Unite Against Fascism | Public meeting: After France: Unity – no to fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia – defend civil liberties

Unite Against Fascism | Public meeting: After France: Unity – no to fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia – defend civil liberties: -9pm Thursday 29 January

Committee Room 11, House of Commons - main entrance for Parliament (Cromwell Green Entrance), Nearest tube: Westminster



We also utterly reject attempts to hold all Muslims or the religion of Islam itself responsible for the actions of a handful of terrorists. The overwhelming majority of Muslims in France and in the whole of Europe and elsewhere have condemned these attacks. Nonetheless in attempts to tar the entire Muslim community with responsibility for these actions, public figures have called on Muslims to “apologise” for the actions of these killers and have revived the discourse about a “clash of civilisations” to explain these killings. Muslim communities have been singled out for vilification which has resulted in a rise in violent attacks on Mosques, Muslim communities and individuals including here in Britain. In the immediate aftermath, France witnessed grenades thrown at a Mosque and a Moroccan man was murdered. ’Kill all Muslims’ trended worldwide on twitter without an international outcry. Simultaneously Jewish people across Europe live in fear of further attacks. People of faith and none have a right to live in peace and harmony, free from fear, hatred and violence.


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Article: A Future in Prison | OpEdNews

Article: A Future in Prison | OpEdNews: January 22, 2015
The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I'll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington's federal medical center for men. Very early tomorrow morning, Buddy Bell, Cassandra Dixon, and Paco and Silver, two house guests whom we first met in protests on South Korea's Jeju Island, will travel with me to Kentucky and deliver me to the satellite women's prison outside the Federal Medical Center for men.

In December, 2014, Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in federal prison after Georgia Walker and I had attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base, asking him to stop his troops from piloting lethal drone flights over Afghanistan from within the base. Judge Whitworth allowed me over a month to surrender myself to prison; but whether you are a soldier or a civilian, a target or an unlucky bystander, you can't surrender to a drone.


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Hemos recuperado nuestro sitio web!!! - Meli Wixan Mapu

Hemos recuperado nuestro sitio web!!! - Meli Wixan Mapu - Agradecemos y valoramos a todas aquellas personas y organizaciones que se contactaron para entregar su apoyo y solidaridad. También los invitamos a seguir informándose a través de nuestra sitio web del acontecer noticioso en WallMapu (Territorio Mapuche), así como las diversas actividades que desarrollaremos durante el año.


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65-year-old woman set ablaze for voting NCP, not Shiv Sena - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site

65-year-old woman set ablaze for voting NCP, not Shiv Sena - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site: Wable said the three accused met her on Wednesday afternoon while she was on her way to cast her vote. She said they told her to press the "third button" on the EVM, which was in the name of Shiv Sena's Sambhaji Pawar.

Wable told cops that the three met her again outside the polling booth and threatened to kill her, saying they had seen she had pressed the second button, which was in the name of NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal.

She then told cops that three men came to her house on Thursday around 8pm and abused her. Then, Bhurak held her while Ashok Bornare emptied a jerry can of kerosene on her and Pandurang Bornare set her ablaze.

DSP Naresh Meghrajani said, "Prima facie, the woman's version doesn't appear convincing. Things will be clear during the interrogation of the accused in police custody."

Wable's son, Raghunath, a farmer, said his mother was accusing people who had come to save her. He said she had told him that her saree had caught fire while she was cooking inside the house.


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Glavin: Canadians have no reason to be smug about race | Ottawa Citizen

Glavin: Canadians have no reason to be smug about race | Ottawa Citizen: Canadians have long boasted that this country was born in 1867 without the “original sin” of slavery. We’ve prided ourselves on being unblemished by the thing that disfigured the American republic of 1776. The wickedness that persisted in Jim Crow laws a full century after the bloody civil war of the 1860s was pulled down only by the great civil rights movement that Martin Luther King led to the steps of the Alabama legislature in Montgomery that day in 1965.

But Canada harbours its own disgraceful legacy. Down through the decades, scores of federal and provincial laws isolated, dispossessed and ghettoized one racial or ethnic minority after another. Asians weren’t allowed to vote in Canada until the late 1940s; federally-registered Indians had to wait until 1960.


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Segregation: A Presidential Policy in Prague? | MDAC

Segregation: A Presidential Policy in Prague? | MDAC: "… Surely I could further elaborate on this, I could speak about bullying, about the fact that the speed of a group of cars is determined by the speed of the slowest, hence teachers cannot dedicate their attention to, let’s say, more talented children. I personally believe this is not racism, not a preference for any ethnic group, but that children are far happier when they are in a community of their equals than when they are placed into [a different] community [...] So I really just love all that multiculturalism. I believe it was invented by crazy intellectuals in a caf�in Prague who have never been to a school today, or if they have, they spent maybe half an hour in one. Well, whatever they saw there was just a Potemkin village. In other words, I am against inclusion […] , so if you want to know my opinion, I don't like it at all and I am against it."


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'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe By Andrea Germanos

'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe By Andrea Germanos: Addressing the how climate change has factored into the new status, Sivan Kartha, a member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute, stated: "Emission rates have risen since 2000 by more than in the previous three decades combined. Investments have continued to pour into fossil fuel infrastructure at a rate that exceeds $1 trillion per year, with additional hundreds of billions of dollars in continued fossil fuel subsidies. We can and must turn this around."

Richard Somerville, also a member of the Science and Security Board, said that people worldwide must demand their leaders take immediate climate action."This threat looms over all of humanity. We all need to respond now, while there is still time," he stated.


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Tony Perkins: Dearborn And Neighborhoods In Minneapolis Are Muslim No-Go Zones | Right Wing Watch

Tony Perkins: Dearborn And Neighborhoods In Minneapolis Are Muslim No-Go Zones | Right Wing Watch: When a “Washington Watch” caller on Friday told Perkins about no-go zones where Muslims are “doing military-type training in Virginia and New York,” which he “heard on Bryan Fischer[’s]” radio show, Perkins said that he had also heard rumors corroborating such allegations.


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Judges demand answers after children die in controversial cancer vaccine trial in India� | Daily Mail Online

Judges demand answers after children die in controversial cancer vaccine trial in India� | Daily Mail Online: At a hearing of India's Supreme Court in Delhi yesterday judges expressed frustration that the country's government had failed to provide answers to what had happened during the earlier trials of the original Gardasil and Cervarix.

They gave the government a month to explain what action had been taken to investigate and what efforts had been made to obtain the consent of those taking part in the trials.


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Canada's race problem? It's even worse than America's.

Canada's race problem? It's even worse than America's.: Terry Glavin, recently writing in the Ottawa Citizen, mocked the idea that the United States could learn from Canada’s example when it comes to racial harmony. To illustrate his point, he compared the conditions of the African-American community to Canada’s First Nations. If you judge a society by how it treats its most disadvantaged, Glavin found us wanting. Consider the accompanying table. By almost every measurable indicator, the Aboriginal population in Canada is treated worse and lives with more hardship than the African-American population. All these facts tell us one thing: Canada has a race problem, too.


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Servindi » Victoria Santa Cruz y Serafina Huamán: “Queremos que otros pueblos se unan a la lucha” | Servicios en Comunicación Intercultural Servindi

Servindi » Victoria Santa Cruz y Serafina Huamán: “Queremos que otros pueblos se unan a la lucha” | Servicios en Comunicación Intercultural Servindi - Victoria Santa Cruz: Para llegar a concientizar e informar a la población. Me gusta hacer radio porque yo me siento conforme con llegar al público en nuestro idioma materno, en la mayoría de las zonas rurales que lo entienden, y porque nos reecontramos con nuestra identidad. Grandes personajes llegan a nuestro programa y los entrevistamos.

Hemos tocado muchos temas: ordenamiento territorial, consulta previa, temas muy importantes. A nuestras autoridades los ponemos a la ley, saben que también podemos decir nuestras verdades. No criticamos como otros que hablan porque alguien les paga, nosotros no cobramos ni un sol. Si hablamos en la emisora, la gente dice “es cierto, eso está pasando”. Hay gente que nos respalda.


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Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to study carbon

Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to study carbon: [news.stanford.edu] The first challenge was teaching people with little to no exposure to the outside world just what carbon is. Co-author Kimberly "Kye" Epps, a postdoctoral scholar in Stanford School of Earth Sciences (who passed away during the project,) developed lesson plans for explaining that all life is based on carbon.

Epps pointed out that the black charcoal from a burnt twig is primarily carbon, and how the carbon-laden smoke enters the atmosphere and ultimately affects the global climate. The plants and trees suck carbon from the atmosphere, she explained, and store it in their trunks and leaves.


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In 7-2 Ruling, Supreme Court Says Exemptions to Whistleblower Protection Act Determined Only By Congress � THE DISTRICT SENTINEL news co-op

In 7-2 Ruling, Supreme Court Says Exemptions to Whistleblower Protection Act Determined Only By Congress � THE DISTRICT SENTINEL news co-op: “Congress’s choice to say ‘specifically prohibited by law’ rather than ‘specifically prohibited by law, rule, or regulation’ suggests that Congress meant to exclude rules and regulations” from exemptions to WPA-protected disclosures, Roberts wrote, as SCOTUSblog noted.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Anthony Kennedy dissented.


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New Florida prison boss details deeply ingrained problems | Politics | Bradenton Herald

New Florida prison boss details deeply ingrained problems | Politics | Bradenton Herald: Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones had intended to present the Senate Criminal Justice Committee with a variety of reforms she is proposing to the system that has seen a 13 percent increase in inmate deaths in the past year, but the committee had other ideas.

As Jones told the lawmakers about her priorities to focus on rebuilding decades-old buildings, adequately staff the agency and better handle the growing number of mentally ill inmates, committee members peppered her with questions.

"The media reports that we've seen are not only disquieting but disturbing to my sense of humanity,'' said Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth.


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A moment of euphoria in a long battle for women’s rights in El Salvador | Amnesty's global human rights blog

A moment of euphoria in a long battle for women’s rights in El Salvador | Amnesty's global human rights blog: “Guadalupe” was just 18-years-old when she was imprisoned in 2007. She received a 30 year sentence after authorities wrongly suspected she had terminated her pregnancy. El Salvador has one of the most draconian abortion laws in the world, criminalizing abortion on all grounds, even when a woman’s life or health is in danger and in cases of rape. Women suspected of having illegal abortions are also often cruelly and deliberately charged with homicide, as in Guadalupe’s case. Members of the Legislative Assembly had voted on 16 January on whether to pardon her but “Guadalupe” lost her plea by just one vote. But last night the assembly voted again and this time the pardon was granted. Now, after seven years, Guadalupe will be returning to her young son.

“Guadalupe” is one of a group of 17 similar cases (“the 17”) that will come before the Assembly petitioning for a pardon in the coming months. All are women who come from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds and are serving sentences of up to 40 years for pregnancy-related charges after flawed prosecutions and trials.


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Black McDonald’s Workers Fired ‘To Get the Ghetto Out,’ Lawsuit Alleges - COLORLINES

Black McDonald’s Workers Fired ‘To Get the Ghetto Out,’ Lawsuit Alleges - COLORLINES: Nine of the plaintiffs are black, one is Latino, and they’ve worked a combined half century at McDonald’s restaurants. They also allege that in addition to racial harassment, management made anti-gay comments and sexually harassed workers.

“All of a sudden, they let me go, for no other reason than I ‘didn’t fit the profile’ they wanted at the store,” plaintiff Willie Betts, a cook at the South Boston McDonald’s, said in a statement. “I had no idea what they meant by the right profile until I saw everyone else that they fired as well. I worked at McDonald’s for almost five years, I was on time every day at four o’clock in the morning to open the store, and I never had a disciplinary write-up. They took away the only source of income I have to support my family.”


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Silk Road Judge: Tor Browser Is "Mumbo-Jumbo To Most People On The Jury Right Now" - Forbes

Silk Road Judge: Tor Browser Is "Mumbo-Jumbo To Most People On The Jury Right Now" - Forbes: Only three days have passed and the jury has already been barraged with detailed technical explanations of a dizzying array of cryptographic technologies: Tor, PGP, Bitcoin. The run-downs of these technologies have been interspersed with nearly comical explanations of far more basic elements of the Internet—how forum posts work, the difference between forum posts and direct messages, what the Internet Archive is, and the concept of a “wiki.”


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SPLC Releases Video to Help Law Enforcement Combat ‘Aryan’ Prison Gangs | Hatewatch

SPLC Releases Video to Help Law Enforcement Combat ‘Aryan’ Prison Gangs | Hatewatch: Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center, publisher of Hatewatch, released a new training video intended to help correctional and law enforcement officers understand the structure of these gangs, their criminal enterprises and the signs, such as distinctive tattoos, that officers can use to identify members’ affiliations.


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