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the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
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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


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

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
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
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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, December 11, 2010

Free Press Media Reform Daily: The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality

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Media Reform Daily
News of the movement for December 10, 2010
The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying

Over the past year, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has managed to take the administration's top tech priority -- and Obama's promise to "take a back seat to no one" on the issue -- and driven it into a ditch. Now Genachowski expects the millions of Americans who have spoken out for Net Neutrality to swallow this lemon when the FCC meets to vote on his rules on Dec. 21.

Craig Aaron, Huffington Post
More than 80 Groups Demand Real Net Neutrality

More than 80 organizations and businesses are urging FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to enact real Net Neutrality rules, not the empty compromise the chairman has proposed. The letter highlights five key areas in the rules that should be improved to protect the free and open Internet.

Megan Tady,
Lobbying War over Net Heats Up

Big phone and cable companies are outgunning Silicon Valley in last-minute lobbying to shape a pending FCC proposal to prevent Internet providers from interfering with Web traffic.

Amy Schatz, Wall Street Journal
FCC Member Questions Easy Net Rules for Wireless

A plan to give wireless networks more flexibility than their landline counterparts in proposed Internet rules is being questioned by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

Jasmin Melvin, Reuters
Kerry Asks Copps and Clyburn to Vote Yes on Net Neutrality

Chairman of the Senate Commerce Communications Subcommittee John Kerry (D-Mass.) wrote Democratic FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps urging them to vote yes on the agency's December vote on Net Neutrality.

Eliza Krigman, National Journal
At FCC Chairman Dinner, Biggest Buzz Comes from the Crowd

At an annual dinner honoring the chairman of the FCC, special attention was paid to Julius Genachowski as he struggles to gain enough support to pass his controversial Net Neutrality proposal. But true to form, Genachowski didn't break news, and what was perhaps most interesting was commentary from observers and FCC officials about his chances at getting his proposal passed later this month.

Cecilia Kang, Washington Post
FCC to Hold Forum on Teenagers and Technology

Parents, researchers and educators have been asking whether the spread of mobile devices and Internet access, for all their benefits, can have negative side effects for young people, interfering with homework or leading to cyberbullying. Now the government is asking the same question.

Matt Richtel, New York Times
Consumers Asks Government to Crack Down on 'Bill Shock'

Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, wrote to lawmakers and the FCC urging them to require wireless companies to alert customers before hitting them with hefty overage fees.

Gautham Nagesh, The Hill
Hearing Date Set for Tennis Complaint Against Comcast

The FCC has set a March 29 date for a hearing on Tennis Channel's program carriage complaint against Comcast. Tennis Channel argues that Comcast is favoring its own similarly situated networks Versus and Golf Channel by placing them on more widely viewed tiers.

John Eggerton, Multichannel News
Leaked Memos Reveal How Fox News Spun Health Care Debate

Fox News has been accused before of promoting Republican talking points. Now, new reports reveal internal memos from Fox News executives that "echoed a key GOP talking point" during the health care debate.

Michael Calderone, Yahoo! News
Copyright Troll Righthaven Sues for Control of Drudge Report Domain

News aggregation impresario Matt Drudge is being sued for copyright infringement for reproducing a copyrighted photo along with a link to a story about airport security on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website. The plaintiff in the case is Righthaven, a company that's earned a reputation this year as a world-class copyright troll.

Eriq Gardner, Ars Technica
China Moves to Block Foreign News on Nobel Prize

Chinese censors apparently began blocking the news websites of CNN, the BBC and the Norwegian broadcaster NRK from appearing in China, a day before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is to be held in Oslo to honor Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned dissident.

David Barboza, New York Times
media minutes
This week: A new book and webisodes use humor and satire to show how reality TV is anything but real. And an annual holiday project that uses radio to connect family and friends to the incarcerated is keeping hope alive. Listen here.
In Other News...
Internet Issues Bog Down Comcast-NBC Merger

Rivals, legislators and watchdog groups fear that Comcast, armed with NBC content, will wield too much power in determining how the Internet develops as a medium to watch TV and movies.

Los Angeles Times
Web Attackers Point to Cause in WikiLeaks

The coordinated attacks on major corporate and government websites in defense of WikiLeaks suggested that the loosely organized group called "Anonymous" might have come of age, evolving into one focused on more serious matters: in this case, the definition of Internet freedom.

New York Times
Data by the Bucket

As the mobile industry weighs the pros and cons of usage-based pricing, a new way for consumers to buy data service may be on the cusp of making an appearance.

Wall Street Journal
On Your iPhone and Verizon, and Selecting a Service Provider

Many AT&T iPhone subscribers are waiting with bated breath for Verizon Wireless to get the iPhone. But can these subscribers take their old iPhones with them to Verizon?

Fox Shows to Continue, Time Warner Says

Time Warner Cable is telling Buffalo, N.Y., subscribers it will continue to carry Fox network programs into January and beyond, even if its deal with the owner of WUTV, the local Fox affiliate, expires and the station is dropped from the local cable system.

Buffalo News
Two Weeks on, One Week Off in Shorter 2011 House Schedule

House Republicans unveiled a 2011 schedule that will keep lawmakers in the nation's capital for shorter periods of time, allowing them to travel home more frequently. The schedule represents a major change from how Democrats have run the lower chamber over the last four years.

The Hill
A Bailout for the U.S. Postal Service?

Imagine a company that reported losses in 14 of the past 16 quarters, has too many retail outlets by its own admission, and relies heavily on work done for its two biggest competitors for revenue. Any management consultant would recommend the obvious: Close unnecessary offices, lay off workers, expand into new lines of business, and raise prices. But this is the U.S. Postal Service.

Bloomberg News
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ACLU: Government Spying, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Faith and Evolution in the Classroom and More

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ACLU Online

In This Issue

Senate Vote Blocks Repeal of DADT… For Now

Seeking Domestic Partnership Protections in Missouri

There's Still Time! Take the ACLU's Key Challenges Survey

Documents Shine Light on Government's Interpretation of Spying Powers

And Justice for All?

More Than 1,000 Complaints Over "Enhanced" TSA Security Measures

Civil Union Bill Passes in Illinois

Reconciling Faith and Evolution in the Classroom

Civil Liberties Minute: Drug War or Race War?

"The ACLU is the sole organization that I know of that defends our right to individual liberty, a right that is as controversial and necessary as the founding of the United States of America itself. Keep up the great work!"

- Peter M.
  New York, NY

Civil Union Bill Passes in Illinois

Illinois changed the course of history last week.

By a vote of 32-24, the Illinois Senate approved the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, which will extend important legal protections to gay, lesbian and straight couples across the state. Now, the bill moves on to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has promised to sign it.

The ACLU helped draft the bill, offered legal analysis to legislative leadership, met with editorial boards, conducted polling in targeted districts, and put significant effort into lobbying the bill over the course of four years. Constituent visits, patch-through calls, and the phone and e-mail messages of ACLU members all contributed to this bill's passage.

With the new Illinois law, 17 states in addition to the District of Columbia now have some form of state-level protection for same-sex relationships. We haven't reached our ultimate goal — the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in every state, and respect for those marriages by the federal government. But we've achieved quite substantial progress; before 1997, we had no state-level relationship registries at all.

The Illinois bill will provide important protections to same-sex couples, including medical decision-making authority; pensions for surviving partners of teachers, police officers, and firefighters; intestacy rights; and the right to share a nursing home room. We will continue to push for marriage in Illinois as elsewhere, but the civil union bill continues a clear trend line toward the increasing of fairness in how we treat all families.

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Reconciling Faith and Evolution in the Classroom

Susan Epperson's case in the U.S. Supreme Court resulted in the overturning of an Arkansas law that prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools.

This month, it's been five years since the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District decision, which ruled that "intelligent design" is a religious idea that may not be taught in public school science classes. And just this week, Louisiana's State Education Board approved new biology textbooks for Louisiana high school students, over the objections of those who say the new books put too much credence on Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

We sat down with Susan Epperson, plaintiff in Epperson v. Arkansas — a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1968 that challenged the constitutionality of a state to outlaw the teaching of evolution in public school — to get her thoughts on her experience. In her case, with a 9-0 vote, the Court overturned an Arkansas law that prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools on the grounds that it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The ACLU, as amicus curiae, urged reversal of the judgment of the Supreme Court of Arkansas.

>> Read the full interview.

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Civil Liberties Minute: Drug War or Race War?

In 1963, the year Dr. King gave his "I have a dream" speech, there were 217,000 inmates in America's prisons. Today, there are 2.2 million.

>> Listen to the podcast.

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December 10, 2010

Senate Vote Blocks Repeal of DADT… For Now

Tell your senators that you want DADT repealed this year.

Yesterday afternoon, the US Senate tried — and failed — to begin debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), preventing the repeal of the discriminatory and unconstitutional "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy from advancing in the Senate — despite the support of a majority of senators and the personal pleas of President Obama, Defense Secretary Bob Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. The Senate missed an historic opportunity to finally end this unjust and unfair policy. However, we may get another chance — and sooner than you think.

Following the vote, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) announced that he and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) intend to introduce a stand-alone bill that would repeal DADT. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said he intends to attempt to bring this legislation to the floor before the end of the year. And Speaker Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives stands ready to pass the new DADT repeal bill as soon as the Senate passes it, leaving the possibility open that DADT could still be repealed this year! The fight continues, and senators need to hear it loud and clear from the American people: We want this senseless discrimination to end this year!

Those service members who are gay and lesbian — and are willingly risking their lives in our armed forces — deserve nothing less than the integrity that comes from being able to serve their nation with honesty. There is absolutely no excuse for failing to act. As Adm. Mullen so eloquently stated in testimony before Congress recently, "I would not recommend repeal of this law if I did not believe in my soul that it was the right thing to do for our military, for our nation and for our collective honor."

The ACLU remains fully committed to ending DADT and will continue to fight, both legislatively and in the courts, to ensure that our nation's service members are able to serve with honesty and integrity.

>> Take Action: Tell your senators that you want DADT repealed this year.

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Seeking Domestic Partnership Protections in Missouri

State highway patrol officer Dennis Engelhard was struck by a vehicle and killed while on duty. His life partner was denied the pension benefit that Missouri provides to the surviving spouses of state troopers. Watch a video about Dennis and Kelly's life together.

Last week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking fair treatment for the surviving partner of a Missouri state trooper. Dennis Engelhard and Kelly Glossip were together for 15 years. They exchanged commitment rings, vowed to take care of each other in good times and bad, and owned a home together. Dennis helped Kelly care for his child from a former marriage. The two would have married if Missouri recognized their union.

Dennis was a state highway patrol officer and had to work on Christmas day 2009. While on duty, he was struck by a vehicle and killed as he was responding to a traffic accident. Despite Kelly and Dennis's long-term, committed relationship, Kelly wasn't eligible for the pension benefit that Missouri provides to the surviving spouses of state troopers. In Missouri's eyes, the two were legal strangers.

This case challenges the unfairness of the state refusing to provide this important protection to Dennis's surviving life partner, whose life is affected in the same devastating way that a surviving spouse would be. After having completed a lengthy state administrative process, the ACLU filed in state court, arguing that the state needs a very good reason to justify penalizing Kelly and Dennis because of the family relationship they formed.

Kelly's case builds on similar discrete domestic partnership benefits successes we've had in Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, and Wisconsin, and our aim is both to help Kelly (and others like him) and to prompt the state to recognize domestic partners more generally.

If we're going to add to that list of states with relationship protections, we're going to have to work in more conservative states like Missouri. Stories like those of Kelly and Dennis — that are heart-wrenching precisely because of the commitment at the center of the tragedy — are a perfect way to start the conversation about relationship protections in these red states.

>> Watch a video about Dennis and Kelly's life together. It's hard to argue that their commitment deserves any less dignity, security or respect than what is granted to other state troopers' families in Missouri.

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There's Still Time! Take the ACLU's Key Challenges Survey

Take the ACLU's Key Challenges Survey and let us know how you feel.

We want to know what's on your mind! If you haven't yet, please take a few minutes to complete the ACLU's Key Challenges Survey. We need your input on the most critical threats we're facing — and on the best strategies for moving forward.

Your individual answers will be kept confidential. But, with your help, we'll get a clear picture of the attitudes and opinions of ACLU supporters.

>> Take the survey.

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Documents Shine Light on Government's Interpretation of Spying Powers

The government recently released over 900 pages of records related to its implementation of the invasive FISA Amendments Act (FAA) surveillance power. Read the documents online.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the government recently released over 900 pages of records related to its implementation of the invasive FISA Amendments Act (FAA) surveillance power.

The FAA was passed in June 2008 and gave the government nearly unfettered access to Americans' international communications.

The ACLU's FOIA lawsuit seeks records related to the government's interpretation and implementation of the FAA, including reports and assessments mandated by the law concerning how the FAA is being used, how many Americans are affected by this sweeping spying regime and what safeguards are in place to prevent the abuse of Americans' privacy rights.

Although many of these records are heavily redacted, the documents do shine some light on the government's interpretation, use, and abuse of the FAA spying power.

For instance, every internal assessment conducted by the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence found from the enactment of the law through March 2010 found incidents of violations of the FAA's targeting and minimization procedures. This likely means that citizens' and residents' communications were improperly collected — or improperly retained and disseminated.

The documents also confirm that the government believes the FAA allows broad surveillance powers with few external checks or limitations. In one document, the FBI claims that, under the FAA, there is "no longer a requirement for probable cause to collect data" and that there is "no need to go to court" for government officials to begin surveillance operations.

Regardless of abuse, the problem with the FAA is fundamental; the statute itself is unconstitutional. The ACLU has challenged the FAA in federal court because giving the executive branch the power to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans' international telephone calls and emails without a warrant, without suspicion of any kind, and with only very limited judicial oversight violates the First and Fourth Amendments. The case Amnesty v. Blair is currently on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

>> Read the FOIA documents online.

>> Learn more about the FISA Amendments Act.

>> Learn more about the ACLU's case, Amnesty v. Blair.

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And Justice for All?

From the execution of innocent inmates, to en masse arrest and deportation of immigrants, to torture victims denied their day in court, our new report details how U.S. victims of human rights abuses are denied access to justice. Read the ACLU's new report, "Slamming the Courthouse Doors."

Access to the U.S. justice system for victims of civil and human rights violations has been severely curbed over the last decade. Today, the ACLU released a report showing how indigent defendants on death row, prisoners suffering abuses in jail, immigrants in unfair removal proceedings, torture victims, domestic violence survivors and victims of racial discrimination — among others — are consistently denied access to justice and remedy as a result of recent laws and court decisions.

Unfortunately, because of these decisions, victims of human rights violations here in the U.S. are continually denied their day in court while those responsible for the abuses are protected. Equal justice for all is a core American value, and everyone deserves access to the courts to right the wrongs they have suffered. The U.S. should amend restrictive laws and swiftly enact policies to restore access to justice for the most vulnerable among us.

The report, "Slamming the Courthouse Doors," profiles the cases of many victims of human rights violations who have been shut out of the court house when they have sought justice from the courts, including:
  • Jessica Gonzales, a Colorado woman shut out of court after police failed to protect her children from her abusive husband, who killed them.
  • Cameron Todd Willingham and Claude Jones, two almost certainly innocent men put to death in Texas.
  • 300+ immigrant workers in Iowa arrested and convicted en masse in one week without adequate legal representation — and deported away from their families without any court review of their valid claims for immigration relief.
  • Binyam Mohamed, Abou Elkassim Britel, Ahmed Agiza, Mohamed Bashmilah, and Bisher al-Rawi, victims of the U.S. torture program denied any time in U.S. courts because of the government's claims that their torture is a "state secret."
  • Prisoners whose lawsuit alleging an officer had forcibly sodomized them was thrown out of court because of a restrictive federal law requiring them to show physical injury in order to proceed with their case.
The cumulative effect of these cases threatens to undermine the fundamental values of this nation and shift power in ways that cannot be tolerated, inevitably leading to a less just and less free society. In this society, attacks on individual access to justice quickly become attacks on the justice system as a whole. To the extent that they are successful, they weaken not only the courts but the nation as a whole — throwing undue influence to the wealthy and powerful, stripping it away from the disadvantaged, and destroying the balance of power between the government branches that were weighted with care by our founding fathers.

>> Read "Slamming the Courthouse Doors."

>> Take action: Urge President Obama to issue an executive order mandating enhanced collaboration between federal, state and local governments on the implementation and enforcement of human rights obligations.

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More Than 1,000 Complaints Over "Enhanced" TSA Security Measures

The ACLU has received over 1,000 complaints from travelers in the United States about the TSA's new security measures. Read excerpts of travelers' complaints.

The ACLU received over 1,000 complaints in the month of November from travelers who have been subjected to the Transportation Security Authority's (TSA) new "enhanced" screening procedures. The procedures include sending travelers through backscatter X-ray machines that produce naked outlines of an individual's body or subjecting them to thorough pat-downs during which TSA agents touch travelers' breasts and genitals through the outside of their clothing.

Most of the complaints came from travelers who reported feeling humiliated and traumatized by the procedures.

The government must keep us safe, but it must do so in a way that is sensible, effective and constitutional. "The new 'enhanced' security methods are far more intrusive than other methods but have not been shown to be any more effective," said Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. "Nobody should be forced to choose between 'naked scans' and intrusive groping by strangers to keep our airplanes safe."

>> Read more, including excerpts of travelers' complaints.

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Today is Human Rights Day,--Amnesty International USA

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Dear David -

Today, on Human Rights Day, we shine a light on Liu Xiaobo. He is being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China, but cannot accept this prestigious award in person because he is serving an 11-year prison sentence for proposing democratic reforms.

This Nobel Laureate should be freed, immediately and unconditionally.

Amnesty International has been shining a light on injustice for 50 years. Liu Xiaobo's story reminds us to never let it fade. Your help couldn't come at a better time. Please join us!

- Larry

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Dear David,

Where will you be next Friday, December 10th? It's Human Rights Day, the day the world commemorates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration presents a towering vision of equality and peace and is the blueprint for all that we do at Amnesty.

Our mission is to make all of the human rights enshrined in the Declaration a reality for everyone, everywhere.

On this Human Rights Day, Amnesty will be on the ground in 150 countries, side-by-side with our 2.8 million supporters, defending freedom and humanity.

Celebrate Human Rights Day with Amnesty. Join us today.

Since 1961, we've celebrated Human Rights Day the Amnesty way – with global action. Since its founding Amnesty International has campaigned on behalf of thousands of unjustly imprisoned individuals. We fight to abolish torture and the death penalty, and work to alleviate human suffering the world over. Our work continues because we know our letters and our actions change lives.

"All of these letters and signatures were extremely important in keeping Tissa's case alive and finally bringing about his release. We urge all of you to continue your good work so that others who are wrongly held will be able to survive."

Ronnate Tissainayagam, wife of former Sri Lankan prisoner of conscience J.S. "Tissa" Tissainayagam, freed in June 2010 thanks to Amnesty members

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A Message From Abdullah Abu Rahmah on International Human Rights Day

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A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment
in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of
the night and I was torn away from my wife Majida, my daughters Luma
and Layan, and my son Laith, who at the time was only nine months

As the coordinator of the Bil'in Popular Committee against the Wall
and Settlements I was convicted of "organizing illegal demonstrations"
and "incitement." The "illegal demonstrations" refer to the nonviolent
resistance campaign that my village has been waging for the last six
years against Israel's Apartheid Wall that is being built on our

I find it strange that the military judges could call our
demonstrations illegal and charge me for participating in and
organizing them after the world's highest legal body, the
International Court of Justice in The Hague, has ruled that Israel's
wall within the occupied territories is illegal and must be
dismantled. Even the Israeli supreme court ruled that the Wall's route
in Bil'in is illegal.

I have been accused of inciting violence: this charge is also
puzzling. If the check points, closures, ongoing land theft, wall and
settlements, night raids into our homes and violent oppression of our
protests does not incite violence, what does?

Despite the occupations constant and intense incitement to violence in
Bil'in, we have chosen another way. We have chosen to protest
nonviolently together with Israeli and International supporters. We
have chosen to carry a message of hope and real partnership between
Palestinians and Israelis in the face of oppression and injustice. It
is this message that the Occupation is attempting to crush through its
various institutions including the military courts. An official from
the Israeli Military Prosecution shamelessly told my Attorney, Gaby
Lasky, that the objective of the military in my prosecution is to "put
an end" to these demonstrations.

The crime of incitement that I have been convicted of is defined under
Israeli military decree 101 regarding the prohibition of hostile
action of propaganda and incitement as "The attempt, verbally or
otherwise, to influence public opinion in the Area in a way that may
disturb the public peace or public order" and carries a 10 year
maximal sentence. This definition is so broad and vague that it can be
applied to almost any action or statement. Actually, these words
could be considered incitement if they were spoken in the occupied

On the 11th of October of this year I was sentenced to 12 months in
prison, plus 6 months suspended sentence for 3 years, and a fine. My
family and I, especially my daughters, were counting the days to my
release. The military prosecution waited until just a few days before
the end of my sentence before appealing against my release, arguing
that I should be imprisoned longer. I have completed my sentence but
remain in prison. Though international law considers myself and other
activists as human rights defenders, the occupation authorities
consider us criminals whose freedom and other rights must be denied.
In the year that I have spent in prison, the demonstrations in Bil'in,
Naalin, Al Maasara, and Beit Omar have continued. Nabi Saleh and other
villages have taken up the popular struggle. Within this year, the
International campaign calling for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions of
Israel until it complies with International law has grown
considerably, as have legal actions against Israeli war crimes. I hope
that soon Israel will no longer be able to ignore the clear
condemnation of its policies coming from around the world.

In the year that I have spent in prison, my son Laith has taken his
first steps and said his first words,  and Luma and Layan have been
growing from children to beautiful young girls. I have not been able
to be with them, to walk holding their hands, to take them to school
as they and I are used to. Laith does not know me now. And my wife
Majida has had to care for our family alone.

In 2010 children in Bil'in and throughout the West bank are still
being awakened in the middle of the night to find guns pointed at
their heads. In the year that I have spent in prison, the military has
carried out dozens of night raids in Bil'in with the purpose of
removing those involved in the popular struggle against the

Imagine if heavily armed men forced their way into your home in the
middle of the night. If your children were forced to watch as their
father or brother was blindfolded, handcuffed, and taken away. Or if
you as a parent were forced to watch this being done to your child.

This week the door of our cell was opened and a sixteen year boy was
pushed inside. My friend Adeeb Abu Rahmeh was shocked to recognize his
son, Mohammed, whom Adeeb had not seen since he himself was arrested
during a nonviolent demonstration 16 months ago.

Mohammad smiled when he saw his Father, but his face was red and
swollen and it was clear that he was in pain. He told us that he had
been taken from his home two nights previously. He spent the first
night blindfolded and shackled, being moved from one place to another.
The next day after a terrifying, disoriented, and sleepless night he
was taken to an interrogation room, his blindfold was removed and an
interrogator showed him pictures of people from the village. When
questioned about the first picture he told the interrogator that he
did not recognize the person. The interrogator slapped him hard across
the face. This continued with every question that Mohammad was asked:
when he did not give the answer that the interrogator wanted, he was
slapped, punched and threatened. Mohammad's treatment is not

Young boys from our village have been taken from their homes violently
and report   being denied sleep, food, and water and being kept in
Isolation and threatened and often beaten during interrogation.

What was unusual about Mohammad is that he did not satisfy his
interrogator and with competent representation was released within a
few days. Usually children, just because they are children, will say
whatever the interrogator wants them to say to make such treatment
stop.  Adeeb, myself, and thousands of other prisoners are being held
in prison based on testimonies forced or coerced out of these
children. No child should ever receive such treatment.

When the children who had testified against me retracted what they
said in interrogation and told the military judge that their
testimonies where given under duress, the judge declared them hostile

Adeeb Abu Rahmah and I are the first to be convicted with incitement
and participation in illegal demonstrations since the first Intifada
but, unfortunately, it does not seem that we will be the last.

I often wonder what Israeli leaders think they will achieve if they
succeed in their goal of suppressing the Palestinian popular struggle?
Is it possible that they believe that our people can sit quietly and
watch as our land is taken from us?  Do they think that we can face
our children and tell them that, like us, they will never experience
freedom? Or do they actually prefer violence and killing to our form
of nonviolent struggle because it camouflages their ongoing theft and
gives them an excuse to continue using us as guinea pigs for their

My eldest daughter Luma was nine years old when I was arrested. She is
now ten. After my arrest she began going to the Friday demonstrations
in our village. She always carries a picture of me in her arms. The
adults try to look after her but I still  worry for my little girl. I
wish that she could enjoy her childhood like other children, that she
could be studying and playing with her friends. But through the walls
and barbed wire that separates us I hear my daughter's message to me,
saying: "Baba, they cannot stop us. If they take you away, we will
take your place and continue to struggle for justice." This is the
message that I want to bring you today. From beyond the walls, the
barbed wire, and the prison bars that separate Palestinians and




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Friday, December 10, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Cageprisoners in discussion with Pakistan’s Interior Minister over return of Dr Aafia Siddiqui

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10 December 2010


PRESS RELEASE: Cageprisoners in discussion with Pakistan's Interior Minister over return of Dr Aafia Siddiqui




Cageprisoners has helped spearhead roundtable talks with senior members of the Pakistan Government over the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.


The organisation completed the first round of discussions with the Pakistan Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, in Islamabad.


The landmark meeting, which also involved the sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, involved key discussions and ideas to work towards her return. At the meeting the Minister agreed to make a formal written request to the US State Department for the repatriation of Dr Aafia.


Cageprisoners will be working on avenues to help the government seek the return of Dr Aafia as the organisation believes it is crucial that she be returned to Pakistan as soon as possible.


Cageprisoners Board member, Saghir Hussain, who travelled from London a few days ago to take part in the crucial meeting said:


"The Pakistani peoples reaction to the continued incarceration has become a major issue in relations between the US and Pakistan. The US government needs to be made aware that her continued detention will be an impediment to their wider strategic goals in that region Therefore, we believe that the US government could be persuaded to return Aafia to Pakistan if the request came from the highest echelons of the civil and military establishment."


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Sign Petition--WikiLeaks: Stop the crackdown - incredible response!

Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 05:58:52 -0500
Subject: WikiLeaks: Stop the crackdown - incredible response!

Message body Incredible - nearly 400,000 signatures in one day for press freedom! Join the massive outcry and forward the email below -

Dear friends,

The chilling intimidation campaign against WikiLeaks (when they have broken no laws) is an attack on freedom of the press and democracy. We urgently need a massive public outcry to stop the crackdown -- let's get to 1 million voices and take out full page ads in US newspapers this week!

The massive campaign of intimidation against WikiLeaks is sending a chill through free press advocates everywhere.

Legal experts say WikiLeaks has likely broken no laws. Yet top US politicians have called it a terrorist group and commentators have urged assassination of its staff. The organization has come under massive government and corporate attack, but WikiLeaks is only publishing information provided by a whistleblower. And it has partnered with the world's leading newspapers (NYT, Guardian, Spiegel etc) to carefully vet the information it publishes.

The massive extra-judicial intimidation of WikiLeaks is an attack on democracy. We urgently need a public outcry for freedom of the press and expression. Sign the petition to stop the crackdown and forward this email to everyone -- let's get to 1 million voices and take out full page ads in US newspapers this week!

WikiLeaks isn't acting alone -- it's partnered with the top newspapers in the world (New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc) to carefully review 250,000 US diplomatic cables and remove any information that it is irresponsible to publish. Only 800 cables have been published so far. Past WikiLeaks publications have exposed government-backed torture, the murder of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, and corporate corruption.

The US government is currently pursuing all legal avenues to stop WikiLeaks from publishing more cables, but the laws of democracies protect freedom of the press. The US and other governments may not like the laws that protect our freedom of expression, but that's exactly why it's so important that we have them, and why only a democratic process can change them.

Reasonable people can disagree on whether WikiLeaks and the leading newspapers it's partnered with are releasing more information than the public should see. Whether the releases undermine diplomatic confidentiality and whether that's a good thing. Whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has the personal character of a hero or a villain. But none of this justifies a vicious campaign of intimidation to silence a legal media outlet by governments and corporations. Click below to join the call to stop the crackdown:

Ever wonder why the media so rarely gives the full story of what happens behind the scenes? This is why - because when they do, governments can be vicious in their response. And when that happens, it's up to the public to stand up for our democratic rights to a free press and freedom of expression. Never has there been a more vital time for us to do so.

With hope,
Ricken, Emma, Alex, Alice, Maria Paz and the rest of the Avaaz team.


Law experts say WikiLeaks in the clear (ABC)

WikiLeaks are a bunch of terrorists, says leading U.S. congressman (Mail Online)

Cyber guerrillas can help US (Financial Times)

Wikileaks: Brazil President Lula backs Julian Assange (BBC):

Amazon drops WikiLeaks under political pressure (Yahoo)

US Gov shows true control over Internet with WikiLeaks containment (

US embassy cables culprit should be executed, says Mike Huckabee (The Guardian)

WikiLeaks ditched by MasterCard, Visa. Who's next? (Christian Science Monitor)

Assange's Interpol Warrant Is for Having Sex Without a Condom (The Slatest)

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REDFOSFORO: Boletín nº 61 Diciembre 2010

Subject: Boletín nº 61 Diciembre 2010
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 22:46:10 -0500

Message body Si no ves correctamente el email, haz clic aquí

1.  sistemas integrales de creación, en la red social
2. INVERSO, Festival de Poesía Independiente de Madrid
3. Nares Montero en La Hija del Panadero



        El silencio, ¿un mutismo?
¿Musita el horizonte
o tu propio interior?

Griterío ese árbol
de la caoba, ¿harina
o tu propio interior?

Lo salvaje, ¿esos tigres
en oasis? ¿dormidos?
¿o tu propio interior?

Te escuchas... ¡tan lejano!...
¿eres tú lejanía
o tu propio interior?


                       Francisco Pino


> CUVO (Miguel Noguera y una selecta colección de performers)

> ReVox III/IV, Ciclo de Poesía Experimental
Madrid y Barcelona

> Presentación del libro de Ana Vidal
Tres Rosas Amarillas



Para responder a las complejas necesidades de la (mal) conocida como 'industria cultural', sistemas integrales de creación, organismo de producción y difusión de contenidos culturales, estrena dos medios de contacto directo como son facebook y twitter. Además de estas incorporaciones, se añaden nuevos profesionales a su equipo, y se está preparando una nueva página web y una serie de encuentros teóricos y prácticos en torno a la creación y sus múltiples derivados. 


sistemas integrales de creación
en facebook
y twitter





  INVERSO 2010
Viernes 10.12.2010_20 h.
Sala Clamores
C/ Alburquerque 14
5 €




Presentación del libro de Nares Montero
Domingo 12.12.2010_19.30 h.
La Hija del Panadero
C/ Manuela Malasaña 11
5 € con consumición



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