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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ICH: Obama -- regime rotation

This is an excellent article by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed that highlights what will be a constant theme during President Obama's years: Does he actually represent change?

CUAPB VP Darrell Robinson wins courtroom victory

Communities United Against Police Brutality
EMAIL NEWS FLASH
January 26, 2009
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VICTORY!
In an exciting courtroom victory today, charges leveled against CUAPB Vice President Darryl Robinson after he was beaten and arrested during copwatch were suddenly dropped by the prosecution in the middle of jury selection. We believe this was indicative of the weakness of the case, once the prosecution realized there were a number of witnesses who could collaborate Darryl's recollections of the incident. Darryl still faces one count of trespass for a previous copwatch incident and that case will go to trial on March 23rd but for now we are all relishing the wonderful victory today.

Thanks go to Ted Dooley, attorney extraordinaire, and to the large number of wonderful folks who showed up for courtwatch today--including five members of the RNC 8. The judge really took notice when the entire courtroom stood up as Darryl's name was called. Courtwatch/court solidarity rocks!

Please continue to support people going to court on RNC-related charges. For an ongoing court calendar of RNC cases, go to http://twincities.indymedia.org/ and look under the Upcoming Events column.
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"WALL 7" CHARGES DISMISSED!
In what many consider the first test of the strength of RNC prosecutions, charges were dismissed on Friday, January 23rd against a group of seven people arrested at Wall and 6th Streets. The "Wall 7" were along a group of 30 people who were arrested on day 1 after they were hemmed in the area by marauding bands of riot cops and bicycle patrols. Each of the defendants faced four misdemeanor charges.

The weakness of the case became apparent after three days of cop testimony in which prosecution witnesses tried to tie Wall 7 defendants with incidents in other intersections blocks away. Having enough of the farce, the judge declared that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the prosecution and tossed out all charges with no option for the prosecution to bring charges later.

The case was also a showcase for the wisdom of court solidarity. Although the "Wall 7" are young people mostly from the northeast, they vowed not to take any deals and to return to court in St. Paul as many times as it took to clear their names. They were aided in this effort by travel funds and other assistance from Community RNC Arrestee Support Structure (CRASS), a group formed to address the arrests and other after-effects of the RNC. For more information on CRASS, go to www.rncaftermath.org
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Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)
Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South
http://www.CUAPB.org

Thursday, January 22, 2009

ICH: embedded with medics in Gaza

Video depicts images from the 22-day bombardment of the people of Gaza.

Israel synonomous with genocidal nazi regime

Warning: this links to video taken during the 22 day bombardment of the peope of Gaza

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

UN official: US should pursue Bush and Rumsfeld for crimes

It's a no-brainer to the whole world except Obama and the complicit Dems who aided and abetted the Bush criminal empire.

Leonard Peltier assaulted -- probable Gov't hit attempt

Forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

URGENT! Leonard Peltier's Safety in Jeopardy!

Dear LP Supporters,

I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon
his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went
into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him.
The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to
his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly
a concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers
is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and
ribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.

We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI
orchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about
his safety. It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not
even know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this
heinous assault. Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be
a conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner. He was placed in solitary
confinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when you
won't name your attackers; incidentally being only given one meal
seriously jeopardizes his health because of his diabetes. Prison
officials refuse to release any info to the family, but they need
to hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does President
Obama. His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.

This attack on LP comes on the heels of the FBI's recent letter,
prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit
LP as a model prisoner. Anyone who has been in the prison system
knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges
against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given
points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator. It
is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use
Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage
"it takes an Indian to catch an Indian". In 1978, they made an
attempt to assassinate him through another Indian man who was also
at Marion prison with LP. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the
plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE
AT FREEDOM. When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined
the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He
also began to speak on Leonard's behalf until his murder six years
ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close
friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion
to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston, TX and told him that
he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with him.

We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support
for his continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also also
seeking support from Native People. So please be aware, and keep
Leonard in your prayers. The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact
we are having. If they will set him up to blemish his record just
before a parole hearing, what will they do when it looks like his
freedom will become a reality? We need to make sure that nothing
happens to him again!

Please write the President, send it priority or registered
mail. Email to Change.gov or email President Obama. Call your
congressional representatives and write letters, not email, to
them. Do what you can to get the word out to insure that LP is
receiving adequate medical attention for his injuries.

I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at
this time to help. I don't know what else to do. Please Help!

Thank you Betty Peltier-Solano Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and
respect. Canaan Federal Prison
570-488-8000

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Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

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http://www.FreePeltierNow.org
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Reports suggest European companies dump toxic waste off Somalia coast after paying corrupt Somali ministers; (UN envoy decries waste dumping off Somal

Reports suggest European companies dump toxic waste off Somalia coast after paying corrupt Somali ministers; (UN envoy decries waste dumping off Somalia). « SomaliSwiss Community . Somalida Switz

"“I am convinced there is dumping of solid waste, chemicals and probably nuclear (waste)…. There is no government (control) and there are few people with high moral ground,” Ould Abdallah added.

Allegations of waste dumping off Somalia by European companies have been heard for years, according to Somalia watchers. The problem was highlighted in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami when broken hazardous waste containers washed up on Somali shores.

But world attention has recently focused on piracy off Somali..."

BBC NEWS | Africa | Profile: Mosiuoa Lekota, the man who split the ANC

BBC NEWS | Africa | Profile: Mosiuoa Lekota

BLACKLOGIC

YouTube - Ron Paul: Israel Created Hamas!

YouTube - Ron Paul: Israel Created Hamas!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Murder in Gaza

Other news sources cited on Informationclearinghouse.info put that number of dead at over 40 civilians murdered at the UN run facility, which apparently is no safe haven.

MURDERED by the POLICE!

BART appeals for calm as footage shows shooting

Racism dead in Amerikkka?

Then why are people of color the only ones getting shot by police even when unarmed?

YouTube - POLICE FATALLY SHOOT UNARMED MAN - Laying Face Down and Shot in The Back! CAUGHT ON VIDEO!

YouTube - POLICE FATALLY SHOOT UNARMED MAN - Laying Face Down and Shot in The Back! CAUGHT ON VIDEO!

Did you see that, Mr. President-elect?