Thursday, June 30, 2011

CATO Institute Confirms Clinton CRA Reforms Caused Housing Market Bubble

Real housing prices double between 1995 and 2007, that's a big bubble...

A CATO Institute Study titled, "The Subprime Lending Debacle Competitive Private Markets Are the Solution, Not the Problem" has reconfirmed that President Bill Clinton's revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act were the root cause of the Sub-prime Lending Disaster (Scandal).

The study is authored by Patric H. Hendershott, a part-time chair in real estate economics and finance at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland who previously taught economics and finance at Purdue University and Ohio State University from 1969 to 1999, and Kevin Villani a consultant and former Freddie Mac chief economist.

The focus of the CATO institute study is to dispel the federal government's attempt to portray the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression as solely a byproduct of private sector greed. The commission report, entitled "Financial Crisis Inquiry Report" was produced by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission convened as part of the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009.  The Commission itself was established to examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.

Extravagant Lie of Simple Truth?
The final report presenting the Commission’s findings and conclusions consists of 663 pages of which 126 pages are dissenting views.  The CATO institute rebuttal required but 20 pages and contains no dissenting opinions.  As dissenting opinions go, I suspect they were neither solicited or eagerly forthcoming as the truth rarely attracts a large crowd of dissenters, particularly when presented in a concise and convincing manner.

The Cato Institute rightly asks why we need government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to finance housing when no other market economy in the world has them and puts responsibility for the crisis directly on regulators and indirectly on their political overseers.  Peeling  back the onion one more layer, it is clear that the boom that began in 1995 was the result of the January 1995, changes President Clinton requested to the "The 1977 Community Reinvestment Act”.  His changes resulted in a dramatic increase in the number and aggregated amount of sub-prime loans and demand for real-estate the effects of which are easily recognized on the graphic above.  No doubt the reason that the whitewash report enjoys bipartisan support is that the CRA reforms although recommended by President Clinton were passed by a Republican Controlled Congress...

CATO Institute Opposed CRA Reforms 
During one of the Congressional hearings addressing the proposed changes in 1995, William A. Niskanen, chair of the Cato Institute, criticized both the 1993 and 1994 sets of proposals for political favoritism in allocating credit, for micromanagement by regulators and for the lack of assurances that banks would not be expected to operate at a loss to achieve CRA compliance. He predicted the proposed changes would be very costly to the economy and the banking system in general. Niskanen believed that the primary long term effect would be an artificial contraction of the banking system. Niskanen recommended Congress repeal the Act

The Bottom Line:
 In January 1995, President Clinton's changes to the "The 1977 Community Reinvestment Act” resulted in a dramatic increase in the number and aggregated amount of sub-prime loans and demand for real-estate. The dramatic increase in loans caused housing prices to double in the following twenty years.

Follow the Law or Suffer
While the government's easy money schemes are seemingly endless, there is a very simple and powerful solution available to us.  The United States Constitution in its current form as ratified by the states provides no authority for government sponsored enterprises to finance housing, or to provide any other form of social welfare.  The very existence of unconstitutional programs guarantees that we will continue to suffer the effects of the distortions that they permit and encourage.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fox News - Islamic Propaganda Purveyors

Here's an example of just how far Fox News has bowed to its Jihad supporting Saudi Arabian ownership.

Compare the following headlines:

1-Gunmen Kill Senior Pakistani Taliban Commander

According to fox news it is important to convey the message that one of the Terrorists that plotted to attack a US military recruiting station and admittedly idolized Major Nidal Malik Hasan is a Patriotic American and not a Muslim inspired to terrorism by Islam.  Likewise, fox news considers it important to portray the Pakistani men that killed a Senior Taliban Commander as gunmen and common criminals.

This is just one example of the concerted effort that virtually all major media sources and journalists worldwide make to hide what they consider to be an inconvenient truth, one that they refuse to accept and shamelessly attribute to what ever ignorant rationalization is convenient for them..

Facts are persistent things and independent of the journalists ignorance the truth remains plainly obvious to anyone with the courage to accept it.  Islam is the problem.  Pretending that you don't have cancer is dangerous, when people trusted to report the truth intentionally distort it the danger is amplified.

American Defense League (ADL) the unvarnished truth, all of it.

Liberals GREEN LIGHTED Arab Mob Mentality Here in the US...

Liberals GREEN LIGHTED Arab Mob Mentality Here in the US...

Liberals have green lighted the phenomena known as Flash Mobs, a resurgence of savage predatorial behavior group behavior. They have used their energies, power and credibility implied by the positions they hold to shame Americans into turning a blind eye to the Black Panthers attacks on voters, to Muslim attacks on non-Muslims both here and abroad, to Mexican criminal and military attacks on our borders, to prolonged and flagrant immigration law violations, to government sanctioned, advocated and financed murder of unborn children and have elected a president set on attacking our most fundamental underlying principles and values of our country, not to mention our long standing and critically important allies.

To further complicate matters, we have allowed the balance of governmental powers to be grotesquely distorted, effectively establishing the president, congress and the supreme court as elected royalty with unlimited authority and answerable to no one. One consequence of this our presidents are permitted to personally establish which of our laws will be enforced and which will not.  Another consequence among many others is that our presidents are able to set our foreign policy as if they were kings.

President Obama's Church was famous for fomenting racism against white people, he has refused to prosecute crimes committed by black-people according to testimony of high ranking DOJ whistle blowers.  It's no surprise that he has not taken a position aggressively condemning the so called "flash mobs" even when those mobs roam the streets vandalizing property and screaming “We need to kill all white people.”  European type, No- Go zones and minority perpetrated racist violence are a small part of what the future holds.

Liberals in the US have long strived to establish a Marxist-Socialist society in the US.  They have accepted partnerships with any and all special interest groups including those intending to practice evil and violence on others so long as they pledge their assistance in the project.  The deaths of millions of people, neither those caused by abortion or those caused by Muslim persecution of non-Muslims (principally Christians) are not important to them.  The wholesale robbery of the life's work of entire generations of Americans to finance their redistribution schemes, through currency devaluation and theft of our sustenance from our mouths via direct taxes are also not important to them.  Making us all ready victims for crimes against our persons, property and liberties and affording every conceivable leeway for those who commit crimes is also not important to them.

Liberals have created conditions in the US that closely resemble those of Europe in the 16th century and the Arab world today.  Liberals have successfully installed virtually all of the programs, philosophies and ignorance that predominate second and third world cultures.  In the end, if you build a crass culture of ignorance and hatred why should you be surprised when it begins to take root?

If the American Dream is important to you, the time has come to get into the fight to protect it.  Join the American Defense League (ADL) and take a stand for yourselves and your posterity.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Interfaith Alliance's Pact With Islam - Good Intentions Paving the Road to Destruction

The Interfaith Alliance continues to promote Islam in Christian Churches calling the effort educational.
In light of the effort to promote education and information about other religions, CARM (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry) has produced the following tract for distribution at those churches that want to participate. We figure if they want to promote education and reduce bigotry, a well informed congregation should be the goal. 

If you want to see if a church near you is participating so that youcan help become educated by distributing this tract, then go to: On the right side of the page is a scrolling box with participating churches.

Bigotry is an unwarranted negative opinion - Our opinion of Islam is strongly negative, it isn't unwarranted and consequently it isn't bigotry. Islam has caused hundreds of millions of deaths and ruined billions of lives with the suffering it has and continues to inflict.


The Interfaith Alliance is promoting a “Faith Shared” project. We applaud its efforts to teach tolerance and oppose bigotry by increasing awareness and education of different religions. In an attempt to further that goal, we are providing additional information about Islam. Here are quotes from the Quran.
  • Battle for Allah: "Those who believe do battle for the cause of Allah; and those who disbelieve do battle for the cause of idols. So fight the minions of the devil. Lo! the devil's strategy is ever weak" (Quran 4:76). Also, "O Prophet! urge the believers to war; if there are twenty patient ones of you they shall overcome two hundred, and if there are a hundred of you they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they are a people who do not understand" (Quran 8:65). Also, "O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination" (Quran 9:73). And, "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil)" (Quran 9:123). Even more references can be found in the Quran at 2:191; 2:193; 3:118; 4:75,76; 5:33, 8:12; 9:5; 33:60-62.
  • Don't take Jews and Christians as friends: "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people" (Quran 5:51).
  • A Man’s Seed Comes From His Chest: "Now let man but think from what he is created! He is created from a drop emitted-Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs" (Quran 86:5-7).
  • Salvation by works: "And He answers those who believe and do good deeds, and gives them more out of His grace; and (as for) the unbelievers, they shall have a severe punishment," (Quran 42:26). Also, "Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy, they will be successful. But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls; in hell will they abide," (23:102-103).
The Hadith is a collection of the deeds and sayings of Muhammad and is held in very high regard by Muslims. It helps inform them about Muhammad and how to be like him.
  • Lying is okay when furthering Islam. "Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, 'O Allah's Apostle! Would you like that I kill him [Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf]?' The Prophet said, 'Yes,' Muhammad bin Maslama said, 'Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab).' The Prophet said, 'You may say it'" (Hadith Vol. 5, Book 59, #369).
  • Participate in Jihad: Allah's Apostle was asked, "What is the best deed?" He replied, "To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, "What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, "To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's Cause." (Hadith Vol. 1, Book 2, Number 25).
  • Kill the Muslim who leaves Islam: "...for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him'" (Hadith Vol. 4, Book 52, #260).
We hope this information informs you about Islam. And, since Islam has so many women in it, you might be interested in the following.
  • The Quran says it is okay to beat wives: "As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them..." (Quran 4:34).
  • Muhammad said that women are deficient in intelligence: "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women)." They asked, "Why is it so, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you.” (Hadith Vol. 1, Book 6, #301).
Remember, our motivation is to inform you of what Islam teaches so you might better understand its intentions and teachings. After all, knowledge helps remove bigotry and intolerance. We need to promote love, not violence and intolerance. That is why we are sure you will agree with Jesus, who said,
  • “…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matt. 5:44).
  • “…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,” (Luke 6:27).
Jesus never promoted violence or lying. He never promoted refusing to take people as friends who aren’t of the same religion. He never degraded women. But, all these things are done and promoted by Islam. So, in this culture of tolerance and understanding, we hope this information has been helpful. We also hope that those who claim to be Christians will look to God’s word for guidance and follow Jesus, lest they inadvertently promote that which is contrary to God’s word and lead many astray. That is why the Bible says,
  • “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14).
Question: Is it proper to promote the words of the Quran on a Christian pulpit in an attempt to teach tolerance when the Quran clearly contradicts God’s word about salvation and teaches violence against non-Muslims as well as the beating of wives? Is this what should be done? Is this really what tolerance means? Or, is the Christian pulpit the place where the truth of God’s word, God’s love, and God’s forgiveness in Jesus should be promoted? Isn’t the pulpit the place where Christian ministers beckon the lost to acknowledge their sin before God and realize that they will face God’s judgment without Christ? Shouldn’t they be urged to turn from their sin, look to Jesus, receive him as Savior and Lord, and accept him as the only way to God (John 14:6) and the only way to salvation (Acts 4:12)? Shouldn’t they be informed that it is not sincerity and tolerance that earns favor with God, but only the work of God the Son (John 1:1,14) who died on the cross (1 Cor. 15:1-3)?

“…what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14).
Jesus said, 
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but
through Me,” 
(John 14:6).

Arab Spring - One More Chance to Get it Right...

Arab Spring = Popular Uprisings

On the whole, the so called Arab Spring is a collection of populist uprisings, constituting little more than an outbreak of  anarchy and rebellion.  Certainly, within the midst of the uprisings there are pro-democracy advocates. Unfortunately, there are many more advocates and supporters of  fundamentalist Islam than pro-democracy advocates.  Both groups view the existing government as their enemy and have formed an uneasy partnership.  There is no love lost between the groups as the Islamists have continued their seemingly timeless tradition of violence including against non-Muslims independent of the thin facade that they are working for the same objective.

Declarations vs Demographics:
Had the uprisings been preceded by declarations, of purpose and justification, they would not be directionless and subject to the whims of the mob. Unfortunately, there were no unifying principles proposed or agreed upon beforehand leaving simple demographics as the strongest factor influencing the outcome.  As the Arab world is predominantly a fundamentalist Muslims society, the directionless uprisings will inevitably lead to more Islamic and less free societies.

Most Likely Outcomes:
The two most likely outcomes are replacement of the existing Monarchs and Dictators with even more oppressive tyrants (Islamically fundamental leaders) and increased persecution and oppression of the very small group of pro-Democracy advocates and persons considered linked to them ideologically.  In the worst case scenario we could be looking at purges similar to those that occurred in Vietnam after the US quit the war, or prolonged civil wars between Muslims like Afghanistan after the Soviet Union pulled out.

Democracy and Her Advocates Are Our Interest:
The advocates of Democracy will most likely not prevail without a unifying proposal for the future and external recognition of their cause.  Helping devise a document like the declaration of independence for each of the countries suffering unrest, is far more important that taking military action against the existing governments.  Likewise, it is far more important that we take action to ensure that the groups supporting Secular Democracy are in a position to defend themselves and recognize that they will be obliged to do so if the thin veil of government structure that currently exists collapses.

The Islamists are Armed, Democracy Advocates Must be Armed Also:
History has proven that evil only respects force and the best way to avoid a conflict is to be well prepared for one.  If the pro-democracy advocates buy into the politically correct notion that arms are bad, they run a strong possibility of being slaughtered. 

Basis for Intervention:
Intervention for nationalistic or economic reasons is immoral and beneath us as Christians. Likewise, Separationism in the face of clear evidence of systematic evil is also immoral and beneath us as Christians.  This is not the moment to try to stop the Sunni-Shia Civil war that has been going on for nearly 1400 years, the resolution of which depends on the unlikely reconciliation between Sunni and Shia leaders.  Which brings us to our valid only interest, which is protecting non-Muslim populations which are by and large the largest demographic groups calling for secular government.

First the Pen, Then the Sword
There is little doubt, that the he pen is far more powerful than the sword.  There's a time for both discussion and military action as disagreeable as the latter may seem it is necessary.  Having used the sword all too often in support of the wrong groups before confirming their purposes, we lack the authority to use the sword to defend the right groups when morally justified and necessary.  We must offer our assistance in preparing declarations of independence, enlisting support for the principles contained therein.  In so doing, we define the intentions of the parties involved in the conflict and clarify the limits of our support.

More than Just Friends and Enemies
We have and continue to make the mistake of considering all of the enemies of democracy to be our friends.  This error of expediency, is the most severe error as it has repeatedly installed leaders and governments far worse than the ones that were removed from power.  Today, we lack even the moral courage to examine and segregate the groups involved and declare strong support for our friends and our cautious and limited support for groups that help our friends but have ulterior motives.

Another Chance to Get it Right
World Wars One and Two both had holocausts one Jewish the other Christian. To our eternal shame, we didn't enter either of those conflicts to end the systematic exterminations that was already ongoing.

In the case of the Second World War, some of the perpetrators were brought to justice and a widespread and prolonged civic re-education campaign was undertaken. The state supporters and philosophies used to justify the Jewish Holocaust were thoroughly discredited with the exception of the Muslim world.  Likewise, in the First World War the Allies never succeeded in fully removing the perpetrators of the Christian holocaust from power or forcing a civic re-education campaign to purge the philosophy which justified and promoted the commission of crimes against humanity, consequently it continues.

Rather than pretend the problem isn't Islam and the state supporters thereof, perhaps this time we will have the courage to do the job right and put an end to Islam, its state supporters and implement a prolonged and widespread re-education campaign to finally be done with this plague on humanity..

Friday, June 24, 2011

Islam on Corpus Christi Sunday - Playing With Fire....

Corpus Christi Sunday is the day that has selected to begin reading Koran verses in Christian Churches. One wonders if the promoters of this event realize that Corpus Christi Sunday is the Church's official act of homage and gratitude to Christ for arguably his greatest gift to the Church, the Holy Eucharist. Additionally, one wonders how Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and the judge of all mankind must view such an event and the hearts of those that advocate it.

Christians have renewed their bonds with Christ and God through the sacrament of Communion since the Last Supper, it is our most sacred tradition. Islam denies the oneness of Jesus Christ and God in contradiction to Jesus' own testimony and that of those that prophesized his arrival.  Defiling the Eucharist celebration, with Islam, is a step towards ending our most holy sacrament, a prophesized end-times event.

The Muslim-Allah is Not God
Accepting, on face value, the false suggestion that the 'Allah of Islam' is the same God that Christians, Jews and other legitimate-minded religions worship is a grotesque error.  Merely having the same name doesn't imply that two beings are one in the same, if so we would have to consider all persons having the same names to be the same person, the absurdity of which needs no explanation.  A pedophile disguised as a prophet is still just a pedophile and a collection of contradictory ramblings disguised as the word of God is still just a collection of ramblings.

Whereas the Christian and Jewish God has but one dialogue, sharing remarkable similarities with virtually all credible religions, the Muslim invention of Allah stands in stark contrast.  Virtually all credible religions are based on the concept of tolerance and freewill; Islam, to the other hand, is a doctrine of universal subjugation showing no deference for the means used to subjugate.  Moreover, the Mohammedist's book purported to be the words of Allah, is frequently in direct conflict with the tolerant and pacific true nature of virtually all other religions as it contains numerous calls to practice violence against infidels, apostates and others that are a threat to its flagrantly evil substance.

We Must Love the Lord and Our Neighbors
That doesn't mean we have to agree with them, much less allow them to use the house of the Lord to advocate anti-Christian agendas.  Muslims are welcome in our churches, but they will not be allowed to proselytize Islam there. Free speech is a right in public places only with no applicability in churches which are all private property.  In the same way that Muslims refuse to permit preaching the bible on their property, we can and must prohibit teaching and preaching Mohamedism in the house of the Lord. Love the sinner, and hate the sin.

Zeal for the House of the Lord
Jesus commanded his disciples to Zeal for the House of the Lord, he demonstrated his commitment to the same in the only known incident where he used force to drive out evil.  I am no bible scholar, but the message seems pretty clear to me; defiling the Lord's home is not something that he has great tolerance for.

And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. (John 2:13-18)

If You're Wondering, "How Bad Could it Be?"
Remember that Jesus warned us to be wary, "So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation.’" the end times are near.  Is this the beginning of what was prophesized, is it the moment prophesized, will the Lord's judgement be immediate upon those that knowingly permit and advocate commission of blasphemy in his home?

Call Your Pastor, I Called Mine
I've called my pastor, there won't be any Koran readings in my church; have you made your position clear on this issue with your pastor?

Other Reasons for Concern:
Christian churches should not support abortion or any other form of murder.
Christian churches must stand against "direct taxes" and "currency devaluation" is consenting to theft.
Failure to take a stand against the murder of Christians worldwide, day in and day out.
Christian churches must stand against the un-Christian institution of slavery, and it's supporters (Islam).
Christian churches must focus on the principle of loving God and loving our neighbors

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Christian Holocaust Over Three Million Murdered in Six Years

Forced labor camps, death marches, mass drownings, mass burnings, extermination camps, poisonings, overdosing, shooting and poison gas were the primary government/military means for exterminating Christians. Civilian populations voluntarily formed irregular militia units to aid in the holocaust. The total number of victims is difficult to ascertain but summing the estimates of the three component groups contemporary scholars estimate that the death total was approximately 3.25 million souls.

The Christian Holocaust has been divided and disguised as three separate and unrelated events, the GreekAssyrian and Armenian genocides, all of which the perpetrators deny to this day.  The linkage between these genocides only becomes clear when the objective and motivation is revealed. The objective was to exterminate the entire Christian population of the Ottoman Empire the motivation was to ensure that there would be no Christians left to rescue after the war if anyone got the to do so.

The Christian Holocaust occurred in what remained of the Ottoman Empire during World War One. Both the government and majority Muslim population of the Ottoman empire were willing if not anxious participants in these crimes against humanity which saw a rare unity between the Ottoman Turks and Kurdish Muslims.

It is interesting to note that the Christian Holocaust continued until approximately 1920 and did not end when the Ottoman Empire was defeated in 1918 at the end of World War One.

In one particularly gruesome event, following the Greek rescue mission landing at Smyrna the entire town was burned by Ottoman Turk Muslims and those that survived were massacred resulting in an estimated 100,000 Christian deaths.

Unlike the Jewish Holocaust of 1939-1945, the perpetrators of the Christian Holocaust did not regret their participation, they never faced justice for their participation in these crimes against humanity which although decried loudly at the time were swept under the rug shortly afterwards.  Another substantial difference between the Jewish and Christian Holocaust is that the Christian Holocaust was primarily motivated by Islamic doctrine that is still taught and respected to this day.

The allies made an enormous mistake in not occupying all of the territories of the Ottoman Empire, hunting down and bringing to justice all Muslim war criminals and conducting a civic reeducation campaign to put an end to the preaching of hatred against non-Muslims.  Having failed to do so Muslims lent their support to the extermination of Jews during the Second World War and have continued Mohamed's project to bring the entire world under the sword of Islam by any means.

Perhaps the reason that no journalist or major media outlet is interested in this story is because the holocaust continues to this day.  The groups of Christian survivors are getting smaller but they can still exist albeit scattered, in hiding and still fearing for their lives.

I wonder when all of the people that chant "Never Again" will realize that the massacres of Christians by Muslims, which have occasionally been openly supported by our own ignorant governments and at other times merely facilitated, are still happening.  The non-Muslim side of the Arab Spring may be about Democracy and reform, the Muslim side is about killing the remaining Christians, Jews and non-Muslims that refuse to convert to Islam even under threat of death.

Coptic Christians in Egypt and Sudan, Christians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India are under attack at this moment.  Recent estimates hold that a Christian is killed every five minutes for his faith and 90% of all Christian persecution is done by Muslims.

There are over 100 verses in the Koran demanding Muslims kill infidels, Christians and Jews; it seems that Muslims terrorists are so confused about Islam as the Islam apologetic would have us believe.  One hopes that it's the apologetics that are actual confused about Islam and not just feigning confusion to gain time before attacking us, which has unfortunately proven to be the truth of the matter.

Estimates of the total number of innocent souls murdered by Islam hold that roughly 270 million people have been murdered by Muslims following the hallucinations, dictates and excuses of Mohamed.  No other group has murdered so many innocent people as Muslims have, the runner up Communism, Socialism and Marxism combined are a distant runner up.

Perhaps before we concern ourselves with not allowing another holocaust to occur we should put an end to the current one....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Video: American Defense League (ADL):

American Defense League (ADL) video..

The cause of America is in large part the cause of all mankind.  Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness; liberty and justice for all.

We fight because we love that which is behind us, not because we hate that which is in front of us.

Thank you for supporting the ADL and God bless you.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Foreigners Playing With Your Money: Obama and Geithner

Obama and Geithner Foreigners Playing With Your Money:

Most people are aware that Barak Obama's foreign upbringing produced a person with no loyalty to the United States in addition to a profound misunderstanding of the principles and history of our country, but I wonder how many people are aware that Mr. Geithner is also the product of a foreign upbringing and education.

Being educated in an atmosphere that preaches an extraordinarily distorted and negative view of America is certain to instill values that are contrary to traditional American values and questionable loyalties as well.

Wikipedia: Shortly after taking office on January Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Barak Obama appointed Timothy Franz Geithner as the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury. Geithner was born in New York City, but spent most of his childhood in other countries, including present-day Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, and Thailand where he completed high school at the International School Bangkok. His father, Peter F. Geithner, was the director of the Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York in the 1990s. During the early 1980s, Peter Geithner oversaw the Ford Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother.

At the Senate confirmation hearings, it was revealed that Geithner had not paid $35,000 in self-employment taxes for the years 2001–2004. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), an international agency and his employer during the time in question, did not withhold FICA taxes, but instead reimbursed the usual employer responsibility of 50% of these taxes to employees who were subject to the taxes. Geithner had received the reimbursements, and paid the amounts received to the government, but had not paid the other 50% which would normally have been withheld from his pay. This failure to pay was noted during a 2006 audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in which Geithner was assessed additional taxes of $14,847 for the 2003 and 2004 tax years. The statute of limitations had expired for 2001 and 2002, and Geithner did not file amended returns or pay the additional amounts due for those years until after Obama expressed his intent to nominate Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury. He also deducted the cost of his children's sleep-away camp as a dependent care expense, when only expenses for day care are eligible for the deduction. Geithner subsequently paid the IRS the additional taxes owed, and was charged $15,000 interest, but was not fined for late payment.

Income tax evasion is common place where Mr. Geithner spent his formative years.  Blaming the United States for all of your self-inflicted problems and demanding handouts to compensate non-existent offenses is also common.  Protection of individual rights and personal property are foreign concepts as well.  To make matters worse, failed ideologies such as Socialism, Marxism and Islam, to name a few, are considered to be good and beneficial to society despite the misery that they are inflicting on the very people that believe in them.

Having problems with your portfolio, the value of your home, your income?  We have installed leaders with a third world way of thinking as our leaders, what other than a third world way of life would you expect?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Islam Is the Enemy: Listen To the Apostates and ex-Dhimmies or Get Used to Terrorism

Islam is the Enemy
It is not politically correct to say that Islam is the enemy, but it's the truth.  Politically Correct is just another way of saying Wrong - consequently not being politically correct at least affords the possibility of being correct.  Muslims claim telling the truth is racism, demonstrating a gross misunderstanding of the meaning of racism.  If we had declared that Muslims, Arabs or persons of a particular race as our enemy, which we haven't, they would be correct.  Communism, Marxism, Fascism, Slavery and other many other evil philosophies and supporters thereof have been declared enemies, none of them agreed with the idea.

Ignore Apostates and Dhimmies at Our Own Risk
Apostates and Dhimmies understand the evils of Islam perhaps as well as anyone.  Apostates and Dhimmies are defectors that have either recognized the evil nature of Islam and renounced it or realized that living in a predominantly Islamic society, as a non-Muslim, is a death wish.  Still, millions of people worldwide have left Islam knowing full doing so makes them legitimate targets for assassination.

The nature of the information that apostates reveal about Islam and the risks they take to do so demands that we take the time to hear what they have to say.  Ignoring the testimony of Apostates and ex-Dhimmies (non-Muslims under Islamic rule) is the same as ignoring the first hand testimony of military and civilian defectors from an enemy that is attacking you and bent on destroying you.

Unlike traditional defectors, Apostates and Dhimmies are considered offenders to the religion of Islam consequently, Imams and Clerics worldwide advocate and justify killing these extraordinarily courageous persons. They not only face retribution from the immediate group that they are exposing but also from potentially all Muslims.  Apostates and ex-Dhimmies that publicly speak out against Islam are taking a huge risk, they do so heroically understanding full well the risk they are taking in the hope that the non-Islamic world will hear their message and take action to resolve the problem.

Islam is the Only Consistent Link Between Terrorists
It is true that people of all backgrounds commit terrorist acts, the only common characteristic shared by the vast majority of them is that they follow the terrorist promoting doctrine promulgated by Mohamed in the Koran.  The fact that terrorists come from infinitely varied backgrounds and do not all have contact with terrorist organizations is solid proof that terrorism is the direct result of the basic philosophy of Islam.  The basic precepts of Islam provide more than just the mere justification for committing Terrorism, they provide a immutable requirement to do so.

Isolationism = Ignorance
Turning a blind eye to what is going on around you can be accurately described as an intentional effort to ignore reality also known as ignorance.  We all live on the same small planet, one that is getting more closely connected everyday.  Ignoring distant problems has always been a good way of ensuring nasty surprises for yourself.

America's isolationist attitude after World War One removed the world's best chance for avoiding a world war. During the 1920's American foreign policy was determined to ensure we had no entangling alliances.  FDR's focus was exclusively on internal issues, resulting in transforming what remained of the American experiment with a Representative Republic into a big government socialist state.  The prevailing attitude among conservatives was that the US shouldn't be involved in foreign affairs with the exception of trade issues and liberals wanted to transform the US into a big government welfare state.  Both of these incorrect attitudes contributed to the government gone wild, new-deal era that prolonged the depression and proved the futility of government programs dedicated to improve economic conditions.

The US and others publicly declared neutrality prior to both world war one and world war two, guaranteeing the aggressors that they wouldn't be confronted by good men and good nations unwilling to allow aggressive actions, atrocities and genocides to occur without repercussions.  A declaration of neutrality is almost as stupid as voluntarily neutering your entire population.

If we had fought the World Wars the way we are fighting Islam we would have lost.

Following today's politically correct way of approaching problems we would only have engaged parts of the Wehrmacht (German military).  We would have pretended that part of the German military was acting individually and ignored the common philosophy that they had sworn their lives to support, advance and uphold.  Perhaps we would have created a most wanted list for only the military leaders that had been involved in attacks on the United States and sought the help of the German government to arrest and prosecute them.  We would never have dreamed of engaging the Heer (German Army) or the Luftwaffe (Air Force) as they never directly attacked us. If we had engaged them, we might have only engaged specific units or divisions that had offended us.  Perhaps we would have declared war only on the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) and the Imperial Japanese Navy rather than the political organization promoting the philosophy that was driving those attacks and all of the weapons they possessed.

A huge dose of shame and reality awaits the world on the day that we finally put an end to the evils of Islam worldwide and the nature and extent of atrocities start to be revealed.  The sensation will be somewhat like the shame the entire world felt at the end of World War II when the rumors about genocide were confirmed.

The greatest shame the world shares relative to the World Wars is that not having taken aggressive action sooner to prevent them.  Failing to do so allowed the massacres, genocides and holocausts many of which were perpetrated by Muslims and that we allowed the evil of Islam to continue after having repeatedly defeated the political supporters of Islam.

Never again?
Hitler's last partner is Islam and they are still fighting.  In all fairness Islam was fighting before Hitler appeared on the scene.  Until we put an end to the root cause of the problem "never again" is just politically correct wishful thinking...

Obama-Geithner Equities Bubble Burst: We're Left Holding the Empty Bag...

The real estate market that Barak Obama coordinated with Bill Clinton to destroy has yet to recover, in fact all indications are that it is still declining.  Now, the stock market bubble that Barak Obama and long time family friend Timothy Geithner invented also appears to have just burst.

The only prices that have consistently increased since Obama and Geithner got their hands on the US Treasury are the cost of living and precious metals.  Housing prices (your equity) are down ~33% which is worse than the great depression housing market decline.

The one bright stop was the Obama-Geithner Equities Balloon, unfortunately bubbles and balloons have a notoriously short life span.

Economics of Balloons and Bubbles:
The faster they grow the sooner and more spectacularly they explode.
Inflating balloons and bubbles is not free; it consumes a great deal of precious time, energy and wealth.
The vast majority of the resources invested inflating bubbles and balloons is wasted.
Very few people or businesses benefit from bubbles.
Wall street investment bankers and governments love bubbles, they produce an incredible windfall in taxes and commissions.

The Obama-Geithner Equity Bubble was caused by the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing policy(QE1 and QE2) and Treasury Bond Purchase Program which injected between $50-75 billion/month into the financial markets.  The Federal Reserve began injecting money into the Financial Markets in November of 2008 as part of the TARP buying up bad mortgages, using the $700 billion cash balance the Federal Reserve held at the time.  The chart below shows the effect of injecting an enormous quantity of money (equal roughly 5% of US GDP) into the financial markets during the period.  Most of the money stayed on the balance sheets of the big banks which invested into the market resulting a roughly 100% price increase from March 2009 to May 2011.  Recently, the Federal Reserve announced that it will stop buying US Treasury Bonds at the end of June and investors are running for the hills, recognizing that the force that was inflating the bubble his coming to an end.

The Obama-Geithner Equity bubble

All For Naught, Just a Game...
While the 100% increase in stock prices might strike you as a great-deal the reality is that the increased stock prices were merely compensating for the devaluation of the dollar that was occurring because of the immense US Treasury - Federal Reserve Money Printing Project (aka QE1 and QE2).  QE1 and QE2 not only caused stocks to increase by roughly 100%, but also caused the value of a dollar decreased by roughly half which works out to a net zero gain.  Note the change in the price of gold between November of 2009 and June 2011 is roughly 100%, meaning the value of the dollar fell by half during this period.

The Party's Over, and We're Looking at a Humdinger of a Hangover
A few people did very well during the government-big banking induced equities bubble, most people did far worse than even a net zero gain.  If you factor in the 33% reduction in the value of their homes that happened during the same period and the inevitable stock market return to the pre-bubble level and trends compatible with a shrinking GDP and the highest prolonged level of unemployment since the great depression a stock market drop of 40% is not out of the question.

The housing market correction hasn't completed its cycle, depending on the estimates you believe average prices need to fall another 3-20% in order to stabilize.  There is an immense catalog of unsound mortgages that are owned by the Federal Reserve which are greatly over valued on their books.  Unemployment remains high and US businesses are becoming less competitive because of the ever increasing and undefined tax and regulatory burdens they face.  The economy appears to be headed for a double-dip recession.  Interest on US Debt borrowing is facing strong upward pressure with the Federal Reserve pulling out of the market.  This increased interest will be immediately applied to all new debt and gradually applied old debt as it is rolled over.  In a time of falling GDP and falling tax revenues the US ability to meet it's debt interest payments has been strongly questioned as the quality of US Treasuries has been downgraded repeatedly both by US and foreign ratings agencies.

Unless the United States implements and aggressive austerity program to immediately bring spending in line with tax revenue, we are facing the potential collapse of the US dollar with subsequent hyper-inflation.  Raising taxes to meet current spending levels would mean roughly doubling the current tax levels, which is a non-starter both politically and economically.

Exploded Too Soon
Unfortunately for Mr. Obama's reelection plans his equity market bubble that will likely cause several years of GDP in equity to disappear exploded before November 2012...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nagorno-Karabakh War: Muslims Ethnically Cleansing Christians

Nagorno-Karabakh War: One More Case of Muslims Ethnically Cleansing Christians

It's the same old conflict, just dressed-up with different names.  The Armenians are Christians (same people that the Turkish Muslims slaughtered during WWI), the Azerbijanis are Shia Muslims and the Kurds are Sunni Muslims.  Roughly 35% of the population of Iran is Azeri and Iran is the real Islamo-militant force in the region..

 On February 22, 1988, the first direct confrontation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict occurred as a large group of Muslims marched from Agdam against the Christian populated town of Askeran, "wreaking destruction en route." The confrontation between the Muslims and the police near Askeran degenerated into the Askeran clash, which left two Muslims dead, one of them reportedly killed by an Muslim police officer, as well as 50 Christian villagers, and an unknown number of Muslims and police, injured.

Large numbers of Christian and Muslim refugees left as violence began against the minority populations of the respective countries.

In the fall of 1989, the conflict intensified in and around predominantly Christian Nagorno-Karabakh and the Soviet Union granted Azerbaijani (Muslim) authorities greater leeway in controlling the region. On November 29, 1989 direct Soviet rule over Christian Nagorno-Karabakh was ended and the region was returned to Muslim Azerbaijani administration. 

The Soviet policy backfired, however, when a joint session of the Armenan Supreme Soviet and the National Council, the legislative body of Christian Nagorno-Karabakh, proclaimed the unification of Christian Nagorno-Karabakh with Christian-Armenia. 

In 1989, Nagorno-Karabakh had a population of 192,000. The population at that time was 76% Armenian (Christian) and 23% Azerbaijanis (Shia Muslim), with Russian and Kurdish (Sunni Muslim) minorities.

By the end of 1993, the conflict had caused thousands of casualties and created hundreds of thousands of refugees on both sides. By May 1994, the Armenians were in control of 14% of the territory of Azerbaijan. At that stage, for the first time during the conflict, the Azerbaijani government recognized Nagorno-Karabakh as a third party in the war, and started direct negotiations with the Karabakh authorities.  As a result, a cease-fire was reached on May 12, 1994 through Russian negotiation.

To this day Muslims in Azerbaijan want to put the Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh under Muslim rule and ethnically cleanse them from their historical homeland.

Sniper training for Muslims is popular with both men and women, and the NYT's is arguing in support of it.  Read the NYT's article supporting the Jihad against Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh..

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Slaughter of Christians by New Muslim Government of Ivory Coast Continues:HRW

(Dakar) - Armed forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara have killed at least 149 real or perceived supporters of the former President Laurent Gbagbo since taking control of the commercial capital in mid-April, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today.

Between May 13 and 25, Human Rights Watch interviewed 132 victims and witnesses to violence by both sides during the battle for Abidjan and in the weeks after Gbagbo's arrest. Killings, torture, and inhumane treatment by Ouattara's armed forces continued while a Human Rights Watch researcher was in Abidjan, with clear ethnic targeting during widespread acts of reprisal and intimidation.

"The hope of a new era following President Ouattara's inauguration will fade fast unless these horrible abuses against pro-Gbagbo groups stop immediately," said Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. "The president has repeatedly promised credible, impartial investigations and prosecutions; now is the time to keep those promises."
Ouattara's Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Forces Républicaines de la Côte d'Ivoire, FRCI) killed at least 95 unarmed people in Abidjan during operations in late April and May, when they sealed off and searched areas formerly controlled by pro-Gbagbo militia, Human Rights Watch found. The majority of documented abuses occurred in the longtime pro-Gbagbo stronghold of Yopougon, the focus of the final battle in Abidjan. Most killings were point-blank executions of youth from ethnic groups generally aligned with Gbagbo, in what appeared to be collective punishment for these groups' participation in Gbagbo's militias.
One man described how Republican Forces soldiers killed his 21-year-old brother: "Two of them grabbed his legs, another two held his arms behind him, and a fifth one held his head," he said. "Then a guy pulled out a knife and slit my brother's throat. He was screaming. I saw his legs shaking after they'd slit his throat, the blood streaming down. As they were doing it, they said that they had to eliminate all of the [Young] Patriots that had caused all the problems in the country."
Another woman who witnessed the May 8 killing of 18 youths found hiding in Yopougon was brutally raped by a Republican Forces soldier after being forced to load their vehicles with pillaged goods. On May 23, an elderly man in the same neighborhood saw Republican Forces execute his son, whom they accused of being a member of pro-Gbagbo militia.
Human Rights Watch also documented 54 extrajudicial executions in formal and informal detention sites, including the 16th and 37th Yopougon police stations and the GESCO oil and gas building now used as a Republican Forces base. On May 15, Human Rights Watch observed a body burning less than 30 meters from the 16th precinct police station. Several witnesses told Human Rights Watch the following day that it was the body of a captured militiaman who had been executed inside the police station grounds.
A Republican Forces soldier described the execution of 29 detainees in early May outside of the GESCO building. The soldier said Chérif Ousmane, the close ally of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and longtime zone commander in the northern capital of Bouaké for Soro's Forces Nouvelles rebel group that now comprise the majority of the Republican Forces, gave the execution order. Two other witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they saw Ousmane in a vehicle that disposed of the tortured and executed body of an infamous militia leader in the Yopougon sub-neighborhood of Koweit around May 5. Ousmane oversees the Republican Forces' operations in Yopougon.
In addition to killings, Human Rights Watch interviewed young men who had been detained by the Republican Forces and then released, and documented the arbitrary detention and inhumane treatment of scores more young men - often arrested for no other apparent reason than their age and ethnic group. Nearly every former detainee described being struck repeatedly with guns, belts, rope, and fists to extract information on where weapons were hidden or to punish them for alleged participation in the Young Patriots, a pro-Gbagbo militia group. Several described torture, including forcibly removing teeth from one victim and placing a burning hot knife on another victim, then cutting him.
Human Rights Watch called on the Ouattara government to immediately ensure the humane treatment of anyone detained and to provide uninhibited access to detention sites for international monitors and members of the human rights division of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d'Ivoire, ONUCI).
Witnesses consistently identified the killers or abusers in detention as Republican Forces who descended on Abidjan from their northern bases, dressed in military uniforms and boots and often arriving in vehicles marked FRCI. These forces are overseen by Soro and Ouattara. Numerous witnesses and two soldiers who had participated in the killings said mid- and high-level commanders had been at or near the place where some killings took place.
Human Rights Watch called on the Ouattara government to place on immediate administrative leave, pending investigation, commanders against whom there is credible evidence of implication, either directly or by command responsibility, in killings, torture, or other severe abuse. At a minimum, this should include Chérif Ousmane and Ousmane Coulibaly for potential abuses in Yopougon and Captain Eddy Médy for his role in overseeing the western offensive that left hundreds of civilians dead.
Retreating pro-Gbagbo militia also left a bloody trail during the final battle for Abidjan, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch documented more than 220 killings perpetrated by pro-Gbagbo militia groups in the days and hours before being forced to abandon Abidjan. The day after Republican Forces seized Gbagbo, his militia went on a rampage in several areas of Yopougon, killing more than 80 people from northern Côte d'Ivoire and neighboring West African countries because of their presumed support for Ouattara.
A 65-year-old man there described how militiamen murdered five of his sons after breaking into his compound on April 12, the day after Gbagbo's arrest. The bodies were buried in a small mass grave, among 14 such sites identified by Human Rights Watch in Yopougon alone. Human Rights Watch documented seven cases of sexual violence by militia, particularly in Yopougon, often accompanied by the execution of the woman's husband.
No fewer than 3,000 civilians have been killed during the post-election crisis as a result of grave violations of international law by armed forces on both sides, Human Rights Watch said.
On May 19, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) declared his intention to open an investigation into crimes committed in Côte d'Ivoire. An ICC investigation could make an important contribution to ensuring accountability, but Human Rights Watch also urged Ouattara's administration to hold fair domestic trials to ensure justice for victims and promote respect for the rule of law in the conflict-ravaged country.
Human Rights Watch presented its findings to Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko, who promised to convene an emergency meeting with Soro and the principal Republican Forces commanders. He also said that the Ouattara government would not shield military and security forces from prosecutions for crimes they commit. The minister's commitments were a positive sign and should be fulfilled swiftly, Human Rights Watch said.
"If President Ouattara is serious about bringing this decade of abuse to an end, he should immediately suspend and investigate the commanders responsible for this horrific abuse," Dufka said. "Those implicated in grave crimes on both sides should be brought to justice."
Killings and Other Abuses by Republican Forces During Patrols and Search OperationsHuman Rights Watch documented 95 killings by Republican Forces soldiers against unarmed residents during cordon and search operations following the end of active fighting with pro-Gbagbo forces. Two were on May 23 and 24, following Ouattara's inauguration on May 21. Human Rights Watch believes the total number of non-combatants killed to be much higher, as many witnesses, largely from ethnic groups linked to former President Gbagbo, were too terrified to talk or had fled Abidjan during or following the violence.
The vast majority of documented killings were in the Yopougon, a neighborhood with a large number of Gbagbo supporters and many former informal bases of militia groups that actively backed him. Yopougon appears to have been disproportionately targeted for reprisal killings by the Republican Forces, who meted out deadly collective punishment against young men from the Bété, Attié, Guéré, and Goro ethnic groups, which largely supported Gbagbo in the 2010 presidential elections.
Witnesses described how many youth were dragged out of their homes and executed, or shot while fleeing; others were taken into detention centers, formal and informal, where they were tortured and sometimes killed. The Republican Forces also killed older men accused of housing or assisting the militia. Numerous neighborhood residents told Human Rights Watch that the militia and mercenaries, who had for months targeted and killed pro-Ouattara groups, had largely fled prior to the Republican Forces' takeover, so that those who remained were civilians, presumed to be Gbagbo supporters.
Yopougon, with a population of around 1 million, is divided into dozens of smaller sub-neighborhoods, or "quartiers." While the Republican Forces committed violence throughout Yopougon - and to a lesser extent in Koumassi and Port Bouët - more than 70 of the killings documented by Human Rights Watch occurred in the sub-neighborhoods of Koweit and Yaosseh.
Koweit was one of the last areas of Abidjan to fall, with fighting ending around May 3. In the days and weeks that followed, the Republican Forces conducted house-to-house searches in which males from pro-Gbagbo groups appear to have been targeted for abuse. Human Rights Watch also documented one case of rape. A 34-year-old woman from Yopougon Koweit described how she was brutally raped by a Republican Forces soldier on May 8, then saw the Republican Forces kill 18 youth:
Guys in military uniform arrived that morning at 9 and said that they were searching for weapons. Eight of them entered my house. They yelled, "Give us your money or we'll kill you. It's you who took care of the militias here." They took 50,000 CFA (US $115), my mattress, my tank of gas - everything of value, they took.

The guys were big, these were FRCI military men with clean uniforms. They had a clear leader among them. He said, "You the Bété, the Guéré, the Attié, it's you who made this war. Where are the youth [males], we're going to kill them all."

They went door to door and pillaged all of value. They stayed for hours. When the goods started piling up, they forced me to load their cars - to load televisions, refrigerators... I'd have a big can of cooking gas on my head and another in my hand. It went on and on. I loaded up a pickup truck, a sedan, then another sedan, all stuffed full of everyone's valuables. They left nothing.

As I was making my seventh trip, their leader, a large man, grabbed me and pulled me into where one of my neighbors slept. The neighbor had left Abidjan, but the FRCI had broken down his door. He threw me on a mattress and told me to open my legs. I said, "Mister, please, not like this." I begged him to let me go, but he struck me and told me to shut up. He forced himself on me, and he raped me. He kept me there, raping me, for more than an hour. He was violent the whole time, by the time he finished I was bleeding from between my legs. The whole time, the other FRCI were still pillaging. They knew what he was doing, they walked by. He was their leader though. I heard them call him Commander Téo.

After he finished abusing me, he had his Kalash [rifle] on him and he tried to ram it into me. I closed my legs and it smashed into my thigh, a mark is still there. He laughed and said "well done" and walked out of the room.

As I finished loading their vehicles after I was abused, they were still searching house to house. Several houses down, they found a bunch of young men hiding. As I was going back and forth to their cars, I saw the men had been stripped and made to lie down on my street. I counted them, they were 18. A few of the FRCI stayed with them, yelling at them about being militia - they weren't militia, they were just youth from the neighborhood. All the militia had fled by then.

I finished loading the cars around 2 p.m.; there was no room left in any of them. The soldiers talked about what to do with the prisoners, as I was finishing with the last stolen goods. One of them said, "We didn't come to waste time, we came to kill" and another agreed, "We can't lose time, we don't have space to take them, let's finish the job and go." Then they opened fire - the youth were lying down on the ground, naked except for underwear. They fired back and forth across them, killing them all right there. Then they drove off.

I couldn't stay there anymore. As I was leaving Koweit, all around there were bodies. I saw dozens. It was 3 in the afternoon when I got out of there. I came across an old man and asked him if I could clean myself in his house. Soon after, another group of FRCI came to his house. One said, "Hand over your money or you're dead." I said, "They've just come from taking everything I have. All my money, all my valuables. I have nothing left to give you." He slapped me, but let me go. The old man handed over his money, and then that group of FRCI pillaged his house as well.
Human Rights Watch documented six more killings in Koweit by the Republican Forces on the same day. A witness described five men being stripped, lined up, and machine gunned by a soldier. Four victims died instantly; the fifth, shot in the thigh, pretended to be dead and later crawled to a nearby house. The witness, a friend who lived nearby, went to him, and the man asked for water. As the witness went for water, he heard several gunshots. He found his friend dead - with a gunshot to the arm that had left bone fragments on the ground and another to the chest that had exited through the victim's back.
The killings in Koweit began immediately after the Republican Forces took control of the neighborhood. On May 3, a witness watched as soldiers executed a 63-year-old man at point-blank range after accusing him of renting a room to a pro-Gbagbo militia. One man described his brother's killing:
They searched house by house on the day the FRCI were trying to take the Marine Base [May 4 and 5]. They arrived in 4x4s, pickup trucks, Kias, many had "FRCI" written on the side. There were dozens of soldiers. They thought all of us, the Bété, Guéré, or Goro youth, were militia. They seized three of us from the house I was hiding in, myself and two of my brothers. They took my youngest brother, who is 21, and demanded his ethnic group. He said he was Bété. Two of them grabbed his legs, another two held his arms behind him, and a fifth one held his head. Then a guy pulled out a knife, said his mystical prayer, and slit my brother's throat. He was screaming. I saw his legs shaking after they'd slit his throat, the blood streaming down his body. It was worse than you'd kill an animal. I couldn't turn away. It was my brother. As they were doing it, they said that they had to eliminate all of the Patriots that had caused all the problems in the country.

Then they turned to me and asked my ethnic group. I said Dioula, because I can speak Dioula. They knew I wasn't, but it was enough to not kill me. My other brother was scared; he knew he was next, so he started to run. One of them fired his Kalash; he fell down dead immediately. They then came back to me and said I was militia. They beat me with their guns, with their fists. They kept demanding that I say that I was militia, that they'd only stop if I said so. Eventually I relented and said I was. They loaded me up in a cargo truck and took me to the 16th precinct (police station). They had killed other youth right then in the neighborhood. It didn't seem to make sense who they killed and who they took.
Another witness described seeing the Republican Forces slit the throat of a youth in front of his father after finding a Kalashnikov and grenade in his bedroom during a 4 a.m. house-to-house search. The witness was stripped and forced to hand over his laptop computer, cell phones, and money. Human Rights Watch documented similar pillaging of scores of houses in Koweit. The witness, like many others interviewed by Human Rights Watch, wanted to flee Abidjan to his family village, but had no money for transportation since the Republican Forces had taken everything.
One member of the Republican Forces in Yopougon told Human Rights Watch that men under the control of Ousmane Coulibaly - a Forces Nouvelles zone commander in Odiénné more commonly referred to by the nom de guerre "Ben Laden" - were in charge of the offensive and the "clean-up" operation in Yopougon Koweit.
A Republican Forces commander told Human Rights Watch that, after heavy fighting from April 12 to 19, his forces consolidated control of Yaosseh around April 20. After taking the area, many of the soldiers based themselves in the local police station - the 16th precinct - which had formerly housed militiamen loyal to Gbagbo.
Several days later, the Republican Forces began search operations in Yaosseh, where many of the area's militiamen had previously lived. Eleven witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch described how, between April 25 and 26, the soldiers killed at least 30 unarmed men, mostly youth from pro-Gbagbo ethnic groups. Most witnesses said the majority of victims had not been active members of the militia, who had fled around April 19.
A 16-year-old boy saw his 25-year-old cousin shot and killed by soldiers as the two sat outside a health center at 2 p.m. on April 25. The witness was spared because of a serious medical condition which the soldiers said made clear he had never been a militiaman. A 42-year-old woman saw Republican Forces kill her younger brother along with several others that same night:
They got to Yaosseh around 1 or 2 in the afternoon; there was shooting everywhere. It lasted for a couple hours, and then there was calm. When it picked up a second time, I decided to leave. The whole neighborhood was fleeing. As I passed by the Parliament [an assembly point of the Young Patriots], there were lots of bodies outside. I don't know if they were killed in battle or executed.

We stayed away for several hours, but I had nowhere to sleep so I decided to go back home. I was with my younger brother, who was 22. I was ahead of him when I heard a gunshot. I turned around and he'd been hit in the leg, he'd fallen down. Then four of the FRCI came out and grabbed him. They were all in military uniform. One of them said, "Slit his throat." And they did, right in front of me. I cried, and one of them said, "Lady, we have no business with you. It's the militia we're after." I kept crying, saying that my brother was no militiaman. Then one of the others said, "You're the women guarding the militia. Show us where the others are, or we'll kill you," and he slapped me and then showed a knife that was still dripping with my brother's blood. I said I don't know any militia, I'm just trying to go home, and the other soldier told him to leave me.

I hid at a neighbor's house. The 16th precinct where they were based is right by where we are. I saw them coming into the neighborhood that night, shooting. I saw them kill two more young men they'd caught that night. They shot them at point-blank range. I left the neighborhood the next morning.

Two days later, I went to see my house. It had been completely pillaged, nothing was left. That day, our neighborhood buried four more youth right in front of me. Another five bodies were strewn on the street.

I still don't know where my husband is. My brother was killed in front of me, and my husband has been missing since the day they attacked Yaosseh. His phone is off. I assume he, too, is dead. I have nothing.
Another witness described how FRCI soldiers entered and opened fire into a neighborhood restaurant, killing eight males inside.
A 34-year-old woman witnessed three more executions on April 26, including her sister's husband, following a Republican Forces clash with Liberian mercenaries:
When they entered, they said, "We're only here for the boys." They were all in military fatigues. They were many, scores of them. I could see FRCI written on some of the cars, pickups, and 4x4s that they'd arrived in. They came from the 16th precinct that is nearby. I know lots of people who saw killings, but in front of me they killed three - two by gunshot at point-blank range and a third, my sister's husband, by slitting his throat....

As they were killing, they said, "You who killed our relatives, we're going to kill you also." But it wasn't our boys who are still there that did the killing. All of those guys have left, they fled.... After that day, we knew the neighborhood wasn't safe for the males, so we fled. We can't go home.
As in Koweit, houses in Yaosseh were systematically pillaged, said residents interviewed by Human Rights Watch who had both witnessed the pillaging and who had returned to find their houses emptied of nearly all valuables.
Witnesses described a few instances in which senior officers intervened to stop the extrajudicial killings, including a case in the Gesco neighborhood of Yopougon in late April. After one soldier appeared to be at the point of executing a youth he had detained on the basis of being from an ethnic group believed to have supported Gbagbo - "because all Guéré, Bété, and Goro must be eliminated" - a higher-ranking soldier intervened and told them to leave the youth if they had no evidence that they were militia.
More often, however, soldiers who opposed executing civilians were unable to convince fellow soldiers who were intent on inflicting collective punishment against men from pro-Gbagbo groups. A 38-year-old woman described what happened on April 26:
My neighbor who was a medicine vendor was killed in front of me. They trapped him in his house and pulled him out into the street. They argued a little over whether they should kill him and one of the FRCI was against killing him. He said the guy had nothing to do with the fighting; there was no reason to kill him. But his comrade shot him first in both arms and then in the head.
Extrajudicial Executions of DetaineesThe extrajudicial execution of 54 detainees by the Republican Forces documented by Human Rights Watch took place in three Republican Forces bases also used as detention sites in Yopougon - the 16thand 37th precinct police stations and the GESCO oil and gas company building - as well as in Koumassi and Port Bouët neighborhoods. Some of those captured had been identified by local residents as pro-Gbagbo militiamen who had committed crimes against members of their own communities, but the soldiers did not appear to have any information in most cases that linked those executed to any crime.
A member of the Republican Forces under the command of Chérif Ousmane described the execution in early May of 29 of detainees outside the GESCO building:
It shocked me when we executed 29 people that we had arrested during the search of the neighborhood Millionaire [Yopougon]. That day, Commander Chérif was really angry because he had lost six men during combat with the militia in Abobo-Doumé [the neighborhood near Youpougon where the Marine Base is located] The head of our unit asked Chérif by phone what we were to do with the prisoners, and the order came to us, with Chérif directly mentioned, "You haven't arrested anyone, I don't want to see a single prisoner." Ben Laden [the nom de guerre of Ousmane Coulibaly] was there at GESCO at the time, but he didn't watch the execution, he left the place just before.

We brought them to GESCO and executed them several meters away on the side of the road. We killed some five at a time, some four at a time, after lining them up. We didn't even put blindfolds over their eyes, they watched it all. They cried and begged us to let them live, saying they had nothing to do with the militias. Some were killed by machine gunning across them; others were killed by automatic pistols at point-blank range. They were all youth, in their 30s and in civilian dress. I promise you that no one can say what crime these men had committed. They were arrested simply because they had an appearance that showed them as suspects of either being militiamen or those that tell the militia about our movements. I wasn't happy about [being part of this], but I was only executing orders.

I think the bodies were thrown into the Banco forest. I have a comrade who was part of those that threw out the bodies. The military heads told us after to never tell this story and that all of the civilian deaths would be identified with the militias.

I killed men before in Yopougon, but it was men armed and shooting at us as well. When one fires on unarmed men that are begging for their life, it's difficult to forget. In Yopougon, we speak often of a lot of "disappeared," these are for the most part executions like those that I've described. The FRCI arrested a lot of militiamen and executed them. We've also dug mass graves in order to bury certain bodies in Yopougon at night. There have been too many civilian and military deaths here in Yopougon.
Two former detainees in the 16th precinct police station similarly described the execution of at least four young men during the first night of their detention, around May 5. A 25-year-old who was picked up after fleeing the combat in Koweit told Human Rights Watch:
As we were coming out of the bush onto the main road, there were five FRCI waiting. One of them had an RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] that he pointed at us, and he told us not to move, to lay down immediately. We all lay down. This was around 2 or 3 p.m. They forced us to walk to the 16th precinct. A few had on FRCI T-shirts with military pants; others were in full military uniform.

At the station, Koné, an FRCI soldier, was the person you met upon arrival. He asked each person whether he was a militia. We were surrounded by people with guns. As we responded, they inspected our hands and elbows, saying they could tell if you'd ever picked up a weapon. I said no, and I guess my answer satisfied them. Four others, though, were executed in front of us that night. They said their fingers were calloused, so they were militia. There was one guy that did the executions. He put on a balaclava and shot them at point-blank range, it was done one-by-one in front of everyone. The people were begging for forgiveness, saying that they weren't militia, but the guy shot them anyway ... a bullet each time in the person's chest.

They told us to move the bodies outside by the bridge, then Koné poured gas on the bodies and set them on fire. I was there for a week. They didn't kill anyone after the first day.
On May 15, a Human Rights Watch researcher saw a burning body less than 30 meters from the 16thprecinct, still controlled by the FRCI, and was told by numerous witnesses at the scene that it was a pro-Gbagbo militiaman who had been caught and killed. The following day, two people who participated in the capture and witnessed the execution described the events. The account describes a relationship between the FRCI and local pro-Ouattara youth that Human Rights Watch observed and that was repeatedly described by witnesses. One witness said:
The guy that you saw burning the other day was one of the militia involved in burning alive two people on February 25. Yesterday, we spotted him walking in Yaosseh. When he saw us, he started running. We chased and caught him around 9 a.m., then handed him to a group of FRCI from the 16th who were on patrol.

We went with them to the station, and the FRCI did their work. They executed him. When we first arrived with him, I said that I knew he was militia, that he had taken part in burning alive two of our comrades on February 25. The FRCI asked him if this was true, and he denied it. So they tortured and beat him, asking again and again whether he had raised a gun during the crisis, whether he had killed. Eventually he said it was true. They kept beating him and asking for him to give the phone number of his accomplices. Eventually he did. The FRCI guys called another militiaman and tried to set a trap. But the guy never came. The militiaman begged for forgiveness after they'd finished torturing him but an FRCI guy said, "Those that kill, those that burn, they can't live." Then the FRCI finished their work, they did justice, executed him with two shots. We were there for all of it. After he was killed, his body was set on fire across the street.

Since the end of April, after the FRCI liberated the area, I've been involved in the capture of five militiamen. Two at one time, then one three different times. The FRCI executed them all. Two were thrown over the bridge, one body was left in the neighborhood, and the other two were killed in the 16th precinct.

Some of the militiamen are coming back, testing whether they can live with the people. But we haven't forgotten what they did. If you're [a Gbagbo supporter] that never picked up a gun, you can live here. But those who picked up guns, they will pay if they return.
A Human Rights Watch researcher presented evidence about summary executions in and around the 16th precinct, an area used by republican forces as a base and detention center, to Commissioner Lezou - a member of the Republican Forces currently in charge of the precinct despite the gradual return of police officers to their post. Lezou adamantly denied that such executions took place.
He said that any bodies found on the streets were from the fierce combat in the area between April 14 and 18 and that witnesses may have been "mistaken." He also flatly denied that a body was burned across the street from the precinct on May 15, even though the Human Rights Watch researcher said he had seen it himself.
Human Rights Watch also documented five extrajudicial executions of people detained in the 37thprecinct of Yopougon between May 12 and 19. Victims were taken out of the station at night over two days and executed on grounds nearby, said several detainees and neighborhood residents.
Among those executed were several neighborhood-level leaders from pro-Gbagbo militia groups, including well-known Young Patriot leaders "Andy" and "Constant" in Koweit between May 5 and 6. A witness to Constant's death described how relatives of local people killed by Constant and his militia described crimes he was involved in to the Republican Forces, after which four soldiers killed him. Human Rights Watch documented six killings by Andy and Constant in early March that targeted pro-Ouattara groups, as well as a gruesome gang rape and killing of an 18-year-old woman. Witnesses said that, before the soldiers executed Constant, he showed them a cache of arms in his house.
Two witnesses said they saw Chérif Ousmane in a convoy of six 4x4s that disposed of Andy's body on the side of the road on May 6. A witness who helped move the body said that it had been mutilated, with numerous knife and bullet wounds, likely indicating he had been tortured.
While the killings were not on the same scale as in Yopougon, Human Rights Watch also documented extrajudicial executions in Koumassi and Port Bouët between April 13 and April 15, just after the Republican Forces took over those areas. Several of those executed were militia alleged to be implicated in dozens of killings and area residents said in possession of large caches of arms. As in Yopougon, neighborhood youth played a role in many of the documented cases in identifying, denouncing, and trapping the alleged militiamen, before bringing them to the Republican Forces, in the words of one such youth, "to do their work."
Many former Yopougon residents from real or perceived pro-Gbagbo groups have fled, telling Human Rights Watch they were terrified of returning home when the Republican Forces still tightly control the neighborhood and killings continue.
Torture, Inhumane Treatment in DetentionHuman Rights Watch documented dozens of cases of torture and inhumane treatment of detainees by the Republican Forces. During and after the military offensive in Abidjan, hundreds of youth from pro-Gbagbo ethnic groups were arrested and detained - often at abandoned police stations and military bases as well as in makeshift detention facilities like gas stations and the GESCO complex.
Almost all former detainees interviewed by Human Rights Watch described being routinely beaten, most often with some combination of guns, belts, clubs, fists, and boots, as Republican Forces soldiers ordered them to reveal the location of weapons or militia leaders.
Most had been arrested and detained simply because of their age and ethnic group - particularly the Guéré, Bété, Goro, and Attié, all strongly linked to former President Gbagbo - or the neighborhood they were from. A university student in Port Bouët described being arrested, detained, and beaten on April 21 because he had lived at one of the university housing complexes in the neighborhood - sites that had long been bastions of the Student Federation of Côte d'Ivoire (Fédération estudiantine et scolaire de Côte d'Ivoire, commonly known by its acronym FESCI), a violent pro-Gbagbo student group:
I lived in the university housing because I'm a student from out of town, without family in Abidjan. I was never among FESCI. The Republican Forces arrested me and took me in a cargo truck from the 2ndprecinct in Port Bouët. There were 10 of them, two of us students. Four of them beat me repeatedly over three hours, and one took out a knife and cut down my shoulder and back [wound seen by Human Rights Watch]. As they beat me, they kept demanding where the guns were. I told them I'd never taken part in FESCI, but they didn't believe me. They threatened to kill me several times.

It was only when someone else from the community came later that night and said I wasn't part of FESCI that they relented. The commander told me to forget what happened, to let it go, and gave me back my two cell phones. We're still threatened though, just because we're students. We can't go back to school, we can't go back to living in the university housing - they were mostly destroyed by the community because of their link to FESCI.
In several cases, the Republican Forces' treatment clearly reached the level of torture, defined under the Convention Against Torture as " any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person" by a state actor for purposes including obtaining information or punishing the person for an act committed or suspected of being committed. A 20-year-old who was detained for one week in the 37th police precinct in Abobo-Doumé [a sub-neighborhood where the Marine Base is located] described being tortured:
Each day the FRCI pulled us out of the small cell to beat us with their Kalashnikovs. Generally it was two of them; they'd strike you over and over with either their guns or their boots. It would last about five, ten minutes, then they'd leave and come back a couple hours later to do it again. As they hit me they'd say, "Are you going to answer our questions truthfully next time? Are you going to give us information?" Every time I told them that I'd never raised a weapon, but the beatings continued.

On the second day, they put a knife into a fire until it was scorching hot. Then they placed it on my left shoulder, making a cut as well. They demanded, "Are you militia? Where are the arms that have been hidden?" It was the burning that hurt more than the cut - it was the worst pain I've ever felt [wounds, including charred, discolored skin and a long scar on the victim's shoulder, seen by Human Rights Watch].
Another detainee described how the Republican Forces forcibly removed several of his teeth during questioning after cornering him on a small road in Yopougon Wassakara in mid-April:
As I was walking to work [as a security guard] in Wassakara, the FRCI ambushed me, encircling me from all around. They were all in uniforms and wore military boots. They pulled me into an alleyway near Pharmacy Keneya saying that I was Gbagbo militia. I said, "No, no, I'm just going to my job. I'm a guard." They said, "No, you're militia."

They beat me with their Kalashnikovs until I was bleeding from my head. I'm still not right in the head, I constantly have headaches. Then they held me down, two of them grabbed me by my shoulders, two by my legs, and one held open my mouth. One of their guys had pliers, and he ripped out one of my teeth up top. Then he ripped out a second one, but it broke and only part of it came out. They kept demanding, "Where are the weapons you've hidden?" The pain was so much, I couldn't even respond. So they kept going. They took out four from up top and one from below in total. After the first couple, they stopped even asking questions. They yelled, "We're going to kill all of you militia that caused these problems. You're one of Gbagbo's Patriots, we're going to kill you all."

I still can't really eat from all the pain. At night [a month later], blood still comes into my mouth from these wounds.
Killings by Pro-Gbagbo Militia in Retreat From AbidjanHuman Rights Watch documented more than 220 killings by pro-Gbagbo militias and mercenaries against real and perceived Ouattara supporters as the Republican Forces swept through Abidjan between March 31 and the end of April, including in the weeks after Gbagbo's arrest as fighting continued in Yopougon.
The killings documented by Human Rights Watch took place in Yopougon, Koumassi, and Port Bouët. Credible sources, including local human rights groups and neighborhood leaders of West African nations, had information about similar killings in other neighborhoods, like Treichville, Williamsville, and Plateau, suggesting that the total number killed by pro-Gbagbo militias during this period is probably higher. Bodies were often burned, sometimes en masse, by pro-Gbagbo militia or by residents who could no longer tolerate the smell - leaving no trace except for small bone fragments still visible to a Human Rights Watch researcher.
The militia, as documented by Human Rights Watch throughout the post-election violence, erected scores of roadblocks at which they frequently demanded identity cards from passers-by. Those from northern Côte d'Ivoire or neighboring countries like Burkina Faso or Mali were systematically killed, often in gruesome ways.
As the longtime base of Gbagbo's militia and the final battle zone in the fight for Abidjan, the Yopougon neighborhood was the site of particularly intense killings of perceived pro-Ouattara groups. Many killings were in the days after Gbagbo's arrest, as militias overtly sought retribution.
In the largely Muslim Mami-Faitai section of Yopougon, Human Rights Watch saw what appeared to be eight recently-dug common graves, which people involved in the burials said each contained between two and 18 bodies. At least 46 people were killed in the area between April 11 and 13.
The residents of Mami-Faitai had created a checkpoint at the entrance to their neighborhood, where, according to several involved who were interviewed, unarmed youth signaled if attackers were coming by banging pots and pans. Residents described how seven attackers in BAE (an elite police unit) uniforms descended on the checkpoint just after midnight and, within 10 minutes, killed 18 people. A survivor who pretended to be dead after being shot told Human Rights Watch:
When they descended upon us, they yelled, "Everyone lay down." Since they had Kalashes, all of them, we had no choice. There were 18 of us there who lay down, 16 of whom were killed. They took our cell phones; one of them said, "Now you won't be able to call ONUCI [UN peacekeepers] anymore." They demanded our names; the first two were Ibrahima and Boubakar. They charged their weapons and one said, "It's you that caught President Gbagbo, you're going to pay. We're going to make a mass grave in your neighborhood today." I was the leader of the group, so I said, "We're youth from the neighborhood; we're unarmed. We're not rebels, we're not politicians, we're just protecting our neighborhood, our women."

One of them put his foot down on me and shot into my back [wound seen by HRW]. It didn't kill me though. I lay there like I was dead, hoping they wouldn't notice and shoot me again. He kicked me, and I didn't respond. I tried to lay like life was completely out of me. After a second kick, he moved to the next person. All seven of them were shooting by this time - killing one after another of us.

When the people in our neighborhood heard the gunshots, many came out to defend us. But the Gbagbo guys fired to push back the crowd. Two more bodies were found by the mosque nearby, people who had tried to come toward us. All of this happened in about 10 to 15 minutes. We were mostly youth, but there were several older men there too.
A 65-year-old man who lived in the same neighborhood lost five sons when the militia climbed into his compound around 9 a.m. on April 12:
They were going house by house to kill. They were more than 10 that jumped the fence into my compound. Most were in civilian clothes - all black, a few of them masking their faces with charcoal - but others wore military pants. All had Kalashes. They broke the first door, in which three of my sons were hiding. I was inside the main door, the metal one, which is what saved me. They couldn't break it down like the two wood doors outside in the courtyard. They fired their guns after they jumped over the fence; we all heard and ran to listen and look through a hole in the door.

I watched as they pulled out three of my boys from the first room. They forced them to lay down on their stomachs in the hall here, and then they shot them at point-blank range. First they took everything of value of them, then one opened fire, "pop-pop," on each son. They demanded money, and my sons gave it to them; they demanded clothes, my sons gave it to them; they demanded the TV, cell phones. Everything was given, and yet the militiamen killed them. They yelled that we, the Dioula, were the rebels that had taken over the country. Another said, "It's your brothers that captured Gbagbo yesterday." They pillaged that bedroom, then went to the second door where two more of my boys were sleeping. They broke down that door as well. They immediately shot one who was standing up, right in the chest. One of the attackers then said, "We've taken care of four of them, that's enough, let's go." But another said no. The fifth son was hiding under his bed. They pulled him out and shot him.

Several stayed for more than an hour, while the others continued their killing elsewhere. One of them broke open the fridge and, with the five bodies on the ground, took out couscous, bissap [juice], and ate right there. Crumbs were left on the ground right by the bodies.

Around 2 p.m., we stopped hearing gunfire and we went out. When I saw the bodies, I was in shock, I couldn't even cry. We marched through blood to get out of the compound, the five bodies just laying there. Bullet holes had gone into the concrete floor. We couldn't take the time to bury them, as we didn't know when the militia would return.

When we came back, we were told by a few who had hidden in the neighborhood that the militia had packed the bodies together and then set them on fire. Burn marks were out in front of our compound. We found some remains of bones, but nothing more.
In the Doukouré sub-neighborhood of Yopougon, 29 people lie in a single mass grave from the killings of April 12, according to several residents who helped bury the bodies on April 13. At least seven more graves are nearby in the same dusty parking lot for the neighborhood mosque, with body counts between one and twelve, according to others who assisted in the burial. As they went from house to house killing, the militia also raped several women, including a 23-year-old:
Around 2:30 in the afternoon the militia knocked on the door to the courtyard. Before we could even come to open it, they'd broken it down. My husband raised his hands. They demanded his ethnicity, his identity card. He said, "I'm Dioula," and they said, "Ah, it's you that supports Alassane." He didn't respond, but as they grabbed his identity papers, they shot him in the arm and then his ribs.

Then they told the women to take off their clothes and lay down or they would shoot us. I begged for forgiveness, but one of them called in the others who had remained outside. First, five more came in, then one went out to call in more, and three more came. They all had weapons. The first who entered wore military fatigues and carried a Kalash. The others were in civilian dress and had knives and machetes.

There were three women in the rooms that share the courtyard, and they raped all three of us. One militia raped each woman. They forced us to turn around and then raped us. After they finished, they took everything we owned, left us with nothing.
Killings within the sub-neighborhoods controlled by the militia continued through the final days of the battle for Yopougon. On April 25, pro-Gbagbo militia took advantage of a brief movement by the Republican Forces out of Yopougon Andokoi to set up a roadblock. Two Malian brothers came into the neighborhood around noon, thinking it was safe, and were stopped at the militia checkpoint. The older brother, interviewed by Human Rights Watch, escaped but looked back to see that his 26-year-old brother been stopped. After the Republican Forces took back the area that night, the older brother returned to find his brother's half-charred body stacked next to five more victims who had also been burned almost beyond recognition.
On April 27, the sub-neighborhood of Locodjoro, one of the last areas to fall to the Republican Forces, was burned to the ground by retreating militiamen. Hundreds of homes were destroyed, and according to witnesses, two Malians were detained, bound, and executed. One was on his way into the area to save his mother who had been unable to flee earlier violence.
Yopougon residents from both political parties said they had seen a few well-known militia leaders in and around the sub-neighborhoods of Yopougon where large numbers of killings occurred. Witnesses described repeatedly seeing militia leader Bah Dora in the area of Toit Rouge, another of the final bastions of the militia. Witnesses there also described the involvement of militia members under Bah's command in multiple killings of civilians from alleged pro-Ouattara groups. Several neighborhood residents told Human Rights Watch that Bah Dora had been captured by the Republican Forces and was being held at the 19th precinct police station.
Two witnesses also said they saw Maho Glofiei, a longtime militia leader from the far western region of Côte d'Ivoire, in Yopougon just before Gbagbo's arrest.

To President Alassane Ouattara:
  • Demonstrate that promises of impartial and credible prosecutions of grave crimes are meaningful by ensuring immediate investigations into killings, extrajudicial executions, and torture committed by the Republican Forces in Abidjan. Hold those responsible accountable, including commanders who oversaw the crimes, regardless of their military rank.
  • Put commanders implicated in serious abuse on administrative leave, pending investigation.
  • Make publicly clear that anyone detained - including former Gbagbo militia implicated in grave crimes - is to be treated humanely in accordance with Ivorian and international law.
  • When cordon and search operations are conducted by the Republican Forces, ensure that police, gendarmes, or UN and French peacekeepers are included.
  • Seek the assistance of key international donors in assessing the capacity of the Ivorian justice system to prosecute grave crimes and addressing the weaknesses identified.
  • Provide complete access to all detention facilities to international monitors and members of the human rights division of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire, including access that allows detainees to describe the conditions of their treatment without the presence or interference of the Republican Forces.
  • Cooperate fully with the ICC, including arresting suspects, if the court prosecutor opens an investigation of crimes committed in Côte d'Ivoire.
To the UN Security Council:
  • To bring light to atrocities committed in the past decade in Côte d'Ivoire, publish the 2004 Commission of Inquiry report when the 2011 Commission of Inquiry report is presented before the Human Rights Council in June. Failure to do so continues to send the signal that certain people deeply implicated in war crimes and other grave abuses, are being shielded from justice.
To the United Nations Operations in Côte d'Ivoire:
  • Increase significantly patrols, including joint patrols with the Republican Forces, in Yopougon, particularly in vulnerable pro-Gbagbo neighborhoods like Koweit, Yaosseh, Kouté, and Abobo-Doumé.
  • Visit detention centers daily, particularly in Yopougon, and demand access to prisoners without interference by the Republican Forces.