Posted on 2010 November 27 by BBVM
Canadian police have charged the head of the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America with two counts of sexual assault on young boys.
Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim, who has held many Church positions in Canadian communities, turned himself in to Winnipeg police on Wednesday after being charged. He has since been released on bail and is waiting to appear in court on January 10.
Authorities launched an investigation into the allegations after Storheim resigned from his post in October.
Canadian media report that the archbishop sexually assaulted the boys while he was the rector of a Winnipeg parish from 1984 to 1987.
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Education Industrial Complex, Religion Industrial Complex | Tagged: Alberta, Archdiocese of Canada, Australia, Canada, children, Jeff Ginden, Kenneth William Storheim, London, Melanie Sakoda, Mexico, North Carolina, Ontario, Orthodox Church in America, relig, religion, Saskatoon, sexual abuse, sexual assault, Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, Winnipeg, youth | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 May 27 by BBVM
Yesterday, the Associated Press moved a story completely devoid of historical context. The piece, titled “Deadly, Ultra-Pure Heroin Arrives in U.S.,” claims that in “recent years”—a time frame that goes undefined—Mexican dealers have started peddling “ultra-potent” black tar heroin and are selling it for as little as $10 a bag.
In alarmist prose, the article asserts that the ultra-smack’s purity ranges from 50 percent to 80 percent heroin, up from the 5 percent purity of the 1970s, and this potency is “contributing to a spike in overdose deaths across the nation.” But reports of high-potency heroin being sold in the United States are anything but “recent.” My source? The AP itself. Over the decades, the wire service has repeatedly reported on the sale of high-potency heroin on the streets. Here are a few examples of AP coverage culled from Nexis.
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Drugs, Immigration, Information, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Privacy, Religion Industrial Complex | Tagged: Civil Liberties, civil rights, disinformation, heroin, human rights, immigrant, Latino, Mexico, misinformation, Prohibition, Propaganda, War on Drugs | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 April 28 by BBVM
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona after the state enacted a controversial new immigration law that directs local police to arrest those suspected of being in the country illegally.
The ban on city employee travel to Arizona takes effect immediately, although there are some exceptions, including for law enforcement officials investigating a crime, officials said. It’s unclear how many planned trips by city workers will be curtailed.
The move comes amid a cascade of criticism of Arizona’s law, which has been denounced by civil rights groups, some police officials and President Obama, who said it threatens to “undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.” Legal challenges are being weighed to overturn it.
San Francisco’s move comes as the Board of Supervisors introduced non-binding resolutions calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a boycott of Arizona because of the new law, which requires police to try to determine the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally. There are also online boycott campaigns calling for everything from a boycott of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team to the Grand Canyon.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, DHS, Immigration, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Privacy | Tagged: Arizona, Civil Liberties, civil rights, David Campos, Dennis Herrera, fascism, Gavin Newsom, George Gascón, human rights, immigrant, Latino, Mexico, police state, racism, San Francisco, San Francisco Police Department, Tony Winnicker | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 April 27 by BBVM
The Mexican government warned its citizens Tuesday to use extreme caution if visiting Arizona because of a tough new law that requires all immigrants and visitors to carry U.S.-issued documents or risk arrest.
And a government-affiliated agency that supports Mexicans living and working in the United States called for boycotts of Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Suns until those organizations rebuke the law.
“We are making a strong call to the Arizona government to retract this regressive and racist law that’s impacting not only residents of Arizona, but people in all 50 states and in Mexico as well,” said Raul Murillo, who works with the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, an autonomous agency of Mexico’s Foreign Ministry.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, DHS, Immigration, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Privacy | Tagged: Arizona, Arizona Diamondbacks, Civil Liberties, civil rights, fascism, human rights, immigrant, Institute for Mexicans Abroad, Jim Olson, Latino, Mexico, Nazism, Phoenix Suns, police state, racism, US Airways | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 April 25 by BBVM
The state governor of Veracruz, Fidel Herrera Beltrán, has called for the legalization of marijuana as one tool to reduce the narco-violence that plagues Mexico. He acknowledges that it is not a “silver bullet” that would eliminate the cartels or related violence (the straw man argument that many against legalization use to support their gossamer stance). But, he argues that it would be one approach to reducing the funds that fuel the carnage similar to the repealing of the prohibition of alcohol in the US initiated a reduction of violence in the ’30s. He also added that with the legalization of marijuana would not come the unfettered free marketing of the drug by private business (as is the case with Nike or Coca-Cola…another facile bugaboo of the anti-legalization cohort) but that the state would have the responsibility to regulate and control it, as it does with pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol etc).
Filed under: Civil Liberties, DEA, Drugs, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex | Tagged: Civil Liberties, civil rights, Fidel Herrera Beltrán, human rights, marijuana, Mexico, Prohibition, Veracruz, War on Drugs | 1 Comment »
Posted on 2010 April 25 by BBVM
The pedophile priest scandal currently enveloping the Vatican has spread to one of the most Catholic areas of the world following a string of new abuse revelations throughout Latin America.
Reports of priests raping or abusing minors have now emerged in Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico and Chile causing growing anger in a continent that is home to nearly half the world’s Catholics.
Filed under: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Education Industrial Complex, Information, Religion Industrial Complex | Tagged: Alejandro Goic, Bolivia, Brazil, Catholicism, children, Chile, Juan Jose Santana, Latin America, Legionnaires of Christ, Maciel Degollado, Manuel Vasquez, Mexico, rape, sexual abuse, Uruguay, youth | Leave a comment »