US Calls Out Iran, China, and Venezuela on Human Rights Abuses

first_imgBy Nike Ching / Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff April 24, 2020 The United States is condemning authoritarian governments around the world for suppressing people with severe human rights “violations and abuses” to control any activities that might threaten their power.“Experience teaches that government officials who oppress, abuse, and tolerate the denial of the human rights of their own people are also responsible for creating social environments that are ripe for both economic and humanitarian crises, and that encourage corruption, violent conflict, and terrorism,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a March 11 statement unveiling the 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.IranOn Iran, the U.S. report highlighted the widespread protests that began last November after a fuel price increase.The Tehran government “blocked almost all international and local internet connections for most of a week, and security forces used lethal force to end the protests, killing approximately 1,500 persons and detaining 8,600, according to international media reports. There was no indication government entities were pursuing independent or impartial investigations into protester deaths,” said the State Department.Supporters of Juan Guaidó confront Venezuelan security forces preventing them to continue on their way to the National Assembly in Caracas, on March 10, 2020. (Photo: Jonathan Lanza / NurPhoto / AFP)The U.S. report detailed a grim picture in Iran, citing significant human rights abuses including executions for crimes not meeting the international legal standard and without fair trials of individuals.The State Department also said Iranian government officials materially contributed to human rights abuses in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, through military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and pro-Iran militia groups.ChinaOn China, the State Department’s human rights report focused on Chinese Communist Party officials’ intensified campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang).“In China, the Chinese Communist Party uses high-tech surveillance systems to monitor potential dissidents. It’s imprisoning religious minorities in internment camps, part of its historic antipathy to religious believers,” Pompeo told reporters at the press briefing.The State Department report says Chinese authorities reportedly have “arbitrarily detained more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims in extrajudicial internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities.”The report said official repression of the freedoms of speech, religion, movement, association and assembly of predominantly Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, and Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), was more severe than in other areas of the country.Washington also notes that in China, human rights issues include arbitrary or unlawful killings, forced disappearances, and arbitrary detention by the government; harsh and life-threatening prison and detention conditions; physical attacks on and criminal prosecution of journalists, lawyers, writers, bloggers, dissidents, petitioners, and others as well as their family members; and the forcible return of asylum-seekers to North Korea.VenezuelaOn Venezuela, the report cited restrictions on political participation and the stifling of free expression.“For more than a decade, political power has been concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive exercising significant control over the judicial, citizens’ power, and electoral branches of government,” said the State Department, citing that the reelection of Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s president is “neither free nor fair” and deeply flawed.The State Department report also pointed to issues including unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings by security forces of the Maduro regime; forced disappearances; torture by security forces; arbitrary detention by security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; political prisoners; unlawful interference with privacy; and lack of judicial independence.The U.S. report said the Maduro regime restricts freedom of expression and of the press by routinely blocking signals and interfering with the operations of, or shutting down, privately owned television, radio and other media outlets.last_img read more

Trump Again Calls Out Democratic Congresswomen on Twitter

first_imgThat message came one week after the President stated that the women, who are all minorities, should “go back” to the “corrupt and inept” countries from which they came.Three of the women – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — were born in the U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. as a child.The President last week distanced himself after supporters attending his campaign rally in North Carolina started a “send her back” chant in response to his criticism of Omar.Since then, he has reversed course, calling the people at the rally “incredible patriots.” President Trump on Sunday resumed his criticism of the four progressive Democratic congresswomen now known as “The Squad.”He tweeted:I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2019last_img read more

Henry’s vocal leadership second to none

first_imgAaron Henry is third on the team with 42 tackles and has two interceptions this season. The safety is a well-respected leader on and off the field, said to lead by example.[/media-credit]Last year, J.J. Watt led the Badger defense statistically, but, most importantly, vocally – on and off the field.Without a doubt, Aaron Henry is UW’s vocal leader this season.He may not be able to figuratively carry the city around in the palm of his hand like Watt, but the senior safety is easily one of Wisconsin’s most beloved players.But while his “yes, ma’ams” and “thank you, sirs” have made him one of the most notoriously polite players you may ever encounter, on the field, he is completely different.“It’s just a mentality. You have to be able to have that switch,” Henry said. “Being on the field and just walking around here talking to people are just two different things. … The reality of football is it’s a nasty, rough, tough sport. It’s in your face and it’s smash mouth. You don’t go out there to try and make friends with people.”Henry attributes his well-defined manners to his grandmother and just showing respect to people.This respect is not just for show. And his genuine personality has allowed him to be one of the most respected players and a captain, in return.“He’s an over-the-top funny guy, he’s a little vain, he’s a little bit of everything,” sophomore safety Dezmen Southward said. “We’re going to miss him next year.”“He’s obviously a great player, but I think he’s a much better individual,” junior safety Shelton Johnson said. “There’s a lot of players … that are just players, but Aaron Henry, he’s just an all-around wonderful individual player to be around, and we kind of feed off that as a team.”While he is a great leader now, Henry’s career at UW has not been the smoothest.Henry played cornerback throughout his entire life until last year and did not agree with head coach Bret Bielema’s decision to move him to safety.“I hated it,” Henry said. “I didn’t really like the decision, we kind of butted heads. He always has a player’s goodwill at heart. He’s been doing this for a long time. I didn’t understand it because I had been playing corner my whole life … but after suffering my knee injury and going through a few surgeries, he thought it would be best.”The Immokalee, Fla., native said he is now thankful for the switch and admits that if he could change things he may have started out at safety – but he will always be a corner at heart.Given his knowledge of the game and his size, the transition to safety was not all that difficult for him scheme-wise, but it did take some getting used to.“It was a process to get him to learn how to play the position,” co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash said. “Actually it was more a process to get him to believe in that was his best position. Once he bought in and he started having success, it just snowballed from there.”For Henry, it was ultimately a mental transition.“It’s a whole lot more mental back there at safety,” he said. “It’s a lot more physical as far as being able to move your feet. Safety is a whole different world, a whole different ball game. … I was already a relatively smart player as far as the game of football goes, but when I went from corner to safety, it made my job that much easier.”Despite the rough change, Henry has become a force in the secondary. Henry is third on the team in tackles with 42, and has had two interceptions for 29 yards and a sack.While he is a respected player for his production on the field, the main thing that stands out to Southward about Henry is his confidence.“Just his preparation, his confidence, it really rubs off on you,” Southward said. “I feel like I’ve gotten much better just watching him play, watching him prepare and seeing how he goes about the game of football.”There is no denying that Henry’s game has rubbed off on his fellow safeties as Johnson and Southward each have 33 and 28 tackles, respectively. Johnson has also caught an interception this year with three pass breakups and four passes deflected. Southward has two forced fumbles with two pass breakups as well.The secondary has, in the past, been a source of weakness for the Badgers, but this season, Henry, Johnson, Southward and Co. have helped make UW the No. 6 defense in the nation allowing only 15.8 points per game.“We do a lot with each other,” Southward said. “We watch a lot more film this year. We’re a lot more cohesive; if I need an answer to something, I’ll go ask Shelton or Aaron and likewise, if they need anything they can always come to me. We just try to help each other with anything we can.”Essentially, Henry is a pivotal player that is not afraid to say what needs to be said but stays respectful at the same time.“He always says what needs to be said no matter if you don’t want to hear it or whether it’s something that everybody is looking to hear,” Johnson said. “He’s always a rock out there. Whenever we need somebody to make a play, we can rely on Aaron Henry. He’s just Aaron Henry; I don’t even know how to quantify that any more.”last_img read more

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for May 10, 2017 Track Condition : Dirt : Good Race 1 1300 M (Purse $540,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CLAIMING ($350,0-$300,0) 1. #4 CONNOR SEllis 54.0 $189.00 $55.00 *2. #3 MOUNT ZION KING BebHarvey2 54.0 2-1/4L $51.00 3. #1 BREEZY RMcNaughton 54.0 3-1/2L $53.00 4. #6 RAWALPINDI EXPRESS RoshJohnson4 52.5 1-3/4L Final Time : 1:24.0 Splits : 24.1, 49.0, 1:16.2 Winner : 5yo gr colt – SILVER MOON – CONNELL TOWN Trainer : RAYMOND TOWNSEND Owner: RAYMOND TOWNSEND Bred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD. Qu: $200.00 Ex: $446.00 Trifecta: $201.00 Race 2 1400 M (Purse $620,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. #1 ASKABOUTME AndrePowell3 54.0 $132.00 2. #4 MISS ADDI JInnis2 50.0 1-1/4L 3. #3 LITTLE PRINCE RHalledeen 55.0 2-3/4L 4. #2 HOMECOMING OScott4 49.0 6L DNF #7 QUEENOFSAINTROSE AntThomas3 49.5 Late scratch : #6 INDY ARAZI Final Time : 1:31.1 Splits : 24.4, 49.2, 1:16.3, Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRACKING – PRINCESS ZANAI Trainer : ANTHONY SMITH Owner : BERESFORD BROADBELL Bred by PERCY TOMLINSON NOTE: HORSE #3 LITTLE PRINCE PASSED THE POST FIRST, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED THIRD. Qu: $1,715.00 Ex: $1,650.00 D/E: $535.00 Trifecta: $1,188.00 Race 3 1400 M (Purse $750,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4) 1. #6 STORMING WHenry 53.0 $174.00 $114.00 2. #4 COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 7L $208.00 3. #2 VISION OF GOLD OWalker 56.0 5-1/2L $166.00 4. #1 STIR IT UP JPatterson2 50.0 47/1 Neck Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:12.4, Winner : 5yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – PSYCHE Trainer : KINGSLEY DAVIS Owner : THE PLAYER Bred by ASTON MARSH (DR.) Qu: $1,056.00 Ex: $2,271.00 D/E: $685.00 Trifecta: $2,096.00 Rolling Triple: $4,380.00 Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES (DIV.I) 1. #10 SWEET PEPPA SEllis 55.0 $143.00 $54.00 *2. #6 SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS JPatterson2 51.0 *4/5 31/2 $53.00 3. #7 AURELIA’S SUMMER RHalledeen 53.5 2L $66.00 4. #8 BAD GAL HILLARY OEdwards2 51.0 1-1/2L Final Time : 0:59.2 Splits : 22.4, 46.0, , Winner : 3yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD – HONEYMOON BAY Trainer :RICHARD N. AZAN Owner: MILADE & RICHARD AZAN Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $152.00 Ex: $438.00 D/E: $983.00 Superfecta: $1,187.00 Rolling Triple: $4,344.00 Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -COLTS & GELDINGS *1. #4 CARTEL KRobinson 54.0 $114.00 $62.00 2. #8 AHUAGAIN SEllis 54.0 3/4L $88.00 3. #1 PEEPING TOM RoshJohnson4 52.5 3L $74.00 4. #3 ROCKDALE AndrePowell3 52.5 7/1 3/4 Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, , Winner : 3yo b colt – TWILIGHT TIME – TAIWANA Trainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : BALKRISHEN SAGAN-MARAJ Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $201.00 Ex: $418.00 D/E: $517.00 Superfecta: $1,614.00 Rolling Triple: $3,911.00 Race 6 1600 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3) 1. #3 COLORS OF WAR JPatterson2 50.0 $283.00 $143.00 2. #8 ST. BERNARD OFoster 54.0 4L $186.00 3. #2 MINNIFFIA JInnis2 50.0 1-1/4L $187.00 4. #11 SUPREME MAGIC PFrancis 52.0 3-1/4L *5. #5 COUNTER ATTACK RHalledeen 55.0 3-1/2L Late scratch : #9 NATASHADONTPLAY, #10 UNRULY TEXAS Final Time : 1:41.3 Splits : 25.0, 48.3, 1:14.0, Winner : 5yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – COLOUROFMONEY Trainer: JOSEPH THOMAS Owner : MICHAEL RUSSELL Bred by LAURENCE HEFFES Qu: $2,627.00 Ex: $6,658.00 D/E: $1,984.00 Trifecta: $6,049.00 Hi-5: $78,212.50 Rolling Triple: $8,364.00 Pick-4: $37,708.00 Super-6: $161,923.10 I’MSATISFIED TROPHY Race 7 2000 M (Purse $900,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II *1. #9 RADICAL OWalker 52.5 $76.00 $57.00 2. #5 WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 54.0 1-1/2L $74.00 3. #1 PAPER CHASER JErwin 53.5 3L $78.00 4. #7 COUNCIL OF TRENT WHenry 56.0 1-1/4L DNF #6 SUPERBOLT SEllis 53.5 Final Time : 2:09.3 Splits: 24.3, 50.0, 1:13.4, 1:39.4 Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – NISTEL’S ANNETTE Trainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ALEXANDER HABER Bred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD. Qu: $217.00 Ex: $320.00 D/E: $468.00 Superfecta: $1,310.00 Rolling Triple: $1,915.00 Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES (DIV.II) 1. #1 TAZ OMullings 53.0 $867.00 $179.00 2. #7 LADY JAELA JErwin 55.0 2L $129.00 3. #2 SHE’S A LEGACY AntThomas3 50.0 3/4L $77.00 4. #3 LADY EXOTIC DDawkins2 51.0 1-3/4L 5. #6 MIRABILIS AChatrie 53.0 2-1/4L Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.3, , Winner : 3yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – SUNSHINE OFMYLIFE Trainer : ANTHONY SMITH Owner : MR. J.P.S. Bred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD. Qu: $2,248.00 Ex: $2,933.00 D/E: $582.00 Trifecta: $2,764.00 Hi-5: $51,109.50 Rolling Triple: $13,472.00 PlacePot 8: $84,411.00 Race 9 1100 M (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE 1. #4 ANOTHER BULLET OEdwards2 50.5 $623.00 $83.00 2. #1 CHACE THE GREAT DDawkins2 49.0 1-3/4L $87.00 *3. #5 POKER STAR OWalker 57.0 1/2L $53.00 4. #8 CRUCIAL APPEAL JErwin 56.0 2L 9. #9 TALENTED TONY K WHenry 52.0 Final Time : 1:05.2 Splits : 22.3, 46.1 Winner : 5yo b colt – NASHEET – WISELY NOTED Trainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : TAINIYA KERR Bred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITED NOTE: HORSE #8 CRUCIAL APPEAL PASSED THE POST THIRD, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED FOURTH. Qu: $1,777.00 Ex: $2,825.00 D/E: $18,675.00 Superfecta: $5,528.00 Rolling Triple: $23,167.00 Race 10 1200 M (Purse $650,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) 1. #13 ABOGADO JPatterson2 52.0 $871.00 $311.00 2. #10 KACI OEdwards2 51.0 1-3/4L $357.00 3. #7 VICIOUS LOOK OMullings 56.0 1-3/4L $ 81.00 4. #2 BURLIN AChatrie 53.0 1-1/4L *5. #9 NOTHINGBUTTHEBEST BebHarvey2 53.5 2L Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.1 Winner : 5yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS – FIRSTBORN Trainer : WELSH SOUTAR Owner: RICHARD WHYTE Bred by PERCY TOMLINSON Qu: $7,526.00 Ex: $25,591.00 D/E: $12,492.00 Trifecta: $36,444.00 Hi-5 Carry-over : $196,852.50 Rolling Triple: $86,544.00 Pick-4: $328,324.00 (4 OF 4) Super-6: $27,296.80 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $1,269,303.75 Pick-9: $40,260.00 (7 OF 9); $575.00 (6 OF 9). Carry-over : $1,862,754.60last_img read more