PROTEST AND REPRESSION IN IRAN

Iranian-American academic gets 12 years for unrest
By: Nasser Karimi, AP, October 20, 2009
A special court formed after Iran's post-election unrest has convicted an Iranian-American academic and sentenced him to more than 12 years in prison, state media said Tuesday. Kian Tajbakhsh was the only American in an ongoing mass trial of alleged Iranian opposition members and reportedly faced charges including espionage, contacting foreign agents and acting against Iran's national security. Washington has repeatedly denounced Tajbaksh's arrest.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091020/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iran

Tehran's Azad University rises against Iran's coup government
By: Samnak Aghaei, Payvand, October 19, 2009
On the third week of the new academic year in Iran, thousands of students from the main campus of Azad University in Tehran held several peaceful demonstrations protesting the coup government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Since the demonstrations, the streets leading up to the main campus were taken over by security agents and many students were denied entry into the main campus and its buildings. This new crackdown and suppressive atmosphere came about when last Tuesday some two thousand students held a demonstration which was disrupted by force by Basiji and plain clothes security agents leading to violence.
http://www.payvand.com/news/09/oct/1186.html

Press group calls for pressure on Iran to free jailed journalists
By: Washington TV, October 19, 2009
Reporters Without Borders [RSF] on Monday called on the international community to press Iran to free all imprisoned journalists, two days after Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was freed on bail. ìBahariís release should not divert attention from the fact that 31 other journalists and bloggers, including [Hossein] Derakhsan, are still detained in Iran,î the Paris-based press freedom organization said in a statement.
http://televisionwashington.com/floater_article1.aspx?lang=en&t=1&id=14930

Iran: Remembering friends who remain behind bars
By: Spero News, October 19, 2009
Blogger Haminjuri (Just like that) writes about his friends who remain in jail after being arrested in the postelection crackdown. "Itís been a while since my friends were divided into two categories: the ones inside the walls and the ones on the outside, meaning those who are in detention and those who seem to be free."
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=21141&t=Remembering+Friends+Who+Remain+Behind+Bars

Iran: Rename the streets for Neda
By: Emanuele Ottolenghi, Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2009
On a rainy afternoon in Brussels, the Place du Luxembourg opposite the European Parliament is empty, save for a small group of stubborn Iranian activists chanting slogans against the Islamic Republic. Above them, on one of the Parliament buildings, two giant posters bearing the face of Burma's most famous dissident, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, call for her immediate release. The Parliament could easily pair the Burmese dissident's picture with a photo of Neda Agha-Sultan, the young Iranian woman who last summer was shot in the chest by a government goon as she protested peacefully against sham elections.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107204574470810192177716.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Iran: Maziar Bahari released
By: Newsweek, October 17, 2009
Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, imprisoned in Tehran since June 21, was released from Evin Prison on bail Saturday. Iranian authorities did not specify the reasons behind the release, but Bahari, 42, is expecting his first child on Oct. 26 and the mother has experienced serious health complications. Humanitarian considerations were presumed to have played a role in the decision.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/218283

Iran cleric warns against planned opposition rally
By: Google News, October 16, 2009
A hard-line cleric sought Friday to head off an attempt to reinvigorate Iran's anti-government movement, warning against a planned opposition rally next month that would coincide with annual state-sponsored demonstrations against the United States. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, delivering the weekly Muslim prayer sermon in Tehran, also had an unusual warning for the security forces, telling them any soft treatment of those activists already in detention would be considered treason. "Nobody gives a flower to his murderer," he said.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ixeFBxfLzaSjs8Mb8cuFmtPOT6-wD9BC7KP03

Iran talks- Shadows of Iraq, legitimacy of regime
By: Evelyn Leopold, Huffington Post, October 16, 2009
Two elephants are and were in the room during negotiations on Iran's nuclear ambitions: the rigged elections that brought President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power and the shadow of Iraq in overestimating Tehran's weapons of mass destruction. How far Iran is from making a bomb is still in dispute as there are good faith differences in analyzing intelligence, even among Western allies.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evelyn-leopold/iran-talks-shadows-of-ira_b_323636.html

Interview with an Iranian blogger
By: Azadeh Ensha and Robert Mackey, NY Times, October 14, 2009
In July, during our coverage of Iranís disputed presidential election, The Lede interviewed Mojtaba Saminejad, one of Iranís leading bloggers. Mr. Saminejad, whose bilingual Twitter feed continues to be an invaluable source of information on what is happening in Iran, is a human rights activist and journalist.
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/interview-with-an-iranian-blogger/?hp


CRISIS IN HONDURAS

Honduras de facto leader lifts ban on media, protests
By: Mica Rosenberg and Gustavo Palencia, Reuters, October 19, 2009
Honduras' de facto government relaxed restrictions on protests and opposition media on Monday as crisis talks dragged into a third week with no agreement on toppled President Manuel Zelaya's return to power. Micheletti promised to lift the emergency measures on October 5 after strong international criticism, but the decree was only finally reversed in the official gazette on Monday.
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE59I43L20091019

Honduras: Stop blocking human rights inquiries
By: World Press, October 19, 2009
The international community should strongly back the efforts of prosecutors in the human rights unit of the Honduras Attorney General's office to investigate army and police abuses in Honduras and to overturn a decree by the de facto government that severely restricts freedoms of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said. The organization also called on the international community to oppose any amnesty for human rights violations as part of the transition back to democratic rule.
http://www.worldpress.org/Americas/3439.cfm

Delegation probes human rights abuses in Honduras
By: Google News, October 18, 2009
A delegation from the Organization of American States arrived to look into possible human rights violations in Honduras since the June 28 coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya. The three-member delegation, whose identities are kept secret for security reasons, will for two weeks meet with top officials of interim leader Roberto Micheletti's administration and those opposing the coup, a human rights official said.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jIs3GYDaQZxG_5zld97ic7BUiI5g

Honduras talks on despite deadlines
By: Al Jazeera, October 17, 2009
Talks to resolve Honduras's political crisis have continued past the deadline with the issue of ousted president Manuel Zelaya returning to office still hampering progress. Roberto Micheletti, the de facto leader who removed Zelaya from office, was still resisting international pressure on Friday to reinstate him.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/10/2009101711837646245.html

The young Honduran revolution
By: Upside Down World, October 15, 2009
In this documentary, Johannes Wilm shows his conversations with students fighting against the military coup in Honduras. Wilm went to Honduras to film the opposition to the coup in early August 2009, and he happened to be there on the 5th of August, when police clashed with 3000 students in the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH).
Watch the video... http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/2159/1/


AFRICA

Politically motivated abuse rampant in Zimbabwe
By: Zim Online, October 19, 2009
The European Union (EU) presidency, Sweden, has taken a swipe at Zimbabwe's human rights record, saying politically motivated abuse still exists in the southern African country. The EU presidency, in a statement at the weekend, also expressed deep concern about last week's indictment and subsequent detention of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangiraiís top ally Roy Bennett.
http://www.zimonline.co.za/Article.aspx?ArticleId=5255

MDC boycotts unity government
By: Charles Tembo, Zim Online, October 17, 2009
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangiraiís MDC party on Friday said it has cut all contact with President Robert Mugabeís ZANU PF party and will boycott the country's power-sharing government because it will not ìsit in meetings with an unreliable and unrepentant partnerî. Tsvangirai told journalists after a meeting of his partyís national executive that the MDC was boycotting cabinet and he will also not attend weekly policy development meetings with Mugabe until all outstanding issues in last yearís power-sharing agreement have been resolved.
http://www.zimonline.co.za/Article.aspx?ArticleId=5252

Opposition official's trial on hold in Zimbabwe
By: CNN, October 17, 2009
A Zimbabwean court postponed the trial of key opposition figure Roy Bennett on Saturday to allow his lawyers time to prepare their case. Bennett, the Movement for Democratic Change's nominee for the deputy agriculture minister post, faces charges of possessing weapons for sabotage, banditry and terrorism.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/10/17/zimbabwe.politician.trial/index.html

MDC boycotting Zimbabwe cabinet
By: BBC, October 16, 2009
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said his MDC party has "disengaged" from the unity government over the treatment of his senior aide. Senior MDC member Roy Bennett was later released on bail after two days in prison, but Mr. Tsvangarai's spokesman insisted the boycott would continue. Mr Bennett was detained for alleged arms and terrorism offences.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8310629.stm

Guinea junta lifts protest ban
By: Saliou Samb, The Guardian, October 16, 2009
Guinea's ruling military junta, facing rising international pressure and mounting internal dissent after a bloody crackdown on protesters last month, has lifted its ban on public demonstrations. The concession to the opposition comes amid a chorus of international condemnation of the leadership in the West African mining powerhouse after gunmen used live rounds against anti-government protesters in a stadium on September 28.
http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-10-16-guinea-junta-lifts-protest-ban

Guinea ministers resign over bloody rally
By: The Guardian, October 16, 2009
Two Cabinet ministers in Guinea resigned and France urged its citizens to leave the former French colony as armed attacks are increasing in the aftermath of a bloody rally last month where soldiers fired on pro-democracy demonstrators. Information Minister Justin Morel Jr and Labour Minister Alpha Diallo said they cannot serve a government responsible for such violence.
http://www.mg.co.za/article/2009-10-16-guinea-ministers-resign-over-bloody-rally

Guinea: Military rule must end
By: International Crisis Group, October 16, 2009
The killing of at least 160 participants in a peaceful demonstration, the rape of many women protestors, and the arrest of political leaders by security forces in Conakry on 28 September 2009 showed starkly the dangers that continued military rule poses to Guineaís stability and to a region where three fragile countries are only just recovering from civil wars. The military junta, the National Council for Democracy and Development (Conseil national pour la dÈmocratie et le dÈveloppement, CNDD), is denying its evident responsibility and playing for time by offering what it calls a ìnational union governmentî to opposition parties.
http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=6349&l=1

South Africans join millions worldwide in "Stand up and take action against poverty"
By: CIVICUS, October 13, 2009
ìStand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!î mobilisation will take place from October 16th to 18th, bringing together millions of people across the globe to call on world leaders to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Last year almost 117 million people participated in this annual campaign, the majority from poor countries, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history.
http://www.civicus.org/media/South_Africa_Stand%20Up-PR-Oct-13-2009.pdf


NORTH AMERICA

US: A broken health care system- real reform in jeopardy
By: Mobilize for Health Care, October 18, 2009
On September 29th in New York City, the Mobilization for Health Care for All launched a national campaign of "Patients Not Profit" sit-ins at insurance company offices to demand an end to a system that profits by denying people care. We want the real "public option": Medicare for All, a single payer plan that cuts out the profit and puts patients first. Together, through this campaign, we can turn the tide and win the fight for health care for all.
Watch the video... http://mobilizeforhealthcare.org/2009/10/18/im-staying-in-police-custody-until-we-have-health-care-for-all-sam-pullen-31/


CENTRAL AMERICA/CARIBBEAN

Yoani S·nchez: Virtually outspoken in Cuba  
By: Cuba Study Group, October 17, 2009
Yoani S·nchez is a 34-year-old Cuban writer, editor and linguistics scholar who last week became the first blogger to win one of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes given by Columbia University for journalism that advances inter-American understanding. Her two-year-old blog, filled with personal observations and sardonic social commentary from Havana, is called GeneraciÛn Y; it now gets more than 14 million page views a month, routinely inspires thousands of comments and can be read in an English version. Internet access is tightly limited in Cuba, and Ms. S·nchez has often had to play cat-and-mouse with the authorities to make her writings available, either inside Cuba or outside of it. And when the Cabot awards were announced, she was denied an exit visa to travel to New York to receive hers, a process she chronicled on her blog.
http://www.cubastudygroup.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=6207&Month=10&Year=2009

Puerto Rico: Reflections on the national strike
By:  Firuzeh Shokooh Valle, Global Voices Online, October 16, 2009
On October 15, thousands of people in Puerto Rico flooded the streets to protest the government's decision to lay off around 17,000 government employees (in total there have been around 25,000 lay-offs this year). Workers and members of trade unions, women, environmentalists, religious groups, students, teachers, professors, lawyers, and the LGBT community, among many other groups of the civil society, answered the call of the labor movement that initially convened the strike.
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/10/16/puerto-rico-reflections-on-the-national-strike/


SOUTH AMERICA

In pursuing human rights, Argentina displays a broken justice system
By: Sam Ferguson, Truthout, October 18, 2009
Buenos Aires' Comodoro Py judicial building is situated far from the city's municipal core, sandwiched between the city's busy bus terminal and the country's main port. Long distance buses and semis go rumbling by on a 12-lane road outside. The building is a nine-story, concrete behemoth surrounded by seven-foot high, temporary, riot-control fencing. It is about three times as wide as it is high, with rickety, rusting air conditioners dotting the gray, imposing facade. Behind closed doors lining the dirty corridors of this house of justice, the largest human rights case against Argentina's dictatorship is being investigated.
http://www.truthout.org/101809A

Columbia: Indigenous peoples demand respect
By: John Catalinotto, Workers World, October 16, 2009
From Alaska to southern Chile, Indigenous people all over the Western Hemisphere demonstrated in protest on Oct. 12óthe anniversary of the day Christopher Columbusí ships landed on a Caribbean island and began to introduce all the evils of European early capitalist colonial society to this half of the world. In Colombia, more than 25,000 members of Indigenous communities went into the streets to protest against the injury to their rights and to demand respect for the cultural traditions of their peoples. The demonstrations, which were to continue until the next weekend, called for the ìfreeing of Mother Earthî from capitalist plundering and an end to the war in Colombia.
http://www.workers.org/2009/world/indigenous_peoples_1022/

Venezuela: Dissenting students ask embassies to support IACHR visit
By: El Universal, October 15, 2009
A group of Venezuelan dissenting students on Thursday appeared in the embassies of Colombia, Argentina, Panama and Chile to deliver a document seeking support for their proposal that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights pays a visit to Venezuela to ascertain alleged human rights violations. Luis Magallanes, a student at Carabobo University, said at the Colombian Embassy that they are confident that the Colombian government will make efforts to drive the IACHR visit to Venezuela.
http://english.eluniversal.com/2009/10/15/en_pol_art_dissenting-students_15A2901693.shtml

Media wars in Latin America
By: Ivan Briscoe, Open Democracy, October 12, 2009
Latin America is cleaving into two, with an abyss opening up in its centre. Yet it still manages to share between its polarised political segments some practical techniques in bullying and throttling. The 200 tax-inspectors sent by a left-leaning government to rummage in early September 2009 through the stationery of Argentina's main newspaper sent shivers through the country's press. The jackboots later that month on the stairs of Radio Globo in Honduras showed how a proper dictatorship would do the job of cutting off a media outlet, under the aegis of an impromptu state of siege.
http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/the-writing-on-the-wall-media-wars-in-latin-america


EUROPE

UK: Scores arrested in climate protest
By: Brisbane Times, October 19, 2009
At least 80 people have been arrested in an environmental protest against the use of coal power in England.
Watch the video... http://media.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/world-news/scores-arrested-in-climate-protest-797328.html?&from=strap

UK: Climate swoop hailed 'massive success' despite arrests
By: Luke Walsh, Edie, October 19, 2009
Green activists have called this weekend's climate swoop a 'massive success' after breaking into and spending 24 hours outside Ratcliffe coal-fired power station. The Nottinghamshire power station was targeted as part of the annual climate swoop event and saw three protesters injured in clashes with police while one more activist is believed to still be in hospital after collapsing yesterday afternoon. More than 300 people were involved in the protest and the police have confirmed they've made around 50 arrests.
http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=17128&channel=0&title=Climate+swoop+hailed+%27massive+success%27+despite+arrests

Spain: Thousands protest arrests of Basque nationalists
By: AFP, October 18, 2009
Thousands of people protested Saturday in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian against the arrests of five Basque pro-independence militants. The demonstrators demanded the release of the five men, who are accused of trying rebuild Batasuna, the banned political wing of the Basque separatist group ETA. The protestors -- who marched behind a banner calling "For liberty, for rights for every person" -- included union activists, left-wing independence militants and nationalist parties.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hvFJ_V1rTXGqMagGemOmP6x1A6lQ

Rusia: Scholar targeted after study on Stalin victims
By: Alexander Osipovich, AFP, October 17, 2009
When the police stopped Mikhail Suprun's car last month, he did not expect to be questioned over his research into mass deportations that took place in Russia more than six decades ago. But the history professor in Arkhangelsk, northern Russia, discovered his research into the 1940s deportations had drawn the interest of the FSB, the successor of the Soviet-era KGB. Agents told him he was suspected of illegally publishing private information, a charge he calls "absurd."
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=2113219

Rusia: Kremlin rules
By: Hillary Clinton, Washington Post, October 17, 2009
It's become so commonplace that the world little noticed last Sunday when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin staged another phony, Soviet-style election. As in the old days, the ruling party won a smashing victory in local jurisdictions across the country, with opposing party politicians reduced to bit parts permitted for decorative effect only. Mr. Medvedev, who frequently impresses Western politicians with his statements in praise of democracy, hailed the elections as "well organized," which we suppose is undeniable.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/16/AR2009101603243.html

Belarus: Fascism in Minsk- action of solidarity brutally dispersed
By: Charter97, October 16, 2009
The picket of solidarity in Minsk has been dispersed unprecedentedly brutally. Thirty oppositionists were beaten up and arrested. Journalists were beaten as well, militia didnít let them film this brutality. More than a hundred of riot militiamen were thrown against the people, who came to October square in Minsk on Solidarity Day on October 16.
http://www.charter97.org/en/news/2009/10/16/22878/

Belarus: Regime of Lukashenka using Iranian tactics regarding journalists
By: Charter97, October 16, 2009
The actions, taken by the Belarusian riot militia against journalists, are similar to the outrage organized by the law enforcement agencies of Ahmadinejad. It was the third time for the last month when riot militiamen have impeded the work of journalists during dispersal of the peaceful rally in Minsk on October 16. The aim is the same in both cases ñ to hide from the world the atrocity and outrage of the law enforcement agencies against civilians.
Watch the video... http://www.charter97.org/en/news/2009/10/16/22883/

Freedom march held in Belarus 10 years ago
By: Charter97, October 16, 2009
The Freedom March, one of the largest and most significant rallies of the Belarusian opposition, marks its 10th anniversary on October 17. The Freedom March became history and turned over a new leaf of the Belarusian Resistance. One should take into consideration the conditions, under which the rally was held, to evaluate the significance of the Freedom March as any historical event.
http://www.charter97.org/en/news/2009/10/16/22875/

Election observer discusses fraud allegations in southern Russian city
By: Radio Free Europe, October 16, 2009
Allegations of fraud in Russia's municipal elections continue to pile up. And several undercover videos that have surfaced on the Internet now add weight to the charges. One of the most compelling was shot by Aleksandr Tsivenko, an election observer at a polling station in the southern city of Azov. It's led the local prosecutor's office to open an investigation into possible ballot-box stuffing. Anastasia Kirilenko of RFE/RL's Russian Service tracked down Tsivenko, who describes what he saw -- and filmed.
Watch the video... http://www.rferl.org/content/Election_Observer_Discusses_Fraud_Allegations_In_Southern_Russian_City/1853848.html


MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA

Press freedom declines in Iran, Israel
By: CBC News, October 20, 2009
Iran and Israel both drew harsh criticism for their treatment of journalists in 2009 from the press watchdog group Reporters Without Borders. Iran's ranking fell precipitously in the wake of postelection protests that created what Reporters without Borders called "regime paranoia about journalists and bloggers." Israel sank to 93rd in the ranking, behind other Middle Eastern countries such as Kuwait and Lebanon, because of its restrictions on press freedom during the assault on Gaza.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/10/20/reporters-without-borders.html

How wide is the space for Palestinian nonviolent activism?
By: PNN, October 19, 2009
As has been reported, the head of the Stop the Wall Campaign, Mohammad Othman, was arrested by Israeli forces at Allenby Bridge as he returned to the West Bank on 22 September from a conference in Norway. He remains one of thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons. The group Jewish Voice for Peace is advocating for his release by writing today: ìHow wide is the space for Palestinian non-violent activism? Two by two meters (seven by seven feet). That is the size of the windowless cell where Mohammad Othman is being held in solitary confinement in an Israeli jail."
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7437

Egypt: Security arrests 20 Brotherhood members in new crackdown
By: Yasmine Saleh, Daily News Egypt, October 18, 2009
Security forces arrested 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group in Al-Mansoura, Al-Dakahalia governorate, according to Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, the groupís lawyer. Last Thursday security officials arrested 21 other members from the group in Al-Sharkia governorate, Abdel-Maqsoud added. According to Abdel-Maqsoud, all of the recently arrested members are charged with joining an illegal political group.
http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=25232

Egypt opposition united against Mubarak Junior
By: Dalia Ziada, Blog Spot, October 17, 2009
Since his unexpected early release in February 2009 for medical reasons, Dr. Ayman Nour, founder of El-Ghad party and former presidential candidate is acting like a thorn in the side of the regime. Since March, he has visited tens of cities in 17 governorates all over Egypt to engage directly with grassroots audiences. In April, he participated in the April 6 strikes by announcing the Cairo Declaration for the first time. The main demands on the declaration are amending the constitution, fair democratic elections and holding corrupt officials responsible.
http://daliaziada.blogspot.com/2009/10/egypt-opposition-united-against-mubarak.html

Egypt: Security beats blogger badly
By: Ramy Raoof, Global Voices Online, October 16, 2009
Today, Friday 16th October, the Egyptian blogger Demagh Mak and his brother had been stopped for ìID checkî in Tanta (Egyptian Province) by a police officer named Mohamed El-Dahrawy. For no reason, the police agent beat blogger Mak on his back, while asking for IDs. And when Mak asked him to treat them respectfully; the officer and around eight soldires and informers started beating Mak and his brother badly.
http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2009/10/16/egypt-security-beats-blogger-badly/


CENTRAL ASIA

Uzbekistan: Letter to EU Foreign Ministers regarding EU Policy toward Uzbekistan
By: Human Rights Watch, October 14, 2009
We write in advance of the upcoming General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) review of European Union policy toward Uzbekistan, to urge you-as an absolute minimum-to uphold the EU's arms embargo as the only appropriate response to the Uzbek government's failure to remedy serious human rights concerns identified by the EU. We believe the EU owes it above all to those human rights defenders whom the Uzbek government continues to harass, intimidate, and imprison in retaliation for their civic activism, in direct defiance of the EU's calls to halt such abuses and release those wrongfully imprisoned.
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/10/14/letter-eu-foreign-ministers-regarding-eu-policy-toward-uzbekistan


SOUTH ASIA

Kashmiri separatist leader seeks vacating of land occupied by Indian troopers
By: China View, October 20, 2009
Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani Monday called for an agitation against the land occupied by the Indian troopers in India-controlled Kashmir. While addressing the press conference in Srinagar, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir, Geelani announced a campaign demanding vacation of land under army and paramilitary troopers stationed in the region.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-10/20/content_12270948.htm

From underwater, Maldives sends warning on climate change
By: CNN, October 17, 2009
With fish as witnesses, the president of Maldives and his Cabinet wore scuba gear and used hand signals Saturday at an underwater meeting to highlight the threat climate change poses to the archipelago nation. The meeting, chaired by President Mohamed Nasheed, took place around a table about 16 feet (5 meters) underwater, according to the president's Web site. At the meeting, the Cabinet signed a declaration calling for global cuts in carbon emissions that will be presented before a U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/10/17/maldives.underwater.meeting/index.html

University students and officials launch protest campaign in Eastern Sri Lanka
By: Colomobo Page, October 16, 2009
For the first time in Sri Lanka's history a group of university officials and administrators joined the students today to stage a protest campaign in the eastern city Batticaloa. The entire student body in the Eastern University of Sri Lanka yesterday commenced a protest campaign against the government's decision to establish a separate faculty for new batch of Sinhala students from the district.
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_091/Oct1255699329RA.html

Fury over south India temple ban
By: Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC, October 15, 2009
Police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have shot in the air to disperse a stone-throwing crowd protesting against Dalits entering a Hindu temple. The Dalits, described as low caste Hindu untouchables, tried to enter several temples as part of their campaign in protest at the practice.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8309323.stm


SOUTH EAST ASIA

Vietnam Buddhist case shows suppression
By: Google News, October 18, 2009
The forced expulsion of more than 300 followers of one of the world's most influential Buddhists highlights Vietnam's suppression of religious freedom, Human Rights Watch said Monday. "The government views many religious groups, particularly popular ones that it fears it can't control, as a challenge to the Communist Party's authority," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director of the US-based watchdog.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gJKySU52Il4YtDUOykhxERXW1jnQ

Thailand: Thaksin supporters rally in Bangkok
By: Al Jazeera, October 17, 2009
Thousands of "red shirt" protesters have rallied in Bangkok, the Thai capital, seeking a royal pardon for Thaksin Shinawatra, the country's fugitive former prime minister. The demonstrators, who gathered outside Bangkok's Government House amid tight security on Saturday, accused the government of delaying their petition from reaching King Bhumibol.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/20091017161556498994.html

US 'disturbed' by jailing of Vietnam activists
By: Google News, October 15, 2009
The United States embassy said Wednesday it was "deeply disturbed" by the convictions last week of nine Vietnamese democracy activists despite Vietnam's international commitments to uphold human rights. In separate trials, the nine were jailed for up to six years under Penal Code Article 88, which rights activists say criminalizes peaceful dissent. Many of the accused were convicted in connection with banners they displayed which denounced the ruling Communist Party and called for democracy.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hBhjdauBHC55hZanqPwkuHAp4WUA


EAST ASIA

South Korea: Human rights activists protest expulsion of migrant workers
By: Theresa Kim Hwa-young, Asia News, October 19, 2009
ìFree Minu! Stop Crackdown!î shouted members of a coalition of 23 groups, including the Migrant Workers Trade Union in front of the Hwaseong Immigration Detention Centre in Gyeonggi Province last Friday. They were demanding the release of Minod Moktan (AKA Minu), a 33-year-old Nepali musician and cultural activist who, like other migrant workers, is undocumented and has been the target for a government expulsion order.
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=16624&size=A


OCEANIA

New Zealand: Hundreds protest against ACC changes
By: TVNZ, October 19, 2009
Anger at the impact proposed ACC changes could have on sex abuse victims has spilled out on to New Zealand streets. Hundreds of people protested on Monday, saying cuts to funding for therapy will cause victims even more trauma. Monday was dedicated "national day of action" by organisers, with marches planned for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/hundreds-protest-against-acc-changes-3082851


ARTICLES OF INTEREST

The new environmental activism - inside a boot camp
By: Brigid Delaney, Nine MSN, October 19, 2009
Attending a protest is no longer simply a matter of turning up with a banner and a megaphone. Training camps are springing up in Australia and the UK which organize participants into "cells" to engage in direct action such as chaining their limbs to machinery, scaling fences and stopping transport and production of goods ñ with the aim of hurting the hip pockets of polluters.
Watch the video... http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/877401/the-new-green-inside-training-camps-for-activists

Global civil society starts to take up the climate challenge
By: Richard Graves, One World, October 15, 2009
Environmentalists have been looking forward to the Copenhagen climate talks this December with a mixture of dread and expectation, as it may be the last opportunity to craft a global climate treaty as we barrel towards dangerous tipping points pointed out by leading scientists. But there is new momentum from both ordinary citizens and unusual partners- global civil society organizations, representing hundreds of millions of people, the leaders of religions, humanitarian organizations, business groups, and many more, have embraced the reality that climate change is not an environmental problem, it is a human problem.
http://us.oneworld.net/article/367423-strange-bedfellows-climate-camp

Civil Society Watch team reflections on strategic human rights advocacy opportunities in Geneva
By: Sonia Zilberman, CIVICUS, October 13, 2009
In late September, three members of the Civil Society Watch (CSW) programme team of CIVICUS travelled to Geneva to attend the 12th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, and hold a ëside eventí at the UN building titled ìProtecting Free Voices And Civil Society Freedomsî in partnership with The World Organization Against Torture. The trip was instrumental for team members to speak about the mission, vision and work of the programme at this important international forum as well as strengthen interactions with the Human Rights Council, delegates, and other civil society representatives. It helped the team to map out strategic engagement opportunities with the Human Rights Council and other human rights mechanisms in Geneva.
http://www.civicus.org/csw_files/CSW-reflections-on-Geneva-advocacy.pdf

Civil resistance since 1989 - from Berlin to Burma
By: Adam Roberts, World Today, October 2009
The end of the Cold War, symbolized by the fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago, appeared to be the greatest victory ever for civil resistance. But this has a complex interrelationship with other dimensions of power and success is far from guaranteed. Choosing the right moment can certainly help.
http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/publications/twt/archive/view/-/id/1966/


NOTICES

Nonviolent communication meeting & training on December 4-5th, Kansas City, MO
By: Cherith Brook Community, October 18, 2009
Please attend Clarification Meetings at Cherith Brook on the first Friday of each month, from 7 to 8:30pm, at our storefront next door to the house. Enjoy coffee, conversation, fellowship and deep thinking; a chance to get clear on important issues. For our December 4th/5th Clarification Meeting and Training we will be discussing the topic of Nonviolent Communication, and learning how to put the idea into practice.
http://cherithbrookkc.blogspot.com/2009/10/dec-4-5-nonviolent-communication-mtg.html

National peace essay contest
By: USIP, October 2009
USIP is proud to announce the topic for the 2009-10 National Peace Essay Contest: 'The Effectiveness of Nonviolent Civic Action.' Students will examine multiple instances where nonviolent methods have been used to foster significant social and political change and explore the successes, challenges and experiences of nonviolent movements.
http://www.usip.org/programs/initiatives/national-peace-essay-contest