Saturday, January 6, 2007

Saddam Hussein Is Not Dead?

Ye Gods. We would have thought that the rather gruesome video footage of Saddam Hussein's execution - which has been plastered across every video-sharing website in the universe - would have put this nascent conspiracy theory to bed, but you can't keep a good tin-foil hat down. From

'All the news networks of the world showing the antecedent moments to the hanging of Saddam Hussein. Journalists, Politicians, Everybody comment the death of Saddam Hussein.


WebSites like YouTUBE, Google Video should have on their homepages the video of this execution. But WHY is it completely impossible to find any scene bout this event?'

Riccardo S. Garelli

At first I thought this was an elaborate and well executed (ba-dum-tish) piss-take but apparently not. The site is the work of an Italian blogger named Riccardo S. Garelli who, having asserted that none of us have actually seen Hussein's real execution, read more

Kashmiris protest at Saddam death

At least 20 people have been injured in protests in Indian-administered Kashmir over the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, police say.

Police in the summer capital, Srinagar, fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the hundreds of protesters. Read more

Obituary: Saddam Hussein

During more than two decades as leader of Iraq, Saddam Hussein's violent methods and uncompromising stance thrust his country onto the world stage.

Saddam Hussein's road to absolute power began in Tikrit, central Iraq, where he was born in 1937.

His stepfather beat him as a child, introducing him to the brutality and bullying which would mark his own life.

Joining up with the clandestine Baath party in 1956, he participated in a failed attempt to assassinate military ruler General Abdul Karim Qassem. Read more

Iraqi govt discusses release of Saddam Hussein execution images

Baghdad/Washington (ANTARA News) - An Iraqi official said Saturday the government was discussing whether to release photos and video images of the execution of Saddam Hussein.Read More

Iraqi UN ambassador: remember Saddam victims

Washington (ANTARA News) - Iraq`s ambassador to the United Nations urged the world to remember the victims of Saddam Hussein in comments broadcast shortly after the deposed Iraqi dictator was executed in Iraq around 6 am Baghdad time Saturday. Read more

New UN Secretary-General Counts Sudan, North Korea Among Priorities

By Peter Heinlein
United Nations
02 January 2007

Ban Ki-moon, in his first day on the job as U.N. secretary-general, has named Darfur, North Korea and the Middle East among his top priorities. From U.N. headquarters, VOA's Peter Heinlein reports Mr. Ban avoided criticizing the execution of Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Ban was greeted with applause from U.N. staff Tuesday as he took over as the world body's eighth secretary-general.

His first order of business was to pay respects to U.N. peacekeepers and others who died in the line of duty. He paused for a moment of silence at a meditation room in the U.N. lobby. Read more

Iraqi Government to Investigate Saddam Execution, Unauthorized Video

By VOA News
02 January 2007

An Iraqi policeman watches a large-screen broadcast of the official video showing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein moments before his execution
An Iraqi policeman watches a large-screen broadcast of the official video showing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein moments before his execution
Iraqi officials say they have launched an inquiry into the conduct of the execution of Saddam Hussein and how it was secretly recorded.

Unlike the official execution videotape, which was silent, a mobile phone camera captured picture and sound of Saddam being taunted and then dropping to his death. One person also can be heard shouting "Moqtada," the name of a radical Shi'ite cleric and opponent of Saddam. Read More