CARACAS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is “lost in the Andromeda” galaxy on Latin American policy, his chief critic in the region, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, said on Sunday, while demanding the closure of U.S. military bases.
Last week Obama said critics of U.S. involvement in Latin America who are now asking Washington to do more to restore the ousted president of Honduras “can’t have it both ways.”
“We are not asking you to intervene in Honduras, Obama. On the contrary, we are asking that “the empire” get its hands off Honduras and get its claws out of Latin America,” Chavez said in a rambling weekly television and radio show.
“President Obama is lost in the Andromeda Nebula, he has lost his bearings, he doesn’t get it,” he said.
Chavez repeated an accusation that the United States had prior knowledge of the coup that deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on June 28 and the military plane that flew Zelaya out of the country had used a U.S. base in Honduras.
Despite Chavez’s frequent tirades against U.S. imperialism, the United States remains the main client for Venezuelan oil, though the OPEC country is gradually increasing sales to other countries, especially China.
Chavez, who expelled the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela at the end of the Bush administration but allowed him back when Obama took office, said he still believes Obama has good intentions.
Obama has promised to improve U.S. relations with Latin America. U.S. officials say his administration will put more effort into ties with the region to counter Chavez’s growing influence.
The leftist Venezuelan leader is furious, however, at a U.S. security agreement with Colombia that will give the Pentagon access to seven Colombian military bases. Chavez has cut trade with his neighbor as a reprisal.
The United States and Colombia say the deal is an expansion of an existing accord and will help fight drug traffickers and guerrillas involved in the Colombian cocaine trade. Chavez says a larger U.S. troop presence risks sparking war in the region.
Venezuela is planning to beef up its army by buying tanks and other weapons from Russia, Chavez said, adding that his country needs to be prepared for an attack.
Chavez claims the United States wants to control Venezuela’s huge oil reserves as well as the Amazon region.
“This is just the start of an imperial military expansion,” Chavez said of the U.S.-Colombian security arrangement.
Chavez asked Obama to withdraw U.S. forces from the Palmerola air base in Honduras (also known as Soto Cano) and from Guantanamo Bay which the U.S. Navy has used as a base in Cuba for over a century.
“Until when? Get with it, Obama — get with it, brother,” Chavez said.
(Reporting by Patricia Rondon; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Anthony Boadle)
‘This listing has been removed or is no longer available’
By Chelsea Schilling
A dozen eBay auctions for a Japanese computer game where players must rape women and force them to have abortions abruptly were pulled from the massive site after WND reported on their availability.
The eBay auctions, however, had remained, and there was no immediate response from the company to WND’s request for a comment.
Then today the auctions disappeared, being replaced with pages stating: “This listing has been removed or is no longer available. If the listing was removed by eBay, consider it canceled. Note: Listings that have ended more than 90 days ago will no longer appear on eBay.”
And at the same time, eBay’s response arrived at a WND e-mail inbox.
“We will carefully review the information that you have provided, and take appropriate action based on the results of our investigation,” the response from the company’s customer service division read.
“To protect the privacy of all members, however, we’re unable to share information about another member’s account or the actions we’ve taken. I hope that this assures you that your personal information will also remain private,” eBay said.
eBay notice about cancelled auctions
On the first level of the “rape simulator game,” gamers stalk a young mother at a subway station and violently assault her, according to the London’s Independent reports. After finishing with the woman, they rape her two virgin daughters.
According to descriptions, gamers may invite other male characters to join a gang-rape scenario. Pregnancy and abortion are “key features,” and characters are punished if they decide to keep a baby.
“If she does become pregnant you’re supposed to force her to get an abortion, otherwise she gets more and more visibly pregnant each time you have sex,” one reviewer revealed. “If you allow the child to be born then the woman will throw you in front of a train.”
The person continued, “Take that pro-life movement!”
Another gamer reported “tears glistening in the young girl’s eyes” as characters rape her in one graphic scene.
Illusion, a Japanese company, released the 3-D Hentai game on April, 26, 2006. The company is based in Yokohama and also sells a game series called Battle Raper and Battle Raper 2. While the series features sexual assault, there are no abortions involved.
“Unfortunately, under the company’s regulation, our softwares are only available for domestic customers over 18 and not for sale in foreign countries,” the company website states.
A random check by WND of the auction numbers that just one day earlier had revealed the violent game all revealed the same statement today, that the item no longer was available.
Ebay’s offensive material policy states, “Sellers may not list items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial or religious intolerance, or items that promote organizations with such views. … Under this policy, eBay may in its discretion, remove items when the item or description graphically portrays violence or victims of violence, and lacks substantial social, artistic or political value.”
RapeLay is an offshoot of the Illusion series, Interact Play. You, like in previous installments, play as a public nuisance that gets away from captivity and starts scouting for new targets. This time around you find a family of a single mother and her two daughters. You quickly begin your hunt and capture each woman one by one. The gameplay involves an amusing training/disposition system with which to break each respective target to your liking. Watch where you b–w your l–d, or you might get them pregnant!
One Amazon customer review stated, “I am saddened and appalled by the mere idea of this game. Is this for real?”
The blood-spattered cover of RapeLay features an illustration of a schoolgirl named Aoi who is attempting to shield her crying little sister from a male character’s threatening hands. The male is named Kimura Masaya and escapes from prison to violate the women.
Gamers summon wind to blow women’s skirts up and fondle them until they are sexually aroused, as indicated by a meter. Players force anal and oral sex upon their victims while the women respond, “Sniff … sniff … I w-w-want to die. …”
Male characters take pictures of their victims after they have been assaulted and abort their unborn babies. The game also includes depictions of lesbian and group sex.
UK Parliament member Keith Vaz recently spoke out against Amazon’s sale of RapeLay.
“It is intolerable that anyone would purchase a game that simulates the criminal offense of rape,” Vaz told the Belfast Telegraph. “To know that this widely available through a major online retailer is utterly shocking, I do not see how this can be allowed. I will be raising this matter in Parliament and hope that action is taken to prevent the game from being sold.”
Story from International Herald Tribune
An Indian tribe that has had no formal contact with Western civilization has been located in a remote Amazon region, federal authorities said Friday.
The Metyktire tribe, with about 87 members, was found last week in an area that is difficult to reach because of thick jungle and a lack of nearby rivers some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) northwest of Rio de Janeiro, said Mario Moura, a spokesman for the Federal Indian Bureau, or Funai.
The tribe is a subgroup of the Kayapo tribe, and lives on its 4.9-million-hectare (12.1-million-acre) Menkregnoti Indian reservation, Moura said.
The Kayapo had no significant contact with the Metyktire until two tribe members inexplicably appeared at a Kayapo village last week, he said.
“We don’t know why they decided to make contact now … only time will tell. This is a very slow process,” Moura said.
Uncontacted tribes are usually discovered when loggers and ranchers encroach on their territories.
Patrick Cunningham of the London-based Indigenous People’s Cultural Support Trust, which is involved in an unrelated expedition in the region, said in an e-mail that the tribe speaks an archaic version of the Kayapo language and goes naked. Like many less-assimilated members of the Kayapo, the men wear penis sheaths and several have plates in their lower lips, he said. The women shave the tops of their heads.
Cunningham, who has not met the tribe, said the Kayapo believe it is was formed by a group of families who fled deeper into the forest when the pioneering Indian defender Orlando Villas Boas appeared in the area in the 1950s.
Megaron Txcucarramae, a Kayapo Indian and Funai representative in the region, met with the newly found group in Kremoro village and banned all but a medical team from entering or leaving, fearing the tribe could be more vulnerable to diseases than the Kayapo, Cunningham said.
Miriam Ross, a campaigner with the indigenous rights group Survival International, estimates there are more than 100 uncontacted tribes across the world.
“This proves that often we just don’t know whether these people are there or not,” Ross said by telephone from London.
About 700,000 Indians live in Brazil, mostly in the Amazon region. Some 400,000 live on reservations where they try to maintain their traditional culture, language and lifestyle.
Indians were pushed deeper into the jungle by settlers and it is relatively uncommon for the Indian Bureau to come across previously uncontacted native groups. The bureau said that it has learned from other Indians of a few uncontacted tribes in the western Amazon state, where the region’s jungle is thickest.
Moura said anthropologists no longer attempt to contact those groups, but instead demarcate the land and wait for them to make contact.
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It is better not to make any contacts with them because previous attempts by scientists to contact uncontacted tribes worldwide always resulted in the death of all the tribe members because they possess no immune system and are vunerable to any strain of any disease including common cold which results death and medicines are ineffective for them.
It brings to my mind of Dr. David Livingstone who revealed the land of Africa to the world and is considered as one of the greatest missionaries of all time. It is amazing how a scientist could spread the love of God.