Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

Bahrain: Regime court sentences eight protesters to life imprisonment

June 22, 2011
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Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"A Bahrain court sentenced eight Shia opposition activists to life in prison Wednesday for 'plotting to overthrow' the kingdom’s Sunni rulers, nearly a week ahead of a national dialogue proposed by the king. The National Safety Court of first instance also jailed 13 others with sentences carrying terms between two to 15 years on similar charges, state news agency BNA added." (06/22/11)

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China: Regime releases abducted activist

June 22, 2011
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Washington Post    

"Artist Ai Weiwei, the most high-profile victim of a sweeping crackdown on activists in China, returned home late Wednesday after nearly three months in detention, saying he was fine and conditions of his release meant he could not say more. The official Xinhua News Agency said Ai had confessed to tax evasion, accusations his family had long denied and which activists had denounced as a false premise for detaining him." (06/22/11)

 

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A day in the life of a Cuban dissident

June 7, 2011
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In These Times
by Yoani Sánchez  

"Near 23rd Street, we saw a black Chinese-make car pull up with three heavily built strangers. 'Yoani, get in the car,' ... I refused to get into the car and demanded that they show us identification or a warrant, but they refused to show us any papers to prove the legitimacy of our arrest. To curious onlookers crowded around I shouted, 'Help, these men want to kidnap us!' but those who tried to intervene were stopped with a shout that revealed the ideologi­cal purpose of the operation: 'Don’t mess with it, these are counterrevolutionaries!'" (06/03/11)

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SCOTUS refuses Snipes appeal

June 7, 2011
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Fox News    

"There will be no courtroom retake for actor Wesley Snipes as the Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not give further consideration to an appeal from the Hollywood star who is serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion. Snipes says his constitutional rights were violated when federal prosecutors filed charges in Florida and a judge denied his lawyers a hearing to explain why the venue was inappropriate. Snipes is housed in a federal prison in Pennsylvania and isn't scheduled for release until 2013." (06/06/11)

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KS: Marchers want WikiLeaks suspect freed from prison

June 6, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Kansas City Star    

"About 250 demonstrators from across the nation gathered in Leavenworth on Saturday in a rally supporting the man charged with leaking classified military information to a website. ... Supporters say they have raised $150,000 for Manning’s legal defense and are planning rallies nationwide and an Internet effort worldwide. They think they can apply enough pressure to free Manning." (06/04/11)

 

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SCOTUS: Regime officials can do anything they want

May 31, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court, unanimously throwing out a suit against former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft from someone arrested but never used as a material witness in a terrorism case, has now erected a broad shield protecting the government and Bush administration officials for their conduct in the war on terrorism. ... Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, in a key concurring opinion joined by three liberal justices, said judges should be wary of allowing suits targeting 'national officeholders' working 'in the area of national security.' ... Justice Antonin Scalia, writing the lead opinion, said it did not matter whether Ashcroft was falsely claiming that Kidd and others like him were valuable witnesses." (05/31/11)

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Georgia: Two killed in rally crackdown

May 26, 2011
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Agence France-Presse    

"Two people were killed and dozens injured Thursday when Georgian riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a five-day rally against President Mikheil Saakashvili's pro-Western [sic] rule. Police fired rubber bullets and water cannon to beat back hundreds of people who had gathered in front of a grandstand from which Saakashvili later watched a showpiece military parade marking Georgia's independence from Russia. The government said 37 people had been hospitalised and 90 others detained for two months." (05/26/11)

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China: Prisoners allegedly forced to play “World of Warcraft”

May 26, 2011
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PC World    

"Apparently there's a new type of chain gang -- a virtual one. According to The Guardian, Chinese prisoners are forced to play hours upon hours of 'World of Warcraft,' farming virtual gold that the prison guards can then sell in the real world for nonvirtual cash. ... Because gold farming is a tedious task -- and the virtual currency is needed in order to advance in the game -- millions of gamers around the world are willing to pay real cash for the virtual gold." (05/26/11)

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Russia: Court upholds Khodorkovsky’s show “conviction”

May 24, 2011
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Guardian [UK]    

"A Moscow appeals court has upheld the second conviction of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky but reduced his jail sentence by a year. ... He was convicted in December of stealing oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds, a ruling that drew strong international condemnation. He was seen as a political threat to Vladimir Putin, who was president in 2003 when he was arrested and is now prime minister." (05/24/11)

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Lawsuit accuses Cisco of aiding Chinese regime’s thuggery

May 23, 2011
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CNet    

"Cisco Systems designed a surveillance system to help the Chinese government track and ultimately suppress members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, according to a lawsuit the group filed against the network equipment maker. The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, alleges Cisco supplied and helped maintain a surveillance system known as the 'Golden Shield' that allowed the Chinese government to track and censor the group's Internet activities." (05/22/11)

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China: Regime accuses abducted activist of avoiding extortion

May 22, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist whose [abduction by the state] has prompted an international outcry, is being charged with evading 'huge amounts' of taxes, Chinese state media reported late Friday. The brief dispatch on the New China News Agency was the first official disclosure of the charges being leveled against the 54-year-old artist, who was [abducted] without warning at Beijing's international airport April 3." (05/20/11)

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The Ballad of Alvaro Luna Hernandez

May 16, 2011
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CounterPunch
by Max Kantar  

"Alvaro Luna Hernandez is a political prisoner of the State of Texas and the U.S. government. He is nearly 15 years into a 50 year prison sentence for an 'aggravated assault' conviction stemming from a July 1996 incident in which he disarmed a Brewster County Sheriff attempting to shoot him. Alvaro vehemently denies the charge that he assaulted the Sheriff. To Mexican-Americans in the cities, slums, plains, deserts, and prison cages of the Southwest, he is a civil rights hero, a Chicano freedom fighter true to his barrio roots and eternally fearless in the face of injustice. For years, he has been internationally recognized by amnesty movements and human rights lawyers and experts as a U.S. political prisoner, yet inside the United States, the name Alvaro Luna Hernandez remains largely elusive on the lips of progressives and social justice advocates." (05/16/11)

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UK: Love Police statement on pre-crime political arrests

May 2, 2011
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The Love Police    

"Charlie Veitch, the founder of the peace activist group 'The Love Police,' was pre-emptively arrested on Thursday the 28th of April 2011, around 1615h, on an allegation of a conspiracy to cause public nuisance. As the video evidence shows, Charlie was not read his rights, and no warrant was presented for his arrest or for the search of his living space." (05/02/11)

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US and China miles apart on human rights

April 28, 2011
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USA Today    

"U.S. officials brought multiple questions to human rights talks this week in China, where the worst crackdown on dissent in years has seen scores of people detained in recent months. They'll leave with precious few answers. 'Our disagreements are profound,' Michael Posner, assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said at the close of the two-day U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue on Thursday. China's 'serious backsliding on human rights' dominated what Posner called 'a tough set of discussions.'" [editor's note: Like the US government has any standing to lecture on human rights, having long since become an unabashed torture state itself - TLK] (04/28/11)

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MI: Quran-burning pastor jailed

April 25, 2011
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United Press International    

"A constitutional law professor says a trial and the brief jailing of two FL pastors who wanted to demonstrate outside a MI mosque is 'bizarre.' Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp were briefly jailed Friday in Dearborn after refusing to pay a $1 peace bond following a trial that found they would breach the peace if allowed to hold a rally outside the Islamic Center of America. 'The judge should have thrown out the case,' Sedler said the entire process was 'bizarre' and that 'the whole thing is unconstitutional.'" (04/23/11)

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Obama regime will move Manning to another prison

April 19, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Agence France-Presse    

"Bradley Manning, a US serviceman behind held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, will be transferred to a military facility in Kansas, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. The move comes after intense criticism of Manning's detention conditions in Quantico, Virginia." (04/19/11)

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250 legal scholars condemn Obama’s treatment of Bradley Manning

April 11, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"Put together, [Bradley Manning's] treatment constitutes cruel and unusual punishment without trial, protest 250 legal scholars, including preem[i]nent liberal law professor Lawrence Tribe, a man who taught Obama constitutional law, supported his 2008 campaign, and until recently worked as a Justice Department legal adviser. The letter draws scathing conclusions about his treatment, as well as about Obama’s personal culpability in this mockery of justice ..." (04/11/11)

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China: Regime thugs abduct Christian worshipers

April 10, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Police officials in China have arrested dozens of Christian worshippers from an unregistered church when they tried to pray outdoors, a rights group said. The congregants sang hymns and said prayers as police loaded them onto waiting buses in Beijing's western Haidian district, the US-based Christian rights group China Aid said in a statement on Sunday, citing witnesses." (04/11/11)

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China: Regime says Ai Weiwei abduction “nothing to do with human rights”

April 7, 2011
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Guardian [UK]    

"China's foreign ministry has insisted that a police investigation into artist Ai Weiwei has 'nothing to do with human rights or freedom of expression' after an international outcry against his detention. Relatives say official claims that the 53-year-old is being investigated for 'economic crimes' are absurd, claiming the accusations are politically motivated because of his record of activism and social criticism. ... Ai's detention comes amid a crackdown that has seen scores of activists, dissidents and lawyers criminally detained, formally arrested or simply disappear." (04/07/11)

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UK to press US over abuse, torture of Wikileaks suspect

April 5, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Albany Democrat Herald    

"British diplomats will press the United States anew over concerns about the military's treatment of a U.S. Army private suspected of supplying thousands of sensitive files to WikiLeaks. The Foreign Office said Tuesday it first contacted the U.S. last month about the conditions under which 23-year-old Bradley Manning was being held at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia, but officials would make a new approach after Manning's plight was discussed by British lawmakers." (04/05/11)

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China: Regime thugs abduct artist

April 3, 2011
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Washington Post    

"Ai Weiwei, China’s most prominent artist and an outspoken critic of the Communist regime, was taken from Beijing’s airport Sunday by security agents as he was about to board a flight to Hong Kong. His studio was later raided by police. Ai is the highest profile activist detained so far in a comprehensive government crackdown that has swept up dozens of bloggers, human rights lawyers and writers. The arrests seem related to official concern about the popular uprisings roiling autocratic governments in the Middle East, and fears that activists in China want to launch a similar 'jasmine revolution' here." (04/03/11)

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Liberty Dollar’s von Nothaus found guilty of purveying honest money

March 20, 2011
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Evansvilled Courier & Post    

"The former head of an Evansville-based company that tried to introduce a currency that competed with the U.S. dollar has been found guilty of federal charges in North Carolina. Bernard von NotHaus, 67, was convicted Friday by a federal jury of making, possessing and selling his own coins, said Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina." [hat tip -- Michael Badnarik via Facebook] (03/19/11)

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Opening Statement for the Defense of Bradley Manning

February 10, 2011
posted by

Chelsea Manning CounterPunch
by Chase Madar  

"Politicians have called for Manning's head, sometimes literally. And yet a strong legal defense for Pfc. Manning is not difficult to envision. Despite many remaining questions of fact, a legal defense can already be sketched out. What follows is an 'opening statement' for the defense. It does not attempt to argue individual points of law in any exhaustive way. Rather, like any opening statement, it is an overview of the vital legal (and political) issues at stake, intended for an audience of ordinary citizens, not Judge Advocate General lawyers." (02/10/11)

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Egypt: Regime releases abducted Google exec

February 7, 2011
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PC Magazine    

"Egyptian authorities have released Google executive Wael Ghonim, who went missing amidst the protests in Cairo. 'We have indeed received confirmation of his release,' Mark Toner, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, told the Wall Street Journal. ... While Ghonim has been released, according to the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, around 1,275 have been detained since the start of the protests, the Journal said." (02/07/11)

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Kucinich requests meeting with Manning

February 6, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Fox News    

"Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is hoping for a face-to-face with Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified military documents that were later posted on whistleblower website Wikileaks. Kucinich, who sits on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking for a chance to meet with Manning at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. 'As you know, I am concerned about reports of his treatment while in custody that describe alarming abuses of his constitutional rights and his physical health,' Kucinich writes." (02/05/11)

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