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Friday, December 02, 2005

Grim Milestone Watch

This is the lead story everywhere I look.

The US has carried out the 1,000th execution since capital punishment was reintroduced in 1976.

The world press has been prepping for this one. America only executes convicted murderers when aggravating factors outweigh mitigating circumstances. Every criminal condemed to death is entitled to an exhaustive appeals process. I'm not defending the death penalty as an institution, but like everything in the imperfect and real world it requires context.

What media bias? Buried deeply under the 1,000th execution story one might find this.

U.N.: Torture Still Widespread in China

I wonder how much arm-twisting Bolton had to do to get this investigation? He deserves a raise.
BEIJING - The first U.N. investigator to visit China's detention centers in years found that torture is still common and accused the government of obstructing his work.

China sells the organs from some of the many thousands of people it executes every year (nobody really knows how many, but it's more than several thousand per year). Some are executed, tortured, or beaten to death for religious practices, drug trafficking, bribery, tax evasion, credit-card fraud, stealing cultural relics, and other non-capital crimes by U.S. standards.

Saddam's Shop of Horrors

"There were many kinds of torture," says Nabaz Mamhoud, a translator at the museum. "Some of them were executed or slaughtered by Saddam Hussein; some of them were imprisoned for the rest of their lives. The other people were kept in jails while security forces of Saddam Hussein tortured them in the most severe way."

.....Kurds say it was simply genocide; people were rounded up into concentration camps or simply marched into the desert and shot. The Anfal saw the disappearance of 182,000 Kurds, most presumed to be dead. Hardly a person in the entire Iraqi Kurdish population did not lose a family member in that violent rampage.

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