British police arrested Julian Assange on December 7 over charges of sexual misconduct in Sweden. Accused by two women of rape, molestation, and sexual coercion, Assange agreed to give himself up to the British police but has vowed to contest extradition to Sweden. Some skeptics question, however, the validity of the charges levied against the founder of Wikileaks.
Among the secret U.S. diplomatic cables released recently by WikiLeaks are several from Moscow, Tel Aviv, and other capitals expressing concern over the connections between, and rising influence of, the Russian and Israeli mafias around the world. The extent of their control over certain governments was also noted, with one expert describing the existence of “virtual mafia states” among former Soviet republics.
The United Nations has been guilty over the decades of plenty of criminal and otherwise destructive acts, but causing a deadly epidemic hasn’t been one of them — until now. The cholera epidemic sweeping across Haiti, which has claimed more than 2,000 lives so far, adding the misery of disease to a country already ravaged this year by one of the most destructive earthquakes in human history, was probably caused by careless sanitation at a UN camp housing Nepalese soldiers, according to a report just released by French epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux.
Some of the world's commentators have declared the Wikileaks to be really dangerous diplomatic explosions — a 9/11 of the diplomatic world — some consider it a "horrible tsunami" of diplomatic relations; some are labeling it an earthquake that is responsible for doomsday.
More than 40 people were killed December 6 in twin suicide blasts in the northwest of Pakistan. The twin blasts took place in the office of a political agent at Ghalanai, the main town in the tribal district of Mohmand, about 175 Kilometers away from the capital Islamabad, near the Afghan border. These blasts were carried out by two suicide bombers who disguised themselves in police uniforms.