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On the morning after the killings, Salt Lake City awoke to sensational headlines. "Father and Son Slain by Masked Murderers," the Herald-Republican bannered across its front page. The father, a 47-year-old grocer named John G.
REPORTING FROM KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- President Hamid Karzai has pardoned a jailed rape victim, but only after she agreed to marry the man she says raped her. The 19-year-old woman, whose name is Gulnaz, was one of the subjects of a documentary recently produced by the European Union, highlighting the phenomenon of rape victims being imprisoned for the "moral crime" of having sex outside marriage, even against their will. Karzai's office said in a statement Thursday evening that the president had accepted a recommendation from a special judicial committee that the woman be pardoned and freed -- "taking into consideration the consent of both sides for a conditional wedlock." Gulnaz became pregnant as a result of the rape and gave birth in prison.
In retrospect, weakness in the face of aggression is almost impossible to understand — or forgive. Why did the West do so little while the Nazis gathered strength in the 1930s? While the Soviet Union enslaved half of Europe and fomented revolution in China in the late 1940s? And, again, while Al Qaeda gathered strength in the 1990s? Those questions will forever haunt the reputations of the responsible statesmen, from Neville Chamberlain to Bill Clinton. The answer to the riddle — why did the West slumber?
Twenty years ago, as Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles police officers, a private citizen in a nearby apartment turned on his video camera. Largely because of that tape, four officers were criminally charged. In July, a homeless schizophrenic man died after a police beating in Fullerton. Audio from a cellphone video caught Kelly Thomas' cries for his father and helped force an investigation that resulted in a first-degree murder charge against one police officer.
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s independent National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, has accused a group of police officers in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon of killing an innocent civilian and then altering the crime scene to try to pass the incident off as a shootout. The rights panel, which did not identify the suspects or the victim, said in a statement Wednesday that it was investigating the case of a young professional who was killed by “elements of the Nuevo Leon Public Safety Secretariat” on April 18 in the industrial city of Monterrey. “In addition to firing multiple gunshots (29 in total), the officers allegedly responsible for (the killing) distorted the facts” by saying the young man was killed during a pursuit, the CNDH said, adding that the victim was riding to work in his SUV when the incident occurred and security cameras showed the police lied when they said they were chasing a suspect.
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