RWB condemns presence of “predators” in Paris march, calls for solidarity with “all Charlies”

first_img On what grounds are representatives of regimes that are predators of press freedom coming to Paris to pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo, a publication that has always defended the most radical concept of freedom of expression?Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the presence of leaders from countries where journalists and bloggers are systematically persecuted such as Egypt (which is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in RWB’s press freedom index), Russia (148th), Turkey (154th) and United Arab Emirates (118th).“We must demonstrate our solidarity with Charlie Hebdo without forgetting all the world’s other Charlies,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It would be unacceptable if representatives of countries that silence journalists were to take advantage of the current outpouring of emotion to try to improve their international image and then continue their repressive policies when they return home. We must not let predators of press freedom spit on the graves of Charlie Hebdo.”The authorities have announced the presence of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra, UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Gabonese President Ali Bongo. RSF_en January 11, 2015 – Updated on January 25, 2016 RWB condemns presence of “predators” in Paris march, calls for solidarity with “all Charlies” Reporters Without Borders welcomes the participation of many foreign leaders in today’s march in Paris in homage to the victims of last week’s terror attacks and in defence of the French republic’s values, but is outraged by the presence of officials from countries that restrict freedom of information. Help by sharing this information Organisation Newslast_img read more

“Queen of Cocaine” Assassinated in Colombia

first_img Colombian drug queen Griselda Blanco, known in 1970 as “the Queen of Cocaine,” and precessor of feared boss Pablo Escobar in the smuggling of cocaine to the United States, was shot dead by a hit man in Medellín (northwest), said authorities on September 4. The crime occurred on the evening of September 3, when the 69-year-old woman was leaving a butcher shop in the neighborhood of Belén, in the city of Medellín. The hit man, who was driving a motorcycle, shot her in the head twice. According to reports from authorities, Blanco had returned to Colombia in 2004, after serving part of a 60-year imprisonment sentence in the United States, to which she was sentenced in 1985. Fabio Castillo, Colombian journalist and author of the book “Los jinetes de la cocaína” (Riders of Cocaine), which tells the country’s history of drug trafficking, pointed out that Blanco initially worked for the first cocaine cartel that existed in the Medellín, headed by Alfredo Gómez, alias “El Padrino” or “The Godfather”. According to Castillo, Blanco’s “function, in reality, was to create the mechanisms in which to launder the cash obtained from the drug trafficking network of Gómez,” whose organization began to crumble in 1976, with the capture and prosecution of its principal contacts in New York. But with her experience, the woman, who was also known as “La Madrina” or “The Godmother”, organized a powerful drug trafficking network, which mainly employed mules or human female carriers, to transport the drugs. According to estimates by authorities, Blanco’s organization smuggled 1,500 kilos of cocaine a month to the United States. She was the first to use the route from Colombia to Florida, which was later inherited by Escobar, considered Colombia’s main drug dealer. The Colombian authorities do not have information about the woman having re-offended since her return to Colombia and settlement in Medellín, where she kept a low profile. Although very little official documentation exists about her, some reports agree that Blanco, was characterized with a violent personality from a very young age,, to the point that she was capable of kidnapping a 10-year-old child of a wealthy family and then kill him with one shot, when she was 11 years old, while in the company of a group of beggar children. She was also blamed for the murder of two of her three husbands; the second of them, Alberto Bravo, in a shooting in broad daylight in a parking lot of a Bogotá nightclub in 1975, where Blanco arranged a meeting with him shortly after arriving from the United States in her private jet. Blanco’s personality is known by one of her main obsessions, the movie The Godfather, which led her to baptize one of her sons as Michael Corleone Sepúlveda. In her criminal record, Colombian authorities claim she was responsible for about 250 murders, including those of her two husbands. Blanco was also known by her extravagant luxuries, including a taste for diamonds, several of which, it was said, had belonged to Argentina’s first lady Eva Perón, specifically a ring that Blanco often wore. The world of drugs is a fictional world for many who do not know or see how big that evil to humans is. All drug lords will meet their fate, one way or another. Good has exterminated even worse things. Some day this scourge that is killing humanity will end. By Dialogo September 06, 2012last_img read more

Too much LVR as Bombers retain Kootenay High School Soccer Crown

first_imgJesemyn Vandonselasr, Emma Wheeldon and Riley Zondervan each added a pair of goals while Emily Taylor and Matteah Lorenzo each scored singles.Against the Prince Charles, it was the Laurel Halleran, Wheeldon and Maya Ida each scoring three times to lead the Bombers.Michalchuk added a pair while Jesemyn Vandonselasr netted a single.Keeper Hannah Quinn was in goal for both games, surrendering a pair of goals.LVR enters the 16-team provincial tournament next month as the defending champion, having won the title in 2016 in Campbell River with a 2-1 shootout victory over St. Thomas Moore of Vancouver.J. Lloyd Crowe, posting a come-from-behind 4-3 win over David Thompson of Invermere, is the second Kootenay team entered in the provincial tournament. The Hawks scored twice on penalty kicks in the final 10 minutes of the game to steal the win.The Bombers opened the season winning the Immaculata Tournament in Kelowna. LVR then finished with a 2-3 record at the high-calibre University of Victoria High School Girl’s Soccer Tournament in Victoria.The Bombers posted wins over Glenlyon Norfork and Royal Bay, both Victoria teams.Laurel Halleran was named LVR Tournament MVP. The L.V. Rogers Bombers left no doubt in anyone’s mind who the better team is in the Kootenays.The Bombers rang up 25 goals in two games en route to capturing the Kootenay High School AA Girls’ Soccer Championship Saturday in Creston.LVR claimed the title with a 12-1 romp over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail.The Bombers earlier blasted Prince Charles of Creston 13-1 in the tournament semifinal.LVR now advances to the BC High School Girls’ Soccer Championship June 1-3 in Nelson.Shianne Michalchuk led the Bomber offensive attack against the Hawks, scoring four times in the contest as LVR took control of the contest early and never looked back.last_img read more