Amaral Duclona: Bogeyman of Haiti’s Foreign Occupation

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UPDATES UPDATE #1, February 12, 2016. Incredibly, Amaral Duclona was acquitted of all charges today on appeal! By Dady Chery Haiti Chery If you did not know the man’s name, and you were unfamiliar with the Western press’ habit of … Continue reading

Six Argentinian Ex-Military Repressors Sentenced to Life Imprisonment | Justicia argentina condena a represores

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By Staff, UPI via The Argentina Independent | MSN Noticias. The Federal Court of Mar del Plata, Argentina, handed out convictions to 14 retired Argentine military and police officers. Six of these were life sentences to the retired officers, including former General Alfredo Arrillaga, for crimes against humanity during the last dictatorship.

Poor Children as Big Pharma’s Lab Rats

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By K. S. Harikrishnan, IPS | Staff, Rediff Business. American pharmaceutical companies, taking advantage of a Congressional provision called The Pediatric Exclusivity Provision, have been carrying out clinical trials in poor and developing countries where the drugs might never be available. In India there were over 2,000 deaths in the last four years from serious-adverse events (SAE) during clinical trials, many of which were illegally done without consent. These deaths and a recent discovery of drug testing on Bhopal gas victims have ignited the wrath of rights activists and prompted prominent legal institutions to begin to tighten the country’s drug regulation laws.

Landmark Sentence for Agrochemical Contamination in CordobaDos condenas y una absolución en el primer juicio por el uso de agroquímicos en Córdoba

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By Kate Beioley, Argentina Independent | Staff, Los Andes. Two men, rural producer Francisco Parra and chemical-application person Edgardo Pancello, were sentenced in the Cordoba Criminal Court of Argentina to three-year prison terms for use of the agrochemicals endosulphin and glyphosate in the barrio of Ituzaingó Anexo. So far, 200 cases of cancer have been discovered in the barrio, 100 of these fatal. (English | Spanish)

Former Argentina Dictator Jorge Videla Gets 50 Years for Stolen Children | El ex dictador argentino Jorge Rafael Videla ha sido condenado a 50 años de prisión

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By Staff, Agencies via AlJazeera | By Staff, RT. In a major victory for rights group the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo (Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo), former military leader and president of Argentina Jorge Videla has been sentenced to 50 years for systematically stealing the babies of detained leftist activists. Another 10 former members of Videla’s government, including a woman were also sentenced. (English | Spanish)

Mexico Mining Union Wins Battle to Pick Napoleon Gomez Urrutia as Its Leader

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By Laurence Iliff, Dow Jones Newswires via 4-Traders | Tony Burke, Power in a Union | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Mexican Supreme Court has decided that the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers (Los Mineros) is entitled to choose its own leader. This represents a huge victory for Mexican labor and resounding defeat for the right-wing employers who have persecuted Napoleon Gomez Urrutia since his 2008 election as General Secretary of Los Mineros.

Chilean Farmers Fight Brazilian Billionaire’s Plans for Thermoelectric Plant In Area of Rich Marine Biodiversity

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By Marianela Jarroud, IPS, Tierramerica | Haiti Chery. Plans to build a massive power plant complex, called the Castilla Thermoelectric Project, near an area of rich marine biodiversity has sparked fierce opposition from the small northern Chilean farming town of Totoral, which has now scored its first victory in court. Behind the Castilla project is the energy company MPX, a subsidiary of the EPX Group owned by Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, the seventh wealthiest man in the world according to Forbes magazine.

U.S. Judge Finds Intentional and Systemic Racial Discrimination in Capital Cases | A Mother Would Have Lost Both Sons

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By ACLU PRESS RELEASE | Jessica Jones, WUNC. In a landmark decision, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks found intentional and systemic discrimination by state prosecutors against African-American potential jurors in capital cases and commuted the sentence of death-row prisoner Marcus Robinson to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This ruling and the data from a Michigan State study are consistent with the findings of every major study of jury selection in capital cases in the United States. Had Robinson been killed by the state, his mother would have lost both of her children; her eldest son Curtis was killed and his murderers not punished.

First Circuit Court of Appeals, City of Boston: Citizens May Videotape Police

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By Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story | Tiffany Kaiser, Daily Tech | Haiti Chery. The City of Boston settled a lawsuit filed by Simon Glik, an attorney arrested in 2007 as he recorded police using force to subdue a man. According to a First Circuit Court of Appeals Aug 2011 decision: “Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting the free discussion of governmental affairs…. Moreover, changes in technology and society have made the lines between private citizen and journalist exceedingly difficult to draw.”

Argentina Remembers Children Stolen During Dictatorship: Trial Finally Under Way Memorias de la dictadura argentina: las pruebas sobre el robo de bebés

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By Marcela Valente, IPS | Staff, Cuba Debate. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo are finally getting heard in court after 35 years of demanding their stolen grandchildren. Eight former officials of the brutal Argentinian dictatorship that began on March 24, 1976 and lasted 7 years, are accused of “taking, retaining, hiding and changing the identities of” 34 children born to political prisoners held in clandestine prisons during the dictatorship. UPDATE on Mar 27th: Closing arguments. (English | Spanish)

6,060 Years for Guatemalan Ex-Soldier Who Massacred Indigenous and Fled to California

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By Staff (sc/jg/jsr/mgt/jf), Prensa Latina | By Rachel Rickard Straus, Daily Mail | Al Jazeera video, YouTube. Pedro Pimentel, a former instructor of an elite Guatemalan military force called kaibiles, extradited from the US last July, has been sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in killing 201 indigenous people in the Dos Erres massacre of December 6 to 8, 1982. UPDATE March 19th: video.

Garzon Cleared of Remaining Charges By Spanish Supreme CourtEl Supremo considera que Garzón erró, pero no prevaricó, y lo absuelve

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By Joseph Yoldi and Julio M. Lazaro, El Pais | Translated from the Spanish by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. By a vote of 6 to 1, today Spain’s Supreme Court acquitted ex-Judge Baltasar Garzon of the charge of overstepping his jurisdiction while trying to open an investigation into Franco-era fascist crimes. The court held, however, that Garzon had erred in interpreting the Spanish amnesty law like those of South America. Rights groups object to this legal interpretation and feel that it harms the Spanish judiciary. Another case against Garzon, alleging his corruption was dismissed. However the decision to disbar him remains in effect; Garzon plans to appeal this decision.

A Revolution for WomenRevolución de Mujeres

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By Tortilla con Sal | Jade (music). The following video gives a snapshot of the many different Nicaraguan women who are rebuilding their country, in concert with the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), led by Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. (Spanish | English subtitles)

Magistrate Baltasar Garzon Sentenced to 11 Years of Disbarment by Partisan Spanish CourtGarzón dice adiós a la carrera judicial al ser condenado a 11 años de inhabilitación

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By José Yoldi and Julio M. Lázaro, El Pais | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Wikipedia. As people protested outside the Criminal Chamber of the National Court in Spain, a group of partisan judges allied to Spain’s ruling conservative Partido Popular (PP, People’s Party) unanimously condemned Judge Baltasar Garzón to 11 years of disbarment for ordering the recording of conversations of the ringleaders of the corrupt Gürtel group connected to the PP. UPDATE: Translation of full El Pais article by DC, plus background on Gurtel case. UPDATES on Feb 10th: Video of rally for Garzon in Madrid; Garzon who vows to fight the sentence. UPDATE on Feb 12th: New rally in Madrid draws over 10,000 supporters.