"We were immediately set-upon by about 100 fascist thugs," (British gay and human rights campaigner Peter) Tatchell said, "and religious fanatics who began pushing, punching and kicking us. They snatched flowers out of our hands and abused us with chants of 'No sodomy in Moscow' and 'Put the pederasts on the iron' and 'Russia is not Sodom'. We were pushed and carried like corks on a sea of fascist pushing and shoving."
"The May 4 incursion into Atenco, amid the quick and violent encirclement by (Federal Police) Special Forces, who were in turn backed by state police, is best described by what in military jargon is known simply as “population control.” This kind of Operation, based on the “Lacheroy Doctrine” – named after Colonel Charles Lacheroy, who coined it in the Battle of Algiers after the French defeat in Dien Bien Phu – is characteristic of an anti-subversive, psychological war; an irregular form of war...which combines intelligence work, civic action, propaganda and control of the masses within a specific territory."
It is no wonder there was mention in the (Federal) budget for more money to build prisons and hire corrections officers. Incarceration is about to become a growth industry...This hardly seems consistent with harm reduction, or Vancouver's best interests for that matter...Instead we have a policy that will inevitably increase harm, all so (Stephen) Harper can climb a little higher in the polls and his supporters on this issue can have a little pay back.
Russia's first-ever gay rights march descended into chaos and violence Saturday as Russian police, neo-fascists and Orthodox Christians clashed with demonstrators in Moscow..."It did appear (the police) were more interested in arresting members of the gay and lesbian community than those who had come there to beat them up, so that was closely watched by international observers here from human rights groups, and members of the European Parliament."
Please take the time to send your personal or organizational endorsement of this letter condeming the police attacks and human rights abuses against the people of Texcoco and San Salvador Atenco.
“Do you care more about the pigs around you or God?” BattleCry leader Ron Luce asked the crowd of more than 17,000 youth gathered at Wachovia Spectrum Stadium in Philadelphia on Friday, May 12. No, this wasn't a metaphor. After reading a passage from Luke 15 that mentions pigs, he actually had a bunch of those big, oinking, pink, farm animals on stage with him! Get it, you either get with Luce's hateful, hyperpatriotic, woman-bashing, racist god, or you're a...pig?
No legislation is much preferable to what is on offer in Congress. The future for immigrants rights will be determined not by election-year Congressional wrangling but by more bodies in the streets...The mass outpouring of protest over the Sensenbrenner bill has thus far prevented Congress from passing anti-immigrant legislation. We need to redouble our efforts to continue to build a movement that stands squarely for full and complete legalization of undocumented immigrants.
As the War on Drugs is being increasingly discredited, (VPD Chief Jamie) Graham and the (Vancouver Police Department) marketing machine have shifted ground to take another run at video surveillance. Graham is putting together those two little words guaranteed to draw people's attention: "terrorism" and "2010 (Winter Olympics)."
"The project that threatens life has no respect for borders. That's why it is called 'globalization.' It has reached into our communities and homes in every part of Colombia and the world. It inflicts war, propaganda, and all of the power that war and money can bring down on us. The persecution is for a very specific reason. It is a direct response to the strengthening of peaceful, democratic political processes in Colombia under the Indigenous and Popular Mandate, which includes peasant, indigenous, unions, women's movements, and all popular sectors..."
Green is the New Red: How the Bush Administration is Using Terror Laws to Prosecute Nonviolent Environmental Activists
In March, six green activists found themselves among the first victims of a new front in the War on Terror...It's not enough to cowardly distance ourselves from the "eco-terrorists," as many did during the Red Scare. That won't protect us. It's up to progressive activists to stand with the defendants, and say loud and clear that "terrorism" can't be batted around in political games.
"Numbers of First Nations people were streaming into the campsite carrying flags. Calmly and peacefully they walked into the camp grounds and turned the police around (and) walked them out of the camp...It was a beautiful thing to see. I had forgotten I was still on the phone with the CBC reporter who kept saying 'the Police had moved all the Indians off the site' into my ear. 'No' I kept repeating, 'the Indians are slowly and quietly pushing the Police off the site.'"
"It has been widely reported...that the Bush regime has awarded Halliburton $385 million to build concentration camps in the United States. Who are to be the inmates? Certainly not terrorists. The Bush regime has proven inept at catching terrorists, and those few who are captured are kept offshore out of the reach of the courts where they can be tortured and abused...According to Bush, America is under terrorist attack because "they hate our freedoms." But...it is the Bush regime that is attacking our freedoms..."
Stories (in) the corporate mainstream media have stated that the Six Nations people are just about ready to leave the site. This couldn't be further from the truth. Here is Hazel's update.
We women, workers of the country and city, housewives, students, etc.; political prisoners since the 3rd and 4th of May of the current year, are enraged by the formal indictment handed down on May 10th. Not only were we insulted, humiliated, beaten, tortured, sexually abused, and raped, but now we are also prisoners and delinquents. We have lived with repression, not only in social struggle, but also in a particular way as women, because if it’s true that the men were beaten the hardest, we were attacked sexually and raped.
Ordinary Iraqis are extremely frightened by the number of uniformed soldiers and police on the streets who may in reality be death squads waging war against one particular community. In Baquba in Diyala province last week, US soldiers fought anti-occupation resistance forces who were all wearing government uniforms and riding in camouflaged vehicles.