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Very few people have heard of Zaida Catalan.
Zaida Catalan was a Swedish politician, who promoted open borders!
For too long many in the West have a romanticised notion of Africa, and have believed that they have some sort of divine right to meddle in their affairs & try to impose Western values using Western methods. For Centuries Westerners have travelled there despite the reports of genocide, tribal wars & rebellione as it is not polite in particular in Left Wing Socialist circles to tell the truth!
Africa is in the main a brutal battle for survival where there is meaningfully no such thing as childhood as Stompie Moketzie learned at the hands of Nelson Mandella’s wife, when he was beaten and ‘necklaced’, an all too popular punishment culminating inplacing a heavy tyre drenched in petrol around the victims nech and setting it on fire whilst onlookers chant & jeer to drown the sounds of screaming!
Africa is a land where life is cheap and nuns are raped and crucified & have their breasts cut off and placed in their hands (Angolan Civil War), or gang rapes where it is often a mercy that the victim is vaginally impailed on a sharpened tree stump and left to die when the alternative is to live on with an urepairable fistulla. This is a land where it is not rare for European travellers to be raped, even murdered.
Just follow the reports of Katie Hopkins, who whether you love her or loath her had the courage despite her Ketamin controlled epilepsy to take the risk, somewhat naively to go to South Africa and seek out and interview victims of the black gangs who act alongside the police and the government in many instances brutalising, ambushing and raping and killing farm owners. Farm owners whose ancestors settled this largely empty landwell over 100 years ago.
These are a people who carried firearms and lived on farms that were often heavily armed compounds and in some areas of Africa practiced apartheid in various forms. They did not live like this from choice but from neccessity, unprepared to concede that once settled the spears & fire torches of the primative tribal peoples should be allowed to steal their land, land where they employed many of the people who flooded in after they had settled, people who provided the wealth and food that meant the few people living there when they arrived could cease their nomadic lives as hunter gatherers following their herds.
That these very farmers and their families built the land to being productive, discovered the gold, diamonds and other minerals that made their countries wealthy, Rhodesia was built on agriculture to be the bread basket of Southern Africa, providing the stability that produced the wealth that fed, housed and educated the growing population that became Zimbabwe, only to see it destroyed by Bantu terrorists mostly of the Tebele tribe who raped, murdered and terrorised the farmers who had built the nation, driving most out with their brutality only to watch the food resources collapse and famine and unemployment take over as they tried to enslave and destroy the Shona tribe!
South Africa is no different, just not far down the road to destruction, with its ANC leaders living in obscene oppulance as they suppress the other tribes and turn a blind eye on the killing off of the farmers who settled and tamed the land to provide the wealth that spread the tribes of Southern Swazis across South Africa.
You may recall Captain James Cook’s entry in his ship’s log after spending a month in Table Bay kareening his ship: ‘A green and verdant land totally uninhabitted by man’.
That was where Cape Town was bult and flourished built first by mainly Dutch imigrants and later by Britain – the city that attracted so many people from across Africa. A city which is all too likely under black governance to run out of water and become just a part of the Southward creep of the Namib desert – the South West African desert where to dominate the land once the wealth of white settlers attracted a burgeoning Herera population, which shamefully the German settlers and their German backed government resorted to genocide to hold their ground slaughtering the Herera in their 1,000s.
Angola fared little better under Portugeuse control and The Congo even worse as the propertyy of King Leopold and the Belgians with his armies of slave labourers. Rwanda was very much a product of the crass incompetence and misrule of the French and the recent genocide in Rwanda was their direct responsibility. Chad, Mali and Algeria fared little better at the hands of the French.
The extensive slavery that fuelled the sugar trade of the Caribean and the cotton trade of the southern states of America was little more than the slave trade that had been endemic in Africa since before records began, slave trade that so enriched, together with gold & salt King Musa Mansa of West Africa’s Mali Empire, Musa amassed a jaw-dropping $400 billion during his reign from 1312 to 1337.
This rather puts into perspective the endless cheap shots of Socialists concerning the disparity of wealth between the wealthy & the poor where even now the entire Rothschild family trails Musa Mansa by some $50Bn. & Bill Gates by almost $300Bn. with a mere $102Bn.
From the point of view of the masses perhaps the peoples of African origin whose ancestors were sold as slaves by their black tribal owners – few are in as desperate plight in America as their distant relatives who were left to suffer and starve in the brutal regimes of Africa! In fact many of those in America who are descended from slaves ones owned by the black slave masters and traders of Africa can count themselves as very lucky as they have gone on to great wealth in their new homes.
Judged out of the context of time slavery was horendous but let us remember there are estimated to be some 50 million slaves in societies around the worlds to this day. Also be minded of the many British slaves seized and taken by the Romans for sale in the slave makets of Rome and across their empire.
Be minded more recently; giving rise to the Morris Dancers of today, merely commemorating the Moorish dances of the traders of the Barbary Coast of Africa; frequently on their last night in a British port would dance & perform to distract the locals as they captured a cargo of young men and women to be sold in the markets of North Africa as slaves – they would be gone in the morning with their cargo. Hence the bells and sticks of the Morris dancers with their non PC blacked up memberts, merely a portrayal of the duistraction of the Moorish dancers with their bells and cudgels using such force as would be needed to enslave their new cargo!
Then today we read of Zaida Catalan who was beheaded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with her American coleague Michael Sharp, a United Nations worker, as part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission to the troubled African nation.
The case has been largely kept in obscurity — likely because it didn’t fulfil the Socialist globalist media’s push for open borders. Rather, it reinforced the right-wing argument that cultural values vary, and hence that migration must be low to allow for assimilation.
Catalan was a member of the Green party, whose 2013 platform states:
“We want to see Europe as a part of a world of democracies, where people move freely over borders, and where people and countries trade and cooperate with each other.” This policy of relaxed borders has allowed jihadis into Europe by the 1,000s.
On March 12, 2017, Catalan and Sharp were kidnapped along with four Congolese in the disputed province of Kasai in the DRC. The BBC reports that the two had been dispatched to the region “to investigate reports of abuses after local rebels took up arms.”
The irresponsibility of the UN sending such wide eyed, naive and untrained idealist amateurs into such conditions is surely a criminal folly. One can understand the similar folly behind the fielding of many brave young women who were sent by the SOE into Franco German held areas during WWII, their training was scant and the risk led to a life expectancy of under 6 weeks, but they did at least know the risks and our country was fighting for survival against our Continental enemies and their expansionist military action and genocidal practices!
How can the UN justify its obvious negligence and contempt for human life?
On March 27, their bodies were found. Sharp’s father, John Sharp, posted on Facebook, “We have been informed that two Caucasian bodies have been found in shallow graves in the search area, one male and one female.”
Zaida Catalán was on to something, and it was making her jumpy.
“Exciting development,” she scribbled in her diary in late January. “I can maybe nail this bastard. Damn!”
Weeks later, Ms. Catalán, a United Nations investigator with little training and no safety equipment or even health insurance, headed into a remote area teeming with militia fighters to find the culprits behind a massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A grainy cellphone video shows what happened next: A cluster of men with rifles and red bandannas lead Ms. Catalán, a 36-year-old Swedish-Chilean, into a grove with her American colleague, Michael J. Sharp, 34. The two investigators are barefoot.
Mr. Sharp starts arguing. He and Ms. Catalán are forced onto the ground. Suddenly, shots are fired, hitting Mr. Sharp first. Ms. Catalán screams and tries to run for cover. She is shot twice.
Their bodies were discovered weeks later in a shallow grave, laid out carefully, side by side, in opposite directions. Ms. Catalán had been decapitated. Her head had been taken.
Their deaths raise tough questions about the United Nations and its work in the most dangerous places in the world. Almost two months passed before the United Nations even assembled a panel to look into what went wrong. The United Nations Security Council could go further and order a more formal investigation, but more than two months after the murders, it has taken no steps in that direction.
Instead, it has left the investigation to Congo, a nation where violence, corruption and impunity are so widespread that the United Nations has had to spend billions of dollars over the years in a failed effort to bring peace and stability. Indeed, a big focus of Ms. Catalán and her colleagues was whether the Congolese government played a role in the massacre and broader chaos she was investigating.
“The U.N. needs to take ownership,” said Akshaya Kumar, a deputy director at Human Rights Watch. She added that the Congolese authorities, who are implicated in the region’s conflict, were in no position to carry out a credible investigation.
The killings have also stirred a sharp debate over the United Nations’ responsibility to prepare and protect the people it hires to investigate wrongdoing around the world. Ms. Catalán and Mr. Sharp belonged to a panel of six experts authorized by the Security Council to investigate rapes, massacres and the exploitation of Congo’s vast natural resources.
They traveled without United Nations escorts, often going into areas that are no-go zones for United Nations employees. In this case, the two hired three motorcycle taxis and a Congolese interpreter to ferry them into the countryside. Their Congolese companions are still missing. There is no evidence that they have been killed.
As independent contractors, the investigators had no health insurance and received little training on how to operate in hostile environments. They were bound by the United Nations’ security rules; don’t travel on motorcycle taxis was one.
But former investigators say United Nations officials know full well the risks that experts routinely take to do their jobs. At least two said they had asked for electronic devices to track their locations and send distress signals, in case of emergencies exactly like this. The United Nations, through a spokesman, said it was not “a feasible requirement” to provide them.
“They were more looking at protecting themselves than protecting us,” said Daniel Fahey, who served on the Congo panel in 2013 and 2014. “Everyone loved our analyses. But no one really asked us: ‘How do you guys do this? What do you need?’”
Frans Barnard, a former British Army officer who served on the Congo panel in 2014, said he had been concerned enough to buy his own location tracker.
“In my world, duty of care means if we ask you to do something, we give you the training and the equipment to do that,” Mr. Barnard said.
Asked whether the United Nations had done enough to prepare and protect the experts, José Luis Díaz, a spokesman, said the organization was asking itself the same question.
“This is why the U.N. is looking at the whole sequence of events in the disappearance and murder of our colleagues,” he said in an email. “We want to assess whether things worked as they should, and if what we have in place is adequate or robust enough.”
Congo has a long history of conflict and suffering. Foreign powers, successive leaders and an alphabet soup of rebel groups have all pillaged its rich natural resources. The country is the focus of the most expensive peacekeeping operation in the world. But the mission, called Monusco, has often been criticized for turning a blind eye to human rights abuses committed by government forces and rebels alike.
Ms. Catalán, a former Green Party activist in Sweden who had been working as a United Nations expert for less than a year, quickly got sucked into an extraordinarily dangerous world that she was woefully unprepared for, where the line between murderous rebels and corrupt politicians often blurs.
She worked assiduously to untangle a murky web of local politicians, rebel leaders and government ministers, trying to pin down perpetrators so that the Security Council could impose sanctions on them. Her tools often boiled down to a pen that doubled as a recorder, and a determined line of inquiry that ended up putting her life in danger.
It is still unclear who ordered the murders of the experts. The Congolese government said it had released the cellphone video to show that militia fighters, not its soldiers, were responsible. In April, the government announced the arrests of two men. One escaped. Then, on Saturday, the Congolese said they knew who had ordered the killings and where Ms. Catalán’s head was, but gave no further details.
But according to documents kept on Ms. Catalán’s computer and to others familiar with the case, she had been scrutinizing a government minister, Clément Kanku, for his possible role in inciting violence in the Congolese region of Kasai last year.
Mr. Kanku, the minister of development until he was fired this month, had close links to the militia fighters in the area; he had been brought into President Joseph Kabila’s coalition government last year to bring the rebels to heel.
Ms. Catalán kept 130 files in a folder on her computer under Mr. Kanku’s name. Among them was a recorded phone conversation in which he seems to discuss setting fire to a town in the region, Tshimbulu, with a subordinate. They talk about a successful jailbreak, targeted assassinations of a colonel and other officials, and general mayhem.
“We burnt Tshimbulu,” the subordinate is heard saying.
“It’s good that we burn everything; that is good news,” Mr. Kanku replies.
“The colonel is in his house, and we’re burning down the house so he burns to death,” the subordinate says.
Mr. Kanku asks: “Did you kill the colonel’s bodyguards?”
“Yes, we beat his bodyguards on the head with our batons,” the subordinate responds.
Though it was unclear how she had obtained it, Ms. Catalán had the recording in her possession in January, according to people familiar with her work, the same month she wrote in her diary about the big breakthrough. She had also texted Mr. Sharp, her colleague in Congo: “I have big stuff going on.”
People familiar with the case said Mr. Kanku had known she had the audio file. In fact, she had told Mr. Kanku that she had it, they said, and was scheduled to discuss the matter with him after her trip into the bush.
When contacted by The New York Times, Mr. Kanku initially denied, then confirmed, that he had been in contact with the experts.
“I talked with the man; the woman, I didn’t talk to her.” When pressed, he replied: “I think I also spoke with the woman, but I’m not sure because many people call me.”
“Listen, where are you? Can I see you?” he continued, sounding nervous. “I can’t talk right now. I’ll call you after.” Mr. Kanku abruptly hung up without addressing the contents of the tape. He did not call back or respond to multiple calls after that.
It was Ms. Catalán’s sister, Elizabeth, who first raised the alarm that the United Nations investigators were in trouble.
Late in the afternoon on March 12, she received an unnerving call from Ms. Catalán’s cellphone.
“I couldn’t hear her voice,” she said in their family’s home in Sweden. “I just heard lots of men talking in the background, not just a few but many, a group of men talking.”
Sensing something wrong, the family frantically reached out to Ms. Catalán’s colleagues in the United Nations.
The United Nations said peacekeepers “sprang into action from the very start,” with troops and helicopters deployed the next morning, according to Mr. Díaz, the spokesman.
The few peacekeepers stationed nearby began searching by road and air. But it took four days to deploy more United Nations forces from other parts of the country and begin a robust search, according to the commander of Monusco’s Uruguayan forces, Col. Luis Mangini.
It took a full two weeks to find the bodies.
The autopsy concluded little. Death by multiple injuries, it said. Ms. Catalán’s second autopsy report, conducted by a private Ugandan pathology service, said the body, initially examined by the Congolese authorities, “had neither blood staining, mud nor soiling of any sort, suggesting that the body had been washed clean.”
Families and friends of Ms. Catalán said they were unaware of just how dangerous her job was, even compared with her earlier assignments. Ms. Catalán previously worked for the European Union, educating local police officers in Afghanistan, Congo and the Palestinian territories on gender-based violence. She once confided to a friend about the ad hoc nature of her United Nations assignment. It was, she said, like living on the edge.
In December, during a visit home for Christmas, Ms. Catalán recounted a frightening episode in which she had interviewed a rebel leader accused of committing atrocities. “I barely made it out of that room alive,” Elizabeth, her sister, recalled her saying.
The risks began to take a toll on her.
A week before her death, she had a disturbing premonition: “My body will be carried out of the jungle,” she confided to a friend.
Now, relatives, colleagues and friends are frustrated at the handling of the killings. The Swedish authorities say they are looking into the deaths, but family members are calling on the United Nations to conduct a credible, independent investigation as well.
“What we hope for now is an independent international criminal investigation,” said Mr. Sharp’s father, John. “We can’t depend on the Congolese government to do it.”
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