Aggression

Iran hangs Reyhaneh Jabbari despite campaign

A Facebook campaign calling for a halt to the execution appeared to have won a temporary stay

Iran has executed a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison despite an international campaign urging a reprieve. Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s ministry of intelligence. Human rights group Amnesty International said she ... Read More »

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

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In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. ... Read More »

‘Over Half’ of British Donations to Minor Syrian Relief Charities Go to Fund ISIS

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Over half the UK’s humanitarian donations to Syria via smaller charities end up in the hands of ISIS and other Islamist groups, according to London-based anti-radicalisation think-tank the Quilliam Foundation. “When you take out the major charities like the British Red Cross and the Red Crescent, more than half of the ‘aid’ that goes out to Syria ends up with ... Read More »

America’s ISIS War Now Called ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

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U.S. military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, now in their third month, will officially go by the name Operation Inherent Resolve, the Pentagon says. Commander Elissa Smith, a representative for the Pentagon, confirmed the name choice to Newsweek Wednesday. Targeted strikes against the Islamic State (more commonly known as ISIS) began on August 8. ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

Thailand: Muslim Separatists Torch Six Schools in One Night

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Insurgents in Thailand have torched six schools in one night, leaving thousands of children unable to attend classes. The arsonists tied the hands and feet of school security guards before pouring gasoline around the buildings in Pattani, southern Thailand, deputy governor of Pattani Somphoch Suwannarat was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying. No one was injured during the attack, ... Read More »

Tony Abbott to ‘confront’ Vladimir Putin on MH17 shooting

Using an Australian football term, Mr Abbott said he would "shirtfront" Mr Putin

Australian PM Tony Abbott has said he plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane in July. MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers, including 38 Australians, died. Mr Abbott said they were “murdered with Russian support”. Pro-Russian rebels denied ... Read More »

Does Anyone Else Find this Photograph of Kim Jong-un Scary?

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Ebola is freaking us all out right now, especially the press photographs of people in haz-chem suits disinfecting buildings strewn with bodies. But what really caught my eye today was this photograph published in the New York Times of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un surrounded by a bevy of stern-faced military henchmen. It is choreographed, obviously, to convey the hackneyed, almost laughable ... Read More »