>>The Hague – The prosecution of three Croatian former generals, Ante Gotovina, Ivan Cermak, and Mladen Markac, accused of playing key roles in Operation Storm in Croatia’s eastern Krajina in 1995, has begun at a UN war crimes tribunal at the Hague. Mr. Gotovina, regarded as a war hero among some in Croatia and being portrayed as such in a film starring Goran Visnjic, is being charged with responsibliity for 150 Serbian deaths.
>>Beijing Olympics – Roughly 100 Tibetan exiles marching from northern India to Tibet to protest the Beijing Olympics were told by police on Monday night that they were not allowed to leave the Kangra district of the Himachal Pradesh state under orders from central government, which has agreed not to conduct “anti-Chinese activities.” Similar protests, though not as long or hard on the soles, were held around the world, including in Lhasa, yesterday, the 49th anniversary of the uprising against Chinese rule that led to the Dalai Llama’s flight to India. According to the Guardian, India has been “sympathetic to the Tibetan cause in the past, but has begun to clamp down on public protests in recent years, fearing they could embarrass Beijing and damage burgeoning relations between the two Asian giants.” The group is marching on.
>>Darfur – Bandit attacks in Darfur have forced the World Food Programme to halve its deliveries of emergency food aid, a necessity for 2 million Darfuris. In total, 51 vehicles have gone missing and 23 drivers are still unaccounted for. Meanwhile, a funding crisis threatens to shut down air deliveries, increasingly important because of the increasing insecurity on the roads.
“The pollution in China is a threat to my health and it would be difficult for me to run 42km in my current condition”
– Haile Gerbrselaisse, world record holder who today announced that he would not compete in the Olympic marathon in China.