medical care – needs to be brought at great expense to the US taxpayer to this offshore location. And it just does not make any sense to continue to maintain it. And I’m not even talking about the propaganda value; I’m just talking about the pure economics of running a facility way out there at the cost and at the inconvenience that is required”, Wolosky told FRANCE 24’s Philip Crowther.

By Philip CROWTHER

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2018-10-15 The F24 Interview

South Sudan: How it won the longest war but lost the peace

For the last decade, British journalist Peter Martell has covered the situation in South Sudan. His new book is entitled "First Raise A Flag: How South Sudan Won the Longest War...

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2018-10-12 The F24 Interview

France's Macron calls disappearance of Saudi journalist 'very serious'

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 and RFI, French President Emmanuel Macron called for "the whole truth" on the the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,...

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2018-10-12 The F24 Interview

Rwanda’s Kagame: Macron has brought ‘freshness’ to world politics

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame on Friday lauded his French counterpart, saying Emmanuel Macron has brought a “freshness” into the world...

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2018-10-12 The F24 Interview

'Without agreement on our borders, no European future for Kosovo and Serbia'

"When the EU and the USA have a guarantee from Serbia on the recognition of Kosovo, I will sign the peace agreement between our two countries", Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi...

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2018-10-12 The F24 Interview

'We have no desire to control the Palestinians', Israeli minister says

Our guest is regarded as one of the most important players in Israeli politics and a potential future leader of the country. Tzachi Hanegbi is currently Minister for Regional...

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