Are Myanmar's reforms backsliding? - Features - Al Jazeera English: "On several key indicators there is definitely evidence of backsliding and in other sectors a slowing down or stasis. In some ways, this was predictable as the reform process is largely as organic as it is inchoate and driven by a small coterie of leaders," said David Mathieson, senior researcher on Myanmar for New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch.
"The military is still a powerful and largely unreformed and unrepentant institution," he said. "There are many old problems not resolved and new ones that are naturally emerging as reforms take shape."
Muslim protest in Germany against jihadists | News | DW.DE | 19.09.2014: Mazyek described Islamic State (IS) rebels shown recently in videoed beheadings of American and British hostages as "in truth terrorists and murderers."
They had dragged Islam "through the mud," Mazyek said, adding that the perpetrators' actions exposed other followers of Islam to hate and suffering through backlash.
"We want to make it clear that the majority of Muslims here in this country and worldwide think and act differently," Mazyek added."Islam is a peaceful religion!"
Egypt: rights lawyer joins detainee hunger strike | World War 4 Report: Among the hunger-striking prisoners are Ahmed Douma, a well-known youth activist associated with the 2011 revolution, who activists and lawyers say is at risk after 21 days without food. Two supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi—Mohamed Soltan, on strike for over 230 days, and Ibrahim El-Yamani, striking for over five months—are also said to be in critical health. One of Egypt's most prominent activists, Alaa Abdel Fattah, was released on bail Sept. 15 after almost a month on hunger strike ahead of his retrial on charges of breaching the protest law. (Ahram Online, Sept. 18)
Remains Believed to Be Those of Murdered Indigenous Leader Found in Peru: On Monday, what is believed to be the skull of Jorge R�os, perforated by a bullet, was found in the Peruvian Amazon.
Rios was one of four Ashaninka Indigenous people murdered on September 1, while on their way to prevent illegal loggers from operating in their ancestral land. Clothes and other bones were also found.
Together with other members of this community, the four indigenous leaders had repeatedly denounced the perpetrators of the logging and demanded protection from the government as well as an enforceable title to their land.
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Iraq: Nightslantern notes an ongoing genocide warning
for Iraq's national group, beginning in 1990. It may be inevitable that
the genocide of a national group proceeds through the destruction of
its parts. The U.S. has initiated military actions against the Muslim
fundamentalist group ISIS which is killing large numbers of
non-adherents. The U.S. President's justification of military action was
to save Yazidi refugees, alluding to the prevention of a genocide.
Christians risk mass death at the hands of ISIS in Iraq, within a
context where the previous devastation of the country could result in
the ultimate loss of its Christian population. German Chancellor Angela
Merkel has called the current massacres by ISIS related groups,
"genocide", as Germany considers expansion of its humanitarian aid for
the Kurds in Northern Iraq to supplying weapons. These are minor
impediments to massacres like aftershocks to the U.S. and Coalition's
horrendous attacks on the entire nation. A genocide warning
for Iraq's ethnic minorities, Christians, Assyrians, Yazidis, Kurds, is
added to the ongoing genocide warning for the people of Iraq as a
national group. See "Narration of Facts," by the Ad Hoc Committee for Justice for Iraq. Partial sources online: "Genocide averted, Iraq crisis persists," Philip Ewing, Aug. 14, 2014, Politico; "ISIS Violence:' All Warning Signs of Genocide,'" Aug. 8, 2014, Sky News; "Merkel accuses Isis of genocide," Aug. 27, 2014, The Local; "Genocide: Christians, religious minorities flee violent persecution in Iraq," Aug. 25, 2014, The Catholic Sun; "White House won’t commit to stopping looming genocide of Christians, Kurds in Iraq," Ben Wolfgang, Aug. 7, 2014, The Washington Times; "Confronting the Yazidi Genocide," Aren Torikian, Aug. 27, 2014, The Armenian Weekly; "ISIS 'Made in USA'. Iraq 'Geopolitical Arsonists' Seek to Burn Region," Tony Cartalucci, June 18, 2014, New Eastern Outlook.
Scotland of the Antilles | La Respuesta: Today the people of Scotland are getting ready to decide the future of their country in a referendum on September 18. The ballot is simple: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Their options are clear: “Yes” or “No.” For the people of Puerto Rico, who are used to foggy plebiscites with foggy choices that inevitably lead to foggy results, a straight up-down vote may seem like a novel way of gauging the people’s preference. It’s as if the people of Scotland actually expected to reach a decision on their status.
Of course it was just recently that Puerto Rico held its own, non-binding referendum, a two-parter which first posed the ambiguous question: “Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status?” A majority chose “No.” (It’s worth noting that the Scots rejected “Do you agree…” for the wording over their referendum, as they viewed it as a leading question.) The second part of the Puerto Rican plebiscite offered two clear options – “Statehood” or “Independence” – plus a third option that left many voters scratching their heads.
Impunity Watch | ..Had I Only Known…: Raids on a smaller scale were executed in Brisbane last week, where two men were arrested for attempting to recruit members to join the AL-Qaeda off shoot group called the “Nursa Front”. These men were also preparing to leave for Syria themselves. In the wake of these recent events the Australian government has raised the terrorist threat level from medium to high. Australian intelligence agencies report that some 60 Australian citizens have gone abroad to fight for ISIS and other militant Islamic groups in the Middle East. These agencies also report that they believe that there are around 100 Australians in Australia supporting ISIS by recruiting fighters, grooming suicide candidates and providing funds and equipment.
Nigeria’s torture chambers exposed in new report | Amnesty International USA: “Welcome to hell fire”: Torture and other ill-treatment in Nigeria details how people are often detained in large dragnet operations and tortured as punishment, to extort money or to extract “confessions” as a shortcut to “solve” cases.
“This goes far beyond the appalling torture and killing of suspected Boko Haram members. Across the country, the scope and severity of torture inflicted on Nigeria’s women, men and children by the authorities supposed to protect them is shocking to even the most hardened human rights observer,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director.
“Torture is not even a criminal offence in Nigeria. The country’s parliament must immediately take this long overdue step and pass a law criminalizing torture. There is no excuse for further delay.”
Child-porn conviction is tossed; Navy surveillance is blamed | Local News | The Seattle Times: The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision handed down last week, said the 2012 prosecution of Michael Allan Dreyer by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle demonstrated Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents “routinely carry out broad surveillance activities that violate” the Posse Comitatus Act, a Reconstruction-era law that prohibits the military from enforcing civilian laws.
NYPD: Hate crimes in NYC are on the rise | Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Before July 1, reports of the crimes were down. Since then, there have been about 18 reports of anti-Semitic crimes per month. So far this year there have been 89 suspected hate crime attacks, up from 64 last year. There have been 17 reported attacks against Muslims, up from seven last year. Fourteen of the attacks on Muslims occurred after July 1.
The crimes vary from anti-Semitic statements to assaults and vandalism. They include a 55-year-old New York man accused of mowing down a Sikh man with his pickup truck after calling him a terrorist and a series of fliers with swastikas that were found in Brooklyn, home to the largest concentration of Orthodox Jews outside Israel.
Justice for the Rotherham abuse victims – don’t let the racists divide us! - Searchlight Magazine: The EDL are cynically trying to exploit the Rotherham child abuse horror, and British fascists are attempting to unify around this. In Rotherham and in London, the EDL are planning to hold demonstrations over the next two Saturdays. Far right and fascist groups are attempting to recover from setbacks anti-fascists have inflicted on them and want to divide us.
The EDL have seized on the appalling child abuse to engender racism against Muslims. They want to “racialise” the issue. UAF will be holding a counter demonstration against the EDL next Saturday, 20 September from 11.30am, at Downing Street. UAF invites all who reject attempts to divide our communities to join us. Bring your friends, families and banners.
Petition | Call for a U.N. Resolution against Police Oppression of African/Black Communities | Change.org
Petition | Call for a U.N. Resolution against Police Oppression of African/Black Communities | Change.org: Much of the world is now aware of the recent police killing of an 18-year-old African/black man, Michael Brown, of Ferguson, Missouri. This tragic and barbaric slaying of a young unarmed man came shortly after New York City police brutally strangled to death an unarmed African/black man (Eric Garner). This incident was captured on camera. These murders of African/black men are far from rare in the United States. Thanks to the 2013 report, "Operation Ghetto Storm" we know that in 2012 police, security guards and vigilantes extra-judicially murdered an African/black person every 28 hours. This ongoing human rights crisis more than constitutes a dire human rights crisis. We beg to ask the question, "What kind of resolution would the UN issue if this country was not the United States?"
ISIS burns Syrian cannabis fields | World War 4 Report: The Syria Deeply blog, which supports the opposition to both ISIS and Syria's dictator Bashar Assad, notes that a cannabis economy has taken hold in the country's rebel-held north over the past three years of war. The crop has become a key source of financing for a proliferation of armed groups, and nearly all other economic activity has been disrupted by war. The blog reports from the Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib governorate, a mountain range along the Turkish border. Once famous for growing olives, it is now growing almost exclusively cannabis. "We don't have jobs anymore," said Ahmad, a 31-year-old cannabis farmer from the town of Maarret al-Numan. "We have no land, no trade, nothing. If it wasn't for smuggling, we'd starve to death."
Death penalty opponents are making gains in Wyoming: [wyofile.com] Rep. Marti Halverson (R-Etna) wanted to know if the state could encourage condemned inmates to donate organs. Sen. Floyd Esquibel (D-Cheyenne) asked what would happen if the penitentiary couldn’t get enough volunteers for a firing squad. What if everyone misses, wondered Rep. Stephen Watt (R-Rock Springs). Rep. Cathy Connelly (D-Laramie) noted it would be odd for Wyoming to add an execution method when other states are moving away from the death penalty. She voted against the bill, as did Esquibel, Watt and committee co-chairman Rep. Keith Gingery (R-Jackson), who is not running for re-election.
¿El Ku Klux Klan en Altamira? | La Radio del Sur - El Ku Klux Klan surge en EEUU, luego de la Guerra Federal, como instrumento para la intimidación y la represión de los grupos de afroamericanos que había recuperado su libertad y contra activistas “blancos” de los derechos civiles. Durante todo el siglo 20, el Ku Klux Klan, protagonizó, sobre todo en el Sur estadounidense, innumerables acciones de agresión, violencia y asesinato contra la población negra. Se reivindican como una organización supremacista de la “superioridad” racial blanca.
The Ku Klux Klan in America comes after the Federal War, as a tool for intimidation and repression of groups of African Americans who had been released and activists 'white' civil rights. Throughout the 20th century, the Ku Klux Klan, starred, especially in the American South, innumerable acts of aggression, violence and murder against the black population. Claimed as a white supremacist organization racial "superiority."
Exhibiting Africans like animals in Norway's Human Zoo | This Is Africa: Norway’s 1914 Human Zoo is not the most widely known historical fact in the country, or the world. But, for five months, eighty people of African origin (Senegalese) lived in ‘the Congo Village’ in Oslo, surrounded by ‘indigenous African artifacts’. More than half of the Norwegian population at the time paid to visit the exhibition and gawp at the ‘traditionally dressed Africans’, living in palm-roof cabins and going about their daily routine of cooking, eating and making handicrafts. The King of Norway officiated at the opening of the exhibition.
The Missing, The Mourned - Missing and murdered Aboriginal people in Canada: Segment 3 | Halifax Media Co-op
The Missing, The Mourned - Missing and murdered Aboriginal people in Canada: Segment 3 | Halifax Media Co-op: The Halifax Media Co-op presents Annie's interviews with the three mothers of missing and murdered Aboriginal peoples that featured in her story.
The third interview, presented here, is with Miriam Saunders, a Inuit woman from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador
Miriam is Loretta Saunders' mother.
Loretta, a student at Saint Mary's University, was last seen on February 13th, 2014, in the Cowie Hill area of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Cambridge Journals Online - Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race - Abstract - RACE, JUSTICE, AND DESEGREGATION
Cambridge Journals Online - Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race - Abstract - RACE, JUSTICE, AND DESEGREGATION: In this essay we argue that the ideology of colorblind justice has made resisting the retreat from public school desegregation a hard sell in postracial America. We do not believe that desegregation is the silver bullet for solving all the problems with public education. Nor do we believe that it alone can close the racial achievement gap. Yet there is convincing evidence regarding the potential benefits of desegregation and evidence on its negative consequences is weak. Therefore we believe that it is a policy still worth pursuing. Our hope is that by casting light on the anatomy of colorblind justice and its limits we can contribute to ongoing efforts to ensure that desegregation remains in the conversation about how to address the unfinished business of racial justice.