Deserved credit - Update
Japan has just raised aid to $500 million.
This blog represents the way I see some of the most significant events impacting the world and its citizens. This blog also represents how I react to the events as a member of humanity with a voice, a determined voice that insists to be heard. The voice of an Iranian who loves his country but his priority is humanity; humanity without border. I will say what I want to say, when I want to say it, and how I want to say it, but I will never lie. I will also listen; I promise.
The death toll in South and Southeast Asia from an earthquake off Indonesia is nearing 24,000. And Indonesia's vice-president said early Tuesday the number of dead in his country alone may eventually top 25,000.
Sri Lanka has reported 12,000 deaths. India is estimated to have lost more than 7,000 people and those figures are expected to rise. Deaths have been reported in the Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Somalia, Mynmar and Thailand.
The death toll resulted from the recent devastation in South Asia is rapidly rising, but there are also hundreds of thousands of people who are in desperate need of assistance. Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations for these victims. You can either donate online, or call 1-800-418-1111, 24 hours a day. Wherever in the world you are, you can help by contacting either Red Cross or other relief agencies who will be involved in this common effort of helping those in desperate need of help. Please be generous and donate. Every bit counts.
American soldiers tortured Iraqi prisoners by strangling them, beating them and placing lit cigarettes in their ears, even after the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal came to light in April 2004, according to new allegations.Read the rest here.
Internal FBI memorandums made public on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union include detailed reports of detainees in Iraq being chained for long periods, left to defecate on themselves in cold prison cells, and other inhumane treatment.
...."President Bush issued an executive order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq."
According to the documents, those methods included "sleep deprivation, stress positions, the use of military dogs, and "sensory deprivation through the use of hoods, etc."
... "The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor with a pile of hair next to him," the (FBI) memo said. "He had apparently been literally pulling his own hair out throughout the night."Read the rest here.
President Bush granted four pardons Tuesday, bringing to just 31 the total of pardons and sentence commutations he has issued during his first term, the Justice Department announced.This man not only has no functioning brain in his head, but he also lacks human heart in his chest.
The number of clemency orders issued by Bush is far off the pace of most modern presidents and less than half the 77 granted by his father, President George H.W. Bush...
...President Clinton, by contrast, granted clemency for 456 people during his eight years in office, including 176 on his last day at the White House.
Conservative U.S. lawmakers called for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's resignation. Instead he received a supportive standing ovation in the 191-nation General AssemblyOil-for-food program was only the excuse, the real reason was that Annan had recently called the invasion of Iraq illegal. But hey, they got another embarrassment that they deserved.
The Central Intelligence Agency was aware that dissident military officers and opposition figures in Venezuela were planning a coup against President Hugo Chávez in 2002, newly declassified intelligence documents show. But immediately after the overthrow, the Bush administration blamed Mr. Chávez, a left-leaning populist, for his own downfall and denied knowing about the threats.There is nothing new in this. This is a traditional US policy around the world. Trying to eliminate what it didn't like (or, didn't like anymore), US has done this to any government it opposed whether with "peaceful" means or by killing thousands of people as a result. This is only a wider but a similar behavior that terrorists share with the foreign policies of the US. The only difference is that the terrorists always choose violent method, because of their limited power, but the US sometimes may adopt the so-called peaceful means due to the existence of more options because of more resources available to the US. At the end of the day, terrorism is terrorism, only one is more nicely packaged.