Thursday, April 28, 2011
Apr. 27, 2011
The Information Ministry said the daily newspapers Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya were closed after receiving two or more warnings in the past year over their political coverage.
Opposition leader Dmitry Bondarenko was found guilty in court of organizing an election-night rally in December to protest the results of the vote that extended the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko.
"This is no more than a reprisal against political opponents,” Bondarenko told the court in his final statement.
Police violently dispersed the rally, which drew tens of thousands of protesters. Some 700 people were arrested, including seven presidential candidates.
Seven opposition figures have already been sentenced to jail terms of two to four years for their part in the protest. Ten more, including presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, are still on trial.
The two newspapers had received warnings over their coverage of the bombing of the Minsk subway and for reporting suspicions that the government was behind the April 11 blast, which killed 14 people. The suspicions were so widely circulated that Lukashenko felt compelled to deny them in a televised address.
Full Article Here -http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/opposition_leader_sentenced_to_2_years_in_jail_in_authoritarian_belarus_after_organizing_rally/2011/04/27/AF9z8bwE_story.html?wprss=rss_europe
Paul Joseph Watson
April 28, 2011
We received the following email from Charlie Veitch’s girlfriend. Veitch, who many of you will know as the leader of the Love Police activist group, has been arrested by British police in a pre-crime raid on charges of “conspiracy to cause a public nuisance” at tomorrow’s Royal Wedding. Veitch was in contact with police before the arrest, reassuring them that his plans were completely peaceful and merely centered around voicing his free speech, which evidently no longer exists as a human right in the United Kingdom.
Please call the number listed in the email below and politely demand that Veitch be released. Veitch is being held at Cambridge Parkside Station.
In a You Tube video posted earlier this week, Veitch warned that he was under surveillance and that he was being followed around London.
My apologies for sending this to multiple emails – this news is important and needs to get out quick, and these are the only Infowars addresses I have.
My boyfriend, Charlie Veitch of the Love Police (UK) was arrested today from our own home on suspicion of a ‘conspiracy to cause a public nuisance’ tomorrow at the Royal Wedding. By nuisance, they mean speaking freely in a public space, which is what Charlie does. He went to the police recently, on his own accord, to discuss how he is entirely non-aggressive and not a threat to them but a friend to them.
If you were wondering if the UK is still a democracy – the answer is evidently no. I have never known so many democratic activists be arrested, not only on suspicion of thought-crime, speech-crime, or political assembly crimes – but now actually these ‘offenses’ as PRE-crime?!
My name is Silkie – I am Charlie’s partner and a student of politics and psychology at The University of Cambridge. I would very much like to get the word out to your listeners/readers.
I’d particularly ask anyone who is similarly outraged by this to call (+44) 845 456 456 4 and ask for the custody block, who will be quite aggresive and rude (as they have been to me), in order to maintain the pressure and demand his release.
"BREAKING NEWS Charlie Veitch has been arrested for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and for aggravated trespass of Fortnam and Masons at the last protest,this is a political arrest,and most people in "Great Britain" think they are free!?"
This appeared in the David Icke Forum
Silkie told Nathan, who posted it on FB. He's being held at Cambridge Parkside Station.If anyone else is in Cambridge there's a bunch of people gathering outside the police station at 9.30 as a protest / solidarity thing.
By Bill Wilson – Iceland is free. And it will remain so, so long as her people wish to remain autonomous of the foreign domination of her would-be masters — in this case, international bankers.
On April 9, the fiercely independent people of island-nation defeated a referendum that would have bailed out the UK and the Netherlands who had covered the deposits of British and Dutch investors who had lost funds in Icesave bank in 2008.
At the time of the bank’s failure, Iceland refused to cover the losses. But the UK and Netherlands nonetheless have demanded that Iceland repay them for the “loan” as a condition for admission into the European Union.
In response, the Icelandic people have told Europe to go pound sand. The final vote was 103,207 to 69,462, or 58.9 percent to 39.7 percent. “Taxpayers should not be responsible for paying the debts of a private institution,” said Sigriur Andersen, a spokeswoman for the Advice group that opposed the bailout.
A similar referendum in 2009 on the issue, although with harsher terms, found 93.2 percent of the Icelandic electorate rejecting a proposal to guarantee the deposits of foreign investors who had funds in the Icelandic bank. The referendum was invoked when President Olafur Ragnur Grimmson vetoed legislation the Althingi, Iceland’s parliament, had passed to pay back the British and Dutch.
Under the terms of the agreement, Iceland would have had to pay £2.35 billion to the UK, and €1.32 billion to the Netherlands by 2046 at a 3 percent interest rate. Its rejection for the second time by Iceland is a testament to its people, who feel they should bear no responsibility for the losses of foreigners endured in the financial crisis.
That opposition to bailouts led to Iceland’s decision to allow the bank to fail in 2008. Not that the taxpayers there could have afforded to. As noted by Bloomberg News, at the time the crisis hit in 2008, “the banks had debts equal to 10 times Iceland’s $12 billion GDP.”
“These were private banks and we didn’t pump money into them in order to keep them going; the state did not shoulder the responsibility of the failed private banks,” Iceland President Olafur Grimsson told Bloomberg Television.
Read more at NetRightDaily.com: http://netrightdaily.com/2011/04/iceland-declares-independence-from-international-banks/#ixzz1KqChEN3f
Guantanamo's Child Soldiers: Files Reveal Many Inmates Were Minors - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
The file reads like a description of a fighting machine. Omar Ahmed Khader, who was given the prisoner number US9CA-000766DP, was a skilled fighter. While training in Afghanistan, he learned to detonate mines and blow up bombs, not to mention "configuring IEDs for remote detonation using hand held devices."And the man had used his skills well, according to his risk assessment written by US interrogators in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp -- a document which SPIEGEL has seen and which has now been made public by the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, together with
"Detainee admits to having participated in several mining operations and harassing attacks against US Forces," the file reads. He is even alleged to have killed an American soldier with a grenade.
The detainee did not appear to regret his actions, however. "Detainee has never expressed any genuine remorse for the killing of that soldier," the file reads. On the contrary, while in Guantanamo he grew "increasingly hostile towards his interrogators and the guard force," despite being willing to cooperate. "He remains committed to extremist Islamic values."
Everything in the file makes the detainee sound like a hardcore jihadist. With one exception: the date of birth. Omar Ahmed Khader was born on Sept. 19, 1986. The detainee was only 17 years old at the time when his file was created.
'Understands the Gravity of His Actions'
Omar Ahmed Khader was a child soldier. According to his file, his own father was close to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. He "encouraged" his teenage son to travel to Afghanistan to take part in the fight against the US.
5:34pm UK, Thursday April 28, 2011
Police have arrested more than 20 people who are suspected of involvement in plans to disrupt tomorrow's Royal Wedding.
Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said Scotland Yard had stressed there was no specific terror threat.
But sources say officers are concerned about activities by anarchist groups ahead of the big day and carried out pre-emptive raids on squats in London this morning.
Seven arrests were also made at squats in Hove earlier today.
Most of the arrests are thought to relate to the stealing of electricity from properties, but it is thought police are keen to clamp down on anyone who may be suspected of planning trouble.
A group called Reclaim The Royal Wedding, which is encouraging followers to take part in some form of protest near Westminster Abbey on Friday, are also causing concern.
Police had been expected to carry out a number of arrests ahead of the big day, which will be watched by a global TV audience of two billion and is expected be the most expensive and high-profile security operation in a generation for Scotland Yard.
Was it really just to end the "silliness," as the president says -- or a canny move to make the GOP look "crazy"?
The detainees, who included two internet activists, were arrested in the eastern city of Qatif for taking part in anti-government protests, AFP reported on Thursday.
"Arrests have been ongoing for sometime but in the past few days it focused on bloggers and writers," a Shia activist was quoted as saying on condition of anonymity as he feared facing arrest.
"The number of Shias arrested since the start of the protests and (those who) remain in jail is 140."
Earlier in the month, a Human Rights Watch report said the authorities have arrested over 160 activists since February.
The people were called to police stations or saw their homes being raided by police.
“Even ordinary people have been detained for taking part in demonstrations,” a human rights campaigner was quoted as saying.