Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan questioned whether all countries on the Security Council have lived up to their responsibility to protect civilians in Darfur from atrocities. Annan said there was “quite a bit of hypocrisy on all sides” in trying to resolve the five-year conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, especially in encouraging the African Union to take on peacekeeping without sufficient resources.
The overwhelmed A.U. force struggled for years to stem the bloodshed in Darfur until it was replaced by a joint A.U.-U.N. force that began deploying in January after months of wrangling with the Sudanese government. The new force is authorized to have 26,000 troops and police but only a fraction is on the ground. Annan criticized well-equipped countries for refusing to provide essential helicopters for the mission despite repeated appeals from the U.N.
At a dinner in his honor on Thursday, Annan said U.N. member states had placed the duty to protect civilians threatened by genocide or war crimes in the hands of the members of the Security Council. “It is fair to question whether all of them have yet fully lived up to that responsibility — notably in Darfur,” Annan said.
What Mr. Annan forgot to tell us is when all this started and who was the UN General Secretary when all this started! So in the end the greatest hypocrite of all it is Mr. Kofi Annan!
Back to Russia, after spy stories today we have a murder story. The involvement of the mafia is not yet clear. The head of a state TV station in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan has been shot dead, police say.
Gadzhi Abashilov, 58, died when his car was sprayed with bullets from attackers in a passing vehicle in the republic’s capital, Makhachkala. Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Chayka said he was taking personal control of the murder investigation.
Violent crime is common in Dagestan, which has also seen frequent activity by rebels from neighbouring Chechnya. Mr Abashilov was attacked at 1945 local time near a supermarket in a residential area of the city. He died at the scene and his driver was wounded. The motive for the killing is not known.
Mr Abashilov was a well-known journalist in Dagestan. Before becoming head of Dagestan’s State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, he hosted his own TV programme, edited a local newspaper and served as deputy information minister in the republic. His death came a day after another journalist from Dagestan, Ilyas Shurpayev, was found dead in his flat in Moscow.
Mr Shurpayev, who worked for Russian Channel One television, reported from all over the North Caucasus region. There has been no suggestion of any connection between the two deaths but since …we are talking about them here there is!
Man, the thing is getting worst every minute. In the beginning it was only Obama, now is just …everybody! The passport files of the three leading US presidential candidates have been improperly accessed, the state department has said.
A state department employee looked at the files of both Republican candidate John McCain and Democratic front-runner Barack Obama, the department said. State department spokesman Sean McCormack said a trainee also accessed Hillary Clinton‘s file last year. Two state department contractors have been fired and a third disciplined.
“In the case of Senator McCain, we detected earlier this year… one of the same people who accessed Senator Obama’s passport file also accessed Senator McCain’s passport file,” Mr. McCormack said. That contract employee had been reprimanded but not fired, he said.
Is something more they miss to tell us? Just the …passport files all the lifelong files? And by the way, earlier this week, Ms Rice said she had apologized to Mr. Obama about the breach of security regarding his passport file.
She said a full investigation was under way. A spokesman for Mr. Obama suggested that the government could be using private information for “political purposes“.
It was about time for somebody with senior position to open the mouth and say something on what’s going on in China. Nancy Pelosi has called on the international community to denounce China’s rule in Tibet. Ms. Pelosi is holding talks in northern India with the Dalai Lama, who Chinese authorities accused of inciting the violence.
As Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Ms. Pelosi is outranked only by the president and the vice-president. Her visit to Dharamsala was planned before the anti-China protests began.
“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China and the Chinese in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak out on human rights,” Ms Pelosi told a crowd of thousands of cheering Tibetans, including monks and schoolchildren.
Not that is going to change much but at least now the people know that is not only some kind of interests that keep all the governments from saying something and that they are hostages of their own government but there are some voices ready to support them however small and light this support might be.
If Obama will be elected he will definitely have a lot of work to do if he doesn’t want to live what F.J.K. lived with FBI and other internal foes. Apparently the latest incident comes from the US Department of State that had to fire two contractors and disciplined a third for accessing the passport file of presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
A spokesman for the department, Sean McCormack, said the cases were probably the result of “imprudent curiosity”. But he said it was not clear what the employees may have seen or what they were looking for. In the times we live curiosity is just …out of question.
A spokesman for Mr. Obama suggested that the government could be using private information for “political purposes”. And he is right. The strange thing is what they were looking for, all these stupid things like he was trained in Pakistan and his real name is Osama? How naïve or how stupid they can be.
Chinese authorities are continuing to tighten security following days of protests by Tibetans in the main city, Lhasa, and in surrounding provinces. In one town in Gansu, rows of armed soldiers and heard broadcasts telling people to surrender, on Thursday, China admitted for the first time that troops had shot and injured protesters during the unrest.
What are they going to do later, when the Olympic Games start? Are they going to lock out whole areas because there is a chance that somebody will protest?
And I have to admit I like the part that China admitted shooting and …injuring people during the unrest were really laughable. Pictures with dead and reports are just illusions. Must be the water or the pollution!
The Tamera Peace Research Centre II
Tamera is no religious sect, Tamera is no science-fiction, Tamera is a Peace Village of the Future, and it is really happening … in the South of Portugal.
“Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out…. Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.” – A.E. Housman
Andrew Bovell’s “After Dinner”
The Finn-Brit Players present “After Dinner”, a bittersweet black comedy about human vulnerability, being performed in Helsinki.
Reforma do sistema eleitoral portugues
Provavelmente, no ano de 2007 a reforma do sistema eleitoral portugues comecara a ser discutida no Parlamento. O PSD pretende a criacao de circulos uninominais (onde apenas o candidato mais votado e eleito) e a reducao do numero de deputados dos actuais 2 (Add a comment)