Category: Civil Liberties

Polly Curtis: ‘This is not the way I should have been treated in a country I love’

For more than a decade, Nottingham university felt like the safest place in the world for Hicham Yezza as an undergraduate, doctoral student, campus activist and, most recently, employee. But two weeks ago his world caved in when he was arrested under the Terrorism Act.   The 30-year-old Algerian was detained by police for possessing Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Updating Yassin Aref’s Struggle for Justice

Yassin Aref is an Iraqi Kurd and political prisoner in Police State America. A full account of his ordeal can be found at the following link: http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2008/03/yassin-arefs-struggle-for-justice-in.html.   In the post-9/11 climate of fear, Aref was targeted for his faith and ethnicity and victimized by a willful FBI frame. It began as a sting to Read more…

Dalia Acosta: Cuba: Sexual Diversity – the Rainbow Revolution

HAVANA, May 21 (IPS) – Nearly 50 years after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, sexual minorities are at last beginning to feel that their voice is being heard and that they can finally take their place in the movement towards a more just and inclusive society. "I always wanted to be a part of Read more…

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Paul Street: Terror in the Heartland: Postville, Iowa

Below I am pasting in a message I just got from a Google group called "Iowa Peace List." As far as I can tell, it is a communique from somebody in the Catholic Church in Iowa. It is about the recent proto-fascistic Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) assault on Latino (predominantly Guatemalan and Mexican-American) workers Read more…

Terese Svoboda: Race and American Military Justice: Rape, Murder, and Execution in Occupied Japan

"Why do you want the records of all these horrible criminals?" asks the clerk at the National Personnel Records Center. I don’t believe they’re criminals. These GIs were all around twenty years old, from the lowest ranks. For most it was their first offense and many have ribbons from the most terrible battles in the Read more…

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Dave Zirin: There’s No Place Like Home: Refocusing Olympic Protest

"THIS ‘SHUT up and play’? That’s not OK. That’s not the Olympics." So wrote Sports Illustrated’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, joining a rising chorus of sportswriters criticizing the pre-emptive repression of speech of Olympic athletes. It’s no doubt worthy of their ire. The British Olympic Association told their teams in writing that they are forbidden to speak Read more…

Nicole Colson: Persecution Without End

SAMI AL-ARIAN was supposed to have been released from prison April 11 after more than five years behind bars. Instead, the former University of South Florida professor is facing another extension of his incarceration–and has been forced to take desperate action in protest. In March, Al-Arian began a new hunger strike, his third since he Read more…

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Charles Dickey: On Beauty

We suffer in our culture from a profound lack of appreciation of beauty.  Beauty is not lacking, that’s for certain.  Most days, anyone can see and experience beauty, as subjective as it is, in many different ways: through meetings and chance encounters with beautiful people, through the appreciation of plants and animals, the flow of Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Slavery of Immigrants in Florida

I just finished watching a CNN video (April 28, 2008) http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=7588642&ch=4226713&src=news on the slave labor conditions of immigrants working in Florida. Investigators say migrant workers enslaved in Florida have every movement controlled, and that they are not allowed to leave the space provided by the employer when they are done working. In other words, they Read more…

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Chip Berlet: Right-Wing Witch Hunts, Then and Now

Debbie Almontaser and Hallie Flanagan have more in common than their decision to wear headgear. They both were targeted by public witch hunts for their educational and cultural activities. Both were smeared by small-minded xenophobic right-wingers. Both stood up to their accusers. Both belong in the Bill of Rights Hall of Fame. Flanagan was targeted Read more…

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