Ecuador to Lead UN Committee on Decolonization

The United Nation Special Committee on Decolonization or C-24, reelected Ecuador to head up the entity devoted to the issue of decolonization. The South American country will be represented by its ambassador to the UN, Xavier Lasso. Cuba, Sierra Leone and Indonesia will share the vice-chair role. According to official figures, 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs)…

A Barbaric Lynching In the Dominican Republic

By Ezili Danto A group of six Haiti students in Santiago, Dominican Republic where Henry “Tulile” Claude Jean was found hung to death this week, searched for and found Tulile’s wife, Erzuline (or Erzilia?) Celuma, who is 22-years old. The Haiti group went to help the grieving family. After listening to the traumatized wife and…

On War Crimes and Double Standards in Ukraine

By Eric Draitser The Western media has been abuzz in recent days with the claim that videos posted to youtube, which show Ukrainian prisoners being “mistreated” by anti-Kiev rebels, amount to war crimes. Naturally, such claims deserve attention as violations of international laws governing war and treatment of prisoners are of concern to all. However,…

Bullfighting : Symbolic Legacy of the Perverted Oligarchy

By Ramiro Pardo (PCCC Activist), Bogotá, DC. Via FARC-EP During the inquisition the imposition of torture based penalties and punishments was an everyday occurrence. A “criminal” was systematically dehumanized and subjected to insufferable castigation before an ignorant public who relished in his suffering. Such was the manner in which the era’s powerful quenched their thirst…

From Panama to Ferguson : Countering the Devaluation of Black Lives

The 25th anniversary of the US invasion of Panama is a reminder that US state violence is not confined to its borders. By Janvieve Williams Comrie “I was eleven years old when the invasion happened. It did not matter that there were Christmas lights blinking all over the country, or that in many houses the…

The Torture Report and the End of US Exceptionalism

By Ajamu Baraka It could be fortuitous or just another example of the utter contempt for international sensibilities that just a day before International Human Rights Day, the U.S. Senate released, its long suppressed report on the systematic violations of the human rights of hundreds of people it captured and tortured as part of its…

US: FBI Will Never Count Those Injured and Murdered by Police

By John McDevitt The writer set up an emergency hate crimes and incidents reporting system involving government and community agencies in Southern California in the wake of 9/11, discovering both intentional undercounting by government agencies and the possibility of a real count when communities are mobilized. As Kashad Ashford lay unconscious in the car he crashed on Sept. 16,…