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Interview with Nadia Hijab, senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies: After unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza in September 2005, the Israeli Army re-invaded in June to search for a kidnapped Israeli soldier. Since then, about 400 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed, half of them civilians and at least 75 children. Despite the withdrawal, Palestinians say they have been under continuous Israeli siege. Nov. 8, the Israelis shelled a home and killed 19 Gazan civilians in the town of Beit Hanoun, triggering worldwide outrage. The U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning the attack, saying the measure was biased against Israel.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority government, led by Hamas has been spurned as a result of Israeli and western nations' demand that the party must recognize Israel's right to exist, renounce violence and honor previous agreements. Most international aid and financial transactions have been frozen, even from Arab states. But the suffering of the Palestinian people, along with continued attacks by Israel, has brought about dialogue between Hamas and Fatah, the party which formerly led the Palestinian government.
Local activists from this fair city are already planning to attend the 2007 G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, and are seeking help for their airfare to Germany in May of next year. We are now working not only to raise funds, but also to get in touch with others who are interested in "attending" the 2007 conference.
This evening will be packed full of footage from previous G8 summits, music from amazing local bands RIOT COP and MDC, and a bit of history on the G8 presented by some of the attendees and comrades. We hope to see you there.
November 16th @
Laughing Horse Books
12 NE 10th St.
This FRIDAY at 7pm ANARCHIST author JOHN ROSS will speak at laughing horse books (12 ne 10th 503-236-2893) He is the author of MURDERED by CAPITALISM and his NEW rad book ZAPATISTA'S making another world possible- chronicles of resistance 200-2006!
I have seen him speak before and it was AWESOME.
Portland-based peace activist Nikki Thanos will appear in court tomorrow November 15, 2006 at 9:00 am at the Multnomah Justice Center, 1120 SW 3rd Street in Portland. She is facing charges of Criminal Mischief for an Oct. 31 act of civil disobedience at the Mexican Consulate. Thanos was protesting the Mexican government's complicity in nine murders of Oaxacan social movement leaders. It is an open hearing and supporters are most welcome.
Yesterday, the 9th US Court of Appeals was presented with the details of this case, by Attorney Eldon Rosenthal, who argued that the Portland Police did not have probable cause to shoot, and that the policy within the department was lax, because the policy then in effect (and probably still in effect) did not require that level of protection (probable cause).
Most of us who read this site are aware of the details of this 2004 murder, but for those who are not, a quick recap: Perez, as the name indicates, was of the brown complexion, and driving a car that was "too nice for the neighborhood," and pulled over for "failing to signal for a turn." Moments later, he was shot and killed by Officer Jason Sery. Once the victim was dead, Sery's partner in the crime, Sean Macomber, sealed the deal with his taser for some undiscernable reason. Many more details are available here on Indymedia, beginning with http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/284461.shtml
Did I mention that James, like most of the targets of Portland Cops in the last few years, was unarmed?
Suddenly, there seems to be some interest in the issue of rampant and widespread police violence. KATU just ran a story showing video of a homeless man being shot in the face with pepper spray as he was handcuffed and sitting in the pig mobile, saying he could not breathe. This, only days after the scandalous video posted to YouTube. And KATU cares? Then where have they BEEN? Pig apologists finally seeing the light? Or just clueless, lame, dumbfucks parroting the latest story off the wire. You be the judge.
If KATU wants to see dramatic footage of police abuse of power, they can check out Videos from the Resistance. Hell, they can even check out their own outtakes. You know, the "news" that was considered too "inflammatory" to air. Yes, they could even show the footage they cut out of the A22 press release video, before airing their absurdly transparent "report" a few years back. (Anyone wanna see what they cut? Go to the video page and download Li2U News. Or, for more of KATU's lyin' dog ways, check out "Fuck the Corporate Media.")
Today, Monday, November 13, presumed paramilitaries committed a massacre in the Montes Azules jungle region of Chiapas, killing nine indigenous women and men and two children.
The details of the massacre, in a very isolated area, far from urban and media centers, are still sketchy, but the warning signs that violence on this scale was brewing in the region have been known by state and federal officials all along. They were specifically warned by human rights organizations last July and August, but in lieu of taking positive action, their police and other agencies merely aggravated the problems since then.
Drive Away Hunger is located at 93rd and NE Halsey. The program accepts vehicle donations from the community and then uses the proceeds from the sale to help Portland's homeless population. Donated cars, depending on condition are either crushed, sold for parts or sold at retail to the general public off our lot.
Donors get rid of their old stuff, efficient recycling and a tax deduction. It is very easy to donate a vehicle. Just give us a call at 503-906-7688 to donate a used vehicle and we'll arrange to have it towed away if you can't drive it in.
The counter-recruitment/peace vigil continues each Tuesday evening. Starting time has changed to 5pm
What: Counter-recruitment/peace vigil
Where: 1317 NE Broadway, Portland, OR
When: Tuesdays, 5 - 6 pm
Who: Supported by various groups over the past 16 months, like Vets for Peace, Code Pink, Portland Catholic Worker, and many individuals. There have been people who have participated in demonstrating against war for their first time at this vigil!
Why: Counter-recruitment, protest against militarism, protest against war and occupation, awareness-raising, education, good times
Over one year since we began, and the Schumacher Furs demos are still going strong. We've stood together through pouring rain, storms, sweltering heat, crazy proprietors, abusive patrons, and inquisitive newsmedia.
Last week we were deluged with rain, our feet were soaking wet, the umbrellas and tarps came out, but that didn't dampen our protest or our commitment to the animals who live miserable lives on fur farms, or who are trapped painfully in the wild. The radical cheerleaders performed some spirited cheers, we chanted, leafleted, showed educational videos at the Free Speech wagon, ate vegan snacks, and danced in the rain. And at the end of the day, when the metal gate came down in front of Schumacher, we cheered as we do at the close of every Saturday, in celebration of another day spent standing up for the voiceless. It's clear that the party is outside, while inside is a macabre funeral parlor of dead body parts.
The Sandinista revolution, upon coming to power in 1979, confiscated the land that had been held by the Somoza family and some of his closet cronies and redistributed it to the poor that worked it partly through establishing collectively run state farms. The Sandinistas also made literacy and healthcare a priority. Easily treated diseases that Somoza let kill and maim, such as polio, were vaccinated against and eliminated. Teaching everyone to read and write became a priority in the country where Somoza once declared he wanted "... uneducated people, little more than beasts of burden."
For a limited period of time this document will be available on the server at the URL indicated. The document is a "recovered" version of a document describing survey work conducted by the U. S. Army in an effort to get a summation on flora, fauna, and minerals in the South West in the year 1869.
Of particular interest is the commentary on the Native American Indians sprinkled within the document. The invasion of Europeans into the North American Continent is well described but utterly unmentioned by name in the Engineering Report; that is, the document is a window into the mindset of the Europeans in the aftermath of the abject slaughter of the Indians however the invasion and slaughter itself is never mentioned or described anywhere within the document.
As a veteran myself, I approach this topic with mixed emotions. As a person who has been living in this country through five major wars, and untold skirmishes in foreign lands, and observing the return of the fallen ones, the mangled ones, the forever damaged ones, my first instinct is to offer to them all of the comfort and respect that this country can muster. Of course, the politicians who pound the podium to remember our vets are the first ones to forget their debt to these people who's lives they have squandered and ruined.
All jingoism just serves to perpetuate the crime that is perpetrated upon our youth in every generation since the birth of this nation: War to serve the needs of the corporations that rape the planet, and direct our politicians. I am sick of it, and it must stop somewhere, somehow.
On November 14, 2006, CCR will file a criminal complaint against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in German Court. The complaint requests the German Federal Prosecutor open an investigation and, ultimately, a criminal prosecution that will look into the responsibility of high-ranking U.S. officials for authorizing war crimes in the context of the so-called "War on Terror." Former White House Counsel (and current Attorney General) Alberto Gonzalez, former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, and other high-ranking U.S. officials are also charged in the complaint. The complaint is brought on behalf of 12 torture victims - 11 Iraqi citizens who were held at Abu Ghraib prison and one Guantánamo detainee - and is being filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) and others, all represented by Berlin Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck. The complaint is related to a 2004 complaint that was dismissed, but the new complaint is filed with substantial new evidence, new defendants and plaintiffs, a new German Federal Prosecutor and, most important, under new circumstances that include the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense and the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 in the U.S. granting officials retroactive immunity from prosecution for war crimes.
From Friday 10th of November, around 20,000 German police are being mobilised to guard the transportation of highly radioactive nuclear waste from France to Germany in containers called "Castor". The destination is Gorleben a village in northern Germany in a region called the Wendland. Protest actions are planned throughout France and Germany, especially along the last 50 kilometres of the route on rail (expected for Sunday) and the final 20 kilometres by road (expected in the night to Monday) For many activists this years Castor transport is a prelude to the protests against the next G8 summit in Germany in June 2007, where many groups call for blockades motivated by past experiences in the Wendland.
Castor 2006 - Nuclear waste transport in Germany
Anti-nuclear activists on Saturday delayed a waste train from northern France to northern Germany by several hours, said the French reprocessing company, Areva.
The train carrying 12 Castor train storage caskets was held up before Serqueux near Rouen because activists were near the track. Two years ago a protester was killed when he was sucked under a Castor train train.
Articles included in the issue:
Oregon eco-saboteurs plead guilty but are not implicating others
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The 9th circuit court of appeals just issued the decision that the Pitt River Tribe and allies were right when they said that the massive energy development at the sacred land in the Medicine Lake caldera is illegal. The Bush administration overturned the decision not to develop part of the Medicine Lake area due to impacts as a response to the mythical "California Energy Crisis", in which Calpine corporation helped to create.
Native tribes and environmentalist vowed to fight this massive energy project that was planned to cover at least 20 miles of public lands in the Southern Cascades with clearcuts, power lines and power plants.
This week, seven activists in Los Angeles had their homes raided in connection with a campaign against the POM Wonderful juice company, makers of POM pomegranate juice and Figi water.
POM has funded $10 million in research into the health effects of its juice, including conducting numerous studies on animals which included inducing erectile disfunction and depriving newborn mice of oxygen to the brain.
* CWP and Allies Stop Three Old-growth Timber Sales in Southern Oregon
This week the Cascadia Wildlands Project won two significant legal victories that have stopped old-growth logging dead in its tracks. The Cow Catcher (Roseburg BLM), Cotton Snake and Willy Slide (Medford BLM) timber sales were sold to the highest bidder without the BLM performing required surveys for the elusive red tree vole, a critter that lives its life in the upper canopy of older forests and a major food source for the endangered northern spotted owl. Instead, the BLM relied on an internal memo it generated that removed the vole from the "survey and manage" list. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act and immediately halted logging at the Cow Catcher and Cotton Snake timber sales. This decision triggered the district court decision that halted the Willy Slide timber sale the following day.
Recall, the all volunteer Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) spent considerable time climbing old-growth trees at both Cow Catcher and Cotton snake during summer 2003 locating red tree vole nests. These surveys were critical in compelling the decisions that were handed down this week. Kudos to the tireless efforts of NEST. The Cascadia Wildlands Project was joined by our allies at Umpqua Watersheds and Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center on the lawsuits and was represented by the powerful legal team of Stephanie Parent of the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, Erin Madden and Marianne Dugan.
In regional lore, Oaxacans have a reputation for being like the tlacuache. A recurring figure in Mexican mythology, the tlacuache plays dead when cornered. But woe to the enemy who thinks the battle is over. The small but fierce creature merely awaits a more propitious moment to fight back.
The Oaxacan protest movement burns slow, but deep. Oaxacan teachers, who mobilized for a pay raise last May, consciously built on years of protest against social inequality in their state. On June 14, the state government goaded the Oaxacan tlacuachewhen it attempted to evict protesting teachers from Oaxaca's central plaza. Oaxacans responded by forming the broad-based Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO). The federal government confronted the growing movement on October 28 when it sent thousands of federal police to occupy the city. The murders, wounding, and disappearance of the protestors have only deepened the resolve of the movement as a whole.
Worldwide Direct Action to Take Place in Support of Those Struggling in Oaxaca
On November 20, blockades will be set up to show the Mexican government we mean business. We are calling upon YOU to join in these blockades. That could mean blockading the consulates' websites, jamming their phone lines with calls about the conflict in Oaxaca, occupying the offices of the consuls, or shutting down the roads around the consulates in whatever way you see fit.
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