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US troops courageously handcuff 5-year old Haitian girl, and more...

I am including below a report from Marguerite Laurent of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network. It is a rush translation and I can't verify its accuracy. But it falls well within the realm of the entirely plausible, so I include it for readers to decide for themselves.

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Destroying Gaza

I'm sure readers will forgive the repetition. Or rather, if the repetition is upsetting to you, you ought to direct your anger at those who keep committing the same atrocities over and over.

So, in Gaza, the United Nations reports that in the past ten days Israel has flattened 100 homes in Gaza, rendering 1100 more people homeless, bringing the total of Palestinians made homeless in Gaza over 17,000 since 2000.

Colombian Paramilitaries in Venezuela

I've written about the Colombian paramilitaries in Venezuela, putting together what's available in Venezuelan alternative sites and communiques and Colombia's National Newspaper, El Tiempo. We certainly don't have the whole story, but what has happened is very strange and frightening -- and a happy ending, for now.

India

Elections are going on in India right now (they take 5 weeks). The outcome is still uncertain, although the Hindu right-wing (fascist, if you want to be impolite) party is likely to form the government, though probably not with a majority.

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.

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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.

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