UN Committee condemns U.S. for racial disparity, police brutality

Source:  pbs.org


un flagThe United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has published a scathing report analyzing the current state of racial justice in the United States. Citing the August 9th shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri and the rise of stand-your-ground laws, the committee expressed deep concerns about the ways in which the American justice system handles racially charged events.

African Americans across the country, the CERD explained in a press conference, bear a disproportionate amount of the burden associated with economic and social disparity.

“This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.” said CERD vice chairman Noureddine Amir. “Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing.”

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Speaking With A True Heart

LP-70photo courtesy of Nanette Long

This September Leonard Peltier celebrates his 70th Birthday! His actual birthdate is September 12, 1944. We think 70 is an awesome birthday to celebrate so we’re going to CELEBRATE Leonard ALL Month long and we’d Love to have you join us! This is an action-oriented virtual global event from whatever device you use to access the Internet. Our Birthday wish for Leonard is “FREEDOM”! There is ONLY one person in the World who can release Leonard from his unlawful imprisonment. That individual so designated by the United States Constitution is the current sitting President of the United States. Until January 2017, that individual is President Barack Obama! It is up to those of us who care about and support Leonard to focus our Positive Energies to President Obama and [respectfully] demand that he grant Executive Clemency to Leonard! You do not have to like our…

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IMF to Give US$1.4 Billion Loan To Ukraine

Source:  Telesurtv.net

August 29, 2014

A condition of the funds is a severe austerity program including firing 24,000 government employees, removing gas subsidies, tax increasing and selling of state assets. 

imf lends ukraine billionThe IMF have given the green light on Friday for Ukraine to receive its next financial assistance payment of US$1.4 billion dollars.

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first review of Ukraine’s performance under an economic program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA),” the organization said in a statement.

This brings the total disbursements to US$4.51 billion and the nation may be eligible for another US$2.3 billion if a review is passed at the end of the year.

But the IMF also noted that the conflict in the east of the country will be resolved shortly.

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Ukraine: UN report shows rising civilian deaths, ongoing rights abuses

29 August 2014

Source:  UN News Centre

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Ivan ŠimonovićIntense fighting, including the use of heavy weaponry by both sides, in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine, has increased the loss of civilian life, with an average of around 36 people being killed every day, says a new report issued today by the United Nations human rights office.

The report, produced by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and covers the period from 16 July to 17 August, expresses dismay at the killing and wounding of civilians who are trapped in urban areas or attempting to flee the fighting in eastern Ukraine using “safe” corridors established by the Government.

There is an urgent need to end the fighting and violence in the eastern regions, before more civilians are harmed or forced to flee, or face intolerable hardships trapped inside the conflict zones

“Deliberate targeting of civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law, and more must be done to protect them,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “All those involved in the hostilities in the affected areas of the east must at all times comply with the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution. This is particularly important in densely populated areas.”

Deteriorating human rights since the onset of violence 

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Christine Lagarde: IMF Head Formally Charged In Fraud Probe

Source:  redpilltimes.com

By on August 27, 2014

imf's christine lagardeYesterday some great news came through the wires. One of the evil ladies of power, IMF’s head Christine Lagarde, has been charged with “negligence” over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

Now we know that no amount of jail time can make up for the hundreds of thousands of deaths the IMF has overseen during her tenure, or the economic destruction of entire nations that Lagarde engineered in order to make her clique of politicians and bankers wealthy beyond imagination, but some payback is better than nothing.

Yahoo reports:

The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15 hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct, the fourth time she has been questioned in a case that has long weighed upon her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

“The investigating commission of the court of justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation,” she said in exclusive comments to AFP.

In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and happens when an examining magistrate has decided there is a case to be answered.

It does not, however, always lead to a trial.

Lagarde under a formal probe

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For the first time in 60 years

Reblogged from: marynellmoore.wordpress.com

below the knees

This week I chose to post a photograph I took at the Sarasota Opera House during the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s “On Stage” performance. What transpires below the knees is but one part of a fully integrated and graceful ballet movement. The level of talent and artistry of the students who participated in the school’s recently concluded summer intensive workshop was beyond extraordinary. For the first time in 60 years, students from the Cuban National Ballet School were allowed to dance in the United States. This is the first of what is hoped will be an annual exchange between the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School and the Cuban National Ballet School and a more harmonious relationship with Cuba.

Source:  Week 5 – #2. Below The Knees

Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station

August 27, 2014

occupy movement gets its own tv station

Source: Popular Resistance

In partnership with FilmOn Networks, the National Convention PBC and a new union of the groups Occupy Television, ArticleV.org, and the National General Assembly, have launched Occupy Television, a free 24/7 online television channel. The new outlet consolidates all previous sites providing Occupy news and commentary in order to provide access to the maximum amount of people around the world.

There is no more visceral demonstration of the importance of the principles behind Occupy — and the need for independent control of the movement’s own messages — then the complete failure of the police state in Ferguson, Missouri and its violent behavior toward the media.

Occupy Television’s goal is to circumvent mainstream media, with its multitude of conflicts of interests, in order to break out of the echo chambers of conventional political discussion. The station is based on the work of Occupy community members and citizen journalists — it is TV for the 99%.

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Sao Paulo Forum: LatAm countries must build stronger ties, push for integration

sao palo forum in bolivia 2014The annual Sao Paulo Forum was held in La Paz, Bolivia on Thursday August 28th. It was attended by Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, who gave a speech highlighting Bolivia’s “Process of Change” while highlighting the importance of international collaboration.

Each year, left-wing political parties and social movements from across Latin America and the Caribbean gather to debate contemporary issues facing the region while developing strategies and coordinating efforts to construct alternatives to capitalism.

Sharing successes

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Palestine Thanks Latin America for Solidarity with Gaza

chile protest in support of palestineProtesters throughout Latin America protested against the Israeli atrocities against Gaza. In the photo, a demonstration a few weeks ago in Chile. (Photo: Reuters)

Source:  TeleSUR

Palestinian officials recognized that Latin American countries were the first to condemn the Israeli onslaught against Gaza.

The Palestinian National Council (PNC), which is the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Wednesday thanked Latin America for its solidarity with the people of Gaza and its condemnation of the seven-week Israeli massacre  in the enclave.

An inheritance of patriots like Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar

marti y bolivarDuring a PNC meeting, the Palestinian leaders said the solidarity of Latin America with Palestinians “is an inheritance of patriots like Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar.”

The legislators also made a contrasting comparison between the strong condemnation by Latin American and Caribbean governments of the Israeli attacks, with the support of U.S., Europe and their allies to the government of Tel Aviv.

They also recognized the fact that Latin Americans launched a shout of protest against Israel while other nations opened up their military warehouses to replenish the Tel Aviv  regime with the weapons it used in the bloody attacks against Gaza.

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The Cuban Five: 16 Years of Unjust Imprisonment

They risked their lives to fight against terrorism, why are they in prison?

Free the Cuban Five Now!! 

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Cuban Five Three left to goFriday, Sept. 12 marks 16 years since Gerardo, Antonio, Ramón, Fernando, and René were arrested in Miami and thrown into solitary confinement. 16 years since they began the wait for their unfair trial held in the city of Miami, and even more unfair by virtue of secret government payments to journalists writing articles to inflame passions against Cuba and the Five. René and Fernando are back in Cuba now, but only because they finished serving their unjust sentences, not out of any sense of compassion or justice on the part of Barack Obama or his predecessors. It is up to us to intensify the pressure to free Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio.

Events have been scheduled in numerous cities in the U.S. and around the world. Check our calendar 

for the latest updates. As of now we know of the following events in the U.S. and Canada (you’ll find full details in the calendar

In New York, NY, supporters of the Five will hold a picket at the Federal Building on Friday. Other events for the Five are scheduled in New York for the weeks following weeks, including a film showing and a letter-writing evening.

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