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Announcement :: Human Rights
5/29: March Against SB1070 - Phoenix, Hate State
29 May 2010
A rally with live music and speeches will begin at 8 a.m., May 29, at Indian Steele Park (Corner of 3rd Street and Indian School Rd), Phoenix, AZ.

A 5-mile march will depart at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at the state capitol (1700 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ) at 1:30 p.m. for a second rally with live music and speeches.
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Commentary :: Environment
Massive Oil spill solution already exists
29 May 2010
There's a potential solution to the Gulf oil spill that neither BP, nor the federal government, nor anyone — save a couple intuitive engineers — seems willing to try. As The Politics Blog reported on Tuesday in an interview with former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister, the untapped solution involves using empty supertankers to suck the spill off the surface, treat and discharge the contaminated water, and either salvage or destroy the slick.
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News :: Human Rights
Rwanda arrests Ingabire's American lawyer Peter Erlinder in Kigali
28 May 2010
Rwandan Police have arrested Peter Erlinder, the American lawyer who traveled to Rwanda's capitol, Kigali, on Monday, May 23rd, to join the defense team of Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Ingabire was released after being summoned to a Rwandan police station yesterday, much to the relief of her supporters, but this morning both she and the Rwanda News Agency (RNA) reported that Erlinder had been arrested and charged with "genocide ideology," a crime unique to Rwanda which Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and even the U.S. State Department have denounced as a tool of political repression.
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News :: Human Rights
INTERNATIONAL CALL TO SUPPORT BERNARD RAPPAZ'S RELEASE
28 May 2010
Swiss hemp activist Bernard Rappaz was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison after a biased trial, which included the spectacle of the prosecution hurling accusations ranging from violations of federal anti-narcotic laws and money laundering to traffic violations. After a 50-day hunger strike to obtain a federal review of his trial, Rappaz was released and put under house arrest, and then re-incarcerated. He has restarted his hunger strike. Further demonstrating the fact that Rappaz has been unfairly targeted, his business partner only received a prison sentence, which was then reduced to parole, and a small fine. Have the Swiss authorities sentenced Rappaz to death ?
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Education in Occupied Palestine
28 May 2010
effects of occupation on education
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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL:Senate Finance Reform Bill Falls Short of Addressing Concentration of Wealth and Power on Wall Street
28 May 2010
BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine
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LOCAL Announcement :: Education : Environment : International
Food Sovereignty Tour + Agroecology Short Course in Venezuela – July 19-Aug.2
27 May 2010
You are invited to participate in a two week study tour to study food sovereignty, social movements and social change in Venezuela, 19 July to 2 August, 2010. The tour will examine issues of land reform, urbanization issues, rural development and food sovereignty within a dynamic political context. Venezuela is an outstanding example of a country that strives to ensure its citizens’ right to food while bolstering its domestic agriculture sector, with an emphasis on organic practices and agroecology. We will also explore other areas of social transformation, including education, healthcare, and direct citizen participation in the political process.
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News :: International : Media
The Shortwave Report 05/28/10 Listen Globally!
27 May 2010
Modified: 06:51:35 PM
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia.
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Commentary :: International
Boicot Grupo Pellas: La desinformación de ANAIRC sobre la IRC en Nicaragua
27 May 2010
Los fallecimientos por IRC han disminuido gracias al exitoso programa renal que ejecuta el Ministerio de Salud de Nicaragua.
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Commentary :: International : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
INTERNATIONAL PRISONER RELEASES + EXCHANGES FROM PERU, IRAN AND AMERICA BRING US ALL CLOSER TO PEACE NOT WAR....
27 May 2010
INTERNATIONAL PRISONER RELEASES & EXCHANGES FROM PERU,IRAN & U.S. BRING US ALL CLOSER 2 PEACE NOT WAR ....
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by LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS | 05.27.2010
~ LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS APPLAUDS OUR FRIENDS IN PERU & ELSE~WHERE AROUND THE WORLD FOR SHOWING IRAN & AMERICA REAL CLASS,GRACE AND LEADERSHIP IN ALLOWING LORI BERENSON AND HER CHILD A NEW CHANCE AT LIVING A FULL AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE IN FREEDOM TOGETHER ~
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NY activist granted parole from Peruvian prison
Lori Berenson
By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul, Special to the Los Angeles Times

May 27, 2010
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Reporting from Lima, Peru, and Bogota, ColombiaLori Berenson, an American who has spent more than 14 years in Peruvian prisons on terrorism charges, is expected to be released on parole as early as Thursday, the national prisons institute said Wednesday.

The announcement followed a court ruling Tuesday granting Berenson's request for parole. Judge Jessica Leon ordered her to remain in Peru until 2015, when her sentence ends.

"I'm very happy. I am going to have three glasses of wine," her father, Mark Berenson, told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

But the parole decision drew criticism from many Peruvians who harbor grim memories of the 1990s, when terrorist groups kept most of the nation in fear.

President Alan Garcia on Wednesday described the court's decision to release Berenson as an "error" that he hopes does not set a precedent for other former insurgents still in jail.

Berenson, daughter of New York college professors and a former MIT student, was convicted by a military court in 1996 and originally sentenced to life in prison as an accomplice to plans by the leftist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement to attack the Peruvian Congress building and take hostages.

During her confinement, Berenson, now 40, has been accused by prison authorities of disruption and "fomenting a lack of discipline" among inmates. In 2003, she married her attorney, Anibal Apari Sanchez, and gave birth to a son last year.

Apari is running for mayor of a Lima suburb and on Wednesday didn't discount including his wife in the campaign if the terms of her parole allowed it.

"I want to guarantee the public that Lori reincorporating herself into the community represents no risk," Apari told reporters. Apari is also a former member of the Tupac Amaru movement.

At her trial, Berenson was accused of producing a rough blueprint of the Congress building to aid rebels in the takeover. Her family's efforts to reduce her sentence or have her transferred to a U.S. prison were undercut when, at a public news appearance, she clenched her fist and defiantly described the movement as a revolutionary, not a criminal, group.

The trial amid open warfare between the government of President Alberto Fujimori and leftist revolutionary groups such as the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path. Fujimori refused to pardon her.

Public opinion in Peru remains strongly anti-rebel and talk shows featured officials and citizens expressing their disagreement with the pending release. In the 1980s and 1990s, Shining Path and Tupac Amaru guerrillas kidnapped and killed many businessmen and officials and together once controlled a third of the country.

A Tupac Amaru takeover of the Japanese Embassy in December 1996 ended four months later with a bloody government operation in which all the guerrillas and several hostages were killed.

Judge Maximiliano Cardenas Diaz of the National Judicial Council told a radio reporter Wednesday that Berenson should be returned to jail if she commits the slightest infraction while on parole.

"She is a danger to society because she has not changed her mentality as other [rebel parolees] have," Cardenas Diaz said.

Monsignor Luis Bambaren of the Peruvian Bishops Conference described Berenson as a "threat to society" because she hadn't repented of her support for Tupac Amaru guerrillas. He said it would be better for Peru if she were permitted to leave the country during her parole.

Yehude Simon, a former Cabinet minister, said on a radio program that Berenson should apologize to Peru.

"Asking forgiveness doesn't diminish you," Simon said. "It enlarges you and is a first step along the way to reconciliation."

Leon reported from Lima and Kraul from Bogota.
Copyright © 2010, The Los Angeles Times

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