Lawlessness / Ruined – part 13

From Brent’s blog:
Meera Karunananthan of the Blue Planet Project took part in this March 2014 rally in San Salvador in support of the General Water Law now being undermined by ARENA.

“Popular mobilizations in El Salvador oppose ARENA’s Comprehensive Water Law” by Brent Patterson (The Council of Canadians)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Popular mobilizations are taking place in El Salvador as ARENA creates the conditions for the corporate control of water through legislation introduced in the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly following the March 2018 election.

International Allies against Metal Mining coordinator Pedro Cabezas writes, “The results of the March 4th legislative elections strengthened the balance of power in favor of ARENA and the pro-business right-wing block of the legislature. With a total of 61 out of 84 seats, the right has more than 50 percent of the votes needed to pass simple legislation without debate, and more than the two-thirds majority required to approve the national budget, make constitutional amendments, appoint heads of key government institutions and members of the judiciary, rule out presidential vetoes, and even impeach the president.”

“Police guard Amazon’s operations at San Fernando de Henares”

“Police beat up Amazon strikers in Spain” by James Lerner and Paul Mitchell (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Police charged a picket line and beat Amazon workers during the second day of a three-day strike at the company’s largest logistics centre in Spain at San Fernando de Henares, Madrid.

The strike was timed to coincide with Amazon’s “Prime Day,” and took place as thousands of workers in Germany and Poland also struck the company.

Until the police attack, the Amazon workers and their supporters had been peacefully picketing, under the broiling sun at the main entrance to “MAD4,” as police escorted trucks and scabs into the centre. According to strikers, the police “without apparent reason,” beat them up with truncheons, which led to one suffering “an open wound on the face caused by a blow from a policeman.” Three others were arrested and taken away to police stations…

The Amazon workers have been involved in a long running dispute, since 2016. For nearly two years, Amazon has been negotiating with the trade unions—CGT, CCOO, UGT and CSIT—to impose the Provincial Collective Agreement of Logistics and Packing of the Madrid Region, which would replace the previous warehouse agreement and drastically reduce workers’ rights.

“‘Tragic Scale’ of Modern Slavery in Britain Revealed in ‘Landmark’ Report” by ? (Sputnik)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The scale of modern slavery in Britain is much higher than previously thought with more than 136,000 people treated as slaves and almost half of the victims are children, according to the latest 2018 Global Slavery Index.

“We cannot sit back while millions of women, girls, men and boys around the world are having their lives destroyed and their potential extinguished by criminals seeking a quick profit.” Mr. Andrew Forrest, Founder of the Walk Free Foundation said.

The 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) is the most comprehensive study on the issue that’s ever been published and measures the extent of modern slavery in individual countries and the steps governments are taking to respond to this issue and the steps they’re taking to end it.

From Press TV:
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Spanish Minister of Defense Maria Doroles de Cospedal sign agreements as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy looks on at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on April 12, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

“Spain to build five warships for Saudi Arabia under new deal” by ? (PressTV)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Madrid has inked a military deal with the Riyadh regime, which would see a Spanish firm build five warships for Saudi Arabia, despite an international cry against the sales of military equipment to the kingdom amid its bloody war on impoverished Yemen.

Caravan of Evil / White Helmet Terrorist Assets

“Caravan Of Evil Reveals Evidence Of Western/Israeli Intelligence Assets In al-Qaeda, White Helmet Groups” by Brandon Turbeville (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

As more and more information comes out regarding the Caravan of Evil (i.e. the evacuation of the White Helmets from Southwestern Syria to Jordan and Israel and then on to Europe), there is also more and more evidence backing up the suspicions by many writers in the alternative media including myself regarding the nature of the specific White Helmets being evacuated. Namely, the idea that these individuals were more than just more al-Nusra Front propagandists, but valued intelligence assets…

In addition to once again inadvertently drawing attention to the fact that White Helmets only operate in territory controlled by terrorist “rebels,” the Reuters article also reveals that only specific White Helmets were approved for evacuation, proving that some members of the organization are more important to Israel and the West than the mere foot soldiers now being left to their inevitable fates in Idlib.

related: “Israel Evacuated Alleged Mossad-Linked Rebel Commanders During “Humanitarian” White Helmet Rescue” by Whitney Webb

related: “Israel ‘giving secret aid to Syrian rebels’, report says” by Bethan McKernan

Evil Security swooshing away Veterans For Peace UK (photo by Neil Harvey)

“‘The Wrong Kind of Veteran’ – Veterans For Peace UK, Blackpool Council and the Death of Civil Liberties” by Alison Banville (BSNEWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

What on earth was on those leaflets? Something highly offensive, surely, to have forced the authorities into such dramatic action to prevent the public seeing it? Well, yes, if you consider the promotion of peace to be offensive.

Because this particular group of men belong to an organisation called Veterans For Peace UK and as the name suggests they have all served in Her Majesty’s armed forces. Yet they were ‘escorted’ from a public space on Armed Forces Day by corporate security staff working on behalf of Blackpool Council. They were even told that they could not return to the promenade if they were wearing their group’s t-shirt. VFP UK’s t-shirts carry the words: ‘War is not the solution to the problems we face in the 21st century’. Highly offensive sentiments that should never be aired in public I’m sure you’d agree; especially when there are impressionable children about.

From Disobedient Media:
A groundbreaking United Nations report compiled in 2002 never saw the full light of day, until now. The UK Parliament recently published the entire document, which details the sexual exploitation of refugee children by those distributing “humanitarian aid,” as well as peacekeepers and personnel in positions of power in crisis-affected areas.

“UK Parliament Publishes Full 2002 UN Report On Sex For Aid In West Africa” by Elizabeth Vos (Disobedient Media)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The publication of a summary version of the report caused a global furor in 2002, eventually leading to some policy changes. However, these efforts have proven woefully insufficient in light of ongoing scandals, including but not limited to the recent Oxfam debacle, the Zoe’s Ark scandal, allegations of horrific sexual abuse in the Central African Republic by UN forces, and the Laura Silsby incident. All of these cases (and many others) occurred after the partial publication of the UNHCR report, pointing to one unsavory conclusion:

Aid work is not a vehicle of charity, but is, in a very real sense, a cover for atrocity. It is a weapon, a blunt instrument of power that is wielded to exploit the most vulnerable populations in crisis around the world. We can now state that sentiment as fact, not opinion…

This history of abuse is especially heinous, as individuals associated with the United Nations are protected from persecution by diplomatic immunity. Questions have long been raised regarding the legitimacy of this type of immunity, with an article published by the Oxford Journal of Conflict and Security Law stating in part: ”UN military peacekeepers are increasingly being accused of human rights abuses while deployed on UN missions. These personnel are rarely held accountable for their conduct given that they are granted immunity from criminal prosecution by the host State by a plethora of legal instruments, in particular a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).”

related: “In The Wake Of Oxfam, Has ‘Humanitarian Aid’ Become A Euphemism For Oppression?” by Elizabeth Vos (Disobedient Media)

related: “Zoe’s Ark And The Blurred Lines Between Humanitarian Aid And Exploitation” by Elizabeth Vos (Disobedient Media)

related: “French soldiers raped African children, refugee camp residents say” by ? (Associated Press)

related: “Status of Forces Deployed on UN Peacekeeping Operations: Jurisdictional Immunity” by Róisín Burke (Journal Of Conflict & Security Law)

War Criminal Paul Kagame

“Rwandan Dictator Paul Kagame’s Paranoia Strikes Deep” by Ann Garrison (Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Ann Garrison follows:

He’s the President of Rwanda and the current President of the African Union, feted by the Brookings Institute , one of the most venerable ideological pillars of US capital interests. So why is Paul Kagame manifesting more and more signs of paranoia?…

More recently Kagame has been in the habit of kidnapping or assassinating Rwandan refugees in Uganda whom he considers his political enemies, triggering Museveni’s recent crackdown on Rwandan spies. He’s also been trying to force Rwandans who’ve crossed into Uganda fleeing famine to return home. He knows from firsthand experience that significant numbers of refugees outside Rwanda may return as an insurgency, maybe even an insurgency backed by Uganda, like his own…

An armed insurgency against Kagame has been reported. All the Rwandan exiles that I know seem to believe this, but no one knows or wants to say how serious it might be…

Kagame has shut down 7000 Rwandan churches and mosques during the first six months of this year.This is not a matter of rumor or speculation; it’s reported by Reuters, AP, the BBC, and Christian journals including Christianity Today , Baptist Press , Religion News Service , World Watch Monitor , and Christian Persecution News .

One hundred twenty-three religious leaders have gone missing, pastors have been imprisoned, and Human Rights Watch has been expelled from the country—again. Rwanda’s population of 12 million is roughly 60% Roman Catholic, 26% Protestant, 11% Seventh-day Adventist, and 3% Muslim, so it’s safe to say that the vast majority of those targeted are Christians of one sort or another.

This has caused shock around the world, and in the US Senate and State Department, making it one of Kagame’s most puzzling paranoid expressions yet.

Human Rights Watch is the enemy, not of bad people like Paul Kagame, but of good people. There’s enough information out there on that. Since the article doesn’t say anything about that, I think it needs to be pointed out. Paul may feel that not only is his old partner Yoweri Museveni seeking to stab him in the back (before he’s stabbed in the back!), but all of his Western backers are turning against him. HRW is their tool.

related: “Human Rights Watch Disinformation Report on Venezuela” by Stephen Lendman (Stephen Lendman)

related: “Human Rights Watch in Service to the War Party: Including A Review of “Weighing the Evidence: Lessons from the Slobodan Milosevic Trial”” by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson and George Szamuely (ZNet via Third World Traveler)

related: “Rwanda: Human Rights Watch and the Absolute Truth” by Ann Garrison (Global Research via Axis of Logic)

related: “Human Rights Watch FAIL: Uses Photo of American Bombing Destruction To Condemn Assad” by Brandon Turbeville (Activist Post)


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