Haitian street protests grow as US intervenes in political crisis

by John Marion, WSWS

Demonstrations continued throughout Haiti Tuesday, following Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe’s resignation over the weekend. Lamothe’s ouster has not resolved the political crisis among the country’s ruling elites, nor quelled growing street protests that target not only President Michel Martelly but also inflation and the imperialist machinations of the US and UN.

The protests have been going on since at least October, but have become daily in recent weeks. While centered in Port-au-Prince, the capital, protests have also been reported in the cities of Cap-Haitien, Gonaive, Petit Goâve, and Jacmel. On December 3 a three-month-old infant died from inhaling tear gas fired by police in the north of the country.

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Unanswered questions about the Sydney siege

By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, WSWS

All the circumstances surrounding the 16-hour police siege of a Sydney café continue to be shrouded in an extraordinary level of secrecy by the Australian government, New South Wales state government, police and government agencies and the mainstream media. It ended tragically in the early hours of Tuesday morning with three people dead—two innocent hostages and the hostage-taker—when police commandos stormed the building.

Many disturbing questions remain unanswered, not least of which is why Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government, with the backing of the opposition Labor Party and the Greens, seized on the incident and immediately elevated it into a major national crisis and an international “terrorist” event. The hostage-taker had just entered the Lindt café in Sydney’s central business district at 9.45 a.m. on Monday, yet by about 10 a.m. the cabinet national security committee had met and in conjunction with the state government and police had activated extensive counter-terrorism protocols.

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Get the Picture?

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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me

Rev. Edward Pinkney Imprisoned for Fighting the Whirlpool Corporation

By Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout

On December 15, Rev. Edward Pinkney, a leader in the struggle for social and economic justice for the residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan, was sentenced to serve up to 10 years in prison, on the basis of thin circumstantial evidence that a few dates had been altered on a recall petition against the city’s mayor, James Hightower. The recall was prompted by the mayor’s continued support for tax evasion by the Whirlpool Corporation, the Fortune 500 company and $19 billion global appliance manufacturer, headquartered in Benton Harbor.

As we wrote last week in depth, the politically motivated prosecution against Pinkney killed the petition to recall Hightower, who many believe would have been ousted due to his ongoing protection of Whirlpool’s interests at the expense of impoverished Benton Harbor, which is over 90 percent African-American.

There was absolutely no evidence to convict Pinkney, and, legally, the altering of a petition document should have been a misdemeanor offense. Instead, they charged him with felony forgery – though no signatures were forged and all signatories testified that they signed willingly on the correct day. A forensics expert for the prosecution testified that there was no way to determine who changed the handful of dates. Incredibly, the all-white jury was urged by the prosecutor to believe that direct evidence was not required; they only had to “believe” that Pinkney was motivated to cheat and that he “could” have changed the dates while circulating the petitions.

Mary Alice Adams, a Benton Harbor commissioner stated, “Rev. Pinkney was accused of writing and changing my date on a petition when, in fact, I wrote my own date and changed it after realizing I had put the wrong date down.” The jury at Pinkney’s trial rejected Adams’ testimony.

Witness after witness stood up to the prosecutor who put not only Pinkney on trial, but also his community organization, BANCO. The prosecutor hounded the witnesses to “confess” that somehow the dates were altered, and questioned if they were card-holding members of the BANCO organization. The scene held shadows of a McCarthy-era House Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunt.

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UN Peacekeepers Firing Live Rounds Into Protest Crowds in Haiti (video)

by Scott Creighton

B4sunPVIUAEYyO0The corrupt and criminal neoliberal government we installed in Haiti is under attack from it’s population. The people want real change. They want a government that isn’t in bed with Western interests and the likes of Bill Clinton who oversaw the fleecing of the billions of dollars donated in support of the Haitian people after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the nation not all that long ago.  It was Bill’s wife, then Sec. of State Killary Clinton, who put him in charge of the 6 billion dollars donated by concerned people of the world and all he’s done since with it is hand it over to Big Business along with thousands of acres of the Haitian people’s land.

They’ve been protesting in Haiti for months now and it’s starting to get pretty serious. Below is a video from Revolution News which clearly shows UN Peacekeepers using live rounds and chemical agents on the crowds.

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Like a “Monkey in a Cage”, Witness 40 Exposed for Slinging Crap All Over the Place

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: See update at end of article

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 An examination of (Witness 40) (Sandra) McElroy’s YouTube page, which she apparently shares with one of her daughters, reveals other evidence of racial animus. Next to a clip about the disappearance of a white woman who had a baby with a black man is the comment, “see what happens when you bed down with a monkey have ape babies and party with them.” A clip about the sentencing of two black women for murder is captioned, “put them monkeys in a cage.”  Smoking Gun

“Witness” 40 – a lying racist with a history of fabricating testimony in the past

One of the key “witnesses” in the grand jury procedure that investigated and subsequently failed to indict Darren Wilson for shooting Mike Brown as he fled, has turned out to be a lying piece of crap. And it just so happens the “witness” was the star “witness” who’s testimony in support of Officer Wilson’s fabricated story was the focal point in the reasoning the grand jury gave as to why they failed to indict.

And, as it turns out, I told you Witness 40’s story was bullshit back on Nov. 25th.

Apparently, when a “conspiracy theorist” writes about obviously bullshit “witness” testimony, no one pays attention. But then, praise be to all miracles, the Smoking Gun writes about it and suddenly the world goes ape-shit.

Keep in mind, this is the other Big Story on the Smoking Gun today;

Large-Breasted Suspect In Mug Shot Nip Slip

Be that as it may, over at the Huffington Controlled Opposition Post, they are all over the story about “witness” 40 being a racist and a liar… as is Raw Story, Daily News and even MSNBC… everyone is late to the party, but they eventually showed up.

While reading this, please keep in mind that 16 witnesses (actual witnesses) gave statements to law enforcement and testified before the grand jury that Officer Wilson fired at Mike Brown as he was fleeing and 16 witnesses also claimed Brown was hit while he was trying to surrender.

Also keep in mind the simple fact that Mike Brown’s injuries are not inconsistent with him being struck at least once in his right arm as he was fleeing, which caused him to turn and attempt to surrender.

Darren Wilson’s story is complete bullshit. It’s amateur hour at your local community theater. And guess what? His main support for his bullshit story, a “witness” who testified almost verbatim to what he said happened, turns out to be a liar and racist as well.

Now, with all that in mind, let’s take a look at the startling “new” revelation from The Smoking Gun:

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Man Haron Monis as Trevor Slattery Playing the Role of Australia’s Mandarin

by Scott Creighton

“Islam is the religion of peace, that’s why Muslims fight against the oppression and terrorism of USA and its allies including UK and Australia… When you speak out against crime you have taken one step toward peace” Man Haron Monis

question – Was Man Haron Monis this:

… or this?

answer – Both.

As you know by now, Australia’s Bush-league 9/11  the hostage standoff in the Lindt Cafe, is over. As expected, the suspect, Man Haron Monis died in the final confrontation which supposedly started in the 16th hour of the “crisis” when a sniper in a second floor window across the street barked out the words “hostage down”

Two hostages were killed in the assault on the cafe and another 2 were wounded. Circumstances surrounding how they were killed are still unclear but that doesn’t stop the propaganda mill from spreading stories about how they went out fighting as “heroes”. Yes, Flight 93 does come to mind, doesn’t it?

What is clear is the fact that Man Patsy (as I like to call him) had no known motive at this time just like all the other American Gladio suspects over the 2 year period we had to suffer through ops like this one. It’s just the “crazed lone gunman” theory and you are expected to believe it time and time again.

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