• Guerre en Ukraine : les USA menacent la Chine : « si vous aidez la Russie, nous vous sanctionnerons sévèrement »
    By Cheikh Dieng - 14 mars 2022 - Le courrier du soir

    A quelques heures d’une rencontre cruciale qui doit réunir autorités américaines et chinoises ce lundi 14 mars, les Etats-Unis préviennent Pékin que s’il aide la Russie à contourner les sanctions économiques, il subira des sanctions très sévères

    La guerre entre l’Ukraine et la Russie risque, dans un futur proche, de s’étendre dans le reste du monde. En effet, il y a moins d’une semaine, les Chinois avaient ouvertement fait savoir qu’ils n’imposeront aucune sanction à la Russie, pays qu’ils considèrent d’ailleurs comme “ami”.

    “En tant que membres permanents du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations-Unies, la Chine et la Russie sont, l’une et l’autre, des partenaires stratégiques et des voisins”, avait martelé Wang Yi, ministre chinois des Affaires étrangères en marge d’une conférence de presse lundi 7 mars.

    Et d’ajouter : “les liens entre la Chine et la Russie sont les relations bilatérales les plus cruciales au monde et notre partenariat non seulement apporte des profits et du bien-être à nos peuples, mais participe aussi à la paix dans le monde, à la stabilité et au développement”. Le chef de la diplomatie chinoise a également tenu à préciser que l’ “amitié entre les deux peuples sont extrêmement solides”. (...)


    • China Calls on US To Stop Selling Arms to Taiwan | News | teleSUR English

      On Monday, the Chinese FM spokesperson remarked that the U.S. should stop selling armament to Taiwan.

      The Chinese Foreign Minister Spokesperson Zhao Lijian, noted on Monday, that the U.S. should commit to the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqué and stop supplying arms to Taiwan forces.

      During the daily press briefing the spokesperson, referring to a recent contract of a field information and communication system between the United States and Taiwan, said that it was a follow-up to the U.S. arms sale plan to Taiwan that started in December 2020.

      Zhao underlined that the act of selling arms infringe the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqué, mainly the August 17 Communiqué. He noted that the move seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China-U.S. relations as well as peace and stability across Taiwan Strait, which China has always condemned.

      “We warn the U.S. that playing the ’Taiwan card’ is like playing with fire, which will not only push Taiwan into a dangerous situation but also bring unbearable consequences to the U.S. side,” said the official, when asked about the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022. The spokesperson added that none of the funds “should be used to create, procure, or display any map that inaccurately depicts the territory and social and economic system of Taiwan and the islands or island groups administered by Taiwan authorities.” (...)

  • Spanish Sculptor Charged For Putting Graffiti On Franco’s Tomb | News | teleSUR English

    in Oct. 2018, Tenreiro used red paint to drew a dove and write “For Freedom” above the headstone of the genocide who ruled Spain between 1939 and 1975. A photographer who accompanied him posted his performance in social networks. Almost immediately, Tenreiro was detained by security personnel and arrested by the Civil Guard.

    The Spanish Prosecutor’s Office requested a year in prison for a crime against freedom of conscience, arguing that his performance occurred when a Catholic mass was about to begin. If convicted, Tenreiro will also have to pay about US$940 in damages. The rebel sculptor also faces a private accusation set by the “Association for the Defense of the Valley of the Fallen,” which requests over two years in prison accusing him of having “desecrated” a tomb.

    Tenreiro argued, however, he used washable paint to execute an artistic creation in favor of the “reconciliation and freedom” of the Spanish. Before and after his statement in the trial on Friday, the sculptor has assured he is willing to go to jail. Judges postponed the issuance of a sentence.

    Besides trying to “shake consciences”, he wanted to denounce the presence of the dictator’s mausoleum in the Valley of the Fallen, a 30,000-square- meter monument that was built under Franco’s orders to honor those who died in his “crusade” against socialist, anarchist, and communist fighters.

    “The thousands of workers who built the Valley of the Fallen with their hands were a mixture of free hired laborers and political prisoners who were forced to work there,” outlet La Vanguardia recalled, adding that its construction lasted 19 years.

    In this mausoleum, which has become a symbol of the Spanish far-right, Franco remained from his death in November 1975 until his exhumation in October 2019. In the area covered by this “historical” monument there are several mass graves into which thousands of people who opposed his rule during civil war (1936-1939) were thrown.

  • Opus Dei Ignores Complaint of 43 Women Held in Slavery | News | teleSUR English

    Ah, Opus Dei ! « Women in slavery » ... Pourquoi ca me fait penser à « La Belle Captive » d’Alain Robbe-Grillet que j’ai vu au festival du cinéma de Berlin à sa sortie ? Comme c’était nul, de l’érotisme de vieux schnock à l’époque des Annie Sprinkle, Catherine Breillat et Lydia Lunch, reflet de l’histoire des hommes qui éprouvent le besoin de dominer les femmes. Il n’y a rien de nouveau dans le fait que les religieux (et Alain Robbe-Grillet) exploitent le monde et les femmes en particulier. Là par contre il y a les opprimées qui lèvent la voix. C’est bien.

    8 October 2021 - This complaint was submitted to the Abuse Section of the Congregation for the Faith Doctrine of the Vatican Tribunal.

    Between 1974 and 2015, the Opus Dei held 43 women working without pay and in conditions similar to slavery in Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia.

    This Catholic lay and clerical organization recruited the women as teenagers by promising to provide them with an education. Subsequently, however, they worked without pay as janitors, chefs, and maids in the service of the Opus Dei members and their guests.

    In a letter sent to Pope Francis earlier this year, the exploited women emphasized they were deceived because they did not expect to become servants of the elite “in the name of God.” They also requested that the Catholic authorities apologize, compensate them for the damages, and stop these types of labor practices.

    Among those involved in this violation of labor rights are ex-Regional Vicar Victor Urrestarazu, the Opus Dai highest authority Monsignor Fernando Ocariz, and Auxiliary Vicar of Rome Mariano Fazio Fernandez.

    The women’s complaint was submitted to the Abuse Section of the Congregation for the Faith Doctrine of the Vatican Tribunal. On Sept. 29, Ocariz signed a decree to carry out a change in the Opus Dei’s South American structures.

    In order to “improve the promotion and coordination of apostolic work,” he created the La Plata Region Vicar, which comprises Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina.

    This and other purely administrative changes, however, have not solved the underlying problem. So far, the Opus Dei has not done justice to 43 Latin American women it affected.


    #religion #érotisme

  • Saint Lucia Labour Party Seals Big Election Win | News | teleSUR English


    The Saint Lucia Labour Party will form the country’s next government with a supermajority after a landslide general election victory.

    On Monday, with 49.89 percent of the popular vote, Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) took 13 of the 17 seats available in Saint Lucia’s parliament, winning by its largest margin of victory since 1997, and SLP leader Philip Pierre is set to be named Prime Minister after a single term in opposition.

    The Labour Party made substantial gains at the polls, retaining the six seats it had held since 2016 and adding seven more, covering the country’s electoral map in the party’s traditional red. The incumbent United Workers Party (UWP) led by outgoing prime minister Allen Chastanet only managed to retain two seats in the House of Assembly.

    SLP leader Pierre took to social media to thank Saint Lucia as the result became apparent, saying his administration’s first priorities will be health and youth economy.

    The incoming prime minister has represented Castries East since 1997, and previously served as a government minister the last time the Labour Party was in office. He was elected to the role of SLP leader after the party’s defeat in the 2016 general election and has been the leader of the opposition since then.

    SLP wins 2021 St Lucia General Elections - defeating Allen Chastanet’s UWP in its largest margin of victory since 1997; Philip J Pierre becomes Prime Minister-Elect

    SLP: 13 seats (+7)
    UWP: 2 seats (-9)
    IND: 2 seats (+2) pic.twitter.com/aF3RJ7MO92

    The incumbent UWP lost two seats it has traditionally won in the country’s capital to former party members running as independent candidates, Castries North – won by former Prime Minister Stephenson King, and Castries Central – won by Richard Frederick, who served as a government minister under King. The SLP did not contest these seats.

    The result illustrates a remarkable downturn in the UWP’s fortunes, with Chastanet’s party having won 11 of the 17 seats in Saint Lucia’s parliament in the last general election. However the departing prime minister did retain his seat in Micoud South.

    Monday’s elections were observed by a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) team led by Fern Narcis-Scope of Trinidad and Tobago. Commonwealth and Organization of American States (OAS) observers were also present.

    Saint Lucia is the only country named after a woman and was controlled by both the French and British before gaining independence in 1979.

  • Supreme Court Orders Capture of Ecuador’s Ex-President Correa | News | teleSUR English

    Ecuador’s National Court of Justice (CNJ) Wednesday ordered the capture of former President Rafael Correa, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his alleged participation in a bribery case.

    This arrest warrant also affects former Vice President Jorge Glas and other former senior officials such as Alexis Mera, Maria de Los Angeles Duarte, and Viviana Bonilla.

    After ratifying that the legal process is completed, Judge Ivan Leon ordered that the arrest warrant be sent to the National Electoral Council (CNE) because the leftist leader cannot take part in electoral processes for a time equal to the time established in the sentence.

    On Wednesday, President Lenin Moreno’s administration ordered the withdrawal of the life pension that Correa was receiving in his capacity as former president of the Republic.

    Additionally, the CNJ ordered Correa and his former collaborators to carry out “symbolic reparation measures” at the Independence Square in Quito.

    At the Presidential palace, they must place a plaque with the following text in Spanish and Quichua: “Public resources must always be honestly administered. Public service is nothing other than a service to the community and is subject to ethical principles.”

    On Sept. 7, a CNJ court rejected the legal recourse presented by the Correa’s lawyers. That rejection implied the ratification of his sentence to eight years in prison.

  • Guatemala : Discrimination Against Domestic Workers Rises
    Tele Sur, le 20 avril 2020

    Since the coronavirus outbreak, many of them adopted “doors inside” work modality, staying at the patron housing to comply with their working time and the curfew. Employers impose this working mode, most of the cases. "Many are paid less than the minimum wage because employers argue that they provide them with shelter and food”, Contreras affirmed.

    #Guatemala #coronavirus #travail #employées_domestiques #sexisme #racisme #classisme

    Voir compile des effets délétères indirects de la pandémie :

  • India Renders 2M Stateless, Far-Right BJP Slammed by Hindu Nationalists for Excluding Hindus | News | teleSUR English

    India excluded 1.9 million from citizenship dividing families who have submitted the same documents to prove they are living in India before Bangladesh’s independence in 1971.

    Nearly 2 million people have been left off a list of citizens released Saturday in India’s northeastern state of Assam, after a mammoth years-long exercise to remove so-called illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.

    Officials checked documents submitted by roughly 33 million people for a draft released last year of a National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, which left out more than 4 million residents of the state, many of them Hindu.

    But 31.1 million people now make up the final list, with 1.9 million excluded, said Prateek Hajela, the coordinator of the state’s register.

    “Any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of the claims and objections can file an appeal before the foreigners’ tribunals,” Hajela said in a statement, adding that everyone had received an adequate hearing.

    Critics accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party of stoking sentiment against illegal immigrants and misusing the register to target even legal Muslim citizens.

    His close aide, Home Minister Amit Shah, has previously vowed to weed out illegal immigrants, calling them “termites”.

    He also said previously that Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists do not have to worry about NRC. However, after a large number of Hindus were excluded from the list the ruling party members have been criticizing the NRC.

    Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which also rules the state, has had to change tack in recent months.

    “Names of many Indian citizens who migrated from Bangladesh as refugees before 1971 have not been included in the NRC,” Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a Twitter post, adding that some illegal migrants had been wrongfully added.

    Another BJP lawmaker, Shiladitya Deb, said he did not expect the list to be fair. “It will not have the names of many Bengali Hindus,” he said.

    Those excluded have 120 days to prove their citizenship at hundreds of regional quasi-judicial bodies known as foreigners’ tribunals. If ruled to be illegal immigrants there, they can appeal to higher courts.

    This decision came after the government decided to update the NRC which was formed after the 1951 Census. The current administration under Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to update the list in 2015 and people had to prove their lineage that they came to India before March 24, 1971, the day Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan.

    During Bangladesh’s freedom struggle, many Bengali Muslims and Hindus alike migrated to India.

    People who could not prove their existence in India before that have been excluded even though they have Indian passports or served in the army.

    For example, Mohammad Sanaullah who served in the Indian army for 30 years found himself excluded from the list.

    Many families found that half of them made to the list. Mijanur Rahman, a 47-year-old farmer, his son, and two daughters were named as citizens while his wife and other three daughters were excluded.

    “Everyone in my family is on the list but not me,” said Munwara Khatun, accompanied by two grandchildren and her husband, Sahar Ali, at a registration center in Assam’s central district of Nagaon. “How can that be?”

    Her 65-year-old spouse, a farmer, said the draft list had also omitted her, prompting them to provide authorities with documents ranging from land records to her voter identification and the Aadhaar identification number of Indian residents.

    Some of the two dozen people at the center said officials had asked them to go to court to get included on the register.

    “They are saying go to court,” said car mechanic Ritesh Sutradhar, 45, who had been left out, along with his wife. “But who will pay for all that?”

    Two sisters Shefali Baidya and Mukul Bose submitted the same document belonging to her father. But Mukul was excluded from the list while Shefali was included.

    State officials say they do not know the eventual fate of those finally adjudged foreigners. Bangladesh has not committed to accepting them.

    More than 1,000 people are being held in Assam’s six detention centers for illegal immigrants and the state wants to set up more centers.

    Human rights activists have criticized conditions at the centers, and lawyers and activists point to problems with the functioning of the foreigners’ tribunals.​​​​​​​

    #Inde #Bangla_Desh #nationalisme #fascisme_hindou

  • Amazon Helps ICE Deport Migrants Using AI Technology: Report | News | teleSUR English

    Published 17 July 2019

    Amazon is helping ICE carry out raids by pitching its Rekognition facial identification technology for "deportations without due process.”

    Amazon is enabling the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain and deport migrants from the United States according to a report by Al-Jazeera published Wednesday.

    According to the activist group Mijente which demands the multinational company “stop powering ICE,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has contracts with Amazon.

    The DHS uses the Palantir software that helps them track would-be-deportees. Amazon Web Services host the database and Palantir provides computer program to organize the data.

    Palantir, a data analytics firm can be described as a mix between Google and the CIA. It provides algorithms for government agencies for counterterrorism or immigration enforcement and receives taxpayers money.

    Activists have pointed out that the firm sells “mission-critical” tools used by ICE to plan raids. The contract between the two is worth US$51 million.

    “Amazon and Palantir have secured a role as the backbone for the federal government’s immigration and law enforcement dragnet, allowing them to pursue multibillion-dollar government contracts in various agencies at every single level of law enforcement,” says a petition on Mijente’s website.

    This week, while ICE agents were rounding up immigrants, Mijente delivered 270,000 petitions to the New York residence of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding he cut ties with the immigration authorities.

    The immigration authorities launched small-scale operations seeking to arrest undocumented immigrants over the weekend in an apparent start to President Donald Trump’s vow to launch mass deportation round-ups across the country.

    The operation, which Trump revealed on Twitter last month, was expected to target hundreds of recently-arrived families in about 10 cities whose deportation had been ordered by an immigration judge.

    The removal operations are meant to deter a surge in Central American families fleeing poverty and gang violence in their home countries, with many seeking asylum in the United States.

    On Monday, Trump said the raids were “very successful” even though immigration activists and lawyers said that only a few arrests took place. Nonetheless, the crackdown is not over. ICE informed that more arrests will be made later this week.

    Jennifer Lee of the American Civil Liberties Union said during a rally in front the company’s headquarters in Seattle that Amazon is helping the authorities carry out the raids by pitching its Rekognition facial identification technology which could result in "deportations without due process.”

    Last week, activists interrupted the Amazon Web Services Summit in New York by playing recordings of migrant families being split up while the Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels was giving a keynote speech. Activists have also called for boycotting Amazon’s products like Prime Video, Whole Foods, Kindle, etc.

    “Companies and government organizations need to use existing and new technology responsibly and lawfully. There is clearly a need for more clarity from governments on what is acceptable use of AI and ramifications for its misuse, and we’ve provided a proposed legislative framework for this,” said an Amazon spokesperson in a statement responding to the accusations.

    “We remain eager for the government to provide this additional clarity and legislation,” continued the statement, "and will continue to offer our ideas and specific suggestions.”

    #migration #réfugiés #cloud #surveillance #intelligence_artificielle

  • Egypt’s Former President Morsi Dies in Court : State TV | News | teleSUR English

    Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi died after fainting during a court hearing.

    Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died in court, state television reported Monday.

    It said Morsi had fainted after a court session and died afterward. He was pronounced dead at 4:50 pm local time according to the country’s public prosecutor.

    “He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,” a judicial source said.

    “In front of Allah, my father and we shall unite,” wrote Ahmed, Morsi’s son on Facebook.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan paid tribute to Morsi saying, "May Allah rest our Morsi brother, our martyr’s soul in peace.”

    According to medical reports, there were no apparent injuries on his body.

    Morsi, who was democratically elected after the popular ouster of Hosni Mubarak, was toppled by the military led by coup leader and current President Abdul-Fattah el-Sissi in 2013 after protests against his rule.

    “We received with great sorrow the news of the sudden death of former president Dr. Mohamed Morsi. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and Egyptian people. We belong to God and to him we shall return,” Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani wrote on Twitter.

    The United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric offered condolences to his supporters and relatives.

    State television said Morsi, who was 67, was in court for a hearing on charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip that is under blockade by the current Egyptian government and Israel.

    He was facing at least six trials for politically motivated charges according to his supporters. The former president was also serving a 20-years prison sentence for allegedly killing protesters in 2012.

    Morsi was suffering from various health issues including diabetes and liver and kidney disease. During his imprisonment, he suffered from medical neglect worsened by poor prison conditions.

    Mohammed Sudan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said that Morsi’s death was "premeditated murder” by not allowing him adequate health care.

    "He has been placed behind [a] glass cage [during trials]. No one can hear him or know what is happening to him. He hasn’t received any visits for months or nearly a year. He complained before that he doesn’t get his medicine. This is premeditated murder. This is a slow death,” Sudan said.

    Morsi was allowed 3 short visits in 6 years. One in November 2013 after being forcibly disappeared for 4 months, and another in June 2017 when only his wife and daughter were allowed, and the third in September 2018 with security official recording the whole conversation.
    — Abdelrahman Ayyash (@3yyash) June 17, 2019

    #Égypte #islamisme #prison

  • Last Suspect Freed in Kim Jong-un’s Brother’s Murder Case | News | teleSUR English

    There are no other suspects held in custody now that Huong has been released, and it is expected that the case will not reach a conviction.

    Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s brother, Kim Jong Nam, has been released from a Malaysian prison after being held for over two years.

    Huong was accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam using the highly toxic VH nerve agent. After being released, Huong was taken into immigration custody until her scheduled flight to Hanoi. The formerly jailed woman stated that she wishes to pursue a career in acting and singing once she returns home.

    There are no other suspects held in custody now that Huong has been released, and it is expected that the case will not reach a conviction, considering Malaysia and Vietnam are attempting to normalize tense bilateral ties.

    Critics believe that the release of Huong will prevent Malaysia from raising further questions.

    On April 1, Vietnam successfully convinced Malaysian prosecutors to drop the murder charge against Huong. Vietnam increase lobbying efforts after the Indonesian government successfully negotiated with Vietnam to release the other suspect, Siti Aisyah, involved in the case.

    Aisyah was released and returned to Indonesia on March 11.

    Both governments used either good or improving intergovernmental relations to convince Malaysia to release the accused women, who maintain that they were tricked by North Korean agents into thinking their act was a harmless prank for a hidden camera TV show.

    The remaining suspects, four Korean nationals who boarded flights out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, were also allowed to leave Malaysia in order to maintain relations with North Korea.

    “The best the two suspects could have pleaded guilty for is involuntary manslaughter. Instead, they both walk off free,” Sung-Yoon Lee, the assistant professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, stated and added that someone should have been held culpable for the death of Kim Jong Nam.

    #Corée #Vietnam #Malaisie #assassinat #espionnage

  • Thousands of Mexican Women March Against Femicide, Kidnapping | News | teleSUR English

    Published 3 February 2019 Mexican women took to the streets to protest against femicides which have already claimed 133 lives within the first month of 2019.

    Thousands of Mexican women marched Saturday against femicides and attempted kidnappings. The protestors demanded President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) take appropriate measures for safeguarding women’s lives.

    The demonstration ended at Zocalo Square in the center of Federal District of Mexico City (DF), the capital of the country. On the way to the main square, women also held a minute of silence for those who have been killed or reported missing.

    Luchadoras, a feminist organization, wrote on Twitter, “We almost reached the zocalo! In January alone, 133 women have been killed. Today we march for our lives. If you see an attempted kidnapping, SPEAK UP! DON’T JUST TURN AWAY! #Thenightisours #Thestreetisoursandthenightalso #Thestreetisours.”

    The demonstrations asked the president to be vocal about femicides in Mexico.

    Recently a number of reports of attempted kidnapping of women in DF’s subway, the Metro, have been making rounds. These women are targeted by men outside or inside of stations who then try to get them into vehicles.

    Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City, said that measures to combat the attackers and kidnappings are ongoing.

    She is also meeting with the head of the Attorney General’s Office and the Metro to address the situation.

    According to the United Nations, nine women are victims of femicide in Mexico every day, and six out of ten women face attacks and harrassment, mainly on public transport.

    According to the data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Safety System, in December 2018, 74 femicides were registered in Mexico and 2018 saw the femicide of 861 women.

    Miss Uruguay Beauty Queen Found Dead in Mexico City Hotel | News | teleSUR English

    Published 3 May 2019 Police are investigating all avenues of inquiry from suicide to murder.

    Fatimih Davila Sosa, the former Miss Uruguay 2006, was found dead in a Mexico City hotel, police confirmed Friday to local news outlets as investigations ensue.

    The 31-year-old was found dead Thursday morning, hanging from a bathroom shower faucet, the local prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

    Davila moved to Mexico City on April 23, in pursuit of a job with a modeling agency in the country, El Universal reported.

    In a conversation between Davila and an operation associate, the beauty queen asked how she could “make myself more well-known” since “nobody cares about the Miss Uruguay title,” said investigators, who wiretapped and recorded the exchange.

    “An acquaintance helped her settle in the aforementioned hotel, since she would have a job interview,” said the Mexico City Attorney’s Office.

    #Mexico #fémicide

  • Indonesia: Polish Tourist Sentenced to 5 Years for Treason | News | teleSUR English

    Published 3 May 2019 Authorities accused Skrzypski of collaborating with members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), a separatist organization which advocates for a non-violent approach to gain independence.

    Polish tourist Jakub Skrzypski maintains his innocence as the first foreigner in Indonesia to be found guilty of treason and receive a sentence of five years in prison.

    Skrzypski was arrested in Papua, which is located on the far east of Indonesia, in August of last year. The 39-year-old plans to appeal the sentence, saying he was a victim of a politically motivated “show trial. I didn’t have the opportunity to speak in my defense or to present any favorable evidence. I reject the trial as well as the verdict,” he told reporters.

    Authorities accused Skrzypski of collaborating with members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), a separatist organization which advocates for a non-violent approach to gain independence. According to his lawyer, Latifah Anum Siregar, “he was a tourist and he was just visiting friends that he met over the internet and other people who he had been recommended to meet who turned out to be activists.”

    Along with Skrzypski, student Simon Magal, the nephew of a prominent West Papua activist Yosepha Alomang was also held. Magal had been jailed previously for a campaign against the Freeport McMoran goldmine in the province.

    While the organization is not outlawed in the country, public demonstrations in support of the movement are. It is also illegal to fly the Papua independence flag.

    Siregar pointed out at the trial that the grounds for accusing her client of treason are unfounded because the KNPB was not registered or classified as banned. The KNBP is one of four separatist campaigns in the region.

    Indonesian authorities also claim that Skrzypski attempted to arrange an arms deal for the group, but this accusation was not mentioned at the trial. According to Papua police spokesperson Suryadi Diaz, “he (Skrzypski) has been involved in buying ammunition for them.”

    Skrzypski denies all accusations, saying that he does not “even know [the conflict in Papua] very well” and reiterated that the “trip wasn’t a clandestine one. I was visiting friends.”

    The Indonesian military and police are documented as being suspicious of foreigners who communicate with Papuans. “The Skrzypski-Magal case is another example that the Indonesian government keeps blocking media access and deters independent reporting about Papua,” Indonesia’s representative for Human Rights Watch, Andreas Harsono, stated.

    Despite the country promising to allow access to the media, the territory has remained restricted to international journalists.

    #Indonésie #Pologne #tourisme #espionnage #trahison

  • Spain’s Far-right Vox Received Almost $1M from ’Marxist-Islamist’ Iranian Exiles: Report | News | teleSUR English

    It is unlikely that Vox’s hyper-nationalist voters know that their party scored a significant presence in Spain’s parliament mostly thanks to Zionists, Islamists and foreigners.

    With the April 28 general elections in Spain over, the far-right party Vox gained about 10 percent of parliamentary seats, marking the far-right’s rising comeback into politics four decades after Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. While a less alarmist reading would say that the far-right was always there, hidden in the conservative People’s Party (PP), the fact that they are out in the open strengthens Europe’s wave of far-right xenophobic and anti-European advance.

    The party appealed to voters in one of Spain’s most contested elections since its return to democracy, mostly basing its arguments against leftists politics, social liberals, migrants, charged mainly with an Islamophobic narrative. Emphasizing the return of a long lost Spain and pushing to fight what they refer to as an “Islamist invasion,” which is the “enemy of Europe.” One could summarize it as an Iberian version of “Make Spain Great Again.”

    Yet while this definitely appealed to almost two million voters, many are unaware of where their party’s initial funding came from. Back in January 2019, an investigation made by the newspaper El Pais revealed, through leaked documents, that almost one million euros - approximately 80 percent of its 2014 campaign funding - donated to Vox between its founding in December 2013 and the European Parliament elections in May 2014 came via the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a self-declared “Marxist” organization and an Islamist group made up of Iranian exiles.

    However, this is where things get complicated. The NCRI is based in France and was founded in 1981 by Massoud Rajavi and Abolhassan Banisadr, nowadays its president-elect is Maryam Rajavi (Massoud’s wife). The Rajavis are also the leaders of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK). A reason for many to believe that the NCRI is just a front for the MEK, which over the past few decades has managed to create a complicated web of anti-Iranian, pro-Israel and right-wing government support from all over the world.

    To understand MEK, it’s necessary to review the 1953 U.S. and British-backed coup which ousted democratically elected prime minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh and instituted a monarchical dictatorship led by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

    The oppression carried out by the Pahlavi royal family led to the creation of many radical groups, one which was MEK, whose ideology combined Marxism and Islamism. Its original anti-west, especially anti-U.S. sentiment pushed for the killing of six U.S citizens in Iran in the 1970s. While in 1979, they enthusiastically cheered the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. After the Iranian Revolution, its young leaders, including Rajavi, pushed for endorsement from the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, but were denied.

    So Rajavi, allied with the winner of the country’s first presidential election, Abolhassan Banisadr, who was not an ally of Khomeini, either. Soon Banisadr and MEK became some of Khomeini’s main opposition figures and had fled to Iraq and later to France.

    In the neighboring country, MEK allied with Sadam Hussein to rage war against Iran. In a RAND report, allegations of the group’s complicity with Saddam are corroborated by press reports that quote Maryam Rajavi encouraging MEK members to “take the Kurds under your tanks, and save your bullets for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards."

    The organization was deemed a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union for the better part of the 1990s, but things changed after the U.S. invasion to Iraq in 2003. This is when the U.S. neoconservative strategist leading the Department of State and the intelligence agencies saw MEK as an asset rather than a liability. Put simply in words they applied the dictum of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

    The U.S.’s dismissal of past crimes reinvigorated MEK’s intense lobbying campaign to have itself removed from terrorist lists in the U.S. and the European Union. MEK, which by the beginning of the 21 century had morphed into a cult-like group according to many testimonies from dissidents, moved from Camp Ashraf to the U.S-created Camp Liberty outside of Baghdad. And that’s when things rapidly changed.

    According to the Guardian, between 2007 and 2012, a number of Iranian nuclear scientists were attacked. In 2012, NBC News, citing two unnamed U.S. officials, reported that the attacks were planned by Israel’s Mossad and executed by MEK operatives inside Iran. By 2009 and 2012, the EU and the U.S. respectively took it out of its terrorist organizations list.

    Soon after it gained support from U.S. politicians like Rudy Giuliani and current National Security Advisor John Bolton, who now call MEK a legitimate opposition to the current Iranian government. As the U.S. neocon forefathers did before, MEK shed its “Marxism.” After the U.S.’s official withdrawal from Iraq, they built MEK a safe have in Albania, near Tirana, where the trail of money can be followed once again.

    Hassan Heyrani, a former member of MEK’s political department who defected in 2018, and handled parts of the organization’s finances in Iraq, when asked by Foreign Policy where he thought the money for MEK came from, he answered: “Saudi Arabia. Without a doubt.” For another former MEK member, Saadalah Saafi, the organization’s money definitely comes from wealthy Arab states that oppose Iran’s government.

    “Mojahedin [MEK] are the tool, not the funders. They aren’t that big. They facilitate,” Massoud Khodabandeh, who once served in the MEK’s security department told Foreign Policy. “You look at it and say, ‘Oh, Mojahedin are funding [Vox].’ No, they are not. The ones that are funding that party are funding Mojahedin as well.”

    Meanwhile, Danny Yatom, the former head of the Mossad, told the Jersulamen Post that Israel can implement some of its anti-Iran plans through MEK if a war were to break out. Saudi Arabia’s state-run television channels have given friendly coverage to the MEK, and Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief, even appeared in July 2016 at a MEK rally in Paris.

    With Israel and Saudi Arabia backing MEK, the question of why a far-right movement would take money from an Islamist organization clears up a bit. Israel’s support of European far-right parties has been public. In 2010, a sizeable delegation arrived in Tel Aviv, consisting of some 30 leaders of the European Alliance for Freedom, gathering leaders such as Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, Philip Dewinter from Belgium and Jorg Haider’s successor, Heinz-Christian Strache, from Austria.

    Yet for the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia, MEK represents an anti-Iranian voice that they so desperately need, and that on the surface didn’t come from them directly. It is unlikely that Vox’s hyper-nationalist voters know that their party scored a significant presence in Spain’s parliament mostly thanks to Zionists, Islamists and foreigners.

    #Espagne #extrême_droite #Israël #Iran #Arabie_Saoudite #OMPI #Albanie

  • Venezuela’s Electric Grid Was Attacked From Abroad: Russia | News | teleSUR English

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday her country considers that Venezuela’s blackout was due to a cyber attack from abroad, the same version provided by the Venezuelan government for the massive loss of electric services across most of the country for five days.

    “According to the country’s legitimate government headed by President Nicolas Maduro, as well as to information from other credible sources, Venezuela’s power grid was attacked from abroad,” Zakharova said and pointed out that “it was an attempt to remotely influence control systems at major electrical substations where Canadian-made equipment is installed.”

    #imperialisme #venezuela

  • The symbol of the yellow vest, worn by demonstrators in France, has been spotted in protests across Europe and as far away as Iraq.

    As the fourth wave of “Yellow Vest” demonstrations erupts across France to protest high living costs and President Emmanuel Macron’s anti-working class policies, the movement’s influence is spreading across Europe and even the Middle East.