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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Law of Consequences

One held for Cyprus gang attack
BBC News

Cypriot police have arrested a Greek Cypriot teenager after an attack on Turkish Cypriot pupils by a gang of masked youths.

The 18-year-old could face charges of inciting violence between the two communities on the divided island.

Some 20 Greek Cypriot youths attacked the pupils at an English school in Nicosia on Wednesday, injuring one of them.

Cypriot Justice Minister Sophocles Sophocleous called the attack at the state-funded school in southern Nicosia an "isolated incident".

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Austria police in racist slur row
BBC News

Four Austrian police officers have been suspended after allegations they made racist comments to an Olympic athlete.

Tuncay Calışkan, an Austrian of Turkish descent, competes at the international level in Taekwondo.

Mr Calışkan, 29, said the racist slurs came when he sought help at a Vienna police station after being threatened by a man with a baseball bat.

The city's police have been accused of several cases of brutality towards immigrants over the past two years.

Mr Calışkan competed on behalf of Austria in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens games.


The stolen dream of Iraqi freedom
By Hugh Sykes
BBC News, Baghdad

The law of unintended consequences applies by the case load in Iraq.

I met a man in his home. He was using wireless internet.

They did not have that under Saddam.

As he clicked his mouse to open a document, he inadvertently returned to a website that he had just been visiting - hard core, full frontal, naked, young men.

They did not have access to that under Saddam.

The vortex of violence in Iraq was also, presumably, not an intended consequence of the invasion.

The invasion was called Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ask 10-year-old Mohammed what he thinks of Iraqi freedom.

Mohammed was playing in the garden behind his house one evening after sunset. His father found him on the ground, moaning, with blood coming from his neck.

A stray bullet hit Mohammed and went through his spinal cord.

At first, he was paralysed from the chest down, but able to move himself about in a wheelchair. Now his arms are also paralysed.

Mohammed's father - and many others I have met - say life was better under Saddam Hussein.

Brutal and terrible, but nowhere near as bad as it is now.

Iraq has become Hell.

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