Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On December 11, ...

... 1997 (10 years ago today), at an international conference in Japan, the Kyoto Protocol to the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change was opened for signature. Earlier this month Australia's new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, "ratified the Kyoto Protocol as the first formal act of his Government," "sparking a sustained burst of applause on the floor" at the 13th Convention conference in Bali, Indonesia, and leaving "the United States isolated as the only industrialized country to refuse to sign Kyoto." In the developing world, the resistance of China further poses obstacles to the Protocol. Yesterday former U.S. Vice President Albert Gore took both countries to task in his Nobel Peace Prize speech.
... 1981, more than 200 children, women, and men in the village of El Mozote, El Salvador, were "were deliberately and systematically executed in groups" after having spent "the night locked in their homes" by units of the government's Atlacatl Battalion. Accounts of the grim details may be found here and here.

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