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ICTY Indicts Three Men for Bosnian War Abuses

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Bosnia‘s war crimes court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), confirmed an indictment against three men accused of running a Sarajevo prison where Serbs were beaten during the 1992-1995 war.

The ICTY charged Besim Muderizovic, Ramiz Avdovic, and Iulian Nicolae Vintila, with taking part “in a joint criminal enterprise which aimed … to introduce a system of inhumane treatment of Serb civilians,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

While Mr. Muderizovic ran a military prison of the Bosnian army in Sarajevo, Mr. Avdovic was a commander of the guards, and Mr. Vintila was a guard at the jail.

At least 200 Serb civilians were detained in the prison, where they were beaten and obliged to do forced labor. Eighteen died while being held there.

Ten thousand civilian residents of Sarajevo were killed during the forty-four-month siege of the capital by Serb forces in the inter-ethnic Bosnian war.

A number of Serb civilians in Sarajevo were killed by Muslim forces, although the figure can not be independently established and varies from 250 to 2,500.

One hundred thousand people were killed during the war in Bosnia, while two million people – almost half the pre-war population – were displaced.

Via War Crimes Prosecution Watch.

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Herman Cain on Pizza, Muslims, and What Frightens Him

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Herman Cain is really busy these days, but the former Godfather’s CEO apparently always has time for pizza.

Continuing his un­or­tho­dox campaign route, Cain sat down with GQ magazine for a pizza party. Here’s a look at Cain’s deepest thoughts on pizza (and other things).

  1. Cain thinks veggie pizza is sissy pizza. (“A manly man don’t want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.”)
  2. Pizzas have no party. (“If it’s great pizza, it transcends party affiliation, just like a good idea—like 9-9-9.”)
  3. Cain says a Muslim told him that “a majority of Muslims share the extremist views.”
  4. If Michele Bachmann were an ice cream, she would be Tutti-frutti. (“I know I’m going to get in trouble!” he says.)
  5. The prospect of a Rick Perry Presidency frightens him. (“You don’t only have to be commander and chief, you have to be communicator in chief.)

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U.S. Embassy Warns of Terrorist Attacks in Kenya

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The U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned American citizens Saturday of an “imminent threat of terrorist attacks.”

The embassy said it has received credible information of attacks directed at “prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners are known to congregate, such as malls and nightclubs.”

The warning comes after Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia to pursue suspected Islamic militants from Al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab, which is linked to al Qaeda and has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States, is fighting to impose its own interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, on Somalia.

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Saudi Women Granted Right to Vote – in 2015

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On Sunday, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, which will occur in 2015.

Saudi women are legally subject to male chaperones for almost all public activities.

It is unclear how many women will take part in elections under the new law, because men – fathers, husbands, and brothers – prevent women from participating in many legal activities.

King Abdullah, who has a reputation for pushing reforms opposed by his half-brothers, said the monarchy was simply following Islamic guidelines.

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Interim Government of Libya Gives Hope to Women

Monday was a turning point for Libya as Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC) that will act as the interim government, delivered a speech that laid out his vision for the newly liberated country. More than 10,000 people, including many women, attended the address.

An enthusiastic crowd cheered NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel-Jalils address in Tripolis Martyrs Square Monday night

A passionate crowd cheered NTC chair Mustafa Abdel-Jalil’s address in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square Monday night. (Photo courtesy of the Tripoli Post)

“Women will be ambassadors,” Abdel-Jalil declared.  “Women will be ministers.”

Statements like these from Abdel-Jalil, who defected from Gaddafi‘s regime when the revolution began, raised the hopes of the crowd. Women in Libya anxiously await the payoff for their hard work organizing rebel cells that turned into small armies that helped send Gaddafi into exile.

Abdel-Jalil has vowed that the new Libya will not accept extremist ideologies. “We are a Muslim nation, with a moderate Islam, and we will maintain that. You are with us and support us – you are our weapon against whoever tries to hijack the revolution,” he said.

Abdel-Jalil had no plans for reprisals against Gaddafi loyalists. Part of the speech was directed at those who remained loyal to the former despot, urging them to surrender and calling Muslims “a people of forgiveness.”

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WikiLeaks Reveals That Nigeria Released Terrorism Suspects

According to a United States diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, Nigeria released known terrorism suspects as part of a program known as “Perception Management” to placate elders in the country’s Muslim north.

The release of the suspects in 2008 coincides with the time when Nigerian authorities released the man suspected of helping organize the August 26 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria that killed twenty-three people.

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Security Forces in Syria Continue to Try to Quash Protests

With the end of Ramadan came nothing new for the Syrian people. During the past two days, security forces began a new series of raids to crush dissent against President Bashar al-Assad‘s regime.

On Tuesday morning, at least seven people were killed when security forces fired at protesters who gathered outside mosques following morning prayers.

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Conservative Group Sues to See Dead bin Laden Pictures

On Friday, conservative legal group filed a lawsuit seeking public release of the photographs and video of the military raid that left Osama bin Laden dead.

Judicial Watch is demanding the Department of Defense comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for the material. The group particularly wants to see photos of bin Laden lying dead in his Pakistan compound.

The group says it is “irreparably harmed” by the “unlawful withholding of requested records.” I’m not sure how they’re personally being harmed by not seeing the photos of bin Laden, but whatever. Maybe logic doesn’t apply to these guys.

This week, some members of Congress were allowed to privately view the materials. The President stated, however, that his administration is keeping the photos private because they are very graphic and could be “an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool.”

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Pornography Found on Osama bin Laden’s Computer

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Officials who have gone through the files on computers, hard drives, and thumb drives found in Osama bin Laden’s compound said that numerous pornographic movies were among those files. They would not say whether the files had been viewed.

Information of pornography in bin Laden’s compound could tarnish his legacy with extremist followers. Among his many criticism of Western culture, Bin Laden took pains to denounce American culture for its exploitation of women.

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Religious Newspaper Removes Secretary of State from Situation Room Image

No doubt you’ve seen this image. The President and Vice President look deathly serious in a way we’ve never seen them before. Hillary Clinton watches, hand over mouth, in a way that seems to indicate almost unbearable anxiety.

Well, it turns out that the picture Hillary is just too damn sexy for one ultra-conservative religious newspaper, which digitally altered the picture to remove the two women in it. (The  woman in the back is Audrey Tomason, the national director of counterterrorism.)

So where is this radical bastion where women are not to be seen? Brooklyn.

Yup, that’s right: Brooklyn. The paper that edited out Hillary Clinton is a Hasadic paper based in one of New York‘s more colorful boroughs.

Apparently, the Hasidic paper will not include images of women because “it could be considered sexually suggestive,” explained Rabbi Jason Miller. I guess the paper doesn’t have a lot of faith in its readers to restrain themselves when confronted with a picture of the Secretary of State.

Rabbi Miller also explained that he did not approve of the paper’s treatment of the photo, saying, “To my mind, this act of censorship is actually a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g’neivat da’at (deceit).”

The editors have also violated a United States legal principle in ignoring the guidelines the White House put out with this picture: “The photograph may not be manipulated in any way.”

The White House has not made a statement regarding the altered image.

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