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Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer

Source: .Mic

Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer
By Zak Cheney-Rice
3 hours ago

In a speech that lasted almost 30 minutes, Judge Vonda Evans of Detroit laid into 47-year-old William Melendez, the former Inkster, Michigan, police officer caught on video beating an unarmed black man in January 2015.

Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the attack on Floyd Dent, a 58-year-old black auto worker, that occurred during a late night traffic stop in the struggling Wayne County suburb last winter.

"The one image (from this trial) that stood out to the court was looking at Mr. Dent in his cell, shaking his head in disbelief of what had occurred to him," Evans said in a courtroom video published by local television station WJBK.

"If his conduct was indicative of what he was thinking, I would have thought this: 'What crime did I commit, being a black man in a Cadillac, stopped for a minor traffic offense by a group of racist police officers looking to do a nigger?'"



Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/detroit-judge-pulls-no-punches-183700902.html



How Colombia’s opposition tried sabotaging peace talks to win 2014 elections

How Colombia’s opposition tried sabotaging peace talks to win 2014 elections
Posted by Taran Volckhausen on Feb 2, 2016

Colombia’s Prosecutor General Office has released evidence that would show how the country’s conservative opposition in 2014 used illegal wiretapping and bribery to sabotage ongoing peace talks with leftist FARC rebels.

The Prosecutor’s accusation against the former campaign manager of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (Democratic Center) lays out the strategy that former ambassador and then-campaign chief Luis Alfonso Hoyos used to orchestrate the wiretapping of the government peace talks with the rebel group the FARC. The 74-page document, which was obtained by local media Blu Radio, accuses Hoyos of engaging in “criminal activity” to attack the peace process and President Juan Manuel Santos’ reelection campaign.

“Luis Alfonso Hoyos met in January 2014 with Andres Fernando Sepulveda in order to concentrate on ending or discrediting the peace process that was moving forward with the FARC in la Habana, Cuba, which they would achieve by obtaining secret information that would be collected through different criminal activities,” the document said.

Sepulveda was arrested in May 2014, weeks before the presidential election, and sentenced to 10 years in prison in April 2015, for his role in wiretapping the peace talks. The hacker was contracted by the Zuluaga’s Colombian presidential campaign who represented the right wing opposition Democratic Center Party, led by former president, Alvaro Uribe.

More:
http://colombiareports.com/prosecutor-general-formally-accuses-uribes-righthand-man/



Oscar Ivan Zuluaga and Alvaro Uribe.







"Pull my finger."

British Columbia reaches agreement to protect vast coastal rainforest

British Columbia reaches agreement to protect vast coastal rainforest

Deal marries interests of First Nations, environmentalists and logging industry, who will see 15% of Great Bear forest available under ‘most stringent’ standards

Reuters in Vancouver
Monday 1 February 2016 12.14 EST

British Columbia is set to announce a historic agreement to protect a vast swath of rainforest along its coastline, having reached a deal that marries the interests of First Nations, the logging industry and environmentalists after a decade of often-tense negotiations.

The agreement to be announced on Monday will see roughly 85% of forest within the Great Bear rainforest protected, with the other 15% available for logging under the “most stringent” standards in North America, environmental groups involved in the talks said.

The Great Bear rainforest is one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests and the habitat of the spirit bear, a rare subspecies of the black bear with white fur and claws. It is also home to 26 Aboriginal groups, known as First Nations.

“Under this landmark agreement, more old and second-growth forest will be protected, while still ensuring opportunities for economic development and jobs for local First Nations,” said Premier Christy Clark in a statement.

More:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/01/british-columbia-great-bear-rainforest-protection-agreement-first-nations-logging-industry-spirit-bear

Infographic: How Private Prison Companies Rake In Profits From Our Criminal Legal System

Infographic: How Private Prison Companies Rake In Profits From Our Criminal Legal System
Saturday, 30 January 2016 00:00
By Donald Cohen, Truthout | News Analysis

A new look at the prison industry shows that private companies profit from nearly every function of the United States' criminal legal system. The industry's scope is vast: Companies perform functions like prison operation and immigrant detention, and even GPS ankle monitoring and residential re-entry.

While the usual suspects - Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group - operate prisons, numerous companies with similar track records provide services like health care, food provision and prisoner transport. Companies like Corizon, Aramark, JPay and GTL have histories of providing low-quality services, harming not only prisoners, but communities and taxpayers as well.

We already know that the industry routinely cuts corners to make more profit, resulting in prison violence, lawsuits, accidental releases and high staff turnover. One only has to look at recent news to see the unforgiving intersection between for-profit companies and the criminal legal system. An executive with GEO Group, the second-largest private prison operator in the United States, recently boasted that the country would continue to "attract" crime because, among other issues, we have a "bad education system." The United States' largest for-profit prison health-care provider, Corizon, ended its contract with the state of Florida in November after two years of endless controversy. Alameda County in California is currently dealing with Corizon's mess after a prisoner died in the company's care there; the prisoner required surgery but was denied it for seven months despite three court orders.

No one should profit off of putting or keeping people behind bars. And now it's clear how much of our system is influenced by private companies, which are driven by profit to keep or even expand existing services.

More:
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34578-how-private-prison-companies-rake-in-profits-from-our-criminal-legal-system

In pictures: Bolivia's colourful Oruro carnival

In pictures: Bolivia's colourful Oruro carnival

29 January 2016



The Oruro carnival is famous for its elaborate costumes and masks

People in the Bolivian city of Oruro are gearing up for carnival.

This year's celebrations start on 30 January, but the main days will be on 5, 6 and 7 of February when thousands of people will congregate in Oruro.

The carnival dates back more than two centuries and is one of Latin America's most colourful.

Photojournalist Fellipe Abreu and reporter Luiz Felipe Silva recorded some of its highlights in 2015.

More:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35400563



Tinkus, dance originary of Bolivian

Fraternidad Tinkus Cochabamba



TINKUS MIX - TINKUS HUAJCHAS; HUAJCHITA; PARA QUÉ LA VIDA (LLAJTAYMANTA); NO TE DEJES CORAZÓN (BONANZA); MI SUEÑO MEJOR; T'UNA PAPITA (KJARKAS)


("I got the fever, I got it real bad, the only thing that can help me is more TINKUS!")

Mexico Recognizes Indigenous 'Identity' with Birth Certificates

Mexico Recognizes Indigenous 'Identity' with Birth Certificates

Published 28 January 2016 (9 hours 20 minutes ago)

As many as 12 million people in Mexico lack a birth certificate, limiting their ability to travel and obtain social services.


Mexico delivered birth certificates to over 7,000 indigenous people on Wednesday as part of a campaign to increase access to official documents in underserved areas.

Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said that when he signed the law enshrining the right of indigenous peoples to a Mexican birth certificate, he “gave them their identities,” which would “change their lives” because “they will know who they are, that they exist, that they have rights, obligations and above all, that they feel Mexican — Mexican as we are all, proudly.”

Between 4 million and 12 million Mexicans are currently unregistered with the state, most from small, poor communities that have few public services, where people cannot afford the fee that some states charge for the document.

Without an identity card, people can be denied the right to education, healthcare, legal protection, a vote and even a job, as well as the ability to legally travel abroad. They are also more vulnerable to organized crime, and many end up migrating, becoming “doubly-undocumented” immigrants abroad.

More:
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Recognizes-Indigenous-Identity-with-Birth-Certificates-20160128-0003.html

How an American preacher came to help the Colombian rebels who abducted him

How an American preacher came to help the Colombian rebels who abducted him

Russell Martin Stendal was abducted by the Farc five times – and now is helping them negotiate an end to their country’s 51-year civil war

Sibylla Brodzinsky in Havana
Tuesday 26 January 2016 07.00 EST

As an American citizen traveling through remote corners of Colombia at the height of the nation’s civil war, Russell Martin Stendal offered an enticing prospect for left-wing rebels who often kidnapped foreigners for ransom.

So tempting, in fact, that Stendal was abducted five times by different units of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc.

“I would be moving through the countryside and they would see this gringo and –pah! They would grab me,” he recalls.

The first time, in 1983, Stendal was held for five months with his hands tied to a tree with nylon. Eventually his captor – an indigenous rebel commander – recognized him as the son of a man whose lifelong work had focussed on helping indigenous groups in the country. That was enough for the guerrillas to release him – but not to prevent them from seizing him again.

More:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/26/russell-martin-stendal-farc-rebels-colombia-kidnapping-civil-war-peace-negotiation

Who Did the Aztecs Sacrifice?

Who Did the Aztecs Sacrifice?

Monday, January 25, 2016


Mexico City Aztec Sacrifice
(INAH)

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—Scholars have long assumed that the people the Aztecs sacrificed at the Great Temple of Tenochtitlán were prisoners of war who were killed soon after being captured. But EFE reports that a new strontium isotope analysis of remains belonging to several sacrificed individuals who lived between 1469 and 1521 is challenging that view. The study, led by National Institute of Anthropology and History archaeologist Allan Barrera, shows that some of the victims were foreigners who lived in the Valley of Mexico among the Aztecs for at least six years. It's possible the remains belong not to captured warriors, but prisoners of high rank who served the Aztec elite for some time before eventually being sacrificed. To read more about Aztec archaeology, go to “Under Mexico City.”

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4096-160125-aztecs-tenochtitlan-human-sacrifices

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Here's the linked article, very interesting:

Under Mexico City

Beneath the capital's busy streets, archaeologists are discovering the buried world of the Aztecs

By ROGER ATWOOD
Monday, June 09, 2014

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/138-1407/features/2173-mexico-city-aztec-buried-world

In A City That Welcomes Hyenas, An Anthropologist Makes Friends

In A City That Welcomes Hyenas, An Anthropologist Makes Friends




Willi is the young male hyena who treated Marcus Baynes-Rock like a friend. (Marcus Baynes-Rock)

Imagine running with a pack of wild hyenas down the dark alleyways of an ancient city at night. That’s exactly what one Australian anthropologist did in Harar, Ethiopia – one of the few places on earth where the human residents invite wild hyenas to enter their habitat.

Marcus Baynes-Rock traveled to Harar and made friends with one young hyena. In his new book “Among the Bone Eaters,” he writes about the culture and his own transformation, from an academic into someone who, as they say in Harar, has “the blood of the hyena.”

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/18/hyenas-baynes-rock


Finding Friendship In The City Of Hyenas

December 30, 2015

In a place that welcomes hyenas after dark, an anthropologist ends up bonding with one of the fiercest predators on earth.

By Vicki Croke

Hyenas aren’t the most popular animals. In Western literature, they are depicted as giggling, cowardly, and dangerous. In almost all of Africa, where the formidable predators are known to bite people’s faces off, kill children, crunch bone like it’s popcorn, and disembowel antelope, they are downright loathed.

But there’s at least one place on the continent where hyenas are not only tolerated they are welcomed. It’s Harar, Ethiopia. Here, long ago, the inhabitants carved doorways into the 500-year-old stone wall that surrounds the old section of the city, to invite a nightly migration of wild hyenas that continues to this day.



A crowded and holy place, Harar, Ethiopia, has developed a culture that is pro-hyena.
Video still courtesy of Marcus Baynes-Rock.

Padding in under cover of darkness, when most locals are asleep, spotted hyenas in groups, pairs, or on their own, enter through the waraba nudul or “hyena holes,” trotting across cobblestones, and gliding down sidewalks. To the people here, it’s part of life. A good part. One in which both humans and hyenas benefit, and one in which both species tend to play by an unwritten rule of etiquette—look but don’t touch.



A “waraba nudul” or “hyena hole” in the town wall welcomes hyenas after dark.
Photo: Marcus Baynes-Rock.

The hyenas come in for handouts of meat scraps, which can draw paying tourists to the men who feed them. They pick through garbage at the dump, which helps keep the city tidy. And, it is said, these nocturnal creatures provide another, more spectral cleaning service—they are believed to devour the malingering bad spirits of dead people.

More:
http://thewildlife.wbur.org/2015/12/30/finding-friendship-in-the-city-of-hyenas/

Bullies of Burns: the Backstory on the Hammonds

January 22, 2016
Bullies of Burns: the Backstory on the Hammonds

by George Wuerthner

Dwight Hammond and his son Steve, the ranchers who sparked the recent Harney County protests, were characterized as “responsible ranchers” by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) in a speech before Congress.

Walden sought to minimize the crimes the Hammonds have committed by suggesting they merely burned a bit more than a hundred acres, something that he tried to compare to normal everyday range management by federal agencies. So what’s the problem? The problem is that Walden is ignoring decades of violations and other crimes committed by the Hammonds.

Despite their bad behavior, it has been revealed that the Hammonds are negotiating with the BLM to get their grazing permit reinstated after the BLM revoked it for their numerous violations and crimes.

The Bundy gang that is holding the Malheur Refuge and Harney County residents as hostages, characterized the Hammonds as victims of government “overreach” and are demanding that the Hammonds get their permit reinstated as one of the conditions they required to leave Harney County.

. . .

Dwight Hammond and his son Steve, the ranchers who sparked the recent Harney County protests, were characterized as “responsible ranchers” by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) in a speech before Congress.

Walden sought to minimize the crimes the Hammonds have committed by suggesting they merely burned a bit more than a hundred acres, something that he tried to compare to normal everyday range management by federal agencies. So what’s the problem? The problem is that Walden is ignoring decades of violations and other crimes committed by the Hammonds.

Despite their bad behavior, it has been revealed that the Hammonds are negotiating with the BLM to get their grazing permit reinstated after the BLM revoked it for their numerous violations and crimes.

The Bundy gang that is holding the Malheur Refuge and Harney County residents as hostages, characterized the Hammonds as victims of government “overreach” and are demanding that the Hammonds get their permit reinstated as one of the conditions they required to leave Harney County.

More:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/22/bullies-of-burns-the-backstory-on-the-hammonds/
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