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Two more human rights workers murdered in Mindoro

15.02.2004 22:18

(02/14/2004) Atty. Juvy Magsino and Leima Fortu were killed on February 13 by suspected elements of the 204th Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in Naujan, Mindoro Oriental. Magsino was vice mayor of Naujan and a respected human rights lawyer while Fortu was the acting Secretary-General of KARAPATAN-Mindoro Oriental. The human rights organization KARAPATAN has denounced the killing and issued an urgent action alert. To date the human rights watchdog had documented 13 human rights workers and 41 Bayan Muna members and officers killed in cold-blood under the Macapagal-Arroyo regime.



Stop the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement

15.02.2004 21:28

On Sunday 8th February President George Bush and John Howard, Bush's Australian Deputy, agreed over the phone to sign a 'free' trade agreement between Australia and USA. In reality many of the USA agricultural barriers remain in place (suger) or contain escape clauses (Beef), while Australian investment barriers have lifted. The powerful US pharmaceutical industry, major supporters of George Bush, were able to get a toehold in changes to the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) which provides prescription medication at reasonable prices to consumers.

Under the agreement Australia will adopt US-style copyright laws similar to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. (Slashdot discussion). Electronic Frontiers Australia have attacked the IP Clauses in the Agreement. Meanwhile, Australia's cultural industries to lose out to the dominance of the US film and television industry.

Some reports reflect on Numbers Up, Workers Down After 10 Years of NAFTA, while others say this is not so much a trade agreement, but an investment agreement, with the sting in little known 'investor-state' provisions that will allow US corporations to challenge any local, state &/or federal laws that forbid them from entering a foreign economy.

George Bush needs Congress approval on the agreed text, but John Howard does not require approval by the Australian Parliament, only for legislation to be passed to implement the provisions of the FTA to give the Agreement effect. In Australia, the Greens have called for a Senate veto on FTA, and the Labor Party (ALP) in opposition has pledged a thorough review of the agreement, although some activists have strong critiques on the ALP love affair with corporate globalisation. Activists in organisations like Friends of the Earth and Global Trade Watch are mobilising to defeat the agreement, along with a broad alliance of over 70 organisations in the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET).

Global Trade Watch | AFTINET | The AUSFTA Outcomes Summary



Uma batalha ganha, a luta continua...

zampano, 14.02.2004 13:30

O tribunal judicial em Salónica, Grécia, decidiu hoje que as provas contra 13 reus, dos 29, acusados de motim durante a Cimeira europeia em Junho de 2003, incluindo o activista britãncio Simon Chapman, não são convincente e desistiram de todas as queixas!



Global Peace Demos - First Anniversary Celebration!

11.02.2004 06:42

A Peace-Not-War Festival is running from Feb 12 to 15 in London and on the web to celebrate the anniversary of the worldwide mass-demonstrations in protest against the US/UK war in Iraq.
The Rock/Punk/HipHop/Dance/Jazz lineup includes Alabama 3, Pandit G (Asian Dub Foundation), TaskForce + Rawdog, and the Rythms of Resistance Samba Band. Raya is providing visuals.

Apologies! The planned audiostream doesn't seem to be working - click here for an update.

The Peace Not War Music Project funds groups in the global peace movement. [more]
Peace-Not-War Website | Press Release



Discriminative Italian law on artificial fertilization

10.02.2004 02:43

On saturday, 7th February around 4000 people protested in Bologna, Italy, against the new italian law that puts severe limitations on artificial insemination and genetic & embryologic research. In Italy, the use of biotechnological methods for giving birth to a child is only consented to spouses or heterosexual couples living together. Based on an unclear and undefined 'bio-ethical' model, promoted by the vatican, an italian woman can't receive any sperm cell but the ones from her husband or 'fixed' partner. The law openly discriminates singles, homosexuals, infertile individuals and persons suffering from HIV or genetic diseases, in their desire for having a child. With Saturday's demonstration in Bologna, a national campaign of protest has been launched against a law that brings Italy back to the times of inquisition and fascism.

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Eviction du camp Ecocitoyens

09.02.2004 17:55

A Grenoble, en France, le Parc Mistral avait été occupé par un groupe d' activistes qui se sont nommés "Les Ecocitoyens". Dans le parc 300 arbres doivent disparaître parce que la ville veut y construire un stade de foot. Une première notification d' expulsion avait été reçue fin décembre, donc on craignait l' expulsion depuis début janvier. Le 25 janvier il y avait une grande manifestation ou 5000 personnes sont venus pour soutenir les Ecocitoyens et pour protester contre la disparition du parc.

Quelques jours après ils ont reçus un nouvel ordre d' expulsion et un autre appel au soutien à été lancé. Le 5 février, même avant le traitement du recours contre cette décision avait été entendu par le tribunal, on a commencé l' expulsion. Un centaine d' amis et de voisins sont venus pour manifester leur soutien avec les occupants et pour essayer d' éviter l' abatage des arbres [Photos] | [Video]. Pendant l' éviction un activiste à été frappé au visage par un CRS après son arrestation, quand il était déjà menotté.



Virando a mesa da polícia em Miami CABEÇALHO: ALCA IMC: MIAMI ATUALIZAÇÃO

BM, 13.02.2004 13:56

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Meses depois da Months after the reunião ministerial da ALCA em Miami, as coisas estão começando a entrar em foco. Não que o movimento global pela justiça o via fora de foco, mas as "autoridades" estão começando a ver o que eles impuseram em Miami.

Está ficando mais claro que a polícia em Miami usou força excessiva não agiram dentro da lei...violando (ou ignorando completamente) a primeira e a quarta emenda da constituição estadunidense. Um juiz presidindo os casos  dos manifestantes contra o livre-comércio disse em corte que ele viu  "nao menos de 20 delitos graves cometidos por policiais"; esse foi um primeiro passo rumo à compreensão do que ocorreu.

Um membro do Painel Investigativo Cicil (CIP em inglês), que anteriormente havia elogiado o chefe de policia John Timoney, se demitiu depois que a sua credibilidade foi questionada por ativistas pela justiça de todo o mundo. Na audiência mais recente do CIP, a polícia de Miami admite responsabilidade absoluta pelo modo no qual ativistas foram tratados durantea reunião ministerial. A polícia de Miami também recentemente silenciouuma "lavagem" de 66 páginas de como eles se comportaram durante a reunião ministerial. Recentemente o órgão de defesa de ativistas Miami Activist Defense iniciou um processo atacando o decreto de Miami, que foi usado durante protestos contra a ALCA, que afeta a maioria dos casos que estão sendo julgados atualmente.

John Timoney, o chefe de polícia de Miami, ainda está sob fogo em Philadelphia pelo modo no qual ele dirigiu os protestos durante a Convenção Nacional do Partido Republicano (RNC) no ano 2000. Se diz que ele vai também vai assessorar a polícia de Boston para a Convenção do Partido Democrata (DNC) esse ano em Boston.

ALCA IMC | Salve Nossas Liberdades Civis



Como o Aquecimento Global Poderá Causar a Próxima Era Glacial

BM, 06.02.2004 20:53

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Novas pesquisas sobre a grande correia transportadora oceânica (Great Ocean conveyor belt em inglês) e sobre climatologia mostram como o aquecimento global como o aquecimento global poderá causar a próxima era glacial. Uma reportagem no jornal ingês The Independent também sugere como a Grã-Bretanha poderá entrar numa era glacial durante o nosso tempo de vida por causa do aquecimento global. Algumas reportagens dizem que o colapso do clima mundial seria o pior pesadelo metereológico do Pentágono, nos EUA..

Alguns modelos atuais sobre mudança climática são de um processo gradual, mas alguns geocientistas dizem que uma mudanças climáticas repentinas são o que geralmente acontecem no clima terrestre. Enquanto há um a grande debate nos meios científicos sobre os problemas involvendo o aquecimento global, o chefe científico do governo do Tony Blair começou um um ataque de todos os ângulos contra o governno de George Bush, dos EUA, por negligir o problema, que segundo o cientista inglês é mais sério que o terrorismo. Enquanto Bush vacila em lidar com o aquecimento global, assim benefíciando as grandes corporações, os estados americanos da Nova Inglaterra o estão confrontando ante a esse assunto.

A Organização Mundial da Saúde disse recentemente que 150,000 pessoas morreram devido a causas relacionadas ao aquecimento global no ano 2000, e que o número de mortos poderá dobrar dentro dos próximos 30 anos se essa tendência não for revertida. Um outro relatório cientifico prevê que o aquecimento global causará a extinção de 10% das espécies daqui a 2050. Há a possibilidade que o aquecimento global possa criar uma crise por falta d'água, e verões mais quentes, e menos geadas na Austrália.

Debates e ações acontecidas durante a conferência de Milão sobre o clima global tiveram como destaque a raíz do problema que é a mudança climática: economia baseada no petróleo. Segundo um recente relatório feito para o departamento de energia dos EUA sobre a extração máxima de petróleo atual (Peak Oil em inglês), e a se essa produção nao for mantida, vai haver efeitos catastróficos, a falta de ação das Nações Unidas deveria conscientizar as pessoas para que não se dependa mais dos governos e corporações, para que se crie uma alternativas sócio ecológica que possa ser usada no dia-a-dia. Ou talvez seja a hora de preparar-se para a vida depois do fim do petróleo.

Link 1: Rising Tide climate Justice Network – Rede pela justiça do clima.
 http://www.risingtide.nl/index.html
Link 2: Vital Climate Graphics – Gráficos sobre o clima terrestre.
 http://www.grida.no/climate/vital/index.htm
Link 3: The discovering of Global Warming – Descobrindo o aquecimento global.
 http://www.aip.org/history/climate/index.html



31 Januar 2004: European Day of Migrants Struggles

02.02.2004 18:13

No one is illegal

On 31 January 2004, for the first time in Europe, mobilizations took place all over fortress Europe simultaneously on the same day. This was agreed at the European Social Forum in Paris, where activists and migrants organisations declared three goals: The closure of detention centers, the regularization of all immigrants in Europe and the recognition of the right of exile.

The about 50 locations in 11 countries included Spain, France, Austria, Swizerland, the UK, Germany, Belgium and Italy. GlobalRadio and Project Melting Pot Europe reported on satellite frequencies and on the internet, transmitting from the studios of Padova, Rome, Malaga and Madrid.

Check the dedicated website and www.noborder.org for further information and click read more for reports from Vieanna, Cardisca, Caltanisetta, Crotone, Torino, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Begrade and Estrecho/Madiaq.



9 Ladies Quarry Protest Camp Faces Eviction

01.02.2004 23:00

9 Ladies

The 9 Ladies protest camp which was set up in 1999 to oppose the quarrying of 3.2 million tonnes of stone from a 30 hectare site in the Peak District National Park, England, is facing imminient eviction.
The 4,000 year old Iron Age Stone Circle, Nine Ladies, has over the 20th Century, been threatened by quarrying. Lees Cross and Endcliffe are old dormant quarries lying on the eastern moorside just below the stones, but after 50 years of not being worked the area is now heavily wooded.

If the quarry goes ahead the Duke of Rutland, owner of Haddon Hall will make around £100 million and the quarry company will no doubt make more and a 100m deep scar will blight a beautiful, and well loved landscape (arial view of the site).
The protest camp consists of tree houses and benders scattered across the whole site, many in places that are inaccessible to vehicals, most linked up with rope walkways.
The final legal steps to evict the protestors were completed at the end of January and attempts to evict the protestors are now expected at any time.

[ Excavations at Nine Ladies for English Heritage, November 2000 | Nine Ladies Stone Circle - heritage under threat | Things needed at the site and addresses to write protest letters to | Photos (12 large images) | Photo Gallery | Arial view of the site | Video: rtsp://www.piratetv.net/archive/ptvaltmedia/nineladiesmix.rm | Video (real format) | Protestors press release: Eco Warriors send profits warning to Marshalls Plc - 06-02-2004 | Audio: Interview (mp3) and transcript ]



Times of change in Latin America

01.02.2004 22:48

After the military cycle that killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated their economies, Latin Americans are gradually recovering from their tragic recent past. Reacting to foreign intrusion and the FTAA - which is viewed as an aggression against their liberty and self determination - Latin America is moving towards the creation of a single confederation from the Rio Grande to Cape Horn, called "Patria Grande" (Big Fatherland). The epicenter of this peaceful revolution is Venezuela, where President Hugo Chavez is inspired by the ideas of Simon Bolivar and other revolutionaries such as Zapata, Sandino and Che Guevara. One of his projects is Petroamerica , a merger of the state-owned Latin American oil companies to compete on equal terms with the giant private corporations.

In most Latin American countries, left-wing parties are winning elections. In others, rulers who followed neoliberal policies were deposed by popular uprisings, Indigenous movements playing a leading role in them. Latin America's Indigenous and African roots are being revalued and are influencing a new generation of artists and writers.

Latin American countries are also pursuing a more independent foreign policy. They formed the bulk of the G-22 group that successfully resisted the US/UE axis in Cancun. Last week, after being criticized by the US Department of State for his relations with Venezuela and Cuba, Argentinian President Kirchner said that his country is not a "doormat" of the United States any more. He is also considering a referendum where the people will decide whether they should continue paying the foreign debt. It is estimated that more than 80% of the population would vote "no". Latin Americans strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq, and Brazil's Lula has recently visited several African and Arab countries, calling for a Latin American/African/Arab partnership.

Interviews with Hugo Chavez: I, II, III | Report Back from Bolivia Summit | Patria Grande (Spanish)



Direct action anti-war activists on trial

01.02.2004 22:10

Sydney: On January 30, Dr Will Saunders and Dave Burgess were sentenced to 9 months imprisonment to be served in periodic detention. (photos outside court) The two activists have also been ordered to pay the Sydney Opera House Trust's full compensation demand of $151,000. They were charged with "malicious damage" for painting NO WAR in 5 metre high blood-red letters on the Sydney Opera House - two days before Bush, Blair, and HoWARd started invading Iraq on March 20, 2003. [Read an interview] More on Sydney Indymedia.

In Ireland, peace activist/Catholic Worker Ciaron O'Reilly returns to Dublin's Four Courts on Monday February 2nd. Along with other members of the Pit Stop Ploughshares he is charged with $US2.5 million "criminal Damage (sic)" to a US Navy War Plane at Shannon Airport. Charges arise from a nonviolent disarmament action at Shannon, Co. Clare on 3rd February 2003. [Jan 26 Report and Photos

Opera House Cleanup Fund | Pit Stop Ploughshares



Barcelona 2004: Waiting For the Rain

01.02.2004 00:03

. From May 9th to September 26 of 2004, Barcelona will host the "Universal Forum of Cultures," one last spectacular international event while it is still eligible for EU development funding, before the EU turns its development money to its newer members from eastern Europe. The predicted total cost of the Forum 2004 is about two thousand million Euros (about 2.5 billion dollars). Of these expenses, only 319 million Euros will go to the actual contents of the forum; the other 1,740 million will go to "urban renewal" which includes expropriating public land and homes that belong to Barcelona residents, as well as evicting numerous squats and social centers, to make room to put in luxury housing, hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, and information-technology infrastructure. Numerous real-estate speculators and "development" corporations have already bought the siezed land.

[ Barcelona Indymedia's forum 2004 page | f***ed in 2004, the Forum's parody site | Squat.net, the Europe-wide squatter network



Exército Mexicano Incendeia Aldeia Zapatista

Milé Sardera, 31.01.2004 16:22

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As forças armadas mexicanas atacaram a comunidade zapatista de Nuevo San Rafael, incendiando 23 casas e desalojando violentamente os habitantes indígenas Chol. O ataque, noticiado várias vezes como tendo acontecido em 19 ou 22 de Janeiro, teve lugar na remota zona chiapaneca de Montes Azules.

Rico em recursos, Montes Azules é há muito uma zona cobiçada pelas multinacionais. Numa altura em que os governos e as multinacionais pressionam para que se avance com o Plano Puebla Panamá e com a Área de Livre Comércio das Américas (ALCA), a ‘guerra de baixa intensidade’ contra as mais de mil comunidades zapatistas autónomas irrompe sob a forma de uma ruidosa repressão. O representante do governo em Chiapas, Ruben Velásquez Lopez, promete mais desalojamentos, declarando que as invasões de terras não serão mais toleradas.
O destino dos habitantes de Nuevo San Rafael é desconhecido, uma vez que o exército está a impedir que os jornalistas e os observadores de direitos humanos entrem na área. O indígena Chol Josué Jimenez Cruz foi preso e está, aparentemente, detido na cidade de Ocasingo. A actividade solidária internacional é vital, declaram os grupos de solidariedade com os zapatistas.
Carta de protesto (em castelhano) pelo grupo B.A.S.T.A. ( http://chiapas.mediosindependientes.org/display.php3?article_id=107131)
Indymedia Chiapas ( http://chiapas.mediosindependientes.org/)



Digitales 2004 - Women in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

29.01.2004 09:40

Digitales 2004 The Brussels ICT-trainingcenter for women Interface3 organised the third Digitales-days event this week. For three days workshops and forums were organised where (mostly) female trainees, ICT-professionals, cyberartistsen media(h)ac(k)tivists from Belgium [ 1 | 2 ], the Netherlands [ 1 | 2 ], Germany, France [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] Spain, Italy [ 1 | 2 | 3 ], the US and Canada could meet eachother. This unique initiative didn't just give women in the ICT training program a chance to meet with female artists and activists. It was also a nice occasion for female cyberactivists to get in touch with each other and exchange experiences. Check out the reports about the whole event on Indymedia Belgium.

[ Photos | Video |Forum Female (Media)(h)ac(k)tivists ]



Political Repression in the Belly of the Beast

28.01.2004 22:04

While some segments of U.S. society like rightwing fundamentalists are being given the right to proselytize in national parks, other citizens are finding their civil rights being curtailed. Some activists in the States have been denied the right to travel and, of course, the recent police state installed in Miami during the FTAA demonstrations denied citizens the right to free assembly and protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The top cop behind the Miami outrage was police chief John Timoney, who also created similar zones of constitutional abuse during the Republican National Convention in 2000. One of the activists arrested there is still facing charges brought by Timoney.

In Boulder, Colorado activists discovered tracking devices attached to their cars. While in nearby Las Vegas the Feds used a little-known provision in the Patriot Act to bust a strip club owner for actions totally unrelated to terrorism. The so-called "Patriot" Act and recently enacted provisions of Son of "Patriot" Act are chilling in their blatant assault on constitutional rights. However, a recent court ruling overturned one such provision. The Act itself is up for review in congress this year, but the Bush regime is pushing for its' expansion at the same time that some legislators are attempting to roll it back.

At the same time, the Whitehouse is seeking heightened internet surveillance and the U.S. military is moving into surveillance on the home front. Such assaults on the Constitution and the rights of U.S. citizens should give voters pause during this election year. Another four years of the Bush regime could spell disaster for the "Land of the Free".

Justice Online | Fourth Amendment | Save Our Civil Liberties



Ocupación de haciendas en Brasil: aumenta la tensión

27.01.2004 21:18

Mas de 3 mil indígenas Guaraní y Kaiowas mantienen ocupadas desde el 22 de diciembre 14 haciendas en reclamo de la ampliación de la Aldea Porto Lindo, al sur del Estado Mato Grosso do Sul. Una orden del Juez Federal Odilon de Oliveira dictaminaba el desalojo para el 20 de enero, pero Consuelo Yoshida del Tribunal Regional Federal suspendió la medida. Los hacendados critican la resolución y amenazan con hacer justicia por mano propia, mientras los indígenas dicen que van a resistir aunque les cueste la vida.

[ Brazil: Imminent Repression of 1,000s of Indigenous on the Boarder with Paraguay | Brasil: Inminente Represión Sobre Miles de Indígenas en la Frontera con Paraguay | El Acuífero Guarani y el ALCA | Guaraní Aquifer and the FTAA | "Queremos somente o que é nosso"

fotos: 1 | 2 | 3]

[indymedia brasil | indymedia argentina]



Local Activists Organize for &quot;New York Summer&quot; As Bush Gives State of the Union Speech

23.01.2004 08:48

RNC While George Bush Jr. pandered to rightwing extremists during Tuesday night's State of the Union address, local activists with the No RNC Clearinghouse packed Judson Memorial Church to continue planning massive street protests for this August when Bush comes to New York to receive the Republican nomination. Various working groups discussed everything from guerrilla theatre to the logistics of housing hundreds of thousands of visiting protesters to the training of legal observers and street medics. The outreach working group announced it would be organizing community forums around the city this spring in advance of a New York Summer full of activism. Other groups are also organizing for the RNC including Still We Rise and People's Primary.

RNC Watch || Counter Convention || Democracy Now coverage of Bush's State of the Union address. || NYC Indymedia



Multilinguismo

Milé Sardera, 03.02.2004 21:53

Pouco a pouco, estamos a tentar fazer do www.indymedia.org um sítio web verdadeiramente global. É, agora, possível adicionar traduções aos editoriais. No futuro ofereceremos traduções de todos os editoriais e será possível ver esta página em várias línguas. Mas… precisamos de mais voluntários para isso:

As traduções podem ser adicionadas directamente, mas dá também uma vista de olhos em translations.indymedia.org ( http://translations.indymedia.org/)

Se estiveres interessado em contribuir com editoriais, especialmente de regiões que estão sub representadas, por favor junta-te ao respectivo grupo de trabalho ( http://docs.indymedia.org/twiki/bin/view/Global/PublishingFeatures).

Há questões técnicas ainda a implementar. Portanto, se perceberes de Mir e/ou templates, por favor visita a página wiki GlobalWebsite ( http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Global/GlobalWebsite).



Narmada Bachao Andolan sit-in continues

22.01.2004 23:44

Narmada Three days ago the Narmada Bachao Andolan began an occupation of the back entrance to the State Building of Maharashtra in Mumbai, India. Their demands are over 20 years old and include an end to big dam construction on the Narmada River and satisfactory compensation, rehabilitation, and resettlement of Adivasis (tribal peoples) who have been displaced by flooding of their villages.

The current protest is in response to the recent Narmada Control Authority decision to allow the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam to continue to a height of 110 meters. At least 12,000 families in Madhya Pradesh will face submergence and displacement without any resettlement, while at least 3000 tribal families in Maharashtra are in their villages and 2000 oustees are yet to be declared as oustees and resettled.

Over the last fifty years, around 50 million people have been flooded out of their villages. Most of these people have never received any sort of compensation or resettlement assistance from the Indian government.

Read:The Greater Common Good by Arundhati Roy
Watch:Video of Narmada Submergence

[Background | Take Action]




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