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Degenerative Progress

A piece on the victims of radiation contamination caused by India’s uranium mines.

Gudiya’s large, limpid eyes are inescapable. As Mangal, the unemployed father of this 5-year-old, comes home, with a tender smile she does her best to sidle up to him from her cradle. “She cannot walk, talk, sit or laugh,” Mangal says, as he caresses her. “She will never have a life.”

Canada’s Secret Trial Detainees on Hunger Strike

Three security certificate detainees are on hunger strike. Mohammad Mahjoub is still having problems receiving medical treatment for his Hepatitis C and high blood pressure after having gone on a 79-day hunger strike last year. In early December, the Federal Court recognized that Mr. Mahjoub would be seriously at risk of torture if deported to Egypt, which is the only ‘alternative’ to indefinite detention offered him by the Canadian government.

Baghdad Burning

Blog from a young Iraqi woman with recent entries on the execution of Saddam Hussein and reflections at the end of another bloody year in Iraq.

 

Robert Fisk: A dictator created then destroyed by America

“Saddam to the gallows. It was an easy equation. Who could be more deserving of that last walk to the scaffold – that crack of the neck at the end of a rope – than the Beast of Baghdad, the Hitler of the Tigris, the man who murdered untold hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis while spraying chemical weapons over his enemies? Our masters will tell us in a few hours that it is a “great day” for Iraqis and will hope that the Muslim world will forget that his death sentence was signed – by the Iraqi “government”, but on behalf of the Americans – on the very eve of the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, the moment of greatest forgiveness in the Arab world.” 

Honduran Environmentalists Assassinated

From RightsAction:

On December 20th, Environmental Movement of Olancho (MAO) activists Heraldo Zuñiga and Roger Ivan Cartagena were shot and killed in the central plaza of Guarizama, in northern Olancho.

MAO denounces police sergeant Juan Lanza and other police officers linked to the powerful logging companies for the double murder, which brings the number of environmental activists murdered in Olancho in recent years up to six.

WHAT TO DO:

Send brief letters to the authorities, listed below, expressing your concern about the December 20th murder of environmental activists Heraldo Zuñiga and Roger Ivan Cartagena in Guarizama, Olancho; demanding an immediate impartial and thorough into the crime, police sergeant Juan Lanza and links to other authorities and loggers; demanding justice be applied to the material and intellectual authors; and strongly encouraging appropriate IAHRC-ordered protective measures be implemented for threatened Environmental Movement of Olancho activists Santos Efraín Paguada, Víctor Manuel Ochoa, René Wilfredo Gradiz, Macario Zelaya, Pedro Amado Acosta, Father Andrés Tamayo and others receiving death threats.

CANADIANS:
Delia Beatriz Valle Marichal, Honduran Ambassador to Canada: tel. (613)
233-9800, fax (613) 232-0913; embhonca@embassyhonduras.ca;
Warren Kidd (Consul), Office of the Canadian Embassy in Honduras: tel. (504)
232-4551, fax (504) 239-7767; warren.kidd@international.gc.ca,
tglpa@international.gc.ca

HONDURAN GOV’T AUTHORITIES:

Señor MANUEL ZELAYA ROSALES
Presidente de la República de Honduras
Casa Presidencial
Boulevard Juan Pablo Segundo
Palacio José Cecilio del Valle
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax: (504) 221-4552

Abogado LEONIDAS ROSA BAUTISTA
Fiscal General del Estado
Ministerio Público
Lomas del Guijarro, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax:  (504) 221-56-67
E-mail: Lrosa@mp.hn

Doctor RAMON CUSTODIO LOPEZ
Comisionado Nacional de Derechos Humanos
Boulevard Suyapa, antiguo Edificio de Cannon
E-mail: central@conadeh.hn

Palestinian deaths rose in 2006

“Israeli security forces killed 660 Palestinians in 2006 – three times more than in 2005, according to an Israeli human rights group.”

Déja Vu All Over Again: Haditha and My Lai

“At best, this administration and this Congress can be considered un-indicted co-conspirators in what has been termed the My Lai of the Iraq War. At, worst, this administration and this Congress are just a guilty of these crimes as if they had pulled the triggers themselves. Yet, it is the Marines who will carry the scars of Haditha and the Iraq War on their consciences for the rest of their lives. Regardless of the outcome of this trial, there will never be justice for the lives and the innocence lost at Haditha.”

Another Massacre in Cite Soleil?

DN!: Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine discusses last week’s UN raid of Cite Soleil. Published reports put the death toll as high as 17 but Pierre-Antoine said the actual death toll could reach 80.

There are no throwaway people

“Members of the group ‘Women in Black’ gathered to stand in silence in front of Seattle’s Justice Center for one hour on Wednesday, to pay tribute to the three homeless people recently found dead.”

A Bad Year for Empire

A review of the many of the Empire’s failures from Iraq to Afghanistan, Lebanon, North Korea, Iran, Russia, China, Sudan, Somalia, etc and the growing US public sentiment that the US administration’s unilateralism has made the US and the rest of the world less safe.