Government soldiers moved today to break up large demonstrations in Myanmar, formerly Burma. They clubbed activists, raided monasteries, and cut Internet access, raising international fears that more killing is to come. At least 10 protesters are reported dead.
A week after American civil rights activists took to the streets in Louisiana, one of the Jena 6 defendants was released on bail. Seventeen-year-old Mychal Bell, who had been imprisoned for 10 months, was released on $45,000 bail yesterday but is due back in court next week. Bell was charged with aggravated second-degree battery for the beating of a white classmate.
One Blackwater USA guard told colleagues to "stop shooting" during the September 16 incident that left 11 Iraqi civilians dead, raised tensions between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, and spurred several new investigations over private contractor work in Iraq. One such congressional investigation determined that Blackwater guards in 2004 triggered the first battle of Fallujah in Iraq by sending unprepared security forces into an insurgent stronghold.