Thursday, June 18, 2009
Pressure is mounting on the US school that has trained some of Latin America's worst human rights abusers. Legislation may see the School of the Americas close after 63 years of controversy.
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) has had many names but is best known as the School of the Americas.
However, the end may be nigh for the “School of Assassins”, as it is also known. The US House of Representatives is debating the suspension of the US training establishment for Latin American and Caribbean military.
If passed, the Latin America Military Training Review Act will also investigate the institution's torture and extrajudicial-killing training manuals, and accusations of human rights abuses connected to it.
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Colombia's lower house approved a bill that would suspend all prosecutions of some 19,000 demobilized right-wing militiamen, the measure's sponsor said Tuesday.
Excluded from the proposal are former paramilitaries linked to drug trafficking or massacres, ruling party Congressman Nicolas Uribe told La FM radio.
Roughly 31,000 members of the AUC militia federation ostensibly laid down their arms between 2003 and 2006 in the framework of a peace process with the government of President Alvaro Uribe, who is not related to the lawmaker.
Congressman Uribe said that approval of his bill would facilitate the success of the peace process with the paramilitaries and lay the groundwork for possible future talks with Colombia's left-wing rebels.
“What this mechanism seeks is to materialize an accord, which the Attorney General's Office makes with the Supreme Court of Justice, to resolve that judicial limbo which more than 19,000 demobilized people were in,” he said.
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Shell Fischer reports in Poets & Writers:
Almost a decade after its creation, the experimental poetry movement Flarf—in which poets prowl the Internet using random word searches, e-mail the bizarre results to one another, then distill the newly found phrases into poems that are often as disturbing as they are hilarious—is showing signs of having cleared a spot among the ranks of legitimate art forms. Despite the group's penchant for shocking content and outrageous titles (Sharon Mesmer's "Annoying Diabetic Bitch," for example, or Gary Sullivan's "Grandmother's Explosive Diarrhea"), many in the literary world are taking the poems seriously.
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"To be honest with you," Sullivan says, "we started this list to do a hundred-page anthology of just garbage." To create such garbage, the group latched onto a technique poet Drew Gardner had been using to construct his own work: searching the Internet for random terms and crafting the results into poems. Soon, the poets started riffing off one another's lines and competing to create the most outrageous pieces. Sullivan used this technique to write a poem titled "Flarf Balonacy Swingle," and the collective quickly adopted Flarf as a verb, adjective, and noun to describe what they were doing. They were "flarfing" their "flarf" poems, which were, of course, "flarfy."
But then a funny thing happened: Their poems evolved from "bad" to "sort of great," Gardner says. "What we were really doing was throwing out rules that were constraining and ridiculous and weren't fitting anymore. Once we did that, we could do whatever we wanted—we weren't trying to ask: Is this magazine going to like this? Is this poet going to like this? Is my teacher going to like this? We just got rid of all of it and went nuts."
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Jolly Roger Revolution - If you sell crack, join a gang, or rob the mob you can expect to die a violent death, but if you listen to your mother, eat all the right foods, and study hard in college to become a microbiologist, you should expect to live to a ripe old age and die peacefully.
That being the case, a few eyebrows were raised when five microbiologists either disappeared or died mysteriously violent deaths in 2001. A short time later the number rose to 19, and then 29.
They were found stabbed to death in the trunks of cars, thrown off bridges, or they wrapped their cars around trees after their brake fluid disappeared. Once again, this is the stuff of Hollywood spy stories, and not the way you would expect a microbiologist to give up the ghost.
By 2005, we lost 40 micro-biologists in less than 4 years, all under suspicious circumstances, and during this time someone discovered that they were all working for the government, or government contractors, on projects related to bio-terrorism, flu pandemics, or anthrax. Obviously they weren't trying to find a cure for anything, or there would be no need to silence them.
Then it was discovered that our government was involved in strange experiments that involve exhuming bodies of people that were killed by the 1918 Spanish flu, and genetically engineered flu viruses, all the while the media is preparing the public with stories of bird flu wiping out thousands of chickens (acid test?) and even a few people here and there.
People who are becoming accustomed to the practices and motives of our criminal government tried to warn you of an impending flu pandemic, but your TV training taught you to dismiss them all as “crazy conspiracy theorists,” and you naturally associated all their warnings with stories of Bigfoot and UFO abductions, just as you were trained to do.
The good folks of FEMA predicted a need for a few million plastic coffins, which are now spread out across the country, but despite this revelation, most of America still thinks their biggest concern is a toss up between the Super Bowl and American Idol.
Well it seems as if the crazy conspiracy theorists were right again, because the world-wide flu pandemic they were warning you about has been unleashed, and it will dominate the headlines until millions, if not billions of people are dead. It won't be stopped because no one with the means to stop it wants to stop it.
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