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VENEZUELA: Poder Local

Puerto Rico, 27.09.2004 05:06

VENEZUELA: Poder Local



What are RTE, The Greens and Labour so afraid of? Ideas? Debate? Democracy?

Ireland, 27.09.2004 03:59

Are They Actively Conspiring to Deny Citizens Their Constitutional Right to an Election? . http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/sep2004/dscn8081vinceindy3a.jpg



Daley's Latest Scheme: A Massive Surveillance Camera Network in Chicago

Chicago, 27.09.2004 03:18

Mayor Daley has announced plans to unleash a massive wave of surveillance cameras across Chicago. The wave is billed as a boon for emergency medical services and crime prevention. But no provisions are being made as to surveillance abuse or privacy invasion, nor are considerations being raised as to how such a network could be used against protests or political organizers.
In preliminary work for this camera network, Chicago officials even went to London to learn about London's 200,000-camera surveillance system as a possible model, even though crime in London has increased over the past ten years.
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Additional Resources: National Lawyers Guild - Chicago | Open Loop: A Chicago Surveillance Camera Mapping Project | EPIC Video Surveillance Information Page



New England Million Worker March organizing picks up

Boston, 27.09.2004 01:49

As the Million Worker March fast approaches support is growing nationaly. Likewise in New England labor, student and community organizations are mobilizing in their own name to build this independent class-wide movement.



$5000 Settlement in False Arrest of Activist Downtown

Santa Cruz, CA, 27.09.2004 01:41

The City of Santa Cruz and Sushi Now owner Matisse Selman agreed to an out of court settlement of $5000 with activist Robert Norse who they falsely arrested on January 30, 2002.

City of Santa Cruz Police Department Sgt. Loran Baker arrested longtime activist Robert Norse for "obstructing the sidewalk" on a "citizen's arrest" from Sushi Now! owner Matisse Selman on January 30, 2002. After videotaping him for several days, Baker then handcuffed and transported Norse to the local police station - though the "crime" was a minor infraction normally handled like a traffic ticket. This was the third time within a 7 month period that Baker had custodially arrested Norse on charges that were later dropped or were never even filed.

Attorney Kate Wells, a long time Santa Cruz civil rights lawyer, along with attorneys Jim and Rhonda Fossbinder, then sued the City, Selman, and Baker in Federal Court for false arrest and violation of the First Amendment right to speak and assemble. Two years later on September 14, the Santa Cruz City Council approved an out-of-court settlement of $5000. Norse interviewed Kate Wells on Free Radio Santa Cruz. Selections from that interview are printed here and in the upcoming October issue of Street Spirit newspaper.

Audio: mp3 45.9 Megabytes of Robert's Interview w/ Attorney Kate Wells

[ HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) I Archive of Robert Norse audio from FRSC ]



antifascismo (es)

Barcelona, 27.09.2004 01:38

[ [ nuevo episodio de impunidad fascusta ] ]

El joven herido en las fiestas de Gràcia continua ingredo en la UCI, debatiendose todavia entre la vida y la muerte bajo el riesgo de sufrir secuelas irreparables. Desde la sociedad se estan dando muchas voces de solidaridad y preocupación [1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5]. Cinco de l*s seis detenid*s están en libertad con cargos pero ahora la orden de libertad para el agresor, que tenía prisión preventiva, se configura como un "nuevo episodio de impunidad" para las agresiones fascistas y de parodia de la Justicia que pretende minimizar los hechos. Desde el principio parece como si no se quisiera reconocer que se trata de un acto fascista, con puño y garfio, incluso cuando vecin*s lo denunciaron y pideron que no se criminalizasen las fiestas. También se ha escampado la teoría de que el detenido forma parte de España2000, lo que parece que le da inmunidad. Rara vez estos hechos tienen sentencias duras o finalmente grandes fascistas se sientan delante de un tribunal. Recordemos que ya se acabo en una guerra y son muchas las agresiones fascistas que se están sufriendo, algunas denunciadas en imc-bcn ::

Osona - Reus - Baix Camp Priorat - L'Alt Urgell - l´hortet de santa eulalia (BCN) - Girona - Vilanova - Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat - Quatretonda - Salamanca -Madrid - Milano

ACTUEM [ [ [ 12 d'Octubre Manifestació Antifeixista
ORGANITZEM-NOS [ [ [ Carta abierta al movimiento antifascista

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antifeixisme (ca)

Barcelona, 27.09.2004 01:37

[ [ nou episodi de impunitat feixista ] ]

El jove ferit a les festes de Gràcia continua ingressat a la UCI, debatent-se encara entre la vida i la mort i sota el risc de patir seqüeles irreparables. Des de la societat s'han donat moltes veus de solidaritat i preocupació [1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5]. Cinc dels sis detinguts són en llibertat amb càrrecs però ara l'ordre de llibertat per l'agressor, que tenia presó preventiva, es configura com un "nou episodi de impunitat " per a les agressions feixistes i de paròdia de la Justícia que pretén minimitzar els fets. Des del escomençament pareix com si no es vullguera reconèixer que es tracta d'un acte feixista, amb puny i garfi i fins i tot vein*s ho denunciaren i demanaren que no es criminalitzaren les festes. També s'ha escampat la teoria de que el detingut forma part d' España2000, lo que pareix que le done immunitat. Rarament aquets fets tenen sentències dures o finalment grans feixistes es senten davant d'un tribunal. Recordem que els fets acabaren en una guerra i són moltes les agressions feixistes que s'estan patint, algunes d'elles denunciades a imc-bcn ::

Osona - Reus - Baix Camp Priorat - L'Alt Urgell - l´hortet de santa eulalia (BCN) - Girona - Vilanova - Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat - Quatretonda - Salamanca - Madrid - Milano

ACTUEM [ [ [ 12 d'Octubre Manifestació Antifeixista
ORGANITZEM-NOS [ [ [ Carta oberta al moviment antifeixista

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Natural disasters are often man-made

Portland, 27.09.2004 01:17



Resisting Empire: Reportback from protests against the RNC

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 26.09.2004 23:53

Photo Presentation and Discussion Tuesday, September 28th, 7pm Black Dog Cafe 308 Prince St. in Lowertown, St. Paul $3-5 suggested donation... no one turned away for lack of $$$!



Got Rape™ ? Got War Crimes™? Got Rumsfeld™? Got Halliburton™?

Portland, 26.09.2004 23:51



Poster Offensive: Political Art in NE Minneapolis

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 26.09.2004 23:42

The Frank Stone Gallery opened Poster Offensive, a display of colorful and poignant political posters. The Star Tribune refused to print an ad for the event, but you can see it here on Indy Media. The ad wasn’t essential for the event’s success: more than 600 people showed up the first night alone.



Laura Bush in Wausau photos

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 26.09.2004 23:42

Laura Bush came to Wausau speaking at the “Boys and Girls club”.



Guantanámo Bay Express uses Shannon Airport

Ireland, 26.09.2004 21:46

Irish Govt looks the other way on kidnapping and torture. In the phony war on terror, thousands of people have been taken prisoner and tortured with no evidence, charges or trial. The arrests make good PR for Bush, the admissions of error are 'less newsworthy'. Even before we set up the peace camp at Shannon we suspected that the US Government would use Shannon airport to transport its captives to Guantanamo Bay. After a lot of digging, and some luck, we now have a lot more than suspicion, and YOU have to help us to hold the Irish govt to account for this. a watered down version of this appeared on p6 of the Sunday Business Post today... I was expecting a bit more bite.. so here's a bit more of what's being hidden. "Even before we set up the peace camp at Shannon we suspected that the US Government would use Shannon airport to transport its captives to Guantanamo Bay. After a lot of digging, and some luck, we now have a lot more than suspicion, and YOU have to help us to hold the Irish govt to account for this. A watered down version of this appeared on page six of the Sunday Business Post today... I was expecting a bit more bite.. so here's a bit more of what's being hidden." In the phony war on terror, thousands of people have been taken prisoner and tortured with no evidence, charges or trial. The arrests make good PR for Bush, the admissions of error are 'less newsworthy'....There is no limit to what the Irish Government will let Bush and Co, do when it comes to war and torture: Use our airports for troops? Sure thing boss! Use our airports for military aircrfaft and explosives? Ah, shur go on, we'll tell the gullible public that nothing odd is happening... they trust us. (Sure we never told ANYONE in Ireland that experts in the Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs told us 6 months before the war that Blair's Dossier was a load of rubbish. What else George? You wanna use our airports so you can capture lots of people with no evidence, blindfold and torture them...? mmm... okay, but we're gonna look the other way. WELL NOT EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY LOOKS THE OTHER WAY... When the government said nothing was going on at Shannon. We didn't believe them. When Willie O'Dea said there was "nothing secretive or furtive going on" I knew that he was lying through his moustache. The government played ignorant, at the same time, trying to suppress the evidence, no Garda inspections of planes, and constant harassment of planespotters. Regardless, the planespotters persisted. There were some small stories in the press, but still most people believed the Government line. When the Peace Camp was set up in Jan 2003, only a small percentage believed the US Military was using Shannon to kill thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq. Four weeks later, nobody doubted it. During that time we tried to log as many suspicious aircraft in and out of Shannon as we could. And we published one of the larger logs here on indymedia.ie Most of the flights were confirmed troop carriers or military cargo flights. Other were aircraft that we suspected, but need to dig further. Of course, at the beginning of February 2003, events overtook us and we had other things on our plates: like High Court Injunctions; 6 people charged with criminal damage; and the imminent mass murder of innocent Iraqis. So the digging paused. Meanwhile, in Sweden, an investigative journalist named Frederik Laurin (working with Sweden's TV4) was looking into the secretive expulsion and torture of two asylum seekers and he had a good lead. It seems, that unlike Ireland, Swedish police are willing to speak out when they see the State breaking its own laws! Paul Forell, police inspector at Bromma Airport went on the record, and told what he saw, including the registration number of the aircraft. Also unlike Ireland, the journalist decided to put some effort into the story. He found out that the two asylum seekers had been living quiet lives in Sweden with their families, were snatched by Swedish and US agents and taken to Egypt where they were tortured using electrodes attached to their testicles, nipples, armpits and earlobes. Then Mr. Lauring tried to track the plane. It had no markings other than the registration N379P. Google threw up one decent hit: to indymedia.ie with an article entitle "Shannon -the Truth" published towards the end of the peace camp. Fredrik contacted me and asked me to dig into the story and I found this aircraft harder to track than most. It is operated by Premier Executive Transport Services, and even though it has is registered as a civilian aircraft, it has clearance to land at US military airfields all over the world. It turned out that the same plane was spotted in Indonesia, and Karachi when people were snatched from those countries too, and it is suspected that this plane was used in dozens of what the CIA calls 'extraordinary renditions' A phone call to P.E.T.S. Inc confirmed our suspicions: Mary Ellen McGuiness: That was our aircraft. You come to the right office. Fredrik Laurin (We call and want to hire the aircraft, but get the answer that it only flies for the US government. ) Mary Ellen McGuiness: That is correct. We only lease through the US government, we are on a long term lease with them. I only found out about this when I got an email from Sweden thanking me for my help. This was broadcast in Sweden in May. I contacted Fredrick, got a rough edit of the tape and a translation of the script into english... It was very interesting. the US spooks told the Swedish spooks lies about the two captives - such as that one was wanted in Egypt for assassination Anwar Sadat (even though the 'suspect' was 13 yrs old at that time). The US agents wore masks and only gave their first names. One of the prisoners was placed lying on the floor with hands and feet cuffed together behind his back. The other was strapped fast in the cabin, with his hands over his head. One of the men was released from prison without charge in October last year, after 34 months of captivity, beatings and torture. He has not been allowed to leave Egypt to go to his new home in Sweden. He is one of thousands who have been wrongly imprisoned, without charge or trial, in torture dens in client states like Egypt or places like Guantanamo. Some of them are sheepherders and taxi drivers, worng place, wrong colour, wrong name. Most of the real terrorists were already in police custody, or hiding in the hills of Afghanistan... not living in quiet Swedish suburbs, but the P.R. machine makes G.W. Bush look tough on terror. Bertie said that the discussion on Shannon was 'over' and best left to historians. Of course it is... ignore the dead, ignore the crimes. go back to sleep. This plane has probably taken hundreds of innocent people to be beaten and tortured. It has been seen several times at Shannon. What would our government do if they 'knew' what was happening? Well, in the Seanad 3 months ago, Senator Henry asked the Minister for 'Just-us' Michael McDowell if he could "assure us that untried and unsentenced people are not being brought through Shannon from goodness knows where to Guantanamo Bay". McDowell assured the Seanad that "Any person who is on the soil of Ireland is entitled to the protection of the Constitution. No person can be brought through the soil of Ireland in the custody of any other state except in accordance with International Law. If the Senator has reason to believe any person has been transited through Irish terroritory, in unlawful custody, particularly to Guantanamo, I would be interested to hear it because I would respond to it immediately." We have our Constitution and the right of freedom of the individual is not confined to citizens; it applies to all persons. Therefore, it would cause me grave concern if I thought people were being smuggled through Irish territory in circumstances that amounted to unlawful detention in Irish law or in international law for that matter." Seanad Records p286 &287 June 23 2004) Fine words indeed, but McDowell's pretence of concern and desire for knowledge contrast starkly with the standing orders for the Gardai in Shannon. During the trial of Eoin Dubsky in 2002, Inspector Tom Kennedy of Shannon Garda Station said that the Garda Siochana do not inspect US aircraft at Shannon because the government has 'an understanding' that the US is complying with all requirements. The Inspector, along with the airport police tried to claim that they do not have authority to board the vessels, which is rubbish. Under the Air Transport and Navigation Act, even if they suspect nothing, any Garda, or warranted Airport Police Officer can board any aircraft just to ensure that the contents match the paperwork. This aircraft N379P is a regular at Shannon. FBO the company that handles it (and most of the military traffice at Shannon) refers to it to it as "Novermber Papa" ... the Guantanamo Bay Express. (FBO radio freq 13.675. Mhz) The manager of FBO testified at Eoin's trial, and denied that FBO did anything dodgy. Since Mary Kelly's actions at Shannon, Shannon airport was full of cops, with eyes, ears, notebooks and pens... yet they have an 'understanding' that there is nothing to record. In otherwords, the Garda have been told "See NOTHING, find NOTHING, say NOTHING". This 'plausible deniability' policy is a scandal. The Government denies everything, and everybody who has tried to investigate these things has been harrassed by An Garda Siochana, some have been assaulted, some have been stitched up and sent to a court with a Judge who publicly expresses distate for anti-war activists. When things were exposed the government tried to sit it out and waffle about the morality of getting Hussein... not killing thousands of Iraqis... the value of US business, not the danger of explosive cargo at Shannon. The mainstream media rarely crosses the line and allows the excuses to go unchallenged. What's the excuse going to be for letting innocent people be taken off to be electrocuted? What's it worth to the economy? Why don't we create jobs and build our own Abu Ghraib in the Shannon Industrial Estate. McDowell and Harney could open it and then the hypocrisy would be finally complete. What now? A small number of people worked hard and with persistent obstacles to expose what is still happening at Shannon and the cover up in the Dail. We publish information here hoping the public, and activists will act on it. After you've read this, don't just shake your head in dismay. If this is as much as you do, then this will be wasted. Go out and do something to help change this. If you're in Dublin get together with groups like Fairview Anti-war or your own group and show some public outrage at this. Demand accountability, not weasel answers. Call them liars when they waffle. Expose them, don't fear them. If you're nearer to Shannon? Well the small number of people here could do with someone else doing some of the work. And if you have a head for digging and investigating then you're especially welcome, because that takes time and people too. Whatever you do, don't just look the other way.



Radical Melbourne by Bicycle

Melbourne, 26.09.2004 21:10

Melbourne's Radical Past explored by Critical Mass



Puppets oppose Prime Minister

Melbourne, 26.09.2004 20:59

Snuff Puppets greet PM at Footscray



Why Progressive Feminists Should Vote Democrat This Time Around

Madison, 26.09.2004 20:13

This article is the Editor's Comment from the first issue of The Femocrat, a new zine comparing Kerry and Bush on issues of importance to women. The Femocrat's goal is to provide an alternative media source for people interested in the candidates' domestic policies and to mobilize progressive feminists within the Democratic Party.



Día del Orgullo Gay en Santiago.

Chile, 26.09.2004 19:38

Día del Orgullo Gay en Santiago.



Calendula, Portland's only vegan restaurant, closes down

Portland, 26.09.2004 18:30



Treesits on Gypsy Mountain raided; Ancient Redwood &quot;Aradia&quot; Cut

Portland, 26.09.2004 18:23



Hiking in the Mt. St. Helens foothills: Good for the Body &amp; Soul

Portland, 26.09.2004 18:17

right



Critical Mass

Houston, 26.09.2004 17:31

Critical Mass at home and abroad



Haiti: The Current and Upcoming Repression

Madison, 26.09.2004 17:15

A member of a recent human rights delegation to Haiti says things are worse than she expected - and the repression is likely to increase later this month.



Che Cafe Threatened with Eviction

San Diego, 26.09.2004 16:58

In spring 2004, UCSD Student Affairs personnel claimed UCSD's contract with the co-ops and student governments had expired in 1998, despite that they had previously recognized 2-year renewals of this contract in
1998, 2000, and 2002. Over the summer, Student Affairs responded to this request in writing with a threat to terminate students' tenancy in co-op spaces unless a new agreement had been reached by October 15.

Please read on to learn what you can do to help!



Preso por recusar a guerra

Portugal, 26.09.2004 11:11

Preso por recusar a guerra



Treesit Extractors on Gypsy Mountain

San Francisco Bay Area, 26.09.2004 07:41

Gypsy Mountain Treesits Raided



Who Let the Pigs Out? Protesting the Central Coast Gang Investigators Association Conference at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose

Santa Cruz, CA, 26.09.2004 06:56

This year alone there has been over a half dozen people killed by police shootings in San Jose.

On February 17, 2004 my father, Rudy Cardenas, became one of them. He was taken from my life forever. My father was shot in the back by state narcotics agent Michael Walker.

My father was running away from Walker who was dressed in regular clothing in an alley in Downtown San Jose. Witnesses said that my father had his hands up saying "Don't shoot." My father's death was unjust and our family demanded an open grand jury for the shooter Michael Walker. The open grand jury was held in July. During the grand jury my family, friends, and the community were disgusted by the series of mistakes that led to my father's death. The State Narcotics Agents did not even follow any of their own procedures. Each agent told a different story on what occurred that day and they were caught in lie after lie. My family had no hope that justice would be served. No state agent had ever been indicted in the history of California. In the end of the grand jury my family was very surprised when the jury came out with their verdict. Walker was indicted on voluntary manslaughter. We did our own research on Walker and found out that he was on the Board of Directors of a group called the Central Coast Gang Investigators Association. The CCGIA is an organization that trains law enforcement on how to deal with gangs. Also on the board was Brian Link, another agent who chased my father. CCGIA was scheduled to give a training in San Jose at the Double Tree Hotel in early September. How could Walker and Link be training other officers procedures when they could not even follow their own?

[ Justice for Rudy Cardenas ]



Critical Mass Crackdown Continues

NYC, 26.09.2004 04:11

Several Arrests, Bikes Siezed, Police Tactics "Backfire"

"Hundreds of cyclists returned to the streets of Manhattan tonight in the monthly celebration of bicycles known as Critical Mass ... Organizers estimated the turnout at nearly 1,000 bicyclists, and as they poured onto Fifth Avenue from the north end of Union Square, the celebratory spirit that is a hallmark of the event was only slightly dampened by the rows of police on scooters that seemed to be everywhere." [Read More]

"Critical Mass riders tonight refused to be herded by roving scooter-cop pens. Hundreds of riders spontaneously broke away from the NYPD approved designated parade route(?!) at Park Ave. and 53rd St. and reaffirmed the spirit of Critical Mass rides; no designated leaders, no set route ... Throughout the ride there was tremendous support from onlookers and alot more awareness of who we were. The Mayor's plan to stifle free speech seems to have backfired. More people than ever now know about Critical Mass and support the cyclists." [Read More]

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Press Conference Launches Campaign Against At-Large Seats in Urbana

Urbana-Champaign, 26.09.2004 03:30

Residents from all over the city of Urbana have launched a campaign to oppose at-large seats on the Urbana City Council.



Spain: Workers Fight Back Against Privatization Plan

San Francisco Bay Area, 26.09.2004 01:40

Spanish Shipyard Workers Block Railways and Clash with Police



Be A Part Of History! Make Ancient Forest Logging History!

Portland, 25.09.2004 23:56



Treesit Extractors on Gypsy Mountain

San Francisco Bay Area, 25.09.2004 23:42

Gypsy Mountain Treesits Raided



Detroiter brings fresh air to Benton Harbor radio

Michigan, 25.09.2004 19:14

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — More African Americans need to be behind the microphone if Blacks are to have a voice in their communities. That is one among many visions former Detroiter Robert Roundtree said he had when he decided to go into the radio industry. Roundtree left Detroit 15 years and got a job at 103.7 FM (WUVS-LP) in Muskegon. At the station, which is manned by African Americans, he is known as Big Rob. “Because of so many obstacles out there in the world, bashing us and putting us down, we need to have more Blacks in radio stations to talk about the good in our communities,” Roundtree said. “Once you put a voice that can counter what is going on then there should be a balance.”



Baghdad, year zero

Victoria, 25.09.2004 17:29

Baghdad - Year Zero



Baghdad, year zero

Victoria, 25.09.2004 17:29

Baghdad - Year Zero



Workers at MSPCC vote in SEIU Local 509

Boston, 25.09.2004 17:20

After a three year campaign workers at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) voted in SEIU Local 509 September 23 by a 4-to-1 margin. Largest private sector victory in Western Mass in five years



Whose kids? OUR Kids!

Tennessee, 25.09.2004 13:44

Our family had just finished a group medical examination. The doctor paused before leaving and asked, “Does the child need an excused absence for school?” My first thought was, why does everyone automatically assume that a three-year-old “goes to school”? And my second thought was, since when does a parent have to justify himself to the school authorities, anyway?...



Who Let the Pigs Out?

San Francisco Bay Area, 25.09.2004 11:26

Officer Training Led by Indicted Killer Cop



Protesting the Central Coast Gang Investigators Association Conference at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose

San Francisco Bay Area, 25.09.2004 11:26

Victims of Police Shootings Protest Officer Training Led by Indicted Cop



assemblea antipro

Italy, 25.09.2004 10:29

Assemblea nazionale antipro



subVERSIONES en los Mirtos

Puerto Rico, 25.09.2004 08:34

subVERSIONES de la calle



Hipócrita la UPR ante el Dalai Lama

Puerto Rico, 25.09.2004 08:09

Hipócrita la UPR ante el Dalai Lama



Free Cesar Zelada Campaign (jailed in Bolivia)

United Kingdom, 25.09.2004 07:59

Cesar Zelada is a well known student activist in Peru. He is also a member of the Fuerza de Izquierda Socialista, a left wing group, and the organiser of the Hands off Venezuela campaign in Peru.

He was in Bolivia as part of a delegation of Peruvian student activists invited by the Youth wing of the Bolivian Workers' Union (COB - the Bolivian TUC) to show solidarity with the struggle of the Peruvian students, particularly those at the Oruro Technical University.

He was arrested on September 14th, in the capital La Paz. He was strip searched and handcuffed by the PTJ police and then questioned without having access to a lawyer. He is being kept in jail in the San Pedro Penal, in La Paz. When making the case against him at the hearing, the prosecutor alleged that he was in possession of explosives, had lied about his address in Bolivia and was carrying "Marxist propaganda" with the aim of "subversion".



Sac Protest

San Francisco Bay Area, 25.09.2004 07:21

Over 500 Protest Neo-Cons In Sacramento



October 5th in DC: Rally to Demand Rescheduling of Marijuana

San Francisco Bay Area, 25.09.2004 06:48

Medical Marijuana Advocates to Demand Rescheduling of Marijuana



Nueva manifestación por l@s pres@s polític@s en Santiago.

Chile, 25.09.2004 06:43

Nueva manifestación por l@s pres@s polític@s en Santiago.



Laura Bush Appears in Wausau

Madison, 25.09.2004 06:19

Ironically after the Bush administration continues to cut after school programs, Laura Bush speaks to a pre-screened and selected audience at the Wausau's "Boys and Girls Club;" the same organization who is constantly under the Republican budgetary knife. Greeted by anti-war protesters and Kerry supporters, the Richy-Rich of Central Wisconsin gets an ear full about how well the economy is doing, and how much safer the world is now that Iraq has been invaded.



Champaign County State's Attorney Drops Eavesdropping Charges Against Martel Miller for video taping and audio recording police interactions with residents; Patrick Thompson Still Charged

Urbana-Champaign, 25.09.2004 04:50

Champaign County State’s Attorney John Piland today dropped eavesdropping charges against E. Martel Miller for video and audio taping police stops of residents after a month of intense organized community pressure followed by requests made public yesterday by the Urban League of Champaign County and Champaign Police Chief RT Finney and City Manager Steve Carter requesting that Mr. Piland drop the eavesdropping charges.



Critical Mass report-back: Portland Police enforce non-existant law to push cyclists onto sidewalk; WTF?

Portland, 25.09.2004 02:58



Google News Stonewalling Independent Media

Tennessee, 25.09.2004 02:10

In the world of online news publishing, syndication is one of the most important ways of reaching a large audience, and of all the news syndication services on the internet, perhaps none are more prominent than Google News. Launched in September of 2002, Google News promised to be an impartial provider of diverse news stories from across the globe. By compiling news stories "solely by computer algorithms" and "without human intervention", Google News was touted as an inclusive and unbiased source of news. The only catch is that Google News only syndicates news stories from certain websites and which websites make the cut are determined by human choice. Over the years it has become evident that this choice is not impartial, but rather subject to politics and the whims of public opinion. By offering a revolving door of tenuous and inconsistent excuses, Google News has effectively worked to stonewall left-leaning independent media sources from syndication.



spanish workers continue to fight

San Diego, 24.09.2004 23:19

MADRID : Spanish unions demanded that a plan to partly privatise the country's shipyards be shelved amid growing unrest which has sparked violence at some yards and prompted wildcat strikes




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