Mothers of Argentina's Disappeared March to Keep Memory Alive

"Do not give up, do not negotiate, do not be silent, do not forgive, do not forget, and always fight" —the slogan for mobilizing Argentine human rights defenders. 

The Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo gather Thursday for the "March of the Resistance" in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They march for justice for those disappeared during Argentina's dictatorship.

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"Despite our canes and wheelchairs ... we continue and will continue standing up [for our rights] because we are not alone," Taty Almeida, 88, one of the founders of the movement, said according to El Periodico.

The Mother's annual event will be supported by political organizations, workers' unions, and student associations that will mobilize themselves under the slogan "do not give up, do not negotiate, do not be silent, do not forgive, do not forget, and always fight."

Since 1997 the mothers and grandmothers of the victims of state-sponsored terrorism gather in the Plaza de Mayo, a square facing Argentina's presidential palace that has always been an important meeting point for political activism.

Ayer se cumplió 41 años de la desaparicion de Azucena Villaflor de Vincenti Madre de Plaza de Mayo, desapareció el 10 de diciembre de 1977. Fue la fundadora del Movimiento Madres de Plaza…

"41 years have passed since the disappearance of Azucena Villaflor de Vincenti, a mother of Plaza de Mayo who disappeared on Dec. 10, 1977. She was the founder of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Movement."

The "March of the Resistance" is accompanied by cultural activities which aim to remember thousands of Argentines who disappeared amid a "Dirty War" against leftist social and political organizations.

"To have memory, to obtain justice, and to know the ultimate truth ... (Governments) sometimes want to erase our memory. ... We are offended when they distort the number of disappeared", said Estela De Carlotto, one of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

According to the non-governmental organization Madres y Abuelas, 8,754 cases of disappearances have been formally filed and 30,000 cases were not reported during the last Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983).

After 41 years of continuous searching for the disappeared, which even resorted to elaborate studies into DNA, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo discovered the true identities of 128 of the 500 infants snatched from their parents and given to other families.

"We are getting the truth little by little ... Where are the hundreds of victims who were murdered and thrown into the sea or buried?," De Carlotto asked and stressed that "we will not aim to solve everything. [However] we already have relays, we have the disappeared's children, our grandchildren."

 
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US Has No Moral Authority to Judge Cuba on Human Rights

The US Government has no authority to point at Cuba on human rights issues, the island''s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez stressed, reacting to a statement by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on alleged violations.

'Pompeo lies and libels,'underlines Rodriguez in a tweet the Foreign Ministry reproduced in social media.

The Cuban FM demanded from the US Government and its Secretary of State to lift the economic, trade and financial blockade Washington has maintained over almost 60 years.

He also wrote about Washington's poor performance on human rights for its condition as 'global repressor' and for its cruel treatment of migrants, minorities and poor people.

Director General of the US Office of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, also lambasted Pompeo's writing on Cuba.

With usual lack of decency the US Government shows when dealing with human rights, Pompeo issued a letter he said he had sent to Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, but it had not been received at the time he made it public.

He further said the US Government is dishonest when it expresses concern over human rights in Cuba or elsewhere.

'Its historical trajectory, its constant and flagrant abuses against its own population and that of many countries, and its alliance with dictatorial regimes guilty of vicious crimes disqualify the moral authority of US leaders,' emphasized Fernandez de Cossio.

To him, the letter and its public handling are actions of propaganda.

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Mexico: Attack on Migrants, Woman Dead, Child Among 3 Injured

A group of hooded men intercepted a truck with several migrants and then fired on them killing a woman and injuring a child among several others, in Veracruz, Mexico.

On Saturday, an attack by hooded men on a group of Central American undocumented migrants traveling north by truck through Veracruz left one woman dead, and three injured, including a child.

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María Herlinda was killed; Karen Paola Benavides, 31; Rosalia Lopez, 32; Hamilton Soco, 26; and Robin Joel, three, were injured during the attacks.

The migrants were all Guatemalan nationals risking their lives to make it to the United States like the many other Central American migrants whose struggle has made history in recent months.

The hooded people carried “large weapons” and traveled “extra-officially” on a vehicle which read “police,” according to locals who reported on the incident. At the moment, there are no official reports which can confirm the type of weapons used to harm the migrants or the identity of the perpetrators.

The National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH, for its acronym in Spanish) expressed its “staunch condemnation,” for the acts of violence against migrants in Veracruz.

The CNDH highlighted that this is the first homicide registered since the migrant caravans’ transit in Mexico. For this reason, it ordered a full investigation to clarify all details concerning the attack and to “find those responsible so they can be taken to law enforcement entities to receive the corresponding punishment.”

The Commission also indicated that there may be possible human rights violations by local authorities who were tasked to protect migrants, for not “giving the cautionary measures which were reiterated in many occasions by the CNDH from the beginning of the migrant exodus, some of which were directed toward state, public, and municipal servants from Veracruz.”

According to the United Nation, over 3,300 migrants from the Central American Caravans are currently seeking asylum in Mexico. The Mexican government reports that nearly 8,250 migrants have entered the country since Oct. 19.

 
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Venezuela Invites UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Venezuelan Government on Monday repeated its invitation to the United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to visit the country.

On its Twitter account, the Foreign Ministry said that with the visit, the official will be able to confirm 'the broad and historic efforts in favor of guaranteeing and promoting the human rights of Venezuelans.' The new invitation was made by the Venezuelan ambassador at the UN in Geneva, Jorge Valero, during a meeting with Bachelet.

The first invitation to the UN high commissioner to visit Venezuela was made on September 28 by President Nicolas Maduro, during his participation in the 73rd UN General Assembly.

On that occasion, at the end of a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Maduro said that 'the doors to our country are open, the High Commissioner of Human Rights is welcome in Venezuela whenever she wants to visit us.'

The repeated actions for economic destabilization promoted by the United States Government and its allies from the European Union and the region are used by the big media corporations to show the world an image of internal despair and thereby justify a military intervention.

In this regard, Venezuelan authorities have implemented the Recovery, Growth and Economic Prosperity Program since August 20, in addition to prioritizing social investments as the main element, using 70% of the national budget.

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Migrant Caravan: Trump Suggests Possible Use of Lethal Force

The U.S. President has announced the deployment of tens of thousands of troops to the border and warned the Central American migrants to turn around.

The United States President Donald Trump warned Thursday that the troops deployed to the border to stop the Central American Exodus, which he calls an "invasion," will regard stones possibly thrown by migrants as firearms, paving the way for the use of lethal force by U.S. soldiers.

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The first wave of the migrants is moving through Mexico toward the United States. The group has grown to between 4,000 to 7,000 members since leaving Honduras.

Some members of the caravan, whose members refer to as a Central American Exodus, have turned back to their home countries or sought asylum in Mexico. Others are pressing on. Many of those making the journey are families and children.

According to the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF), there are an estimated 2,300 children walking to the U.S. southern border.

"Anybody throwing rocks like they did to Mexico... where they badly hurt police and soldiers. We will consider that a firearm because there is not much difference," Trump warned in a televised address. The U.S. is expected to deploy up to 15,000 armed troops to the border in a posture of brute force.

Trump's warning suggests U.S. troops could fire into the crowd of migrant families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. 

“We have about 5,800. We’ll go up to anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border,” Trump said. "These illegal caravans will not be allowed in the United States and should be turned around now," he said.

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Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to discuss the possible use of force by the military, but said that US soldiers "always have the inherent right to self-defense,” according to Reuters.

Trump added that those seeking asylum will have to arrive at a legal port of entry and argued poverty is not a cause for asylum. 

However, the Immigration and Nationality Law states that any immigrant in the U.S. can apply for asylum, regardless of whether they entered the country through a designated port of entry, Reuters reports.

The U.S. President has been emphasizing immigration issues in the lead up to the midterm elections. This week Trump announced he would sign an executive order to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the country. Though such an executive order is unconstitutional, it furthers rhetoric in line with his “America First” slogan.

“We’re talking about a nationalism, all Americans first, but what he really means is all white Americans first,” Shane Burley, author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It, told teleSUR.

Members of the first wave, now two weeks into their journey, are trekking through southern Mexico. Many, including children, are struggling with illness, exhaustion, and injuries, The Guardian reports.

A second group is trailing the first by about 200 miles. A federal official who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that 153 migrants in the second caravan were detained during highway inspections in Chiapas Wednesday.

A third group from El Salvador, estimated at 500 members, has reached Guatemala. A fourth group from the same country of about 700 set out on the journey Wednesday.

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The Reality in Prison Centers of the United States

Reports issued from the nation have the alleged “higher democracy of the world,” where the five percent of the world population lives, imprison the 25% of the inmates of all over the world. The alarming number shows that one out of four inmates is American.

The related statistics do not stop there because the 60 % of the prisoners is subjected to forced labor by the own prison system and the 44% of that nation’s incarcerated teenagers have been victims of the use of force by their jailers and that hard reality is admitted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Other date show that more than two million of inmates in the United States, the 39% of them belongs to the black people, a rate even higher to the years of the inhuman racial segregation.

In the United States, which is a nation that has not ratified the International Convention of Human Rights on Children, all the states allow that the minors to be judged as adults under certain circumstances and there are thousands of children who are in prisons or detain centers for adults people.

The U.S. aberrant behavior is not only shown against its internal prison population but also its inmates who live in U.S. prisons out of the nation which are sadly famous for their embarrassing and terrifying history.

One of the most sinister chapters of the political history of the United States is the case of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where the most painful and humiliating tortures were carried out since 2003 by the U.S. military army.

The Reality in Prison Centers of the United States

In addition, the prison center that is located in the illegal naval station in Guantánamo, which the United States keeps against the will of the Cuban people, has experienced disgraceful horror histories.

Even the U.S. Press admits that nation’s prisons are mainly a business, taking into account that many ones were privatized. The penitentiary policy of the United States is a key mechanism of its economic system and their inmates work for corporations which make millionaire sums, besides, there are analysts who talk about the slavery in the XXI and a despicable exploitation.

Certainly and while the United States supports or conceals some of the biggest and scandalous outrages carried out against the human rights in its own territory and the world, that nation pretends cornering Cuba through the use of a deceptive campaign of slanders planned to justify an unfair and criminal policy that does not have any support.

That nation left the Human Rights Council to prevent that institution’s scrutiny on its violations inside and outside its territory. Therefore, it should never pretend trying to give lessons on human rights to Cuba.

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Trump administration plans crackdown on protests outside White House

The administration has suggested it could charge ‘event management’ costs for protests and close 80% of the sidewalks

Donald Trump has frequently and falsely crowed about the idea of so-called paid protesters, including most recently the sexual assault survivors who confronted senators in the lead up to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. Now his administration may be trying to turn that concept on its head, by requiring citizens to pay to be able to protest, among other affronts to the first amendment.

Under the proposal introduced by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in August, the administration is looking to close 80% of the sidewalks surrounding the White House, and has suggested that it could charge “event management” costs, for demonstrations.

Currently the National Park Service is able to recoup costs for special events, but not spontaneous protests like the ones that typically take place in Lafayette Park across from the White House. These charges could include the cost of erecting barriers, cleaning fees, repairs to grass, permit fees and the salaries of official personnel on hand to monitor such demonstrations, all tallied at the discretion of the police.

Naturally, civil liberties groups consider the proposals an affront to the rights guaranteed under the first amendment. As the ACLU notes, such fees “could make mass protests like Martin Luther King Jr’s historic 1963 March on Washington and its ‘I have a dream’ speech too expensive to happen”.

During the Vietnam War the federal government attempted to impose similar barriers to citizens freely assembling in protest and were sued by the ACLU. In their ruling the courts reasserted the fact that “the use of parks for public assembly and airing of opinions is historic in our democratic society, and one of its cardinal values”.

The White House sidewalk, Lafayette Park, and the Ellipse were unique sites for the exercise of those rights, they ruled, and therefore they could not “accord deference to an executive approach to use of the White House sidewalk that is rooted in a bias against expressive conduct…”

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The National Park Service has attempted to justify the proposal by pointing out that large protests, like the Women’s March, overtax their abilities, and place a heavy cost on the government. One might argue when it comes to preserving our right to protest no cost is too high.

The public has until 15 October to comment on the plans.

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US Barred from Ending Protections for Migrants from 4 Countries

The TPS designation offers protection from deportation to immigrants already in the United States, including those who entered illegally, from countries affected by natural disasters, civil conflicts and other problems.

A U.S. federal judge in California barred the Trump administration on Wednesday from implementing a plan to end temporary protections for more than 300,000 immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

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U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen issued a preliminary injunction in a suit brought by a number of immigrants with temporary protected status, or TPS.

The government has failed to establish any real harm if “the status quo (which has been in existence for as long as two decades) is maintained during the pendency of this litigation,” Chen wrote in the order.

“Indeed, if anything, Plaintiffs and amici have established without dispute that local and national economies will be hurt if hundreds of thousands of TPS beneficiaries are uprooted and removed,” he said.

There are more than 263,000 TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador, 58,000 from Haiti, 5,000 from Nicaragua and 1,000 from Sudan, according to court documents.

The Trump administration has shown a deep skepticism toward the temporary protected status program and has moved to revoke the special status afforded to thousands of immigrants from a number of countries, including the four named in the suit.

Salvadoran immigrants covered by TPS will lose their protected status in September 2019, those from Haiti in July 2019, Nicaraguan immigrants in January 2019 and Sudanese immigrants in November 2019.

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