She was beatified, really and truly,
To think that he, far off there in the war,
Away from everything he knew and cherished,
Seeing things he was forced to see:
The filth, the fear, the mud, the rats, the food,
The sight of the bodies blown into undefinable pieces,
The blood of children, the smell of the blood and the urine ―
The rain of fortuitous death ―
All that in front of his handsome face,
All that in front of his steel-blue eyes,
Churning up his insides every day ―
Would still take the trouble.
The fear of death, the sudden death of men he knew,
And the trees all dead, and animals dead,
And the grayness of the hills …
Even the whores they needed so ―
Not one of them, dead or still living, yet a father ―
To think that he still thought, still would take the time
To get, somehow, this present, this trinket, just for her,
For her who kept alive the home fires,
Asking her, don’t let them go out.
Foreign suspects held in Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detention in US civilian courts, the US Supreme Court has ruled.
It overturned by five to four a ruling that upheld a 2006 law that took away the rights of suspects to seek full judicial review of their detention. It is not clear if the ruling will lead to prompt hearings for the detainees. Some 270 men are held at the US naval base, on suspicion of terrorism or links to al-Qaeda and the Taleban.
Time an injustice and violation of the human rights to end for good!
Hillary Clinton will withdraw from the race to become the Democratic candidate for the US presidency, and back her rival Barack Obama, her campaign says.
On Tuesday, Mr. Obama gained enough delegates to win the nomination, after the final votes of the primary season. Mrs. Clinton has still not admitted in public that she lost the contest, but on Saturday she will do so “and express her support for Senator Obama”.
Mr. Obama has already announced a team to help select his running mate. Reports that Mrs. Clinton was ready to concede came after she made a conference call to senior Democrats in Congress.
At a Democratic Party event in Washington, Mrs. Clinton will also “express her support… for party unity”, her communications director Howard Wolfson said. Earlier, it had been announced that the event would be held on Friday, but Mr. Wolfson said it had been delayed a day “to accommodate more of Senator Clinton’s supporters who want to attend”.
Hillary had the ability to have a multi-collective voters and supporters often from all sides of the American political life; the big question now is if these people are going to support Obama.
A new intelligence law brought in by Venezuela‘s President Hugo Chavez has caused concern among rights groups who say it threatens civil liberties.
Mr. Chavez argues the law will help Venezuela guarantee its national security and prevent assassination plots and military rebellions. The new law requires Venezuelans to cooperate with intelligence agencies and secret police if requested.
Refusal can result in up to four years in prison. The law allows security forces to gather evidence through surveillance methods such as wiretapping without obtaining a court order, and authorities can withhold evidence from defense lawyers if it is considered to be in the interest of national security.
One part of the law, which explicitly requires judges and prosecutors to cooperate with the intelligence services, has caused concern among legal experts. “Here you have the president legislating by decree that the country’s judges must serve as spies for the government,” Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas Director for Human Rights Watch, said.
Chavez seems to find out that there is a line that separates a public hero to a dictator and unfortunately he’s ready to cross this line!
Barack Obama has declared himself “the Democratic nominee for president of the United States”.
He was speaking to a cheering crowd on the last day of the primary season, as projections showed he had earned enough delegates to clinch the nomination. Of the states that voted, Montana was won by Mr Obama and South Dakota by his rival Hillary Clinton, US media say. In her own speech to supporters, Mrs Clinton refused to concede and said she would make a final decision later.
Barack might declares victory but the question remains, what Hillary will declare?
Kenyan police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against the soaring cost of food.
Protesters in the capital Nairobi carried placards demanding the government cut the cost of basic Kenyan staples like maize flour. The police said the demonstration was illegal and four arrests were made.
Food prices in the east African country have risen sharply since the recent political crisis led to shortages. December’s disputed presidential election triggered violence across Kenya, leaving 1,500 people dead and some 600,000 people displaced.
Let’s wait, we might see food clashes all around the world with the speed oil prices increase!
Australia, one of the first countries to commit troops to the war in Iraq five years ago, has ended its operations there.
Australian troops are due to begin returning home in a few days in line with a promise by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who swept to power in November. He said the Iraq deployment was making Australia more of a terrorist target.
The Australians had deployed more than 500 troops in Iraq, helping to train some 33,000 Iraqi soldiers. About 300 Australians will remain inside Iraq on logistical and air surveillance duties. No Australian soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq though several were wounded.
Not that 500 men staying is making a lot of difference but them leaving it will make!