Turkish Armed Forces Commit Another Massacre in Roboski - KurdishQuestion.com

Turkish Armed Forces Commit Another Massacre in Roboski - KurdishQuestion.com: There were about 15 people in the group that was bombed. The whole of the village has gone to the place the incident occurred. The sound of explosions reached the village. All the victims have not been reached yet.

The people were attacked with howitzer bombs. We cannot reach anyone at the moment because the whole village has gone to the area. Roboski is once again burning...

One person has died and five are wounded, some of them severely. The media is quiet once again, once again there are no ambulances, once again it's Roboski, once again massacre...

News agencies confirmed that three civilians had been killed and at least fifteen injured, some severely.


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Cels / For the first time a court rules that #OperationCondor was a criminal conspiracy

Cels: Argentine Federal Tribunal No.1 ruled today that Operation Condor was a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and disappear people across international borders. The scope of the Operation was proven in its full magnitude. For many different reasons this trial had unique characteristics and was of great regional importance: due to the sheer number of evidentiary documents involved; the hundreds of testimonies given by witnesses either in person or via videoconference from their countries of residence; and the vast group of people who were victims of the plan, which included political, social, trade union and student activists of various nationalities. All of this made it possible to prove the existence of a formal system of repressive coordination between the dictatorships of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

In its verdict, the court determined that the accused were part of that criminal system and were responsible for some specific Condor operations. For these reasons the tribunal sentenced Santiago Omar Riveros and former Uruguayan military official Manuel Juan Cordero Piacentini to 25 years in prison. Reynaldo Benito Bignone and Rodolfo Emilio Feroglio to 20 years. Humberto Jos� Ram�n Lobaiza to 18 years. Antonio Va�ek, Eugenio Gua�abens Perell� and Enrique Braulio Olea to 13 years. Luis Sadi Pepa, N�stor Horacio Falc�n, Eduardo Samuel Del�o, Felipe Jorge Alespeiti and Carlos Humberto Caggiano Tedesco to 12 years. And Federico Antonio Minicucci was sentenced to 8 years in prison.


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Indigenous distrust of police persists - Toward Reconciliation

Indigenous distrust of police persists - Toward Reconciliation: A survey by Maclean’s magazine and Discourse Media published in 2016 showed that the odds of an Indigenous student from the sampled population being stopped by police were 1.6 times higher than a non-Indigenous student.

The story doesn’t just resonate with students. It is also familiar to Indigenous people Krohn works with, many of whom report assaults and injuries resulting from altercations with the police. “I’ve heard different stories,” says Krohn. Stories, she says, such as “Yeah, I got picked up into the drunk tank, I don’t know why they slammed me against the car so hard.”

While physical injuries heal, the survey suggests that intangible wounds — like loss of trust in police and even fear of them — continue to resonate long past the incident that caused them.


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We Are Not Numbers || Suicides on the rise in Gaza: When death seems the only escape

We Are Not Numbers || Suicides on the rise in Gaza: When death seems the only escape: There is a strong taboo against suicide in the Gaza Strip, where Islam is the predominant religion. But on February 9, Rezeq Abu Setta, 38 and a father of seven, joined a growing trend in the blockaded Palestinian territory. He attempted suicide.

Abu Setta was one of the estimated 80 Gazans a month who tried to or succeeded in taking their lives in January and February—an alarming increase of 160 percent over previous years. And some sources suggest the total may be even higher.

Abu Setta’s story is individual in many respects, but common in one essential way: He could not earn enough money to support his family.

In Abu Setta’s case, he had worked as a guard for the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian president until 2006, when Hamas took over Gaza. In the wake of the dispute between the two political movements, Abu Setta was paid by the Palestinian Authority (controlled by Fatah) to stay home, along with hundreds of other Fatah employees. He continued to receive his salary—until he made a big “mistake.”


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Albasud - Honduras: "No me doblegarán", Bertha Cáceres

Albasud - Honduras: "No me doblegarán", Bertha Cáceres - Durante la inspección, Cáceres y Gómez fueron tratados con injustificada violencia, mientras la dirigente indígena fue primero acusada de portación ilegal de arma y, luego, liberada con medidas cautelares alternativas a la privación de libertad.

El 13 de junio próximo, la coordinadora del COPINH deberá comparecer ante el juez para responder de un delito que, según el COPINH y un sinnúmero de notas de solidaridad que han llegado desde varias partes del planeta, no sólo no habría cometido sino que sería parte de un plan bien definido para profundizar la criminalización y la judicialización de la lucha indígena, campesina y popular en Honduras.


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Operation Condor: An Era of State Terror Made in Washington, DC | Multimedia | teleSUR English

Operation Condor: An Era of State Terror Made in Washington, DC | Multimedia | teleSUR English: Operation Condor was the culmination of a U.S.-orchestrated campaign that entailed the ruthless silencing, murder, torture, and disappearance of tens of thousands of left-wing opponents of U.S. imperialism and the fascistic military dictatorships backed by the CIA and supported by infamous Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

As the U.S. renews its attempts to dislodge democratically-elected governments through various means in a continuation of its historic offensive against the popular movements of Latin America, we look back at the still-fresh memories of Operation Condor and the major human rights abuses perpetrated by Washington and its allies.


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PressTV - ‘Israel to legalize executing Palestinians’

PressTV-‘Israel to legalize executing Palestinians’: According to a report by Israel’s Channel 10, Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, the newly-appointed minister of military affairs, have reached an agreement on the measure.

According to the measure, the opinion of as few as two judges sitting on a panel -- and not the majority of them -- would suffice to convict a Palestinian of such an attack.

Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) and Netanyahu’s Likud Party had last year put up opposition to such a law.

Lieberman’s appointment came after Netanyahu summoned his predecessor Moshe Ya’alon and reproached him over supporting an analogy between Israel’s situation and Nazi Germany.

Ya’alon then officially resigned both from the cabinet and the Knesset (parliament), citing “lack of trust” in the premier. He also said Israel and the ruling Likud Party was taken over by “dangerous and radical officials.”


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Mapuche Resistance Group, Weichan Auka Mapu, Claims more than 30 Sabotage Attacks | Warrior Publications

Mapuche Resistance Group, Weichan Auka Mapu, Claims more than 30 Sabotage Attacks | Warrior Publications: In their statement, they explain their political position. Further, they defend armed struggle, claiming more than thirty actions of sabotage in Williche, Wenteche and Lafquenche territory. The actions are claimed through their symbol, a Kultr�n with an arrow and a hunting rifle. At the end of the communique, the actions that have affected the Chilean Catholic Church are clarified and also claimed.

The original communique is presented in the following:


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Rohingya trafficking victims stuck in captivity, one year on | World news | The Guardian

Rohingya trafficking victims stuck in captivity, one year on | World news | The Guardian: In total, 390 trafficking victims – 325 Rohingya and 65 Bangladeshis – have spent the past year in detention, despite nominally being freed from captivity in May 2015, in research Amnesty will be publishing in the coming weeks.

'They hit us, with hammers, by knife': Rohingya migrants tell of horror at sea

Their plight drew the world’s attention this time last year after it was discovered that they had been abandoned by their traffickers and left to drift at sea on packed trawlers without any food.


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David Cameron rejects Tony Blair's call for 'proper ground war' against Isis | UK Politics | News | The Independent

David Cameron rejects Tony Blair's call for 'proper ground war' against Isis | UK Politics | News | The Independent: David Cameron has rejected Tony Blair's call to commit ground troops to the battle against Isis.

The Prime Minister insisted the UK had the "right policy" of participating in air strikes against Isis in Iraq and Syria while offering support to fighters on the ground.

Mr Cameron acknowledged the strategy would "take time" to bear fruit and said the decision by Western nations not to send in ground troops made the fight against Isis more difficult.

However, he rejected Mr Blair's suggestion the Government had not been honest with voters about what would be needed to defeat the Islamist terror group.
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Speaking at the G7 summit in Japan, Mr Cameron said: "I think we are being very straight about this, because we are saying this is going to take time and it is difficult for the very reason that we are not putting in Western ground troops.


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Dragged and Beaten | Human Rights Watch

Dragged and Beaten | Human Rights Watch: The injuries to Sophea and Chamraoen were extensive. Sophea suffered a broken nose and welts and bruises to his head. Repeated kicks to the back resulted in severe lower-back pain. He suffered a sprained finger and a bruised shin. His right eardrum was torn, requiring an operation. Chamraoen suffered three fractures in his right wrist and underwent a five-hour operation on his eye socket, as a broken bone below the eye was pushing up into the socket, endangering the eye. He also had a broken nose, a broken front tooth, a bruised left wrist, and significant chest pain.

Shortly after the October 26, 2015 attack, Kung Sophea told Human Rights Watch what happened when he left the National Assembly compound:


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Death-squad boss elected president of Philippines? | World War 4 Report

Death-squad boss elected president of Philippines? | World War 4 Report:

But his rape jokes are cast in a much more sinister light given his
apparent links to actual human rights atrocities. Duterte has
equivocated on whether he actually does command the paramilitaries. But
in an interview with a local TV station
last year, he openly admitted his link to the notorious Davao Death
Squad (DDS). "They say I am the death squad? True, that is true,"
Duterte said. The DDS is allegedly responsible for the killing of more
than 1,000 suspected criminals in the city since Duterte became mayor in
1988. Unlike Trump, however, Duterte's roots (at least) are on the
political left, and he's posed himself as a champion of the poor and
common people against the traditional ruling elite of the Philippines.
But his growing emphasis on a hardline anti-crime stance seems to be blurring the lines between
left and right. In any case, interntional human rights groups should be
watching very closely for an expansion of paramilitary activity in the
Philippines.

be watching very closely for an expansion of paramilitary activity in the Philippines.


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US rejects autonomy for Syrian Kurds | World War 4 Report

US rejects autonomy for Syrian Kurds | World War 4 Report: Officials of the autonomous administration were qucik to respond by assuring that they do not seek to form an independent state. "Syrian Kurds do not struggle for a Kurdish state that will divide Syria; rather they want to make a new kind of administration which guarantees equality and freedom for all Syrian people," said Idris Nassan, the former foreign affairs minister of Kobani canton in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). "Therefore, they [Syrian Kurds] believe that federalism is the most suitable system to keep the Syrian diversity united." (ARA News, May 25; Kurdistan24, May 24)


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Argentine Court to Give Historic Operation Condor Crimes Ruling | News | teleSUR English

Argentine Court to Give Historic Operation Condor Crimes Ruling | News | teleSUR English: The victims’ lawyer Luz Palmas says declassified documents show that former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger kept correspondence with an Argentine minister. But controversially, Kissinger and other U.S. officials are not part of the current investigation.

“What we found among the large amount of documents we presented as evidence is that the U.S. definitely had knowledge of the existence of the operation, and even provided a communications station in Panama for the intelligence services of the six nations involved,” said Gast�n Chillier, executive director of the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS).

One of the best pieces of evidence, according to the Buenos Aires Herald, is a memorandum of a conversation between Kissinger and then Argentine foreign minister Admiral Cesar Augusto Guzetti, which was declassified by the National Security Archive (NSA) in 2004. "If there are things that have do be done, you should do them quickly," Kissinger told Guzetti in a meeting in Santiago, Chile in June 1976.


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Clashes erupt at labour reform protests in France - France 24

Clashes erupt at labour reform protests in France - France 24 - Demonstrators protesting against a French labour reform law took to the streets of Paris and other French cities and towns as the country’s powerful trade unions put up a show of force against the government’s refusal to scrap reforms aimed at boosting employment. French authorities estimated that at least 153,000 people took part in Thursday's protests across France, while the CGT labour union put the number much higher at 300,000. A total of 77 people were arrested during the demonstrations.


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Martin: Conservative mandatory minimum sentences were aimed at indigenous Canadians

Martin: Conservative mandatory minimum sentences were aimed at indigenous Canadians: “Mandatory sentencing doesn’t work and mandatory sentencing is really…primarily aimed at indigenous Canadians,” Martin said to applause from members of the Liberal Party’s Indigenous Peoples Commission.

Speaking afterwards to reporters, Martin said mandatory minimums are at odds with the concept of restorative justice, which requires judges to exercise their discretion.

“Mandatory minimums just make that impossible. I don’t agree with mandatory minimums on principle and I think most people who understand the justice system don’t agree with it. It’s particularly onerous in the case of indigenous people.”

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was also critical of the mandatory minimums adopted by the Conservatives.


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#RIP: Hedy Epstein 1924-2016

Hedy Epstein 1924-2016: Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, 91, died at her home in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on May 26, 2016. An internationally renowned, respected and admired advocate for human and civil rights, Hedy was encircled by friends who lovingly cared for her at home.

Born August 15, 1924, in the Bavarian region of Germany, her lifelong commitment to human rights was formed by the horrific experiences she and her family endured under the repressive Nazi regime.


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White Fear of Savage Reprisal in the Course of Decolonization |

White Fear of Savage Reprisal in the Course of Decolonization |: [onkwehonwerising.wordpress.com] That he attempts to indite me further by claiming that the line i put forth would further include the expulsion of East Asians, Middle Easterners, and Indians (by which i assume he is referring to subcontinentals) is again attempting to forcibly insert something into the text that isn’t there. Indeed, you’d think that someone such as he, who would claim to be quite well versed in academic marxist and critical theory type politics, would be well aware of the distinction increasingly being made within that particular milieu between the concepts of settlers and “arrivants”—his apparent lack of awareness on this point, i would note, is a pretty searing indictment of his own theoretical myopia.

Again, i believe that Wolfe is taking his own uninterrogated fear that the We, the Red Indian Savage Folk and our old Afrikan allies, are coming for him and his ilk and mapping it onto others in such a way as to try and make anti-colonial politics (not just my own, but the entire radical indigenist stream of thought and practice) seem patently ridiculous. Again, perhaps Wolfe is being intentionally disingenuous in an attempt to obfuscate the issue, but if he is, it is linked to something deeper.


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