They Said We Are Their Slaves | Human Rights Watch

Sexual Violence by Armed Groups in the Central African Republic

During nearly five years of conflict, armed groups in the Central African Republic have committed widespread sexual violence and used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war.

Two main parties to the conflict, the Seleka and anti-balaka, have used sexual violence to punish women and girls, particularly along sectarian lines. In many cases, the sexual violence Human Rights Watch documented amounts to torture.

Historic impunity for sexual violence in the country, as well as a largely dysfunctional justice system, give survivors little hope for justice. Most cases Human Rights Watch documented are not only crimes under Central African law but constitute war crimes and may constitute crimes against humanity.

Despite this, to date not a single member of an armed group is known to have been punished for rape.

https://www.hrw.org/video-photos/interactive/2017/10/05/they-said-we-are-their-slaves

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Top Democrat suggests Wells Fargo should be shut down entirely

Wells Fargo, has apologized for making mistakes that hurt customers.

Unfortunately, this is not an apology but a minimizing of the facts, an #AlternativeFact that suggest that the activities that lead to the investigation of Wells Fargo are no bigger than the Teller forgetting to send the customer a new ATM card when requested. No, the activities that Wells Fargo engaged in are so egregious that several high ranking corporate staff were fired, Wells Fargo has several class action lawsuits and Wells Fargo has had to go and answer questions before the House Financial Services Committee.

I can understand how Auntie Maxine and other Democrats on the committee would think that Wells Fargo needs to be held to a higher standard of accountability.

{Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, issued a 38-page report on Friday slamming regulators for failing to punish the bank more severely for its recent scandals.}

Personally, as an American citizen the way Wells Fargo has been allowed to skate any serious punishment and the fact that I never expected them to be held to a basic level of accountability is very insulting. The insult is two-fold. Firstly, Wells Fargo even though a corporation is considered the same as a person in some instances; instances that benefits them and those politicians who benefit from a relationship with Wells Fargo. Secondly, regards to the parts of this situation that might be considered instances of criminal activity Wells Fargo once again becomes a corporation and doesn’t have to face criminal charges. This is the insult to injury part of the entire situation, even with Wells Fargo is having to pay damages via the class action lawsuits no one is going to jail. If I had started a bank account in someone else’s name it’s almost guaranteed that I will end up in jail. Yet, no one at Wells Fargo is facing criminal charges.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/02/investing/wells-fargo-shut-down-democrats/index.html

The Takeover How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent—and reap a profit from it.

After a stranger became their guardian, Rudy and Rennie North were moved to a nursing home and their property was sold.

My mother was in nursing homes for several years prior to her death. While the fact is that we as a family had no choice but to place her in a nursing home there has still been conflict regarding her very little assets. But becoming the caregiver for my mother opened me up to a whole new world of conversation with coworkers. It seems that a large majority of my coworkers were also caregivers for their parents. Some parents still lived independently, some lived with their kids and others kids lived with them. No matter what the living situation the question of the assets were always problematic. The thought that a complete stranger could come into the situation and muddy the waters more is terrifying.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights/amp

Trial and Terror

The U.S. government has prosecuted 810 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.

As a descendant of enslaved Africans I often have a different perception of news events and political speeches than people who immigrated from Europe. That being said, I also know acknowledge that my definition of words, events and situations is also colored by my perception. So my first thought when reading this is based upon the history of how blacks were investigated and charged with crime during the Civil Rights movement.

Luckily I am not alone in my questioning of information that I have been feed. Others who also happen to question what they are being feed have investigated, analyzed information from various sources and compiled new data. It is no surprise to me that this new data may contradict information that the government is determined to feed the public.

{To build our Homegrown Terror database, we obtained data from a variety of sources: theCongressional Research Service, the FBI, DT Analytics, The Heritage Foundation, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, New America, Mother Jones, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Abortion Federation and the Animal Liberation Front’s ownwebsite. In addition, we set up news filters and searched journalism databases to scoop up missing incidents, using search terms such as “Islamist,” “sovereign citizen,” “Oath Keeper,” “ecoterrorism” and so on.

Through public databases and Freedom of Information Act requests, we collected primary court and law enforcement documents for almost every incident and carefully examined them, in combination with credible news coverage, to check whether each entry met the FBI criteria that define domestic terrorism. Incidents that met the definition were included, regardless of whether prosecutors filed terrorism charges. Some incidents inevitably involved judgment calls. To adjudicate those, we turned to a panel of experts: William Banks, director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at the Syracuse University College of Law; Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University; and Daryl Johnson, former senior domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, now the owner and CEO of consulting firm DT Analytics. They provided guidance on whether to include or exclude borderline cases, such as those related to hate crimes, mental illness and confrontations with law enforcement.

https://www.revealnews.org/blog/how-we-analyzed-domestic-terror-incidents/ }

One fact that would surprise white America is the fact that American extremest have killed almost the same number of people as Islamic extremest. Yet, these American extremest are not likely to be charged as terrorist.

The difference between the number of incidents of terrorism is the government not classifying most incident that are non-Muslim as terrorism. My purpose is only to provide information for you with information to make a decisions.

https://trial-and-terror.theintercept.com/

Inside the alt-right: ‘Genocidal behind closed doors’ | USA | Al Jazeera

By now everyone in America has heard or seen evidence of the alt-right. While 45 tries to deflect news reports on the alt-right by verbally attacking the NFL, North Korea and Puerto Rico we American minorities know and acknowledge that the alt-right has been around for more than a century and that it’s membership has infiltrated local and Federal government.

The alt-right are employed in public schools, the police station, the fire departments, as doctors and nurses, as public defender, prosecutors, and judges. And now as 45.

But as we acknowledge these facts we also acknowledge that as history has indicated we are still here and thriving in spite of the alt-right.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/09/alt-genocidal-closed-doors-170922152644834.html

From CNN: Air Force academy head to racists: ‘Get out’

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the superintendent of the US Air Force Academy, made a sharp statement to cadets after racial slurs were discovered on students’ rooms.

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out,” he said. “If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or with different colored skin with respect, then you need to get out.”

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/09/29/jay-silveria-air-force-academy-cadets-full.youtube-usafaofficial

Seneca Village Site – The Official Website of Central Park NYC

History has a way of #Whitewashing all of the facts of any given situation. The facts as listed suggested that Central Park was constructed to benefit the wealthy white residents of the surrounding areas. Most suggest that this was about property values and it probably was but how much was also about not wanting the growing “Negro and Irish” community to continue in such close proximity to their homes. Sure they could have arranged for those particular individuals to have to move their community but the only way to permanently guarantee that no more “undesirables” move into the area was to turn the area into a place where no one could live. Now this is only a guess at motives for historical events but the powerful people of that time could have influenced politicians to work to fulfill their desires.

http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attractions/seneca-village-site.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-secrets-new-yorks-central-park-180957937/