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Free Julian Assange! Hands Off WikiLeaks!

The Internationalist  
December 2010 

Sinister Attack on WikiLeaks to Cover Up Imperialist Crimes
Free Julian Assange! Drop All Charges!

Julian Assange, presenting WikiLeaks' release of files on Afghanistan war in London, July 26.

Julian Assange, presenting WikiLeaks’ release of files on Afghanistan war in London, July 26. (Photo: Getty Images)

The December 7 arrest in London of Julian Assange, the founder and editor-in-chief of the Internet investigative site WikiLeaks, is a threat to freedom of the press and an attempt to silence critics who expose the bloody deeds of imperialism. We are convinced, along with many others, that Assange is innocent of the trumped up accusations of the crimes of rape and sexual molestation that are being manipulated by Swedish authorities to request his detention and extradition. It is clear that sinister forces are pushing the persecution of this courageous man, and his life could be in danger.

We have no hesitation in naming the criminal forces who are behind this frame-up: first and foremost, the United States government of Barack Obama and its military and spy agencies. They have enlisted U.S. corporations such as Amazon, MasterCard, PayPal and others, Swiss banks and the complaisant Swedish, British and Australian governments in their war on WikiLeaks. They seek to silence whistleblowers who have not only caused them diplomatic embarrassment but also lifted a corner of  the veil on Washington’s Murder, Inc. If the would-be masters of the world cannot stop the leakage of information through judicial/police methods, they will surely resort to other means.

Being Subpeonaed by the FBI for Traveling to Israel and Palestine

 

Houston Anarchist Book Fair

  

            The Houston Anarchist Book Fair and Film Festival serves to bring radical and alternative literature, education, and culture to Houston, TX, with a focus on resistance and community building. This event is being developed as a vehicle for community organizing, and networking in the southern region of the United States. The book fair will feature a variety of distro’s, infoshops, used and new books, in combination with workshops, skill shares, lectures, speeches, and facilitated open discussions. Through this we hope to create a liberated space, solidarity in the anarchist community and, regional, national and international networking. This event will have a wide array of organizations coming together in building a radical community in the south.

The Houston Anarchist book fair and film festival will take place April 22-24, 2011. 

 

We are looking for:

-Facilitators

-Speakers

-Authors

-Workshops

-Skill shares

-Infoshops/Distros

-Filmmakers/Films

-Artist

 

If you are a filmmaker, or know someone who is, please feel free to e-mail us as well, and we will add you into the film festival schedule.

 

 

We want your input! If you would like to present a workshop or host a skill share, table your distro, play music or if you have resources and would like to volunteer … CONTACT US at houstonanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

 

La feria de libros y peliculas anarquistas sirve para traer literatura radical y alternativa, educacion y cultura con un enfoque en resistencia y creando comunidad. Este evento se esta creando como un vehiculo para organizar en la communidad y creando redes de comunicacion en el sur de Estados Unidos. La feria de libro tendra una variedad de distros, infoshops, libros nuevos y usados, en combinacion con talleres, intercambio de habilidades, lecturas, discursos, y facilitando el dialogo abierto. Por medio de esto esperamos crear un espacio libre, solidaridad en la comunidad anarquista, y crear redes regionales, nacionales, e internacionales. A este evento vendra una gran variedad de organizaciones que juntas construiran una comunidad radical en el sur.

El Festival y Feria Anarquista de Libros de Houston se llevara acabo del 22 al 24 de Abril del 2011.

 

Buscamos:

-Facilitadores

-Presentad@s

-Autores

-Talleres

-Intercambio de habilidades

-Infoshops/Distros

-Cinematograf@s/Peliculas

-Artistas

 

Si eres un@ cinematograf@, o conoces a alguien que lo sea, por favor mandanos un correo electronico y te agregaremos al itinerario

 

Queremos saber que piensas! Si te gustaria presentar un taller o dirigir un intercambio de abilidades, vender tu mercancia, tocar musica, o si tienes recursos y/o te gustaria voluntarear....COMUNICATE CON NOSOTROS!!!! a

 

houstonanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

 

The Shortwave Report 12/10/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (December 10) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, 
Radio Netherlands,

 

Radio Deutsche-Welle, 

Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.

   From CHINA- 
China has pushed for the resumption of the 6-party talks on the Korean peninsula in light of the recent artillery exchanges. The US and South Korea are increasing military exercises. Two stories about the UN climate talks in Cancun Mexico. Colombia has declared a state of emergency to cope with deadly floods.

    From NETHERLANDS- 

An analysis of the claims that the release of Wikileaks information is "a threat to national security" and that it "puts lives at risk."

    From GERMANY- 

According to a Wikileaks release The US pressured Germany into not arresting CIA agents involved in Extraordinary Rendition. A report on the effect that the new austerity measures in Ireland will have on citizens with low or middle incomes.

   From CUBA- 
The US has dropped its demand that Israel freeze illegal Jewish settlement building in the West Bank. Venezuela is receiving help from Iran to build new housing to replace those destroyed in recent severe flooding. The Afghan government has rescinded its demand that all mercenaries leave by the end of the year. An air strike by NATO forces has killed Afghan soldiers.

    From RUSSIA- 

 

A commentary on the visit to Afghanistan by UK Prime Minister David Cameron a few days after Barack Obama was there.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_12_10_10.mp3 >(13.3MB)
link for smaller file and streaming- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml >
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 

--"

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.


"

 

Israeli activist Gal Lugassi - Occupation, Resistance & the Struggle Against Apartheid

 

Israeli activist Gal Lugassi spoke at Monkeywrench Books (110 E North Loop Blvd) on December 7th, 2010.

Gal Lugassi is an Israeli conscientious objector, a member of the Shiministim, an activist with the Anarchist Against the Wall action group, and the Boycott! from Within group. She also volunteers at the Coalition of Women for Peace and with the Who Profits project.

Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW) is a direct action group that was established in 2003 in response to the construction of the wall Israel is building on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank. The group works in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation.

To view the video from this event please visit this external link: http://blip.tv/file/4490122

Calling All Activists - Join Us on the Ground in Palestine!

Activists Pull Down Settlement Fence in Beit Ommar, Palestine

 

An Evening of Music with David Rovics Live at Monkey Wrench Books

 

MonkeyWrench Books and Palestine Online Store were happy to host this evening of music and politics with David Rovics.

To view the video of this event please visit: http://blip.tv/file/4480960

A zgraphix production.

FCC Commissioner Stands Up for Open Internet

 

On Dec. 21st, 2010, the FCC will finally vote to either turn our Internet over to big companies or protect it with the strongest network neutrality rules possible.  The voice of FCC Commissioner Clyburn will make the difference.  With one click, you can thank her for being an Open Internet Champion, and help her stand her ground!

If you don’t know who FCC Commissioner Clyburn is, you should.  Her vote could be the difference between the democratic Internet we have now- or one with pay to play service, corporate loopholes, and no protections for wireless users.

Commissioner Clyburn already had a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest before her swearing in as an FCC Commissioner in 2009.  Yet, when her nomination for FCC Commissioner was announced last year, people weren’t quite sure what to expect.  Little was known about her position on the important issue of Net Neutrality.  People wondered whether she would champion the issue for everyday Internet users, working people, and America’s poor, or if she she’d side with the corporations and their massive lobby.


Now we know. 

Watch Commissioner Clyburn stand up for Open Internet.

Since her speech to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council at Howard University last January, Commissioner Clyburn has opted not to follow the well-worn path toward upholding the status quo, and supporting a corporate bottom-line.  Instead she has become a strong leader for change, and a voice for our communities, championing issues often left out at the FCC.

On the issue of Net Neutrality she’s become the ‘peoples’ champion’, as well as a friend and ally to the Media Action Grassroots Network.  Commissioner Clyburn has not only maintained an open door policy—meeting with us in D.C. on no less than four occasions—but has also left the Beltway to visit our communities.


Take a minute and tell FCC Commissioner Clyburn she’s our Open Internet Champion. 

Send a letter to Clyburn now!

Thank you,

The Center for Media Justice

Police Harass Mayan Caravan Headed to COP16, Stop Religious Ceremony at Chichen Itza Ruins

 

(Video Story)
Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police

 

A Caravan consisting of more than 400 members from the State of Chiapas belonging to the National Social Justice Movement, La Otra Campaigna, was prevented from entering the sacred Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza, declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.

 

La Otra Campaigna attempted to hold Mayan prayer ceremonies in the temples of their ancestors with members of several Indigenous nations from multiple countries including Canada, Guatemala and the United States Friday night.

 

 

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police.

 

The caravan was denied entry into the park when they arrived at 6pm on Dec. 3 due to a nightly tourist light show that was being set up.

 

As an expression of religious freedom Caravan members did not pay what would have been a collective entrance fee of at least $1,600 Dollars or four $USD per person to enter their religious site.

 

The Caravan, including several buses and more than a dozen smaller vehicles, was only permitted to enter long enough to make a U-turn and file out.

 

The Caravan then traveled a short distance to the town of Piste. Locals in the town had planned to hold the second night of a carnival with music, dancing and a Bull Fight in the town Zocolo when the Caravan arrived.

 

But the Piste carnival was delayed for an hour as the Caravan’s vehicles circled the Zocolo. Young guitarists played while banners were rapidly painted denouncing their exclusion from Chichen Itza.

 

Many hoisted their printed black and red flags, which read “National Liberation Movement,” an initiative spanning the country prompted by self-governing Zapatista communities.

 

Speakers from Indigenous Nations rallied the crowd, performed a spiritual ceremony and sang.

 

The Caravan continued towards Cancun to take part in a convergence of approximately 10,000 other Caravan riders. They plan to take part in more than a week of protest actions and counter-conferences surrounding the COP16.

 

Otra Campaigna Caravan drivers concurred that they were pulled over by the Federal Police more than a dozen times and had their luggage searched during their two-day drive to Cancun.

 

1,500 Federal Police now occupy the city, with many security checkpoints. Maritime activity has been suspended for approximately15 kilometers out to sea around Cancun, costing local fishermen dearly.

 

At the Cancun City limits Federal Police vehicles began to tightly follow the Caravan, with vehicles in front, behind and in the parallel lane.  The Caravan successfully continued to a convergence center prepared for them in Cancun’s city center.

 

Link to La Via Campesina:

http://viacampesina.org/en/

12.3.10 Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police.

 

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