MDC accuses Mugabe of trying to tear apart unity pact
By: Mail and Guardian Online, October 29, 2009
Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Wednesday accused President Robert Mugabe of trying to tear apart a unity pact by threatening to replace Cabinet ministers chosen by the former opposition. The state-run Herald reported on Wednesday that Mugabe was pondering replacing MDC ministers who have not attended Cabinet meetings since Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai cut ties with Mugabe's Zanu-PF after a deadlock over key issues.
Zimbabwe election support network officers arrested
By: Violet Gonda, SWRA, October 29, 2009
Two more members of civil society were arrested this week as the crackdown on perceived ëopponentsí of the State continues. The Zimbabwe Election Support Network staff members, Thulani Ndhlovu and Ndodhana Ndhlovu, were arrested on Wednesday evening in Hwangeís Dete area, for conducting a public outreach workshop allegedly without police clearance.
UN expert 'denied Zimbabwe entry'
By: BBC, October 29, 2009
The UN torture investigator has been denied entry to Zimbabwe, despite being invited by the country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the UN says. Manfred Nowak said he was stopped by immigration officials after landing at Harare airport on Wednesday evening. Mr Nowak's week-long fact-finding mission was blocked by Zimbabwe's foreign ministry at the last minute.
Guinea: Youths on hunger strike for "dialogue", "justice"
By: IRIN, October 28, 2009
Youths in the Guinea capital Conakry went on hunger strike on 28 October - one month after the deadly military attack on civilians ñ to call for political dialogue, an end to violence and the arrest of those who attacked demonstrators.
One month on Guineans protest against massacre
By: Google News, October 28, 2009
Many residents of Conakry and other Guinean towns stayed at home Wednesday in a quiet protest at the army's massacre of opposition demonstrators exactly a month earlier. Opponents of the military junta in the west African country called on the population to stay at home to commemorate the massacre on September 28. On Tuesday evening, the junta-appointed government had warned that the stay-at-home protest would be a "provocation" as the opposition and the junta had started talks with a regional mediator, Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore.
Guinea forces 'planned crackdown'
By: BBC, October 28, 2009
A deadly crackdown on protesters in Guinea in September was "premeditated and pre-planned at the highest level", Human Rights Watch has told the BBC. Soldiers deployed at the sports stadium where protesters had gathered blocked the exits before systematically killing and raping protesters, the group says. EU officials have joined pressure groups, including US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), in calling for members of the junta to be tried for human rights violations.
'Violent attacks' on Zimbabwe MDC
By: BBC, October 27, 2009
Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change has said there are "increased violent" attacks on its party members. MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said a top official was stopped and beaten up by militants from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF on Tuesday morning. His warning comes a few days after an MDC residence was raided by police.
Zimbabwe: NANGO leaders released on bail
By: SWRA, October 27, 2009
The two leaders from the National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO), who were arrested on Sunday on allegations of holding ëan illegal political meeting,í were granted bail on Tuesday. NANGO Chief Executive Officer Cephas Zinhumwe, and board chairperson Dadirai Chikwengo, were arrested at the airport when they were trying to leave for Harare after attending a two-day scheduled conference in Victoria Falls.
South African poor protest conditions
By: VOA, October 27, 2009
For at least three years, as the country's winter months begin to bite, poor South Africans have taken to the streets in increasingly violent protest, frustrated at what they see as government failures to address their needs. This year, those protests have continued well into warm weather. They are usually called service-delivery protests and the unstated implication that people are protesting because the South African government has failed to deliver services such as electricity, water, sanitation, health services, homes and even land.
Senegal admits IMF 'money gift'
By: BBC, October 27, 2009
Senegal has confirmed it gave money to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official earlier this month, after previously denying the allegations. Alex Segura was given almost $200,000 (£122,000) at the end of his three-year posting - money which the IMF says was paid back as quickly as it could be. Prime Minister Souleymane Ndene Ndiaye said it was a goodbye present - part of an African tradition. But opposition activists have condemned what they regard as a corrupt payment.
AMERICAS: CENTRAL AMERICA/CARIBBEAN
100 days of resistance in Honduras
By: Upside Down World, October 29, 2009
100 days since the coup detat that ousted Manuel Zelaya, Al Jazeera's Fault Lines with Avi Lewis travels to Honduras to look at polarisation and power in the Americas, and finds resistance and repression in the streets. As the country moves haltingly toward elections scheduled for the end of November, Fault Lines travelled to Honduras to learn more, and found that the polarisations run deeper and wider than an easy narrative of political rivalry.
Watch the videos...http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/2185/68/
Honduras takes Brazil to world court over Zelaya
By: Miami Herald, October 29, 2009
Honduras' interim government has filed a case at the U.N.'s highest court accusing Brazil of meddling in internal Honduran affairs by allowing ousted President Manuel Zelaya to stay at its embassy in Tegucigalpa, the court announced Thursday. The administration of interim President Roberto Micheletti asked the International Court of Justice to order Brazil to stop granting Zelaya refuge in its diplomatic mission.
From Guantanamo to Honduras: Psychological wars then and now
By: Joseph Shansky, Pulse Media, October 28, 2009
The National Campaign to Close Guantanamo Bay is a public effort to protest the past misuse of recordings during ìenhanced interrogation techniquesî at Guantanamo prison. Since these revelations, the question of its continued use in other parts of the world deserves exposure. One timely example is Honduras.
AMERICAS: NORTH AMERICA
US: The emerging student-worker movement in California
By: Infoshop News, October 28, 2009
On Sept. 24, thousands of students, faculty, and staff walked out of University of California campuses across the state. The walk-outs and one-day strike were called by a wide coalition of UC unions and activist groups as a largely symbolic protest against the budget cuts, fee hikes and firings associated with the state budget crisis. At two campuses, however, in Santa Cruz and Berkeley, some people then walked back in and began to initiate occupations.
US: Tibetans in New York protest Tibetans' execution
By: Phayul, October 28, 2009
Tibetans in New York displayed their outrage against the Chinese government's execution of four Tibetans last Tuesday inside Tibet with protests at the UN building. Led by Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of New York & New Jersey, the Tibetans demanded UN intervention for justice and human rights in Tibet. Four coffins draped with the Tibetan national flag were paraded while the Tibetans shouted slogans calling for an immediate end to repression in Tibet.
US: The next wave of health care sit-ins begins today
By: Eric Stoner, Waging Nonviolence, October 28, 2009
As the debate in Congress continues over health care reform, activists are continuing to put the pressure on. In a new article at The Nation, Peter Dreier writes that momentum for reform is growing, with groups like Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and MoveOn having organized hundreds of protests in front of insurance company offices around the country, at the homes of insurance company CEOs, and at the annual conference for Americaís Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in Washington, D.C. over the last month, calling for a robust public option.
US: Environmentalist gets 20 days for Massey protest
By: Daily Press, October 28, 2009
A Climate Ground Zero activist has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for blocking a road to a Massey Energy office during a mountaintop removal mining protest. The group has been committing acts of civil disobedience all year, many targeting Virginia-based Massey. Twenty-two-year-old Joseph Hamsher is the first to get jail time instead of fines.
Canada: Rally in solidarity with six nations land right
By: Pacific Free Press, October 27, 2009
Brantford, Ontario has become "ground zero" in the struggle over Indigenous rights in Ontario. Most of the city is under land claim, but instead of halting development until the status of the disputed land can be negotiated, Brantford city council is carrying out an aggressive policy of encouraging the criminalization of Six Nations land defenders.
US bans senior Kenyan official
By: BBC, October 26, 2009
The US has imposed a travel ban on a senior Kenyan government official for obstructing efforts to rid the country of corruption. Johnnie Carson, the US state department Africa chief, said he was considering bans on three other officials - but declined to release any names.
US: "Showdown in Chicago"- protesters crash bankers convention
By: Ryan McCarthy, Huffington Post, October 25, 2009
Alex Parker attended the event on behalf of the Huffington Post and collected this video. Parker took various shots of the protesters in Chicago today and spoke to George Goehl, director of National People's Action. Here's Goehl: "We've got neighborhoods in Chicago where we have 200 foreclosures per square mile... It's insane that the same financial institutions that created the foreclosure crisis, sent the economy into a tailspin and needed billions and billions in taxpayer bailouts are now leading the charge to kill financial reform."
AMERICAS: SOUTH AMERICA
Uruguayan voters reject chance to prosecute dictators
By: Sam Ferguson, Truthout, October 28, 2009
During Uruguay's last dictatorship, which ruled from 1973 to 1985, approximately 200 Uruguayans were forcibly disappeared. Thousands more were held as political prisoners and tortured. In this small country of 3.5 million people, hundreds of thousands fled into exile. Last Sunday, October 25, voters here had the chance to repeal a controversial amnesty law, which has shielded many officials from prosecution for these crimes.
Brazil: Amazon mega-dams stoke new wave of Indian protests
By: Survival International, October 28, 2009
KayapÛ Indians are to hold a protest against a huge hydro-electric dam planned for Brazilís Xingu River, one of the Amazonís main tributaries. The week-long protest will start on 28 October and take place in the KayapÛ community of PiaraÁu. At least 200 Indians are expected to gather. Representatives from Brazilís Ministry of Mines and Energy, and the Ministry of the Environment, have been invited there to talk with the Indians.
Ombudswoman denies the existence of political prisoners in Venezuela
By: El Universal, October 28, 2009
Venezuelan ombudswoman Gabriela RamÌrez said that the reports about the existence of people prosecuted and imprisoned in Venezuela for disagreeing with the government of President Hugo Ch·vez are a "campaign based on self-interest, launched by some opposition sectors."
Peru plans to disband national indigenous organisation
By: Survival International, October 28, 2009
The Peruvian government is planning to disband Peruís national organisation representing indigenous people in the Amazon, known by its Spanish acronym AIDESEP. The unprecedented proposal for AIDESEPís dissolution was made by Peruís Ministry of Justice. In an interview on Peruvian radio on 24 October AIDESEPís acting president, Daysi Zapata, said indigenous communities would march to the capital city, Lima, if the government did not back down within twenty days.
Peru: Amarakaeri begin massive sit-down demanding Hunt Oil Co. to leave
By: Isabel Guerra, Living in Peru, October 27, 2009
Native Federation of Madre de Dios River (Fenamad) announced that they are organizing a massive sit-down, asking for talks with officials from US based Hunt Oil Co., in order to demand them to leave their territories. Hunt Oil was granted in concession some blocks (which are now under exploration and exploitation) that are reportedly located inside Amarakaeri's Communal Reserve. According to some reports, these blocks overlap the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, protected ancestral lands that could hold billions of dollars of oil deposits.
ASIA: CENTRAL ASIA
Noted Turkmen environmental activist convicted under questionable circumstances
By: CIVICUS, October 30, 2009
World Alliance for Citizen Participation is deeply concerned with regard to conviction of noted Turkmen ecologist and environmental activist Andrey Zatoka. Due to severe restrictions on the freedom of information in Turkmenistan, information about the conduct of his trial which lasted just a few hours is extremely scarce. According to information received from sources on the ground, Zatoka was convicted for "intentional infliction of medium injuries", and sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Turkmenistan: Ashgabat set to silence civic activist
By: Deirdre Tynan, Eurasia Insight, October 28, 2009
Human rights groups are calling for top-level Western and Russian diplomatic intervention to halt the politically motivated prosecution of an environmental activist in Turkmenistan. Political and economic considerations make it unlikely that such outreach will be forthcoming, however. Andrei Zakota, a biology expert working with Counterpart Consortium, a USAID-funded organization, is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly assaulting a stranger.
Azerbaijan: Video blogger trial postponed again (update)
By: Onnik Krikorian, Global Voices Online, October 27, 2009
In what many consider to be a politically motivated trial to stifle dissent in Azerbaijan, video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli once again appeared in court today. The two young activists, exemplary in their use of new media in the region, were unexpectedly detained in the early hours of 8 July after they were attacked at a restaurant in the center of Baku, the Azerbaijani capital.
ASIA: EAST ASIA
China denounced by anti-pipeline protesters
By: Democratic Voice of Burma, October 29, 2009
Protesters yesterday expressed ìgrave concernî about Chinaís multi-billion dollar gas and oil pipeline project in Burma that they claim poses serious risks both to Burmese citizens and regional security. The pipeline project also poses ìfinancial and image risks to ChinaÖ[and] we are calling for the project to be suspended unless these risks can be mitigatedî, said the Shwe Gas Movement (SGM) in an open letter to the Chinese government. The letter was accompanied by protests yesterday outside the Chinese consulate in Thailandís northern town of Chiang Mai.
China confirms Tibetan executions
By: BBC, October 27, 2009
Two Tibetans have been executed for their involvement in riots in Tibet last year, the Chinese government has confirmed. They are thought to be the first executions in relation to the unrest, which left at least 22 people dead. There are reports that two more Tibetans have been executed, but that has not been confirmed.
Bloggers map Chinaís pollution
By: Xin Yu, RFA, October 26, 2009
A map pinpointing the exact location of some of the worst-polluted parts of China is making the rounds on the Chinese Internet, as a prize-winning photo exhibit causes many well-heeled urbanites to confront the environmental devastation caused by three decades of breakneck growth. Inspired by the recent publication online of a series of photos by prize-winning Chinese photographer Lu Guang detailing horrific scenes of industrial pollution around the country, online activists have compiled a Google map of the worst-polluted areas in China.
North Korea: ìDo not let the outside world know what we are doingî
By: NK Radio, October 26, 2009
According to Jang Hae-Sung, a defector from the North Korean Central Broadcast Committee, basic principle of external broadcast in North Korea is this; ìDo not let the enemy know about our internal affairsî. Jang said that Kim Jong-Il instructed Committee that ìCentral Broadcast should not allow the outside enemy to gain knowledge of what we are doing,î on March 8, 1993. After this comment, the specific instruction was followed to fill 80% of schedule with music and literature programs. The purpose is to reduce domestic information leakage to outside world by decreasing news programs.
Crackdown reduces flow of fleeing North Koreans
By: Sydney Morning Herald, October 26, 2009
At the Exit and Entry Office of the Fujin City Public Security Bureau, in China's far north, a policewoman has exhausted her questions and begins to tell us about her other duties: escorting North Korean refugees back across the border. She said refugees no longer get shot when they are returned, except those unlucky enough to be caught and repatriated three times.
ASIA: SOUTH ASIA
Bangladesh: Indigenous people stage long march for rights
By: The Daily Star, October 28, 2009
Thousands of indigenous people yesterday joined long marches in Natore, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Pabna, Bogra, Joypurhat, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur districts to press home their demand for forming a separate land commission to protect land rights of the indigenous people living in plain lands. Several hundred people marched about 30 kilometres from Kakonhat to reach Rajshahi deputy commissioner's office at around 2:00pm, reports our staff correspondent from Rajshahi. The indigenous people demanded stopping occupation of their lands in the name of land survey and using forged deeds.
Afghanistan: Taliban article envisions Taliban-Russia-China alliance against U.S.
By: MEMRI, October 28, 2009
The cover article of the latest issue of the Taliban's official Arabic-language Al-Sumud monthly magazine envisions a post-war order in which a Taliban victory in Afghanistan sparks a pan-Asian anti-imperialist renaissance. Strikingly, it endorses a vision of Asian identity and political unity over a pan-Islamic one. his pan-Asian outlook is constructed in opposition to the imperialist capitalist West; for instance, he writes that in the future white Australians will have the choice of either returning to Europe, assimilating into Asia, or being conquered as "lebensraum" for continental Asians.
Afghan peace activist speaks on ìcrisis and resistanceî
By: Democracy Now, October 27, 2009
Malalai Joya is one of Afghanistanís leading democracy activists. In 2005, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Afghan parliament. She was suspended in 2007 for her denunciation of warlords and their cronies in government. She has just written her memoir, ìA Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Woman Who Dared to Speak Out.î
Watch the video... http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2009/10/27/malalai_joya
India: Dalit women find their voice through a newspaper
By: Mark Magnier, LA Times, October 24, 2009
Khabar Lahariya, or "News Waves," is India's first newspaper written, read and run by tribal women and those from the Dalit, or so-called untouchable, caste. While most readers know only of the politics, crime or education news in the 8-page weekly, each of the writers has a story of her own about struggling against life's harsh challenges. Often, the newspaper provides them with a voice on important issues for the first time in their lives along with a sense of confidence and purpose.
ASIA: SOUTHEAST ASIA
ëWave of arrestsí in Burma
By: RFA, October 29, 2009
Burmaís military junta has stepped up detentions of its political opponents and social activists in recent weeks, with as many as 50 people arrested in the last month, according to activists and residents. ìIn recent days, they have been arresting mainly journalists and former prisoners,î said Ko Tak Naing, secretary of the rights group Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), which is based in the Thai-Burmese border region.
Nepal: Strikes paralyse eastern districts
By: Nepal News, October 29, 2009
Normal life in eastern districts has been badly affected due to bandhs (shutdown strikes) called by the Unified CPN (Maoist) and other groups on Thursday. The Unified CPN (Maoist) called indefinite shut down in Dhankuta, Taplegunj, Ilam, Panchthhar and Terhathum districts today demanding proper compensation to the families of its activists who were recently killed in Taplejung and action against those found involved in their murder.
Burma: 15-year sentence for displaying a poster
By: Democratic Voice of Burma, October 28, 2009
A courtroom in Rangoon has handed down a 15-year sentence to a man arrested after putting up a poster calling for the release of political prisoners in Burma. The family of Tin Htut Paing, from Rangoonís North Okkalapa township, was barred from attending the trial, which began in April this year.
Burma: Nargis volunteers, including reporter arrested
By: Mizzima, October 28, 2009
A number of members of a Cyclone Nargis volunteer group, ëLin Let Kyeí, including freelance journalist Pai Soe Oo were arrested from Dagon Seikkan, Rangoon Division yesterday evening. Pai Soe Oo (23), an active member of Lin Let Kye, means Shining Star, was arrested by local township authorities from his Yuzana Housing Apartment in Dagon Seikkan Township at 9 p.m. for questioning.
Philippines: Protest against China oil & gas exploration in Burma
By: NTDTV, October 28, 2009
Around two dozen activists rallied in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila today to protest against a Chinese oil and gas project in Burma. The protest is part of a global day of action against the Shwe Gas Project. Protests are also being held in other countries like India, Thailand and South Korea. Activists from Free Burma Coalition say the billion-dollar investment will lead to the ruling military junta to extend its grip on the Burmese people.
Indonesia: West Aceh bans 'tight trousers'
By: BBC, October 28, 2009
Muslim women in the Indonesian district of West Aceh are to be banned from wearing tight trousers or jeans. One local official said women found breaking the law will have to change into a government-issue skirt and their banned garments will be cut up.
Religious freedom yet to be won in Burma- new report
By: Mizzima, October 27, 2009
The United States State Department has once again produced a report critical of the right to religious freedom inside military ruled Burma. Mondayís release of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Laborís 2009 International Religious Freedom Report accuses Burmaís government of both propagating and favoring the views of state-sponsored Buddhism, while systematically obstructing the practice of politically engaged Buddhism and other religions.
Communities stand up against Chinese dams on Burmaís Irrawaddy
By: Prachatai, October 27, 2009
Open defiance against Chinese dams in military-ruled Burma surfaced this month as dam construction and a forced relocation process began in the countryís northern Kachin State. Affected people directly confronted leading military personnel and held mass prayers, while a community network has written to the Chinese dam builders. On October 9th, residents of Tanghpre village at the planned Myitsone dam site on the confluence at the source of the Irrawaddy handed an open letter directly to Burmaís Northern military commander, objecting to the dam.
By: VOA, October 26, 2009
The United States is taking the next step in its efforts to promote democratic reform in Burma, sending a high-level diplomatic delegation there in the coming weeks for exploratory talks with the nation's military rulers. For a more complete picture of conditions on the ground, U.S. officials will also talk with representatives of ethnic nationalities and the democratic opposition, including the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi and others.
UK: Didcot power station protest ends with arrests
By: David Adam, The Guardian, October 28, 2009
Climate change activists who scaled a chimney at one of Britain's largest power stations have ended their protest and been arrested by police. The nine protesters came down from the chimney at Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire at 4am this morning, after they realised they would be unable to shut down the facility as planned.
UK: When mummy is an activist
By: Greenpeace, October 28, 2009
There's a great piece in the Times about Emma, our senior transport campaigner, activist mum and all-round nice person.She talks about balancing different parts of her life - like bringing up twins, and jumping into the sea in front of coal freighters.
UK: High court injunction ñ the weapon of choice to slap down protests
By: Paul Lewis and Rob Evans, The Guardian, October 27, 2009
Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden (nicknamed TLC by activists) has been accused of gagging protesters' right to demonstrate. The former Household Cavalry officer's favourite legal weapon is the 1997 Protection from Harassment Act. Numerous companies have hired Lawson-Cruttenden and other City lawyers to injunct protesters under the act, a law originally introduced to protect vulnerable women from stalkers.
UK: Hunger marchers in London- originally published on 28 October 1932
By: The Guardian, October 27, 2009
It is difficult to recall any demonstration in Hyde Park during recent years that has touched the imagination of the onlookers more than did the march of the unemployed to-day. People accustomed to Labour demonstrations noted with surprise that the crowds which gathered an hour before the processions from the distant outskirts of London were due included an exceptionally large proportion of well-to-do folk, and realised that the convergence of the 2,000 or more hunger-marchers on the capital had certainly given valuable publicity to their cause.
Case opened against Russian activist
By: Google News, October 27, 2009
A lawyer for Chechnya's strongman president said Tuesday that a criminal libel case carrying possible prison time has been opened against one of Russia's most prominent human rights activists, news agencies reported. The report of the case against Oleg Orlov, chairman of the Memorial group, comes less than a week after the European Union awarded its top human-rights honor, the Sakharov Prize, to Orlov and two other activists.
A second Chechnya and human rights activist killed
By: Dandelion Salad, October 27, 2009
Investigators are reviewing five motives for the murder of a prominent opposition figure and businessman in Russiaís Republic of Ingushetia. Maksharip Aushev was shot dead on Sunday as he was driving his car.
Watch the video... http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/ingushetia-a-second-chechnya/
MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA
Detained Iranian journalist on hunger strike
By: RFE, October 29, 2009
An Iranian journalist and political activist detained after the Islamic republic's disputed election in June has gone on hunger strike, a reformist website has reported. Norouz website said Hengameh Shahidi, who worked for the "Etemad-e Melli" newspaper of pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karrubi, started her action in Tehran's Evin jail on October 27.Norouz said Shahidi, a women's rights activist who advised Karrubi in the June 12 presidential election, had been detained for several months.
Calls for Iranís 'blogfather' to be released from prison
By: RFE, October 29, 2009
The international Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has called on the country's judiciary to release blogger Hossein Derakhshan, who was arrested a year ago. Derakhshan is known as "the blogfather" of Iran for introducing a guide that helped popularize blogging in Iran. Derakhshan, who reportedly holds dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship, was arrested in 2008 just a few weeks following his return to Iran after living in Canada and other countries for eight years.
Female cartoonist's provocative work challenges Saudi society
By: Olivia Sterns, CNN, October 28, 2009
For Saudi Arabia's lone female cartoonist drawing is more than just satire, it's "a duty." "I think men have put women in an unfavorable position in this part of the world. They've put women in an oppressive situation," said Hana Hajjar, who works for the English-language newspaper Arab News. "I feel it is my duty towards women to speak out on their behalf, because I have the tools and venue to do so," she told CNN.
View the images... http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/10/27/hajjar.female.cartoonist/
Egypt: Campaign excluded foreign-based activists to ëavoid controversyí
By: Tamim Elyan, Daily News Egypt, October 28, 2009
Founders of the Egyptian Campaign Against Inheritance of Power refused to include foreign-based activists to avoid ìsuspicion,î they said during a panel discussion Tuesday. While their statement claimed that the movement comprises all of Egyptís political powers, public figures and civil society institutions, it excluded activists whose foreign relations might attract criticism and ìdefame the campaign and its objectives,î Abdel Halim Qandil, one of the campaignís founders, told Daily News Egypt.
Israelis targeting grassroots activists
By: Mel Frykberg, Anti-War, October 28, 2009
Israeli authorities are increasingly targeting and intimidating nonviolent Palestinian grassroots activists involved in anti-occupation activities who are drawing increased support from the international community. Several weeks ago masked Israeli soldiers stormed the home of Ehab Jallad from the Jerusalem Popular Committee for the Celebration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Arab Culture for 2009.
West Bank: It will take more than a wall to silence us
By: Jamal Juma, Huffington Post, October 28, 2009
My friend and fellow organizer Mohammad Othman, a 34-year-old Palestinian human rights advocate, was detained by Israel on September 22 while returning home from meetings with Norwegian government officials. Israeli soldiers stopped us and said "We're going to arrest you," one said, "but it's difficult with you because all you do is talk." As a grassroots leader, this chills me to the bone. Like Mohammad, my colleagues and I spend a great deal of time talking - talking and thinking about how nonviolent peace activists can halt Israel's relentless expansion into our agricultural land.
Israel destroys protest tent in East Jerusalem
By: Google News, October 28, 2009
Israeli police on Wednesday destroyed a protest tent set up last summer outside two homes where Palestinian families were evicted to make way for Jewish settlers, witnesses said. Police arrived at the site mid-morning and destroyed the tent, which in recent weeks has served as a focal point for demonstrations against Israel's policy in mostly Arab East Jerusalem, they said. Palestinian and foreign activists rebuilt the structure but police returned and destroyed it again.
European human rights lawyers to sue Israeli officers for war crimes
By: Saed Bannoura, International Middle East Media Center, October 28, 2009
A number of European lawyers and human rights activities stated that they obtained names of Israeli army officers suspected of committing war crimes during the war against the Gaza Strip earlier this year. The lawyers said they would be filing lawsuits against the officers for committing war crimes against the Palestinian people.
Relatives of Iran vote detainees hold rally
By: Fredrik Dahl, Reuters, October 28, 2009
Dozens of relatives of prominent reformers and other people detained after Iran's disputed election gathered outside the prosecutor's office in Tehran on Wednesday to call for their release, a witness said. Family members, including wives of people arrested after the June vote, held pictures of detainees, among them former deputy interior minister Mostafa Tajzadeh and former government spokesman Abdullah Ramezanzadeh, the witness said.
Mir-Hossein Mousavi banned from visiting press symposium
By: Iran Human Rights Voice, October 28, 2009
Some eyewitnesses have reported that authorities prevented Mir-Hossein Mousavi from paying a visit to a recent press symposium. On October 24, more than 1,000 supporters of Mousavi gathered in the main section of Mosalei Tehran and began chanting and singing Yar Dabestani (School Mate), waiting for Mr. Mousaviís enterance. Some eyewitnesses said the guards at the gate did not allow Mr. Mousavi to enter the building where the symposium was being held.
Iranís ocean of dissent
By: R Tousi, Open Democracy, October 28, 2009
"The Russians are microwaving our brains." The comment of my corner-shopkeeper in Tehran reflects a widely-held view about the state's use of powerful jamming signals to block foreign media. The blocking of key communication links has played a big part in the violent crackdown that followed Iran's R Tousi is the pseudonym of an Iranian writer. The possible health risks of these newly installed devices have even been raised inside Iran's majlis (parliament); Zohreh Elahian, a member of the national-security and foreign-policy committee, responded to reporters' questions about a possible increase in miscarriages by promising that the figures would be examined.
Iran supreme leader: Questioning elections a crime
By: Google News, October 28, 2009
Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday that questioning the results of Iran's June presidential election is a crime, his strongest warning yet to opposition leaders who continue to insist the vote was rigged. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, did not go so far as to order the arrest of those leaders, as called for by hard-liners, but his words signaled the government could take stronger action if the criticism continues.
Iranian reform cleric: Give permission for peaceful protest!
By: Radio Zamaneh, October 28, 2009
Reformist cleric, Abdollah Nuri proposed that by issuing election protesters legal permission for peaceful demonstrations, the government can weigh the extent of support for MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. According to Mr. Nuri, if the protesters discover that they are "a minority," they will voluntarily "close shop." Advar News reports that Mr. Nuri who spoke in the gathering of a group of reporters at his home said, failing to provide such a permission will produce the "doubt" that the government also believes that the protesters "are the majority and not a minority."
Iran: Stifiling the revolutionaries
By: Reza Aslan, The Daily Beast, October 27, 2009
In 2006, after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asked Congress to transfer $85 million into the Iran Democracy Fund to, as she put it, ìpromote political change inside Iranî (translation: bring down the Iranian regime), I made a visit to the plush offices of National Iranian Television (NITV) in Los Angeles to find out how some of the tens of millions of dollars the U.S. had been giving to various Iranian dissident and human-rights groups was being spent.
Yemenis intercept 'Iranian ship'
By: BBC, October 27, 2009
A boat carrying Iranian weapons destined for Yemeni rebels has been intercepted in the Red Sea, local Yemeni officials have said. The Iranian crew and a cargo of mostly anti-tank shells were seized near Midi an official told the AFP news agency. The Yemeni central government has not commented but officials have long accused the rebels of receiving Iranian support, a claim Tehran denies.
Tunisia blocks Al-Jazeera's website after elections
By: Earth Times, October 27, 2009
Tunisia blocked access to the website of regional satellite news channel al-Jazeera after the results of the presidential election were announced, a rights group said Tuesday. The claim followed Monday's announcement that Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who has been in power for 27 years, had won a new term with 89.62 per cent of the vote.
Fiji: Investigation into alleged military brutality
By: Radio New Zealand International, October 28, 2009
The interim defence minister in Fiji says he is expecting to receive results of an investigation into allegations of brutality against sugar cane farmers next week. Ratu Epeli Ganilau says he last week asked the military to investigate claims that farmers were being beaten by members of the military. He says he is yet to find out what prompted the abuse.
West Papua: Police and soldiers burn houses and destroy resources
By: AHRC, October 27, 2009
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) continues to receive reports of violence being wrought by soldiers and police against civilians in remote West Papuan villages. In the latest case a joint operation responded to an illegal flag raising by the banned Free Papua Movement with indiscriminate violence against civilians. Soldiers have reportedly burned 30 houses, killed livestock and shot threateningly around local residents, many of whom took refuge in the forest for a few weeks out of fear.
Ecowarriors storm Australian dictionary amid climate fears
By: Mother Nature Network, October 26, 2009
Australian English went green in 2009 as growing concern about climate change made its mark on the nation's language, according to latest version of Australia's largest dictionary. About 5,000 new words have been added to the fifth version of Australia's Macquarie Dictionary that is being launched this week, many relating to the environment and climate change such as "acid shock," "ecowarrior" and "ecological footprint."
Australia: Sydney rallies for Burma junta condemnation
By: Epoch Times, October 26, 2009
The wives of Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have united for the cause of democracy, throwing their support behind Burma's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The women stood side by side on the steps of the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday at a "freedom stand" organised by Labor MP for Page, Janelle Saffin. The prime minister's wife, Therese Rein, told the gathering of about 500 people that Ms Suu Kyi had demonstrated enormous strength in the face of extreme adversity.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
The global climate movement comes of age
By: Ben Jervey, Good Is, October 27, 2009
Climate activists have been waiting two long decades to see what a global climate movement would look like. As of last Saturday, we know. And as movement mentor and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben wrote in an email after watching photos of grassroots actions around the world projecting from the giant, iconic screens of Times Square, ìit looked diverse and creative and beautiful.î
View the photographs... http://www.good.is/post/the-global-climate-movement-comes-of-age/
Greening the next green revolution
By: Open Democracy, October 26, 2009
Scientific and technological advances have allowed us to feed a human population that doubled twice in the 20th century alone. While malnourishment and famine continue to haunt many regions of the world, the mass starvation feared in the 1960s and 70s has been averted. Every revolution is first a thought in a manís mind and this Green Revolution was born in the brain of the remarkable Dr. Norman Borlaug, who passed away at age 95 on September 12th.
By: Tactical Technology Collective, October 2009
Video is a powerful tool for rights campaigning, but it can also introduce serious risks. Before embarking on a sensitive video project, you must consider your own safety and that of your subject/s and sources. Find out from your organisation or discuss with your group what your policy is on security and on consent as it relates to people who are interviewed or filmed for your human rights documentation. If you are covering sensitive issues or think you might be working in a difficult security environment, this section will provide some key things you should consider.
IN PAST NEWS
US: Obama's bad bargain with Beijing
By: Perry Link, Green Change, October 21, 2009
As the echoes of Chinaís spectacular military parade on October 1 were subsiding, officials in the Obama administration, in quieter settings in Washington, D.C., were telling representatives of the Dalai Lama that the president was not going to meet with him. This would mark the first time since 1991 that the Dalai Lama was invited to Washingtonóhe was here to receive a human rights award from the US Congressówithout at least some visit, however short and informal, with the president.
IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Guinea: Les grÈvistes de la faim interpellÈs
By: Lejourguinee, October 29, 2009
Les jeunes qui ont dÈclenchÈ une grËve de la faim hier mercredi pour dire non aux massacres et ‡ la violence perpÈtrÈs par les forces de líordre ont ÈtÈ interpellÈs dans la nuit, a-t-on appris en fin de matinÈe. Ils ont ÈtÈ interpellÈs par des militaires qui les ont conduits au Camp Alpha Yaya Diallo ª, a indiquÈ un membre de la FÈdÈration des associations de la jeunesse guinÈenne, organisatrice de la grËve de la faim, sous couvert de l'anonymat.
Award-winning Jewish-American author to speak at Binghamton University
By: News Channel34, October 27, 2009
Jewish-American author Anna Baltzer will give a photographic presentation of her eyewitness account of occupation and nonviolence in the Holy Land at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 5, in room G008 of Academic Building A, located on the Binghamton University campus. This lecture is free and open to the public. Baltzer is a Columbia graduate, former-Fullbright scholar, granddaughter of Holocaust refugees and award-winning lecturer, author, and activist for Palestinian rights. She will present her acclaimed presentation, ìThe Middle East Conflict,î with photographs and stories documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent resistance in the West Bank.
Yosepha Alomangñ a Papuan woman fighting for human and environmental rights
By: Elsham News Service, October 28, 2009
The 2003 book, Yosepha Alomang, the struggle of a Papuan woman challenging oppression (Pergulatan seorang Perempuan Papua Melawan Penindasan), is based on a series of interviews with Mama Yosepha, as she is widely known. These took place at the offices of Papuan human rights group, Elsham in conditions that were far from ideal ñ the process was being watched by the security forces, and a tribal war which broke out between Amungme and Dani meant that Yosepha had to cut this work short to return home.
1989! New York review of books
By: Timothy Garton Ash, NY Books, October 15, 2009
Unsurprisingly, the twentieth anniversary of 1989 has added to an already groaning shelf of books on the year that ended the short twentieth century. If we extend "1989" to include the unification of Germany and disunification of the Soviet Union in 1990ñ1991, we should more accurately say the three years that ended the century. The anniversary books include retrospective journalistic chronicles, with some vivid personal glimpses and striking details (Victor Sebestyen, Gyˆrgy Dalos, Michael Meyer, and Michel Meyer), spirited essays in historical interpretation (Stephen Kotkin and Constantine Pleshakov), and original scholarly work drawing on archival sources as well as oral history (Mary Elise Sarotte and the volume edited by Jeffrey Engel).