PROTEST AND REPRESSION IN IRAN

Iran opposition leaders demand to speak on TV
By: Farhad Pouladi, Google News, October 12, 2009
Iranian opposition leaders have demanded they be given time to speak on state television to back up their allegations that the June election was rigged, a reformist daily reported on Monday. Former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi and cleric Mehdi Karroubi met at the weekend and decided they want to go on television to challenge the authorities who say they have no evidence to back claims the poll was fraudulent, the newspaper said.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gVNphncNIJCrdDUdGymsftXbalrQ

Iran death sentences seen as move to intimidate opposition
By: Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe, October 11, 2009
An official from Iran's Justice Ministry has said that three people arrested in the country's postelection crackdown have been sentenced to death. Observers say the death sentences appear to be part of efforts by the Iranian authorities to create fear and to silence the opposition movement that continues to challenge Ahmadinejad's reelection.
http://www.rferl.org/content/Iran_Death_Sentences_Seen_As_Move_To_Intimidate_Opposition_/1848910.html

Iran defiant as three more given death penalty over election protests
By: Peter Beaumont, The Guardian, October 11, 2009
Iran has sentenced to death three more protesters who were arrested after the country's disputed presidential election in June. The verdicts came despite a widespread international protest over the death penalty given last week to a man identified as Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani, a member of a group seeking to reinstate the country's monarchy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/11/iran-defiant-over-death-penalties

Iran: Khatami says protesters won't back down
By: Jeffrey Fleishman, LA Times, October 11, 2009
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has posted a strong declaration on his website that the protest movement in Iran will not die despite violent crackdowns by the military and police. ìBe sure that people will never back down,î said Khatami, who was president from 1997 to 2005 and has become a leading reformist voice. ìToday, we are living in a world in which no dictator could be imposed on people to force them to be absolute obedient to him. An acceptable government is a government born out of people.î
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2009/10/irans-former-president-mohammad-khatami-has-posted-a-strong-declaration-on-his-website-thatthe-protest-movement-in-iran-wi.html

Amnesty urges Iran to lift protester's death sentence
By: Google News, October 10, 2009
Amnesty International on Friday urged Tehran to lift the death sentence given to a monarchist arrested in the protests following Iran's disputed presidential election. Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani, who belongs to the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, was among scores of people arrested over mass demonstrations against the June 12 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reformist website mowjcamp.com reported.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gmIP7FUegVBTkwIR-ZPp5irDs6ow

Iran's heavy hand on human rights
By: Iran Focus, October 10, 2009
AS US officials grapple with Iranís drive to acquire nuclear weapons, they also need to address its human rights abuses against its own people as well as the regimeís meddling in Iraqi affairs. Soldiers donít concern themselves with politics; we leave that to the politicians. There are times, though, when a soldier makes an exception.
http://www.iranfocus.com/en/human-rights/irans-heavy-hand-on-human-rights-18841.html

Iran's Internet - whirlpool and fear
By: Global Voices Advocacy, October 10, 2009
While the world is trying to free the web, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is going to make it much more barred. Recently, a site which is called Gerdab (Whirlpool) has been launched in order to monitor the Iranian Internet according to the IRGCís dogmatic ideologies and strategies. Gerdab gathered a professional team to observe the internet. It is aimed to catch opposition web sites and blogs by reporting and/or undermining them. This will constitute an unprecedented threat for the safety and security of Iranian bloggers and another disturbing step to undermine online free speech .
http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2009/10/10/irans-internet-whirlpool-and-fear/

A discussion with a Nobel Laureate - Shirin Ebadi and the struggle for democracy in Iran, part I
By: Cynthia Boaz, Huffington Post, October 9, 2009
Yesterday morning I had the unique opportunity to sit down with 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and global activist for justice, democracy, and the rule of law. We spoke at length about her experiences defending members of the Iranian Women's Movement against charges ranging from heresy to "threatening national security." It is widely understood within Iran that virtually all of the charges against the defendants (mostly activists and journalists) are fabricated, but the hierarchical, male-dominated, theocratic legal structure makes it almost impossible for women charged with such crimes to speak up on their own behalf.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cynthia-boaz/a-discussion-with-a-nobel_b_316006.html

CRISIS IN HONDURAS

Honduran rallies still on streets
By: Periodico, October 12, 2009
The National Front against the Coup d'Ètat in Honduras stated that it will continue Monday fighting in the streets to demand the restitution of democracy, despite the suspension of constitutional guarantees. The decision was agreed Sunday by the leadership of the Front of that alliance, and ratified by the bases from people's forces during an assembly held in Tegucigalpa.
http://www.periodico26.cu/english/news_world/october2009/honduras-rallies101209.html

Headstrong Honduran ruler resists world pressure
By: Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters, October 12, 2009
Roberto Micheletti, the headstrong veteran politician who took power in Honduras when President Manuel Zelaya was toppled, is defying international pressure to reinstate his old friend and end media curbs. Despite repeated warnings from the United States, the European Union and Latin American governments, Micheletti appears to believe they will all buckle in the end and drop demands that Zelaya, who was ousted in a June 28 army coup, be returned to power.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE59B3S920091012

Xenophobia and racism in the Honduran crisis
By: Daniel Altschuler, Huffington Post, October 12, 2009
Xenophobia has plagued the rhetoric of both the Micheletti and the Zelaya camps.  On Micheletti's side, xenophobia has reared its ugly head in the continuous references to "outside agitators"-- Cubans, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, and Colombians (from the FARC).  Zelaya's supporters are equally guilty of xenophobia; their first targets are Honduran Arabs, whom they identify as a crucial part of the Honduran "oligarchy."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-altschuler/xenophobia-and-racism-in_b_318054.html
                
Honduras resistance to discuss next steps
By: Periodico, October 11, 2009
The National Front against the coup in Honduras is expected to discuss today in a national assembly its actions for this week, considered crucial in the ongoing talks about the future of the crisis. Rural leader Rafael Alegria said on Saturday that nearly 100 representatives of organizations grouped in the popular Front, created in the wake of the coup of June 28, are expected to take part in the meeting.
http://www.periodico26.cu/english/news_world/october2009/honduras-resistance101109.html

Zelaya supporters blast Honduras media crackdown
By: Google News, October 11, 2009
Supporters of deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya have warned an interim government crackdown on opposition media could derail talks scheduled to resume on Tuesday and aimed at resolving the months-old political crisis. "It is a really appalling issue, something right out of a dictatorship," said Sunday Rafael Alegria, a leading coordinator of protests against the ouster of Zelaya, the elected president.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h-T1HWSRPhlOA9_V07GsKcyd1E-Q

Honduras coup leaders tighten curbs on media
By: Rory Carroll, The Guardian, October 11, 2009
Coup leaders in Honduras have tightened a media clampdown on support for the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya. A law unveiled last week enabled the interim government to shut radio and TV stations which incited "social anarchy" or "national hatred"; last month masked soldiers helped close two pro-Zelaya networks. The authorities, stung by international condemnation, recently promised to revoke the emergency measures but have yet to do so.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/11/honduras-media-curb-manuel-zelaya

Writing on the wall in Honduras - graffiti from the coup resistance
By: Kara Newhouse and Laura Taylor, Upside Down World, October 8, 2009
Even as tireless Honduran protesters approach their 100th day of resistance, continuing to avoiding police tear gas and attend funerals of slain resisters, some facets of Tegucigalpa life continue under the dictatorship: cars cram into traffic-filled streets, those Hondurans with jobs go to work, and wealthy consumers hit the shopping malls. To maintain this facade of control, on September 27th the Micheletti dictatorship issued a decree dissolving fundamental rights such as the right to assembly and free speech. Yet the literal writing on the walls deny the state of calm that the coup leaders claim exists and expose the state of exception that they impose.
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/2153/1/

Honduran media join the fray
Watch the video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z64QJpdn30A&feature=player_embedded


AFRICA

Burundi: Protect the protectors
By: Kathleen Cravero, Huffington Post, October 12, 2009
Crimes against humanitarian workers occur regularly as people who risk their lives to serve others are kidnapped, hijacked, robbed and raped. More than 700 humanitarian workers have been killed in the last ten years, far outstripping the death toll of UN peacekeepers. Governments are consistently failing to stand up to violence against humanitarian workers.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-cravero/protect-the-protectors_b_317850.html

Guinea 'facing new dictatorship'
By: BBC News, October 12, 2009
Guinea is in danger of slipping into dictatorship, the leader of West Africa's economic group, Ecowas, says. Mohamed Ibn Chambas said the junta, who seized power late last year, was repressing the people with "arbitrary and irresponsible" use of state power. Ecowas ministers are meeting in Nigeria to try to resolve the crisis in Guinea, sparked when soldiers opened fire on an opposition rally two weeks ago.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8303726.stm

Guinea strike marks rally deaths
By: BBC, October 12, 2009
Guineans are observing a strike called by opposition groups to commemorate those who died when soldiers fired on an anti-government rally two weeks ago. Most shops, offices, markets and banks in the capital Conakry are closed and there are few cars on the streets. Activists say soldiers killed 157 people at a demonstration last month.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8300714.stm

Guineaís unions call for two-day strike to protest killings
By: Alpha Camara, Bloomberg, October 10, 2009
Guineaís trade unions called for a two-day general strike next week to protest against last monthís killing of more than 135 pro-democracy protesters by state security forces. Workers were asked to stay home Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 to mourn demonstratorsí deaths, according to statements posted on Web sites and broadcast on radio stations.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=aneK_hfM2aKs

Ethiopian opposition says it may boycott elections
By: Jason McLure, Bloomberg, October 10, 2009
An alliance of Ethiopian opposition parties may boycott elections scheduled for May 2010 unless the government releases imprisoned opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa and others they say are political prisoners. ìBirtukan is the spearhead of these political prisoners,î Gizachew Shiferaw, a member of the Unity for Democracy and Justice party and vice-chairman of the eight-party Forum for Democratic Dialogue opposition alliance, said today in Addis Ababa. ìUnless we take some sort of remedy toward these political prisoners, it will be difficult to look at the upcoming elections as free and fair.î
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=agd0Aq2GuwtY

Ethiopia: Daniel Bekele, human rights activist
By: AllAfrica, October 1, 2009
In the ever-shrinking space for freedom of expression and association in Ethiopia, Daniel Bekele has faced heavy-handed government repression as a prominent anti-poverty activist and human rights lawyer. Daniel has dedicated his life to building a vibrant civil society and strengthening human rights in a country where freedom of expression and other fundamental rights are severely constricted.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200910020803.html


NORTH AMERICA

Protesters demand US gay rights
By: BBC, October 11, 2009
Thousands of people have marched through Washington to demand greater civil rights for gay men and lesbians. The protest took place a day after President Barack Obama said he would move to end a ban on gay people serving openly in the military. The marchers in Washington also called for the speedy removal of legal restrictions on same-sex partnerships.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8301791.stm

US: Legal cost for throwing a monkey wrench
By: Kirk Johnson, NY Times, October 9, 2009
Tim DeChristopher became convinced last year that global warmingís potential effects were so urgent and dire that direct action was needed. The niceties of debate and environmental lobbying were not getting the job done, he said. So in December Mr. DeChristopher went to a federal auction of oil and gas leases ó ìMy intention was to cause as much of a disruption to the auction as I could,î said Mr. DeChristopher, a soft-spoken 27-year-old economics student at the University of Utah.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/science/earth/10leases.html?th&emc=th

US: Necessary gesture or bad decision? U.S. cuts funds to Iran rights group
By:  Andrew Tully, Radio Free Europe, October 9, 2009
The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center specializes in collecting data on human rights abuses that it says the government of Iran has been perpetrating against its own people, ranging from unlawful detentions to torture to assassinations. In the past five years, the group has received about $3 million from the State Department's U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Rene Redman, the group's executive director, reportedly was ready to ask for $2 million more for the next two years, to be used to investigate Tehran's harsh response to protests against the June 12 election, which many say was rigged in favor of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. But this week the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center learned it will get no money for the foreseeable future.
http://www.rferl.org/content/Necessary_Gesture_Or_Bad_Decision_US_Cuts_Funds_To_Iran_Rights_Group/1847526.html


CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

Cuba won't let blogger go to US to receive award
By: Anne-Maria Garcia, AP, October 13, 2009
The Cuban blogger who has become an international sensation for offering frank criticism of her country's communist system said she was denied government permission Monday to travel to New York to receive a top journalism prize. Yoani Sanchez had hoped to go to Columbia University for a Wednesday ceremony to receive her Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the oldest international award in journalism. "Immigration just confirmed that I remain prohibited from leaving the country," she posted on her "Generation Y" blog.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gEAkChsWb_rTdTbEYc39PDyWUwIgD9B9Q6900


SOUTH AMERICA

Venezuelan student's arrest mired in politics
By: Juan Forero, The Washington Post, October 10, 2009
President Hugo Chavez's government says Julio Cesar Rivas is a violent militant intent on fomenting civil war. Rivas' supporters say the 22-year-old university student is just one of many Venezuelans jailed for challenging a populist government that they contend is increasingly intolerant of dissent. As the Chavez government approaches 11 years in power, many of its most prominent opponents are in exile in foreign countries or under criminal investigation here.
http://www.startribune.com/world/63899847.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBcy7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Venezuelan dissenting students seek visit of human rights body
By: El Universal, October 9, 2009
The government of Venezuela will not allow the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit the country as long as Santiago CantÛn is the executive secretary of the body, said on October 7. President Hugo Ch·vez, during his weekly radio and TV show AlÛ, Presidente, criticized the actions taken by Venezuelan dissenting students. "Now (students) take off their pants and show their back. It is unbelievable. Whom are they offending with these actions? They are offending themselves!" Ch·vez said at the end of the broadcast. "A hunger strike is a serious action. You risk your life for important things. They (students) term ëpolitical prisonersí a gang of thieves who are in jail on murder charges."
http://english.eluniversal.com/2009/10/09/en_ing_esp_venezuelan-dissentin_09A2876173.shtml

Ecuador oil pollution case only grows murkier
By: Simon Romero and Clifford Krauss, NY Times, October 9, 2009
The multibillion-dollar legal case between Amazon peasants and Chevron over oil pollution in Ecuadorís rain forest keeps unfolding more like a mystery thriller than a battle of briefs. Ever since the oil giant released videos in August that were secretly taped by two businessmen who seemed to have the ambition of feasting off the expected $27 billion in damages sought, Ecuadorean officials and Chevron have accused each other of gross improprieties, including espionage.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/world/americas/10chevron.html?_r=1&th&emc=th


SOUTH ASIA

Indian troops kill seven, sparking protest in Kashmir
By: World Bulletin, October 7, 2009
Indian troops on Wednesday killed seven Kashmiris in separate villages, forcing some of them to run through a river in fierce gun battles across Kashmir, police said. People took to the streets in the area to protest against the killing of "innocent youth", Kashmiri media said.
http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=48138

India: Weapons of mass desperation
By: Shoma Chaudhury, Tehelka, October 3, 2009
On September 22, 2009, India woke up to the news that the Delhi Police had captured a top Naxal ideologue, 58-year-old Kobad Ghandy ñ a South Bombay Parsi who had grown up in a giant sea-facing house in Worli, had gone to Doon School, and had studied for a CA in London before returning to India to work with the most destitute of Indian citizens in Maharashtra, before going underground in the 1970s. On the night of September 22, Times Now had a prime time debate on the significance of Ghandyís arrest. The aggressive rhetoric of anchor Arnab Goswami epitomized typical high urban attitudes to Naxal issues.
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main42.asp?filename=Ne031009coverstory.asp


SOUTH EAST ASIA

Suu Kyi back in Burmaís political arena
By: Didier Lauras, Daily Times, October 12, 2009
Although still under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi has returned to an active political role by initiating dialogue with both Myanmarís junta and Western nations, analysts say. In the space of seven days, after a Yangon court rejected the pro-democracy leaderís appeal against her recently extended house arrest, her status appeared to shift rapidly from political prisoner to potential key negotiator.
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\10\12\story_12-10-2009_pg20_7

Millers and Katies reject made-in-Burma
By: Sydney Morning Herald, October 12, 2009
Specialty Fashion Group, which owns Millers, Katies and four other fashion brands, will stop sourcing products from Burma. It was among eight firms named last month in a report commissioned by Burma Campaign Australia, which says the companies are funding Burma's repressive military dictatorship.
http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/managing/millers-and-katies-reject-madeinburma-20091012-gtof.html

Burma's exiled Muslims
By: Syed Neaz Ahmad, The Guardian, October 12, 2009
They have been described as some of the world's most persecuted refugees, and among the most forgotten, too. During my imprisonment in Jeddah I saw and met hundreds of inmates from Burma. Thousands of Burmese Muslims from Arakan ñ often called Rohingyas ñ were offered a safe haven in Saudi Arabia by the late King Faisal, but with the change in monarch the rules changed too.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/12/burma-muslims-rohingya-saudi-prisons

Thailand: Protest in Bangkok calls for PM to step down
By: Google News, October 11, 2009
Thousands of supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, all in red shirts, rallied Sunday in Bangkok to demand the government step down and call fresh elections. Supporters of Thaksin have been staging sporadic protests that have threatened to rekindle the political turmoil that has gripped the country since before the former leader was ousted in a 2006 military coup.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g3j-vAVG1fg3kEfnogTiH8_4EXvwD9B8R5MO0

Indonesia: Dozens of groups want peace talks with Jakarta
By: Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, October 10, 2009
The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNLC) said dozens of organizations in the restive province of Papua demanded talks with the central government to find peaceful solutions for separatist and human rights' violation issues. "Papua wants to communicate with the government to resolve challenges in Papua," West Papua Military Council spokesman and WPNLC member Jonah Wenda said in Jayapura, Papua.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/10/10/dozens-groups-want-peace-talks-with-jakarta.html

Getting to know Burma's ruling general
By: Andrew Marshall, Time, October 9, 2009
Than Shwe, the junta's chief since 1992, is Burma's enigmatic but undisputed leader. "He exercises almost absolute power," says Seekins. "Nobody wants to challenge him, at least openly." Rivals are ruthlessly purged: Khin Nyunt, his ambitious former spy chief, has been under house arrest since 2004. Burma watchers say loyal officers are rewarded with opportunities to enrich themselves through graft and rent-seeking.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1929130,00.html?iid=tsmodule

Zen master decries Vietnam's treatment of monks
By: Google News, October 9, 2009
A renowned Buddhist teacher has decried the eviction of his followers from a monastery in southern Vietnam, and Vietnamese intellectuals have issued a petition to support them, an unusual move in this communist country where free speech is restricted. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese-born Zen master who popularized Buddhism in the West, wrote a letter last week to President Nguyen Minh Triet in which he criticized the police who evicted nearly 400 of his followers from a monastery ó the first time the teacher has spoken out about the incident.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hMG6ioUlm7q2WrAtz42e9q-CjYPAD9B7HIKG0

Six Vietnamese activists jailed
By: Nga Pham, BBC, October 9, 2009
A court in Vietnam has sentenced six democracy activists to up to six years in prison for "spreading propaganda" against the government. The six men are the latest to be tried in a clampdown that has seen dozens investigated or arrested for alleged anti-government activities.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8299406.stm

EAST ASIA

China: Activist keen to go head to head with protesters
By: Lincoln Tan, The New Zealand Herald, October 13, 2009
Exiled Chinese Muslim leader Rebiya Kadeer says she wants to "meet with the enemy" during her New Zealand visit. "Change can only happen when you change the hearts and minds of those who oppose you," she said as she arrived in Auckland yesterday for a four-day visit. Chinese students plan protests at her two meetings today at the University of Auckland and the Pioneer Women and Ellen Melville Hall in High St, central Auckland, and Ms Kadeer says "bring it on".
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10602806

Xinjiang riots - China sentences six to death
By: Christopher Bodeen, Huffington Post, October 12, 2009
A court in China's far western Xinjiang region sentenced six men to death Monday for murder and other crimes committed during ethnic riots that killed nearly 200 people. The violence flared on July 5 after police broke up a protest by Uighur youths demanding an investigation into a brawl between Chinese and Uighur workers.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/12/xinjiang-riots-china-sent_n_317197.html

China: Internet human rights declaration
By: Oiwan Lam, Global Voices Advocacy, October 9, 2009
In the Internet, several major social media, such as fanfou (a Chinese website similar to twitter) and douban have been suspended. Major overseas websites, such as youtube and twitter have been blocked. The Golden Shield was equipped with Blue Dam or Blue Shield. Moreover, the government also tries to block the access to major circumvention tools such as TOR.
http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2009/10/09/china-internet-human-rights-declaration/


CENTRAL ASIA

Azerbaijan: Bloggers take stand in own defense
By: Mina Miradova, Eurasia Insight, October 9, 2009
Jailed Azerbaijani youth activists-bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli testified in their own defense on October 9, repeating earlier arguments that the state's accusations of hooliganism are intended to silence their criticism of the government. Both young men largely repeated what has become the defense's standard line of argument during the one-month trial - that the duo were attacked on July 8 in a Baku cafe by the two men, Vasul Mammadov and Babek Huseynov, who now claim to be the victims of an attack by Hajizade and Milli.
http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insightb/articles/eav100909c.shtml


EUROPE

UK: Climate protest on Parliament roof
By: Google News, October 12, 2009
More than 20 environmental campaigners are still on the roof of the Palace of Westminster in a protest over climate change, while another 20 are being held by police. The Greenpeace activists hope to greet politicians as they arrive for the start of Parliament with a 12-point manifesto calling for zero carbon emissions by 2030, a stop to airport expansion, more wind power and new pollution taxes.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5i8oS_xbgSI8ttoRqy24cX-COVMpQ

Concern over 'rigged' Russia vote
By: BBC, October 12, 2009
Opposition parties in Russia have alleged that local elections across the country were marred by fraud. Mayoral, regional and district council votes were held across Russia on Sunday, with some 30 million people eligible to vote. Official results showed PM Vladimir Putin's United Russia party winning nearly every poll by a wide margin. But opposition parties say they were refused registration to take part and were denied media access.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8301844.stm

Russians vote in test for Medvedev's democracy pledge
By: Radio Free Europe, October 11, 2009
President Dmitry Medvedev faced a test of his pledge to boost Russian democracy on October 11 when polls opened for 30 million voters in regional elections the opposition says have been rigged. Medvedev has promised to break the near-monopoly of ruling party United Russia over the political system. "New democratic times are beginning," he said in August.
http://www.rferl.org/content/Russians_Vote_In_Test_For_Medvedevs_Democracy_Pledge/1848884.html

Russia: Protest over St. Petersburg tower
By: BBC, October 10, 2009
About 3,000 people have rallied in St Petersburg against plans to build a huge skyscraper in Russia's former imperial capital. Demonstrators voiced anger at the city council's decision to approve construction of the 400m (1,312 ft) Okhta Centre for the gas giant Gazprom. They said the tower would spoil the city's historic skyline.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8300737.stm

Albanian opposition starts 'season of protest' over alleged fraud in national election
By: Google News, October 10, 2009
Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters have held a rally to protest alleged vote rigging by Prime Minister Sali Berisha's governing Democratic Party. The Socialists are boycotting the new parliament and demand an investigation of the June 28 election. The governing Democrats deny there was any vote-rigging.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5idxZBImfgr8BRYDqdsCrBy5vKzNA

Denmark: Greenpeace says it will step up civil disobedience in advance of climate talks
By: Ethiopian Review, October 10, 2009
Greenpeace is promising to step up its civil disobedience leading up to climate talks in Copenhagen this December. The group has already made headlines with the recent high-profile occupations of three Alberta oilsands sites and on Friday took credit for ìalteringî an Edmonton advertising billboard by Total SA ó a French company with a stake in Albertaís oilsands.
http://www.ethiopianreview.com/scitech/15907

Thousands of Lebanese Armenians protest Turkey deal
By: Channel New Asia, October 10, 2009
Thousands of Lebanese Armenians demonstrated on Saturday against Yerevan's plans to establish ties with Ankara, gathering outside the Turkish embassy and the Armenian patriarchate near Beirut. Several hundred of the community, the largest in the Arab world at around 140,000 people, rallied outside the Turkish embassy in Rabieh, north of the capital, where security forces formed a cordon.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/1010558/1/.html

Campaigning for disabled Russians
By: Richard Galpin, BBC, October 9, 2009
Leading campaigners say more needs to be done to help the disabled integrate into Russian society. The BBC's Richard Galpin investigates discrimination against the disabled in Russia.
Watch the video...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8299325.stm


MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA

Jerusalem: Israelis flatten Palestinian home
By: BBC News, October 12, 2009
Israeli authorities have demolished two Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem, in defiance of international calls to stop such actions. Palestinian reports say a family of five was forcibly evicted from their home in the Beit Hanina district before the building was demolished. UN officials say such demolitions violate international law and raise serious humanitarian concerns.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8303355.stm

Iraqi poet Abbas Khidr recounts his experience of torture in Iraqi prison under Saddam
By: Middle East Media Research Institute, October 12, 2009
Interviewer: "What was your interrogation like, Abbas?" Abbas Khidr: "The Iraqi interrogation? The Iraqis do not interrogate, brother. All they do is torture. For example, if you give them a piece of information, you get yourself into trouble, because they want more information. They begin by asking you: 'Have you heard about us?' Have you heard about the torture in Iraqi prisons?' The interrogator asks you that, in these exact words. 'Do you confess or not?'
http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD259409

Saudi activists challenge government with new rights group
By: Paul Handley, Google News, October 12, 2009
A group of veteran Saudi activists challenged the government on Monday by announcing a new association to push for human and political rights, saying the rights situation has deteriorated in the kingdom. Eleven activists said they rushed out their announcement on creating the Association for Civil and Political Rights because the government was already trying to stifle the move by questioning potential signatories.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ieWR1y4we-axmf3a4fAxntXo75DA

Freedom House discussing Egyptian electoral oversight
By: Hesham Allam and Shaimaa Yehya, Almasryonline, October 11, 2009
A high-ranking delegation from the US-based Freedom House organization will visit Egypt next week to discuss how the government and civil society can strengthen civil and human rights in the country. The talks will focus primarily on the organization's request that Egypt introduce the reforms before the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
http://www.almasryonline.com/portal/page/portal/MasryPortal/ARTICLE_EN?itId=UG126733&pId=UG14&pType=1

Tunisian opposition party plans to boycott elections
By: Africa News, October 11, 2009
A major Tunisian opposition party has announced plans to boycott the nation's October 25 national elections, claiming that the majority party is working to manipulate the outcome. The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) has already been blocked from competing in 17 districts after authorities ruled its applications ineligible. That would mean 80 per cent of Tunisians would not have the option of voting for the party.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1506415.php/ROUNDP-Tunisian-opposition-party-plans-to-boycott-elections

From boycotts to Bilíin - an interview with Jonathan Cook
By: Jeff Gore, The Comment Factory, October 11, 2009
Jonathan Cook is a British journalist based in Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel.  His latest book, Disappearing Palestine: Israelís Experiments in Human Despair, was published by Zed Books in October of last year.  Jonathan was kind enough to take the time to answer the below questions, many of which surfaced after recently spending some time in Palestine myself.
http://www.thecommentfactory.com/from-boycotts-to-bilin-an-interview-with-jonathan-cook-2389

Bilíin demonstration gathers gas canisters instead of olives after being denied access to lands
By: PNN, October 10, 2009
Prevented from picking their olives, Palestinians resorted to a different sort of harvest Friday afternoon. International, Israeli and Palestinian activists gathered again yesterday in western Ramallahís Bilíin Village to demonstrate against the Wall. Chants calling for peace and justice were met with rounds of noxious gas. At the end of the demonstration activists emptied their sacks into one large pile. Instead of fresh green olives, a symbol of Palestinian livelihood, there was a mound of gas grenades, a symbol of occupation.
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7329

Bilíin protester on Obamaí Peace Prize: ëWe need our land now, not tomorrowí
By: Adam Horowitz, Mondoweiss, October 10, 2009
Iyad Burnat, a leader of the nonviolent protests against the Wall in the West Bank village of Bilíin, responds to Obamaís Nobel Peace Prize: "Today, when I came home from our nonviolent demonstration in Bilíin, after the soldiers shot tear gas and after seeing the violence of the Israeli soldiers, I heard that President Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize."
http://mondoweiss.net/2009/10/bilin-protester-on-obama-peace-prize-we-need-our-land-now-not-tomorrow.html

Morocco should release Western Saharan detainees
By: Sahrawi Association of Victims of Grave Violations of Human Rights, October 10, 2009
On 8 October 2009, seven human rights defenders from Western Sahara were abducted from the Mohamed V Airport in Casablanca, Morocco, allegedly by the Moroccan authorities. It is thought that the abduction of the seven human rights defenders may be linked to the visits they had made to Sahrawi refugee camps in south-west Algeria during their stay abroad.
http://asvdh.net/3189

Iraqis take to streets to protest government
By: Sameer Yacoub, Google News, October 10, 2009
Hundreds took to the streets Saturday throughout Iraq to demand open elections and improved public services, revealing a growing discontent among Iraqis that is overshadowing concerns about the ability of Iraqi forces to take over from withdrawing American troops. Low oil prices have left the Iraqi government struggling to restore infrastructure after years of neglect, corruption and insurgent attacks, as well as to rebuild their security forces before a planned American withdrawal in 2011.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hwK_CSpBxsNuVUEaDuOwmSSCiqGwD9B8BTKG0

Support Palestine, boycott Tesco
By: Greg Wilkinson, OccupiedLove, October 10, 2009
Earlier this week I removed Tesco dates, in packets labeled ìOrigin: West Bank,î from the shelves of Tescoís Swansea Marina store. Since last January, I have confiscated a number of similar packets and written to Tesco CEO Terry Leahy explaining why. I offered to repay the cost of the goods I confiscated if he could show the dates were not the product of illegal Israeli settlements. In the ensuing correspondence, Tesco neither addressed the settlement issue nor took up my refund offer. I was banned from their stores but not prosecuted.
http://occupiedlove.blogspot.com/2009/10/support-palestine-boycott-tesco.html

Is Israel arresting prominent boycott leaders?
By: All Headline News, October 9, 2009
Israel has extended the detention of a West Bank campaigner said by activist groups to be the first Palestinian to be imprisoned solely for advocacy of international boycotts against Israel. Mohammad Othman, a 33 year old resident of the West Bank village of Jayyous, had his detention extended by 12 days at a hearing at Salem military court in the north of Israel on Thursday. Israel's internal security service had requested a 23-day extension.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7016644461?Is%20Israel%20Arresting%20Prominent%20Boycott%20Leaders#ixzz0Tkd5CrRa

OCEANIA

Repatriate Plan worries Papuan immigrants
By: Edy Haryadi, Viva News, October 12, 2009
The Indonesian government is trying to repatriate thousands of West Papuan independence activists who are currently residing in Papua Nugini. One of the activists, Samuel Ingamar said they would not return home until their dreams of having political independence is accomplished, as it was published by the Australian Network News on Monday, October 2009.
http://en.vivanews.com/news/read/96410-repatriate_plan_worrries_papuan_immigrants

ìWin we have and win we shallî - Fiji freedom bloggers
By: Real Fiji News, October 11, 2009
The apparent lack of political will to eradicate the coup culture in Fiji is shocking. Some feel the need to accept what has happened over these past three years and move on with their heads buried in the sand indifferent to the long term consequences of not bringing Frank Bainimarama and his co-conspirators to justice for the most serious crime in our land, Treason. If our collective intentions are noble, genuine and detached from material rewards we will win and the only thing that is needed to win is a collective consciousness when we think and act as ONE.
http://realfijinews.xanga.com/714189910/win-we-have-and-win-we-shall-fiji-freedom-bloggers/

The corruption, abuse and nepotism in the Fiji military forces
By: Raw Fiji News, October 11, 2009
Saturday 10th October was the 3rd Fiji DAY celebration organized by the Interim Regime, after the removal of an elected Government in 2006. The day also marked the intention of the interim to launch and promote the Peoples Charter for Change. Fiji Day also saw the launching of the book ìTuimacilaiî , a story on the life of the late Tui Nayau.
http://rawfijinews.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/the-corruption-abuse-and-nepotism-in-the-fiji-military-forces/


ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Using nonviolent direct action to stop investor shakedowns of entrepreneurs
By: By Will Alone, October 11, 2009
Jason Calacanis is all a twitter about investors charging startups to pitch their ideas to them and calls on such investor groups to stop.  If they don't, he is willing to use nonviolent direct action tactics to get them to stop.
http://www.bywillalone.org/2009/10/using-nonviolent-direct-action-to-stop-investor-shakedowns-of-entrepreneurs.html

Nobel Obama, noble Gandhi ... and these ignoble times
By: Vamsee Juluri, Huffington Post, October 10, 2009
Mahatma Gandhi said "There is no God greater than Truth." Truth, for Gandhi, was paramount, and in some ways no different from nonviolence.  Its absence meant not only falsehood, but violence too. But our public discourse reeks of anger. Obama's impeccable manner, by contrast, speaks of a man with civility and with faith in his Truth, even if the political expressions of that Truth are proving to be difficult and elusive.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vamsee-juluri/nobel-obama-noble-gandhi_b_316253.html

ëExtraordinaryí activists win human rights award
By: Michael Allen, Democracy Digest, October 8, 2009
Defenders of Burmese political prisoners, rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopian civil society and human rights in the Caucasus make up the winners of this yearís Human Rights Watch awards for extraordinary activism. Bo Kyi emerged from several years in the Burmese juntaís jails to establish a support network for those he left behind. He co-founded the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, a grantee of the National Endowment for Democracy.
http://www.demdigest.net/blog/human-rights/extraordinary-activists-win-human-rights-award.html

Defining digital activism: Part 3 ñ where are we going?
By: Mary Joyce, DigiActive, October 4, 2009
Digital activism is nothing more than a series of practices and our interpretations of those practices.  Digital activism practitioners (Doer group) use a Facebook group to organize, publicize a cause on Twitter, create a group blog.  These activities are at the heart of digital activism, but our perceptions of this field are formed in large part by the interpretations put forth by the Thinkers (mainstream media, bloggers, trainers, scholars).
http://ow.ly/tCO8


IN PAST NEWS

Swedish journalist prevented from entering Egypt
By: Paul Schemm, Google News, September 29, 2009
A Swedish journalist and blogger specializing in Egyptian labor issues was stopped by security at Cairo airport early Tuesday and was ordered deported from the country, his girlfriend and the Swedish embassy said. Per Bjorklund, 30, who spent the last year covering labor strikes in Egypt, was returning to Cairo with his girlfriend from their native Sweden via Prague, when he was detained.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hSOLjxeg6ZwAIoxcRDNDBEVcWzpgD9B10ON80

US: Biography- Majora Carter
By: CNN, June 6, 2008
Majora Carter grew up in the South Bronx at a time when America's cities were emptying into the suburbs.  She fought a vociferous campaign against a planned waste facility that would have seen 40 percent of New York's municipal waste coming to the South Bronx. "We were already handling 40 percent of the city's commercial waste here," she says. In 2001, after the defeat of the scheme, Carter founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation, Sustainable South Bronx. Its central tenet is that people shouldn't have to move out of their neighborhoods to live in a better one.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/06/05/carter.bio/