Archive | May 19, 2015

A Columbian City Used Urban Planning to fight Violent Cartels and Won*

A Columbian City Used Urban Planning to fight Violent Cartels and Won*

By Victoria Stunt

Medellín, Colombia, is a place that was long known as the most dangerous city in the world. It suffered a death rate of 380 per 100,000 people in 1991—6,349 murders in a single year.


A little girl, about three years old, is the only passenger on a miniature merry-go-round. The tiny horses are delicately painted. A tattered “Pilsen” beer umbrella is used to shade them, instead of the usual over-decorated roof that merry-go-rounds often have. I point out to my friend a large beer bottle sitting underneath, near the old man operating the ride.

A few feet away three men are smoking against a railing in front of their Yamaha motorcycles. Their hats sit high up on their foreheads. One guy is wearing a rosary.

We sit on the ledge near the men to take in an almost panoramic view of the city. It’s Medellín, Colombia, a place that was long known as the most dangerous city in the world.

Once home to notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar and his violent drug cartel, the city saw a death rate of 380 per 100,000 people in 1991. In Colombia’s second largest city, that was 6,349 murders in a single year.

Now, the violent death rate is down by 80 per cent, a fact that flaunting city officials say could be part due to urban planning initiatives.

To the right of my friend and I is one of the initiatives: Biblioteca España, a $4 million library in the neighbourhood Santo Domingo, a place where even in 2003, it was illegal to be out on the streets after 5 p.m.

The modern library is impossible to ignore as it towers over the houses perched on the steep hills in the impoverished Medellín neighbourhood. Completed in 2007, it consists of three non-symmetrical black buildings that resemble rocks.

It’s assessable by the modern Metrocable, an extension to Medellín’s metro that opened in 2004, and has since grown to be 9.5 km long. It connects poor northern neighbourhoods, like Santo Domingo, to the richer south.

The library is filled with books, yes, but also focuses on offering community services. There are just a few small windows looking outside. The architect, Colombian Giancarlo Mazzanti, wanted Santo Domingo residents to forget about the stark neighbourhood surroundings while inside the library.

The city has since become revitalized, with the violent death rate down by over 80 per cent. City officials say could be part due to urban planning initiatives, such as the Metrocable, which was designed to reach some of the least developed areas in the city.

The city has since become revitalized, with the violent death rate down by over 80 per cent. City officials say could be part due to urban planning initiatives, such as the Metrocable, which was designed to reach some of the least developed areas in the city.

Before Pablo Escobar was killed on a Medellín rooftop in 1993, violent urban militias controlled the area. RCN Colombia News reports that the drug lord offered $1 million Colombian Pesos, now $500 Canadian, to residents of the neighbourhood to kill one police officer.

Rosalba Cardona, a human rights organizer who challenged the paramilitaries that controlled the neighbourhood after Escobar, escaped when her fellow organizers were killed. Her husband and son also died in the violence.

“You cannot imagine this barrio even 10 years ago. They were offering money to little kids to kill the police. It was desolate and dangerous, they were even putting bodies in the church,” she told The Guardian in June 2013.

Now she’s returned to the neighbourhood.

“It feels like a dream, and I don’t want to wake up.”

In the mid-1990’s, a small group of people in the department of social civic planning at the Medellín Academy began to think of ways to improve the city, says Alejandro Echeverri to the Guardian. He works for the city to help implement change.

In one of the poorest slums, city planners installed an enormous 384-metre long escalator that prevents residents from trudging up a staircase, which was the equivalent of a 28-storey building. It reduced a 35-minute uphill hike to just 6 minutes, improving their daily quality of life.


“[They] began to think in terms not of top-down policy, but of one that would begin with the poorest neighbourhoods and re-conquer spaces that had been lost to the violence; it was both a concept and a physical strategy, a mixture of ideas and bricks.”

When Sergio Fajardo became mayor of the city in 2004, he devised a plan to promote peace through urban planning. And thus, Biblioteca España, and now 10 more library parks, were born.

The building of the library and Metrocable in Santo Domingo has attracted tourists to the otherwise off limits neighbourhood, but Medellín, and Colombia too, is still riddled with violence.

Fronteras Invisibles, invisible lines that divide gang territories, exist. In Comuna 13, another area accessible by the Metrocable in Medellín, three boys who were delivering food crossed into gang territory. The eight-year-old was sent away, but two 11-year-olds were tortured and dismembered, The Guardian reports. This was in 2013.

A 2012 UN report said Colombia had the 10th highest homicide rate in the world.

But still, on a long weekend Sunday, kids jump up and down on two trampolines under the Metrocable, a bounce castle shaped as a tiger jiggles, and kids circle past us on bicycles. As we’re walking down the ramp to the library, we stop and watch three smiling and screaming boys kick around a soccer ball just outside.

Using urban planning as a weapon, Mayor Sergio Fajardo has built 5 library parks, 20 schools, and 124 high-rise buildings, giving a new face to a city once ravaged by violence, drugs and corruption


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Indigenous Group Rejects $1 Billion Offer for Natural Gas Terminal on Ancestral Lands*

Indigenous Group Rejects $1 Billion Offer for Natural Gas Terminal on Ancestral Lands*

By Christopher Donville and Rebecca Penty

A First Nation along Canada’s Pacific Coast turned down Petroliam Nasional Bhd.’s offer of $267,000 for each member as compensation for building a natural gas export terminal on ancestral lands.

The Lax Kw’alaams band in northern British Columbia spurned the $1.15 billion package after the community unanimously voted against the $30 billion project in three polls. The group is concerned that the project will harm the environment. The rejection is a new obstacle to plans to export liquefied natural gas from North America to Asian markets.

The public should recognize that “this is not a money issue: this is environmental and cultural,” the group said in a statement Wednesday.

Opposition to the plan was overwhelming, Garry Reece, mayor of the town of Lax Kw’alaams, said in an interview in Vancouver Tuesday, before the band leadership made a final decision.

Winning the support of indigenous groups including the 3,600-member Lax Kw’alaams is critical for advancing the Pacific NorthWest LNG project and other gas export plans in Canada. A landmark Supreme Court ruling in Canada last year paved the way for aboriginal communities that don’t have treaties with the federal government, such as Lax Kw’alaams, to have greater say over resource developments on their ancestral lands.

The compensation was put up by backers of the project led by Petronas, as the Malaysian state-oil company is known, and the British Columbia government, according to a summary on the band’s website. The payment will be made over 40 years. Lax Kw’alaams is both a First Nation band and a British Columbia town of the same name.

Potential Destruction

The Lax Kw’alaams group has raised concerns including the potential destruction of salmon habitat, the lack of access to harvest traditional plants near the terminal and the risk that its seafood resources would be contaminated. The rejection comes even as the energy industry and the provincial government are forging successful agreements with other indigenous groups for pipelines to carry the gas to port.

Fish and habitat near the LNG terminal will not be significantly affected, according to scientific studies submitted to regulators and aboriginal groups, Petronas said in an e-mailed statement from Kuala Lumpur.

“Despite the decision by council, we will continue constructive dialogue and keep all avenues open as we move forward with our project,” the company said.

The Petronas-led project is among 19 proposals to export gas from Canada’s Pacific Coast to Asia by companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp. Canadian gas producers are depending on the exports to open new markets for their supply as the U.S. meets more of its own demand. The British Columbia government is seeking to eliminate its debt with revenues from the fledgling industry.

Project Backing

China Petrochemical Corp., Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Indian Oil Corp. and Brunei National Petroleum Co. are also financiers of the Petronas-led project, which would initially export as much as 12 million metric tons a year. TransCanada Corp. has an agreement to build an associated pipeline to deliver supplies from gas fields to the coast.

The terminal on an island site administered by the Port of Prince Rupert would include refrigeration units to chill the gas to -260 degrees Fahrenheit, turning into a liquid and reducing its volume so it can be transported by ship.

Backers of planned gas shipping terminals from Canada to Australia that cost billions of dollars are struggling to make the economics work after oil’s price plunge to a six-year low in March also brought down prices for LNG. The world’s largest energy companies are shelving some projects to cut spending.

In December, Petronas deferred a final decision on the project as it sought to reduce costs. A decision is now expected by mid-year, though the project is still awaiting the results of an environmental review by regulators that could take several more months.

The compensation offer from Petronas, its partners and the government included payments tied to items including construction, scholarships and training programs, as well as land and employment benefits.


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NYPD Officers Attempt to Arrest 14-Year-Old Girl, but the Community ‘Steps in’*

NYPD Officers Attempt to Arrest 14-Year-Old Girl, but the Community ‘Steps in’*

By Cassandra Fairbanks

On May 14, cop-watcher Michael Barber of the Copwatch Patrol Unit was out doing a great public service in which he frequently engages – filming the police.  As he was doing so, he captured something absolutely amazing.

The video, originally posted to Facebook early Friday morning, captured undercover officers grabbing at children while attempting to arrest a 14-year-old girl.  This was reportedly over allegations that a child who was with her, who witnesses say appeared to be around 7-years-old, had pushed the button on a police call box.

“May 14 around 7PM in Washington heights 140st and Hamilton undercover officers Gonzalez from the 30th Pct. NYPD over stepped his boundaries and was not following proper protocol . ‪#‎PoliceThePolice” Barber’s caption read.

What begins as a typical video of police abusing their badges takes a dramatic turn for the absolute best around six minutes in.

An angry member of the community boldly approached the officer and informed him that he has no business laying his hands on a 14-year-old child.  She continues to bravely defend the child’s rights without backing down, adamantly demanding the officer’s names and drilling it into the teenagers that they need to tell their parents what the officers did.

Around 6:20 the officer jumps out of his vehicle and charges towards one of the young girls who was calmly explaining to him that she had not done anything wrong.  She continues to back away and witnesses, women and children, jump right in – trying to get between the teenager and the plain-clothed officer trying to snatch her.

At 7:11 the officer makes another move to grab the young girl and a woman jumps in and rips her away from his grasp, as witnesses scream for the officers to go home.

After successfully separating the officers from the children, one of the (superhero) women screams at the officers.

“You know you’re doing wrong! GO HOME!”

In one of the most shocking moments we have seen, the officers get in their unmarked car and leave.

With so many children dying at the hands of police, it is more important than ever to defend the youth.

“I was scared to put up this video at first because I was not sure if it would get the cops in trouble or the community but everyone was wrong at some point .” Barber told The Free Thought Project.


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Nurse Sues Over H1N1 Flu Shot that Causes Multiple Sclerosis*

Nurse Sues Over H1N1 Flu Shot that Causes Multiple Sclerosis*

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Iran’s Aid Ship Arrives in Gulf of Aden*

Iran’s Aid Ship Arrives in Gulf of Aden*

The Iranian cargo ship carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen arrived in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday, FNA dispatches said Sunday.

The Iranian cargo ship will berth in the port city of al-Hudayda in Southern Yemen in the Red Sea after passing through Bab al-Mandeb strait.

The ship carrying 2,500 tons of Iran’s aid comprising 2,400 tons of foodstuff and 100 tons of medicine as well as a 12-member medical team left Southern Iran for Yemen last Monday.

A large number of Yemeni people are waiting on the coasts of Hudayda to welcome the Iranian cargo ship.

The residents of al-Hudayda have gathered on the coasts since a few days ago to receive Iran’s medical and food aid.

The people of Hudayda have called on residents of other Yemeni provinces to stage rallies in support of Iran’s aid ship to Yemen and condemning Saudi Arabia and its hostile policies towards their country.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has been trying to dispatch humanitarian aid to Yemen through sea and air, but has so far been unable to do so due to Saudi Arabia’s blockade of the war-ravaged country.

Late in April, Saudi jet fighters shooed away three Iranian cargo planes from Yemen’s airspace. But in the third case they bombed the Sana’a airport control tower and runway seven times to prevent the Iranian defying pilot from landing. The Iranian civilian plane was carrying humanitarian aids, including medical equipment, for the Yemeni people who have been under the Saudi-led airstrikes for over a month now. The cargo plane was due to take humanitarian aid to Yemen and take several civilians, who were critically wounded in the recent Saudi bombings, back to Tehran to receive specialized medical treatment.

Iran had earlier sent five consignments of humanitarian aid to Yemen, including a total of 69 tons of relief, medical, treatment, and consumer items

Last month, Head of the Yemeni Red Crescent Society Mohammad Ahmad al-Kebab in a letter to his Iranian counterpart Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziayee thanked Iran for the recent humanitarian and medical aid cargoes sent to his country.

“I appreciate the unsparing help and relief operations as well as the IRCS’s humanitarian attempts,” al-Kebab said in his letter.

He expressed the hope that interactions and mutual cooperation between the two countries’ Red Crescent societies would increase in future.

But late in April, the IRCS blasted Saudi Arabia for blocking Iran’s humanitarian aids to Yemen.

“The IRCS humanitarian aid consignments are ready to be dispatched to Yemen, but unfortunately Saudi Arabia prevents their delivery to Yemen,” Shahabeddin Mohammadi Araqi, IRCS deputy managing director for international and humanitarian affairs, said.

Mohammadi Araqi described the Yemeni people’s conditions as critical, and said, “We are in contact with Yemen’s Red Crescent Society and Health Ministry and have included their needs in the new consignment.”

He lamented that planes and ships are not allowed into Yemen’s ports and airports, and said, “Unfortunately, the Saudi government has prevented the dispatch of aids to Yemen.”

According to a recent report by Freedom House Foundation, nearly seven weeks of Saudi airstrikes have claimed the lives of 3,979 Yemeni people so far while more than 6,887 others have been wounded.

The foundation further said that most of the victims of the deadly Saudi campaign are civilians, including a large number of women and children.

The group noted that the actual death toll is much higher as it does not include hundreds of people listed as missing.

Thousands of residential buildings have been destroyed and hundreds of civil and public facilities were reduced to rubble as a result of the bombardments by Saudi warplanes on the Yemeni cities and towns, the group said.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 53 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 3,812 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children, according to FNA’s independent tally.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

On April 21 and May 12, Saudi Arabia declared end to Yemen airstrikes after weeks of bombings, but airstrikes are still underway.

The five-day truce was proposed by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last week. Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has announced its cooperation in any actions that will stop suffering in the country.


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Black Wall Street*

Black Wall Street*

Before Katrina, Detroit, Baltimore…

By Robert Barsocchini

An otherwise poor and uninformative documentary (funded by Pennsylvania Public Television and Corporation for Public Broadcasting) on the US bombing and burning alive of 11 residents, adults and children, of the MOVE house in Philadelphia, 1985, begins with one minute (10:30 to 11:30) on the rarely-mentioned 1921 onslaught, aerial bombing, and incineration of the “Black Wall Street” business district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921, by white mobs, including the KKK and government forces.

From the PPT, CPB doc:

May 31st, 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The ‘Negro Wall Street’ district of the Greenwood neighborhood is bombed from the air.

Whites invade the enviable black business district, looting, burning, killing.

The police commandeer private planes. The 101st Airborne is flown in. A load of dynamite is dropped. 75 instantly killed. Hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed.

Four truckloads of bodies are shovelled into mass graves along the Arkansas river.

4,000 black men, women, and children arrested and placed in concentration camps, where they are required to carry ‘passes’.

The city quickly re-zones the neighbourhood so that the railroad can be run through, thus completing the destruction of that neighbourhood.

Wikipedia states that on May 31 and June 1, 1921:

…a group of white people attacked the black community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It resulted in the Greenwood District, also known as ‘the Black Wall Street‘ and the wealthiest black community in the United States, being burned to the ground.

An estimated 10,000 blacks were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire. The official count of the dead by the Oklahoma Department of Vital Statistics was 39, but other estimates of black fatalities vary from 55 to about 300.

The events of the riot were long omitted from local and state histories.

“The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private. Blacks and whites alike grew into middle age unaware of what had taken place.”

One official, the police chief, was found guilty of “failing to take proper precautions for protecting life and property, and for conspiring to free automobile thieves and collect rewards.”

“No legal records indicate that any other white official was ever charged of wrongdoing or even negligence.”

Black Wall Street neighbourhood after the massacre and being razed:

Of the wider trend of this kind of violence in the US during that period, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elliot G. Jaspin has documented in his book, Buried in Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America, that whites in the US, mainly in the period of about 1900 to about 1920, engaged in extraordinarily widespread, mass “racial cleansings” of large areas in which black people lived.

White terrorists would form mobs and drive out the black people, torturing and killing those who could not escape or refused to leave. The US government allowed the practice and did not punish or rectify it, and many of the cleansed counties remain entirely white today.

Records, like those from the Black Wall Street massacre, abound of harrowing escapes as white mobs fired at black civilians in their neighbourhoods and burned down their houses, forcing people to flee through forests and creeks, hide in wells, or simply get on trains at gunpoint and go away.

Crucially, Jaspin also documents why this history is almost entirely unknown in the US: people either deny or try to explain away racial cleansings [and many other crimes of their society], through tactics such as using euphemisms, making excuses, or, the tactic perhaps most seen today, blaming the victims.

George Orwell wrote: “The nationalist not only does not disprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

Lynchings of black people were also a frequent occurrence during, before, and after this period.

Harvard scholar Garikai Chengu notes:

A lynching was a quintessential American public ritual that often took place in front of large crowds that sometimes numbered in the thousands. Historian Mark Gado notes that, “onlookers sometimes fired rifles and handguns hundreds of times into the corpse while people cheered and children played during the festivities”.

…in 1899 the Springfield Weekly described a lynching by chronicling how,

“the Negro was deprived of his ears, fingers and genital parts of his body. He pleaded pitifully for his life while the mutilation was going on…before the body was cool, it was cut to pieces, the bones crushed into small bits…the Negro’s heart was cut into several pieces, as was also his liver…small pieces of bones went for 25 cents…”. Such graphic accounts were the norm in the South, and photos, were regularly taken of the lynched bodies on display and made into postcards that were sent all over the country.

Lynchings were sanctioned by the US government, as they were not prevented and went unpunished.

In the US today, Chengu continues, the:

…police state assassinates the Black victim twice. Once by way of lynching and again to assassinate the victim’s character so as to justify the public execution [blaming the victim].

Chauncey DeVega notes at Alternet:

American Exceptionalism [the US state-worshiper’s version of “Our God is the One True God”] blinds those who share its gaze to uncomfortable facts and truths about their own country.

The burned to death images of the black body were a form of mass culture in 19th- and 20th-century America.

DeVega gives some samples of reports on how lynchings were carried out:

Two thousand people gathered for the killing, some taking a special excursion train from Atlanta for the purpose. The leaders of the lynching stripped Hose, chained him to a tree, stacked wood around him, and soaked everything in kerosene. The mob cut off Hose’s ears, fingers and genitals; they peeled the skin from his face. They watched, a newspaper reported, “with unfeigning satisfaction” as the man’s veins ruptured from the heat and his blood hissed in the flames.

Another lynching:

“Great masses of humanity flew as swiftly as possible through the streets of the city in order to be present at the bridge when the hanging took place … the Negro was … taken to the City Hall … crowds of men, women and children turned and hastened to the lawn.

“On the way to the scene of the burning people on every hand took a hand in showing their feelings in the matter by striking the Negro with anything obtainable, some struck him with shovels, bricks, clubs, and others stabbed him and cut him until when he was strung up his body was a solid color of red, the blood of the many wounds inflicted covered him from head to foot.

“Dry goods boxes and all kinds of inflammable material were gathered, and it required but an instant to convert this into seething flames. When the Negro was first hoisted into the air his tongue protruded from his mouth and his face was besmeared with blood.”

“Life was not extinct within the Negro’s body, although nearly so, when another chain was placed around his neck and thrown over the limb of a tree on the lawn, everybody trying to get to the Negro and have some part in his death. The infuriated mob then leaned the Negro, who was half alive and half dead, against the tree, he having just strength enough within his limbs to support him.

“As rapidly as possible the Negro was then jerked into the air at which a shout from thousands of throats went up on the morning air and dry goods boxes, excelsior, wood and every other article that would burn was then in evidence, appearing as if by magic. A huge dry goods box was then produced and filled to the top with all of the material that had been secured.

“The Negro’s body was swaying in the air, and all of the time a noise as of thousands was heard and the Negro’s body was lowered into the box.” “No sooner had his body touched the box than people pressed forward, each eager to be the first to light the fire, matches were touched to the inflammable material and as smoke rapidly rose in the air, such a demonstration as of people gone mad was never heard before. Everybody pressed closer to get souvenirs of the affair. When they had finished with the Negro his body was mutilated.

“Fingers, ears, pieces of clothing, toes and other parts of the Negro’s body were cut off by members of the mob that had crowded to the scene as if by magic when the word that the Negro had been taken in charge by the mob was heralded over the city. As the smoke rose to the heavens, the mass of people, numbering in the neighborhood of 10,000 crowding the City Hall law and overflowing the square, hanging from the windows of buildings, viewing the scene from the tops of buildings and trees, set up a shout that was heard blocks away.”

In another lynching:

..fingers and toes were cut off, his teeth pulled out by pliers and finally he was castrated. It still wasn’t enough. Irwin was then burned alive in front of hundreds of onlookers (Brundage, p. 42).

DeVega continues that white torture and execution of blacks:

…was a ceremony … with distinct practices, that symbolically purged the black body from the white polity…

The rendering of spectacular violence against non-whites paid a psychological wage to white people that helped to create a type of social cement for White America, one that covered up its own intra-group tensions of class, religion, and gender. This racial logic continues in the present with a racially discriminatory criminal justice system, the murder by police of black and brown people, and how white Americans support such unfair treatment.

A 2001 report on the destruction of Black Wall Street “included the commission’s recommendations for some compensatory actions, most of which were not implemented by the state and city governments. The state passed legislation to establish some scholarships for descendants of survivors, economic development of Greenwood, and a memorial park to the victims in Tulsa. The latter was dedicated in 2010.”


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French Arrested in Assad Assassination Attempt*

French Arrested in Assad Assassination Attempt*

… and they dare to ask for return of accused conspirators!?

By Nahed al Husaini and Gordon Duff

Two French nationals along with Syrian Kurds were arrested in a bizarre attempt on the life if Bashar al Assad, President of Syria.  The French government has already contacted Damascus through direct channels asking for the return of those arrested.  The French indicate they are willing to enter into negotiations for the return of the captive accused assassins.

The alleged conspirators are said to have been working with a Kurdish terror cell that had penetrated the household staff of Assad.  The Kurds had planted explosives inside detergent containers at the presidential palace south of Damascus.  The attack was not successful.

The French security officers arrested had been in Syria earlier as part of a secret combined French/Syrian task force on terrorism. Two French intelligence officers who were smuggled across the border into Syria by Al Nusra militants south of Qalamoun, scene of an intense battle that has raged for weeks.

Their previous visit to Damascus earlier this year was a secret mission that accompanied the French delegation during their Febrary 27, 2015 visit.  The official reason for the visit was to arrange for the reopening of the French embassy which had been closed since 2012.

Syrian officials speaking anonymously say that the Damascus government believes the would be assassins are part of a Kurdish faction trained inside Jordan.  The explosives used were from the Royal Jordanian Army.


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