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28-Jun-11 World View — Genocide Charges Against Gaddafi


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Chances of diplomatic resolution to Libya war now nonexistent

Muammar Gaddafi on May 11 (AP)
Muammar Gaddafi on May 11 (AP)

On Monday, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued arrest warrants on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for the country’s leader, Muammar Qaddafi, his son Saif Qaddafi, and his intelligence chief. It had previously been hoped (by some) unrealistically that a diplomatic resolution of the humanitarian Libyan kinetic military action could be reached, where Gaddafi would take up residence in Saudi Arabia or some other country. But with arrest warrants pending against him. that option is removed. Gaddafi will now have to fight to victory, or fight to the death. Bloomberg

Gaddafi is ‘seriously considering’ fleeing Tripoli for a more secure location outside the capital, according to U.S. officials. Fox News

Turkey’s foreign minister plans Mideast tour

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is preparing for a tour of Middle Eastern countries including Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iran. The two major objectives of the tour are to improve relations with Syria, and to aid Palestinian reconciliation and the formation of a unity government. Hurriyet (Ankara)

Israel drops its threat to ban flotilla journalists

Israel’s government on Monday dropped a threat to issue 10-year bans on journalists aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade. AP

New book reveals secret meanings of neo-Nazi codes

Openly Nazi symbols such as the swastika are banned in Germany, but neo-Nazis get around the law by using numeric codes. For example, if a sports figure wears shirt number 88, then it’s possible that the “88” stands for “Heil Hitler.” Spiegel

Egypt risks undermining economy by rejecting IMF loan

Egypt’s decision to reject low-interest loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank is politically popular, but it risks much higher poverty and unemployment. Media Line

Taliban warlord changes militan allegiance

Fazal Saeed Haqqani, a senior Taliban commander, has decided to leave Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, because TTP is responsible for “brutal” attacks on Pakistani civilians, in violation, he says, of the Koran. Instead, he and his 500 fighters are forming a new group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Islami (TTI). This new Taliban group will target Americans in Afghanistan. Saeed Haqqani is thought to have close ties to the Haqqani network, headed by Jalaluddin Haqqani, one of the fiercest Afghan insurgent groups battling U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan. Reuters

Supreme Court strikes down law restricting violent video games

When I was about ten years old, I read a newspaper article that said that some politicians wanted to ban “violent” comic books, including my favorite Superman, because reading them turns children into violent criminals, as if even a young child couldn’t tell the difference between a comic book and real life. That was the first time I really began to realize that politicians are idiots. After that it was rock ‘n’ roll that was evil, then 1970s TV crime shows like Kojak, then porn, then video games. A few years ago, it was the TV show ’24’. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a law restricting sales of violent video games to children. Still some “experts” claim that video games are dangerous. CNN and Wall Street Journal (Access)

Women can identify a homosexual man by looking at his photo

When a woman is ovulating, she’s instinctively able to identify gay men by looking at their faces in photos. Telegraph


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