Honduran Coup Leaders Contracting Israeli Special Forces

A good example of how the web networks and spreads information, I read Borev, posted about it, IKN included me in a post and in that round up was also Machetera with an interview with René Andrés Pavón, President of the Honduran Human Rights Commission (CODEH) by Dick Emanuelsson, excerpt-

Dick Emanuelsson (DE): Yesterday CODEH put out a news release denouncing a variety of things, among them that Micheletti’s de facto government has contracted with Israeli commandos or people to train the Honduran military/police forces. What we know from the civil war in Colombia is that these commandos have also been advising the Colombian military forces. What are the Israelis doing here?

Andrés Pavón (AP): Until now what we know is that their mission is to prepare the Armed Forces and the police to aggressively and violently dissuade the demonstrations, by committing crimes of a selective nature in order to build fear, staged terror, and achieve a dismantling of the resistance. Other actions they are undertaking involve certain employees of private security firms putting on police uniforms and acting aggressively against the demonstrators. The police have already sort of been trained to dissuade demonstrations and are a bit fearful about attacking the demonstrators so that it’s as if a bit of their human rights training lingers. On the other hand, the security guards are being paid double and their immunity is guaranteed. These are the practices that they are developing, using the experience of the conflict in Palestine and after having put into practice some of these actions in Colombia.

More including audio @Machetera

In a way it’s touching, militarists becoming like one big global happy family, anywhere where there’s a population to oppress they’ll heed the call. Just shine the ‘counter insurgency’ signal in the sky and they respond, all cattle prods, sniper rifles and war/rape stories. And y’know, collect a nice sack of cash, life is good when you get paid for doing what you love.

Capitalism Means To Kill You

Look America it’s fine, flee from the evil NHS, keep being killed for corporations’ profits. Or… if you are going to fight this hard for something, make the fight worth it, the party claiming to represent your interest, they might be a bit fibby.

Greg Palast– On June 22, President Obama said he’d reached agreement with big drug companies to cut the price of medicine by $80 billion. He extended his gratitude to Big Pharma for the deal that would, “reduce the punishing inflation in health care costs.”

Hey, in my neighborhood, people think $80 billion is a lot of money. But is it?

I checked out the government’s health stats (at HHS.gov), put fresh batteries in my calculator and totted up US spending on prescription drugs projected by the government for the next ten years. It added up to $3.6 trillion.

In other words, Obama’s big deal with Big Pharma saves $80 billion out of a total $3.6 trillion. That’s 2%.

But 2% is better than nothing, I suppose. Or is it?

The Big Pharma kingpins did not actually agree to cut their prices. Their promise with Obama is something a little oilier: they apparently promised that, over ten years, they will reduce the amount at which they would otherwise raise drug prices. Got that? In other words, the Obama deal locks in a doubling of drug costs, projected to rise over the period of “savings” from a quarter trillion dollars a year to half a trillion dollars a year. Minus that 2%.

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A Canadian View Of The IPCC

I cam across this while looking at Taser related gubbins and it’s interesting to see in an article about the lack of oversight of the Canadian police how our IPCC is described-

On Tuesday, the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP issued a report that looked at the broad issue of how the federal police force investigates itself. Commission chairman Paul Kennedy told a news conference, “We sought to answer the following question: Can the current process of the RCMP investigating itself legitimately engender confidence in the transparency and integrity of the criminal investigation and its outcome?

“Based on the results of our research and analysis, the informed commission answer is that it cannot.”

There is an alternative. In 2004, the Independent Police Complaints Commission began work in England and Wales. According to its website (www.ipcc.gov.uk), “The IPCC can choose to manage or supervise the police investigation into a case and independently investigate the most serious cases.”

The IPCC argues it is a chance for the police to increase public confidence and trust of the service.

The U.K. commission’s investigations take an average of 183 days, and in 2006/2007 it tackled 64 serious cases out of more than 2,000 complaints. That might not seem like many inquiries, but there were only five deaths from police shootings and 21 deaths in custody.

The process is not without flaws. There is no internal or external measure of quality control, and the commission’s recommendations can be rejected by police. Still, this national commission goes much further than the protections offered to the public in Canada.

The IPCC argues it is a chance for the police to increase public confidence and trust of the service.‘ Hmmm. Well one, it has failed and two, because we need an oversight body not a PR flak. Canada should aim a lot higher than their own version of the IPCC.

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To Date 10 Killed In Honduras Coup Reuters Describes As ‘Bloodless’

Borev notes

Reuters: “The June 28 coup was bloodless and since then only two protesters have been killed in demonstrations.”

See, bloodless! Of course, this “only two” designation might come as a surprise to the grieving families of teenagerIsis Obed Murillo Mencias, journalist Gabriel Fino Noriega, teachers Roger Abraham Vallejo and Martin Florencio Rivera, construction worker Pedro Magdiel Muñoz Salvador, lesbian activist Vicky Hernandez Castillo, driver Pedro Pablo Hernández, political activists Caso Ramon Garcia and Roger Ivan Bados, and the unidentified dude found dead wearing a pro-Zelaya T-Shirt and buried in a part of town once used as a “clandestine cemetery for extra-judicial executions during the 80’s.”

And ‘killed in demonstrations’ sounds like a tussle ensued and unfortunately injuries led to deaths, whereas ‘shot by paramilitary snipers’ is not so easy to sell. And sell is what many parts of the US establishment are doing with this coup Lanny Davis being the prime example, but not the only one.

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Hicham Yezza Released From Prison

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Murdered & Left In The Boot Of Their Own Car

The bodies of human rights defender, Ms Zarema Sadulayeva, and her husband Mr Alik Lechayevich Dzhabrailov, have been discovered this morning, a day after they were abducted by armed men who identified themselves as members of the security forces. Zarema Sadulayeva was the head of Let’s Save the Generation, an organisation working with children who have been affected by violence in Chechnya. It provides psychological and physical rehabilitation to disabled children, orphans, and other socially vulnerable groups. They work closely with UNICEF. On 11 August 2009, at approximately 04:00 am, the bodies of Zarema Sadulayeva and Alik Lechayevich Dzhabrailov were found in the boot of a car in Mansurov Street, in a suburb of Grozny, Chechnya, with bullet wounds to the head and chest.

The previous day, at approximately 14:00 pm, witnesses had reported that up to five armed men entered the offices of Save the Generation claiming to be members of the security services and demanding that the head of the organisation and her husband go with them. They did not give any information as to where they were taking the couple. A short time after the abduction, the same men returned to the offices and removed a mobile telephone belonging to Alik Lechayevich Dzhabrailov, as well as his grey VAZ 2110 car. According to reports this is the same car in which the bodies were later found.

An investigation into the murders has been opened under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (adopted 1996), citing article 105, part 2 (a) for the murder of two or more persons; and article 222, relating to the illegal trafficking of weapons.Front Line believes that Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Alik Lechayevich Dzhabrailov were killed as a result of her peaceful and legitimate human rights work, in particular her defence of those who are victims of the violence and human rights abuses in Chechnya.

The double murder comes less than one month after human rights defender and member of the Grozny office of the Human Rights Centre Memorial, Ms Natalya Estemirova, was abducted and murdered by armed men in a case that bears many similarities to these latest killings. Furthermore, the murders of human rights defenders, Mr Stanislav Markelov, Ms Anastasya Babyrova and Mr Magomed Yevloyev in the last 12 months illustrate the vulnerability and the lack of protection of Russian human rights defenders.

The abovementioned killings form part of an ongoing pattern of extrajudicial executions of human rights defenders in the Russian Federation that have been carried out with almost total impunity. On 15 April 2006, Save the Generation’s former chief, Mr Murad Muradov, was found murdered.

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