OK SOME REALLY SERIOUS SHIT IS HAPPENING IN NORTH KOREA
According to South Korean newspapers, last week the North Korean government PUBLICLY EXECUTED 80 people in 7 cities for watching South Korean/Western shows, movies, and videos, “pornography,” or possessing a Bible.
Apparently people’s attitudes and conformance are changing SO THIS IS HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO SUPPRESS DISOBEDIENCE
They allegedly herded 10,000 innocent civilians into a stadium where they were FORCED TO WATCH THE EXECUTIONS BY MACHINE GUN FIRE
THIS IS HONESTLY SOME HUNGER GAMES SHIT HAPPENING IN REAL LIFE RIGHT NOW
look what the USA’s meddling has helped happen. dividing Korea has been as successful and beneficial to the world and the soul of humanity as any other illegal incursion or violence leveled against Asia by the USA.
^^ YES. cuz it’s easy to call it “some hunger games shit” and indulge in the crocodile tears of an imperial power when we completely dislocate the fact that the united states of america refuses to normalize relations on the peninsula by actually ENDING THE 60 YEAR OLD KOREAN WAR whose origins can be found in the arbitrary division and neocolonial occupation thru u.s. martial force after the so-called “liberation” from 36 years of brutal japanese colonial occupation. what’s truly tragic is how these narrations of spectacular violence that dominate the popular imagination of the DPRK also defangs the reality of a thwarted decolonization for the korean people north and south in order to maintain american hegemony over the asia/pacific. lest i remind folks that the u.s. empire is steamrollering the transpacific partnership that basically tramples on the very individual rights and freedoms its so quick to condemn in the context of the DPRK (like NAFTA on steroids, some say) and passing bills in the senate to enable the export of north korean babies. so know your fucking history before you start crying.
How can anyone possibly so cruel and inhumane? The govt massacring their own citizens while they’re popping champagne bottles.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of N Korea
Alice Marie Johnson
Alice Marie Johnson, a single mother struggling to raise her five children, was sentenced to life without parole for acting as a middle man in several drug deals. She says she turned to the trade out of desperation in order to make ends meet for her family.
While in prison, Johnson has become an ordained minister and has served as a mentor and tutor for other inmates. “It feels like I am sitting on death row. Unless things change, I will never go home alive,” she told the ACLU.
Danielle Metz is serving three life sentences for her involvement in her husband’s cocaine distribution enterprise — her first offense. Her jury was made up of 11 white jurors and one black juror, and she was convicted largely on the testimony of her aunt.
Raised in New Orleans, Metz was the youngest of nine children raised in New Orleans, and first became pregnant when she was 17. She is now a mother of two.
“To be away from my kids, to miss them growing up, to have to parent them over the phone and in the visitation room, to miss my daughter’s wedding, took a piece of me that can’t be replaced,” Metz told the ACLU. “It’s a tragedy shared by women, children, families and communities across this country … leaving the kids to think they don’t have a hope in the world.”
Michael Fitzgerald Wilson was sentenced to life without parole as a first-time nonviolent drug offender in 1994. Former President Bill Clinton commuted the sentence of the only white defendant involved in the case in 2001.
Now 48, Wilson seldom sees his three sons, who are now in their mid-20s, because they live in Texas and he’s imprisoned in California. He suffered a stroke in 2011 and his condition has improved very little.
Douglas Ray Dunkins Jr.
Had Douglas Ray Dunkins Jr. been selling powdered cocaine instead of crack, he’d be out of prison by now. But the now 47-year-old has been behind bars for almost 22 years, sentenced to life without parole for manufacturing and distributing crack cocaine when he was in his early 20s.
Even the judge in his case, Terry R. Means, had misgivings about putting Dunkins behind bars for so long. “It does seem unfair that the guidelines bind me to give you a life sentence,” he said at sentencing. “It troubles me to think that you at your age [are] going to have to spend the rest of your life in prison. It troubles me a lot.”
Altonio O’Shea Douglas
Altonio O’Shea Douglas has been in prison for 20 years for his first and only conviction for conspiracy to possess and distribute crack cocaine, possession with intention to distribute and use of carrying a firearm during a drug crime. He was offered a four-year deal to testify against his co-conspirators, but he didn’t want to go up against his relatives.
“It is very scary … to have to die in prison,” Douglas told the ACLU. “We all have to die one day, but you would like to die around your family. You die in a place like this, you just die in a room by yourself. It’s terrifying to think that this could possibly happen to you.”
At 23, college student Clarence Aaron was sentenced to three life-without-parole sentences for playing a minor role in two planned large drug deals. He wouldn’t testify against his co-conspirators, but they testified against him and received reduced sentences.
“At the time, neither Clarence nor I had any idea of how harsh a penalty he would receive for this error,” says his mother, Linda Aaron-McNeil. “When the judge announced the sentence of three life terms, my heart shattered into a thousand pieces. Since this nightmare began, I merely exist. The pain never subsides.”
Donald Allen was just 20 years old when he was sentenced to two life-without-parole sentences. He says his court-appointed lawyer did not provide adequate legal representation and that he wasn’t involved in the deal that resulted in his conviction on conspiracy and possession charges.
Sharanda Purlette Jones is serving life without parole for her part in a crack-cocaine conspiracy based almost entirely on the testimony of her alleged co-conspirators. Jones was arrested as part of a drug task force operation in Terrell, Texas, that netted 105 people. Actor Chuck Norris, who at the time was a volunteer police officer for the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, reportedly participated in some of the arrests.
“I will expire in the federal system,” Jones told the ACLU of her sentence. It is really a slow death.”
Reynolds Wintersmith Jr.
Reynolds Wintersmith Jr. has spent half of his life in prison. He was arrested at 19 for dealing drugs and declined a plea offer of 10 years, choosing to go to trial. He was only a street dealer, but he opened himself up to the life-without-parole sentence because he was held accountable for the entire amount of cocaine sold as part of a conspiracy.
“This is your first conviction … and here you face life imprisonment. I think it gives me pause to think that that was the intention of Congress, to put somebody away for the rest of their life,” the judge said at his sentencing.
Wintersmith’s commutation petition is pending, and his daughter has asked President Barack Obama to give him “a second chance at life.”
Jesse Webster was never actually convicted of selling drugs. But in 1994, when he was still a teenager living on the South Side of Chicago, he helped arrange a cocaine deal that was later aborted. Months after that, he learned that the authorities wanted to question him about the failed endeavor, so he turned himself in. Rather than serve as an informant against a local gang that he wasn’t affiliated with, he went to trial, where the jury found him guilty of attempt and conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and filing false tax returns. He was sentenced to life in prison at 27 years old.
“The world just got snatched out of me,” he told the ACLU.
Prison industry complex… What they did was wrong, but to make em die in a prison for their first nonviolence crime truly trouble me deeply.
So President Obama gave the Chinese eminent domain rights to American land and businesses as collateral - i.e. we don’t pay, they now own America.
The black market 101
This infographic from Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) offers a revealing picture of US priorities.
The House of Representatives cut $40 billion from the food stamp program last month, which just so happens to be the same amount of money the US has promised Israel in military aid through 2027. Even as Congress endorses more and more austerity for Americans, it seems our representatives are always happy to throw buckets of money at the “Jewish and democratic” state. Just this summer, the House Armed Services Committee approved an additional $488 million funding package to Israel, not to be confused with the $3.1 billion in military aid the US had already allocated for the coming fiscal year.
Among other things (i.e. war, mass surveillance, corporate welfare, etc.), preserving Israel’s access to an endless supply of weapons is more important than preventing food insecure kids, who make up half of food stamp recipients, from going hungry.
"the dealer and prospective buyer were casually introduced to one another, and two small cheetah cubs were brought into the room. visibly underweight and with dirty yellow fur, they limped and meowed meekly. the animals were weak and slow, and their skin hung loosely from their bones. two other cubs had perished and their emaciated carcasses lay nearby.”
beit al faqih has become a hub in the lucrative trade of wild animals, with buyers from the gulf sates coming to the yemini city looking for exotic pets. smuggled across the red sea, traders will typically pay 200 dollars for a leopard or cheetah cub in somalia and kenya, and then charge upwards of 7,000 dollars in beit al faqih.
though exact statistics are difficult to measure in the volatile region, what is known is that demand for big cats is decimating these aleady threatened populations in africa. the cheetah conservation fund, for example, estimates that 70 percent of cubs taken from the wild die before reaching their final destination.
Pakistan drone victims give evidence in US in Congress.
Nabila Rehman, nine, and her 13-year-old brother Zubair travelled with their father Rafiq from their North Waziristan village to appear before members of Congress, and urge the US to end its drone attacks.Five members of Congress - all Democrats - sat in on the evidence, which was the first opportunity US politicians have had to hear directly from Pakistani victims of US drones.Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington.
9 Trillion Missing from Federal Reserve
It’s under “review”.
So glad stuff like this is uploaded for later watching. To think these people run our country is a real exercise.
Business as usual for those leeches. (This incident happened in 2009, so just imagine how much the debt has increased up to now)
Amnesty International just published the results of detailed field research on nine of 45 reported drone strikes that occurred between January 2012 and August 2013 in the Pakistan’s North Waziristan region—and found that the US might be responsible for up to 900 civilian deaths. The report is a microcosm of a program that has been on-going since the start of Bush’s second term, and has grown under the Obama administration.
TW: Rape - Missouri victim’s house burned down after she accuses football star of rape
October 14, 2013
The Kansas City Star published on Sunday their remarkable, seven-month investigation into an eerily similar story that unfolded last year in the small, northwestern Missouri town of Maryville. In this case, though, the rape victim never got to see her horror story go to trial — and the family’s terror hasn’t ended; they’ve even had their house burned down.
Fourteen-year-old Daisy and her 13-year-old friend were both high school freshman in January 2012, when they were invited to a house party by a senior star of the Maryville football team. Once there, the older girl was given a large glass filled with alcohol and urged by a room full of some of the school’s most popular athletes to drink it. She did, and they handed her a second glass.
The following morning, Daisy’s mother discovered her daughter, alone on her front lawn in sub-freezing temperatures, weeping. She helped Daisy into the bathtub after finding her outside, where she noticed reddish, irritated areas around her daughter’s genitalia and buttocks.
Daisy’s mom also found the 13-year-old friend was upstairs in Daisy’s room, also “confused.” Both girls were taken to a hospital. On Daisy’s body, a doctor found small vaginal tears emblematic of someone who has just had sex. The 13-year-old, who remembered the night’s events, told investigators she was forced to have sex, despite saying “no” over and over again.
Eyewitnesses who spoke with the Star, including Daisy’s 13-year-old friend, recall seeing Daisy being carried — crying — by some of the older boys out of the house into a car.
It didn’t take long for police to round up Barnett and other partiers for questioning. Barnett, a 17-year-old defensive end for the Maryville High School football team, admitted to having sex with Daisy but said it was consensual. Jordan Zech, a teammate and standout wrestler for Maryville, admitted to recording some of the encounter on another friend’s iPhone.
Within days, both were arrested in the case. Barnett was facing a felony sexual assault charge and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Zech was also charged, for sexual exploitation of a minor.
But like Steubenville before it, the town of Maryville revolted against the facts in the case.
Days after the incident became public knowledge, students at the high school began attacking Daisy and her family. On social media, fellow Maryville students began threatening Daisy, tweeting that she would “get whats comin.” Daisy’s older brother Charlie, who was himself an athlete for Maryville, was booed by his own classmates during a wrestling meet. Her mother, a veterinarian, was fired from her job two weeks after the incident without so much as an explanation, only later learning that her boss feared that her presence “was putting stress” on her other employees.
Meanwhile, members of the community rallied behind Barnett and the other perpetrators. In March, just over two months after the alleged rape took place, the most serious charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor was dropped without an explanation.
Daisy’s family moved away to avoid the threats and harassment they faced since her story first came to light. But the trouble didn’t end. Six months ago, their old house burned down mysteriously.
If the story sounds at all familiar, it’s because it almost mirrors the case in Steubenville, Ohio. Like Steubenville, the perpetrators were members of the high school’s immensely successful football team. Like Steubenville, the town of Maryville rallied behind the alleged rapists and ostracized the victim. And like Steubenville, the events in Maryville are quickly becoming a national story.
In some ways, though, the Maryville case is actually worse. Barnett, aside from being a celebrated athlete, also happens to be the grandson of a prominent Missouri state senator. Less than a week before the charges against Burnett and Zech were dropped, Daisy’s mother got a phone call from a friend who warned that ” favors were being called in and that the charges would be dropped.”
The Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice, who was responsible for the case against Barnett and Zech, also has political ties to Rex Barnett, the grandfather of Matt Barnett. When the mother of the victim sought an explanation from Rice as to why he dropped the charges against both boys, he ignored her phone calls. The Star finally tracked down Rice months later and asked the same question, and — in his office, where a picture of Rex Barnett hangs — he told the paper simply that it was due to a lack of evidence. He went on to dismiss the events of that night as the act of “incorrigible teenagers.”
The video that Zech admitted to filming on an iPhone has never surfaced, not even to police. And Missouri state law dictates that in cases where the charges are dropped, all of the records pertaining to the case — interviews with eyewitnesses, tests done on bedsheets, the results of rape kits — are sealed.
Even if Maryville didn’t learn anything from the Steubenville case, the media has an opportunity to show that they have. As rape cases have emerged in the national spotlight, news outlets from ABC News to Yahoo have been quick to portray the accused rapists as the real victims, denied of promising futures, or an opportunity to play in a few high school football games.
The hacker group Anonymous announced that they’ll go after these fucks.