Archive | February 16, 2017

FBI Raids European International Adoption Agency*

FBI Raids European International Adoption Agency*

By Eric Heisig

The Cleveland FBI raided an international adoption agency based in Strongsville Tuesday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, a spokeswoman confirmed.

The visit by federal agents to European Adoption Consultants came less than two months after the U.S. State Department barred the company from conducting international adoption services for three years.

The State Department’s investigation found the company and its providers overseas committed several violations, including soliciting bribes and lying to officials to affect adoption eligibility, according to a report posted on its website. In some instances, the agencies’ decisions or actions led to children being harmed, the report says.

FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson only confirmed Tuesday that agents visited the company’s Alameda Drive headquarters, as well as a house. She said the investigation is ongoing and court filings are sealed.

European Adoption Consultants was founded in 1991 by Margaret Cole. She lost her 6-week-old daughter to sudden infant death syndrome and told a Plain Dealer reporter in 1995 that she started the agency after others denied her adoption attempts because she was more than 40 years old and already had children.

The State Department says European Adoption Consultants operates adoption programs in Bulgaria, China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Honduras, India, Panama, Poland, Tanzania, Uganda and Ukraine.

A message left with the agency was not immediately returned, and Cole did not respond to an email.

Two notes posted to the agency’s website in December say that “we do not feel the action is warranted and we are evaluating our appeal and the other options available to us.” The notes also say the agency was making arrangements to transfer its adoption cases.

“EAC was given no prior information about the investigation conducted by the Department of State and no opportunity before the adverse action was taken to address the issues raised or the facts alleged,” one of the statements says.

“We dispute the accuracy of many of the facts reported, and the statements made by the Department of State in its notice to EAC …”

The State Department says it barred the agency because it found “evidence of a pattern of serious, willful, or grossly negligent failure to comply with the standards and of aggravating circumstances.” It says “continued accreditation of EAC would not be in the best interests of the children and families concerned.”

The investigation found that European Adoption Consultants and its providers used false documents and made false statements to influence the government decisions here and overseas. These decisions affected adoption cases and the accreditation of agencies.

The report also says the Strongsville company did not properly supervise providers overseas to ensure that the providers followed each country’s laws. It says the providers did not act in the best interest of children, especially to prevent the sale, kidnapping, exploitation and kidnapping of children.

The agency also failed to follow various international treaties and laws by soliciting bribes, fraudulently obtaining birth parent consent, and lying to birth parents, the report says. It also failed to seek accurate information about children, and withheld or misrepresented important information about children.

In one instance, the State Department says the agency gave preferential treatment to an agency employee when placing a child, after the adoption of the child failed the first time.

“The placement decision, together with other failures related to that placement, resulted in serious harm to a child,” the report says.

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Related Topics:

British Councils Makes Millions in Incentives after Snatching Record Number of Babies for ‘Adoption’

Forced Adoption: U.K. Parents Cleared Of Abuse ‘Unlikely to See Their Child Again Three Years Later*

Indigenous Canadians Sue Government over White Adoptions*

Any Father would be Angry, but the Price was the Forced Adoption of his Son*

EU flag to Replace Royal Crest on Birth, Death, Marriage,Adoption and Property Certificates!

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The Caribbean: U.S.’s Third Border*

The Caribbean: U.S.’s Third Border*

If U.S. could stop interfering in other’s sovereignty, fear would be greatly reduced on both sides…..

The Third Border Initiative introduced by US President George W. Bush in 2001 is a reference to the Caribbean region's adjacency to the United States. The policy is the ideology that behind Canada and Mexico, the Caribbean region is a sea-based border of the United States

The Third Border Initiative introduced by US President George W. Bush in 2001 is a reference to the Caribbean region’s adjacency to the United States. The policy is the ideology that behind Canada and Mexico, the Caribbean region is a sea-based border of the United States

The Third Border Initiative introduced by US President George W. Bush in 2001 is a reference to the Caribbean region’s adjacency to the United States. The policy is the ideology that behind Canada and Mexico, the Caribbean region is a sea-based border of the United States

 

The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country?

In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration between the island of Dominica and Iranian and Chinese nationals. It is claimed that they are seeking to undermine the security of the United States.

However, no such agreement is in place, nor has there been shown to be any such agreement or collusion between the parties. Iranians and Chinese seek second citizenships because their own passports limit their ability to travel. Clearly, just because somebody comes from a different country, they are not inherently hostile to the U.S. administration.

“The Dominican government takes it obligations to its neighbours very seriously,” said a government source.

“We believe small island states such as ours can be a useful barrier to preventing the transit of undesirables. Our citizenship program, for example, means that nobody can become a citizen without thorough processing and scrutiny on a forensic level.”

Part of this scrutiny is achieved in co-operation with the Caribbean’s neighbour to the north. The government of Dominica works closely with the government of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union to ensure that applicants go through an additional layer of scrutiny before citizenship is granted.

Dominica also works closely with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and is a member of both regional and international organizations including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS), among others. Membership of such bodies has further strengthened Dominica’s relationship across the other Caribbean and regional nations.

According to a government source: “The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica is prepared to work ever more closely with its neighbours, sub-regional, regional and hemispheric organizations to play its role in international peace and security. We would like to ensure that our citizenship is not granted to anyone who is involved in any nefarious activities.”

Often overlooked, Caribbean countries are important partners on health and education issues, immigration and regional democracy. What is good for the security of the Caribbean islands is also good for the United States of America.

Ever since President George W Bush introduced his Third Border Initiative in April 2001, the U.S. administration has been concerned about illegal drug trafficking, migrant smuggling and financial crimes in the jurisdiction. Bush introduced several measures to help encourage law enforcement cooperation and collaboration. However, the events of September of that year meant that the third border was often overlooked while the focus was elsewhere, mainly in the Middle East.

Fresh diplomatic efforts are seeking to revive the close links, particularly as this U.S. administration is clearly more concerned about its borders than its predecessors. This means that the countries’ citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs, which hardly existed in Bush’s day, are coming under renewed scrutiny.

“We are also committed to deepening our cooperation throughout the hemisphere in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, responding to natural disasters, and making sure the benefits of globalization are felt in even the smallest economies,” said Bush at the time.

“These goals are at the heart of the Third Border initiative we have launched with the countries of the Caribbean.”

HIV/AIDS, while it has not gone away, is better understood and contained than it was more than 15 years ago. Natural disasters still occur, and the response times could still be better managed. But it is the benefits of globalisation that are the most intriguing. There is no clearer example of the benefits of globalisation than the existence of the Caribbean’s CBI programs. These give individuals the freedom to travel as they wish, while their investment into either government schemes or real estate projects provides jobs for thousands of people.

Most of the people that seek a second citizenship are law abiding and honest. Their only crime was to be born in a jurisdiction that often makes foreign travel difficult and sometimes impossible. To qualify for a second citizenship, they need to provide detailed information on every aspect of their lives. The process is rigorous and thorough. International experts vet every application and only once they declare themselves satisfied is the certificate of naturalization issued, granting to them citizenship.

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Britain’s Secret Plan for the Invasion of Grenada*

The Continuing Colonial Pillage of Puerto Rico*

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South America and another U.S Invasion*

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The Schumann Resonance Rising and Higher Consciousness*

The Schumann Resonance Rising and Higher Consciousness*

The Schumann resonances are oscillating magnetic frequencies that happen in the Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum. They are said to be generated by electromagnetic changes that happen within the earth’s core, that then affect the earth’s surface, and ionosphere, including the sentient beings living upon it. This resonance has been about the same for hundreds, if not thousands of years, but it seems to be changing. Why?

It has been assumed that the Earth, along with all living things on earth, is surrounded and protected with this natural frequency of pulsation of 7.83 HZ, or the Schumann resonance. The ancient Indian Rishis called this sound, OM. Whether by coincidence or not, it also happens to be a very powerful frequency to use with brainwave entrainment allowing human beings to access their full brains, and heightened consciousness.

Though the Schumann resonance can vary dependent upon the geographic location, it has been hovering around 7.8 cycles per second for years. This resonance is thought to be the ‘heartbeat of the earth,’ an oscillating frequency which we ourselves attune to in order to stay in balance energetically.

Gregg Braden claims to have found evidence that HAARP and other weaponized weather is messing with the Schumann resonance, offering that there is evidence in the Seattle library’s archives, and though this has not been verified, many others have suggested that that the Schumann frequency is not only altered to control us, but that we can also alter it, depending on our own level of consciousness.

In 2014, it was considered anomalous for the Schumann resonance frequency to have risen from its usual 7.83 HZ to somewhere in the 15-25 levels.

It looked like this in 2014

It looked like this in 2014

It looked like this in 2014:

This is what it looks like now: http://imgur.com/a/KUnqq Spike in Schumann Resonance in 2017

This is what it looks like now: http://imgur.com/a/KUnqq Spike in Schumann Resonance in 2017

 

There have been peaks to up to 36 HZ in recent days.

You can also track this in real time using the Space Observing System, here.

As the Heart Math institute’s research has revealed by collecting a continuous stream of data from the earth’s magnetic field, there does seem to be a shift occurring in global consciousness, evidenced by changes in the Schumann frequency. You can look at a spectrogram calendar to see the changes for yourself, here.

Moreover, the research suggests that when many people are in peaceful alignment, the resonance changes to reflect that. In other words, we are changing the magnetosphere of the planet with our thoughts and actions. This ‘coherence’ is likely being supported inter-galactically as well.

As NASA details,

“At any given moment about 2,000 thunderstorms roll over Earth, producing some 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around Earth captured between Earth’s surface and a boundary about 60 miles up. Some of the waves – if they have just the right wavelength – combine, increasing in strength, to create a repeating atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann resonance. This resonance provides a useful tool to analyze Earth’s weather, its electric environment, and to even help determine what types of atoms and molecules exist in Earth’s atmosphere.

The waves created by lightning do not look like the up and down waves of the ocean, but they still oscillate with regions of greater energy and lesser energy. These waves remain trapped inside an atmospheric ceiling created by the lower edge of the “ionosphere” – a part of the atmosphere filled with charged particles, which begins about 60 miles up into the sky. In this case, the sweet spot for resonance requires the wave to be as long (or twice, three times as long, etc.) as the circumference of Earth. This is an extremely low frequency wave that can be as low as 8 Hertz (Hz) – some one hundred thousand times lower than the lowest frequency radio waves used to send signals to your AM/FM radio. As this wave flows around Earth, it hits itself again at the perfect spot such that the crests and troughs are aligned. Voila, waves acting in resonance with each other to pump up the original signal.

While they’d been predicted in 1952, Schumann resonances were first measured reliably in the early 1960s. Since then, scientists have discovered that variations in the resonances correspond to changes in the seasons, solar activity, activity in Earth’s magnetic environment, in water aerosols in the atmosphere, and other Earth-bound phenomena.”

What NASA does not detail is how human consciousness can interact with these frequencies to change them. The Heart Math Institute calls this global coherence, but it is also known in hundreds of ancient texts as the ‘awakening.’

Additional scientific findings suggest:

  1. The Schumann Resonances are observed by experiment to emerge at several frequencies related to brainwaves. They range between 6 and 50 cycles per second, specifically 7.8 (alpha), 14 (low beta), 20 (mid beta), 26 (high beta), 33 (high beta), 39 (gamma) and 45Hz (gamma), with a daily variation of about +/- 0.5 Hertz.
  2. 83 is the strongest of the seven resonances, in the alpha brainwave range. If the rise in resonance continues, this primary resonance, the earth pulse, changes from sub band low alpha (7-10Hz) to sub band high alpha (10-12Hz), perhaps influencing our ability to deeply relax, balance and integrate our mind/body connection. It could influence REM sleep and dreaming. If it continues to rise, it will breach the threshold into ‘fast’ beta activity. Low beta (12-15Hz) is associated with lack of focused attention, and low beta can even reflect Attention Deficit Disorder.
  3. The amplitude (i.e. intensity) of the Schumann resonance is not constant, and appears to be extremely dependent upon tropical (and hence global) temperature. Indeed preliminary results seem to indicate that a mere one degree increase in temperature seems to be correlated with a doubling of the SR. This could not be more significant, as it is unknown what psychobiological effect these fluctuations could have on humans.

It seems the ‘awakening’ is happening through us, and to us, from within and via ‘external’ influences. Without doubt though the Schumann resonance is changing significantly, what remains to be seen, are the ramifications of these changes.

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Related Topics:

Schumann Resonance Fluctuating Frequency *

Schumann Frequency Resonance of the Earth Has Doubled*

Schumann Resonance of our Being

The Electro-magnetic Warfare on our Consciousness*

Plasma Waves and Obama’s Executive Order Regarding Space Weather Events*

U.S. Air Force to Alter Atmosphere with Plasma Bombs*

Earth Weakening Defences as Veil of Plasma is Discovered

CERN: Connection between Particles and Influenced Human Consciousness*

Cosmic Rays Evolve Consciousness and Transform DNA*

The aql is not Reason – it’s Consciousness*

In the Beginning was/is Consciousness*

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Challenges Latest DAPL Move in Court*

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Challenges Latest DAPL Move in Court*

By Yessenia Funes

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a legal brief yesterday (February 14) in their ongoing case against the Army Corps of Engineers. The motion asks the U.S. district court judge to reverse the Army’s move to grant an easement to developer Energy Transfer Partners on an expedited schedule.

Attorneys at Earthjustice had already notified U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg that they’d be filing a summary judgement.

“The motion for summary judgment asks the judge to rule on major legal questions that have not yet been resolved during this case, including whether National Environmental Policy Act requirements have been met and whether the Corps’ actions violate the tribe’s treaty rights,” the environmental law firm wrote in a press statement on its site.

The tribe is now arguing that the recent Corps’ decision—as well as the initial permits it granted in July 2016—is “arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law.” This include’s the administration’s move to reverse the Environmental Impact Statement process.

The plaintiffs are asking pipeline attorneys to respond within three weeks given that the attorneys say oil could be flowing in 30 days or fewer. Read the complete court filing here.

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A U.S. federal court judge ruled yesterday (February 13) against a temporary restraining order that the Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux tribes requested to halt construction of the remainder of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed the motion on February 9, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe joined their case the following day in response to the Army Corps of Engineers granting developer Energy Transfer Partners the final easement on February 8.

The tribes used a religious argument that hadn’t yet been presented to the judge:

“The Lakota people believe that the mere existence of a crude oil pipeline under the waters of Lake Oahe will desecrate those waters and render them unsuitable for use in their religious sacraments…

The Lakota people believe that the pipeline correlates with a terrible Black Snake prophesied to come into the Lakota homeland and cause destruction… The Lakota believe that the very existence of the Black Snake under their sacred waters in Lake Oahe will unbalance and desecrate the water and render it impossible for the Lakota to use that water in their Inipi ceremony… Without access to natural, unadulterated, and ritually pure water, the Lakota people cannot practice their religion. As Lake Oahe is the only natural, unadulterated, and ritually pure water available to the Tribe—a trust resource for which the United States owes the Tribe a fiduciary duty—desecration of these waters represents a substantial burden on the Tribe’s religious exercise. The United States cannot meet its burden of demonstrating that a compelling governmental interest justifies siting this pipeline under these sacred waters owned by the Tribe. And as the Corps has considered a litany of alternatives to placing the pipeline at this location under Lake Oahe, it cannot meet its burden of demonstrating that the crossing of the pipeline under Lake Oahe is the least restrictive means of furthering any governmental interest.”

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in September 2016, but the Obama administration intervened. The same is not expected now that Jeff Sessions is heading the Department of Justice.

The tribes also filed for a preliminary injunction. Boasberg will hear the case February 27. This ruling, however, will not affect the greater case the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed in July 2016, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Attorneys at Earthjustice who are representing the tribe, will file a motion for summary judgment today (February 14) to expedite the court’s ruling, says Phillip Ellis, senior press secretary for Earthjustice. “We’re trying to get a decision on this case before oil is flowing through the pipeline,” he informed Colorlines. Attorneys for the pipeline told the judge that oil could be flowing in 30 days or less. The summary judgment will add a new element to their case which alleges the administration’s decision to reverse that Environmental Impact Statement process on the pipeline was illegal.

A separate motion is moving through the courts from the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, who are requesting an injunction on the pipeline. They filed the suit against the Army February 11.

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White House Comment Line Back in Operation: Call Today with Your #NoDAPL Comment – 202-456-1111*

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The Congolese in their Struggle for Freedom*

The Congolese in their Struggle for Freedom*

By Daniel Fisher

Congolese people continue to pay a steep price in their resistance to a dictatorial regime backed by the U.S. and its allies. The world takes little notice. Congo is an immensely rich nation, but it is among the poorest due to a history of political meddling and resource theft by Western powers. The time has come to stand in solidarity with Congolese people.

Thirty-four Congolese civilians were murdered last December and hundreds detained after calling for President Joseph Kabila to respect his constitutional term limits and leave office. If you are anything like the average American, you probably haven’t heard any coverage of the Congolese youth risking their lives for political, social, and economic justice. News from Central Africa is sporadic, decontextualized and confined to a modern version of the ‘dark continent’ narrative.

Researchers have found that there is “a widespread belief in broadcasting that audiences are not interested in factual programming on the developing world.”

But: “Apparent in all of the groups was a greatly increased level of interest in the subject matter once the conflict was understood as resulting from a system of relationships in which the group members themselves were in some way involved.”

In other words, contextualized discussions re-conceptualized African problems as human problems that are interconnected to global structural problems.

The western corporate press is either silent or frames Congolese news in the least productive way imaginable. As we go about creating a new media in light of the abject failures of our corporate mainstream media, we must make sure we don’t leave behind some of the most courageous and democratically principled people on the planet: the Congolese population.

The ghost of Christmas past

Throughout King Leopold II of Belgium’s life he sought to acquire territory around the world for colonial purposes. In the mid-1870 he found a piece of territory that he believed had immense potential for riches: the remaining territory of the Kingdom of Kongo.

Subsequently, Leopold launched a propaganda campaign to gain formal recognition of his territory which he would later rename the Congo Free State. Pushed by lobbying efforts from the United States Chamber of Commerce, wealthy businessman Henry Shelton Sanford, and Congressional allies like former Confederate General/then Alabama Senator John Tyler Morgan, the United States broke the glass ceiling for King Leopold by becoming the first country to formally recognize his colony.

It would be a costly recognition. Leopold’s 23-year reign as owner of the ‘Congo Free State’ would kill an estimated 10 million Congolese. King Leopold unleashed one of the largest state terrorist campaigns in modern history. His 23-year imperial rule institutionalized beheadings and forced children to rape/kill their mothers/sisters if they did not meet their forced labor quotas on palm oil plantations.

Overcoming decades of brutality, Congo won its independence in 1960. In their first election as a free country, they elected anti-colonialist Patrice Lumumba. The 34-year-old’s time as prime minister would be short-lived. Immediately the United States sought to remove him from power. Former head of the CIA Allen Dules stated that Lumumba’s “removal must be an urgent and prime objective” of covert action. President Eisenhower “expressed his wish that Lumumba would fall into a river full of crocodiles.”

The prospect of Congolese citizens self-determining how to allocate resources was simply too risky for the United States. At first, the CIA tried to poison Lumumba but couldn’t get close enough. Undeterred, the United States decided they would pay off future 40-year dictator Mobutu Seseseko to murder him. By handing the Congo to one of the most notorious kleptocrats of the 20th century, the United States and other western allies ensured this would be the last peaceful transfer of power until today. With funding and military assistance, the United States and its western allies would help Mobutu crush and rob the Congo (which he renamed Zaire) of its natural resources until the end of the last century.

In the early 1990s, Congolese youth again overcame a brutal regime and took to the streets to demand democratic reforms. With great sacrifice, they slowly won reforms from the government. At the same time, America was shifting from Cold War dictatorial allies to a ‘new generation’ of leaders who would open their countries up to neoliberal reforms under the guise of promotion of democracy.

Mobutu was suddenly described as a ‘dinosaur’ who had to step down immediately. If he refused the U.S. and its allies would have the ‘responsibility to protect’ the Congolese citizens. This responsibility to protect doctrine would prove to be a leading argument for humanitarian imperialism.

Mobutu refused to leave power and so began what is typically referred to as Congo’s first war (1996-1997). United States regional allies successfully invaded Congo (Zaire) and successfully overthrew Mobutu and installed Laurent Kabila as leader of the newly named Democratic Republic of Congo. Laurent proved to not be as willing to allow the West and regional allies to loot Congolese resources as originally imaged.

Again, the American allies invaded DRC and, in 2001, assassinated Laurent Kabila and installed his son, Joseph Kabila, as president of the DRC. The war resulted in approximately 5 million deaths. Following the war, the United Nations found that Rwanda and Uganda systematically looted billions of dollars in resources from the DRC. Uganda was ordered to pay $10 billion by the International Court of Justice for their plundering. Apparently, after almost a decade, paying the fine is still being considered by President Yoweri Museveni.

The minerals include cassiterite, or tin ore, as well as coltan, used in devices such as mobile phones

 

The idea of humanitarian imperialism is quite striking. Namely, our allies could openly repress their populations, but if enemies of the state violated democratic principles they could be overthrown for humanitarian purposes. For example, Rwanda for a decade has been carrying out a global assassination campaign of Rwandans who have fled President Kagame’s autocratic regime. Presidential candidates have been jailed and former military officials have been killed for challenging Kagame’s narrative of the Rwandan genocide as well as his role in it. Yet, the U.S. continues to praise Kagame as a shining example of democratic values. President Museveni meanwhile has successfully blocked an international criminal court investigation into atrocities committed during the Congo war.

The ghost of Christmas present

Since being appointed as the head of the DRC, Joseph Kabila has won presidential elections twice. Both times were rife with voter suppression and irregularities. In 2011, Kabila was not able to secure 50% of the vote, but that was enough. Before the election he successfully removed the electoral runoff requirement. Despite the voter repression and boxes of votes apparently never counted, the United States endorsed the election results both times.

Throughout Joseph Kabila’s tenure he has jailed protesters, incorporated war criminals into positions of power, and unleashed his security forces on the Congolese population to quash dissent. The U.S. has at most voiced ‘concern’ (they endorsed plans to incorporate Rwandan war criminals into the Congolese security forces and were silent on the runoff removal) but has continued to support the Kabila regime because he allows (and gets a cut of) American allies to plunder Congolese resources.

As long as Kabila allowed access to what NATO refers to as critical resources and what the Pentagon calls strategic minerals, the U.S. would allow him to consolidate power by robbing the Congolese population of billions of dollars for his corporate western partners and himself.

The U.S. has gone as far as blocking language condemning the Rwandan M23 proxy invasion in 2012. After a year of the M23 using child soldiers, murdering civilians, raping women, and occupying cities to solidify criminal resource smuggling networks, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Kagame and told him to knock it off. Bosco Ntaganda would emerge from the woods and turn himself in to the ICC shortly after the call.

About a decade ago the United Nations recommended actions taken against western corporations for illegal dealings in the DRC, but again, the report was ignored by all parties. The social consequences are devastating. The United Nations Human Development Index ranks the DRC near dead last. Humanitarian intervention doesn’t apply when it suits our geopolitical interests.

But now Kabila’s second term has ended. Thanks to the courageous activism of Congolese youth, years of trying to change the constitution to increase the term limits have failed. Unsurprisingly, they have paid a heavy price. LUCHA, Telema, and other Congolese civilians have been killed (the UN described the pattern of killings as shoot-to-kill orders) and arbitrarily detained for demanding Kabila follow the constitution and to stop stealing billions of dollars of their resources.

LUCHA activist Luc Nkulula described why Kabila is having difficulty crushing the Congolese youth:

“The government is scared of us because we are calling for change and we are not like the opposition groups it is used to dealing with. We have no single leader so the government does not know how to control us.” A true democratic movement.

Instead of throwing diplomatic weight behind these peaceful democratic youth groups, the United States has reduced their statements to a timely election (that is, years past the constitutional deadline). Even more disgusting, the United States issued its standard “both-sides-should-stop” statement that is eerily similar to Obama’s call for the American indigenous population and the North Dakota police to BOTH knock off the violence.

Spokesman John Kirby stated,

“We appeal to all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from statements or actions that could incite further violence.”

A meaningless statement. The press didn’t ask a single follow up question after this statement, instead the discussion largely focused on Russia.

At the same time the United States is calling for Kabila to not change the constitution, they are silent about Kagame changing the constitution so he can run for a third term! To the United States, the DRC must continue to be a weak state for the Congolese people. The only function of a state that the DRC is allowed to exercise is violence on their population. This suppresses Congolese self-determination. At the same time, the DRC’s designed institutional corruption allows the US to maintain a footprint in a critical part of the continent while wearing a humanitarian veil.

The ghost of Christmas future

Unfortunately, for Congo it may soon find itself in the war on terror narrative. As one LUCHA activist put it, “If the government squashes the Lucha, this not only means the failure of the Lucha, but the failure of non-violence, which is extremely dangerous.”

That’s probably okay in the United States’ mind, for one, the United Nations Security Council has already approved a drone program in the DRC. A resolution passed under the cover of the Rwandan sponsored M23 invasion. As the U.S. continues to expand the world as a battlefield through drone warfare, raw materials required for drone assembly will become increasingly critical. The U.S. has no domestic coltan so expect the ‘American interests’ in the region to expand in a country that has 24 trillion dollars’ worth of mineral reserves.

 

Days to leaving office, Obama formally declared war on Al-Shabab. The United States and the Africa Union rely heavily on Ugandan troops in Somalia. “Kampala is the political equivalent of a brokerage firm for rebels, rebellions and peace missions. It has more troops abroad than any other country aside of the U.S. itself.” That will mean the continuation or furthering of American diplomatic immunity provided to corrupt Congolese forces and the American regional allies.

As Central Africa is incorporated into the war on terror and the United States continues its long legacy of defining democracy as choosing between candidates that ensure access to ‘American interests’ we must counter this narrative with a deeper contextual discussion of African problems as our problems. Supporting and standing in solidarity with groups such as Friends of Congo, Telema, and LUCHA will begin to make up for the atrocities committed in our names. Challenges to corrupt institutions are rightly being covered by alternative news outlets, but we will never be able to create a just world system without standing in solidarity and listening to those who have experienced the brunt of the injustice.

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The Secret Race to get Congo’s Uranium to Destroy Hiroshima*

How the World Runs on Looting the Congo*

U.S. Sponsors Rape in Congo*

Leaked Trump Presidential Memo Would Free U.S. Companies to Buy Conflict Minerals from Central African Warlords*

You’re not a ‘Hitler’ if you Kill Ten Million Africans*

What Does Ebola, Gas and Oil Have in Common?*

 

ND Governor Orders Immediate Evacuation of Oceti Sakowin Camp*

ND Governor Orders Immediate Evacuation of Oceti Sakowin Camp*

By Levi Rickert

Photo by Jenni Monet

North Dakota  Governor Doug Burgum on Wednesday afternoon issued an Evacuation Order of Oceti Sakowin camp “effective immediately.”

With between 300 to 400 campers still camping on Wednesday at Oceti Sakowin camp, several have been attempted to leave the camp. Reports out of camp are Morton County sheriff deputies have been stationed at the main entrance to the camp and been arresting some attempting to leave. Personal belongings are being confiscated. 

… February 14, 2017, Maj. French Pope of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Headquarters Operations Center will visit the main protest camp – which lies on Corps-managed federal land – to assess the situation and determine what resources are needed to complete the environmental cleanup before potential major spring flooding arrives.

The following statement was issued by the Governor Burgum on Tuesday:

“With near-record high temperatures expected later this week and significant meltwater flooding already occurring, the situation grows increasingly unsafe by the day. Immediate action is needed to protect human life and prevent any further pollution of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. Today’s assessment by the Army Corps of Engineers is crucial to accelerating the cleanup process so this land can be properly cleared of garbage, structures, vehicles and human waste before it washes into the rivers. We cannot afford to wait any longer.

The National Weather Service reports that watersheds including the Knife, Heart, and Cannonball rivers should be on the watch for rising water levels and an increased risk of ice-related high water near the end of the week.

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