September 2nd, 2012

Desmond Tutu calls for Blair and Bush to be tried over Iraq.

Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said.

Writing in the UK's Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.

The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable "than any other conflict in history", he said.

Mr Blair responded by saying "this is the same argument we have had many times with nothing new to say".

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OP: Sadly I think these two probably have too many powerful friends for this to happen.
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The Disappearing Scholarships

Enroute to a degree, scholarship squeeze is latest hurdle
Source - Reuters
By Chris Taylor
NEW YORK | Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:30am EDT

(Reuters) - College students have it tough these days with ever-increasing tuition bills and record levels of debt. But in recent years, there's been one bright spot for student finances: a deep pot of scholarship money.

There's trouble on the horizon, however. New data shows that the percentage of those winning cash scholarships, typically awarded on the basis of merit, is falling dramatically. The change could have wide-ranging consequences for students, their parents and the schools alike.Collapse )
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Newt Gingrich defends Akin on Meet the Press

Todd Akin has found a new defender: former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

On this morning's "Meet the Press" on NBC, Gingrich said: "I think Todd Akin was the choice of the people of Missouri, and Todd Akin has publicly apologized."

Akin was virtually abandoned by almost every establishment Republican after controversial comments on rape and abortion. But he has stayed in Missouri's U.S. Senate race and appears to be finding a footing.

Last week, longtime Gingrich aide Rick Tyler joined Akin's campaign. Gingrich told NBC's Tom Brokaw that he hasn't personally spoken with Akin.

Gingrich also commented on a joke made by Karl Rove where the GOP strategist said that if Akin were "found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts." (Rove has personally apologized to Akin. Akin accepted.)

"Karl Rove said some terrible things on Friday for which he has apologized, which should remind us, people make mistakes," Gingrich said on the venerable Sunday morning program. "In the age of Gabby Giffords, it is not a joke to say that a member of Congress ought to get murdered."


because murder is bad but rape of women is just one of those things yannow
Pride & Prejudice

Pakistani mullah accused of trying to frame girl in blasphemy case

The case against a Pakistani Christian girl potentially facing a death sentence for allegedly burning sacred Islamic texts has been thrown into doubt after her local mullah was arrested on accusations of tampering with evidence in order to frame her.

Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti appeared in court on Sunday after witnesses claimed to have seen him adding pages of the Qur'an to a bag of ashes Rimsha Masih had been carrying away for disposal last month in order to strengthen the case against her.

Although many of the cases brought under the country's much criticised blasphemy laws are thought to be spurious, the Rimsha case is thought to be the first time in the more than two decades since the laws were introduced that someone has been arrested for fabricating evidence.

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