“First your Honor. I want to start off with an apology. I am sorry. I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I am sorry that it hurt the United States. At the time of my decisions, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues— issues that are ongoing and they are continuing to affect me.
Although they have caused me considerable difficulty in my life, these issues are not an excuse for my actions. I understood what I was doing and the decisions I made. However, I did not truly appreciate the broader effects of my actions. Those effects are clearer to me now through both self-reflection during my confinement in its various forms and through the merits and sentencing testimony that I have seen here.
I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions. When I made these decisions I believed I was gonna help people, not hurt people. The last few years have been a learning experience. I look back at my decisions and wonder, ‘How on earth could I, a junior analyst, possibly believe I could change the world for the better over the decisions of those with the proper authority?’”
Pfc. Bradley Manning, in a statement to the court during his sentencing trial. The army private was convicted of espionage last month for leaking intelligence documents to Wikileaks. He faces up to 90 years in prison.
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Médecins Sans Frontières, a French secular humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization, has been forced to close all of its operations in war-torn Somalia after 22 years, citing the increase of violence and abuse against its staff as the reason:
“This is the most difficult announcement that I’ve had to make as MSF president,” Dr. Unni Karunakara said at a press conference from Kenya. “Respect for humanitarian principles no longer exists in Somalia today.”
Over the past 22 years, the nonprofit has provided basic and emergency health care to millions in the country through chronic wars and famines.
“Armed groups and civilians are increasingly supporting, tolerating and condoning the killing, assaulting and abuse of humanitarian aid workers,” Karunakara said. “We have reached our limits.”
In the last 22 years, 16 people working for the group have been killed. Dozens have been attacked.
The exodus, while understandable, does leave many Somalians without hope of care, as MSF was, in many cases, the only group offering such services in the country. Just last year, MSF delivered more than 7,000 babies, treated more than 30,000 malnourished kids and vaccinated 60,000.
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Copyranter explains the brutal ad against domestic violence, from Lebanon:
Not all violence is physical.
The scars are shaped like the sound waves of the violent words — pretty shocking and effective.
Reuters has the number of dead at 95, AP at 149. The Muslim Brotherhood claims that more than 2,000 have been killed. It hardly matters, at this point, who’s right. We’ll get the accurate figures soon enough. What does matter is that Egypt has descended into horrific violence — between government security forces and islamist protestors demanding the reinstatement of deposed Mohammad Mursi.
The military-backed interim “government” has declared a monthlong state of emergency (it’ll be longer than a month, I assure you), ordering the armed forces to support the security forces in restoring law and order and protecting state facilities. A curfew has also been put into effect.
Shiraz Maher sees this at the possible tipping point for the Muslim Brotherhood, who will very likely turn to violence and terror to ensure their existence:
Following the Baathist takeover of Syria in 1963, existing tensions within the Muslim Brotherhood caused the group to schism between, broadly speaking, its Damascene intellectuals who favoured engaging with the regime and its more radical rural members led by conservative leaders in Aleppo. By the mid-1970s the intellectuals had fled (mostly to Europe) while the radical faction was effectively at war with Hafez al-Assad before being crushed several years later in Hama.
The Egyptian Brotherhood could fracture along similar lines. While the official language of their leadership continues to counsel against violent opposition, they are finding it increasingly difficult to exert complete control over the movement. ‘We will burn everything,’ a Brotherhood supporter told CNN this morning. ‘We will turn into bombers.’
The grisly scenes of murder and cruelty are almost too graphic to bear, but we like to bring you what’s really happening here on Left and Center, so with that in mind, here are some tweets/photos from the ground: