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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

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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.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Human Rights Watch: : Abuses by Guinea’s Security Forces | Sharia Law in Indonesia

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December 2, 2010

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Abuses by Guinea's Security Forces
Officers Take Sides Politically, Abuse People Affiliated With Certain Party

When contested election results in Guinea led to outbreaks of political and ethnic violence, security forces used lethal force against some protesters and targeted the Peuhl ethnic group – who supported a different party than most security force members did.

At least seven people died and 220 were wounded in the post-election violence, which erupted between supporters of presidential candidates Alpha Condé and Cellou Dalein Diallo and security forces in several cities.

Interviews with 80 victims and witnesses made clear that security forces, dominated by ethnic groups who largely supported Condé's party, used excessive force to suppress violent protests by the Peuhl, who were rioting because of perceived electoral irregularities against Diallo, their candidate.

Officers made ethnic comments, like, "You, the Peuhl, will never rule the country." They stole mobile telephones, money, and household items from people suspected of supporting Diallo. Security forces also supported civilian mobs of Condé supporters.  

Although the officers may have sought to quell the violence that seized the cities, they failed to provide equal protection to all Guineans.

Guinea's Supreme Court is expected to announce the election results this week. Despite the violence, this election was considered Guinea's freest in 50 years.


Steps to end this cycle of state-sponsored abuse »
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Sharia Law in Indonesia
Restrictions on Dress, Association, Applied Selectively and Abusively

In Indonesia's Aceh province, two local Sharia-inspired laws regulating Islamic dress and association between members of the opposite sex not only violate fundamental rights protected under Indonesia and international law, but are applied selectively and abusively. Wealthy or politically-connected individuals are rarely affected.

Sharia police officers have interpreted the "seclusion" law to prohibit sitting and talking in a "quiet" space with a member of the opposite sex to whom one is not married or related. Those apprehended have been aggressively interrogated by officers and some are told they would be released from custody if they agreed to marry. Additionally, local laws permit private individuals, like community members, to apprehend and punish suspected violators.

Although the law requiring Islamic attire applies to men and women, it is much more onerous for women, who constitute the overwhelming majority of those reprimanded by the Sharia police. While the law requires men to cover their body between the knee and the navel, Muslim women must cover the entire body, except for hands, feet, and face.

Human Rights Watch takes no position on Sharia law per se, which supporters say is a system of guidance on all matters in life. But these two laws violate Indonesia's commitment to its citizens.


First-hand accounts include beatings for breaking these laws »
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