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Activist Coalition Tells Israel Ballet: Don't Tiptoe Around Apartheid!
TROUPE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR REPLIES: “NOTHING” WAS THERE IN 1948
by BDS Activists, Boston, MA
Contact: bdsbostonma (at) gmail.com

Worcester, MA, February 20, 2010 – The Israel Ballet’s recent performance of Don Quixote was protested by a coalition of activists who sought to highlight the troupe’s role in the Israeli government’s attempt to whitewash its record of war crimes, violations of international law, and other atrocities through promotion of its country’s artistic and cultural workers.
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22 Feb 2010 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Greece's Trial of the Century
On January 22nd, in the remote mountain town of Amfissa, Greece, the trial began of Athens police officers Epaminondas Korkoneas and Vassilis Saraliotis. Korkoneas murdered 15 year old anti-authoritarian Alexandros Grigoropoulos on December 6th, 2008, and Saraliotis is being tried as an accomplice for encouraging the killing. The shooting sparked more than a month of full-blown insurrection, and though it occurred in central Athens, authorities postponed the trial from December 2009 to January 20th, 2010, and moved it 125 miles northwest from the Greek capital in hopes of avoiding more civil unrest.
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08 Feb 2010 | Filed under: News / Globalization : International : Labor : Organizing
WhiteChapel’s Community Spaces
Words and Photos by Kassie Carlson

Whitechapel is an incredibly progressive area of London home to countless radicals and open-minded individuals. Once the home of the infamous Jack the Ripper and anarcho-syndicalist writer Rudolf Rocker, Whitechapel is commonly known for its local bars and restaurants, but also as a central area for community-based activism. Some centers include the London Action Resource Center, an anarchist-publishing house called Freedom Press and a local Food Not Bombs. Whitechapel Anarchist Group circulates a free newsletter called W.A.G. that can be seen in the hands of locals and radicals alike.
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05 Feb 2010 | Filed under: News / International : Organizing
The Powerful Testimony of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani neuroscientist who was educated at MIT and Brandeis. She was kidnapped by Pakistani intelligence agents and US soldiers in Pakistan in 2003, and held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan for five years, where she was repeatedly tortured. Now she is on trial in US federal court for allegedly seizing a soldier's rifle and attempting to shoot him during her abduction.

Her fate is now in the hands of the jury, but the prosecution had some difficulties during the trial...
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03 Feb 2010 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Protesters Call for Closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
gitmoprotest.jpgOn January 18th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, around 30 people gathered in the freezing cold on the Boston Common to demand that President Obama follow through on his promise to close down Guantanamo Bay Prison. The President had vowed to close Guantanamo Bay—located on a US Naval Base in Cuba where hundreds of accused "terrorists" are detained, many without charges or access to lawyers—within his first year, which ended on January 20th. The President, along with human rights organizations, have condemned Guantanamo for the use of torture and countless other violations of international human rights agreements.
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31 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in Haiti Team One on the Ground in Haiti
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in Haiti Team 1 has landed safely in Haiti and established themselves in the World Harvest compound. Their internet access is intermittent, but the latest available updates can be found at http://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/reports.shtml
Summaries of the updates will be added to this article regularly.

Boston IMC's previous story on Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is at http://boston.indymedia.org/feature/display/209697/index.php

They have enough supplies for immediate operations, but will need to restock soon. They now have a Creole translator. Get more information and donate at http://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/

UPDATE: MADRIH is now recognized as an official NGO by the UN, which gives them access to medical supplies and possibly an ambulance. They still need money for food and gas though, so please donate generously.
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20 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Social Welfare
Aid to Haiti Hopelessly Inadequate, Poorly Organized
US aid to Haiti has been a tiny fraction of what is needed. With hundreds of thousands injured, and more without food and water, President Obama's feeble efforts have been aimed mostly at rescuing tourists and diplomats, with little consideration given to the people of Haiti. In addition, what assistance has arrived is being mired in bureaucratic red tape and military intransigence.

Check this article for the latest updates.
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18 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Social Welfare
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief for Haiti Needs Assistance
A group of US-based street medics is organizing an independent, mobile medic team to offer direct mutual aid to survivors of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti. This group has the benefit of not being attached to a larger organization or government bureaucracy, which means they can mobilize in communities not currently being reached by relief efforts. Many of these same people were involved in the effective, community-based medical response to Hurricane Katrina, including the Common Ground Clinic.
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17 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Announcement / International : Organizing : Social Welfare
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