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These fights are not over yet, people, so don’t you dare think you can sit back and rest on your laurels. Republicans who may have been ousted from their seats are doing everything in their power to pass these laws before they’re forced to vacate. And Michigan has morphed into yet another ground zero for civil and union rights.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=46522These fights are not over yet, people, so don’t you dare think you can sit back... more
Early this morning a group of masked protesters in Guatemala City blocked the road of main highway towards the Atlantic. The protesters, who wore masks, are assumed to be students of the National University of San Carlos, (USAC).
They displayed banners that read: No to the Constitutional Reforms, USAC Present, No more deaths, USAC Present.
Link: http://www.guatemala-times.com/news/guatemala/3431-guatemala-city-protesters-again-use-road-blocks.htmlEarly this morning a group of masked protesters in Guatemala City blocked the road of... more
Catholic Worker Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa has been sentenced to serve 6 months in a federal prison for his witness against the use of drone warfare.
Below is a message from Brian and his statement before the court.
Friends, We are just out of court. I have been ordered to surrender to a federal prison not yet designated on November 30 to serve a six months in lock up, co-defendant Ron Faust was sentenced to five years on probation. Below is the statement I made to the court. Judge Whitworth took great offense at my reference to Air Force security personnel as "goosestepping riot police." Comparing our fighting men to Nazis (the judge's word, not mine) was reprehensible, he said. He is not offended, apparently, by goosestepping US military police intimidating nonviolent protestors, nor by Air Force drones committing crimes against humanity and murdering children. Mentioning these embarrassing facts, however, is an affront to good manners.
Many thanks for love, prayers and solidarity from many quarters.
Brian Punishing Free Speech and Letting Murder Off the Hook, Justice Denied in Missouri
Brian Terrell’s statement at sentencing, US District Court, Jefferson City, Missouri, October 11, 2012:
Mark Twain called free speech the "privilege of the grave," a privilege never afforded the living save as an empty formality, not to be regarded seriously as an actual possession. "As an active privilege, it ranks with the privilege of committing murder: we may exercise it if we are willing to take the consequences. Murder is forbidden both in form and in fact; free speech is granted in form but forbidden in fact….Murder is sometimes punished, free speech always."
Punishing free speech and letting murder off the hook is the order of the day in this courtroom.
How to speak of an appropriate sentence where no crime has been committed? No crime committed, at least, by the defendants? Last month’s trial in this courtroom concerning a protest of killer drones flown from Whiteman Air Force Base left no doubt that this is the case.
Each of the government’s witnesses, all of them Air Force police personnel, testified that participants in this protest were nonviolent, respectful and peaceable in assembling at Whiteman Air Force Base, a government installation, to petition that government for redress of a grievance, demanding that the remote control killing carried out daily from Whiteman cease. They testified that at no time, before or during our protest, did they perceive us as a threat.
Our expert witnesses testified that our behavior was consistent with the activities that the drafters of the First Amendment intended to be protected, not persecuted, by the government. The order and security of the base would not have been compromised had the security police allowed us to proceed to the headquarters to deliver our petition. No testimony to the contrary was offered this court.
Instead of planning to accommodate a constitutionally protected peaceable assembly, however, the Air Force chose intimidation and conspired to deprive us of the rights they are sworn to protect. We learned from government witnesses that that the phalanx of goose stepping riot police is a “Confrontation Management Team,” deployed only in the case of preannounced events. Whiteman security did not call out the Team to defend the base but to intimidate citizens engaged in lawful activities.
The court was mistaken a month ago when it said that our group was “allowed” to assemble on the highway right of way by the Air Force and that this space provided for us met free speech requirements of reasonable time and place. This place in question is not only outside the base’s jurisdiction, it is outside the sight and hearing of anyone on the base. The court’s decision is part of a widening disintegration of civil liberties, where speech is tolerated only in designated and remote “free speech zones” where it cannot be heard by the government, and criminalized in any place where that speech might actually have a chance to be understood. Intended or not, the court’s message is a chilling one- that a citizens’ constitutional right to assemble to petition the government extends only to places outside government facilities and where the government does not have to hear it.
The court’s easy dismissal of international law as not “trumping” domestic law has precedents, but is all the more disturbing for this fact. Last fall, I was on trial for a drone protest in a New York State where, in contrast to this court, former United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark was permitted to testify on international law. Judge Gideon, after listening to Ramsey Clark speak of the Nuremburg Principles at length, leaned over the bench and asked him, “This is all interesting, but what is the enforcement mechanism? Who is responsible for enforcing international law?” “They are,” responded Mr. Clark, pointing to us defendants, “and so,” he said to Judge Gideon, “are you!” Every citizen is responsible under international law and every judge more so.
In our trial here last month, as at our protest in April, our intention has been to put the illegally operated predator drones on trial and so we have focused on the machines that are sowing death and terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan by remote control from Whiteman Air Force Base. It was never our intention to address or to protest the weapons system that is the larger mission of Whiteman, namely the B-2 Stealth Bomber.
However, Judge Whitworth, both in sentencing Mark Kenney and in our trial, you noted that your commitment to maintain the security of the B-2 weighs heavily in your decisions.
For a judge to admit to being swayed by a consideration other than the law, not to mention when that consideration is the security of weapons of mass destruction, raises obvious questions about that judge’s impartiality. For my part, Judge Whitworth, I am grateful to you for calling our attention to the larger picture. It is not, of course, the technology of robotics that we protest but the murderous and criminal uses the government puts it to. Drones are the weapon of choice in the current administration’s wars of aggression, but it was the B-2s from Whiteman that first violated Afghan airspace eleven years ago this week and began killing the people of Afghanistan. The crimes against humanity that began in October, 2001, with B-2 airstrikes on a defenseless civilian population continue today with drones operated from that very same base.
The B-2 Bomber, blasphemously nicknamed the “Spirit Bomber,” is also ready at a moment’s notice to commit the ultimate and unthinkable war crime of delivering the first nuclear payload to any place on earth. A cold war boondoggle, the B-2’s stealth capability shields it from radar the Soviets never got around to developing before their own tragic empire finally imploded. It is a prime illustration of President Eisenhower’s admonition, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”
more at the linkCatholic Worker Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa has been sentenced to serve 6 months in a... more
Iran President Ahmadinejad condemns anti islam film innocence of muslims.
Sept. 20 - Anti-Japan demonstrators attack a car carrying U.S. ambassador Gary Locke outside the American embassy in Beijing on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of northern China. Rough cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )Sept. 20 - Anti-Japan demonstrators attack a car carrying U.S. ambassador Gary Locke... more
As The Stew reported previously, as a result of the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Westboro Baptist Church’s right under the First Amendment to protest wherever they choose, including at military funerals, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) came up with a possible solution. She drafted the Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act -also known as SERVE- which would create a buffer for military funerals without violating the First Amendment.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=40836As The Stew reported previously, as a result of the Supreme Court decision to uphold... more
A high school friend used to say, “Life is a shit sandwich and I take a bigger bite every day.” There’s a lot of cynical wisdom in that quote. The Shit Sandwich du Jour is the Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Deluxe and it’s leaving a shitty taste in everyone’s mouth.A high school friend used to say, “Life is a shit sandwich and I take a bigger... more
He hides from the media. Now he runs from real Americans who don't buy his 1% bull...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=37541He hides from the media. Now he runs from real Americans who don't buy his 1%... more
The Western campaign for global dominance has reached the top of the world. To the world’s military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources and long-dreamed-of sea-lanes. The largest military exercise in the High North, inside and immediately outside the Arctic Circle, since the end of the Cold War (and perhaps even before) was completed on March 21 in northern Norway. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43061-cold-response-2012-nato-are-preparing-for-a-new-kind-of-cold-war-in-the-arcticThe Western campaign for global dominance has reached the top of the world. To the... more
Santorum supporters countered with shouts of, “Get a job,” while the Republican candidate attempted to show that he understands the protesters by turning the issue on President Obama...
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/14/santorum-disrupted-by-occupy-calls-them-intolerant-video/Santorum supporters countered with shouts of, “Get a job,” while the... more
A letter to a Wall Street banker from his son + An Open Letter from Black Blocs anarchist to Occupy Wall StreetYou Should be Proud I’m Not a Coward Like You Dad. ----- It’s all fraud dad, your entire fucking life is pure fraud and you should be proud of the fact that I’ve decided to revolt against the deception. Tell me one thing in your life that’s not false dad, the women, they’re paid prostitutes; the money, it’s all made through exploitation and theft. You tell me you coward, one thing that you have built without the assistance of your name and granddad’s fortune. Nothing dad, you are nothing but a piece of shit living a life of privilege on the back of government connections and business fraud. http://www.freeturbine.com/index.php/news/recent-politic/item/a-letter-to-a-wall-street-banker-from-his-son-an-open-letter-from-black-blocs-anarchist-to-chris-hedgesYou Should be Proud I’m Not a Coward Like You Dad. ----- It’s all fraud... more
Great video showing the beauty of 'people power'....
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/10/balloon-over-protest-video/Great video showing the beauty of 'people power'....... more
While distributing the notices, two female officers appeared to focus in on one vocal protester, and as they began to restrain the individual, one officer tased the unarmed man still clad in his pajamas. After the man apparently suffered a seizure, bystanders claim that he was 'refused medical treatment.'
http://veracitystew.com/2012/01/30/dc-police-taser-unarmed-occupy-protester-video/While distributing the notices, two female officers appeared to focus in on one vocal... more
On September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), a diffuse group of mostly white middle class young people began a loosely organized protest in New York’s financial district. The group planned to camp out for some extended period in Zuccotti Park, a privately owned park in Lower Manhattan open to the public. This protest against corporate greed and social inequality and other disparities between rich and poor in the United States and around the world was fueled by their own anger and frustration at living in a country in the throes of a capitalist economic crisis where their own personal futures looked grim while the government was propping up and bailing out the super rich, the very people responsible for the crisis! http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43044-occupy-wall-street-why-this-rebellion-deserves-our-support-On September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), a diffuse group of mostly white... more
Egyptian anti-government activists clashed with security forces in a third day of street battles in the capital as protesters demanded that the country's military rulers hand power immediately to a civilian administration. Egypt. 18th December 2011Egyptian anti-government activists clashed with security forces in a third day of... more
The New York Times...
Mass March by Cairo Women in Protest Over Abuse by Soldiers
December 20, 2011
Mass March by Cairo Women in Protest Over Abuse by Soldiers
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
CAIRO — Several thousand women demanding the end of military rule marched through downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening in an extraordinary expression of anger over images of soldiers beating, stripping and kicking female demonstrators in Tahrir Square.
“Drag me, strip me, my brothers’ blood will cover me!” they chanted. “Where is the field marshal?” they demanded of the top military officer, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. “The girls of Egypt are here.”
Historians called the event the biggest women’s demonstration in modern Egyptian history, the most significant since a 1919 march against British colonialism inaugurated women’s activism here, and a rarity in the Arab world. It also added a new and unexpected wave of protesters opposing the ruling military council’s efforts to retain power and its tactics for suppressing public discontent.
The protest’s scale stunned even feminists here. In Egypt’s stiffly patriarchal culture, previous attempts to organize women’s events in Tahrir Square during this year’s protests almost always fizzled or, in one case in March, ended in the physical harassment of a small group of women by a larger crowd of men.
“It was amazing the number of women that came out from all over the place,” said Zeinab Abul-Magd, a historian who has studied women’s activism here. “I expected fewer than 300.”
The march abruptly pushed women to the center of Egyptian political life after they had been left out almost completely. Although women stood at the forefront of the initial revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago, few had prominent roles in the various revolutionary coalitions formed in the uprising’s aftermath. Almost no women have won seats in the early rounds of parliamentary elections. And the continuing demonstrations against military rule have often degenerated into battles in which young men and the security police hurl rocks at each other.
On the fifth day of clashes that have killed at least 14 people, many women in the march said they hoped their demonstration would undercut the military council’s efforts to portray demonstrators as little more than hooligans, vandals and arsonists. “This will show those who stay home that we are not thugs,” said Fadwa Khaled, 25, a computer engineer.
The women’s demand for a voice in political life appeared to run counter to the recent election victories of conservative Islamists. But the march was hardly dominated by secular liberals. It contained a broad spectrum of Egyptian women, including homemakers demonstrating for the first time and young mothers carrying babies, with a majority in traditional Muslim head scarves and a few in face-covering veils. And their chants mixed calls for women’s empowerment with others demanding more “gallantry” from Egyptian men.
Egypt’s military rulers came under fire from international human rights groups soon after they took power in February for performing invasive, pseudo-medical “virginity tests” on several women detained after a protest in March. But in Egypt’s conservative culture, few of the women subjected to that humiliation have come forward to criticize the generals publicly.
The spark for the march on Tuesday came over the weekend, when hundreds of military police officers in riot gear repeatedly stormed Tahrir Square, indiscriminately beating anyone they could catch. Videos showed more than one instance in which officers grabbed and stripped female demonstrators, tearing off their Muslim head scarves. And in the most infamous case caught on video, a half-dozen soldiers beat a supine woman with batons and ripped off her abaya to reveal a blue bra. Then one of them kicked her in the chest.
Recalling that event at a news conference Tuesday, the woman’s friend Hassan Shahin said he had told the soldiers: “I’m a journalist, and this is a girl. Wait, I’ll take her away from here.” But, he said, “nobody listened, and one of them jumped on me, and they started beating me with batons.”
PHOTO: A poster showing a woman attacked by officers was carried by one of several thousand marchers Tuesday in downtown Cairo.
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/12/21/world/EGYPT/EGYPT-articleLarge.jpgThe New York Times... . Mass March by Cairo Women in Protest Over Abuse by... more
A retired bishop was among more than 50 people arrested after the Occupy Wall Street movement stormed another New York City park in an attempt to find a new home. Former Episcopal bishop George E. Packard was led away in cuffs after climbing a ladder to illegally enter Juan Pablo Duarte Square in the west SoHo neighbourhood of the city during the demo. He was one of hundreds of demonstrators, members of the clergy and elected officials who descended on the park and scaled a chain-link fence by a lot they’re eyeing as a new campsite. http://www.freeturbine.com/index.php/news/recent-politic/item/bishop-arrested-during-occupy-new-york-protestA retired bishop was among more than 50 people arrested after the Occupy Wall Street... more
Bahrain security forces stormed the Al-Khalifa, one of the houses of the village Cakhurh assaulting 25 protesters with sticks, with an estimated 18 cases serious injuries mostly head woundsBahrain security forces stormed the Al-Khalifa, one of the houses of the village... more
Marya Mannes - writer, journalist and not-so-casual, casual observer.