What happened in Sri Lanka in 2009 has come back to haunt the UN with the leak of an internal inquiry commissioned by the Secretary-General. The independent report concluded that the UN’s own conduct during the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war marked a “grave failure.” There was damning criticism of senior staff, who “simply did not perceive the prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility.”
Would the entire report have seen the light of day if a draft hadn’t been leaked to the BBC? A reluctant UN in New York had to publish the document, but chose to do so without its powerful executive summary that set the conflict in the context of post-9/11 global attitudes to terrorism that tragically skewed the reporting of the bloodshed. Internal communications show senior UN officials struggling to portray the proscribed terrorist group, the Tamil Tigers, as the ones primarily to blame for the killings.
But the latest UN report documents how UN staff members were in possession of reliable information that showed that the Sri Lankan government was responsible for the majority of deaths. And that two-thirds of the killings were inside safe zones unilaterally declared by the Sri Lankan government purportedly to protect civilians. This was information senior UN managers decided not to share with diplomats when they briefed them.
And those things are:
Wisdom dictates that one should not fall for the illusion of “choice.” Especially when two political rivals competing against each other are the same in more than just one way. In this case, Obama and Romney are identical in fifteen major policies.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has condemned the new wave of “savage” airstrikes carried out by the Israeli regime on the Gaza Strip.
“Another savage aggression against the Gaza Strip has begun. Once again, Israel is bombing the Gaza Strip,” Chavez told a cabinet meeting on Thursday.
Chavez, a strong critic of the Tel Aviv regime and the US, expelled the Israeli ambassador to Venezuela to protest against Tel Aviv’s assault on Gaza in 2009.
Over 20 people have been killed and more than 160 others injured in the new wave of attacks since November 14.
Get real mad, folks.
Chris Williams, a man operating within state laws, has been convicted by the federal government and sentenced to 80 years of jail time… for growing pot in his home.
That’s more than the 30 years Jerry Sandusky received for raping children.
Non-violence is worse than violence according to our political class. Think about it.
President Obama Ignores Student’s Question About Israel’s Human Rights Violations
“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries”
does he hear himself?
When I first heard today that Gen. David Petraeus resigned his post as CIA head, I suspected the Benghazi scandal as the reason. Petraeus was scheduled to testify before Congress next week. However, his statement on the resignation cites an extra-martial affair as the reason.
Petraeus visited the White House on Thursday to ask President Barack Obama to accept his resignation “for personal reasons,” he said in a statement to CIA staff. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”
The FBI is investigating Paula Broadwell, author of the biography “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” for improperly attempting to access his email, law enforcement officials tell NBC News.
An intelligence source confirms to POLITICO that the FBI had been investigating Petraeus after accidentally learning of the affair. He was pushed to exit before it all came out in detail.
“Director Petraeus was encouraged to get ahead of it and take control of the situation because it would eventually come out,” the source said.
Since when do extra-marital affairs matter to Democrats? Something smells funny about this whole situation.
Fox New’s Bret Baier is reporting that Patraeus will not be testifying before Congress after all:
How very convenient…
Something screwy happened in Boston. The election results indicate 129% turnout of registered voters. 129%???!??!?!
here’s a screenshot from the election results (PDF):
Check out Ward 18:
- Precinct 1:132.24% turnout; 97.15% for Obama
- Precinct 2: 139.20% turnout; 98.91% for Obama
- Precinct 3: 140.80% turnout; 98.57% for Obama
It goes on and on and on like that, and it’s the same for the Elizabeth Warren results. I don’t imagine that Romney would have won Massachusetts (which is a bluer than blue state). However, Scott Brown lost by a much slimmer margin to Elizabeth Warren, and vote totals like these could very well have swung the election results.
I understand that the PDF says these are the “Unofficial Results” but I want to know where the official results are, and if everything’s ok there, how do they explain these numbers and the discrepancy?
Philly had results like these too in the very same precincts that kicked out Republican poll watchers.
If you threaten to leave the country based on election results (Either way)
Please do it.
America doesn’t need you. Go. Bye. Hit me up and I’ll come help you pack.