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by j. b. gerald

2016

 

May 13, 2016   New York   Canada   U.S.A.

      New York City: two forces on the American left have died. Neither was self-serving. On Saturday April 30th, Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. died at the age of 94, a priest, poet, activist and brother to the world; nightslantern.ca carries his poem - "Accounts Come Home", and his essay - "Meditation on a Martyr, in Tribute to Franz Jagerstatter." On Wednesday May 11th, Michael Ratner, died at the age of 72. Lawyer and long time President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a former president of the National Lawyers Guild, he fought fascism with the law and for fifty years his thinking and presence interwove and strengthened America's protest of American injustice.

 

      Canada: this May Canada announced it fully accepts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In November 2010 Canada expressed support for the Treaty without full acceptance. Use of Indigenous land by resource corporations requires Indigenous approval and historically the government is deeply entrammeled by corporate resource exploitation at home and abroad. The U.N. Declaration's 46 articles are not stated as law, but as "a standard of achievement to be pursued...." Canada's new commitment binds the nation to honouring Indigenous rights and shifts the ground for negotiations to Indigenous favour.     Partial sources online: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish), General Assembly A/RES/61/295, Oct. 2, 2007, United Nations [access:< https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N06/512/07/PDF/N0651207.pdf?OpenElement >]; "Canada officially adopts UN declaration on rights of Indigenous Peoples," May 10, 2016, CBC News.

 

      United States: on March 11th the first of two riots in 3 days broke out at W. C. Holman prison in Alabama. According to MIC Network the cause of problems is that Holman is a "hellhole," also known as "the House of Pain," and "Slaughter Pen of the South." As of May 7th, 250 inmates in Elmore and Holman prisons were on strike against inhumane conditions. Starting April 4th inmates of four Texas prisons struck for an end to human rights violations and to prison slavery. The news was suppressed. Prisons placed in lockdown give some indication of the extent of the strike: "Jester III, Dalhart, and Beto, partial lockdowns at Coffield and Allred, and a confirmed order for lockdown at Michael" (as of April 16, Support Prisoner Resistance). By April 11th, seven Texas prisons were affected. By April 27th eight Texas prisons were in lockdown. A large majority of prisoners are forced to work without pay. Three of Michigan's prisons were faced with food strikes in March. The actions protest conditions of confinement and strengthen prisoner unity. About 1000 of 1300 prisoners at Kinross Correctional Facility refused meals on March 20th and 21rst. On March 26 to 28 about 800 prisoners refused meals at Chippewa Correctional Facility. On April 12th about 660 prisoners refused meals at Cotton Correctional Facility.

In commemoration of the Attica prison uprising of 1971, U.S. prisoners are calling a nationwide strike for September 9th, 2016, to shut prisons across the country and end prison slavery. The prisoners' "Call to Action Against Slavery in America" [access: < https://iwoc.noblogs.org/post/2016/04/01/announcement-of-nationally-coordinated-prisoner-workstoppage-for-sept-9-2016/ >] makes no call for violence. It calls on prisoners to stop working as slaves. It calls for convict solidarity between races, ethnic groups and genders. It makes no threat of violence against guards or prison administration. It asks for outside support.
Partial sources online: "What You Need to Know About Holman, the Brutal Alabama Prison Where 2 Riots Just Broke Out," Zak Cheney-Rice, March 17, 2016, Mic Network Inc.; “'This Was About Unity': a Wave of Protest Spreads though the Michigan Prison System," April 20, 2016, It's GoingDown; "Who’s behind unpaid prison labor in Texas?" Aaron Cantu, April 27, 2016, Support Prisoner resistance; "Inmate strikes continues at 2 Alabama prisons," May 7, 2016, WVTM 13; "Texas Inmates Protest ‘Inhumane’ Conditions," Robin Young, Erica Gammill, April 12, 2016, here & now; "Tipping Point in Texas Prison Strikes? New Wave of Lockdowns, Threats," April 16, 2016, Support Prisoner Resistance; "Announcement of Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Workstoppage for Sept 9, 2016," IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.

 

 

May 1, 2016   Belgium   Peru   Canada   Israel/Palestine   Syria/Iraq

      Belgium: all residents of Belgium are to be issued iodine pills, said to be a precautionary measure in case of dirty bomb attack by ISIS. Iodine helps counter the effects on the thyroid of radiation. The Government of the Netherlands plans similar measures. Among seven reactors, Belgium's two forty year old Doel nuclear reactors have been placed back online, updated to last until 2025.     Partial sources online: "Belgium Residents To Get Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear Incident," Katrina Pascual, May 1, 2016, Tech Times; "All Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation," Matthew Holehouse, April 28, 2016, The Telegraph; "Two oldest Doel units cleared for restart," Dec. 23, 2015, World Nuclear News.

 

      Peru: Peru is about to undergo a runoff election June 5th for its presidency between the two successful money market candidates who forced out the left wing candidate in the first round of voting. At their victory Peru's stock index made its largest gain since 2008. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is a former World Bank employee and finance minister. Keiko Fujimori, the 40 year old former congresswoman with a nearly two-to-one lead going into the runoff, has staunchly defended her father, a previous president Alberto Fujimori, currently in prison for white collar crimes but more exceptionally crimes against humanity (death squad murders). Responsible for application of a program sterilizing as many as 300,000 indigenous women without their informed consent, charges of genocide have been raised against Alberto Fujimori. Some worry that another Fujimori in power would drive the country towards becoming a Narco-State. 250 million dollars of drug money is alleged laundered in Peru last year, with the drug trade covered by illegal resource developers. TeleSur alleges that of 21 "narco-congress" members recently elected 14 are of Keiko Fujimori's party.     Partial sources online: "Two pro-business candidates make Peru runoff, markets rise," Ursul Scollo and Mitra Taj, April 11. 2016. Reuters; "Drug Traffickers Laundered $250 Million in 2015: Peru Official," Quenton King, April 28, 2016, Insight Crime; "Peru Could Turn into a 'Narco State,' Says Expert," April 27, 2016,TeleSur; "5 Relatives of Peru’s Fujimori Wanted for International Arrest," Aug. 3, 2015, TeleSur.

 

      Canada: (see previous) suicides continue in First Nations communities. The Toronto Star has pointed out that essentially nothing has been done in response to declarations of emergency by aboriginal communities suffering from extreme rates of youth and adult suicide, as well as lack of clean drinking water and reasonable habitation. The Canadian system of Aboriginal 'management' promotes good intention on paper and through declarations by Liberal politicians. Canada's Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the government provide services to the children of First Nations. The Department of Indigenous Affairs was ordered to report back in two weeks that an appropriate policy is in place. The Toronto Star lists 38 states of emergency as active for First Nations communities in Ontario, yet none since 2014 for Quebec. A genocide warning continues.     Partial sources online: "Tribunal orders federal government to ensure services for Aboriginal kids," Kristy Kirkup/The Canadian Press, April 26, 2016, CBC News; "5 more Attawapiskat youth attempt suicide in 'spiralling situation'," April 16, 2016, CBC News; "A First Nations cry for help gets little government attention: Star investigation," Allan Woods, April 25, 2016, The Toronto Star.

 

      Israel / Palestine: the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has registered protest against INOGS, the International Network of Genocide Scholars, which plans to hold its annual conference in Jerusalem. PACBI asks people of conscience to boycott the conference due to Israel's violations of international law. In the U.S. and Canada it is difficult for academics among others critical of Israel. INOGS may have called a conference in Jerusalem to bring under public consideration the genocidal aspects of Israeli policy. U.S. and European University programs as well as heavily funded NGO's addressing issues of genocide rarely include genocide warnings necessary for Gazans and all Palestinians. My own position is that selective application undermines the power and affect of the Genocide Convention and its intended ability to prevent mass atrocities. PACBI's statement of protest alleges the INOGS conference is sponsored by "five deeply complicit Israeli academic insitutions," and the PACBI statement attempts to counter the impunity of Israel's extra-judicial killings and increasing overt racism. A member of INOGS I respect the boycott and urge any who attend to confront the realities of Israel's policies.     Partial sources online: "Palestinians call for boycott of genocide conference in Jerusalem," Rania Khalek, April 27, 2016, The Electronic Intifada; "Boycott the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) Conference in Occupied Jerusalem!" PACBI statement, March 16, 2016, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel ; "Israel’s new justice minister considers all Palestinians to be ‘the enemy’," Ishaan Tharoor May 7, 2015, Washington Post; "Israel's Lawless Death Penalty Without Trial Buoyed by Cheers of the Masses," Gideon Levy, Oct. 11, 2015, Haaretz; "Genocide Warnings & Updates: Israel," J.B.Gerald, ongoing, nightslantern.ca.

 

      Syria / Iraq: the Catholic Church with John Kerry and the U.S. State Department are finding ISIS guilty of genocide in territories where it gains control. The government of the UK has so far refused to acknowledge that a pattern of ISIS atrocities against Christians and Yazidis is genocide, declaring the decision one to be made by the courts rather than political bodies. This position is currently favoured by Canada. It is a welcome attempt to depoliticize an issue which risks tactical use to further the interests of aggressor nations attempting to use the Convention on Genocide as an excuse to invade de-stabilized areas. The extreme degree of ISIS atrocities finds little parallel in modern warfare except in techniques of terrorization of civilian populations to control areas destabilized by CIA and DIA covert programs. With NATO and U.S. policy having destroyed without just provocation the nations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, (with almost exclusively Muslim populations) a case remains available charging Western leaders with the genocide of national groups or the religious groups of Muslims. For a legal case concerning genocide against the peoples of Iraq see Narration of Facts by the Ad Hoc Committee for Justice for Iraq. After the loss of millions of Muslims, non-combattants, not in warfare or on the battlefield but civilian casualties, and the displacement of millions represented in part by the current "refugee crisis" in Europe, it's impossible to exclude NATO and Euro-American interests from consideration as proponents of genocide. ISIS actions against Christians, Yazidis and other minorities could be considered as reactive rather than aggressive. ISIS atrocities are both unjust and criminal but under an objective court could be interpreted as an armed response to genocide. In Iraq the safety of its ancient Christian community was sacrificed when 'Christian' America's bombs and missiles bombed the country 'into the stone age.' Partial sources online: "UK Reluctant to Call Daesh Crimes Genocide Despite MPs' Unanimous Vote," Tania Kader Hussein, April 27, 2016, Sputnik; "UN Security Council: Golan Heights Doesn’t Belong to Israel," Jason Ditz, April 26, 2016, antiwar.com.

 

 

March 28, 2016

      Canada: the "at risk" status of First Peoples, does not mean they’re at risk of being uncomfortable. It means they could die. It is a way to talk about the failure of the Canadian government's responsibility for Aboriginal peoples, without imputing intention for the deaths. Americans consider the proving of "intention " necessary for charges of genocide, and the American interpretation of the Convention on Genocide is often adopted by less powerful nations... (continue reading "Canada: why aren't conditions of life for First Peoples a national emergency?")

 

      The Hague, a note in addition to the previous posting: the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia announced its verdict against Radovan Karadzik on the anniversary of the day, March 24,1999, when NATO began its campaign to bomb the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's infrastructure, civilians as well as military targets without U.N. approval.     Source online: "Serbia, Russia accuse UN court after Karadzic verdict,"Jovan Matic, AFP, March 25/26, 2016, Rappler.com; "Legitimacy of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia," current, Wikipedia..

 

 

March 24, 2016

      The Hague: the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia finds Radovan Karadžic guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and has sentenced him to 40 years in prison. The former Bosnian Serb leader is convicted of legal responsibility for genocide at Srebrenica,1995, in the mass execution of 8000 Muslim men and boys. He's also held legally responsible for the siege of Sarajevo. Evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity presented to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia was overwhelming. Pleading innocent Karadžic claimed that individual soldiers and civilians who committed the crimes were responsible for them. He is found not guilty of genocide in the clearing of Muslims and Croatians from Bosnian villages held by the Serb military. Karadžic, once a psychiatrist, defended himself but with court appointed legal assistance. Defense attorney Peter Robinson of Santa Rosa California told The Guardian he didn't consider it a fair trial. Robinson has stated "Defending somebody like Karadžic at these international tribunals is pretty much like trying to stop a moving train.” He finds the Court proceeds under a double standard, to the disadvantage of less powerful countries while sparing the powerful. Robinson points out that if Obama's policies of arming dissidents in Syria were held to the same standards the Court applied to Karadžic, the U.S. President would be found guilty. The ruling will be appealed. 94 suspects on the Serbian side have been charged by the ICTY, 29 Croats and 8 Muslims. See previous.     Partial sources online: "Radovan Karadzic sentenced to 40 years in prison for Bosnian war crimes," AP, March 24, 2016, CBC News; "Karadzic guilty of Bosnia genocide, jailed for 40 years," Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling / Reuters International, May 24, 2016, SWI swissinfo.ch; "Radovan Karadžic sentenced to 40 years for Srebrenica genocide," Julian Borger and Owen Bowcott, March 24, 2016, The Guardian; "Radovan Karadžic's lawyer expects guilty verdict over war crimes," Matthew Weaver, March 18, 2016, The Guardian.

 

 

March 19, 2016

      The former Yugoslavia: an article by Christopher Black at Global Research re-examines the death of Slobodan Milosevic in a holding cell of the International Criminal Tribunal at the Hague, where the head of the prison was reporting to the Americans. Black, an attorney, points out that Milosovic's self defense and the ineptness of the prosecution turned the trial in Milosevic's favour early on. It would be difficult to find him guilty. Black points out that the trial was necessary to NATO's justification of its bombing and destruction of Yugoslavia. He notes NATO's in-house investigation, the Parker Report, 'clears' NATO but doesn't explain traces of poison in Milosevic's system at death, nor why he was refused medical treatment necessary to keep him alive. No one mentions the President of the former Republic of Yugoslavia's charges of genocide at the International Court of Justice against all NATO countries, supplying evidence in the details of targeted infrastructure within his country. The U.S. evaded prosecution through lack of accession to the International Court. Canada pleaded lack of intention. Milosevic's charges were put on hold indefinitely and have apparently died with Milosevic. Background: "On Crimes of Power: the Bombing of Yugoslavia, 1999" .     Partial sources online: "Ten Years Since the 'Extrajudicial' Assassination of Slobodan Milosevic. NATO's Responsibility." Christopher Black, March 13, 2016, Global Research; "Yugoslavia, Interrupted: A European Success Story Ruined by NATO Invasion," InSerbia with agencies, Feb 24, 2016, InSerbia.info.

"To Entertain You," Boris Kovac with La Campanella Orchestra
[access:< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfWjLjbOogU&list=RDWfWjLjbOogU#t=2 >]
 

      Guatemala: Ríos Montt was initially charged with genocide in 2013; his trial started once again (previous) on March16, 2016, amid further attempts by his lawyers to delay. At this point Ríos Montt has been found unfit to stand normal trial for reasons of dementia and can be found innocent or guilty but not punished for the murder of 1771 Txiles, indigenous Mayans of Quiche. Among other deaths resulting from the impunity of Guatemala's right wing controls, between 1976 and 1983 thirteen Catholic priests (from the U.S., Guatemala, the Philippines, Belgium, Italy, and Spain) were assassinated in Guatemala. Fr. Stanley Rother from a farm in Oklahoma is currently proposed as a candidate for beatification. Serving the Tz'utujil (Mayan) people and under death threat for speaking out he was murdered by a death squad in his church rectory, 1981. Background.     Partial sources online: "Ex-Dictator Ríos Montt's Genocide Trial Opens in Guatemala," AP, March 16, 2016, abc news; "Guatemala: Ríos Montt Judgement Scheduled for Wednesday," March 15, 2016, Telesur; "Vatican panel calls Fr. Sanley Rother a martyr," Tom Gallagher, July 13, 2015, National Catholic Reporter.

 

 

March 12, 2016 ~ notes

      As a young woman in Iran, in a broken marriage her son went to live with his father and she adopted a child of lepers. She died at thirty-two driving her car into a wall to avoid ramming a school bus. A poem from the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad, "I called you from the dark," [access:[ < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVADnkrsarQ >].

      In the early 1980's the Argentine writer Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges spoke at a PEN American Center gathering in New York and at dinner I was sitting next to him on one side, and a distinguished professor of Spanish was sitting on the other. At some point during the meal the waiter came by and presented us with newly filled glasses. It was hard to hear this generosity in the din of us all talking and eating. It was hard to know how deeply blind Borges was and my Spanish wasn't good enough to explore the subject gently, when suddenly the professor reached out and substituted Borges's nearly empty glass with the newly filled one. For some reason I immediately intercepted and put the old one back again so Borges as he reached out did not find suddenly a full glass instead of his nearly empty. The professor said to me in English "What did you do that for!" He was an old friend and so I was embarrassed and could say nothing as he explained the mixup to Borges. Borges just grinned at me as though he wasn't blind at all. When Peron's government came to power in Argentina Borges who worked as a librarian was reassigned to work as an inspector of chickens. When he asked why, they answered what did he expect for supporting the allies in WWII. His sister, the artist, Norah Borges, and his mother were jailed for protest against Peron. Borges became president of the Argentine Society of Writers, which Peron closed down when Borges refused to hang portraits there of Peron and his wife Eva. Historically the closing presents a kind of tribute to all Argentinian writers capable of resisting popular government: during contemporary wars and war crimes governments have never threatened to close North American PEN centres. A tribute to Borges is found at "Buenos Aires - Las Calles de Borges" [access:< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvDbQQgKil4 ]. In much of the video Borges is replaced by an actor whom for many views I was almost sure was Borges....

      A compendium of U.S. "Social Movement Prisoners" from Denver Anarchist Black Cross is available at [access:< https://denverabc.wordpress.com/prisoners-dabc-supports/political-prisoners-database/ >].

 

 

February 25, 2016     U.S. political prisoner updates   Tom Manning     Albert Woodfox     Russell Shoatz     Mumia Abu-Jamal     Leonard Peltier     Imam Al-Amin     Seth Hayes     Sekou Odinga     Dr. Mutulu Shakur     Judith Clark

      U.S.: "The torture of U.S. political prisoners: some updates"

 

 

February 24, 2016     Yemen     Canada     Vatican City     Zimbabwe

      Yemen: (previous). On Feb. 16th, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressly warned of the cost in lives and the losses of human and humanitarian rights engulfing the people of Yemen. In a joint statement with Jennifer Welsh, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, the Special Advisers warned of the violence overflowing into Saudi Arabia and other neighbouring countries. Neither the responsibility for the conflict nor the issue of genocide is directly mentioned in the warning. Genocide Warning for the national group.     Partial sources online: "Statement by Adama Dieng, special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, on the situation in Yemen," Press release, Feb. 16, 2016, United Nations, apprec. INoGS.

 

      Canada: in the case of Omar Khadr whose freedom on bail was granted by a Canadian judge, the decision was appealed by the Harper government attempting to put him back in prison. Both the Courts and Canadians are aware of the Canadian intelligence establishment's crime of complicity in Khadr's torture. The new Liberal government has withdrawn the government's appeal and Khadr will remain free while a challenge to his case is decided in the U.S.. Also underway, Omar Khadr's suit against the Canadian government for not protecting him as a child and citizen despite knowledge of U.S. crimes against him (20 million dollars). If the suit is successful it may face claims by U.S. courts which have allowed a blinded soldier and widow of a U.S. soldier killed in action allegedly by Khadr, to sue, most recently for 134 million dollars, which was then awarded by a Utah judge. The two already won a U.S. civil court suit against Khadr's father's estate for 102 million dollars. While such claims may be collectible under U.S. dominated law common sense suggests neither suit is valid. In principle the cases and awards offer to all victim families the economic liabilty U.S. soldiers might incur by following orders. To point: if Khadr wins his case against the Canadian government, the millions could go to the U.S. military circles responsible. An alternative perspective: transfer of such large sums between military parties should make them suspect of a collusion between U.S. and Canadian government agencies to use the torture of a minor child for profit. No one speaks of Omar Khadr's entire family which was demonized and damaged by Canadian media for being true to the themselves and their beliefs. Khadr's sister tried to defend her brother to the press. Current bail conditions forbid Omar Khadr to speak to either his mother or sister. A January 31rst article in The Toronto Star suggests Khadr's sister Zaynab is being held in custody in Turkey. Canada mustn't treat her with the same complicity it treated two of her brothers imprisoned at Guantanamo. Born in Ottawa, she is thought to be living in the middle east, married with children, and although the Canadian consul is informed, there's no 'news' of her or sureness that she has any rights at all amidst the extrajudicial detention common in Turkey.     Partial sources online: "Justin Trudeau and the Omar Khadr case," Michael Friscolanti, Feb. 16, 2016, Maclean's; "Omar Khadr to stay out on bail after federal government drops appeal," Feb.18, 2016, CBC News; "Omar Khadr sued by soldier’s widow and blinded soldier," The Canadian Press, May 22, 2014, thestar.com; "Widow and ex-soldier injured in Afghanistan move for final judgment on $134M suit against Omar Khadr," Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press, May 17, 2015, National Post; "U.S. judge awards $134-million in suit against Omar Khadr," AP, July 3, 2015, The Globe and Mail; "Omar Khadr's sister Zaynab detained in Turkey," Michelle Shephard, , Peter Edwards, Jan. 31, 2016, thestar.com; "Omar Khadr's sister detained in Turkey," Postmedia Network, Feb. 1, 2016, Ottawa Sun.

 

      Vatican City: affirming the absolute value of the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," on Feb. 21, 2016 Pope Francis requested the abolishment of the death penalty, globally. The United Nations protocol for the abolition of capital punishment (Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty of, Dec. 15, 1989) is available for signing by the 113 nation states which have not done so. Currently 82 nations are State Parties to the treaty with 3 signatories. Having spoken previously against the "hidden death penalty" of life imprisonment, Pope Francis called for improvement of prison conditions and respect for the human dignity of all prisoners.     Partial sources online: "Pope Francis: Abolish the death penalty worldwide," Reuters, Feb. 22, 2016, Religion News Service "Pope Francis Calls for Worldwide Ban on Death Penalty During Year of Mercy," Thomas D. Williams, PhD., Feb 22, 2016, Breitbart

 

      Zimbabwe has in its Constitution abolished the death penalty for women and minors under the age of twenty-one. At the 9th International Meeting of the Ministers of Justice in Rome Feb. 22nd, Zimbabwe's Vice-President Mnangagwa assured eradication of the death penalty in all Zimbabwe's laws, noting Zimbabwe had accepted the UN Human Rights Council's recommendation that it sign the the Second Optional Protocol (above) ( "Zim to eliminate death penalty — Mnangagwa," Feb. 23, 2016, The Herald).

 

 

February 11, 2016     The Care of Children:     U.S.     Europe     Norway     U.K.     Sweden     France

U.S.: According to The Washington Times a report on the "Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement," reveals immigrant minors turned over to sponsors who abused them or forced them into slavery: in the summer of 2014 unaccompanied children crossed the border from Mexico at the rate of ten thousand per month with 90% of these going to close family and 10% to "sponsors" with minimal background checks, and with no official followup.     Partial sources online: "Obama administration delivered illegal immigrant children to predators, lawmakers say," Stephen Dinan, Jan.28, 2016, The Washington Times.
Europe: Turkey is closing its borders to tens of thousands of refugees from Aleppo where the NATO country sponsored rebel groups against Syrian President Assad are under severe pressure by the Syrian army and Russia's air power. An estimated 300,000 civilians remain trapped in the war zone. This is one of many sources of refugees seeking asylum in Europe. According to UNICEF about 36% of the refugees leaving Turkey, crossing the sea to Greece, are children. Women and children now make up 60% of the refugee influx which was 73% male last summer. Since September over 330 children drowned in the crossing. According to the International Organisation for Migration, over 36,000 refugees reached Greece and Italy by sea in the first three weeks of 2016.
    Partial sources online: "UN says one-third of refugees sailing to Europe are children," Agence France-Presse, Feb. 3, 2016, theguardian; "Dozens drown off Greek islands in deadliest January for refugees," Mark Tran et al, Jan. 22, 2016, theguardian; "Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Reached 36,556 in First 21 Days of 2016: IOM," Jan. 22, 2016, International Organisation for Migration; "Syria: Hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced as Aleppo siege continues," Harriet Sinclair, Feb. 10, 2016, International Business Times.

Norway: Norwegian police are reporting sex offenses against minors by known offenders among others at refugee reception centres housing unaccompanied minors among asylum seekers. In 2015, 31,000 refugees applied for asylum and among these 5300 were unaccompanied children.     Partial sources online: "Norway police thwart attack on migrant centre; investigate child abuse allegations," Matti Huuhtanen AP, Feb. 9, 2016, CTV News; "'Well known sexual offenders' are visiting Norway's migrant centres to carry out attacks on unaccompanied minors, police admit," Tom Wyke, Feb. 8, 2016, Mail Online.

U.K.: The Guardian reports a serious backlog of refugee children kept from attending school by Home Office paperwork. Local communities aren't required to educate them, and under the category of "Initial accommodation" the children including unaccompanied minors are sent to various parts of the country without the legal right to attend school. The Guardian finds accurate statistics unavailable.

An article in Mail Online reveals that the Home Office, after the issue was raised in parliament, doubled its statistical report of the number of children who were deported (repatriated) at eighteen to "Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Albania." Initially the government claimed 1616 eighteen-year-olds were sent back, then revised this to 3750. How could the government misplace 2134 children in its custody ? Article 33 of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees prohibits the return of refugees to countries where they would be threatened with death or imprisonment. How could the government legally repatriate refugees just old enough to fight, to war zones ?     Partial sources online: "Children seeking asylum in UK denied access to education," Diane Taylor, feb. 2, 2016, theguardian; Nearly 4,000 children offered asylum in Britain as orphans were DEPORTED once they turned 18 - including to Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya"," Matt Dathan, Feb. 10, 2015, Mail Online.

Sweden: the police are questioning 14 ethnic Poles, suspected of planning an action (attack and burning) against a refugee centre. This follows the murder of a Swedish social worker at an asylum centre for minors last month, and more recently the rumoured assault of a Polish woman on a tram. Swedish asylum centres are reported to be under constant attack by right wing groups. Refugee children were specifically targeted in a January 29th right wing attack at the Stockholm train station.     Partial sources online: "Sweden detains Poles over plot to attack asylum centre," Cajsa Wikstrom, Feb. 10, 2016, Al Jazeera.

France: in France where xenophobic policies have followed the government's military policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, and Syria, repercussions are shaping France's domestic policies. Results of France's involvement in the destabilization of Syria are clear. France's fierce protection of its middle class is evident in the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Roma families which by 2014 extended to the endangerment of other minorities (see genocide warnings). Resulting tensions have predictably increased emigration of France's Jews. Conventionally attributed to abuse by Muslims the departure of many Jews may be a response to the country's helpless accession to fascism. Neither the government enforced homelessness of Roma mothers and children nor the high percentages of women and children among new asylum seekers have moved the Hollande administration. Prime Minister Valls in an interview with the BBC claims Europe to be in grave danger of losing its identity if refugees continue to be allowed in. He attributes Germany's compassionate response to the refugee crisis to the supposition that Germany has need of the refugees (hundreds of thousands of strangers impoverished and traumatized by war). The Sarkhozy and Hollande governments' "illegal persecution of the country's Roma families prepares one for: France's current extension of its "state of emergency", Valls's bill attempting to enshrine emergency law in the Constitution as well as deprive of citizenship any citizen convicted of a terrorist offense (this bill passed lower parliament February 10th), and François Hollande's attempt to make "conspiracy theories" illegal, further immerse France in a tragedy of forgetfulness.     Partial sources online: "The State Against The Republic," Thierry Meyssan trans. Roger Lagassé, March 13, 2015, Voltaire Network; "French lawmakers approve divisive citizenship bill," AP, Feb. 10, 2016, The News Herald.

 

 
February 1, 2016     France     poem/blockprint     Sweden     Burundi     Canada

      France: speaking at Notre Dame in Paris, January 29th, Monseigneur Jean-Clément Jeanbart, Archbishop of Aleppo Syria, faults France's policies in Syria, and France's failure to defend its historical values of liberty, humanity, secularism and respect. He notes the Assad government has protected the Syrian population, portions of which now find themselves refugees throughout the world (and prey to governments attempting to re-colonize their land). Portions of his congregation have been taken away and murdered by ISIS. The Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop claims ancestry in Syria which goes back 7000 years. He understands the exodus of so many Christians among the general population of Syria, as more of a deportation than willing exile, and as part of a US-Euro-NATO program to bring about their military intervention in Syria. Last October, the Archbishop appealed to the British House of Lords to stop arming the terrorists - ie. anti-Assad mercenaries. He revealed that the Christians of Syria prefer Russian military intervention to terrorist challenges to the Assad regime. Both the United Kingdom and France support regime change and the demise of Syrian people's elected President Assad. The Syrian people as a group remain under genocide warning due to attempts at regime change from beyond its borders.     Partial sources online: "L’archevêque d’Alep: le gouvernement Assad constitue «une protection pour la population» syrienne," RT, 29 janvier 2016, Mondialisation.ca; "A Syrian archbishop asks UK to help stop anti-Assad Islamist groups," Oct. 17, 2015, RT; "Melkite archbishop urges British not to support militants in Syria," Simon Caldwell, Catholic News Service, Oct. 14, 2015, The Catholic Regster; "Christians almost completely destroyed by ISIS fanatics in Syria, says Aleppo Archbishop," Tom Batchelor, Oct.21, 2015, Express.

 
from Plainsongs, a poem by John Bart Gerald, blockprint by Julie Maas (1985)

lorraine

they all disappeared once
from england italy france spain
the shores of africa acadia
never to go home again
once enough for centuries
nation of disappeared families
"gone to a happier land"
for those who waved good-by

of the americas
the just and poor taken away forever in the night
stopped at lonely roadblocks
picked up on some puzzling charge
'disappeared' was murdered
it never let go the hope of life

consider holocaust
recurring image in a hall of mirrors
six million brazilian indians
six million jews communists
the 'swarthy,' trade unionists
homosexuals, misfits, petty criminals
those of genetic imperfections
roma
uncooperative wives or husbands
of pretty women, dissidents
the honest men and women
the resistance
the poor
then anyone who cared

a study of bonhoeffer shows
the world's churches knew before
what would happen
why the surprise
at the demise

was it any different from today
in a parable
where the means of disappearance vary
the poverty of no escape
the next to final loneliness of
whatever happened to him or her
who was never seen again

 

      Sweden: by varied reports a neo-Nazi group of from fifty to two hundred men wearing black masks swarmed and attacked refugees and their children at the Stockholm train station January 29th. Their stated target was refugee children. There are no reports of police interference. The Guardian reports that last October in Trelleborg officials announced that a thousand refugee children were "missing" among those arriving in the southern Swedish port during the previous month. Europol has confirmed the disappearance of over 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children: minors are targeted for sex work and slavery. 163,000 refugees reached Sweden seeking asylum last year. Of these the government plans to deport 60,000 to 80,000.     Partial sources online: "'Hundreds' of masked men beat refugee children in Stockholm," Samuel Osborne, Jan. 30, 2016, The Independent; "'Hundreds-strong' mob of masked men rampage through Stockholm station beating up refugee children in revenge attack for female asylum centre worker killed by Somali 'boy'," Sara Malm and Gianluca Mezzofiore, Jan. 30, 2016, Mail Online; "10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol," Mark Townsend /The Observer, Jan. 30, 2016, theguardian; "Sweden faces difficult task deporting '80,000' migrants," Jan.28, 2016, the local se.

 

      Burundi: the African Union has decided not to intercede in Burundi, despite ongoing hostilities against and by the government resulting in casualties. Amnesty International with access to NASA photos has reported 'mass graves'. It is is unclear what normal procedures are for burying those who die in the conflict. A government ethicist, Samantha Power who supported the U.S. war against Iraq and is current U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is quoted saying “A match could be laid down, lighting up whole communities that have so far stayed peaceful" (PRI). The intent of her observation is unclear. She is also noted as saying to Burundi's security detail, "Don't touch me." Ambassador Power has lobbied against Burundi President Nkurunziza's third term in office; U.S. policy supports Rwanda President Kagame's third term, and Power admits Rwanda's involvement in Burundi's lack of stability. Some U.S. Euro, NATO interests seek intercession in Burundi to obviate a genocide, but some objective sources suggest that both class struggle and civil uprisings are more causative of conflict in Burundi than ethnic warfare. Deciding that Burundi's conflict is a "genocide," could allow legal incursions into the country by foreign powers. So Western reports of human rights violations have to be very clear and verifiable. NATO NGO human rights organizations as sources are not considered objective or non-aligned. With casualty statistics of the low-intensity conflict rising toward 1200 persons, Burundi's Civil Society Organisation Chairman, Vital Nshirimana, has revealed that many of the dead appear to be missing their hearts. This is not meant figuratively and may indicate use of Burundi's casualties for organ trade. With for example U.S. waiting list for hearts noted as 3,391, the Finance Degree Center cites the cost of a legal heart for transplant as US$ 997,700, an illegal or black market heart at US$119,000 (FDC). Another report equally suggesting what are basically economic crimes against the very poor rather than ethnic hatred, is made by Burundi Women and Girls Movement for Peace and Security Chairperson, Marie Louise Baricaku, who reports the disappearance of large numbers of children and in particular the abduction of girls. Background 1 and 2.     Partial sources online: "How Much Is Your Body Worth on the Black Market, Finance Degree Center, current [access= ]); "Rights Group: Dozens Were Put in Mass Graves in Burundi," Eloge Willy Kaneza and Rodney Muhumuza AP, Jan.29, 2016, abc News; "Burundi conflict more horrifying as hearts found missing from bodies," Mark Nkwame in Arusha, Jan. 18, 2016, Daily News (Tanzania); "Burundi police detain British, French journalists in raids," Reuters, Jan.30, 2016, The Himalayan Times; "Burundi: 'There is no genocide under way', claims award-winning journalist Roland Rugero," Elsa Buchanan, Jan. 27, 2016, IBTimes Co Ltd; "African Union abandons plans to send peacekeepers to Burundi," Jan.31, 2016, BBC News; "Burundi: 'Crisis is not about ethnicity,'" Gerd Hankel, Christine Harjes, Jan 29, 2016, Deutche Welle; "UN finds gang rape, mass graves in Burundi," Mark Caldwell AFP, Reuters,AP, Jan. 15, 2016. Deutche Welle; "Samantha Power: 'The match could be laid down' to ignite Burundi," Joyce Hacket, Feb.1, 2016, PRI.

 

      Canada: the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found that the government of Canada has discriminated against First Nations children on Reserves by allotting them lower rates of payment for social services benefits. According to the CBC by 2014 Canada's government had spent 5.3 million in legal fees to defend this discriminatory policy. In other news, after years of criminalizing opponents to old growth logging of BC's coastal forests, agreement is finally reached between the government of British Columbia, environmentalists, logging companies and First Nations tribes, to protect the largest coastal rainforest in the world. While sparing 85% of the land the agreement allows logging of 15%, amounting to "logging 2.5 million cubic meters of old growth forests every year for the next ten years" (Globe and Mail).     Partial sources online: "Canada discriminates against children on reserves, tribunal rules: on-reserve child welfare system receives up to 38% less funding than elsewhere," Jan. 26, 2016, ; "First Nations child welfare ruling a precedent for other on-reserve issues, lawyers say," Nicole Ireland, Jan. 27, 2016, CBC News; "Final agreement reached to protect B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest," Justine Hunter, Feb.1, 2016, Globe and Mail.

 

 

January 16, 2016     Canada     Guatemala     Ethiopia


      Canada: in August 2015 the CBC reported the results of a study from Statistics Canada showing risk of avoidable death for First Nations peoples twice that (in some cases five times that) of non-natives. On January 15th, 2016, it featured a plea by the Ontario First Nations Regional Chief, Isadore Day, that Canadians deal with the fact of inadequate health care for aboriginal peoples. The CBC notes that according to the Ministry of Health TB rates are five times the general population for First Nations people, and fifty times the general population for the Inuit. If verifiable these disastrous figures would show something of an improvement. In 2009 Night's Lantern reported UNICEF's findings that noted the tuberculosis rate among Canadian aboriginal people was 90 times the national average for the years 2004 to 2006. In 2013 Night's Lantern noted news reports of the rate of Inuit tuberculosis as 186 times that of native born non-aboriginals. Sources of reliable information concerning damages to Canadian First Nations were intentionally removed by the Harper government in 2012 when the Conservative government de-funded the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO). Studies linking TB rates to Canada's poverty levels are also not easily available. Lack of transparency raises issues of the government's enduring intentions. Historically both disease and lack of adequate health care have been used as a weapon. To my understanding, aboriginal communities of NorthWestern Ontario do not have resident doctors. The CBC noted last October that 10 First Nations in Ontario's North West have gone without safe tap water for ten years, while citing a Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine report of "dramatic increase in invasive disease." The recent rate of sepsis and pneumonia is estimated as about 20 times that of Calgary. The rate of rheumatic fever is reported as 75 times higher than Canada's general population. The statistics are so far outside the norm that a continuing lack of normalization implies intent by the government and calls into force Article II b and c of the Convention on Genocide. Despite occasional highly placed political appointments, a genocide warning for Canadian Aboriginal people remains in effect.     Partial sources online: "First Nations adults more than twice as likely to die from avoidable causes," Aug. 19, 2015, CBC News; "First Nations leaders cite deplorable health conditions, urge action," Kristy Kikup The Canadian Press, Jan. 15, 2016, CBC News; "Bad water in First Nations leads to high rate of invasive infection, doctor says," Jody Porter, Oct. 26, 2015, CBC News; "Rheumatic fever rates in some Ontario First Nations 75 times higher than rest of Canada," Jody Porter, Oct. 22, 2015, CBC News.

 

      Guatemala: the Ríos Montt defense team continues to use legal technicalities and evasion to avoid his re-trial on charges of genocide. Initially convicted of genocide in 2013 the verdict was nullified by non-standard judicial procedures which required a set back of the trial to a previous date, then followed by postponement after postponement. Intended once again for trial, the case was once again temporarily postponed January 11th. Prosecution and witnesses remain prepared to testify again. Concurrently the legal system has arrested 18 military officers on January 6th for crimes against humanity and their part in the destruction of Mayan villagers during the country's open war against the people. Extraordinary about the recent indictments is the power of those indicted, their high rank and known closeness to their U.S. protectors / handlers who aren't immune to eventual prosecution. 12 of the officers were trained by the U.S. School of the Americas. Allan Nairn describes the arrests as the "beginning of a Nuremberg trial-type process" except applied by the local people; he notes the arrests would have been impossible without massive support for reform shown by the people's uprising against the former president. He recognizes in the extremes of the Guatemalan military's crimes and torture the contemporary acts of ISIS. Challenges to impunity aren't limited to Guatemala. On January 6th in El Salvador, the government acceded to Spain's request for the extradition of 17 former soldiers including officers of the military's High Command, all involved in the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter (previous). Ralph McGehee's 1999 archive CIA Support of Death Squads at Serendipidy includes material relevant to the war crimes in both Guatemala and El Salvador. Background.    Partial sources online: "New Moves on Old Crimes in El Salvador and Guatemala," Kevin Clarke, Jan. 7, 2016, The National Catholic Review; "Genocide trial for Guatemala ex-dictator Rios Montt suspended," Jan. 11, 2016, Reuters; "Guatemala Arrests 14 Ex-Military Officials Linked to Genocide," Jan. 6, 2016, Telesur; "Guatemala ex-military officials held over massacres," Jan. 7, 2016, BBC News; "Guatemalan authorities arrest SOA-trained officers for massacres, disappearances," Linda Cooper James Hodge, Jan. 11, 2016, National Catholic Reporter; '"CIA Death Squad," Allan Nairn, April 17, 1995, The Nation; "18 Guatemalan Ex-Military Leaders Arrested for Crimes Against Humanity During U.S.-Backed Dirty War," Amy Goodman / Allan Nairn, Jan.8, 2016, Democracy Now!.

 

      Ethiopia: the Ethiopian government continues to enjoy U.S. favour as it sacrifices the security of its peoples to corporate uses. Severe oppression of Ogadeni and the Oromo peoples, continues. The booming economy and its development are powered by Ethiopia's tactical and military uses to the U.S. and the coining of oppressed groups' resources. Curiously, Addis Ababa is the seat of the African Union. In recent elections of May 2015, the ruling party for 25 years met no effective opposition while opposition areas and groups were frightened or in places denied the voting process (UNPO). The government's attempt to take land rights within Oromo territory outside Addis Ababa was met on the streets with resistance resulting in the death of 140 Oromo protesters and arrests of Oromo leaders, activists, students, and journalists. The essentially nonviolent student protests were successful and a stronger resistance begins to cohere. Government plans for expansion had to be dropped. Journalists are banned from regions challenged by separatist groups which are labeled "terrorist." These have recognized that resources of both Oromo and Ogaden peoples among other minorities are coined to the profit of the government, creating humanitarian crises. The Ogadeni basin is divided into concession blocks for foreign corporate resource development of natural gas deposits. Government opposition press releases reveal no change in the government's tactics since Night's Lantern's genocide warnings of 2010 and 2011 which are suggested reading for background. Current estimates of internal displacement in this oasis of corporate capitalism reach 413,400 (OZY).     Partial sources online: "The Secret War in Ogaden," Laura Secorun Palet, Nov. 4, 2015, OZY; "Ogaden: Community Expresses Support to Oromo People," Press release, Jan. 7, 2016, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization; "Ethiopian journalists worry after editor flees," IBT staff, Nov. 24, 2015, International Business Times; "Ogaden: Killing and Destruction of Communities along Somalia Border," June 1, 2015, UNPO; "Ethiopian Election 2015: Is Democracy Prosperous or Destitute?" HPLHA Press release, June 28, 2015, Ayyaantuu News; "US official praises Ethiopian ‘democracy,’ rest of world begs to differ," Mohammed Ademo, April 18, 2015, Al Jazeera.

The entries of January 16th appear in a single essay / file, "Updates: coping with oppression in Canada, Guatemala, Ethiopia"

  January 13, 2016     Canada     Kashmir     Burundi

      Canada: in 1997 José Figueroa, an El Salvadoran national found refuge with his family in Canada, after threats and persecution by El Salvador's military government. When Canada's Conservative government learned he had been a member of the Farabundo Marti Liberation Front, the government decided to deport him. Faced with an arrest warrant and deportation order in 2013 he took sanctuary in a B.C. Lutheran Church. Pleas to the Conservative Minister of Immigration produced no result. Under Canada's new government on Dec. 21, the Canadian Border Services Agency threw out the arrest and deportation order, and José Figueroa was free to continue his life in Canada with his wife and children.     Partial sources online: "El Salvador man who spent 2 years in B.C. church granted permanent residency,"Tamsyn Burgmann, the Canadian Press, Dec. 22, 2015, CTV News; "Deportation order withdrawn against José Figueroa in time for Christmas," Yvette Brend, Dec. 22, 2015, CBC News.

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and supporters of Mohamed Harkat who continue to fear for his safety from torture and fear for his life if deported to Algeria, ask the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to reconsider the order for his deportation and allow him to remain in Canada with his wife, family and friends. Mohamed Harkat was one of the five highly publicized Muslim refugees / immigrants to Canada arrested on Canadian Security certificates. Taken from his life and imprisoned on December 10, 2002, through arduous court battles he was gradually returned to family. Previous     Partial sources online: "Advocate warns Ottawa man faces serious mistreatment if deported," Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press, Dec. 10, 2015, CTV News; Mohamed Harkat's Deportation Should Be Stopped Immediately," Press release, Dec. 21, 2015, ICLMG.

 

      Kashmir: on World Human Rights Day the Research Section of the Kashmiri Media Service released a report asserting that since India's troops occupied Kashmir in January of 1989: 94290 civilians were killed (7038 in custody), 22806 women widowed, 107545 children became orphans, 10167 women were molested by troops, 106050 residences were damaged; over 8000 people disappeared in custody, with an emphasis during the past seven years on the arrest of thousands of young people and resistance leaders. On January 1, 2016, a six man Kashmiri guerrilla unit entered India's Pathankot airbase and remained four days. At least six security personnel and an officer were reported killed. The six guerrillas were killed. These are said to be indigenous fighters from independent Kashmiri resistance units under the umbrella of Kashmir's United Jihad Council (UJC).     Partial sources online: "94,290 Kashmiris killed by Indian troops since 1989: report," Dec. 10, 2015, The Nation (Pakistan); "UJC 'will keep hitting India' until it stops genocide in Kashmir," Jawad R. Awan, Jan. 7, 2016, The Nation.

 

      Burundi: on December 23, 2015, Canada suspended deportation to Burundi of those from Burundi seeking asylum in Canada, excepting those charged with crimes or human rights violations. The deportation reprieve is similar to those for refugees from Gaza, Somalia, Syria, Mali, Central African Republic ("Canada suspends deportations to strife-torn Burundi," AFP, Dec. 2, 2015, Yahoo! News). The Human Rights Watch coordinator in Burundi reveals one of the civil rights violations HRW faults is the government's radio ban. Radios were confiscated. Found to be a primary means of spreading hatred and incitement to genocide before the Rwanda genocide, the removal of radios seems an acceptable emergency action by Burundi's government attempting to prevent hate killings. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty reports on human rights violations in Burundi mention crimes committed but without naming perpetrators. The murders of human rights leaders this past year are noted by HRW without naming suspects. The evil doers are shadow figures. It is implied that the government is guilty, without providing adequate evidence. There may be a Western campaign to overturn the current government. A clarifying article by Gearóid Ó Colmáin in Dissident Voice, charges Amnesty and HRW with tactical propaganda, and traces the chaos and misery to corporate Euro-American NATO interference. The thesis is cogent. The article mentions a corporate interest in nickel and possibly agricultural lands. This would provide motivation for corporate expansion if we understand it simply to be how first world foreign policy functions, how corporate and military expansion works. The possible destruction of thousands in Burundi could be part of a global m.o. - nothing personal, not directed at a specific ethnic group or the inter-tribal warfare which might risk definition as genocide, but simply acquisition. Resistance to corporate crime requires complete rejection of racial conflict or tensions. As suggested in the previous posting, setting the people against eachother by tribal grouping, is a crime against all the people. Both Colmáin's article and a KPFA interview by Ann Garrison find current President Pierre Nkurunziza popular among the people, particularly the rural poor, with evidence that primary tensions are urban/rural, ie rich/poor. In Nkurunziza favour: over three thousand schools, universal primary education, increased life expectancy from 43 to over 50 since 2000, hospital births increasing from 15% in 2005 to 70%, free health care for pregnant women and children under five, a decrease in abject poverty from 80% to 60%. Not allowed a third term under a previous peace treaty agreement, Burundi's court has approved the President's bid for a third term in office, while his opponents and NATO countries have objected. There is a reasonable possibility that Burundi is being destabilized by outside interests. In as much as this concerns NATO NGO's, it may explain increased difficulties for Burundi's human rights community. While a confident group within Burundi has declared it's intention to replace the government by force, there are also reports of refugee exiles being recruited to fight against their homeland, as well as specific recruitment in Rwanda where Kagame's invasion of his homeland once caused the separation of citizens into tribal identification, initiating the Rwandan genocide of 1994.     Partial sources online: "The Human Rights Empire Attacks Burundi," Gearóid Ó Colmáin, December 23rd, 2015, Dissident Voice; "Burundi: Samantha Power invite le gouvernement à revoir sa décision," Dec. 22, 2015, SeneNews.com; "Burundi on a Knife's Edge: the UN Human Rights Council Must Act Vigorously to Prevent a Human Rights Disaster, Dec. 16, 2015, Amnesty International; "Jordan Ryan: UNDP address at the Development Partners Conference on Burundi, Geneva, Switzerland," Oct 29, 2012, UNDP[access:< http://www.africa.undp.org/content/rba/en/home/presscenter/speeches/2012/10/29/jordan-ryan-undp-address-at-the-development-partners-conference-on-burundi-geneva-switzerland/ >]; "Burundi: Nkurunziza uplifts Burundi’s 93 percent rural poor," Ann Garrison, Dec. 28, 2015, BayView / KPFA Weekend News broadcast Dec. 25, 2015.

 

 

2015 suppressed news

 

 

A branch that comes from violence will not take root;
for a blighted root is on sheer rock, like reeds by the
banks of a river, which are dried up before any grass; but
kindness, like eternity, will never be cut off, and faithfulness
will be established forever
- from Ben Sira
(Dead Sea Scrolls Bible, Abegg et al)

 

This account is against forgetfulness. 

    

 

 


by john bart gerald
graphics by julie maas
guest contributions as noted
13 may 2016