Evidence Of Torture By Assad Published In New Report
A confidential report first obtained by CNN appears to show “direct evidence” of “systematic torture and killing” committed by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. The report was authored by David Crane and Desmond de Silva, both former chief prosecutors of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and Geoffrey Nice, former lead prosecutor in the case against ex-Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic.
The fact that all the bodies were photographed, the report’s authors tell CNN, strongly suggests that “the killings were systematic, ordered, and directed from above.”
In addition to thousands of photos showing emaciated individuals, CNN reports “the forensics team identified the neck bruising as consistent with strangulation with a rope, piece of rubber, or other such object, as opposed to the marks that would be left by a hanging.
Is It Too Late To Stop Iran From Getting The Bomb
Tzvi Fleischer of Australia’s Herald Sun contends that despite the nuclear deal with Iran that takes effect today, Iran may have developed its program enough to make the agreement mute.
“Meanwhile, Iran is already at the nuclear threshold, with at least four to five bombs worth of low-enriched uranium and 19,000 centrifuges to further enrich uranium to weapons grade when they’re ready. The deal says they get to keep all of that. According to nuclear experts at the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, Iran can build the core of a nuclear bomb in about a month simply by using what it has already. In addition, the inspection elements in the deal are too weak to ensure Iran will not cheat, as it has with past nuclear obligations, by building secret facilities.” he writes.
Is Japan Facing A Demographic Time Bomb?
John W. Traphagan of The National Interest argues that as much of a threat as China’s saber-rattling is, there is an equally dangerous threat posed by declining fertility rates.
“Beyond social and economic problems, population decline has generated a variety of other issues. According to anthropologist John Knight, rural depopulation is exacerbated by broad economic forces that drain labor from rural areas to cities as people seek education, work, and attractive urban lifestyles. There are some towns particularly in mountain areas that have no residents under the age of 50. This type of community became international news last summer when 15 elderly people in the mountain village of Mitake were murdered by a 79 year old resident. The victims represented 1/3 of the total population of a village consisting entirely of elders,” he notes.
Riots Erupt In The Ukraine
A series of new laws banning nearly all forms of protest in the Ukraine have had the opposite effect of sparking unprecedented riots in Kiev. The new laws were officially published in the newspaper of the Ukranian parliament.
“More than 100,000 people attended the Jan. 19 rally, local TV reported. About 2,000 were on Independence Square yesterday, while another 6,000 were on Hrushevskogo Street, the hub of the violence, the UNIAN and RBC news services said. Police said about 500 people were attacking them on that street, where protesters built barricades using burned-out buses,” reports Bloomberg News.