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Young Filipinos urged to defend internet freedom

Akbayan (Citizens Action Party), 15.10.2012 12:00

Manila, Philippines: Members of Akbayan Youth today hanged a banner on Welcome Rotonda expressing its opposition to the Cybercrime Prevention Act or Republic Act 10175. Akbayan Youth National Spokesperson JC Tejano today called on the youth to defend internet freedom as a necessary space for a growing democracy.

Israel Encourages Settler Violence

Stephen Lendman, 15.10.2012 07:42


Intensified Warrantless Spying in America

Stephen Lendman, 15.10.2012 07:17

police state


Granite, 14.10.2012 23:03

Granite .. Garanit .. and .. Granit Turkey ..

Winsor Zenic McCay

Winsor Zenic McCay, 14.10.2012 22:57

Winsor Zenic McCay (September 26, 1869 – July 26, 1934) was an American cartoonist and animator, best known for the comic strip Little Nemo (begun 1905) and the animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). For legal reasons, he worked under the pen name Silas on the comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

Petition to ban extremely cruel animal abuse practises under new law in Ireland

Campaign to end bloodsports in Ireland, 14.10.2012 12:10

A hunter displays a fox and dog after a dig-out October/November 2012
Ireland’s animal welfare laws are being updated...and we need people from around the world to tell our government to outlaw, as a matter of urgency, a number of extremely cruel practises that make life a living hell on earth for animals in Ireland. You can do this simply signing the online petition below.

Infomercials for Despots

Stephen Lendman, 14.10.2012 07:39

media lies

Washington Plays Hardball with Russia on Syria

Stephen Lendman, 14.10.2012 07:10



kaosenlared, 13.10.2012 21:40

Nazis came to Bilbao, Basque COuntry, to demonstrate


kaosenlared, 13.10.2012 21:39

Nazis came to Bilbao, Basque Counrty

Israeli Crimes Without Punishment

Stephen Lendman, 13.10.2012 18:54


Alev Alev 3.Bölüm izle

Alev Alev, 13.10.2012 17:53

Alev Alev 3.Bölüm izle 13 ekim 2012 perşembe akşamı

Ağır Roman Yeni Dünya 4. Bölüm Fragmanı

Ağır Roman Yeni Dünya 4. Bölüm Fragmanı, 13.10.2012 16:37

Ağır Roman Yeni Dünya 4. Bölüm Fragmanı

Global Noise

ddflies, 13.10.2012 12:14

Vahumus first Streets are back in town.

Charla-debate sobre noviolencia y presentación de libro en B.S. Libre Albedrío (Granada)

B.S. Libre Albedrío, 13.10.2012 09:20

Charla-debate sobre noviolencia y presentación de libro en B.S. Libre Albedrío (Granada) 21 de Octubre a las 19:00

Nobel Hypocrisy Wins Again

Stephen Lendman, 13.10.2012 07:40

war is peace

Demagoguery Substitutes for Debate

Stephen Lendman, 13.10.2012 07:15


Lesen, lesen, lesen ...

Christopher Dömges, 13.10.2012 01:06

Vorlesung auf der Buchmesse Frankfurt Frankfurt/M. (Korrespondenz/döm) „Lernen, lernen, lernen“, empfahl Lenin „seinem“ Proletariat. Dass die geziehlte Wissensanhäufung durch Bücher noch lange nicht tot ist, sich im Gegenteil in einer Blütezeit befindet, beweist einmal mehr die diesjährige Frankfurter Buchmesse, die vom 10. bis 14. Oktober 2012 ihre Pforten für Besucher aus dem In- und Ausland öffnete.

Maine Artists Collective Offers Workshops at Constellation Gallery

Ann Tracy, 12.10.2012 20:39

A nonprofit group in Portland Maine offers a variety of art workshops this fall.

NYFA guest article on actor training, also, MIPCOM, Ghent Fest, CMJ Music Marathon, NYTVF, are event highlights in October, 12.10.2012 10:16

On October 18, the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the very first James Bond film and the Belgium release of the new James Bond film 'Skyfall', Ghent Film Festival presents "007 in Concert: Flemish Talents Sing James Bond". This program of famous Bond songs will performed with Flemish artists and the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé...

Turkey's High Risk Game

Stephen Lendman, 12.10.2012 07:44


Holy Land Foundation Charity Case Goes to Supreme Court

Stephen Lendman, 12.10.2012 07:16

Holy Land Foundation Case Goes to Supreme Court

by Stephen Lendman

Post-9/11, America declared war on Islam. Injustice triumphed. So did hate and fear. Innocent Muslims became fair game. Guilt by accusation became policy.

Many innocent men and women were bogusly charged with terrorism or conspiracy to commit it. They languish unjustly in gulag hell.

They became Washington's enemy of choice. All Muslims have reason to fear being in America at the wrong time.

Ignored is that Islam teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism. Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots.

In today's hate-filled climate, you'd never know it. Praying to the wrong God became criminalized.

Numerous injustice examples explain US ruthlessness. Among many egregious cases, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) charity is notable.

Several earlier articles discussed it. It remains a monument of injustice. Charitable giving to the wrong recipients became criminalized. Feeding the wrong hungry children was called lawless. More on that below.

On October 11, Press TV headlined "Muslim charity case goes to Supreme Court," saying:

Bush administration scoundrels considered HLF its "flagship terror-financing case…." On December 4, 2001, HLF was bogusly declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Its assets were frozen.

Five HLF principles were wrongfully charged, convicted and imprisoned. In late October, the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear their appeal. It won't be easy convincing hardline justices to do the right thing.

Hope springs eternal. Maybe even right-wing ideologues won't tolerate injustice this egregious. Fundamental constitutional principles are at stake. So is right v. wrong.

On January 25, 1995, Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 12947: Prohibiting Transactions With Terrorists Who Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process.

The same year Hamas was bogusly declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). It remains one today. Any individual or group charged with providing material support (true or false) becomes  targeted for prosecution.

Founded in 1989, HLF was America's largest Muslim charity. It served needy people in many countries. They included Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Bosnia, Albania, Chechnya, Turkey, and America.

Its major activities included:

• financial aid to needy and impoverished families;

• a sponsorship program for orphaned children;

• various social services;

• educational ones;

• medical and other emergency work; and

• community development that included helping Palestinians rebuild homes Israel lawlessly destroyed.

On July 27, 2004, five HLF principles were bogusly accused of providing material support to Hamas. Multiple charges included prohibited financial transactions, money laundering, conspiracy, and filing false tax returns.

Charges were false, outrageous and unconscionable. HLF had no connection to terrorism. Its activities were entirely legal. Islam's third pillar mandates charity. Aiding those in need is considered a moral obligation.

Compassion became criminalized. Humanitarian giving to "unworthy" recipients risks long prison terms in gulag hell.

At the time, HLF asked, "Is it a crime to feed" hungry children? HLF did far more glorious work. In its own words, it said, "We gave:

• books, not bombs;

• bread, not bullets;

• smiles, not scars;

• toys, not tanks;

• peace, not terror;

• liberty, not poverty;

• hope, not despair;

• love, not hate; (and)

• life, not death.

So we ask: If (militarized occupation) shatters lives, while charity builds them and charity feeds children, while occupation kills them, why is a charity organization - not occupation - paying the price?"

After 15 years and two trials, five HLF principles were wrongfully convicted of all charges on November 24, 2008. It became one of many US days of infamy. Sentences ranged from 15 - 65 years.

Prosecutors used hundreds of documents; bank and wiretap records; suspect, bogus and secret evidence; hidden witnesses; juror intimidation; and other ruthless tactics to convict. Justice never had a chance.

Prosecutors called November 24 "a great day" in America. Attorney Greg Westfall compared it to denying Dred Scott his day in court, rounding up Japanese civilians during WW II, Red Scare witch hunt trials, murdering the Rosenbergs, and other egregious instances of US injustice.

He added that HLF was a faith-based organization of the "wrong faith."

Family members, friends, and numerous supporters were outraged. One observer put it this way:

"Grateful to live in a country where bankers who rape our entire economy receive 100s of billion of dollars in thanks while humanitarians who feed starving children are sent to jail."

The ACLU said:

"The government’s actions….violated the fundamental rights of American Muslim Charities and has chilled American Muslims’ charitable giving in accordance with their faith, seriously undermining American values of due process and commitment to First Amendment freedoms."

British MP George Galloway called the verdict "one of the most monstrous injustices in modern times in America."

HLF President and CEO Shukri Abu-Baker and Chairman Ghassan Elashi got 65 years imprisonment. Volunteer Mufid Abdulqader received 20 years. New Jersey office director Abdulrahman Odeh and California office director Mohammad El-Mezain got 15 years.

Innocence was no defense. Charitable compassion became criminalized. Guilt by accusation assured gulag hell confinement.

On December 7, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the lower court convictions. It ruled that:

"despite raising a myriad of issues, including numerous claims of erroneous evidentiary rulings, the defendants do not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence to support their convictions."

In other words, defendants argued that secret and alleged evidence was inadmissible. Without it, jurors wouldn't have voted to convict. Sentences should be reversed. Fifth Circuit judges disagreed.

On February 17, 2012, they denied HLF's rehearing request. On May 21, attorneys petitioned the Supreme Court for justice. Key is disallowing secret witness testimonies and hearsay evidence.

The Sixth Amendment states:

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right.…to be confronted with the witnesses against him…."

In Smith v. Illinois (1968), the High Court ruled on the secret witness issue, saying:

"(W)hen the credibility of a witness is in issue, the very starting point in exposing falsehood and bringing out the truth through cross-examination must necessarily be to ask the witness who he is and where he lives."

"To forbid this most rudimentary inquiry at the threshold is effectively to emasculate the right of cross-examination itself."

In late October, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear HLF's appeal. Innocent lives hang in the balance.

A Final Comment

In March 2012, Ghassan Elashi's daughter Noor said, "My father will not be forgotten."

"Exactly three days following the tenth anniversary of the Bush administration shutting down the largest Muslim charity in the United States, the Fifth Circuit Court dismissed the appeal for the Holy Land Foundation case, affirming the conviction of my father, the co-founder of the HLF who’s serving a 65-year sentence for his humanitarian work."

"Upon hearing this news, it initially all rushed back to me at once, nostalgia on overdrive. I saw the relentless accusations by pro-Israeli lobby groups, the pressure by pro-Israeli politicians and the defamatory news reports in the 1990’s."

"I saw the raid on the HLF in 2001, the pre-sunrise arrests and 'material support' charges in 2004, the first trial and hung jury in 2007, the second trial and guilty verdicts in 2008, the sentencing in 2009."

"I saw the plethora of prison phone calls and visitations. And finally, I saw my father being transferred in 2010 to the Southern Illinois city of Marion’s Communications Management Unit (CMU)….Gitmo in the Heartland.' "

"Meanwhile, my father waits in prison. (HLF) is still alive. (He) will not be forgotten. My father is my pillar, whose high spirits transcend all barbed-wire-topped fences, whose time in prison did not stifle his passion for human rights."

"In fact, when I asked him about the first thing he’ll do when he’s released, (he) said, 'I will walk all the way (home) carrying a sign that says, 'End the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.' "

At stake is whether the Supreme Court will give him a chance. Most important is whether it'll reverse one of America's worst injustices. Five innocent men deserve praise, not prison. It's high time they got it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

Visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu 167.Bölüm fragmanı

Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu 167.Bölüm, 11.10.2012 21:39

Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu 167.Bölüm fragmanı İhtiyarlar Heyeti’nin yeni başkanı (Ak Saçlı) önce Ömer Baba’nın dükkanını ziyaret etmesi sonrasında Polat’la bir görüşme yapmasıydı. Polat buna karşı çıktı ve böylelikle en büyük düşmanını kazanmış oldu. Kurtlar Vadisi Pusu 167.Bölüm atv'de.

NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Ignore Faith Community Urging to Cover the LIBOR Banking Scandal

JubileeUSA, 11.10.2012 13:34

Last Friday, the 5th of October, the Sisters of Charity of New York delivered thousands of petitions to NBC Nightly News and ABC World News to urge them to stop their blackout coverage of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) scandal since it broke 3 months ago.

colloque à venir

Camel Bechikh, 11.10.2012 09:17

Colloque sur " Vers un islam de France" au Sénat le 27 Octobre 2012

War or No War on Iran?

Stephen Lendman, 11.10.2012 07:52


Cooked or Accurate US Employment Numbers?

Stephen Lendman, 11.10.2012 07:08

class war


Paola Martinez, 11.10.2012 00:58


Kasımpaşa Fenerbahçe maçı

Kasımpaşa Fenerbahçe maçı özeti, 29.09.2012 13:42

Kasımpaşa Fenerbahçe maçı özeti

¿Retorno al medio rural en España?

germán gorraiz lópez, 29.09.2012 10:51

Análisis de la previsible evolución de la crisis económica en España y del posible retorno a escenarios de economía autárquica en el horizonte del 2014.

Warmonger Netanyahu at UN

Stephen Lendman, 29.09.2012 07:40


Chavez Opposition Disintegrating

Stephen Lendman, 29.09.2012 07:11


La batalla que libra Julian Assange es la batalla por la educación y democracia prohibidas

Videotecas Sociopolíticas, 29.09.2012 00:32

La batalla entre Wikileaks y el status quo imperial del siglo XXI se da en el marco del conocimiento científico técnico. La rebelión de Assange es en el plano desde donde hoy se ejerce la dominación de los seres humanos como nunca en el pasado la soñó emperador alguno, en el plano del conocimiento..

¡¡¡El 27-s 2012 Un día antes!!!

Eté Dazton, 28.09.2012 18:45

a los 148 años de la Primera Asociación Internacional de los Trabajadores (A.I.T.) Los 140 años del Congreso de Saint-Imier y lo => ¡Hoy!

Orduspor Galatasaray Maçı izle

Orduspor Galatasaray Maçı izle, 28.09.2012 14:53

Orduspor Galatasaray Maçı izle 28 Eylül

Open Letter to US President Barack Obama on What does NOT constitute anti-Semitism

Wesley Parish, 28.09.2012 09:55

Apparently the legislature of California defined criticism of Israel's policies as "anti-semitism". A good many Israelis are openly critical of Israel's policies. So Israel is a hot-bed of anti-semitism, or the Californian legislature was born yesterday. Sanity checks are needed in American politics, obviously.

Orduspor - Galataşaray Maçı Lig Tv Canlı İzle 28 Eylül 2012

Orduspor - Galataşaray Maçı Lig Tv Canlı İzle 28 Eylül 2012, 28.09.2012 08:32

Orduspor - Galataşaray Maçı Lig Tv Canlı İzle 28 Eylül 2012,, Orduspor - Galataşaray Maçı Lig Tv Canlı İzle 28 Eylül 2012,Orduspor - Galataşaray Maçı Lig Tv Canlı İzle 28 Eylül 2012

NewYork Times Promotes War on Syria

Stephen Lendman, 28.09.2012 07:37


Terry Williams: A Life in the Balance

Stephen Lendman, 28.09.2012 07:13

police state

Wagenplatz Gänseblümchen without site soon

Py Mayly, 27.09.2012 20:09

Vienna (OT) – Punctual with the end of September, the temporary-usage contract of the trailer-artist collective „Gänseblümchen“ with the owners of the planned „Seestadt Aspern“ ends. Beginning with October 1st the project is officially expulsed to the street and is desperately looking for a suitable site for the upcoming winter.

Intel Agencies Method Is Madness

geral, 27.09.2012 17:59

fbi,cia message to Targets: We intend to... See evidence of threat facing all mankind:

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Sarin Smith, 27.09.2012 09:00

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Películas sobre psiquiatras y entrevistas hechas a más de 160 expertos y víctimas.

Consuelo Palacios, 27.09.2012 08:53

Para informarte y ver estas peliculas entra en CCDH significa Comisión Ciudadana de Derechos Humanos y es un vigilante internacional de la psiquiatría que ha estado a la vanguardia de los Derechos de los pacientes para investigar y denunciar las violaciones psiquiátricas a los Derechos Humanos.

Cannabis : le début d’une longue spirale !

Infodrogue, 27.09.2012 08:37

Stand info drogue Marseille : Comme chaque semaine depuis plus de vingt ans, les bénévoles de l’association « Non à la drogue, oui à la vie » étaient présents ce samedi sur la Rue St Ferréol pour informer les passants du danger de consommer des drogues et plus particulièrement du cannabis, cette soi-disant « drogue douce » par laquelle la très grande majorité des toxicomanes ont commencé.
Ils distribuaient gratuitement des livrets d’information à propos des drogues les plus courantes, expliquant ça et là les méfaits de telle ou telle drogue, les mécanismes qui induisent la spirale descendante, recueillant les témoignages de ceux qui ne connaissent pas, de ceux souffrent et qui voudraient arrêter comme les témoignages de ceux qui ont enfin cessé de consommer.
Aujourd’hui, Adrien voudrait partager son expérience avec tous ceux qui consomment ces produits sans avoir vraiment réalisé dans quelle voie ils s’étaient engagés.
Il s’adresse à toi qui lit ces lignes et qui consomme occasionnellement ou régulièrement une ou des drogues

Drones: Instruments of State Terror

Stephen Lendman, 27.09.2012 07:30


Obama in New York

Stephen Lendman, 27.09.2012 06:57


Philippines: The Marcos’ Legacy of Fraudulent and Illegitimate Debts

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), 27.09.2012 01:26

AS THE NATION remembers today the declaration of Martial Law and the imposition of the Marcos fascist dictatorship 40 years ago — we recall not only the crimes and abuses, but the valiant struggles of our people to end the tyrannical regime.

OPD covers up NHW shooting

Anon, 26.09.2012 23:54

OPD covers up racial attack.

Urgent warning to parents about marijuana and the damage it causes to one’s IQ (intelligence quotient)

Paola Martinez, 26.09.2012 22:36

A new report reveals that young people are at risk of decreased intelligence if they start to smoke marijuana in adolescence.

Marijuana and danger.

Consuelo, 26.09.2012 20:59

Marijuana is the word used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. On the street, it is called by many other names, such as: astro turf, bhang, dagga, dope, ganja, grass, hemp, home grown, J, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, roach, Texas tea and weed.

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