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VENEZUELA: A Snapshot of Hell – Caracas Chronicles

This week, the video of an execution, followed by an audio clip of an officer explaining how to cover up the evidence, went viral on social media. The reaction shows how immoral our security forces are… and our public opinion, too 

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Manuel Llorens and Keymer Ávila | Caracas Chronicles 

“We lived happily during the war

And when they bombed other people’s houses, we protested

but not enough, we opposed them but not enough.”

— Ilya Kaminsky 

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U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

By Ishaan Tharoor –  September 27,2016

Slave shackles on display at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

Slave shackles on display at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.

This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization’s High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.    Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 14 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 14 April 2015

  • Tax Reform on the cards for APNU/AFC government
  • More Linden promises
  • Human rights important says Party leader
  • Early morning Guyhoc fire leaves 6 homeless
  • Less road deaths reported by police
  • Two persons caught with drugs
  • Sports

Click links below to view the videos:

Tax Reform on the cards for APNU/AFC government

Posted: 14 Apr 2015 06:08 PM PDT       Continue reading

U.S. declares Venezuela a threat, sanctions top officials

U.S. declares Venezuela a threat, sanctions top officials

Venezuela mapPosted By Stabroek News – On March 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States today declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials in the worst diplomatic dispute with the oil-rich country since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013.

President Barack Obama issued and signed the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target the energy sector or Venezuela’s broader economy. The move raises tensions between Washington and the OPEC member just as U.S. relations with Cuba, another longtime U.S. foe in Latin America, are set to be normalized.

Declaring a country a national security threat is the first step in starting a sanctions regime. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria, U.S. officials said.   Continue reading

MOTHER THERESA – By Pandit Birbal Singh

  MOTHER THERESA

BEGINNING-LESS SERVICE, ENDLESS SACRIFICE.

ONE SUMMER MORNING IN YUGOSLAVIA,
IN CHURCHGOING MACEDONIA,
THE HANDS OF PROVIDENCE,
STEER A LITTLE ALBANIAN GIRL.
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Indian women – One dishonourable step backwards

Indian women

One dishonourable step backwards

May 11th 2012, 9:56 by A.R. | DELH – The Economist Magazine

HOW should one judge the lot of women in India, a country that is in many ways progressive, modern, tolerant and yet by turns repressive and hostile? Women hold the highest political positions (the presidency, speaker of parliament, leader of the ruling party, leader of the opposition in parliament, several chief ministers of large states) and in theory they are protected by a variety laws promoting equality.

Though development indicators remain dire, just about all statistics show their lives improving. Women are more literate than ever (last year’s census suggests two-thirds of them can read, compared with fewer than two-fifths in 1991). They are becoming less likely to die in childbirth (well under half the rate of 1990). And they live much longer: at 66 years, India’s female life expectancy outstrips the male one by some three years. Like men, on average they live in better homes than they did in previous years, with more access to health care and schools, telephones and transport. Continue reading

US must heal native peoples’ wounds, return lands – UN

US must heal native peoples’ wounds, return lands -UN

 Stabroek editor On May 5, 2012

UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – The United States must do more to heal the wounds of indigenous peoples caused by more than a century of oppression, including restoring control over lands Native Americans consider to be sacred, a U.N. human rights investigator said today.

James Anaya, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, just completed a 12-day visit to the United States where he met with representatives of indigenous peoples in the District of Columbia, Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Washington State, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. He also met with U.S. government officials.    Continue reading

The First People of Suriname – video

Indigenous Peoples:    The problems faced by Indigenous peoples around the world are well documented.  The indigenous peoples of Suriname, like their relatives in Guyana, have had to deal with the problem of encroachment of aboriginal lands by their governments, especially since independence from the colonial powers.  This video highlights the Suriname experience, but many of the same issues in Suriname are also present in Guyana.

The First People of Suriname – video

In the face of global development, Indigenous people in Suriname speak out about human rights. This was created for the Organization of Indigenous People in Suriname and taken to the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), April 2008.

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