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Today CNN published a story titled “Drones killing innocent Pakistanis, U.N. official says.”
Ben Brumfield writes:
Farmers are on their way to tend their crops when a missile slams into their midst, thrusting shrapnel in all directions.
A CIA drone, flying so high that the farmers can’t see it, has killed most of them. None of them were militants.
Such attacks by U.S. drones are common, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights said Friday in a statement on strikes in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan.
The rapporteur, Ben Emmerson, told CNN the actions are of dubious international legality, despite the United States’ assertions.
Here’s Ben Emmerson speaking to Al-Jazeera last month about the consequences of drone attacks.
Today BBC News Europe published a story titled “Vatican denies Dirty War allegations against Pope.”
The article reads:
The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis failed to speak out against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina.
“There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, adding he had never been charged.
One allegation concerns the abduction in 1976 of two Jesuits by the Argentina’s military government, suspicious of their work among slum-dwellers.
As the priests’ provincial superior at the time, Jorge Bergoglio was accused by some of having failed to shield them from arrest – a charge his office flatly denied.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Raw Story reports that HIV can be ‘functionally cured’ by early treatment.
David Ferguson writes:
French scientists announced on Friday that 14 adults who were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS, were “functionally cured” of the infection by early treatment. According to Reuters, a team at Paris Descartes University followed patients who were administered anti-HIV medicines rapidly after infection and found, 7 years later, that the virus appeared to be beaten.
The study, published in the open access journal PLOS Pathogens, said that early treatment kept HIV from establishing a foothold in the patients’ systems, and that even when they stopped treatment abruptly, the level of infected cells in their bodies continued to fall.