It's so difficult to understand how any human being can justify the killing of mass groups of people. Goldahngen's who's own father survived the Jewish holocaust, points out that extreme cruelty is at the heart of genocide. Though you hear time and time again soldiers say they were just doing their job or following orders, but if that were true, why is there always evidence of torture, rape and unimaginable suffering before killing them.
The victims are thought of as subhumans, thus making it okay to kill them. People who chose to kill another human being, basically don't view them as humans and its starts years before the actual events.
Contrary to popular belief, genocide doesn't happen spontaneously. Many times years of propaganda, describing and depicting a particular group as a threat, as a danger to their way of life, etc. Examples of this are Serbia, Nazi Germany and Rwanda. Add to the mix the feeling that they are untouchable and nothing can stop them.
Genocide's goal is to eliminate a group of people. Glodhagen says we should remain vigilant and be aware of any elimination policies, before the mention of killing even starts.
The Armenian Genocide by the Turks, during WWI are yet to be recognize, though France has now criminalized the denial of said genocide, which has enfudiared the Turks - Tuff!
This film is also available at http://to.pbs.org/hMZzq0 Watch Daniel Goldhagen's ground-breaking documentary focused on the worldwide phenomenon of genocide, which premiered on PBS on April 14, 2010.
HAVANA (AP) — A coalition of Cuban exiles sailed south from Florida on Friday to protest the island's human rights record with a nighttime fireworks display, eliciting a stern rebuke from Havana officials who called it an affront to national sovereignty.
Organizers said their boats would anchor a little more than 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the Cuban capital, just outside Cuba's territorial waters, and by early evening multicolored explosions could be seen intermittently far off on the horizon from Havana.
Only a handful of people were along the Malecon oceanside promenade amid a steady wind and sporadic rain. Almost entirely missing were the masses of young Cubans who gather to socialize on a normal Friday night.
When an Associated Press crew tried to interview the few who were there, a pro-government crowd of more than 20 people ran across the wide boulevard yelling "American press!" and demanding that a video camera be turned over. Some were holding bottles of alcohol and appeared to have been drinking.
The journalists identified themselves as accredited members of the press with the right to work in Cuba. One cameraman was punched in the face, another's thumb was sprained and a video camera was broken in the melee before the crew managed to leave the scene.
Havana, October 17, 2011- Six agents from Cuban State Security arrested independent journalist Carlos Rios Otero at his home at 5:30 pm on Friday the 14th.
Rios Otero, who is a member of Independent Press Agency Hablemos Press, had published an article the day before detailing the critical condition of Lady in White Laura Pollan and other cases of Ladies in White who became ill after being injected during acts of repression.
According to the journalist, the agents took him to the Aguilera police station in Lawton, Havana, where he was constantly threatened until after midnight.
His arrest took place two hours before the announcement of Laura Pollan's death, at the same time when it became evident that many of the cell phones of peaceful opposition members had been cut off.
At the home of the journalist at Correa #163, Santos Suarez, a patrol car appeared with two uniformed police officers and two plainclothes agents of State Security. Another two agents in civilian clothes arrived on motorcycles. One said to Rios: "Carlos, we need to talk."
In his articles for Hablemos Press, one on September 12th "IPK Denounces Medical Power," and on October 28th, "Lethal Vaccinations against the Cuban Dissidence," Rios explored the possible relationship between the grave illness of Laura Pollan and the puncture inflicted on her at the last attack she suffered.
He cited previous instances, such as the other Ladies in White who had been injected and then suffered dizzy spells, blurry vision, fever, loss of equilibrium, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, irregular menstrual cycles with heavy bleeding, and other symptoms attributable to bacterial infection or reactions to toxic substances.
Rios said: "They placed me in the back seat between two plainclothes agents and with the two motorcycles leading a caravan that appeared to me as if I were the president of the republic. In the Aguilera station at a section they call "The Pit," they interrogated me and the four agents threatened me regarding signs that had appeared in the streets with the word "NO." I belong to the "NO" campaign. They threatened me with prison for the signs, calling it a "crime of propaganda for the enemy," but I refused to sign an "admission." They interrogated me about my friends and about a repair done on my house - remember that Dr. Darsi Ferrer was imprisoned on the pretext of the materials used in the repair of his house. They avoided talking about my articles dealing with the health of Laura Pollan and the puncture she suffered on her forearm during the last act of repression carried out by them and their paramilitary "Rapid Response Brigades." After releasing me around midnight, one said, 'Laura has died.'"
Carlos Rios believes that the sudden interest in him has nothing to do with the signs on the streets, but with the death of Laura Pollan while he writes of how the government's "battle of ideas" includes suspicious injections.
According to family members, Lady in White and photo journalist for Hablemos Press, Sandra Guerra, was "sequestered by State Security agents on Saturday morning when she was traveling to Havana to attend the funeral for Pollan."
Laura Pollan Toledo was one of the cofounders of the Cuban opposition movement known as Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White). This group arose spontaneously after the arrests in Cuba's Black Spring, of 75 opponents to the regime of Fidel Castro. Women, wives, mothers, sisters and other female relatives of these peaceful men came together to demand their immediate release.
Laura is the wife of independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, imprisoned in the 2003 crackdown and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. She was a Professor of Spanish and literature, she worked until May 2004 when she left to fight for her husband's unjust imprisonment.
Laura has spoken out many times, explaining to the international community the repression prevailing in Cuba and denounced the inhuman conditions suffered by prisoners of conscience, deported to prisons far from their families, not receiving proper medical care and to be victims of cruel and degrading treatment.
The home of Laura is one of the meeting places of the Ladies in White. State Security knows this , so more than once Laura has found among her things hidden microphones. But she does not mind, in these five years of struggle for freedom for her husband and all Cuban prisoners of conscience, she and the other ladies have proved to be too brave to be intimidated with threats.
A courageous attitude has led them to confront a host of difficult situations. Insults, threats and smear campaigns released by the Cuban government made every day in their lives. On April 21, 2008, the world witnessed the violent eviction of a group of ladies who were protesting peacefully in the Revolution Square in Havana. Among them was Laura.
As a member of Las Damas de Blanco, Laura along with the other Ladies in White was honored with the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Human Rights in 2005, and in 2006 the prize from Human Rights First.
She contracted a viral infection that affected her lungs and was admitted to the Hospital "Calixto García" in Havana in were she contracted, a second virus that affected her kidneys and she also contracted dengue fever and died on Friday 14 October 2011 in the evening, leaving a deep emptiness and pain in the Cuban community and all lovers of freedom and democracy.
I should have posted here when I received the knews of Laura Pollan death, but I felt like the wind was just beat out of me. I know that things like this have been happening in Cuba since the Castro's came to power, but it never stops being shocking. Laura Pollan, president of "The Ladies in White", was one of the most important leaders that the dissidents had and now she is gone and though she lives in our hearts, this sad news is very difficult for us.
She marched for the freedom of Cuba among the blows and shoves of the State sponsored mobs, never bowing her head and even while being injured by the violence, she marched on.
She and other dissidents had reported, being poked with needles by members of these mobs, so the possibility that she was poisoned or infected with a biological agent is very real. The Castro's are well documented on these methods of destroying the opposition in the style of the former Soviet Union!
She was able to accomplish what no one in 5 decades was able to acomplish. The Castro Regime feared her.
Her leadership and her fearless confrontations with the Castro mobs, made us all proud and now she is gone, but not forgotten. Bertha Soler, will now take her place.
Soler said.....___"This is a day of mourning for the Ladies in White and for the opposition in Cuba," as reported by the Associated Press.
The Ladies in White's message to the government is that they will continue protesting!
Laura Pollan legacy will live on and her name will be published in Cuba's history books. This history is being written as we speak by the Cuban resistance. God be with them!
(NaturalNews) Occupy Wall Street protesters are undergoingcollectivist zombie trainingin Atlanta, where a large group was caught on film engaging in a weird sort of "one voice" hypnotic chanting ritual that characterizes the key principles of both Communism and Socialism. Watch the video at: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=8B371...
Pierantonio Maria Micciarelli........"When I was young I was fascinated with the myth of the Cuban Revolution, but now here in Cuba y saw a different face and reality. They are people of courage who are prisoners in their own house.
A day after a violent police crackdown against Bolivia's indigenous people, police use tear gas and batons against demonstrators gathered to protest the government's actions. Burning tires on the tarmac, supporters of the indigenous shut down the Rurrenbaque airport, freeing some protesters who had been arrested a day earlier in Yucumo.
We need to get at least 10 people each, to call... the governor's office at (916) 445-2841 and vote "NO" on AB 4499.
It can be FB friends, neighbors or family... Let's do this!!!
Remember there is lots at stake... Dangerous vaccines, parental rights and the misleading of teenagers that are not ready for this type of responsibility... It gives out the message that they are protected from STDs and that it's OK to have unprotected sex, and that it's not our business as parents to supervise their sexual education... We would see an increase in teen pregnancies and STDs... And there is a high chance of a long life disability and even death!!!
It is easier now on the weekend or after hours... It is automated and just press 2 to oppose!!!
This must go viral!!!! Ask all to help keep our parental rights!!!!
Zapata’s mother, Reina Luisa Tamayo, told Efe by telephone from the eastern town of Banes that she and three of her late son’s colleagues witnessed the exhumation.
“It has been a very tough, very tough moment, but we have endured,” she said, stressing that authorities have fully complied with her wishes.
Orlando Zapata was among the “Group of 75” dissidents jailed in March 2003 amid Cuba’s harshest political crackdown in decades. He died in February 2010 after a lengthy hunger strike aimed at forcing the Cuban government to acknowledge his designation by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.
Martha Roque, a prominent member of the Cuban oppossition reports the sad news that dissident Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia, a member of the Coalición Central Opositora (oposition group), has passed away tonight, in Santa Clara, Cuba!! Garcia died of respiratory failure as a result of a beating received at the hands of Cuban opressive state police. May he rest in peace! Listen to the report from Marta Roque. It's in Spanish, but it the source I have.
The American Scholar and bloggerTed Henken, who was visiting cuba researching the Cuban bloggersphere, was interrogated before his departure, by Cuban State Police at "Jose Marti" Airport in Havana and was warned that he would not be allowed to re-enter the Island.
The heading of his blog called "El Yuma", Henken writes..... Rejecting the derogatory term "Gringos" and the accusatory epithet "Yanquis," Cubans prefer to refer to us, their North American neighbors, as "Yumas." This blog is simply one Yuma's way of sharing his thoughts on all things Cuban, a subject that often generates more heat than light.
Withgreatjoyand hardlyableto seemycomputerscreenfor thetears of happiness, I share thegreatnewsthatDr.OscarEliasBiscet,atlast,hasbeenreleased! He was the first Cuban citizens to protest publicly against abortion and a humanitarian to the core. Biscet,a prisonerfromwhatisknownastheBlack Springof2003and partof 75.He was recentlynominated fortheNobel PeacePrize.....FounderoftheLawtonFoundationforHuman Rights.The most peacefuland the mostfeared man bytheCastro regime.....Freeat last!
Before you book your flight for that vacation in paradise, watch this video, then decide. A group of 12 Cuban refugees reach the Cayman Islands and are sent right back to the sea, without the water, food or diesel fuel they were looking for. Twenty people watching them are willing to help them, but the police does not allow them, though the boat is taking water and will most likely sink without help.
Cayman Islands Notorious Memorancum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba. Immigration officers are forced to give the refugees two choices.
-Land and be repratriated back to Cuba, or
-Continue on their way with no help.
Where is the hunanity of the authorities in the Cayman Islands? Cayman has chosen their place in history. Never forget!