More than 100 Morsi supporters killed in Egypt clashes

 

Death toll above three figures in Cairo as Muslim Brotherhood accuses security forces of shooting to kill

 

 

Egyptian security forces shot dead at least 100 supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi early on Saturday, the Muslim Brotherhoodsaid, deepening the turmoil which has convulsed Egypt for weeks.

 

Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said the shooting started shortly before pre-dawn morning prayers on the fringes of a round-the-clock vigil being staged by backers of Morsi, who was toppled by the army more than three weeks ago.

“They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill,” Haddad said, adding that the death toll might be much higher.

 

North Korea military parades through Pyongyang on the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended Korean War

 

 

ERIC TALMADGE SATURDAY 27 JULY 2013

 

Goose-stepping soldiers, columns of tanks and a broad array of ominous-looking missiles poised on mobile launchers paraded through Pyongyang’s main square on Saturday in a painstakingly choreographed military pageant intended to strike fear into North Korea’s adversaries and rally its people behind young ruler Kim Jong Un on the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

 

The lavish assembly of weapons and troops is reminiscent of the marches held by the Soviet Union and China at the height of the Cold War. It is one of the few chances the world gets to see North Korea’s military up close. Although Pyongyang frequently uses the occasion to reveal new, though not always operational, hardware, there didn’t appear to be any new weapons in Saturday’s parade. Its arsenal of missiles, however, was front-and-center.

 

US spying endangers democracy, says German president

Joachim Gauck suggests Edward Snowden ‘deserves respect’ for NSA revelations

 

 

Derek Scally

 German president Joachim Gauck has warned that widespread US surveillance of European communications poses a “danger for democracy”.

Revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were “deeply unsettling”, Mr Gauck said, adding that Mr Snowden’s decision to go public deserved respect.

Mr Gauck’s intervention is one that carries moral authority: from a head of state who was first an East German civil rights campaigner and, for a decade from 1990, the first custodian of the Stasi secret police files.

 

‘Big Mama’ and the Massacre: ICC’s Reputation at Risk in Kenya

By Erich Follath

 

Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is doing all she can to put Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta behind bars. But the hurdles are high, and failure could spell doom for the dream of global justice.

 

The road to where she is today was long and rocky. But now, she is the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), empowered by 121 countries to hunt down the worst of the world’s mass murderers and put them behind bars, a criminal prosecutor in cases involving genocide and the world’s public prosecutor. She is, in a sense, everyone’s supreme conscience.

 

Fatou Bensouda, 52, and her team have taken the bold step of indicting 51-year-old Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. But in this case, there is a stark contrast between their aspirations and reality. At the moment, Kenyatta’s attorneys seem to have the upper hand. They have demanded that the case be dropped, arguing that there is no evidence to prove that their client is guilty. In mid-June, they managed to postpone the planned court date a second time, this time for four months, on the grounds that the prosecutor’s office had not produced evidence on time.

 

 

Digging for the truth at controversial megalithic site

July 27, 2013

 

 

Michael Bachelard

Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media

 

 

Proving the authenticity of these ruins has taken on the aura of a nationalistic quest, write Michael Bachelard and Karuni Rompies.

 

It’s been raining at Gunung Padang, and the grass on the mountain’s precipitous eastern slope is slick with water and mud.

But geologist Danny Hilman, is undeterred. While others slip and fall around him, he trudges expertly down this hill tucked away among the volcanoes 120 kilometres south of Jakarta to show off two big holes he’s dug.

Since Dutch colonists discovered it in 1914, Gunung Padang has been known (though not widely) as the largest of a number of ancient megalithic sites in Indonesia.

 

Chocolate craving comes from total sensory pleasure

By Philippa RoxbyHealth reporter, BBC News

For most of us, chocolate is a guilty pleasure. We crave it because it tastes wonderful and sweet – although we know we should really be stretching for the fruit bowl.

The British are particularly fond of chocolate. Research shows the average Brit enjoys around 11kg (24lb) of chocolate a year, making the UK one of the biggest consumers of chocolate in the world. Only the Swiss and Germans eat more.

But a recent study suggests that chocolate cravings are not a modern phenomenon. In fact, chocoholism may date back to the 18th Century and beyond.

Cacao beans, which are the basic component of chocolate, were roasted, ground and drunk with water by the Mayans from around 2,000 years ago.