Posts tagged ‘India’

June 9, 2011

Germany denies America drug for killing its citizens

[Tom Hopper, US News Contributor]

Spiegel Online International: With more than 3000 American death row inmates in the 34 US states that  employ the death penalty not-so-eagerly awaiting their killing by lethal injection, America is running out of the lethal injection drugs to despatch the prisoners as US firms stop producing the deadly drug.

America’s desperate attempts to import the drugs though are not proving to be successful as country after country is refusing to supply the deadly drugs. The latest slap in the face for US executioners was from Germany which point-blank refused to supply the drug. Recently, India, UK and Denmark have done the same.

As a result, many executions have had to be delayed and the US is currently considering the employment of more primitive methods to cull its waiting list for executions.

Not a good time to be on death row in the USA it would seem. Perhaps the USA should be looking to get the lethal drugs from countries more amenable to killing their citizens which include Libya, China, Syria, Yemen, DRC as it is unlikely then that it would face any opposition for the importation of the necessary drugs.

In America, offences that carry the death penalty include:

  • Treason
  • Use of weapon of mass destruction resulting in death
  • Espionage, terrorism, certain violations of the Geneva Conventions that result in the death of one or more persons,
  • Aggravated rape in Louisiana, Florida and Oklahoma;
  • Extortionate kidnapping in Oklahoma;
  • Aggravated kidnapping in Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky and South Carolina;
  • Robbery and and aircraft hijacking in Alabama;
  • Drug trafficking resulting in a person’s death in Connecticut and Florida;
  • Train wrecking which leads to a person’s death and perjury which leads to a person’s death in California.

In addition, under the US Uniform Code of Military Justice, execution can be ordered for many more offences including: desertion, mutiny, spying, and misbehaviour before the enemy.

Many of those executed in the USA have received posthumous pardons.

May 24, 2011

Shocking BBC Report, Indian authorities turn a blind eye to the killing of millions of female babies

[Ciara O’Neill, Human Rights News Contributor]

[Tinaki Roy, Asia News Contributor]

BBC News:  The latest data from the Indian National Census have shown gender discrimination in India to have gone horrifically off the rails as it seems that in the past ten years, more that eight million female babies have been killed by their parents under the noses and apparent consent of the Indian authorities.

The recent Indian census figures show a sharp decline in the number of girls under seven which cannot be explained in any other way than by mass abortions of female fetuses and/or manslaughter of female babies.  Compared to 1961, the proportion of 975 girls on 1000 boys has dropped to around a small 913 on 1000.

However, for those who might think that a difference by less than a hundred  might be caused by certain non-violent factors, here are some facts.

As stated in the recent National Census report data, ‘out of 133,738 births, in families where the first child was a girl, the ratio of girls to boys among second children was 759 girls per 1,000 boys’. Furthermore, according to a UNICEF case study in 1984 in Bombay, ‘7,999 out of 8,000 of the aborted fetuses were females.’  Understandably therefore, the female abortion business seems to have long roots in modern India, and for a reason.

According to professor Shirish Sheth of Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai: “Daughters are regarded as a liability…Because she will eventually belong to the family of her future husband, expenditure on her will benefit others. In some communities where the custom of dowry prevails, the cost of her dowry could be phenomenal.”

Kulwant, a middle-aged Indian housewife, is one of the many who can testify that due to the development of ultrasound technology which enables the early identification of the sex of fetuses, female babies’ abortions have become quite a normal event in any Indian woman’s life.  The costs of the abortion varies from a couple of hundred US dollars in the best Delhi clinics, up to four dollars in increasingly shabby legal and illegal institutions that enable the majority to afford it at decreasing prices, but steadily growing health risks. Effectively, she had to abort three daughters in order to avoid divorce.

Before her fourth child – a son- was born, she had to suffer regular beatings from her husband and once, she says, even his family tried to burn her alive for ‘bringing financial girl-related trouble upon the house’.

April 15, 2011

World Bank says current high food prices have taken 44 million into the acute poverty zone

[John Stills, International Economy News Contributor]

BBC News: According to a recent World Bank report, food prices worldwide are approaching dangerously high levels – they are 36 per cent higher than last year’s now.

According the World Bank, the main blame for such such a soar upwards is down to the problems in the Middle East and North Africa, where political shifts, civil unrest and economic problems have contributed to a dramatic fuel cost rise and 44 million more people being driven into poverty since June 2010.

If the prices grow by another 10 per cent, another 10 million will have to say goodbye to normal living standards – their income will drop to one-and-a-half dollar a day, the amount comparable to the average income of the poorest in African and South-East Asian countries.

In total, 1,2 billion people in the world are below the poverty threshold of 1.25$ a day, which, according to various reports, is due to high food prices as well as to the enormous  gap between the rich and the poor in developing countries such as India, Thailand and others.

“More poor people are suffering and more people could become poor because of high and volatile food prices,”  World Bank president Robert opined. We have to put food first and protect the poor and vulnerable, who spend most of their money on food.”

To ease the problem, social help programs, including  food distributing among the poor, as well as various agricultural technology projects are currently under consideration by the World Bank.

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March 22, 2011

India goes the way of ‘Gitmo’ with 20,000 detained without charge

BBC News: India, it seems, has gone the way of ‘Gitmo‘ as under its tough Indian Public Safety Act (PSA), the country’s law enforcement agencies are able to detain anyone for up to two years without charges.

So far, around 20,000 people are in Indian detention centres in Kashmir without a trial in sight. This has been going on since 1989 when the region’s violent insurgency had started. Essentially, the law is used to enable long-term detention of people against whom no good evidence can be presented for a trial. 

BBC News reports that Bikramjeet Batra, Amnesty’s campaigner for Asia Pacific programme in India, said:“The Jammu and Kashmir authorities are using PSA detentions as a revolving door to keep people they can’t or won’t convict through proper legal channels locked up and out of the way… ..hundreds of people are being held each year on spurious grounds, with many exposed to higher risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment” .

It is reported that the detainees are from a wide range of individuals, including: political leaders, suspected insurgents, activists, lawyers, journalists, protestors and some of them are children. When apprehended, they are usually harshly treated and some are tortured. They do not have access to any legal representation.

Amnesty International has called for the law to be cancelled and has been critical of the country’s judiciary for its ‘blind-eyeing’ of the detainees’ human rights. In the meantime, world leaders have been silent on the matter.

[Human Rights Contributor]

March 21, 2011

USA, still the world’s greatest emerging market – a model for wealth creation

[Primary news source: Huffington Post]

Financiers and others looking to capitalise on the vast riches that successful investments  in emerging markets can bring, are scrabbling for the best venues in these troubled times. So which country is currently the greatest emerging market?  It is the USA it seems. Read on to find out why.

The USA‘s past three years were probably its worst in terms of its economy since the 1930’s depression. Its unemployment rate is still hovering at around 9%  and it has lost million of jobs during the current global financial crisis. In the same period an equivalent number and more employment opportunities have been created in India and China and whilst the USA’s economy was shrinking, China’s and India’s was growing fast. So how does the USA stack up as the best ‘emerging market‘ and current world model for wealth creation?

Huffington Post reports that according to Gregory Bedrosian, Co-Founder and CEO of Redwood Capital Group, an investments and merchant banking firm, the world’s greatest emerging market is not, China, India, Brazil, or Russia, but the USA.  According to him, that is because in all parts of the USA, more innovative, exciting and large business opportunities are being created than anywhere else on earth and in that regard, the country should be a prime target for investor’s and entrepreneurs.

According to Mr. Bedrosian, examples of the  enabling and invigorating base that America provides for its entrepreneurs can be found in Facebook which now links more than 500 million people all over the world and which was recently valued at $50 billion.  Again, he says, there is the recent re-invigorating of Apple which has enabled the company to bring about dramatic change to the music industry and mobile communications worldwide. Apple is now worth over $200 billion which much of that value being acquired over the past 2 to 3 years.  Then there is Twitter, another USA invention and now a worldwide dominant player in the social media field.  As no other country in the world in recent times has come close to being able to match the scale and speed of this kind of wealth creation, the USA seems to be the greatest emerging market around currently.

So what makes the USA flourish? Essentially it seems that two things drive its success  – culture and an investments- favourable capital market structure.  Americans instinctively tend to look at how things can be done as opposed to how they can’t. This kind of entrepreneurial spirit is an integral part of each and every American’s thinking and the country abounds with success and rags to riches stories, most of them it seems, true. This makes Americans more trusting of new ideas and new ways to do things than other cultures. It is this quality which make them virtually love start-ups. As a result, the country is awash with venture capital sources and has a robust and stable public capital markets base.

Mr. Bedrosian comments that in 2010, enabled by US venture capitalists, Americans invested more than $12 billion in over 3,000 start-ups making this kind of activity unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

[by Dr. Edward Lestrade, Economy & Investments Contributor]

March 18, 2011

UN approves ‘no fly’ zone for Libya. Germany, India, China, Brazil and Russia abstain

BBC News: This week the UN Security Council has approved a resolution that authorises a ‘no-fly zone’ and “all necessary measures” for the protection of civilians in Libya bar an invasion of the country.

The resolution enables air strikes on Libyan ground troops or permits the attack on Libyan war ships  where they are attacking civilians.

The countries that did not back the resolution were: China, Brazil, India, Germany and Russia and were reported to have been thanked by the Libyan regime leader, Col. Gaddaffi.

BBC News: Saudi Arabia King to address Nation over protests in the country

The Saudi King is due to address the nation this Friday in the wake of demonstrations in the country focussed on human rights and corruption issues.

[Middle East Contributor]