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c. 1905-191Mata HariDancer, courtesan, scapegoat, spy?

by Alex Q. Arbuckle

c. 1905


A courtesan, I admit it. A spy, never! I have always lived for love and pleasure.

Born in 1876 in the Netherlands, Margaretha Geertruida Zelle married an affluent Dutch Colonial Army captain at the age of 18. In 1897, she moved with him to the island of Java, where they had two children.

Her husband was an abusive and resentful alcoholic. To distract herself from the unhappiness of her marriage, Zelle buried herself in the study of Indonesian culture and traditions, including dance.

The marriage slowly deteriorated, and after returning to the Netherlands, the couple separated in 1902. Zelle moved to Paris, where she found work as a circus equestrian, artist’s model and exotic dancer.

Capitalizing on the growing fad for “Oriental” performances, Zelle adopted the stage name Mata Hari — Malay for “eye of the day” or “sun” — and concocted an elaborate fictional persona. She claimed to be an Indonesian princess trained in exotic rituals and Hindu dances.

She combined her appropriated aesthetic with her own bawdy sense of confidence and promiscuity, performing elaborate striptease dances which made her an instant sensation.









c. 1905




c. 1905


c. 1905



‘Forced sex with dog’: 98 Central African Rep. girls report shocking abuse by UN peacekeepers

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An advocacy group has released horrifying details of how at least 98 Central African Republic (CAR) girls were allegedly sexually abused by international peacekeepers.

The report was released by AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization, on Wednesday. The group said that MINUSCA, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in CAR, met with local leaders and victims “who reported that troops from France and Gabon have sexually abused several girls in their province.”

The group cited three CAR girls who said that they, along with a fourth girl, were raped by UN peacekeepers.

The girls said they “were tied up and undressed inside a camp by a military commander from the Sangaris force (the French military intervention in CAR) and forced to have sex with a dog,” the group wrote

After the rape, each girl was reportedly given 5,000 Central African Francs ($9).

“The three girls interviewed sought basic medical treatment. The fourth girl later died of an unknown disease. One of the survivors said that she was called ‘the Sangaris’ dog’ by people in the community.”

According to the group, the alleged perpetrators “left CAR, returning home in 2015.”

Also the organization mentions one more case of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a Congolese UN peacekeeper.

The girl’s mother told police that the peacekeeper “raped her daughter in a hotel room at 4pm on Monday, March 28, 2016.”

“When police questioned the accused in the presence of his UN military commander, the soldier confirmed that he ‘had sexual intercourse’ with the victim several times, and paid her between 2,000 and 3,000 Central African Francs [$3-5dollars].”

The report was sent directly to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who immediately issued a response, expressing his horror.

“I am shocked to the core by the latest allegations of abuse by international forces in the Central African Republic. Our focus must be on the victims and their families. We are talking about women and young children who have been traumatized in the worst imaginable way,” Ban said in a statement, released by UN.

He added that these crimes by UN peacekeepers “only fester in silence.”

full story RT









Kidnapped by Isis at 15: ‘I never thought I’d see the day when I was free’

Photo credit: Amar International Charitable Foundation

By Holly Young

“It was a lovely life. I had a big family and there was always a lot of laughter,” says 16-year-old Nihad Alawsi, speaking about her Yazidi community in northern Iraq. “I’m one of 18 siblings, but I was always my dad’s favourite.” She remembers the weddings, when the girls would get their hair and make-up done, and the days spent as a little girl drawing pictures of the flowers breaking through the Iraqi landscape.

Then came the day that cut short her childhood. Speaking via a translator, Nihad’s breathing quickens as she describes “that black morning” when 28 members of her family and others in her village fell into the hands of Isis. At 15, Nihad became one of the thousands of victims in the largest single mass kidnap of women and girls this century.

“They killed men,” says Nihad. “They didn’t want the older women so they either killed them on the spot or chased them out of their homes. They kidnapped us girls, raped us, and took our babies.” The Yazidi community has been specifically targeted by Isis. In 2014 an estimated 5,000 were taken; 3,500 are thought to be still missing.

Nihad was sold as a sex slave to an Isis fighter. “I was raped and beaten continuously for two weeks,” she says describing the beginning of her 15 months in captivity. “They took us first to Syria and then back to Mosul in Iraq.” She met many other Yazidi girls along the way who spoke of the relentless forced movement, as they were endlessly sold and resold, back and forth between Iraq and Syria. Sometimes they were sent as “gifts”: “The men think it is fun to exchange women. One girl I met had been resold 15 times.”

full story at The Richard Dawking Foundation







End global war on drugs, bring in decriminalization to protect human rights, says report

© Jorge Duenes

The global war on drugs has failed, eroding public health and human rights, and must be scrapped in favor of decriminalization, a report commissioned by a leading medical journal says.

Anti-narcotics efforts have had little impact on global patterns of supply and demand and cannot be defended on public health or scientific grounds, according to academics who worked on a hard-hitting study jointly commissioned by the Lancet and America’s Johns Hopkins Ivy League University.

The report uncovers compelling evidence that EU states such as the Czech Republic and Portugal have achieved positive results from decriminalizing non-violent, minor drug offenses. Portugal, in particular, decriminalized the personal use of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, and heroin in 2001.

full article at:RT








I have not had the heart to post

I have not had the heart to post much in recent days.Feeling to down at the news

filtering in from the world.Wars everywhere,people fleeing for their lives but the world

gives them a cold reception.Those that drop the bombs and get rich on the never ending war,

keep their own population poor and hungry,or in comatose middle comfort.So afraid are they

of loosing  STUFF  that instead they loose their humanity.Instead of seeing people like themselves they only the “other”.Those that stand against the tide are torn apart from strife

within themselves.Fear ,desperation,those in power have no shame,no guilt,no consciousness ,machine like amassing wealth that allows a few privileged to control and play with the lives of millions.

We really have become Airstrip 1 but nobody seems to notice.

The day police told Parliament to end the war on drugs

Suzanne Sharkey is a former constable and undercover officer at Northumbria Constabulary

Suzanne Sharkey is a former constable and undercover officer at Northumbria Constabulary
Friday, 11 March 2016 9:31 AM

By Simon Oxenham

Last week Neil Franklin, a retired major from Marylyn State Police, led a troop of serving and former police chiefs, soldiers and a former spy into the Parliament to call MPs to end the war on drugs. Their testimony was damning and revealing.

Franklin opened the meeting with an explanation of the campaign’s mission to “reduce crime, disease, death and addiction by ending the most socially destructive public policy since slavery.” Franklin explained how his organisation of “police officers, agents, judges, criminal prosecutors, corrections officials and others” including over 180,000 members and supporters in over 180 countries share one goal, to end “the world’s longest war”.

According to Franklin “we have been attempting to solve a public health crisis with criminal justice solutions and the results have been catastrophic”. While repeated calls from academia and public health have failed to convince most politicians, the group hopes calls from within the criminal justice system will finally make them listen. What follows are all direct quotes, edited for concision.

Suzanne Sharkey (pictured above): Former Constable and Undercover Officer at Northumbria Constabulary

“When I look back at my time in the police I feel ashamed, I feel a sense of failure. I feel ashamed that I wasn’t arresting career criminals. I was arresting people from poor socially deprived areas with little or no hope whose crime was non-violent drug possession, a complete failure of the war on drugs. I believe that one of the biggest barriers for people with problematic substance misuse to seeking help and treatment is the current drug policy. It does nothing, it achieves nothing except creating more harm for individuals, families and society as a whole. All of us know the problems and what we need to do but rather than be united by the problems let’s be united by the solutions. Solutions based in health, education and compassion rather than criminalisation.”

PCC Ron Hogg: serving police and crime commissioner for Durham spoke alongside Mike Barton, the chief constable of Durham police force. The pair made headlines last year for effectively decriminalising small-scale cannabis growers and users in Durham.

“We are very clear in our view in Durham constabulary that the war has failed, that it won’t succeed and it never will succeed and we have to change our views and the way we approach things. The whole purpose of a drugs policy must be to minimise the harms that drugs cause to individuals and to our communities and optimise the benefits that drugs can bring.

“Heroin and crack cocaine addiction is responsible for 43% of acquisitive crime. Responsible for 33% of fraud as people commit crimes to feed their habits. This appears to many to be a satisfactory situation, we don’t think that’s the way things should be going forward. That’s why we’ve taken a stand in Durham. We’ve put our heads above the parapet to produce new ways of tackling drug and alcohol addiction.

“As we dismantle one organised crime group there’s another one ready to come and take its place but what you do find is the levels of violence and organisation tends to increase incrementally as we go forward. So we really have to break the cycle if we’re going to do something significant.”

Annie Machon – Former Mi5 Officer tasked with investigating terrorist logistics

“I first came to the knowledge that the war on drugs was an abject failure when I was working as an intelligence officer at Mi5 in the 1990s. One of my tasks was to investigate terrorist logistics and to do this I worked very closely with customs and excise, both the national investigations division and at ports. During that time I learned from them that even at that time they viewed the war on drugs as unwinnable. I learned about the massive overlap in funding between the illegal drugs trade and terrorist organisations, and this is global not just in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. We see this time and time again, in Afghanistan, in some of the Latin American countries where terrorist organisations are largely funded by drug money. We’ve seen most of West Africa descend into a kind of narco-state where armed militias compete for drug territory.

“On the one hand we have prohibition that pushes the war on drugs underground and creates huge conflicts globally. On the other hand we are fighting the war on terror which is largely funded by this war on drugs. So it strikes me as illogical unless it’s a very clever circular business model that has been only too successful.

“We know this is going on because bank after bank has been fined record numbers for being caught money laundering. In 2009 the sheer scale of the corruption of our banking industry became clear. In 2009 a man named Antonio Maria Costa, then head of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime went on the record saying after the financial crash of 2008, but for drug money many large international banks would not have had any cash liquidity.

“By ensuring prohibition ends we would be able to end the biggest crime wave our world has ever seen. We would be able to protect millions if not billions of people around the planet who have been ravaged not just by the drug war, crimes and the vicious violence but also by terrorist groups funded largely by this trade who continue to maim and kill around the planet too.”

Patrick Hennessy – Served as a grenadier guard officer in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now a practicing barrister.

full article and it is really a must read for anyone interested in the subject not just of drugs but war and money laundering how it funds all this

here is the link










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Update from Dan in Lesvos:

“After a quiet period on the Island, during which we got our heads down in preparation for what we knew was coming; the inevitable has occurred and boats have started arriving, en mass, on the shore of southern Lesvos again.

This picture was taken at about 7am, after a nightmare of a night. And when I say nightmare, I mean a night that will surely be haunting my sleep for years to come. I will share what happened that night with you guys at some point, but first I need to get my own head around what happened, what I experienced, what I saw.

Anyway, this picture.

We had been sitting at the lookout point, the cliff known as Katia, when we noticed a small wooden fishing boat rapidly approaching an extremely dangerous area at the foot of the cliff.

Our team raced along the coast to meet it as fast as we could, jumped out of the car and started running down the rocky path towards where the boat had been heading…but somehow we had lost sight of it. The refugees in that boat were approaching the rocks, alone….

I left the team there to continue searching and jumped back in the car on my own, deciding to drive round to the other side of the cliff and see if i could approach the same area from the opposite direction, to ensure we covered any possible eventualities.

I abandoned the car once it had taken me as far as it could, and started running. I ran for a good 10 minutes, back along the waterfront, my heart exploding in my chest. I was exhausted but the adrenaline kept me going.

In the distance I could see the boat again. My team had found it and were already in the water attempting to take control of the situation, helping people off as calmly as possible, whilst also tending to the needs of the people once off, freezing cold, soaking wet, and often traumatised. As I got closer I estimated about 40 people, many of them young families.

I had a few emergency blankets on me, but not enough, so I proceeded to wrap them around the smallest children first, having to prioritise.

Once everyone was safely on dry land and ready for it, we began to lead the way along the base of the cliff for the long walk back to the road. It was rocky and difficult and many people were struggling either with children, with injuries, or just putting one foot in front of the other on solid ground after the traumatic crossing.

This little boy was handed to me by his mother as she was struggling with her two other children and a few heavy bags. I had already slid the emergency blanket under his clothes, against his skin, pulled it up and tied it to form a little hood around his head for warmth.

He giggled as we walked and enjoyed a biscuit given to him by the other volunteers who had now joined us. By the time we got to the road and I handed him back to his Mamma, we were friends, and he gave me a kiss on the cheek, leaving me covered in crumbs.
I am so grateful for my team. We were the first on the scene and dealt with the situation in a controlled and compassionate manner. The people on this boat arrived to Europe happy, calm, and most importantly safe.

This picture was taken by a photographer called Cesar Lopez Balan. I’m having a little trouble seeing the pain in my face. I hardly recognised myself, but I wanted to mention that way Carlos conducts himself photographing what is happening right on the front line. He actually helps out, always ensures he puts the people first and still takes wonderful, emotional photos. I wanted to mention this as not many photographers conduct themselves in this way, so thank you.


from the Worldwide Tribe at:The World wide Tribe








UN Report: 2015 a Record Bad Year for Civilians in Afghanistan
Afghan policemen prepare themselves near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2015.
More than 11,000 people were killed or wounded last year in Afghanistan, with one in four of the victims children.
Civilian casualties from the war in Afghanistan reached record levels for the seventh year in a row in 2015, according to a report released Sunday by the United Nation.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) blamed mounting ground fighting between Western-backed government forces and insurgent groups for at least 3,545 civilian deaths, with a further 7,457 Afghans wounded in 2015, a 4 percent increase in casualties from the year before.

"The harm done to civilians is totally unacceptable," said Nicholas Haysom, the head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. “We call on those inflicting this pain on the people of Afghanistan to take concrete action to protect civilians and put a stop to the killing and maiming of civilians in 2016.”
complete article at Telesur

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