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Colonia Dignidad: The torturers' cult

Colonia Dignidad: The torturers' cult

For 36 years, Colonia Dignidad in Chile was the scene of shocking crimes. To the outside world, it looked like a model German settlement. But behind closed doors people were being tortured, murdered and abused. The cover-up continued for years.

28.03.2017

Video follows, 42:29

http://www.dw.com/en/colonia-dignidad-the-torturers-cult/av-38157943

Arkansas Governor Signs First of Its Kind Measure Forcing Doctors Who Provide Abortion Care to Inves

Source: Center for Reproductive Rights

Arkansas Governor Signs First of Its Kind Measure Forcing Doctors Who Provide Abortion Care to Investigate Their Patients

Measure would ban abortion based on womans personal, private reason for ending her pregnancy-- Fourth measure signed by Governor Hutchinson restricting access to abortion this session

03.29.17 -


(PRESS RELEASE) Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) today signed a measure forcing health care providers to investigate their patients before they are able to receive a safe, legal abortion. HB 1434--which is the first measure of its kind--would force a health care provider to gather medical records related to a womans entire pregnancy history before she is able to receive constitutionally protected health care servicesostensibly to investigate the womans motives for ending her pregnancy. The bill would ban abortion until the physician has spent an undefined amount of time and effort obtaining her complete medical records, potentially causing an indefinite waiting period. These new measures are an effort to force doctors to police the reasons a patient is seeking abortion care, as the bill also criminalizes health care providers who knowingly perform an abortion sought on the basis of the sex of the fetus.

Governor Hutchinson has already signed three other measures restricting a womans access to safe, legal abortion this legislative session, including a ban on a safe, proven method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester.

Health care providers should never be forced to investigate patients for the reasons behind their personal, private decisions, said Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs at the Center for Reproductive Rights. When a woman has made the decision to end a pregnancy, she needs high-quality health care, not an interrogation.

Measures of this kind are fueled by harmful and racist stereotypes about women of color. The Center for Reproductive Rights has serious concerns about an abortion ban that will discourage women from getting the health care they need and unfairly targets communities of color. We vow to stand with Arkansas women until their rights are fully respected and protected.

Read more: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/arkansas-governor-signs-first-of-its-kind-measure-forcing-doctors-who-provide-abortion-ca



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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agencys Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide

Source: New York Times

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide
By ERIC LIPTON MARCH 29, 2017





WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers.

The ruling by Mr. Pruitt, in one of his first formal actions as the nation’s top environmental official, rejected a petition filed a decade ago by two environmental groups that had asked that the agency ban all uses of chlorpyrifos. The chemical was banned in 2000 for use in most household settings, but still today is used at about 40,000 farms on about 50 different types of crops, ranging from almonds to apples.

Late last year, and based in part on research conducted at Columbia University, E.P.A. scientists concluded that exposure to the chemical that has been in use since 1965 was potentially causing significant health consequences. They included learning and memory declines, particularly among farm workers and young children who may be exposed through drinking water and other sources.

But Dow Chemical, which makes the product, along with farm groups that use it, had argued that the science demonstrating that chlorpyrifos caused such harm is inconclusive — especially when properly used to kill crop-spoiling insects.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/us/politics/epa-insecticide-chlorpyrifos.html?_r=0

How to save money on your trip to Cuba

How to save money on your trip to Cuba

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A group of tourists walk through the Historical Center in Havana, Cuba. (Alejandro Ernesto / EPA)


March 27, 2017 6:30 am

I've always been one to abide by important rules. I carry car insurance. I don’t cheat on my taxes, and when my family decided to visit Cuba, I wanted to comply with the U.S. government regulations for travel to the Communist-run island.

That would have been easy had we taken an organized tour, but at $5,000 to $10,000 a week each, it was costly. Instead, I saved about $2,500 a person by planning the trip myself.

It took some patience and ingenuity, but it was worth the effort. We got to experience the Cuban culture and people, and we have stayed in touch with some of our new friends.

If that sounds like your type of vacation, here are some tips:


More:
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-money-cuba-20170326-story.html

CubaOne Video Together Recreates Obamas Cuba Speech With Voices from Both Countries

MAR 28 2017, 12:07 PM ET
by NICOLE ACEVEDO


Young Cubans and Cuban Americans have come together in a video to commemorate the one-year anniversary of former President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba in a call to continue cultivating ties between the two countries.

CubaOne released a video featuring 20 mostly young Cubans from the island and Cuban Americans in the U.S. who take turns reciting the lines from Obama's historic speech in Cuba.

"I realized that the one-year anniversary was coming up and it's such a historic occasion. His speech was very popular between Cubans in the island and in the U.S.," said Giancarlo Sopo, one of the founders of CubaOne who spearheaded the concept behind the video.

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Lissette Calveiro was one of the young Cuban Americans who met her grandmother for the first time. "It just all hit me that there's this complete different part of my culture and my roots that I had never connected with and she was one of those missing pieces," said Lissette Calveiro, one of the young Cuban Americans who connected with her grandmother for the first time.

More:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cubaone-video-together-recreates-obama-s-cuba-speech-voices-both-n737746

Guatemala's Disappeared


Thousands of people were disappeared during the civil war. Fault Lines meets families still searching for justice.
29 Mar 2017 11:51 GMT Guatemala, Human Rights, War & Conflict


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Across Guatemala, thousands of families have been affected by mass murder, torture, and repression dating back to the country's civil war. Up to 45,000 civilians were forcibly disappeared during the 36-year conflict; an estimated 200,000 were killed. And while peace accords were signed in 1996, the war crimes of that era have largely gone unpunished.

"They were massacred, large populations were razed, their lands were destroyed; crops, belongings, houses, clothes ... everything, leaving people in inhumane conditions. How the army could go on like that for so many years? I don't know or understand why," says Hilda Pineda, lead prosecutor on the case related to crimes that occurred at the Creompaz military base. 

Now with the help of forensic evidence and the testimony of survivors, some former military leaders are facing trial for the first time.

Jason Motlagh traveled to Guatemala to meet some of the families still searching for justice and the truth about what happened to their loved ones.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2017/03/guatemala-disappeared-170328085834824.html

How Burger King's Palm Oil Addiction Is Devastating Local Communitiesand Planet Earth



By Hannah Lownsbrough
March 29, 2017


There’s nothing new about fast food corporations unleashing environmental chaos to maximize their profits. But the recent explosion of palm oil usage is a new threat. Burger King is at the front of the pack of corporations abusing human rights and the environment to satisfy its ever-growing appetite for the oil.

Burger King has always been a corporation defined by its competition. But now it is in danger of becoming the leader in a competition nobody should want to win: fueling the development of rapacious oil palm plantations. Burger King is one of a number of food and drink corporations that rely on palm oil for everything from fry oil to puddings. The recent increase in its use has been exponential: 485 percent in the last decade alone.

A brief review of the human and environmental impacts of palm oil production makes it no surprise that Burger King—like other corporations—has gone to some lengths to avoid disclosing the ways in which it sources its ingredients. Burger King certainly isn’t concealing anything of which it can be proud, and indeed has more to hide than many of its competitors.

Take the human consequences of palm oil production, experienced most acutely in countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia where palm oil production is highest. An Amnesty International report has found children as young as eight working in the palm oil industry, and uncovered horrifying stories of forced labor. Other communities report land-grabbing and grossly unfair wages. Farmers responsible for producing palm oil have reporting “bullying” practices from the corporations that buy the oil they produce.

More:
http://www.alternet.org/print/environment/how-burger-kings-palm-oil-addiction-devastating-local-communities-and-planet-earth

The Troubling Financial Activities of an Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate

MARCH 27, 2017
by MARK WEISBROT


As Ecuador heads toward the second round of its presidential election on April 2, a scandal has broken out over the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso’s financial dealings. The accusations are serious and largely based on public records, with most of it verifiable on websites such as the Panamanian Public Registry and Superintendency of Banks and the Ecuadorean Superintendency of Companies. The newspaper that broke the story was Página/12 of Argentina, with two articles there in the last week by journalist Cynthia Garcia, as well as on her website.

Yet, as of this writing, the major international media covering the election, as well as the big privately owned Ecuadorian media, have pretended for a week that the story does not exist. This is despite the fact that President Correa has publicly denounced Lasso for his dealings and called on him to resign from his campaign. And Lasso publicly responded without denying the accusations. It is difficult to explain this gap in reporting on the basis of what most people would consider journalistic norms.

It is as if the US and international media had failed to report on the controversy over Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns during the 2016 US presidential election.

Lasso has been routinely described as a “former banker” who allegedly retired from banking activities five years ago. However, he remains a major shareholder in Ecuador’s largest bank, the Bank of Guayaquil, (through a trust named with his initials, GLM). And evidence from minutes of board meetings of Banco Guayaquil’s parent company indicate that he is still a key decision maker at the bank, where he has been Executive President for more than 20 years. This in itself would be big news in Ecuador, where banking interests ran the country in the years prior to the election of Rafael Correa in 2007, and are not held in high regard since they caused a severe financial and economic crisis in the 1990s. This crisis impoverished many Ecuadorians and sent large numbers of people out of the country to seek employment.

More:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/27/the-troubling-financial-activities-of-an-ecuadorian-presidential-candidate/

Get Lost in Mega-Tunnels Dug by South American Megafauna

By Andrew Jenner | March 28, 2017 1:39 pm





Looking into a large paleoburrow in Brazil. (Courtesy: Heinrich Frank)




It was in 2010 that Amilcar Adamy first investigated rumors of an impressive cave in southern Brazil.

A geologist with the Brazilian Geological Survey (known by its Portuguese acronym, CPRM) Adamy was at the time working on a general survey of the Amazonian state of Rondonia. After asking around, he eventually found his way to a gaping hole on a wooded slope a few miles north of the Bolivian border.

Unable to contact the landowner, Adamy couldn’t study the cave in detail during that first encounter. But a preliminary inspection revealed it wasn’t the work of any natural geological process. He’d been in other caves nearby, formed by water within the same geology underlying this particular hillside. Those caves looked nothing like this large, round passage with a smooth floor.

“I’d never seen anything like it before,” said Adamy, who resolved to return for a closer look some day. “It really grabbed my attention. It didn’t look natural.”



More:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/03/28/paleoburrows-south-america/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20discovercrux%20%28The%20Crux%29#.WNsEXjvyvIU

Science:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/122851180

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Yippee, it's a Giant Ground Sloth statue.

"Pray to God that I will not be the candidate", Said Lula, Warning His Opponents

03/20/2017 - 13H34


BRUNO BOGHOSSIAN
SPECIAL ENVOYS TO MONTEIRO (PB)

In a rally in the backlands of Paraíba, using an emotional tone, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched himself into the 2018 electoral arena and publicly denounced an effort to prevent him from re-applying to the Presidency of the country.

After visiting for the first time a completed passage of the construction site for the transposition of the São Francisco river, the former president criticized the Michel Temer's government and said he is willing to "fight in the streets" against his opponents, referring to the electoral dispute.

"I do not even know if I'll be alive to be a candidate in 2018, but I know they want to prevent me from being a candidate, they're asking God that I will not be a candidate, because if I run, it's to win the election in this country." Said Lula, before thousands of people who crowded the central square of Monteiro, a municipality of 33 thousand inhabitants in the outlands of Paraíba, 305 km from the capital, João Pessoa.

Lula took the the stage alongside former President Dilma Rousseff, allied governors, deputies and senators.

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2017/03/1868054-pray-to-god-that-i-will-not-be-the-candidate-said-lula-warning-his-opponent.shtml?cmpid=newsEN
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