Uighur Detainees Headed for Palau


Mark Landler reports that the long-suffering Uighur detainees at Guantanamo Bay—guys who’ve been locked up for years even though everyone agrees they’re innocent—are going to be headed not for the United States (thanks Congress!) but instead the Pacific island nation of Palau.

Until 1994, Palau was administered by the United States under a UN trusteeship, after previous eras of colonial rule by Japan, Germany, and Spain. With a population of only 20,000 it’s a very small country. What’s more, rising CO2 loads in the atmosphere and the attendant rising temperatures and sea levels are threatening to wipe the island out unless countries like the United States step up and do something. Since Congress doesn’t necessarily seem to be in “do the right thing” mode with regard to climate, the Uighurs may find themselves needing to move again.