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updated post 4.11.14 05-Apr-2014 22:14

The Shortwave Report 04/04/14 Listen Globally!

shortwaveradioreportpic From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 4.11.14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (April 4) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

This week's show features stories from the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Spanish National Radio, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
From RUSSIA- The UN released a comprehensive, scientific report on the impacts of global warming. The conclusions are severe and point out that continued governmental inaction will be catastrophic.
From JAPAN- The International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must cease whaling in the Antarctic, which Japan agrees too, though it may continue whaling in other regions. North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire in a disputed area this week, which the North blames on huge US South Korea military landing drills. More than 100,000 people in Taiwan protested a current trade pact proposal with mainland China. Der Spiegel reported that a US court allowed the NSA to spy on 11 countries including Japan.
From CUBA- In Venezuela violent anti-government groups set fire to the Ministry of Housing in Caracas- 1200 workers were safely evacuated. The Colombian government and FARC rebels reached agreement on the issue of illegal drugs- new policies will be implemented in light of the farmers needs and the failure of the so-called "War on Drugs."
From SPAIN- The Spanish central government rejected a proposal by the mayor of Madrid to ban all demonstrations in the downtown area. In Egypt attacks on the Muslim brotherhood continue with 3 demonstrators killed. Ousted Ukrainian President Yankovich called for referendums on independence in the former Ukraine.
From GERMANY- NATO warned that Russian military presence on the Ukrainian border is a grave concern, and that it is suspending all military and civilian cooperation with Russia. The US and EU announced that they will help supply gas to Ukraine. Venice is the latest European region to pursue independence from its national government- it joins Crimea, Scotland, and Catalonia.

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actions & protests | corporate dominance 18-Mar-2014 07:00

Fast Track Is A Flop: Petition Delivery to Ron Wyden's Office

From the open publishing newswire: When: Thursday March 20th, 12pm to 1pm
Where: The Federal Building Plaza at Ron Wyden's Office, 911 NE 11th Ave

We need to tell Senator Wyden that Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!

Thanks to massive grassroots resistance, we have derailed the recent Fast Track bill for the Trans-Pacific Partnership! But we are not safe, yet. Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, is deciding right now whether to introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing TPP through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.

Please join us in signing floppy discs and delivering them to Senator Wyden's Portland office during the Senate Recess! We will have discs to sign on the day of the delivery. Your participation in pressuring our congresspeople to do the right thing is the only way to fight to the TPP. Thank you!

To sign the petition, click here

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updated 3.28.14 06-Mar-2014 17:03

The Shortwave Report 03/07/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 3/14/14| 3/21/14 | 3/28/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, and the Voice of Russia.

The latest Shortwave Report (March 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From GERMANY- The UN has formally accused Syrian rebels groups of crimes against humanity. The new Egyptian Prime Minister has outlined his priorities in the run up to presidential elections. The head of the Egyptian military, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, announced his candidacy. A court in Egypt has banned the Palestinian movement Hamas from operating in the country. The Israeli government has plans to force ultra-orthodox Jews into military service. The Israeli military seized 300 rockets that they claimed were from Iran destined to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip- Iran denies involvement. Venezuela has broken all political and diplomatic ties with Panama.
From CUBA- There were large public gatherings in Venezuela to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Hugo Chavez- during the ceremonies President Maduro and Bolivian President Morales denounced the attempted coup. A US drone strike killed at least 3 people in Yemen- last week the European Parliament voted overwhelming to condemn drone strikes and to ban extrajudicial killings. More than 14,000 Afghan troops have been killed in the US-led war.
From JAPAN- North Korea fired 7 rockets into the Sea of Japan while South Korea and the US carried out joint military exercises. The US Defense Department says it will shift its army-centered structure to air and naval power with an eye on China and Iran. Japan and France plan to work together to advance breeder technology nuclear power plants, despite strong public opposition.
From SPAIN- First a Spanish Press Review on the prospects for war in Ukraine. Then hosts discuss the events in Ukraine.
From RUSSIA- An interview with Professor Jack Rasmus from St Marys College in California about the influence of Ukraine's economy on the events leading up to the political turmoil- and how the bailout money will go to Western banks, not Ukrainians.

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Feb 14th Shortwave Report now posted 07-Feb-2014 00:59

The Shortwave Report 02/07/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming.

The latest Shortwave Report (February 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK World Radio Japan, and the Voice of Russia.
From SPAIN- The scheduled referendum to withdraw Catalan from Spain continues to raise hackles in Madrid, and has interesting parallels with the Scottish referendum to withdraw from the UK. Tens of thousands of Spaniards continue to demonstrate against the government's abortion reform.
From CUBA- El Salvador had a presidential election last weekend. Fighting continues in the Central African Republic with Christian armed men, backed by French troops, attacking Muslim rebels. US Marines could be stationed on the African continent as part of a global realignment, as part of US Africa Command.
From GERMANY- The German Cabinet has recommended that German troops have extended deployment in Afghanistan and increase troops in Mali, where half of the population is under the age of 15. Former German Chancellor Schroeder had his phone tapped by the NSA in 2002 because he opposed the US invasion of Iraq. The EU passed new laws and jail sentences for financial fraud, while Germany is going after citizens who use offshore accounts to avoid taxes. Financial corruption is being investigated in the EU. Germany has raised the possibility of sanctions against the Ukraine leadership to speed up resolving the political crisis, and urged the UK to remain in the EU.
From JAPAN- Japanese Prime Minister Abe says that the constitution can be interpreted to allow the creation of self-defense forces. A report on the anti-government protests in Thailand. Thousands of demonstrators marched through Moscow in sub-zero temperatures to protest human rights in their country.
From RUSSIA- An interview with American journalist Harvey Wassermann on the impact of the radiation leaks from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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corporate dominance | economic justice 03-Feb-2014 22:35

Video: Jan. 31 Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization

From the open publishing newswire: Jan. 31 Inter-Continental Day of Action against the TPP & Corporate Globalization Protest / Rally at PSU on 1.31.14 in Portland Oregon

42 minute Video from the Portland Oregon rally
http://youtu.be/Tc75WWv5bPQ
also a link for Archive dot org as well:
https://archive.org/details/STOPtheTPPrallyPSU.1.31.14

https://www.facebook.com/events/374314856046054/399794700164736/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Place: Across North America
No more NAFTA ? 20 Years is Enough!


This is a call to action for communities throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States to join together on January 31, 2014, and say "ENOUGH!" to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other corporate "trade" deals.

RELATED PIMC POST: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a bad idea
NAFTA has shown a sure result of free trade agreements is they punish and benefit certain sectors of various societies. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a similar bad idea that will enrich the elite rich at the expense of the middle classes.
H. Ross Perot, the independent candidate for US president in 1992, said if NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, were passed you would hear a "giant sucking sound" as jobs left the US for Mexico.

Well, there was no giant sucking sound caused by an immediate job loss after Clinton won the election and NAFTA was passed in 1994; but since then NAFTA has caused the destruction of hundreds of thousands of good middle class manufacturing jobs in the US that were sent to Mexico, causing the erstwhile holders of those jobs in the US to be displaced to lower class service jobs.

The so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as secret as it is, is apparently little more than another trade agreement among nine nations, including the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Peru and others, and most likely will produce the same results in the US as NAFTA, hollowing out even more middle class manufacturing jobs that have survived in the US.

According to capitalistic economic theory, free trade raises [...]

TPP RELATED VIDEO LINK by Jim Lockhart: http://youtu.be/p5ahTUPCxa4

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updated 1.30.14 04-Jan-2014 11:05

The Shortwave Report 01/03/14 Listen Globally!

shortwaveradioreportpic From the open publishing newswire:

UPDATE: NEW BROADCASTS POSTED TO PIMC ON: 1/10/14 | 1/17/14 | 1/31/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming.

The latest Shortwave Report (January 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xm (128kb Highest Quality)

This week's show features stories from NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, the Voice of Russia, and Spanish National Radio.
From JAPAN- Nuclear officials in Japan say that no nuclear power plants are likely to be restarted in the near future. The Japanese government plans to revise its policy for the burial of nuclear waste due to public distrust. The US government wants to accelerate stalled negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
From CUBA- Despite widespread cutbacks in US government spending for vital services and workers benefits, the funding for the military-industrial complex will remain untouched in the new year. A US political commentator says that CIA assassination drone strikes are a violation of international law and are war crimes. There are new clashes in Egypt between students and government security forces.
From GERMANY- In Egypt a natural gas pipeline was attacked, and more Muslim Brotherhood leaders and some al-Jazeera journalists were arrested. Saudi Arabia will give Lebanon $3billion to strengthen its armed forces. France has a new law that makes companies pay 75% tax on annual salaries over a million dollars. The UN warned of possible famine in the Central african Republic. In Ukraine protests continue against President Yanukovych. The Russian city of Volgograd was hit by two suicide bombers, though no one has claimed responsibility.
From RUSSIA- Excerpts from an interview with British MP George Galloway about the expansion of NATO and 20 years of US invasions of sovereign nations, beginning with Iraq and ending with Libya.
From SPAIN- More details on the bombings in Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, near the site for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Jailed members of the Basque revolutionary group ETA said that they will recognize Spain's criminal justice system and acknowledge the pain their activities have caused in the past 4 decades. A press review on the Spanish government's activities to prevent the region of Catalonia from separateing from the federal government.

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updated 12.27.13 05-Dec-2013 17:38

The Shortwave Report 12/06/13 Listen Globally!

shortwaveradioreportpic From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATES: NEW BROADCASTS POSTED TO PIMC ON: 12/13/13 | 12/20/13 | 12/27/13

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.

This week's show features stories from NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.
From JAPAN- Japan is enacting a state secret protection bill, which has been met with outrage from many citizens and civic groups- here is a story about protests then an Insight into the bill. US VP Biden went to China and was said to tell them that the new air defense identification zone in the East China Sea was unacceptable. Greenpeace issued a study on air pollution in China and said the government is not doing enough to rectify the problem.
From RUSSIA- British PM Cameron made a business oriented visit to China and avoided any criticism of the country's human rights policy, leading to statements that he kowtowed to China.
From CUBA- Venezuelan President Madura accused opposition forces of creating power blackouts that have been occurring recently. Latin America has made more progress in reducing hunger than any other region in the world. The US government is continuing assassinations by drone in several areas of Afghanistan. Pakistani protests against the drone was have halted US military routes into Afghanistan. An editor at the Guardian UK was called before Parliament to answer questions about publishing NSA secrets from Edward Snowden.
From SPAIN- The Spanish government has approved a controversial new law imposing heavy fines against street protestors. Meanwhile in Thailand protests against the Prime Minister flared for a week but calmed for the king's birthday. Protests and a general strike in Ukraine continue in an attempt to oust the President. Hundreds of Palestinian youth activists have sailed off to protest Israeli restrictions on fishing off the seas of Palestine.

The latest Shortwave Report (December 6) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

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Updated Posts Added 11.16.13 02-Nov-2013 07:44

The Shortwave Report 11/01/13 Listen Globally!

shortwaveradioreportpic From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATEs: NEW BROADCAST POSTED TO PIMC ON: 11/8/13 | 11/15/13 | 11.22.13 | 11.29.13
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (November 1) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

From JAPAN- The former Prime Minister of Japan and the current leader of the opposition party are working together to eliminate nuclear power in the country. A cabinet member wants the government to bear part of the massive cost of cleaning up the Fukushima area, since they promoted the use of nuclear energy. Scientists say that most of the radioactive particles that fell on the forest still remain there. Honda is building a wind farm in Brazil where it will manufacture cars. Der Spiegel published a list of 80 US diplomatic missions around the world that the NSA uses for spying.
From RUSSIA- The NSA spying scandal has been growing and intensifying each day around the world. Here are excerpts from 3 stories aired on the Voice of Russia.
From SPAIN- As news of the NSA's extensive spying on Spanish citizens came to light, the government prosecutors launched an investigation into possible criminal charges. Ecuadoran President Correa is visiting Russian President Putin. Iran and the IAEA had very productive talks about settling disputes over nuclear power development. Brazil erupted in violent protests after the police killed of a 17 year old demonstrator.
From CUBA- Spanish students have taken to the streets to protest government cutbacks in education. At the UN Cuba rejected the US justifications for continuing its economic blockade against the island. In a controversial move, Israel freed the second of 4 batches of Palestinian prisoners.
From GERMANY- Germany sent intelligence investigators to Washington following US spying on the German people and Chancellor Merkel. In the UK the trial began for the news reporters who hacked into phone messages of celebrities and politicians. 3 Egyptian judges resigned while presiding over trials of Muslim Brotherhood members, while more Brotherhood leaders have been arrested. A German court is hearing a civil suit brought by relatives of Afghans killed by a NATO airstrike.

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imperialism & war 27-Oct-2013 12:34

VIDEO: A conversation with Professor Zaher Wahab on 8.14.13 in Portland Oregon

From the open publishing newswire: Professor Zaher Wahab spoke to a small group in Portland Oregon in August 2013.

He shared how he was leaving the US, in a couple days, with a team of teachers and study material he collected and translated to teach in Afghanistan.
He talks about the huge corruption problems, and the difficulties in trying to cope in his now war torn country, and how he himself in spite of the danger in taking on this project, and how he is dedicated to bringing education, knowledge and hope to those who are still there in dire need.

A conversation with Professor Zaher Wahab
"Afghanistan: Our Ethical Responsibility"

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_55ic68FEJI [video 1hr 45min] Filmed in Portland Oregon on August 14th 2013

An insightful conversation on with Zaher on what is going on in Afghanistan currently and a scope of the massive corruption and first hand information on what this war and foreign influence has done to the country where he grew up in.
He tells of the huge piles of garbage every few block, like never seen before.

He speaks of the agreement with the US of keeping 9 major bases ...
Right now there is 110,000 troops from 48 countries (and 120,000 contractors)

Professor Zaher, left the US for Afghanistan (to teach) a few days after this conversation in Portland.
The last hour in the video is the question and answer part of the conversation.

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imperialism & war | media criticism 19-Oct-2013 12:36

The Shortwave Report 10/18/13 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATE: NEW BROADCASTS POSTED TO PIMC ON: 10/25/13 | 10/31/13

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK World Radio Japan.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (October 18) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quick download or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

This week's show features stories:
From GERMANY- The Green Party in Germany has declined forming a coalition government with Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrat Party. There is controversy over political donations to Merkel from BMW shareholders. The team attempting to neutralize chemical weapons in Syria cannot get the rebels to cooperate in a ceasefire. The UN wants more troops and helicopters for their actions in Mali. The top critic of Russian President Putin has avoided a jail term but is banned from politics.
From RUSSIA- There was a new article in Tuesday's Washington Post revealing the massive extent of NSA data gathering on American citizens.
From CUBA- Glenn Greenwald says that the most shocking stories about US spying are yet to come- NSA activities in France and Spain will be released first. The FISA court has approved extending NSA spying on American phone records. Bolivian President Morales claims that the Pacific Alliance is an American plot to thwart the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR. Brazilian teachers protests continue in the largest cities, with police clashes erupting in many areas. Last weekend saw demonstrations against Monsanto GMOs in 400 cities around the world. A UN official has blasted Canada for its weak handling of problems faced by its indigenous people.
From JAPAN- An NHK poll found that 75% of Japanese citizens are unaware of a new bill protecting state secrets. Remember the hole in the ozone? Some researchers have data showing its relationship to global warming. South Korea wants to join in the monitoring of radiation in the Pacific Ocean. Despite efforts to stop radiation leaks into the ocean offshore of Fukushima, cesium levels have not gone down. This week a typhoon hit the Fukushima area, further raising radiation levels reaching the sea. Negotiators from Iran and 6 major powers met over the nuclear controversy with positive results.

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imperialism & war | media criticism 28-Sep-2013 12:07

The Shortwave Report 09/27/13 Listen Globally!

shortwaveradioreportpic From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATE: NEW BROADCASTS POSTED TO PIMC ON 10/4/13 | 10.11.13

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, and Spanish National Radio.

Dear Radio Friend, The latest Shortwave Report (September 27) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

[Previous Report] The Shortwave Report 09/13/13 Listen Globally!

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alternative media | police / legal 17-Sep-2013 17:45

Independent Media (Mexico City) take the floor in their own defense

From the open publishing newswire: On September 11, these independent media collectives [from Mexico City] spoke at a press conference to tell what they experienced that day, denounce the alarming scenario of repression that exists in the city under Miguel Mancera, defend their comrades facing charges, and defend their journalism that has been denigrated both in the mainstream media and the 23rd misdemeanor courtroom of judge Fausto Favela Ayala; it's no exaggeration to say that the independent media themselves are on trial.

Published on September 16, 2013 in Mexico City, Oaxaca
[reposted from here]
 http://elenemigocomun.net/2013/09/independent-media-own-defense/

When they took to the streets to support the struggle of dissident schoolteachers last September 1, more than twenty people were grabbed by the Mexico City riot police and jailed unjustly, including Estela Morales of Regeneración Radio, Pável Alejandro Primo of Multimedios Cronopios and Gustavo Ruiz Lizárraga of the SubVersiones Autonomous Communications Agency, who were arrested as they documented police abuses.

In moderating the press conference, SubVersiones reporter Rafael Camacho pointed out that even though arbitrary detentions and irregularities have been documented in the cases, the judge continues to compound the excesses. "We presented videos showing the innocence of Gustavo Ruiz, but the judge disregarded them while accepting the statements of cops who failed to present evidence, photos, videos, or anything at all indicating Gustavo's guilt. . . And furthermore, they're still inventing charges."

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imperialism & war 01-Sep-2013 14:20

The perspective of an Anarchist in Syria

From the open publishing newswire: This is from a blog posting by a self-proclaimed Anarchist who lives in Syria. More information can be found at their blog:  https://tahriricn.wordpress.com/

"SYRIA: On Interventions and the Syrian Revolution" [By Darth Nader]

The Syrian revolution is a revolution that began as a struggle for self-determination. The Syrian people demanded to determine their own destiny. And, for more than two years, against all odds, and in the face of massive repression and destruction from the Assad regime, they persevered.

In the course of the revolutionary process, many other actors have also appeared on the scene to work against the struggle for self-determination. Iran and its militias, with the backing of Russia, came to the aid of the regime, to ensure the Syrian people would not be given this right. The jihadis of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham and others, under the guise of "fighting the Assad regime," worked against this right as well. And I feel the same way about any Western intervention.


Some would argue that we have come a long way from that, that it isn't even about self-determination anymore, but rather, simply stopping the killing. This is a position I cannot support. [...]

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