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Free Ross-A-Thon

December 5, 2016
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Recorded video from the live-stream event to raise money for American political prisoner Ross Ulbricht's appeal of his life sentence for (allegedly) operating a web site. Numerous speakers. Watch, listen, donate! [Flash video] (12/04/16)

https://freeross.org/freerossathon/  

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UN rejects UK regime’s appeal of Assange arbitrary detention ruling

December 1, 2016
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Daily Express [UK]    

"The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention threw out a UK appeal against its previous ruling, when the panel had said that Mr Assange's detention was unlawful. Although Mr Assange voluntarily sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London more than four years ago, the panel ruled that the fact that he would be arrested as soon as he attempted to leave amounted to an arbitrary detention. In throwing out the appeal, the UN said the British Government had not brought forward any new evidence to allow a review of the case. Following the ruling, Mr Assange said in a statement: 'Now that all appeals are exhausted I expect that the UK and Sweden will comply with their international obligations and set me free.'" (12/01/16)

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/738767/Wikileaks-Julian-Assange-free-United-Nations-UK-Government-appeal  

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US political prisoner Barrett Brown freed

November 30, 2016
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CNet News CNet News    

"Barrett Brown, a journalist who served as an unofficial spokesman for various Anonymous hacking operations, was released from prison Tuesday after serving more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent. Barrett, 35, originally attracted the attention of law enforcement officials in 2011 when he copied a hyperlink to data stolen in a hack of security think tank Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, from one Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel to another." (121/30/16)

https://www.cnet.com/news/journalist-linked-to-anonymous-released-from-prison/  

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Egypt: Court overturns Morsi life sentence

November 22, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A court in Egypt overturned Tuesday a life sentence against the country's former president Mohammed Morsi. It is the second legal victory in a week for the Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was taken off death row last week when the court overturned a death sentence against him. Morsi was imprisoned after a 2013 military coup ended his year-long reign as Egypt's first freely elected president. Currently serving 20 years hard labor and a second life sentence, and facing a retrial of a death sentence, the recent victory does not mean he will be released from prison any time soon. Morsi has been accused and convicted of multiple crimes. The life sentence overturned on Tuesday followed charges of spying for the Islamist militant group Hamas." (11/22/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/ousted-egyptian-president-morsi-has-life-sentence-overturned/a-36477172  

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Egypt: Court overturns Morsi death sentence

November 15, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Egypt's highest court of appeal has overturned death sentences against ousted President Mohammed Morsi and five other Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The Court of Cassation ordered that the six men face a retrial in connection with a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Twenty-one life sentences for other Brotherhood members were overturned. Morsi was elected president in 2012 but was removed by the military a year later after protests against his rule." (11/15/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37985498  

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Obama likely to defy media pleas for Chelsea Manning pardon

November 6, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"After a suicide attempt in July, Chelsea Manning, a 25-year-old transgender Army private responsible for the largest data leak in U.S. military history, tweeted from her cell at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to let the world know that she was happy to be alive. By mid-October, around the start of her fourth year in a 35-year sentence without parole for providing WikiLeaks with government documents, Manning tweeted that she had been moved to solitary confinement as punishment for the suicide attempt. As the Nov. 8 election and Jan. 20 inauguration approaches, Manning's window for a potential early release is closing. While former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who faces accusations of espionage for leaking secret documents, receives much of the media spotlight, writers at the Guardian, the Intercept, the New Yorker and the New Republic have called for president Barack Obama to pardon her on his way out of office." (11/06/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/obama-likely-to-defy-media-pleas-for-chelsea-manning-pardon  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime sentences man to 15 years for supporting executed cleric

November 3, 2016
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NDTV [India]    

"A court in Riyadh has sentenced a Saudi national to 15 years in prison for supporting executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, local media reported on Thursday. Nimr and three other members of the kingdom's minority Shiite community were among 47 people convicted of terrorism and executed on a single day in January. ... Al-Riyadh newspaper did not name the convicted man, who it said took part 'in rallies and marches' in the Shiite-dominated Gulf coast district of Qatif. He was also convicted of 'chanting anti-state slogans and sympathising with the deceased Nimr,' as well as helping to block roads and burn tyres, it said." (11/03/16)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/saudi-man-gets-15-years-for-shiite-cleric-support-nimr-al-nimr-1620906  

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Israel: Regime charges wedding party for expressing opinions, bearing arms

October 26, 2016
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Ynetnews [Israel]    

"Thirteen suspects were indicted on Wednesday for incitement and possession of firearms during what has been dubbed as the 'wedding of hate,' which saw guests mocking the murder of Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh. Among the defendants are five minors aged 14-17, as well as groom Yakir Ashbal from Yad Binyamin. Another defendant is the wedding singer, Sinai Tor from Ramat HaSharon, who sang a song about building the Third Temple, adding lyrics like 'The mosque will burn, burn' and 'The mosque will explode, explode' and is accused of inciting and spurring the guests on with his songs. According to the indictment, right-wing activist Daniel Tzvi Moshe Pinner from Kfar Tapuach danced at the wedding with a rifle, while wearing a shirt of Rabbi Meir Kahane's Kach party that says 'No Arabs, no terror attacks.' Pinner is also facing charges of incitement to racism and support of a terror organization." (10/26/16)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4870466,00.html  

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Egypt: Regime suspends TV anchor for referring to former president as “Mr. President”

October 23, 2016
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Anadolu Agency [Turkish state media]    

"Egyptian authorities have suspended a TV anchor for describing ousted president Mohamed Morsi as 'Mr President' during a news bulletin. Mona Shukri was suspended and referred to a disciplinary panel after she said 'Mr President' in reference to Morsi, the head of the Egyptian television's news sector, Khaled Mehanna, said Sunday. The anchor's comment came as she was reading news on a court verdict upholding a 20-year jail term against Morsi for violence charges. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military in a 2013 coup -- after only one year in office -- following protests against his presidency." (10/23/16)

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/egypt-suspends-tv-anchor-for-morsi-comment/670745  

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Pakistan: Regime bans journalist from leaving country

October 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A leading Pakistani journalist has been banned from leaving the country after writing a column that exposed significant rifts between the civilian government and the military. The report, written by journalist Cyril Almeida for the 'The Daily Dawn' -- one of Pakistan's leading English language papers -- on October 6, said the civilian government had clashed with military chiefs over the issue of homegrown militancy in Pakistan. Almeida, who was attempting to fly out on a holiday on Monday evening was informed that he had been placed on the Pakistan's Exit Control List, which prevented him from leaving the country." (10/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/11/middleeast/pakistan-journalist-exit-control-list/  

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Legal counsel, advocates concerned about whereabouts of US political prisoner Chelsea Manning

October 11, 2016
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Mic    

"According to a tweet from Chelsea Manning's attorney Chase Strangio on Sunday, Manning, a trans woman serving 35 years' time in a men's prison for leaking millions of military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks, hasn't had contact with friends, family or supporters for the last five days. ... On Sept. 23, Manning was sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement for attempting suicide in July. Manning said the punishment is known as 'disciplinary segregation,' in a statement reported on by the Guardian. She said there was 'no set date set' for her confinement to start, and that she would be given an opportunity to appeal the decision." (10/10/16)

https://mic.com/articles/156444/chelsea-manning-s-legal-counsel-and-advocates-are-concerned-about-her-whereabouts#.oIFPpJf2t  

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Turkey: Regime building more kangaroo courts to deal with mass arrests of political foes

September 28, 2016
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CBC News [Canadian state media]    

"Turkey has formally arrested 32,000 people in its investigation of a religious movement the government blames for staging a military coup attempt on July 15, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday. In a live interview with broadcaster NTV, Bozdag also said a total of about 70,000 people have faced legal proceedings on suspicion of links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government says engineered the failed coup. The 75-year-old Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, denies any involvement. Turkey is building a new courthouse in the town of Sincan, near the capital Ankara, and needs more facilities in order to prosecute all of the Gulen followers implicated in the coup plot, Bozdag said." (09/28/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/turkey-arrests-coup-gulen-1.3781811  

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Free Chelsea Manning today!

September 21, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Trevor Hultner  

"Chelsea Manning was convicted of a crime against the state during an active conflict. In a sense, a strange, twisted sense, she could be considered a war criminal. But what she did helped bring closure to the families of slain Reuters photojournalists Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen -- the two were killed by an American airstrike in Baghdad in 2007 -- and helped US citizens and individuals around the world understand the extent of the US military's reckless adventure in Afghanistan and Iraq more generally. Her status as a 'war criminal' is an utter joke .... Manning is being forced to pay a debt she shouldn't owe -- years of her life, peace of mind, the ability to walk freely and associate with whom she pleases -- because she had a shift in conscience while serving one of the largest forces of murder and oppression on the planet." (09/21/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46341  

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Egypt: Regime jails five for accepting foreign funds

September 18, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"An Egyptian judge ordered the financial assets of five human rights workers and three nongovernmental organizations frozen after allegations they accepted foreign funds without the government's approval. ... Among the men charged is Gamal Eid, a vocal critic of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. Eid said he and the other groups are being targeted for exposing human rights abuses under the authoritarian Egyptian government. Others arrested include investigative journalist Hossam Bahgat, who founded the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights; Bahey el Din Hassan, founder of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies; Mostafa al-Hassan, director of the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre; and Abdel Hafiz el-Tayel, director of the Egyptian Center on the Right to Education." (09/17/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/09/17/Egypt-jails-five-human-rights-workers-over-accepting-foreign-funds/2601474141792/  

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US political prisoner Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike on Army’s promise of surgery

September 14, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning has been assured she will receive gender reassignment surgery while in prison, her lawyer said late Tuesday. Manning, convicted in the massive leak of national security secrets that propelled WikiLeaks to prominence, is serving a 35-year sentence at the Army's prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. She is eligible for parole in about six years. Manning ended a hunger strike begun last week after receiving assurances that the government would provide the surgery, said Chase Strangio, her lawyer and an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union." (09/13/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/13/chelsea-manning-undergo-sex-reassignment-surgery/90331678/  

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What would you say to a man who reduced drug violence?

September 13, 2016
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Daniel Pryor  

"What would you say to a man who reduced drug violence? ... a man who made drugs immeasurably safer? A man who clicked his fingers and spared thousands from fear, injury, or even death due to contaminated or incorrectly measured drugs. What would you say to a man who prioritized integrity, reducing suffering, and the principle of human freedom? ... Such a man exists today. He clicked his fingers  --  on a keyboard  --  and started a project that had begun to reduce drug violence, make drugs safer, and fight the systemic use of coercion by operating outside the vicious current paradigm known as the War on Drugs. The US government told him to rot." (09/12/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/12/what-would-you-say-to-a-man-who-reduced-drug-violence/  

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US political prisoner Chelsea Manning on hunger strike, citing lack of medical treatment

September 12, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Chelsea Manning began a hunger strike [Friday] at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year sentence for the leaking of hundreds of thousands of classified documents. Manning is seeking written assurances from the Army that she will receive the medical treatments for her gender dysphoria beyond the hormone treatment she began in early 2015. Manning has sued the government to get such treatments and to lift the male grooming standards she is subject to that prevent her from growing her hair out." (09/09/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/chelsea-manning-hunger-strike-citing-lack-medical-treatment/story?id=41987150  

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UK: Choudary sentenced to 5 1/2 years for saying things government didn’t like

September 7, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"An Islamic extremist preacher who managed to stay just on the right side of British law for decades while touting sharia law as the future for the U.K. and encouraging young Muslims to wage jihad, was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in prison for his actions. Preacher Anjem Choudary, 49, and one of his adherents, 33-year-old Mohammed Mizanur Rahman were both found guilty on July 28 of inviting support for ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. The verdicts were only announced in August due to rules imposed by the court. Choudary was handed a five year, six month sentence on Tuesday by a London court. He had faced a maximum 10 year sentence. Rahman received the same sentence." (09/06/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anjem-choudary-uk-sentence-prison-radical-islamic-preacher-isis/  

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Ethiopia: Fire at dissident prison in Addis Ababa kills 23

September 6, 2016
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Newsweeke    

"A fire at a prison housing dissidents near the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa killed 23 people over the weekend, the government said Monday. Saturday’s blaze at the high-security Kilinto prison on the outskirts of the city led to a stampede. Twenty-one victims died from injuries sustained during the stampede and suffocation, while two others were killed attempting to escape the facility, the state-owned Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported." (09/06/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/ethiopia-fire-dissident-prison-addis-ababa-kills-23-495981?rx=us  

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Dotcom wants to livestream his legal battle against the United States

August 29, 2016
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Business Insider    

"Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom wants to livestream his legal battle against the United States on YouTube. Dotcom's lawyers have asked if they can film his extradition appeal, which began Monday at New Zealand's High Court in Auckland. The U.S. opposes the plan. ... A New Zealand judge last year ruled that Dotcom and three of his colleagues could be extradited to the U.S. to face conspiracy, racketeering and money-laundering charges. If found guilty, they could face decades in jail." (08/29/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-kim-dotcom-wants-to-livestream-legal-fight-against-the-us-2016-8  

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Unknown bidder buys $1.6 million in stolen Bitcoin from “US Marshals” gang

August 23, 2016
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CoinDesk    

"A winning bidder claimed 2,700 BTC (worth $1.58m) at an auction held by the US Marshals Service (USMS) today. USMS representatives confirmed to CoinDesk that four bids were received in the auction, which took place between 13:00 and 19:00 UTC. The event, by far the smallest held to date by the USMS, saw bitcoins [stolen] in cases involving convicted Silk Road ringleader Ross Ulbricht and former federal agent Carl Force IV made available for sale." (08/22/16)

http://www.coindesk.com/unknown-bidder-buys-1-6-million-bitcoin-us-government-auction/  

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War: The Islamic State and western politicians against the rest of us

August 23, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The United Kingdom is back in the business of holding political prisoners on a scale not seen since before the 1997 ceasefire in occupied ... er, 'Northern' ... Ireland, and American social networks are handing the US government de facto power to censor Internet communications. What could possibly go wrong?" (08/22/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7230  

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UK: Political prisoners to be moved between facilities in “ghost train” plan

August 22, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A new 'ghost train' system is to be set up in prisons in England and Wales to move the most troublesome Islamic extremist inmates between isolation units, the justice secretary has indicated. Liz Truss confirmed that specialist isolation units to hold the highest-risk prisoners would be created in high-security jails. ... A new Ministry of Justice directorate of security, order and counter-terrorism had been set up, she added. It would be responsible for ensuring that concentrating the most dangerous Islamist extremists into separate units would not simply allow them to create their own operational command structures, as happened in Northern Ireland." (08/22/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/22/liz-truss-prison-system-islamic-extremist-isolation-unit  

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Free Anjem Choudary

August 18, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"In Britain in 2016, a man faces jail for what he thinks. For what he says. His crime was not to harm another person or damage property, but to subscribe to a warped ideological view of the world. That is, he committed a thoughtcrime, and he's being punished for it. His name is Anjem Choudary, the infamous imam, finger-wagger extraordinaire at what he sees as the sinful West and its decadent kuffar inhabitants, and however much it sticks in our craw we must demand that he not be sent to jail, and that his conviction be overturned. Not so much for his benefit as for ours, and for the hard fought-for principle that individuals should never -- but never -- be punished by the state for what they think and say." (08/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/free-anjem-choudary/  

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Hong Kong: Three activists sentenced over peaceful protests

August 18, 2016
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Birmingham Star    

"On August 15, 2016, a Hong Kong court sentenced three student leaders in violation of their rights to peaceful expression and assembly, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Alex Chow was given a three weeks sentence with a one year suspension while Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were given community service orders of 80 hours and 120 hours, respectively. Chow and Wong were convicted of 'unlawful assembly,' while Law was convicted of 'incitement,' offences under Hong Kong's Public Order Ordinance." (08/17/16)

http://www.birminghamstar.com/index.php/sid/246792317  

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