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by j. b. gerald
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August 29, 2023

      Guatemala: war crimes trials of retired Guatemalan military officers continue without reported reference to foreign handling, training or direction. On August 24th retired Lieutenant Colonel Juan Ovalle Salazar was sentenced to twenty years in prison. The former military commander was convicted by High Risk Court D, of crimes against humanity as the officer responsible for the Rancho Bejuco massacre of 25 Maya Achi Indigenous people (17 children). The massacre was carried out July 29, 1982 by Civil Self-Defense Patrol (PAC) personnel; these 6 PAC elements and 2 PAC/military coordinators were also charged but acquitted under the defense that they would have been killed if they hadn't followed orders: Mario Elfidio Córdova, Santiago Cojón Galeano, Lázaro Alvarado De Paz, Carlos Sesán Cajbón, Lauro Garrido Córdova, Mario Garrido Córdova, Juan López Sic and Santos Cojón Galeano. The acquittals and defense will likely be challenged. Colonel Juan Ovalle Salazar faces additional charges in the killing of 64 people at the 1982 Pambach massacre. Both massacres took place under the rule and responsibility of Ríos Montt who has been tried for genocide and found guilty. The ruling was overturned by a Guatemalan elite-controlled court. Background: "Masks of Investment: a Trial in Guatemala," "Good vs. Evil in Guatemala," "Guatemala: a brave judiciary", "Genocide Denial in Guatemala." In other news of Guatemala's war criminals Manuel Benedicto Lucas García (former armed forces head and School of the Americas graduate 1965), Francisco Luis Gordillo Martinez (SOA 1961), Manuel Antonio Callejas y Callejas (former chief of military intelligence and SOA 1962, 1970) were convicted by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in May 2018 of breaches of humanity, aggravated rape, kidnap and forced disappearance in the Molina Theissen case. They were sentenced to from 33 to 58 years imprisonment but were recently released by an appeals court. According to Al Jazeera they weren't freed because they remain accused of forced disappearance and genocide in other trials. For instance, Belgian authorities have charged Manuel Benedicto Lucas García (SOA 1965) and Manuel Antonio Callejas y Callejas (as well as Pedro García Arredondo - once chief of police intelligence, Ángel Aníbal Guevara Rodríguez - once minister of defense, Donaldo Álvarez Ruiz - once minister of the interior), with crimes against humanity in the deaths of Father Walter Voordeckers (May 12, 1980), Ward Capiau (October 1981), and Serge Berten (disappeared January 19, 1982). All three were missionaries and Belgian citizens. Father Voordeckers was killed for feeding and supporting strikers. Ward Capiau joined the Guerilla Army of the Poor to continue his religious activism. At his beatification April 2021 with nine other European and Indigenous victims, Serge Berten is noted as killed in the Guerilla Army of the Poor. Partial sources: "Guatemala: Ex-Military Convicted for Indigenous People Massacre," Aug. 25, 2023, TeleSUR; "Ex-Guatemalan army colonel sentenced to 20 years for 1982 Indigenous massacre," ed. Ed Newman, Aug. 28, 2023, Radio Havana Cuba; "Retired Guatemalan colonel sentenced to 20 years for civil war massacre," Enrique Garcia, Sarah Morland, ed. Robert Birsel, Aug. 25, 2023, Thomson Reuters; "Guatemala releases military officials convicted of grave crimes," June 10, 2023, Al Jazeera;"Manuel Benedicto Lucas Garcia and Others," May 3, 2023, Trial International; "Memory and forgetting in Guatemala: Catholic Church sets the war record straight," Sergio Palencia-Frener, June 6, 2021, Open Democracy; "CIA Support of Death Squads," Ralph McGehee, Oct. 9, 1999, RemarQ.



July 30, 2023

      Peru: (see previous) update: the largely fascist Peruvian Parliament has been set back by its "Decentralization Committee" which has stopped cold the progress of "The Genocide Bill." This draft bill attempted to strip protections from Peru's uncontacted tribes. Its defeat suggests there is some hope for humanitarian reason among Peru's voting elites who are familiar with issues of genocide during the Fujimori regime. Survival International has noted that the bill was "a naked land grab by the oil and gas industry," and that in the 1980's half a tribe, the Nahua, was eradicated during its initial contact with the oil exploration efforts of Shell. The basic struggle between foreign corporate interests and the Peruvian people for the resources of the country, continues. Quechua and Aymara Indigenous groups, worker and farmer organizations, human rights collectives, trade unions, student groups, social movements, teachers, artists, left of center political organizations, remain opposed to Dina Boluarte's presidency and over a hundred thousand people are actively engaged in nonviolent protest. Polls suggest that over eighty percent of Peru's people oppose Boluarte. Ten to thirty thousand mobilized for the Lima protests of July 19th, and while some police violence against protesters and journalists was reported there was no mention of the use of U.S. armed forces personel; Telesur reported on May 31, titular president Boluarte "authorized the entry into Peruvian territory of over a thousand U.S. soldiers, who will train the Armed Forces and the National Police." Specifically: "The U.S. military will carry out operations with the Peruvian Joint Intelligence and Special Operations Command (CIOEC), the Joint Special Forces (FEC), the Navy's Special Operations Forces (FOE), the Air Force's Special Forces Group (GRUFE), the Anti-drug Directorate (DIRANDRO), and the Police's Special Forces Directorate (DIROES)." The number of U.S. military personnel already in Peru is unsure. The U.S. Navy's biomedical research unit (Naval Medical Research Unit SOUTH) is known to operate in Lima (Wikipedia). For decades U.S. forces have been deployed to Peru for training. In 2015 Telesur reported a people's protest against the arrival of 3500 U.S, soldiers. Because both the U.S. and Canadian governments support the transfer by force from Peru's democratically elected president Pedro Castillo to the de-facto president Dina Boluarte, a threat of violence, unlimited force and genocide against the Peruvian people is ongoing. Boluarte's government is previously accused of genocide due to the murders of participants in the initial protests against her. Simply, Castillo, in prison, represents the attempts by the Peruvian people to control and benefit from their country's resources. Boluarte represents the interests of foreign investment. The protest will continue. Partial sources online: "Peru: new 'Genocide Bill' could wipe out all the country's uncontacted tribes," Feb. 28, 2023, Survival International; "Peru: 'Genocide Bill' scrapped as Indigenous people claim victory," June 24, 2023, Survival International; Peru: Mobilizations Continue Against Boluarte Regime With Demonstrators Taking Over Lima," July 21, 2023, Orinoco Tribune; "Peru: Chronicle of the Third Takeover of Lima," Julieta Díaz Lozano , July 29, 2023, Orinoco Tribune; "Boluarte Authorizes the Entry of US Military Into Peru," May 31, 2023, Telesur; "Peruvians protest against the presence of the US military," Aug. 20, 2015, Telesur (apprec. "The Implications of New US Troop Arrivals in Peru," W.T. Whitney, June 11. 2023, Counterpunch); "Peru lawmakers propose bill to strip Indigenous people of protections," Dan Collyns, Dec. 23, 2022, The Guardian.



July 15, 2023

      New York City. With sadness and respect we note the passing of Dr. Mutulu Shakur (Jeral Wayne Williams) on July 6, 2023 in Los Angeles. A New York City community leader with international affect, defender against drug addiction, targeted by the FBI's COINTELPRO, healer, acupuncturist, father of five, stepfather to rapper Tupac Shakur, Dr Shakur was granted parole when his death was assured by bone marrow cancer contracted in prison. He served 37 years for crimes of conspiracy and for helping Assata Shakur escape a New Jersey prison. We carry her open letter of 1998 (recommended). U.S. political prisoner Marilyn Buck was also convicted for aiding the escape and similarly paroled only after her death from cancer was certain. The heaviness of prison sentence, and lack of timely parole, as with Sundiata Acoli and Marilyn Buck, may have been related to their refusal to provide information about Assata Shakur's escape. She lives under a bounty of one million dollars offered by the F.B.I. and one million dollars by the Attorney General of New Jersey, which the people have ignored.



July 1, 2023

      Israel / Palestine: amid ongoing crimes against Palestinians incidents of anti-Christian hatred are increasing. Under two percent of the country is now Christian. Quoted in The New Arab a Palestinian Christian notes "Hatred by Jewish extremists towards Christians is far greater than their hatred towards Muslims." A report in UCA News explains that the custom of spitting on Christians which is increasingly evident derives from the Middle Ages when it was the last act of defiance available to Jews forced to convert. There are also direct attacks on Christian clergy, vandalism of churches and Christian graveyards, verbal threats and harassments likely to go unreported so one's papers aren't pulled. At the end of 2022 in Silwan, East Jerusalem, an area occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, land owned by the Greek Orthodox Church was stormed by Israeli settlers, fenced and taken over under the protection of Israeli police. To celebrate Shavuot holiday in May, several hundred settlers broke into the nearby Al Aqsa Mosque, the third most holy site of Islam. The location has religious meaning to Judaism as a site of two former temples. The infringement of Muslim rights increases as do settler attacks. At the end of June during the Eid morning prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Israeli forces stormed and arrested some of the 100,000 Muslim worshippers. The extreme disregard for the human rights and lives of Palestinians, and the expansion of Jewish settlements considered by the international community in violation of international law move Israel/Palestine toward tragedy. In Germany 2480 antisemitic incidents are reported for 2022. In Belgium, Liege has decided to cease all ties with Israel. Norway won't do business with any companies in the occupied territories. As humanitarian organizations in occupied territories are being de-funded and closed, its medical treatment obstructed by Israeli policies, a fragmented Palestinian medical system requires support by the international community. On May 24th the World Health Assembly (WHO) passed a clear resolution of concern and support. Canada and the U.S. voted against. Denial of medical care to a group raises the question of genocide. Within the perspective of the Convention on Genocide I recommend WHO's thorough report "Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan," Director General, May 17, 2023, 76 World Health Assembly WHO. In May, Genocide Watch issued an "Israel and Palestine Report." It diplomatically balances ideological moral claims to the territory and points out that "the Hamas charter explicitly calls for the destruction of the state of Israel." It also notes that Israel's building of settlements in areas occupied by and since the 1967 war is illegal. It recommends US. funding be contingent on Israel seeking peace. But it does not say that Israel is currently engaged in a genocide of Palestinians. It does not present the overwhelming and increasing number of murders, human rights violations, war crimes, psychological torments, crimes against humanity, against Palestinians, the personal losses of Palestinians, which lead to strong evidence of an ongoing genocide. A genocide warning, for the lives of the Palestinian population. Partial, other sources: "Germany antisemitism tracking group reports 2,480 antisemitism incidents in 2022," Ashley Wong, June 27, 2023, Jurist; "'Radical Jews' assault Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem," Ibrahim Husseini, June 2023, The New Arab; "Action needed to end anti-Christian incitement in Holy Land," Judith Sudilovsky, June 20, 2023, UCA News; "As 100,000 Muslims Attend Eid Morning Prayer, Israeli Forces Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque," June 28, 2023, The Palestine Chronicle; "Israel: Christian Establishments Vandalized Amid Escalation in Jerusalem," Feb. 3, 2023, The Persecution of Christians; "Israeli settler seizure of Christian land a 'threat to peaceful coexistence', says EU," MEE staff, Dec. 30, 2022, Middle East Eye; "Hundreds of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound," Abdel Raouf Arnaout, May 25, 2023, Anadolu; "Norway bans goods, services from Israeli settlements," News Desk, April 27, 2023, The; "Israel and Palestine Report," May 2023, Genocide Watch.



June 30, 2023

    United Nations: UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, has released her report on treatment of the victims of 9/11 and those incarcerated in Guantanamo. The report is available at This is the first official visit by UN human rights personnel permitted by the U.S. government since the prison camp's founding in January 2002. The U.S. is praised for its openness and cooperation in revealing prison records and the locations of what are in fact alleged crimes. The Rapporteur has not laid any criminal charges. The report does make clear that the crime of torture has occurred, among other crimes. The crime of torture has no statute of limitations. Note "Guantanamo Prisoners, June 21, 2004," by J.B. Gerald; "Press Release : Canadian Lawyers Charge Bush with Torture. November 30, 2004" Lawyers Against the War; "Press Release : Canada Blocks Torture Charges against Bush. December 8th 2004" Lawyers Against the War; since 2004 Canadian lawyers among others have made attempts to hold accountable those responsible for torture, see: Night's Lantern Archive: Lawyers Against the War and Related Materials. U.S. attorney Francis A. Boyle points out that the U.S. is bound by the Convention Against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions. Torture is also against U.S. military law. Partial, other sources: "Shocking UN Report: Guantanamo violates International law, may be crimes against humanity," Thom Dunn, June 28, 2023, Boing Boing; "Press Conference: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin," June 26, 2023, UN Web TV; "the guantanamo camp 2004 ~ 2005 ~ 2006 ~ 2007 sequential," J.B. Gerald, May 8, 2008,; "the guantanamo camp 2008," J.B. Gerald, May 20, 2008,



April 19, 2023

    Bolivia: threatened with charges in January, former President Jeanine Áñez was indicted April 17th by the Bolivian Prosecutor's Office for the crimes of genocide, murder, attempted murder and serious injury in the Senkata Massacre of Nov., 19, 2019. On that date security forces under her orders killed 10 people and injured at least a hundred primarily Indigenous people protesting her coup d'etat by blockading the Senkata gas facility. The U.S. and Canadian supported military coup ousted President Evo Morales making way for Áñez's installation in November. She used extreme force against coup protestors after assuring the police and military forces exemption from prosecution for brutality ("Supreme Decree 4078"). She is also held responsible for the Sacaba Cochabamba massacre of Evo Morales (Indigenous) supporters on Nov. 15, 2019. A group of Independent experts authorized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has verified both massacres at Sacaba and Sekata. Currently Áñez is serving 10 years for illegally declaring herself president in a case where she remains accused of terrorism. The extended charges against her of April 17th carry a thirty year sentence. Partial sources: previous 1, previous 2, "Criminal proceedings against Jeanine Áñez over Senkata massacre begin in Bolivia," People's Dispatch, Jan. 19, 2023, peoples dispatch; "Bolivia's Coup Leader Áñez Is Indicted for the Senkata Massacre," April 19, 2023, TeleSUR; "Lawyer questions the accusation against Áñez and justifies that in 2019 there was violence in Senkata," Judith Ochoa, April 19, 2023, laRazón.


    Peru: in a similar attempted takeover of government, Peru's titular president Dina Boluarte and Peru's right wing Parliament have maintained power with the police and military killing of over sixty unarmed civilians protesting the U.S. and Canadian backed coup, and the imprisonment of the elected President Pedro Castillo. The right wing Parliament and its government is supporting international resource-stripping interests. Now the Minister of Energy and Mines has announced privatization of lithium discoveries granting licenses for exploration without Indigenous consultation or approval , to a Canadian lithium and uranium mining company, American Lithium based in Vancouver and operating in Peru as Plateau Energy Metals aka Macusani Yellowcake. The projects are in the Puno region noted for Indigenous poverty and home of Peru's imprisoned legal President Castillo who tried to place control of the country's lithium among other resources in the hands of the people. The country's Indigenous leaders have condemned the licensing due to possible effects of toxic metals on 10 million people; they say no lithium is to be removed without their approval and require that the resource be industrialized within the country, to the benefit of is people. Lithium is important to the development of hydrogen bombs, nuclear power, batteries. Partial sources: "Peru's coup government is privatizing lithium mining," Tanya Wadhwa, April 18, 2023, peoples dispatch; "Peru and the People's Defenses, J.B. Gerald, March 4, 2023,; "Allegations of Genocide Return to Peru," J.B. Gerald, Jan 17, 2023,



April 18, 2023

A poem, "Bones" by Marilyn Buck, helps to understand this entry. In prison she understood that her guard had been a military adviser in El Salvador. She was serving eighty years on charges which included helping Assata Shakur escape prison in New Jersey. When she contracted cancer she was slow to be treated and died in 2010 several weeks after a release on "presumptive parole". Her spirit and poem last.

      U.S. / El Salvador: Previous. Democracy Now! reports the arrest of Roberto Antonio Garay Saravia for hiding his involvement in the El Mozote massacre when he applied for U.S. residence in 2014. The Brazilian Report notes the charges more specifically: "assisting or participating in extrajudicial killings and for willfully misrepresenting this material fact in his immigration application." Trained at the School of the Americas (Fort Benning Georgia), a colonel of the Atlacatl Battalion (trained by U.S. advisers), he is accused of involvement in 4 massacres from 1981 to 1984, but principally as described in The Tico Times of Costa Rica, the El Mozote massacre which, "between December 9 and 13, 1981, according to an official census, executed 986 people, including 558 children, in the community of El Mozote (northeast) and adjacent towns, on suspicion of collaborating with the then guerrilla Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front." Other accounts present the atrocities against the El Mozote villagers as entirely and in all aspects, inhuman, deranged and too terrible to quote. Attempts to cover up and minimize the massacre of the largely protestant village were made by the El Salvadoran government and U.S. government (Ronald Reagan / Elliott Abrams). U.S. reporters who wrote the truth were attacked. Since June 2017 in San Francisco Gotera, El Salvador, high ranking El Salvadoran officers held responsible for the massacre have been appearing at an extended trial. Accounts suggest that the officers were, with U.S. State Department knowledge, in control of the government. With no reported indications of remorse, the officers' impunity and callousness toward victim testimony may contribute to the current fear North American media have in reporting the issue thoroughly. I find no mention of previously reported killling lists applied by the Atlacatl Battalion, or of their intelligence source, in a manner of operating applied by Indonesian forces in murdering the suspected communists (1965-66) based on lists from the U.S. State Department and CIA. Partial sources: "U.S. Arrests Salvadoran Ex-Colonel over 1981 Massacre by U.S.-Trained Forces in El Mozote," Amy Goodman, April 11, 2023, Democracy Now!; "U.S. arrests former Salvadoran military officer linked to 1981 massacre," Lucas Berti, April 10, 2023, The Brazilian Report; "Salvadoran military officer implicated in El Mozote massacre arrested in the US," Tico Times, April 8, 2023, The Tico Times; "Confirmed: Elliott Abrams's Defense of Mass Murder Was Based on Lies," Eric Alterman, Jan. 30, 2020, The Nation.



March 26, 2023

      Canada: The COVID-19 pandemic. According to Gail Davidson, Member of the Law Society of British Columbia (Retired Status), founder of Lawyers' Rights Watch and co-founder with Michael Mandel of "Lawyers Against the War" (Archive), the Vaccine Mandates Canada put in place to cope with the pandemic are extra-legal and need to be re-written: "Canada has not complied or fully complied with IHRL mandatory obligations to: a/ ensure the right to informed consent to COVID-19 vaccines through provision of adequate information and education as identified by the Nuremberg Code, Helsinki Declaration, CAT, CESCR, SR on health, ACHR, Council of Europe and the WHO; and, b/ comply with IHRL requirements of non-emergency and emergency measures with the purpose or potential to restrict or suspend derogable rights; and, c/ respect, protect, ensure and prohibit limitations of non-derogable rights." See "The Right to Say No to Covid-19 Vaccines: International Human Rights Law and the Unlawfulness of Vaccine Mandates," by Gail Davidson presented for discussion to Canadian Covid Care Alliance," Oct. 28, 2021. The Canadian COVID Care Alliance questions aspects of the government and media's pandemic program and warns of threats to public safety: ie. from January 3rd, 2023 - Morticians Speak with the CCCA about Abnormal Blood Clots in the COVID-19 Vaccinated Deceased: a Conversation with the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee of the Canadian Covid Care Alliance and Mr. Richard Hirschman (embalmer, Alabama USA) and John O'Looney (Funeral Director, Milton Keyes Family Funeral services, UK) [access:< >].



March 18, 2023

      Geneva Switzerland (the ICC, Myanmar & Ukraine): "While the world's peoples look to the Covenants and Conventions of International law for some hope of protection against the excesses of power and corrupt governments the machinery of the human rights courts risks being pre-empted by Euro-American military agendas. Currently international law is not used to make peace possible or to protect those who are suffering. It is being applied for propaganda purposes by its NATO caretakers, to criminalize and punish rather than stop the slaughter and terminal damage to the environment of a war. Justice, once the hope of our world courts, increasingly becomes the domain of local resistance...." Continue reading "On the Use of International Law as Psy-war," by J.B. Gerald.



March 8, 2023


March 4, 2023

      Peru: "Peru and the People's Defenses," by J.B. Gerald, graphic by J. Maas.



January 30, 2023

      Canada: "Residential Schools and Other Mistakes," by J.B. Gerald, graphic by J. Maas. Warning update.



January 27, 2023

      Brazil: (previous) after visiting the Yanomami Indians on January 24th, Brazil's President Lula da Silva's declared their health emergency a genocide and premeditated crime against the people. They had sought help from the previous Bolsonaro government 21 times since 2019 but without relief. Brazil's Senate has commenced an investigation of the Bolsonaro government on charges of genocide. For example, the deaths of 570 Yanomami children are traced to mercury poisoning (of the water by illegal gold mining) and inadequate nourishment. Bolsonaro's administration is alleged to have intentionally removed structural legal protections for the Yanomami. Partial sources: "Brazil to Investigate Genocide Against the Yanomami People," Jan.25, 2023, TeleSur; "Why Lula Accused Bolsonaro of 'Genocide' Against Brazil's Yanomami People," Sanya Mansoor, Jan. 23, 2023, Time.


      Peru: see previous. Update: the situation in Peru becomes more unstable for the government and begins to cohere for the people. Conventional post colonial controls are strained by rebellions throughout the country. The government has sent the army to disperse numerous road blocks in the South. After protest attacks on its trucks and workers' quarters Swiss copper giant Glencore is temporarily out of commission. An article by Ben Norton in Geopolitical Economy Report (Jan. 19, 2023) [access:< >] clarifies the amounts of foreign and corporate ownership of Peru's resources operating at great profit, while in 2022 the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization designated Peru "the most food-insecure country in South America:" a quarter of the population couldn't pay for basic food needs ("Peru's food crisis grows amid soaring prices and poverty: FAO," Nov. 17, 2022, UN News). Part of the current problem is traced to war in the Ukraine resulting in high prices for fertilizer; when these are beyond the reach of the agricultural sector, production decreases and prices rise. And in the short term food prices increase with the transportation blockades. While foreign corporate interest and the nation's elite continue to strip the country's resources there is little indication of the system undergoing any fundamental change of its own accord, or by negotiation. Titular President Dina Boluarte concedes that elections must take place later this year but part of the people's refusal to accept a falsely imposed government, is hunger. A genocide warning for Indian related people and workers, therefore the majority of Peru's population, continues.



January 17, 2023

      Peru: "Allegations of Genocide Return to Peru," by J.B. Gerald, graphic by J.Maas. Genocide warning.



January 2, 2023

      Washington D.C.: our Western media propaganda continues to apply the word "genocide" to protest instances of the Russian intervention in the Ukraine, yet without benefit of judgement by any objective international court. Russia's justification of its intervention on the grounds of genocide against Russian ethnic minorities in the Ukraine as well as the Nazification of Ukraine's body politic equally lacks support by an objective international court. The continuation of a propaganda war has demeaned the "Convention on Genocide in what may be an attempt to disempower the Convention through disinformation and perception management. I note a deep establishment "opinion" article ("Russia's abductions of Ukrainian children are a genocidal crime," Editorial Board, Dec. 27, 2022, The Washington Post). The Editorial Board ascribes genocide to Russia's policies attempting to save ethnic Russians in the Ukraine and particularly the children by taking them into the safety of Russia from Russian ethnic regions of the Ukraine devastated by direct Ukraine military assault for nearly a decade. In this instance an attempt to apply the Convention's prohibition against "Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group," seems a witting extreme of propaganda for war, outlawed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights "Article 20" which says simply "1. Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law." While noting instances of propaganda war which may be counter international law, Nightslantern will try to avoid partisan assessment of genocide in the current Ukraine-Russian war. Background: 1  2  3  4  5.




2022 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)


at first posting in 2002 this bulletin board was for emergency protests, attempts to counter
genocide, anti-war information, which were suppressed in the media; my interest remains in
how a society is moved into what have become genocidal wars, and how people are able to
resist... it becomes a kind of history in motion and a way to counter enforced forgetfulness,
the lies that say these things never happened, or that there is nothing wrong with the murders
of hundreds of thousands of innocents in other countries, or the continuing move toward
eradication of the poor by death, in north america; this account is against forgetfulness. - jbg








by john bart gerald
graphics by julie maas
guest contributions as noted
August 29, 2023