This article is a slightly edited version of a message sent out by No War on Venezuela (nowaronvenezuela.org).The threats against Bolivarian Venezuela by U.S. imperialism and their junior partners in the Lima Group and the European Union were definitively answered by a mobilization of people power in Venezuela and across the world on Feb. 23. The trojan horse “aid” never made it across the Venezuelan border. The number and wide diversity of united solidarity actions throughout the weekend had an impact on the course of events.Actions were held on six continents, across Australia, the Philippines, India, Guinea-Bissau, Germany, Spain, England, Costa Rica, Barbados, Canada, and in upwards of 70 cities in the United States. There were 153 actions globally, united in the rallying cry: No U.S. war on Venezuela! (Reports and photos are available at nowaronvenzuela.org.)While this was an important victory, the struggle to defend Venezuela is far from over. On Feb. 25, the so-called Lima Group convened in Bogota, Colombia, where U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stood alongside right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó and promised a new round of devastating sanctions on Venezuela and “even stronger” actions to attempt to overturn the Bolivarian Revolution.To defend Venezuela, here are some next steps you can take:In the event of military intervention in Venezuela, hit the streets, no business as usual! If the U.S. or its allies take military action against Venezuela, we must immediately step up the militancy and take our resistance to the streets. Grassroots acts of civil disobedience, student actions, strikes, shutdowns, sit-ins and blockades are being discussed. Help become a global voice to demand NO WAR! Make preparations in your city for emergency actions the day after any military action. Make plans now on times and places to gather in case military action occurs.Gather signatures on President Nicolás Maduro’s “Open Letter to the People of the United States.” People in Venezuela and across the world are collecting signatures on this letter as an act of solidarity and resistance. Organize groups to sign in your community, using the formatted letter and signature sheet on the website. This is also a great opportunity to talk with people about the reality of the situation in Venezuela, using the fact sheets and other materials online at nowaronvenezuela.org. You can also sign and share the letter online. Join the ‘No U.S. War on Venezuela’ contingent at March 16 and March 30 demonstrations in Washington, D.C. On March 16 and March 30, major demonstrations are planned to demand U.S. and NATO: “Hands Off Venezuela.” March with our contingent and join us on both days to deliver many thousands of signatures on the “Open Letter” to the White House. For more information on time and location, check nowaronvenezuela.org.Efforts to broaden international solidarity are critical. Venezuelan President Maduro has sent a message of thanks to the solidarity demonstrations. Filmmaker and musician Boots Riley denounced U.S. plans for intervention as he accepted an award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.If you have ideas or other activities for Venezuela you’d like help organizing or promoting, get in touch: [email protected]hare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
“Capt. Crozier’s action sharpened the contradiction inherent in military service, especially for the enlisted corps, who are by and large cannon fodder for the country’s imperialist missions abroad.” — Jon Hutto Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto conducted the following interview with antiwar Navy veteran Jon Hutto to discuss recent events on the USS Theodore Roosevelt where Hutto was assigned from 2004 to 2008. John Catalinotto: Jon, we first met in Norfolk in 2007 at a news conference where you announced a petition sailors had signed protesting the Iraq war.As I remember, you were assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. That ship has been in the news again, as nearly 600 of its sailors tested positive for COVID-19. Tell our readers — few of whom have been on carriers — what it is like on that ship.In background of Jon Hutto speaking is 1969 New York Daily News headline about a company of infantry troops who refused orders to go into battle in Vietnam.Jon Hutto: JCat, good to hear from you and respect your consistency over the years and decades. First, I spent more than four years within the United States Navy in one enlistment, a little over four years onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) known as the “TR” in the Navy, aka “The Big Stick,” from July 26, 2004, until Sept. 1, 2008.I then spent the remainder of my time on shore duty as a mass community specialist for the Navy magazine, All Hands, from Nov. 1, 2008, until early May 2011. I separated honorably from the Navy on Aug. 16, 2011, after a total of 7 years, 7 months and 1 day.Life aboard a carrier-in-port depending on your rate (your job) can be smooth sailing (not overly time consuming) especially in my rate (mass communications). Our job was telling the ship story through print, video, still photography, etc.In port, we tended to get off somewhat early unless you have maintenance, extra duties, etc., if the carrier is not in workups-operational training mode for deployment or still in deployment mode. (There is an 11-month yard period for a carrier to build back up for deployment.)However, once in deployment mode or fully deployed, it’s a full 24-hour operation out to sea. With the ship company plus air wing aboard, you’re talking roughly 5,000 sailors on ship. The aircraft carrier is the biggest ship in the Navy fleet.JC: Is it possible to do “social distancing” aboard ship?JH: Social distancing is beyond comprehension and not doable especially for the blue shirt enlisted sailor (rank E6 and below).Enlisted sailors sleep in what’s known as racks, which are pretty much the average size of the human body. Berthing (sleeping space) is quite tight. Everything is tight on a ship all the way down to P-ways (passage ways), ladder-wells, workspaces.Out to sea, with the air wing aboard, coming through that hangar bay, you’re literally walking with your head and full body on a swivel to avoid bumping into a jet plane and/or tripping over the chains that lock the jets in place.I had a shipmate, Javier, who was taking pictures one time in the hanger. He came back to the shop with a black eye from having walked slap into a jet. The mess hall is tight, the heads (bathrooms), everything. It’s beyond tight on a carrier and remember — this is the biggest ship in the Navy.JC: When we met at that 2007 press conference in Norfolk, Va., you were publicizing one of the best organized petition protests within the military during the U.S. war on Iraq. What was the attitude of the rank-and-file sailors at that time toward the war and the command?JH: From those sailors within my direct sphere, their disposition was either one of support or wishing us well on the endeavor. A few sailors were somewhat agnostic, some worried that there may be retaliation against me and others despite our knowledge of military regulations and support from civilian organizations such as Veterans For Peace and the Center for Conscience and War.I only remember barely a handful being “Joe Navy” about the war. Reason being is probably more practical and less an extension of ideology.The average young sailor has a spouse; many have young children. One of the most heart-wrenching scenes I’ve ever witnessed was those families in front of the ship before the sailors (mostly male) board for deployment (now nine months I understand; six and a half during my time). Their commitment to the Navy is mostly economic and very much connected to supporting their loved ones.As for the Command of the Ship, during my time I had three captains, deployed under one of them. During my first yard period and workups, the late “Turk” Green was absolutely loved by the crew. His LOVE for the Navy shined through and through, one of those captains that came up from the enlisted ranks. He would end his 1MC [ship’s public address system] announcements by saying, “I am the happiest sailor in the Navy, and that is all.”The next CO was an Academy grad named Haley who was not as gristly as “Turk,” had a more subdued demeanor about him but definitely professional and the crew loved him − simply because during our deployment from Sept. 1, 2005-March 11, 2006, we got some pretty good port visits (spent XMAS 2005 in Dubai) and we got home safely.The third CO, his name slips me, was embroiled in some unofficial scuttle-butt controversy due to having left the smoke decks open too long one night during work-ups for deployment. A huge wave hit the side of that ship, killing one sailor and injuring a few others.I still see that particular sailor in my mind – SH was his rate − and he worked in the ship store. He had to be flown off the ship, died en route. It was the summer of 2008. The carrier can be very dangerous, especially for the enlisted sailor.JC: And how did this compare with Capt. Brett Crozier, who was just cheered by the crew after being fired, and then the Acting Secretary of the Navy who fired Crozier in turn had to resign.JH: A number of emotions and thoughts, John. First, I believe and know that the actions of Crozier are unprecedented based on my experiences as an enlisted sailor. It is commonly known that every CO of an aircraft carrier strike group wants to make admiral. His job is to operate the carrier, maintaining a disciplined, obedient and well-trained fleet of sailors.And if the CO is obedient to Navy top brass and executive leadership of the country, it almost guarantees them that career advancement. I was shocked to learn of an open letter that had gotten to the mass corporate media.I was not shocked to learn that Crozier had been relieved from duty, nor was I shocked to see the mass of sailors supporting him as he departed the ship. If they were deeply forward deployed (I don’t know what stage they were in) — on average sailors can be out to sea 25-plus days without a port visit — working an average 16-hour day — not including “man overboard” and fire drills.In the midst of a very tough work schedule coupled with COVID-19 hitting the ship, Crozier standing up for them is huge for ship morale.Most important, however, is that Crozier’s action sharpened the contradiction inherent in military service, especially for the enlisted corps, who are by and large cannon fodder for the country’s imperialist missions abroad.I would have to believe, based on the mass cheering for Crozier as he was departing, that the average deck plate sailor has been politicized by what has taken place, especially with the now former secretary of the Navy having attacked the CO on the 1MC to all the sailors on board.The environment is beyond ripe for some organizing to take place within that ship, with a strong focus on the E5 and below, reminiscent of the GI-movement era, along with our work 10-plus years ago.The E5 and below are the foundation of the ship’s operation. Absent the obedience and compliance of the deck plate sailor, no ship can operate. The true power of the ship does not reside in the Captain, the Navy Secretary or the Joint Chiefs, but directly within the enlisted sailors below deck. As an organizer, I salivate thinking of the opportunity present here to build a movement.JC: If you had an opportunity to talk to the crew of the Roosevelt, what would you say?JH: In the spirit of the late Kwame Turé (formerly known as Stokely Carmichael) who supported the Fort Hood Three as chairman of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) during the Vietnam era, I would strongly urge and advocate for the E5 and below (for those would be our target base) to organize, organize, organize!I would begin to potentially expose and educate them on the historic movement struggle within the Navy they may not be aware of (the SOS movement of the early 1970s on the USS Constellation, dissenters such as Susan Schnall from the Vietnam era, along with the antiwar/antiracism work we did 10-plus years ago on the TR.)This demonstrates the power of the working class within the military, connected to the struggle for the working class, both domestic and global, to bring the warmaking ruling class to its knees, serving as a spark and catalyst for our struggling class at this pivotal COVID-19 hour.JC: If you had a chance to talk to people in the antiwar movement, those who oppose the U.S. military, what would you tell them about what their attitude should be toward the sailors?JH: In my conversations and dialogues over the years with antiwar movement activists, along with anti-oppression fighters overall, I remind those lacking a class analysis that the overwhelming majority of the military, enlisted in composition, come directly from the abandoned and marginalized working class of the United States.These persons come largely from towns decimated by globalization, towns such as Steubenville, Ohio, and Flint, Mich. I remember in my shop on board, it felt like nearly a third of the sailors came from Ohio. They come from towns where the Military Recruitment Office is the major employer of young people.At the end of the day, the greatest impulse of any person is to survive within the society. I would struggle with persons within the movement to make the distinction between those such as the Navy Secretary and the Joint Chiefs representing the ruling class and those forced to carry out orders based on economic need and compulsion — the enlisted ranks comprising the working class.Lastly, we must look at history, which the late Malcolm X taught us is best prepared to reward our research. Based on the history of enlisted personnel dating back to the Vietnam era and beyond, their innate loyalty, as demonstrated in this crisis, is inherently with their families and their class.The challenge is, whether we as organizers are prepared and trained enough, clearly understanding the timing of this present situation, to immerse ourselves deeply within that core, building the necessary relationships and solidarity to do as you have advocated over the years, John: Turn the guns, planes and bombs around and stand down. That is our challenge. To contact Jon Hutto directly, email him at [email protected] For his book, “Antiwar Soldier: How to Dissent Within the Ranks of the Military,” see online venders, and click on tinyurl.com/y9v4unxs and tinyurl.com/y8o9n5f9/ to follow his recorded statements. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists to go further Reporters Without Borders condemned judicial harassment of the Arabic-language daily Al Watan Al An after the Casablanca prosecutor’s office today released its editor, Abderrahim Ariri, but sent one of his reporters, Mostapha Hurmatallah, to Okacha prison pending trial. Arrested on 17 July after publishing a leaked internal security memo, both have been charged with “receiving documents obtained by criminal means.”“The Moroccan justice system has again moved into action against journalists in what is looking more and more like a travesty,” the press freedom organisation said. “Ariri and Hurmatallah were held for eight days in a police station, where they were continually questioned without a lawyer being present. Ariri has now been freed, but Hurmatallah has been transferred to prison. That is enough. He must be released at once and the charges against both of them must be dropped.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This is not the first time that criminal charges have been pressed against journalists. We take this prosecution very seriously, as Ariri and Hurmatallah are facing the possibility of jail terms. We will launch a campaign to try to prevent the Moroccan judicial system from being used yet again as a tool to censor the independent press.”Ariri’s provisional release and Hurmatallah’s transfer to prison were ordered today on the expiry of a second four-day police custody order. They had been held at judicial police headquarters in Casablanca ever since they were arrested at their homes by plain-clothes police on the morning of 17 July.They have been charged under article 571 of the criminal code, which provides for a prison sentence of one to five years. The first hearing in their trial has been scheduled for 26 July. One of their lawyers, Abderrahim Jamaï, said there were many “murky” aspects to the case and condemned “a political manoeuvre.”Ariri reaffirmed his commitment to press freedom when reached by Reporters Without Borders. “The battle continues,” he said. “My voice will not be silenced. We must launch a campaign for the release of our colleague.” Ariri said he had been questioned by members of various Moroccan security services as well as by the military.Ariri and Hurmatallah were arrested three days after writing a series of stories for the 14 July issue that were headlined, “The secret reports behind Morocco’s state of alert.” One of the stories was based on a intelligence agency memo – which was reproduced – urging all the security services to be vigilant after a terrorist organisation posted a video online containing “a solemn call for jihad against all the Maghrebi governments, identifying Morocco by name.” NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders condemns judicial harassment of the Arabic-language daily Al Watan Al An. “The Moroccan justice system has again moved into action against journalists in what is looking more and more like a travesty,” the organisation says. Receive email alerts News July 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for immediate release of Al Watan Al An journalist Mostapha Hurmatallah RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News News
Print The late Jason CorbettThe family of slain Limerick man Jason Corbett have said they are deeply shocked and disappointed, after his wife and father in law, Molly and Thomas Martens, were granted a full retrial charged with his murder.Mr Corbett’s body was found with multiple injuries inside his adopted home in North Carolina in 2015.His wife Molly Martens along with her retired FBI agent father were both found guilty of murdering the Limerick father of two following a 2017 trial.Prior to the murder trial Ms Martens had lost a protracted legal battle in the US courts with Mr Corbett’s sister Tracey Corbett Lynch and her husband David Lynch, for custody of Mr Corbett’s children Jack (now 16) and Sarah (now 14).Molly and Tom Martens were jailed for between 20-25 years after a jury convicted them of second degree murder.The jury found the daughter and father had beaten Mr Corbett to death while he slept in his North Carolina home on August 2, 2015.There was evidence Mr Corbett was drugged and beaten about the head with a brick and a baseball bat, and that he sustained crushing head injuries after he had died.The accused pair claimed they acted in self defence. The court heard the father and daughter had no visible injuries on the night of the murder.Mr Corbett married Ms Martens in 2011 after she had worked as a nanny to Jack and Sarah a number of years after their mother, and Mr Corbett’s first wife, Margaret Fitzpatrick, passed away after suffering an asthma attack.Mr Corbett’s murder trial heard that he had been preparing to relocate to Limerick with his children after difficulties arose in his marriage to Ms Martens.It was heard that Mr Corbett became increasingly concerned over his wife’s mental state.This Friday the North Carolina Supreme Court ratified a Court of Appeal decision that both accused should have a re-trial after it was deemed their ability to argue self defence at their 2017 trial had been unfairly hindered.They had also argued statements given by Jack and Sarah Corbett to social workers which the Martens believe would help their case should have been allowed as evidence in the murder trial.Reaction from Jason Corbett’s family in his native Limerick was one of deep disappointment and disbelief.Tracey Corbett Lynch said her family “are so disappointed and distraught that the Supreme Court of North Carolina has decided to grant a retrial to Tom and Molly Martens”.Ms Corbett Lynch tweeted that Mr Martens and his daughter Molly “admitted killing our beloved Jason – a father, a brother, a son and a loyal friend”.She said her beloved brother “is dearly missed by all who knew and loved him”.Ms Lynch said they have put their trust in God and would work to help prosecutors convict Molly and Tom Martens for a second time.It could be 2022 before a retrial is heard. Linkedin NewsRetrial granted over death of Limerick man Jason CorbettBy David Raleigh – March 13, 2021 459 Email WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Facebook Previous article#NewMusic: Culla x Dylan Flynn and The Dead PoetsNext articleCarbery Shines As Munster Have Too Much For Scarlets At Windswept Thomond Park David Raleigh
KTRK(HOUSTON) — Less than 48 hours after President Donald Trump called him up on a stage to express pride in the Houston Police Department, Chief Art Acevedo struggled to explain a scandal in which one of his narcotics agents allegedly lied to get a no-knock warrant for a drug-house raid that left a married couple dead and four officers shot.“What a job you’ve done. I’m proud of you,” Trump told Acevedo while giving the keynote address on Wednesday at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs of America joint conference in Washington, D.C.“I like these people,” Trump said of the Houston Police Department delegation on hand. “I feel very safe with these people.”During a news conference in Houston on Friday, Acevedo noted the dramatic contrast between Trump’s praise for his department and an investigation into the troubling actions of one veteran narcotics officer.“Here we are less than 48 hours later talking about one person,” said Acevedo, who asked the public not to paint the 5,200 members of his department “in a broad brush” over the actions of a single officer.That officer, identified in court papers as Gerald Goines, 54, was one of the four drug-team members shot in January when they raided a house where Goines claimed a confidential informant had made two purchases of black tar heroin.But an affidavit filed in Harris County District Court on Thursday by Houston internal affairs detectives investigating the raid indicates the confidential informant Goines said conducted the drug buys on his instruction claims he never even went to the house.“Regardless of whether we had reason or probable cause to engage in an investigation or even get a search warrant, what that affidavit will show you is that, thus far, it appears that there are some material untruths or lies in that affidavit, and that’s a problem,” Acevedo said.Killed in the Jan. 28 raid were homeowners Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his 58-year-old wife, Rhogena Nicholas.Armed with a search warrant, nine narcotics detectives backed up by at least six patrol officers surrounded the home on Harding Street just before 5 p.m.After Goines, the lead investigator on the case, broke open the front door, a 33-year-old officer armed with a shotgun entered the residence and was immediately attacked by a pit bull, Acevedo said a day after the raid.He said that the officer being attacked shot and killed the dog.One of the suspects, Tuttle, charged from the back of the house firing a .357-caliber Magnum revolver at the officer, hitting him in the shoulder, Acevedo said.He said Nicholas was shot and killed when she tried to grab the wounded officer’s shotgun and that Tuttle was killed by police after shooting three other officers, including Goines, who suffered a bullet wound to the neck and remains in a hospital.Police recovered two shotguns and three rifles from the residence and seized marijuana and a white powder they believe to be either cocaine or the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, Acevedo said at the time. But officers did not seize any black tar heroin, he said.In his application for a search warrant, Goines claimed he was outside the house and “observed the confidential informant” go into the house, make the heroin buy and came out and handed him the drugs, according to the internal affairs affidavit.Goines gave investigators the name of the informant he said made the drug deal, according to the affidavit. But when the informant denied he had bought drugs from the house on the instruction of Goines, investigators confronted Goines, who then gave them another informant’s name.Internal affairs detectives interviewed all of the confidential informants Goines worked with “and all denied making a buy for Goines from the residence located at 7815 Harding Street, and ever purchasing narcotics from Rhogena Nicholas or Dennis Tuttle.”On Friday, Acevedo said he has ordered a full audit of drug investigations by his narcotics unit and a review of other cases Goines has been in charge of.He said Goines, who has been with the department for 34 years and was previously shot twice in the line of duty, has been relieved of his duties and will likely face serious criminal charges.“We know that there’s already a crime that’s been committed,” Acevedo said. “It’s a serious crime when we prepare a document to go into somebody’s home, into the sanctity that is somebody’s home, it has to be truthful, it has to be honest, it has to be factual. We know already there’s a crime that’s been committed. There’s high probability there will be a criminal charge.”Acevedo said detectives were first alerted to the alleged drug-dealing at the Harding Street house in a 911 call from a mother concerned her daughter had been involved in drugs at the residence. Police launched an investigation about two weeks before the fatal January raid.“We weren’t there willy nilly,” Acevedo said.As part of the investigation into the drug raid, a second undercover officer was also relieved of his duties, but Acevedo said investigators do not believe he was aware that Goines allegedly concocted information to obtain the no-knock warrant.“When we’re done, I guarantee you we will leave no stone unturned and the truth will come out,” Acevedo said.He added that there are “a lot of angry cops” because of Goines’ alleged behavior.“When you violate that oath of office, you make … their jobs difficult,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Shunyu Fan/iStock(NEW YORK) — The National Transportation Safety Board is out with new safety recommendations Thursday urging certifiers to account for “real-world” chaos that can unfold on a plane in the wake of the two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes that left 346 people dead.The NTSB found that the pilots were bombarded with multiple alarms and alerts in the cockpit before the planes crashed. The blaring alarms likely caused further confusion and made an already stressful situation worse, according to the NTSB.A scenario like the one encountered by pilots in both crashes which triggered those alarms was never tested during the certification process. The government agency also said Boeing and the FAA need to consider testing every possible scenario when certifying a new plane.“We saw in these two accidents that the crews did not react in the ways Boeing and the FAA assumed they would,” NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said in a statement. “Those assumptions were used in the design of the airplane and we have found a gap between the assumptions used to certify the MAX and the real-world experiences of these crews, where pilots were faced with multiple alarms and alerts at the same time.”Sumwalt added that the safety recommendation report “addresses that issue and does not analyze the actions of the pilots” involved in the accidents.The NTSB’s new safety recommendations are not binding, meaning the FAA does not have to make any changes based on the report.The FAA responded in a statement saying safety is its first priority and it welcomed the NTSB’s recommendations.“The agency will carefully review these and all other recommendations as we continue our review of the proposed changes to the Boeing 737 MAX,” according to the statement. “The FAA is committed to a philosophy of continuous improvement. The lessons learned from the investigations into the tragic accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 will be a springboard to an even greater level of safety.”In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in the ocean just outside of Indonesia shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 on board, including three children. Less than six months later, in March 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 also crashed just minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, killing all 157 people on board, including eight Americans.The 737 Max jets have been grounded since March. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.