Riding a huge wave of popularity after defeating the insurgent Tamil Tigers this year, Sri Lanka's government has called early elections. From the BBC:
Mr Rajapaksa, who is hugely popular among the Sinhalese majority, is likely to score a clear victory.
The opposition is weak and the president is hoping for a two-thirds majority which would enable him to change the constitution, possibly making provision for more than two successive presidential terms.
He has said that he will wait until after the vote to introduce political reforms aimed, for instance, at addressing Tamil grievances.
The Tamil minority will probably not be happy waiting that long to have their greivances addressed, especially with over 200K Tamils still in refugee camps that are likely to flood with the coming monsoon season. If the government waits too long could they kick off another Tamil insurgency? It's a danger they might be running. And after a thirty year war, it's probably something they should be concerned about.
The new season of Vanguard features a report by Mariana van Zeller on Sri Lanka's fight against the Tigers: "Sri Lanka: Notes from a War on Terror". She looks at what it took for the Sinhalese majority to finally stamp out an incredibly resilient insurgency - and what counter-insurgency campaigns the world over can learn from their efforts (and what not to do).
Mariana's first report in the new season airs tomorrow night on Current at 10pm ET and again at 10pm PT. It's called The Oxycontin Express and deals with prescription drug abuse in the US. You can also catch her on Dr. Phil today talking about what she learned on that story.
- Sri Lanka’s refugee camps face dangerous mosoon season - Current News Blog
- Sri Lanka's Civil War - The group on Current News
- Demise of the Tamil Tigers? Perhaps, but an Appreciation - Current News
In a flurry of legislation-signing yesterday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger put a lot of new bills into law, including one to release 20,000 to 25,000 inmates from California prisons. It's estimated that this will save the state about $270 million though it's still less than the 40,000 that a panel of federal judges ordered the state to release.
California's prisons are famously over-crowded, creating all sorts of institutional problems as well as budgetary problems. Earlier this week (before the legislation was signed) lawyers representing California inmates called for the Governor to be held in contempt of court for not complying with the judges' orders and that the system cannot provide adequate mental health and medical care. Vanguard's Laura Ling reported from one of them: Corcoran State Prison.
Prison Power Play (Video)
Releasing prisoners will take some of the strain off the state, and supporters of the plan say that ever-stricter stances on crime (such as California's "Three Strikes Law") have unnecessarily put many thousands behind bars. But some are unsurprisingly nervous about a new influx of ex-cons on California's streets.
What do you think? Can California stand to release some of the pressure on its prisons system? What else could they do? Comment over here at Current News.
Also on California Prisons:
- Getting Out of Prison (Video)
- Life After Prison (Video)
- Convicts on Fire (Video)
In an update to yesterday's story about the brazen Taliban attack on Pakistan's military headquarters, bombing runs have begun in the South Waziristan region.
Pakistani jets bombed militant targets in the main insurgent stronghold along the Afghan border Tuesday ahead of an expected ground offensive there, while the army killed 26 insurgents elsewhere in the northwest, authorities said.
The army says 80 percent of the militant attacks plaguing nuclear-armed Pakistan are planned from South Waziristan, while the United States says insurgent leaders blamed for spiraling violence in Afghanistan are also based in the lawless, remote area.
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// October 12, 2009 by afitzgeraldRiding high on their victory over the Taliban in the Swat Valley this May, the Pakistani Army has been planning another offensive near the Afghanistan border. Meanwhile the Taliban haven't exactly gone away. They claimed responsibility for massive car bomb in Peshawar last week and then this weekend, they stormed the Pakistani Army's headquarters and took hostages.
Yeah, that's right, the Army's headquarters. From Sunday:
Militants are holding up to 15 soldiers hostage inside Pakistan’s army headquarters today after they and others attacked the complex earlier in the day, killing at least six soldiers.
Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas says no army or intelligence leaders are among those being held.
The militants, armed with assault rifles and grenades and wearing military uniforms, stormed the heavily guarded compound in the city of Rawalpindi.
Worse for the military, the NY Times reported today that Pakistan's police actually sent the military a letter warning them that this attack was evident. And yet still they were overwhlemed.
As I mentioned above, in a few weeks time, Pakistan's army is about to launch another major offensive against the Taliban. The Telegraph reports from the region that they'll face tough resistance. Their reporter found a small growing army of foreign fighters and local teenagers hankering for a fight. A symbolically worrisome quote:
"I remember when the British rulers attacked Waziristan," said Hazrat Hussein, a farmer aged 70 who has shouldered a rusty Kalashnikov to join the fight. "The British could not control these tribes," he added with pride.
If you're in Pakistan, let us know. We'd love to hear a local perspective on how this series of blows to the military affects locals confidence in their efforts. Leave your comment over here on Current News.
// October 09, 2009 by afitzgeraldMy first reaction to the Obama Nobel announcement was "What? Really?" Completely surprised. And it turns out, so was the rest of the internet (er, the world) was too.
Why Obama? Well the Nobel committee cites his efforts to create a new climate of international politics. Good reason, but you could argue he's only just begun with that. From the statement: "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future."
Is this award a boon to Obama or a new albatross of expectation? Many commentators fear it will be the latter.
Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo sees the reasons behind it:
This is an odd award. You'd expect it to come later in Obama's presidency and tied to some particular event or accomplishment. But the unmistakable message of the award is one of the consequences of a period in which the most powerful country in the world, the 'hyper-power' as the French have it, became the focus of destabilization and in real if limited ways lawlessness. A harsh judgment, yes. But a dark period. And Obama has begun, if fitfully and very imperfectly to many of his supporters, to steer the ship of state in a different direction. If that seems like a meager accomplishment to many of the usual Washington types it's a profound reflection of their own enablement of the Bush era and how compromised they are by it, how much they perpetuated the belief that it was 'normal history' rather than dark aberration.
Time's Mark Halperin writes that it's only fuel for his critics:
Barack Obama's critics have long accused him of being a man of "just words," rather than concrete actions and accomplishments. The stunning decision to award him the Nobel Peace prize for, basically, his rhetoric, will almost certainly infuriate his detractors in America more than it will delight his supporters.
And The National Review seems to support that, echoing a pretty wide cynical tone from the right
Obama isn't the first American president to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but he's the first to win it without having accomplished anything. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt (five years on the job) had encouraged international arbitration and helped mediate peace between Russia and Japan. In 1919, Woodrow Wilson (six years on the job) helped end the First World War through American intervention and then worked for peace afterward — the Versailles Conference was a disaster, but nobody understood quite how at the time and Wilson, for all his faults, was certainly well intentioned. In 2002, Jimmy Carter (more than two decades after the job) was recognized, rightly or wrongly, for a variety of humanitarian efforts. They all had track records. Obama's award is simply the projection of wishful thinking.
What do you think of Obama's surprise win? Will it help or hurt his efforts?
Get involved in the conversation over on Current News.
Previously from the group Obama: The First Term:
- Obama remembers the gays - News blog
- Obama postpones meeting with Dalai Lama - Current News
Amazing pictures from the BBC of Menik Farm, the refugee camp in Sri Lanka currently housing over 240,000 Tamils.
Check out their slideshow over here.
You can follow news out of Sri Lanka on the Current News group: Sri Lanka's Civil War.
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In a year that the fight against same-sex marriage has made gay rights activists seem more and more embattled, America has a new Democratic President with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate. Yet some in the gay community have felt a little left-out as Obama has seemingly tackled every single other issue but gay rights. But maybe that's about to change?
A round-up of stories posted today on Current.com:
President Obama to make major Gay Rights speech on Saturday posted by jeffissleeping:
On the eve of the National Equality March expected to draw thousands to the nation's capital this weekend, President Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the biggest black-tie, seen-and-be-seen dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest gay organization.
Congress to extend hate crime law to cover gays posted by current89:
Assaulting people because of their sexual orientation would become a U.S. hate crime in legislation the House is set to vote on Thursday. The bill would significantly expand the hate crimes law enacted in the days after the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. With the expected House passage and eventual approval by the Senate, federal prosecutors will for the first time be able to intervene in cases of violence perpetrated against gays based on their sexual orientation.
Obama to name openly gay ambassador also posted by current89:
President Barack Obama plans to nominate an openly gay lawyer as the United States' ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, an administration official said Wednesday.
David Huebner was the lawyer who would be announced for the post, said an official who would speak only on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement.
If confirmed by the Senate, Huebner would the administration's first openly gay ambassador. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both had openly gay ambassadors during their terms.
Follow the story on Current News:
- Join the Current.com group Obama: The First Term
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Vanguard's new season launches with a doozy of an hour-long show: The Oxycontin Express. The show will premiere on Current TV next Wednesday (but you can watch the whole thing in a sneak peek on Hulu today!).
On occasion of the launch, I wanted to point you guys to a fantastic piece of reporting from Scott Hiaasen of the Miami Herald dealing with a lot of the same issues covered in The Oxycontin Express.
Dr. Roger Browne was once one of Kentucky's most popular pain doctors.
His office, however, was 850 miles away, in Broward County, Florida.
When federal agents raided Browne's Coral Springs clinic, Americare Health and Rehabilitation, last year, they found medical files on nearly 500 Kentucky residents who had received painkillers from the doctor.
Browne was just one part of a vast pill-trafficking industry stretching from Broward County, in South Florida, through rural Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and West Virginia.
Squads of traffickers dispatched from those states descend on the Fort Lauderdale area almost daily to buy oxycodone, methadone and other narcotics from doctors at local pain clinics and resell them in Appalachia, according to interviews with police and court records.
Cars from Kentucky loaded with passengers can be seen clogging the parking lots of some Broward clinics. One discount airline flying from West Virginia to Fort Lauderdale is so popular with drug dealers that police have dubbed it the "O.C. Express."
"We're inundated with it. Florida is killing us," said Sheriff Bill Lewis of Lewis County, Ky., population 14,000. "There's a carload that leaves here so often — hell, every week or so — to go to Florida."
Read more: "Pain pills from S. Florida flood Appalachian states"
- Prescription Drug Abuse on Current News
- Vanguard Season 3 preview
According to the Iranian government they did. Iran claims that Shahram Amiri disappeared while he was on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in May, and that the US was involved.
From the Guardian:
Iranian media said he was an expert on radioactive isotopes for medical uses at Malek Ashtar University, in Tehran. "We've obtained documents about the US involvement in Shahram Amiri's disappearance," Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. "We hold Saudi Arabia responsible for Shahram Amiri's situation and consider the US to be involved in his arrest."
(Also posted to current.com by user bansheewail.)
Crazy accusations from a regime known for its bending of the truth? Perhaps. But Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker wrote a controversial article last year disclosing the Bush Administrations secret plans to go to war with Iran, and also pointing out a rise in clandestine activities by the US in the Islamic Republic. Additionally, at a talk in Minnesota in March, Hersh went into a little more detail. While he made headlines with a claim that the Bush Administration had "an executive assassination ring", he also described secret US efforts to capture an Iranian nuclear scientist inside of Iran and use that person to make the case that Iran was secretly building a bomb. (Download the mp3 of the talk here.) So perhaps not such a crazy claim.
Vanguard also investigated whether or not the US was already at war with Iran in America's Secret War with Iran - in which Mariana van Zeller took to the rugged hills and mountains of northern Iraq to meet with the American-backed militia groups fighting Iran.
America's Secret War with Iran (Video)
Recently on Iran from the Current News Blog:
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Just yesterday we posted about the eighth anniversary of the start of the war, and here we are today posting about a suicide bombing in Kabul killing 17.
From the Guardian:
A suicide bomb exploded outside the Indian embassy in Kabul this morning, killing 17 people and wounding dozens.
The force of the rush-hour blast flattened walls and rattled windows up to a mile away. Television news footage showed soldiers and passersby pulling a severed leg from a destroyed vehicle.
The Afghanistan interior ministry, which is based in the same road as the Indian embassy, confirmed that 15 civilians and two Afghan police officers were killed. Officials said at least 76 people were wounded.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the explosion and confirmed that the embassy was the target.
It's not really news that security in Kabul is shaky. I do find it interesting that this is the second time the Indian Embassy in Kabul has been targeted. It is, perhaps, a good reminder of who supported the Taliban in its early days: Pakistan. And raises the question (on purpose?) of whether or not Pakistan's spy agency the ISI is still secretly supporting their efforts.
Leave your comment on Current News over here.
Also from the Afghanistan War group:
- Afghanistan Wednesday: Obama and Congress, Taliban and Public Support - From the News blog
- Fighting IEDs with advertising: Mad Men in Afghanistan? - On Current News
- Afghanistan's Presidential Election (Video) - On Current News
Next Wednesday a new season of Vanguard will premiere on Current...but tonight (TONIGHT!) you can catch a show, hosted by Adam Yamaguchi, previewing the whole season. Here's Adam encouraging you to tune in:
Vanguard Season 3 Preview (Video)
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With IED deaths rising in Afghanistan, what new, futuristic counter-insurgency strategies will the military unleash? How about anti-IED ads? From Wired's Danger Room blog:
The U.S. Army is looking to battle the improvised explosive device (IED) threat with new armored vehicles, increased surveillance in the sky, and… advertising. Mad Men versus militias, if you will.
Late last month, the Information Operations division of the Army’s Combined Joint Task Force 82 sent out a call for proposals for a “comprehensive strategic marketing and information campaign” for eastern Afghanistan. “The over arching objective of this media and advertising campaign is to influence the Afghanistan people at all levels (strategic, operational and tactical) [that] will directly translate in the reduction of the number of IED devices used against the Afghanistan people and Coalitional [sic] forces.”
The upcoming season of Vanguard features an episode by Kaj Larsen called "Remote Control War" with some of the new technologies making their way to battlefield.
A few other things for you to click on:
- Fully Automatic America - Kaj reports on just how much America loves its guns
- Future of War - A Current.com group to keep you updated on technological advancements in warfare
- The Vanguard Blog - Read regular updates and commentary from your friendly neighborhood Vanguard team
- Afghanistan Wednesday - Today's update on the 8th anniversary of the start of the war
Der Spiegel has a great story of a Palestinian couple, he in Gaza and she in the West Bank, who came together despite the blockade and travel restrictions. How? The bride crawled through a smugglers' tunnel out of Egypt.
When Mohammed Warda first took his bride in his arms she looked "as if she had just stepped out of a grave that was filled with earth." He had spent an hour sitting nervously by a big hole in the ground in the Gaza Strip, while May crawled backwards through the tunnel, keeping her eyes closed because of the sand that trickled from the roof. Her groom had to pay $1,500 (€1,021) for her to be smuggled through a tunnel from the Egyptian side of the border to the Gaza Strip. And 23-year-old May knew the whole time that the risky undertaking could cost her her life.
These tunnels serve in many ways as a lifeline for Gazans to the rest of the world, providing them with many valuable supplies that the Israeli blockade won't let through. They're also used to smuggle weapons to resistance groups. Zouheir al-Najjar a Gazan and contributor to Collective Journalism made the journey himself.
Gaza Tunnels (Video)
Also from Zouheir al-Najjar:
- Gaza Rockets - Exclusive footage of the bomb-making process of the Palestinian resistance
- Visas Out of Gaza - Palestinians looking to escape Gaza often wait months or years to get clearance to leave
Baja California is a popular tourist destination for many Americans, particularly those of us out here on the West coast. So to service us, the local authorities are setting up a special bilingual unit to police from Tijuana 50 miles south through Rosarito to Ensenada.
Mexico's authorities say tourism has remained strong despite the escalating drug war. Cities along the border have been hit particularly hard, including Tijuana. Surely though, they must be thinking of perceptions of the region with tourists to the north, and hoping that this new task force will help.
Been to Mexico lately? Tell us about it - did you feel safe?
Also on Mexico's Drug War:
- Narco War Next Door - Vanguard's Laura Ling reports on Mexico's drug war
- Rehab Patients Gunned Down: Raw Video - A September attack in Juarez killed 17
- Mexico's Drug War- Stay up to date on this topic by following the group page
Obama met with Congressional leaders yesterday and ruled out a sharp reduction in troop levels in Afghanistan. He was also hesitant about a large increase in troop levels. From the NY Times:
Mr. Obama seemed to be searching for some sort of middle ground, saying he wanted to “dispense with the straw man argument that this is about either doubling down or leaving Afghanistan,” as White House officials later described his remarks.
Meanwhile, the Taliban released a statement on their website asserting that they do not want to fight Western countries, but will continue to oppose foreign troops in Afghanistan. From Reuters:
"We had and have no plan of harming countries of the world, including those in Europe ... our goal is the independence of the country and the building of an Islamic state," the Taliban said in a statement on the group's website www.shahamat.org.
"Still, if you (NATO and U.S. troops) want to colonize the country of proud and pious Afghans under the baseless pretext of a war on terror, then you should know that our patience will only increase and that we are ready for a long war."
This will be a challenging few weeks for the Obama Administration as they puzzle out what their next steps will be on Afghanistan. Looking to the public, a new poll suggests they have suport for the war, but not necessarily for a large increase in troop levels. From AFP:
Sixty-five percent of US voters "are willing to have American soldiers 'fight and possibly die' to eliminate the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan," according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Only 28 percent said otherwise.
Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Afghanistan War. US soldiers have been there for 8 years now, and there doesn't seem yet to be a clear exit. What do you think the next steps in Afghanistan are? Anyone out there in the military who's back from Afghanistan? Maybe you can shed a little light on the situation on the ground for us?
Leave your comment on Current News.
Also on the Afghanistan War:
- Keep updated on the War by joining the Afghanistan War group on Current News.
- Afghanistan's Presidential Election (Video)
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We covered another recent milk protest in Belgium:
Milk Protests in Belgium: Raw Video
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After a failed execution attempt in September, Ohio is reconsidering its execution procedures. While the state figures things out, its governor Ted Strickland, has issued reprieves for inmates facing impending executions.
The inmate in the failed September attempt, Romell Broom, was convicted in the abduction, rape and murder of a 14 year old girl, though he maintains his innocence. A court has blocked any further attempts to execute him until further notice. His experience is described in the Guardian:
Three guards stood around him as two nurses tried to insert needles into his arms. "The female nurse tried three separate times to access veins in the middle of my left arm. The male nurse tried three separate times to access veins ... in the middle of my right arm," Broom said in the affidavit. The nurses worked for 30 minutes without success and then took a break. "After the break, the female nurse tried twice to access veins in my left arm. She must have hit a muscle because the pain made me scream out loud," Broom said. "The first time the male nurse successfully accessed a vein in my right arm. He attempted to insert the IV, but he lost it and blood started to run down my arm."
Eventually the female nurse decided she could not go on and walked out of the room. A second break was called.
When the attempt to execute him resumed Broom said he was in such pain: "I tried to assist them by helping to tie my own arm." The male nurse massaged Broom's left arm and laid hot towels across it in an attempt to make a vein stand out, but it proved futile and a third break was called.
"At that point I became very upset. I began to cry because I was in pain and my arms were swelling," said Broom. "I requested that they stop the process and I requested to speak with my attorney."
But the attempt to kill him did not stop. A third nurse entered the room and hunted for a vein in Broom's right ankle. The needle hit the bone and he screamed.
After two hours the prison director, Terry Collins, contacted Strickland who called off the execution.
Death penalty opponents are hopeful that Ohio's reconsideration of their execution procedures may turn into a reconsideration of whether or not to execute at all.
What do you think? Does the Broom case make a good point against the death penalty, or is this just an aberration? Leave your opinion on Current News.
The Death Penalty on Current News
- Is Texas' Governor trying to cover up a wrongful execution?- Current News Blog
- Did Texas execute an innocent man? - The New Yorker article "Trial by Fire" on the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham
- Death Penalty - A Current.com group to keep you updated on this controversial issue
Over at True/Slant, Neal Ungerleider has a write-up of the annual Oktoberfest in a small West Bank town called Taybeh. Oktoberfest in the Palestinian Territories? Well, it's largely to support homegrown company Taybeh Brewery. He went to visit, and added a slew of photos to his Flickr stream. We've got a great piece on the Taybeh Brewery. Enjoy!
Beer of Palestine (Video)
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As Sri Lanka's civil war came to an end earlier this year, camps in the north of the country overflowed with refugees fleeing the fighting. The camps, though they're only to be temporary, have drawn criticism from human rights groups for their conditions and for the fact that some of them will not let refugees leave. Now, after massive flooding in August, officials are rushing to get the camps ready for monsoon season:
In August, sudden storms flooded many of the vast camps, submerging toilets and contaminating water.
Thousands of makeshift homes were also damaged in the rainfall.
Now the Sri Lankan government says it is rapidly installing drainage systems in the camps ahead of the monsoon.
About 10% of refugees have been allowed to leave, and the government says it intends to resettle most of the others by the end of this year.
The camps are helped in great part by international funding - but some critics abroad are less than enthused with the Sri Lankan's government reluctance to allow refugees to return to their homes or villages. The UK has recently announced its intention to withdraw all but emergency funding for the camps, saying that about 70% of the inhabitants could leave.
The announcement came after the UK Development Minister Mike Foster visited the biggest camp at Menik Farm.
He said 70% of people should be able to leave and stay with host families.
Refugees say conditions are poor, with inadequate drinking water and drains, and illness due to the hot conditions. Many are pleading to be allowed home.
The government's treatment of the Tamil refugees is a cause of concern for international observers, particularly after the devastating end to the civil war. Will Sri Lanka come through on its promises to treat the refugees humanely and restore civil government to the formerly rebel-controlled regions?
As a part of our upcoming Vanguard season, Mariana van Zeller reports from Sri Lanka on the civil war.
- Evidence of war crimes in Sri Lanka? - Vanguard blog
- Current Group: Sri Lanka's Civil War - Join the group, follow developments.
Stone-throwing is back in fashion in Jerusalem as clashes and riots have broken out in the city near the religious site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to the Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.
From the BBC:
On Monday, minor clashes broke out at the mosque, although tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers attended a blessing ceremony at the Western Wall for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot without major incident.
Police said they closed the mosque to male worshippers under 50 after finding wheelbarrows full of stones inside the complex.
Elsewhere in Jerusalem, an Israeli policeman was stabbed in the neck while carrying out an inspection on a bus.
Reports said youths began throwing stones after a Palestinian was arrested in connection with the attack.
With a heavy police presence in the streets, Israel is hoping to quiet down any possible clashes in the next few days.
If you're in Jerusalem, and can tell us anything about what's been happening, leave a comment over here on Current News.
Also from Israel
- Victims of Peace (Video): Israelis displaced from Gaza during the disengagement still await their chance to return
- Gaza Tunnels (Video): Despite the Israeli blockade, Gazans still manage to get what they need through tunnels under the Egyptian border.