View stories for the week of July 16th, 2007

Pakistan Supreme Court reinstates chief justice

July 20, 2007

Chief Justice Chaudhry had become a symbol for pro-democracy and anti-Musharraf forces since he was ousted from office on March 9 on charges of judicial misconduct and nepotism. Chaudhry opposes President General Musharraf’s efforts to run as president while maintaining control of the army. He has criss-crossed Pakistan, making campaign-style speeches against dictatorial rule. Last Tuesday, a suicide bomber attacked a rally he was to address at the Islamabad bar association. More than 15 people were killed. Today’s ruling by the 13-member Supreme Court reinstates Chaudhry and drops all charges against him. Musharraf has said he will accept the court’s decision. APTN recorded Chaudhry as he celebrated his victory at home with supporters, many of whom later marched in the streets shouting slogans including "Musharraf is a dog."

Suicide bombing targets Chinese in Hub, Pakistan

July 18, 2007

Today, a convoy of Chinese construction workers was attacked as it made its way out of the region, known as Baluchistan Province in southwest Pakistan. Fears for their safety grew after three Chinese workers were killed in northern Pakistan near Peshawar on July 8. Several Chinese women were also kidnapped and later released by Islamic militants during Islamabad's Red Mosque crisis. An estimated 2-3000 Chinese work in Pakistan as the two countries forge strong links under a free trade agreement. China has spent about $200,000,000 to construct pipelines, highways and ports in order to gain an economic and strategic foothold in the Middle East. China has paid 80 % of the cost of the controversial new port of Gwadar in Baluchistan. It imports 60% of its energy from the Middle East, largely through the straits of Hormuz through which a fifth of the world's oil travels. Gwadar gives Beijing the ability to transport petroleum and crude oil products from Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Today's attack in Hub killed Pakistani civilians and police. Cameras captured the devastation and suffering which followed.   As part of The Real News Beta, we are experimenting with different news formats. This is a sample of a "raw" news feed, giving the viewer time to watch and hear important stories. Please let us know what you think.

Gaza economy in crisis

July 18, 2007

On June 12, citing security reasons, Israel closed the Karni crossing, the last remaining commercial entry point to Gaza. Only basic food and medicines are allowed in. A Palestinian businessman, quoted by the Associated Press, says 68,000 workers have since lost their jobs. According to Gisha, an Israeli human rights group, "more than 70% of Gaza's factories have stopped production." The UN, which supplies food aid to 80 per cent of Gaza's population, is urging the so-called quartet of Middle east mediators to press for the reopening of all Gaza border crossings.   Today the UN's World Food program released footage shot inside Gaza. It shows humanitarian deliveries and Gazans coping with an economy on the brink of collapse.    

Bombing rocks rally for Pakistan’s chief justice

July 17, 2007

Chaudhry is charged with misconduct and abuse of authority. This week the Pakistani newspaper The News reported that the government would reduce some of the charges but would not reinstate Chaudhry who has been an outspoken critic of Musharraf. No one has claimed responsibility for today's bombing which happened at a time of increasing tensions between the government and Islamic militants. An Associated Press TV cameraman covering the rally captured the moment the bomb went off as well as the chaos that followed. Note: the pictures are graphic.

Pakistan TV airs video from inside Lal Masjid

July 12, 2007

It's not clear how the guns, grenades, gasmasks and ammunition got there, or what the government knew about it. But we bring you the images from the media tour, provided by Pakistan Television. Pakistan's "Dawn" newspaper's internet edition raises questions about the number of civilians killed. It says the media tour was delayed for a day," fuelling speculation that the government was buying time to remove some telltale signs."

Bosnia genocide victims buried

July 11, 2007

On July 11, 1995 Serb troops led by General Radko Mladic brutally overran the town of Srebrenica, Bosnia. The Muslim enclave had been under United Nations protection. But about 450 Dutch troops stood by helplessly as the Serbs rounded up the town's men and boys. In a few days, about 8000 were executed, their bodies shovelled into unmarked graves. Forensic scientists using DNA evidence have since identified more than 2000 remains. Today another 465 coffins, draped in Muslim green, were laid to rest in a memorial service near the massacre site. The emotional ceremony was captured on video by APTN.