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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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Commentary :: Environment
US Inspector General Report: Falsified Oil Rig Inspections and Other Improprieties
27 May 2010
Washington-industry crime in the Gulf
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News :: Social Welfare
HUD's Public Housing Privatization Scheme "PETRA" Is Rejected
27 May 2010
People across the nation are speaking out against the scheme to privatize 1.2 million public housing units, under a HUD proposal called Transforming Rental Assistance (TRA) initiative. The struggle against the privatization of public housing in Berkeley and Oakland has blossomed into a nation wide struggle against the profiteers that are trying to terminate public housing programs across the nation! On May 25, 2010, at a congressional hearing, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and many housing advocacy organizations from across the country spoke-out against HUD's proposals, and submitted written statements for the hearing record opposing TRA, including the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness and other Los Angeles housing and human rights organizations.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
human rights
27 May 2010
See my comments this Memorial Day on the outrageous criminal activities of the fbi/cia,et al against veterans, even as Gary Sinise parades about in pretentious concern for our suffering vets.
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News :: Human Rights : International : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
RP rebels use child soldiers—UN
27 May 2010
CPP-NPA-child-soldiers.JPGMANILA, Philippines—Three of the country’s rebel groups—Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf, communist New People’s Army, and secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front—are among the world’s “persistent violators of children in armed conflicts,” the United Nations said.
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News :: International : Labor : Politics
Zhibin Gu: China currency issue: outsourcing, tech, management, logistics and politics amid global financial crisis
27 May 2010
Are surging China and India going to survive the second wave of global financial crisis? Are there hidden risks? Expect more conflicts between an emerging China and the world! Is weak Chinese yuan to blame for causing global financial crisis? What is really behind China's stock market, trade, outsourcing and politics in light of the next stage world wealth, employment and investment? Get challenging ideas.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Vilifying Justice Goldstone
26 May 2010
Israel attacks truth
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LOCAL Announcement :: Human Rights
End the Siege of Gaza! Let Gaza Live! Protest at Harvard Commencement
25 May 2010
When: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Outside Au Bon Pain • Harvard Square • Cambridge
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News :: Human Rights : International : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Political Comeback Marcos Family Alarming – Victims of Martial law
25 May 2010
Ferdinand_Marcos_Martial_Law.jpgPHILIPPINES - On April 27, 1977, urban poor leader Trinidad Herrera-Ripuno was arrested in Katipunan, Quezon City by virtue of an arrest and search and seizure order (ASSO) of then President Ferdinand Marcos. She was made to suffer brutal torture, which was meant to break her determination and spirit.
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Commentary :: Environment
Obama's Gulf Commission: Distortion, Obstruction and Whitewash Assured
25 May 2010
Obama's Gulf commission assures coverup
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