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23
Octubre

An intelligence-sharing network headed by the CIA and used by six South American dictators, eliminated those who resisted them.

Operation Condor, also known as Plan Condor — developed by Henry Kissinger and George Bush Sr., who was head of the CIA at the time — was a secret, transnational, state-sponsored terrorist coalition amongst the genocidal civic military dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.

Argentine Secretary on Human Rights, Martín Fresneda, who gave a public address on the matter this week said “It hasn’t been very hard to understand what occurred in as much as the political, economic and social plan they had for Latin America and the south of our continent. What has been very hard to understand is how far they actually went. How they exterminated our people, in the worst way possible.”

Not only did the dictatorships trade information with each other to kidnap, disappear and kill, they would also cooperate in identifying and killing exiles who had taken refuge abroad.

Sergio Díaz escaped the claws of Chilean genocidal dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1974 when he crossed the Andes Mountains to neighboring Argentina. The coup d'etat of Argentina in March 1976 meant that Sergio — as many other Chileans that sought exile in Argentina — had to not only endure two ruthless dictatorships, but the persecution of Plan Condor as well. “The U.S. used the armed forces to be able to do everything they did and we know that all of the Latin American case at the time was part of a civic, military and judicial coup,” he explained.

Estimates indicate that as many as 60,000 deaths are connected to Operation Condor.

Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will declassify more than 5,000 secret documents related to Plan Condor in forthcoming days. It is expected that these documents will reveal new information on this brutal campaign of extermination.

“All this documentation will be helpful for a full judicial investigation into the offenders and above all as compensation to the families of the victims,” explained Guillermo Olivieri, Secretary of Worship, of the Argentine Foreign Affairs Ministry to teleSUR.

21
Octubre

An international poll found that the United States is ranked far in the lead as “the biggest threat to world peace today,” far ahead of second-place Pakistan, with no one else even close.

Imagine that the lead article in Pravda reported a study by the KGB that reviews major terrorist operations run by the Kremlin around the world, in an effort to determine the factors that led to their success or failure, finally concluding that unfortunately successes were rare so that some rethinking of policy is in order.  Suppose that the article went on to quote Putin as saying that he had asked the KGB to carry out such inquiries in order to find cases of “financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well.  And they couldn’t come up with much.” So he has some reluctance about continuing such efforts.

If, almost unimaginably, such an article were to appear, cries of outrage and indignation would rise to the heavens, and Russia would be bitterly condemned – or worse -- not only for the vicious terrorist record openly acknowledged, but for the reaction among the leadership and the political class: no concern, except how well Russian state terrorism works and whether the practices can be improved.

It is indeed hard to imagine that such an article might appear, except for the fact that it just did – almost.

19
Octubre

The top ten recipients of US foreign assistance this year all practice torture and are responsible for major human rights abuses, according to the findings of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other leading human rights organizations.

This may be in violation ofexisting US law, which requires that little or no aid be provided to a country which “engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, including torture”.

Areportreleased by the Congressional Research Service lists the following countries as the largest beneficiaries of US government-provided aid planned for 2014:

04
Octubre

A low cost healthcare system allows Cuba to export medical expertise.

"In the medical response to Ebola, Cuba is punching far above its weight," the Washington Post wrote on Saturday.

While the rest of the world has been accused of "slacking off" in the global effort to combat Ebola, Cuba, a country of 11 million, has become a central provider of medical expertise in the Western African nations grappling with the disease.

On Thursday, 165 Cuban health professionals arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone to join the international campaign to contain and treat Ebola. The group was the largest contingent to arrive from any foreign country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). After receiving training to deal with the virus, approximately 296 Cuban doctors and nurses will be dispatched to Liberia and Guinea.

Cuba´s assistance compares to the lack of, by wealthy countries such as the United States, which recently announced it would send troops, but not doctors. Reuters reported that Cuba has more than 50,000 doctors and nurses stationed in 66 countries worldwide,  including more than 4,000 in 32 African nations.