Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Morning Brief: UN says most of the 108 killed in Houla massacre were executed;

The human rights office of the U.N. this morning said that most of the 108 killed in the massacre that took place in Houla, Syria were executed.

What is very clear is this was an absolutely abominable event that took place in Houla, and at least a substantial part of it was summary executions of civilians, women and children," Rupert Colville of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said in Geneva, according to the AP. "At this point, it looks like entire families were shot in their houses."

Houla mass grave. Photo: Reuters

The massacre has led the UK, France and Germany to expel the the ambassadors of Syria in protest, with other nations expected to follow suit.

Meanwhile, The New York Times chose this morning to profile President Obama's role in the so-called war on terror. The article, which is currently leading the paper's website – and no doubt will be for most of the day – seeks to reveal the President's day-to-day involvement in decisions concerned life and death:
Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.
The article, co-authored by Jo Becker and Scott Shane, has only generated a couple dozen comments this morning, but this may be due more to the NYT's moderation of the comments section.

My iTunes shows zero app updates this morning. Zip, nadda, zilch. I assume this is due to Memorial Day holiday, and the fact that Apple team is located in California.
Sportsister's new universal
app from Tri Active Media.
A couple new apps were launched, however, probably the result of scheduling. One of those seen for the first time this morning is Sportsister Magazine.

"Sportsister is the UK’s leading women’s sports magazine. Presenting sport in a female friendly format, it is stylish and appealing yet provides solid well-informed editorial and advice." – from the app description.

Sadly, the app merely presents readers with a replica edition, released under the digital publishing vendor's name - in this case, Tri Active Media. That particular vendor currently has 437 universal apps inside the App Store as of today.