Bosnian war crimes suspect arrested

The Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, accused of orchestrating the Srebrenica genocide, has been

The former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic has been arrested, according to reports emerging from Serbia.

Mladic is accused of orchestrating the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War. Between 11 and 13 July, approximately 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and children were killed, under the orders of Mladic.

Footage of events directly preceding the massacre can be seen on YouTube. It makes for chilling viewing.

In one video, Mladic is seen patting the cheek of a Bosnian Muslim boy. In another, a Bosnian Serb solider goes down a line throwing sweets to children. Mladic's intentions become clearer in the clip below.

In it, he says to camera:

Here we are on the 11th of July 1995, in Serb Srebrenica, the day before one of the greatest Serbian holidays. We give this town to the Serbian people. The moment has finally come after the uprising against the Dahi [the Turks] to take revenge against the Turks in this place.

His revenge took the following form: for three days, Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed and buried in mass graves.

Sixteen years later, the distressing task of recovering and identifying bodies from Srebrenica continues. To date, more than 6,000 have been identified. While the man accused of ordering the massacre remained at large, however, there was little chance of full closure for the families of the victims. Now that Mladic has been captured, however, he will stand trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Justice will not be swift – it will be painfully long-winded and bureaucratic – but hopefully it will come.

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Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: How the inauguration speeches compared

We compared the two presidents on trade, foreign affairs and climate change – so you (really, really) don't have to.

After watching Donald Trump's inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama's address from 2009? 

Both thanked the previous President, with Trump calling the Obamas "magnificent", and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there. 

Here is what each of them said: 

On American jobs

Obama:

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

Trump:

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

Obama had a plan for growth. Trump just blames the rest of the world...

On global warming

Obama:

With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

Trump:

On the Middle East:

Obama:

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. 

Trump:

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

On “greatness”

Obama:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.

Trump:

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

 

On trade

Obama:

This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  

Trump:

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland