links for 2009-03-18
"With a roar of sports utility vehicles, Mr Sharif, the “lion of Punjab”, then swept forth to lead a protest march to Islamabad. “This is a prelude to a revolution,” he declared. Faced, at least, with a continuation of political unrest that had included a small riot that day in Lahore, Punjab’s capital, Mr Zardari proceeded to bow to his rival’s main demands."
Zardari is leading a revolution?? Hmmmmmmmm…
"The Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA), the mass organization of revolutionary women under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), condemned the Arroyo regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for killing Rebelyn Pitao, daughter of New People’s Army’s Lencio Pitao, whose nom de guerre is Commander Parago."
"Malicious criminal investigations by prosecutors are endangering Colombian human rights defenders and undermining their work, according to a new report by a leading human rights organization, Human Rights First.
"In a criminal justice system plagued by impunity, the tenacity with which Colombian prosecutors pursue human rights defenders for supposed crimes is striking," the report finds."
"While the Pentagon was arming militias bent on brutally ousting Iraqi women from public life, the U.S. State Department was busy brokering the new Iraqi Constitution. Hailed as "progressive" and "democratic" in Washington, the new Constitution designates religious law, which discriminates against women, as the basis of all legislation. It also restricts women's rights by upending one of the most progressive family status laws in the Middle East — a law that Iraqi women fought for and won in 1959, before Saddam Hussein took power."
I actually had a seminarian tell me this was a smart man!!
"Pope Benedict XVI said condoms are not the answer to the AIDS epidemic in Africa and can make the problem worse…"
How! How in fucking God's name will it make it worse!!?? Are you as fucking dumb as you look (with that dumb hat on)!! Pope Ratzinger is now, officially, the dumbest man on earth!! Plus a fascist, but that's another story.