March 2012 (20)
Mar 30 2012 6:21PM
Japan’s retro lurch back to judicial killing
“Too young to vote, drink or drive - but old enough to be killed”. A few years ago the campaign group The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers used to use this line. It was to try to stop the UK armed forces deploying under-18s...
Mar 29 2012 2:09PM
20 years on, Bosnia victims still search for justice
“I remember everything and I wish I didn’t. I remember the torture. They beat me until I couldn’t get up. They would come and take me on my own and I would be [left alone with the man] in a room. I was [detained] for three months. I ha...
Mar 28 2012 2:31PM
Syria: the battle over the truth
Al Jazeera has decided not to show recordings made by the Toulouse serial killer Mohammed Merah who apparently filmed his victims as they lay dying. Every day you get stuff like this - difficult decisions about the rights and responsib...
Mar 27 2012 11:45AM
Battle not with monsters: abolish the death penalty
Back in November I blogged about Werner Herzog’s death penalty film Into The Abyss . I was basing that post on reviews but now I’ve seen the film and so this is my re-entry into the abyss ….. If you've watched a few of Herzog's films y...
Mar 26 2012 12:48PM
Time for the Pope to speak up
The sombrero-wearing Pope left Mexico to arrive at Cuba – the next stop on his Latin American tour. Pope Benedict XVI delivered a tough message on drug trafficking during his trip to Mexico. I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed in t...
Mar 23 2012 5:17PM
Mali's army in control
Up until a few days ago, Mali wouldn’t have been the first west African country that springs to mind. In fact most of us wouldn’t have known where Mali was. But the recent coup attempt by armed group of soldiers known as the 'National...
Mar 22 2012 5:33PM
Meetings of ‘bad intent’ are a criminal offence in Zimbabwe, apparently
There are many things in life which I take for granted. Like deciding which flick to go and see (last one was The Artist – a film which definitely merits the many little gold statues and golden masks it pocketed during awards season in...
Mar 21 2012 6:46PM
By the by elections: Fancy going up against Aung San Suu Kyi?
With the two main London mayoral election candidates apparently at level pegging , there’s everything to play for in the run up to polling day. So too, in the Republican leadership contest in the US in the final leg of that contest. Al...
Mar 20 2012 5:06PM
Engelbert will set you free
My support for Englebert Humperdinck grows greater every day. It’s still weeks away from the start of Eurovision , but Engelbert is already causing a stir. This year the competition will be held in the Azerbaijani capital Baku. And no...
Mar 19 2012 2:30PM
Libya’s latest chapter: Senussi wanted by The Hague, NATO shirking its responsibilities
The arrest of Libya’s former head of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi in Mauritania at the weekend has put Libya back in the headlines. It’s been bubbling under though. Readers of this blog will know there are now longstanding concerns...
Mar 14 2012 7:15AM
What have the Syrian security forces ever done for us?
If you caught The Secret Policeman’s Ball on Channel 4 last week, you’ll hopefully have enjoyed Eddie Izzard’s routine (best in show, if you ask me; go to 42-48mins ). I thought his “flick Hitler’s head” off thing was OK (full marks fo...
Mar 13 2012 5:52PM
Sri Lanka’s shameful practice of illegal detention
Three years after the end of the war, people are still being taken away and locked up in Sri Lanka. Our new report, out today, documents the scale of the problem . Hundreds of people held incommunicado without trial or even charge. Hel...
Mar 12 2012 4:15PM
Stifling dissent in Ethiopia
One of my greatest bug-bears in life is when I'm out socially and am asked by someone I've just met, “So what is it you do for a living?” Not that I don’t thoroughly enjoy what I do, but I just don’t like being asked that. For so many...
Mar 9 2012 4:31PM
The Secret's out #secretball
It’s a rare sight to find Russell Brand, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kristen Wiig, The Muppets, Eddie Izzard and Coldplay all on the same stage. But rather impressively, that’s exactly what happened at this week’s Secret Policeman’s Ball....
Mar 8 2012 12:55PM
Beep beep: Saudi women coming through
We’re all ultra-Green, Boris Bike-riding eco-types these days, so it's not very fashionable to admit this … but I'm a keen driver . I like driving my car! (Beep beep’m, beep beep, yeah ….). I also use public transport - a lot. I'm the...
Mar 7 2012 4:16PM
The never-ending horror story of Syria
Yesterday I had that slightly strange experience of searching for something online and … stumbling upon something I’d actually written myself. (C’mon Google, can’t you do better than a Niluccio blog post in your search results?). The p...
Mar 6 2012 6:38PM
Why are people setting themselves alight in Tibet?
Self-immolation was once a word that I had to Google. It means setting yourself on fire. It is a brutal, painful and slow way to die and it is staggering to think that this has happened so often we have had to develop a verb for it. Ti...
Mar 5 2012 5:23PM
No win, no fee: no fee, no case
A good day for massive, human rights-abusing companies - a bad day for poor victims You might have heard the discussion on this morning’s Today programme about reforms to legal aid in Britain which are being debated in the House of Lor...
Mar 2 2012 1:47PM
Please Release Me
Never in my life, did I ever think that I would utter the words: “ Engelbert Humperdinck ? Now that’s an inspired choice.” But so it was this morning, when news filtered through that the UK has selected the 60s crooner as our choice to...
Mar 1 2012 5:43PM
The risk of the witness
"It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out. " Robert Fisk The last few weeks ha...