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February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019: Samir Soberanes: Mexican environment activist murdered before referendum

SITUATION A prominent Mexican environmental activist, Samir Flores Soberanes, has been murdered before a public referendum on a controversial thermal-electric plant and fuel pipeline he and other environmental activists have protested strongly in the past. Mexican police found a note next to his body, reportedly containing a message which indicated the execution may be gang-related. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke out against the violent murder, calling it “vile” and “cowardly”. He further added that the referendum on the pipeline would proceed on schedule. Samir Flores Soberanes was a human rights activist, producer of a community radio station and...

 

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019: Adriana Rivas: most brutal torturers of Pinochet-era

SITUATION Australian police have arrested a Chilean woman Adriana Rivas, a Sydney Nanny and cleaner, after being accused of Human Rights abuse and kidnapping offences dating back to Chile’s murderous Pinochet regime. Adriana Rivas, who is now 66, worked as a secretary for the notorious chief of Chile’s secret police force Manuel Contreras at the National Intelligence Directorate (Dina) from 1973 to 1976. General Pinochet created the secret police force (Dina) to hunt down his political opponents and Contreras played a significant role in that. Manuel Contreras died while serving a sentence of more than 500 years for human rights...

 

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019: Brazilian police busts vast aerial drug trafficking network

SITUATION Brazilian federal police said on Thursday that they were serving arrest warrants for 54 people over their alleged role in a vast drug trafficking network which specialized in airborne shipments to Brazil, the United States and Europe. Police said they had court orders to seize 47 planes and 13 properties containing more than 10,000 heads of cattle as part of the bust. CHALLENGE Brazilian authorities have been intercepting aircrafts carrying drugs for some time now. Even on land, traffickers are using cattle as drug mules. The bovine drug mules can carry as much as 132 pounds of cocaine and...

 

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019: US Coast Guard officer arrested for white supremacist mass murder plot

SITUATION A US Coast Guard officer who supports white supremacist views and admires Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik was arrested last week on drug and firearms charges. A powerful arsenal was found at his home. The arsenal includes modern rifles, sniper rifles, scopes, shotguns, handguns, armour, suppressors,  ammunition, gear etc. The US Attorney’s office said 15 firearms and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition were recovered from Hasson’s apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, along with illegal drugs. The defendant intends to murder civilians on a scale never before seen in this country. He is being labelled as a domestic terrorist, who...

 

February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019: Italian police bust migrant trafficking ring, arrest 11 people

SITUATION Italian police have come across and made significant progress into breaking up an organization which trafficked migrants from southern Italy to northern Europe. The group was reportedly based in a former Olympic village named “Ex MOI” in Turin. The Police say that the group moved scores of foreigners throughout Europe in exchange for large sums of money. The ring ferried dozens of migrants and charged thousands of euros per person. The Police have arrested 11 suspects. Most of these arrested persons happen to be nationals of Somalia. These arrests have been made after a three-year investigation into this group....