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2017 suppressed news
concerned with the prevention of genocide
by j. b. gerald
graphics by j. maas
2018March 22, 2018
U.S.A.: Ruchell Cinque Magee: (see previous): writing in BayView Magee lets us know his parole application will be heard by the state under a federal mandate requiring release of prisoners over 60 that have served over 25 years. He's 79 this month held more than 54 years in a California state prison. He has committed no act of violence and his initial sentence in 1963 of 7 years to life was in his words "a conviction for kidnap to rob for $10." In 1975 he was sentenced to seven years to life, concurrently, for "kidnap to run", after attempting to escape at the Marin County courthouse in 1970 when Jonathan Jackson (at 17) stormed the courthouse. Jackson, two prisoners and a judge were killed by guards. Magee, critically wounded, survived. Magee writes he was sentenced under Penal Code 1168 which allowed only a 17 year maximum sentence. The system hasn't dealt honestly or justly with him and he should be released with compensation; no correction of the system can give him back his years. They are using cruel and gross injustice against prisoners as a tactic to frighten Americans into cooperation. Those responsible for no earlier parole should be investigated, if not by a U.S. ombudsman then under international law.Partial sources online: "Ruchell Magee, longest held political prisoner in the world, heads to parole hearing," March 2, 2018, Ruchell Cinque Magee, BayView; Ruchell Cinque Magee, sole survivor of the Aug. 7, 1970, Courthouse Slave Rebellion," Kiilu Nyasha, Feb. 2, 2017, BayView; "Ruchell "Cinque" Magee," Nov. 16, 2017, Prison Solidarity.
“Slavery 400 years ago, slavery today. It’s the same but with a new name.” – Ruchell Cinque Magee (apprec. Kiilu Nyasha)
March 21, 2018
New York City: ATTEMPTED TAKEOVER OF COURT AND PAROLE BOARD DECISIONS
Herman Bell of the New York Three was finally granted parole at his eighth parole hearing with his release date set for late April. Bell is 70. The State Parole Board immediately came under fire from New York's Patrolman's Benevolent Association, the widow of one of the slain patrolmen and part of the other officer's family. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and State Senator Patrick Gallivan heading the state's Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, publicly stated their opposition to the Parole Board decision, undermining the rights and expectations of all prisoners, and the institution of parole. The sentence given Bell by the judge was not a life sentence but 25 years to life which intentionally includes the possibility of parole. Police and politicians don't have the legal right to take over the judge's decision, or the Parole Board's. Our pages haven't followed the "New York 3" among many other prisoners whose lives and fate were formed by the FBI and NYPD's administration of COINTELPRO policies. These were evident in the makeshift trial of the San Francisco Eight. But in New York this extreme public reaction of the police union, the PBA president Pat Lynch's harangue fit for a mob ("This animal..." is how he referred to Bell), the misstatements of fact, politicians' risking the democratic process for police approval, all warn of fascism. They also revile Bell, a model prisoner, whom they've made a target when he is released. Understanding that police anger remains tangled in the tragedies of two who died in the line of duty (many Black Americans have also died but simply walking down the street), it should be remembered that allegations of killing police was a crime of preference for prosecuting Black community leaders (and white radicals) under the COINTELPRO program, and often in circumstances where testimony of prosecution witnesses later came into question. Partial sources online: "Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Issue International Call for Justice for the SF8," Feb. 10, 2008, 4strugglemag; "Don't let Parole Become a Meaningless Concept," Editorial Board, March 18, 2018, The New York Times; "Free Herman Bell," Feb.21, 2016, Makheru Bradley.
March 15, 2018Honduras Israel
Honduras: with strong evidence of voting fraud supported by the U.S., the January 27th installation as president of Juan Orlando Hernandez relied on police and military security forces which countered mass demonstrations across the country with the murder of 16 citizens and an unreported number of 'preventive' arrests. Reuters notes that in early December alone there were mass arrests of 1351 people. Previous. Since the U.S. supported ouster of democratically elected Manuel Zelaya corporate interests have continued to advance through police state tactics and murder. The alleged mastermind of the plot to murder activist Berta Cáceras two years ago was arrested as he tried to leave Honduras early in March. David Castillo Mejía, a former military intelligence officer (four of the nine suspects arrested so far for this killing have military ties) is the CEO of the dam building company Cáceras, an indigenous leader, and the community were protesting. The dam was proceeding without community approval. She was shot at her home around midnight, March 2nd or 3rd, 2016. The U.S. which is generally responsible for protecting corporate interests in Honduras from a citizens' democracy has publicly approved the arrest although the U.S. has provided the Honduran police and military an estimated 200 million dollars of aid since 2010. An investigation by The Guardian discovered Berta Cáceras listed on a military hitlist delivered to U.S. trained elite forces. Honduras is known as the most lethal country in the world for environmental activists. With police state tactics at home, Honduras with Paraguay and Guatemala has indicated its willingness to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, in accord with the U.S. decision to move its embassy (Russia as well will move its embassy to West Jerusalem, believing that East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine). Previous.Partial sources online: "U.N. blames Honduras security forces for killing electoral protesters," Reuters Staff, March 12, 2018, Reuters; "Honduras, Paraguay "ready in principle" to move embassies to Jerusalem," JTA, March 12, 2018, The Jerusalem Post; "Berta Cáceres murder: ex-Honduran military intelligence officer arrested," Nina Lakhani, Mar 2, 2018, The Guardian; "Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier," Nina Lakhani, Jun 21, 2016, The Guardian.
Israel: a new law approved by Israel's parliament allows the Minister of the Interior to take away any Palestinian's rights to live in Jerusalem if considered disloyal or having committed what the Minister considers a criminal act or error in residency application. The threat includes Palestinians born there and whose families have lived and worked there for generations. Al-Jazeera points out that the current Interior Minister, Aryeh Den has in the past been "convicted of bribery, fraud and 'breach of trust'"; Den claims that the intent of the new law is the 'security of Israeli citizens'. The same reason of 'necessity for the security of Israeli citizens' - was given to explain the recent action of the Israeli army as it entered Burin village to claim the town secondary school with its land, firing tear gas into the school grounds and terrorizing the students. The town is bordered by three illegal settlements for Jewish Israelis only. There is little evidence within Israel of overt Jewish resistance to military policies. There is resistance by Orthodox Jews who continue to protest forced conscription into Israel's military on religious and cultural grounds. The nonviolent protests have been met with police brutality and arrests. The law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from military service in order to maintain the culture through immersion in their religious studies was nullified by Israel's Supreme Court in mid-September 2017.Partial sources online: "Israel passes law to strip residency of Jerusalem's Palestinians," March 7, 2018, Al Jazeera; "Israeli troops enter Burin to 'confiscate' more land," Anadolu news agency, March 12, 2018, Al Jazeera; "Would-be converts must marry or leave partners, Knesset committee told. The practice has been called 'coercive and unfair'," Jeremy Sharon, March 12, 2018, The Jerusalem Post; "9 arrested after Orthodox Jews clash with police in Jerusalem over military draft (VIDEOS)," Sept. 18, 2017, TV-Novosti; "‘We’d rather die than enlist’: Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with police over military draft (VIDEOS)," March 13, 2018, TV-Novosti.
March 14, 2018Myanmar El Salvador
Myanmar. Reuters reports that United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has presented yet another genocide warning March 7th to the U.N. Human Rights Council; he fears acts of genocide against the Rohingya have occurred in the Rakhine province since last August. In her report to the U.N. Human Rights Council March 12th, Yanghee Lee, special rapporteur on Myanmar, has claimed the strong likelihood of genocide of the Rohingya and has urged accountability. The Myanmar military continues to reject U.N. claims. The U.S. and U.N. position currently is that the Rohingya are victims of ethnic cleansing. Adama Dieng, the UN's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide ending his visit to Bangladesh faults the international community for doing nothing to stop atrocity crimes against the Rohingya. The Anadolu Agency reports 750,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. Dieng has noted evidence of genocide and because of ongoing violence against Rohingya in Myanmar is not recommending return of refugees at this point. Amnesty International has released information that the military is currently bulldozing the Rohingya towns it has emptied through massacres or the people's flight, and is constructing military facilities throughout the Rakhine. Ongoing genocide warning. Previous"Despite the numerous warnings I have made of the risk of atrocity crimes, the international community has buried its head in the sand. This has cost the Rohingya population of Myanmar their lives, their dignity and their homes." - Adama DiengPartial sources online: "Note to Correspondents: Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, on his visit to Bangladesh to assess the situation of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar," Adama Dieng, March 12, 2018, United Nations Secretary-General; "Yanghee Lee: Incidents in Rakhine bear hallmarks of genocide," UNB, March 13, 2018, Dhaka Tribune; "Rohingyas could face further violence if they return to Myanmar, UN adviser warns," March 13, 2018, UN News; "UN official convinced of Myanmar Rohingya 'genocide'," Bard Wilkinson, March 12, 2018, CNN; "Myanmar: Remaking Rakhine State," ASA 16/8018/2018, March 12, 2018, Amnesty International; "Myanmar: Military land grab as security forces build bases on torched Rohingya villages," March 12, 2018, Amnesty International; "Global community 'buries head in sand' over Rohingya," Fatih Erel, March 13, 2018, Anadolu Agency; "Rohingyas could face further violence if they return to Myanmar, UN adviser warns," March 13, 2018, UN News; "'Acts of genocide' suspected against Rohingya in Myanmar: U.N." Stephanie Nebehay, Simon Lewis, March 7, 2018, Reuters.
El Salvador: it was announced on March 7th that Pope Francis had approved Archbishop Oscar Romero for sainthood. In 2015 Romero was declared a "blessed" of the Church. The qualification for sainthood requiring of martyrs only one miracle was met when Cecilia Maribel Flores, near death, recovered in answer to a prayer to the "blessed" Romero by her husband. Archbishop Oscar Romero known for attempting to defend El Salvador's poor against the country's U.S. supported military and death squads - begged and ordered soldiers to stop killing civilians. He was murdered March 24, 1980 as he celebrated mass. In 1992 a UN truth commission found the assassination order was given by Major Roberto D'Aubuisson Arrieta, a graduate of the U.S. School of the Americas, a member of Salvadoran military intelligence, a leader of the right wing death squads, and eventually a presidential candidate. With the military's immunity currently revoked El Salvador's judiciary has reopened the case. Partial sources online: "Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Romero to Be Made a Saint," Reuters, March 7, 2018, The New York Times; "Pope Francis approves sainthood for Oscar Romero," Staff Reporter, March 7, 2018, Catholic Herald; "He championed the poor and was killed by a death squad in El Salvador. Decades later, Archbishop Oscar Romero will be made a saint," Kate Linthicum, Esmeralda Bermudez, Tom Kington, Tracy Wilkinson, March 7, 2018, L.A. Times.
March 10, 2018
Myanmar: on March 7th the U.S. Holocaust Center took back its Elie Weisel prize awarded Aung San Suu Kyi April 18, 2012. A Nobel Laureate, she has lent respectability and verity to Myanmar's regime as it attempted to expunge the Rohingya from the nation. The Rohingya are considered the most persecuted group in the world. Aung San Suu Kyi is blamed for doing nothing to stop the ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide of the Rohingya while she is arguably the strongest single political force in Myanmar. Last November the City of Oxford England Award which she received in 1997 was revoked - it had honoured her for standing up to Burma's military. Night's Lantern's initial genocide warning for the Rohingya was posted in August 2012. By then twenty mosques had been burnt and tens of thousands of Rohingya were fleeing. The Washington Post makes available a video of Aung San Suu Kyi on receiving the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, Sept. 19, 2012 [access:< http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/aung-san-suu-kyi-recieves-congressional-gold-medal/2012/09/19/2dbde804-0297-11e2-91e7-2962c74e7738_video.html >]. As the humanitarian situation of Rohingya Muslims deepened and mass killings and exodus of Rohingya were in progress, Harvard honoured Aung San Suu Kyi with the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award (aka Humanitarian of the Year Award), Sept. 21, 2016. The Harvard Crimson noted some protest by students and Faculty at the awards ceremony which praised Aung San Suu Kyi for “her courageous struggle for democracy, human rights, and peace in her nation." Three Nobel prize winners - Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland, Shirin Ebadi of Iran, have called for Aung San Suu Kyi and the Myanmar military to stop the genocide or face charges. Myanmar's military denies allegations of genocide, asking for evidence yet refusing entry to UN investigators. It's possible that Aung San Suu Kyi could eventually face charges for a genocide carried out by the country's military. A former political prisoner of the military was she freed in order to play the role she has in a national crime? Myanmar's primarily Buddhist military has engaged for fifty years in a low intensity warfare with ethnic minority groups quite apart from the Rohingya Muslims and the attempts at national reconciliation (which have excluded the Rohingya) are gradually drawing other minorities into a nationwide cease-fire. The military's denial of genocide against the Rohingya should be investigated. Background: from 2012 to 2018 Night's Lantern has noted 14 genocide warnings for the Rohingya in Myanmar. Previous.Partial sources online: "State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receives humanitarian award from Harvard," Shoon Naing, Sept. 19, 2016, Myanmar Times; "Harvard gives humanitarian award to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi," Nicole Fleming, Sept. 17, 2016, The Boston Globe; "Aung San Suu Kyi Wins Elie Wiesel Award," Michael Kaminer, April 17, 2012, The Forward; "Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award," Laura Koran, March 7, 2018, CNN; "Harvard Foundation Criticizes Myanmar Leader," Delano R. Franklin, Feb. 22, 2018, The Harvard Crimson; "Nobel peace laureates to Suu Kyi: "End Rohingya genocide or face prosecution," Reuters, March 7, 2018, Times of Malta; "Aung San Suu Kyi Scores 1st Win in Myanmar's Crumbling Peace Process," Ben Dunant, Feb.16, 2018, VOA; "Myanmar says it would like to see 'clear evidence' of genocide," Tom Miles, March 8, 2018, Reuters.
March 8, 2018
February 24, 2018France Western Balkans Israel U.S.
France: President Macron is planning to bring back the draft. After a twenty year hiatus the plans are for compulsory national service for women as well. All young people in the country can look forward to a shared experience of military programming. The draft provides a more direct, active interface with corporate mind control, marketing and population management than available with TV and the Arts. The length of service is to be determined. Macron himself hasn't served in the military.Partial sources online: "French president Emmanuel Macron to bring back compulsory military service for young people," Jon Stone, Feb. 14, 2018, Independent; "Macron vows to bring back ‘compulsory’ national service for French youth," Feb. 14, 2018, TV-Novosti.
Western Balkans: returning from a trip through Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has warned of polarization throughout this region. Adama Dieng noted lack of a common narrative needed to stabilize regional history and has asked for the suffering of victims from the conflicts to be recognized, addressed and cared for by all parties. Regional degeneration as enforced by NATO's dismemberment of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Under Tito the military ranks held both Serbs and Croats. An explanation for the extreme destabilization may be corporate wars. The Southern Gas Corridor project is planned through the region to take gas from Azerbaijan to Europe through Turkey. Destabilized governments are more easily bought to corporate uses but offer less security, which results in fascist controls or takeovers. The routes of the projected pipeline which include the Trans Anatolian Pipeline and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, are apparently still being worked out; the pipeline purpose is to replace Europe's need for Russian gas.Partial sources online: "The Balkans: The new natural gas pipeline is being planned," Nefeli Tzanetakou, Feb. 19, 2018, Independent Balkan News Agency; "UN adviser on prevention of genocide warns of challenges in Western Balkans," Feb. 13, 2018, Xinhuanet.
Israel: the aquifer that supplies water needs for the 2 million residents of the Gaza strip is almost entirely contaminated by salt, from sea water replacing aquifer water due to over-pumping, and sewage. Private suppliers offer drinking water at six times the regular cost. Israel's military actions against Gaza have heavily damaged the infra-structure. Israel's blockade of the Border with Egypt slows the entry of supplies for re-building. The area desalinization plant requires electricity which is often not available. It's alleged that the government of Israel is intentionally depriving Gaza of water necessary for survival. If so the government of Israel adds to its risk of being charged with genocide. It would be hard to refute allegations that Israel's government and military policies are intentionally creating conditions of life which make life unsustainable for Gaza's citizens. An ongoing genocide warning. This is an area of the law Israel shows little fear of. Dan Gertler, an Israeli mining resources broker operating in Democratic Republic of Congo within a context of genocide due to the carnage surrounding mining interests has recently been sanctioned by the U.S. despite claims that he has improved the Congo's infrastructure. In Israel, 40,000 Africans (from Eritrea and Sudan) are singled out to be threatened with deportation or prison.Partial sources online: "Ninety-seven Percent of Gaza Drinking Water Contaminated by Sewage, Salt, Expert Warns," Zafrir Rinat, Jan.21, 2018, Haaretz; "More than 97% of Gaza water undrinkable due to Israeli measures," Jan.21, 2018, Days of Palestine; "Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, Israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot," Darius Shahtahmasebi, Feb.15, 2018, Mint Press News; "Israel gives thousands of African migrants a choice — go to jail, or be deported to a country you’ve never seen before," Rodney Muhumuza AP, Feb. 21, 2018, The Toronto Star; "Israeli Diamond Tycoon With Ties to Democratic Republic of Congo Slapped With U.S. Sanctions," Dec. 22, 2017, Haaretz.
U.S.: a reminder. While her trial was probably illegal under international law Aafia Siddiqui, was convicted in New York City for allegedly firing on U.S. guards when she was a U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan. The only person shot was Ms. Siddiqui. She is currently serving an 86-year sentence in Federal Medical Center, Carswell Fort Worth. New York City was a government preferred venue for trials of alleged "terrorists" due to location of the World Trade Centers and their destruction. The mother of three, with a B.S. degree from M.I.T. and a Phd in neurosciences from Brandeis University is a Muslim. She hasn't been allowed telephone contact with her family for two and a half years. Encouraged toward sensitivity by an advanced education and toward gentleness by motherhood she became victim of abuse by the U.S. military, the U.S. media, U.S. law enforcement, the U.S. judicial system and the U.S. bureau of prisons. Pakistani authorities believe her to be one of the most severely abused women in the Western world. She was at the least publicly, frighteningly and with impunity abused and continues to be. Western women's movements have been too fearful to ask for her return to Pakistan. Previous.Partial sources online: "Legal experts term Aafia Siddiqui ‘most wronged woman on the planet today’," March 4, 2017, Daily Times (Pakistan); "Dr Aafia’s sister prays for her safe release in 2018," Dec. 31, 2017, The Nation (Pakistan).
February 17, 2018
Myanmar: it's evident Burma has tried to destroy the Rohingya as an ethnic and religious group in Myanmar: humanitarian and witnessing groups including the UN are barred access to areas of alleged crimes. The journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who reported on the massacre at Inn Din are under arrest facing long sentences. Facebook has denied Rohingya witnesses access to share their information. Mass graves, personal testimonies of victims, massive exodus of refugees attest to the crime in progress. Some insight into why the global community has not insisted the crime be stopped is suggested by U.S. treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi (previous), a Nobel Prize winner favoured with awards and praise by the U.S. government and liberal establishment. She refused to intercede or call for a stop to the military's actions against the Rohngya as people died or fled by the thousands. While Aung San Suu Kyi is acknowledged as a primary force behind the power in Myanmar, she doesn't hold government office and Canada has sanctioned instead a specific general, Maj. Gen. Maung Maung Soe, for crimes against the Rohingya. The recognition of a genocide in progress is suppressed which allows the region to maintain its economic standing and ability to honor heavy investment and pay its debts. Canada's envoy to the region, Bob Rae was unsure the Rohingya refugees would be allowed to return home. Several Canadian groups concerned with genocide which usually serve government policies, have helped organize a "Berlin Conference on the Myanmar Genocide," at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Feb. 26, 2018, to let the German and the European public know more about the genocide in Burma. The conference faces the increasing power of Europe's anti-Islamic fascism: murder of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar makes the treatment of Muslim refugees in Europe look more...civilized, overlooking the causes of the Muslim influx where refugees are usually seeking to survive NATO's military and economic policies in their countries of origin. European nationalism finds it politically useful to fault Muslims, Roma, Jews and Africans. The Europeans may also be reluctant to recognize ethnic cleansing or genocide against the Rohingya, given Europe's current difficulty in recognizing its own crimes against the Roma. In Myanmar Rohingya are accused of being a foreign people though many have lived there for generations; this has some parallel to European persecution of Roma people of Europe for over a thousand years.The conference will feature representatives of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and other luminaries of government and academia prominent in the Euro-American consortium of genocide studies. Night's Lantern has carried an ongoing genocide warning for Myanmar since 2012. Partial sources online: "Reuters Publishes Shocking Report on Burmese Military’s Killing of Rohingya," Feb. 12, 2018, Democracy Now!; "The genocide in Burma continues. Yet the international community is still sitting on its hands," Azeem Ibrahim, Feb.7, 2018, The Washington Post; "U.S. says Myanmar denial of ethnic cleansing is 'preposterous'," Reuters Staff, Feb. 13, 2018, Thomson Reuters; "Canada imposes sanctions on Myanmar general over Rohingya abuses," Levon Sevunts, Feb. 16, 2018, Radio Canada International; "26 February: Berlin Conference on the Myanmar Genocide," Press release, Feb. 12, 2018, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.
February 16, 2018
Israel: while its Education Committee recognized the Armenian genocide in 2016, on February 14th the Knesset, Israel's parliament, refused a bill which recognizes the historical crime. It's believed one and a half million Armenians died as a result of the Ottoman Turkish government's program. While Israel's founding may be attributed to the genocide of European Jews in the Holocaust, the government of Israel's support of other groups victim to genocide is lacking in European defences against persecution of the Roma and what may be an attempt to extinguish the Roma people within France, genocides of Arab peoples - notably the Palestinians, ongoing genocide of the Congolese people in the struggle by foreigners for its resources (ie.). In the instance of denying official recognition of the Armenian genocide, recognition is considered politically unwise (it might offend modern Turkey and the U.S. government as well has failed to recognize the Armenian genocide). To commemorate the genocide against their people and all victims of genocide Armenian religious and civic groups have called for a demonstration in Times Square New York on April 22, from two to four o'clock.Partial sources online: "Armenian Genocide Commemoration to be Held in Times Square on April 22," Feb. 14, 2018, The Armenian Weekly; "Knesset votes down bill recognizing Armenian genocide," Lahav Harkov, Feb. 14, 2018,
U.S.: Blacks and Latinos are being denied mortgages and loans,disproportionately. According to Government statistics the worst offender,TD Bank (of New Jersey) denied 54% of Afro-Americans and 45% of Latinos while the national averages are 16% and 13%. In 2016 an assessment by the Treasury Department Office of the Comptroller of the Currency of TD Bank performance relative to the Community Reinvestment Act found TD Bank very successful.Partial sources online: "Kept out: Loophole in law for the poor spurs gentrification," Aaron Glantz & Emmanuel Martinez, Reveal, Feb. 15, 2018, Ocala Star Banner; "8 lenders not serving people of color for home loans," Aaron Glantz & Emmanuel Martinez and Jennifer Gollan, Reveal, Feb. 15, 2018, The Detroit News.
February 11, 2018
Canada: below and previous. As early as 2009 the Harper government limited Roma immigration to Canada from the Czech Republic by visa restriction and from Hungary as well by claims of "bogus refugees," and application refusals. Night's Lantern carried multiple genocide warnings for both countries (1 and 2). To Immigration and Citizenship Canada's credit the low admission rate has changed with about half the applications from Hungary being accepted (as of Sept, 2017). Recent statistics obtained by CBC News reveal that Ontario has increased its acceptance rate of Roma to 70%. Nationally, acceptances are high for applicants from Syria and Afghanistan and low for applicants from Haiti. The overall higher acceptance rates are attributed to improved waiting times for the bureaucracy's procedures.Partial sources online: "70% of Roma refugee claims now positive in Ontario, after years of low success rates," Lauren Pelley, Feb. 7, 2018, CBC News; "Canada's acceptance rate of asylum seekers is the highest in 27 years — here's why," Tara Carman, Feb. 7, 2018, CBC News.
February 10, 2018
Europe: founded in France, The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement - EGAM, has successfully aided in closing a pig farm located at the site of the Lety Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic (previous). Primarily Roma and Sinto people died there in 1942 and 43. The Times of Israel says 90% of the Czech Roma were murdered during the Nazi occupation. To close the pig farm the centre-left Czech government bought the farm from AGPI agricultural firm for 18 million euros. On January 26, 2018 an agreement was signed with representatives of the Czech government and the Museum of Roma Culture at Brno, to clear the pig farm site, restore the dignity of place and build a memorial to the concentration camp victims. With lessons from the mobilization of Roma and concerned Europeans to do something about Lety and to counter Europe's history of oppressing Roma peoples EGAM launched on January 27th the European Foundation for the Memory of the Genocide against the Roma. Its primary purpose will be to research and preserve the facts of the attempts to exterminate the Roma, as well as gain reparations and support for the Roma's fight against racism throughout Europe. EGAM has been protesting anti Roma Sentiment since 2010, as the political use and renewal of prejudice against Roma took root throughout Europe. France and Europe owe Benjamin Abtan, the founder and President of EGAM, thanks for reminding people of the decency in European traditions. France has been evicting Roma people onto the streets and bulldozing their communities since Sarkhozy's presidency. The policy of evicting and 'expatriating' Roms was pursued enthusiastically by socialist François Hollande's Minister of the Interior and Prime Minister, Manuel Valls. Despite an attempt under French law to assure that the evicted were provided with alternative lodgings, they usually weren't. The destruction of Roma encampments continued throughout France, despite warnings from the European Union, and without regard for the human rights of the victims. France's impunity and Europe's silence is reflected in the recent report by the European Roma Rights Centre which notes an increase of 12% from 2016, to 11,309 Roma evicted by French authorities in 2017, with 8161 forcibly evicted. These include entire families thrown into the winter streets. (Previous reports). A legislative attempt to discourage throwing out Roma families in winter only encouraged evictions by authorities in these harshest months. Under current President Emmanuel Macron the evictions have increased. France's continuing and merciless eviction of Roma peoples, destruction of communities, harm to educational opportunities for Rom children, substandard housing for a people, unsanitary water, enforced poverty, and inability to respect the human rights of Roma people, continue a current genocide warning Night's Lantern first noted in 2010. A sample of discrimination as a norm, published in the 2017 ERRC report: “Thousands of children cannot go to school this year” says the Collectif pour le droit des enfants roms à l'éducation (CDERE) in a press release published on 1 September. Recent research conducted by CDERE showed that Romani children are denied access to schooling by a combination of repeated forced evictions, the refusal of mayors to permit school enrolment, and a lack of housing. The organisation calls on the Ministry of Education to take measures to stop this “unworthy, shameful and contrary to human rights situation”.Partial sources online: "Pour la création d’une Fondation européenne pour la mémoire du génocide contre les Roms !" EGAM, Jan.27, 2018, European Grassroots Antiracist Movement email; "Dignité pour Lety!" EGAM, Feb. 5, 2018, European Grassroots Antiracist Movement email; "Czech Republic buys pig farm at former Nazi camp to shutter it," AFP, Nov. 23, 2017, Times of Israel; "Equality Law Fails, Roma Evictions Increase in France," Press release, Feb. 6, 2018, ERRC / European Roma Rights Centre; "Census of forced evictions in living areas occupied by Roma (or people designated as such) in France: Annual results for 2017," ERRC.
February 9, 2018
Canada. Tuberculosis update: in November 114 countries were represented at a World Health Organization conference in Moscow "on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response," pledging a global commitment - "the Moscow Declaration to End TB." In a world wide effort so far the global TB rate has dropped 37% since 2000. In Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, a mobile medical clinic was installed February 5th to test all 600 residents of the community for tuberculosis within ten weeks, before moving on to the next community. Nunavut's tuberculosis rate almost doubled between 2016 and 2017. In 2015 its tuberculosis rate was 26 times the average for Canada. It is unclear why the Government of Canada has not declared a national emergency for all areas of Indigenous health, nutrition, and living conditions.Partial sources online: "Tuberculosis May Finally Be History Thanks To Global Efforts," Kate Ryan, Feb. 8, 2018, GOOD Worldwide Inc.; "New global commitment to end tuberculosis," WHO News release, Nov. 17, 2017, World Health Organization; "Major effort underway to fight tuberculosis outbreak in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut," Sara Frizzell, Kieran Oudshoorn, Jan 29, 2018, CBC News; "Canada: why aren’t conditions of life for First Peoples a national emergency?" J. B. Gerald, March 28, 2016, nightslantern.ca.
Background concerning the unacceptable high rates of tuberculosis among First Peoples (see previous 1 and 2): the government is treating these rates and the historical presence of tuberculosis as endemic rather than intentional. However the rates risk being understood as a continuation of early Canada's biological warfare against First Peoples. According to Kevin Annett rampant TB in schools was first reported to the government by Dr. George Orton in Alberta, in 1891. "Germ Warfare in Canada: More Evidence"[access:< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCNNfvtNHqw >] discusses attempts to contaminate Blackfoot and Sarcee peoples under the Treaty Seven Indian Reserves administration of Rev. Samuel Timms in Alberta in the early 1900's. Personal testimonies of victims testifying at Annett's "The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State" (www.itccs.org) provide evidence of biological warfare. These are part of his extensive work recognizing an intention to destroy Canada's Indigenous peoples as inherent in government policies since the country's inception. See previous. His gathering evidence of child abuse against First Peoples extends in later work to evidence of victims from other groups, with allegations against churches, the Vatican, the Pope and the Crown, of sexual abuse or complicity in sexual abuse, but often beyond a narrow focus of the Convention on Genocide as well as conventions of public thinking. While his work in sum may suggest the horrific universality of crimes against children, it nevertheless provides substantial and unrefuted specific evidence of genocide in the government's treatment of Indigenous children. Links are supplied here to the following: Hidden No Longer: Genocide in Canada, Past and Present, by Kevin D. Annett, Updated New Edition of Hidden from History: the Canadian Holocaust (3rd edition), 2010, The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State and The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared [access:< http://caid.ca/NoLonHid2010.pdf >]; Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust; The Untold Story of the Genocide of Aboriginal Peoples by Church and State in Canada, 2001, The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada [access:< http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/genocide.pdf >]. See previous 1 and 2. Modern bio-warfare tactics against indigenous groups is usually a suppressed issue in the Americas. Writing of Brazil, Shelton H. Davis in his Victims of the Miracle (1977, Cambridge University Press), refers to Brazilian government files and the Figueiredo Report - These files indicated that outsiders had deliberately introduced smallpox, influenza, tuberculosis, and measles organisms among the tribes of the Mato Grosso region between 1957 and 1963. In addition, the files of the Brazilian minister of the interior also suggested that outsiders had consciously introduced tuberculosis organisms among the tribes of the northern section of the Amazon Basin in 1964 and 1965. [p.11].
January 27, 2018
North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea): Canadian lawyer Christopher Black and the founder of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University, Dr. Graeme MacQueen, have written the International Criminal Court an Open Letter of January 23rd requesting the U.S. threats to commit genocide against North Korea be placed under the Court's investigation. Threats by U.S. President Trump and members of his administration to destroy the people of North Korea, a national group, are noted and underscore the "intent to destroy" understood as the signature of a genocide. The letter also points out that by meeting with the U.S. in Vancouver January 16th Canada's leadership becomes complicit in a conspiracy supporting the threatened use of genocide. Black and MacQueen's letter is an honest and appropriate statement as the Doomsday clock reaches two minutes to twelve. While the U.S. does not submit to the authority of the ICC and reserves the right to decide in individual instances whether it's bound by the Convention on Genocide or not, the law against genocide is also written into U.S. domestic law (U.S. Code; Chapter 50A; Title 18, Part 1, Section § 1091 Genocide) with specific reference to incitement, although attempts to apply it to U.S. leadership have met with continual defeat. Canada is subject to the I.C.C. and the Convention on Genocide is also applicable under domestic law in Canada (for clarification of this: "North American game plans and the Convention on Genocide," John Bart Gerald, May 23, 2012, nightslantern.ca). Night's Lantern issued its initial genocide warning for North Korea on September 24th, 2017.Partial sources online: "The Genocide Conspiracy Against North Korea: An Open Letter to the International Criminal Court," Christopher Black, Jan. 26, 2018, New Eastern Outlook; "'The survival of our entire civilization is at stake': Billionaire George Soros issues a stark warning to the global elite at Davos," Will Martin, Jan. 26, 2018, Business Insider.
January 26, 2018
Canada: the government has renewed and reaffirmed its pledge to provide safe drinking water for all Indigenous communities. A CBC report notes that the number of long term public water advisories has increased from 67 to 91, and 1047 systems for drinking water have become eligible for Indigenous Services Canada funding. The government plans for the water advisories to be no longer necessary by 2021. The 2016 budget allocated 1.8 billion dollars for five years of improvement and maintenance for the water and wastewater infrastructure of reserves, and another nearly 142 million dollars for improved monitoring of the drinking water. Water funding might also draw on the 4 billion dollars (over ten years) allocated to improving community infrastructure, as well as on previous allocations. Briefing documents released at Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott's news conference Jan. 23rd, indicate that non Indigenous Canadians outlive their native counterparts by 15 years; infant mortality rates are two to three times higher for Indigenous people; the rate of diabetes for example is 4 times higher. The government's desire to address these problems is aware of a 30 billion dollar deficit needed for the infrastructure of the reserves. Concerning unequal welfare services for children on reserves as compared to the general population, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the government must end the inequality and the Minister is seeking the budgeting necessary for full compliance. The next budget is to also include funds to help keep children from 'troubled' families, in community rather than placed in foster homes. There are Indigenous children subjected to the child welfare system who consider it, as practised, cultural genocide. Minister Philpott's approaches to common sense, encouraged by Tribunal order and recognizing conditions of long term neglect, are a step forward for government. Night's Lantern began noting genocide warnings for the Aboriginal communities in 2005.Partial sources online: "'We must get this done': Liberals stick to First Nations water promise amid new boil-water advisories," John Paul Tasker, Jan.23, 2018, CBC News; "Feds' First Nations drinkable water pledge just got harder," Rachel Aiello, Jan. 23, 2018, CTV News; "Lifespan of Indigenous people 15 years shorter than that of other Canadians, federal documents say," The Canadian Press, Jan. 23, 2018, CBC News; "Liberal budget will contain funds to keep more Indigenous kids out of foster care: Philpott," Gloria Galloway, Jan.23, 2018, The Globe and Mail; "The Millennium Scoop: Indigenous youth say care system repeats horrors of the past," Anna Maria Tremonti, Jan. 25, 2018, The Current / CBC radio.
January 20, 2018Chalk River Ontario Qikiqtarjuaq Nunavut Maskwacis, Alberta Chile Peru
Chalk River, Ontario : the private company, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, is planning a nuclear waste disposal facility about a kilometer from the Ottawa River 180 miles upstream from Ottawa. The waste source would primarily be the Chalk River nuclear facility, most recently in the news as a source of nuclear trash trucked from Chalk River to Savannah Georgia in 2017 (Previous 1 and 2). The facility would take in a million cubic metres of nuclear waste from 2020 to 2070, leaving the waste to contaminate the land, the water table, the Ottawa River, and the downstream major cities of Ottawa and Montreal. Chalk River nuclear labs is asking for a ten-year renewal of its operating license from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission which will hold public hearings from Jan.23rd to 25th at Pembroke Ontario. The company has not consulted with Indigenous group about storing the nuclear waste, as required under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Partial sources online: "'Insanity' to allow nuclear waste disposal near Ottawa River, Indigenous groups say," Jan. 18, 2018, CBC News; "Proposed radioactive waste disposal site in Chalk River raises concerns," Apr. 10, 2017, CBC News.
Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut: For the first time the Government of Nunavut has dispatched a medical team to address tuberculosis in Qikiqtarjuaq where 10% of the residents have TB. Nunavut's chief medical officer is worried by high infection rates in about two thirds of the territory's communities. Historically the problem has been denied adequate Federal resources, concern and attention. Last Fall the Federal government of Canada launched a program to address tuberculosis among the Inuit, whose TB rate in 2015 was 270 times that of non-Indigenous Canadians. Previous. Tuberculosis among the Inuit is an affliction historically documented in, for example, surviving data on the shipments of thousands of Inuit TB patients to Hamilton Ontario from the 1940's to 1960's. Within a perspective of the Convention on Genocide, this is part of a larger emergency which has continued for so many years without being adequately addressed, that there is a strong argument for the intention of a genocide. Partial sources online: "10% of residents in Nunavut community infected with TB, crisis team to visit," Dec. 29, 2017, CBC News; "Inuit, Ottawa launch task force to fight tuberculosis in the North," Nick Murray, Oct. 8, 2017, CBC News; "'It gave me a sense of closure': Database on Inuit tuberculosis graves offers some answers," Nick Murray, Oct. 5, 2017, CBC News.
Maskwacis, Alberta: Maskwacis is four Indigenous communities about 70 to 100 kilometres to the south of Edmonton. By unofficial report, since December fourteen people have taken their own lives (Morin, CBC). Community members say emergency suicide hotlines connect to people with no understanding of Indigenous culture. The people fear hospitals which might lock them up or where children services will take away their kids. Within a perspective of the Convention on Genocide, this is part of a larger emergency where the conditions of a genocide remain inadequately addressed assuring its continuation.Partial sources online: "No state of emergency on Alberta First Nation reeling from number of suicides," Martha Troian, Jan. 11, 2018, APTN National News;"'We are dying': Maskwacis community members overwhelmed by suicides," Brandi Morin, Jan 14, 2018, CBC News.
Chile: the country hosted a visit from Pope Francis in the midst of a major controversy concerning sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the visit was marked by the burning of 11 (sic) Roman Catholic Churches. The source of the fire bombings is unclear though the media tries to blame the Mapuche Indians who have historically resisted European excesses. Many people remain angry at the Pope's appointment of a bishop with close ties to the country's best known exposed pedophile priest, Rev. Fernando Karadima. In the last ten years 78 members of religious orders or priests have been charged with or publicly accused of sexual abuses. While commiserating with victims of abuse during his visit the Pope's departure from Chile was marred by his statement refusing to accede to allegations - without proof beyond the accusations of Karadima's victims, that Bishop Juan Barros knew about and had covered up Karadima's crimes. The appointment of Barros and public discrediting of victim testimony reminds those who feared the Church's complicity and allegations of Pope Francis's collaboration with the Videla government during Argentina's 'dirty war'. Partial sources online: "In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churches," Jan. 19, 2018, Tampa Bay Times; "Pope Francis accuses Chilean church sexual abuse victims of slander," AP, Jan. 19, 2018, The Guardian.
Peru: Following the pardon of war criminal genocidaire Alberto Fujimori, the popularity of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has fallen to a new low (20%). Kuczynski is currently married to Nancy Ann Lange of Rock Springs, Wisconsin, cousin of Jessica Lange, and has worked for American banking and resource extraction as well as the World Bank and IMF. Outside the spheres of corporate politics people generally believe Fujimori killed too many people and had too many Indigenous women sterilized, with too great a profit to himself and his family, to be convincingly pardoned. The Pope was called in to attempt a reconciliation in this predominantly Catholic country, but has avoided directly confronting the problem of Fujimori. Usually the Church stands against forced sterilization and death squad murders. It has made an attempt to take up the interests of Peru's Indigenous peoples who were Fujimori's main intended victims. The pope was able to note in a footnote, some protest to ongoing (AP) advocacy of sterilizing women without informed consent. Visiting Peru's Amazonian rainforest the pope declared the Amazon "the heart of the Church" and "our common home," a commonality which has historically enforced a genocide of the Amazon's Indigenous peoples. The papal visit was greeted with several fires including the burning of Christ on the Lima hillside, which officials traced to a short circuit. Shortly before the Pope's visit the Vatican took over the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a right-wing Catholic movement whose founder Luis Fernando Figari is fleeing charges of sexual abuse: the society was intended to recruit "soldiers for god," while countering liberation theology.Partial sources online: "Ahead of Pope Francis visit, Vatican takes over Peru Catholic movement whose founder was accused of abuse," Nicole Winfield (AP), Jan. 10, 2018, thestar.com; "Pope Francis tells Indigenous in Peru that Amazon is the ‘heart of the church’," Nicole Winfield (AP), Christine Armario, Jan. 19, 2018, thestar.com; "Pope lands in Peru as president seeks help in political crisis," Jan. 18, 2018, Reuters; "The Latest: Pope decries sterilization campaigns in Peru," Jan. 19, 2018, Associated Press.>
January 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
22 March 2018