Howdy All; And as an interesting backdrop to all these diplomatic efforts, there was another botched execution in Iraq. Saddam Hussein' half-brother, Bandar, was hung this morning. The problem was that the Iraqi hangman gave him too much rope and instead of Bandar's neck being broken, his head was completely severed from the rest of his body. Ouch! As I get older, I'm getting more and more opposed to capital punishment. If we can't execute somebody with a certain degree of humanity, dignity, and profesionalism, then we should ban it like the E.U. has done.
Iran's Rohani calls for more freedom of expression, says that gov't critics shouldn't be jailed (AP)
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