‘Show me the recording from today’s reaping. District 8′ Finnick ordered the moment he walked in the train that was taking him and Mags to Capitol as a tributes of 75th Hunger Games.
He knew very well who he was going to see among the tributes. He could only hope that your name would not be read out loud. His hands gripped the edge of the table turning white from the strenght of it. Finnick’s eyes were glued to the TV seeing all his friends he had known for years being chosen to return on the arena but he couldn’t focus on them long enough as he looked on the changing numbers on the bottom of the screen until it finally changed into eight.
He saw the Palace of Justice he had seen before many times and people standing before the stage. Tributes were walking on the platform. He immediately noticed you. You were one of the three remaining winners of the Hunger Games and the youngest one in your district. You had won the games 3 years ago when you had been seventeen and you were one of the Capitol’s favourite.
Finnick bit his lip in anticipation when he looked at other female tributes. He knew them fairly well. One of them was the oldest winner in all of the districts, she could barely stand on the stage, her legs shaking, supported by the walking stick. Her grey hair fell on her face covering it almost entirely. At the sight of another woman Finnick closed his eyes for a second - last year her husband had left her and became one of the toys in Capitol. He loved the luxurious life more than he loved her. It was a huge deal in Capitol’s press. She was alone mother of four and the oldest one was 6 year old. And then cameras zoomed on you - you stood there with your head raised but your hands were slightly shaking. His grip on the table got stronger.
The man in very colorful suit and sophisticated harido welcomed everyone and walked to the glass ball next to the ladies. He put his hand and very slowly took out one paper before rising it theatrically up and approaching microphone once again. Finnick crossed his arms on his chest, bringing one hand to his lips gently biting his thumb, his heart racing faster than the train he was in.
The master of the ceremony opened the small envelope and cleared his throat.
‘Rosaline Jones’ his voiced was heard clearly in surrounding silence. Finnick let out the air, rubbing his face. It wasn’t you. You were safe. He returned to the TV and saw the young woman started crying, her legs glued to the ground, the camera showed her children standing in the first row. His eyes prickled when he saw them - not understanding what’s going on, wanting their mum to return to them quickly but he knew the truth - she was not going to return. And she knew it as well.
The man moved to another ball on the men’s side but before he could put his hand in the ball another voice teared through the silence.
‘I volunteer as a tribute!’ Finnick knew this voice very well but he prayed that he misheard. Just then the camera showed you with your hand in the air, silent tears falling down your cheeks. You pushed Rosaline towards the stairs and she run to her children. You went on the middle of the stage like you had done 3 years ago.
this day in 1945, the Nuremberg Trials of twenty-three Nazi war criminals
started at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg. The trials were convened by
the victorious Allied forces of World War Two to settle the question of reparations, and, most importantly, to punish the leading figures of the Nazi regime responsible for atrocities during the conflict, including the systematic murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust. The set of trials which began on November 20th lasted
until October 1st 1946 and dealt with the surviving major war criminals including Reichsmarschall and Commander of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring, Deputy
Führer Rudolf Hess, and Minister of Armaments Albert Speer. Twelve were
sentenced to death, seven imprisoned (three for life), and three acquitted. Several of the defendants, including Göring, committed suicide before their execution, emulating other leading Nazis like Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Joseph Goebbels, who committed suicide at the
end of the war.
“Opening the first trial in history against the peace of
the world imposes a grave responsibility. The wrongs which we seek to
condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so
devastating that civilisation cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated” - The opening words of the Chief Prosecutor, US Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson’s, indictment
Colombia’s Palace of Justice siege combat footage, here we can see the chaotic first response of government forces against the guerrillas that had taken this government building, were police, presidential guard and army were ordered to recapture the palace at any means necessary, launching very poorly thought-out assaults that resulted in many injuries and deaths.
At the beginning you can see a police helicopter hastily “descending” police commandos onto the rooftop, well the first guy actually broke his leg in the fall, and the reason why the helicopter is struggling so much is because of Bogota’s 8,660 ft of altitude.
There’s a story about a group of three policemen that were ordered to take the basement of the building, where the only equipment provided for that purpose was a single Uzi, story goes they actually managed to get into the basement, only to find a female M-19 guerrilla manning an M60 machine gun that almost killed them all, that’s how chaotic things got.
In the end the Palace was successfully recovered, killing all 35 guerrillas that attacked it in the process, but the palace itself ended up destroyed after a fire broke out in the night, 11 supreme court judges died, and another 11 members of the cafeteria were declared missing, only to discover years latter that they were executed by the army after it was discovered they had aided the guerrillas by smuggling weapons into the building.
This to this day is source of heavy controversy and an ongoing trial and investigation that has left many of the military commanders, back them praised like heroes, behind bars.
The reason why this only came up years latter was because one week latter the worst natural disaster in the history of Colombia struck the country, the eruption of El Nevado del Ruiz, which completely annihilated the town of Armero and killed 25.000 people, but that’s a story for another day.
Tens of Thousands March in Peru Against Gender Violence
LIMA, Peru — More than 50,000 people marched in Peru’s capital and eight other cities on Saturday to protest violence against woman and what they say is the indifference of the judicial system.
Officials said the size of the protest against gender violence was unprecedented in Peru and followed several recent high-profile cases in which male perpetrators were given what women’s groups said were too-lenient sentences. The march in Lima ended at the palace of justice.
“Today, the 13th of August, is a historic day for this country because it represents a breaking point and the start of a new culture to eradicate the marginalization that women have been suffering, especially with violence,” said Victor Ticona, president of Peru’s judicial system.
Ticona said that a commission of judges would receive representatives of the protesters.
Newly inaugurated President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took part in the march along with first lady Nancy Lange.
“What we don’t want in Peru is violence against anyone, but especially against women and children,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Kuczynski said his government is “going to ask for facilities for women to denounce violence because abuse flourishes in an environment where complaints cannot be made and the blows are absorbed in silence — and this is not how it should be.”
Peru’s march follows similar protests against gender violence in other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Brazil, held under the slogan #NiUnaMenos — #NotOneLess.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSAUG. 13, 2016, 11:45 P.M. E.D.T.
so that netflix show, narcos, seems to be cia propaganda (although i haven’t seen it).
how the show portrays it, according to wikipedia:
At the time of Murphy’s arrival in Colombia, Escobar and his associates
are dealing with more significant problems than the DEA. They are at war
with the M-19, a revolutionary group of guerilla communists. When the M-19 kidnaps a member of the Ochoa
family, Escobar seizes the opportunity to form strategic alliances with
other black-marketeer criminals to establish a group called “Death to
Kidnappers”, the genesis of the Medellín cartel. His promise to his
allies is simple: to recover Marta Ocho unharmed and to prevent further
Murphy and Peña are finally making progress when they catch Escobar’s
accountant, “Blackbeard”, alongside a gigantic cache of incriminating
evidence. The evidence is stored in the only place large enough and
thought to have security strong enough to thwart any break-in attempts: the Palace of Justice. However, Escobar hires M-19 mercenaries, his former enemies, to attack said location and burn all of the evidence. The DEA is left with nothing after Escobar’s slippery move.
how it actually went down (Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle, “Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror”):
it’s long been a contention of US propaganda that leftists are heavily involved in the drug trade, yet the routes and cartels that leftists are accused of using are always the same ones being used by the american state. drugs in colombia and internationally serve as an effective way to provide funding to local social forces opposed to communist insurgencies. this also effectively transnationalized the colombian bourgeoisie and integrated it into globalization, as the profits from the trade were placed into american banks that were allowed to open branches in far-flung colombian villages without regulation. drugs serve as an effective way to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich, as long as the production can’t be done locally and must be supplied by international cartels.