Tuesday, December 27, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 26 December 2011
Canadian International

Mother of Robert Dziekanski losing patience with justice system

The mother of a Polish immigrant says delays in prosecuting the police officers involved in her son's death are prolonging her suffering. Robert Dziekanski died after four Royal Canadian Police Officers used a Taser or stun gun to subdue him at Vancouver International Airport in October 2007.

Last year, a public inquiry found much of the officers' testimony wasn't credible, but it will be up to two more years before the four stand trial for perjury. Mr. Dziekanski had just arrived to begin a new life in Canada the day he died.

Canadian vanishes in Hong Kong

Police in Hong Kong are investigating the disappearance of a Canadian student from Newfoundland and Labrador. Joseph Basha disappeared December 21. Police are refusing to disclose further details saying the investigation is in its preliminary stages.

Basha's room mate says he vanished after going out to pick up a takeout meal early last Wednesday. Mr.Basha has lived in Hong Kong since 2008 where he is a student of international affairs and music. His family is travelling to Hong Kong to aid in the search.


More deaths in Syria as Arab League delegation arrives

There's been more violence in the Syrian city of Homs.Human rights activists say 27 people have been killed there in a third day of heavy shelling.

This comes as a group of Arab League observers arrived in the country late Monday. They are there to ensure that President Bashar al-Assad's regime ends its crackdown on protestors which began nine months ago. The government says it is fighting armed gangs, not protestors.

The UN estimates the violence has left over 5,000 people dead.

Seven people killed in attack in Baghdad

At least seven people were killed today when a suicide car bomber hit Iraq's interior ministry in the capital Baghdad.

The blast occurred when the bomber drove his vehicle into a security area outside the ministry and detonated the bomb.

It's the latest attack since a crisis began a week ago between the Shiite-led government and Sunni leaders.

Last Monday, Sh'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sought the arrest of the Sunni vice president and asked parliament to fire his own Sunni deputy.

The move triggered turmoil that threatens new sectarian strife just after the last U.S. troops withdrew.

Japanese report criticizes nuclear preparedness

The operators and regulators of Japan's nuclear plant that was crippled by a tsunami last March are being criticized in a newly released report.

A government commissioned independent inquiry into Japan's preparedness for such a disaster says failures in the response effort exacerbated the effects of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant on the northeast coast.

Tens of thousands had to be evacuated as radiation leaked into the atmosphere, sea and food chain. Last week, authorities declared the plant has been stabilised, but said it would take decades to dismantle it completely. More than 25,000 people were killed when an earthquake and the ensuing tsunami struck the region.

Kim Jong Il displays diplomatic skills

North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong Un, displayed some of his diplomatic skills Monday, by welcoming a private South Korean mourning delegation to Pyongyang. Kim Jong Un has been in the spotlight since the death of his father Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17.

His brief meeting was with a group led by a former South Korean first lady, Lee Hee-Ho, and a prominent business leader. Seoul insists that she is on a private trip, and is not carrying any message from the South Korean government.

Nigerian opposition says leaders incapable of stopping bloodshed

Nigeria's main opposition leader is accusing the government of incompetence after Islamist militants killed more than two dozen people in Christmas Day

attacks on churches and other targets. Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner and former military ruler who lost a presidential election in April to incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian southerner, told a Nigerian daily that the government was slow to respond and had shown indifference to the bloodshed.

The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which aims to impose sharia, Islamic law, across Africa's most populous country, claimed responsibility. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has denounced the attacks, saying it's unaccpetable that they targeted individuals attending religious services on Christmas Day.


Burma's opposition icon meets Japanese foreign minister

Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, met with Japanese foreign minister Koichiro Gemba Monday. She was giving thanks to the Japanese people for supporting her country's fight for democracy over the past two decades.

Ms. Suu Kyi and the Japanese minister met to disucss a bilateral investment treaty and improving relations. Japan says it wants to help Burma fight poverty. Burma, also known as Myanmar, is theonly country in the Association of Southeast Nations that does not have investment pacts with Japan.

UN condemns China's human rights policy

The UN has condemned the 10-year prison sentence handed down to a Chinese pro-democracy activist. A spokeswoman for the High Commissioner for Refugees Ravina Shamdasani says the conviction of Chen Xi represents another serious setback for the protection and promotion of human rights in China.

Mr. Chen is the third Chinese pro-democracy activist sentenced to prison in less than two weeks. The UN agency said it believes efforts to repress fundamental human rights are doomed to failure in the long run and that the Arab Spring has shown the futility of trying to suppress human rights movements.

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