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Venezuelan gang and Colombian paramilitary assassinated Serra

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President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, during his speech in the Miraflores Palace.
The president of Venezuela called for the elimination of terrorist groups operating in the country.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, revealed on Wednesday details of the investigation into the murder of legislator Robert Serra.
The young legislator and his partner were murdered in their apartment two weeks ago.

Maduro spoke from the presidential palace, in Caracas and live on public television, calling for the elimination of both local and foreign terrorist groups active in Venezuela, "plotting" to destablize the country. "Be absolutely certain that we will get to the masterminds of Serra's murder inside and outside the country," he said.

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Slain legislator Robert Serra
President Maduro asserted that Serra's assassination was planned by a paramilitary leader in Colombia. He did not identify the leader but explained that he hired a Venezuelan gang to kill Serra. Maduro alleged that Serra's body guard Torres Camacho, was also directly involved. Maduro said the assassination was another attempt to destabilize Venezuela.

Comment: The assassination of United Socialist Lawmaker Robert Serra reportedly cost around $250,000, paid by a source in Colombia and transferred to the Venezuela gang. Former Colombian president and now Senator Alvaro Uribe (a bought paramilitary stooge) has been linked to the assassination while Serra's bodyguard, Torres, and Lorent Saleh (right-wing Venezuela youth leader and terrorist suspect) have been arrested. Saleh made a statement that 20 mid-level leaders will be killed to avenge his recent arrest, hence the killing of Serra. According to incriminating videos released by the Venezuelan government, Saleh was working alongside former military agents and paramilitaries in Colombia in order to carry out terror attacks on the Venezuelan border.

New information reveals the Colombian paramilitaries were also planning the deaths of National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello and Minister Hector Rodriguez as part of the plot to destabilize the country. Uribe is under investigation in the psychological torture of journalist Claudia Julieta Duque and implicated in wiretapping scandals from his administration in 2008 and another this year. Links in the Serra murder to U.S. government protected activists in Miami allege a co-conspiracy as "intellectual authors" of the Serra assassination.

Paramilitarism, not a typical part of Venezuela's history, has been introduced through civil servants on the border by giving identity cards to gangsters who then infiltrate the general populace to carry out their attacks. Not surprising that the U.S. has its hand in this game.

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The 2011 English summer riots: Courts accused of 'collective hysteria'

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A review of sentencing following the 2011 English riots has shown that sentences were much harsher than realised at first.

And just as people got caught up in the riots and acted out of character the study, carried out by The University of Manchester and Liverpool John Moores University, found that the courts themselves got caught up in a similar kind of collective hysteria.

Dr Hannah Quirk, a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Justice from The University of Manchester, was the co-author of the research which has just been published in The British Journal of Criminology. She said: "Whilst the offending may have been impulsive, sentencing should not be."

The summer riots of 2011 were commonly described as the worst in living memory due to the speed with which they spread over such a wide geographical area. The disorder began after Mark Duggan, was shot dead by the police in Tottenham, north London.

Over three thousand prosecutions were brought in connection with the unrest, which saw streets in parts of the country awash with violence, looting and arson. By 31 August 2012, of the 2,158 convicted, all but 20 had been sentenced with the vast majority of offending having taken place in London, followed by the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.
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British man found dead in Bali; Indonesian wife 'admits' to hiring hitmen

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A photo of Noor Ellis and Robert Ellis, taken from the former's Facebook page. This was widely circulated by media after reports of the killing.
The body of a British man was found tied up in a ditch with his throat slashed on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, in what police said was a killing ordered by his own wife.

Local residents found the man, identified by police as 60-year-old Robert Kelvin Ellis, on Tuesday after noticing a suspicious looking object next to a paddy field, which was far from any houses.

The body was starting to decompose when it was discovered in a village between the tourist areas of Ubud and Kuta, a detective said, leading police to believe the victim died more than 24 hours previously.

Ellis, who was also an Australian passport holder, had been living at a villa in the tourist area of Sanur for some years.
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Congolese gynecologist from the rape capital of the world wins EU prize

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Dr. Denis Mukwege and his team have treated more than 30,000 rape victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has described how women arrive at his hospital sometimes naked, usually bleeding and leaking urine and faeces from torn vaginas
The European Union has awarded a top human rights prize to a Congolese doctor renowned for treating victims of sexual violence in a country with the dubious title of rape capital of the world.

Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, E.U. Parliament president Martin Schulz announced on Tuesday.

According to Schulz, Mukwege was "unanimously" selected by judges for his "fight for the protection especially of women."

Mukwege is widely regarded as the world's leading expert on treating internal injuries caused by gang rape. He is also the founder of the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since the outbreak of the Second Congo War, Mukwege and his team have treated more than 30,000 rape victims.

During the war, Mukwege became known for working up to 18 hours a day, and performing as many as 10 surgeries in a single shift. Since the war he has been credited with revolutionizing treatment of rape injuries, and has become one of the most well-known African doctors on the world stage.

Comment: Mr. Denis Mukwege is to be applauded for his selfless efforts.
Yet, the EU pulls a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stunt on us again, handing out prizes to people that clearly have the interests of humanity at heart. At the same time they themselves together with the U.S. are involved in imperial wars all over the planet. The DRC has immense economic resources. Enough said.

Rape as part of a strategy: Monstrous: Peacekeepers in Somalia rape women who seek aid and medicine
Syrian women raped in Turkish refugee camps by Obama backed terrorists

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'Someone can rob your house?': City auctions off woman's house over $95 tax bill they sent to the wrong address

Xui Lui
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The City of Norcross, Georgia, recently auctioned off Xui Lui's home because she had an overdue tax bill of $94.85, which she never received.

Lui, the mother of a 4-year-old, bought her two bedroom condo in 2011 and has always paid her local taxes, except for the first year.

The city sent her certified letters about the tax bill, but to the wrong address, notes CBS Atlanta.

Lui was recently told by the city that she must move out by Nov. 25 because her condo has been legally sold to another person via city auction.

"Where are we going to go? I have nowhere. This is my house. Why do I need to move out?" Lui told WSB-TV (video below).

Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith said in a statement on Monday: "We are going back and doing our due diligence. [The city contractor who handled the sale] will try to work something out."

Lui, who is trying to find a lawyer to stop her eviction, stated, "Someone can rob your house? Rob your property? This is not American style, right?"
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Tennessee woman sentenced to jail for not mowing her lawn

Mowing the Lawn
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The trend of average U.S. citizens being incarcerated by overzealous judges and prosecutors within the police state formerly known as America continues with reckless abandon. In fact, these sorts of cases are becoming so commonplace I simply cannot keep up with all of them.

The following story is a perfect followup to my piece earlier today, which shows how American public school students are being arrested or harassed by police for the most minor of infractions, such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates' chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.

If you are an adult American slave, you can add not mowing your lawn to the list of prison-worthy crimes in the police state.
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Chicago drivers have wised up to speed cameras - and it's bankrupting the city

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Citizens in Chicago are costing the city tens of millions by obeying the law, giving credence to the notion that crime really does pay, and is not only profitable but necessary for the state to survive.

Over the last year Rahm Emanuel and company have flooded the city with speed cameras in an attempt to create a windfall of revenue generation.

Original estimates of revenue to be collected were upwards of $100 million but good drivers set back this greedy political goal $50 million. This shortage is in spite of the city's best efforts to trick drivers into getting the tickets by placing the cameras in the proximity to schools and parks.

The tickets come with a $100 sticker price and the residents of Chicago got wise to this scam real quick.

Good behavior is bad for the budget.

Now the city will have to rob the citizens of Chicago in other ways to make up for their $50 million dollar budget shortfall.

This is a perfect example of how the system never sets out to prevent crime, they only wish to control it for profit.
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Hollow justice and courts of order in an age of government-sanctioned tyranny

"The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people." - Justice William O. Douglas
Justice in America
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Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day.

A Michigan couple that has been raising chickens in their backyard as a source of healthy food for their family could get up to 90 days in jail for violating a local ban on backyard hens. A Kentucky prison guard who was charged with 25 counts of sexual abuse against female inmates, trafficking controlled substances, and 50 counts of official misconduct walks away with no jail time and seven years' probation.

A 53-year-old Virginia man is facing 20 years in jail for kidnapping, despite the fact that key evidence shows him to be innocent and his accuser a liar, yet the courts claim they're unable to do anything about it. Meanwhile, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent refusal to hear the case of Jones v. U.S., judges can now punish individuals for crimes of which they may never have been convicted or even charged.

With every ruling handed down, it becomes more apparent that we live in an age of hollow justice, with government courts, largely lacking in vision and scope, rendering narrow rulings focused on the letter of the law. This is true at all levels of the judiciary, but especially so in the highest court of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, which is seemingly more concerned with establishing order and protecting government agents than with upholding the rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Given the turbulence of our age, with its police overreach, military training drills on American soil, domestic surveillance, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, wrongful convictions, and corporate corruption, the need for a guardian of the people's rights has never been greater.

Yet when presented with an opportunity to weigh in on these issues, what does our current Supreme Court usually do? It ducks. Prevaricates. Remains silent. Speaks to the narrowest possible concern. More often than not, it gives the government and its corporate sponsors the benefit of the doubt. Rarely do the concerns of the populace prevail.

In this way, preoccupied with their personal politics, cocooned in a priggish world of privilege, partial to those with power, money and influence, and narrowly focused on a shrinking docket (the court accepts on average 80 cases out of 8,000 each year), the justices of the current Supreme Court rarely venture beyond their rarefied comfort zones.
Snakes in Suits

U.S. 'journalist's' mask slips: Happy to see the rape and destruction of Syria

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Robert Caruso, a journalist with a military background is probably just more overt than many of the programmed, paid off, and pathological individuals that make up the U.S.'s mainstream media.
It is well-known among informed observers and virtually anyone that has even the smallest shred of discernment that mainstream media outlets are nothing more than the mouthpieces for their respective governments, banks, and corporations. These outlets act as a clear propaganda machine drumming up the beat for war by the presentation of clever narratives, subtle falsehoods, and outright lies.

Such deceit relies on the trust of a beguiled public who simply cannot fathom the idea that they are being lied to on such a mass scale. Indeed, the secrecy of the true agenda is what gives propaganda its power. So it is very rare that mainstream outlets, their "journalists," or other major figures openly state the agenda that is behind their reporting and gives purpose to their every word.

But this is exactly what Robert Caruso of the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Daily Beast, The Jerusalem Post, and other mainstream outlets did in a fit of rage yesterday evening.

Caruso is well known for his hardcore adherence to the absurd notion that Bashar al-Assad is committing atrocities against the Syrian people, that there is such a thing as "moderate rebels," and that the U.S. and its NATO allies should arm terrorists and engage in military operations inside Syria.
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Three U.N. peacekeepers killed in Darfur

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UNAMID peacekeeper troops in East Darfur.
Two peacekeepers serving in the joint United Nations-African Union force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region were killed in an attack, and a third later died from his injuries, the U.N. secretary-general said Thursday.

Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack and said it has been "a bloody October for U.N. peacekeeping," with 14 peacekeepers killed this month in Darfur, Mali and the Central African Republic. This amounts to "nearly one per day," he told reporters.

The Ethiopian soldiers were guarding a water borehole in Korma, North Darfur, when they came under attack by a group of unidentified armed men, Ashraf Eissa, the spokesman for the joint mission in Darfur, said by telephone.

"This highlights the exceptionally challenging environments in which today's peacekeepers operate," Ban said.

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In a statement, Abidoun Bashua, acting Joint Special Representative of the mission, said the attack was reported to the Sudanese foreign minister and called on Sudan's government to act swiftly to bring the attackers to justice. He said an attack on peacekeepers is a war crime.

Rebel groups have been fighting in the vast western region of Sudan for more than a decade, and the security situation has worsened this year. The U.N. says 61 peacekeepers have been killed in Darfur since the start of the mission in 2007.

Comment: The African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) is a joint African Union and United Nations peacekeeping mission formally approved by a UN Security Council resolution in 2007 to bring stability to the Darfur region of Sudan while peace talks on a final settlement continue. Seven years later, the need for this peacekeeping mission is still in play. During this span of time, approximately 385,000 people have been displaced due to the ongoing conflict begun in 2003.

UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate, but is also tasked with contributing to security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of agreements, and assisting an inclusive political process aimed at ending the conflict that erupted in the Darfur region of Sudan over 10 years ago.

It is also tasked with contributing to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on the situation along the borders with Chad and the Central African Republic.

Nearly one peacekeeper has died per day this October. The price of peace?

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f325037a821f42ca9c52b7e5147f0e92/un-chief-2-peacekeepers-killed-darfur

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