May 31, 2010  Nº 913 -  Vol. 8

"The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder with the truth."

Alfred Adler

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  • Top News

International Court may define aggression as crime

More than 100 nations, contingents of human-rights groups and lawyers from around the globe, will begin a meeting on Monday in Kampala, Uganda, tackling issues that could fundamentally expand the power of international law. The thorniest question on the agenda, one certain to dominate the conference, is a proposal to give the International Criminal Court in The Hague the power to prosecute the crime of aggression. If approved, it could open the door to criminal accusations against powerful political and military leaders for attacks the court deems unlawful. Those could range from full-scale invasions to pre-emptive strikes. The court, the world's first permanent criminal court, already has a mandate to prosecute three groups of grave crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Another proposal on the agenda would allow the court to prosecute leaders who use weapons with poison, gases, liquids or bullets that cause unnecessary suffering during domestic conflicts and crowd control by the army or police. These weapons are already forbidden in international conflicts. Many of the court's 111 member countries have said that they favor adding the crime of aggression to its mandate. They include Germany and numerous small countries that see the change as a form of legal protection. But others, including Britain and France are opposed, arguing that it would overwhelm the court and trap it in political disputes. The United States, Russian and China, which cannot vote because they have not joined the court and are in Kampala only as observers, are strongly against expanding the court's purview and are expected to work hard behind the scenes to postpone any action on the issue. Several diplomats said that those three countries, which along with France and Britain hold United Nations Security Council veto power, do not want to see a court with powers that could weaken the Council's influence.

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New rules on confession to limit death sentences

Evidence obtained illegally - such as through torture during interrogation - cannot be used in testimony, particularly in cases involving the death penalty, according to two regulations issued on Sunday. A death sentence should be pronounced only with sufficient evidence acquired through legal means, stipulate the two regulations: One on evidence review in death sentence cases, and the other on excluding illegal evidence in criminal cases. Jointly issued by the top court, the top procuratorate, the ministries of public security, state security and justice, they are the first specific rules on collection of evidence and review in criminal cases.

Chinese school attacker executed

A man who attacked 29 children and three teachers at a nursery school in east China on 29 April has been executed. He was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to death at a court earlier this month.


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  • Brief News

Ofcom unveils anti-piracy policy

Lists of Britons who infringe copyright are to be drawn up by the UK's biggest ISPs, under proposals from the regulator Ofcom. The plan is contained in a draft code of practice it hopes will curb copyright infringement. Names and the number of times individuals infringe will be logged. Music firms and movie studios can request details from the list so that they can decide whether to start their own action against serial infringers. However, any suspected infringers will be sent three warning letters before any action can be taken.

Ex-Minister Juan Manuel Santos leads Colombia vote

Former Colombian Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos has won the first round of the country's presidential election. With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Santos - who is supported by popular incumbent Alvaro Uribe - is credited with about 47% of the vote.

Mexico exhumes independence heroes

The remains of 12 Mexican independence leaders have been exhumed in a solemn military ceremony led by President Felipe Calderon. Bands played and crowds threw white flowers as the bones were paraded through Mexico City in glass caskets. The crypts were opened as part of celebrations to mark 200 years since the start of Mexico's war of independence from Spain.

Malawi gay couple released after presidential pardon

Two gay men jailed in Malawi but later pardoned by the country's President Bingu wa Mutharika have been released from prison, say reports. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga had been given 14-year jail terms for "gross indecency and unnatural acts" after celebrating their engagement. They were pardoned during a visit by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. But a government minister said the men could be re-arrested if they continued their relationship. The case sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.

Kagan would likely sit out some cases in first year

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will have to disqualify herself from ruling on a significant number of cases if she is confirmed. That's because for the last year, she has served as the government's chief appellate advocate, and the government is a party in roughly 40 percent of the cases heard each term.

France appeals court denies Noriega bail request 

The Paris Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to be released from jail while awaiting his trial next month. Noriega claimed that he is too well-known to be a flight risk and that because of his partial paralysis and poor health, he is not receiving adequate care in Paris's La Sante prison. The court rejected his appeal, remanding him to custody. Noriega was extradited to France last month by the US, where he had served a 17-year sentence on drug charges. Noriega faces money laundering charges in France for allegedly laundering $3 million in drug profits by purchasing property in Paris. His trial is set to begin on June 28 and will last for three days

Obama announces new regulations stemming from Gulf oil spill 

Obama held a press conference Thursday to announce new regulations to mitigate future oil spill disasters and the current plan of action for resolving the crisis created by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The government will be suspending several offshore drilling activities including exploration of platform locations in Alaska, pending lease sales in the Gulf and Virginia, and the drilling of 33 deepwater exploratory wells in the Gulf. The government will also suspend the issuance of new permits to drill deepwater wells for six months. Obama stated that increased government regulation in the oil industry was necessary to alter the "cozy and sometimes corrupt" relationship it has built with federal regulators, specifically the Minerals Management Service (MMS).

Amnesty annual report decries 'global justice gap' 

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released its 2010 Annual Report, highlighting a "global justice gap" caused by influential governments avoiding accountability for human rights abuses. AI was critical of the actions of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, which it described as having a "particular responsibility to set an example," and called on its members to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report stated that world governments had yielded to political pressures and used international organizations and alliances to shield themselves from accountability for violating international human rights standards. The report cited veto use by permanent members of the UN Security Council to prevent the international community from taking action on rights violations committed by permanent members and their allies. It also cited the failure of the UN Human Rights Council to address rights violations during the Sri Lankan civil war due to complacency by Sri Lanka's regional allies.

  • Weekly News Report


Why being Pope means never having to say you are sorry. The Trial of Benedict XVI. The Pope can cite theology and tradition in defense of the church, but with many Catholics wanting a very modern kind of accounting for the sex-abuse scandal, words and ritual may no longer be enough.

Business Week

Why Won't You Let This Man Invest Your Money? Chuck Schwab Is Worried About Small Investors. Should We Worry Too? "People are still in a state of fear," says the father of individual investing. "And with good reason." Schwab believes it is crucial for the little guy to stay invested. And his business depends on it

The Economist

Fear returns. Governments were the solution to the economic crisis. Now they are the problem.

Le Nouvel Observateur

Nelson Mandela. Il a change l'histoire.

Der Spiegel

Geht's auch etwas kleiner? - Wie die Republik sich gesund sparen kann

  • Daily Press Review

Israel attacks Gaza aid fleet
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

General McChrystal says Afghan Insurgents Trained in Iran
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Fines waived for insurance offenders
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Report: Head of Islamic Movement in Israel seriously wounded on Gaza flotilla
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

And Not a Drop to Drink for Palestinians
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Protesters surround Istanbul consulate
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Daman policy holders exempted from fines
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kuwait- Municipality signs contract to launch food testing lab
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

6 Soldiers Killed in Rocket Attack on Turkish Navy Base
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Activist aid ships head to Gaza Strip as Israeli warships gather
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Hamas renews offer to end fight if Israel withdraws
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Yemen hunts suspected kidnappers
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Deaths as Israel storms aid ship
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Robbie to sell English mansion, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Car narrowly misses buggy amid row
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Hologram TVs that will put you IN the action in development
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Amazon to bring next Kindle out in August - report
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

MIDDLE EAST: Casualties reported as Israeli navy storms Gaza-bound aid ships
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

List of events in the South
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Sex And The City 2: The London Look!?
Look Magazine, London, England

'Rare' butterfly making Cumbrian comeback
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

The Rundown - May 31
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

'19 Killed As Israel Storms Aid Convoy'
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Picture This: Topped Out
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Fury and despair as BP says leak could last months
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Centre-right Czech parties seek alliance
The Independent, London, England

McLaughlin is ruled out
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Putin Is Challenged at Charity Event
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

Cannibal cops find killer's kit
The Sun, London, England

Celine Dion pregnant with twins
The Telegraph, London, England

Laws 'may soon be back in government'
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Del Toro quits as director of The Hobbit
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Mer-c trying to get comprehensive info on incident with Israel
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ma stresses need to upgrade Songshan
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Pakistan court orders Facebook access restored
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Russia, Kazakhstan to set up customs union, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Indian jailed in Australia for sexually abusing children
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

I forgive the attacker, says Sri Sri Ravishankar
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

'Netting' Indian writing in English
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Hatoyama to visit Miyazaki farmers
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Sodomy 2: Trial adjourned to allow visit to condo
Malaysian Star, Online news portal,  Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

At least four killed in raid on Gaza flotilla
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

WB regards Yogyakarta most investor-friendly city in Indonesia
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

10 die as Israeli navy strikes Gaza aid ships
Sify News, Chennai, India

Madame Lash's secrets
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

17 killed in China mine blast
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Institute for Information Industry wins WITSA awards
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Naan Mahan Alla' nearing completion
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

Army orders probe into ‘fake encounter'
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Israeli PM rejects UN nuclear moves
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Official says resort areas unaffected by Kingston violence
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Jamaica unrest
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Haitian quake victims benefited from Dominican Republic visa program
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

BRAZIL: Everyday Superheroes Against the Mad, Bad World
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Crushing Coke - How the security forces conquered Dudus' fortress
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Peru, Colombia, Chile stock exchanges to start cross trading in Nov.
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Spraying for moth infestation in Kelowna needed ‘for public health’
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Chicago Blackhawks beat Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 in Game 1
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Sforzata takes pan title
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Libya crash 'not technical fault'
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

UN to reduce DR Congo peace force, Independent online news aggregator

Rape victims to get free medical services in Lawra District
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thai PM to face grilling
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Tight security awaits Lekota
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

US State Department reaction on Ethiopian election
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

SA credit demand falls, corporates weigh
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lekota set to arrive at Cope HQ, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Ohakim and governance in Imo State
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria


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