El Salvador Amnesty Law repeal & U.S. intervention

first_imgMembers of the FMLN guerrilla army pose with the flag of the movement.By a 4 to 1 vote, the Supreme Court of El Salvador repealed an Amnesty Law that they stated was “unconstitutional.” This July 13 decision argued that repealing the law would put closure to the civil war that lasted from 1980 to 1992 and claimed 75,000 lives, including 8,000 “disappeared,” from the country’s 5 million people.The roots of this issue stem from Jan. 16, 1992, when, after 20 months of intense negotiations, the government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) signed the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, to be monitored and enforced by the United Nations.The parties agreed to cease the armed conflict and establish a U.N.-appointed “Truth Commission” to investigate crimes committed during the war.The commission found that human rights violations, which resulted in the deaths and torture of combatants as well as civilians, were caused by Salvadoran armed forces and paramilitary “death squads.” Washington gave financial, military and political support to these ­criminals.The right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) governed El Salvador from 1989 until 2009. The FMLN, which led the liberation struggle, became an electoral political party after the peace accords. The FMLN won national elections in 2009, and has since governed El Salvador, which remains a capitalist country.The Supreme Court ruling has generated suspicion among both civilians and the left, since many believe that the repeal of the law could be misused to carry out a witch-hunt on former FMLN combatants. El Salvador’s President Sanchez Ceren, who was a guerrilla commander of the FMLN during the war, said the court decision “does not address the real and current problems of the country, and far from helping to resolve day-to-day problems of Salvadorans, the court ruling can aggravate them.” (Reuters, July 16)U.S. funds, trains death squadsWhatever hand committed the actual torture and murder, responsibility for the crimes lies on the doorstep of U.S. imperialism, which has been the dominant military and economic power in Central America since the late 1800s.The local ruling class, a criollo (people of Spanish descent) minority that was maybe 2 percent of the population, owned 90 percent of the agrarian economy and supplied U.S. imperialism mainly with coffee. The vast majority of Indigenous peasants lived in a state of starvation and impoverishment.In 1932, Augustín Farabundo Martí, who was in the Communist Party of El Salvador, led an uprising that was brutally suppressed by the ruling elite and its military. He and other leaders were executed, and 40,000 Amerindians were killed.The resistance reemerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s with strikes by workers and students and protests by peasants. Fearing the guerrilla-led revolution would liberate El Salvador as it did Nicaragua in 1979, U.S. imperialism — with support starting under the Democratic Jimmy Carter administration and continuing through Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — provided weapons and training to the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the paramilitary death squads.According to author William Blum in “Human Rights, Washington Style”: “The CIA and the U.S. military played an essential role in the conception and organization of the security agencies from which the death squads emanated. CIA surveillance programs routinely supplied these agencies with the information on and the whereabouts of various individuals [who became] death squad victims.”U.S. military assistance to El Salvador topped $5 billion between 1978 and 1992. Any illusion about a “peaceful transition” to a reform-minded Salvadoran government was soon discarded after a series of atrocities and war crimes by the Salvadoran regime, a few of which are listed here:• Major Roberto D’Abuisson, founder of both the ARENA party and a U.S.-trained intelligence officer, masterminded the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero on March 24, 1980, the day after he called upon Salvadoran soldiers not to follow orders and kill civilians. D’Abuisson was never arrested because of “legislative immunity.”• The National Guard, along with the paramilitary Democratic Nationalist Organization (ORDEN), carried out a massacre of Salvadoran peasants at the Sumpul River on May 14, 1980, which killed 600, mostly women and children. (Report of the U.N. Truth Commission, April 1, 1993)• The El Mozote massacre: In three days in January 1981, 1,000 people, almost the whole population of the town, were killed. A monument to the victims now stands in the town plaza. U.S. Special Forces trained and equipped the dreaded Atlacatl Battalion, which was responsible for the massacre.• The Salvadoran Army First Brigade, which had U.S. advisers, carried out assassinations of 74 “dissidents” between April and July of 1989. (Blum)The list goes on and on, but the point is that U.S. imperialism, no matter how it pretends to be a defender of human rights, supports and arms some of the biggest war criminals in the world, besides directly committing war crimes as it has in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bundoran Town Council cuts commercial rates by 8%

first_img Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – December 23, 2010 Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Bundoran Town Council in Co Donegal has reduced its commercial rates by a massive 8 per cent in response to the growing challenges that businesses face in the popular seaside resort.Vice Chairman of the Council, Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Philip McGlynn, who proposed the motion yesterday said that the council had to deal with the economic realities being faced on the ground:The motion was seconded by Chairman Cllr Sean McEniff of Fianna Fail and received the support of both the Fine Gael and Sinn Fein parties.Cllr McEniff, says the reduced rate is the biggest in the country:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/1sean1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleFree parking in Letterkenny until the end of the yearNext articleRoad temperatures so low in Donegal salt is becoming ineffective News Highland WhatsApp Bundoran Town Council cuts commercial rates by 8%last_img read more

IMCA to honor 40 tracks with sanction awards at national banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Forty tracks will be honored with sanction awards during the national IMCA banquet on Saturday, Nov. 30 in Lincoln, Neb.Marshalltown Speedway will be recognized with a 30 consecutive year award for Stock Cars.Tracks receiving 25 consecutive year plaques are Arlington Raceway for Modifieds, Sprint Cars and Stock Cars; the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway and Shawano Speedway for Modifieds; and Jackson Speedway for Stock Cars.Awards for sanctioning 20 consecutive seasons go to Abilene Speedway, Beatrice Speedway, Dawson County Raceway and U.S. 30 Speedway for Modifieds and Independence Motor Speedway and Luxemburg Speedway for Stock Cars.Aztec Speedway and Salina Speedway receive plaques for 20 total years of sanctioning their Modifieds with IMCA.Fifteen consecutive year awards will be presented to Rattlesnake Raceway for Modifieds, 281 Speedway for Stock Cars and Beatrice Speedway for Hobby Stocks.Cumulative awards for 15 years of sanctioning go to Hancock County Speedway for Modifieds and Stock Cars, Hamilton County Speedway and Merced Speedway for Modifieds, Jackson County Speedway for Late Models and Lee County Speedway for Stock Cars.Awards for sanctioning 10 consecutive seasons go to 281 Speedway for Hobby Stocks and Southern SportMods and to Quad City Speedway for Late Models.Ten total year recipients will be Cardinal Speedway and Winnemucca Regional Raceway for Modifieds and Estevan Motor Speedway for Stock Cars.Tracks honored for five consecutive years of sanctioning will include Canyon Speedway Park, Casper Speedway and Davenport Speedway, Modifieds; Osborne Speedway, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Raceway Park, Stock Cars,Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Phillips County Raceway, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks; Estevan Motor Speedway and I-35 Speedway LLC, Hobby Stocks; Elmwood Park Speedway, Hamilton County Speedway, Lee County Speedway, RPM Speedway and WaKeeney Speedway, Northern SportMods; Desert Thunder Raceway, Southern SportMods; and Buena Vista Raceway and Stuart Speedway, Sport Compacts.Awards for five total years go to Thunderbowl Raceway, Modifieds; Southern Iowa Speedway, Hobby Stocks; and Lubbock Speedway, Southern SportMods.In all, 40 tracks are to receive length of sanction awards for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 consecutive or total years. A total of 56 awards are to be presented.Drivers winning championships and rookie of the year awards will also receive awards during the banquet, at the Cornhusker Marriott in downtown Lincoln. Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony to follow.Twenty-six IMCA marketing partners will receive special awards during the evening in recognition of five, 10, 15 or 20 years of sponsorship.RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 29 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

NPFL: Akwa Utd Players Threatened with Half Pay

first_imgAkwa United have threatened to half the salaries of their players after they suffered their second Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) home loss on Sunday.Akwa United fell 1-0 to champions Enyimba in front of their fans on Sunday after they also lost at home to Abia Warriors.Akwa United acting Chairman, Paul Bassey, said a showdown meeting will be held with the players on Tuesday. “We have not taken a decision on halving the salaries of the players. We will take a decision on that tomorrow,” he said.“We were in Africa this year and we want to return to Africa.”Bassey they are not owing their players salaries or bonuses, but wish to make a point they need to step up their game.Belgian coach Maurice Cooreman has already been suspended for a month with pay.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Flight: If You Can’t Evolve It, Model Your Imagination

first_imgThis is silly. A robot model with outstretched arms cannot begin to say how dinosaurs took wing.“Robot dinosaurs help unlock the evolution of flight” shouts a headline at New Atlas. Michael Irving uses standard hype language to try to interest a bored public dazed by non-stop evolutionary myths:On the timeline of the evolution of flight in birds, gliding seems like a logical first step. But new research suggests that some species could have made the jump straight to flapping flight without a gliding phase in the meantime, which could force a rewrite of our understanding of avian evolution….Although it couldn’t fly, Caudipteryx‘s wings might have flapped when it ran, which in turn could have led to the eventual evolution of active flight. He describes how evolutionists at a Japanese university built a robotic model of Caudipteryx, one of the disputed “feathered dinosaurs” (CMI). They designed the model to run, and as it ran, hold out its arms. Who is surprised that the arms flapped as it ran? That was built into the model. What can this possibly say about flight? Nothing. Without a living Caudipteryx to watch, there is no way to tie it into the “evolution of flight.” And to think that any animal could suddenly leap off the ground and fly is to exercise fact-free imagination to the extreme (see Illustra Media documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds to understand the anatomical and physiological requirements for powered flight).One might as well say that children are evolving flight when they flap their arms while running. If this were a law of nature, kangaroos and lizards are on the way to flying, too. They “could have made the jump to flapping flight,” couldn’t they? The “could have” phrase allows for anything. The paper in PLoS Biology has such a high perhapsimaybecouldness index (use of “might have” and “may have,” etc.) it’s ridiculous. One can only hope the toymakers had some fun goofing off on the job.For comic relief, watch this historical YouTube video of man’s ridiculous attempts to fly by attaching wings to the arms. Powered flight by humans only made headway through biomimetics: imitation of the best flyers on the planet — birds.They refer to Ken Dial’s partridge-family theory for the origin of flight, one of the stupidest cases of evolutionary storytelling ever reported on CEH (19 July 2016). Dial watched living partridge chicks running up ramps, and imagined they were reliving their evolutionary heritage of their dinosaur ancestors beginning training for flight. That theory survived for over 15 years in the literature, not because it was sensible, but because evolutionists had nothing better to offer.(Visited 224 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

U.S. Adds Tariffs on Canadian Softwood

first_imgThe U.S. Commerce Department has announced new tariffs on Canadian softwood, the second set of duties imposed since April. The Hill reports that the preliminary anti-dumping duties are as much as 7.7%. This is in addition to the department’s imposition of countervailing duties of between 3% and 24% on Canadian lumber imports, announced in April.U.S. producers allege that Canadian softwood producers benefit from government subsidies. Canadian officials disagree.“These duties result from the trade action which is part of the continued attempt by the protectionist U.S. lumber lobby to constrain imports of high-quality Canadian lumber into the U.S. market and to drive up prices for their benefit,” said Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council, in a statement.Some Canadian provinces are not included in the Commerce Department’s ongoing trade investigation. The department said that softwood lumber products produced in Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island should be excluded, The Hill reported. The announcement comes just two months before the U.S. and Canada are to begin talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement. About 80% of Canada’s softwood exports go to the U.S. The market was worth about $5.5 billion in 2016. Lumber Dispute Drives Up Construction Costscenter_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Calcium and bones

first_imgCalcium is one of the most important minerals for the growth, maintenance, and reproduction of the human body. Bones, like other tissues in the body, are continually being re-formed and incorporate calcium into their structure. Calcium is essential for the formation of and maintenance of healthy teeth.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img