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Maina Kiai: We are living in an age of protest

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The UN’s special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association believes there is a crisis of governance and the poor and marginalised are expressing themselves on the streets

Maina Kiai is tired. It’s been a long year for the UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and he tells me he’s looking forward to the end of the year.

Kiai has spent his life fighting injustice. From facing down repressive politicians in his home country of Kenya to touring the world to document human rights abuses. But the past 12 months have been almost too much for the veteran activist.

If someone is suffering, we all lose our dignity

Related: The unarmed civilians bringing peace to South Sudan

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About 2,000 Bosnian’s Protest Increasing Air Pollution in Lukavac

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Almost 2,000 citizens protested against air pollution in Lukavac, northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina. Protesters held signs that read: ‘we are privileged, we can see the stuff we breathe’, ‘how much are children’s lungs worth?’, ‘can I have some clean air for my grandchildren?’, while some had plastic bags filled with ‘clean air’. Citizens demand industrial polluters abide Read More

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Kenyan Muslims Protect Christians From Al-Shabaab Militants

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Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab attacked a bus in Kenya on Monday, killing two people, but the rest of non-Muslim passengers were saved by other Muslims in the bus. Abdi Mohamud Abdi, a Muslim who was among the passengers in the attack in Mandera, northeast Kenya, told Reuters that more than 10 al Shabaab militants boarded the Read More

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Notre-Dame-des-Landes, France: Call-out for a massive day of action on Saturday 16th January

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The movement against the airport calls for a massive day of action on Saturday 16th January.

For the Nantes region, a bike-tractor and walking march is being prepared.

We call on support committees and all the opponents to imagine right now how to participate on this day with similar actions (or others) in their regions, or to join us.

Since there won’t be an airport, for the immediate abandonment of eviction procedures: book your Saturday 16th January!

And ​​widely circulate the information around you. More info coming soon.

Looking forward to finding each other on the roads and in the streets.

Some members of various components of the NDL struggle [Notre-Dame-Des-Landes] (including ACIPA, ADECA, COPAIN, some ZAD occupants), gathered in a general assembly on December 14th.

[Translation via Contra Info from zad.nadir.org]

Poster text: In case work starts or an eviction of the ZAD: mobilisations, blockades, occupations. More info from your local committee or on zad.nadir.org.

Activists Shut Down Enbridge Line 9 in Canada Again

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For the second time in as many weeks activists in Canada have occupied and shut down Line 9 Endbridge’s  300,000 barrel per day oil pipe line. This action effectively shuts down the flow of bitumen oil from the Alberta Tar Sands into into the United States. The activists arrived at the Endbridge site just West Read More

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Mall of America Files Restraining Order Against Black Lives Matter MN

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While we’ve frequently seen lawsuits demanding that people remove online content, and people thrown in jail for posting online content – we’ve yet to see anyone FORCED to post anything, let alone an event cancellation. More interestingly, this is a proposed restraining order (not yet approved by a judge, according to the BLM MN Facebook page) which demands that eight BLM Read More

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Weed Legalization Exacerbates Homeless Crisis in Denver

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Article by sole The situation in Denver has long passed the tipping point; since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2013 it is estimated that over 10,000 people a month are moving to this city. Unlike other cities that have seen massive gentrification there are no rent control laws in Denver, it is enshrined into the Read More

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A Holiday Letter to Family and Friends on the Eve of Jail

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Dear family and friends, I’m writing to wish you Happy Holidays now, as I’m going to jail for a few days tomorrow. (If you aren’t apprised of the background underlying my criminal conviction, see here.) To be clear, I am guilty. I saw our version of American Justice, and I’m here to tell you it Read More

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LAPD Assault & Punch One Armed Woman in the Face (Audio)

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The police in southern California are seemingly on a rampage, and as they commit new acts of brutality, evidence from the past keeps popping up about their previous acts. This incident is coming right after a gruesome video from last year of the Long Beach Police shooting Noel Aguilar, a recent video of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies shooting Read More

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Gruesome Video of Police Shooting of Noel Aguilar

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Long Beach, California: A gruesome cellphone video taken by an anonymous witness has surfaced showing the point-blank police shooting of 23 year old Noel Aguilar in Long Beach last year. Angel Carrazco, an attorney representing Aguilar’s mother and child gave the new evidence to the Department of Justice, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s office and the Los Read More

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Montel Williams Calls Fast Food Workers Stupid on Twitter

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Montel Williams has been praised recently in the liberal and “alternative” media for vowing to “take up arms” against a hypothetical Donald Trump presidency, in which Trump somehow enacts his plan to make Muslim people wear ID badges. It seems that he’s not exactly the ally liberals are looking for, especially considering his recent Tweet calling fast food Read More

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LA Protest at Turkish Consulate Honors Tahir Elçi, Hrant Dink

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Kurdish, Armenian, and other oppressed groups joined political activists in front of the Turkish Consulate today to denounce the assassination (and to honor) Tahir Elçi, Hrant Dink, and other victims of Turkish state violence. The rally was organized by the Rojava Solidarity Committee of Los Angeles, and the Armenian Youth Federation. Protestors chanted, “What do we want? Justice. When Read More

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Worst Attempts to Regulate the Internet in Latin America in 2015

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Translated from Derechos Digitales Latin America saw some really harmful attempts to regulate the Internet in 2015. All were ridiculous, absurd and dangerous, here is a selection of some of the worst. Chile – Digital Media Law A product of careless and poor legislative drafting technique, an attempt to standardize the electronic media with the Read More

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Curfews, Military Ops, and Resistance: Eastern Turkey under Siege as Kurdish Youth Rebels

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Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) recently published a note on imposed curfews in predominantly Kurdish districts since August 2015. According to their report, a total of 52 curfews have been declared by the Turkish state in 7 provinces, effecting almost 1.3 million citizens. The longest duration’s of the open-ended and round-the-clock curfews include Nusaybin Read More

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Denver PD Justify Violent Arrests After Officer Dumps Motorcycle

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On April 29, 2015, Denver protestors answered the call from Baltimore for marches in solidarity with the city’s ongoing Uprising. The protest ended up including several violent arrests in what could be described as a police riot. The Denver Police Department (DPD) claimed the violence from their officers that day was precipitated by a protestor Read More

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Leipzig: EWI – this is only the beginning

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We will keep going next year!

We squatted rooms in the EWI (faculty of education) together with los of different people to show, that it is possible to realize our political demands. The squatting happened as an act of basic democratically organized civil disobedience.

The rooms here are to small for a Social Center For All and for next year they will probably be used as a communal housing for refugees. Therefore we ended the squatting with a demonstration to the city hall to stress on our demand for an appropriate building!

After the last 2 days, we will try to spend some time in reflection and think about how to pick up on what happened. As a fact: The Occupation of EWI was a big success for us! By squatting we reached the aim to raise attention. There’s no way not to see we are here! We achieved, that public and politics opened for the project, so for now we are in a good position to get closer to our goal: having a Social Center for All!

But most important thing: People experienced a successful squatting and got a feeling of how to act together in order to reach a common goal. So for that, we are enthusiastic to move on! For the next time we are ready to squat together with more people an even bigger building! Until then we will further develop our political demands and we invite all of you to join us! In the new year, we will really try to pick up on this feeling and hopefully work together with all of you again! We will definitely go on with doing the Utopia Workshops, open for everyone, so stay tuned for upcoming dates. If you want to criticize or comment on the action or the project feel free to sent us mail and join the next meetings!

EWI
socialcenter-leipzig [at] posteo [dot] de
http://socialcenter-leipzig.de/

http://socialcenter-leipzig.de/2015/12/19/ewi-erst-der-anfang-ewi-was-just-the-beginning/

Independent journalist attacked and arrested by Denver police

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On April 29, 2015 around 200 people gathered in Denver in protest to show solidarity with the People of Baltimore, Freddie Gray, the ongoing uprising in that city, and the missing 43 of Ayotzinapa. I was among the group both in solidarity and documenting the protest as an independent activist journalist. If you’ve ever filmed Read More

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Two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces as violence flares

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Troops open fire on driver of speeding car in West Bank and man attempting to breach border fence in Gaza Strip

Two Palestinians were killed in confrontations with and assaults on Israeli forces on Friday, the latest in three months of near-daily outbreaks of violence in the region.

In one attack, a Palestinian man sped in his car towards Israeli forces who were controlling a riot in the town of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to a police spokeswoman.

Related: Is a third Palestinian intifada on the way – or has it already begun?

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Which war did the Republican candidates serve in? Reflections on the GOP debate from an Iraq vet

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by Ramon Mejia

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As a U.S. Marine veteran who was deployed to Iraq in 2003, I can’t even begin to describe the disgust I felt while watching the GOP debate on Tuesday night. Presidential candidate after presidential candidate attempted to one-up each other by highlighting how tough they would be as future commanders in chief. Each solution they presented demonstrated what little regard they had for the loss of life, and how quick they would be to resort to acts most often referred to as war crimes.

The debate reached its height of callousness when Ben Carson, once a pediatric neurosurgeon of some repute, was asked if he was “OK with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilians.” He responded with “You got it.” The irony of a person who formerly devoted his career to saving children’s lives and is now so willing to commit to actions that would result in the deaths of thousands of children in order to showcase his mettle is hard to ignore.

Let me make something clear: no one on that stage has experienced war. None of those candidates have to relive the memories and traumas of participating in war. And not one shares the intimate loss and grief endured by the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians and service members. And yet, carpet bombing, targeting of civilians, opposing democratic movements, and murdering families as retaliation were all openly suggested as potential strategies in the never-ending wars that began with the Bush administration and have continued throughout Obama’s presidency.

Serving in the invasion and occupation of Iraq has made me question the motivations of any elected leader that casually mentions war as a quick and easy option. My time in Iraq was anything but easy. During the dozens of resupply missions my unit was tasked with, we were exposed to the devastation that the invasion had left inside of Iraq. Trucks, cars, tanks, countless buildings scarred with battle damage.

On each successive resupply run, we watched as the faces of children on the side of the roads changed from open and curious to eventually withdrawn and fearful. I saw children that were so happy and so filled with life, and we were the ones taking that away from them. You won’t hear this from any of the candidates promoting more war. You won’t hear about the impact war has had on the people actually living in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan.

It is also telling what else was not discussed during the debate. While the candidates all seemed perfectly willing to sacrifice yet another generation to pointless wars all in a shameless attempt to increase their place in the polls, they failed to mention the cost of such belligerence. The term “PTSD” wasn’t uttered once during the debate, nor was “Traumatic Brain Injury,” or “Suicide.” The word veteran? Mentioned only once. The reality is that the impact of the war stays with me, and with countless veterans who are returning home traumatized, with as many as 22 veterans a day resorting to suicide as a solution.

Watching the GOP debate on Tuesday gave me an opportunity to reflect on what I took part in and the journey I’ve traveled to come to a place of dedicating my life to make things right. I wish our country would learn some of the lessons that I did instead of perpetuating the same mistakes repeatedly. The sideshow that many of us watched on Tuesday night was only the most recent egregious example of how irresponsible the national dialogue around our foreign policy has become. We, as people responsible for electing the next commander in chief, need to take a good hard look at who we are bringing into office because, let’s be honest: this isn’t a problem confined to only the Republican Party. This is a bipartisan failure. We need to ask ourselves if the candidate that we choose to elect is going to offer us more of the same or break us out  of this deadly cycle.

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