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Switzerland reports: Since going online spring 2000, http://blutgeil.com, http://PigBrother.info and other sites mainly on http://www.ssi-media.com specialize in topics usually ignored or even blatantly censored by local media like censorship (12), brutality and torture by swiss police officers (13), racism, forced deprivation of sleep, "lost" medical prescriptions and other unconstitutional standard procedures in Zurich Airport Prison (14) a.s.o. By continously publishing reports, newsletters and press releases (while getting regular, steadily increasing amounts of traffic), the pages managed several times to force both local and national newspapers, radios and TV to take up reports (although of course usually without reference), generating even a regular but shortlived hype on "police scandals" last spring -- all of this much to the dismay of both Zurich police corps. No surprise, local officers started early to try to muzzle the inconvinient homepages "by all means available"
On the other hand, the officers involved in the illegal raid of the offices of ssi.media.com (3) with illegal confiscations of editorial material (4) later being "accidentally destroyed by the cleanig lady" Up to now, in any of the cases of police brutality and even torture documented on the mentioned pages (and partly also in the "official" media), not a single police officer was put before court, the police (usually investigating against themselves rsp. their "brother corps") "not being able to identify" the perpetrators and the Distict Attorneys similary not willing to offend their "good colleagues" -- but in contrary even officially proposing officers "standing above the law" (20), while the commercial media as usual refuse to cover such "ad-killer" topics. [ Details ] [ www.ssi-media.com ] [ Pig-Brother (German) ]
From the open publishing newswire: On Wednesday night, there was a public meeting to address the "State of the Hanford Site". The meeting took place at the OMSI Auditorium and lasted several hours. Around 100 people showed up, including representatives from the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington Department of Ecology, numerous watchdog groups, and many citizens concerned about the cleanup progress for our nation's largest nuclear waste dump.
Hanford has the distinction of processing the plutonium used to create the atomic bomb that incinerated the people of Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. Hanford is also noted for a secret Air Force experiment called Green Run, which involved the intentional release of large amounts of radioactive elements into the atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest, over a two-day period in 1949.
Mike Gearheard of the EPA began the discussion by highlighting some of the progress made at the site including the relocation of half of the 2100 tons of spent fuel from the "K-basins" located near the Columbia River, to a less dangerous location on the site.
[ Hanford Watch ]
From the open publishing newswire: The People for the American Way [PFAW] organized a meeting at Senator Ron Wyden's Portland office today to discuss Bush's drive to impose an extreme right wing ideology on the federal judiciary. Right-wing senators blockaded moderate Clinton appointees for six years. This term Bush will have the opportunity to give lifetime appointments to almost a decade's worth of judges.
Because the Senate recess for this week was cancelled Senator Wyden had to remain in Washington DC. We met with his state director, Lisa Rockower (seated at the head of the table). Ms. Rockower mentioned that our government's rush to war with Iraq and its seeming lack of concern about our faltering economy are the two biggest issues that Senator Wyden hears about at the Town Meeting he holds throughout the state. These issues, along with Bush's contempt for the environment have also been my dominant concerns for the past year. However, the judges Bush appoints now will determine the laws of our land for many decades. Twelve of your fellow citizens joined PFAW volunteer coordinator, Bob Schlesinger (the man speaking and seated on Ms. Rockower's right) to outline our fears.
From the open publishing newswire: The Oregon Public Power Coalition, or OPPC, announced at a January 23 press conference that its volunteer petitioners have gathered enough signatures to place on the September 2003 ballot a measure to acquire the assets of Portland General Electric and create the Multnomah county People's Utility District (PUD).
"The major emphasis is to kick Enron out of Oregon lock, stock, and barrel," said Dan Meek, a Portland attorney and OPPC legal counsel. "The way to do that is by creating the PUD. It encourages the city of Portland to go ahead and acquire the assets at a reasonable price. If they don't, then we have a second mechanism to do that [with the PUD]." Placing such a measure on the ballot requires just over 7200 valid signatures of registered Multnomah county voters. The coalition has collected over 9500 signatures and expects to bring in another thousand before filing them with county elections officials for verification on February 5th. Petitioners collected 700 signatures in just a few hours at the January 18th peace march in downtown Portland. [ Read More... ]
AUDIO FILE: OREGON PUBLIC POWER COALITION REACHES GOAL
Thu January 23, 2003 08:35 PM ET CARACAS, Venezuela - A fascist on bushs payroll bombed a Pro Chavez Rally and killed one person and injured 15 on Thursday near a huge Pro Chavez rally in Caracas that drew over 2,000,000 people from around Venezuela. Cheered by Millions of supporters, the leftist leader threatened to close private television stations controlled by Bushs fascists and to take over banks controlled by U.S fascist Robber Baron corporations. The populist president, who is fighting fascist U.S. corporate elements that are orchestrating terrorist acts to seize power from the people of Venezuela, the explosion, which occurred several blocks away before he started speaking did not deter the anti fascist rally.
Caracas Fire Chief Rodolfo Briceno told me a 45-year-old man was killed on the spot and 15 other people were taken to hospital, most suffering from shrapnel injuries. "It was apparently an anti personnel explosive device," he said. Bush did not claim responsibility. The blast marred what had been a peaceful demonstration called to show support for Chavez and oppose Bushs corporate Fascists, [ Full Story ]
From the open publishing newswire: Forty-three human rights advocates will begin trial on Monday, January 27, in Columbus, Georgia for civil disobedience at the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC). The defendants were among 10,000 who gathered in November to expose a double standard in the war on terrorism, and to call for the closure of the SOA/WHISC, a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. The defendants peacefully crossed onto Ft. Benning, site of the school. They are charged with trespass and face up to six months in federal prison and $5,000 in fines.
[ http://utah.indymedia.org/news/2003/01/3718.php ]
From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13.2MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Germany, Netherlands, Spain, China, Russia, and Cuba.
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The first of many reports from the a PDX-IMCista in Porto Alegre, Brasil, for the World Social Forum: First initial stuff. I am wrecked, malnutrition and 24 hours of travel have left me reeling. Also we have a digital video camera and should (cross your fingers) be able to do live video in a short time i can find anyone to show me (there are video computers). We are staying in the Casa de Indymedia which is a building illed to the brim with IMC activists from all over (maybe 50+). I will be sleeping on a cement floor wth an airline blanket as i didn have room to bring anything else (don worry its like 80 degrees and humid). The first thing I noticed leaving the Porto Alegre airport was a big billboard (note in the US these are used for advertising beer, perfume, etc) proclaiming that the Israeli military is destroying the hope for a better future and shows a picture of an IDF soldier with a machine gun. It only gets better. [ World Social Forum website | Brasil Indymedia ]
WSF post part 2: Troubles at the Casa de Indymedia
Last night and into this morning we are having issues at the building rented to be the indymedia hub. The landlord is trying to squeeze us for money by calling the police, trying to evict us, etc while also not fixing the toilets, showers, etc which was in the contract. Earlier in the evening the power went out. The place is way over packed and maybe dangerously so. [ More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: The sound of heavy machinery, exploding grenades and blaring announcements cracked the early morning silence. Neighbors in the Eugene neighborhood looked out their windows Oct. 17 to see an armored truck rolling down the street. They saw at least 45 officers armed with shotguns and assault rifles entering a trio of houses, standing guard at alleyways and blocking traffic lanes. This was a scene in Eugene not Palestine. Now the community is organizing itself to never let it happen again.
On October 17, the doors of three adjoining houses at West 5th and Adams were simultaneously broken into as 59 officers from at least six agencies carried out a search for a marijuana growing operation. Nothing of the sort was found.
While most Eugene residents may still be unaware of this incident, more people are learning of it every day. The most common reaction is outrage. Many are shocked that this happened in the United States. While several months have now passed, these issues are not going away, and community response is only beginning.
The November 13 General Meeting of Whiteaker Community Council (WCC) was devoted to this incident. Reports and comments included nearby neighbors telling what they personally had seen and experienced of the paramilitary-style raid. The result was a decision to condemn the way in which the raid was carried out (in fact, questioning that the operation should have been carried out at all -- considering the contents of the affidavit on which the search warrant was based, which was available at the meeting.) [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Come be a part of an afternoon of testimonies and workshops as we put our senator 'Ron Wyden' on trial for consistently misrepresenting our voices as Oregonians against free trade and globalization. As our Senator he is guilty of promoting 'free' trade by voting yes on both NAFTA and Fast Track. By having individuals give testimony we will prove Wyden's guilt. The testimonies (as well as workshops) will give people at the Teach-In an opportunity to learn about how these policies are affecting people on a local level, as well as how they affect entire communities and countries. We intend to have the testimonies being presented to come from people with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.
The Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN) is sponsoring workers from Guatemala and Mexico to speak at the Teach-In. Luis Alberto Lara Ballina is the Secretary General of the National Union of Public Health workers of Guatemala, he is also one of the signers of the AFL-CIO and Central American Union joint declaration against CAFTA. Teresita de Jesus Polo Ramos is an organizer with the Border Worker's Committee (CFO) in Laredo on the U.S.-Mexico border. She is an ex maquiladora worker who worked in factories for over ten years and was laid off when she demanded severance pay. We are also inviting a number of people from local community organizations to collaborate with us in sharing their experiences and ideas for this ever growing anti-globalization movement. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Some months ago I was trying to decide who to vote for. I was thinking of voting for Ms. Cruz. Then I turned on KBOO and listened to a debate between Ms. Cruz and Mr. Leonard. A caller insisted they state their position on Bush's war. Mr. Leonard came out against it. Later, to be sure, I dialed the phone number on his campaign flyer. To my surprise he answered the phone himself. I explained to him that my concerns were the war on civil liberties and Bush's call for war on Iraq. In my opinion the two wars go hand in hand.
Once again, he spoke out against the war and convinced me that his campaign sign would not be inconsistent with my anti-war signs placed on the back of my work truck. So I went to his campaign headquarters and got two signs and displayed them. I informed others of my phone conversation with Mr. Leonard and encouraged them to support him in the election.
When I learned of his vote, I felt like I had been had. So early this morning, I made a big sign that read "RECALL RANDY" and stuck an Attack Iraq? NO sticker at the bottom. I dressed up in a suit and tie and stood in front of City Hall with my sign from about 7:30-10:30 this morning. I greeted all the people arriving at City Hall. Many were curious so I told my story to any who listened.
From the open publishing newswire: Come to the Laurelhurst Theatre (right around 27th and E Burnside) at 8PM on Thursday night (tonight) to meet with other folks interested in getting the Portland IndyMedia Internet Radio project going.
[ The summary says it all! ]
Nanish Shontie is a new Native American community based in Monmouth, Oregon. (click here for map). The son of the late Rolling Thunder, Mala Spotted Eagle, was guided to Oregon to establish the Nanish Shontie community. They will be doing workshops and sharing medicine traditions -- all to help people learn how to be good care takers of mother earth. They will not charge for medicine traditions. They do not view themselves as having "the answer," and are interested in working with environmental groups and all people of all spiritual backgrounds.
Nanish Shontie is a native phrase meaning "to ask the creator for a blessing." It's an inter-tribal, inter-racial native guided community and healing center based upon Native American traditions and way of life. Mala Spotted Eagle was on KPFK's "Something's Happening" at midnight today. Here's the recording. Unfortunately, I missed the first 5 minutes of the program. However, what's here is fascinating and of use to anyone interested in what Native Americans are doing. [ Full Story ] [ listen to the report (8.4mg mp3) ]
From the open publishing newswire: After nearly 2 1/2 hours of public testimony, beginning with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the Portland City Council rejected a proposed antiwar resolution by a 2-2 tie vote.
Commissioners Francesconi and Leonard voted agaisnt the proposed resolution, while Commissioner Sten and Mayor Katz voted in favor. Commissioner Saltzman was absent, out on some personal matter, but he was known to be a vote against the resolution in advance of the hearing today.
Leonard and Katz were, in some sense, the surprises.
Leonard's position was a surprise mainly because his reasoning cannot in truth be called by that name. Having first explained that he simply didn't know enough, he then proceeded not to abstain from voting -- the proper course of action when one does not know enough -- but to vote against the resolution for two inexplicable reasons:
1. Because nearly 3,000 Americans were killed on September 11, 2001 (an act which, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with Iraq); and
2. Because during the first Gulf War, Israel valiantly refrained from retaliating against Iraq's Scud missiles (an act for which, apparently, we are now expected to reward Israel by taking out Hussein once and for all).
So it wasn't so much that Leonard didn't know enough, but rather that what he thought he did know made no legitimate sense.
For even short-term City Hall watchers, Katz's vote in favor was somewhat unexpected. [ Read More... ]
Portland City Council Votes in Favor of First Strike War on Iraq
Before siding with the Bush administration's unstoppable march to war on Iraq and after hearing nearly two hours of impassioned testimony against the coming war, Commissioner Randy Leonard claimed not to have enough information to support Commissioner Erik Sten's resolution.
Anti-war Resolution Fails Despite Public Support
On Wednesday, January 22, Portland City Council voted against Commissioner Erik Sten's resolution opposing U.S. "unilateral, pre-emptive" military action against Iraq. The hearing lasted over two hours with statements from dozens of supporters and only a handful of opponents. After hearing the eloquent and moving testimony, we expected the City Council to at least address the concerns provided by citizen presenters. The essence of Commissioner Jim Francesconi's argument is that although he is a dedicated peace activist, the council has no business concerning itself with national issues and instead should focus on local ones. Our concern is that he did not address the arguments provided by the majority of speakers at the hearing.
Professor Michel Chossudovsky [ professor of economics at the University of Ottawa and director of the Centre for Research on Globalisation ] director of the was interviewed by the Guns and Butter radio team for a show ["The 911 Commission, War And The Criminal State"] that was broadcast today on KPFA. The focus is the ramp-up to war on Iraq, and his call for people to examine the contradictions and evidence demonstrating that "the war rhetoric is a pack of lies." In his view, the ultimate weakness of the Bush administration is the magnitude of the lies told about 9-11 and the justifications for the so-called war on terrorism. [ Full Story ] [ Audio (24mg mp3) ] [ Audio (3.5mg mp3) ]
Here's an excerpt to give you a sample (about 22 minutes into the program):
"We have evidence of collaboration between CIA operatives on the one hand, and al-Qaeda on the other, right up to August, 2001. We have evidence of links between senior Bush (administration) officials and the head of Pakistan's military intelligence. While we also have evidence, which is supported by the FBI report that the head of Pakistan's intelligence channeled money through a third party to the 9-11 terrorists...
From the open publishing newswire: Since I was first incarcerated here at OSP, the prison authorities have been overly concerned with my politics. I am routinely denied materials they think cross some vague boundary of unacceptability. UK literature professor, the late John Moore's book examining anarchist tendencies in "primitive" societies was forbidden. Canadian art professor Allan Antliff's book on anarchist influence in modern art was allowed.
It was evident to me from the beginning that this was a bit arbitrary, and I tried to challenge their designation of anarchists as a Security Threat Group, and the circle-a symbol as an STG symbol. What this has come down to over the ensuing years is that I can receive anything, even if it has the word "Anarchy" splashed across the pages in 4-inch letters, but I can't have anything that contains a circle-a symbol. This has been used to deny me publications which featured photos of demonstrations, where a circle-a symbol on a patch on the pants of one of the participants was clearly visible. Other, similar violations were give because circle-a symbols could be seen among the graffiti in the background of some photographs. And, since most anarchist publications usually exhibit a circle-a in some manner or another, this gives the prisoncrats an excuse to prohibit them. In short, I am being cut off from contact with other anarchists and to a large extent, any mention of anarchist activities, or even activities in which anarchists participate - such as mass demonstrations against economic summit meetings and the war in Iraq. The prisoncrats even made it forbidden for people to mark or cut out such offensive circle-a's in order to make their publication palatable for the prisoncrats.
From the open publishing newswire: On Tuesday January 21, the City Council of Corvallis, Oregon, ( which is where I happen to live) approved a RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS by a 6-3 vote. Some of the votes against reflected the thought that such a resolution was not for the City Council to either approve or disapprove, in ither words were none of its business. About two dozen mambers of the public testified; the Council members had received a six-inch thick bundle of correspondence, mostly by e-mail.
A majority of the public testified in support of the resolution, an anamalgam of petitions sumitted by the Corvallis Friends Meeting, another group representing the local Presbyterian congregation, and a third representing the local Alt2War group which also has been conducting a daily vigil at the Benton County Courthouse. But moving testimony was also provided by persons who had been present in Iwojima, or who had been wounded in Vietnam, and who felt that anti-war sentiment was an act of betrayal. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: The Northwest Campus Peace Coalition announces today that it is organizing a student walk-out on the day U.S. forces resume official hostilities against Iraq. The walk-out will take place at 2:00 p.m. on the day bombing begins, or the next day if bombing begins after 4:00 p.m. If military strikes begin on the weekend the walk-out will take place the next business day. Students will leave their classes and join the city-wide demonstration at Terry Shrunk Plaza.
"We are sending the message that it will not be business as usual if our government attacks Iraq. We value our education, but we must show resistance to an unjust and immoral war." Says Tom Mooney, an NWCPC organizer at Portland State University.
From the open publishing newswire: The POI (POSIX Organizing Initiative) in Portland, OR is putting out this draft conference call to gather interested parties and supporters together to plan the Portland Oregon Social Information Xchange for June, 2003. What we would like you to do is read the preliminary ideas we have put together, and let us know if you are interested in helping us organize this conference, speaking at it, providing training or anything else. We are committed to organizing the local logistics of such a conference but we need YOU! to make the content of such an event. Please respond to this soon so we can start to organize with as many people involved as possible.
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From the open publishing newswire: Monday night, the photographic exhibition, "Children of the Gulf War" opened in Corvallis. In a packed room, surrounded by the stunning photographs of Japanese photojournalist Takashi Morizumi, people crowded into the Center for the Humanities to hear about the health and environmental effects of war from Xander Patterson, Executive Director of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).
The sobering PSR multimedia presentation documented in graphic, well-documented detail the lingering effects of war on people and the land they inhabit. It defined the culpability of the Bush Administration in creating a doctrine of endless war. The black and white photographs of Morizumi bore mute testimony to the facts and figures presented by Patterson: children ravaged by leukemia and other diseases and birth defects, likely a result of depleted uranium munitions left behind by the U.S. military; mothers and fathers left emptied of all but grief as they can only watch their children suffer, without medicine, without adequate nutrition; children laughing and playing in battlefields still containing high levels of radiation. People trying to live their lives in impossible circumstances created by war and economic sanctions. Images both beautiful and terrible.
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