Archive for July 2nd, 2007

July 2, 2007

Rwanda: How the genocide happened

Genocide memorial site guardian Danielle Nyirabazungu next to skulls of genocide victims

Some 800,000 Rwandans were killed in three month

Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days.

Most of the dead were Tutsis – and most of those who perpetrated the violence were Hutus.

Even for a country with such a turbulent history as Rwanda, the scale and speed of the slaughter left its people reeling.

The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994.

Complete history here

July 2, 2007

Bush spares Libby from jail term

It is sad to see justice evading destinty … I guess that I just have to accept the fact that politiccians are a different class. One subject to different rules.

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US President George W Bush has intervened to prevent Lewis Libby, a convicted former vice-presidential aide, from serving a prison term.

President Bush described as “excessive” the 30-month sentence Libby was facing for obstructing an inquiry into the leaking of a CIA agent’s name.

Though no longer required to go to jail, Libby is still due to serve a period of probation and pay a fine.

A leading Democratic politician said Mr Bush’s decision was “disgraceful”.

 

History will judge the president “harshly” for using his power to benefit his vice president’s former chief of staff, Harry Reid, the leading Democrat in the US Senate, said.

Complete history here

July 2, 2007

Venezuela: ruta hacia el comunismo

Tomados de Veneeconomia Vol. 25 No. 28 – 27 de junio de 2007

Hugo Chávez está redactando en secreto una nueva Constitución que convertirá a Venezuela en un Estado comunista. El Presidente alega que sólo está reformando la Constitución bolivariana de 1999 para transformar oficialmente a Venezuela en unEstado socialista. Pero la nueva Constitución marxista que Chávez pretende promulgarpor decreto presidencial, después de que sea “aprobada” por la Asamblea Nacional y el Tribunal Supremo, es prácticamente una copia al carbón de la cubana.

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