Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ebola no Western "humanitarian" intervention to cure African people


There has been no calls for humanitarian intervention in Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone or Senegal for halt Ebola outbreak. The UN and World Health Organization have called on Africa and wider world to take the outbreak seriously in the same manner as the SARS virus that swept through Asia and Middle East. As many will remember the SARS Virus as much as it terrified the world with its rapid spread was eventually defeated and stamped out some several months after it emerged there. There are whispers of a potential vaccine for Ebola which would make some wonder why it has taken so many decades to come up with a vaccine or a cure for a virus that is well documented and has reappeared and been defeated in D.R. Congo and Uganda. Why do African nations have to play roulette and real life game of chess when they seek to cure their citizens from diseases and viruses? Are the lives of African Ebola patients' valued less compared to Westerners in eyes of pharmaceutical companies? Several people across West Africa have survived Ebola and are now sharing their stories with wider society to shock and relief of their families and local media. Many of the affected countries are coming to realization that humanitarian intervention does not need to come from Westerner interventionists. Africans are intervening to help Africans in the Ebola outbreak. The Liberian Diaspora have come together to send necessary medical supplies especially protective gear to hospitals, sending foodstuffs and packages. Local organizations within Monrovia are providing necessary supplies to hospitals as well.


Liberian government and other neighboring governments are working around the clock to bring the Ebola outbreak to a halt. Liberians, Sierra Leones, Nigerians and Guineas are nervously monitoring the statistics and news on Ebola's destructive path in their home countries. A congolese medical team who has first hand experience battling in Ebola outbreaks in D.R. Congo are currently in Liberia to aid Liberian doctors in how to fight against Ebola through a combination of preventive health and calming ordinary Liberian's blood pressures and lingering fears over their fate of their families and neighbors having been caught up in Ebola's dragnet. The virus has become such a paranoia for society that many people even those who practice preventive healthcare for other diseases and sickness are refusing to report a possible Ebola patient or to the health ministry. The health ministry has already gone above and beyond to educate and rise Liberians' awareness about the immediate and lasting dangers of keeping Ebola infected neighbors and family members hidden. The Liberian Army had to be called into Monrovia and other cities across the country to quarantine whole villages and neighborhoods to avoid greater Ebola pandemics. Monrovia's largest poor neighborhood and Liberia's largest slum West Point home to 70,000 residents was placed under a week long quarantine blockade (not that different from Gaza) guarded by Liberian soldiers. When food and water ran out in West Point, the residents were on the verge of rioting. Protesters faced down both police and Liberian soldiers beyond angered with the Liberian government. So the quarantine was lifted and West Pointers despite the fears from other Monrovia residents were allowed to leave the crowded community.

Ebola and the absent Western humanitarians

Ebola fears lead to Newsweek's dehumanization of Africans and bush meat

SARS Virus the True Story



Friday, 29 August 2014

Argentina 2nd economic collapse brewing?

Long before Greece became the epicenter of economic collapse from a global financial crisis, Argentina, once regarded as South America's wealthiest and financially stable countries experienced a biblical collapse of Argentine society and economy. In a vortex that would echo the 2006 financial crisis and the Troika frustrations now faced by Greece, Argentina's economic collapse in 2001 signaled an end of era of a near century old economic stability and high standard of living. From November 2001 well into 2002, the Argentine capital Buenos Aires and other major Argentine cities were rocked by protests against the government of President Fernando de la Rua, banksters (unforgivably manifested in corporate banks and financiers) and violent police repression. Millions of Argentines faced down the police and government naysayers to protest the rapid reduction of the economy by mounting debts and defaults, the well being and welfare and increasing poverty across the country. The government was forced to resign and replaced by an accountable government that the people held accountable for the recovery of the economic crisis. The current President Cristina Kirchner has been facing pressure from dissatisfied union workers, students and political opponents over the declining economy and the defaults that the Argentine government has insisted that the US bears some responsibility. The economic woes was accelerated by the 2006 financial crisis and its after shocks. 

Memoria del Saqueo: Argentina's economic collapse


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Vijay Prashad We need to talk about Libya

Vijay Prashad, the renown Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and a geopolitical analyst on the Global South, BRICS and non aligned nations, dissects the current militia filled chaos and war across Libya. Prashad is also the author of books, A History of the Darker Nations, Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter and Everybody was Kungfu fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and Myth of Cultural Purity.


Vijay Prashad NATO Bombing of Libya Led to Rise of Militias Now Fighting for Oil-Rich Land 
Video compliments of Democracy Now



The African country has been unable to recover from the NATO bombing and war in 2011 making it a failed state along the lines of Somalia or Afghanistan. Somalia has long represented the epitome of failed state despite attempts to elect a government that would represent all Somalis and the people's interests. Concerned Somali dissidents and diplomats have been working to return Somalia to calm, normalcy and stabilize the country permanently. Libyan militias like some Somali militias still battling in Mogadishu, want the people to see them as the heroes/victors of the 2011 war in Libya. The 250,000 militiamen belonging to some 1020+ militias from each Libyan city have refused to turn over their guns or join the national army at the expense of the people. Unsurprisingly, the massive caches of weapons have spoiled over Libya's borders into Tunisia, Egypt, Niger and Mali. Al Qaeda and other Takfiri groups have taken advantage of the rickety national government's limp hold on Tripoli, to fill the political vacuum in each of the self governed coastal cities. Benghazi and other eastern cities such as Derna and Tobruk, Takfiri militants and Al Qaeda have been battling against a combination of militias and pro Gaddafi supporters. In Tobruk and Derna, the Takfiris have  implemented stricter forms of Sharia. Libyan Parliament originally voted for a Sharia based legal system in late 2013. The takfiris have taken ISIS' success to declare a emirate in Benghazi to the dismay of local Libyans. Egypt and Qatar have threatened to bomb Libya if the takfiris and militias aren't placed under control. Libya's chaos affect all of its neighbors in multiple ways.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Boko Haram declares Caliphate North Eastern Nigeria

From Sahara TV the brainchild of independent media enterprise Sahara Reporters reporting from Nigeria and across Africa. 

VIDEO: Boko Haram Declares A New Caliphate In NorthEastern Nigeria



Boko Haram has taken its inspiration from the recent gains made by ISIS in Iraq and Syria as well as the publicity ISIS has used to gain visibly to declare a caliphate in Northeast Nigeria. Boko Haram leader Abubakr Shekau can be seen in the video speaking in Arabic which seems to be one of his many languages of communication to avoid his communiques being lost in translation. He is attempting to reach out to Arabic speaking Takfiri militants and terrorists like ISIS and Al Qaeda. Shekau praises the success of Boko Haram's recent attacks against the town of Gwoza in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria where Shekau has declared as the capital of the self proclaimed caliphate. Shekau and his soldiers have turned most of Northern Nigeria into a nightmarish hell through suicide bombings carried out by both men and women. Innoncent school children and families have been kidnapped, shot, tortured and massacred. The heavy handed tactic of Nigerian Army in capturing and detaining Boko Haram militants and terrorists have not halted the terror attacks against Nigerian Christians and Muslims. Takfiri/wahabbi extremism as manifested through ISIS and Nusra Front did not historically existed in Nigeria until Boko Haram's arrival in Northeastern Nigeria in the mid 2000s. 


Clashes between North and South Nigeria have revolved around socioeconomic development, a shaky federalism that rotates between favoring some of Nigeria's 36 states when natural resources and access to infrastructure development comes into play, President Goodluck Jonathan's mounting bad luck and the haunting legacy of 1967 Biafrian war and civil war that pushed Nigeria's roller coaster grievances in the lime light. The grievances aid Boko Haram's appeal to the frustration of Nigerians who are not political or religious living in the North and even in other regions of the country who are exhausted by being pushed aside by the government's corruption and non chalant attitude to fighting threats large and small. This is same frustration in occupied Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Libya and Egypt. The list can go on. Occupy Nigeria and the recent Bring Back Our Girls campaign brought Nigeria's long standing frustrations to the world's attention than lost momentum. At least in the world's eye. Beside the oil wealth, Nigeria is still divided by the neoliberal economy and policies of the government and the world banks. Social class is sharply contrasted and inequality remains high similar to Latin America's class divides. Africa's largest country in terms of population, half of Nigeria does not benefit from the oil revenue that has been flowing into the Nigeria economy for 50+years. The oil money is chopped by politicians, financiers and multinationals. The people resist and are pushed off their lands for a resource. Than groups like Boko Haram come along to tell the people they can fight the government on behalf of Nigerians even many who disagree with Boko's methods of terrorism and violence. The ends never justify the means they say. Boko Haram and ISIS are attempting to prove their respective audience wrong. That is a dangerous example for future takfiris and terror groups come up in Pandora's box in Mesopotamia and Nigeria.
Religion motives and soothes struggling people to know that God or Allah or whichever deity is on their side. 

PS: But religion isn't the only push for many fed up Nigerians to join Boko Haram or Western Muslims to join ISIS. The world economy's massive gap between the wealthy and everyone else feeds on people's anger. Thrown in racism, discrimination or an uncaring and useless justice system in many countries to understand why people from Nigeria to Ferguson to Iraq have fought against national security machines and policies put in place since the war on terror.



 

Friday, 22 August 2014

IT IS TIME FOR AFRICA 'S DOCTORS TO SAVE THE LIFE OF AFRICANS

The article below was originally published at TLC Africa in response to the Ebola fears and panics in Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

DR Congo Dispatches Five Medical Experts to Help Liberia's Ebola Fight: Read here
One of the first countries to deal with Ebola first hand. The DR Congo is offering its expertise and experiences with Ebola to help Liberia cope with the health crisis in Liberia



IT IS TIME FOR AFRICA 'S DOCTORS TO SAVE THE LIFE OF AFRICANS SUFFERING FROM EBOLIA WITHOUT RECOURSE TO POLITICAL POLEMICS
By Dr Michael James

The successful treatment of Ebola patients by blood transfusion (antibodies) from recent convalescents is public knowledge and is even documented on film

Ebola Plague Fighters Nova Documentary



  Ebolais not fatal there is a 90 percent cure for Ebola. The politics surrounding Ebola is to make the disease a weapon which the West can use to depopulate Africa and take their resources.

As the Ebola epidemic came to a close in Zaire in 1995, 8 patients were transfused with blood from recent convalescents who had survived Ebola.The first patient to agree to this experiment was Nicole, a nurse who fell ill with Ebola despite strict precautions when handling the sick

Then Nicole, a nurse is diagnosed with Ebola. She eventually agrees to be transfused with blood from a convalescent with her blood type in the hope that the antibodies will aid her recovery. Nicole was well within one week and made a full and fit recovery soon after. Foreign doctors tried to prevent the Zairian doctors from transfusing Nicole with convalescent blood, but they went ahead after suspecting that the Belgian doctors opposition was wholly political.

8 patients suffering from Ebola received the blood transfusion and 7 of them recovered in one week. Is this not adequate evidence that the cure exists for Ebola. Is this not adequate evidence that there must be an Afrocentric and Pan African response to Ebola and all other diseases in Africa without interference from the west? Liberia and Sierra Leone must commence treatment at once to carry out transfusion to stop the epidemic. There are numerous convalescents in these countries and there is no shortage of blood.

African doctors must think Africa , and stop depending on white people. Live together and Die together then you will survive!
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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not the views of TLC Africa.

Libya's reoccurying fracaso

Failed State: "NATO left Libya in Choas"




Libya three years after the 2011 Feb 17th Revolution that overthrew and later killed the former Libyan leader Maumar Gaddhafi, has been left in chaos in a literal sense. For the record, Gaddafi had warned NATO and the wider world that Libya would unravel and the Takfiri/Al Qaeda and other ISIS inspired groups would come out of the wood work if the Libyan government was overthrown. Since his death, Gaddafi is still blamed posthumously for Libya's current political and social fracaso in Spanish failure. The comparison between Libya and Somalia are true with the exception that Libya went from being Africa's most developed country that was relatively safe despite Gaddafi's heavy state security to a militia ruled politically unstable nation. It would seem nothing united all the various militias more than getting rid of Gaddafi. The majority of the Libyan revolution turned NATO bombing and war was built around Gaddafi's departure. Once Gaddafi was gone, the militias refused to give up their weapons and felt entitled to enjoy the spoils of the war as the official revolutionary groups fighting against despised Libyan Jamihuriya. The militias from Misrata, Benghazi, Tripoli, Zliten, Zawura, Nafusa Mountains, etc went on their vengeance against Libyans who were seen as beneficiaries of the late Libyan government's favoritism and disproportionate infrastructure development. Sirte was bombed back to the stone age resembling Gaza or 1995 Grozny, Chechnya in the aftermath of Russia's bombardment of the Chechen capital to halt separatists. The city of Tawergha home to 30,000 darker skinned Libyans were condemned as pro Gaddafi soldiers responsible for Misrata's destruction during the battle for Misrata between the Libyan national army and Misrata militia that turned the city into a brief ghost town. Tawergha, a small town located some twenty miles south of the coastal city of Misrata was ethnically cleansed by the Misrata miltia in 2011. The Tawerghans have not been allowed to return to their home town to even collect their properties, personal items or documents. They remain both iternally displaced and refugees in their own country. The current Libyan government whose rule is only affected in Tripoli and ignored by 200,000 strong militia members across the country, has done little to address the Tawerghans or halt further displaced of Libyans from Tripoli or other towns.

Migration by boat to Europe


Over a 1 million foreign workers and migrants worked in Libya prior 2011 Libyan war. The migrant workers represented countries from across the globe: Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, North Korea, China, Egypt, Japan, Yugoslavia and Russia. When the war began in Libya many of these workers were evacuated by their home countries' embassies. Many more workers had to rush over to the Libyan-Tunisian border for safety. African migrant workers were not as fortunate to be hurriedly evacuated by their governments or embassies. African countries Algeria and Niger opened their borders to fleeing Gaddafi family members who were later turned over to the militia groups among them Saadi Gaddaffi and his brother Saif al Islam now on trial in Libya. Many migrants who could not leave Libya remained hidden in abandoned buildings or in their former work dormitories. Many African migrant workers were accused of being so called African mercenaries that the mainstream media conjured up the image of stereotypical African mercenary causing chaos and destruction in the country. Once the war ebbed, African migrants were able to move around Tripoli and Benghazi without the fear of aerial bombings but faced a new problem. Militiamen continue to harass and extort money from them. Some migrants have since been deported from Libya under the current government to curb the flow of illegal migrant workers who were smuggled into Libya from neighboring countries of Egypt, Niger, Sudan, etc. Thousands of migrants who escaped deportation cram onto rickety boats bound for Europe on weekly basis. Migrants have paid thousands for human smugglers who often beat, rape and threaten migrant workers both men, women and even children to earn a passage aboard boats leaving from Libya and Tunisia headed across the Mediterranean Sea to the refuge of Fortress Europe. Despite violence and threats of death from smugglers, sea and indifferent border officials, the migrants who successfully land in Lampedusa and Sicily as well as Greece face immediate dention and the EU's grueling strict processing system for migrants full of loops and red tape. Some 25,000 migrants landed in Sicily from January to April 2014 alone. Hundreds more come from across Africa and the Middle East ie Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to begin their journey in Libya and Tunisia escaping persecution of every kind from ethnic to religious to cultural, political and economic instability, lack of healthy living environment for the children, unemployment with hope finding work once abroad. Despite the economic recession and financial crisises that continue to drain many Western countries. migrants both legal and illegal continue to cross the waterways that easily allow safe passage for products from around the world but not for human beings. The migrants ironically are follow the migration route out of Africa to Europe by human ancestors some millions of years ago and route taken by refugees fleeing the Crusades in Palestine during 12th century. 

Sicily overwhelmed by migrant flows






Liberating Libya: The Failed Intervention | Quadriga

 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Dia 11: La fuerza policial contra a las manifestantes en Ferguson


La Policía de EE.UU. mata a un segundo afroamericano cerca de Ferguson


"Los problemas de derechos humanos en EE.UU. son muy graves" 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Personification of Military Industrial Complex

 Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex (long version)



Some 53 years ago President  Dwight Eisenhower warned in his Farewell address about the rise and progress of Military Industrial Complex in the US and around the world. Today Eisenhower's farewell address is regarded as a landmark speech. It was given during the early of the Cold War where the threat of nuclear war and military annihilation kept the whole world literally on edge or living in paranoia. The Cold War and fear also produced classic and relevant literature ie 1984, Dr. Stranglove, Twlight Zone, The Watchmen, Do androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the Day the Earth Stood Still, Lord of Flies. The speech and literature rightly warned of a militarized society, an oppressive government and the raw fear war produced driven by politicians and defense corporations as well as the media's spin to keep ordinary people scared of the world outside the nation's borders. War fears and possibly of a dystopian future gave way to national insecurity and politicians' stubbornness to negotiate with adversaries and enemies living thousands of miles away. The enemies become the personification of evil justifying a huge beef up in security from the airport right down to the streets of small towns. The enemies of national fears are never seen to be fighting against foreign interventions or military occupations in their fight for rights and sovereignty. Instead of negotiations, US defense leaders and Masters of War have continued to hype up a fear of an unending existential threat to the homeland and the world in form of terrorism. The fear of war with competing power(s) or nuclear annihilation that produced the military industrial complex during Eisenhower's time has today personified into the militarized police and the war jargon used to describe citizens screaming for transformative change. Protesters in Ferguson and other cities across the country are equally screaming, venting the long boiling anger over institutionalized racism against African Americans and Latinos, injustice justice system, the deafening economic/financial crisis, crumbling infrastructure, rising houses prices and gentrification of neighborhoods of color. Human Rights and respect for the rule of law have been demanded by African Americans in United States for decades. For years dehumanized as lesser humans who weren't even considered to be one third of a human being until fifty years ago, African Americans have lived the same horrors as the people in Gaza and other occupied peoples across the world. Now they face the personification of the military industrial complex as they have in other cities and towns across the country.

Robocop was funny but the real life military police...

 

 

 

Afrisynergy News Analysis: What Happens with Blacks vs White Cops in America



National Guard going to Ferguson

Drawing by C. Latuff on Michael Brown's shooting and the powder Keg it sparked in Missouri, US.


Cellphone footage from the day Brown was killed featuring Darren Wilson has finally surfaced after a week of protests ranging from peaceful to chaotic. Now the National Guard is being ordered to Ferguson to help the police. No joke. Not since the 1960s has the national guard been deployed to halt riots or handle a protest across any city or town in the United States. The militarization of the police replaced the national guard and lightly armed riot police with the modern day SWAT teams in the late 1960s. Families and particularly children have been hit and caught up in the tear gas and smoke canisters during last night's protests. Residents of Ferguson and Brown's family view the chaos as a disservice to the peaceful, family orientated and justice seeking protesters who gathered on Sunday for non violent protests that went well into the night. The protesters have emphasized the least a mount of chaos as possible. Protesters have also come from neighboring states and further away from other states. No one knows how long it will take the national guard to arrive or how many troops. If such an action happens, many people across the U.S. will no doubt be nervous and anxious about the role of the actual military stepping in to stop local town protests. For older Americans who lived through the 1950s and 60s, it will revive memories of student protests, anti war/Vietnam movement, etc.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to send in the National Guard

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Humanitarian violence in Eastern Ukraine


Phantom and fantasies: Russia denies military convoy dressed as a humanitarian convoy



Eastern Ukraine has been bombarded and destroyed by Ukrainian army while the Kiev government blames Russia for the bombed apartment blocks and internally displaced Ukrainians moving from one end of the heavily shelled cities of Donetsk and Lughansk to a safer area. Russia has condemned 2000 civilians' deaths and have called for Ukraine and rebels to end the hostilities and for Ukraine to stop bombing its own people. Both Gaza and Eastern Ukraine have bore the brunt of technological military violence from a stronger national military claiming to fight in self defense and blame another nation for destroying the region and supporting separatist rebels. Food and water shortages and electric power cuts have made life in the Donbas region unbearable for families and children caught in the crossfire. Men, women and children including the elderly who escaped the horrors of World War II's destruction, have been forced from their homes to hide in underground shelters and basements since the streets have become unsafe and deadly. For several months, the Donetsk People's republic rebels have refused to halt the war in Eastern Ukraine that has transformed once thriving cities into ghost towns. Russia has hosted some hundreds of Ukrainian refugees from bordering villages inside Russia. Russia recently sent out a convoy of some 200+ humanitarian trucks in a Humanitarian aid convoy from Russia to the Donbas region. However, Ukraine has halted the convoy from reaching the region claiming that Russia is using the convoy as a disguise for a secret military incursion. Russia denies the charge. Western countries from France to Germany to US/UK have also backed up Ukraine's claim of Russian military aggression by condemning Russia's alleged troop movement along the Russian/Ukrainian border. The United Nations session a few weeks ago was treated to a round of Russia bickering with the US and other EU countries over its military accusation and the continual economic sanctions on Russia. Russia in turn has banned European Union food exports to Russia which includes well known food brands for a year. EU farmers especially in the agricultural dependent countries of Moldavia and Poland are gradually feeling the pinch from the food ban. Some EU countries feed on agricultural and petroleum trade with Russia for their economic growth. Russia continues to export vital petroleum and gas to EU countries despite the sanctions and bans.

Ukraine Crisis: Humanitarian convoy empty


Curfew in Ferguson


Scenes of an intifada: Ferguson as Gaza or Afghanistan/Iraq under occupation

The world has watched both stunned and renouncing police violence against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri in the United States. Now that protesters' anger have been further inflamed by Ferguson police releasing a week old security camera footage of Michael Brown as suspect in a robbery, the local police has placed Ferguson on a five hour curfew that began at 12AM Sunday August 17th. The footage showed Brown known to his friends as Big Mike for his 6ft 5 inch frame, stuffing a box of cigarillos into a plastic bag at a local convenience store, shoving the store owner and calmly walking out despite his friend telling him not to take the bag. The footage is a week late to be release to the public no doubt serving as Ferguson police's justification for shooting Brown. Michael Brown's parents and family have condemned the image of their late son as a character assassination.


 Appeals for calm

The police officer responsible for shooting Brown dead has finally had his name released. Darren Wilson who lives 25 miles away from Ferguson in a quiet neighborhood on the other side of St. Louis Metropolitan area remains in hiding for his safety and has been spared from a possible vengeance attack by the Ferguson police. Wilson who commutes to work in Ferguson is described as quiet and gentle guy in short a human being in the eyes of the media. Wilson insists he didn't know Brown was a suspect in the robbery of a pack of cigarillos. Patrol Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri highway patrol has also appealed for calm in Ferguson, walking with protesters and saying, "We are in this together." His call for calm that was broadcast across the U.S. President Barack Obama also address the country saying blatantly that the "police should not be arresting journalists," a comment that is usually saved for Egyptian military government who still detains several Al Jazeera journalists, Ukraine and other repressive regimes. While the family continues to mourn the death of their college bound son who wanted to major in engineering, the residents of Ferguson continue to protest peacefully despite looters attempting to use the opportunity to loot a few local businesses and tarnish the name of the peaceful, youth, neighborhood and family oriented protesters. Many of the protesters have gone out of their way to guard the businesses and stores from looters. Most of the week long protesters have gone home to avoid further confrontation in the form of tear gas by Ferguson police, highway patrol and even the St. Louis Metropolitan police have joined the curfew enforcement. Americans are protesting across the country against long standing police brutality and the terrifying police militarization with backing from Pentagon's surplus of military fatigue uniforms, weapons and vehicles. A few protesters braved the curfew and were arrested by police. There is talk of a march on Sunday in Ferguson's main street.

Protesters bring the heat before curfew




Friday, 15 August 2014

Solidarity with Ferguson in New York and other cities

New York residents know police militarization and brutality for years. In all five boroughs, New Yorkers of color African Americans, Latinos and Arab Americans have been profiled and signaled out by police for small offenses. Stop and Frisk is alive and well in NYC. Two weeks ago another African American man and father Eric Garner died while placed in a chokehold by Staten Island police during an arrest for breaking up a fight. Its not just New York but San Francisco, Oakland, LA, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore that has placed a curfew on unsupervised children for 9PM as it maintains a long standing curfew on city youth that affects African American children compared to other children. The city says its for the youth's own safety as Baltimore has faced similar economic slumps and degradation not far off from Detroit minus the crumbling factories.

Many people have converge on Times Square to show their solidarity with the people of Ferguson and pay homage to college bound Michael Brown who was gunned down by an unidentified white police officer on Saturday Aug 9, 2014. Since Brown's passing, the people of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, MO has witnessed some of the most excessive use of force by Ferguson police resembling of occupied Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. The police officers had hurled abuse at the protesters calling them "f---ing animals" and highlighted looting that took place in the first few days of protest but the looting only lasted for a few days and did not represented the majority of the peaceful protesters made up of families and children. The Ferguson police had to be replaced by the lighter armed Missouri highway patrol from St. Louis County. Ferguson is calmer than last night when armed militarized police pointed sniper rifles at protesters chanting, "Hands up don't shoot," blasted tear gas, arrested and roughed up journalists and briefly viewed the peaceful protesters are some sort of enemy combatants or enemies within. The protesters have won support across  the country and around the world even receiving advice on how to avoid tear gas from Palestinians in Gaza and across occupied Palestine. The U.S. boasts about its exceptional freedom of speech, assembly and respect for human rights as its core values, the militarized police and seeing African Americans (men, women and children) as the frightening Other has showed the hypocrisy and double standards that continue to show a dark side to American Democracy and its jingoistic exceptionalism.

Times Sq shut down, Washington joins protest over Ferguson teen killing


Detenciones en Nueva York en la marcha de apoyo a Ferguson


Thursday, 14 August 2014

From Palestine to Ferguson: Military tactics to keep the people calm

Controlling the narrative: Ferguson police target journalists and protesters



Police Militarization and Brutality in United States

Cartoon by Dan Nott from the Daily Kos
 
Originally published in Conscious Objector section of Ignoring Occupation updated

Until 1960s, American police officers and vehicles were lightly armed. Police officers were respected by American society for keeping the peace with the least amount of violence or excessive use of force. The reoccurring gun violence, massacres, beatings of men, women and children and violent stand offs between police and disgruntled Americans that seem to happen at least once every month in modern America were uncommon events in the country prior to the mid 1960s. Even legendary mobsters and gunmen that predated the SWAT team's creations  were seen as overtly violent anomalies in society. Riots from Newark to Watts (See also Felicia: Growing Up Young and Black in 1964 Watts) in the mid-1960s gradually changed police perception of managing protests. Charles Whitman, an ex Marine who gunned students from the University of Texas' clock tower in Austin in 1966 then regarded as the most deadliest school shooting in the United States history, was universally condemned. Even the cultural images of the fearless cowboy and gunslinger were brought into question in the aftermath of Whitman's death to fully understand the event and how to prevent another violent outburst. It was from clock tower shooting and the antiwar, student protests that the creation of SWAT to handle similar situations became top priority for many police forces around the country. Today's continual militarization of police forces in both small towns and large cities have caused alarm across the United States. At least once a month, police across the country are involved in death squad like shootings that leave innocent bystanders injured or dead. The argument given by police is that their suspect either fired first so a hail of bullets was necessary or the officers felt threatened. Shooting deaths are justified by various police departments in the cities and towns all the way down to the village level. Everyday, police officers confront violence that is unusual in other countries save for countries experiencing war. Some people provoke police into firefights but most of the time, the officers take it upon themselves to pacify suspects either with weapons, dogs or a tense standoff. Many Americans have been beaten severely or sometimes to death while detained by police officers violating local state and town laws or ignoring the standard protocols to deal with citizens. In the last two decades, American police have been trained by Israeli police in anti terrorism tactics and military style tactics for controlling crowds and arresting people. The supreme Court recently backed police in warrantless searches even if it terrifies the families and residences receiving the search. See police brutality in the United States for the metamorphosis of the police force since the 1960s.

Radley Balko Rise of the Warrior Cop and militarized police



Police began receiving military surplus supplies in the form of uniforms, weapons and even armored personal vehicles in the late 1960s at the beginning of late President Richard Nixon's War on Drugs Policy and the constant riots by Americans and hostage taking by revolutionary groups. It wasn't until the Drug War gave birth to the SWAT teams beginning in Los Angeles and spreading to other major cities and smaller towns. The drug war especially in the late 1970s-80s gave police power to not only carry out aggressive raids across the country to bust drug trade and Americans suspected of using or trading drugs on the streets but use their new found weapons to disregard local laws when catching drug criminals or wanted fugitives unrelated to drugs. Prison sentencing for drug offenses have grown harsher since the SWATs first deployment. The role of SWAT and excessive force by the police has been expended from drugs to intervening in hostage situations and rescue, taking down gunmen and local terrorists or threats to a city or town's security in general. Even the FBI, which is known more for its agents in suits and jackets has also deployed armed police officers (resembling soldiers like their civilian counterparts) in hostage situations or security measures. The friendly neighborhood cops that baby boomers had grown up with and police forces that are idealized in movies have changed significantly as a result of the Drug Wars and War on terrorism.

Beatings, provocations and confrontations between the police and ordinary Americans is a dangerous problem that has been featured in the media and culture going back decades. When city and town police use excessive force that result in serious bodily harm or even death, officers are often blamed but their actions are backed by media pundits and sometimes legal professionals who regard the officers' actions as justified to defend themselves against so called threats by citizens. Even when the said perpetrator/victim is unarmed or not even resisting arrest. Such force is a violation of human rights both local and international.

Every 28 hours: Police Brutality against African Americans
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement's magnum opus on detailed reportings of police brutality and killings of African American men and youth every 28 hours. The report is avaliable for download free of charge.

How Cops became Soldiers

Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies

Police Brutality in United States



NYPD Officer Risks his job to speak out on Stop and Frisk Part 1

From Democracy Now
 

NYPD Officer Risks his job to speak out on Stop and Frisk Part 2 

 

 

Liberia: Experimental Ebola drug arrives

Zmapp drug to fight Ebola arrives in Liberia 

 

Liberians will be able to breathe a little easier no pun intended after a small shipment of the experimental drug Zmapp arrived in Monrovia from the U.S. Roughly three days ago, the Liberian government requested Zmapp to use on two Liberian doctors who show signs of gradual improvements. Both doctors are currently quarantined at JFK Hospital under the eyes of Liberian and international medical experts mentoring both. Monrovia and other cities across Liberia are recovering  from earlier scares of an Ebola pandemic that drove the majority of Monrovia and other county town residents indoors. Local businesses are once again picking up and markets are reopening. The Liberian economy suffered setbacks that weren't strong enough to drag the economy into a recession or a crash but still carried weight. Schools including primary and secondary, universities, medical check ups and hospital visits have been hampered while food prices, basic necessities such as water, clothing, building materials, disinfectants, and cab/bus fares around the capital and in the countryside have skyrocketed due to the Ebola threat. Reconstruction and new infrastructure projects usually built during the dry season have also been halted for the past three weeks. The hardest setback is in Liberia's transportation sector. Neighboring countries such as Cote d' Ivoire have declared an economic blockade against Liberia fearing an Ebola outbreak similar to Nigeria. The blockade also extends to all the Ebola infected countries ie Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The Port of Abidjan and Cote d' Ivoire are avoiding even the slightest mistake or leniency when dealing with cargo ships who may have sick workers and passengers with Ebola like and even non Ebola like symptoms. Liberia's major border crossings remain close. In the United States, Western African communities across New York City and elsewhere have been hosting fundraisers for Ebola victims and holding prayer vigils for relatives and family members back home.

Ebola Outbreak has its economic setbacks

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Yazidis, No friends but the mountains

Yazidis airlifted from Mt. Sinjar, Iraq



The mountains have historically served as both a comforting shield against foreign invasion and as a place of refuge. Many mountainous countries have had the benefits of beauty, sometimes fertile land and protection from extreme weather forces that devastate other regions. However, the mountains have also been a death trap for many escaping persecution or fleeing any advancing army. Iraqi's Yazidis have been forced on to the top of Mt. Sinjar outside of Dohuk, Iraq by ISIS or Islamic State. The Yazidis, ethnic Kurds that are neither Muslim or Christian regard themselves as one of the oldest religion in Iraq and the world at 6,000 years old. The most holiest site for Yazidis is Lalesh also in Iraq. Yazidi religion combines different teachings from Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam including a black book and book of Revelation. They also believe that seven angels rule over the world delivering good or evil to people and that a soul can be reincarnated so there is no need for hell or heaven. The story of the fallen angel mentioned in both Christianity and Islam is also believed by Yazidis with the exception that the fallen angel was a peacock angel named Melek Taus who is often mistaken for the fallen angel Lucifer (Shaytan is Arabic for devil or el diablo) mentioned in Christianity and Islam. The misunderstandings and connection with Melek Taus to Lucifer has led many non Yazidis, Muslims and Christians to associate the Yazidis with devil worship. ISIS is just the latest group to accuse the Yazidis of devil worship and apostasy threatening to kill them for heresy. The Yazidis have survived 72 genocides throughout the centuries persecuted by governments, neighbors, political parties and caught in the cross hairs of regional wars and conflicts.

Now 30,000 Yazidis are stranded on the mountain top in Nineveh province surrounded by ISIS militants below. The Yazidis now rely on U.S. and British humanitarian air drops of water and food to avoid starvation and death. Going downhill is not an option for the women, children and elderly searching for an escape route. Helicopters dropping aid ontop of Mt. Sinjar have often been crowded by Yazidis desperately jumping onboard the small helicopters for refuge. The aid helicopters have transported the fortunate Yazidis to safe far from Mt. Sinjar to Dahuk and other safer areas of Iraq. The Peshmegra have stepped up fighting back against ISIS where the Iraqi Army failed. The US has sent in several airstrikes while supplying the Peshmegra with light weapons in their fight against ISIS. Iraqi Christians in Northern Iraq have also been racing to the safety of Kurdish capital often being chased out of towns and villages by ISIS militants and terrorists. Syrian Kurdish fighters have been the ones evacuating the starving and injured children, parents and elderly.

Iraqi Parliamentarian Fiyan Dikheel appeals to all Iraqis and the worl:

Save the Yazidis from genocide and death


ISIS has destroyed several Yazidi shrines below Mt. Sinjar while surrounding the mountain with American military weapons, tanks, humvees and armored vehicles taken from the Iraqi Army who dispersed from Dohuk and Northern Iraq as ISIS fire power and determination gave them the upperhand in the military battles. The Iraqi Army has moved further south towards Iraq but is non functioning in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Peshmerga like the Syrian Kurdish fighters continue to provide security for civilians and have fought nonstop against ISIS' advances toward the Kurdish regional capital Erbil and other cities. Even the Peshmerga are having difficulty against ISIS weapons. The U.S. is weary of arming the Peshmerga before its weapons fall into further wrong hands. Although American military supplies and vehicles have already been seized by ISIS and by Libyan militias also following ISIS' model in Libya thanks to the previous NATO intervention in Libya. The U.S. indirect support for Syrian rebels fighting against the Syrian government in Damascus has also embolden ISIS fighters who are now trying to recruit Western fighters from across Europe to join their fight in Iraq as it had done in Syria with sleek videos and social media presentations. Yazidis and Peshmerga are frantically fighting off the Pandora's Box unleashed by Takfiri extremists who reject moderate salafis and Islamic clerics call for restraint. ISIS' extreme violence remains blacklisted by Al Qadea and even Radical cleric Abu qatada accused of terrorism rejected ISIS Caliphate for its violent sins.    

Ebola update: Liberia and health anxiety continues

What you need to know about Ebola: To help calm your fears

by the Science Show


Life is slowly returning to normal in the  Liberian capital Monrovia, hospitals are gradually reopening including JFK, Catholic hospitals, shuttered restaurants and businesses have reopened and people are leaving their homes. Elementary and secondary schools in Monrovia are still closed for the time being. Some 1,000 people women, men and children across West Africa have dead from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Doctors, nurses and many healthcare workers have also been added to the decease. There are many more people currently infected with Ebola who are under quarantine across Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and now Nigeria. Two people have died from Ebola in Lagos sending Nigerian health workers and the governor of Lagos state into alert mode. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and medical workers in Lagos and Nigeria have warned urgent preventive measures are needed to halt Ebola from spreading in Lagos and across Nigeria to neighboring countries. Nigerian aviation and health officials want to know who was responsible for allowing Patrick Sawyer, Liberian American Finance Ministry worker to travel despite showing early symptoms of Ebola and eventually dying from the virus days later in Lagos.


 El Sacredot Miguel Pajares ha mort



The Spanish missionary priest turned Doctor Miguel Pajares succumbed to Ebola today at a Madrid hospital. Pajares had worked in Monrovia for some years with San Jose de Monrovia Hospital aka St. Joseph Catholic Hospital. He is the first European to die from Ebola. Now the Spanish doctors and nurses who treated him will now need to not only be tested but possibly quarantined if the Ebola virus is found. The Spanish health ministry will possibly be the next country to sound alarm bells over Ebola.

Its not your fault, though...

Liberia as a whole is not being directly blame for spreading Ebola nor is it the country of origin for the virus. The US media has up the fear of a pandemic when reporting on Ebola in West Africa. However, Liberia's Ebola fight and crisis has been in the spotlight following the evacuation of two Ebola infected American doctors now at Emory University Hospital in Georgia. Both doctors had taken an untested but experimental drug Zmapp prior to their evacuation.  Although its final affects are still in its infancy, Zmapp has helped to slightly improve Kent Brantly's recovery. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) might provide Liberia with some supplies experimental drug Zmapp to help fight off Ebola. Although the company making the Zmapp has warned its supplies are extremely limited. Eyebrows are still being raised as to how the doctors were able to receive the drug while their Liberian counterparts didn't. In the middle of the Ebola panic, the United States recently hosted a US-Africa summit pledging support for African manufacturing and trade instead of the usual aid. The U.S. is only now embracing Africa as a serious economic partner since the BRICS countries have been doing the most trading and business with several African countries among them Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Angola, Tanzania and Kenya. Unlike Western countries, the BRICS are more lenient to working on construction and vital agriculture development without strings attached for the most part.

Meanwhile in Liberia, ordinary Liberians and politicians alike have been mourning the lost of courageous health workers. Two nuns Laurene Togba and Sister Chantel Pascline from the DR Congo working on St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia applauded for their tireless efforts to care for their patients, have both passed away from Ebola to the sadness of their coworkers and patients. To assuage fears of loosing more patients and crucial health workers, the Liberian government has promised outstanding incentives to keep hospital staff in Monrovia and other cities across Liberia protected and keep crucial hospitals open to the wider public.

There are survivors


Just as much hundreds have died from Ebola, there have been few survivors. The 10% of Ebola patients do survive and recover from the virus. Yet, the Guineans, Liberians and Sierra Leoneans who lived to tell their stories are still shun by family and friends. Fear and ignorance about the disease keep people distance from the survivors. Nevertheless, family members and friends do provide support for survivors. Returning to normal lives is not an easy task for many who have to readjust to a combination of anxiety from society and deal with daily life. It is the survivors who are helping to calm society's fears and educating the public about the early stage and after affects of Ebola. It is through their stories that people have learned that their misconceptions aren't always what it seems. Survival stories are helping both former Ebola patients, families and society better prepare to fight off the virus and regain their sanity.

Gaza in Our names


The UN is now probing Israel for war crimes it committed in Gaza throughout Operation Protective Edge. Israel is vehmentaly denied its actions as war crimes and even dismissed the UN's assertion for war crimes as a Kangaroo court.  Israeli officials are trying to equally level blame for war crimes on Hamas. The amount of infrastructural damages and some 1,900 human beings deceased in Gaza in no way matches Hamas' rocket fire and its minor infrastructure damage in Srderot and other neighboring cities. Once again Israel has put itself above International Law and the courts  and the world's public outcry against its crimes. Again, the UN and by extension the world has been accused of being Anti-Israeli while citizens seeking justice for Palestine are labeled as anti-Semitic. There is nothing Anti Israeli  or anti-Semitic about demanding an end to suffering of men, women and children in Gaza or calling for an overdue end for the illegal and brutal military occupation of Palestine. The Canadian law professor who is leading the UN probe into Israel's possible war crimes has dismissed the anti israeli charge as rightfully absurd. The war in Gaza has cost $5 billion damages and killed over 1,900 Palestinians many men, women and children and has destroyed 2 universities, 150+ mosques  and over 50,000 homes.




I am Israel: A documentary in words


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Gaza, Days of Rage

The worldwide protests for Gaza and Palestine (freedom, self determination, dignity and respect for Palestinians' human rights and International Law) are beginning to match the worldwide condemnation and protests against 2003 Ango-American invasion of Iraq. If Israel, Israel firsters, the media pundits and yes man politicians, Zionists cheerleaders and AIPAC isn't listening to the people than who is the real guilty party here? Across the world its the ordinary people who are talking about halting arms to Israel and BDS Boycott Movement, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel. BDS would be justified for the amount of violations Israel gets away with when compared to other countries (think of Russia and Ukraine, the double standards are laid bare.) Boycott against Israel? It is justified for Israel's blatant violation of international law, war crimes in some instances. denial rights to the basic necessities of life for Gaza and the larger occupied Palestine not to mention its disregard for bombing its neighbors in the past and present. All done in the name of fighting terrorism under the banner of Israel's divine right to exist. Not to mention decades old calls by citizens to stop arming Israel who also stores a $1.2 billion stockpile of American weapons within its ill defined borders at the expense of American tax payers.



Miles de manifestantes piden "boicot al 'apartheid' de Israel" en todo el mundo

Message to  the women of Gaza from the women around the world



We Support Gaza from Malaysia

 

ILPS Philippines solidarity protest for Gaza

 

Toronto, Canada Protest for Gaza

 

Palestinian Canadian doctor trying to bring 100 wounded Gazans for treatment in Toronto

 

 

Protest in Dublin, Ireland



Washington, DC


Thousands march through Marsaille, France 

Defying an egregious ban on Pro Palestine support protests