The Week with IPS
Here are some of the most-read stories of the past week — and stories you shouldn’t go without reading:
CHILE: UN on the Offensive Against Iraq Mercenaries
Daniela Estrada and Gustavo González
SANTIAGO – Mercenary recruitment agencies that send former soldiers to Iraq have been accused in Chile of human right abuses, illegal association, possession of explosives and unauthorised use of army weaponry, and are the target of a special United Nations mission.
IRAN: “Blood Was Everywhere, the Smell of Death”
BERKELEY – Criticism of Iran’s judiciary is mounting following the brutal execution of a man who was convicted of adultery more than a decade ago and stoned to death on Jul. 5. Although the head of the judiciary branch, Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi, issued a written order stopping the execution almost a month ago, the judge in the case insisted on stoning Jafar Kiani to death.
IRAQ: Al-Qaeda Escapes U.S. Assault
BAQUBA – Air strikes have destroyed civilian homes rather than al-Qaeda targets under the U.S. military operation in Baquba, residents say.
ZIMBABWE: “It Is Unlawful to Speak the Truth”
HARARE – “If I am going to change anything in my script it will be punctuation marks. I am not changing anything else,” said Cont Mhlanga, a prominent Zimbabwean playwright and founder of Bulawayo-based Amakhosi Theatre Production House. He was responding to the banning of his play entitled ‘The Good President’.
Thai Junta Going the Burma Way?
BANGKOK – Thailand’s junta leader, Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, is in danger of inviting comparisons with military strongmen in neighbouring Burma, where successive generals have refused to transfer power to a civilian administration for decades.
AFRICA: EU Official ‘Creating Rift’
BRUSSELS – A top European Union official has been seeking to create divisions between South Africa and its neighbours in talks aimed at establishing a free trade deal, African diplomats have alleged.
IRAQ-AFGHANISTAN: Overlooking the Air War
Analysis by Khody Akhavi
WASHINGTON – On Jun. 18, seven children were killed during a U.S.-led air strike against a suspected al Qaeda sanctuary in eastern Afghanistan. Three days later, at least 25 civilians died during a similar “incident” in Helmand province in the south of the country.
Steel and Eucalyptus Heat Up Eastern Amazon
CARAJÁS – Brazil’s Environment Ministry entered a minefield when it proposed a sustainable forest district to contain deforestation in the steel-making centre of Carajás, one of the most devastated and violent areas in the Amazon.
AFRICA: Child Bride Symbolises Reasons Why MDGs Will be Missed
CAPE TOWN – The woes of the child bride in many ways illustrate the conditions underlying the failure of African countries to achieve many of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Big Bucks Behind Forest Blaze, Haze
KUALA LUMPUR – The annual phenomenon that is oddly called the ‘haze’ is back and beginning to blanket parts of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei in thick, acrid smoke from the forest fires in Indonesia, mainly from the Kalimantan and Sumatra islands.
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