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November 1, 2005

National and International Headlines 11-01

Filed under: Weekly Show — blackboxradio @ 5:41 pm

LIBBY INVESTIGATION

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Friday’s indictment of vice-president chief of staff I. Lewis Libby focuses not on his outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, but rather on his false testimony during the investigation. Just as in the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the cover-up is worse than the crime.

On July 14, 2003, Valerie Plame was referred to as a CIA operative by columnist Robert Novak. This outing was understood as an attack on Plame’s husband Joseph Wilson, who had disputed the Bush Administration’s position on Iraq’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

Libby now faces a five-count indictment, which charges him with obstruction of justice, perjury, and making false statements to FBI agents. This is a substantial blow to a politically weakened administration. The Christian Science Monitor notes that Libby was not just a chief of staff, but “was the closest aide to the most powerful vice president in history, a neocon stalwart who helped shape US foreign policy and pushed for the overthrow of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.”

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DEHLI BOMBINGS

Three bombs exploded in Delhi on Saturday, killing 59 people and injuring 210. The attack was claimed by Inqilabi, a group with ties to the Kashmir separatist and Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba. According to the BBC, police investigations into the bombings have concluded that it is likely one group carried out all three attacks, which caused major damage to places visited by people of all religions. The bombs exploded nearly simultaneously, including two at crowded markets, where people were out shopping and gathering for the upcoming Hindu Diwali festival and Muslim Eid celebration. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has visited victims in hospitals, where medical staff are struggling to treat more than one hundred people, some of whom are in critical condition.

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“DOCTOR DEATH”

According to Reuters, a Nazi referred to as Doctor Death has been hiding in Spain for the last twenty years. A perpetrator of heinous crimes within concentration camps in Nazi Germany, Albert Heim, 91, was initially freed from an internment camp by allies in 1948. Later, when his past came to light, he fled Germany and moved between Egypt and Uruguay before finally settling in Spain in 1985. There, it is believed, he was sheltered by a secret group called Odessa, which has helped hide and protect Nazi war criminals. During his tenure at a concentration camp in Augstria, Heim used poison injections, torture, and unnecessary surgery on the Jewish inmates. German authorities are currently hunting for Heim in the Marbella area of the southern Spanish coast.

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ABUSE IN AFGHANISTAN

According to the BBC, two US soldiers have been charged with beating Afghan detainees in southern Afghanistan. The charges come just a week after allegations of military forces in Iraq burning insurgents’ bodies, a practice considered sacrilegious in Islam. The US military called for an immediate investigation of the two officers’ conduct, and has charged them with conspiracy to maltreat, assault, and dereliction of duty.

Human rights groups have accused the US military of several instances of abuse in detainment centers in Afghanistan. Last month, a US military interrogator who killed an Afghani prisoner, received a sentence of five months in prison. At least eight Afghani prisoners have died in US custody since 2001.

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MARCH IN CHICAGO

On October 22nd, over one-hundred family members and friends of Walter Armstrong led a march from the scene of his murder on Chicago’s South Side to the police headquarters. Armstrong was murdered by police on October 10th, and family members were angry when they gathered for the march only to find that the police had cleared away their makeshift memorial. One officer allegedly punched one of the women protesters who was leaving the area of the closing rally.

The 25 block march went past the office of local alderman Toni Preckwinkle, who was absent from the event. Community leaders denounced his silence regarding the killing, and drew connections between gentrification and police abuses in rapidly changing neighborhoods like the one in which Armstrong was killed. The killing of Armstrong is the 30th shooting, and 10th fatal shooting by Chicago police this year.

The police continue to conceal the name of the officer who killed Armstrong from his family, preventing a public examination of his or her record.

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1 Comment »

  1. very nice

    Comment by amanda — January 15, 2007 @ 2:40 pm


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