* * *
2017 suppressed news
concerned with the prevention of genocide
by j. b. gerald
2018January 10, 2018
Honduras: results of the Presidential election of November 26th vary according to the political and financial interests of their sources. Omitting most source notations here I can offer that it's likely the Presidential election was won by Salvador Nasralla while the incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez declared himself the winner. U.S. supported vote counts and tallies assured the incumbent President's victory. Hernandez represents the interests and group which took over Honduras through military coup in 2009, deposing elected president Manuel Zelaya (background). Nasralla believes Hernandez only has the backing of 10% of the Honduran people. Mondoweiss reports that during 2017 the Hernandez government purchased 209 million dollars worth of arms from Israel. If the arms are to protect the state from its people there's a constant latent risk of mass casualties. In the aftermath of the election 17 people were killed. Reportedly the former elected president Manuel Zelaya, allied with Nasralla, has called the people to the streets January 20th in a demonstration against inauguration of a fraudulent government. Nasralla's people held a peaceful march in San Pedro Sula January 6th. But Piensa Chile quotes Nasralla in this way: “Tienen que respetar mi triunfo. Si no lo quieren respetar, el pueblo hará que se respete mi triunfo. Nosotros tenemos el objetivo de que el 27 de enero se imponga la voluntad popular, independientemente de lo que cuatro gatos quieren”.
Guatemala: as noted December 21, the trial of Rios Montt has resumed despite years of corrupt legal tactics and delays. The initial trial found Rios Montt guilty of genocide and was invalidated on technical grounds. Now Rios Montt is beyond the reach of punishment due to medical and mental infirmity. Guatemala's impunity in attempts to eradicate portions of its Indigenous population risks encouraging impunity by other fascist leaders. Rios Montt's initial trial raised the awareness that the U.S. through training, advisors and the initiation of supposed anti-terror programs, as well as Israel, through training and arms supply, were complicit in the atrocities of Guatemala's military under the orders of Rios Montt. Both governments (with Honduras and smaller nations) are of the nine nations who have defied international law and assigned Jerusalem to Israel. In Guatemala a government program is trying to disenfranchise the country's ability to prosecute the crimes of mass slaughter protected by powerful foreign interests. To interject an historical note here: the investigation and trial of Rios Montt could occur because The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), initially a UN sponsored effort to initiate a standard of justice in the country, over some years strengthened the Attorney General's Office and impartiality of the courts allowing investigation and prosecution of atrocities. Back in 1999 the Commission for Historical Clarification, sponsored by the U.N., had found Guatemala responsible for acts of genocide against the Mayan Ixil but Guatemala's legal system was faced with criminal networks run by the government. Progress: in March 2018, the High Risk Court "C" will bring to trial 5 former high ranking military officers who were thought to be beyond justice, and are charged with the 1981 detention and abuse of Molina Theissen and on her escape to Mexico the 'disappearance' of her 14 year old brother. The previous president Pérez Molina (who as a young officer directly participated in the genocide of Ixil Maya) was removed from office for corruption. So the prosecution of Rios Montt is the result of sacrifices and risks to their lives of many brave people. The current president Jimmy Morales continually referred to as a former TV comedian, is attempting to banish from the country Iván Velázquez, as the head of The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). It's an attempt to terrorize all concerned with human rights including the judges whose 2013 conviction of Rios Montt has required protection of their lives and integrity from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The enduring impunity of a Guatemalan elite which allowed if not encouraged the crime to proceed in the past, continues a genocide warning for the country's Indigenous people. If the impunity of the elite is successful in Guatemala, the defenses against genocide elsewhere will be damaged and should raise genocide warnings for all Indigenous groups in the Americas.Partial sources online: "High-Profile Molina Theissen Trial to Start in Guatemala in March 2018," Jo-Marie Burt, Oct.27, 2017, International Justice Monitor; "CICIG, Leader of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Guatemala, Under Siege (Part I)," Jo-Marie Burt and Paulo Estrada, Oct. 2, 2017, International Justice Monitor; "The Anti-CICIG Campaign in Guatemala: Implications for Grave Crimes Cases (Part II)," Jo-Marie Burt and Paulo Estrada, Oct. 4, 2017, International Justice Monitor; "Bodies emerge from Guatemala’s war-era ‘model villages’," Dec. 30, 2017, BBC News; "CICIG, Leader of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Guatemala, Under Siege (Part I)," Jo-Marie Burt and Paulo Estrada Oct. 2, 2017, International Justice Monitor; "CIDH ordena proteger a jueces en Guatemala," Aug. 7, 2013, International Center for Transitional Justice. My essays on Guatemala include "Guatemala: a brave judiciary" (2013), "Masks of Investment: a Trial in Guatemala" (2013), "Good vs. Evil in Guatemala" (2013), "Genocide Denial in Guatemala" (2013).
January 9, 2018
Libya: recommended, "Ross Kemp - Libya's Migrant Hell" 54:34 minutes, provides some understanding of what NATO's destruction of Libya has meant (my sequence of entries concerning war crimes in Libya is available here). The nation of Libya was destroyed by covert actions of NATO countries followed by the 2012 bombing campaign. India refused to vote for Security Council Resolution 1973 which was used to justify the bombing, on the basis that the U.S. was using the "responsibility to protect" as a pretext for armed intervention, which should only be used as a last resort against "genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity" Sept. 21, 2012. The destruction of a functioning non-hostile society raises consideration of the crime of genocide. The malice of intention was made clear by Secretary of State Clinton. I understand this as an attempt to destroy a national group because of its allegiance to its leader. Most genocide prevention programs are funded by the perpetrators and ignore this, yet the words of the Convention on Genocide are also clear. The NATO attempt at an African genocide in Libya now extends to the deaths and displacement of thousands on thousands of people from different African countries subject to a Euro-American neo-colonial expansion which through destabilization, non-native financial control, direct military (Côte d'Ivoire) takeover, and corporate complicit African corruption, forces people to leave.
2017 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
10 January 2018