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Nightslantern Suppressed News // March 14-15, 2018 // #ElSalvador / #Myanmar / #Honduras #Israel


Gerald and Maas 2018 suppressed news, March 14, 2018
El Salvador: it was announced on March 7th that Pope Francis had approved Archbishop Oscar Romero for sainthood. In 2015 Romero was declared a "blessed" of the Church. The qualification for sainthood requiring of martyrs only one miracle was met when Cecilia Maribel Flores, near death, recovered in answer to a prayer to the "blessed" Romero by her husband. Archbishop Oscar Romero known for attempting to defend El Salvador's poor against the country's U.S. supported military and death squads - begged and ordered soldiers to stop killing civilians. He was murdered March 24, 1980 as he celebrated mass. In 1992 a UN truth commission found the assassination order was given by Major Roberto D'Aubuisson Arrieta, a graduate of the U.S. School of the Americas, a member of Salvadoran military intelligence, a leader of the right wing death squads, and eventually a presidential candidate. With the military's immunity currently revoked El Salvador's judiciary has reopened the case. Partial sources online: "Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Romero to Be Made a Saint," Reuters, March 7, 2018, The New York Times; "Pope Francis approves sainthood for Oscar Romero," Staff Reporter, March 7, 2018, Catholic Herald; "He championed the poor and was killed by a death squad in El Salvador. Decades later, Archbishop Oscar Romero will be made a saint," Kate Linthicum, Esmeralda Bermudez, Tom Kington, Tracy Wilkinson, March 7, 2018, L.A. Times.
        Myanmar. Reuters reports that United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has presented yet another genocide warning March 7th to the U.N. Human Rights Council; he fears acts of genocide against the Rohingya have occurred in the Rakhine province since last August. In her report to the U.N. Human Rights Council March 12th, Yanghee Lee, special rapporteur on Myanmar, has claimed the strong likelihood of genocide of the Rohingya and has urged accountability. The Myanmar military continues to reject U.N. claims. The U.S. and U.N. position currently is that the Rohingya are victims of ethnic cleansing. Adama Dieng, the UN's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide ending his visit to Bangladesh faults the international community for doing nothing to stop atrocity crimes against the Rohingya. The Anadolu Agency reports 750,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. Dieng has noted evidence of genocide and because of ongoing violence against Rohingya in Myanmar is not recommending return of refugees at this point. Amnesty International has released information that the military is currently bulldozing the Rohingya towns it has emptied through massacres or the people's flight, and is constructing military facilities throughout the Rakhine. Ongoing genocide warning. Previous.
"Despite the numerous warnings I have made of the risk of atrocity crimes, the international community has buried its head in the sand. This has cost the Rohingya population of Myanmar their lives, their dignity and their homes." - Adama Dieng
Partial sources online: "Note to Correspondents: Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, on his visit to Bangladesh to assess the situation of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar," Adama Dieng, March 12, 2018, United Nations Secretary-General; "Yanghee Lee: Incidents in Rakhine bear hallmarks of genocide," UNB, March 13, 2018, Dhaka Tribune; "Rohingyas could face further violence if they return to Myanmar, UN adviser warns," March 13, 2018, UN News; "UN official convinced of Myanmar Rohingya 'genocide'," Bard Wilkinson, March 12, 2018, CNN; "Myanmar: Remaking Rakhine State," ASA 16/8018/2018, March 12, 2018, Amnesty International; "Myanmar: Military land grab as security forces build bases on torched Rohingya villages," March 12, 2018, Amnesty International; "Global community 'buries head in sand' over Rohingya," Fatih Erel, March 13, 2018, Anadolu Agency; "Rohingyas could face further violence if they return to Myanmar, UN adviser warns," March 13, 2018, UN News; "'Acts of genocide' suspected against Rohingya in Myanmar: U.N." Stephanie Nebehay, Simon Lewis, March 7, 2018, Reuters.
March 15, 2018     Honduras     Israel
      Honduras: with strong evidence of voting fraud supported by the U.S., the January 27th installation as president of Juan Orlando Hernandez relied on police and military security forces which countered mass demonstrations across the country with the murder of 16 citizens and an unreported number of 'preventive' arrests. Reuters notes that in early December alone there were mass arrests of 1351 people. Previous. Since the U.S. supported ouster of democratically elected Manuel Zelaya corporate interests have continued to advance through police state tactics and murder. The alleged mastermind of the plot to murder activist Berta Cáceras two years ago was arrested as he tried to leave Honduras early in March. David Castillo Mejía, a former military intelligence officer (four of the nine suspects arrested so far for this killing have military ties) is the CEO of the dam building company Cáceras, an indigenous leader, and the community were protesting. The dam was proceeding without community approval. She was shot at her home around midnight, March 2nd or 3rd, 2016. The U.S. which is generally responsible for protecting corporate interests in Honduras from a citizens' democracy has publicly approved the arrest although the U.S. has provided the Honduran police and military an estimated 200 million dollars of aid since 2010. An investigation by The Guardian discovered Berta Cáceras listed on a military hitlist delivered to U.S. trained elite forces. Honduras is known as the most lethal country in the world for environmental activists. With police state tactics at home, Honduras with Paraguay and Guatemala has indicated its willingness to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, in accord with the U.S. decision to move its embassy (Russia as well will move its embassy to West Jerusalem, believing that East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine). Previous.     Partial sources online: "U.N. blames Honduras security forces for killing electoral protesters," Reuters Staff, March 12, 2018, Reuters; "Honduras, Paraguay "ready in principle" to move embassies to Jerusalem," JTA, March 12, 2018, The Jerusalem Post; "Berta Cáceres murder: ex-Honduran military intelligence officer arrested," Nina Lakhani, Mar 2, 2018, The Guardian; "Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier," Nina Lakhani, Jun 21, 2016, The Guardian.

      Israel: a new law approved by Israel's parliament allows the Minister of the Interior to take away any Palestinian's rights to live in Jerusalem if considered disloyal or having committed what the Minister considers a criminal act or error in residency application. The threat includes Palestinians born there and whose families have lived and worked there for generations. Al-Jazeera points out that the current Interior Minister, Aryeh Den has in the past been "convicted of bribery, fraud and 'breach of trust'"; Den claims that the intent of the new law is the 'security of Israeli citizens'. The same reason of 'necessity for the security of Israeli citizens' - was given to explain the recent action of the Israeli army as it entered Burin village to claim the town secondary school with its land, firing tear gas into the school grounds and terrorizing the students. The town is bordered by three illegal settlements for Jewish Israelis only. There is little evidence within Israel of overt Jewish resistance to military policies. There is resistance by Orthodox Jews who continue to protest forced conscription into Israel's military on religious and cultural grounds. The nonviolent protests have been met with police brutality and arrests. The law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from military service in order to maintain the culture through immersion in their religious studies was nullified by Israel's Supreme Court in mid-September 2017.     Partial sources online: "Israel passes law to strip residency of Jerusalem's Palestinians," March 7, 2018, Al Jazeera; "Israeli troops enter Burin to 'confiscate' more land," Anadolu news agency, March 12, 2018, Al Jazeera; "Would-be converts must marry or leave partners, Knesset committee told. The practice has been called 'coercive and unfair'," Jeremy Sharon, March 12, 2018, The Jerusalem Post; "9 arrested after Orthodox Jews clash with police in Jerusalem over military draft (VIDEOS)," Sept. 18, 2017, TV-Novosti; "‘We’d rather die than enlist’: Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with police over military draft (VIDEOS)," March 13, 2018, TV-Novosti.

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