[Jpost] At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other... , Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a report released on Wednesday, saying that the killings were likely carried out by government forces.
"Available evidence suggests government forces were involved in mass extrajudicial executions," HRW said. It called for the government to hold those responsible to account.
The Burkina Faso government told HRW it will investigate the claims.
Minister of Defence Moumina Cheriff Sy said the killings could have been committed by jihadist groups using stolen army uniforms and logistical equipment.
"It is difficult for the population to distinguish between armed terrorist groups and the defense and security forces," he said.
Burkina Faso has been battling murderous Moslem groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... since 2017. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and almost a million displaced by the conflict, which is also affecting neighbors Niger and Mali.
The HRW report said the killings in Djibo likely took place between November 2019 and June 2020. Residents who saw the bodies told HRW that the dead were all men.
It said the bodies were left in groups along major roadways, under bridges, and in fields and vacant lots around Djibo.
"Burkina Faso authorities need to urgently uncover who turned Djibo into a 'killing field,'" said Corinne Dufka, Sahel director at Human Rights Watch.
A community leader in Djibo told HRW, "Many of the dead were blindfolded, had their hands tied up...and were shot in the head."
Many who spoke to HRW said they were fearful of being killed by government forces as well as jihadi murderous Moslems.
"At night, so many times I'd hear the sound of vehicles and then, bam! bam! bam! ... And the next morning we'd see or hear of bodies found in this place or that," a Djibo farmer said.
France says it wants 30 Nato allies to reaffirm commitment to respecting routinely violated UN arms embargo on #Libya, amid its stand-off with Turkey (which backs Tripoli). But what about arms going into the east, and role of French allies UAE and Egypt? https://t.co/xYtOynosdc
[BREITBART] Left-wingers attacked radical leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky ...Intellectual and political theorist of a socialist persuasion. He is noted for being so far out in left field he can't see the shortstop on every issue he pushes... on Tuesday after he co-signed a statement in Harper’s criticizing cancel culture — several days after President Donald Trump ...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party... did the same in his Mount Rushmore speech.
Several "verified" blue-checkmark users on Twitter were outraged that Chomsky, 91, should agree with Trump, albeit indirectly, or that he would push back against left-wing efforts to deny platforms to those who dispute its orthodoxies.
The Harper’s statement, titled "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate," included Chomsky, J.K. Rowling, and others.
[NY Post] New York's Finest are putting in for retirement faster than the NYPD can handle ‐ while citing a lack of respect and the loss of overtime pay, The Post has learned.
A surge of city cops filing papers during the past week more than quadrupled last year's number ‐ as the city grapples with a surge of shootings ‐ and the stampede caused a bottleneck that's forcing others to delay putting in their papers, officials and sources said.
The NYPD said Wednesday that 179 cops filed for retirement between June 29 and Monday, an astounding 411-percent increase over the 35 who filed during the same time period in 2019.
The astonishing rush for the door came as 503 cops filed for retirement between May 25 ‐ the day George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, sparking anti-cop protests around the country ‐ and July 3, the NYPD said.
That number represents a 75-percent increase over the 287 who filed for retirement during the same time last year, the NYPD said.
Sources said that the deluge of applications had overwhelmed the department ‐ due to cancellation of overtime for the workers who process them ‐ and that the number of daily applicants was being limited as a result.
On Tuesday, The Post spotted a line of cops waiting outside the office at One Police Plaza where retirement papers get filed.
"Apparently, the pension section is only taking a certain amount of people per day and I think they are backed up till late July, early August," one cop said.
"That's why you don't see like 100 a day, because they are only doing like 35 to 40 a day, by appointment."
A spokeswoman for the NYPD confirmed the "surge in the number of officers filing for retirement."
"While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to a range of factors, it is a troubling trend that we are closely monitoring," the spokesperson added.
An NYPD spokeswoman noted that the department is not turning down any applications for officers retiring in the next 30 days ‐ but has told cops putting in to retire after that to come back when a month out due to the increased activity.
Sources blamed the situation ‐ which comes amid an alarming spike in shootings ‐ on growing anti-cop sentiment, coupled with a pending city law that would make it a crime for cops to use chokeholds while trying to subdue violent suspects.
"There's just droves and droves of people retiring. But there's no surprise here, who the hell wants to stay on this job?" one cop said.
"Why would you want to stay on this job when people don't appreciate what you do?"
Sources also said the flood of overtime tied to last month's protests ‐ which will boost pension payouts for eligible retirees ‐ and the expected loss of overtime due to the recent $1 billion cut to the NYPD's budget were also factors.
[Rudaw] The US position on recent Ottoman Turkish and Iranian military operations targeting suspected bad boy locations in the Kurdistan Region differs, according to statements made Wednesday by a State Department spokesperson.
While the US urges both Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... to respect Iraq’s illusory sovereignty, it only encourages the latter to coordinate with the governments of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to defeat gunnies operating in the area.
"We recognize the legitimate security threat the [Kurdistan Workers' Party] PKK poses to Turkey and we urge Turkey to pursue joint counterterrorism cooperation with Iraq in a way that supports Iraqi illusory sovereignty," a spokesperson told Rudaw Wednesday over email.
Saying the US is aware of reports of Iranian Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s in the Kurdistan Region and is closely monitoring the situation, the spokesperson added: "Iran must respect Iraq's illusory sovereignty, end its interference in Iraq's internal matters, and refrain from destabilizing behavior."
Turkey began sustained air and ground military operations in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq's disputed territories in mid-June, with the stated aim of removing suspected PKK targets from the area. Five civilians have been killed in the operations.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) also launched airstrikes in coordination with Turkey in the Kurdistan Region last month, shelling the Haji Omaran area, which borders Iran. Media outlets close to the the IRGC said Turkey and Iran agreed to jointly fight what they called Kurdistan Region-based cross-border "terrorism".
"The United States is prepared to facilitate and support a coordinated approach on this issue, as we continue to believe sustainable security solutions can only be achieved through cooperation," added the spokesperson, which stressed the importance of coordination between all parties additionally working to counter the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) group.
"Ultimately, areas like Sinjar [Shingal] need to come under the full control of the federal government and its security forces, in coordination with the KRG, so that the PKK and other militias and groups cannot promote their own agendas. This instability is keeping hundreds of thousands of ISIS genocide victims from returning home."
Currently based in the Qandil Mountains along the Turkey-Kurdistan Region-Iran borders, the PKK is an gang that fights for greater political and cultural rights for Kurds in Turkey. Decades of fighting with Turkey has led to the death of tens of thousands, including civilians.
Both Erbil and Baghdad have repeatedly called on Ankara to halt its attacks, and have demanded the PKK withdraw from their territory.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard... various Kurdish groups are present in the mountainous border area between Iran and the Kurdistan Region. Sporadic attacks are launched each year against various Iranian forces, including the IRGC.
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[OilPrice.com] Last August, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, paid a visit to his China counterpart, Wang Li, to present a roadmap on a comprehensive 25-year China-Iran strategic partnership that built upon a previous agreement signed in 2016. Many of the key specifics of the updated agreement were not released to the public at the time but were uncovered by OilPrice.com at the time. Last week, at a meeting in Gilan province, former Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad alluded to some of the secret parts of this deal in public for the first time, stating that: "It is not valid to enter into a secret agreement with foreign parties without considering the will of the Iranian nation and against the interests of the country and the nation, and the Iranian nation will not recognize it."
According to the same senior sources closely connected to Iran's Petroleum Ministry who originally outlined the secret element of the 25-year deal, not only is the secret element of that deal going ahead but China has also added in a new military element, with enormous global security implications.
I’ve seen nothing else about this, suggesting people over there are jumping at shadows. Again. We’ll know it’s hit critical when they start worrying about spy squirrels. Again.
[IsraelTimes] Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation denies "false allegations by counter-revolutionary elements in the media of a kaboom" at a nuclear plant in Ardakan, around 450 kilometres southeast of Tehran.
"Nothing happened" at the yellow-cake production plant, it says in a statement.
The rumors are aimed at creating "despair" and supporting the campaign of "maximum pressure of the Great Satan™ (the United States)" against Iran, the atomic energy agency says.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.