Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Why?


I few days ago, the lawyer of Charles Taylor (former President of Liberia) was the guest on HardTalk. Those who don't know Charles Taylor, he was controversial during the last two years of his presidency, and was later indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
What really shook me and forced me to write this post was the question the lawyer posed to the host. It went something like "... I would add Iraq to the list too, why is it then that African Presidents are tried under International law where as there is no
chance of a Bush or a Blair standing in front of the ICC."
I, myself was against Charles Taylor and the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir for the war crimes they had committed. But the question of the defence lawyer got me to think a bit negatively about the ICC, who claim to be the International criminal court, but their jurisdiction, it seems, is only among the African nations.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

SHAME! Shame!

As I write this post, I see this breaking news on the ticker, "Julian Assange denied bail". The thing that I'm puzzled about isnt the denial of bail though. Assange has apparently been arrested for sex offences in Sweden. Funny, that these sex offences had to come up at the very time that Assange turned into a villain for politicians worldwide. We all know that the real "crime" Assange committed was to upload thousands of documents revealing the Grand Fatherly character that USA plays in world politics.
The hunting and the arrest of Julian Assange is a shameful act, since Western nations are the torch bearers of freedom of expression. It was these Western nations who cried foul when Muslims protested against the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Not only did he not get arrested or punished for his act, the artist was given protection by the state of Denmark.
Why then, is Julian Assange being dragged to court for the same offence which he has immunity under the banner of Freedom of expression?