BC’s bloody streets, Credit Cards, Tony Blair, Shoe Throwing, and former Peruvian President convicted for Death Squad activities

April 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

West Vancouver resident faces beheading in Northern Pakistan:

Or maybe she doesn’t. “Taliban militants in Pakistan’s tribal region have decided to shelve plans to kill Canadian hostage Beverly Giesbrecht, but her captors are apparently still holding out for a ransom before releasing her.” Not everyone is convinced that there’s any real danger of an execution.

British Newspaper describes Vancouver’s “Blood-spattered streets littered with shell casings and corpses”:

Premier Gordon Campbell blasts the article as a ‘cheap shot’. Thanks for the the tip off Dave.

Taking on the Credit Card Companies:

“With bills actually moving through both houses of Congress, the credit card lobby is finding itself on the defensive, and turning out in force to oppose the legislation.”

Indian minister is latest shoe attack victim:

“While the shoe-throw seems to be catching on as a form of public protest, it’s worth noting that no one has actually been hit yet. Iraqi journalist Munthader al-Zaidi, the originator of this practice, probably got closest. It seems that hitting a politician with a shoe may be harder than it looks, and will only get harder now that they’re coming to expect it.”

Blair steps up fight to be crowned first ‘President of EU’:

“Tony Blair has emerged as the leading candidate to become the first permanent president of the European Union after Gordon Brown gave his grudging blessing to the plan. The former prime minister has stepped up his campaign for the job, which he wants to use to build a bridge between Europe and the new Obama administration.”

Commentary: Peru conviction is message to dictators everywhere:

Peruvians are celebrating an extraordinary victory this week: the conviction of their former president, Alberto Fujimori, for death squad killings carried out during his rule in the 1990s.

The Peruvian Supreme Court found him guilty of egregious human rights abuses, including the massacre of innocent civilians, and sentenced him to 25 years in prison — a stiff message to other leaders that justice can eventually catch up to even the most powerful.

It is one of the first times a nation’s own independent courts have convicted a former leader for such serious human rights crimes and it sets an important precedent for a region that suffered so much from political violence and rights violations. Equally significant, the ruling came after a lengthy televised trial, which was clearly fair to the defendant — despite Peru’s previous history of authoritarianism and weak rule of law.

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