The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.
Brazil’s Truth Commission released its report today on the abuses its military dictatorship committed during its years in power, 1964 – 1985, including the killing of at least 191 citizens and the torture of thousands. A 1979 amnesty law passed by the military regime prevents those responsible from being tried and punished for their crimes. The report calls for the repeal of the amnesty.
The group identified 377 state officials, including now deceased former regime leaders, as being responsible for serious human rights abuses.
Rousseff, a former guerrilla detained and tortured as a young political activist, created the commission in 2011 shortly after taking office.
The following snippet has been discredited by Snopes.com but I’m throwing it in anyway, to show what hoaxes try to intrude themselves into your conversations. Snopes warns that the source deliberately promulgates exciting news, it is ‘World News Daily Report’; ‘Additonally, there isn’t a single identifiable “world’s oldest tree” as such, and the majority of trees that are contenders for the title are located in North America and not the Amazon. ‘
Illegal loggers have cut down the world’s oldest tree near the border of Peru and Brazil, in the Matsés Indigenous Reserve where logging is prohibited.
The giant Samauma tree that is thought to be over 5,800 years old judging on its concentric rings and estimated to be close to 40 meters in height was a major part of the native tribes cultural landscape, countless generations of natives having witnessed the long duration of the tree and having included it in their own culture.
«It is the Mother spirit of the rainforest, from this spirit-tree came the life force of all things living. They have destroyed Aotlcp-Awak, they have brought darkness upon not only our people, but the whole world» explains local tribesman leader Tahuactep of the Matsés tribe.
Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday morning, along with children protector Satharthi, and in her speech told us (paraphrased); I’m proud to be the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani and the youngest to receive the prize, also likely the only one who still fights with her younger brothers…we’re working on that peace thingee.