Is this the real purging of the world leaders, who have committed such heinous crimes upon us...
Pakistani prime minister's conviction could mean his ouster
By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
April 27, 2012
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday of contempt for failing to revive a long-standing graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari, a ruling that could eventually result in the premier's ouster and ramp up political tension in an important but troubled U.S. ally.
The court opted not to sentence Gilani to a maximum six months in prison. However, under Pakistani law, a conviction could entail disqualification from the office he has held since 2008.
The verdict comes at a time when the ruling Pakistan People's Party, stewarded by Zardari and Gilani, is especially vulnerable. As elections approach, the PPP faces a public intensely dissatisfied with its performance on issues such as a stagnant economy and crippling power shortages.
Within hours of the ruling, handed down by a seven-judge panel, opposition leaders called for Gilani's resignation.
"He should step down without causing further crisis," former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who leads the PPP's archrival party, the PML-N, told a Pakistani television channel. "The prime minister himself invited this situation."
Prime Minister Resigns in Jordan
Jordan's Prime Minister Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh attends a news conference in Tripoli, February 7, 2012. Khasawneh resigned on April 26, 2012, barely six months after he was asked to form a government in response to protests calling for faster political reforms in the kingdom.
The news out of Jordan almost does not qualify as news: Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh resigned Thursday. It happened all of a sudden and without explanation, but it’s something that happens so frequently in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that his successor, Fayez al-Tarawneh, is the fourth person to hold the office in the space of 14 months.
In fact, he’s held the very same office before. Al-Tarawneh also headed the government in the late 1990s, serving then, as now...
International court convicted former Liberian President Charles Tayl
By Associated Press, Published: April 25 | Updated: Thursday, April 26, 3:45 PM
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor became the first head of state since World War II to be convicted by an international war crimes court, a historic verdict that sends a message that tyrants worldwide will be tracked down and brought to justice.
The warlord-turned-president was found guilty on Thursday of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for arming Sierra Leone rebels in exchange for “blood diamonds” mined by slave laborers and smuggled across the border.