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Springer: Kids are often tricked into joining FARC UN urges Colombia to do more to fight child warrior phenomenon Diego Molano, director of the Colombian government’s Family Welfare Institute which is in charge of protecting children, questioned the report’s finding that the country currently has 18,000 child warriors. But he also admitted that the government lacks solid figures of its own. “What’s important is that no child should participate in the armed conflict,” Molano told reporters. However, Colombia’s illegal armed groups have always included many children. Some were born to female guerrilla and paramilitary fighters. Others followed the footsteps of their warrior fathers, uncles or older siblings. But the pace of forced recruitment of minors has jumped as seasoned fighters and drug gang leaders are gunned down. Rebel commanders have increasingly turned to teenagers and even pre-teens to fill out their ranks while the bandas criminales have found many advantages in deploying kids rather than adults. They’ve also found a large pool of desperate children to target. Though national statistics show a decrease in Colombia’s poverty rate, many rural areas remain backwards and isolated, and beyond the control of the government security forces. Despite the tough conditions, the guerrilla groups and drug gangs sometimes provide rudderless youths a sense of power and — however skewed — direction. BOGOTA — Although the intensity of Colombia’s long-running civil conflict has diminished over the past decade, a new study outlines one particularly devastating trend: Marxist guerrillas and drug trafficking gangs are increasingly recruiting children by force. The study estimates that more than 40 percent of the country’s guerrillas are children. In 2001, Colombian officials put that figure at about 30 percent. In addition, the report said more than half of the members in the so-called bandas criminales — drug trafficking groups made up largely of former right-wing paramilitary fighters who demobilized in the 2000s — are minors. That compares to a 40 percent child warrior rate for the now-defunct paramilitaries, the report said. Released last week, the 120-page study was authored by Natalia Springer, a Colombian expert on international law and human rights. In the absence of clear data about the recruitment of minors, she and about 80 fellow investigators spent four years interviewing nearly 500 demobilized child warriors. Besides focusing on gun-toting kids, the report also estimated that at least 100,000 children labor in drug production and other facets of Colombia’s illegal economy. “This is a humanitarian emergency,” Springer said in a telephone interview with Diálogo. “The level of forced recruitment of children is extremely high.” “The FARC is using minors to make and plant land mines, purchase medicine and carry out intelligence missions,” the UN report said. It added that sexual abuse is rampant and that girls — who make up 43 percent of child recruits — are often forced to have abortions after they become pregnant. Springer suggested that Colombians may be overlooking the problem of child warriors, in part, because the rebels have been weakened by a military offensive while the bandas criminales are less powerful and violent than the Medellín and Cali cartels that dominated the illegal narcotics trade in the 1980s and ‘90s. “There may be the impression that the war is over but I don’t believe that,” Springer said. In fact, the country’s two main guerrilla organizations – FARC and the National Liberation Army, or ELN — are nowhere near defeated, and have stepped up their attacks over the past three years. Meanwhile, the bandas criminales continue to traffic huge shipments of cocaine. Children, Springer says, are “a huge part of this dynamic.” Even so, very few children these days sign up on their own free will. In several southern departments, Springer said, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) now forces each family to provide the rebel organization with at least one son or daughter. The FARC’s minimum age used to be 14 or 15 but now Springer said those guidelines have gone out the window and that the average age of child recruits is 12. In one of the most brazen recent cases, FARC rebels burst into a country school in southern Putumayo department in May and forcibly marched 13 students into the jungle. They were between the ages of 10 and 15. “They tricked them by promising the students a better life and then took them away,” Colombian politician Gloria Inés Flórez said of the mass kidnapping. In her report, Springer quoted one former child guerrilla, who went by the name of Juan, as saying he joined the FARC at the age of 10. “The guerrillas asked us which side we were on,” Juan said. “I didn’t want to join them but, come on, you can’t say ‘no’ to these people.” Government disputes study’s conclusions Children like Juan provide illegal armed groups with several advantages. They are easily brainwashed and adapt quickly to the physical demands of fighting in the mountains and jungles. They are not paid salaries and have no way of protesting. They’re often the sons and daughters of impoverished migrant workers who may not be noticed when they go missing, Springer said. Drug gangs, in turn, often rely on youngsters because — when caught — they go through the more lenient juvenile court system, meaning authorities face far more restrictions when it comes to questioning children. In addition, Springer said, it’s harder for those authorities to gain access and information from child gang members because government security forces are prohibited from using minors to infiltrate criminal organizations. Springer’s investigation comes on the heels of a United Nations report released in May that urges the Colombian government to do more to separate children from the country’s illegal armed groups. The UN report said the guerrillas usually recruit children in rural areas while the bandas criminales focus on urban areas. It said that children as young as 8 have been forced to join their ranks, and that several children in FARC uniforms were among those killed in recent military bombardments of rebel camps. Children are ‘huge part’ of cocaine trafficking network By Dialogo August 27, 2012
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 32-year-old Lindenhurst man was accused of trying to recruit two 14-year-old girls in Massapequa Park to be in a pornographic video with him on Monday, Nassau County police said.Andrew Quattrone was arrested and charged with attempted use of a child in a sexual performance, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal solicitation.Police said that the suspect approached the girls outside of King Kullen on Merrick Road, showed them a box of condoms, asked them if they would like to be in an adult video with him and showed them pornographic pictures on his phone shortly after 5 p.m.When the girls walked away, Quattrone allegedly asked them to reconsider making a video before they ran to a nearby store and called police, authorities said.Officers took Quattrone into custody shortly later. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Quattronewas paroled in September 2013 from an upstate New York prison, where he served three years after being convicted of criminal solicitation and criminal possession of a controlled substance when he was previously arrested for luring young girls to be in adults movies on St. Patrick’s Day 2009, according to reports and records.Seventh Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident or similar incidents to call them at 516-573-6753. All callers will remain anonymous.
“Kung hindi mo sisirain ang gobyerno, pasabugin mo ang simbahan, pasabugin mo ‘yong public utilities just to derail, matumba tuloy ang bayan,” he added. “[O]nce you blow up ‘yong simbahan, blow up mo ‘yong market place… the right to defend itself accrues to the government heavily.” “Ang terrorism, hindi ito isa, dalawang putok as what happened in Mindanao and other places. Ang ginagamit kasi nito, nila ay bomba. Ang bomba niyan, sa lahat, maski sa simbahan may tama o may bukol,” Duterte said. Under the law, persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer imprisonment of 12 years. Duterte knew that the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will be contested before the Supreme Court but he said that the newly-signed law gives the country the legal weapons to fight terrorism. “For the law-abiding citizen of this country, I am addressing you with all sincerity. ‘Wag ho kayong matakot kung hindi ka terorista,” Duterte said. In an address to the public aired past midnight on Wednesday, the President said that law-abiding citizens of the country should not fear the law, which seeks to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism campaign. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has allayed the fears of many on the controversial anti-terror law or Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which he described as a “much needed” legal weapon to fight terrorism in the country. Suspected persons can be detained for 14 days without a warrant of arrest with an allowable 10-day extension. A 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists can also be conducted by the police or the military, with an allowable 30-day extension./PN
Sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton is being held out indefinitely due a potential issue regarding his eligibility. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily TrojanSophomore guard De’Anthony Melton will be held out of play indefinitely from the men’s basketball team due to concerns surrounding his eligibility. The news broke just before tip-off of the team’s season opener last Friday. “USC is working diligently to independently investigate this matter in order to confirm that De’Anthony meets the NCAA eligibility requirements,” USC said in a statement minutes before tip-off of the game against Cal State Fullerton.Melton’s suspension comes as an investigation into associate head coach Tony Bland. Bland is involved in a nationwide FBI investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball recruiting. He was indicted last Tuesday by a federal grand jury for charges including bribery and wire fraud. Bland allegedly facilitated $9,000 in total to two families of USC basketball players or recruits, one a rising freshman and the other a rising sophomore in August, according to court documents. The two athletes have not been named. All other players on the Trojans’ roster suited up and played in the team’s 84-42 season opening victory.Melton’s attorney, Vicki I. Podberesky, told the Los Angeles Times that “multiple investigations” found no evidence that would deem Melton ineligible.“He hopes that USC will demonstrate the same level of loyalty and commitment to him that he has given to the school and the USC basketball program,” Podberesky said to the Times. Melton broke out last year in his first season as a Trojan, starting in the final 25 games of the season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard averaged 8.3 points, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He led the Pac-12 with 69 steals on the season, and led the team’s comeback victory over Texas A&M to keep the Trojans dancing during March Madness.
What looked like a blowout heading into the seventh — Colorado led 8-2 — suddenly turned into a game when the Dodgers scored five runs. But Ottavino restored order, with De La Rosa (9-6) nervously watching on a television in the clubhouse.“We kept coming and the guys kept going,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Ottavino came in and did a nice job.”Dan Haren (8-5) gave up a season-high eight runs in 5 1-3 innings while striking out eight. He had a hard act to follow after teammate Clayton Kershaw’s masterful performance the night before, when he allowed two hits in eight innings.“I did my best, just didn’t work out,” Haren said.He felt like he had his good stuff, too. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Baseball’s a humbling game,” Haren said. “Five days ago, I couldn’t have felt any better. Today, I just wore it, basically, out there.”The Rockies are 3-16 since June 16 — with De La Rosa accounting for every win. The lefty allowed two runs and three hits, all in the first inning. He then watched the bullpen almost completely unravel.“It was a tough situation, but we got out of there,” said De La Rosa, who tied Jeff Francis for the second-most wins (64) in Rockies history.Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer, Corey Dickerson added a solo shot and Wilin Rosario contributed two RBI singles as the Rockies ended a six-game slide against the Dodgers. The team was without NL hitting leader Troy Tulowitzki, who rested a tight groin for a second straight game.Los Angeles took advantage of three hits and two errors in a two-run first. But De La Rosa was tricky to solve after that.“He’s just effectively wild,” Mattingly explained. “He makes you swing out of the strike zone because he’s always kind of around it.”De La Rosa was taken out for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning after throwing 100 pitches.The Dodgers immediately pounced on reliever Nick Masset, who gave up four runs and recorded no outs before departing with a tweaked left knee.A rusty Boone Logan, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, didn’t fare much better, loading the bases without getting an out.The booing began from the Coors Field crowd, which Rockies manager Walt Weiss fully understood.“We have an 8-2 lead and looked like we had the game in hand,” Weiss said. “It looked like it was slipping away in that seventh.”Enter Ottavino, who got Juan Uribe to hit into a double play. After an intentional walk, Ottavino worked the Rockies out of the jam by striking out A.J. Ellis.In the eighth, Ottavino escaped another sticky situation by striking out Yasiel Puig and getting Hanley Ramirez to ground out with Dee Gordon on second.“Tried to bring everything I had,” Ottavino said. “It worked out today.”Colorado had a chance to cushion its lead in the eighth, but Puig added another highlight-reel catch to his growing collection of memorable grabs in right. He came in on a ball before realizing it was over his head. He dived backward to make the grab, quickly got up and rifled a throw to the infield, doubling up Rosario at third after the Rockies catcher tried to tag up.LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.“Luckily for us, we were able to hang on there,” Stubbs said. “Regardless if it’s 8-7 or 8-2, a win’s a win.”NOTES >> Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (left ankle sprain) was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Saturday night and play six innings in left field for Triple-A Albuquerque. … Dodgers LHP Scott Elbert (left elbow surgery) had his rehab assignment halted because of soreness in his left big toe. … Gordon stole his 42nd base, the most by a Dodgers player before the All-Star break since Maury Wills had 55 in 1965. DENVER — The big bats in the Dodgers’ lineup scuffled against Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa and then erupted on the Rockies’ bullpen.That is, until reliever Adam Ottavino entered and put the brakes on the comeback.De La Rosa threw six strong innings before giving way to a shaky bullpen as the Rockies snapped a five-game skid by holding off the NL West-leading Dodgers 8-7 on Saturday.The Dodgers made the Rockies sweat, though.
The uptick falls in line with an estimate released last month by the nonpartisan Senior Citizens League but falls short of the 2.8 percent offered in 2019 and 2 percent in 2018.Next year’s 1.6 percent boost will raise the average retiree benefit to about $1,503 per month, according to Mary Johnson, a Social Security policy analyst at the Senior Citizens League. Cost-of-living adjustments, which were implemented more than 40 years ago, are meant to counteract the effects of inflation, but economists are concerned that costs are rising at a much faster rate than the purchasing power of Social Security benefits. Prescription drugs and fresh groceries, for example, have become far more expensive. Some Americans on Social Security will see a little bump of about $24 a month in their checks next year.It’s actually a 1.6% cost-of-living increase that will benefit some 69 million retirees.
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier One of the recent sports headlines that I read on www.nbcsports.com that I wasn’t sure I was reading correctly was, “Should the Steelers trade Mike Tomlin?” Another “cerebral” gem was, “Steelers trading Mike Tomlin could solve some of the franchise’s problems.” The last goodie was, “How the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin created a giant mess.”What mess has Mike Tomlin created? Did he show up with a mink coat on a 60-degree day not dressed to play football? Did he say that he couldn’t really relate to a lot of the younger players in his locker room? Was he the cause of one of his most valuable players almost being paralyzed by an untimely injury?Wait a minute. Mike Florio posted this article on profootballtalk.nbcsports.com on Dec. 2, 2014: “Teams can still trade for head coaches. The league office has confirmed that trades can indeed be made of head coaches. When coaches are traded, it doesn’t happen the same way players are traded.”Why would the Steelers make a trade for another coach when their current head coach has never had a losing season? There has been a precedent established in Pittsburgh sports as far as trading a player for a manger but that was initiated because of dire circumstances.Let’s rewind the clock for a minute. Richard Paloma posted this article on whitecleatbeat.com in 2016. “In November 1976, Finley made an unheard of deal: he sent his manager, (Chuck) Tanner, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000. This was only the second time in MLB history where a manager was part of a baseball trade. In 1960, Indians manager Joe Gordon and Tigers manager Jimmie Dykes were traded for each other. The Pirates were in need of a skipper, with Danny Murtaugh retiring from his fourth tour of duty as manager after the 1976 season due to stated health reasons. Only three months after stepping down as manager Murtaugh would die from a stroke in December of 1976.”Let’s break this down a little bit. The Pirates wanted to their organization to remain stable so they made a very bold move to at least attempt to assure the continuation of smooth sailing for their franchise. The Pirates were not a losing organization. They were not in the process of rebuilding, they only needed a manager to step in and keep the ship sailing. When Danny Murtaugh was alive and in good health, Pittsburgh had their manager.The current Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, is alive and well. Tomlin has not even reached the age of 50. Why would the Steelers want to trade him? He has never had a losing record. At the time that he coached Super Bowl XLIII, he was the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. Danny Murtaugh was 59 years old when he died. The final World Series that Danny Murtaugh won was in 1971 at the age of 54. The Pirates traded for Chuck Tanner because of the death of Danny Murtaugh. It now seems as if a significant segment of the Steelers’ fan base is trying to kill and bury the career of Mike Tomlin. Why? Well, just because. Why? Well, because the leadership of certain key players is not leadership at all. It’s “Me-dership” as well as the pseudo-leaders being infected with the, “throw their teammates under the bus syndrome.”It seems that if you are an African American NFL head coach, the fans and many of the sports writers don’t just expect you to be exceptional; they demand perfection….do dah.***Correction: In my “Voices from the Wilderness” column from Jan. 9, I must clarify that Chris Moore’s “Black Horizons” show was the longest-running African American TV program until it was canceled in 2012.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSPSCC proudly announces its lineup for its 2018-2019 Artist & Lecture Series. The series aims to bring nationally and internationally recognized artists, speakers, and activists who offer diverse and innovative views and performances to the campus and local community.Attending one of these Artist & Lecture Series evenings gives audience members the chance to broaden the term culture for themselves. The lineup for the new season includes:Michael Kaeshammer | October 6, 2018Canadian jazz pianist-singer-songwriter Michael Kaeshammer is a two-time Juno Award winner with a recording career that spans twelve albums. Famous worldwide for his unique boogie-woogie piano style, with heavy influence from the iconic musical culture of New Orleans, Kaeshammer’s dynamic full-band performance will be showcased at the annual The Experience fundraising gala.Alina Fernández | Oct. 18, 2018Alina Fernández, novelist, activist, and radio show host, is internationally famous for her autobiography Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba. Fernández will speak of growing up in Cuba as Fidel Castro’s daughter in the 1960’s and 70’s and her later departure, as well as provide insight into the country’s future and great potential, with a Q&A to follow.Winona LaDuke | February 7, 2019Writer and political activist Winona LaDuke is a widely-recognized and outspoken advocate of Native American causes, writing extensively about human rights, Native land reclamation, and environmental justice. LaDuke will hold a lecture on her causes and organizations, including the Honor the Earth and the White Earth Land Recovery Project, with time to dive deeper through a Q&A session.PHILADANCO! | April 25, 2019Presented in partnership with Ballet Northwest, the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) is a nonprofit organization that has been building bridges between diverse communities through professional dance performances since its founding in 1970. PHILADANCO is recognized across the globe for fostering emerging dancers and its electrifying performances that contribute to the preservation of African-American traditions in dance.James McBride | May 30, 2019Writer, journalist, and jazz musician James McBride is widely recognized for his landmark memoir “The Color of Water”, which discusses the complexities of race and identity growing up in a biracial family. Following a lively opening from SPSCC’s own jazz students, McBride will take the stage for a night of truly unforgettable music.For more information about the 2018-19 Artist & Lecture Series performers – or to buy tickets – visit spscc.edu/ALseries.