Given his personal history perhaps it is no surprise that Justin Trudeau is fond of monarchies. The United Arab Emirates is a repressive monarchy that pursues violent, anti-democratic, policies in its region. Despite this — or maybe because of it —Trudeau’s Liberal government has strengthened ties to the federation of seven Emirates. And unlike Canada’s claims to be promoting democracy in Venezuela or the Ukraine, there has been little mention of this in the media or scrutiny in Parliament.
After the mass demonstrations that took to the streets on October 17 to denounce the corrupt government of Jovenal Moise, it seems that the focus of the demand has taken a step forward and is no longer just the claim for the funds diverted from PetroCaribe, but that the people angered by police repression that today cost another life, are now directly demanding for the resignation of Moise. PetroCaribe was the last straw since the diversion of funds, which Bolivarian Venezuela offered as a gesture to attend to the serious problems of the country, is seen, logically, by the population as a crime, in a country where suffering is something that happens daily. From this collective state of mind, these new rebels have emerged.
By Sarah Kinosian for The Guardian - Earlier in the day, the Coordinator of the Alliance in Opposition to the Dictatorship, Mel Zelaya, presented slides of vote tally sheets altered by the election Authorities to give more votes to the current President Juan Orlando Hernandez and take votes away from the Opposition Alliance candidate Salvador Nasrallah. Each party Receives tally sheets from each voting station and so the Opposition Alliance was able to compare Their tally sheets With Those posted by the electoral Authorities and found That election the Authorities HAD Frequently altered the results, even creating new tally sheets to Increase the number of votes for Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH as He is called) and reduces Those of the Opposition Alliance. The Liberal Party, Which came in third place, is willing to Provide ITS Also copies of the tally sheets for comparison. I was Salvador Nasrallah Declared Requesting a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States to present the vote tally sheets. The Opposition Alliance's findings Suggest a major fraud operation by the Electoral Authorities, Who are aligned Firmly With US-backed President Juan Orlando Hernandez, to try to thwart a massive popular vote That roundly rejected His re-election effort.
By Whitney Webb for Mint Press News - About three-quarters of the world’s dictatorships currently receive military assistance from the United States. This is a strange record for a nation that consistently justifies its sweeping foreign interventions as aimed at “promoting democracy” and “thwarting evil dictatorships.” In the Cold War it was “He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” Current analysis shows the U.S. militarily assisting dictators the world over, calling it “promoting democracy,” and disingenuously wondering why it’s all going so badly. For much of its history, the United States government has explained or defended its intervention in the affairs of other nations by framing such behavior as necessary to “promote democracy” abroad and to thwart the advance of “evil dictators.” While the use of those phrases has hardly dwindled over the years, establishment figures have been forced to admit in recent years that the U.S.’ democracy promotion efforts haven’t gone quite as planned. For instance, last year, Foreign Policy published an article headlined “Why is America So Bad at Promoting Democracy in Other Countries?” There, Harvard professor Stephen M. Walt noted that most of the U.S.’ democracy promotion efforts abroad end in failure, with nearly a quarter of the world’s democracies having been degraded in the past 30 years.
By Eric Margolis for Common Dreams - Few people have ever heard of Myanmar’s Rohingya people. Not many more could find Myanmar on a map – particularly after its name was changed some years ago from Burma to Myanmar. The exception is Burma’s sainted lady leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who became a worldwide celebrity and Nobel Prize winner. The media loved her, a sort of Burmese Joan of Arc versus its brutal military junta. But now, tragically, the Rohingya are headline news thanks to Myanmar’s brutal ethnic cleansing of one of the world’s most abused, downtrodden people. Almost as revolting is the world’s failure to take any action to rescue the Rohingya from murder, rape, arson and ethnic terrorism. In recent weeks, over 270,000 Rakhines have been driven from their homes in Rakhine State in western Myanmar and now cower in makeshift refugee camps just across the border in Bangladesh in the midst of monsoon season. Rohingya have lived for centuries in Burma/Myanmar. Some of their ancestors may have been brought as coolies or indentured laborers from neighboring East Bengal (today Bangladesh) by the British rulers of the region. Once again, the British Empire was behind yet another world problem. Burma is a hodgepodge of peoples and ethnicities. The largest, about 60%, are Buddhist Burmans, but there are many other important groups like Karen, Kachin, Chin, Mon and Shan.
By Medea Benjamin for Other Words - The U.S. is selling weapons to a country that's killing a child every 10 minutes. That has to stop. While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too. Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?