The following article by Conn Hallinan is from Alternet:
August 5, 2010 | If you want to understand what’s behind the recent tension between Colombia and Venezuela, think “smokescreen,” and then go back several months to some sick children in the Department of Meta, just south of Bogota. The children fell ill after drinking from a local stream, a stream contaminated by the bodies of more than 2,000 people, secretly buried by the Colombian military.
Posted in Colombia
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Colombia Mass Grave, counterinsurgency, DAS, Department of Administrative Security, false positives, FARC-EP, human rights, Juan Manuel Santos, Plan Colombia, Trade Unions, war crimes
The following article by Josh Sykes is from Fight Back! News:
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Ricardo Palmera
Tagged censorship, Chiquita, death squads, Facebook, FARC-EP, human rights, Josh Sykes, Mark Zuckerberg, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, political prisoners, repression, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Simon Trinidad, Tom Burke
The following article from VoltaireNet is by James Petras:
With just a 30 percent turnout, the election of new Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was celebrated as a “victory for democracy” by major western media outlets. However, they blithely omitted to report on Santos’ role in the killings of over two thousand people presumably by the security forces while he was Defence Minister and his close involvement with death squads and narco traffickers. As one of Washington’s staunchest allies in Latin America and enthusiastic free-market champion, Colombia’s appalling human rights record and model of brutal political and social repression is news that doesn’t make the news.
Posted in Colombia
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, death squads, false positives, FARC-EP, Hugo Chavez, human rights, James Petras, Juan Manuel Santos, narco-trafficing, paramilitarism, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Venezuela, war crimes
The following article is from Fight Back! News:
Minneapolis, MN – More than 200 people gathered here, June 1, at the office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, to protest the Israeli murders of pro-Palestine activists who were bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Speaking to the crowd, Meredith Aby of the Anti-War Committee said, “We are here today to protest the outrageous acts of the Israeli military on Monday, May 31 to the Freedom Flotilla which was trying to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. Israeli commandos boarded the ships in international waters and killed at least ten people for the ‘crime’ of trying to bring humanitarian aid to Palestinians.”
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Israel, Palestine
Tagged Amy Klobuchar, Antiwar Committee, Coalition of Palestinian Rights, Fight Back!, Freedom Flotilla, Gaza, Hanin Zoabi, human rights, humanitarian aid, International Jewish anti-Zionist Network, Meredith Aby, Mihalis Grigoropoulos, Minnesota Break the Bonds, Miva Marmara, Teachers Against Occupation, war crimes, Women Against Military Madness
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Democratic Front of Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel.
NDFP calls on incoming administration to hold Mrs. Arroyo accountable for human rights violations and plunder
NDFP Negotiating Panel
26 May 2010
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel calls on the incoming administration of apparent President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to hold Ms. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the military and civilian officials of her regime accountable for numerous gross human rights violations and blatant cases of massive corruption and plunder.
The following statement by Luis G. Jalandoni, Chairperson of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, is from the website of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines:
Esteemed Bishops Deogracias S. Iniguez, Jr. and Solito K. Toquero, Co-Chairpersons of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF), Bishop Elmer M. Bolocon, Executive Secretary of the EBF, other members and staff of the EBF, and other participants in this EBF Forum on Peace, we in the NDFP Negotiating Panel warmly greet you. We thank you for your invitation to give a presentation in this peace forum, the first of a series you are sponsoring. We appreciate your desire to hasten the resumption of formal peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
Posted in Philippines
Tagged Armed Struggle, Communist Party of the Philippines, Government of the Republic of the Philippines, Gregorio Rosal, GRP, GRP-NDFP peace negotiations, Hague Joint Declaration, human rights, Jose Maria Sison, Ka Roger, Luis G. Jalandoni, National Democratic Front of the Philippines, NDFP, New People's Army, peace process, Protracted People's War
The following article by James Jordan is from Fight Back! News:
Tucson, AZ – “Tucson today is the moral equivalent of Birmingham, Alabama in 1961,” said Mike Wilson, border rights activist and Tohono ‘O’odham tribal member, at a rally at the Federal Building here, April 15. The rally was held in response series of raids that took place the same day in Phoenix, Tucson, Rio Rico and Nogales, and in the Mexican city of Nogales, Sonora. The raids targeted people traveling on shuttle services, but whole neighborhoods were affected, with traffic brought to a virtual standstill while agents occupied urban areas in the biggest such operation in the seven-year history of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE).
Posted in Immigrants Rights, Labor Movement
Tagged Apartheid, Arizona, Arizona Puente Human Rights Movement, Arizona shuttles, civil rights, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Coalition for Maquiladora Justice, human rights, ICE, Immigration and Customs Inforcement, James Jordan, Jim Crow, NAFTA, national oppression, racism, SEIU
U.S. soldiers shoot at Afghans during Operation Mostarak in Badula Qulp, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Released)
The following article by Kosta Harlan is from Fight Back! News:
An investigation into the killings of five Afghan civilians by U.S. forces on Feb. 12 has revealed that the U.S. tried to cover up its responsibility for the deaths.
On the night of Feb. 12, U.S. occupation forces entered a home in the Gardez district of Paktia province, east of the capital Kabul. The U.S. soldiers shot dead two Afghan men who were carrying weapons, then shot three pregnant women. The Afghans had been celebrating the birth of a baby. The U.S. initially claimed that the two men were Taliban fighters and that the three women were already dead when they arrived on the scene. In fact, the two men were a local police chief and a prosecutor.
The following is from Fight Back! News:
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera is launching a petition campaign targeting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The National Committee is demanding the U.S. government immediately release the Colombian revolutionary and stop violating Palmera’s human rights. Angela Denio said, “The U.S. government is acting like a tyrant in Colombia and abusing Ricardo Palmera in a Colorado prison by chaining him from head to toe with the constant threat of electric shock. It is outrageous. Where is Obama on all of this? He promised to stop torture.”
Posted in Action Alerts, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Ricardo Palmera
Tagged Angela Denio, Colombia Action Network, Colorado Supermax, death squads, Eric Holder, FARC-EP, Fight Back!, human rights, Jeremy Miller, Ken Kohl, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, self-determination, Simon Trinidad, torture