Thursday, December 04, 2003

READ IN THE LAST FEW DAYS
-Feisty press under fire in Africa, The Christian Science Monitor. The independent press which started to bud in Africa for the last ten years is under attack in many countries. Sometimes with laws, like in Ethiopia or Botswana. Sometimes literally like in Zimbabwe.

-UN tribunal convicts media leaders of genocide, IRIN. The flip side, that is a media outlet that was complicit in genocide. The UN Tribunal for Rwanda convicted three Rwandans who ran Radio Television Mille Collines (RTLM). Known as hate radio, RTLM was an integral part in the 1994 Rwandan gvenocide as it broadcast lists of names of Tutsis to be executed by the mobs. Two of these executives were sentenced to life imprisonment and the other to 35 years.

-Charles Taylor wanted by Interpol, BBC. Interpol issued a global notice of arrest for former Liberian dictator and indicted war criminal Charles Taylor. Nigeria, where Taylor is in exile, has refused to arrest Taylor on the basis of this notice, calling it "political."

-Ivorian rebels to 'give up arms.', BBC. I suspect few Ivorians will rejoice until promises become fact.

-Rape by father 'not so bad' mother tells daughter, Daily Mail and Guardian of South Africa. Chilling article, yet a testament to the condition in which many women live around the world.

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