Archive for: July 2013

Over 72 Casualties in Egyptian Protest Clashes

Egypt’s violence continues to erupt as 72 protesters from different sides have died on Saturday. Muslim Brotherhood supporters and pro-Morsy protesters died during a clash in Cairo. The US advises the Interim government leaders and Egyptian military to practice restraint and respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

The Muslim Brotherhood said that people supporting Morsy, including their political party, will not stop until they have the righteous and the first democratically-elected president of Egypt back in his position. They also said that the new government will not stop until they bring back the corruption and violence during the time of Hosni Mubarak.

The general public is divided between the rival groups. Some believe that the military’s ousting of President Morsy was a coup and that authorities have the power to prove their innocence easily in public. Some believe that pro-Morsy protesters were terrorists and that these supporters carried out the killings. Some also support the Egyptian military’s request to provide security and protection in dealing with violent proests.

The United States is alarmed by Egypt’s current political instability. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Egypt was in a pivotal moment in its history. The US advises Egypt to avoid politicized arrests and imprisonment and take measures to avoid bloodshed and violence in the country.

Prime Minister Cameron Renews Pledge to Fight Child Pornography

British Prime Minister David Cameron renewed his vow to rid the United Kingdom’s data highways of child pornography and sexually-violent media. He said that child pornography continues to rise in the UK. Simulated sexual violence, such as rape or abusive activities, in mainstream pornography will also be filtered.

Prime Minister Cameron also urges search engine giant Google to remove searches about child abuse and warn people about the nature of the media they are about to access. Google is also asked to give specialist police enough powers to allow them to close the Internet to paedophiles and paedophilic material

However, observers say that the UK’s powers are limited because most child and sexually-violent pornography is hosted abroad. Open Rights Organisation representative Jim Killock said that the UK could only enforce its laws on its land and the foreign-hosted media could only be filtered once it reaches the UK’s dataways.

Sexually-violent pornography, or “Extreme Pornography” is identified by government as scenes of simulated rape, violence, physical abuse and unnatural fetishes. The government pledges to outlaw these forms of media.

Prime Minister Cameron plans to have Internet Service Providers ask their clients whether they would like to maintain access to online pornography, to which the Internet service provider’s filters would work for the household.

Google said that it has a zero-tolerance measure against child pornography online and immediately blocks or removes a website with such content. Microblogging and social media network Twitter plans to make a tagging system that would ban hosting photos of pornographic nature.

Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty

Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty for using a weapon of mass destruction, which US authorities have charged against him on Wednesday in a Boston federal courthouse. He is accused of carrying out a twin bombing with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev on April 15 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a standoff. He had also killed a police officer with a handgun, stolen a car and engaged in the firefight with authorities where he was killed.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sentences carry life in prison to the death penalty. He has 30 charges filed against him. His overall demeanor during the arraignment was calm. He was clean shaven and still has his curly dark hair from his earlier photos. He reacted defiant as he was hearing the brief.

Members of the public criticized Tsarnaev’s look that showed no remorse and his plea of not guilty.

The prosecution said that the evidence against Tsarnaev is strong enough to give him a very severe sentence.

The annual Boston Marathon had scores of people killed by the attack of the brothers. Analysts said that the Marathon was a reminder of the country’s vulnerability to extremist attacks and the laxness the US’ security is in reality.