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The Daniel Freeman-Maloy Case

A website has been set up with all the materials on the case of Daniel Freeman-Maloy, the Jewish student activist at York University in Canada who was expelled for blatantly political reasons -- namely, his anti-poverty and anti-militarist activism.


56 Colombian paramilitaries captured -- in... Venezuela?

More from El Tiempo, which today reported that 56 Colombian paramilitaries (or people suspected of being Colombian paramilitaries) were captured in Venezuela, where they were training and organizing with dissident members of the Venezuelan Armed Forces for another coup d'etat. According to Venezuela, they were part of a larger group of 130 paramilitaries in the country.

Colombia, oil, and sheer coincidence

A Colombian friend passed me an article from El Tiempo (Colombia's daily) today, but it was published May 7. The report is that ExxonMobil will be recommencing its exploration in the Colombian Caribbean region, in a consortium with two state oil companies: Brazil's Petrobras, and Colombia's ECOPETROL.

Colombian Miners...

There was a bombing attack on the Colombian mining worker's union office in Bogota on May 2, 2004, according to a communique distributed by the union and translated by the UK Colombia Solidarity Campaign. The union, SINTRAMINERCOL, has its offices in the the building belonging to MINERCOL, the state mining company.

Attack in Cauca

El Tiempo reports that one of FARC's pipe-bomb attacks in Toribio (which is occupied by the Colombian police, who really do act like an occupying Army) seriously wounded a woman, Yolanda Yulucue, and two children. I was in Toribio earlier this year, and plan to publish a photo essay on Northern Cauca soon.

Haiti investigation turned over to Dept. of Colonies

The Inter Press Service reports that CARICOM has agreed to turn the 'investigation' of Aristide's 'ouster' (let's be polite for once) over to the Organization of American States (OAS, which Che Guevara called 'the department of colonies') instead of the United Nations. CARICOM has been under tremendous pressure from the US and Canada to accept the coup and stop asking questions, and this can probably be viewed as the first sign that the pressure is working.


More Bolivia: a coup in the offing?

Folks might recall that in October of last year there were massive mobilizations in Bolivia (you can look back through ZNet Bolivia Watch for lots of material) that led to the ouster of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, a fellow nicknamed the 'gringo' for his American accent and his propensity for selling the country off to US Multinationals (to be fair, he wasn't alone in it, nor did he invent the practice, even in Bolivia).


For North American watchers of Latin America the work of Forrest Hylton is as indispensable on Bolivia as the work of Gregory Wilpert is on Venezuela (you can find Forrest's work on Bolivia at ZNet's Bolivia Watch and Wilpert's at Venezuela Watch or, of course, Venezuelanalysis.com.

What makes a scandal, scandalous?

This is a question that's been puzzling me.

This morning, Rahul Mahajan's blog provided a link to the video footage of the helicopter pilots murdering helpless Iraqis from a distance with heavy machine guns. Rahul has also been scrupulous about republishing the photos of the abuse (don't call it torture, whatever you do) that have been coming out in the mainstream media.


Canadians torture too...

Just a little note to remind Canadians -- in case anyone doubted it -- that Canada shares the same racism, militarism, and machismo that the US has. The many macabre photos of the torture of Iraqi prisoners by US troops and mercenaries ought to have instantly brought to mind the photos of Canadian soldiers torturing to death Somali teenager Shidane Arone in 1993, and the execution of others.



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