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actions & protests | imperialism & war 22-Oct-2014 08:02

Video: Protesting the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan 10.7.14 in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Portland anti war folks gathered on Oct 7th on the east end of the Burnside bridge to bring awareness to the 13 years of Occupation in Afghanistan. Hundreds of flyers were handed out and rush time traffic had a reminder and a chance to reflect on this 13 years failed war in Afghanistan.

Over a dozen Portland folks gather on 10.7.14 to hold signs and hand out information on the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan.

The protest was on the east end of the Burnside bridge in Portland Oregon, it was organized by the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group

The video from the protest is online here:  http://youtu.be/vqh6JPC9jxg (20 minute video)

To this day over 10,000 troops still remain in Afghanistan.

To this day the Oregon National Guard still has enlisted folks there as well.

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environment | forest defense 16-Oct-2014 19:07

URGENT: Olympic Nat'l Forest at risk from USN "Electronic Warfare Range" PLEASE COMMENT as

From the open publishing newswire: The Olympic National Forest (and even greater areas of eastern Washington) are slated to be converted to be used as the "Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range" by the US Navy. The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is Oct. 10th. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the Peninsula forever. The Forest Service can still say No.

Please go to the link (US Forest Service) in the forwarded message below from nbeety and send a comment objecting. People were not informed the way they should have been, and most locals are still unaware of this. We should demand a much longer comment period and public forums for local inhabitants of the areas, including Native American reservations.

The "emitters" the Navy wants to deploy, some mobile and some permanent, surround the Quinalt Indian reservation and impinge on other Native American land.

In order to find inspiration for comment writing, I went through all the public comments that had been posted as of 10/5 at the Forest Service site (see links below) . This is very laborious and time-consuming, so in order to save others that trouble, I put a collection of them into one text file that you can see at
 http://soula.org/files/OlympicForestComments.txt

DEMAND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION! At least 30 more days. People in eastern Washington received zero notice, and those on the Peninsula had a piece of paper stuck on the post office window for a week or two.

To ask for extension, write to Greg Wahl at  gtwahl@fs.fed.us or call (360) 956-2375.

Always mention negative effect on TOURISM!
--Navy did its own Environmental Assessment, how sound is that? [...]

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Video: Michael Withey Tiny Houses presentation to Human Rights Commission 16-Oct-2014 18:23

Video: Tiny Houses for the Homeless

From the open publishing newswire: Housing should be a human right and yet is often subverted by the right to speculation. This video of Opportunity Village in Eugene Oregon shows what citizens like Pastor Bryant of the First Christian Church can do. Arnold Kunzli is an emeritus Swiss professor and author of Housing as a Human Right
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266635.shtml

The cost comes down to three dollars a night per person, and one of those three dollars is paid by the villagers themselves. They all pay thirty dollars a month for their utilities, for the water, and electricity and Internet service even. So we are running this facility for two bucks a head a night.

 link to www.pbs.org


A presentation on a "small house community" in Portland was given to the Portland Human Rights Commission in April 2014 by Michael Withey.

The presentation was recorded and is viewable on YouTube here:
 http://youtu.be/pawRPWfW-f4 (31 minute video)

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updated 10.13 - 10.16 04-Oct-2014 13:38

The Shortwave Report 10/03/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 10.10.14 | 10.16.14

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (October 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From JAPAN- A volcano is erupting in central Japan land has killed at least 47, making it the worst eruption in post-war Japan. Japan has added new requirements for nuclear disposal sites- there are currently no permanent sites. The 2 nuclear power plants that meet new requirements for restart will not do so before the end of the year. In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian separatists discovered mass graves which appears to contain 400 executed citizens. Following that report some fighting erupted in Donetsk despite the ongoing ceasefire. Two reports on the Occupy protests in Hong Kong, including one stating that China is blocking media reports of the situation to its citizens.
From CHINA- The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Lee has been visiting President Obama and told him the Hong Kong protests are an internal affair and that Chinese sovereignty must be respected. UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon has condemned a deadly bombing near a school in Syria. Denmark has decided to send F-16 fighter jets and troops to aid in the war on Islamic State in Iraq, but not Syria.
From CUBA- With the assistance of Britain, the US led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased in number, and the US has officially relaxed standards aimed at preventing civilian deaths in the current raids. British anti-war activists are staging protests against British involvement in airstrikes this coming weekend. The new Afghani President signed a pact to retain US military in the country after this year's formal end to combat operations. The US is set to send 1400 troops to Liberia to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus.
From SPAIN- Spanish National Radio (or RTVE) plans to cease shortwave transmission, leading to a work stoppage. The Spanish government filed a legal appeal to stop the upcoming referendum on independence for Catalonia- campaigning has halted for now.
From GERMANY- The Australian government has passed the first in a series of new anti-terrorism laws which extend the powers of the secret intelligence services. A Somali-American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to set off a fake bomb supplied by the FBI in Portland. A Brussels court has given permission for a prisoner to be voluntarily euthanized for psychiatric reasons. More than 3000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean this year. The WorldWideFund for Nature says that the global wildlife has more than halved in the past 40 years, while human population has doubled.

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actions & protests | energy & nuclear | environment 22-Sep-2014 22:00

Video and Photographs: Portland People's Climate Rally

From the open publishing newswire: Native American elder speaks at the beginning of the Portland People's Climate Rally [and] addresses the crowd accompanied by Steve Lane on flute. Following her remarks she sings a song for Mother Earth.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 18-Sep-2014 18:22

The Gruesome Murder of James Chasse - 8 Yrs Ago

From the open publishing newswire: James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on Sept. 17th 2006. Eight years later, the monsters responsible for Chasse's death have YET to have been indicted for murder. These criminals continue to walk the streets. They are as much a public threat as they ever were!

James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on September 17th 2006. Chasse, whome had dealt with mental illness for most of his adult life, was chased after, ran down like a dog, beaten, kicked, bludgeoned, and stomped bloody until he stopped screaming and fell unconscious. He was denied medical care. He was cuffed and thrown in a cell. A jailhouse nurse claimed that Chasse was "fine", even though he had more than a dozen broken ribs and blood was pouring out of his face. He was later taken to the hospital, more than and hour later... except he never made it. He died from blood loss and severe internal injuries in the back of a Portland police patrol car. Chasse NEVER committed a crime. [...]

homepage:  http://targetingcops.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-gruesome-police-murder-of-james.html

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actions & protests | environment 18-Sep-2014 18:10

Wolf Patrol enters Yellowstone backcountry to document and protest Montana wolf hunt

From the open publishing newswire: Americans outraged with the killing of wolves from Yellowstone
National Park (YNP) have organized the YELLOWSTONE WOLF PATROL, whose members have entered the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to monitor and document Montana's wolf hunt which begins September 15th.

Nine members of the Wolf Patrol are currently trailing hunters, who in the last two years, have killed wolves belonging to packs originating from YNP where hunting is prohibited. Wolf Patrol members are opposed to the sport hunting of wolves in Wolf Management Units (WMU) 313 & 316, and are asking Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) to immediately stop the hunt before more wolves are killed.

homepage:  http://www.facebook.com/teamwolfpatrol

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actions & protests | economic justice 13-Sep-2014 12:10

Picket line diary from Block the Boat

From the open publishing newswire: a day by day account from the picket lines in the Port of Oakland, blockading the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus for 4 days in August, finally chasing it back to see only partially unloaded. Most of the goods bound for Oakland wound up in Asia.
 http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/unpublicized-impact-successful-bds-action
BLOCKING THE BOAT DIARY - Aug 16 to Aug 20, 2014
 http://danielborgstrom.blogspot.com/

by Daniel Borgström

Our one-day protest became a four-day blockade of an Israeli cargo ship in the Port of Oakland. This was during the Israeli assault on Gaza, in which over 2,000 Palestinians were slaughtered. We were responding to Israel's war crimes, taking this action to very graphically show the world that Israeli ships and goods are not welcome here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was one of the many people who walked the picket lines at the docks; this is my day-to-day account of events from the 16th to the 20th of August, 2014.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014

We were going to march into the Port of Oakland this morning at 5 a.m. and "Block the Boat." That is, we'd set up picket lines, asking the dockworkers not to cross, not to go and unload the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus. However, the ship changed its arrival time, presumably to avoid the picketing, so the demonstration was rescheduled for 3 p.m. This was the second time this event was rescheduled, and that was annoying. Nevertheless, I really hate getting up in the morning and so do a lot of people. It's hard to get a large number of people -- critical mass -- to come down to the port at such an hour, and in the pre-dawn darkness. There'd be a lot more people in the afternoon.

The gathering place was at the West Oakland BART Station.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 08-Sep-2014 07:07

Fouad Kaady -- NOT Forgotten

From the open publishing newswire: Tomorrow (s/8) is the ninth anniversary of a horrible crime committed by two uniformed thugs in Oregon's clackamas county. Those who knew Fouad, & those of us who did not but feel that we did, will not forget the man, & his beautiful family. Peace!


 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/10/327377.shtml
- 2005 pimc re-posting

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updates on Sept. 12 -18 - 26 06-Sep-2014 08:57

The Shortwave Report 09/05/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 9/12/14 | 9/19/14 | 9/26/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, The Voice Of Russia, Spanish National Radio, and NHK Japan.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (September 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

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actions & protests | police / legal 02-Sep-2014 17:58

Video: Hands Up Don't Shoot - Portland Solidarity w/ Ferguson - Traffic Stopped 8.1.14

From the open publishing newswire: Hands Up Don't Shoot - Portland Solidarity w/ Ferguson Protest.
Labor Day Solidarity Traffic Shutdown Protest at 2:30 pm.

Around 100 people gathered in Holladay Park for the protest march: Hands Up Don't Shoot"


The PDX march went across the street (in the street), then through the biggest indoor mall on the West coast (Lloyd Center) and then back into the streets, (NE Broadway) blocking the entire street with no police in sight (thus no violence!!) the 100 people walked toward the Broadway bridge, at 2:30 pm in solidarity w/ the request fro those in Ferguson the group stopped and blocked traffic. Although talk was to 'head to the bridge' a quick change in plan resulted in the "freeway on-ramp going north to I-5 was shut down by a "Sit-In" for about 10 minutes".

 http://youtu.be/McuPnI18TiM (58 minute video)

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actions & protests | police / legal 31-Aug-2014 17:28

Video: Free Nestora Salgado. One year later - Portland Protest 8.21.14

From the open publishing newswire: A protest rally in front of the Mexican Consulate in Portland Ore.
A demand to free Nestora Salgado after being held for over one year in solitary, in a Maximum-Security Prison in Mexico.

A small group gathered in Portland Oregon around noon on August 21 2014 in front of the Mexican Consulate office in downtown Portland.

This was an hour protest in front of the Mexican Consulate; asking the (Mexican) State authorities, who are holding a US citizen in prison to release her.
 http://youtu.be/bnsL9jP8Adc (25 minute video)

The previous protest in Portland was in December 2013 and it was recorded, you can watch it here:
 http://youtu.be/XVKrmvw_Wn8 (34 minute video)

Nestora Salgado is an indigenous leader, a naturalized U.S. citizen and political prisoner in Mexico. She was seized without an arrest warrant by Mexican federal soldiers last August and as a result of her leadership role in community policing against organized crime, which has swept through the indigenous communities of the state of Guerrero over the last several years.

Nestora was held incommunicado and transferred to a maximum security prison far away from her home community of Olinalá. For weeks, she was denied access to her attorney and visits from her family. She is being denied pain medication and physical activity she requires due to her rehabilitation from a severe auto accident.

Please sign the petition to free Nestora at --> www.tinyurl.com/nestora

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imperialism & war | media criticism 30-Aug-2014 22:17

The Shortwave Report 08/29/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming.

The latest Shortwave Report (August 29) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB}  http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed:  http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From CUBA- Guatemala has declared a state of emergency for the ongoing drought and possible famine. Argentina has revoked authorization for the Bank of New York Mellon for blocking government payments. A report on Israeli airstrikes in Gaza on the day before the truce was enacted. A permanent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine was agreed upon on Tuesday. The Palestinian government has called on the UN and foreign states to investigate and try Israeli soldiers for war crimes.
From JAPAN- China and Vietnam have agreed to prevent the rift over oil rigs from worsening further. A court in Japan ordered the operator of the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant to pay almost half a million dollars in damages for the suicide of a woman who was forced to leave her home. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have vowed to seek independence from Kiev. Hundreds of people fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine have arrived in villages in Russia.
From GERMANY- Last weekend Ukrainian President Poroshenko pledged $3 billion in military spending. Germany called on Russia to explain reports of Russian soldiers in Ukraine. The French cabinet resigned on Monday in a dispute with President Hollande over austerity measures. On Tuesday Hollande named a former Rothschild banker as his new economy minister.
From SPAIN- More on the French cabinet reshuffle. Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy and German Chancellor Merkel met in Spain and agreed on emergency economic reforms and austerity measures.
From RUSSIA- Fighting in Libya between government and Islamic forces has increased and there were airstrikes from outside, though they were denied by all. This has led to the government asking for outside intervention to protect oil fields and airports. When Gaddafi was removed from power there was an enthusiastic response- what has happened to the so-called Arab Spring? An interview with a researcher from Cambridge University.

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