International Law

Official Who Kicked Protester Reports Leg Trauma

According to this report (Hurriyet Daily News), Yusuf Yerkel took some time off work over the last few days so he could recover from injuries suffered in the brutal incident pictured below. He, of course, is the one shown kicking a helpless…


Baby Walks

According to Newsweek Pakistan: A court on Saturday threw out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby, in a case that highlighted endemic flaws in Pakistan’s legal system and provoked widespread ridicule. The former suspect's bail application has also…


Baby Indicted

It’s about time we started holding infants responsible.




Has Justin Bieber Abandoned His Monkey? [Updated]

According to Rolling Stone, Justin Bieber's management company has told the shelter currently housing Mally, his 20-week-old capuchin monkey, that Bieber doesn't want the animal and that it should be placed in a zoo. Mally was quarantined by German customs…


Saudis May End Beheadings; Said to Be Short on Swordsmen

But if you thought (and you probably didn't) that Saudi Arabia had finally taken a giant leap forward into the eighteenth century by deciding that chopping off heads is inhumane, think again. A joint Saudi committee composed of representatives of…


Skull Reaper Getting Hassled by Rest of City Council

Normally stories about city-council dress codes (or at least the ones I notice) involve audience members refusing to wear pants, but this one is about a councilor who won't take off his mask. Skull Reaper A-ji won a seat on…


One-Armed Man Arrested for Clapping

Still cleaning out the draft folder, and it's worth mentioning this one just for the headline. It happened in Belarus in 2011, where dinosaurish old-school dictator Alexander Lukashenko was (as he still is) happily oppressing his people and presiding over the…


Seismologists Convicted of Not Predicting Earthquake

Well, I was just wondering the other day what if anything had ever happened with that ridiculous case in Italy where seismologists were charged with manslaughter—manslaughter!— for telling people not to worry too much about an earthquake (which then happened). See…