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Why Hasn’t Assad Been Charged With War Crimes?

Given the allegations currently being leveled at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, readers might be wondering why Assad and his senior commanders have not been charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court like leaders such as Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir. After all, the court was specifically set up to “have the power to exercise its jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international concern,” and last month’s chemical attacks certainly fit the bill. A number of NGOs and dozens of countries have called for such a prosecution.

Unfortunately, international law is once again protecting Assad’s violations of international law. Syria is not a state party to the ICC (neither, for what it’s worth, is the United States) and therefore its prosecutors don’t have jurisdiction over crimes committed there. For Assad to be charged by the ICC, he would have to be referred by the U.N. Security Council which, as with an authorization for military intervention, isn’t going to happen as long as Russia and China have seats. Marc Lynch discussed a few other possible avenues for Assad’s prosecution a few weeks ago, but for now, a prosecution seems extremely unlikely, even as the Syrian government commits exactly the sort of crimes the court was set up to deal with.


Pa. Child Porn Victim Sues Viewers for $150k Each

Source: ABCNews.com

A child pornography victim from Pennsylvania is using a law that carries her name to seek at least $150,000 each from her father, 13 other jailed men and anyone else who viewed explicit images of her.

"Masha's Law" is named for Masha Allen, a Russian orphan adopted at age 5 by divorced Pittsburgh-area millionaire Matthew Mancuso. He's in prison for making and posting about 200 sexually explicit images of her that authorities believe have been viewed millions of times online.

The FBI sought the identity of the child known as the "Internet Girl" or "Disney World Girl" and located Masha in 2003, when she was 10. She is now 20 and has changed her name to regain some measure of privacy after testifying in Congress.

Mancuso, an engineer in his mid-40s, had sought to adopt a girl between the ages of 4 and 6, explaining that he wanted to make up for his strained relationship with his teenage daughter, according to the Congressional hearing transcript. He then repeatedly raped and sexually abused Masha on camera, sometimes during trips to Disney World.


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pa-child-porn-victim-sues-viewers-150k-20082501

Why would you relay a right wing tool's propaganda tweet here?

The attendance was zero because the 8 am rally didn't happen. It was cancelled due to rain. At least the Washington Times admitted as much when reporting this nonstory. Why did you run with it? And why are you taking tweets from that Fox tool Kerpen as gospel?

Bradley Manning Apologizes; Defense Cites Rough Childhood, Gender Identity Disorder

Source: abcnews.com

During a sentencing hearing for Army PFC Bradley Manning, a military court heard an apology from the soldier, tales of a tough childhood from his sister, and two experts explaining how Manning's gender identity disorder contributed to his decision to release American secrets.

"First, your honor, I want to start off with an apology," Manning told the court after taking the stand to make an unsworn statement. "I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I 'm sorry that they hurt the United States.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/08/bradley-manning-apologizes-for-espionage-cites-rough-childhood-gender-disorder/

Christie spends $4.7 million of Sandy money on ads starring him

Chris Christie has released his first wave of campaign ads for the 2016 presidential elections! Oh no wait, no, these are not campaign ads, they are Jersey Shore tourism ads, can’t you tell? They are public service ads to promote tourism! Because everybody wants to go to a beach full of Chris Christies. That’s why it is totally okay for Christie to spend $4.7 million from Hurricane Sandy relief money with some PR firm called MWW — which happens to be $2 million MORE than another bid — on shameless self-promotion, or, as the always yelling Christie yells it, this selfless effort to promote tourism. These particular ads also cost more because they had Christie starring in them.

Read more at http://wonkette.com/524899/chris-christie-gobbling-up-federal-sandy-muneez-to-make-commercials-starring-him#YgpjLtTXrAhWVKAZ.99

47,000 people, George Takei sign petition to move Sochi Olympics to Vancouver

Source: GlobalNews.ca

An online petition to move the upcoming Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia to Vancouver is gathering steam. 47,000 people have signed the petition so far, a dramatic increase from 6,000 signatures on Monday.

Russia is facing growing international pressure over the country’s “gay propaganda” laws.

The Russian Sport Minister has said the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans.

The petition, started by the organization ‘Equality for All,’ is pitching Vancouver as the ideal place to move the Games.

It points out Vancouver successfully held the games in 2010 and the facilities are already in place.

Read more: http://globalnews.ca/news/767168/47000-people-george-takei-sign-petition-to-move-sochi-olympics-to-vancouver/

As of the time of this post, there are now over 72,000 signatures. The link for the petition: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/international-olympic-committee-ioc-relocate-the-2014-winter-games-to-vancouver-2

Mexicans outraged by humiliation of Indian boy

A 10-year-old Indian street vendor whose humiliation by a city inspector tugged on the heart strings of Mexicans after a video of it appeared on social media was showered Friday with attention and the offer of a scholarship.

The video shows the poor, sandal-clad Tzotzil boy selling candy, cough drops and apparently cigarettes out of a wicker basket in Villahermosa, the capital of the Gulf coast state of Tabasco. State officials say the boy, Manuel Diaz Hernandez, was trying to earn money to buy his own school supplies.

A city inspector, identified as Juan Diego Lopez, spots the boy, confronts him and takes several packs of cigarettes from his basket. It is prohibited in Mexico for minors to buy or sell cigarettes.

In the video, Manuel can be seen weeping inconsolably as the inspector forces him to take all the candy in his basket, handful by handful, and toss it on the pavement. The cost of the candy and cigarettes could well be more than the boy would earn with a week's work.


This is how the revolution in Tunisia started...

Maddie on Things: Talented shelter dog inspires photographer

When photographer Theron Humphrey realized that he wasn’t happy, he decided to do something about it. That something was a 365-day road trip to all 50 states where he’d meet a new person each day and photograph them. He called it “This Wild Idea.”

Before he set out, Humphrey adopted Maddie, a 45-pound coonhound from an Atlanta animal shelter, to be his road trip companion.

Just a few days into the trip though, he discovered that Maddie had a special talent: an amazing sense of balance.
Humphrey says most of his Maddie photo shoots lasted no longer than 15 seconds. He’d find the location and check the lighting, and then he’d pose Maddie and instruct her to stay. Many dog treats were involved.

At the conclusion of the yearlong road trip, Humphrey turned Maddie’s photographs into a book titled “Maddie On Things.”


Dow, S&P 500 at record highs, up 19% in 2013

Source: CNN.com

Investors pushed the Dow and S&P 500 into record territory once again Thursday, as they welcomed a batch of strong earnings and a drop in jobless claims.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 78 points, or 0.5%, to end at a record closing high of 15,548.54. The S&P 500 also rose 0.6% and finished at a record closing high. Earlier, both indexes rose to fresh all-time trading highs.

While the Dow and S&P 500 gained traction, the Nasdaq lagged, gaining only a handful of points for the day. The tech-heavy index was weighed down by poor performing stocks like eBay and Intel.

Despite the minimal uptick, the Nasdaq still managed to close at its highest level since September 2000. All three indexes are up sharply for the year.

Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/18/investing/stocks-markets/index.html?iid=mkt_SF_news

Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator, Calls For End To Mandatory Education

A Republican state senator in Utah is calling for the end of mandatory education in the state.

State Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) wrote on the state Senate blog Friday that mandatory education in the state has forced teachers and schools to take on parenting responsibilities. Prior to the mandate taking effect in 1890, he wrote, education was "an opportunity" and parents were more engaged. He also wrote that teachers were more respected. The Deseret News first reported Osmond's blog post on Tuesday.

Osmond is the nephew of entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond. His father, Virl, was not a member of The Osmonds.



Ah yes, we need to go back to 1890, for the sake of the children and the teachers. It's neanderthals like this that really make me miss EarlG's weekly "Top Ten Conservative Idiots" on the old DU.
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