Suppressing Dissent

By Charles Hugh Smith - ICH - January 24, 2019

A Cultural Revolution is a movement designed to preserve the political and financial power of a ruling elite by social rather than political or financial means. 

Thus the primary tools of a Cultural Revolution are not redistributing power via elections (politics) or financial reforms; the primary tools are public shaming and denouncements, purges of those in positions of authority, show trials, guilt-by-association, wholesale denouncements of entire classes and widespread accusations of anti-progressive ("counter-revolutionary") tendencies in which guilt is defined by all-or-nothing litmus tests of one's loyalties to the Cultural Revolution's strict ideology.

- UPDATES from 23. January to 15. February 2019 see below

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Venezuela: USAmerican VP Pence Calls for Overthrow of President Maduro

Venezuela's response to Pence: Yankee Go Home!
By DemocracyNow - Jan 23, 2019
 

The United States is continuing to ratchet up pressure on Venezuela in what appears to be part of a coordinated effort to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence posted a video message online telling Venezuelan opposition leaders and protesters that the U.S. supports their efforts to oust Maduro.

Vice President Mike Pence: “I’m Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States. And on behalf of President Donald Trump and all the American people, let me express the unwavering support of the United States as you, the people of Venezuela, raise your voices in a call for freedom. Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power.”

USA vs Mexico Border Wall Prototypes

Update: 19. Feb. 2019 - 16 US states are now taking prez Trump to court for his Border Wall Charade.

Update: 16. Feb. 2019 - Trump signed the spending bill and will face constitutional court cases with regards to his plan to draw the money for his "Great" Wall from other sources (e.g. the military) by executive orders based on the National Emergency he wants to declare. His insane plan already faces now lawsuits from a Nature Reserve and three landowners in Texas.

After Trump's National Emergency Declaration, Legal Scholar Says, Initiate Impeachment 'Immediately'

New Mexico Says No to 'Trump's Border Charade, Fear-Mongering'
California Rejects Trump's 'Political Theater', Announces Pull Out of National Guard

Donald Trump's emergency ruse is a wake-up call

Hurd says 1,000 Texas farmers could have land seized to build Trump's border wall

Update 14. Feb. 2019: Trump will sign the bipartisan spending bill to avert another government shutdown, but will call a state of emergency to then push his subject of obsession.- the wall - with executive orders. 

The $5.7 Billion Hole in Shutdown Coverage

The arbitrary, fanciful and contradictory nature of Trump’s border wall demand goes unexamined - USA will violate the international treaty CMS
 
Update: Calculate the Nonsense for yourself: https://www.omnicalculator.com/construction/trump
 
by Reed Richardson (*) - FAIR - January 23, 2019

In the standoff between the Democratic House and President Donald Trump over the latter’s demand for border wall funding, the corporate press has done a passable job highlighting the unpopularity of Trump’s border policy, as well as exploring the vast real-world impact of the shutdown. There have been notable low points in the coverage as well, from tabloid-style outrage-baiting  (FAIR.org, 1/7/19) to overwrought falsely balanced factchecking (FAIR.org, 1/10/19).

But there’s also been a major blindspot in reporting on the shutdown, and it involves the very thing at the center of the entire debate: Trump’s proposed border wall expansion.

The Brazilian photographer and the 20-year reforestation project of over 2.7 million trees

20 years of renaturation work - Image source: Instituto Terra

The mammoth project has planted saplings of more than 290 species of trees, and seen the return of many species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.

By Fino - Sustainable Planet - Instituto Terra - 23.01.2019
The project serves as a beacon to awaken awareness of the need to restore and conserve forest land.

This project is the result of an ambitious initiative taken in the late 1990s by renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado. Confronting environmental devastation in and around a former cattle ranch bought from Salgado’s family near the town of Aimorés, in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais, they decided to return the property to its natural state of subtropical rainforest. The ongoing results are truly amazing.

Killings Of Guatemala's Indigenous Activists Raise Specter Of Human Rights Crisis

Mayan indigenous people protest against the government of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on the day he gives an address to Congress in Guatemala City, Monday. - Santiago Billy/AP

For three days last week, thousands of Guatemalans blocked roads and major highways to protest the Central American country's slide toward a constitutional crisis. The protest organizers included groups that have long demanded justice: indigenous communities and campesinos, as rural and farm workers are called.

Indigenous citizens, many dressed in colorful traditional clothing, came out partly to protest the Guatemalan president's recent expulsion of a United Nations-backed commission investigating corruption in the country. Since 2007, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, known by its Spanish initials CICIG and funded by the U.N., the United States and the European Union, has worked with Guatemalan justice agencies to target corrupt officials.

In the highly unequal society that is Guatemala, many Maya believe any strengthening of the justice system will protect indigenous rights granted under the country's constitution and peace accords.

Unist’ot’en and the limits of reconciliation in Canada


Supporters of the Unist'ot'en camp and Wet'suwet'en walk along a bridge over the Wedzin kwa River leading towards the main camp outside Houston, B.C., on Jan. 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

However, the reoccupation is much more than a blockade.

- but We are Deluding Ourselves that We are Not

By Robert Burrowes - January 17, 2019

It is easy to identify the ongoing and endless violence being inflicted on life on Earth. This ranges from the vast multiplicity of assaults inflicted on our children and the biosphere to the endless wars and other military violence as well as the grotesque exploitation of many peoples living in Africa, Asia and Central/South America. But for a (very incomplete) list of 40 points see ‘Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019’.

However, despite the obvious fact that it is human beings who are inflicting all of this violence, it is virtually impossible to get people to pay attention to this simple and incontrovertible fact and to ask why, precisely, are human beings behaving in such violent and destructive ways? And can we effectively address this cause?

Of course, one part of this problem is the existence of many competing ideas about what causes violence. For example, some ideologies attribute the cause to a particular structural manifestation of violence, such as patriarchy (which generates a gendered system of violence and exploitation) or capitalism (which generates a class system of violence and exploitation). However, none of these ideologies explains why humans participate in structures of violence and exploitation in the first place. Surely a person who was not violent and exploitative to begin with would reject such violent and exploitative structures out of hand and work to create nonviolent and egalitarian structures instead.

Hero Patrice Lumumba - His last photo mid December 1960 on a truck from Elizabethville. Credit:Horst Faas/AP

Present elections obviously not clean, Internet cut countrywide, governmental forces and militias on the loose, while the majority of the people live in abhorrent poverty and the genocide against minorities continues; Ebola outbreak not contained, but the international offtake in gold, diamonds, coltan, timber etc. soars.

Though "independent" for now almost 60 years the Congo is still held in turmoil to be exploited by foreign interests.

At least seventy armed groups are believed to be currently operating in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in addition to the de-stabilizing presence of nineteen thousand UN peacekeepers.

The chilling details of Patrice Lumumba’s assassination and how he was dissolved in acid

By Ismail Akwei, F2F-Africa - January 17, 2019

Since January 17, 1961, no one has been held accountable for the brutal murder of Congo’s independence leader and first prime minister Patrice Lumumba who was shot dead with two of his ministers, Joseph Okito and Maurice Mpolo.

China Takes Over Zambia’s Airport, National Broadcasting Cooperation And ZESCO Power Plant

A Design of the new to built Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Zambia

By greenworldwarriors - 17 January 2019

In a new tweet the Chinese Exim Bank clarifies that the bank now has full control over Kenneth Kaunda Airport, Zambia’s main broadcast cooperation and the ZESCO Power plant.

These Chinese take-overs are a result of the total loans that Zambia are granted by China. In the image below the total amount loans of the African country are listed. The bank says to recover the loans by all means.

Total loans that Zambia are granted by China

Copperbelt C400 Roads418 million dollar (2015)

Chipata – Serenje Railway line2,3 billion dollar (2017)

Mongu – Kalabo Road287 million dollar (2011)

2.000 Military houses157 million dollar (2017)

Mansa – Luwingu Road242 million dollar (2012)

Amnesty International’s Troubling Collaboration with UK & US Intelligence

Peter Benenson, left, with George Ivan Smith at a 1966 Nordic Africa Institute Seminar. Uppsala-Bild | Creative Commons

Some troubling connections contradict Amnesty’s image as a benevolent defender of human rights and reveal key figures at the organization during its early years to be less concerned with human dignity and more concerned with the dignity of the US and UK’s image in the world.

Udate 24. 01. 2018: Since "the Crocodile" has returned from his money-begging trip, the brutality of "sescurity"-forces has only increased. UN demands that the extrajudiial killlings stop and that the internet is opened immediately.

- Civil uprising brutally squashed by Zimbabwe Army, internet cut

Zim protesters demand that the Crocodile steps down

Zimbabwe has blocked Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp messaging app amid a crackdown on days of violent protests.

A coalition of local human rights groups says at least 12 people have been killed and many more beaten and tortured by security forces this week.

The UN has called on the government to halt the "excessive use of force" by security forces including firing live ammunition, and allegations of night-time door-to-door searches and beatings.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum said it had recorded at least 844 human rights violations in all and accused the authorities of cutting off the internet "to mask the massive human rights violations".

Opinion and Open Letter By Olinda Chapel-Nkomo - B24 - 16 Jan 2019
 
I am extremely confused Mr President. Who is your latest post meant to benefit? You have blocked the internet for all Zimbabweans and therefore they can't see this. Is this "optics" for the international community ?

Carla Ortiz: We Have Been Lied To About Syria

Carla Ortiz Oporto in Zamalka, Syria. Image credit: Carla Ortiz

Interview by Ahmad Noroozi - AHT - January 16 ,2019

Ahmad Noroozi: Why do you regard Syrians as your family?

Carla Ortiz: When you see a person for the first time in your life, and that person is willing to risk their lives to protect yours, it is how you get to discover what real love means. A family is built in trust and unconditional love! And I have experienced this love from a land worker, a soldier, a businessman, a child and every mother I have crossed paths with!

After spending that last three years on and off on the ground and living the war on my skin with them, it made them my family. I LOVE THEM with all my heart. 

Are you planning to make another documentary on Syria other than "The voice of Syria"?

Yes, there are a lot of projects. I would love to make many more things, including fiction films.

You’ve been to Aleppo during the war; what can you tell us about the disinformation campaign against the Assad government during those days?

Oil, climate change, and Patricia Espinosa’s short memory

From left to right: Erna Solberg, Norway’s prime minister; Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; and Eldar Sætre, CEO of Equinor at Equinor’s Autumn Conference in Oslo - Norway
By Chris Lang - REDDMonitor - 11. January 2018
 

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, was in Wiemar, Germany this week. In her first speech since COP 24, she said that the UN climate meeting in Katowice reached an “extremely successful outcome”. Of course Espinosa doesn’t mean that the meeting was successful in addressing climate change. She just means that it was successful in continuing the never-ending farce of the UN climate negotiations.

Fossil fuels are not mentioned in the Paris Agreement. Keeping fossil fuels in the ground was not on the agenda in Katowice. As a result, any chance of the talks reaching any meaningful decisions about addressing climate change was close to zero.

Espinosa was invited to Weimar as guest lecturer to speak on the topic, “Diplomacy and Participation: Towards Sustainable Solutions in Climate Policy”.

Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Protest - Image Credit: Toronto Star

- from covering indigenous pipeline protest

“The provincial and federal governments must revoke the permits for this pipeline project until the standards of free, prior and informed consent are met."

By Andrew Emett - NationofChange

While arresting indigenous pipeline protesters in northern British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently began prohibiting reporters from covering the demonstrations. In response, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released a statement demanding that Canadian law enforcement cease restricting access to reporters covering the pipeline protest.

On Sunday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs issued a statement saying all five Wet’suwet’en clans, including the Gidimt’en, oppose the construction of oil and gas pipelines in their territory.

“The provincial and federal governments must revoke the permits for this project until the standards of free, prior and informed consent are met,” Phillip said in the news release.

‘Officials' worst nightmare’: Yellow Vests trigger bank run with financial protest

 
Yellow Vest protesters are hoping to trigger a bank run with a nationwide coordinated cash withdrawal. By threatening the French financial system, protesters say, they want to peacefully force the government to pass their reforms.

If the banks weaken, the state weakens immediately,” said Yellow Vest “sympathizer” Tahz San on Facebook. “It’s elected officials' worst nightmare.”

Protesters plan to empty their bank accounts on Saturday, withdrawing as much money as possible in a bid to undermine the French banks – if not the euro itself. The plan is to “scare the state legally and without violence,” forcing the government to adopt the movement’s Citizens’ Referendum Initiative, which would allow citizens to propose and vote on new laws.  

Updated: 17. January 2019 - Unist’ot’en: Unceded. Undefeated. FORCE IS NOT CONSENT.

14. January 2019 - also see below : THIS IS NOT OVER (click Read more ...)

Gidimt’en Checkpoint Breached by Armed RCMP and Canadian Military, Communications Cut, Invaders Moving Illegally into Unist’ot’en Territory - WORLD ALERT

N.B.: Meanwhile the Immigration Minister of Canada Ahmed Hussen, an immigrant from Somalia, announced on 11. January 2018 that Canada will take in 1 million new migrants over the next three years. The province of Quebec already resisted against further migrant influx, and the hidden agenda to flood provinces, that have strong First Nations and a large Indigenous population of traditional Native People, with new "Canadians" for political gains appears to be now obvious. Every time Native Nations in North America succeed to resist the ongoing genocide and ecocide, new ways are found to continue the onslaught. Remember what the great Lakota Leader Russel Means stated (click for video testimony) and know that what he testified to the U.S. Senate Special Commitee on Investigations is still the agenda of the Takers all over Turtle Island and especially in Kanata (Iroquoi language), where TPTB of the British Corwn's 'Canada' as the occupiers of Native Kanata lands still insist on "Assimilation Programmes", though officially the Native American Boarding School Horror had to finally be abandoned in 1968 due to international pressure. Strategic Incapacitation of Indigenous Dissent, however, is still rampant - though Premier Trudeau promised otherwise. Broken promises are - with very rare exemptions - the standard approach of people hailing from the colonial states of Europe and are the sad experience and conclusion throughout the history of the genocide against Native Americans.

Heavily armed assault on Unist'ot'en sovereignty - in violation of UNDRIP, Canadian state and provincial laws and most importantly the laws of the Unist'ot'en People

<<BREAKING>>

January 8, 2019, 2:51am UTC (late afternoon on 07th local time): There are confirmed reports that RCMP have breached the checkpoint at Gidumt’en, Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory. The RCMP are armed and moving in. Military also present. Gidumt’en cell service, wifi, and communication has been jammed and cut off by police.

January 8, 2019, at approximately 2:51am UTC: RCMP and military forcefully breached a peaceful checkpoint on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. Indigenous people were ripped from their homes by militarized police. There were at least 12 confirmed arrests, including an elder, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs were blocked from their own territories.  Gidumt’en Clan spokesperson Molly Wickham was arrested on her land. She, along with other arrestees, will not be released. They are being brought to Prince George to stand before a Justice of the Peace. 

Arrest-count according to eye witnesses stands at 14 people.