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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


out of control

1. Guinea: manhunts and indiscriminate torture begins in search for Toumba

Check-points, rampant vehicular searches, violent raids, arrests, summary executions… Loyal junta forces in Guinea are leaving no stone unturned as they seek to lay their hands on lieutenant Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakité, the man who, reportedly, shot and gravely wounded the junta leader, Moussa Dadis Camara in the head, last Thursday. The military’s reign of terror in the West African country has reached unprecedented levels.

Efforts by the military to apprehend the presumed assassin by opening hotlines to gather information have proved futile. Even a heavy reward for information on the runaway lieutenant has yielded no results whatsoever. Toumba is still on the run. Heavy crackdowns are underway to get hold of the “most wanted criminal” in Guinea.

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2. Guinea accuses France of complicity in shooting

Guinea has accused France of complicity in the shooting of its de facto president as the hunt for the would-be assassin threatened to spiral out of control.

Troops flouted international law by stopping the French ambassador and searching his diplomatic car in pursuit of the renegade soldier who wounded Captain Moussa "Dadis" Camara, the leader of the Guinean military junta.

There were reports of arrests, torture and killings in the unstable west African state as police rounded up dozens of civilians suspected of opposing Camara.

...The ambassador's bodyguards were forced to lie on the pavement as soldiers pointed rocket launchers at them while the car was searched.

Searching a diplomatic car is a violation of law and, according to a diplomat who was briefed on the matter, provides evidence of how uncontrolled the Guinean military has become.

Idrissa Cherif, Guinea's communications minister, said he could not comment on the incident but accused the French secret service of "being complicit in the assassination attempt".

read more @ guardian

3. Nigeria: police and vigilante killings out of control

Nigerian hospital is reportedly planning a mass burial as its facilities are overstuffed with corpses being brought to them by the Nigerian police. The Nigeria’s police forces have faced strong disapproval from human rights groups for carrying out extrajudicial and random killings. Records have shown that 75 corpses were delivered to the mortuary by police between June and 26 November this year.

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4. Brazil police killed over 11,000

Police in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have killed more than 11,000 people in the past six years, many execution-style, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch.

Few of the officers have been charged in the extrajudicial killings, which are often labeled in police reports as the deaths of suspects who resisted arrest, the report said.

The 122-page declaration echoes a 2008 United Nations' finding that police throughout Brazil were responsible for a "significant portion" of 48,000 slayings the year before.


Officials from the Rio and Sao Paulo police departments did not comment.

But Rio state Public Safety Director Jose Beltrame, in charge of the city's armed security forces, previously took issue with the 2008 U.N. report, saying critics don't recognize that his officers must constantly confront drug gangs who rule over slums and are armed with military rifles, grenades and anti-aircraft weapons.

read more @ taiwan news

5. Yushchenko calls nation's law enforcement chiefs mediocre and corrupt

President Victor Yushcheno on Dec. 9 accused the chiefs of Ukraine's law-enforcement agencies of involvement in corrupt activities during a meeting with the chiefs of the nation's Interior Ministry, Justice Ministry, State Customs Service and Prosecutor General's Office.

"Let me tell you that you are mediocre ministers and agency heads. You have denegrated the nation with your work and incompetence," said Yushchenko. He added that the heads of the country's agencies are all participants what he called "this awful process."

Interior Ministry Yuri Lutsenko, who has pledged allegience to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the upcoming presidential poll, left the meeting after the president's remarks.

source: kyiv post

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