Pol Pot henchmen Nuon Chea (right) and Khieu Samphan

An international criminal tribunal convicted two aging former Khmer Rouge leaders in a historic ruling that for the first time legally defines the regime’s crimes as genocide.

The defendants, Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, are among the last surviving chieftains of the Khmer Rouge, a brutal regime that decimated Cambodia from 1975-1979 in an effort to recreate a utopian agrarian society. An estimated 1.7 million people—or more than 20% of the population—died.

Despite their blood-drenched pasts, neither Nuon Chea, who was described as the “loyal right-hand man” of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, nor Khieu Samphan, who served as head of state, were previously charged with genocide.

Friday’s verdict was the first time in 12 years of meting out justice that the tribunal delivered a genocide verdict—internationally, a rare pronouncement……

Cambodian Court Convicts Former Khmer Rouge Leaders of Genocide in Historic Ruling (Time)

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A cute short by Helsinki based animator Lucas Zanotto wherein children’s block toys mimic animal behaviours.

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What about the CHILDREN?

Liveline tweetz:

Is the Irish Book Awards running an Acid Drop Ad Campaign? Alice says this image is “mimicking someone taking an acid tab….Why are they normalizing illegal drug taking and linking reading with getting high? Preposterous. Ignorant. Dangerous.”

Sigh.

An Post Irish Book Awards

Can you help Irish Daily Mail columnist Philip Nolan – who won the award for Columnist of the Year in the popular newspapers category at yesterday’s Journalism Awards – find his award?

Anyone?

Yesterday: The Big Short

And rising.

A petition calling for the State not to pay for the legal representation of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan in an action taken against him by Maurice McCabe has reached more than 22,000 signatures.

Previously: The Bill

The petition can be signed here

A custom built ‘DeLorean Hovercraft’ made from fibreglass-wrapped styrofoam coated with metallic paint, powered by two Briggs & Stratton lawnmower engines (one for lift, the other for thrust).

Originally built in 2008, improved and upgraded many times since, it can hover 20cm above any flat surface and hit 50km/h on calm water.

Currently for sale on eBay for €40,000, 10% of which will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

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Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger at the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Wednesday; Ms Coppinger in the Dáil on Tuesday

A criminal trial in Ireland, in which the lawyer of a man accused of rape cited the lacy underwear worn by a woman as a sign of her consent, has ignited outrage across the country and beyond.

During the closing argument, the defense lawyer asked the jury to consider the underwear worn by the 17-year-old woman at the time prosecutors said she was raped in a muddy alleyway by a 27-year-old man.

“Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?” the lawyer asked, according to The Irish Times. “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

The man was acquitted, and the case immediately drew calls for accountability and sparked a national dialogue about consent and victim blaming. Hundreds of women and men with posters and lace underwear in hand protested in five cities across the country on Wednesday.

Defense Lawyer Suggests a Thong Equals Consent — and Ireland Erupts (New York Times)

Pic: BBC Woman’s Hour

Previously: Intimate Revolt

Smalls Minded

Free Tomorrow?

‘The Way She Was Dressed’

Meanwhile…

Morning Ireland tweetz:

Spotted in Portobello in the same location as mural earlier this year