Daily Archives: 12/02/2011

( Human rights defender Mr Chen Guangcheng and his wife, Ms Yuan Weijing, have reportedly been badly beaten following the release of a video, which they secretly recorded, documenting their house arrest.

In the video, which surfaced on 9 February 2011, Chen Guangcheng detailed the ill-treatment that he and his family have suffered under house arrest in China. Chen Guangcheng is a human rights lawyer who was released from prison on 9 September 2010, having served over four years imprisonment as a result of his work exposing human rights abuses in Linyi city, Shandong province. Since then, he and his family have been subjected to a strictly enforced house arrest.
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(Jews for Justice for Palestinians)
Louis Theroux – The Ultra Zionists
Aired 2nd February 2011 on BBC Two
Plus Louis Theroux: My time among the ‘ultra-Zionists’, 3 February 2011

Louis Theroux spends time with a small and very committed subculture of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers. He discovers a group of people who consider it their religious and political obligation to populate some of the most sensitive and disputed areas of the West Bank, especially those with a spiritual significance dating back to the Bible…

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(Democracy Now!) As news of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation breaks, Democracy Now! broadcasts live reaction from Tahrir Square and beyond with Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Correspondent Anjali Kamat. “People are holding their hands up in victory,” reports Kouddous. “This will be a day that no one will ever forget.” We are also joined on the phone from Cairo by Egyptian activists Mona El Seif and Salma al-Tarzi, blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, feminist Nawal El Saadawi, acclaimed writer Ahdaf Soueif, and Egyptian Historian Khaled Fahmy who tells Amy Goodman, “I never really thought I would see this glorious moment in my lifetime.” Mohamed Abdel Dayem with the Committee to Protect Journalists discusses the new freedom of the press. We also hear from veteran Middle East journalist Robert Fisk and Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi about what is next for Egypt. “Many people in Washington would love a neoliberal future for Egypt,” says Khalidi. “But the two things that are essential are Egypt’s geo-political alignment with this country and its acquiescence in Israeli regional domination.”

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( Lawyers Union Organizes Call to Sack Judges, Investigate Secret Prisons

Officials have been downplaying the prospect of such protests in Iraq, but it seems that the Tunisia-Egypt bug has spread to Baghdad, where some 3,000 people marched through a Sunni neighborhood protesting against the corruption and incompetence of the Maliki government.

The protests, which were organized by an Iraqi lawyers’ union, included calls for the government to sack judgesand for a full investigation into the human rights NGOs’ reports of secret prisons in the nation.

Iraq has, of course, denied the reports about the secret prisons, and insisted that the Red Cross knew about the facility and had visited it. The Red Cross confirmed knowing about it, but insisted they weren’t allowed to visit because the officials didn’t want them questioning the detainees about treatment.

Reports suggest that today’s protests were entirely peaceful, and that smaller protests had been held in Basra and Mosul. Officials have insisted Iraq is a very different situation from those in Tunisia and Egypt, but of course such claims have been made in other nations as protests have grown.

by Jason Ditz, February 10, 2011



( 300 cars were damaged last night by ticked off workers in Poland’s Fiat plant.

Workers in the FIAT factory in Tychy, Poland sabotaged 300 cars last night. The sabotage involved damaging the cars in different ways, for example, by making deep scratches with keys, putting screws into the motors, cutting cables and other types of damage. The managers are now trying to look for the sabotateurs.

Wages at the factory range from just above 500-900 euros brutto, despite the fact that the factory is very productive and most workers are highly skilled. The workers have been feeling pressure by the management to work more and accept worse conditions or face possible job loss.

by akai on Feb 11 2011 19:24