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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


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flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
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Size: No limit/Sin Limite
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Human Rights Watch: Israel: Razing Palestinian Homes | Uganda: “You Are a Waste of Food”

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August 27, 2010

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Israel: New Peak in Razing of Palestinian Homes
Discriminatory Israeli Policies Result in Demolished Village

Israeli authorities razed 141 Palestinian homes and other buildings in July, the largest number in any month since at least 2005. Yet Israel continues to support and subsidize nearby Jewish settlements.

By supporting settlements on occupied territory and by erasing longstanding Palestinian communities next door, Israel has flouted international law.

In one example, Israeli military authorities demolished the West Bank farming community of Al Farisiye, displacing more than 100 people, nearly half of them children. After officials forcibly removed Palestinian residents from their homes, the bulldozers destroyed 26 residential structures, 24 animal pens, 8 traditional underground ovens, and 12 outhouses and water tanks.

The authorities that ordered the evacuation stressed the fact that Al Farisiye was in a "closed military zone"it was classified as such in the 60s. But an Israeli settlement situated less than 1 kilometer away was never placed in the military zone.

In fact, settlers receive substantial subsidies for a range of activities, including buying land, developing agriculture and tourism, and educating their children. 

In most cases of demolitions, Israeli authorities stated that Palestinian buildings were destroyed due to the lack of an Israeli building permit, which is nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

Ultimately, the home demolitions are a result of policies that discriminate between the way Israeli authorities treat Palestinians and Jewish settlers in the same area.


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Uganda: For Women with Disabilities, Barriers and Abuse

 "You are useless," a woman in northern Uganda who couldn't use her legs was told. "You are a waste of food. You should just die so that others can eat the food." 

In northern Uganda, a region emerging from two decades of brutal fighting between the government and the Lords Resistance Army, many women with disabilities have been largely ignored in the post-reconstruction effort and are unable to get basic provisions like food, clothing, and shelter in camps, Human Rights Watch reveals in a report. Many have also been unable to access health care.

The abuse and discrimination comes from strangers, neighbors, and even family members. More than a third of the women interviewed for the report had been physically or sexually abused.

It is estimated that about 20 percent of people in Uganda have disabilities. However, this number is likely higher in the north because of limited access to healthcare and war-related injuries, like landmine or gunshot wounds.

Even humanitarian aid organizations lack specific programs to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

As Ugandans struggle to reclaim their lives, the government and humanitarian agencies need to make sure that women with disabilities are not left out.


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© 2010 Martina Bacigalupo for Human Rights Watch
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