Mexico prison riot: at least 52 people killed and 12 injured in Monterrey | World news | The Guardian

Mexico prison riot: at least 52 people killed and 12 injured in Monterrey | World news | The Guardian: “They left (Topo Chico) in the control of organized crime,” said Father Robert Coogan, a prison chaplain in the norther city of Saltillo, who belongs to a ministry that provides services to inmates in northern Mexican states.

The most recent report on prisons by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) found widespread evidence of “autogobierno” – or self-rule by inmates – and assigned the Topo Chico facility a score of 5.72 out of 10. The survey showed a deterioration in Nuevo Le�n prisons over the past five years; only five of Mexico’s 32 states ranked worse.

Managing prisons has proved difficult in Mexico as the inmate populations swell with detainees from the ongoing crackdown on organized crime and drug cartels. Overcrowding has aggravated existing problems of corruption and intimidation in the cell blocks: prisoners are forced to pay inflated prices for everything from protection to proper food to being marked present in roll calls.


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Brazil must save Amazon's Kawahiva tribe from genocide - The Ecologist

Brazil must save Amazon's Kawahiva tribe from genocide - The Ecologist: On the southern fringes of the Amazon, in an area of dense rainforest in Mato Grosso do Sul state, a small band of people are on the run.

You probably haven't heard of them, and they haven't heard of you, but as one of the last uncontacted tribes on Earth that is unlikely to bother them all that much.

They are known as the Kawahiva, and the increasing encroachment of loggers and other outsiders into their lands threatens to wipe out their society forever.


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Mexico: The Pope’s Two-Faced “New Face”

Mexico: The Pope’s Two-Faced “New Face”: [revcom.us] Let’s look at the two-faced “new face” of the Vatican:

1. Blessing the genocide of indigenous peoples: In speaking about the Conquest [the Spanish Conquest of the Americas], Francis said, “There were abundant sins, and for them I ask forgiveness, yet where there was sin there grace abounded all the more.” The conquest and colonialization of the Americas’ first peoples were not “sins against god” but a physical and cultural genocide that eliminated more than 95 percent of the original population to serve the interests of the European powers and incipient capitalism. According to the pope, this genocide was mainly a good thing because “grace abounded” thanks to “the priests and bishops who firmly opposed the logic of the sword with the strength of the cross.” In reality, both the sword and the cross were essential weapons to make the original peoples submit to the rule of the Spanish monarchy and the pope’s authority.

In Michoacan [a state in western Mexico with a large indigenous population], Francis will try to identify himself with “Tata Vasco” (“Papa” Vasco de Quiroga, the first bishop in Michoacan), and in Chiapas [a state in southern Mexico, also with many indigenous people, as well as descendants of Africans] with Bartolome de las Casas [the state’s first bishop]. Both men criticized the enslavement of the indigenous people (although de las Casas defended slavery for Africans) and ended up finding favor with the Spanish kings when they began to seek less bloody ways to suppress the people, since Spanish massacres were producing much resistance to “evangelization.” When Francis went to the U.S., he declared Junipero Serra a saint. Serra was a priest who wielded the cross and sword to enslave indigenous people in the mines of South America and the “missions” on the West Coast of what is now the United States. The mission system led to the death of more than 60,000 American Indians from 1769 to 1821. The enormous wealth squeezed out of the blood and bones of millions of indigenous and black people provided a large part of the foundation on which capitalism went on to dominate the world.


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Mexico Press Freedom: Veracruz State Prosecutor Criminalizes Murdered Journalist Anabel Flores Salazar to Cover Up Forced Disappearance by Army | Mexico Voices

Mexico Press Freedom: Veracruz State Prosecutor Criminalizes Murdered Journalist Anabel Flores Salazar to Cover Up Forced Disappearance by Army | Mexico Voices: Aristegui Noticias: T�moris Grecko*
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Anabel Flores Salazar, the reporter murdered between Monday and Tuesday, witnessed what appears to have been the forced disappearance of three persons by members of the Mexican Army in August 2014.

This event put the Army at clear risk and should be one of the main lines of investigation to be followed by the Attorney General of the State of Veracruz. But, as he has in each and every one of the 16 cases of journalists killed under the government of Javier Duarte, the Prosecutor opted for criminalizing her: in a press statement, he reported that he will investigate whether Flores Salazar had criminal links as a possible motive for the crime.

Starting from the fact that the reporter tried to photograph, with her cellphone, soldiers carrying off Victor Osorio Santacruz and other two men from a restaurant on August 30, 2014, the Prosecutor does not deduce reasons for believing that her murder could have been an act of retaliation or elimination of witnesses, but assumes that she had a relationship with Osorio, an alleged member of the Zetas cartel.


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United Nations Group Says US Should Address Slavery, Reparations | The Source

United Nations Group Says US Should Address Slavery, Reparations | The Source: The U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released its preliminary recommendations after more than a week of meetings with black Americans and others from around the country, including Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, the District of Columbia and Jackson, Mississippi.

After finishing their fact-finding mission, the working group was “extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African-Americans,” Working Group chair Mireille Fanon Mendes-France of France said in the report. “The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.”


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Ted Cruz campaign defends pastor who said God will send hunters for Jews | Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Ted Cruz campaign defends pastor who said God will send hunters for Jews | Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Kansas evangelical Pastor Mike Bickle, whose endorsement the campaign publicized last month, runs a project called “Israel Mandate,” one of whose goals is “partnering with Messianic Jews for the salvation of the Jewish people.”

In a sermon in 2011, Bickle said God would give Jews a chance to convert to Christianity and “raise up the hunters” against those who refuse. Bickle called Hitler “the most famous hunter in recent history.” In 2005, Bickle said in a sermon that before Jesus’ coming, “a significant number of Jews will be in work camps, prison camps or death camps.”

Nick Muzin, a senior adviser to the Texas senator’s campaign, said Bickle was referring to biblical passages.


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Klinika Collective's Statement After Saturday's Attack by Neo-Nazis in Prague

Klinika Collective's Statement After Saturday's Attack by Neo-Nazis in Prague - Neonazis attacked Klinika. One person was hurt, others were in danger. Activists assume there’s a link between islamophobic demonstrations that were held today and visited by thousands of people. Klinika collective is not afraid and is going to continue its activities. Klinika also calls on people attending such demonstrations to realize whom they are supporting by doing that.

On Saturday February 6th, after demonstrations of Block against Islam (BPI), Pegida and nationalists lead by Adam B. Bartoš, a group of ~20 neonazi hooligans attacked Autonomous Social Center Klinika in the Žižkov neighborhood of Prague. It seems that the attack was held by the same group that attacked the pro-refugee demonstration “Solidarity without borders” with cobblestones and iron bars, and then people returning from the demonstration on Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží). The attack happened approximately 30 minutes after that group took a tram from Main Railway Station to Žižkov.


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No place in Ireland for racism and Islamophobia- Lynn Boylan MEP | Sinn F�in

No place in Ireland for racism and Islamophobia- Lynn Boylan MEP | Sinn F�in: One hundred years ago on this very location the Irish Republic was declared.

A Republic that guaranteed religious and civil liberties, equal rights and equal opportunities.

Today just like then we are taking a stand against oppression, a stand against inequality.

We are standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity to show that there is NO place in Ireland for racism and Islamophobia.

There is no place in Ireland for HATE.

We are a welcoming nation because we are no strangers to migration.

We too have had our coffin ships, we too have been discriminated as immigrants, just like those who board boats today with no guarantee of survival so too did our ancestors.

And just like those who flee for safety from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are victims of a situation not of their making so too were those who left Irish shores.


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El Salvador: indigenous mark 1932 massacre | World War 4 Report

El Salvador: indigenous mark 1932 massacre | World War 4 Report: Groups like the Indigenous Unification Movement of Nahuizalco (MUINA) and the Alcald�a del Com�n (City Council of the Majority) of Izalco, which is made up of elected indigenous authorities, joined the country's Human Rights Ombudsman and local officials to organize ceremonies, cultural activities and conferences with survivors and their families. "Many sectors in the country have wanted to deny this event, which represents a serious affront to justice, memory, dignity and reparations to the victims, their families and the indigenous peoples of this country," said Human Rights Ombudsman David Morales.

Many obstacles to justice and equality for El Salvador's indigenous peoples remain, and the legacy of the 1932 massacre has painful reverberations in the present. The right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) political party, for example, continues to inaugurate every electoral campaign in Izalco, celebrating the massacre as a victory over communism.


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The Martyrdom of Leonard Peltier | Outside Online

The Martyrdom of Leonard Peltier | Outside Online - On the 20th anniversary of the gunfight that led to his imprisonment, Peltier remains at the center of one of the most enduring controversies in American justice: Did a vengeful Federal Bureau of Investigation, desperate to put someone behind bars for the murder of two of its agents, railroad an innocent man? A great many people think so. Moreover, in locking Peltier away for life, did the government orchestrate yet another miscarriage of justice in its checkered relationship with American Indians? Inevitably those who support Peltier have come to see his case as a litmus test in which one's opinion about Peltier becomes a measure of one's willingness to atone for the sins of the past.

As part of a more general exorcism of that past, many continue to question the alleged inconsistencies in the government's evidence against Peltier. Over the past 20 years, numerous high-profile lawyers have worked on his behalf, and his case has brought appeals from Amnesty International, Desmond Tutu, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, and more than 50 U.S. congressmen and senators. Dubbed "America's political prisoner" by leftist groups around the world, Peltier has been compared to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. He's even been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.


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Governor urged to quit after release of emails on Flint legionnaires' outbreak - Democratic Underground

Governor urged to quit after release of emails on Flint legionnaires' outbreak - Democratic Underground: High-ranking officials in Governor Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the Michigan governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.

After the release of the emails, the Michigan Democratic party called for Snyder to step down on Thursday.

When Snyder disclosed the spike in legionnaires’ cases on 13 January, he said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by the liberal group Progress Michigan through public-records requests show Snyder’s own office was aware of the outbreak since last March. At the time, others in the administration were scrambling to respond to suggestions that bacteria in the city’s new water source, the Flint river, could be the culprit.

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Govt team to probe attack on Tanzania woman

Govt team to probe attack on Tanzania woman: [gulf-times.com] “A team is going to Bengaluru which includes the high commissioner of Tanzania, who is also the dean of the African diplomatic corps,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said at a media briefing here.
“The team also includes the joint secretary (states), director (east and southern Africa) in the ministry of external affairs and the regional director of ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations), which liaises with the students who come here on ICCR scholarships,” he said.
Five people suspected of assaulting the Tanzanian woman student were arrested early yesterday, Bengaluru police commissioner N S Megharik said.
“We have arrested the five accused after interrogating them on Wednesday night,” Megharik said.
The commissioner, however, did not disclose names and ages of the five accused.


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Texas Acknowledges Rangers Killed Hundreds of Latinos During Early 20th Century

Texas Acknowledges Rangers Killed Hundreds of Latinos During Early 20th Century: [latina.com] What happened to incite such racially motivated killing? In the first decade of the 20th century, large numbers of white American farmers from the Midwest began making their way to South Texas, a remote region that had managed to remain an enclave of Mexican-American inhabitants. These were Mexican families that became American citizens in the late 1800s with the end of the Mexican-American War and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Now, the reality of their American citizenship came rushing in with the arrival of these white transplants thanks to the advent of newly built infrastructure in the form of roads and rail. Land prices went up exponentially, and many Tejano ranchers found themselves unable to afford the rising property taxes. No sooner did white farmers arrive than they began to invoke the Jim Crow-style of treatment toward people of color that they were used to in the rest of the country. They began stripping Tejanos of their land by simply laying claim to it. Title challenges and outright theft led to a loss of more than 187,000 acres of land for Tejanos in the lower Rio Grande Valley from 1900 to 1910, according to historian Benjamin Heber Johnson in his book.


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Contaminated Water Kills 37 Kids in Colombia, Community Sues | News | teleSUR English

Contaminated Water Kills 37 Kids in Colombia, Community Sues | News | teleSUR English: Indigenous and Black communities in Colombia filed a lawsuit against the government Wednesday after 37 kids in the region died in less than a year from drinking water contaminated by mercury, a chemical used in a local mine.

The community, from Colombia’s coastal department of Choco, filed the suit with the Supreme Court.

Given the alarming number of deaths, the top court has since ordered a special inspection of the water quality of the local rivers and creeks.

This will include investigations into the Atrato and San Juan rivers, the closest water sources to the affected communities, which are mainly Indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations, some of the most vulnerable and stigmatized people in the country.


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Haiti - News : Electoral Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7

Haiti - News : Electoral Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7: Denial of G8...
Contrary to rumors that suggest that the G8 had met the Head of the State and conclude an agreement it is not so. Samuel Madistin the G8 spokesman, as Eric Jean-Baptiste and Sauveur Pierre �tienne two G8 members, have all denied the rumor saying that it was misinformation and confirming that there has been, neither meeting nor any agreement with President Martelly and the G8.


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‘Bring Me The Girl’: Why ‘The Revenant’ was Hard for My Friends and Me - ICTMN.com

‘Bring Me The Girl’: Why ‘The Revenant’ was Hard for My Friends and Me - ICTMN.com: Something about the violence rooted in reality was nearly unbearable for me.

There is something massively different in these kinds of scenes compared to the Hollywood disasters that have attempted this in the past, but failed miserably. For example I felt nothing for the lanky, blue, fairy-aliens of Avatar when they lost Home Tree. Why? Because it was ridiculous. Because comparing my ancestors, my history, my emotional and historical trauma to Ferngully is ridiculous. It’s like Hollywood wants to dress up our very real pain in a magical costume. It’s like the world can’t take it otherwise. The Revenant didn’t play any tricks, use any gimmicks. The pain was real. The history and the reality of it raw and unfiltered. But this isn’t why The Revenant was hard for me.


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Ottawa used technicality to disqualify 1,000 residential-school claims - The Globe and Mail

Ottawa used technicality to disqualify 1,000 residential-school claims - The Globe and Mail: “The government should reverse this unfair decision and agree to pay compensation to these people,” said Phil Fontaine, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who is himself a residential-school survivor and who launched the efforts to obtain redress.

Residential schools, which were varying combinations of boarding facilities and educational institutions, were established in the 1800s and run by churches. Ottawa made attendance compulsory for indigenous children in a massive program aimed at assimilation.


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Seeking More Cold War with Cuba | Consortiumnews

Seeking More Cold War with Cuba | Consortiumnews: Repeated references in the Post‘s piece to “unilateral concessions” made to Cuba reflects another unfortunately all-too-common tendency, which is to consider any hardship in a country with a regime we don’t like to be good in its own right, and thus any lessening of economy-damaging sanctions or embargoes as a loss for the United States.

Damaging someone else’s economy is of value only if helps to bring about some other desirable change in the other country’s policies or behavior, which the embargo of Cuba has manifestly failed to do. The embargo has hurt ordinary Cubans most of all, and that hurt is of no positive value to the United States. Neither has it done any good for U.S. credibility worldwide, given that it is the United States, not Cuba, that has been isolated politically on the issue.


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