By Aram Roston - November 11, 2009
...[T]he US military's contractors are forced to pay suspected insurgents to protect American supply routes. It is an accepted fact of the military logistics operation in Afghanistan that the US government funds the very forces American troops are fighting. And it is a deadly irony, because these funds add up to a huge amount of money for the Taliban.
By JONATHAN COOK - November 23, 2009
South Africa deported an Israeli airline official last week following allegations that Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, had infiltrated Johannesburg international airport in an effort to gather information on South African citizens, particularly black and Muslim travelers...[H]uman rights groups in Israel...report that Israeli security staff are carrying out racial profiling at many airports around the world, apparently out of sight of local authorities.
By Jonathan Cook - September 20, 2009
An ill-fated light railway under construction in Jerusalem was originally heralded by Israeli officials as a way to cement the city's "unification" four decades after the city's Palestinian half was illegally annexed to Israel...But the only unity generated among Jewish and Palestinian residents after four years of disruptions to the city's traffic and businesses is general agreement that the project is rapidly becoming a white elephant.
No Border Camp Lesvos 2009
In the last few years the island of Lesvos has represented one of the main entrance gate for thousands of refugees and migrants seeking to reach Europe. Packed in tiny plastic boats they try to cross the sea border between Turkey and Greece but some of them can’t make it. More than 1,100 migrants and refugees have lost their lives that way in [the] Aegean sea in the last 20 years.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS - July 1, 2009
On June 30, the government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded the “Spirit of Humanity,” kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11 countries...and confiscated the cargo of medical supplies, olive trees, reconstruction materials, and children’s toys that were on the way to the Mediterranean coast of Gaza. The “Spirit of Humanity,” along with the kidnapped 21 persons, [were] towed to Israel...
By Free Gaza Movement - July 02, 2009
Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the Spirit of Humanity, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney...The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel.
By Matthew Burrows - June 18, 2009
...[O]n June 7, [Chris] Shaw was detained at Heathrow Airport passport control for an hour. The fuss was supposedly over him not producing a return ticket right away...but a U.K. Home Office representative peppered him with questions about a talk he was going to give on June 12 at a conference in Coventry...
11 June 09 - Seattle University School of Law
Another security measure is being rolled out that will make travel difficult for trans and gender non-conforming people...The Transportation Security Administration is about to start confirming our names, genders and birth dates at the airport before we are allowed to fly. For people whose gender is often mistaken, or whose gender markers on various forms of ID do not match their appearance and/or identity, this may create a serious obstacle.
By JOSH WINGROVE - May 14, 2009
Last February, [Rebecca] Shaw reported for work...She flew red-eye from Seattle to New Jersey, stopping in Memphis, Tenn. She was tired and complaining of a cold when she boarded as the copilot of Continental Connection Flight 3407 operated by Colgan Air on Feb. 12. Hours later, the plane crashed into a Buffalo-area home, killing 50 people, including everyone aboard.
May 6, 2009 - American Civil Liberties Union
A report released today by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General found that the FBI’s terrorist watchlist may contain a 35 percent error rate. The audit revealed that large portions of the list are governed by no formal processes for updating or removing records. The audit confirms that the nation’s watchlist system is massively broken.
The Criminalization of Journalism: U.S. Prohibited Overflight Because Colombian Journalist was on Board
By Hernando Calvo Ospina - April 23-29, 2009
Air France Flight 438, from Paris, was to land at Mexico City at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Five hours before landing, the captain's voice announced that U.S. authorities had prohibited the plane from flying over U.S. territory. The explanation: among the passengers aboard was a person who was not welcome in the United States for reasons of national security.
CBC News - Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Dramatic new details of how the hijacking of a CanJet plane in Jamaica was foiled when Canadian-trained Jamaican military commandos secretly entered the aircraft and overpowered the gunman came to light Tuesday.
SURREY, BC -- Saturday April 11: Activists South of the Fraser marked the riding office of provincial Highways Minister Kevin Falcon a "Global Warming Crime Scene", and piled sand used by Ministry contractors for highway construction in front of the door...Residents from Surrey and Delta took part in the event at 108-17700 56 Ave, to send a message to government that Gateway freeway expansion is unacceptable given the climate crisis.
From: Indigenous Solidarity Montreal
The Tyendinaga Support Committee (Montreal) is coordinating a national month of phone, email, and fax-ins to Canadian National Railway to pressure them to drop their racist lawsuit against the Mohawks of Tyendinaga...There are two important dates in April that provide an opportunity for public pressure: The first is April 7th, the date when a counterclaim filed by the defendants will be disputed by CN in court, and the second is April 21st, the date of CN's shareholder meeting in Calgary.