• ’Fake news’ filter NewsGuard grilled for having links to PR firm that peddled Saudi propaganda — RT World News

    A new app claiming to serve as a bulwark against “disinformation” by adding “trust rankings” to news websites has links to a PR firm that received nearly $15 million to push pro-Saudi spin in US media, Breitbart reports.

    NewsGuard and its shady advisory board – consisting of truth-lovers such as Tom Ridge, the first-ever homeland security chief, and former CIA director Michael Hayden – came under scrutiny after Microsoft announced that the app would be built into its mobile browsers. A closer examination of the company’s publicly listed investors, however, has revealed new reasons to be suspicious of this self-declared crusader against propaganda. As Breitbart discovered, NewsGuard’s third-largest investor, Publicis Groupe, owns a PR firm that has repeatedly airbrushed Saudi Arabia.

    Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Riyadh enlisted Qorvis Group, a Publicis subsidiary, in the hope of countering accusations that the kingdom turned a blind eye to – or even promoted – terrorism. Between March and September 2002, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia reportedly paid Qorvis $14.7 million to run a PR blitz targeting American media consumers. As part of the campaign, Qorvis employed a litany of dubious tactics, including running pro-Saudi ads under the name of an activist group, Alliance for Peace and Justice. Tellingly, the FBI raided the company’s offices in 2004, after Qorvis was suspected of running afoul of foreign lobbying laws.

    Between 2010 and 2015, Qorvis is believed to have received millions of dollars to continue to whitewash the kingdom’s image in the United States. The accelerated airbrushing came just as the Saudis launched its devastating war against Yemen. In fact, Qorvis created an entire website – operationrenewalofhope.com – to promote the Saudi-led war in Yemen, according to the Intercept.

    #tic_arabes et cela mérite un #gorafi d’honneur pour l’#arabie_saoudite

  • Guardian Project – People, Apps and Code You Can Trust

    About the Guardian Project

    While smartphones have been heralded as the coming of the next generation of communication and collaboration, they are a step backwards when it comes to personal security, anonymity and privacy.

    Guardian Project creates easy to use secure apps, open-source software libraries, and customized mobile devices that can be used around the world by any person looking to protect their communications and personal data from unjust intrusion, interception and monitoring.

    Whether your are an average citizen looking to affirm your rights or an activist, journalist or humanitarian organization looking to safeguard your work in this age of perilous global communication, we can help address the threats you face. Visit our introductory how-to site, watch on online mobile security training we held recently, or view our full list of apps to get started.


  • #Mark_Boyle

    Mark Boyle, a.k.a. #The_Moneyless_Man (born 8 May 1979), is an Irish activist and writer best known for founding the online #Freeconomy_Community, and for living without money since November 2008. Boyle writes regularly for the Freeconomy Blog and British newspaper The Guardian. His first book, The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living, was published in 2010. Boyle currently lives near Loughrea, in the west of Ireland.

    #vivre_sans_argent #freeconomy

    • A few months after creating the Freeconomy Community, Boyle set out on a two-and-a-half year trek from Bristol to Porbandar in India

      Quel héro !

      However, he was forced to turn back only a month into the trip, as language barriers halted his journey shortly after he arrived in Calais.

      Quelle langue ?
      #wtf #merci « you made my day » mort de rire ;-)

  • ’The Pirate Bay of Science’ Continues to Get Attacked Around the World
    After publishers sued #Sci-Hub, Russian ISPs are now preventing users from accessing the valuable scientific data repository and paywall killer.


    Sci-Hub has shown time and again that it’s better at cat-and-mouse than the giant science publishing monopolies it undermines,” activist and author Cory Doctorow said in an email exchange with Motherboard.

    “That said, unless your science is public, it’s not science, it’s just alchemy,” Doctorow added. “With the major science funders around the world declaring war on the likes of Springer, it’s bizarre that they’re focused on Sci-Hub, rather than addressing the fact that the entire world of science practitioners and funders thinks that they’re useless and greedy parasites.”


  • RESPECT: Here Are 5 of Aretha Franklin’s Most Important Contributions to Civil Rights | Alternet

    The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76. Franklin, who had suffered from pancreatic cancer and other severe health problems, was among the most iconic and influential R&B singers of all time—and during the final days of her life, she was visited by R&B legend Stevie Wonder as well as veteran civil rights activist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

    Many of Franklin’s hits, from “Chain of Fools” in 1967 to “Think” in 1968 to “Day Dreaming” in 1972, are staples of classic soul. Franklin’s contributions, however, were not only musical, but also, political—and she was an important figure in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and 1970s.

    Here are five of the Queen of Soul’s most important contributions to civil rights and politics in the United States.

    1. “Respect” Became a Civil Rights Anthem

    2. Franklin Embraced the Activism of the Black Church
    3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented Franklin with Southern Christian Leadership Award
    4. The Queen of Soul Sang at Martin Luther King’s Funeral
    5. She also sang at Barack Obama’s Inauguration❞

    #Musique #Droits_humains

  • Saudis arrest another women’s right activist

    The arrest of Hatoon al-Fassi is part of Riyadh’s crackdown on activists in the kingdom.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News

    Saudi Arabia has arrested Hatoon al-Fassi, a Saudi women’s rights activist and writer, as part of its crackdown on activists in the kingdom, a human rights group said.

    ALQST, a UK-based rights group focusing on Saudi Arabia, confirmed to Al Jazeera on Wednesday al-Fassi’s arrest.

    Considered a leading figure in women’s rights in the region, and the kingdom, in particular, al-Fassi has long been fighting for the rights of Saudi women, including their right to participate in municipal elections.

    As a scholar, her work focuses on women’s history and politics.
    WATCH: One year since Mohammed bin Salman crowned prince of Saudi (2:25)

    Al-Fassi was among the first Saudi women to drive for the first time since the religiously conservative country overturned the world’s only ban on female drivers.

    Last month, the government announced that a number of activists were being held for having suspicious contacts with foreign entities, as well as offering financial support to “foreign enemies”.

    Other suspects were being sought, the government said at the time, while state-linked media labelled those arrested as traitors and “agents of embassies”.

    Eight of the 17 detained activists, including five women, were later temporarily released “until the completion of their procedural review”.

    None of the activists has yet been officially charged, and they are being held incommunicado - with no access to their families or lawyers.

    Earlier on Wednesday, United Nations experts urged Saudi Arabia to immediately release a number of women’s human rights defenders arrested in the nationwide crackdown.

    “In stark contrast with this celebrated moment of liberation for Saudi women, women’s human rights defenders have been arrested and detained on a wide scale across the country, which is truly worrying and perhaps a better indication of the Government’s approach to women’s human rights,” they said in a statement.

    “We call for the urgent release of all of those detained while pursuing their legitimate activities in the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.”
    #Arabie_saoudite #droits_des_femmes#repression#liberte_d'_expression

    • Saudi Arabia has arrested Hatoon al-Fassi, a Saudi women’s rights activist and writer, as part of its crackdown on activists in the kingdom, a human rights group said.

      ALQST, a UK-based rights group focusing on Saudi Arabia, confirmed to Al Jazeera on Wednesday al-Fassi’s arrest.

      Considered a leading figure in women’s rights in the region, and the kingdom, in particular, al-Fassi has long been fighting for the rights of Saudi women, including their right to participate in municipal elections.

      As a scholar, her work focuses on women’s history and politics.
      WATCH: One year since Mohammed bin Salman crowned prince of Saudi (2:25)

      Al-Fassi was among the first Saudi women to drive for the first time since the religiously conservative country overturned the world’s only ban on female drivers.

      Last month, the government announced that a number of activists were being held for having suspicious contacts with foreign entities, as well as offering financial support to “foreign enemies”.

      Other suspects were being sought, the government said at the time, while state-linked media labelled those arrested as traitors and “agents of embassies”.

      Eight of the 17 detained activists, including five women, were later temporarily released “until the completion of their procedural review”.

      None of the activists has yet been officially charged, and they are being held incommunicado - with no access to their families or lawyers.

      Earlier on Wednesday, United Nations experts urged Saudi Arabia to immediately release a number of women’s human rights defenders arrested in the nationwide crackdown.

      “In stark contrast with this celebrated moment of liberation for Saudi women, women’s human rights defenders have been arrested and detained on a wide scale across the country, which is truly worrying and perhaps a better indication of the Government’s approach to women’s human rights,” they said in a statement.

      “We call for the urgent release of all of those detained while pursuing their legitimate activities in the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.”

  •  » Mohammed Tamimi Released from Israeli Detention
    IMEMC News | May 21, 2018 7:53 PM

    Mohammed Fadel Tamimi, 15, from Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, and who was detained by the Israeli army on Sunday, was released several hours after his detention, according to Bilal Tamimi, an activist in the anti-settlements committee in the village.

    He told WAFA, on Monday, that the army freed the boy after it was clear his health situation does not permit holding him, and turned him over to the Palestinian liaison office.

    Mohammed Tamimi was shot in the face by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli soldiers in his village, in December, causing him serious damage to his skull that required surgery and removal of a part of the skull.

    Soldiers detained Mohammed Tamimi at the entrance to his village, and took him to a police station at Benyamin detention center, in the occupied West Bank.

    He is a cousin to Ahed Tamimi, an icon of Palestinian peaceful resistance, who was detained when she was only 16 years old, for slapping an Israeli soldier who raided her family home in Nabi Saleh, and was later sentenced, along with her mother, Nariman, to eight months in prison for humiliating a soldier.

  • Liens : *https://www.syrianarchive.org/en/collections/chemical-weapons*

    Activist group publishes database of Syria chemical attacks | Nation/World | starherald.com

    An activist group on Tuesday published a database of information on suspected chemical attacks in Syria , adding to a growing collection of videos and images documenting alleged war crimes during the seven-year conflict.

    The Syrian Archive, which works with human rights groups such as Amnesty International, said it has verified 861 videos covering some 212 attacks — most of them believed to have been carried out by government forces.

    The material comes from 193 sources and much of it was uploaded to social media by ordinary Syrians, the group’s co-founder, Hadi al-Khatib, told an audience in Berlin.

    Al-Khatib, who has lived in Germany since 2014, said the group wants to preserve sensitive material from disappearing , so that it might eventually be used to bring those responsible for war crimes to trial. But the team, which is spread across Europe and the Middle East, also wants to “add value” to the raw material, such as by determining the location where a video was taken and, most importantly, verifying that it shows what is claimed.

    The Syrian Archive cooperates with the open source journalism site Bellingcat that has made a name for itself forensically examining footage from war zones.

    While most of the chemical attacks documented by the group are alleged to have been carried out by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, including most recently in the town of Douma near Damascus, a handful have been attributed to rebel forces and the Islamic State extremist group, said Abdulrahman al-Jaloud, one of the Syrian Archive’s researchers.

    Al-Khatib said he and fellow activists try not to get disheartened by the fact that efforts to bring those responsible for war crimes in Syria to trial have so far been unsuccessful.

    “That doesn’t mean we should stop,” he said. “We are looking forward to the day when we can use this material, because the reconstruction of Syria must include acknowledging, investigating and prosecuting crimes.”

    #syrie #attaques_chimiques #syrian_archives

  • i24NEWS - Court rules Israeli visitors to Temple Mount may use patriotic slogan at site

    Court says ’Am Yisrael Chai’ not a religious phrase, therefore does not violate ban on Jewish prayer at site
    An Israeli court ruled Monday that Israeli visitors to Jerusalem’s flashpoint Temple Mount compound may proclaim “Am Yisrael Chai” (“The people of Israel live”) at the site because it is a patriotic slogan and not a religious phrase and therefore does not violate the ban on Jewish prayer at the site.According to a longstanding arrangement which governs the fragile status quo at the Temple Mount — a holy site for both Jews and Muslims — Jewish visitors to the compound are prohibited from praying there.

    The ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court came in response to the case against right-wing activist and lawyer Itamar Ben Gvir who was in September 2015 removed from the site and detained by police for several hours after calling out the slogan.

  • Palestinian activist and lawyer, Huwaida Arraf will be speaking at Marxism 2018 over the easter weekend (29 March - 1 April) in Melbourne. Huwaida is a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and is the former chair of the Free Gaza Movement, which lead 5 sea voyages to Gaza to confront Israel’s illegal blockade.

  • #Sahara_Occidental : malgré les menaces de censure, un #documentaire expose les violations des droits de l’homme

    La vie au Sahara Occidental, un territoire contesté contrôlé par le gouvernement marocain, est rarement racontée par ses habitants.

    Dans un environnement militarisé, dans lequel les médias et le journalisme citoyen sont agressivement contrôlés, peu de récits du Sahara Occidental parviennent au public au-delà de la région immédiatement concernée. Cependant, un nouveau documentaire retraçant les difficultés d’un groupe de médias indépendant qui tente de documenter les violations des droits de l’homme est en passe d’y parvenir.

    Le film 3 Stolen Cameras (Trois caméras volées) a été diffusé pour la première fois au Festival du film documentaire DOK Leipzig en Allemagne en novembre 2017, malgré des menaces de censure et des problèmes de financements.

    #droits_humains #film #occupation #Maroc


      The members of video activist group, Equipe Media, fight to keep their cameras. They use them to document the Moroccan kingdoms’ violations of human rights in Africa’s last colony – Western Sahara.

      No journalists are allowed entry and the only images that find their way out of the territory are the ones Equipe Media manages to film in secret, hiding on roof tops and risking severe consequences. They film police and military attacks on peaceful demonstrations as well as testimonies of violence that Sahrawis are exposed to in their everyday life.

      This is a story about breaking an absolute censorship with unique footage from an area where the Moroccan authorities have managed to implement a near total media blockade.



  • Birthright’s so scared of Arabs it’s banned them

    Cinq ans d’un programme de visites de jeunes Américains invités par les autorités en Israël: la majorité d’entre eux soutiennent BDS après leur séjour. Le programme a donc décidé d’interdire aux nouveaux invités de rencontrer... des Arabes

    Birthright’s ’total, complete shutdown of meet-ups with Israeli Arabs till it figures what’s going on’ at least exposes the organization’s political agenda to sunlight. But it’s left Israeli peace-builders like me furious

    Noam Shuster Eliassi Nov 02, 2017
    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.820666

    Birthright is reportedly ordering their trip providers to stop meetings between their participants and Arab citizens of Israel. In their own words, “there is a need for further analysis of this module.”
    I read these lines over and over again and could not trace my thoughts fast enough. My responses went from laughing out loud, to wanting to smash the nearest available wall, to being entirely unsurprised. 
    “Further analysis” on how and if to meet Arabs?
    Maybe they mean to say Birthright participants should meet only the properly vetted and defanged “good pro-Israel Arabs”, because they’re scared delicate Birthrighters might be exposed to critical thought? After all, what a disaster it would be to raise a generation of Jews who dare to think critically about Israel.
    Birthright is attempting to create a sterile, ideologically ’pure’ environment, for its participants. But what will happen when they grow up and realize there is so much more than what they have seen on Birthright? Could that dissonance mean they’ll lose faith in this place called Israel? How do Birthright organizers expect its alumni to correlate the false images they saw on a perfect, ’clean’ ten day freebie with the complexity of the real world? 
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    Let Birthright ban the meetings. It’s better. And it’s more honest of Birthright to just come out and say it: Jews from all over the world, come for a free ride to Israel and don’t worry, you won’t be ’contaminated’ by meeting 22% of Israel’s population, or any Palestinians at all.

    Sheldon and Miriam Adelson at the Taglit Birthright Israel event in Rishon Letzion, June 25, 2017.David Bachar
    Oh, but wait - who will be cleaning their rooms in the hotels? Who will be driving their buses? Who will be cooking their authentic “Israeli food”? Who will be providing the camels for the compulsory rite-of-passage Birthright pictures? Who will host them in the ’traditional Bedouin tent’?

    It’s 2017 and it’s hard to believe that I’m saying this – but Birthright thinks Arabs are only good for you when they are your service providers. But to shut up and listen to them as equals? Let’s get rid of that.
    As an alumni of Brandeis, the U.S. campus with the largest number of students attending Birthright trips, I am not surprised about this step, but I’m so angry. I was always concerned about the brainwashing that’s built in to these trips.
    But I also believe in young people’s hearts and minds; I believe that awareness and exposure can change mindsets. I insist on meeting Birthright groups, I insist on speaking to people who disagree with me.
    The hardest part about this scandal is that it would never pass muster back in the United States. In the U.S. you know damn well that being uncomfortable and critical and celebrating diversity are integral parts of a multilayered democratic conversation. But when it comes to Israel, in Israel, apparently those values don’t apply.

    An annual Birthright event in Jerusalem.Emil Salman
    As an Israeli Jew who’s not afraid of being critical about her own state I ask you, Birthright: How dare you design a program and bring people for free and deny them the right to complex points of view, to experiencing democracy? Do you think that expelling Arabs from your schedule and from your agenda will ’disappear’ them from our lives here?
    After 10 short days Birthright participants go back to the U.S. We Israelis have to live here together. The damage you’re causing affects everyone , builds higher walls and makes respectful and equitable connections within Israeli society far harder for us to make. 
    And for those of you who are Birthright participants, organizers, supporters, funders: if you actually think Israel has any future in the Middle East, you should think very hard how you’re responding to these shameful reports.
    No birthright gives us a right to be superior, oppressive or racist. Think if this is really the “Israel experience” that Jewish teens deserve, and what kind of social and political engineering and propagandizing of the Israeli state you’re now part of.
    Noam Shuster Eliassi is a peace activist, public speaker and comedian and has managed a range of peace-building initiatives. She is a Brandeis University graduate and was awarded the Davis Peace Prize for developing peacebuilding programs for HIV positive youth in Kigali, Rwanda.

  • October by China Miéville

    China Miéville’s contribution in October is to get away from ideological battles and go back to the dazzling reality of events. There is no schadenfreude here about the revolution’s bloody aftermath, nor patronising talk of experiments that failed because they were doomed to fail. Known as a left-wing activist and author of fantasy or what he himself calls weird fiction, Miéville writes with the brio and excitement of an enthusiast who would have wanted the revolution to succeed. But he is primarily interested in the dramatic narrative – the weird facts – of the most turbulent year in Russia’s history: strikes, protests, riots, looting, mass desertions from the army, land occupations by hungry peasants and pitched battles between workers and Cossacks, not just in Petrograd but along the length and breadth of a vast country.

    He is equally fascinated by the verbal fisticuffs, the debates and arguments at the epicentre between Socialist Revolutionaries, Mensheviks, Kadets, Kerenskyites and Bolsheviks.

    #livre #histoire #révolution #russie #soviets

  • Facing outcry, UK Labour reverses expulsion of anti-Zionist Moshé Machover
    Asa Winstanley | 31 October 2017 | The Electronic Intifada

    Israeli anti-Zionist Moshé Machover in 2008. (Hossam el-Hamalawy)

    The UK Labour Party has reversed its summary expulsion of Israeli anti-Zionist Moshé Machover, it emerged on Tuesday.

    Machover told The Electronic Intifada that party bureaucrats had written “grudgingly” permitting him back into the party. He said they had backed down because they realized that they were “bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.”

    But so far they have refused to apologize for initially accusing him of writing an “apparently anti-Semitic” article.

    Machover is well known in scholarly and Palestine solidarity circles as an activist and a co-founder of Matzpen, a group of dissident Israeli socialists active in the 1960s and 1970s. He has lived in London since 1968.

    The false allegation was contained in the initial letter expelling him at the start of October.

    On Monday, Labour’s head of disputes Sam Matthews wrote saying that, “The Party has reviewed the matters of fact surrounding your case and the decision has been taken to rescind your automatic exclusion.”

    The letter can be read in full along with other recent correspondence below.

    The retired University of London professor said that giving him back his Labour membership was “the least they could do.”(...)


  • Salah Hamouri arrêté sans « aucun motif » par l’armée israélienne | Laurence Mauriaucourt | Mercredi, 23 Août, 2017

    Le jeune franco-palestinien a été arrêté dans la nuit par l’armée israélienne. Sa compagne et le député Alain Bruneel enjoignent au Président de la République d’intervenir très rapidement.

    L’information a été diffusée ce mercredi 23 août sur Facebook par sa compagne, Elsa : « Salah Hamouri a été arrêté cette nuit à notre domicile de Jérusalem-Est par l’armée d’occupation venue en grand nombre le cueillir dans son sommeil. Comme souvent, les autorités militaires ne donnent aucun motif à cette arrestation et nous n’avons que peu d’informations au sujet de sa détention, il n’a pu contacter personne. Nous demandons à la France d’agir avec conviction pour protéger et obtenir la libération de notre concitoyen qui subit une fois de plus l’arbitraire israélien ». Les internautes, souvent soutiens de longue date du militant, s’emploient à partager cette information inquiétante.


    Palestine.Salah Hamouri de nouveau arrêté par l’armée israélienne

    • Salah Hamouri maintenu en détention jusqu’à dimanche
      Mercredi, 23 Août, 2017 | Humanite.fr

      Il a été présenté mercredi après-midi devant un juge qui a décidé de le maintenir en détention pendant cinq jours, c’est à dire jusqu’à dimanche, officiellement le temps de l’enquête. Une enquête qui concernerait son appartenance à une « organisation ennemie », selon certains médias arabes qui citent également l’un des avocats de Salah. Celui-ci évoque une volonté des autorités israéliennes de voir Salah Hamouri quitter définitivement la Palestine.

    • Addameer’s field researcher Salah Hammouri seized by Israeli occupation forces
      23 August 2017

      Addameer’s field researcher Salah Hammouri was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on 23 August 2017. Hammouri was arrested from his home in the neighborhood of Kufr Aqab. Later, Hammouri was taken to Al-Moskobyeh (Russian Compound) interrogation center, where his detention has been extended until Sunday, 27 August 2017, for further interrogation.

      Demand the immediate release of human rights defender Salah Hamouri
      Ad Dameer Palestinian Territories

    • Les Français peuvent manifester auprès des autorités qu’Hamouri est notre compatriote :

      Dès l’annonce de son arrestation, des milliers de personnes ont réagi sur les réseaux sociaux. L’Association France-Palestine solidarité (AFPS), a publié le communiqué suivant : « L’arrestation de notre concitoyen - dont le seul crime est de résister à l’occupation et à la colonisation - est inadmissible et insupportable. Notre mobilisation doit être immédiate et massive. Les autorités françaises ne doivent pas laisser passer une telle infamie ». L’AFPS appelle à laisser des messages sur le site du consulat général de France à Jérusalem en suivant ce lien : https://jerusalem.consulfrance.org/Contactez-nous-par-mail et au Ministère français des Affaires étrangères à l’adresse suivante

      http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/mentions-legales-infos-pratiques/nous-ecrire, en remplissant le formulaire avec comme objet « Français de l’étranger », ainsi qu’à la présidence de la République : http://www.elysee.fr/ecrire-au-president-de-la-republique

      Pierre Barbancey


    • Israeli forces detain Addameer field researcher during overnight raid
      Aug. 24, 2017 11:31 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2017 5:36 P.M.)

      (...) An Israeli police spokesperson told Ma’an that he was “not familiar” with the case.

      According to Addameer, Hammouri was a former prisoner of Israel for seven years, and was released as part of the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoners exchange deal in 2011.

      Addameer added that the East Jerusalem resident was banned from entering the occupied West Bank until Sept. 2016, and that his wife is currently banned by Israeli authorities from entering Palestine or Israel.

      The group said it considers the detention “an attack against Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders.”

      "It also constitutes one arrest in the context of continuous arrest campaigns against Palestinians,” Addameer said, before demanding Hammouri’s release and the release of all Palestinian political prisoners.

      Hassan Safadi, a Palestinian activist and media coordinator for Addameer, has also been held in administrative detention — Israel’s controversial policy of imprisonment without charge or trial — for more than a year.

      Safadi has been held by Israel since May 1, 2016 after being detained at the Allenby Bridge between the occupied West Bank and Jordan, when he was interrogated by the Israeli army for 40 days.

      Israeli authorities later sentenced the 25-year-old Palestinian to six months of administrative detention in June 2016, and has since renewed the administrative detention order twice — once in Dec. and a second time in June this year.

      Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows internment without charge or trial in maximum six-month long renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

      According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,128 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of July, 450 of whom were held in administrative detention. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

  • Troubled firm aims to mine Madagascar forest for rare earth elements : Conservation news

    Solondraza, a 63-year-old farmer in northwestern Madagascar, has led a mostly conflict-free life. He and his wife live in a small house made of ravinala, a type of palm tree that fans out across the hilly landscape. They earn a living on cash crops like vanilla and cacao that grow well in the tropical environs, and this has allowed them to support their 18 children and 54 grandchildren, most of whom still live in and around their village of Befitina.

    But in recent years Solondraza has become something of an activist, organizing meetings and rallying neighbors. He wants to stop a foreign-owned company, Tantalum Rare Earth Malagasy (TREM), from mining his land for rare earth elements.

    “Our ancestors survived here by living off of the land,” Solondraza said. “If TREM comes here to destroy that harmony, I fear for my children’s future. We do not want TREM and we do not need them.”

    #Madagascar #terres_rares #extraction_minière #terres #environnement

  • Palestinian activist ’executed’ by Israeli forces after 2-hour shoot-out
    March 6, 2017 10:51 A.M. (Updated: March 6, 2017 5:20 P.M.)

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian activist early Monday morning, culminating a two-hour-long gun battle in the Ramallah area of the central occupied West Bank, after Israeli forces had been pursuing the man since he was released from Palestinian prison last September.

    The raid sparked clashes, which left two Palestinians shot and injured by Israeli forces. No Israelis were injured in the incident.

    Israeli police identified the slain man as Basel al-Araj , who was wanted for “planning terror attacks against Israelis.”

    Al-Araj was detained without charges or explanation by Palestinian security forces in April last year along with Haitham Siyaj and Muhammad Harb. The controversial case made headlines when the three men joined three other detainees in a hunger strike in Palestinian prison, amid reports of torture and mistreatment.

    After being released in September, Palestinian activists had feared that Israeli forces would immediately detain the six men, as the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been widely criticized for its security coordination with Israel through what critics have called a “revolving door policy" of funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons.

    Muhammad Harb and Haitham Siyaj, along with two of the other hunger striking detainees Muhammad al-Salamin and Seif al-Idrissi, were eventually detained by Israeli forces and ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, while a video was released by Israeli media showing Israeli forces beating Siyaj in custody.

    However, Israeli forces were unable to immediately apprehend al-Araj, and the months-long manhunt continued until the Monday morning raid, when forces from the Israeli army, Israeli border police, Israeli intelligence, and Israel’s counter-terrorism unit surrounded a house in the outskirts of the refugee camp of Qaddura, where al-Araj was allegedly staying.

    Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that “once Israeli forces arrived at the place, the Palestinian terrorist opened fire at Israeli forces, causing an exchange of fire between Israeli forces and Palestinian terrorist, leading to his death.”

    Al-Samri noted that no Israeli soldiers were injured in the shootout.

    Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that gunfire was exchanged between Israeli forces and a Palestinian man for around two hours until he ran out of ammunition, after which Israeli forces raided the house and “executed” him by shooting him at close range with several bullets.

    Israeli forces also fired an Energa anti-tank rifle grenade into the building, causing the destruction of parts of the house, witnesses said.

    Witnesses said they saw Israeli forces dragging a man’s body by his feet outside of the house.

    Meanwhile the Palestinian Ministry of Health has reportedly confirmed al-Araj’s death, according to online media reports, while his body was taken by Israeli forces to an unknown destination.(...)


    • Basil al-Araj assassinated by Israeli occupation forces after PA imprisonment and months in hiding
      March 6, 2017

      In a pre-dawn raid attacking a home in el-Bireh, Basil al-Araj , 31, Palestinian youth activist and writer pursued by Israel for nearly a year, was assassinated by invading Israeli occupation forces this morning.

      Al-Araj, from the village of Walaja near Bethlehem, fought back and resisted the invading forces for two hours before the attacking occupation soldiers broke into the home where he was staying and executed him at close range. They then seized his body and took it to an unknown location.

      The attack on the home included rocket fire as well as al-Araj’s extrajudicial execution in a hail of bullets. Al-Araj’s family home in al-Walaja had been repeatedly raided by occupation forces for months.

      Al-Araj, a writer and activist involved in a wide array of Palestinian grassroots struggles for liberation, was among the Palestinian youth dedicated to reviving the Palestinian national liberation movement. One of six Palestinian youth released from Palestinian Authority prisons after nearly six months of detention when they launched a hunger strike, Al-Araj and other youth had been seized in April in what was touted as a victory for security coordination between the PA and Israel. While they were imprisoned by the PA, they were subject to torture and ill-treatment by PA security forces.

      After their hunger strike and widespread attention to their case, including protests after reports of their torture, secured their release, four of the youth – Mohammed al-Salameen, Seif al-Idrissi, Haitham Siyaj, and Mohammed Harb – have been seized by Israeli occupation forces. All four have been ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.(...)

    • In final letter, slain Palestinian activist Basel al-Araj ponders looming death
      March 6, 2017 8:05 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2017 8:08 P.M.)

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — In a final letter written before he was killed by Israeli forces in a two-hour shootout, Palestinian activist and writer Basel al-Araj revealed his thoughts over his seemingly ineluctable end.

      Al-Araj, a 31-year-old activist and resident of the village of al-Walaja in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, had been on the run from Israeli authorities since September, when he was released from Palestinian prison after being detained without charges or explanation for five months, during which he joined a hunger strike amid reports of torture and mistreatment.

      Israeli police had accused al-Araj of being the “head of a terrorist cell that planned attacks against Israelis and security forces.”

      After a months-long manhunt, Israeli forces surrounded a house in the outskirts of the Qaddura refugee camp, where al-Araj was staying, early on Monday, prompting an exchange of fire between al-Araj and the armed forces, in which the Palestinian was killed after running out of ammunition.

      “Greetings of Arab nationalism, homeland, and liberation,” the letter, shared on social media by al-Araj’s family, read. “If you are reading this, it means I have died and my soul has ascended to its creator. I pray to God that I will meet him with a guiltless heart, willingly, and never reluctantly, and free of any whit of hypocrisy.”

      Al-Araj went on to ponder the initial difficulty of writing a last testament, like many other Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces.

      “How hard it is to write your own will. For years I have been contemplating testaments written by martyrs, and those wills have always bewildered me. They were short, quick, without much eloquence. They did not quench our thirst to find answers about martyrdom,” he wrote.

      “Now I am walking to my fated death satisfied that I found my answers. How stupid I am! Is there anything which is more eloquent and clearer than a martyr’s deed? I should have written this several months ago, but what kept me was that this question is for you, living people, and why should I answer on your behalf? Look for the answers yourself, and for us the inhabitants of the graves, all we seek is God’s mercy.”

    • Palestine occupée : Le FPLP dénonce l’assassinat du jeune Palestinien combattant et dirigeant Basil al-Araj
      Par FPLP | 6 mars 2017 | Traduction : André Comte

      Le Front Populaire pour la Libération de la Palestine se joint aux masses de notre peuple résistant qui pleurent l’un des plus éminents jeunes palestiniens en lutte, Basil al-Araj, qui a été assassiné aujourd’hui par le lâche occupant sioniste.

      Le martyr a mené une bataille héroïque après plusieurs mois de poursuite. Le Front a appelé à des actions de résistance pour le rassemblement dans l’unité et la coordination pour répondre à ce crime et intensifier les opérations contre l’occupation sioniste.

      Le Front a souligné que la Palestine aujourd’hui a perdu un des meilleurs jeunes lutteurs de la Palestine, qui a payé de sa vie ses principes et ses valeurs. Il s’était engagé à rejeter toutes les solutions de capitulation, il avait une vision claire de la libération, et il a travaillé pour relater l’histoire de la Palestine et faire face à toutes les tentatives pour liquider la cause palestinienne.

      Le martyr Basil Al-Araj était un combattant de la liberté, intellectuel et théoricien de l’insurrection de la jeunesse palestinienne. Il se consacrait à un chemin de résistance, à l’intifada, à l’unité, au retour et à la libération de toute la terre de la Palestine. C’était un intellectuel révolutionnaire qui mettait toutes ses énergies culturelles et intellectuelles au service de la résistance ainsi que de ses propres actions sur le terrain, luttant contre la coordination de la sécurité et la collaboration.

      L’assassinat du combattant martyr Basil al-Araj est le fruit affreux de la continuation de la coordination sécuritaire. Basil al-Araj et ses camarades ont été pris en chasse par l’appareil de sécurité de l’Autorité Palestinienne et ont été emprisonnés pendant plusieurs mois, et cette détention a été directement suivie par la traque menée par l’occupation contre lui jusqu’à sa mort.(...)

  • Israel issues 20 demolition orders in East Jerusalem – Middle East Monitor

    December 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Jerusalem municipality crews today distributed 20 demolition orders for residential buildings in the Issawiya neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

    Activist and political analyst Hani Al-Issawi said the Israeli municipality filed a request about two weeks ago, at the Israeli court to issue the demolition orders against a large number of buildings which were 20-30 years old giving their owners 30 days to object.

    Al-Issawi said the Israeli municipality wants to demolish 20 buildings which include 80 apartments, where scores of Jerusalemites, including children, live, pointing out that the motive is “purely political rather than because of illegal construction”, because the residential building are located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim in East Jerusalem.

    The move is part of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s threate to issue more demolition orders against Palestinians if settlers were evacuated from the illegal Amona outpost, Al-Issawi said.

    Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered the Amona outpost to be evacuated by 25 December due to the outpost being built on privately owned Palestinian land.


  • Native American Activist Winona LaDuke at Standing Rock: It’s Time to Move On from Fossil Fuels | Democracy Now!


    Deux entretiens (en fait trois) avec Winona LaDuke et Tara Houska, très intéressants. C’est une bonne synthèse, une analyse avec je crois, la bonne distance.

    While Democracy Now! was covering the Standing Rock standoff earlier this month, we spoke to Winona LaDuke, longtime Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. She spent years successfully fighting the Sandpiper pipeline, a pipeline similar to Dakota Access. We met her right outside the Red Warrior Camp, where she has set up her tipi. Red Warrior is one of the encampments where thousands of Native Americans representing hundreds of tribes from across the U.S. and Canada are currently resisting the pipeline’s construction.


    Part 2: Winona LaDuke & Tara Houska on the Indigenous Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline | Democracy Now!

    In this web-only exclusive, Amy Goodman talks with Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota, and Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth.

  • Military Sealift Command To Honor Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk - gCaptain

    Rendering of a John Lewis class oiler in San Diego Bay.
    Courtesy NASSCO

    Military Sealift Command, the transportation provider for the US Navy, will name it’s newest ship after Harvey Milk, the San Francisco gay rights activist featured in Sean Penn’s award winning movie, Milk.

    U.S. Naval Institute News reported that a July 14, 2016 congressional notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California

    The Secretary of the Navy’s office is deferring releasing additional information until the naming announcement, a Navy official told USNI News on Thursday.

    Mabus has said the John Lewis-class – named after civil rights activist and congressman Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) – would all be named after civil rights leaders.

    • Harvey Milk — Wikipédia

      Harvey Bernard Milk (né le 22 mai 1930 à Woodmere, à Long Island, mort le 27 novembre 1978 à San Francisco) est un homme politique américain et un militant pour les droits des homosexuels. Il a été le premier « superviseur » (poste similaire à celui de conseiller municipal) ouvertement homosexuel de la ville de San Francisco.

      Harvey Milk a été assassiné avec le maire de San Francisco, George Moscone, le 27 novembre 1978. Leur meurtrier, Dan White, a été condamné à sept ans et huit mois de prison, pour homicide involontaire. Ses défenseurs plaidèrent qu’il aurait été perturbé par une « mauvaise alimentation » ; il sera finalement libéré après cinq ans de réclusion. Le verdict, considéré comme trop clément par la communauté gay mais pas seulement, a provoqué les émeutes de la Nuit White (qui ont eu lieu dans la nuit du 21 mai 1979), réprimées par la police de San Francisco.

  • Activist and poet #Sam_Berkson examines grassroots resistance to the social and political crisis in Hungary.

    On 15 March, a national holiday commemorating the revolution of 1848, some 50,000 people pressed into the rain-soaked square in front of Parliament to listen to speeches, sing together and shout for the removal of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The teachers, who had led the protest, set out their demands and promised a national one-hour strike, which would be repeated and extended if their demands were not met. They invited the rest of the country to join them.

    #résistance #Hongrie

  • Afrika Bambaataa Accused of Sexually Abusing a Teenager | News | Pitchfork

    Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa has been accused of sexually abusing a minor more than three decades ago, the New York Daily News reports. Ronald Savage, a Bronx activist and politician and former music industry executive, said Bambaataa molested him multiple times in 1980, when Savage was 15 years old. Savage told the Daily News he’s going public because he wants to extend New York’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse, which currently blocks criminal or civil charges after the victim turns 23 years old.

    #viol #hip_hop #afrika_bambaataa #Zulu_nation #pédophilie... Shit is fucked

  • Post-Paris Activism: How to Build an Effective Global Struggle to Tackle Climate Change

    AT 2pm on Friday 11th December, as the COP 21 Climate Change Summit in Paris drew to a close, 400 young people from the youth climate justice movement and youth groups representing thousands of climate justice campaigners from around the world came together to reject what they saw as the false solutions presented by the COP. Forming a human chain and singing, activists left the Green and Blue zones and headed towards their rallying point, where they would hear speakers including Xiutezcatl Martinez, 15 year old indigenous activist and musician, and Ryan Camero, California – based artist and activist and award winning environmental justice organizer.

    #climat #changement_climatique