Protesters hold up cardboard tombstones and coffins at Álvaro Uribe as he gives a speech. And that’s not all that he got…read on:
Colombian ex-president and senate candidate Álvaro Uribe Vélez was received with flying tomatoes in the central square of Soacha, Cundinamarca, by a large group of residents who shouted “murderer” and held him responsible for the “false positives” which left hundreds missing during his rule.
Young members of the Party of the Tomato, who have distinguished themselves by throwing tomatoes at logos and public institutions, awaited the arrival of the ex-leader.
While he was speaking on stage, a group of persons in the first row, held back by police, shouted at Uribe, holding up cardboard replicas of coffins.
Along with the tomatoes, the crowd shouted obscenities at Uribe, while members of his security team protected him with shields, along with a squadron of riot police. The demonstrators were later surrounded by police.
The town of Soacha was epicentre of a terrible tragedy, given that many innocent young people were kidnapped there and taken to other regions of the land, to be murdered and dressed in camouflage uniforms to make them look like guerrillas fallen in combat.
This co-ordinated criminal act was called a “false positive”, and occurred during the presidency of the now-aspiring senate candidate.
It is the second time the ex-president was rebuffed by a community in the last three days, thus facing some very awkward moments in his congressional campaign.
Last Saturday, in Tunja, Boyacá, a group of peasants tried to confront the ex-president, blaming him for high gasoline prices and the implementation of various free-trade agreements during his reign.
I’m astonished by El Narco’s chutzpah, appearing in towns where his paramilitary goons kidnapped and later killed young locals to make it look like he was fighting a good fight against the evil, wicked FARC and ELN guerrillas. I guess evil really does know no shame.
But hey: He at least got some unmistakable evidence that he’s not wanted there. May all the rotten produce hit its mark!
Canadian author Alice Munro has won the prestigious Nobel Prize for literature.
The Swedish Academy announced the decision Thursday, calling the 82-year-old author from Wingham, Ont., a “master of the contemporary short story.”
She is the first Canadian-based writer, and the 13th woman to receive the award.
Speaking to CTV’s Canada AM, Munro’s publisher Doug Gibson read a statement on her behalf.
“I am amazed and very grateful. I am a particularly glad that winning this award will please so many Canadians. I’m happy that this will bring more attention to Canadian writing,” Munro said in the statement.
Gibson said the decorated author, who won the Man Booker International Prize in 2009, is adored by fans worldwide for her short stories about “ordinary Canadian people.”
“Here we have a world prize being won by someone who writes about housewives in Vancouver, booksellers in Victoria, bean farmers in Huron County and accountants and teachers and librarians –ordinary Canadian people, and she turns it into magic,” he said.
Gibson said that when he first started working with Munro in 1976, she was under “terrible pressure” to “get serious” and write a novel.
“I said ‘Alice, they’re all wrong. You’re a short story writer… you’re a sprinter, not a marathon runner, so keep writing short stories,’” he said, adding that he offered to continue publishing any of her short story collections.
“That was 1976 and it’s worked out not too badly.”
BTW, Alice Munro is also a mighty fine novelist, when she gets the urge to be. Her Lives of Girls and Women is a gem, and wholeheartedly recommended reading around here. A worthier Canadian candidate I could not think of, in any case, and I am over the moon for her.
An Arizona family fed up with abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the “state-controlled church” will fly back home Sunday after being lost at sea for months.
Hannah Gastonguay told the Associated Press she and her husband “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us.” The family, which included two small children, abandoned the United States and set sail for the island nation of Kiribati in May. They ended up lost in the Pacific Ocean for 91 days.
During the voyage, their boat was damaged by “squall after, squall, after squall.” The damage forced them to head towards the nearer Marquesas Islands, but they made little progress.
Luckily, human mercy saved the day for these lost and benighted souls, who are gullible enough to think (with no evidence whatsoever to support it) that the US government is interfering with religion (actually, it’s quite the other way around, and has been for quite some time). If it had been up to God, they’d have been drowned in true Darwin Award style for their stupidity. As it is, the “God-hating” US government paid to get their sorry God-bothering asses back on home soil. But have they learned their lesson? Oh nooooo:
Hannah Gastonguay said the family will now “go back to Arizona” and “come up with a new plan.”
Please plan to stay put…and while you’re at it, plan to stop reproducing. Isn’t it bad enough that you nearly killed your own innocent kids for the sake of a religious delusion?
Sun News Network has been denied a guaranteed spot on basic cable TV packages in a CRTC ruling released today.
The Quebecor-owned network did not successfully demonstrate to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that it met the criteria for a mandatory distribution order, the CRTC said.
Kory Teneycke, the vice-president of Sun News Network, told CBC News prior to the ruling “what is important is the outcome, not the mechanism the CRTC uses.”
“Sun News is looking for a path to parity with incumbents and foreign news services in the market today.”
“A path to parity”? Oh Kory, stop whining. Admit that there’s already enough — MORE than enough — right-wing bullshit out there masquerading as news.
And let the free market decide, since you’re always professing your undying love for it.
The History Channel (better known as the Hitler Channel) is infamous up here for its sensationalistic crap, which increasingly has less and less to do with actual history, and more and more to do with weird dudes claiming they were rectally probed by aliens. And now, Colombians are also waking up to the farce, and responding appropriately:
The Tomato Party is no stranger to the debate between Uribistas and anti-Uribistas on social media since the choice of ex-president Alvaro Uribe Vélez as the “Greatest Colombian” on TV’s History Channel.
On its Twitter account, the party invited its supporters to throw a tomato at a placard showing the ex-leader’s face on a target labelled “The Greatest Colombian”.
“The ‘tomatina’ has begun. These are not the heroes we want in Colombia. The artists, writers and teachers are that,” read one tweet.
Another tweet read: “Awards ceremony for the #GreatestColombian. Have your rotten tomatoes ready.”
A few hours ago, the Tomato Party arrived in front of the National University, expressing their rejection of the recognition awarded to the ex-president, who was the target of a new tomato-toss by this group of citizens, which has been holding such events for the past two months in several cities around the country against controversial personages.
At the same time, the group is satirically pushing the “Anti-Colombian of the Century” prize on social media, and the first nominee is the same ex-president, Uribe.
During the event, passers-by took the time to throw tomatoes at the banner with the picture of Uribe on it.
Alvaro Uribe is, of course, NOT the greatest Colombian by a long shot. As the Tomato Partisans point out, it’s the intellectuals who deserve that honor. If they must nominate someone for that, how about Gabriel García Márquez? Or if it must be a politician, how about Jorge Eliécer Gaitán?
Venezuela has detained an American citizen it says was financing opposition student demonstrations after this month’s disputed presidential election, the latest in a flurry of accusations over last week’s post-vote violence.
Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said Timothy Hallet Tracy had been seeking to destabilize the country on behalf of an unnamed U.S. intelligence agency after President Nicolas Maduro’s narrow presidential victory.
“We detected the presence of an American who began developing close relations with these (students),” said Rodriguez in a press conference. “His actions clearly show training as an intelligence agent, there can be no doubt about it. He knows how to work in clandestine operations.”
Rodriguez said Tracy, 35, from Michigan, had received financing from a foreign non-profit organization and had redirected those funds toward student organizations. The ultimate aim was to provoke “civil war,” he said.
A U.S. embassy official had no immediate comment.
The government has given scant evidence for a flurry of headline-grabbing accusations ranging from an assassination plot against Maduro to alleged sabotage of the electricity grid.
The minister for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, Miguel Rodríguez Torres, informed on Thursday of the capture of a US citizen, Timothy Hallett Tracy, linked to a conspiracy of the far-right against Venezuelan democracy.
The actions of Timothy Hallett Tracy are related to groups of the far right who are attempting to destabilize the country with attacks in the street following the presidential elections of April 14.
The minister stated that the objective of the plan is to generate chaos throughout the country with the creation of a violent post-election scenario in order to make it ungovernable.
“it is important to inform the people over situations which are occurring; we will show the motivations and connections they have in order to develop a series of events which we have been living through ever since the night after the elections of April 14,” said Rodríguez Torres, in a press conference.
The minister stated that as of October, November and December of 2012, the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) had been conducting investigations into an operation called “April Connection”.
“All the indicators we have been gathering indicated that we would arrive at election day with complete normality, but following the release of the results by the National Electoral Council (CNE), there was to be a non-recognition on the part of the right-wing candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski,” Rodríguez Torres explained.
He added that during the investigations they managed to detect a person of US origin, who had formed close relations with right-wing youth who were members of the so-called “Operation Sovereignty”.
“When we detected this relationship, we began to conduct surveillance and stakeouts, and we saw how this man was able to infiltrate revolutionary groups to gain their protection, but had intimate relations with the extreme right wing,” Rodríguez Torres said. He commented that it is presumed that this US citizen belonged to an intelligence organization, and had received financing from various foreign NGOs.
Rodríguez Torres explained that the objective of Operation April Connection was to generate mobilizations following the release of the results of the presidential vote, and to conduct a civil war.
“Their objective was that, to lead us into a civil war, and we have the documents proving that they exchanged [information] amongst themselves by way of some [computer] chips, which a messenger brought from the Plaza La Castellana to the home of the ‘gringo’,” Rodríguez Torres said.
He informed that, according to this right-wing sector, the idea was to launch a civil war in Venezuela and thus immediately provoke intervention from a foreign power.
“These were their desired ends, and they continue to be. We have more than 500 videos which we seized during a raid. We asked ourselves: Do the ordinary householders who voted for the opposition want a civil war, or do the Venezuelan taxi drivers want that? We are sure that nobody in this land, independent of their position, wants that, except these extremist groups, directed by extremists of the parties of the right who do want civil war,” he added.
During his press conference, the minister showed a video in which it is evident that retired general Antonio Rivero is passing instructions to guarimberos [insurrectionary right-wing demonstrators, presumably "students"] in the upper class district of Altamira, telling them how to create disturbances.
All the proofs seized during the raid, which took place on Wednesday night, were brought to the appropriate authorities.
Rodríguez Torres said that, thanks to the work of intelligence agents, the national government was able to act in time to continue to guarantee peace for the people of Venezuela.
“The President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, has emphasized that in this country, we will always go the way of peace and coexistence. That has to be an effort made by all Venezuelans, independent of their ideological and political posture. We must reject and isolate these fascist factors who live among us, and who are trying to get us Venezuelans to hate and kill one another. We cannot allow that,” he insisted.
You’ll have to wait till the 6:50 mark or thereabouts, but yeah, the proof is there, and yeah, it’s substantial. Video evidence that Tim Tracy has been meeting with the druggy, drinky, dollar-hungry JAVU punks (whose terrorist manifesto I’ve already translated and discussed here.) That’s one of 500 videos shot by the perps themselves, all taken into custody by the SEBIN agents as evidence of their plot. JAVU and Tracy are, in short, thoroughly fucked. As is a certain ex-general who also appears in the video, advising the punks on how to organize:
Ah yes, the peaceful, democratic Venezuelan opposition. So credible. And their gringo spook candy-man. So innocent. Meanwhile, there’s about 500 videos, all shot by themselves, to attest the opposite.
Yeah, that’s “scant” evidence, all right.
Hey, Reuters? Maybe you should learn some Spanish. And maybe learn journalism too, while you’re at it. At the very least, try learning how not to sleep through a fucking press conference. Okay?
Note: This entry has been amended following release of a longer, better version of last night’s Aporrea story.
Well, isn’t this awkward. Looks like the Australian police have busted a phony Peruvian for hacking the tweeter of a rather famous former bus driver:
As is well known, in recent days, the Twitter account of then-candidate and now President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) were hacked on election day, April 14, by info-pirates for a few hours.
The attack was attributed to LulzSec Peru, and this was published on the President Maduro’s Twitter account, as can be seen in the image above.
According to the AFP news agency, a young man, 24 years old, was arrested yesterday in the suburb of Gosford Point Clare.
He is charged with the unauthorized modification of data to cause damage, and unauthorized access to a restricted information system.
The presumed leader of the group LulzSec has assumed responsibility on various occasions for high-level cyberattacks, among them one on the web page of the CIA.
The targets of the Anonymous-offshoot group also include the Japanese corporation Sony, the website of the British anti-organized crime association (SOCA), the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the Arizona state police, and the media group, News International.
LulzSec dissolved in July 2011 and its leaders were arrested in March of this year. Since the FBI declared the group “decapitated”, last April the group apparently reappeared as “LulzSec Reborn”.
No word yet on who the hacker is, but I’m sure the hackee is very relieved to know he’s in custody. You can mess with Sony, you can mess with the Arizona State Police, but you would be well advised not to fuck with Maduro. Not only because he’s one of the world’s good guys, but because he can fold you up and stick you in his shirt pocket.
Spanish crap-media outlet ABC.es has failed again in its efforts to smear Bolivarianism. This time, their Venezuela “correspondent” (read: HACK) has tried to pass off a rather famous picture of an Egyptian woman being abused by soldiers in Cairo as a brawl in Venezuela. And captioned it, very punnily…and of course, got it all wrong. Not surprisingly, the page is now down. Too bad the blush on the crap reporter’s cheeks has yet to fade.
(And really, she’s a fine one to talk about “pure fascism”, coming as she does from a country which, to its great detriment, has an unelected monarch and a fascist prime minister who routinely sends the police and the army out to suppress protests. Projection appears to be a universal trait on the far right and among its lousy “journalists”, no matter where they’re from.)
Just in case you needed one, here you go: The evil old bat was also part of putschist plans against Venezuela. I was alerted to this story by a piece on Aporrea yesterday, which is basically an abbreviated translation of this Guardian piece. Here are the “money” bits about ol’ Maggie and her equally rotten son, “Sir” Mark, who also tried (and failed) to overthrow the president of Equatorial Guinea, another oil-rich nation with a disobedient leader, in 2004:
Details of the meetings between [former SAS officer Simon] Mann and Baroness Thatcher, held in the lead-up to the attempted coup, were originally due to be published in Mann’s memoir, Cry Havoc, which came out in 2011. This section was removed on the advice of the publisher, John Blake. However, an early manuscript of the book has been obtained by the Observer and its full claims can be revealed for the first time.
Thatcher’s mental capacity was already on the wane in 2003 – the year her husband, Denis, died – when the conversations are said to have occurred. Their content will prove embarrassing for her son as he prepares for his mother’s funeral on Wednesday.
Mann had known Thatcher for a number of years by this time: the two were introduced by Sir Mark, who was a neighbour of his in Cape Town. Recording a meeting that took place in the first-floor sitting room of Thatcher’s home in Chester Square, in London’s Belgravia, in autumn 2003, Mann says it became clear that the former Tory leader knew and approved of the plans for the Equatorial Guinea coup, describing them as “jolly good”.
He writes: “Maggie asks me how ‘their’ money is being handled. I reassure her that it is going through an air ambulance joint venture, separate to any other investment. Maggie talks about the Docklands redevelopment in London. How everything had to be razed to the ground first.”
In a later conversation in South Africa, Thatcher is said to have commented: “I do hope you’ll be getting on with this job of yours soon, Simon. We mustn’t let anyone down, must we?”
Thatcher is also said to have asked whether Mann had yet met a group, led by a man called Sanchos, who were seeking to remove Chávez from Venezuela. Mann writes: “No – I hadn’t: but, Mark says, we are seeing him next day, in Eaton Place, just next door.”
He continues with Thatcher’s reply: “‘Good. Well, I hope that goes well too.’ She looked at me with her imperial gaze. ‘We must always look after our friends, Simon … as I’m sure you know.’”
That sounds like her, all right. In fact, it sounds totally in character for the greedy, conniving, frankly evil “Iron Lady” who defended Pinochet, even when she knew full well what he was doing to political dissidents (read: LEFTISTS) in Chile. That “scorched earth” approach is vintage Shock Doctrine crapitalism, and it characterizes literally everything she did. Rip it up, tear it down, build shoddy glittering gimcracks where docklands — or entire sovereign nations — used to be.
And yeah, I can see how that embarrassing passage was removed. Maybe now, that chickenshit publisher will finally locate his spine and gonads and reinstate the incriminating bits. And reissue the book unabridged; it deserves a wider readership. Let the world know what mercenaries, terrorists and imperialists REALLY do. And let the chips fall wherever they may. If that means some Tory (and “New” Labour) heads rolling in the British Houses of Parliament, so much the better.
And maybe Mark Fucking Thatcher will finally get some well-deserved prison time. A “mere investor” indeed! When someone financially backs a coup against not one but two presidents, in the name of oil, he’s not a “mere” anything. He is looking to get his money back with more interest than is conscionable even by the lax rules of modern casino capitalism. He is a putschist, plain and simple. He belongs locked up for the rest of his miserable unnatural life.
And so did his horrid mother, for whom justice will only come in the form of unkind histories now.
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