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May
08

Campaign Launched for Yemeni Journalist al-Khaiwani, Please Join

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A journalist’s life is at stake.

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Cross posted from The Jawa Report
Campaign Launched for Yemeni Journalist al-Khaiwani, Please Join

Sign here please. Its a letter campaign to the Yemeni government, US, UK, UN and EU for my friend Yemeni journalist al-Khaiwani who may be sentenced to death in two weeks for insulting the president. We can’t have that. No. So please sign here. In Yemen, the campaign is co-sponsored by Member of Parliament Ahmed Saif Hasid who gave Jawa an interview about conditions in Yemen prisons and two prominent female journalists/activists.

Also the UK journalists organization, Article 19, has endorsed the campaign.

Some Al-Khaiwani quotes:

October 27, 2005 Yemen Times article by al-Khawiani “Stop Attacking the American Journalist” :

“Being an independent political article, Jane is an effective voice having its strong reverberation in different parts of the world. After their failure to attract Novak to their side, the Yemeni authorities turned to terrorize journalists, harm the reputation of Novak and prevent the circulation of her articles in the country in order not to let the Yemeni journalists know the westerners who back them.”

From my article after his 2007 arrest (but before his kidnapping):

Dec 2004, he wrote me from jail, “Democracy and freedom are not granted by a leader or a regime, it is a world wide human achievement of all the free people on earth.” and “I believe in democracy, freedom, equality and rights and am willing to suffer for their sake simply because I do not wish my children to suffer dictatorship and I will strive to provide them a better future.”May 2004, “We will continue our fight against corrupt crooks at the power center who are annoyed by the reports that have touched their interests,” he told the Yemen Times.

December 2006, he wrote to the United Nations, “The State hunts us, abuses our rights, and restrict our freedom of expressions. We were subjected to abduction, forcible disappearance, and illegal and unconstitutional arrests. We are deprived of our livelihood sources because we criticize corruption and the military regime that has been grasping power for 28 years.” (The United Nations failed to respond.)

In February 2007, al-Khaiwani was forcibly brought to court related to a published article. “I wished the court showed a similar zest in Anisah Al-Shuabi’s case or doing justice to Raash villagers,” he noted, referring to women raped by police and an entire village displaced at the whim of a sheik.

February 2007, he said his website Al-Shoura was blocked, “because we are criticizing corruption, the prejudices of rights and freedoms, and our continuing need for political and cultural reforms and good governance.”

December 2007: Al-Khiwani told MENASSAT.COM, “I am paying the price for believing the government and its claims about pursuing rise of democracy. After they broke into my house and terrified my family and kidnapped me in public, in front of the Al-Nida newspaper, I have this feeling that the authorities have decided to spill my blood.”

Article 19’s report on Yemen, “Freedom of Expression in Peril”, contains this from Al-Khaiwani, “They mobilize religion, laws and even the tribe against us. We, on the other hand, only own our dreams. They even want to rob us of this.”

Some links
4/28/08: IFJ Calls on Yemeni President to End Intimidation of Independent Journalism and Media
2/6/08: CPJ Annual report Yemen
1/22/08:
CPJ’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony
about al-Khaiwani’s case
11/2007: RSF: Journalist faces possible death penalty over photos “liable to undermine army morale”
9/07/07: US State Department Notes Disturbing Trend
8/27/07: CPJ: Yemeni editor abducted, severely beaten
8/26/07: RSF Despite Denials, Security Officials Were Involved in the Kidnapping
7/5/07:
CPJ troubled
by terror charges against outspoken Yemeni editor
By Jane at May 8, 2008 11:10 PM

Others covering this story:
Thanks to Niki for gathering them all together.

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14
Mar
08

Pittsburgh Anarchists Plan Violent Take Over of Military Recruiting Station on March 19th!

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Cross posted from Red Alerts

Pamela Hall of the United American Committee tipped me off to this one. Pittsburgh anarchists are planning a violent action at a recruiting station on March 19th as their contribution to that day’s chaos being proposed by a collection of violent anti-American groups. On their website they announce plans to “occupy” the station and assault and kidnap the soldiers there.

From www.organizepittsburgh.org:

March 19 War Anniversary Protest
Evict the military recruitment station, cage the recruiters!

When: Wednesday, March 19
Rally: 6:00pm
March: Departs at 6:30pm for the Military Recruiting Station
Where: Meet at the dinosaur sculpture in front of Carnegie Library (4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

This March 19 hundreds of cities across the U.S. will hold events to mark the anniversary of the war in Iraq and remember the tragic toll the world has and continues to pay; nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed, 30,000 wounded, at least 100,000 Iraqis killed, four million displaced, and nearly a trillion dollars squandered.

While there will be events in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, members of Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG) feel it is important that there be a local event connected to our community’s long-standing, successful efforts to use education and action to oppose the war and undermine the militarism that leads to perpetual war(s).

On Wednesday, March 19, POG will be holding a torch-lit march to a modern day castle of abominations—our local military recruiting station. If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community. We’ll also be bringing a movable cage in which to confine military recruiters until they no longer pose a danger to our friends and neighbors. Of course, the station may be closed and recruiters may flee or hide behind the police apparatus that enables the war to continue. That is often the case, and we’ve seen in the past the overwhelming resources the state directs against these anniversary events because of their importance as a symbol of dissent. We believe in acting effectively, in confronting the war, at times and places of our choosing. When the state brings the resources necessary to suppress direct action against the war, it makes sense to hold a symbolic protest, and we still consider that a success, as it exposes the reality that it is ultimately on the local level that our countries war policy will be decided.

The truth is, the anniversary of the war—much like symbolic casualty milestones—is not significant in and of itself. Just as each death is equally lamentable, so too is each day that we continue to engage in a brutal occupation, that we marginalize and repress progressive non-sectarian organizations, that we crack down on independent Iraqi trade unions, that we arm multiple “sides” of a conflict, that we work to maintain the economic advantage of U.S. corporations, that innocent Iraqis die, that the powerful operate with impunity. In short, each day we sacrifice more lives and resources in an endless, self-serving war, a cycle of violence and retribution.

But the anniversary has meaning for those who have suffered, for those who remember. And while the President will use the day to claim a new victory with new benchmarks on the horizon, we have an opportunity to present the people’s story, a counter-narrative. When the body count of American deaths decreases, regardless of how many Iraqis die in our place, the media attention lessens and the politicians move on. But our responsibility to work for peace and justice remains.

It is our sincere hope that you will join us on March 19 if only to stand with others of similar good faith to show that there is dissent at home, and there is a common humanity that binds the people of the United States and Iraq—the desire to create and sustain a new world based on mutual understanding and solidarity.

For peace with justice,
In solidarity,

Pittsburgh Organizing Group

http://www.organizepittsburgh.org
pog@mutualaid.org
POG c/o TMC
5125 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15224

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These “peace” protesters are planning to kidnap soldiers. The left has become more and more violent as it fills up with the spoiled, rich, White spawn of a generation of people who refused to teach them personal responsibility. These people are announcing their intention to commit a felony on the Internet as if they’re planning a tea party. They see no difference between the violence they plan and a peaceful protest.

The Pittsburgh Organizing Group has been sending American radicals to Oaxaca to participate in the chaos there, and hold “tactical trainings” to teach their members, among other things, how to “defend” themselves from the police. They are in essence a far left version of the Militias the media warned us about so often in the 90s.

The difference is that the Militia threat was largely mythical while this group has participated in an ever escalating campaign of violent “direct actions” all over Pittsburgh. They are actually dangerous, and are openly planning violence against unsuspecting soldiers at home. Where are the breathless media reports on the dangers of Pittsburgh Anarchists?

Hopefully the U.A.C., Gathering of Eagles and other patriot groups can arrange a counter protest there to show those soldiers that not all Americans think these miscreants should be allowed to attempt their assault. And hopefully no one will be hurt by these people, although their track record on that account doesn’t inspire confidence.

Little jihadi wannabes. SPIT!

Update:

In related news.
Just be there! @ Old War Dogs

Have you had it with the left wing organizations demeaning and slandering our troops at every opportunity? Has the escalation in attacks against our recruiters across the nation, which progressed to the bombing of the Recruiter Station in Times Square last week, alerted you to the fact that we are fighting a REAL INSURGENCY in this country?

And this!

A bomb threat against the Gathering of Eagles Update: Meet the IVAW jerk ; Update: More threats to “waste” counterprotesters @ Michelle Malkin

I am pointing you to this left-wing nut’s threat so you know what we are up against–and to ensure that the screencap is saved.

…and this!

Winter Soldier II: The curtain opens; Plus: More on the anti-recruiter war Update: Pinkos disrupt Move America Forward press conference

Scroll down for updates…2:27pm Eastern…just received from Melanie Morgan…here’s a pic of one of the Code Pink disrupters–ew–who crashed the MAF press conference on anti-recruiter violence….more below…Bruce Kesler: WS II “off to a lying start”…




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