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Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died”

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  • The Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.
  • “The discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
  • “Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti.”

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

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http://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/GLEN_Michel-Hilla.jpg?itok=_I_JhrVu Tue, 01/26/2016 | The island nation of Haiti is on the verge of finally ejecting the criminal President Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, the dance hall performer and gangster who was foisted on the Haitian people by the United States through the bullying of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, back in 2011. Martelly’s term is up, and he is constitutionally required to leave office by February 7. Martelly and his American, French and Canadian backers had hoped to use rigged elections and strong-arm tactics to install another puppet politician, Jovenel “The Banana Man” Moise, in the presidential palace. The “Banana Man” – who wants to turn Haiti into a real banana-exporting republic, to the further impoverishment of its small farmers – came in first in an October election that was so blatantly stolen, even the thoroughly corrupt Haitian elite could not endorse the outcome.

In fact, virtually no one in Haitian society except the “Banana Man” and “Sweet Mickey” and the tens thousands of Haitians who were paid to vote, repeatedly, at different polling places in October, considered the election to be valid. Jude Célestin, the candidate that came in second in the October electoral farce – and who was also cheated of victory by “Sweet Mickey” Martelly in the election five years ago – refused to go along with the travesty. Célestin said he would not take part in the bogus run-off election that was scheduled for this past Sunday – meaning, the “Banana Man” would have been the only candidate.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report

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The Hand of Washington in the “Election Coups” in Venezuela

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  • This is a clear interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Who is the United States to tell the Venezuelan people how to interpret the new situation? The White House promotes the same narrative that the opposition in Venezuela is pushing.
  • The "Natural" Presence of US Armed Forces in Latin America

Arnold August, Global Research

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Venezuelan-election-400x250.jpg December 26, 2015 | On December 7, 2015, after the December 6 elections, the White House indicated in a press briefing:“What is clear is that the people of Venezuela have expressed their overwhelming desire for a change in direction.  And what is necessary is for all of the parties involved to engage in a dialogue about the future of that country mindful of the election results.  So that’s a process that we’ll certainly continue to watch closely from here.

 

Arnold August, a Canadian journalist and lecturer, is the author of Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion. Cuba’s neighbours under consideration are the U.S., Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.

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  • Some figures illustrate the degree of dependency of the Latin American Armed Forces: the sale of US arms to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014 amounted to 1,606’861,326 dollars and in 2012 was 2,408’527,664 dollars. The Latin American military who received training in 2013 were 12,157 effectives, while in 2014 they were 14,600.
  • Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world

 

Noam Chomsky | How Bush-Blair-Obama war crimes tore the Middle East to shreds

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Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond - everywhere you look you see mass slaughter and devastation caused by the US-led illegal wars of aggression, says Noam Chomsky.

U.S approves $800 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq.

Noam Chomsky, Stop the War Coalition

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08 July 2014 | The front page of The New York Times on June 26 featured a photo of women mourning a murdered Iraqi.

He is one of the innumerable victims of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) campaign in which the Iraqi army, armed and trained by the US for many years, quickly melted away, abandoning much of Iraq to a few thousand militants, hardly a new experience in imperial history.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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U.S approves $800 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq, Reuters

America sold Iraq $Billions of dollars worth of new and improved WMD just last year ...

The "Natural" Presence of US Armed Forces in Latin America

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  • Some figures illustrate the degree of dependency of the Latin American Armed Forces: the sale of US arms to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014 amounted to 1,606’861,326 dollars and in 2012 was 2,408’527,664 dollars. The Latin American military who received training in 2013 were 12,157 effectives, while in 2014 they were 14,600.
  • Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world.

Silvina M. Romano, Latin America in Movement / Upside Down World

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2016 January 18 | The discourse on freedom, democracy, diplomatic contacts and friendly relations with Latin America, so characteristic of the Obama administration in their eagerness to reinforce the "soft power" of his foreign policy, finds its real limits in the need for "order" and "stability" (watchwords that were familiar during the implementation of the National Security Doctrine in Latin America). Currently, the US Armed Forces in the Hemisphere are present not only in more than 70 military bases, but also through various multi- and bilateral security agreements: Plan Colombia, the Andean Regional Initiative, the Mérida Initiative, the Initiative for Regional Security of Central America, among others. These pacts include training programmes, capacity building courses, the sale of arms and equipment involving the companies providing these materials and US security agencies such as the DEA and the FBI, as well as the governments, companies and police forces of Latin American countries [1].

The reason for this presence is the "security of the United States", that implies by definition security and "stability" in territories that could constitute a threat to the United States. In the training manuals of the end of the 1960s, one can clearly read the link between them: "The lack of political stability and socio-economic order in a Latin American country puts in check US national security. Consequently, in matters of training and programs of military aid, the United States should adopt tactics destined to avoid the risks of such instability, through economic development and the imposition of order" [2].

Silvina M. Romano is a researcher with the Instituto de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe, UBA, CONICET, Argentina.

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Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Concerns over the safety of justice advocates have heightened since the arrests. The former military men arrested today have close ties to Guatemala’s organized crime networks. 
  • Bloodshed in El Salvador
  • Part 1: 18 Former Guatemalan Military Officers Arrested for Crimes Against Humanity
  • Part 2: El Salvador is on pace to become the hemisphere’s most deadly nation

Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world.

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  • Concerns over the safety of justice advocates have heightened since the arrests. The former military men arrested today have close ties to Guatemala’s organized crime networks. 
  • Bloodshed in El Salvador
  • Part 1: 18 Former Guatemalan Military Officers Arrested for Crimes Against Humanity
  • Part 2: El Salvador is on pace to become the hemisphere’s most deadly nation

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: 18 Former Guatemalan Military Officers Arrested for Crimes Against Humanity

Concerns over the safety of justice advocates have heightened since the arrests. The former military men arrested today have close ties to Guatemala’s organized crime networks. Criminal groups in complicity with politicians operate regionally in Central America’s “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and are largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world.

Annie Bird, CIP Americas Program

http://www.cipamericas.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/f17a9026-196d-434e-973a-b76cfb22a3d0_750_497-300x199.jpg7 / January / 2016 | Guatemalan authorities have arrested at least 18 high-ranking Guatemalan military officers yesterday on charges of crimes against humanity and forced disappearance, according to local press reports.

The arrests include retired generals Benedicto Lucas Garcia, head of the military under his now-deceased brother and former dictator Romeo Lucas Garcia, and Manuel Antonio Callejas y Callejas, long known for his high-level positions during the dirty war and his concurrent management of organized crime networks.

Annie Bird is Director of Rights and Ecology [annie@rightsandecology.net / twitter: @rights_ecol / Rights and Ecology listserv] and a frequent contributor to the CIP Americas Program

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Part 2: El Salvador is on pace to become the hemisphere’s most deadly nation

Bloodshed in El Salvador

Joshua Partlow, Washington (DC) Post

https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2015/05/17/Others/Images/2015-05-16/FI-salvador7701431826152.jpg  In El Salvador, violence is surging, the homicide rate has spiked to its highest level in a decade, and the police have launched a fierce crackdown on gangs.  

May 17, 2015 | Most nights now, men in black masks are sweeping through this city, house to house, rousting shirtless boys from their mattresses, shining flashlights across their torsos, looking for tattoos.

The police officers rummage for drugs and guns but will settle for Nike Cortez sneakers — a gang favorite — or any symbol of affiliation, like a little grim reaper scribbled on a bedroom wall. Then it’s into zip-cuffs and down to the station, with maybe a shove or a twist of the cuffs on the way. Because for the 500 members of El Salvador’s anti-gang police force, this has become personal.

Joshua Partlow is the Post’s bureau chief in Mexico. He has served previously as the bureau chief in Kabul and as a correspondent in Brazil and Iraq.

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U.S approves $800 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq

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America sold Iraq $Billions of dollars worth of new and improved WMD just last year ...

Reuters

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg Thu Jan 7, 2016  | The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq worth $800 million, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare. 

The prime contractor on the deal would be Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, told lawmakers the government of Iraq had asked to buy 5,000 of the air-to-ground missiles and 10 training missiles.

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Government Needs You to Dehumanize Foreigners

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  • It’s How They Control You and Justify Killing Them
  • Refugees Are Not the Enemy

John Vibes, Free Thought Project

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http://tftppull.freethoughtllc.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Govt-Needs-You-to-Dehumanize-Foreigners.jpgDecember 20, 2015 | It seems that in Western countries, the people who follow the mainstream media and public school narrative have a pretty twisted outlook on how people in other countries live. They like to focus on the absolute worst things that happen in that society, and act like that defines the society. The perception is that people in non-NATO countries are primitive savages who are constantly attacking and hurting one other, but this type of behavior occurs to a certain degree in nearly every society.

The mainstream western narrative does not pay any attention to the actual daily lives of the people who live in foreign countries. Instead, only they only focus on the tragedies. Just like in the US and Europe, people in the middle east, Africa, and other areas of the world have thriving music scenes, talented artists, brilliant philosophers, exceptional athletes, and children that play games similar to those played by western children. In fact, National Geographic Traveler recently named Iran as the #1 tourist destination in the world.

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Refugees Are Not the Enemy, Sarah Arnold, the Nation

Politicians across the United States have responded to the attacks in Paris with callous and xenophobic calls to block Syrian refugees from entering the United States. In response, writers Reza Aslan, Teju Cole, Aleksandar Hemon, Marlon James, Phil Klay, Laila Lalami, Yiyun Li, Maaza Mengiste, Gary Shteyngart, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Lutz, and Jane Smiley have signed onto an open letter calling on Congress to act with humanity and take in Syrian refugees. We published the letter at TheNation.com and are asking our readers to sign on in support.

 

 

Refugees Are Not the Enemy

Politicians across the United States have responded to the attacks in Paris with callous and xenophobic calls to block Syrian refugees from entering the United States. In response, writers Reza Aslan, Teju Cole, Aleksandar Hemon, Marlon James, Phil Klay, Laila Lalami, Yiyun Li, Maaza Mengiste, Gary Shteyngart, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Lutz, and Jane Smiley have signed onto an open letter calling on Congress to act with humanity and take in Syrian refugees. We published the letter at TheNation.com and are asking our readers to sign on in support.

Sarah Arnold, the Nation

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November 23, 2015 | The letter ends:

Refugees are not the enemy. Refugees are our spouses, our parents, our grandparents. Some among us are refugees themselves; others have experienced the violence of war. But we are all writers. As such it is our duty to bear witness. Together we call upon the government of the United States to take in Syrian refugees, to act with humanity, and to honor Emma Lazarus’s words, chiseled on the Statue of Liberty: “A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.”

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All the best,

Sarah Arnold: Digital Communications Manager at the Nation

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