Monsters and Critics | Oct 25, 2006
Germany’s defence ministry said Wednesday it was looking into allegations that German soldiers defiled a corpse while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The mass circulation Bild newspaper Wednesday published five photographs showing men dressed in German combat fatigues playing with the skull of a dead man.
The soldiers, members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), could be seen posing with the skull on military vehicles.
One photo shows one of the soldiers exposing himself while holding the skull in his right hand.
Washington Post | Oct 21, 2006
The drug lords at war in central Mexico are no longer content with simply killing their enemies. They are putting their severed heads on public display.
In Michoacan, the home state of President-elect Felipe Calderon, 17 heads have turned up this year, many with bloodstained notes like the one found in the highlands town of Tepalcatepec in August: “See. Hear. Shut Up. If you want to stay alive.”
Many in Michoacan’s mountains and colonial cities are doing just that: They are tightlipped, their newspapers are censoring themselves and in one town, 18 out of 32 police officers quit saying they had received death threats from drug smugglers.
My West Texas.com | Oct 18, 2006
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev compared the United States’ proposed 700-mile wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to the Berlin Wall during a Tuesday visit to Midland.
Addressing a Tuesday news conference at UTPB’s Center for Energy and Economic Diversification, the JBS Public Leadership Institute Distinguished Lecture Series speaker was by turns serious and flippant prior to a reception with more than 100 people.
“You remember President Reagan standing in Berlin and saying, ‘This wall should be torn down,'” said the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner. “Now the United States seems to be building almost the Wall of China between itself and this other nation with which it has been associated for many decades and has had cooperation and interaction with.
Budapest Times | Oct 16, 2006
Former Soviet President Gorbachev labelled her killing “a true political homicide”. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was notably slow to condemn her murder and only first commented on Politkovskaya’s killing two days after the event. Paying a less then fulsome tribute to her he said that her influence on Russian political life had been “minimal” and that: “This murder does much more harm to Russia and Chechnya than any of her publications.”
Whilst on a trip to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel Putin’s public appearances were repeatedly interrupted by chants of “murderer”.
UPI | Oct. 22, 2006
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has pledged not to pursue impeachment of President George W. Bush if Democrats win the November election.
“Impeachment is off the table,” said Pelosi in an interview aired Sunday on CBS “60 Minutes.”
Asked if that was a pledge, Pelosi said it was.
“Yes, it is a pledge,” she said. “Of course it is.”
CBS | Oct 23, 2006
The Israeli army used phosphorous artillery shells against Hezbollah guerrilla targets during their war in Lebanon this summer, an Israeli Cabinet minister said Sunday, confirming Lebanese allegations for the first time.
Until now, Israel had said it only used the weapons _ which cause severe chemical burns _ to mark targets or territory, according to Israeli media reports. The Geneva Conventions ban using white phosphorous against civilians or civilian areas and Israel said the weapons were used solely against military targets.
Cabinet Minister Yaakov Edri said Israel used the weapons before an Aug. 14 cease-fire went into effect, ending its 34-day war against Hezbollah. Edri’s spokeswoman Orly Yehezkel said he was speaking on behalf of Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
“The Israeli army holds phosphorous munitions in different forms,” Edri said. “The Israeli army made use of phosphorous shells during the war against Hezbollah in attacks against military targets in open ground.”
The Lebanese government accused Israel of dropping phosphorous bombs during the war. Edri did not specify where or against what types of targets the shells were used.
CBS | Oct 22, 2006
60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft Reports On Disappearance Of More Than $500 Million To Equip Iraqi Army
More than half a billion dollars earmarked to fight the insurgency in Iraq was stolen by people the U.S. had entrusted to run the country’s Ministry of Defense before the 2005 elections, according to Iraqi investigators.
Iraq’s former minister of finance says coalition members like the U.S. and Britain are doing little to help recover the money or catch suspects, most of whom fled the country. The 60 Minutes investigation also turned up audio recordings of a suspect who seems to be discussing the transfer of $45 million to the account of a top political adviser to the interim defense minister.