Humans of New York

“I tried to warn her about her last boyfriend, but she didn’t want to listen. Once I overheard him telling her that she needed to respect him. I knew that was bad news. Then he left his home because he got in an argument with his family. I told her: ‘If he’ll do that to his family, he’ll do it to you too.’ But she didn’t listen. She stopped talking to me for a long time. Then sure enough, he took off and left her. She came back and thanked me. Go on, tell them. Mother was right.”

Source: Humans of New York

Humans of New York

“My daughter has a heart for animals. She wants to start her own charity to help dogs and cats. But I worry that she will get her heart broken because we have no culture for animals here. Animal lovers are seen as a little strange. But I try to encourage her because I don’t want her to do it secretly. Last year she saw a cat break its leg on the street. And without telling me, she took a taxi all the way to Tehran, just to find a veterinarian.”(Anzali, Iran)

Source: Humans of New York

John Frazier’s Photos Black Hills Unity Concert

Keith Secola, Pura Fe, Jennifer Elizabeth Kreisberg and Cody Thomas Blackbird. Photo copyright John Frazier 

Pura Fe and photographer John Frazier

Dawn Littlethunder and Shawn Lynn Littlethunder/copyright John Frazier

Thank you John Frazier for allowing Censored News to share your great photos of the Black Hills Unity Concert.

Photos copyright John Frazier

Threats to truth tellers

In recent weeks, El Salvador has seen a disturbing rise in threats and insinuations against those who would insist on exposing the truth, or advocating a path other than the government’s open fire approach to combating the gangs:

  • Journalists at El Faro have received threats and report being followed following their reporting on police abuses in torturing detainees and extra-judicial killings.   Some of the reporters for the periodical left the country for their own safety.
  • Pastor Mario Vega of the ELIM evangelical mega-church in El Salvador announced that he had been receiving death threats for his criticisms of the government’s approach to policing as being ineffective.   Pastor Vega recently expressed his concern that a church evangelist had been arrested and held without charge because gang members attended a religious event she was holding in her house.
  • The country’s attorney general attacked church leaders in the IPAZ movement who have been vocal critics of the government approach and asserted they were simply trying to enrich themselves with gang rehabilitation programs.
  • Even an organization as respected as UNICEF, has been attacked by FMLN party officials for UNICEF’s public service campaign “No te indigna?”   (Doesn’t it make you mad?)   which highlights how violence threatens the lives of children in El Salvador.   The FMLN asserts that this publicity campaign might discourage foreign investment by giving the country a bad public image.
  • Anonymous comments posted to news websites about all of these topics have been filled with invective against anyone who would suggest an approach short of killing all the gang members or anyone who would criticize abuses by the police.

The danger of this single-minded “kill the bastards at all costs” atmosphere is that people look the other way when death squad vigilante killings occur.   The human rights law firm FESPAD has noted that conditions have favored the growth of such “exterminations”. FESPAD expressed a concern that the current atmosphere leaves such killings in impunity, killings described in the mainstream press in El Salvador just as “confrontations” between security forces and gang members.