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European Court to Hear CIA 'Black Site' Cases

The European Court of Human Rights will examine two cases related to Poland's cooperation with the CIA's rendition and interrogation program. Via Reuters:

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has agreed to consider a second case against Poland over allegations it allowed the CIA to run a secret jail on its soil, intensifying pressure on Warsaw to reveal how closely it was involved in the U.S. "war on terror".

The Strasbourg-based court will consider an application from Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah, who alleges that he was held illegally about a decade ago in a CIA-run facility on the grounds of an intelligence training academy in a Polish forest.

His case will be considered alongside one brought earlier by Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who says he was held in the same place as part of a CIA program of "extraordinary rendition" to detain and interrogate suspected al Qaeda operatives.

In 2012, the ECHR ruled that the government of Macedonia had to pay damages to Khalid El-Masri, a German national who was arrested (mistakenly) by the authorities and handed to the United States. He spent several months detained in Afghanistan, where he was allegedly tortured.

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Former World Bank Economist Talks Up Chinese Economy

Justin Lin, the World Bank's chief economist between 2008 and 2012, thinks the growing gloom about China's economy is misplaced. And the Chinese government is making sure that everyone knows that he feels that way. The FT has an account here of the press conference the government arranged to feature Lin's sunny view:

Former World Bank chief economist and senior adviser to the Chinese government Justin Lin has criticised widespread pessimism among economists and investors about the outlook for the world’s second-largest economy and predicted it would grow between 7.5 per cent and 8 per cent for the next 20 years.

Mr Lin’s comments come amid rising alarm at China’s slowing growth, which appears to be on track for its poorest performance since 1990. That year the country was facing international sanctions in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. The lowest rate of growth since then was 7.6 per cent in 1999...

Mr Lin was speaking to journalists at a briefing arranged by China’s foreign ministry. The setting for his comments suggested that Beijing is hoping to balance a flood of pessimism in the market over the state of the economy.

Lin's former employer is significantly more concerned about China's economic trajectory.