The narrative has, for months, been rather fixed: Bashar Al Assad’s army of brutal killers have committed massacres all over Syria in order to keep their dictator-master in power.
Three elderly Kenyan citizens, after several hard years of campaigning, are finally being seen by a judge in a British court over allegations that they were tortured by the UK over 60 years ago, in a truly shameful episode from this country’s late imperial history.
The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.
The bodies were no longer there. Nonetheless pieces of brain, pools of blood and other human remains indicated that a massacre had taken place in the village of Qubair in Syria’s brutalised Hama province. The victims likely included children, according to eyewitness reports. The outrage was preceded by acts of venality and civilian slaughter in [...]
Last week, Charles Taylor, the first former head of state to be convicted by an international tribunal since the judgement of high-level Nazis in Nuremberg, received a long-overdue conviction at the Hague for ‘aiding and abetting, as well as planning, some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history.’
In recent days, Wired magazine in the US reported that a military officer and lecturer in a US prestigious military college taught a class of “commanders, lieutenant colonels, captains and colonels” that a “total war” against Islam “would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists.”
The recent Grand Prix in Bahrain drew the world’s attention, but hardly for reasons that will be pleasing to the ruling House of Khalifa or their embattled government in Manama. The highly-visible anger of protesters prior to the race, directed both at the regime and Formula One, reminded the world that Bahrain is still a country in crisis, a nation in which a large portion of its citizens are still calling for full civil rights.
The Bedouin of Israel and the occupied territories are easy to pick on. Self-identifying as neither Israeli nor Palestinian, not often considered as such by either community in return, their plight is less attention-grabbing, less politically-infused than that of other communities in the Holy Land. Accordingly, when their rights are apparently under assault, their suffering can easily disappear under the radar.
Sri Lanka, much like Britain, has side-lined accountability long enough.
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