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Mugabe Refuses To Deal With Reality!

President Robert Mugabe has been in power for decades and regards himself as his nation’s savior for leading the fight to end colonialism so it is unimaginable for this creature of ego to imagine a situation in which his power only extends to the capacity of creating problems, not solutions. After agreeing to a power sharing arrangement with opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, the president proceeds as though he has all power and the world will accept his decisions. The Mugabe regime jailed 17 opposition leaders on charges of treason even though no one outside his tight circle of lackies believes there is any validity to the charge. A Zimbabwe court approved bail for the human rights activists, but Mugabe made clear the trial against them will proceed.

No outside nation will provide money to the government of Zimbabwe as long as these civil rights violations occur. Mugabe can have his trials, but there will be no money for a nation which has a 90% unemployment rate. The Mugabe thug group apparently are attempting to see how far they can push this madness. They inhabit a world in which they live in fantasy of long past heroics.

Dealing With The Horror Of Cambodia and Khmer Rouge

The history of inhumane treatment of people in the twentieth century ranks the murder of 1.8 million people in Cambodia by the infamous Khmer Rouge as among the most brutal. Khmer Rouge slaughtered their own people on spurious charges of being “internal enemies” because they had some education or owned a business or had a farm or said the wrong thing to the wrong person. Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Comrade Duch is on trial for his war crimes. How does one “punish” a man who helped to kill 14,000 people at the Tuoi Sleng prison, most of whom were tortured and brutalized even in death. “My current plea is that I would like you to please leave an open window for me to seek forgiveness” he pleaded with the few who were still alive. Even as he spoke, Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge official, dismissed the trial as a waste of money. “I wish the court would have a budget shortfall as soon as possible.”

The problem with these trials is executing Eav is a meager way to deal with the terror that was imposed upon the people of Cambodia. The 1.8 million are dead and these pathetic old men who are still alive have long since lost the ability to instill fear among the living. He is a pathetic creature of the night who will soon die, and the wounds of death will linger.

Obama Halts Guantanamo Trial Process

The first legacy of the Bush denial of Constitutional rights has been challenged by the new president of the United States. President Obama has instructed Pentagon prosecutors to seek a delay in the trials of 20 Guantanamo prisoners until his administration can investigate the entire process by which anyone has been kept in the notorious prison as well as the entire method by which individuals have been charged with war crimes. The Canadian government has been concerned over the manner in which Omar Khadr, who was arrested as a fifteen year old boy, has been treated.

Jamil Dakwar, director of the human rights program of the American Civil Liberties Union, said: “this is a good step in the right direction, although we think that the unconditional withdrawal of all charges and shutting down the tainted system is warranted.” Until President Obama ends this judicial farce no American can feel pride in the legal system of his nation.

Obama To End Horror Of Guantanamo Prison

Among the first acts of the new president will be closing forever the nightmare that is known as Guantanamo prison which has done more to smear the name of America than any other act of the Bush administration. Obama has long stated his intention to close the notorious prison which has caused millions around the world to dislike America. It is expected prisoners will either be returned to their home nations, placed on trial in the United States or appear before special terrorist courts. During the campaign, Senator Obama described Guantanamo as a “sad chapter in American history” and he undoubtedly will act to end secret raids in other nations that were commonly authorized by Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush. Many of those detained have never been confronted with specific charges because none exist except in the mind of sick minds like Rumsfeld and Cheney.

Lawrence Tribe of Harvard who serves as a legal advisor to Obama, said closing the prison was a high priority and challenged those who fear placing accused terrorists on trial on American soil. Of course, they should be tried in American courts and entitled to all the rights of anyone who is on trial. This is America, not an al-Qaeda approach to civil rights.

Investigation Continues Of Blackwater Guards

Federal investigators examining the shooting death by Blackwater guards of Iraqi civilians have narrowed their focus to three men who were involved in the incident that caused great anger in Iraq. A federal grand jury is conducting the investigation and there apparently are great concerns over testimony that has already been provided the group. An ongoing issue arises from the Blackwater company use of the same lawyer being assigned the cases of more than one guard. This raises concerns about conflict of interest since client “A” might be giving information that could convict client “B.” It also brings to light an integrity issue that might hinder efforts of the grand jury to get at the truth about the shooting that resulted in the deaths of 17 Iraqis. Sources indicate that testimony of the four guards who so far have appeared before the grand jury are raising questions about the shootings which might lead to indictments being taken against at least three of the guards.

Blackwater continues muddying up the situation with its policy of allowing lawyers to handle more than a single client. The goal should be getting at the truth but this might be hampered by the current system in operation. Undoubtedly, those being charged with possible crimes are satisfied to have the company decide on legal support even though, in the long run, it might be detrimental to their own self interests.

One Small Step For Democracy In China

It has been practice under Communist China legal procedures for individuals charged with crimes to have difficulty in securing legal assistance, but this will change under new procedures adopted by the government. From now on, lawyers will have the right to meet with their client once interrogation has been completed, and their conversations will no longer be monitored. Lawyers will also have the right to examine any evidence connected to the trial in order to prepare an effective defense. Up to this point, many lawyers have even hesitated to take on cases because of restrictions that have been placed in the way of a defense during a trial. These new procedures do not meet American standards, but they are a stop in the right direction. Hopefully, the Chinese Communist government will in the future expand the process of democracy.