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Mummified Woman Found in Peru Suggests Gender Equality

Mummified Woman Found in Peru Suggests Gender Equality

Published 24 April 2016 (3 hours 18 minutes ago)

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 4,500 year old mummy, likely of high social status.

A mummified woman dating to almost 4,500 years ago has been found in Peru. Buried alongside several objects including a beaded necklace, a pot of vegetable fragments, and four carved bones with animal motifs on them, means the woman was of high social status, according to archaeologists.

“This find shows evidence of gender equality, that is, both women and men were able to play leading roles and attain high social status more than 1,000 years ago,” said Ruth Shady to Andina News Service, the director of the Caral Archaeological Zone who found the remains along with her research team.

The items also suggest that there might have been trade between Aspero, the city the woman was found in, and Caral, one of the most ancient civilizations in the Americas about 14 miles away.

Archaeologists on site haven’t determined what caused her death but believe she was around 40 to 50-years-old at the time of her burial.


Defend Brazil!

April 22, 2016
Defend Brazil!

by Andre Vltchek

Enough weeping! Latin America has wept incessantly, continuously, for years, decades and centuries. Its people robbed of everything since the days of Columbus, since Potosi. Tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions have been slaughtered here, in the last five centuries; first by the conquerors, then by their descendants and serfs, and finally by the Empire of Lies as well as the treasonous local ‘elites’.

Enough weeping, comrades! It is time to use force.

Whenever people stood up, whenever true Latin American heroes liberated their lands, by reason or by force, the bloodbath was administered almost immediately, from across the seas, or from the North. Tanks rolled through the avenues and squares, and combat airplanes and helicopters sprayed bombs and bullets all over Presidential palaces, as well as the countryside. People were hunted down like animals, dragged to stadiums and factories, to underground cellars, and there they were violated, tortured and slaughtered.

That’s their democracy! Thank you, but no more of that.

Why did all those horrors take place? Because there was always a clear consensus among the rulers in Washington, in most of the European capitals, and the reigning classes in all Latin American countries: Latinos are here to serve the West, to be governed from the North. If some Latin country opted to act ‘irresponsibly’ (to paraphrase Henry Kissinger), it had to be reminded where it belongs: it had to be smashed to pieces, bathed in blood and thoroughly humiliated.

Such treatment was administered on countless occasions, and it happened virtually everywhere – from the Dominican Republic to Chile, and from Brazil to Nicaragua.



Reprinted by World War 4 Report, April 22, 2016

Mining Companies Sue Colombia for 'Right' to Pollute

by Pete Dolack, Systemic Disorder

Yet another standoff between clean drinking water and mining profits has taken shape in Colombia, where two corporations insist their right to pollute trumps human health and the environment. As is customary in these cases, it is clean water that is the underdog here.

Two million people are dependent on water from a high-altitude wetlands, which is also a refuge for endangered species, that a Canadian mining company, Eco Oro Minerals Corporation, wants to use for a gold mine. The wetlands, the Santurbán páramo in the Andes, has been declared off-limits for mining by Colombia’s highest court due to the area’s environmental sensitivity. Eco Oro is suing the Colombian government because of this under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

The dispute will likely be heard by a secret tribunal that is an arm of the World Bank, even though the World Bank has provided investment capital for Eco Oro to develop the mine.

Eco Oro has not said how much money it intends to ask for, but another mining company, the U.S.-based Tobie Mining and Energy Inc., has separately sued Colombia for $16.5 billion because the government refused to allow it to establish a gold mine in a national park. To put that $16.5 billion in perspective, the total represents more than 20 percent of Colombia’s budget.


This article first appeared in Systemic Disorder on April 13.

Abused Circus Tiger From Peru Gets New Life In Florida

Abused Circus Tiger From Peru Gets New Life In Florida
April 23, 2016 4:48 PM

TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — A tiger rescued from a circus in Peru is heading to his new home at a sanctuary in Tampa.

Animal Defenders International seized Hoover last year to enforce Peru’s ban on wild animals in circuses. The animal rescue group says the cat was sick and emaciated and lived at a temporary rescue facility in Lima where he was rehabilitated for the past year.

He was flown into the Miami airport Friday night and taken to Big Cat Rescue Saturday.

The 12-year-old tiger will enjoy a very spacious enclosure with lots of shady trees and grass. He’ll also have access to a spring-fed lake for swimming. Hoover’s habitat also features a large platform, several dens and plenty of toys.


(Short article, no more at link.)


Hoover health check

First time Hoover's paws touched grass

Abused Circus Tiger Gets Fairy-Tale Ending

His name is Hoover, and this big cat is about to enjoy a new life in Florida.

By Laurel Neme

PUBLISHED April 21, 2016

Alongside crates of asparagus, Hoover the tiger will be airlifted Friday from Peru to Florida, where he’ll settle into a new home in Tampa after a lifetime of suffering.

Hoover has spent his entire nearly 12 years performing tricks with a traveling circus in Peru. His harrowing journey to a new life reads like a bestselling thriller. The plot line—Operation Spirit of Freedom—was conceived by Jan Creamer and Tim Philips, co-founders of Animal Defenders International (ADI), a U.K.-based organization dedicated to stopping animal abuse and saving animals in distress.

In 2012 after a two-year investigation and public campaign by ADI exposed animal abuse in Latin America’s circuses, Peru banned wild animal acts.

Enforcement of the ban meant confiscating large, dangerous animals, moving them to a holding facility and caring for them—and finding them new homes. Lacking experience in this kind of work, the Peruvian government enlisted the help of ADI, which launched Operation Spirit of Freedom.


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Rescued circus tiger will get roaring welcome at Miami airport
Harriet Baskas, Special for USA TODAY 12:46 p.m. EDT April 22, 2016

Miami International Airport prides itself on being “America’s busiest port of entry for wild animals,” but airport staff and animal rescue supporters are especially excited about Friday evening’s arrival of a 353-pound Bengal tiger named Hoover.

The tiger, who turns 12 on Saturday, was rescued from abuse in a Peruvian circus and is on his way to an animal sanctuary near Tampa.

In 2011, Peru joined the growing list of countries that ban the use of wild animals in circuses. But, according to the animal rights group Animal Defenders International, Hoover wasn’t rescued until April 2015 because the circus that had him had gone underground in an effort to evade wildlife officials.

Once rescued, a sick and emaciated Hoover spent a year at ADI's temporary rescue near Lima and is now well enough to travel to a new permanent home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.

. . .

“He will spend the rest of his life enjoying the warm breezes of Florida, relaxing in the shady grass, lounging on his platforms and cooling off in our lake,” said Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin.


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff threatens to use trade agreements as leverage against impeachment

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff threatens to use trade agreements as leverage against impeachment ‘coup’

The impeachment proceedings against Rousseff stem from allegations that illegal accounting allowed her administration to maintain government spending to shore up flagging support.

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 April, 2016, 12:30pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 April, 2016, 12:30pm

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Friday she will appeal to South American trade blocs if she is removed from office, blasting the push to impeach her as a coup and a naked attempt by Brazil’s elite to snatch power back from her Worker’s Party.

Speaking to reporters, Rousseff said both the Mercosur and Unasur trade blocs have democracy clauses that she will invoke if there should be what she charged would be “a rupture in democracy” in her country.

She warned her opponents that her impeachment would have “serious consequences for the Brazilian political process”.
“There is no judicial basis for this process of impeachment,” Rousseff said. “I am not accused of crimes of corruption, diversion of public funds, nor do I have accounts abroad or any accusations of money laundering.”

She said even some members of the opposition are beginning to support her, not necessarily because they agree with her policies, but rather because they see the impeachment push as a threat to Brazil’s democracy.


US Counterinsurgency Policing Tactics Ravage Honduras

US Counterinsurgency Policing Tactics Ravage Honduras
Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00
By Annie Bird

Honduran media is ablaze with the latest in the constant stream of police corruption crises.

This time the Honduran newspaper El Heraldo published a leaked police investigation into the November 2009 murder of the chief of the anti-narcotics unit Julian Aristides Gonzales, and the related December 2011 murder of his advisor, Alfredo Landaverde.

The investigation indisputably shows that high level police commanders planned, and police officers carried out, the assassinations. The public is not surprised: this was common knowledge and is just the latest scandal involving top level police commanders in murder and organized crime.

In scandal after scandal, all that seems to change are the acronyms. This time ski mask clad agents from the one-year-old new unit of the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Criminal Investigation Technical Agency (ATIC), swooped in to take the files on 136 investigations from the archives of the Directorate for Investigation and Evaluation of Police Careers (DIECP), amid calls to shut down the DIECP. The DIECP was created in 2011 to replace the Direction of Internal Affairs of the National Police after the October 2011 murder of the son of the rector of the national university, Julieta Castellanos, by police officers.

Each scandal spurs the reconfiguration of police, the public prosecutor's office, and military security agencies, but the pattern of criminal activity by the police continues. Three days after the scandal broke, on April 7, President Juan Orlando Hernandez presented a law giving his administration the capacity to fire police officers at will with no formal process. The same measure had been taken in 2012 in the wake of the Castellanos police murder scandal. While press reported hundreds of police officers fired, the reality was that it was just a handful, and the credibility of the whole process fell apart when the man with the power to fire at will, then director of the national police Juan Carlos Bonilla, was accused of sending gang members to kidnap the son of a former National Police Director. Police reforms look like nothing more than redistributing power between organized crime networks.


El Salvador Is Creating a Special Military Unit to Hunt Gang Members

El Salvador Is Creating a Special Military Unit to Hunt Gang Members

By Gabriela Gorbea
April 22, 2016 | 2:50 pm

El Salvador's government has tried and failed on multiple occasions to contain the country's explosive violence with crackdowns on its infamous warring gangs.

Now — with the murder rate breaking new records every month — the government has announced the creation of a special military unit to pursue these gangs in rural areas.

"The moment has come to end the rising violence of recent years that has caused so much sacrifice and bloodshed," Oscar Ortiz, El Salvador's vice president, told reporters on Wednesday, as he announced the deployment of the new force. "Today we bring about the birth of new hope, and you, brave members of this new force, are part of this new hope."

Ortiz said that the 1,000-member special force will be responsible for "neutralizing" the gangs. He promised that the unit will track down their top 100 leaders who he said are hiding in rural areas after fleeing government operations in the cities.



Back when they called them "Death Squads." [/center]
Graphic images:

Bolivian cholita climbers conquer highest peaks near La Paz – in pictures

Bolivian cholita climbers conquer highest peaks near La Paz – in pictures

Eleven Aymara indigenous women, ages 42 to 50, who worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers, put on crampons – spikes fixed to a boot for climbing – under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. These women have now scaled five peaks: Acotango, Parinacota, Pomarapi and Huayna Potosí as well as Illimani, the highest of all, in the Cordillera Real range. All are higher than 19,500ft (6,000 meters) above sea level

Bolivia’s cholita climbers scale highest mountain yet: ‘I cried with emotion’

Photographs by David Mercado/Reuters

Thursday 21 April 2016 15.54 EDT

All photos are at the Guardian link:


It's important to remember their tools of their trade in the torture chambers of the dictatorship.

Brazilian commission details murder and torture by US-backed dictatorship


One day after the release of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture in Washington, the government of Brazil officially unveiled a nearly 2,000-page report detailing the political murders, torture and other crimes carried out during two decades of dictatorship that began with a US-backed military coup in 1964.

The report was prepared by a National Truth Commission set up by President Dilma Rousseff in 2012 and is based on over 1,000 interviews with victims and some of the perpetrators of the dictatorship’s crimes as well as a review of official records, including from the country’s hospitals and morgues.

In a speech praising the report, Rousseff broke into tears when speaking about “those who lost family members, friends, companions and continue to suffer as if they died again each and every day.” The Workers Party (PT) president was herself imprisoned by the dictatorship for three years and subjected to electric shock and other tortures after joining an urban guerrilla group while a student under the military regime.

In the same speech, however, Rousseff declared that just as those who had “fallen in this fight confronting the illegal truculence of the state” were honored, so too, “we recognize and deeply respect the political pacts that have led us to re-democratization.”

The remark, which repeated virtually word for word a statement she issued on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 coup, was an unmistakable reference to the 1979 general amnesty imposed in the waning days of the military dictatorship. This law has left Brazil virtually the only country in Latin America not to prosecute any of those responsible for the thousands of political killings and endemic torture that the continent suffered under a series of military juntas.

The National Truth Commission, which named nearly 400 individuals, including ex-presidents, generals, police torturers, diplomats and doctors who collaborated in the torture, included in its recommendations a rather toothless call for those responsible to face criminal prosecution. In presenting the report to Rousseff, Pedro Dallari, the commission’s coordinator, stressed that, “It’s not the commission’s job to determine whether the amnesty law should apply or whether it should be revoked.”


(The Dragon's Chair is mentioned in this article, as well as the Parrot's Perch. My God. The article also informs us that the U.K. was supportive of this fiendish sadistic behavior by these fascists, as well.)

Thank you, OBenario, for including DU in your time online.

Ramon Saul Sanchez denied US residency, asked to leave country

Ramon Saul Sanchez denied US residency, asked to leave country

Cuban activist believes decision politically motivated

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

Posted: 1:15 PM, April 19, 2016
Updated: 7:28 AM, April 20, 2016

MIAMI - A prominent Cuban activist in South Florida spoke publicly Tuesday about the U.S. government's decision to deny his application for residency.

After 14 years of waiting, Ramon Saul Sanchez said he recently received a letter informing him that his application has been denied. The letter also asks that Sanchez leave the country.

Sanchez said he first applied for permanent residency in 2002 and was interviewed in 2014, but his petition was revoked in March.

He believes the decision is politically motivated as the U.S. and Cuba establish diplomatic relations.


Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaaa! <wheeze> ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaaaaaa.

Woo hoooooo! Hot damn. Don't let the door hit you in the face, @$$hole.


Ramon Saul Sanchez' excellent protest hunger strike

All dressed in white for his fast, which he surrendered, claiming his terms had been met. Ha ha ha.

Ramon Saul Sanchez, claiming the U.S. federal agents got the jump
on him, and scuffed him up while he attempted to prevent their
following out official orders to return the child Elian to his father.
He believed he was done in by the tear gas, according to reports.

Ramon Saul Sanchez, behind Mayor "Crazy Joe" Carrollo,
front row, with his wife, dealing with conflict outside the
house where Elian Gonzalez is being kept by his extended
Miami "exile" family.

Is there a camera near-by? Don't let Ramon Sanchez see it.

Miami Cuban "exiles" practicing Ramon Saul Sanchez's tactic,
the "exile" "human chain" to be prepared for when the U.S.
Federal agents would come to retrieve Elian Gonzalez from
his drunken great-uncle, "exile" Lazaro Gonzalez, who was
keeping Elian Gonzalez in defiance of Federal Court orders
demanding he release the child to agents to be returned to
his legal father, to be returned to his own home in Cuba.

Unfortunately, when they came, this human chain was asleep!

Ramon call home.

Ramon loves to go to Cuba on his favorite days, with his little "exile" flotilla,
and shoot of tons of fireworks just outside Havana, in the water, just far enough
away he thinks they can't come and get him.

Now he can shoot off his fireworks INSIDE Havana, and get a chance to receive
all the applause and "bravos" in person! Wow! How cool is that. The hero returns. [/center]
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