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&quot;Media Monopoly Overturned - For Now...&quot;

imc-features, 29.06.2004 17:52

On June 24, a federal appeals court rejected the Federal Communication Commission's controversial deregulations scheme to further enable monopolistic media in the United States. The Third Circuit Court ruling in "Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC" especially took issue with the FCC's rule changes which allowed for "cross-ownership" of newspapers and broadcast stations, and the concentration of broadcast ownership, in local markets. Together, these rules would have allowed one corporation to own three TV stations, 8 radio stations, and the monopoly newspaper in a single market. The court has ordered the FCC to revise the regulations or give a better justification for their necessity. In the meantime, media reform groups such as Free Press are encouraging people to demand a public hearing in their city - and take back their media! Sign the Free Press Petition | SFBay IMC Feature

Globally, public media control looks just as grim, with media moguls such as Italy's Berlusconi and Canadas's Leonard Asper owning over half of the media landscape and taking advantage of the power of censorship. Public media warriors Adbusters are taking on the global media elite with the Media Carta Manifesto. Sign the Media Carta
Reclaim the Media | Free Press | Prometheus Radio Project | Adbusters | Media Alliance | Media Reform Information Center



Ireland-Turkey: protests against Bush, NATO

imc-features, 28.06.2004 17:02

Ireland:
On Thursday 24 of June, a peace-camp opened up in Shannon. Pictures: 1
On June 25th it was raided by police who found... balloons
About 10.000 protested in Dublin and 500 at Shannon against the visit of Bush in Dublin on June 25th

Pictures: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7] Press-images: [1 | 2]

Feature on Indymedia Ireland | Indymedia Ireland


Turkey:
On 28-29th of June Bush will attend the NATO-summit in Istanbul. The past weekend there was already protest against Bush, the NATO-summit, and war. Pictures: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10]
Pictures of June 28: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Indymedia Istanbul | Resistanbul 2004



Gay Power Continues to Fight For Rights Across the Globe

Sunny, 28.06.2004 16:57

Gay Pride 2004 - Brussels In the last month, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered and non-gender identified people have marched and demonstrated in the streets to continue the fight for the human rights to live and love. From San Francisco to Berlin and the United Kingdom, millions of people demonstrated for everything from the right to marry to the right to avoid persecution from their governments based on their sexuality. The gay power movement began out of the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969, but today many gay activists express outrage over the commodification of queer culture into a giant target market. This year, COORS was dropped as the sponsor of many parades, based on its anti-gay policies.

GLAAD | Gay Rights Info | Human Rights Campaign | IGLHRC | OutRage! | Gay Shame | Queer Youth Alliance | National Youth Advocacy Coaltion | SFBay IMC LGBTQI Page



Lo stato si processa

imc-Italy, 25.06.2004 13:40

Genova 2001 supporto al team legale Il 26 giugno, tre anni dopo i fatti del g8 italiano, mentre si sta celebrando il processo a carico di 25 manifestanti, si svolgerà a Genova l'udienza preliminare in cui il GUP dovrà decidere il rinvio a giudizio per 29 poliziotti accusati di falso ideologico, calunnia e abuso d'ufficio. I più alti dirigenti presenti in via Battisti, dovranno rispondere del violento assalto alla Diaz-Pascoli nella notte del 21 luglio 2001, durante il quale 93 persone furono massacrate di botte e poi arrestate con pretestuose accuse risolte infine con la loro totale assoluzione. Furono distrutti, inoltre, i computer del media center e dei legali; fu sottratto materiale importante senza alcun mandato.
In questi anni di indagini con perizie, controperizie e menzogne è emersa una verita' fatta di costruzioni di false prove che pero' non ha evitato una brillante carriera alla maggior parte dei vertici della polizia presenti quella notte.
E intanto i processi ai poliziotti procedono.

E' stata inoltre avviata una campagna per invitare coloro che quella notte sono stati testimoni dei fatti accaduti a costituirsi in qualita' di parte civile.

Sono passati tre anni da luglio 2001, ma Indymedia Italia non ha dimenticato quello che è successo.

Appello: italiano | francese | spagnolo | tedesco



Issue #51: Bedtime For Bonzo

NYC IMC, 23.06.2004 14:31

Indypendent June 15, 2004 While the rest of the media was busy eulogizing the Gipper, the NYC IMC's Indypendent was exposing his real legacy. Articles include: We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes || Born in the USSR || Reagan's America: Not Colorblind, Just Blind || Legacy Lunacy || When I Liked Ronnie.

Download a pdf of issue #51.



Três activistas em tribunal - 28 de Junho

Milé Sardera, 24.06.2004 15:12

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G8 Evian - 3 activistas em tribunal No dia 1 de Junho de 2003, um grupo de afinidade de 17 activistas bloqueou uma auto-estrada em Aubonne, na Suiça, de forma a evitar que os delegados chegassem à cimeira do G8 em Evian. Dois deles ficaram suspensos, como peso e contra-peso, numa corda sobre uma ponte que atravessa o vale de Aubonne. Os outros activistas seguravam faixas e bloquearam o trânsito. Apesar de informada sobre a natureza da acção, a policia cortou a corda, provocando uma queda de cerca de 20 metros a um deles, enquanto a outra era salva à justa pelos seus amigos.
Fotos: 1 | 2 Vídeo

Três activistas em tribunal - 28 de Junho.

Os dois activistas que a policia tentou assassinar e um activista suiço estão n o tribunal de Nylon (a 15 ninutos de Genéve), acusados de bloqueio de estrada e de pôr em perigo a vida dos automobilistas.



Dez pessoas continuam aprisionadas após G8

zampano, 20.06.2004 14:24

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Apesar de ter finalizado com promessas de democracia, a 2004 a cimeira de G8 de 2004 organizada pelos Estados Unidos, tendo decorrido em Sea Island na Geórgia, deixou para trás 10 activistas detidos na Prisão do Condado de Glynn por terem posto em prática aquilo que acreditavam ser o seu direito de falar, presente na 1ªEmenda, e assinalarem as discordâncias que têm com o seu governo.(declarações mais recentes). Estão ainda 10 pessoas aprisionadas, 9 homens e uma mulher. Quatro dos “Dez de Brunswick” começaram uma greve de fome e exigem que as queixas contra os 15 activistas que foram detidos na manifestação de quinta feira em Sea Island sejam retiradas.[Comunicado de imprensa] Aos “Dez de Brunswick” continua a ser negado acesso à imprensa, visitas de amigos e família e a possibilidade de se encontrarem como grupo, com os seus advogados o que está a ser um obstáculo para os seus preparativos legais.[cOMUNICADO DE IMPRENSA] [ACTUALIZAÇÃO] Vigílias diárias fora da prisão do Condado de Glynn estão a ser realizadas. A audiência preliminar dos detidos está marcada para a próxima quinta-feira, dia 24 de Junho. Os detidos que foram soltos redigiram uma outra declaração. . Vê o blog audiopara ouvir as ultima mensagens dos detidos. E lê mais sobre os protestos do G8 e dos “Dez de Brunswick” no CMI Atlanta!



Flotilla prepares to enter Fortress Nauru

19.06.2004 16:56

Hungerstrike on Nauru Crews of the Eureka and One Off prepare to confront an Australian Police blockade of Nauru. In a letter Nauru public relations spins intention to blockade flotilla. Previously, the Nauru Government signalled its intention to suspend the Conventions of the Law of the Sea by seizing the Flotilla boats and imprisoning its crews. The Flotilla of Hope have sailed 4,000 kms to Australia's internment camp on Nauru to protest against the Australian Government's detention of those who arrive in Australia by boat and without papers. Imprisoning asylum seekers is costing the Australian taxpayer $400,000 per day.

On Nauru seven Iraqi Asylum seekers are on hunger strike. They have been admitted to hospital and for rehydration and have since rejoined the strike. The hunger strike has now been going for seven days.

In a statement for World Refugees Day, June 20th, the flotilla crew brings messages of hope and teddy bears for the asylum seekers on Nauru, which includes 74 children. Read Stavros Logs: 19 June, 12 June, 30 May, Ruth and Nerida's Log 18 June, Ruth's Log 11 June.

Melbourne IMC Migration Issues | Perth IMC | Brisbane IMC | Sydney IMC Flotilla 2004



Protests against WEF meeting in Seoul show Asian peoples' opposition to imperialist globalization

QC, 18.06.2004 08:04

On June 13, some ten thousand people marched to the posh Shilla hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in an attempt to thwart the World Economic Forum's "Asia Strategic Insight Roundtable." They denounced the imperialist policies that are advocated by this exclusive business organization.

Filipino migrant workers (photo) joined delegations from other Asian countries and Korean contingents from trade unions, farmers' organizations and NGOs. The militant but peaceful mobilization was blocked and violently attacked by anti-riot police, which was present in huge numbers to defend the WEF summit from the people's anger.

The WEF is composed of some 1,000, mainly US, European and Japanese, corporations with annual revenues of at least USD 1 billion. The organization brings together the leading business elite with their counterparts from politics in Davos, Switzerland and in regional meetings. Through the meeting in Seoul, the WEF sought to tighten monopoly capital's stranglehold on the peoples of East Asia.

Related links: QC indymedia | KCTU | Anti-WEF



Time to Fight for Papers! Sin Papeles Actions in Barcelona

imc uk, 17.06.2004 19:02

On Saturday 5th June, more than 2000 'sin papeles' (immigrants without papers) occupied Barcelona Cathedral and the church Santa Maria del Pie [pics]. They are calling for unconditional recognition and that the authorities take responsibility for their unstable situation [Manifesto es | en | fr].
Although police violently evicted the Cathedral [reports] and 25 immigrants are facing certain deportation, the Assembly for Regulation Without Conditions is calling for further actions [1 | 2], supported by many civil society organisations and demonstrations all over Spain.
While Barcelona’s ‘Cultural Forum 2004’ (sponsored by multinationals) appears to celebrate culture, peace, and sustainability, it remains obvious that some are not welcome. Many immigrants living ‘illegally’ in squatted abandoned buildings have been evicted and the buildings demolished to make room for housing developments connected to the Cultural Forum [article].

Imc Barcelona [es | en] | Imc Estrecho [es] | Sin Papeles Updates | Plan Gotta [es] | Papeles Para Tod@s 2003 | Barcelona Forum Parody Page



European Sans-Papiers March from Brussels to Paris

imc uk, 17.06.2004 17:58

More than 80 "sans-papiers" from France are walking from Brussels, Belgium (headquarters of the European Union) to Matignon (residence of the French Prime Minister in Paris) to protest against the policies of Fortress Europe and to inform the people they meet on their way about the situation of sans-papiers in Europe.

More info in French: [ Imc Liège | Imc Lille 1 | 2 | Imc Paris ]
More info in Dutch: [ Imc Oost-Vlaanderen | Imc West-Vlaanderen ]



Greenpeace activists locked to 3-ton container on logging road in Southern Oregon

17.06.2004 12:04

In a peaceful protest to challenge the assault on U.S. public lands by the Bush administration, Greenpeace activists put their bodies on the line today in the ancient forests of Southern Oregon.

A three-ton cargo container with two people locked to the inside and one attached to the outside, was placed between chainsaws and some 236 acres of old-growth forest at the SouKow timber sale outside of Glendale, Oregon.

[ Indymedia Rogue Valley | Last news from the lockdown ]



5000 protested Bolkestein in Brussels(Europe) on June 5

imc.be, 14.06.2004 17:22

The European Commission wants to liberalize Europe's service sector. Trade Unions and NGO's say that the directive 'Bolkestein' (the name of the ultra-liberal Dutch European Commissioner) threatens - even more radically than the GATS of the World Trade Organisation - all kind of social and legal protection for those who work in this sector. Saturday the 5 th of June, Belgian NGO's, trade unions and social movements organised a first manifestation against these plans.

First protests against Bolkestein in Brussels



Assassinato brutal de conhecido Zapatista na Zona Norte, Chiapas

Report, 12.06.2004 14:20

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Na segunda-feira, 7 de junho de 2004, o Zapatista Eduardo Vázquez Álvaro foi assassinado à luz do dia no meio do centro de cidade de Chilón. O ativista indígena de 50 anos de idade ficou encarcerado por muitos anos na prisão de Cerro Hueco e foi membro da organização dos prisioneiros zapatistas "The Voice of Cerro Hueco" ("A Voz de Cerro Hueco"). Em liberdade outra vez desde 2001, viveu Chilón (próximo a Palenque).
Nesta segunda-feira o indígena Chol Eduardo foi atacado por cinco homens em dois carros. Dispararam três vezes, no crânio, no peito e no abdômen, o feriram com um machete enquanto estava no chão e passaram de carro sobre o corpo de Eduardo.
Na terça-feira uma demonstração ocorreu em Chilón pelas centenas de Zapatistas e simpatizantes, que acusaram os grandes proprietários de terra locais de serem os manipuladores do assassinato de Eduardo. Uma caravana de policiais e de unidades militares, que quiseram patrulhar a vila, tiveram de retirar-se sob a chuva de pedras dos manifestantes, segundo o Expreso Chiapas. O assassinato brutal de Eduardo mostra infelizmente que mais uma vez em Chiapas os grandes proprietários de terra e seus pistoleiros ainda podem cometer seus crimes em plena luz do dia.

[Chiapas Indymedia | Indymedia Germany | Mexico Indymedia | Guadalajara Indymedia]



June 12 Day of Solidarity for Eugene Political Prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers

pdx imc, with revisions, 11.06.2004 07:14

June marks four years that Jeff "Free" Luers has been imprisoned and held captive by the state. Sentenced to 22 years and 8 months for burning three Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) at Romania Chevrolet in Eugene, Jeff has continued to be politically active in prison. He expects to go to court to appeal his conviction later this summer. But his supporters are not waiting. They have organized a global day of action and solidarity, with events around the world on June 12. In response, the US federal police force (FBI) has issued a warning to local law enforcement.

Listen to a recent interview with Free.
More information
Sign-on Letter of Support for Jeff Luers



Anti-G8 Protests in US, Small but Lively

10.06.2004 17:40

The neoliberal policies of the G8 have faced popular protest ever since US President Clinton instigated its formation in 1997. This year's summit on Sea Island, Georgia, was accompanied by state-imposed martial law, including a federal takeover of security throughout coastal Georgia. These orders are probably the reason protests were so small, but still activists came together in Brunswick, Savannah, and St. Simon's Island.
PHOTOS: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 AUDIO: 1 VIDEO: 1

On the other coast, in San Fransisco (1 | 2), a group called West Coast G8 called for a regional anti-G8 mobilization in San Francisco. There was a massive display of multi-agency overtime, city, state and federal police forces effectively shutdown the West Coast anti-G8 message and reasserted their hold on SF's main thoroughfares, at least for today.

[PHOTOS: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19

{ VIDEO: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]



Protests Disrupt Biotech Industry Convention

09.06.2004 05:32

Amidst convention-goers and lines of riot police, hundreds of protesters disrupted the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) annual convention this morning in San Francisco, USA. Among the large variety of messages demonstrators brought to the conference, many demanded an end to corporate control of genetic code as "intellectual property". Protesters also held up wealth distribution, poverty and lack of access to basic medical care and nutrition as problems not being solved by Big Biotech's expensive products and R&D. Others railed against the loss of biodiversity, genetic contamination, unsafe food, and cancer-causing chemicals produced by the biotech industry, and the lack of labeling, safeguards or accountability in many sectors of the industry.

Protesters locked down in the street, formed a gauntlet outside the convention center, debated convention attendees, and in one case even darted under a bus of attendees, where the heavier-set officers were unable to extricate them. Attendees were escorted into the halls by riot cops who pushed and shoved activists out of their way. As police gave protesters free rein in the streets, demonstrators danced and chalked their messages for biotech junior executives peering down from the windowed convention hall. 32 arrests have been reported so far today, with 5 arrests in the previous days.

BREAKING NEWS: June 8th | June 7th | June 6th | June 5th
PHOTOS: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
MORE INFORMATION: SF Bay Area IMC | Biotech IMC | Enemy Combatant Radio | LISTEN NOW



Long live

07.06.2004 21:28

&lt;predator&gt; 1971 - 2004
Broadcast message from root at pred:
Sending all processes the TERM signal.

Thus ends Predator's blog. At 02:15 on 5 June 2004, the messages finally reached the processor: Predator was no more.

Who was he?
In 1997, Predator helped set up Catalyst, a radical community activist tech collective in Sydney, Australia. They went on to provide information technology services for a wide range of activist and commmunity based organisations around both Sydney and Australia. In the process, knowledge was shared, skills were learned and taught - from building and maintaining hardware to writing computer code. It was from this original initiative that an open-posting model of web publishing was developed for the J18 protest that occured worldwide in 1999. The codebase was named 'Active' and went on to power the first Indymedia site. As they say, "the rest is history."

However, Predator's influence extended further. An Urban Explorer, he was a part of the Cave Clan - whose membership extends around Australia and internationally - and found the Sydney Cave clan branch. The tribe has, over the years, explored literally thousands of miles of underground passage ways, drains, mines and other components of the urban vasculature. Amongst other things, Predator was also a dumpster diver, anarcho syndicalist, molecular biologist, squatter, and well known good guy.

With the realisation that he had a fatal illness, Predator did not stop, but continued to play an active role in all spheres of his life - until the very end. Predator is dead, but his legacy lives on.

[ Predator: photos ( 1, 2 | 3 ) | homepage | blog ]
[ Catalyst | Cave Clan | Sydney IMC ]
[ Tributes: Sydney | Perth | Aotearoa ]



Hugo Chavez to face referendum, amidst rising tensions

www-features, 07.06.2004 13:44

Chavez supporters take streets following referendum announcement

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) announced on Thursday that opposition leaders have collected enough signatures to bring Hugo Chavez' term of office before a referendum as early as July. This process is in accordance with the conditions of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela's new constitution, written under the direction of Chavez' government in 1999.

Riots broke out in Caracas on the day of the announcement, heightened by clashes between supporters and opponents of Chavez. Thousands gathered outside the presidential palace where Chavez announced his acceptance of the referendum. Supporters of Chavez' government remain divided about whether the referendum should be accepted at all.

www.aporrea.org [es] | www.venezuelaanalysis.com [en] | IMC-Colombia | Account from IMC-Puerto Rico [es]



Ronald Reagan, Former US President, Dead at 93

NYC IMC, 07.06.2004 08:10

Ronald Reagan, President of the US from 1981-1989, died June 5 after a long battle with a degenerative brain disease. While corporate media have unleashed a torrent of paeans hailing him as a great leader, he is remembered by many for a political career spent attacking activists and the working class and spreading militarism around the world.

For more on the Reagan legacy, see the following articles and discussions:
DC IMC: "Reagan rides off into sunset - Neo-con revision fest at hand"
SF Bay Area IMC: "Putting Ronald Reagan in Perspective" and "Criminal acts in the life and times of the 40th U.S. president" [with Video and Timeline]
NYC IMC: "Ronald Reagan, dead"
RNCwatch: "Ronald Reagan 1911-2004" [focusing on the effect on the election]
Infoshop: "Good riddance, Ronald Reagan!"




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