World News Briefs For Sunday, 28 February 2016
Hello Australia!! - Cardinal Pell will be quizzed over clergy sexual abuse - Ireland's government is tossed out in contentious elections - Elephant vs Truck, who wins? - Human Rights abusers who thought they got away with it are finally facing justice - And more in your CareerSpot World News Briefs:
Australia's Cardinal George Pell this week will give testimony to the Royal Commission on Child Abuse, which is investigating what Pell and other Roman Catholic officials knew about rampant sexual abuse of children by clergy, and when they knew it. Pell is in Rome, and will testify via video link. Several survivors of abuse have traveled to Rome and will be in the room with Pell when he is questioned. "It's not a witch-hunt," said Peter Benkiron of Ballarat. "It's a quest for truth, to protect our children and to support those ones that have been affected," he said. Pell has claimed he was unaware of abuse by priests and not a part of a cover-up.
Irish Taoiseach (PM) Enda Kenny admits his ruling coalition has lost its majority in last week's election. The allotment of Dail seats will depend on full counts - but it is becoming apparent that Kenny's Fine Gael is barely coming in first, Labour tanked, Sinn Fein got its best-ever finish in a ROI election, The Greens enjoy a healthy boost, and for some reason Fianna Fail - which oversaw the crippling of the Celtic Tiger - also will likely gain seats. Negotiations to form a new coalition ought to be interesting. Voters completely rejected the xenophobic, anti-immigrant campaign of the far right.
Germany cannot find 130,000 asylum seekers who arrived in the past year. The government says the migrants filled out the paperwork upon arrived but did not report to reception centers to which they had been directed. This may be because they have moved to a different country, gone underground in fear of anti-immigrant violence, or simply filled out duplicate forms. Parliament last week approved new measures including issuing identity documents to asylum seekers and building a database so redundant registrations could be caught more easily.
Boris Nemtsov is dead, but not forgotten. Thousands marched in Moscow to mark the first anniversary of the prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, right across the street from the Kremlin. Some carried portraits of Nemtsov and chanted "Russia will be free" and "Russia without Putin". Similar events were staged in other cities and towns across Russia.
Tens of thousands of Poles marched in Warsaw in opposition to the ruling ultra-right Law and Justice party (PiS), accusing the three-month-old conservative government of undermining freedoms and the constitution. Some carried portraits of Solidarity hero and former President Lech Walesa, and say the government is trying to make political gains by maligning his reputation with old allegations of collaborating with the Communists, which Walesa denies (and has for 30 years, and btw he beat the Communists so wtf).
Trucks and cycles are no match for an angry Elephant who really didn't want to take part in a ceremony in southern India.
A court sentenced two former members of Guatemala's military to a combined 360 years in prison for the systematic murder, rape and sexual enslavement of indigenous women. This was back in the 1980s, when the conservative administration of then-US President Ronald Reagan was supporting some of the worst fascist scum to counter Leftist Democratic movements throughout Latin America. Francisco Reyes Giron and Heriberto Valdez Asij were found guilty of crimes against humanity for murdering indigenous Mayans, kidnapping the women, and forcing them to be sex slaves and domestics on military bases - some of whom remained prisoners for decades.
South Africa will put four former members of apartheid-era security forces for the murder of a woman in 1983. Nokuthula Simelane was a 23-year-old university student and courier for the African National Congress - which was banned at the time - when she was abducted by police and tortured. Her body was never found. It's a high profile attempt at gaining justice for one of apartheid victim's, coming at a time of heightened racial tensions. Younger South Africans are not satisfied with lingering and widespread economic and racial inequality two decades after apartheid's collapse. They've staged many protests in recent months, one of which prompted authorities to close a university indefinitely.
Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe threw himself a $1,000,000 party to mark his 92nd birthday. Critics say it was pretty inappropriate, considering food shortages felt by hundreds of thousands of his citizens, and more trouble ahead because of drought. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the celebrations were "ill-conceived" and the money should have been used to import maize "to avert the impending starvation" in Masvingo and other areas.