We're All Terrorists Now
Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, was detained and questioned for nine hours by British authorities at Heathrow on Aug. 18, when he landed there from Berlin to change planes for a flight to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
After his release and return to Rio, Miranda filed a legal action against the British government, seeking the return of materials seized from him by British authorities and a judicial review of the legality of his detention. At a London court hearing this week for Miranda's lawsuit, a document called a "Ports Circulation Sheet" was read into ...read more
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Massacre in Peruvian Amazon over US Free Trade Agreement
Three MI-17 helicopters took off from the national police base in El Milagro, Peru, at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 5, and flew over part of the Peruvian highway that joins the jungle to the northern coast, which had been occupied for the past ten days by five thousand Awajún and Wampi indigenous peoples.
The helicopters launched tear gas on the crowd (witnesses say they also shot machine guns) while a group of agents simultaneously attacked the roadblock by ground, firing AKM rifles...read more
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When Nelson Mandela and the ANC (African National Congress) in 1994. won the elections in South Africa believed that the new era of democracy to bring peace among all nationalities in the country. However, after 17 years, in a country which is called the "Rainbow Nation" no end in sight to xenophobia and racism.
According to Britain's Daily Telegraph, in the last few weeks two people banned entry into the resort Lekkerrus in Limpopo province in the northeast of South Africa. Earlier this month, Adam Morgan and his family away from the above resorts. The reason? They are African-Americans. Morgan had been on vacation in the vicinity and decided one day to visit the mineral springs in the spa. One of the members of the insurance, when he saw that it was about blacks, he said that the entry is allowed only to members, that would ultimately...read more
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Happy birthday, Guantanamo!
Already we in 2011 year, and Barack Obama president of the nearly two years. Gunatánamo this week off the birthday cake candles. Nine years of existence. There is no indication that it will close the base, which thinks about its one hundred and seventy four inmates - um, who do they ask?
The camp for prisoners at Guantanamo was opened in 2002, under the Bush administration...read more
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(R)evolution of evil
In Africa there are many rebel groups and armies, but none was so scary and brutal as the Lord's Resistance Army ( LRA), led by Joseph Kony, which is responsible for the longest armed conflict on the continent. With a campaign of kidnapping children to turn into soldiers or sex slaves, and slaves, and tactics that include mutilation by cutting the ears and mouth, torture, rape and murder, the LRA has for more than 20 years terrorizing and destabilizing the very heart of Africa. The clashes have killed thousands of civilians, abducted more than 30,000 children, and recent data humanitarian organizations speak about the 2 million displaced, and 90% of the total ...read more
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The most important protest
About two weeks thousands of protesters took place in the main hall of the state of Wisconsin in Madison, and refused to leave the building after normal business hours. This was the beginning of one of the most important and most numerous protests in America in the last ten years. It all began in a seemingly innocuous.
Scott Walker, Republican Governor of Wisconsin, said that the state is in debt after a severe economic crisis, and that moving the adoption of measures and laws to reduce ?...read more
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The Holocaust Industry
Norman G. Finkelstein in his book The Holocaust Industry explains the circumstances in which the Jews decided to "remember" the Holocaust and the way it has thrived so-called Holocaust industry, ie the purposes for which the Holocaust is used in the past few decades. Finkelstein is an American-Jewish historian, a Ph.D. from Princeton, Department of Political Science. For many years studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...read more
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Obama´s Charter School Policies Spread Segregation and Undermine Unions
Charter schools are often marketed as incubators of educational innovation, and they form a key feature of the Obama administration’s school reform agenda. But in some urban communities, they may be fueling de facto school segregation and undermining public education.
A University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) Civil Rights Project study, “Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards,” reported that charter schools, particularly those in the western United States, are havens for white re-segregation from t...read more
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Big Brother has a Twitter
According to Federal News Radio earlier this week, Twitter has struck a deal (deal?) with the Library of Congress to archive every single tweet. Rather than treat them as free, protected speech, the billions of Tweets are being treated as historical documents and will archived as such, the report said.
"We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public," Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the library's national digital information infrastructure and preservation program, said on Federal News Radio...read more
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Shoot first, ask later!
The massacre, which is one of the striking moments of the mission long awaited the verdict, the voice of justice. And Mr. Justice has decided that Frank Wuterich will not spend a single minute in jail.
In Iraq, much has been done wrong for years. Roots of mission overgrown weeds are so difficult to expect that anything good can come out of it. However, one can always hope. When you go abuse, killing, destruction, we hope you will at least meet someone eventually. Hopefully someone will figure out that someone will recognize, someone will scream in the name of justice, in the name of humanity...read more
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Paranoia and Crime - reveals Wikileaks
Many of the Bhopal-related emails, addressed from Stratfor to Dow and Union Carbide public relations directors, reveal concern that, in the lead-up to the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, the Bhopal issue might be expanded into an effective systemic critique of corporate rule, and speculate at length about why this hasn't yet happened...read more
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Milkman subjected to exstreme torture!
This is from a county that has targeted and terrorized James Stewart for the supposed crime of selling fresh milk containing "dangerous pathogens." That's right - the only "crime" James has ever committed is being the milk man and distributing milk that is openly and honestly kept fresh and raw instead of pasteurized. So as part of his punishment of advocating raw cow's milk, he was tortured with raw human sewage at the LA County jail...read more
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At Fallujah hospital they cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects – there are just too many. Parents don’t want to talk. "Families bury their newborn babies after they die without telling anyone," says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi. "It’s all too shameful for them."
"We recorded 672 cases in January but we know there were many more," says Hadidi. He projects pictures on to a wall at his office: children born with no brain, no eyes, or with the intestines out of their body.
Facing a frozen image of a child born without limbs, Hadidi says parents’ feelings usually range between shame and guilt. "They think it’s their fault, that there’s something wrong with them. And it doesn’t help at all when some elder tells them it’s been ‘god’s punishment’."...read more
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How Children End Up In The Hands Of The Abuser?
According to the National Center for State Courts, there is documented evidence of domestic violence in 24-55 percent of custody court records. Yet, in 300 custody cases, studied, investigators found that in only 10 percent of the cases where allegations of child abuse were raised was sole custody awarded to the non-abusive (“protective”) parent.
Despite the publics’ view that custody cases result in the children ending up in safe hands, each year approximately 58,500 are left at risk of physical and psychological damage after being forced into the unsupervised care of an abuser after their parents’ divorce...read more
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Aborted Babies - Big business
Warning: The text contains disturbing content and photos!
Did you know that aborted babies are being chopped up and sold to medical researchers all over America? There is a federal law which is supposed to ban this practice, but it contains a gigantic loophole that abortion clinics are using to sell huge amounts of aborted baby parts to the scientific community. The loophole in the federal law allows "reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue."
But there are no guidelines as to what those "reasonable payments" should be and the Obama administration is not about to start prosecuting abortion clinics. So aborted baby parts from American babies will continue to be very quietly sold for profit to medical researchers and most Americans will never hear anything ...read more
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Self-Immolation for freedom
But the stunning protests are going largely unnoticed in the wider world – due in part to a smothering Chinese security crackdown in the region that prevents journalists from covering them.
While a single fruit seller in Tunisia who lit himself on fire in December 2010 is credited with igniting the Arab Spring democracy movement, the Tibetan self-immolations have so far failed to prompt the changes the protesters demand: an end to government interference in their religion and a return of the exiled Dalai Lama.
Still, experts describe self-immolations as, historically, a powerful form of protest, and the ones in Tibet might yet lead to some broader uprising...read more
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Sexual Humiliation, a Tool to Control the Masses
Is American strip-searching benign? The man who had brought the initial suit, Albert Florence, described having been told to "turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks." He said he felt humiliated: "It made me feel like less of a man."
In surreal reasoning, justice Anthony Kennedy explained that this ...read more
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Saudi Arabia is a complete mess as far as women's rights is concerned. It ranks 130th out of 134 countries for gender equality — a nation where only 16.5% of women make up the workforce. As devout followers of Sharia Law, all women, regardless of age, require a male guardian and cannot leave the country without written consent.
And now, judging by a flurry of incoming accounts, it's clear that the country has covertly implemented a new system that will further serve to strengthen its control over women...read more
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The World Water Crisis
Global water profiteering is at the center of a global healthcare crisis that kills more people than AIDS or malaria. The film shows the grim reality of water in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and the USA. The mortality is awful, and not just from bad water or no water -- also from police forces in states like Bolivia who go to war against people whose water supply has been sold to foreign multinationals who are reaping windfall profits while they die...read more
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A rape victim could be charged?!!!
A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.
It’s another one of those unbelievable moments in the so-called GOP “war on women.”
House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence."
“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is ...read more
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Rape as a Weapon of War
When war broke out, 35 patients in my hospital in Lemera in eastern DR Congo were killed in their beds.
I fled to Bukavu, 100km (60 miles) to the north, and started a hospital made from tents. I built a maternity ward with an operating theatre. In 1998, everything was destroyed again. So, I started all over again in 1999.
It was that year that our first rape victim was brought into the hospital. After being raped, bullets had been fired into her genitals and thighs...read more
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Iraq: A decade of abuse
"I was tortured and raped repeatedly by the Iraqi security forces," she told Al Jazeera. "I want to tell the world what I and other Iraqi women in prison have had to go through these last years. It has been a hell."
Heba was charged with terrorism, a fate faced by many Iraqis who are detained by security forces.
"I now want to explain to people what is occurring in the prisons that [Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki and his gangs are running," Heba added. "I was raped over and over again, I was kicked
and beaten and insulted and spit ...read more
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The Invisible War
Sexual assault occurs in myriad settings and the perpetrators come from every swath of U.S. society. Yet as recent incidents and reports make clear, it's a particularly intractable problem in the military, with its enduring macho culture and unique legal system.
During this week's battle of wills between legislators and military leaders at the Senate armed services committee hearing into sexual assault, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and other high-level witnesses admitted failure, expressing remorse and their desire to do better over a crisis that lawmakers warned threatened US troops' recruitment and retention.
But the uniformed military leaders – who outnumbered victims' advocates testifying by a ratio of 18 to two – staged a unified pushback on Senate proposals to strip military commanders of their power to decide whether to prosecute sexual assaults in the ...read more
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