"An April 17, 1981, a CIA cable[pdf] described an army massacre at Cocob, near Nebaj in the Ixil Indian territory, because the population was believed to support leftist guerrillas.
A CIA source reported that “the social population appeared to fully support the guerrillas” and “the soldiers were forced to fire at anything that moved.” The CIA cable added that “the Guatemalan authorities admitted that ‘many civilians’ were killed in Cocob, many of whom undoubtedly were non-combatants.”
In May 1981, despite these ongoing atrocities, Reagan dispatched Walters to tell the Guatemalan leaders that the new U.S. administration wanted to lift the human rights embargoes on military equipment that former President Jimmy Carter and Congress had imposed."
The Guatemala Documentation Project
, part of the National Security Archive
, collects information about the decades long civil war in Guatemala
, including State Department documents that point to Washington's complicity in massacres
and human rights violations
posted by empath
on Mar 5, 2013 -
A Lost Map On The Tramway In Istanbul
In Turkey, there lives a mysterious minority known as the “secret Armenians.” They have been hiding in the open for nearly a century. Outwardly, they are Turks or Kurds, but the secret Armenians are actually descendants of the survivors of the 1915 Genocide, who stayed behind in Eastern Anatolia after forcibly converting to Islam. Some are now devout Muslims, others are Alevis –generally considered an offshoot of Shia Islam, even though that would be an inaccurate description by some accounts–, and a few secretly remain Christian, especially in the area of Sassoun, where still there are mountain villages with secret Armenian populations. Even though Armenian Gypsies wouldn’t strictly qualify as Secret Armenians, they share many traits with the latter, including reluctance or fear to reveal their identity even to fellow Armenians. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Dec 15, 2012 -
Parlez-vous war criminal? Leopold Munyakazi and Goucher college
Sanford H. Ungar, journalist and current President of Goucher
, a small liberal-arts college near Baltimore writes about his experience hiring - unbeknownst to him - a Rwandan war criminal (Leopold Munyakazi) to teach French as a visiting scholar, and the aftermath for him personally. He examines the sometimes problematic desire from liberal arts colleges, or at least Goucher in this instance, to hire somebody controversial, and delves in to the blurry world of apportioning blame in the Rwandan genocide. [more inside]
posted by thetarium
on Jul 24, 2012 -
This weekend, TAL ran an episode
on the massacre at Dos Erres
. What they didn't mention was that this happened as part of the "Silent Holocaust
" -- a "systematic campaign of genocide against the Mayan people." An estimated 83% of the massacred people were indigenous Maya
. Throughout the period of the genocide, the USA continued to provide military support
to the Guatemalan government, mainly in the form of arms and equipment, despite knowing that the Guatemala military was responsible
for the killings. Horatio Castellanos Moya
, an exiled Honduran writer, wrote Senselessness
, his first book to be published in English, based on the testimonies taken by the Catholic Church's Recuperation of History project, which led to Bishop José Gerardi Conedera
releasing the Guatemala: Never Again!
report. Two days later, he was bludgeoned to death.
posted by Felicity Rilke
on May 28, 2012 -
The entire assemblage comprises 14,882 human skeletal fragments, as well as the mutilated remains of dogs and other animals killed at the massacre site -- Sacred Ridge, southwest of Durango, Colo.
when the violence took place, men, women and children were tortured, disemboweled, killed and often hacked to bits. In some cases, heads, hands and feet appear to have been removed as trophies for the killers. The attackers then removed belongings out of the structures and set the roofs on fire.
At least two other separate studies have come to similar conclusions, suggesting the genocide victims at Sacred Ridge belonged to an ethnic group that was different from that of other nearby populations.
posted by orthogonality
on Sep 20, 2010 -
Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed
In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide. Recently a wealth of data has been found in the home of the fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is still assumed alive
by the Hague Chief Prosecutor in spite of his family petitioning for him to be declared dead
15 years on Srebrenica buries its dead
Amid a hurricane of killing, rape and 'ethnic cleansing', a movement striving in the opposite direction responded in the most powerful way they knew: with rock'n'roll. Fifteen years since War Child's Help LP, key figures reflect on the war – and music
. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Jul 11, 2010 -
is a Spanish judge known for his cases on human right abuses by south american dictatorships under international law, specially the case
against Augusto Pinochet. Now, after admitting a case against abuses during Franco's Era, he is facing accusations by extreme right groups
of deliberately ignoring the Amnesty Law of 1977, possibly questionable under the same universal jurisdiction that gained him international renown. In a controversial decision, the case has been admitted
by the Spanish Supreme Court, and so Garzón is facing the possibility of up to 20 years of suspension. [more inside]
posted by valdesm
on Apr 14, 2010 -
I'm on a mission - not to praise Jesus or ensure that every child in Namibia has a netbook, but to kill every single living vaguely human-like character in Fallout 3. ... everyone ... no matter how friendly, helpful, or beneficial to my completion of the game, must be put into the ground.
"Natural Born Killer", an experiment in virtual genocide, parts One
posted by slimepuppy
on Mar 26, 2010 -
The Secret Life of Radovan Karadzic.
A 45 minute documentary made by Rageh Omaar who travels to Serbia and Bosnia to investigate the decade-long period the former president of the Republika Srpska spent in hiding and examines his legacy in present-day Bosnia and beyond.
(Warning: graphic and disturbing in parts).
As his trial for Genocide finally commences Karadzic defends his actions as "Just and Holy"
( Meta Related 1; 2;
posted by adamvasco
on Mar 1, 2010 -
Doubt [print version]
is an article by Andrew Rice about Leopold Munyakazi, a professor of French at Goucher College, who has been accused by the Rwandan government of being a genocidaire. His defenders, including the late Alison Des Forges
, claim that the Hutu Munyakazi, who's married to a Tutsi, is being targeted by Paul Kagame's administration because he's a dissenter who's challenged the official account of the genocide. Into this complicated affair steps documentarian Charlie Ebersol who wants to profile Munyakazi for his NBC primetime news show Wanted, which has been received with considerable opprobrium
and which may already have been canceled
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 3, 2009 -
It is estimated that 20,000 children were born as the result of rape during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
that claimed the lives of over 800,000 Tutsis. Many of these women also contracted HIV/AIDS as a result. Not only do the mothers have to live with memories of this incredibly horrible event, but they along with their children are shunned by other Tutsi survivors. [more inside]
posted by itchylick
on Apr 20, 2009 -
dashed against rocks; attempts to twist off the heads of toddlers. Girls, their mothers and grandmothers (and sometimes male relatives too) raped at knife- or gunpoint, the weapons then used to inflict mutilation. Women hauled off to camps or just tied to trees and gang-raped. Thousands of children, some as young as nine, snatched or recruited by armed gangs (or regular forces) and made into drug-crazed killers, the girls among them often serially abused or taken by commanders as “wives”. Such are the horrors reported from some recent conflict zones... [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Feb 21, 2009 -
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor
. The Holodomor
was the starvation of millions of Ukranians at the hands of the Soviets. The Ukranian government is using this year to push for greater recognition for the genocide. Ukranian communities in Australia
and all over the globe are holding events all year in the lead up to this years Holodomor day on November 25.
posted by sien
on Mar 9, 2008 -
Harvard Professor Samantha Power
's book A Problem from Hell
is on syllabi across the country, and is the bible of humanitarian hawks
who decry our failure to intervene in the Rwandan
genocides. As one of Barack Obama's foreign policy advisors, she's getting a lot of press for her positions: pro-intervention
, obviously, critical of Israel
, and, perhaps unsurprisingly given her husband's role in ignoring the Rwandan genocide
posted by anotherpanacea
on Mar 7, 2008 -
("new dawn") is a phenomenally popular radio drama broadcast out of Kigali, Rwanda
. The soap, funded by Dutch NGO La Benevolencija
, follows the story of two star-crossed lovers who come from opposing villages involved in an increasingly violent struggle. Thought Rwandan law makes it difficult to discuss the genocide in the media, the show aims to open a dialog using the fictional villages of Bumanzi and Muhumuro as a proxy for Hutus and Tutsis.
A soap opera may seem like an unlikely vehicle to tackle a topic of such national importance, but it's actually not uncommon
. And, certainly, Rwanda is a country that knows all too well about the power of radio
posted by meta_eli
on Jul 8, 2007 -
Whatever one's opinion of its possible limitations, the 2006 Iraq mortality survey produced epidemiological evidence that coalition forces have failed to protect Iraqi civilians... If, for the sake of argument, the study is wrong and the number of Iraqi deaths is less than half the infamous figure, is it acceptable that "only" 300,000 have died? Last November, with no explanation, the Iraqi Ministry of Health suddenly began citing 150,000 dead, five times its previous estimate. Is that amount of death acceptable? In January, the United Nations reported that more than 34,000 Iraqis were killed violently in the last year alone. Is that acceptable?
Regarding The Number
, the result of what one of the study's authors calls an episode more deadly than the Rwandan genocide
... [more within]
posted by y2karl
on Mar 7, 2007 -
What can two nerds from Chicago do about the crisis in Darfur?
Donor fatigue means the marginal value of each life has effectively dropped to zero. Kill 5 people, kill 500, kill 500,000 - it makes no difference - each added fatality has absolutely no policy impact and won’t change the situation one iota. It’s not that as many as 500,000 (essentially an entire Seattle) have died in Darfur. The horrific thing is that they could kill another 500,000 and nobody will bat an eyelash.
posted by notsnot
on Dec 5, 2006 -
The largely forgotten holocaust
of the Ukrainian people began when Stalin imposed collectivism upon the farms, sealing state borders & refusing any seed grain until ficticious and unattainable production goals were met. The Ukrainian upper class were executed, the peasantry left to starve to death. In all, seven million people died, one out of every four citizens. At this Ukranian art site, a collection of stamps
commemorating the event & a gallery of "genocide art"
continue to speak for the dead.
posted by jonson
on Oct 22, 2006 -