Lawlessness – part 5

Colten Boushie

“Colten Boushie and Settlers’ Justice” by David MacDonald

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The decision by an all-white jury, presided over by a white judge, to acquit the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, is a severe test of the settler-based Canadian legal system…

Boushie’s friend Belinda Jackson, taken into police custody before she provided a statement, did not sleep or eat for 19 hours. Boushie’s mother Debbie Baptiste was told to “get herself together” after being informed her son had been killed.

Is it normal for police to tell you that your son is dead, imply you have a drinking problem, and then search your home for clues? It seems so in Saskatchewan. The police acted as if they were an army of occupation in someone else’s home.

What does colonization and occupation look like? Statistically like this: In mid-2016, Maclean’s surveyed the 265 most powerful positions in Saskatchewan’s legal, educational, business and legislative systems: 4.5 per cent of positions were filled by Indigenous peoples. Only two of 101 judges are Indigenous — in a province where 81 per cent of inmates in provincial jails are Indigenous.

A recent poll indicated Saskatchewan residents viewed the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people more negatively than anywhere else in Canada, and 41 per cent of respondents blamed “Aboriginal peoples” for inequalities and problems. Saskatchewan was also the home of the last federally funded Indian Residential School. One of its survivors, Darren Maxie, told Maclean’s “It is their system, not ours… Every institution belongs to them. We are not allowed in.”
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“Like a Safari: Israeli Troops in Jeeps Hunt a Palestinian Teen and Shoot Him in the Head” by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The killing field of young Laith Abu Naim is an empty lot in the remote village of Al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah. Someone once planned to build a house here, but got no further than iron rods and a retaining wall. The boy ran for his life between the rods, pursued by two armored Israel Defense Forces jeeps. The chase ended when the door of one of the vehicles opened and a soldier aimed his rifle straight at Laith’s forehead from a range of 20 meters. He fired one bullet, killing the teen – the same way an animal is hunted down and bagged on a safari…

The earth is still bloodstained where Abu Naim fell, and littered with shreds of a memorial poster with his picture on it. According to the grocer, the soldier who fired the shot walked over to the dying teen and turned over his body with his foot, apparently to check his condition. The soldiers ordered the grocer to get back into his store and close it. They left without offering the victim any medical assistance…

Fat’hi, his face a study in dejection, asks: “Is there an army in the world that, after shooting someone, puts a foot on his body? They shot him in cold blood in order to kill him. It was a liquidation, an assassination. They could have arrested him, wounded him – but not killed him. To kill a Palestinian is nothing for them. They have no human feelings. Doesn’t the officer who fired have children? Did he see Laith as a boy like his children? The Israeli soldiers have lost all restraint. Every soldier can kill anyone according to his mood.”

Chaim Levinson

“Haaretz Journalists Gideon Levy, Alex Levac Detained by IDF in West Bank” by Chaim Levinson

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Two prominent Haaretz journalists were detained by the Israeli army at the Tul Karm checkpoint and questioned by police on Monday on their way back from the West Bank to Israel, in what the newspaper described as an attempt to undermine the essential work of journalists.

Reporter and columnist Gideon Levy, who has written extensively about Palestinian life in the West Bank, and photographer Alex Levac were released after police questioned them at the police station in the West Bank settlement of Ariel…

We must call a spade a spade, said Levy. It was a false arrest of journalists, meant to harm their work. I have been covering the occupation for 30 years, and I will continue to do so even if I get arrested every week.

Oddie Shoupe | Photo: White County Sheriff’s Office

“Sheriff Sued After Ordering Deputies to ‘Kill That M-therf-cker'” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Body camera recording revealed that Shoupe gave instructions for Michael Dial, with whom law enforcement was engaged in a low-speed car chase, to be fired on.

Deputies initially used the Pursuit Intervention Technique, which is meant to turn a moving vehicle sideways, reducing its speed and bringing it to a stop by nudging (ramming) it with a patrol car.

According to Channel 5, Shoupe can be heard in the recording saying: “They said, ‘we’re ramming him,’ I said, ‘Don’t ram him, shoot him. F-ck that sh-t. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars.’”

Dial was reportedly driving on a suspended license and ignored instructions from DeKalb Country officials to pull over.

“If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that motherf-cker they’re full of sh-t,” Shoupe said, according to the recording. “Take him out. I’m here on the damn wrong end of the county.”

“Our Verdict: UK Assange Ruling is Unlawful, and 100% Political” by Patrick Henningsen (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Yesterday, a high court judge ruled to uphold a UK arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, consigning him to further limbo and little chance of justice.

While the details, twists and turns of this case are certainly important, it’s essential to first understand that this case no longer has anything to do with any laws Assange is said to have broken. This is now one hundred percent political…

On June 19, 2011, prior to his extradition hearing, Assange jumped bail, and claimed political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been living in the basement ever since. By jumping bail at that time, Assange triggered a separate UK arrest warrant. However, the Swedish sex assault case was eventually dropped in August 2015, and has since been deemed by many analysts to be vexatious, if not completely fraudulent. Despite all this, the UK government has still enforced the original charge of jumping bail…

There were faint hopes that yesterday’s hearing at Westminster magistrates court might yield a victory for justice and common sense, but those hopes were dashed by senior Judge Emma Arbuthnot…

In addition, the judge made a series of bizarre remarks, including a claim that Assange has not been arbitrarily detained, and should be grateful of the luxurious conditions of his incarceration.

“Firstly, he can leave the embassy whenever he wishes; secondly, he is free to receive, it would seem, an unlimited number of visitors and those visits are not supervised; thirdly, he can choose the food he eats, the time he sleeps and exercises.”

“He can sit on the balcony (I accept probably observed by the police and his supporters) to take the air. He is not locked in at night.”

That judge is ruined.

“Amid Peace Talks, 2 More Social Leaders Assassinated in Colombia” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Amid peace talks between the National Liberation Army, ELN, and the Colombian government, two more campesino leaders were assassinated on Friday in the municipality of Guapi, in the Cauca department of Colombia…

Human rights defenders Orlando Grueso, a former guerrilla, and Jonathan Cundimi, a local activist, were working to help campesinos transition from growing coca crops to alternative crops in the region. Grueso was reportedly a former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC…

Jhonatan Centeno, a fellow human rights defender, told local media: “Orlando was a great leader of the Patriotic March and promoted the process of voluntary substitution of crops for illicit use.”

Nearly 170 social leaders have been killed in Colombia in 2017, according to the Institute of Studies for Peace Development, Indepaz, a Colombian non-governmental organization.

Indepaz director Camilo Gonzalez Posso said, “The rise in homicides is over two main conflicts: (access to) land and (natural) resources. This latter refers to the rentiership in illegal mining and cultivation of illicit crops.”
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Honduras: Indigenous Communities Unite Against Extractive Policies

“Environmental Activists Attacked in Mexico, Bus Lit on Fire” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A group of environmental activists traveling from Zacatilihuic to Tehuacan, Mexico were attacked Saturday after protesting the Atzala-Coyolapa hydroelectric project in the Sierra Negra, the mountain chain that crosses the state of Puebla…

When driving by Zacacoapan, a black double cabin pick-up truck blocked their way and masked armed men forced the activists to step down, get on their knees, face the bushes by the road with their heads down and wait while they sprayed gasoline over the bus.

When the attackers left, the activists turned their heads only to see their bus on fire. They weren’t able to identify any of the attackers or the truck’s details…

The Sierra Negra de Puebla is a region under constant threat by mining, manufacturing and other environmental threats in a mostly Indigenous territory. Activists and local residents fear the new hydroelectric may damage the region’s ecosystem…

The main beneficiary will be the Autlan Mining Company in Teziutlan, which provides metal alloys to GFM…

Since it’s a mainly Indigenous territory, the government must carry out popular consultations to approve the project. However, local residents have denounced it as treacherous, claiming the consultation shouldn’t even happen.

“The mayor (of Zoquitlan) has sold out to the company,” said Martin Barrios, president of a human rights group in Tehuacan.

“Hydro Electric Firm, Honduran Military Planned Berta Caceres Murder” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A hydroelectric company that environmental activist Berta Caceres had fought plotted with Honduran military and security forces to kill the Indigenous leader in March 2016, an independent commission has found.

The investigation was carried out by the International Group of Advisors and Expert Persons, which is comprised of several lawyers from Guatemala, Colombia, Holland and the United States and was based on dozens of interviews, court records and partial access to evidence provided by government investigators.

The GAIPE found that high-level executives of Energy Development SA and government officials began planning the assassination of Caceres at least four months before they carried it out.
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Nicolas Maduro and Marco Rubio | photos from Reuters

“Rubio calls for military coup in Venezuela” by ? (RT via Axis Of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Republican Senator Marco Rubio called for the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rebel against the government, in a series of inflammatory tweets posted on Friday. The Secretary of State has hinted at support for a coup d’etat.

“The world would support the Armed Forces in #Venezuela if they decide to protect the people & restore democracy by removing a dictator,” Florida Senator Rubio wrote.

Rubio’s tweets come after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday hinted at his support for a coup d’etat in Venezuela, as well as more sanctions including an embargo on Venezuela’s valuable oil exports.

A Palestinian flag is seen in from to the Jewish settlement of Gilo, in the West Bank village of Walajeh near Bethlehem August 18, 2017. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun

“Upcoming Likud bill is Israel’s latest attempt to annex the settlements” by Maya al-Orzza

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Israel’s ruling Likud party announced last Sunday a new bill that seeks to apply Israeli domestic law directly to settlements. The bill, expected to be introduced in two weeks, is an exact copy of a decision unanimously approved by the Likud Central Committee on December 31, 2017, which would de facto annex all Israeli settlements.

This is will not be the first time that a bill proposal to apply sovereignty on all Israeli settlements is presented to the Knesset, truth is, Israel has been incrementally extending its sovereignty in practice over the occupied Palestinian territory since 1967, when it annexed East Jerusalem.

For people who don’t pay any attention to what happens in Israel and occupied Palestinian territories; Simply, ‘all’ Jewish settlements on occupied, and stolen, Palestinian territory are illegal. In its ongoing “politicide” (Baruch Kimmerling) of the nation of Palestine, Israel – like the little boy with chocolate all over his face who says he doesn’t know anything about what happened to the chocolate cake – allows the settlements and then, after a time, declares them a part of Israel. Nazi Israel expands and Palestinian territory shrinks further.


“Congress introduces new set of bills to limit the right to seek justice against major corporations” by Frank Sellers

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Congress has countenanced a large number of bills over the course of the past year that deal with deregulating industry either by removing regulations entirely or else knocking out their teeth… But these aren’t the only consumer protections that are under fire by bills that are gaining support in Congress:

6 bills with provisions to eliminate judicial review, eroding the role of courts as a check and balance on other branches of government.
14 bills that could effectively strip people of their right to sue by either forcing them into arbitration or blocking their ability to join together in class action lawsuits.
17 bills that would make it too expensive to sue, forcing members of the public to bear the burden of costly litigation against the government.
10 bills that meddle with timely resolution through settlements, forcing government agencies to draw out challenges through costly litigation fights.

If these bills make it into law, the corporate environment will not only be freed from the shackles of having to face accountability regulations and judicial processes when they misbehave, but they will also be wearing a bullet proof vest against the possibility of being brought to court to answer for it.

IDF Israeli soldier carry an Israeli flag seen in a gathering point near the border with Gaza, in Southern Israel, yesterday, July 19, 2014, the day following the Israeli forces ground invasion to the Northern Gaza Strip, in an escalation of the operation as it enters its 11th day. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

“Israel’s Justice Minister endorses apartheid — the Jewish state ‘at the expense of equality’” by Jonathan Ofir

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli justice minister has done it again: She has spelled out Israeli Apartheid in unequivocal terms, and tied it directly to Zionism:

“There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.”

she said yesterday (Monday) at the Congress on Judaism and Democracy, as reported by Haaretz.

Shaked was speaking about Israel’s “Nation State of the Jewish People” bill, and made it clear that equality was essentially anathema to the “Jewish State”:

On the coalition’s intent to keep the word “equality” out of the nation-state bill, Shaked said that

“Israel is a Jewish state. It isn’t a state of all its nations. That is, equal rights to all citizens but not equal national rights.” …

On the one hand, one could be tempted to believe that Shaked is just fighting a battle against the courts, and that there is a supposedly liberal Supreme Court that can act as counterweight to this. But remember – the Supreme Court is essentially Zionist, and therefore it is always biased towards the “Jewish State”. Since that concept cannot be challenged in any meaningful way, and since Shaked is actually voicing Zionist ideology honestly and vociferously, one is left with very little meaningful agency to protest or counter this.

One agency is, of course, the civil, democratic grassroots means of protest: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

But look what Supreme Court President Esther Hayut said at a recent anti-BDS conference. BDS is a “a civil wrong”, she said, and went on:

“Calling for a boycott is a means of coercion and not persuasion. It does not serve the basic principles of democracy, but instead undermines them by preventing a free exchange of ideas. As such, it is not worthy of the constitutional protection enjoyed by other forms of political expression.”

So, too bad – BDS is not protected speech, according to Israel’s highest court authority. And hence it is alright for the state itself to impose sanctions upon individuals for pursuing it:

“The imposition of legal sanctions is proportionate when the state is interested in defending itself against a boycott of civilians”, Hayut said.

It must become clear that this positioning is fascism in its very essence.

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9 Responses to Lawlessness – part 5

    • Arrby says:

      Indeed. I’m one fellow working alone, so I can only relay a tiny, tiny fraction of the reports flying around out there in cyberspace where alt media is under attack and, where not censored, is turned. The world is ripe for destruction and that’s a good thing.

  1. Doug Colwell says:

    Hi Arrby,
    I’ve come to your site after some months away and want to thank you for all your work. And it is good work, in my opinion. I like Off-guardian and was disappointed when I read your dispute with Vaska. Also the Saker, although he does not surprise me.
    Happy Easter Arrby,
    Doug Colwell

    • Arrby says:

      Thanks Doug. And when you disagree, Don’t be shy to tell me. If it’s honest disagreement, I’ll never snap at you the way I snapped back at Vaska.

  2. Doug Colwell says:

    I have no concerns about that. But I do wonder about your sentence “The world is ripe for destruction and that’s a good thing.”
    I can see how one might hold that view, but as a father who wishes happiness for his children I must differ. I worry quite a lot about the world I’ve brought my children into, and try my best to make it a just one. I also try to show them how things really work – the corruption and betrayal of our so called leaders – without making them feel hopeless. It is not an easy task.
    By the way, thanks for introducing me to the work of Barbera Mackenzie. She looks like a good one.

    • Arrby says:

      If you read enough of my blog, you’ll discover that my religious beliefs include the belief that this old, godless (and harmful to all) system of things is due for destruction. Note, That’s ‘the system of things’, not the literal earth. On the other hand, If things are allowed to go on as they are, which they would do if there was no God, then all life on this planet would come to an end for that is where the madness of imperfect, usually evil, humankind is taking us.

      To survive into the new world to come (which will bar beastly nations and beastly people) we must simply be loyal to the Creator, which requires us to uphold his standards, which include compassion, honesty, courage, a love of justice and a hatred of injustice and love, by which I mean agape love, which is love based on principle. Other forms of love are fine, but they should always be informed by love based on principle, as God’s is.

      Those are my beliefs. If you choose to believe in no Creator God, but wish to uphold the above standards, I’ll support you. As for your personal relationship with God, that is between you and him. I think that there may be many, who are decent people, who choose to follow the world in rejecting a Creator, who will die (in this system of things) and then be surprised, and delighted, to be resurrected in a general resurrection (which means as humans on earth, not as angels in heaven). But there is a line which people can cross that will prevent them from benefitting from the value of Christ’s shed blood. One can, in effect, request that God remove them from existence, by their knowing and willing embrace of darkness. That is the only unforgivable sin, but it can manifest in different ways. Hollwyood/CIA/NSA/Pentagon may wish to have people believe that there is no evil and no God, except humankind, but Hollywood is just a tool of the Devil, whose enemy is God since he chose to make him one and must now pay the ultimate price for doing so. Luke Skywalker is absolutely wrong when he tells his sister that ‘No one is ever completely gone’ or something like that. And evil is never righteousness, as much as those – Pentagon and weapons makers – who profit from pushing that idea want us to believe it.

    • Arrby says:

      My estimation of Barbara McKenzie has dropped since she joined with Sibel Edmonds to attack Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett. See my recent blog post about it.

  3. Doug Colwell says:

    Thanks for taking the time to explain yourself so clearly. I was raised in an atheist home and when young adopted that perspective, but I no longer see things that way. I guess I would say I’m still trying to understand what I truly believe.
    It is disappointing that Barbera Mackenzie has joined Sibel Edmonds in her attack on Vanessa and Eva, an attack I find very strange. I really cannot make sense of it.
    I do think we differ in our view of Bashar Assad. I do not see him as a monster. I suspect he would have preferred to be an Opthalmologist, but circumstances pushed him into his current position, the leader of a nation under attack. And yes, he is the leader of a nation that I believe has practiced torture. But I do not think he endorses it. Of course I could be mistaken. My information is limited and to an extent I’m going by impressions I’ve gathered from interviews.

    Be well Arrby,

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