A Single Woman Who Likes Sex! Or; Reclaiming the Morality of Abortion

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

In 2008, the Democratic party dropped its language dropped its old abortion language ("safe, legal and rare"), which had asked that women not have abortions unless they absolutely must, and changed the official platform.

In other words, it stopped patronizing women into feeling like Abortion is something they should apologize for. Instead, the Democratic party position now reads: "The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right."

What Would it Take to Close Guantanamo NOW?

by Debra Sweet      What would it take?  We are wrangling over this.  A lot of people thought that to close Guantanamo it would take electing Barack Obama.  Our guest on World Can't Wait's national conference call this past Thursday evening,  Carlos Warner, said he thought that in 2008.  A federal public defender for Northeast Ohio, Carlos represents 13 men still detained there, which he has visited "at least 30 times." He describes his clients as "artists, poets, musicians, and some just regular guys who have had a very difficult life." These are the stories & voices we will bring to life this coming Friday in protests around the world.

#BringBackYourDrones Mr.Obama

By World Can't Wait        It would be hard to have missed Michelle Obama's photo with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, displaying sad eyes as she gave the pre-Mothers Day President's talk Saturday, assuring the public that the US would do everything it can to help rescue the hundreds of girls kidnapped by the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram in Nigeria.  We hope this turns out like the New York Police Department's Twitter campaign recently, which asked for photos of people with #MyNYPD, and got barraged with photos of police brutality from Occupy protests, stop & frisk arrests and unjust murders by the NYPD.

Libya News - May 22, 2014


Libyan prime minister refuses to step down; confrontation with ex-general Haftar grows - The Washington Post


Libya's rogue general Haftar gains stream of new allies - Yahoo News


Military Intelligence and Police Join Libyan Rebel General - Matthew Aid


Two Former Libya PMs Jibril and Zeidan back ex-general’s call to dissolve parliament - FT.com


Oil Rebels Back Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar - ibtimes.co.uk


Haftar: I want to cleanse Libya of Muslim Brotherhood, radicals - Ya Libnan


A Q&A with Khalifa Hafter, the mastermind behind Libya’s new revolt - The Washington Post


Libya to vote next month amid rising unrest - Yahoo News


Libya parliament moves to luxury hotel after militia attack - defenceWeb


Muslim Brotherhood Chief Urges Libya Dialogue - haberler.com


Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: Haftar is trying to repeat the Egyptian scenario - middleeastmonitor


Libya Muslim Brotherhood Statement on General Haftar's Desperate Coup Attempt - Ikhwanweb


Libya jihadists vow to defend Benghazi bastion - Cairo Post


Gunmen kill Chinese engineer in Libya's Benghazi: source - Yahoo News


Reporters Without Borders voices deep concern about the fate of the country’s journalists - Reporters Without Borders


International War Crimes Court Wants Gadhafi Son for Trial, Rejects a final bid by Tripoli's lawyers to try him in the country - ABC News


Libya: Final ICC Ruling on Gaddafi - Human Rights Watch


Libya must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the ICC - Amnesty International


VIDEO ARCHIVE (Arabic): Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Head of the National Transitional Council, Admits Ghadafi Did not Kill Protesters - YouTube


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US Weighs Options in Libya - VOA


State Department: US committed to assist elections in Libya, working with all parties to encourage dialogue and to avoid further violence - KUNA


US ambassador Deborah Jones says Libyan general Haftar is going after 'terrorists' - Al-Monitor


VIDEO (Full Interview): Ambassador Deborah Jones talks about violence in Libya, and the political transition since the fall of Gaddafi - C-SPAN.org


VIDEO: Pentagon: "Prudent Measure" as Libya Unrest Grows - YouTube


After Benghazi, Specialized Crisis Response Teams Are Now the 'New Normal' - NationalJournal.com


Effort to train Libyan troops 'still in the planning phase’: U.S. Africa Command - Marine Corps Times


Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt agree to deny Jihadists entry into Libya - Euro Asia News


Tunisia arrests eight "terrorism" suspects from Libya - GlobalPost


Tunisia in the Libyan tempest - Al Akhbar English


Newspaper: Egypt establishing training camps for Libyan rebels - middleeastmonitor


Gunmen attack United Arab Emirates Embassy in Libyan capital - middleeastmonitor


Oil Companies Pull Some Staff From Libya on Security Concerns - WSJ.com


Libya: Enough reserves for 4 years: Central Bank - The North Africa Post

 

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Praying for Women, or Preying On Them?

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

In this episode clip from Acronym TV’s full program on the Catholic War on Women, Katie Klabusich relates her harrowing experience as a target of a “Wanted Poster” campaign from the Pro-Life Action League.

Germans Oppose Drive to War in Ukraine

Lay down your arms in Ukraine!

Stop NATO !

The peace movement in Germany shares with many people the concern for peace in Europe. Nothing is good in Ukraine. The situation is stretched to breaking point, further escalation is to be feared. It is 5 minutes before midnight.

The transitional government is significantly influenced by representatives of the neo-fascist party "Svoboda" and the right-wing militant group "Right Sector. Their goal is to fight the people in eastern Ukraine, opposing by military force those in the East who demand greater autonomy and self-determination.  The recently convened "Round Table" is a sham, because the representatives of the breakawayregions are excluded.

The sabre-rattling in the West is completely inadequate to the seriousness of the situation. The ones seeing Russia as the big troublemaker and aggressor, have understood very little of the conditions in and around Ukraine. The authorship of international tensions in Eastern Europe lies in the policies of the EU and NATO, who have pushed their borders towards both Russia and Ukraine. They now want to gag Ukraine economically with a contract of association and bring it into a military posture against Russia. What was once conceived as a "common European home", degenerates into a Western-dominated Europe in which Russia is assigned the role of at best a servants' chamber. Common security is different!

What Ukraine and the region need are an immediate cease-fire and the beginning of a negotiation process with all parties involved. The peace movement demands:

*  Do everything to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Ukraine.

*  From EU and the federal government of Germany, we demand a policy of de-escalation in the Ukraine and to reduce tensions with Russia;

*  No economic sanctions ! Withdrawal of the " Association Agreement " !

*  To the media in our country, we demand a proper reporting and to tone down the rhetoric.

*  No tolerance of, and no cooperation with, fascist forces in Ukraine!

*  Stop the eastward expansion of NATO! Ukraine must remain non-aligned.

*  No arms exports into the region !

*  Create trust : for example, by convening a European Security Conference and the strict respect of the prohibition of force enshrined in international law.

*  Common security rather than confrontation!

Demonstrations, rallies and other actions will be held on Saturday, May 31 throughout Germany, at 11:55 am with the common signal to Ukraine : LAY DOWN YOUR WEAPONS !

Federal Friedensratschlag: http://www.ag-friedensforschung.de/

Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kassel, Kiel, Nuremberg, etc.

The difference between participating in the Global March against Monsanto and voting in the European and Local Elections

Note: In Ireland local and European elections will be held one day before the Global March against Monsanto which will take place on the 24th of May. This post was written mainly for an Irish readership.

 

first published on News-Beacon-Ireland 21st of May 2014

 

by R. Teichmann

 

contributed by the author

 

Activists Rally to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention as Part of Global Day of Action

 Protests in 40+ Cities Worldwide

Protests come exactly one year after President Obama recommitted to close down the detention facility

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, May 23, one year after President Obama once again promisedto close the detention facility at Guantanamo in a speech at the National Defense University, Witness Against Torture, Code Pink, The Center for Constitutional Rights, World Can’t Wait, and more than 30 other groups are banding together to say “Not Another Broken Promise!”  They are calling on President Obama make good on his commitment to close the prison this year.

The President’s pledge last May came amidst a mass hunger strike at the prison by men protesting their indefinite detention.  Since then only a handful of men have been released from Guantanamo, where hungers strikes and brutal forced-feedings continue.

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, says: “When I interrupted Obama's 2013 speech to say that he had the power to free those Guantanamo prisoners already cleared for release, the President said my voice was worth listening to. With most of the prisoners still trapped in the hell of Guantanamo, I wish the President would listen to his own words and close the prison.”

“There is no excuse for keeping Guantanamo open,” says Jerica Arents from Chicago.  “The President has the power to shutter the prison and needs to do it, or his promise is meaningless.”

Demonstrations will be held in Washington, D.C. (at the White House, 11 am); in New York City (Times Square, noon); in Chicago (Water Tower Park, 4:30 pm); San Francisco (Powell/Market 4:30 PST); and in 40 other cities in 8 countries, including England, Australia, and Germany.  A Full list, with time and place info, is at: http://witnesstorture.tumblr.com/post/82873599205/may-23-2014-global-call-to-action-to-close-guantanamo

“In big cities and small towns, the outpouring of support for the Global Day of Action has been amazing,” says Witness Against Torture organizer Chris Knestrick.  “Guantanamo continues to shock the conscience.  The people of the world want it closed.”

At the protests, activists will wear black hoods and orange jumpsuits, update the situation at Guantanamo, and perform theatre to dramatize the ongoing abuses at Guantanamo.

WHAT: Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention

WHERE: Washington, NYC, Chicago, Raleigh, London, Sydney, Toronto, and other cities.

WHEN: Friday, May 23, 2014  (see tumblr link above for details)

WHO: Human Rights and Anti-Torture activists

Text of Drone Resolution(s) Passed in Amherst, Mass.

ARTICLE  36:  I  move  that  Town  Meeting  endorse  Article  36  as  two  separate  resolutions  as  they  appear  on  the  screen.
Part  A:
1. WHEREAS, the use of drones, often referred to as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), raises far -reaching concerns about targeted governmental killings, the loss of constitutional protections, privacy, democracy, and the rule of law,
2. WHEREAS, drones now being marketed to domestic law enforcement agencies, potentially could be armed with weapons, including tear gas, rubber bullets and firearms,
3. WHEREAS, drone technology as a means of data collection has the potential for misuse affecting individual privacy and civil liberties, freedom of association and assembly, equal protection, and due process,
4. NOW, THEREFORE; BE IT RESOLVED, that this Resolution declares that no agency of the town of Amherst, nor any agents under contract with the town, will operate drones in the immediate airspace over Amherst in a manner that violates the constitutional rights of its residents,
5. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town of Amherst affirms that within the town limits, landowners and tenants, subject to state laws and local ordinances, have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the airspace and that no drone, unmanned aircraft, or other airborne object shall have the “public right of transit” through this private property.
Part B:
1. WHEREAS, drones have been used intentionally to kill people in foreign lands including at least two American citizens, without a
public judicial process,
2. WHEREAS, such a use of lethal force without due process is a misuse of governmental powers specifically prohibited in the United States Constitution,
3. WHEREAS, drones have killed many non-targeted people including children,
NOW THEREFORE,
4. BE IT RESOLVED, that the town of Amherst request its representatives, Congressman Jim McGovern and Senators Elizabeth
Warren and Edward Markey, to introduce a resolution in the United States Congress to end the practice of extrajudicial killing by armed drones, to specifically withhold money for that purpose, and make restitution to those who have been killed or injured through the actions of the United States government, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and their private contractors.

Another namby-pamby Congressional response to TSA abuse

As we’ve been reporting here for years, many of us have used all sorts of methods to fight TSA abuse. 

There’s not just one way to resist. There are several. That’s true for all kinds of protest, about all kinds of things. There’s never just one way. The point is to stand up against injustice when you see it, whether or not you’re successful. Fighting the TSA is a longterm battle, not a short one.

Why I Don't Want to See the Drone Memo

And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us a secret memo that gets us out of the bit about Thou-shalt-not-kill.

And, lo, as I was driving home from the committee hearing I was pulled over for speeding, and I said unto the officer, "I've got a memo that lets me speed. Would you like to see it?" and he said, "No thank you, and not your grocery list or your diary either."

Transparency in drone murders has been a demand pushed by U.N. lawyers and pre-vetted Congressional witnesses, and not by the victims' families.  Nobody asks for transparency in child abuse or rape.  "Oh, have you got a memo that explains how aliens commanded you to kill and eat those people? Oh, well that's all right then."

Seriously, what the filibuster?

I don't want to see the memo that David Barron wrote "legalizing" the killing of U.S. citizens with drone strikes, after which (or is it beforehand?) I'll decide whether he should be a federal judge.

Laws don't work that way. A law is a public document, known to or knowable to all, and enforced equally on all.  If a president can instruct a lawyer to write a memo legalizing murder, what can a president not instruct a lawyer to legalize? What's left of legality?

Let's assume that the memo argues with great obfuscation that, in essence, killing people with drones is part of a war and therefore legal, will we better off or worse off after watching all the human rights groups and lawyers bow down before that idol?

Just because Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch don't recognize the U.N. Charter or the Kellogg Briand Pact is not a reason for us not to. Laws don't work that way. Laws remain law until they are repealed. These laws have not been.  If a memo can make a murder part of a war and therefore legal, we are obliged to ask: What makes the war legal?

The answer is not the U.S. government, not the pretense that the president can declare war, and not the pretense that Congress has declared eternal war everywhere. The U.S. government is in violation of the U.N. Charter and of the Kellogg Briand Pact.

Or let's assume the memo says something else. The point is not what it says but its purported power to say it.  The law against murder in Pakistan and the law against murder in Yemen don't cease to exist in Pakistan and Yemen because a new Jay Bybee, willing to say whatever's needed to become a judge, writes a secret memo -- or a public memo.

And, as this conversation plays out, think what it will have U.S. editorial pages all silently assuming about the legality of murdering non-U.S. citizens. If a memo is needed to kill U.S. citizens, what about the other 99% of drone victims?  That, too, is not how actual laws work.  The laws against war don't prevent war only on U.S. citizens.  The laws of Pakistan don't protect only U.S. citizens.  The amendments in the U.S. bill of rights, for that matter, don't apply only to U.S. citizens.

Now, the memo is likely to describe people who are an imminent threat to the United States. And our newspapers are likely to remind us that President Obama made a speech claiming that one of the four U.S. citizens known to have been killed under this program was such a threat.  It will be tempting to point out that Anwar al Awlaki, on the contrary, was already on the kill list prior to the incident that Obama claims justified putting him there.  It will be tempting to point out that nobody's made even a blatantly false argument to justify killing the other three U.S. citizens, much less the thousands of other human beings.

We shouldn't fall for those traps.  A president is not legally allowed to invent criteria for killing people.  Never mind that he doesn't meet his own criteria.  We should not be so indecent or so lawless as to engage in such a conversation.  We should not want to see the blood-soaked memo.

Ukraine News - May 21, 2014


Ukrainian oligarch backs Kiev rule, urging factory workers to daily strikes - The Guardian


Ukrainian tycoon’s calls for rallies against separatists go largely unheeded - The Washington Post


Donetsk workers fail to answer call to rally against separatists - FT.com


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Richest Man Calls Strike Against Separatists- Boston.com


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Full statement of Ukrainian tycoon calling for rallies against separatists - YouTube


VIDEO: Donetsk Anti-Separatist Protest: Donbas drivers honk their horns in support of Ukrainian unity - YouTube 


Who Holds East Ukraine’s Port of Mariupol? No One Really, Reports of Routed Protesters Greatly Exaggerated - Antiwar.com


Donetsk People's Republic says wants to nationalize businesses - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Interview with Donetsk People's Republic head Denis Pushilin on nationalization of assets of some tycoons - YouTube


Talks suspended with dissenting tycoon: leaders of self-porclaimed Donetsk People's Republic - ITAR-TASS


Federalists Take Over 11 Election Commissions in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk Regions - RIA Novosti


Election officials at sharp end in separatist Ukraine city - Reuters


Ukrainian parliament adopts Memorandum of Peace and Accord, confirming ”the constitutional status of Ukrainian as a state language” but pledging to ensure the rights of minority languages - APA


Ukrainian official confirms poisoning deaths in Odessa, victims may have died from chloroform vapors - ITAR-TASS


Russia calls on U.N., OSCE for impartial probe of Ukraine deaths in Odessa - Yahoo News


Ukrainian administration ignores OSCE appeals to release Russian LifeNews journalists - ITAR-TASS


Kiev authorities freeze pension payment in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine’s newly-proclaimed republics seek unification - ITAR-TASS


Self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic elects a Russian as head, passes constitution - RT News


Breakaway Lugansk Republic appoints topless woman minister - standartnews.com


PHOTOS: Topless photoshoot of woman apponted Minister of the Republic of Luhansk (27 photos) - hybridtechcar.com


VIDEO: Slovyansk residents caught in the crossfire - The Washington Post


Is Separatist Colonel Strelkov the Kremlin’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Gone Out of Bounds? - The Interpreter


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Russia defense minister orders troops away from Ukraine border:report - Yahoo News


Ukraine says Russian troops move back from border, none of 40,000 Russian soldiers are stationed within 6 miles of the country - Yahoo!7


Pentagon: No sign of Russian troop pullback - The Sun Herald


Front-Runner in Ukraine Election May Be Shifting Putin’s Stance - NYTimes.com


Russia Could Be Sending Chechen Militants To Ukraine - Business Insider


Chechens: The Secret Players In The Russia-Ukraine Game - NPR


Ukraine Rejects Russian Demand to Prepay for Gas Imports - WSJ


Russia believes it is impossible to return to $268 gas price in negotiations with Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Russia Poured $200Bln Into Ukrainian Economy Over 20 Years: Russian Minister - RIA Novosti


Hungary accelerates gas delivery to Ukraine - GlobalPost


Slovakia prepares pipeline for reverse supply to Ukraine - energyglobal.com

 

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No justice at the US DOJ: AG Holder’s Big News about Prosecuting Chinese Spying and a Crooked Swiss Bank are a Joke

By Dave Lindorff 


The Justice Department is really pumping out the pointless prosecutions these days. 


Southwestern Energy Executive Mark Boling Admits Fracking Link to Climate Change

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

An Executive of a major shale gas development company has conceded what scientists have been saying for years: global shale gas development has the potential to wreak serious climate change havoc.

Best known for his company's hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") activity, Southwestern Energy Executive Vice President Mark Boling admitted his industry has a methane problem on the May 19 episode of Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously" in a segment titled, "Chasing Methane."

World Can't Wait at the Left Forum

World Can't Wait is presenting four great panels at the Left Forum. We look forward to meeting you there.Left Forum 2014 will be at  John Jay College New Building, 524 West 59th St, NYC. Our panels will be on Saturday May 31st and Sunday June !st. Check them out below.

Vast Surveillance of Whole Populations: The NSA Revelations One Year Out   Session 2 on Saturday, May 31st from 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm in Room 1.85

Coming Out of The Abortion Closet

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

Kelly Carlin, in this clip from the full Acronym TV episode (The Catholic War On Women, watch the full episode here) decides to come out of the abortion closet:

“I’m outing myself here, I’m outing myself in my (forthcoming) book.  I had two abortions when I was a teenager. I was a reckless crazy girl… I was really privileged (and) I was lucky. I had parents who had money. I had access to access to a clinic, it was private and it was the way it has been done for rich people forever.”

Libya News - May 20, 2014


Rival militias prepare for showdown in Tripoli after takeover of parliament - The Washington Post


Libya crisis deepens as renegade former general gains control of airbase - The Guardian


Libyan special forces commander says his forces join renegade general - Reuters


Al Qaeda-inspired group vows to fight general who attacked Libya's parliament - Fox News


Outgoing Libyan gov't demands parliament halt work, nullify election of PM - chicagotribune.com


Khalifa Hiftar: career soldier leading Libyan rebellion - The Guardian


Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya’s rogue General Hiftar - France 24


VIDEO: Gunmen storm Libya parliament - YouTube


VIDEO: Renegade Libyan General Says Parliament Suspended - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Full Statement of Ex Libyan General on TV: "Parliament Suspended" - YouTube


VIDEO: Libya army orders Islamist-led militias to capital - Yahoo News


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Senior U.S. Diplomat Sent to Libya Amid Political Turmoil - ABC News


Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says - CNN.com


VIDEO: US Marines Evacuation in Libya - CNN


US crisis response Marines moved last week from Spain to southern Italy in response to new security concerns in northern Africa - Stripes


Report: US and Abu Dhabi aiding Gen. Haftar’s bid to stabilize Libyan rule by ousting Islamists - DEBKAfile


Security concerns delay NATO assistance to Libya - Stripes


Algeria's Sonatrach recalls workers from Libya, land border closed: sources - Reuters


Algeria closed Libya embassy over 'real and imminent threat’last Friday - Al Arabiya News


Report: Algeria considered military intervention in Libya to deter jihadist groups - middleeastmonitor


Tunisia to send 5,000 extra troops to Libyan border because of Libya crisis - Lybia Herald


Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Libya due to security concerns - Reuters


Turkey shuts Benghazi consulate due to security threat - hurriyetdailynews


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Patriarchy and Religion: Built to Oppress Women

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

In this clip from the full Acronym TV episode (The Catholic War On Women, watch the full episode here) Katie Klabusich and Kelly Carlin answer host Dennis Trainor, Jr.’s questions:

How much does religious dogma and/or men in long white dresses with funny hats hold women back from being an equal member of society?

If the Church is built inside of a Patriarchy, so to then, is the State. Can we reform this system from within through legislation while maintaining a patriarchal system?

Episode breakdown |

Nobel Peace Laureates Call For Preemptive Ban on “Killer Robots”

by Nobel Women’s Initiative

 

(Ottawa)—May 12, 2014.

Referring to the development of weapons that could select targets and kill people without any human intervention as “unconscionable”, 20 individuals and organizations who have won the Nobel peace prize today issued a joint statement endorsing the call for a preemptive ban on these fully autonomous weapons.

 

Talk Nation Radio: Rick Wayman on Taking the Nuclear Powers to Court

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-rick-wayman-on-taking-the-nuclear-powers-to-court

The Marshall Islands have sued nine nuclear nations to compel compliance with the Nonproliferation Treaty, which requires the elimination of nuclear weapons.  We speak with Rick Wayman, director of programs and operations at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Rick is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Political Advocacy from the School for International Training. Rick began working full-time on nuclear weapons issues with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK before moving to California in 2007 to join NAPF. Learn more at http://nuclearzero.org

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Breaking News: Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail, 5 Years Probation

By Dave Lindorff


Occupy activist Cecily McMillan, convicted on May 5 of second-degree felony assault of a New York cop whom she and witnesses claimed had grabbed her breast from behind, bruising it, stood her ground before her sentence was rendered, refusing the judge’s insistence that she should “take responsibility for her conduct.”


The deepening police state USA: More on Washington's coordinated Occupy Crackdown, and the Dark Side of the Boston Bombing (Par

By Dave Lindorff


Part II of Dave Lindorff's interview by Kathy Swift on Santa Barbara's RadioOccupy. Lindorff continues talking about his investigation into the FBI's and Homeland Security Department's hidden campaign to crush the Occupy Movement, based upon the thousands of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act campaign of discovery by the Partnership for Civil Justice. Lindorff also talks about his investigation into the men from Craft International, the Dallas-based mercenary firm who's personnel appear to have been hired (by someone -- likely the DHS) to be at the Boston Marathon a year ago.

Protester of Drone Murders Convicted

By Judy Bello

MaryAnne Grady-Flores was convicted in DeWitt Town Court last night on 2nd Degree Contempt of an Order Of Protection.  Grady-Flores, who did not intend to violate the Order despite its immorality and invalidity, was taking pictures of others at the base - the Ash Wednesday Witnesses -  who engaged in  nonviolent civil resistance blocking the front Gate to Hancock base for which they were subsequently acquitted.

In a heinous abuse of an instrument meant to protect the innocent from violence, Orders of Protection are being used to protect violent transgressions of international and moral law from citizen oversight.   While trying to publicize and support a movement to ground the drones and end the wars which take countless innocent lives, Grady-Flores was arrested for noncompliance with an order that does not specify particulars outside of how you might attack another human, something she would never do.  She understood the Order to mean that she was forbidden to join the protest.

The Guilty verdict was proffered by a jury 5 minutes after they had asked the judge for a legal definition of "keep away", and he had replied that they "are the sole triers of fact'.

The two-day trial included testimony from Colonel Earl A. Evans who is the party protected by the OOP, Catholic Priests Father Bill Pickard and Tim Taugher, Catholic Workers Bill Frankel-Streit and Ellen Grady, sister. Grady-Flores also testified on her own behalf.

The Nazi Danger -- A Letter from Odessa

By T., a teacher from Odessa -- submitted by Bruce Gagnon

I have lived in Odessa since my early childhood and adore this sunny south city with its hospitable and witty people.  Odessa is a multinational city which is reflected in the names of its streets: French and Italian Boulevards, Greek and Bulgarian Streets, Moldavian district, etc.  Odessa was built according to a decree issued by the Russian empress Catherine the Great over 200 years ago as a Russian port city on the Black Sea. And it was constructed by French and Italian architects and engineers invited by Catherine. That is why it is said to resemble Paris …

During the Soviet period Odessa was a part of the Ukrainian SSR – one of the 15 republics comprising the USSR at the time, though it was Russian, both by its population and the language it spoke. But it was not of principal importance for the numerous nations and nationalities living there, as all of them had equal rights and comprised one and the same Soviet people. When I studied at school there were Russians, Ukrainians, Jews and Bulgarians in my class, and it didn’t matter – we were the citizens of one and the same country.

After the USSR collapsed, the Ukrainian Republic became Ukraine and started building its own independent state seeking to prove its self-sufficiency and ability to become a powerful and prosperous state. But it failed. Instead the state succeeded in splitting and embroiling the two people inhabiting it – Ukrainians and Russians. Being a teacher I can definitely state that in 23 years of independence there appeared a generation of young people brought up in a Russophobic spirit. It was made possible due to the anti-Russian policy of the state which tried to shift the discontent of its citizens from itself onto its external neighbour-state – Russia (the so-called “younger-brother syndrome”). But to make hatred to one’s fraternal people a country’s national idea is, to my mind, absurd and a crime against its own people.

Ukraine could be called “an artificial state”. If one takes interest in its history, it will turn out that the state has existed in its present form not so long ago, and consists of heterogeneous parts. One of the major reasons of the present crisis in Ukraine is that the neo-nazi and Russophobic ideology of one of these parts, Galicia, is imposed upon the entire Ukraine. The slogans of the Kiev “Maidan” like “Glory to Ukraine! – Glory to heroes!”, “Nation is above all!”, “Death to enemies!” are the slogan of the nationalists and Bandera-followers from the west of Ukraine. Their enemies are Russians, and their heroes are Bandera, Shukhevich and the like, who were fascists’ henchmen during the last war, and who became notorious for their flagrant atrocities against peaceful population in the west of Ukraine.

And for Odessa, which heroically fought with [against Hitler] the fascist invaders, for Crimea (which “returned back home to Russia”), as well as for the whole southern and eastern Ukraine, such an ideology is unacceptable and arouses rebuff. There are lots of ethnic Russian and Russian-speaking  people here who are traditionally strongly attached by Russia. So in many cities, Odessa inclusive, people started participating in peaceful protest marches  demanding, in particular, a referendum as to the future state structure arrangement. 

They  do not want to be second-rate people, they want to stay on the land where they belong, to speak their native tongue, and to live in peace with their Russian neighbours-brothers, as well as with the whole world. But the Western-backed (US first and foremost)  unelected fascist regime in Kiev does not want to take into account their inalienable right to their culture and national identity, so confrontation and repressions started. The propaganda of the Ukrainian media is stirring up the information war, the journalists trying to tell the truth have to leave the country. The Russian TV channels are cut off. A parliamentary deputy, Oleg Tsaryov, the only presidential candidate who tried to  inform the government and the world public about the opinion of the people living in the south-east, is now subject to criminal prosecution and is being relieved from inviolability of a deputy. 

On the Internet there has recently been promulgated the telephone talk between Tsaryov and the second-richest Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoysky (the latter is said to stay behind and pay for organizing the flagrant provocation and massacre in Odessa, as well as for organizing punitive squads for fighting the people’s volunteer corps in the eastern regions of Ukraine), in which Kolomoysky  was threatening Tsaryov and his family.(ref)  As a result, millions of people in the south-east do not feel themselves protected, fear about their future and seek protection and salvation from their brothers-Slavs living in Russia. That’s why the slogans “Russia!”, “No to junta”, “No to fascism!” and “Putin!” were sounding during their peaceful protest marches. These thousands of people are neither "separatists", nor "terrorists" as they are often called by the pro-Kiev media, they are just peaceful citizens wishing to be heard.

Now the split in Ukraine has turned into a real war against its own people, with a great number of victims. The horrible massacre and the succeeding burning of dozens of people in Odessa is, to my mind, a peak in the fratricidal war. I am neither a politician, an expert, nor an investigator, so I am not to judge exactly what  forces are behind these events. But having read lots of information and opinions on the Internet I understand that it is definitely a provocation in the dirty game of big politicians and oligarchs in their struggle for redivision of the world, power and money. Now only children do not understand that the West does not want to see the truth about the events in Ukraine because the stakes in this game are geopolitical. The fight is for hegemony in the world between Russia and the USA, and Ukraine just happens to be the battlefield between these two “great powers”. It is quite natural that Russia does not want to have NATO “at its door”, and a US naval base deployed in Odessa. Neither do the Russians living here.

Whether the crime in Odessa will be investigated or not, is a big question. I personally am not at all sure of it. But it is impossible to put up with the fact that 48 Odessites (and, by the grapevine, much more) have been burned alive, as in Byelorussian village of Khatyn. We have been seeing their charred bodies while sleeping and have cried our eyes out imagining their sufferings. There has never been such a horrible crime against humanity in Odessa since the war of 1941-1945. My parents were fighting then against Hitler invaders, my father was awarded to many orders and medals, my mother had two medals too – one “For the Defense of Stalingrad”, and another one “For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War”. So I cannot accept the fact that neo-nazism and fascism as represented by the current junta (and there is no other name for this unlawful and criminal government) is established in Ukraine. After the Odessa Khatyn there will never be a single and united Ukraine. Fascism/nazism is a terrible evil, and if it is not immediately stopped, it will keep growing  and  sprawling like cancer.

I was so glad when, thanks to Olga, I got an opportunity to contact you: now we have some hope to bring the truth about Odessa and Ukraine to the people all over the world.  I would be happy if my letter could at least a little helpful for you in your noble and important activity, that of struggle  for peace.

Not Another Day in Guantanamo! Not Another Broken Promise!

On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantanamo.  His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention and to the renewed, global condemnation of the prison.  One year later, far too little has changed: few detained men have left the prison and hunger strikes and forced feeding continue.

Demonstrations will be taking place across the United States and the world to demand that President Obama and the US Congress end indefinite detention and close the detention facility at Guantanamo.

Sunrise Anti-Drone Protest At West Point

Meet us at the the United States Military Academy on May 28,2014  to protest when Obama speaks at the West Point commencement. We'll be on public roads at two West Point gates as cars enter the campus for the ceremony.  We will gather at 6:45 am near the Stoney Lonesome Gate of West Point just off Route 9W, one exit north of the exit leading to Highland Falls, NY, home of West Point.

Ukraine News - May 18, 2014


Ukraine round table: Yatsenyuk in favor of financial autonomy to the East but against federalism, rules out negotiations with 'terrorists' - DW.DE


At Ukraine Peace Talks, Eastern Leaders Assail Central Government - VOA


Ukraine needs federalization; decentralization not enough: Luhansk Regional Council head - en.interfax.com


VIDEO: OSCE, Ukrainian officials meet in Kharkiv - CCTV News


VIDEO (Ukrainian): OSCE Talks in Kharkiv - YouTube


VIDEO: East Ukraine Separatists Branded 'Terrorists' - YouTube


As long as territories of Donetsk People's Republic occupied, no dialogue with Kiev possible: separatist - The Voice of Russia


One month on, Ukraine military fails to rout rebels - AFP


Ukraine's election body warns it may be impossible to hold next week's presidential election in the east with almost two million voters - AFP


"South-East Army" urges Kiev's security forces to leave territory of Lugansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia


Donetsk volunteer guards take control of regional headquarters of National Guards - ITAR-TASS


Separatists recapture their leader on the eve of peace talks in Ukraine - Yahoo News


Lugansk People's Republic to adopt own constitution: spokesperson - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Donetsk unveils constitution, "new gov't" elected - CCTV News


Donetsk People’s Republic prepares draft for acceding Russia - ITAR-TASS


Mysterious Russian Mr Fixit heads Ukraine rebel state, Borodai has been appointed prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine - straitstimes.com


Meet Ukrainian Separatists' Shock Troops: the Russian Orthodox Army,  The army’s undisputed commander is Igor Girkin aka “Strelkov” - NBC News.com


Elusive Muscovite with three names takes control of Ukraine rebels, in Donetsk region "Colonel Igor Strelkov" assumed command of all rebel forces there - Reuters


Who's Funding East Ukraine Separatists? - Institute for War and Peace Reporting


2 Ukraine oligarchs speak up for unity, against pro-Russia faction - Los Angeles Times


VIDEO: Steelworkers patrol in Mariupol at the behest of Metinvest magnate Rinat Akhmetov - YouTube


Ukraine civil war fears mount as volunteer units take up arms, offering support to regular units of the Ukrainian army in their fight against armed separatists in the region - theguardian.com


Gunmen attempt to enter Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, In video footage allegedly showing the attempted break-in the men say they are members of the Right Sector group (VIDEO) - RT News


’Ukrainian helicopter with UN symbols in Slovyansk turned out to be from peacekeeping operation two years ago in Congo’ - freerepublic.com


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UN warns of alarming deterioration in human rights in east Ukraine (VIDEO) - DW.DE


Press Release: UN report documents “alarming” deterioration in human rights in eastern Ukraine - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


REPORT (Full): Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, May 15 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 


UN Ukraine report shows double standards whitewashing Kiev's actions, ignoring violent nationalism and Odessa massacre: Russia - RT News


127 Killed in Kiev’s Special Op in Southeast Ukraine: UN Official - RIA Novosti


Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France: Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues its provocative and destabilizing behavior - The White House


Government of Ukraine Issues U.S. $1 Billion Bond with U.S. Guarantee - The FINANCIAL


U.S. Waited Months to Send Ukraine Spare Tires - The Daily Beast


Senators push to cut off Pentagon contracts with Russia amid Ukraine crisis - Fox News


Russia Can’t Be Trusted Over Ukraine, NATO Chief Says - Bloomberg


Poroshenko opposes a referendum on Ukraine’s membership in NATO - The Voice of Russia


Moscow to consider Kiev's proposal on joint efforts on stabilizing situation at border: deputy FM - The Voice of Russia


POLL: Putin’s rating reaches maximum in past six years - ITAR-TASS


Full text: Putin’s second letter to EU about Ukraine's gas payment - PRAGUE POST


Russia Offers Negotiations on Ukraine Gas Price in Return For $2.2Bln Debt Payment - The Moscow Times


Gazprom: Russia-China Gas Deal Imminent - VOA


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