Elections in Haiti: Legitimizing Imperialism and Killing Democracy?

As the white rulers of Haiti push for illegitimate elections, can the “Montana Accord”- an agreement among some civil society groups to return democracy to Haiti – offer a way out of the country’s neocolonial predicament?

Elections in Haiti: Legitimizing Imperialism and Killing Democracy?

Colombian Vice-Presidential Candidate Gets Death Threat + Alcibíades Moreno, the social leader of artisan emeralders in western Boyacá, murdered

Colombian Vice Presidential candidate Francia Marquez is again threatened by right wing groups in that country. She demands that president Ivan Duque protect her and others leaders as well.

Colombian Vice-Presidential Candidate Gets Death Threat

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The murder of Alcibíades Moreno Moreno, recognized for defending the rights of artisanal miners in the emerald area of Muzo in western Boyacá, reached a steep figure of 45 social leaders murdered in the country, according to the ongoing follow-up by the Institute of Studies for the Development and Peace (Indepaz).

Alcibíades Moreno, the social leader of artisan emeralders in western Boyacá, murdered

Pakistani Journos Should Stop Gaslighting: The US Hates The PM’s Independent Policies

Those Pakistani journalists who are now acting as if there’s no credence whatsoever to the Prime Minister’s very strong innuendo that it’s none other than the US that’s behind this latest opposition-led effort to unseat his government are gaslighting their audience. They’re trying to convince them that the incumbent’s independent policies weren’t ever of any concern to the declining unipolar hegemon that used to control their country as a vassal state. This also implies that the US has no political influence whatsoever in Pakistan and doesn’t practice a policy of regime change.

Pakistani Journos Should Stop Gaslighting: The US Hates The PM’s Independent Policies

Previously:

In Progress: Regime Change in Pakistan

New cold war neocolonialism: West threatens Solomon Islands over China alliance

The Solomon Islands, a sovereign country in the Pacific, broke ties with Taiwan and allied with China. So the US backed a failed violent coup attempt. Australia now calls the area its “backyard,” and media moguls demand an invasion to prevent the nation from signing a security pact with Beijing.

New cold war neocolonialism: West threatens Solomon Islands over China alliance

Previously:

US Torches Solomon Islands for Choosing China

US to reopen Solomon Islands embassy to counter Chinese influence

Washington Post Admits that Ukraine’s Military is Using Civilians as Human Shields

Russia has killed civilians in Ukraine. Kyiv’s defense tactics add to the danger.

Increasingly, Ukrainians are confronting an uncomfortable truth: The military’s understandable impulse to defend against Russian attacks could be putting civilians in the crosshairs. Virtually every neighborhood in most cities has become militarized, some more than others, making them potential targets for Russian forces trying to take out Ukrainian defenses.

“I am very reluctant to suggest that Ukraine is responsible for civilian casualties, because Ukraine is fighting to defend its country from an aggressor,” said William Schabas, an international law professor at Middlesex University in London. “But to the extent that Ukraine brings the battlefield to the civilian neighborhoods, it increases the danger to civilians.”

But Ukraine’s strategy of placing heavy military equipment and other fortifications in civilian zones could weaken Western and Ukrainian efforts to hold Russia legally culpable for possible war crimes, said human rights activists and international humanitarian law experts. Last week, the Biden administration formally declared that Moscow has committed crimes against humanity.

“If there is military equipment there and [the Russians] are saying we are launching at this military equipment, it undermines an assertion that they are attacking intentionally civilian objects and civilians,” said Richard Weir, a researcher in Human Rights Watch’s crisis and conflict division, who is working in Ukraine.

Over the past month, Washington Post journalists have witnessed Ukrainian antitank rockets, antiaircraft guns and armored personnel carriers placed near apartment buildings. In one vacant lot, Post journalists spotted a truck carrying a Grad multiple rocket launcher. Checkpoints with armed men, barricades of sandbags and tires, and boxes of molotov cocktails are ubiquitous on city highways and residential streets. The sound of outgoing rockets and artillery can be heard constantly in Kyiv, the capital, the squiggly white trails of missiles visible in the sky.

The Ukrainian military has “a responsibility under international law” to remove their forces and equipment from civilian-populated areas, and if that is not possible, to move civilians out of those areas, Weir said.

“If they don’t do that, that is a violation of the laws of war,” he added. “Because what they are doing is they are putting civilians at risk. Because all that military equipment are legitimate targets.”

But the line between what constitutes a war crime becomes more blurred if residential neighborhoods are militarized and become battlefields where civilian deaths are inevitable.

Ukraine cannot use civilian neighborhoods as ‘human shields,’” said Schabas, adding that he was not suggesting this is what is happening [it is happening!].

“If there are military targets in the area, then it might undermine their claim that a specific strike was a war crime,” said Weir of Human Rights Watch.

There are plenty of places in Kyiv where military forces coexist within civilian enclaves. Offices, homes or even restaurants in many residential neighborhoods have been transformed into bases for Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, armed militias made up mostly of volunteers who have signed up to the fight the Russians.

Inside municipal buildings and in basements, including one underneath a coffee shop, Ukrainians make molotov cocktails to be used against Russian forces if they enter the capital. Inside a large factory complex, nestled in front of a bustling main highway with shops and apartment buildings nearby, a paramilitary force trains recruits before deploying them to the front lines.

Security experts for Western media organizations have noted that Ukrainian air defenses are so centered in the city that when they hit incoming Russian rockets, missiles or drones, the debris has sometimes struck or fallen into residential complexes.

Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers warn journalists not to take photos or video of military checkpoints, equipment, fortifications or impromptu bases inside the city to avoid [evidence of war crimes?!] alerting Russians to their locations. One Ukrainian blogger uploaded a TikTok post of a Ukrainian tank and other military vehicles positioned at a shopping mall. The mall was later destroyed March 20 in a Russian strike that killed eight people.

Red Alert: What seeing the war in Syria taught me about US/Western government and media propaganda

By Janice Kortkamp | Ron Paul Institute | March 29, 2022

The Syrian war was the first fully observed conflict on social-media and the ability to connect directly with Syrians real time as they were experiencing the crisis was unprecedented. This created a unique opportunity to get unfiltered information directly from all sides of the conflict to gain insights and understanding. The results have helped shake off the control by conventional news media over foreign events reporting and analysis. While this has created some chaos, valuable lessons have been (or should have been) learned.

Red Alert: What seeing the war in Syria taught me about US/Western government and media propaganda