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To coincide with the start of the United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS, a new coalition of U. S. religious groups, militant AIDS activists, African organizations, students, human rights groups and Jubilee anti-debt activists will join forces in a mass demonstration and rally at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, in New York City. For Third World nations suffering the AIDS epidemics, march organizers demand immediate relief from debt and expensive AIDS treatment. Read Myths vs. Reality: AIDS Drugs & The Developing World Of the 27 million people infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2000, 4.8 million are in immediate need of treatment, the UN estimates.
There is currently a state of civil unrest in the town called General Mosconi in the Salta province in the north of Argentina. On June 17, police responded using teargas and bullets to a protest of unemployed people. The unemployed were protesting for jobs and against persecution by employers. Services have been cut to the town, including electricity, gas, water and communications, but the government is sending in a negotiator. There were solidarity strikes in the Federal Capital (foto e informe). Earlier in the week, the capital of Argentina was rocked by transportation strikes Two people were reported to have been killed the the morning of the 19th, but the situation is confusing because police are blocking the media from entering the town. Many protesters are heavily wounded and are in hospitals now. Other reports include the possibility of people from Tartagal coming to support the protest. According to people in the town, police are going home-by-home searching for protesters. More heavily-armed police are expected to go to the mountains near the city to block other protesters.
Two people were reported to have been killed the the morning of the 19th, but the situation is confusing because police are blocking the media from entering the town. Many protesters are heavily wounded and are in hospitals now. Other reports include the possibility of people from Tartagal coming to support the protest. According to people in the town, police are going home-by-home searching for protesters. More heavily-armed police are expected to go to the mountains near the city to block other protesters.
In Oregon, USA on June 18th, a broad contingency of people began a five day walk to raise awareness for the right of farmworkers to organize and have voice in their workplace. Called the "Walk for Farmworker Justice", it is a unique experiment of immigrant, labor, religious, human rights, community, small farmer, environment, and youth organizations and individuals collaborating together for farmworker justice. The walk is a general call to all parties, including consumers, to seek a more sustainable and just agricultural industry for all -- farmworker, farmer and consumer -- and to build the coalition necessary to make it a reality.
<a href="http://www.engagetv.com/gbg2001/">IMC Sweden Radio</a> Reports of People Shot During Protest
Update: IMC Radio reports the activist shot in stomach is still alive, in critical condition. Separately, a journalist reportedly died of a heart attack yesterday. KPFA Flashpoints did an interview with the Sweden IMC about the protests and shootings (14 min). Statement by organizers: "We protest against the undemocratic EU and we say 'No' to giving neo-liberal politics, in the form of the European Monetary Union, the dignity of constitutional law. We oppose the transformation of the public sector and our environment into nothing more than market commodities. We oppose the militarization of the EU, racism and the construction of a 'Fortress Europe'."
KPFA Flashpoints did an interview with the Sweden IMC about the protests and shootings (14 min).
Statement by organizers: "We protest against the undemocratic EU and we say 'No' to giving neo-liberal politics, in the form of the European Monetary Union, the dignity of constitutional law. We oppose the transformation of the public sector and our environment into nothing more than market commodities. We oppose the militarization of the EU, racism and the construction of a 'Fortress Europe'."
Today, in a case involving internet press freedom, the US Government withdrew a previously-issued court order directing the Independent Media Center in Seattle to hand over computer server logs. The April 21 order instructed the IMC to hand over logs and other records pertaining to the IMC's coverage of anti-globalization protests in Quebec City. The government's retreat represents a victory for the IMC, where volunteers and a national legal team had been preparing to challenge the order in court.
From Guerrilla News Network: "...[T]he refined extract of Columbite-Tantalite (coltan for short) is... used in everything from mobile phones made by Nokia and Ericsson to computer chips made by Intel... The Congo supplies 7% of the world's tantalum, and demand is only growing. Almost all the Congolese tantalum comes from rebel-controlled coltan mines where they maintain brutal control over the local population... rebels have earned millions of dollars from western technology companies... [S]ome call it Africa's World War. Since 1999, according to some reports, 3 million people have died. The war has destabilized the entire region, involving troops from Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Namibia.
Tens of thousands of workers and students in major cities throughout Colombia have organized massive protests against policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund as war in their country escalates and a fragile peace process is stalled. Despite severe repression and intimidation, teachers, state workers, students and rebels organized marches this week in major cities, against budget reforms (in spanish) that are being enacted as a result of agreements between the IMF and the Colombian government.
Despite severe repression and intimidation, teachers, state workers, students and rebels organized marches this week in major cities, against budget reforms (in spanish) that are being enacted as a result of agreements between the IMF and the Colombian government.
The Himalayan country of Nepal has experienced several days of unrest following a brutal massacre of several members of the royal family, including King Birendra. Confusion continues to reign the capital city of Katmandu; the military has just lifted a strict curfew that had been in place since the June 1st slayings. The international commercial media have reported that the Crown Prince was responsible for the murders, most likely as a result of depression due to his parents‚ disapproval of a romance. They have portrayed the ensuing riots as a result of the general confusion. Many Nepalese would disagree with this characterization, disbelieving the government's account of the incident and viewing the civil unrest as a reaction to what some feel has been a palace coup. In 1990, after massive pro-democracy demonstrations in which 500 people were killed, King Birendra signed a new constitution establishing Nepal as a constitutional monarchy. Many view the new king, Gyanendra, as an opponent of that change, and fear he will try to reestablish the monarchy's dominance, especially in the face of a Maoist insurrection and continued poverty -- over 80% of the 22 million Nepalese support themselves through subsistence agriculture. The government moved quickly to squelch accounts of the massacre that did not agree with its official version. "Let no news and opinions that affect the nationality and mislead the people be published," said Shiva Raj Joshi, the Minister for Information and Communication. The government has since arrested the editor of Kantipur Daily in an effort to enforce that proclamation.
The government moved quickly to squelch accounts of the massacre that did not agree with its official version. "Let no news and opinions that affect the nationality and mislead the people be published," said Shiva Raj Joshi, the Minister for Information and Communication. The government has since arrested the editor of Kantipur Daily in an effort to enforce that proclamation.
Though a tentative cease-fire (of sorts) on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides is in place at the moment, the Israeli government has persisted in its refusal to freeze or remove any settlements, and the Israeli army has been put on high alert and readiness for a quick offensive action in the coming days. Janes Foreign Report predicts that Israel may expel or assasinate Arafat. Meanwhile Israel's system of Apartheid and Collective Punishment of the Palestinians continues. Charmaine Seitz discusses the ways in which this very system of daily oppression has brought people to commit actions such as the terror attack on a Tel-Aviv discotheque which killed twenty on June 1st. Professor Tanya Reinhart, recently interviewed by IMC-Israel, discusses not only the incidents which brought the situation to the present state, but ways to activate a sustainable and effective international movement against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Homeland. Also, June 8th, will be an international day of solidarity with the Palestinians on the anniversary of 34 years of occupation.
At 9:00 a.m. on Monday, 18 irate WBAI (99.5 FM) listeners marched into the station's studio to read a statement on air demanding a reversal of the sharp, rightward political turn and selective censorship of programming, as well as an end to attacks on workers' rights. An Indymedia reporter covering the event was allegedly assaulted by WBAI staffer Paul DiRienzo, who later compared the Indymedia and Save Pacifica movements to pro-lifers who kill abortion doctors. Listen here. Read a report from 2600.com on the protest.
A hundred supporters of the Global Network symbolically occupied one locomotive near the central station of Naples, protesting against the state of militarization of the city of Genoa in preparation for the protests next July against the G8. Genoan organizations are trying to get a meeting with the Ministry of the Interior, in order to discuss the more than 100,000 demonstrators expected on July 21. Photo: a 'tasty' press conference 2 June of R.A.G.E., the Roman Economic Antiglobalization Network.
UPDATE: Supporters of the protesters that were arrested, two of which were just released on bond, during Saturday's Cincinnati Radical Action Group protest in Mount Adams, (audio), a wealthy part of Cincinnati, have set up camp at the Hamilton County Justice Center and established the Cincinnati People's Autonomous Commune. 15 people slept outsided the Justice Center Saturday night. Read a report from jailed protesters.
Aereolinas Argentinas employees have been striking for 20 days. Spain's SEPI (State Society for industrial participation) is threatening to close, leaving around 7000 families in the street and the country without its only national airline. Workers took some buildings and are blocking the landing-field, delaying and cancelling flights. Since the protest began the workers have been setting up some "Worker Camps" in both the metropolitan and the international airport. The Spanish Government was demanding that workers accept a reduction of salaries and flexibility of their working conditions. The workers are saying "no."
Treesitters in the Mattole Forest in California, USA, were attacked again on Saturday morning by Lewis Logging employees who scaled Douglas Fir trees and assaulted the non-violent activists who were occupying them. The Lewis Logging employees climbed the trees that the activists were occupying, cut out all their gear, and left one woman dangling with her arms clipped into a lockbox. They took these actions despite company policies that require they alert law enforcement when encountering protesters. 33 arrests have been made in the Mattole since logging began on 9 May 2000. Listen to Maxxam/Pacific Lumber's Resources Manager who directs the company on what and where to cut within their holdings.
"State of Emergency" a new game coming out for the Playstation 2 from Rockstar Games has gone too far. This video game claims to be an "urban riot game set in the near future, where the oppressive American Trade Organization (ATO) has declared a state of emergency. ... It is up to you to smash up everything and everyone in order to destabilize the ATO." It has riot cops whose disturbingly familiar storm trooper battle gear says "ATO" instead of WTO. A quote from their website reads, "citizens ... react realistically to violence by cowering, running away, or calling to the nearest Peacekeeper for help" And if that weren't enough to trivilize the anti-globalization movement, what about blurring the lines of understanding, "The missions [range] from assassinating ATO leaders to avoiding Peacekeeper death squads and rescuing Resistance sympathizers" Peacekeeper DEATH squads? If that weren't enough you can also play a scantily-clad combat- boot wearing riotgrrl, sigh...
The Asian youth of Oldham, near Manchester, have responded to months of provocation by far right groups marching in their community. Three days of rioting began on Saturday after a clash between white and Asian youths. Many are pointing to the media reporting of alleged no-go areas and police handling of racist attacks as the underlying tension. Petrol bombs were thrown at riot police throughout Saturday evening and fighting continued over the next two nights.
Despite the pending trials of infamous ex-Salt Lake Olympic Committee (SLOC) bosses Tom Welch and Dave Johnson, SLOC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have emerged fundamentally unscathed by the bribery and scandal surrounding Salt Lake City's selection as the host of the 2002 Winter Games. Thus, we can only prepare for the picture of what is coming: a diverse yet affluent Olympic crowd in Utah surrounded by a landscape of global commodities and corporate media marketers. Yes, Salt Lake City is going to become a "world class" city, or as suggested by critics, a tragic reminder of the "triumph of globalization".
May 22nd edition of the indymedia print project PDF broad sheet for you to download, print out, and distribute in your community. Headlines: Reporters beaten by Indonesian military, Activists deal blow to World Bank, Ethiopians protest violent regime, UK: Activists spend week demonstrating against Trident missile factory, Resistance is global (analysis)
Headlines: Reporters beaten by Indonesian military, Activists deal blow to World Bank, Ethiopians protest violent regime, UK: Activists spend week demonstrating against Trident missile factory, Resistance is global (analysis)
The SOA 26 were sentenced today getting a total 11 years and 7 months in prison, $11,650 in fines, and 5 years of probation were imposed. Three defendants are in custody tonite and beginning incarceration; the rest will begin serving their sentences in 2 to 3 months. 11 more people were arrested today for direct action on Fort Benning while the SOA 26 were being sentenced, including the wife of one man sentenced today, and the daughter of another. They remain in custody at this time.
Activists opposed to corporate globalization have alternative economic models to propose. A recent Peoples' Summit in Santiago, Chile brought together people from many walks of life to discuss economic issues and create a document called the Alternatives for the Americas. [Read More]