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Jailed for poverty - Unjustly incarcerated twice in Cook County Correctional Facilities (IL, USA) for "failure to appear" at unending court dates desired by ex-spouse. Failure and poverty caused by approximately $60,000.00 (a Class 4 Felony) Total of ex-spouse's arrearages on violated Court Orders for support payments. Who belongs in jail? Is this America, or the Twilight Zone?
Indymedia's Independence: From Activist Media to Free Software Biella Coleman
The global, decentralized, grassroots network applies open source principles to reporting the news. I. INDYMEDIA AND FREE SPEECH
The Debut and Growth of The IMCs
Indymedia is an aggregate of loosely affiliated activist media centers scattered across the planet. Its ascension captures the confounding contradictions of modern globalization. While forces backed by the FCC centripetally consolidate media outlets into a few corporate behemoths, a countervailing current pulls some news media in the opposite direction; Independent Media Centers ("IMCs") are a prime example. A confluence of opportune events led to the creation of the first IMC in Seattle. These colliding rivulets included the success of the Seattle 1999 anti-WTO protests, accessible web and Free Software technologies, a growing public reliance on online news, and the insight and labor of activists. Internet technologies have been the basis of Indymedia's operations and growth, and in many ways the political objectives of the IMCs are reflected by their use and production of Free Software. The deployment of Free Software web publishing systems has also become integral to the IMCs' mission. This fascinating interconnection between political values and the technological context of the IMC emerges from an analysis of Indymedia's development over its first five years.
Indymedia centers are run as local collectives that manage and coordinate a news website; some also operate an affiliated media resource center for local activists. These websites give any user of the site (regardless of whether or not they are part of the collective) the ability to create, publish, and access news reports of various forms – text, photo, video, and audio. The result is a free online source for unfiltered, direct journalism by activists, sometimes uploaded in the heat of the moment during a demonstration or political action. Although individual centers are autonomous, each is connected to the others through a global infrastructure of technology and workers who share a commitment to open publishing. Where traditional journalism holds editorial policies that are hidden in the hands of a few trained experts, Indymedia provides the alternative of "open publishing," a democratic process of creating news that is transparent and accessible to all, challenging the separation between consumers and producers of news.
Les promoteurs d'une jeune marque de street-wear française ont entrepris d'utiliser le vêtement comme média, afin de promouvoir une autre vision de l'histoire des peuples d'Afrique noire. A travers diverses images imprimées sur des t-shirts, la marque NG MRN (lisez Nègre Marron), nous fait entrevoir la résistance des peuples africains contre l’esclavage et la colonisation.
Les promoteurs d'une jeune marque de street-wear française ont entrepris d'utiliser le vêtement comme média, afin de promouvoir une autre vision de l'histoire des peuples d'Afrique noire. A travers diverses images imprimées sur des t-shirts, la marque NG MRN (lisez Nègre Marron ou Neg Marron), nous fait entrevoir la résistance des peuples africains contre la colonisation, et la lutte des esclaves noirs déportés en Amérique pour l'élimination du système esclavagiste, épisodes souvent ignorés par les manuels d'histoire occidentaux. Une manière de nous dire que même dans les situations les plus désespérées, l'on ne doit jamais renoncer à la lutte!
Western kindness has a notorious history of rebounding and leaving a cruel taste amongst the receipts of aid. The failure of western governments to respond adequately to the catastrophe in Asia is not an act of God, but is the result of the capitalist ideology that makes materialism as opposed to humanitarianism the discerning factor in the disbursement of aid. These are the very same governments that never tire of preaching equality, human rights to the rest of the world, and setting up human rights commissions, but when given the opportunity to foster these ideals in some of the poorest countries of the world they are suddenly overcome with amnesia.
We returned after three months in the UK, part of our "global media event" announced on 23 September in Hollywood after winning our third award at the NYIIFV in Los Angeles. It's been an incredible insight into distributing MISTAKEN IDENTITY as "A Celebration of Cultural Diversity in America."
The broken promises, broken infrastructure, and broken cities of Iraq were plainly visible in those early months of 2004 -- and the sad thing is that the devastation I saw then has only grown worse since. The life Iraqis were living a year ago, horrendous as it was, was but a prelude to what was to come under the U.S. occupation.
I understand that protest groups want to believe that being "on the streets" still can work, but there has to be "real" media coverage to create any kind of sense. What actually happens is round-ups, undercover police pepper spraying and beating peaceful protesters, names being added to lists, and on, and on. There is no coverage and no benefit. However, there is a way.....
There are things we know. Yes, we know, that Bush and his circle have planned, been planning since 1998, and said throughout the last four years that can be included in accurate predictions of the next two years. For example, in a campaign speech,"there will be a draft." This article is based on the information taken from the events, speeches, actions, and suggestions he made.
Robert Finnegan reposted by jamie, 11.01.2005 21:55
U.S. Army sergeant defies orders, refuses re-deployment to Iraq; two soldiers attempt suicide at 2-7 Infantry, 17 go awol
Benderman, 40 is a combat veteran, having served one tour in Iraq in 2003 during which a Captain in his command ordered soldiers from Benderman’s outfit to fire on children throwing rocks at unit personnel. Having personally witnessed this and other illegal acts by military personnel during his tour, Benderman now says that under no circumstances will he participate further in the war in Iraq, a war Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan has labeled “illegal.”
On November 8, the American army launched its biggest ever assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, considered a stronghold for rebel fighters. The US said the raid had been a huge success, killing 1,200 insurgents. Most of the city's 300,000 residents, meanwhile, had fled for their lives. What really happened in the siege of Falluja? In a joint investigation for the Guardian and Channel 4 News, Iraqi doctor Ali Fadhil compiled the first independent reports from the devastated city, where he found scores of unburied corpses, rabid dogs - and a dangerously embittered population Watch an extract from the documentary
Los medios han explicado que el PP descalabrara y el PSOE ganara las elecciones aludiendo a un cuento muy bonito; un cuento que el propio “Pueblo”, orgulloso de su gesta, se cuenta a sí mismo. Sintetizando: el PP se pasó de la raya (el Prestige, la “guerra” de Irak, Telefónica, el trasvase, el 11-M, etc.) y el Pueblo sabio se transformó de sujeto apático en ciudadano activo y lo destituyó. ¡Viva la democracia y sus posibilidades!.
GREENSBORO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, a Greensboro Republican and close ally of President Bush, says the United States should consider pulling out of war-ravaged Iraq.
Coble is one of the first members of Congress to suggest a withdrawal publicly.
The 10-term congressman said in an interview with the News & Record of Greensboro that he's "fed up with picking up the newspaper and reading that we've lost another five or 10 of our young men and women in Iraq."
To evaluate is to compare facts and values. In this evaluation of the first two years of Lula’s government, we chose as a term of comparison, the project for national construction. Using a synthetic and precise formula from Caio Prado Jr.: to what extent these two years of government have contributed to accelerate the transition between the “Brazil-Colony from yesterday into the Brazil-Nation of tomorrow”? Three aspects of this transition will be examined: reduction of inequality; increase in autonomy; and political organization of the people. As for the reduction of social inequality, it should be mentioned that: for the two year period, the growth of the Gross National Product (GNP) was mediocre, and did not even manage to affect the GNP per capita. There was an improvement in 2004, but without a bigger impact – in terms of jobs (there was a small increase in comparison to the size of the work force), in terms of salaries ( in fact the average salary decreased in the two year period).
La presunta trama política - asociativa - mediática - judicial, que envuelve a la escandalosa resolución del famoso caso de los malos tratos en la Asociación Placeat de Plasencia, como no podía ser de otra manera, ha acabado denunciada ante la Fiscalía Anticorrupción.
Well, that was our customs and practices in the recent past. However, today; due to the wonderful contribution of the zionised media, the truth is dead and propaganda is up and in full swing overtaking Julius Striker and his master Joseph Gobles! The ironic part is, still some peoples are haunting dead bones of Hitler while modern day Julius Striker, Joseph Gobles and Adolph Hitler’s are conducting holocaust after holocaust without any hindrance whatsoever!
KCom Journal (Dr. Imran Waheed) & Washington Post (David B. Ottaway), 11.01.2005 07:56
The ideological desparation of the secular-capitalists is becoming ever more apparent as they face the dilemma of losing more of their diminishing credibility in the world. The secular-capitalists want to suppress the world-wide Islamic Party for Liberation (to establish a world-wide Islamic Khalifate). But how can they, when the movement has neither advocated the use of violence nor has been involved in violence for the past 50+ years since it started. The world-wide movement has gained media attention in Europe, Middle-East and the Far-East. The movement essentially challenges (via intellectual dialogue) the very foundation of the current secular institutions and establishments in light of their world-wide failure to help reveal human suffering in all aspects of life. The US administration is desparate and fearful especially of such a non-violent movement which challenges the basis of secular-capitalist ideology. The US administration is fearful that of giving any publicity to this movement in the US, hence it may resort to other means of suppressing this purely intellectual challenge. The US will continue to install puppet regimes especially in the Middle-East where the movement is gaining popularity, and instruct these puppet tyrant regimes to use covert inhumane means to suppress the movement, as is currently the case in Uzbekistan, where members of the movement are falsely accused of being terrorists and then routinely subjected to incarceration and torture. But the time approaches where USA and it's secular-capitalist puppets and allies will openly use inhumane means to suppress this fast spreading movement.
A virulent troll attack has overwhelmed and shut down Victoria IMC's newswire editing pages. Efforts to block the troll have failed, and news editors are appealing for advice and assistance in upgrading the site's obsolete software.
Whats left for Revolutionaries to do when they can't get a consensus on corporate greed,graft etc. because the corporations own all the media and with it they are brainwashing the majority of the public to play along with their corrupt,evil game! Whats left?
Bay Area Antideath Penalty Coalition, 11.01.2005 02:54
Jan. 8, 2005—SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Opponents of the death penalty will gather outside the State of California building (505 Van Ness, San Francisco) on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 4:00 p.m. and call on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Donald Beardslee who is scheduled to be executed at San Quentin State Prison on Jan. 19, 2005. Mr. Beardslee’s severe brain damage, ineffective assistance of counsel, unfair sentencing relative to his co-defendants and good behavior while in prison are more than ample reasons for the Governor to grant clemency. Activists will announce specific new efforts to push for clemency and protest actions should the clemency bid fail. Also to be announced are plans to raise public awareness of a California Senate commission that is now forming to study the administration of criminal justice in California.