Senate Bill 2109 Seeks to Extinguish Navajo and Hopi Water Rights

Guest Commentary
by Navajo Grassroots Representatives
Mr. Becenti serves as a spokesperson for Navajo grassroot’s people.

TUBA CITY, ARIZONA – Senators Jon Kyl, Arizona – R, and John McCain, Arizona – R, will be in Tuba City on Thursday, April 5, 2012, to persuade Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribal leaders to give up their peoples’ aboriginal and Treaty-guaranteed priority Water Rights by accepting a “Settlement Agreement” written to benefit some of the West’s most powerful mining and energy corporations.

They are doing so by trying to persuade the Navajo Nation and Hopi leaders to support and endorse Senate Bill 2109. Senate Bill 2109 45; the “Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012” was introduced by Kyl and McCain on February 14, 2012, and is on a fast track to give Arizona corporations and water interests a “100 th birthday present” that will close the door forever on Navajo and Hopi food and water sovereignty, security and self-reliance.

S.2109 asks the Navajo and Hopi peoples to waive their priority Water Rights to the surface waters of the Little Colorado River “from time immemorial and thereafter, forever” in return for the shallow promise of uncertain federal appropriations to supply minimal amounts of drinking water to a handful of reservation communities.

The Bill – and the “Settlement Agreement” it ratifies – do not quantify Navajo and Hopi water rights – the foundation of all other southwestern Indian Water Rights settlements to date – thereby denying the Tribes the economic market value of their water rights, and forcing them into perpetual dependence on uncertain federal funding for any water projects.

Senators Kyl and McCain know well that without water, life is not possible. Yet, their Bill and the “Settlement Agreement” close the door forever to any possibility of irrigated agriculture and water conservation projects to heal and restore Navajo and Hopi watersheds (keeping sediment from filling downstream reservoirs) to grow high-value income and employment-producing livestock and crops for Navajo, Hopi and external markets; and to provide once again for healthy, diabetes – and obesity-free nutrition and active lifestyles for all future generations of Navajo and Hopi children.

Senators Kyl and McCain demand that the Navajo and Hopi people waive and give up all their rights to legal protection of injury to surface and ground water supply and quality in the past, present, and future – yet the Navajo and Hopi peoples do not even know the full extent and nature of the rights they are being pressured to waive because the details of the “Settlement Agreement” are not being shared with the public.

This is wrong.

Navajo and Hopi water and public health have already been damaged severely by past uranium and coal mining in and upstream of Navajo and Hopi communities. Senators Kyl and McCain are trying now to take away all rightful legal protections against the present and real danger of such contaminations occurring again.

S.2109 and the “Settlement Agreement” deny the Navajo and Hopi people the resources and means to assess comprehensive long-term water needs of every community, village, and watershed; and deny the resources and means to plan for, and develop sufficient domestic, municipal, industrial and agricultural “wet water” projects essential to the permanent well-being, prosperity and health of their homelands and children’s children. This is absolutely counter to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1908 Winter’s Doctrine that explicitly reserves and safeguards the water needed for that permanent well-being and prosperity.

S.2109 and the “Settlement Agreement” deny the Navajo and Hopi people the resources and means to bank their own waters, or to recharge their aquifers depleted and damaged by the mining and energy corporations that S.2109 benefits. S.2109 and the “Settlement Agreement” require Navajo and Hopi to give Peabody Coal Mining Company and the Salt River Project and other owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) tens of thousands of acre-feet of Navajo and Hopi water annually – without any compensation – and to force the extension of Peabody and NGS leases without Navajo and Hopi community input, or regard for past and continuing harmful impacts to public health, water supplies and water quality – as necessary pre-conditions to Navajo and Hopi receiving Congressional appropriations for minimal domestic water development.

This is coercive and wrong.

Ed Becenti, Navajo, has lived on the Navajo Reservation his entire life. He grew up on tradition and culture taught by his elders in the Navajo language. Mr. Becenti serves as a spokesperson Navajo people in the political environment challenging sensitive Native issues in local, state, and national government. Presently, protecting sacred tribal water rights has become personal priority for him; not only on behalf of Navajo people, but for the neighboring Hopi Nation. He resides in Window Rock, Arizona.

posted April 4, 2012 7:57 am edt


Bookworms are Babe Magnets

Bookworms are Babe Magnets
by Ginger Meeder

I have a real issue with the world that surrounds me today. I really think reading is such an essential part of our lives and yet I find so many who don’t and won’t read. I find this reprehensible and I cannot understand this. Guess this is a leftover from my employment within the public library system of Wayne County when I was a part-time employee who re-shelved your books, checked out your selections and helped you at the computers whenever any issues arose or to put in a book request into the system for inner-loan because we didn’t have it on our shelves. And try making conversation with someone who lives in the very same world you live in and they function day-to-day, just enough to get by, but yet turns off or tunes out the news, pays no mind to what goes on around them and has no skills to see or connect with others that they come into contact with and can barely follow directives because of this disconnect with people, reading, and current events. I’d actually hate being in a bunker with many of you because of this other word, too. Alertness. The other day on the news the reporter mentioned that they could not believe that someone who had turned in a kidnapper of a small child here in Ohio, was ALERT enough to recognize them and ultimately turn them in. But somebody was and they appeared to be that diamond in the rough that helped save that child because they didn’t tune themselves out and here’s another key word, LISTENED to the news. It appears to have gone out of style. My goodness, your skills, senses need to be sharpened and honed for this planet we reside on.

In our small business it is imperative that we supply daily newspapers integrating it as a vital part of our atmosphere. We have a book rack upside the wall next to the entry door of this business stacked with cd’s, tapes & books for people to help themselves too. If they return them, then they do. If they don’t, that means they really liked reading it & will pass it on down the road or keep it, treasuring it always. What libraries discard becomes my 25 cent treasure and lands on my makeshift bookcase hand picked and chosen with you in mind. I also supply puzzle books, Suduko, word searches and crosswords. My favorite puzzle in the daily newspaper and you can find on my Kindle(thanks to my sister Wanda,for that Christmas gift) is the “Word Jumble”. Memory skills along with spelling and then there is always comprehension of the materials that you read. We also intentionally leave on the local news for those that refuse to pick up or read anything just because they have absolutely no ambition to pursue this act of reading that is a passion for some, obviously a chore for others.

Reading is the only way to travel, fly, experience adventure, possibly romance and who knows maybe even gain wisdom or comfort, excitement on those pages. Learn some new tidbit of information or find a different perspective fresh and exciting that you hadn’t even thought out or of in analytical thinking or problem solving. Words, poetry, prose or verses of a well loved book could bring you peace in a troubling moment. I know poetry can heal from my own personal creation of bringing my muse out through formation of clips and snippets of words. Books have broadened my horizons in so many ways. It has brought me comfort in sorrow, laughter in times of tears and appeasement of fears. Unspeakable joy in words compiled that evoke a strong emotion or mental picture. Oh the joys of reading are one of those pleasures few speak about in my corner of life. Maybe it’s the company I keep or attract, but I read because without it I’d feel less of a person.

I gain great satisfaction whenever I leave my kitchen perch and enter my dining area and see heads bobbing behind crumpled, edges curled over of newspapers, a hand coming from around the paper to reach for their piping hot cup of coffee and it’s eventual return after they sip some of the Arabic brew to it’s spot on the table. And I hear silence and see my customers turning the pages of a book. It is actually is a real turn on and I think to myself these are my kind of people, as I pick up my copy of the daily newspaper and begin scoping the editorials, police reports, comics, unusual news stories. Heck I don’t care what you read, but READ people, even if it is graffiti on the side of a building or in a bathroom stall. You are sure to find some sort of entertainment or a good laugh or two and it is another form of exercise for the brain I call it. According to the movie, “Napoleon Dynamite”, Napoleon & Pedro needed to develop skills in order to become babe magnets. Think of it that way. You are developing, honing and maintaining a lifetime skill that will keep you alert, thinking, spelling, learning and just might attract the right honey bee to your hive and that isn’t any jive talking…

Let your eyes do the walking on those pages living precariously through those storylines we painstakingly create. What a great way to flirt, through a flash of your bright eyes peering out and over the pages of your opened book, winking at some pretty girl or handsome stud muffin that could turn into a perspective dating prospect. Ah, we have come to another positive from reading, social networking which even is more than likely a healthier way to attract a date, by far even better then Facebook. Did I just say that? Yes, a sexier way to find someone who actually reads to interact and not via texting or online chatting. You might actually strike up a real live conversation over that good book in the palm of your hands or on that electronic book reader. I feel the reading force is strong within you Jedi’s…the force within you is STRONG…—©g.a.meeder, 2012®

Corporate Tax Evaders and Job Destroyers

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It starts off at a local coffee shop while listening to ‘Democracy Now’ and speaking to a woman who works for Apple, Inc. While speaking with this woman about Tax Loop Holes for Corporations which included Apple, Inc. thats where I had to stop the conversation and I asked her for her email address so I could confirm what I have learned.

I use Apple products and I have heard about Foxconn, Inc. and its foreign labor abuse which Apple, Microsoft and other corporations are affiliated with. Fortunately Apple signed with the International Labor Treaty Union and stated it will have a ‘Third Party’ organization keep an eye on Foxconn, Inc. for Labor abuse. That is another story, “In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad”By CHARLES DUHIGG and DAVID BARBOZA
Published: January 25, 2012″.

Now its about Apple Inc.’s Tax Dodging. I feel strongly how the Middle class are taking the brunt of taxation and that Taxation is not fair to all, hence this search for the Truth about Corporate ‘Tax Holidays’, ‘Job Creation Act of 2004’ and Carl Levin’s (D-Michigan) ‘Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act (Senate Bill 1346)’.

I can not say it any better than Chuck Collins, Senior scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, Uncle Sam Should Support Built-to-Last Companies, not Built-to-Loot Enterprises

A powerful coalition of U.S.-based global companies is lobbying hard for a “tax holiday” on offshore profits.

Companies like Google, Apple, Pfizer, and General Electric have parked huge amounts of profits — a stash totaling more than $1.4 trillion –in offshore tax havens. They’ve stowed those funds abroad primarily to avoid having to pay federal taxes on that income.

But now they want to bring their treasure to the United States, albeit at a steep discount on what they owe the IRS. Instead of paying the statutory corporate income tax rate of 35 percent — or even the “effective rate,” which for most global companies, is closer to 11 percent — they’re urging Congress to let them do this at a tax rate that’s a whisker over 5 percent.

There is another article link, “Forbes: 29 Companies That Paid Millions For Lobbying (And Didn’t Pay Taxes)” by Citizens for Tax Justice and “Chris Barth, Forbes Staff states,

“Thirty large U.S. corporations paid more money to Congressional lobbyists than they paid in taxes from 2008-2010, according to a new report from Public Campaign, a purportedly non-partisan corporate watchdog organization that seeks to reduce the influence of big companies in politics. The report names 30 profitable companies (only one of which paid federal corporate taxes during the period analyzed), with lobbying expenditures ranging from $710,000 to $84.4 million.”

Recently an updated article ‘America Loses: Corporations That Take “Tax Holidays” Slash Jobs
By Sarah Anderson, John Cavanagh, Chuck Collins, Scott Klinger, Sam Pizzigati, are basically alerting US citizens about “WIN America” campaign which is similar to the “Job Creation Act of 2004” and how Jobs were not created, Corporate Offshore Income is lowered and the Corporate Shareholders and CEO’s are rewarded at the expense and/or burden on the US Middle class.

As stated in the article, “There is a dangerous myth at the center of the jobs debate that rages across our country: Corporate tax cuts create jobs.

With 25 million Americans looking for fulltime work, and nearly one in six Americans relying on federal food assistance, some of America’s most flush corporations are demanding a “one-time” corporate tax holiday on their more than $1.4 trillion in profits now sitting offshore.”

Its not about creating jobs, its about maximizing profits for their shareholders and CEO’s. What are the solutions? It seems that ‘US UNCUT’ is an anti-tax dodging movement. They are bringing awareness, education and engaging in making a FAIR TAXATION to all. As stated in US UNCUT website’s in the FAQ
Question: What is US Uncut?

Answer: US Uncut is an anti–tax dodging movement. According to the group, they are “about taking action against unnecessary and unfair cuts to public services across the US.” They believe the country isn’t broke, but rather the elite and wealthy are permitted to play by a different set of rules that permits them to shelter their revenue in foreign tax havens and skirt other taxes.”

For those who are not into ‘Popular Movements’ then what about the ‘Traditional Congressional Bills’? On Carl Levin’s (D-Senator, Michigan) website has the following, “Summary of the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act of 2011”. This is a summary of the ‘Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, S.B. 1346’. Read a press release about the bill here. The above link has ‘Access the bill as introduced’ and ‘Read Levin’s floor statement on the introduction of the bill’.

And those who just want to volunteer? Citizens for Tax Justice’s (CTJ) Mission, “CTJ’s mission is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws. Against the armies of special interest lobbyists for corporations and the wealthy, CTJ fights for:

* Fair taxes for middle and low-income families
* Requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share
* Closing corporate tax loopholes
* Adequately funding important government services
* Reducing the federal debt
* Taxation that minimizes distortion of economic markets

I am so thankful to those who do the hard work in making us more aware of the issues that need to be brought up with our friends, family, community members and leaders. I hope this short research article will help you become aware and help you understand what corporations are doing to the people’s future of this country and that is to ‘Our Children’s Future’.

Manu Martinez
Worldpeace 2012

Americans Elect Organizational History Review



“Americans Elect Organization”

Americans Elect was formed by many of the individuals who were responsible for a previous attempt to nominate (a…n) internet candidate, Unity08, and has substantially identical goals for the 2012 presidential election cycle (Beca Fulcher).

Unity08” may also refer to the 2008 convention of Unity Journalists of Color, Inc.

Unity08 was an American political reform movement that sought to offer all voters an opportunity to directly engage in politics by ranking the most crucial issues facing the country, discussing them with the candidates and engaging in an online, secure vote to nominate a bipartisan alternative to the Democratic Party and Republican Party presidential tickets for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
[VandeHei, Jim (2006-05-31). “From the Internet to the White House”. The Washington Post. p. A04. Retrieved 2006-10-20.]
Founded in 2006, the group gained attention from various media outlets, with Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter dubbing the group’s efforts a kind of open source politics.[Alter, Jonathan (2006-06-05). “A New Open-Source Politics”. Newsweek. Archived from the original on 2006-10-15. Retrieved 2006-10-21]

In January 2008, Unity08 organizers announced that the group had suspended operations due to funding problems.
[Group suspends ballot access project for bipartisan ticket, Retrieved on 2008-01-11 (Link Broken)]
Americans Elect 2012 is an organization that was formed by many of the individuals that were responsible for Unity 08, and has substantially identical goals for the 2012 presidential election cycle.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Kahlil Byrd, and the chairman is Peter Ackerman.
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is Joshua S. Levine.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is Elliot Ackerman, son of Peter Ackerman.
Tom Sansonetti and Chris Arterton[15] are co-chairs of the rules committee.[16]
Wendy Drake is the (Chief Leadership Officer).
Sarah Malm (Chief Communications Officer) and
Daniel Winslow (Chief Legal Counsel) are listed as senior staff.
Doug Schoen works as a paid adviser to Americans Elect.[17]

15. “The Arena: – Chris Arterton Bio”. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
16. “A third-party solution”. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
17. Doug Schoen: ?Democrat??

With the help of Beca Fulcher from Facebook messages to Manu Martinez (EarthdayFestival).
Edited by Manu Martinez
9 January 2012

Deportation of U.S. Teen to Colombia Latest Failure of Immigration System

Deportation of U.S. Teen to Colombia Latest Failure of Immigration System

Below are direct links to people who were interviewed by Democracy Now!
Its important to pay attention to America’s Government in solving issues by creating Departmental Agencies such as ‘Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE)’.

Due to continual dominated two party Congress, it has Failed to Pass the “Dream Act” and Obama’s Policy has essentially not gone as expected.
It is a tragedy to Non-criminal immigrant families and children and even American citizens who are incarcerated and deported (Human Tragedy said simply and nicely for their is more to it). Who is accountable? I will raise my hand first as an American citizen for not becoming aware, educated and participating to correct these misfortunes to my fellow immigrants and US citizens. Who will it be the next person?

What is Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE)? Its purpose?
Facts and Fiction?

FACT: Media have suggested that ICE is aggressively dismissing cases based on a directive from Director Morton. This just isn’t true. ICE enforcement is alive and well. For two years in a row, ICE has removed a record number of illegal aliens from communities across the United States. The agency focuses limited resources on three high priority areas—the identification and removal of criminals and national security threats, fugitives, and recent border entrants and others who game the system. Last year, ICE removed substantially more criminal aliens than ever before.

Contrary to what our ICE agency’s website is publicly disseminating. Ronald Campell’s article in
‘Orange County Register’
“How many criminals is ICE really deporting?”

The Obama administration says it is deporting a record number of criminals.
The truth, however, is more complicated — and the administration’s rhetoric may be influenced by the political tightrope it’s walking as it tries simultaneously to please Latinos and independent voters.


Another person interviewed by Democracy Now, Jacqueline Stevens, Northwestern University, Political Science Professor, has on her blog an article,

“Of Course ICE Is Deporting Teenage Americans Who Speak No Spanish To Colombia”

states the following, “The horrifying experience of Jakadrian Turner, a 14 year-old U.S. citizen who speaks no Spanish but who was deported to Colombia in April, 2011, will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the systematic law-breaking by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and the failure of the Department of Justice to do anything about it.”

Two other persons from Dallas, TX were interviewed by Democracy Now.
Rev. Peter Johnson and Ralph Isenberg gave their experiences of ICE’s misuse of authority on Immigrants and US citizens.

Rev. Johnson (Civil Rights advocate) and Isenberg (Immigration advocate) are long time friends. Isenberg has been reported by Brett Shipp of News, ‘Outspoken contributor snubbed by Obama’ …”At least one person who paid his $10,000 to eat and mingle with President Obama in Dallas Monday evening did not show up.”

Isenberg has also been reported by New York Times – Julia Preston,
“Deportation Halted for Some Students as Lawmakers Seek New Policy” has reported on ‘Isenburg’ Immigrant advocate, ‘The agent said ICE “was supposed to be concentrating on criminals, not on Dream students,” said Ralph Isenberg, a Dallas businessman who advocates for immigrants and made it his cause to prevent Ms. Zanella from being deported. Mr. Isenberg’s challenges to ICE had kept Ms. Zanella in the country even after the final date for her deportation in February.’

Rev. Johnson and R. Isenberg mentioned two lawyers who have helped bring justice to ICE’s misuse of authority on non-criminal immigrants and law abiding U.S. citizens.

Theodore N. Cox, NY Lawyer:

Founder, owner and lead attorney of the firm has more than 20 years of litigation experience, primarily in federal district and circuit courts, including habeas claims, appeals from the Board of Immigration Appeals, and other appeals in immigration matters.

Joshua Bardavis, NY Lawyer:

Principal attorney, has years of experience in immigration practice. He has successfully litigated hundreds of immigration cases, and has been lead counsel in several precedent setting appeals.

Please take about a half hour of your American Civic duty. All children depend on us for their inherited future.

Manu Martinez


6 January 2012

More on The Response: Did Hitler mimic the Indian reservations?

American Holocaust of Native American Indians by the films director, Joanelle Romero a 30 minute video document.

The powerful and hard-hitting documentary, American Holocaust, is quite possibly the only film that reveals the link between the Nazi holocaust, which claimed at least 6 million Jews, and the American Holocaust which claimed, according to conservative estimates, 19 million Indigenous People.Video of Joanelle Romero Link:

The only reference to this possibility that I can find is John Toland’s biography of Adolf Hitler, where he wrote:


If we believe Bryan Fischer (which I don’t), then Hitler was some kind of gay and his brutality was because of it. Now we hear, from Apostle Benefiel and author John Toland, that the Nazis were inspired by the cruelty of the Christian nation America toward our indigenous people. Wow.


Death Toll: 95,000,000 to 114,000,000
American Holocaust: D. Stannard (Oxford Press, 1992) – “over 100 million killed” “[Christopher] Columbus personally murdered half a million Natives”

“Hitler’s concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history. He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination – by starvation and uneven combat – of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.”
– P. 202, “Adolph Hitler” by John Toland

Russell Means: Welcome to The Reservation: Video Link (90 Min)The United States is one big reservation, and we are all in it. So says Russell Means, legendary actor, political activist and leader for the American Indian Movement. Means led the 1972 seizure of the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in 1973 led a standoff at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a response to the massacre of at least 150 Lakotah men, women, and children by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry at a camp near Wounded Knee Creek.

Citizens United Backlash Grows from Cali. to NYC Urging Congress to Overturn Corporate Personhood

Citizens United Backlash Grows from Cali. to NYC Urging Congress to Overturn Corporate Personhood


Adding to a growing nationwide backlash against the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, California lawmakers have introduced a resolution that calls on Congress to “propose and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.” The New York City Council has just passed a similar resolution, echoing measures passed in Los Angeles, Oakland, Albany and Boulder. We speak to Public Citizen President Robert Weissman; California Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, who introduced the state’s Citizens United resolution; and New York City Council Member and measure co-sponsor Melissa Mark-Viverito. “I think it taps into the sentiment that we’re seeing around the country growing, regarding Occupy Wall Street, where people really feel that government is disconnected from the vast majority of the population, and because of this influence that corporate interests have,” Mark-Viverito says.

With Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez

(Via Democracy Now)

As States Take on Citizens United, Lawrence Lessig Offers Bold Plan to Get Money Out of Politics

As States Take on Citizens United, Lawrence Lessig Offers Bold Plan to Get Money Out of Politics: “LAWRENCE LESSIG:

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Yeah, so, this is a debate that’s, of course, animated extraordinary energy to push for reform. And that’s what’s happening in California. That’s what will happen in New York today, when legislatures vote to try to overturn Citizens United. My own view is that that is a partial solution to this problem. You know, it’s not as if on January 20th, 2010, the day before Citizens United was decided, democracy in America was humming along perfectly well and then was broken by the Supreme Court. Democracy was already broken in the United States in 2010. And it’s broken because the tiniest slice of Americans, 0.26 percent, fund—give more than $200 in a congressional campaign. 0.05 percent max out in a congressional campaign. The tiniest slice of the top 1 percent of America funds elections in America. And that reality will always, whether corporations are persons or not, corrupt the system in Washington. And the only solution to that problem is not just limiting the ability of corporations or private individuals to spend unlimited amounts in political expenditures, it’s also to begin to talk openly and honestly about the need to fund publicly public elections. And that’s the part of the debate that even the activists, even the outsiders, are not willing to come clean on, and I think they need to come clean if we’re going to have real reform.”

Who and What is “United Citizens vs. FEC”

(via Democracy Now)

‘Americans Elect’ Group Challenges U.S. Presidential Primary Process | PBS NewsHour | Aug. 22, 2011 | PBS

‘Americans Elect’ Group Challenges U.S. Presidential Primary Process | PBS NewsHour | Aug. 22, 2011 | PBS.

Americans Elect is a non-partisan and alternative ‘Nominating Process’.

Any US citizen register to vote can become a delegate and state an issue and make a nomination of a US citizen for presidency.

Please criticize and improve our nations People’s Government.

Your actions, small or large, will help leave a better future for our children and through the world.


‘Americans Elect’ Group Challenges U.S. Presidential Primary Process

Thousands Protest Disputed Russian Election, Anti-Corruption Journalist Murdered

Democracy Now! | Headlines for December 19, 2011

“Thousands Protest Disputed Russian Election, Anti-Corruption Journalist Murdered

As many as 8,000 people turned out in Moscow and St. Petersburg Sunday to protest Russia’s contested parliamentary election results. Demonstrators and independent observers claim the government of Prime Minister Vladamir Putin won the contest through cheating. Meanwhile, the founder of a Russian newspaper devoted to uncovering government corruption was found shot to death last week. Hadzhimurad Kamalov was shot 14 times as he left his office on Thursday. According to the International Press Institute, 40 Russian journalists have been killed since 2000, including at least four this year. Tanya Lokshina is the office deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Moscow.
Tanya Lokshina, office deputy director of Human Rights Watch, Moscow: ‘The North Caucasus is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to work. And in past few years, many independent journalists, citizens and activists have died, died as payback for their work in the North Caucasus. And therefore, everything that’s happened, everything that happened with Kamalov, it’s on one side a horrible shock, but on the other side, it was almost even expected.'”


Other Sources Saying the Same Thing: