People who died last week:
- Aleppo’s most dedicated pediatrician, Dr Muhammad Waseem Maaz, who was killed in the Syrian airstrike that destroyed Al Quds Hospital.
- The editor of Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine, Xulhaz Mannan, who was brutally hacked to death in the latest of a string of attacks against the country’s bloggers and intellectuals.
People who are still alive:
- The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who just “won” “reelection” with 93.7% of the vote. Obiang has been in power for 37 years, the face of a corrupt regime that has bled the country dry and routinely violated the rights of its citizens.
- The “Butcher of Bosnia” (well, one of the Butchers of Bosnia, anyway) Radovan Karadzic, who has registered a complaint against his detainment conditions in The Hague. Apparently the yoga classes, ping-pong tables, and cooking clubs of the Scheveningen cellblock are not up to the exacting standards of the man responsible for the deaths of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica.
- Zimbabwe’s 3,246 year old president Robert Mugabe, who continues to insist “I’m not dying“.