Home

Is the War Crimes Court Still Relevant? – NYTimes.com

Leave a comment

Is the War Crimes Court Still Relevant? – NYTimes.com.

UNITED NATIONS — Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, is about to face her toughest trial yet: to demonstrate that the court has enough muscle to tackle the gravest human rights cases, even if it means confronting the world’s most powerful countries.

Since its inception in 2002, the court has been laden with a growing pile of cases, defiant government authorities, and a United Nations Security Council that has called for investigations but done little to advance them. The court has convicted a tiny fraction of those it has charged. Many more have eluded arrest altogether, and the prosecutor has battled charges of bias against African leaders — a charge that Ms. Bensouda, a Gambian, has strenuously rebutted.

Ms. Bensouda, who assumed her job in June 2012, has had to acknowledge her own limitations in recent months. In December, she announced that she would “hibernate” the genocide case against Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, because she had been unable to secure his arrest. The same month, she said she would drop charges against Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, for his role in the violence that swept the country following the 2007 elections, citing his government’s lack of cooperation with her office.

The year ahead brings far more formidable challenges and with them the opportunity to assert the relevance of the court.

The Palestinian situation is no doubt the most politically delicate item on her agenda. Palestine joined the I.C.C. last week, and authorized the prosecutor to scrutinize alleged crimes committed on Palestinian land since last June, before the last Gaza conflict began. Israel and its principal ally, the United States, have forcefully criticized the Palestinian move, and even a preliminary inquiry by her office is likely to face a pushback, including from Washington.

Additionally, Ms. Bensouda has said she is looking into allegations of torture by American soldiers in Afghanistan. There’s a chance, albeit slim, that she could go further and open an official investigation…

I am Charlie, but I am Baga too: On Nigeria’s forgotten massacre | Daily Maverick

Leave a comment

I am Charlie, but I am Baga too: On Nigeria’s forgotten massacre | Daily Maverick.

There are massacres and there are massacres. The Paris massacre was tragic, but it was hardly the worst thing that happened last week. Not even close.

For that, we must head to Nigeria, and to the town of Baga – or at least to the spot on the map where Baga once stood, because there’s not much left of it now.

Reports of the massacre there are necessarily hazy; the nearest journalists are hundreds of kilometres away (even there, they are not particularly safe), and information comes almost exclusively from traumatised refugees and unreliable government sources.

Still, enough facts have emerged to know that something terrible happened here; something apocalyptic.

Baga is in north-eastern Nigeria, on the border with Cameroon. It is no stranger to massacres. In April 2013, nearly 200 people, mostly civilians, were slaughtered by the Nigerian armed forces in a military offensive designed to push out Boko Haram. This, however, was just a teaser. A taste of the horror that was to come.

Over the course of five days, beginning on Saturday last week, Boko Haram fighters entered the city with Nigerian soldiers fleeing before them, and destroyed it and anybody that was too slow in escaping – men, women, children. “The whole town was on fire,” said one eyewitness, while others speak of roads lined with corpses. The body count varies, but Amnesty International puts it at over 2,000 deaths – or the rough equivalent of 133 Charlie Hebdo attacks…

I Am Not Charlie Hebdo – NYTimes.com

Leave a comment

I Am Not Charlie Hebdo – NYTimes.com

The journalists at Charlie Hebdo are now rightly being celebrated as martyrs on behalf of freedom of expression, but let’s face it: If they had tried to publish their satirical newspaper on any American university campus over the last two decades it wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds. Student and faculty groups would have accused them of hate speech. The administration would have cut financing and shut them down.

Public reaction to the attack in Paris has revealed that there are a lot of people who are quick to lionize those who offend the views of Islamist terrorists in France but who are a lot less tolerant toward those who offend their own views at home…

‘Charlie Hebdo, Before the Massacre’ – NYTimes.com

Leave a comment

‘Charlie Hebdo, Before the Massacre’ – NYTimes.com.

In February 2006 the editors of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo met to discuss a matter of what turned out to be deadly consequence: Would they publish a satirical image of Muhammad on their cover? We were making a documentary about Jean Cabut, known as Cabu, one of the most famous cartoonists in France. So we were there, filming his conversation with his colleagues as they chose the cover. The issue that came out of this meeting — with a Cabu cartoon on the cover and the images they discussed here — turned out to be one of the most popular in the magazine’s history. Almost nine years later, gunmen stormed this very meeting and killed 10 editors and cartoonists, including three of the people in this film: Cabu, Bernard Verlhac (known as Tignous) and Georges Wolinski…

BBC – Future – How to design the fighter cockpit of tomorrow

Leave a comment

BBC – Future – How to design the fighter cockpit of tomorrow.

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots. Those who fly fighter aircraft like the F-16 or the Tornado are still, in effect, working in a 1970s office – because that’s when those aircraft were originally designed.

It takes a very long time to build a new fighter jet. Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor is currently the only supersonic stealth fighter in active service ‒ but when the contract for the first prototype was signed in 1986, Apple’s top-of-the-range Macintosh Plus computer had a mere 1Mb memory and no hard drive. The F-22 carried out its first combat mission on 22 September this year – three days after Apple released the iPhone 6. Technology has transformed in those intervening 28 years, and nothing dates faster than yesterday’s vision of the future.

Today’s aircraft designers must guess what the world of 40 years’ time might look like – a task that even the innovators in Silicon Valley might baulk at. “At the moment, I’m looking at stuff out to at least 2040,” says Mark Bowman, chief test pilot for BAE Systems at Warton, Lancashire…

Four dead in Kentucky plane crash, girl, 7, survives: police

Leave a comment

Four dead in Kentucky plane crash, girl, 7, survives: police.

A small plane crashed in Kentucky late Friday, killing the pilot and three other passengers, while a seven-year-old girl apparently survived and wandered from the wreckage to find help, state police said.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area of Lyon County, about 115 miles northwest of Nashville, Kentucky State Police said.

Authorities received a 911 call from a resident in the area who said a 7-year-old girl “had walked to his home reporting that she had been involved in a plane crash,” state police said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“The juvenile was in distress and was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries,” the statement said.

Rescue crews fanned out to look for the plane and discovered its wreckage in a wooded area, police said. Four people on-board were killed, among them the pilot, they said….

Newer Entries

Bring Your Own Brain

How to make the best use of your neck-top computer.

MindYoga4U

A Site To Learn More About Meditation And Yoga

Aji’s Portal

For creative writing and cogitation on empowerment and enlightenment.

The Cerebral Hedonist

"Can You Match My Resolve"

Delusional Bubble

Your travel guide to the fantastic unknown places around the world.

Anil Blon

Director at Natraj Trekking

The Truth for Kyle Brennan

The Church of Scientology & the Death of Kyle Brennan

MAJAALIFEE

I love to write about everything. Writing relaxes me.

TORINO NELLA RETE

Luigi Bacco - fotografie inaspettate

My Life Treats

Its about everything

Mikki Senkarik

Original Oil Paintings in Progress

Journeys with Eileen Diane

Photos, travel, armchair travel, cat tales, random thoughts

What's on Sid's mind

Recollect. Reimagine. Express.

ThoughtsnLifeBlog

Change your thoughts change your life

Something to Ponder About

Life - Photography - Traditional Art

365 dni w obiektywie LG/Samsunga

365 days a lens LG/Samsung

The Creative Flux

Architectural, interior and garden design, cool materials and resources, and other things that matter to me

%d bloggers like this: