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.

A weekend is not a good time to seek help from the UN, should have been known to #RahafAlQanun

Ms. Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq al-Qunun

- updated 12. January 2018

vf - 07. January 2019 - The hashtag #SaveRahaf triggered a twitter-storm and subsequently made world headlines

Luckily and thanks to international support the adventure will end well for Ms. Rahaf. However, a second look at the whole story is warranted to see the roles of the different players and their actions more clearly - in order to grasp the full picture of the case, which then might make it also easier for others to escape and to avoid the numerous traps set up by governments and agencies in a globalizing world..

The Escape

Ms. Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun (she and UNHCR write her family name as al-Qunun), an 18 year-old teenager from the town of Hail in northwestern Saudi Arabia, had at first traveled with her family to Kuwait on a holiday trip and therefore had her passport with her.

From KANISTERNSERA, THE MOTHERS, P.O. BOX 2125, KAHNAWAKE [VIA QUEBEC CANADA] J0L IB0

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau has been found out to be just a clever political pretender, who speaks softly while the boots of his colonial toops and corporate greed just march on over the Indigenous People. THIS MUST STOP

REGISTERED MAIL

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019

NOTICE TO CEASE AND DESIST:

THIS CEASE AND DESIST NOTICE IS SERVED ON: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; David Eby, Attorney General of BC; Michelle Mungall, BC Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources; George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment & Climate Change; Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation; Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Royal Canadian Mounted Police, BC [E Division]; Carolyn Bennett, Minister Aboriginal Affairs Canada; Queen Elizabeth; Governor General, Coastal GasLink Pipeline, TransCanada Pipeline; Northern Gateway Pipeline; Fatou Bensouda,chief prosecutor International Criminal Court The Hague. 

She:kon.

What Does the Future Hold for a Growing Mixed-Blood Native Population?

Bloodquantum Register - Image Courtesy of Ryan Young (Ojibwe)

We can’t erase the lasting effects of federal policy, but we can make a conscious choice to redefine our identity as Native People.

Native scholars have asserted that as “American Indian” people, we occupy a liminal status in the United States, neither fully part of the status quo or apart from it, due to our tribal “sovereignty” or government-to-government relationship with the feds. Additionally, as “American Indians” we are held to a system of federal enumeration, often on the basis of blood quantum for membership into a tribe.  If we meet the respective benchmarks of our tribe’s enrollment criteria, we are granted the “esteemed” Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) or tribal enrollment card along with a census number. We are the only segment of the American population that requires proof that we are ethnically who we say we are. 

London, Washington & Paris on brink of collapse

The FUKUS are failing - © Global Look Press / Christoph Meyer/Dpa; © Reuters/Kevin Lamarque; © Reuters/Christian Hartmann

By George Galloway (*) -  6. January 2019

Despite the thrashing around of the NATO disinformation apparat, the imperial heartland has entered 2019 in a state of complete chaos.

Washington, London, and Paris – the three capitals of the Empire – are today effectively ungoverned, shutdown, tottering on the brink of collapse or under siege by their own people.

Their self-chosen Nemeses – Moscow and Beijing – meanwhile toast the New Year in a state of considerable optimism and self-confidence. These are the facts, this is the news.

We should start at the top of the Empire. The United States government has closed down amid stasis and a barrage of inter-governmental howitzers.

The defense secretary, 'Mad Dog' Mattis, has resigned as have other uniformed subalterns angry at the president's re-found determination to withdraw from costly and losing foreign wars. The actual "mad dog" – John Bolton – openly defies President Trump over Syria, Mueller closes in, and the new Democratic majority in the House gears up to "impeach the mother***er."

UN Staff Member says 5G Is War on Humanity

Massive EMR bombardment

The first eight months of WWII with no fighting was called The Phoney War. Using millimetre waves as a fifth-generation or 5G wireless communications technology is a phoney war of another kind.

This phoney war is also silent, but this time shots are being fired – in the form of laser-like beams of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from banks of thousands of tiny antennas[1] – and almost no one in the firing line knows that they are being silently, seriously and irreparably injured.

In the first instance, 5G is likely to make people electro-hypersensitive (EHS).[2]Perhaps it was sitting in front of two big computer screens for many of the 18 years I worked at the UN that made me EHS. When the UN Office at Vienna installed powerful WiFi and cellphone access points – designed to serve large, public areas – in narrow, metal-walled corridors throughout the Vienna International Centre in December 2015, I was ill continuously for seven months.

Art Exhibition Raises Awareness on Violence Against Native American Women

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Stolen Daughters

By Alejandra Palacios - WDIO - January 04, 2019

An art exhibit dedicated to Native American women affected by violence and human trafficking took place Friday at the Powless Cultural Center. The art work was created by people in the region impacted by the issue.

AICHO, a local Native American organization, went beyond the statistics and put an emotional and visual image to the women that have been killed or have gone missing due to the violence and trafficking that exists now.

The art exhibit is called Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island.

Turtle Island is the name Native Americans use for North America. 

The art exhibit featured a variety of paintings, ceramics, and photographs that showed pain and resilience. Each art display had a story that explained and showed a shocking reality that Native American women face.

Russia’s Clear GMO Labeling Rules Reach the Shelves across EAEU

The wise world resists against GMO food
By Sustainable Pulse - Jan 3, 2019
 

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), including the countries of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus, has introduced clear GMO labeling on all food and supplement products containing genetically modified organisms, starting from last week.

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) announced in 2016 that it was inviting all EAEU countries to apply a “GMO” label on the packaging of food products that contain genetically modified organisms.

The Rospotrebnadzor and the EAEU confirmed the proposed amendments to the technical regulations on the labeling of food products in the EAEU, despite objections from some European Union food manufacturers, who claimed that the new GMO label will cause problems for international trade.

But beware: Some GMO foods will soon be falsely labeled as "biofortified". Remember that!

According to the new EAEU regulations the basic size of the GMO label must not be less than 5 mm. The technical regulations also require that the GMO label be applied in a manner that provides easy readability and visibility throughout the shelf life of food and supplement products.

World Food Program, Bribed By Saudis, Threatens Yemenis With More Famine

The divide in Yemen

By moonofalabama.org - 01. January 2018

The United Nation's World Food Program (WFP, a group of FAO) is supposed to relief populations in urgent need of food supplies. It is not supposed to be a partisan organization. But in the war on Yemen it has now taken one side of the conflict and is threatening the other side with starvation.

The slow famine in Yemen continues unabated. Not only the people in north Yemen, under control of the Houthi and besieged by the Saudi coalition, are starving. Those living in the government controlled areas in the south have similar problems. There are many conflicting parties which makes aid distribution difficult. There is food in the markets but the people have no money to pay for it.

Many poor local men, even children, get recruited to fight on either side. The coalition of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States have few of their own soldiers on the ground. The hire others to wage their war.

The U.S. is essentially running the Saudi air war against Yemen:

When a Saudi F-15 warplane takes off from King Khalid air base in southern Saudi Arabia for a bombing run over Yemen, it is not just the plane and the bombs that are American.

American mechanics service the jet and carry out repairs on the ground. American technicians upgrade the targeting software and other classified technology, which Saudis are not allowed to touch. The pilot has likely been trained by the United States Air Force.

And at a flight operations room in the capital, Riyadh, Saudi commanders sit near American military officials who provide intelligence and tactical advice, ...

Goodbye, UNESCO: Israel and US quit UN heritage agency

UNESCO showed character and stood by Palestine with the result that the agency is now broke with funding withdrawn by the USA, but what is with all the other broken promises the agency itself did not fulfil - even in times when there was money?

By DW - 01.01.2019

The countries announced in 2017 that they would withdraw from the UN Educational, Science and Cultural Organization, accusing it of bias against Israel. That went into effect at the stroke of midnight and the beginning of 2019.

The tumultuous relationship between Israel and UNESCO came to an end with the close of 2018. And the US has followed suit, leaving the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after accusing it of bias against Israel. "Unfortunately, UNESCO has adopted systematic discrimination against Israel and UNESCO is being used in order to rewrite history by people who hate the Jewish people and the state of Israel," a Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday. 

The United States and Israel had announced their decisions in 2017, but, according to the UNESCO statute, withdrawals go into effect at the end of the following year — in this case after the final tick of the clock on December 31, 2018.

Israel joined UNESCO in 1949. The agency is best known for its World Heritage program, which designates cultural sites and aims to preserve traditions. But it also works to defend press freedom, promote education for women, and fight extremism and anti-Semitism. Israel has nine World Heritage Sites, including the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, the biblical site of Masada near the Dead Sea, and the White City in Tel Aviv. The Old City in East Jerusalem is listed with no territorial status specified. UNESCO has added three locations within the Palestinian territories to its World Heritage List. 

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