Daily Archives: April 16, 2008

The caricature dictator of Zimbabwe shows his real face

Mugabe is showing his real face, more than 50 Zimbabwean opposition supporters have been arrested after staging a strike, the party says. Police have accused the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of trying to incite violence with their strike call, in protest at delayed poll results.

Correspondents say the strike had little impact as 80% of Zimbabweans are without a job. The poll crisis is also likely to be raised at a UN Security Council session to be attended by some African leaders. South African’s leader Thabo Mbeki called for the special meeting, which is supposed to be about how the UN can work with the African Union to bring peace to the Africa’s conflicts, from Somalia to Sudan’s Darfur region.

So this is it, we were expecting it but we all thought that something will stop him the last moment; the man is Africa’s Hitler and proves it day after day. The man must be stopped now!

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Iran’s Children on Death Row

“I am a murderer!” The young voice trembled on the other side of the telephone line. “I was 15 when I committed the murder. I regret what I did. It was an accident. Please save me! I want to live. I want to be free. I am living the last days of my life. Any day now they may take me to the noose. I want to survive. Is there anybody there who can save me?”

The short conversation fades into the distant tumult of Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, a city in southwest-central Iran, where Behnam Zare’ has been awaiting execution for three years.

In the spring of 2005, Behnam was a freshman in high school when a scuffle over pet pigeons broke out between him and his friend Mehrdad. Minutes later, Behnam had become his buddy’s murderer. He says he still has no recollection of how it really happened.

Behnam, still a minor at the time he was arrested, landed in prison. Not long after the judicial process began he was convicted of murder in the primary court and sentenced to death.

Iran is among the very few countries in which children under the age of 18 can be sentenced to death. Although a signatory to the United Nations’ International Convention on the Rights of the Child and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibit the ill-treatment and execution of children or juvenile offenders under any circumstance, the Islamic Republic still preserves for itself the right of over-ruling the treaties.

What understanding and humanitarianism can you expect from the religious freaks of Iran? I suppose this is the ideal state for them, Sharia laws!!!

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Obama Challenges Clinton on Leadership

Barack Obama has knocked down one of the three tent poles of Hillary Clinton‘s campaign for president, surging ahead of her as the candidate Democrats see as most likely to win in November. He’s challenging her on leadership as well, leaving only experience as a clear Clinton advantage in a recent poll.

On the eve of their debate before the Pennsylvania primary next week, Democrats by a 2-1 margin, 62-31 percent, now see Obama as better able to win in November — a dramatic turn from February, when Clinton held a scant 5-point edge on this measure, and more so from last fall, when she crushed her opponents on electability.

The poll finds other pronounced problems for Clinton. Among all Americans, 58 percent now say she’s not honest and not trustworthy, 16 points higher than in a precampaign poll two years ago. Obama beats her head-to-head on this attribute by a 23-point margin. The number of Americans who see Clinton unfavorably overall has risen to a record high in this polling, 54 percent — up 14 points since January. Obama’s unfavorable score has reached a new high as well, up 9 points, but to a lower 39 percent.

Tough times for the lady, but have faith, well with the Pope in USA now … you never now miracles happen and she hasn’t shown yet what she’s got under the sleeve.

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Brown to meet Wall Street bankers

Why? Is he applying for a new job? Gordon Brown will tell Wall Street bankers to reveal their financial losses quickly during his three-day trip to the United States. Mr. Brown believes the move is necessary to help end a global credit crunch.

He will begin his stay by having breakfast at the United Nations with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The prime minister will also be meeting President George W Bush and Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke to discuss problems with the world market.

Later in the week Mr. Brown plans to meet presidential hopefuls Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain to talk about bilateral relations between Britain and the US. He told the Wall Street Journal of plans to capitalize on English’s dominance as the international language, with the British Council and American organizations offering to help anyone in the world who wanted to learn to speak it.

Now I’m sure, the man is looking for a new job and to immigrate to US the same time!!!

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US welcomes for Pope

Pope Benedict XVI has received an unprecedented presidential greeting from George W Bush after arriving for his first official visit to the US.

Mr. Bush and his wife Laura were waiting on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base when the Pontiff’s plane touched down. During his six-day visit, the head of the Catholic Church will address the UN and lead prayers at Ground Zero.

Before arriving the Pope told reporters on board his plane that he was “deeply ashamed” of sexual abuse by US clergy. Pope Benedict, who was elected three years ago, vowed to work against a recurrence of the crisis, which tarnished the Church’s reputation, saying “we will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry”.

In recent years, the US Catholic Church, which has around 65 million followers, has paid $2bn (£1bn) to settle clergy sexual abuse cases. The damage limitation over past scandals is not the main purpose of the Pontiff’s first trip to the US though.

So this is it, the Pope is not going to talk about Iraq and George W. Bush will avoid …children! What a …blessing!

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The Ovi magazine today

Disabling the disabled by Asa Butcher

Breaking point was reached this week after another bloody mobility scooter whizzed across my path.

Italy: the North rules again by Newropeans-Magazine
Berlusconi is back at Government, as all foreign media already noticed and underlined, with some not-really-hidden sarcasm about that political figure and the country’s destiny: but that’s not the point

“Credit” by Jan Sand
“The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood.” – Jean Cocteau

How bizarre! by Thanos Kalamidas
Browsing the news daily we often miss these little bits of news at the bottom of the page. They are often funny, sometimes weird, and they give us a new perspective on life, so here’s the first of a new column series: How Bizarre!

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