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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.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Iraq's Elections May Indicate Future

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Iraq's Elections May Indicate Future

Country Hopes to Avoid Violence After 2005 Elections

What happens during – and following -- Iraq's elections this weekend will be a key indicator of whether the country will fall again into violence or move toward political stability and respect for human rights.

The 2005 elections, largely boycotted by the disenfranchised Sunni population, were followed by chaos and sectarian violence.

But since then the overall security situation in Iraq has improved. Over the past year, some of the worst sectarian violence has subsided. Fewer Iraqi civilians lost their lives in 2009 than 2008, despite several high-profile suicide bombings.

But at the same time, the conflict in the north is worsening, as are politically motivated violence and attacks against Christians and other minorities. Increasing the sectarian tension, a recent decision by an official Iraqi body disqualified hundreds of candidates because of their alleged links to the Ba'ath Party, without considering the merit of the cases on an individual basis.   

These are only a few of the human rights challenges the new government will face after these important elections.

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Proposed Israeli Law Could Harm Rights Work 

NGOs Focused on Creating Change Could Lose Tax-Exempt Status

An alarming new piece of legislation that will potentially hamper the work of Israel's human rights organizations is coming up for a vote in mid-March in Israel's Knesset.

Groups that receive money from foreign governments and aim to influence policy or public opinion in Israel would be labeled as conducting "political activity" and lose their tax-exempt status. This would affect human rights organizations, as well as environmental or academic groups -- if applied across the board. These groups would be required to announce in every public statement -- from an e-mail to a thirty-second radio spot -- that they receive funding from "foreign political entities". 

The bill comes amidst a series of parliamentary and private moves aimed at delegitimizing critics of Israel's actions in the 2009 Gaza war. Israeli human rights groups report that a hostile media climate, a new tendency to arrest Palestinians and Israelis peacefully protesting Israel's unlawful settlements and the route of its West Bank security barrier, and now the Knesset bill are creating the most difficult environment in recent decades.

Human Rights Watch has reported on the growing number of attacks on non-governmental organizations worldwide. We've seen even more draconian legislation in, for example, Egypt and Russia. Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka this week, the recently re-elected president is pushing for greater legal control over NGOs, likely in an attempt to silence those critical of the elections and of the government's actions in the closing days of the war against the Tamil Tigers.

Read more »

Members of Israel's 18th Knesset © 2009 Reuters

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Citizen Direct: 45,000+ Citizen Activists Call for Financial Watchdog

Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 10:09:59 -0500
Subject: Citizen Direct: 45,000+ Citizen Activists Call for Financial Watchdog

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- Featured Story
- Nuclear Industry Bailout
- Constitutional Amendment
- Facebook Privacy
- Tired Doctors
- Houston Smog
- From Our Blogs
- Press Room Updates

Featured Story:
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March 2010

Featured Story

Taxpayers need an independent financial watchdog; 45,000+ petition Sen. Dodd. Lawmakers may assign consumer financial protection to the Federal Reserve - the same entity that overlooked many of Wall Street's abuses leading up to the crash of the financial industry. It's a bad idea. Consumers need an independent agency to protect them from the predatory practices of the financial industry. Representatives from Public Citizen and coalition partners recently delivered a petition signed by nearly 46,000 people to Senate banking committee Chairman Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) office, calling on the senator to fight for strong consumer protections in financial reform legislation. WATCH Public Citizen deliver the petition and LEARN more.

nuclear plant cooling towersNuclear Industry Bailout

Nuclear industry: the next big bailout. President Barack Obama's financial backing of new nuclear reactors puts taxpayers on the hook for financially risky projects - projects so questionable that Wall Street investors refuse to touch them. Your tax dollars are at stake. FIND OUT why Obama's current pledge of more than $8 billion to build two new reactors in Georgia is a mistake.

Constitutional Amendment

Lawmakers take on Citizens United decision. To counteract the potentially perilous effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, more than half a dozen lawmakers have jumped on board with Public Citizen and proposed versions of a constitutional amendment. You can help: visit and sign the petition, learn about the issue, alert your friends and tell your lawmakers to overturn the decision and keep corporate cash out of our elections.

Facebook Privacy

Facebook privacy compromise isn't good enough. Facebook's solution to a class-action privacy lawsuit is no solution at all, Public Citizen says. The social networking giants want to create a nonprofit foundation that would fund projects and initiatives that "promote the cause of online privacy, safety, and security." In theory, this sounds great. The big problem: This foundation would be largely controlled by Facebook itself. One of Public Citizen's attorneys likened it to putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. READ more.

blurred doctorTired Doctors

For patient safety, give medical residents shorter shifts, more supervision. Ever wonder how long your doctors have been awake? How safe would you feel if you learn they haven't slept for more than a day? Public Citizen has teamed up with a coalition of patient advocacy groups to raise public awareness about the dangers of medical residents working marathon shifts of 30 hours straight, which makes residents more susceptible to errors. LEARN more and SIGN a petition for shorter hours for medical residents.

Houston Smog

Legislators try to stop coal plant development. Houston-area legislators in February joined Public Citizen in urging environmental regulators to deny a permit to the White Stallion coal plant. If built, the coal plant would exacerbate Houston's already terrible smog problem. LEARN more about the possible dangers of a new coal plant in Texas.

From Our Blogs

logo for 'Citizen Vox' blogCitizen Vox: Keep this out of health care reform. As our nation's lawmakers gathered for President Barack Obama's health care summit, Public Citizen threw another talking point on the table: Republicans' contentions regarding medical malpractice are false. "Tort reform" just means restricting patients' ability to hold negligent doctors accountable. Instead, we should reduce medical errors. LEARN more.

logo for 'Eyes on Trade' blogEyes on Trade: Things USTR should give up for Lent. To avoid unnecessary policy failure and political disaster, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division crafted a list of things that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) should give up for Lent, including going to upcoming talks without consulting congressional Democrats, continuing to ignore the growing China trade disaster and prioritizing WTO compliance over necessary climate solutions. READ the complete list.

logo for 'Citizen Energy' blogCitizen Energy: A history of leaks, incidents and misinformation. Even as President Barack Obama pledges billions of dollars to rejuvenate the nuclear power industry, the Vermont Senate decided to shut the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which had been leaking radioactive tritium from underground pipes. And now the federal government wants to help build more reactors?! And subsidize them with your tax dollars?! Nuclear power is not the answer to our energy future. LEARN what is.

logo for 'Texas Vox' blogTexasVox: Snowpocalypse strikes Austin, Texas. Many climate change deniers claim the mountains of snow dumped on the nation over February prove global warming isn't real. You know, because snow is cold, not warm. But President Barack Obama actually explained the phenomenon pretty well at a town hall meeting in Nevada: "The science of climate change doesn't mean that every place is getting warmer. It means the planet as a whole is getting the planet as a whole gets warmer, you start seeing changing weather patterns and that creates more violent storm systems, more unpredictable weather." READ more.

Press Room Updates

Broken promises, no new model for trade with Peru. A year after the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement was put into place, the hopes and predictions of proponents of the trade deal have failed to materialize. Instead, as critics of the deal had feared, environmental and labor conditions in Peru have deteriorated rapidly. LEARN what needs to be done.

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Harry Burrus' film Marrakech on Amazon

Just saw that there is a video preview of Marrakech on Amazon.   Never realized there was a portion of the film on Amazon.   It's a little over two minutes of the beginning.   Check it out. 
The other clip can be seen at  hit the link under **Now Available on DVD**

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