March 2010 (26)
Mar 31 2010 3:05PM
The shock effect of the super Taser
The sight alone of the Taser XREP – or ‘super Taser’ – is enough to send chills down the spine of even the bravest person. Described by my colleague Oliver Sprague as a ‘ shotgun that fires electric-shock bullets ’, the XREP is a serio...
Mar 30 2010 1:08PM
Five reasons why 17 Indians in the United Arab Emirates shouldnt be executed
Reading about the 17 Indians sentenced to death in the UAE after an alleged gang attack where someone was stabbed repeatedly (shades of the Victoria Station school attack), you might think … OK, fair enough. They had it coming. Mercile...
Mar 29 2010 5:29PM
Grim reminder why the DRC still needs UN peacekeepers
Reports that the Lord’s Resistance Army carried out a brutal massacre against men, women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s north-eastern Orientale province last December have been today refuted by the rebel group . Jon...
Mar 26 2010 3:09PM
Wiped hands and Haiti
The news story about George W Bush, seemingly wiping his hand on someone’s shirt, after having shaken hands with a Haitian earthquake survivor, caught my eye today. It was interesting because that ‘someone’ was none other than Bill Cli...
Mar 25 2010 4:06PM
Darling does stand-up. And dies
Budget day, eh? Not being fantastically fiscally-minded, I can’t claim to have waded through the news in full. But clearly it was a bad day for cider drinkers (though a good day if you were wondering what had happened to The Wurzels :...
Mar 24 2010 3:03PM
Sometimes there should be no amnesty, says Amnesty
I was struck by a number of things today, which got me thinking about justice, and whether delayed justice loses a degree of its value. The life imprisonment ot former SS leader Heinrich Boere, at age 88, might not have been witnessed...
Mar 23 2010 12:32PM
Inquire within upon everything
'Inquire Within Upon Everything' was, apparently, a Victorian compendium of advice on every conceivable subject, from alleviating aches and pains to social etiquette. (It was reportedly the initial inspiration for Tim-Berners Lee when...
Mar 22 2010 12:47PM
Harry Potter gets the death penalty
So the Hogwarts castle has burnt down in “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows”. Or rather, a studio set in Leavesden near Watford did on Friday. No-one hurt. Fine. Which got me thinking … how would this have gone down if the filming a...
Mar 19 2010 5:14PM
Thou dost protest too much
This week the Damos de Blanco (Ladies in white) descended on the streets of Cuba. They are a group of Cuban women relatives of men who were arrested in a major crack down by Fidel’s authorities in March 2003. Many of the men arrested t...
Mar 18 2010 5:10PM
The reality (TV) of torture
One of the most seductive misperceptions that humans tend to be inclined toward, is the belief that they would not be capable of committing atrocity. Especially today, in post World War Europe. There is an unerring confidence that we w...
Mar 17 2010 3:20PM
'tools of torture' still traded from Europe
Spiked batons, thumb cuffs and stun belts are not exactly commodities you’ll see on a shopping channel or your average retail catalogue here in the UK. But these tools of torture – which really are the stuff of nightmares – are regular...
Mar 16 2010 12:52PM
Fonseka trial adds to the gloom
What is it with Sri Lanka? All I’d like is a country that could be transparent and allow fair trials. However, that all seems a little bit beyond Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s president. What am I talking about this time? Nothing mo...
Mar 15 2010 12:32PM
'Theyve incarcerated us here. Arent we human?
… so says the father of one of the Children Of Gaza in the new Dispatches programme, which screens tonight (8pm, Channel 4). “Oh no, not that”, you might think. Don’t we already know all we need to know about this depressing subject? T...
Mar 12 2010 3:23PM
Mum's the word
I’ll be heading back to Leamington Spa this weekend to see my mum, armed with a mothers’ day card and a badly-wrapped book that she’s probably already read. As you may have noticed online and in the press, there’s been a lot of focus o...
Mar 11 2010 5:51PM
Eliza Manningham-Buller does all her own stunts
There’s been a frisson of film fun here in the east London office of Amnesty because a film crew has been outside half the day. There’ve been stunts, explosions (really) and lots of people walking around with walkie-talkies. Blimey. I...
Mar 10 2010 12:50PM
If you can remember 1968 you werent really there
Memories are notoriously slippery. For instance. Being a (relatively) old codger, I think I can remember the first moon landing. I was five. And I recall watching the not-very-clear B&W images on our 60s TV (fat body, spindly legs). Wh...
Mar 9 2010 3:36PM
Slovakias shameful plans to remove Roma kids from their families
The litany of discriminatory measures levelled at Roma people in Europe, including children, grows yet longer this week as the Slovakian Prime Minister revealed plans to take Roma kids from their families and place them in special boar...
Mar 9 2010 3:36PM
Slovakias shameful plans to remove Roma kids from their families
The litany of discriminatory measures levelled at Roma people in Europe, including children, grows yet longer this week as the Slovakian Prime Minister revealed plans to take Roma kids from their families and place them in special boar...
Mar 9 2010 3:20PM
A date with the Burma elections
At last could it really be upon us: democracy in Burma. Well that was the promise.Indeed, we were all led to believe that today would be the day when the ruling military junta would finally name a date for elections.And what happened?...
Mar 8 2010 10:22AM
100 years on, what's changed for pregnant women?
Figures out today show that the situation for thousands of women in developing countries today is as bad as it was for women in the UK in 1910. In 1910 in the UK, figures available show that 355 women per 100,000 live births died as a...
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