human-rights-defenders

anonymous asked:

hply shit. Chechenya's (an autonomous region of Russia) recently opened concentration camps for LGBT peoples. 100 gay men have been captured and 3+ have died

I don’t even have the words for this.

Human Rights Watch states:

For several weeks now, a brutal campaign against LGBT people has been sweeping through Chechnya. Law enforcement and security agency officials under control of the ruthless head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, have rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, torturing and humiliating the victims. Some of the men have forcibly disappeared. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. At least three men apparently have died since this brutal campaign began.

This chilling information was first publicised by Novaya Gazeta, a leading independent Russian paper. Their report came out on 1 April, prompting the spokesperson for Chechnya’s Interior Ministry to dismiss it as an “April fools’ joke.” Kadyrov’s press secretary immediately described the report as “absolute lies and disinformation,” contending that there were no gay people in Chechnya and then adding cynically, “If there were such people in Chechnya, law-enforcement agencies wouldn’t need to have anything to do with them because their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning.”

Mass pro-Kadyrov rally organized by Chechen authorities in Grozny in January 2016.

Chechnya’s official news agency, Grozny Info, quoted numerous local commentators bashing Novaya Gazeta and other “enemies” of Chechnya and Russia for supposed attempts to discredit the Chechen people, “foster sodomy,” and undermine “traditional values.”

The information published by Novaya Gazeta is consistent with the reports Human Rights Watch recently received from numerous trusted sources, including sources on the ground. The number of sources and the consistency of the stories leaves us with no doubt that these devastating developments have indeed occurred. LGBT Network in Russia opened a special hotline to provide emergency support to those who find themselves in immediate danger.

The Russian LGBT Network has released a statement with stories about what has happened to some (obviously anonymous) men.

It’s really important to share the Russian LGBT Network’s statement overall:

The Russian LGBT Networks is highly disturbed and concerned about the information on the kidnapping and killing of people in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings.  No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being. Any references to “traditions” to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal.

The Russian LGBT Network makes every effort to contact the victims and to provide the emergency support. Taking into account the recent statements of the Chechnya officials, we believe that the only thing that can work out is the evacuation. We cooperate closely we the human rights defenders both in Russia and abroad, and ready to evacuate.

On Monday, the Russian LGBT Network will appeal to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation with two claims. The one is the demand to investigate the information on the crimes, published in “Novaya Gazeta”. Another one is the claim to check whether the public statements of the Chechen officials made on April 1 and justifying the killings, contain the elements of the offence.

We are grateful to everyone who contacted us and asked how they can help. What do we need now?

  • Help us to spread the information about the fact that the Russian LGBT Network is ready to evacuate people. Please think for whom this information can be useful. You can spread the information publicly or personally. Everyone who needs help can contact us by email or call the Hotline (8 800 555 73 74). The call is free all over Russia.
  • In accordance with the Russian legislation, every citizen can apply to the Investigative Committee with the demand to investigate the information about the crime published in mass media. We encourage everyone to apply (the template of the claim will be published tomorrow).

We understand that many people want to help those in need. But please remember that any uncoordinated actions can put in additional danger people in need and those who are ready to help. Therefore, we do not recommend to collect the addresses of people who are ready to provide temporarily shelter.

Be aware, that the situation with the human rights in the North Caucasus is truly difficult. Now people’s lives are endangered and the only way to help is the evacuation. The Russian LGBT Network has the necessary resources to evacuate people, there is a team that already makes every effort to safe lives. That is why we ask everyone to share with us the information about people in need and any offers of assistance.

Again, their contact information is here for all Russians, and the number is free to call.

This is very real, modern day evil and this information needs to be shared.

Why I'm voting Labour this June.

These are just a few of the policies from the Labour manifesto, they are also my favourites.

  • £10 minimum wage for every person over the age of 18. 
  • Banning zero hour contracts. This means first time workers wont get exploited with unfair hours and unstable salaries.
  • Rented accommodation to be suitably fit for habitation.
  • Renationalise the NHS. The conservative government has widdled away portions of our NHS to be privatised meaning that less funds go into the national parts of it leaving poor people unfairly vulnerable and those who can afford private healthcare prioritised. Labour will reverse this.
  • Free school meals for every child!!
  • National education service. Takes a viewpoint of education being a right, not a commodity.
  • Scrap tuition fees. Students in the UK typically leave university with £50,000 of debt, this needs to stop.
  • Restore NHS bursaries. Last year the Conservative party cut bursaries for student nurses resulting in a 10,000 applicant drop, Corbyn will give that back.
  • Disabling major corporations for ripping off their supplier.
  • Reverse the Conservative corporation tax cuts. 
  • Defending human rights better than ever. 
  • Rekindle the free market.
  • Housebuilding. With a total immigration count over 500,000 annually and only 2% of land prioritised for housing we certainly need more. 
  • Tackling inequalities within the workplace, within the household, everywhere.( Focuses on class inequalities, wage gaps, the reform/eradication of racial and homophobic stigmatic ideals, name blind applications to be introduced within the work place, more help for romani travellers to find work etc etc )
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OSPAAAL / Cuban propaganda posters

“Bold, colourful and eclectic, OSPAAAL posters are widely considered the front-runners in propaganda art. They reveal the idealistic spirit at the core of the Cuban revolution, intent on fighting globalisation, imperialism and defending human rights. Politics aside, they are a testament to the creativity of the Cuban people, an important legacy that has put Cuba at the centre of cultural activity in the Hispanic world for a generation.”

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This week thousands of indigenous participants are UN Headquarters in New York to discuss issues affecting human rights defenders, indigenous women and youth.

They are also marking ten years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on indigenous peoples’ rights and established a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples.

📷: UN Photo / Evan Schneider, Rick Bajornas

krvshnaa  asked:

Have you ever considered that, like America, Europe has a sense of hope for migrants and instead of resisting innocent, hopeful families, you should welcome them? I can understand the weariness but the whole "this land is ours" is extremely outdated. No one owns land, whether they think so or not. The idea of antifascism, without its violence is a sense of common sense as fascism does its job with targeting minorities. Non-whites are not niggers or monkeys, we are human like you.

It is always the same text. These messages repeat and repeat without really addressing what I write. Well, I am going to answer you. 

First of all it is not possible to compare America to Europe.
Then, “’this land is ours’ is extremely outdated”… really? An ideology which is a few decades old declares a natural fact that humans have known for hundreds of thousands of years as outdated just because a couple of kids think so? 
It is fashion and it will be gone in ten years, I promise you, because either will we find our way back to our roots and accept the necessity of being a strong culture, or islamisation will just end our existence. This is simple to understand and it already happens in Europe: If you combine the fact that birth rates of migrants are about three to four times as high as those of European people with the ongoing migration, Europeans will be a minority in Europe in 20 to 30 years, promoted by the fact that their are already quite a lot of islamist politicians in Europe. It is not the multicultural utopia you image. It’s not going to happen. Also this is not racism or “white supremacy” - on the contrary it is the admission to the fact that Europeans are weak and decadent today and that there are other cultures that are more vital and stronger today.

Now, “innocent, hopeful families” - I don’t wonder about your opinion if that’s how you see things. I want to help those people, especially women and children, but I want to help them in their countries. Bringing them here doesn’t help anyone. First it destabilises the states they came from even more, which again helps militant groups like the IS - a vicious circle. Then, it destabilises our own states. With the masses of migrants came masses of terror, rape, murder and other forms of crime and violence. It’s not that I would tell you it’s the fault of minorities or migrants in general, but rather it’s the fault of our own decandece. Also they have no realistic chance within our economies besides serving capitalist industries as “human capital” - masses of people seen as exchangeable goods, just like our own people are seen by economy.

 Again, “innocent, hopeful families” - in fact about 70-80% of the people who come here are young males. 
Europeans have built this continent with sweat, tears and blood in thousands of years, millions of people died for it. Men who leave their homelands in times of war are cowards. If you want your home to become a better place, you fight for it and you work for it and then you shall have peace. The world is not Disneyland. Good, because Western civilisation in its modern form is not an example and I am thankful that we go through times of change. People are empty consumers who serve liberal capitalism which is destroying the beauty of this planet. Only strong cultural roots can stop that, because an individualistic society without traditional values will always fall for a consumer culture, replacing the ethnocultural identity which is politically represented by the nation (allthough I am not even a nationalist, but that’s another topic).

So we do own land and it’s the only natural right of humans to defend their own way of living. What people need to learn today is that loving your own roots and culture doesn’t mean hating others. Making a difference between “we” and “the others” is natural, it doesn’t mean hate. For what you wrote, please see this question I answered.
What you believe - “nobody owns land” - is anarchy, an illusive utopia that would essentially lead to another order again. 

The “idea of antifascism” is just antifascism. It is not an idea, it is an obsolete movement prolonging a past to the present, because there is no Fascism today. I will probably write a post about what Fascism actually means to clear up your illusory view on it.
Thinking there is Fascism (e.g. Trump or Putin) means a fundamental misconception of what it even means. Antifascism is not an idea today - because it is just a movement against something that doesn’t exist anymore - but an instrument of terror against people who simply don’t share leftwing or liberal opinions. Ironic: in that way it has become a bourgeoisie instrument of capitalism, fighting against traditionalism and conservative ideas, which leads to a “levling” of cultural “barriers”, making the way free for liberalism.
Let me give you an example: Berlin today has a leftwing government and they want to cut down a nature park (which is hundred years old) to build a place for refugees. That’s a good example for what I try to tell you: migration, capitalism, destruction of nature - they work hand in hand and you - indoctrinated by the media - don’t see it. But of course that’s only a small example for a process that goes on in all of Western Europe. 

But it is probably useless to write it. Rightwing parties will win in all of Europe and you will see: it will be better for Europe like it will be better for the people who experience war today - because what makes war today is not traditionalism or “Fascism”, but liberalism. 

I would also suggest to take a look at the questions I answered before. You may find them here

Greetings

anonymous asked:

What can we do to help the lbtq+ community in Russia ? It's horrible what they are going through

i know i can’t stop thinking about it either and my heart hurts so much.

i just read this article in the huffington post 

with a link to a charity you can donate to here

this is the statement the russian lgbt network’s board gave regarding what’s happening in chechnya:

The Russian LGBT Networks is highly disturbed and concerned about the information on the kidnapping and killing of people in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings.  No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being. Any references to “traditions” to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal.

The Russian LGBT Network makes every effort to contact the victims and to provide the emergency support. Taking into account the recent statements of the Chechnya officials, we believe that the only thing that can work out is the evacuation. We cooperate closely we the human rights defenders both in Russia and abroad, and ready to evacuate.

On Monday, the Russian LGBT Network will appeal to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation with two claims. The one is the demand to investigate the information on the crimes, published in “Novaya Gazeta”. Another one is the claim to check whether the public statements of the Chechen officials made on April 1 and justifying the killings, contain the elements of the offence.

We are grateful to everyone who contacted us and asked how they can help. What do we need now?

  • Help us to spread the information about the fact that the Russian LGBT Network is ready to evacuate people. Please think for whom this information can be useful. You can spread the information publicly or personally. Everyone who needs help can contact us by email or call the Hotline (8 800 555 73 74). The call is free all over Russia.
  • In accordance with the Russian legislation, every citizen can apply to the Investigative Committee with the demand to investigate the information about the crime published in mass media. We encourage everyone to apply (the template of the claim will be published tomorrow).

We understand that many people want to help those in need. But please remember that any uncoordinated actions can put in additional danger people in need and those who are ready to help. Therefore, we do not recommend to collect the addresses of people who are ready to provide temporarily shelter.

Be aware, that the situation with the human rights in the North Caucasus is truly difficult. Now people’s lives are endangered and the only way to help is the evacuation. The Russian LGBT Network has the necessary resources to evacuate people, there is a team that already makes every effort to safe lives. That is why we ask everyone to share with us the information about people in need and any offers of assistance.

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated” said Mahatma Gandhi, a misogynistic man who claimed women was to blame for being sexually harassed and violated, who believed that women who were raped lost their value as human beings, and who argued that it was justified if fathers killed daughters who had been sexually assaulted for the sake of honour. This is a mindset recurrent in so many men who believe themselves to be enlightened, progressive and stand for justice, men who are considered geniuses and great revolutionaries and leaders: they don’t give a shit about women, and in fact take part in the subordination and exploitation of women, as if women were objects, not living, thinking, feeling beings, as if women existed for men, as if the world could be just and humanity enlightened without the liberation of women. Men who criticize animal abuse but defend porn, men who see themselves as morally superior for being vegans but claim to have a right to buy sex, men who claim to defend human rights but forget women are humans too. If a man doesn’t take how nations or how men treat women into consideration when judging their greatness, he is undeniably a misogynist.

I just wanna give a shout out to millenials. Whether anyone has said it or not, your generation works hard, and has integrity.
As a 30 year old there doesn’t seem much difference in our age, but there were vast differences in equality. I spent the majority of my young adult life in the closet. I kept my sexuality private because it was and still does present a threat to ones professional and personal life. The millennial generation has does wonders to make schools safer, staying aware of human rights, and defending lgbt people from ideals that once governed us into silence. While mine, and generations before have made strides toward equality, young people today have this amazing resilience to hate. You have seen it, learned about it’s histories, and the majority have rejected the concepts publicly and with bravery. I hate to be nostalgic, but when I was your age, the general idea was that “gay” was something that adults did when they were out on their own far away from the potential harassment of family and school mates. Your partner was a “roomate” and at work you had a “fiance” because it didn’t imply any gender. Some people still live like this. I have only recently begun to hold my girlfriends hand in public. I served in the Navy for 8 years and everyday of service I could have lost my job to discrimination.
I hate to be sentimental but your contribution has changed everything and it has made the world better. Your mindset of inclusion and equality will shape the entire future. Despite the rise in hate mongering thanks to the Trump admin and cutthroat economics that use lgbt rights as distractions from a hopelessly broken system of government , there is still this air of zero tolerance for hate coming from the youth.
I guess I just want to say is, I’m thankful for your advocacy, your blogs, art, media’s, and writings that breath inclusiveness into the world. I’m proud of you and all you have accomplished.

My name is René, many also know me as Residente and I am from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. We are the oldest colony in the world. For years, we have been used as an experimental island. From the medical experiments on our people to the chemical experiments on our land. From 1941-2003 on the island of Vieques, the United States Navy undertook a series of experiments with different chemical and biological weapons while using the island as a bombing range. To this day, the land and people of Vieques have not fully recovered from this devastation. There’s a Puerto Rican, a political prisoner, who has been incarcerated for over 34 years, longer than Nelson Mandela. His name: Oscar López Rivera, and he deserves to be free, today. More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have served in the U.S. military. In our schools, children are taught more about U.S. history than the history of their own country. That is a colonial education. Without giving you exact numbers, I can tell you the U.S. gets more out of Puerto Rico economically than Puerto Rico receives from the U.S. We are currently living an unprecedented economic crisis and have the highest rates of poverty and unemployment of any other place in the U.S., yet the U.S. does not even allow us to restructure our debt. And this is the best one: People in Puerto Rico cannot vote for the President of the United States. In other words, we are not allowed to choose the person who makes crucial decisions regarding our country. I didn’t come here to complain, but rather put things in proper context. You may wonder, what I’m doing here? A person like me with all this information has come to the Bronx to support a candidate for the U.S. presidency. I will explain. I support Bernie Sanders because he has been the only candidate with logical proposals and has expressed support with my country’s debt relief. He did not come up to support us now, in the middle of an election cycle to win votes, but he spoke out from the moment the economic crisis began. I support Bernie Sanders because I think he is the most honest candidate there is. I support Bernie Sanders because he is the only candidate who furiously stands up and defends human rights and the rights of the LGBT community. I support Bernie Sanders because he has spoken out against those Latin American dictatorships financed by the United States which left more than half a million people dead or disappeared. He’s been opposed to a Pinochet in Chile, Ríos Montt in Guatemala, Videla in Argentina, just to name a few. I support Bernie Sanders because someone like Hillary Clinton does not deserve my vote. The thought of Hillary Clinton, who has dared to praise the likes of Henry Kissinger, the author of the most despicable Latin American genocide and the architect of Latin American dictatorship, responsible for all of those who disappeared in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, is enough for me not to vote for her. I’m not with her. It will represent an insult to consider yourself Latin American and vote for her. Not just an insult to oneself, but for the many victims that still suffer from this history. An insult to countless children who have lost their parents and grandparents. I support Bernie Sanders because I believe there are still good people like him in this country. And when Sanders wins the upcoming election, people will see the United States in a different light. It will no longer be a country that invades, that provokes wars, that quiets people. It will not be a country that tortures or believes in colonies instead. The United States will be a country that strives for unity, equality and peace. If Bernie Sanders were Puerto Rican , I’m certain who would fight with all his mind and all his heart as many Puerto Ricans have done, to bring freedom and self-determination to his country. I am here like all of you to support Bernie Sanders because we all support change in the world. Thank you. —René Pérez Joglar René Pérez Joglar (Full Speech) Bernie Sanders Rally South Bronx, New York 3.31.16 Full video: https://youtu.be/G4sAWtGYP1s?t=18m43s

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“We have no other path than struggle.” This was the most common slogan on Friday, March 4th, by organizations gathered outside the Honduran embassy in El Salvador, to demand justice for the murder of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres. The human rights defender was killed in the early hours of March 3rd, while sleeping in her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras. She was the 2015 Goldman Prize winner for her tenacious struggle in defense of the environment. She received constant threats for her opposition to the construction of the Agua Zarca dam on Gualarque River, a pillar in the life of many indigenous communities.

“No nos queda otro camino más que luchar”. Esta fue la consigna más coreada este viernes 4 de marzo por las organizaciones que se congregaron frente a la Embajada de Honduras en El Salvador, en la colonia Escalón de la capital, para exigir justicia por el asesinato de la activista hondureña Berta Cáceres. La defensora de los derechos humanos fue asesinada en la madrugada del 3 de marzo, cuando descansaba en su vivienda en el pueblo La Esperanza, del departamento de Intibucá (Honduras). Berta Cáceres había sido galardonada por el Premio Goldman 2015, por su tenaz lucha en la defensa del medio ambiente. La activista había recibido amenazas constantes por su oposición a la construcción de la represa Agua Zarca, en el río Gualcarque, un pilar en la vida de distintas comunidades indígenas. 

tigriswolf  asked:

Has anyone done In the Time of the Dinosaurs yet? or #23?

#23

Megamorphs 2:

Short opinion: He may not be in the habit of challenging gods to duels the way Jake and Rachel are, but Tobias sure does know how to get out of the way when he sees the freight train of fate coming his way.

Long opinion:

There are several really excellent aspects of this book—Tobias’s dinosaur nerderism, Cassie losing control of a morph for the second time ever, the fact that (as Cates has pointed out) Jake’s depression comes through powerfully throughout, Ax’s sheer badassery in taking down the T. rex, Marco’s endless list of food complaints, Rachel ensuring that any leviathan who eats her and her boyfriend will choke on them—but I just want to talk about that one little moment at the end where Tobias makes the call to sabotage the bomb that is supposed to save the planet, thereby dooming the Mercora to a fiery death.  His only reflection on the subject is this:

“[The Mercora] were looking to eat without being eaten. Same as my life as a hawk. The same old cycle: Life trying to stay alive by any means it could find. Life trying to survive the enemies of disease, hunger, fire, flood, and all the animals who were bigger and badder… Somehow the Mercora had figured out how to let the rising air pass through the field. They were a smart, advanced, and decent race. I hoped somewhere out in the galaxy there were other Mercora colonies.”

The ending of this book has always been one of my favorite moments of Tobias characterization.  Because let’s be real, the idea that Tobias would wipe out two entire sentient species (and several million probably-non-sentient-ones) is kind of mind-boggling.  If it was Marco who had made the decision, or even Ax or Jake, the moment would almost be forgettable.  The fact that it’s Tobias who makes the call…

I have a couple different theories as to what’s going on here.  As I mentioned before, Tobias is an instrument of the gods—the Ellimist drags him into existing, and then drags him into helping the hork-bajir, but he does it.  He is the convergence of two bloodlines of warriors from two different species, a being “unique to the universe” who gets battered and shoved around by destiny more than anyone else on the team (MM3).  So, as I mentioned, this is a guy who sees the hand of fate coming and moves out of the way.  He also specifically mentions to Cassie that the decision to let the Mercora and everyone else die isn’t about rewriting history; it’s about preventing themselves from doing so.  

Another thing that I think is at play in Tobias’s decision is that Tobias is in many ways the most fatalistic member of the team.  He doesn’t fight nearly as hard as he could to prevent himself from becoming a nothlit (#43), he comfortably assumes that Rachel is going to outlive him and that he’s going to himself die young (#33), and unlike every other member of the team he never expresses any plans for what he’s going to do after the war.  Given that this is a kid who lost both parents at a very young age, and then lost his father all over again at the beginning of the war, it makes some sense that he has this strange comfort with death.  It also makes sense because he is very aware at the time when he makes the call to sabotage the bomb that the Animorphs quite possibly won’t live through the comet’s impact.  When Jake asks how they’re going to live through the impact, Tobias says “Are we sure we want to?” and he really seems to be willing to accept any outcome, no matter how many of them die in the process (MM2).  Therefore, Tobias isn’t one to sabotage a giant flaming ball of death if it comes at the Earth on his watch.  Because this is a guy who—more or less literally—looks death in the eye and eats it for breakfast (#23).  

Tobias’s perspective as a predator also has a lot to do with his reasoning behind this decision.  He understands that there is not so much a “natural order” to the Earth as there is a natural state of chaos, a series of random happenstances, happy accidents, and meaningless horror.  Although the idealistic course of action—the one that both Cassie and Jake endorse—would involve saving the Mercora, Tobias has not had a shred of naïveté since he was trapped in morph.  He understands that the way the world works isn’t nice or pretty, and it doesn’t make a good story.  He understands that in order for any being to live, other beings must inevitably die.  He has enough perspective on the way that the world evolves not to interfere with that process.  

This decision is also characteristic of Tobias because, like Jake, he is very good at seeing the big picture of a desperate situation.  Like Jake, Tobias can make difficult calls—even ones that end in a lot of death—without losing all empathy the way Marco does.  Unlike Jake, Tobias understands the importance of securing his own oxygen mask before attempting to help others.  Rather than ignoring his own needs, Tobias recognizes that it is important for the Animorphs to stick around and keep fighting.  He recognizes that humans have the right to defend their own existence, and that the Animorphs specifically are the best hope the galaxy has, even if they are just six kids fumbling their way through this war.  

So he does something reprehensible.  Something unforgivable.  He uses his best friend to do it.  He goes behind his friends’ backs to get it done.  He nearly kills them all.

He also understands all along that he made the right call.

It’s gonna be difficult for me because I speak Spanish, but I’m gonna try to speak in English so you can understand. Tonight I am not here to talk about economic issues because I am not an economist. I am not here to talk about our right to free quality education and accessible healthcare. I am not here to talk about the commitment needed to save our environment from pollution in order to save ourselves. I could speak of the racial injustice that people are suffering in this country and the rest of the world and for the need for comprehensive immigration reform. All of these are serious issues in America, but today I came to speak briefly about the history of Puerto Rico and a little bit about the history of Latin America and why I am here tonight in support of Bernie Sanders.

       I have travelled the world thanks to my music, and in travelling I have learned more about the world  than I ever learned in college. My name is René, many also know me as Residente, and I am from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States. We are the oldest colony in the world. For years we have been used as an experimental island: from the medical experiments on our people to chemical experiments on our land. From 1941-2003 on the island of Vieques, the United States Navy undertook a series of experiments with different biological and chemical weapons while using the island as a bombing range. To this day the land and people of Vieques have not fully recovered from this devastation. There is a Puerto Rican- a political prisoner- who has been incarcerated for over 34 years- longer than Nelson Mandela- his name: Oscar Lopez Rivera, and he deserves to be free…today! More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have served in the U.S. military. In our schools, children are taught more about U.S. history than of the history of their own country. That is a colonial education. Without giving you exact numbers I can tell you that the U.S. gets more out of Puerto Rico economically than Puerto Rico receives from the U.S.  We are currently living an unprecedented economic crisis and have the highest rates of poverty and unemployment of any other place in the U.S., yet the U.S. government does not even allow us to restructure our debt. And this is the best one: people in Puerto Rico cannot vote for the president of the United States! In other words, we are not allowed to choose the person who makes crucial decisions regarding our country.

         I didn’t come here to complain but rather to put things into proper context. You might wonder what I am doing here. A person like me with all this information has come to the Bronx to support a candidate for the U.S, presidency. I will explain. I support Bernie Sanders because he has been the only candidate with logical proposals and has expressed support with my country’s debt relief. He did not come out supporting this NOW in the middle of an election cycle to win votes, but he spoke out from the moment the economic crisis began. I support Bernie Sanders because I think he is the most honest candidates there is.  I support Bernie Sanders because he’s the only candidate who seriously stand and defend human rights and the rights of the LGBT community. I support Bernie Sanders because he has spoken out against those Latin American dictatorships financed by the United States which left more than 100 million people dead or disappeared. This man being opposed to a Pinochet in Chile, Ríos Montt in Guatemala, Videla in Argentina- just to name a few. I support Bernie Sanders because someone like Hillary Clinton does not deserve my vote. The thought of Hillary Clinton, who was there to praise the life of
Henry Kissinger-the author of the most despicable Latin American genocide and the architect of Latin American dictatorships, responsible for all of those who disappeared in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s is enough for me not to vote for her. I am not with her! It will represent an insult to consider yourself Latin American and vote for her! Not just an insult to oneself, but to the many victims who still suffer from this history, an insult to the countless children who have lost their parents and grandparents.

     I support Bernie Sanders because I know there are still good people like him in this country, and when Senator Sanders wins the upcoming election, people will see the United States in a different light. It will no longer be a country that invades, that provokes wars, that quiets people. It will not be a country that tortures or believes in colonies. Instead, the United States will be a country that strives for unity, equality, and peace. If Bernie Sanders were Puerto Rican, I’m certain he would fight with all his might and all his heart as many Puerto Ricans have done to bring freedom and self-determination to his country. I am here like all of you to support Bernie Sanders because we all support change in the world. Thank you and now….

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René Pérez Joglar, 

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Mexican president dismisses spying allegations, wants fast investigation

June 23, 2017

Mexican president dismisses spying, wants fast investigation

Associated Press

June 23, 2017                

MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday he wants a rapid investigation into reports of high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico, while he dismissed allegations that his government was responsible.

In his first public comments since the allegations broke this week, Pena Nieto said it is easy to blame the government for spying, but it’s not true. Yet, he then said the alleged victims cannot show proof they were harmed.

Speaking at the inauguration of an industrial park in the western state of Jalisco, Pena Nieto said he rejects any invasion into the private lives of citizens, but concluded his remarks by seeming to call for a legal response against those making “false” allegations.

The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog group, said this week that spyware called Pegasus produced by Israel’s NSO Group was used to target the cellphones of people who were investigating or critical of Mexico’s government. It said there was no conclusive proof of government involvement, but noted that the software was sold only to governments and that the detected targets were all investigating or critical of the government.

A copy of the remarks by Pena Nieto, who suffers from historically low approval ratings, were distributed Thursday by the president’s office to media outlets and left some of the accusers genuinely confounded.

Carlos Loret de Mola, who hosts a news program on the Televisa network and was one of those targeted by the software, slapped his forehead in disbelief in a video that he posted to his Facebook page.

“The Mexican government has put itself in aggressive mode,” Loret de Mola said in response to Pena Nieto’s comments. “He says to the (Attorney General’s Office), ‘Investigate me fast, clear me of responsibility.’”

The president also said, “I hope that within the law something can be done about those who lodged false allegations.”

John Scott Railton of Citizen Lab said Monday during a presentation of his research that the software turns a cellphone into a spy with the ability to remotely activate its microphone and camera as well as access everything that is stored on it.

Citizen Lab said it had “no conclusive evidence attributing these messages to specific government agencies in Mexico. However, circumstantial evidence suggests that one or more … of NSO’s government customers in Mexico are the likely operators.”

The Centro Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez, a prominent human rights group that has investigated a number of high-profile human rights cases and said its staff members were targeted, was incredulous at the president’s remarks.

In a statement late Thursday, it called for an independent investigation by experts. It said that by dismissing and diminishing the significance of the spying and threatening those who reported it, “President Pena Nieto has shown that he will not be capable of investigating himself.”

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