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Daily Archives: November 15, 2010

After Suu Kyi, Dalai Lama hopes for Chinese dissident’s freedom

IANS
November 15, 2010

Dharamsala, Nov 15 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Monday welcomed the release of Myanmarese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and hoped China too would free fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and ‘other prisoners of conscience’.

Suu Kyi, 65, was released Saturday evening after completing over seven years of house arrest. She has spent 15 of the past 20 years under arrest.
‘I welcome the release of fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and extend my appreciation to the military regime in Myanmar. I extend my full support and solidarity to the movement for democracy in Burma and take this opportunity to appeal to freedom-loving people all over the world to support such non-violent movements,’ the Dalai Lama, who himself is a Nobel Peace laureate, said in a message from Japan.
‘I pray and hope that the government of the People’s Republic of China will release fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned for exercising their freedom of expression,’ said the Dalai Lama, 75, who is currently touring Japan.

The Dalai Lama and his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959. He has since headed the Tibetan government-in-exile from here.

US funds circumcision to fight AIDS in Zimbabwe

Associated Press
November 14, 2010
By ANGUS SHAW

HARARE, Zimbabwe – The U.S. ranks high on President Robert Mugabe’s enemies list, but at ground level it is leading a war on AIDS that may help save the life of 32-year-old Tineyi Marokwe and hundreds of thousands of other Zimbabweans.

The weapon is cheap and simple: male circumcision, considered a significant reducer of AIDS transmission.
In a 10-minute surgical operation, Marokwe recently became one of more than a million Zimbabwean men in the most sexually active age group who are being targeted for circumcision during the next seven years.

Dr. Bill Jansen, a senior American adviser with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Zimbabwe, says trials and circumcision pilot programs in South Africa and East Africa have shown a reduction in HIV infection by 60 percent.

The Zimbabwe program, begun in May 2009, has carried out 12,000 circumcisions. The U.S. spent $6.6 million on it in the first year and more money is promised as the program scales up.

It makes a quiet counterpoint to the stridency of Mugabe’s confrontation with the West, primarily the United States and former colonial ruler Britain, over the sanctions imposed on his government because of its human rights record.

So vilified are Western nations by Mugabe that few Zimbabweans realize their continuing aid programs are the mainstay of humanitarian assistance to the troubled nation.

The U.S. is Zimbabwe’s biggest aid donor — more than $1 billion since 2002 — and the biggest contributor to nationwide modern AIDS clinics that have tested and counseled 2 million people. This month it pledged another $50 million to its wider AIDS programs that include supplies of AIDS drugs.

While Mugabe has done nothing to hinder the program, some volunteers assigned to explain sexual health issues to the poor have been accused by Mugabe’s supporters of abetting a U.S. political agenda and working for the opposition in next year’s election.

Marokwe says he was afraid to go to the clinic in western Harare, the capital.

“I was worried, but when I came here I learned this could save my life,” the unemployed laborer told The Associated Press.

Nurses unpacked one of 60,000 single-use circumcision kits allocated by USAID — forceps, disposable scalpels, needles and gauze — and administered local anesthesia while surgeon Shame Dendere exchanged cheerful banter with Marokwe.

He was told to expect minor pain after the anesthetic had worn off, to abstain from sex for six weeks and to come back three times for follow-up treatment.

The procedure complete, Marokwe dressed and headed to a bus stop to ride home, saying “I’m going to tell all my friends.”

The clinic conducts more than 40 procedures a day and expects demand to grow to as many as 180 a day as word spreads.

If the program can circumcise 1.2 million Zimbabwean men by 2017, 750,000 new HIV infections can be averted, Jansen said. The organizers envisage a future stage for the program with circumcision at birth. At present more than 10 percent of Zimbabwean men are circumcised, mainly in tribal ceremonies during early childhood.

While condoms and fidelity remain essential, circumcision helps because the foreskin is more vulnerable to the AIDS virus.

According to Population Services International, an independent family planning and sexual health organization, Zimbabwe’s infection rate is about 13 percent of the population, but rises above 20 percent in the 13-30 age group.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101114/ap_on_re_af/af_zimbabwe_circumcision

Long wait for justice over Philippine massacre

AFP
November 14, 2010

MANILA (AFP) – A Muslim clan accused of the Philippines’ worst political massacre is intimidating and attempting to bribe witnesses while dragging out court proceedings, rights groups and victims’ relatives say.

Almost 12 months since the Ampatuan family allegedly orchestrated the murders of 57 people to stamp out a political rival’s electoral challenge, family members of those killed fear the trial could drag on for years.

“In my heart I want to forgive, but we need to have justice served. They have to pay for what they did to us,” said Editha Tiamzon, widow of Daniel Tiamzon, one of four crew members from local broadcaster UNTV who were killed.

“When will the trial be over? God only knows, but we cannot afford to wait forever.”

Andal Ampatuan Jnr allegedly led over a hundred of the clan’s private army in stopping a convoy carrying relatives of a political rival in their southern stronghold of Maguindanao province, before shooting and hastily burying them.

The Ampatuan clan had ruled Maguindanao for over a decade with the patronage of former president Gloria Arroyo, who used the family’s private army of about 5,000 men to contain Muslim insurgents and solidify her own power.

Arroyo is alleged to have ignored the clan’s excesses, including alleged mass killings of rivals and massive corruption that turned Maguindanao into one of the country’s poorest provinces.

Among those slain on November 23 last year were 32 journalists travelling with the rival politician’s relatives, in what media watchdogs said was the deadliest single-day attack anywhere in the world on members of the press.

Full Article Here – http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/101115/world/philippines_politics_massacre_trial

Haiti cholera death toll passes 900

CNN
November 14, 2010
By Ivan Watson

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — The death toll from Haiti’s month-old cholera outbreak continues to grow.

According to statistics released by the Haitian Ministry of Health Sunday morning, 917 people have died from the bacterial infection, while there have been some 14,642 hospitalizations.

More ominous is the spread of cholera through the squalid camps that still house hundreds of thousands of people in the Haitian capital 10 months after a killer earthquake shattered the city.

“In Port-au-Prince alone they give a total deaths of 27 and 607 hospitalizations,” said Christian Lindmeier, a spokesman for the World Health Organization.

Chilcot inquiry’s credibility ‘is on edge of an abyss’

Guardian
November 14, 2010
By Richard Norton-Taylor

The credibility of the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq is “on the edge of an abyss” because of its lack of transparency, a leading international lawyer warned today.

Philippe Sands QC, professor of international law at University College London, said the inquiry had been undermined by its inability to refer publicly to documents it had seen.

He said it had shown an inability to tackle the central question of the illegality – or otherwise – of the US-led military action head on.

Sands said he had seen some unpublished documents which contradicted or undermined the testimony by witnesses to the inquiry. The inquiry had also had a series of “private chats” with a number of “notable individuals”, he said.

The lawyer referred to what he called a “curious advertisement” the inquiry had placed, asking international lawyers to submit their view of the invasion. More than 30 had done so more than two months ago, yet the submissions have not been posted on the inquiry’s website.

“Why did the inquiry not issue personal invitations to key individuals to appear before it in a public session? Why has it not even convened a private seminar amongst invited international legal experts, as it has done on other matters?” Sands asked.

His comments came in the 2010 Remembrance Sunday lecture on war and law at the Imperial War Museum in London. The lecture was sponsored by the Movement for the Abolition of War.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/14/chilcot-inquiry-iraq-credibility

Psychologist in Terror War Is Subject of Complaint

Texas Tribune
November 14, 2010
By MORGAN SMITH

The decision about whether an architect of Bush-era interrogation tactics will keep his license as a psychologist is in the hands of a Texas government agency. 

A complaint against Dr. James E. Mitchell is now before the Texas State Board of Psychologists, alleging that he violated the profession’s rules of practice in helping the C.I.A. develop “enhanced interrogation techniques” for use in its so-called black prison sites during the Bush administration’s war on terror. Along with Dr. Bruce Jessen, a fellow military psychologist, Dr. Mitchell was a primary developer of post-Sept. 11 C.I.A. interrogation methods that are currently under a criminal torture investigation by the Department of Justice.

Dr. Mitchell, who did not respond to repeated requests for comment for this article, parlayed his experience in training American soldiers to survive as prisoners of war into a lucrative consulting business with the C.I.A.
He orchestrated — and, according to the complaint, participated in — the harsh interrogation of terror suspects using sexual humiliation and the drowning technique called waterboarding.

Joseph Margulies, a Northwestern University law professor, and Dicky Grigg, an Austin lawyer, worked with a Texas psychologist, Jim L. H. Cox, to bring the complaint, which documents in lurid detail Dr. Mitchell’s role in the questioning of prisoners.

The complaint, which was brought in June, alleges that the doctor misrepresented his qualifications to the C.I.A., placing “his own career and financial aspirations above the safety of others” while designing a “torture regime” with a “complete lack of scientific basis.”

Mr. Margulies said he was pursuing the possibility of a similar action against Dr. Jessen, who is licensed in Idaho.

Full Article Here – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/us/14ttlawsuit.html

Psychologist in Terror War Is Subject of Complaint

Nazis Were Given ‘Safe Haven’ in U.S., Report Says

New York Times
November 14, 2010
By ERIC LICHTBLAU

WASHINGTON — A secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad.

The 600-page report, which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, provides new evidence about more than two dozen of the most notorious Nazi cases of the last three decades.

It describes the government’s posthumous pursuit of Dr. Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death at Auschwitz, part of whose scalp was kept in a Justice Department official’s drawer; the vigilante killing of a former Waffen SS soldier in New Jersey; and the government’s mistaken identification of the Treblinka concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.

The report catalogs both the successes and failures of the band of lawyers, historians and investigators at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, which was created in 1979 to deport Nazis.

Perhaps the report’s most damning disclosures come in assessing the Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement with Nazi émigrés. Scholars and previous government reports had acknowledged the C.I.A.’s use of Nazis for postwar intelligence purposes. But this report goes further in documenting the level of American complicity and deception in such operations.

The Justice Department report, describing what it calls “the government’s collaboration with persecutors,” says that O.S.I investigators learned that some of the Nazis “were indeed knowingly granted entry” to the United States, even though government officials were aware of their pasts. “America, which prided itself on being a safe haven for the persecuted, became — in some small measure — a safe haven for persecutors as well,” it said.

The report also documents divisions within the government over the effort and the legal pitfalls in relying on testimony from Holocaust survivors that was decades old. The report also concluded that the number of Nazis who made it into the United States was almost certainly much smaller than 10,000, the figure widely cited by government officials.

The Justice Department has resisted making the report public since 2006. Under the threat of a lawsuit, it turned over a heavily redacted version last month to a private research group, the National Security Archive, but even then many of the most legally and diplomatically sensitive portions were omitted. A complete version was obtained by The New York Times.

The Justice Department said the report, the product of six years of work, was never formally completed and did not represent its official findings. It cited “numerous factual errors and omissions,” but declined to say what they were.

More than 300 Nazi persecutors have been deported, stripped of citizenship or blocked from entering the United States since the creation of the O.S.I., which was merged with another unit this year.

Full Article Here – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/us/14nazis.html