Monthly Archive for June, 2007

Renewed push for regional devolution?

As well as the long-established Secretaries of State for Wales, Scotland and NI, Brown’s new government includes ministers assigned responsibility for each of the English regions. Source: Regional Ministers [labour.org.uk].

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Petition to stop Babar’s extradition

Babar Ahmed’s dad has launched a Petition to stop the extradition of Babar Ahmed to the US and put him on trial in the UK at the Downing St web site. Please sign it now.

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Babar, Blair and Extradition

The Extradition Act 2003 was back in the news again last week. First the Law Lords decline to hear Babar Ahmed’s appeal against extradition, only for the European Court of Justice to order another stay of extradition [FreeBabarAhmed.com]. The ECJ will now consider the case. I wonder how many years will elapse before this is finally resolved? IIRC he has been in continuous detention since 2004 with no evidence yet presented in a court. In all that time the indictment against him has remained tenuous, at best.

Amusingly I came across Mr Blair extradited? Not as crazy as it sounds by William Rees-Mogg in the Times (via Craig Murray. I don’t personally see much prospect (nor a hard basis in law) for Mr Blair’s prosecution. Nevertheless it makes for interesting reading in bringing to our attention the full extent of the 2003 Act in subjecting British citizens to foreign laws and legal systems.

Safari heralds return of Yellow Box for Windows?

The most interesting development at WWDC 2007 [macrumors.com] was the release of Safari for Windows. Does this mean Apple maintains non-Mac ports of the OpenSTEP / Yellow Box / Cocoa frameworks? Being able to compile Cocoa apps for execution on Windows would be very handy.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about read Cocoa and the Death of Yellow Box and Rhapsody [roughldrafted.com] or Apple Rhapsody Yellow Box for Windows [mac-guild.org].

Of course, Apple has ported other Mac applications to Windows, most notably QuickTime and iTunes. Yet they are both Carbon apps (on Mac OS) and presumably use some in-house UI library on Win32. Safari is the first Cocoa app to be ported to Windows since Apple withdrew non-Mac platform support for Web Objects.