Tomas Young was in the fifth day of his first deployment to Iraq when he was struck by a sniper's bullet in Baghdad's Sadr City. The single bullet paralyzed him from the chest down, and changed his life forever. Now, nine years later, at the age of 33, Tomas has decided to end his life. He announced recently that he will soon stop his nourishment, which comes in the form of liquid through a feeding tube.
It's been more than a month, but Canadians in general have been able to go about their daily business despite the United Nations declaration that the federal government is complicit in torture. July 1st flag-wavers didn't have their spirits dampened by the findings that, apart from a few headlines, fell victim to the vagaries of the 24-7 news cycle.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's protracted effort to fight extradition to Sweden suffered a body blow this week. Britain's Supreme Court upheld the arrest warrant, issued in December 2010. After the court announced its split 5-2 decision, the justices surprised many legal observers by granting Assange's lawyers an opportunity to challenge their decision -- the first such reconsideration since the high-profile British extradition case from more than a decade ago against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The decision came almost two years to the day after Pvt. Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents to Wikileaks.
Toronto Welcomes Henry Kissinger - Accused War Criminal - by Gerald Caplan
"...lucky locals have the opportunity to pay between $25 and $90 to see and hear a real live accused warcriminal. In return, I'm told Dr Kissinger's fee is likely between $50,000 to $100,000 but this is not confirmed. Presumably he's not doing it out of the goodness of his heart.."
Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic Arrested
"Serbia announces the arrest of Ratko Mladic, Europe's most wanted man, accused of perpetrating war crimes in Bosnia. A spokesman for Catherine Ashton the EU foreign police chief, said she 'strongly welcomes' the arrest - 'an important step forward for Serbia and international justice.
Ashton expects 'Mladic to be transferred to the ICTY without delay'. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary-general, said the arrest 'finally offers a chance for justice to be done.'
War Criminal Tony Blair in Toronto Friday, Nov 26, 2010
Anti-War Rally at Tony Blair/Christopher Hitchens Debate in Toronto - The role of Religion in World Affairs.
Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.
5:30 PM Gathering
TTC: St Andrew Station.
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