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Climate Emergency: Thousands march for Climate Action

15.06.2009 12:20

Thousands march in Melbourne for Climate Action

Thousands of people around Australia rallied for emergency action on Climate Change on June 13, calling for 100% renewable energy by 2020 and demanding that Australia must make the shift from fossil fuels to wind, solar and other available renewable technologies. The National Climate Emergency Rally was held in capital cities around Australia, with people siting down outside Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's city office in Sydney and a sitdown protest in front of the Melbourne Town Hall where the ruling Australian Labor Party were holding their State conference.

This comes as progress on climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, were blocked by the US Administration, with the US still talking about zero per cent reductions by 2020 on 1990 levels. "Industrialised countries need to assume their historical responsibility and pay back their climate debt. Developing countries must stay strong in calling for climate justice. By ignoring calls to repay their climate debt and hindering progress in these talks, rich countries are jeopardising the lives and livelihoods of millions of people." said Meena Raman, Honorary Secretary of Friends of the Earth Malaysia in a media release.

Climate IMC | Perth Indymedia | Melbourne: Report, Photos: 1, 2, Videos: 1, 2 | Sydney Report, Youtube Videos: 1, 2, 3 | Brisbane Report

June 2009 Indymedia Newsreal Released

11.06.2009 13:32

The June 2009 Indymedia Newsreal is complete and on its way to airing on Free Speech TV. This month's episode features dispatches from the anti-war movement in Colorado, the immigrant rights movement in Arizona, a performance by the Raging Grannies, and more. The program is downloadable HERE and DVDs are available to subscribers who sign up by emailing newsrealsubs at gmail.com

Newsreal is a longstanding IMC project, the show has been produced for over eight years. The newsreal team would like to take this opportunity to open up the project to the broader network, most of the material is currently produced in North America but we actively welcome contributions from other parts of the world. All producers, and future producers, should sign up to the imc-satellite at indymedia.org list. This is the main way we all communicate about this project. Get those videos seen!


Massacre in Peru

Matt, 11.06.2009 23:55

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08 Jun. Peru (CMI Sucre) .- On June 7 the ambassador of Peru in Bolivia, Fernando Rojas, called Sunday for intervention in internal affairs of his country condemning the statements of some Bolivian authorities on the bloody slaughter of peasants and police department in the Peruvian Amazon. While the government refused boliviano possible interference and requested the Government of Alan García to assume their responsibilities on that fact.

CMI Perú | CMI Sucre

The Angola Three: Torture in Our Own Backyard

11.05.2009 10:55

Together, Herman Wallace, Robert King and Albert Woodfox have spent more than 100 years in solitary confinement (pictured, left to right).

They are known as the "Angola Three," a trio of political prisoners whose supporters include Amnesty International, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Congressman John Conyers, and the ACLU. Kgalema Mothlante, the President of South Africa says their case "has the potential of laying bare, exposing the shortcomings, in the entire U.S. system."

“My soul cries from all that I witnessed and endured. It does more than cry, it mourns continuously,” said Black Panther Robert Hillary King, following his release from the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in 2001, after serving his last 29 years in continuous solitary confinement. King argues that slavery persists in Angola and other US prisons, citing the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, which legalizes slavery in prisons as “a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted." King says: “You can be legally incarcerated but morally innocent.” READ MORE with VIDEO & PICS

RELATED: One of "Angola Three" speaks on prison experience from the Daily Pennsylvanian | Mother Jones series on the Angola 3 | Spanish article translation at Kaos en la Red | Angola 3 Resources for Action | Color of Change Petition | Free Zulu! UK Website

PAST COVERAGE: Black Panther and Former Angola 3 Prisoner Robert Hillary King to Speak from Rochester Indymedia | Youngest ever British person visits longest serving men in solitary at Angola Prison from New Orleans Indymedia

Barrick-Recommended Military Force burns down hundreds of homes in PNG

01.05.2009 16:43

Hundreds of homes in the Porgera valley of Papua New Guinea are being set aflame. Local human rights organizations in Porgera claim that these fires are part of a strategy to clear people out of the way for the expansion of Barrick Gold's Porgera mine.

On April 27th, without prior warning, the indigenous land owners of the villages surrounding Barrick Gold’s Porgera open pit mine were violently evicted by a police and military operation with 200 troops. “Operation Ipili” was launched during the middle of the day to allegedly make way for the expansion of a Barrick gold mine. This effective State of Emergency in Porgera was motivated by situation reports presented by Barrick (PNG) Limited, according to Laigap Porgera Member of Parliament Phillip Kikala. Read More | protestbarrick.net

Past Coverage:
Apr09: Smoking ceremony, blockade and protesters occupy open cut pit halting mine operations | Dec08: Thousands raid Barrick's North Mara mine, destroy $15 million in equipment | Nov07: En Santiago de Chile y en Tanzania: Protestas y huelga preceden a reunión de Barrick Gold | Oct07: Protests and a Strike Precede Barrick Gold’s 3rd quarter shareholders meeting | May07: La Rioja, Argentina vs. Barrick Gold Corp | Apr07: Anti-Gold Mining Conflicts Spreading Throughout the Americas | Feb07: Interview: Mining & Developing World: Barrick Gold's Porgera Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea | Jan06: Pascua Lama, Bulyanhulu, Lake Cowal and Cyanide - Barrick's Hunt for Gold

In Wake of US Supreme Court Decision, Abu-Jamal's Appeal Supporters Mobilize around New Book, Birthday

19.04.2009 11:14

On April 6, the US Supreme Court rejected radical journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal for a new guilt-phase trial. The Court has not yet decided whether it will consider the Philadelphia District Attorney's appeal of two lower court rulings that Abu-Jamal deserves a new sentencing hearing if the death penalty is to be re-instated. This means that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the DA, Abu-Jamal could be executed without a new sentencing hearing.

In response, Abu-Jamal's lead attorney Robert R. Bryan will be filing a "petition for re-hearing" at the US Supreme Court. Emergency meetings have been held in several cities (1, 2) to coordinate grassroots response, and over 3000 people have signed an online petition in an effort coordinated by anti-death penalty activists from Germany. Photo from December 2008 protest in Pittsburgh, PA.

The rejected appeal (technically called a petition for a "writ of certiorari") was based primarily on the US Supreme Court's 1986 "Batson v Kentucky" ruling which stated that a defendant deserves a new trial if it can be shown that the prosecutor used peremptory strikes to remove otherwise qualified jurors simply because of their race. At Abu-Jamal's 1982 trial, prosecutor Joseph McGill used 10 or 11 of his 15 strikes to remove otherwise acceptable black jurors. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death in the shooting death of police officer Daniel Faulkner. Listen to Abu-Jamal's own response, interviewed by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. More Coverage: KBOO Radio, Uprising Radio, and DN! | WBAI | Democracy Now

Abu-Jamal continues to file news dispatches from death row (including John Hope Franklin: The Passing of a Griot and Summitry and Punditry on the G-20 meetings in London), and supporters are working to get the word out about his new book, Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA, published by City Lights Books. Events will be held in the US around April 24, which is Abu-Jamal's birthday. In Philadelphia, two supporters were arrested on April 11 while putting up posters for the book release event — read report from Philly IMC. Events are planned in the following cities: Philadelphia (including a Revolutionary Week of Events) | New York City | Oakland | Los Angeles | Boston | Portland | Seattle & Olympia, WA | Houston | Washington, DC | Baltimore, MD | More Info & Updates from Abu-Jamal-News.Com

The Demarest Factor: The Ethics of U.S. Department of Defense Funding for Academic Research in Mexico

Simón Sedillo, 16.04.2009 04:08

On October 23, 2006 the Lawrence Journal World or LJ World published an article which silently uncovered a funding scandal within Kansas University, in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2005, the university’s department of geography received at least $500,000 in Department of Defense funds to map communally held indigenous land in the states of San Luis Potosi, and in Oaxaca, Mexico.

As a result of this original story, on November 26th, of 2007 elenemigocomun.net published a feature follow up story on the funding scandal titled “The Road to Hell”, which elaborates on the the potential dangers of this type of militarily funded mapping project. Since the publication of this 2007 article, myself and a growing number of community members and students from both sides of the U.S. Mexico border, have engaged in several extensive investigations into the details of this particular research project. Our growing concern has revolved around, academic ethics violations due to improper transparency with communities about the research funding, and serious U.S. Army violations of Mexican sovereignty, and of indigenous autonomy. Our collective research over the last year has resulted in several key pieces of irrefutable evidence, demonstrating both academic ethics violations, and serious violations of Mexican sovereignty and indigenous autonomy.

Protest Halts Barrick Gold Mine Operations at Lake Cowal, Australia

13.04.2009 13:16

Occupation of Lake Cowal Gold Mine run by Barrick Gold. Photo by Fiona Lee.

Protests by the Save Lake Cowal campaign have halted work at the Barrick Gold open pit mine at Lake Cowal, New South Wales, Australia over the Easter Weekend. Lake Cowal is an ephemeral lake lying in the Lachlan River plain within the Murray-Darling Basin, home to many migratory water birds and sacred sites of the Wiradjuri people.

Twenty Eight people were arrested on Sunday when protestors walked onto the open pit mine closing it down. They were authorised to enter the mine site by Wiradjuri Tradtional Owners.

Sydney Indymedia | Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia) | Save Lake Cowal | Protest Barrick Gold | Background - Lake Cowal Video (2006) | Rainforest Information Centre - Lake Cowal Campaign | Photos (Flickr)

Protests target profiteers, &quot;war at home&quot; on the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

06.04.2009 04:01

March 19 marked the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. That week, protests took place across the United States expressing outrage at the continuing destruction and connecting the dots between the war abroad and profiteering and racism on the home front. Many events took place on Saturday, March 21st, sponsored by the ANSWER coalition and coinciding with a march on the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Marchers also targeted the Veterans Administration and four companies who are making money off the war. [Read Report]

Image: Die-In at Hollywood and Highland from Los Angeles Indymedia.

Looking ahead, a national memorial project was launched in Olympia, WA on March 20. Over the next few months, the effort will build memorials in cities across the country, commemorating civilians whose deaths have been documented to be a result of US aggressions. On the east coast, anti-war groups are joining forces to target the commodification of war at a huge shopping mall in Pennsylvania.

Make NATO History!

Autonomous Mediacollective Freiburg, 29.03.2009 22:53

Documenting Revolution - Against NATO!

On the 3rd and 4th of April - right after the G20-meeting in London - in Strasbourg, France, and Baden-Baden, Germany, a summit meeting of the NATO members is taking place for NATO's 60th anniversary. No less than the very continuance of this military alliance is at stake. Expect broad resistance from all section of the left from labor unions through to extra-parlimentary radical leftists – as well as heavy state repression.

In Strasbourg a resistance camp is under construction, while the Convergence Center (CC) in Freiburg is already in use by activists getting ready for the summit protests. Another CC will open in Strasbourg on the 31st of March. The Infopoints have published an infosheet to support the campaign.

US References Supposed Human Rights Violations in Bolivia

Conor H., 04.03.2009 00:25

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La Paz 26 Feb. (CMI Sucre).- According to the Annual Report on Human Rights by the US Department of State, presented by Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of that country, there have been problems with respect to human rights in Bolivia. According to the report indications of human rights violations have "been detected," mentioning "arbitrary" detentions, threats to civil rights, attacks by the executive branch on judicial power, and poor jail conditions, amongst others in the government of President Juan Evo Morales Ayma.

The Whale Wars – Sea Shepherd Returns From Antarctica

12.02.2009 21:46

Boat crew deploy butyric acid on a harpoon ship. Photo: Adam Lau/Sea Shepherd

The flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the M/Y Steve Irwin, is heading back from the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary where it has been on patrol to enforce international conservation regulations in protection of the area's great whales. Since its departure from Brisbane, Australia on December 4th, the ship and its crew have been involved in various confrontations with a Japanese Whaling Fleet, which continues to operate a commercial whale hunt in the area illegally.

On December 26th, the Steve Irwin confronted the Japanese vessel Kaiko Maru. The ships collided and Sea Shepherd crew deployed butyric acid on its decks. From 1st February the whaling operation was shut down for 8 days straight with both sides of the conflict accusing each other of dangerous manoeuvres and tactics. On February 6th, the Steve Irwin had collisions with the harpoon ships Yushin Maru No 2 and Yushin Maru No 3, when it tried to block the ships from offloading dead whales onto the factory ship Nisshin Maru. As an international crew of 40, activists from Australia, America, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Sweden, Bermuda, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, New Zealand and Japan manned the Sea Shepherd vessel during the campaign which was dubbed operation Musashi.

Photos: Photo Report – Onboard Sea Shepherd Operation Musashi | Videos: Ramming the Japanese whaling ship - Sea Shepherd | Sea Shepherd collides with whaling harpoon ship (Indybay)

International Features: Nicola Paris - Reporting From Antarctica (Perth Indymedia) | Sea Shepherd chases Whalers into New Zealand Antarctic Territory (Aotearoa IMC) | Ships Collide: Whalers and Sea Shepherd clash in Australian Antarctic waters (Sydney Indymedia) | Sea Shepherds sail out to confront whalers (Portland IMC) | The Whale Wars - Sea Shepherd Returns From Antarctica (UK Indymedia) | Various newswire articles (Indybay)

Links: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society | Institute For Cetacean Research (Japanese pro-whaling PR) | Ocean Defence Topic page (UK Indymedia)

Hosting Indymedia Servers is Illegal?

11.02.2009 12:35

This Monday, Kent Police arrested a man in Sheffield under the Serious Crime Act 2007 in relation to the recent Indymedia server seizure. His home was raided, all computer equipment and related papers taken. He was released after eight hours. The person had neither technical, administrative nor editorial access to the Indymedia UK website. He was only associated to the project by hosting its server.

The arrest took place under Section 44-46 of the Serious Crime Act, which was passed into law on 1st October 2008 to combat serious international crime like drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and armed robbery. Sections 44-46 refer to “encouraging or assisting offences”.

Kent police claim that they are after the IP address of the poster of two anonymous comments to a report about a recent animal liberation court case, which included personal details of the Judge. The IP address of the poster is not stored as Indymedia does not log IP addresses. This was acknowledged by British Transport Police in 2005, after the Bristol IMC server seizure.

Gaza Massacre: actions and information

06.02.2009 18:41

This is a roundup of news on the war on Gaza and related news that was kept up-to-date by the indymedia.org features team between Jan 16 and Feb 6 2009. For past features see: Jan8 | Dec30 | Dec28 | Dec27

PALESTINIAN/ISRAELI MEDIA: Palestinian media: International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) (en) | The Palestine News Network (PNN) (en /ar/he/fr) | Ma'an News Agency (MNA) (en /ar) | Electronic Intifada (ei) (en) | PFLP (anti-stalinist socialist/communist) (en /ar) | Palestinian Information Center (PIC) (en/ ar) | WAFA - Palestine News Agency (en /ar/he/fr) | blogs: [1] | [2] | IMC Israel: Israel Indymedia (en/he)
TODAY'S ACTIONS UPDATE: what's happened today around the activist world
TODAY'S NEWS UPDATE what's happened today in the (un-)real world, especially Gaza
BOYCOTT: International boycott of Israeli products launched from West Bank | Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel | US End the Occupation | UK BDS
UNDERREPORTED TOPICS: white phosphorus | war crimes | refuseniks (Israelis who refuse to kill) | repression of the media | Israeli piracy | Recent kidnappings

The Deadly Face of Development: Struggle Against Evictions in Korea

03.02.2009 17:18

On January 20th, an illegally and incompetently conducted raid on activists and tenants protesting their forced eviction from central Seoul left 6 dead. This incident ignited immediate and continuing demonstrations against police violence, massive redevelopment, and the administration that has exacerbated both of these issues. South Korea's redevelopment projects have always met with fierce resistance, as landless poor were sacrificed for the profits of wealthy conglomerates. This violent crackdown in Yongsan neighborhood, however, has lead to an unprecedented show of support among diverse populations in solidarity with those struggling for housing and survival.

Obama, Guantánamo and the “War on Terror”

www-features, 02.02.2009 13:56

11/01/2009 protest at Market and Powell Streets in San Francisco, USA

Former Guantánamo prisoners including Moazzam Begg and Chris Arendt, a former guard, are completing a UK speaking tour to “mark seven years of unlawful detention, abuse and torture”. The tour, organised by Cage Prisoners started in London on 11th January 2009, exactly seven years after the first transfers to the prison torture camp at Guantánamo Bay at date which was marked in London by a weekend of actions and in the US by a National Day of Protest: Close Guantanamo and End U.S. Torture Policies Everywhere. Sami al-Haj, a former Guantánamo prisoner and Al Jazeera journalist was due to be one of the speakers on the UK tour but instead he joined a Free Gaza boat which was fired on and didn’t make it. By the Sheffield meeting, held on the date of Obama’s inauguration, he had been replaced by Omar Deghayes another former Guantánamo prisoner. In Liverpool the meeting “was held on the same day as the US president signed an order to close Guantanamo. Moazzam Begg was not impressed, and commented that Barack Obama spoke about ‘outlawing torture’ as though he himself had just decided to make it illegal: “It has ALWAYS been illegal, at least in any civilised country”" Further reports can be found on the tour blog.

Tour Reports: London [ audio ] | Bristol | Sheffield [ audio: 1 | 2 ] | Liverpool | Guantánamo Voices Tour Blog

Protests: 11th January 2009: [ San Francisco | Washington DC | London ] 100 Days to to Close Guantánamo: [ Worcester ]

Campaigns: Cageprisoners | The National Guantánamo Coalition (UK) | 100 Days to Close Guantánamo and End Torture | The Campaign against Criminalising Communities | Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC) | Reprieve

Background: Andy Worthington on Antiwar Radio: Obama, Guantánamo and Torture (audio) | Guantánamo - Obama could do better | Binyam’s Story: From Ladbroke Grove to GTMO | The Rendition Monolgues | Moazzam Begg and Andy Worthington on Human Rights in The War on Terror

Police Seize UK Indymedia Server (Again)

01.02.2009 23:59

On 22 January 2009 an Indymedia server was seized by the Police in Manchester. This was related to postings about the recent Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) trial.

Kent Police had e-mailed imc-uk-contact in the morning requesting that personal information about the Judge from the recent SHAC trial in the UK be removed from the site. However this information had already been quickly removed in line with IMC UK policy. The e-mail also requested information relating to the poster be retained. Indymedia as an open posting news service does not log such information about its sources.

The machine was handed to the Police by the management of UK Grid, a Manchester based colocation facility, without a warrant being shown. It is believed that a warrant for this one server may exist and have been issued by a Chief Inspector. As the server was a mirror of the site, it can be concluded that the validity of the seizure wasn't checked, and the police attacked Indymedia infrastructure in the UK.

Other sites that have been affected as a result of this seizure include London Indymedia, the global Indymedia documentation project server, la Soja Mata – an anti-GM soya campaign focusing on South American development, Transition Sheffield and a Canadian campaign against the 2010 olympics.

For details see Indymedia Uk Server Seizure Info Page and Press Release #1

Indymedia Coverage: IMC Athens | IMC Barcelona [en] | IMC Brasil | IMC Germany | Indybay | IMC Ireland | IMC Nantes [fr] | IMC New York | IMC Poland | IMC Switzerland [it]

Other Coverage: The Register | SchNews | Gulli [de] | Annalist [de] | heise online [de] | slashdot | Global Integrity Commons

Previous Seizures: FBI seizure, London | British Transport Police seizure, Bristol 2005

Boliva, pasado y present por el cambio

Conor Loughran, 26.02.2009 10:27

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America Latina vive actualmente un proceso de grandes transformaciones que han puesto en el escenario como protagonistas de estos fenomenos sociales, politicos y economicos a neuvos actores que han surgido las comunidades indigenas y originaras, los barrios, los mercados, los desocupados, y que

Take part in the ajuri of the caracol in Outeiro

CMI Brasil, 12.01.2009 14:16

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The Zapatista inspired network "Flor da Palavra" ("blossom of words", in a free translation) invites everyone to participate in a "ajuri" (gathering) to build the first "caracol" (snail) of Brasil, in the island of Caratateua (Outeiro), in Belém, Brasil, starting in January 2009. These "snails" are the bases for the organization of autogestion in the Zapatista's regions in Chiapas (Mexico), creating unity between its autonomous municipalities and communities and facilitating the communication of the native folks with national and international civil society solidarity. The "ajuri" (gathering) is a traditional practice of the indigenous people and of the caboclos (brazilian descendants of white and indians), in which groups and individuals unite in solidarity to, for example, clean and prepare the land for cultivation. In Outeiro, the purpose of the "ajuri" is to buy a piece of land and then begin the physical and human construction of a permanent area which can be used by volunteers and inhabitants to cultivate local autonomy and communication with other struggles.

One way of expressing your solidarity is donating for the acquisition of the land, through paypal:

Worldwide Protests Escalate in Response to Israel's Ground War on Gaza

08.01.2009 11:26

On Saturday January 3rd, Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip with the stated goal of destroying the elected government in Gaza, Hamas, and the suspected goal of helping two senior Israeli politicians in upcoming elections (see [1] | [2] | [3]). The ground assault came after eight days of air strikes, which were launched in response to small scale rockets that killed four Israelis. At writing, at least 660 Palestinians have been killed and 3000 injured, an estimated 50 percent of which are civilians. Reports: IMEMC.org | Cyprus Indymedia | Indybay

Resistance and solidarity continues to grow in Israel and the West Bank ([1] | [2]), despite serious repression. Three demonstrators in the West Bank have been killed and hundreds in Israel have been jailed for protesting the killing spree. In Gaza, seven medics killed by Israeli forces, five since the ground invasion began.

As the troops were amassing, protests were taking place in hundreds of cities across the globe calling for Israel to cease aggressions, and have continued to grow since. At least 700,000 people have rallied and marched on embassies and politicians' offices around the world, calling for international intervention and decrying silence as complicity. In Norway, over 7,000 people have joined Socialist Left Party's Facebook call for expelling the Israeli ambassador. On Wednesday in Toronto, a group of Jewish women occupied the Israeli Consulate until police removed them by force (Audio Report Here). In the United States, a nation-wide demonstration has been called for Saturday, January 10. Internationally, a growing network of organizations is calling for coordinated boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel and Israeli corporations ([1] | [2]). Roundups of Protest Coverage: Aotearoa: Jan4 and Dec30 | Australia: Jan4 and Dec29-31 | Ireland | United Kingdom | United States: Dec31 and Jan4 | | | IMEMC.org | endtheoccupation.org | tadamon.ca

Commentary: world leaders sit on the fence while people burn from Indymedia UK | Semantics of a Massacre | Israel's self-proclaimed 'propaganda war' backfires in Youtube controversy | The fight for peace from inside Israel from Sydney Indymedia | Indymedia turba la destra israeliana, l'informazione dal basso colpisce ancora

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