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- 31 December 2001
- Microsoft has been trying to buy acquiescence in its monopolistic
policies, with donations to
presidential candidates (mainly Bush) and
funding supposed "grass-roots" support.
Air: Everybody flies naked and nobody worries.
- 29 December 2001
- Argentina has been suffering from recession and widespread poverty due
to an austerity program imposed by the International Monetary Fund.
Argentines have responded with general strikes,
rioting in many cities, and massive protests on the street. All
President de la Rua, who authorized these policies, to resign.
- Bush says we should not worry about the justice of military trials
because "they will be more fair than bin Laden's system." Should that
be the standard American justice--anything better than bin Laden is
- 26 December 2001
- If the US appears to be "united behind Bush", that is because
journalists, teachers, students, even museum staff are being
intimidated and fired.
- Winn-Dixie fired an employee for cross-dressing in his private
life. A boycott campaign
- 24 December 2001
- Growing and testing genetically modified plants raises the
possibility that the modified genes will spread to other wild or
cultivated plant populations. Farmers whose crops unintentionally
carry the gene face the
threat of being sued for patent infringement. The companies that
do the genetic engineering are not always careful about trying to
prevent this mixing. Friends of the Earth reported recently that
an experimental plant field in Britain was illegally allowed to
bloom, and was being visited by bees that were presumably carrying
pollen to other populations.
- 23 December 2001
- On December 20 in Rome, 100,000 school children protested right-wing
Premier Berlusconi's plans to commercialize the school system. References (in Italian
- 22 December 2001
- The CPSR warns of the
danger and unreliability of national ID cards as a scheme for
- Several men described as North African political dissidents have
in Britain under the new anti-terrorism bill.
- 21 December 2001
- An article in Technology Review gives a lot of information
about the software used for surveillance, and argues that people should
not expect massive surveillance to be effective for preventing
terrorist attacks, only for investigating them afterward.
- 20 December 2001
- A federal judge has ordered a
[link broken 2002-01-18] new sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal, but not a new trial.
- 18 December 2001
- Attorney General Ashcroft says that people like me
"aid terrorists" because we "erode our national unity". If
government condemnation of dissenting views offends you, please give
your support to the ACLU, which
has spoken out against them.
- 17 December 2001
- MIT's Public Thesis Defense to be
"Augmented" by Secret Tribunals.
- 16 December 2001
- The Marijuana Policy Project
is suing the Federal Government to permit a referendum in
Washington DC on legalizing medical marijuana. The MPP is asking for
donations to help pay for the lawsuit.
North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom calls for legalization
of drugs in the UK, saying that the war on drugs has been lost. A
study shows that young marijuana users in the UK are often involved in
violence as a result of
their involvement in the illegal drug market -- a consequence of
- The UK anti-terrorism law was scaled back to meet the objections of
the House of Lords, and is not as dangerous as it might have been.
But Amnesty International says it still opens the door to human rights
The Landless Women of Bangladesh enforce a Bangladeshi
law that gives newly-formed islands to landless people to farm.
- 14 December 2001
- Tens of thousands of protestors are expected at the European Union
summit in Brussels, Dec 14/15.
- 13 December 2001
The British House of Lords has rejected the proposed "anti-terrorism"
law, demanding many changes to uphold traditional British
- 12 December 2001
- Canadians occupied the office of the Justice Minister as a protest
against the proposed "anti-terrorism" laws that would criminalize many
common forms of protest. See their statements about bills C35 and C36. Meanwhile, Canadian author Mike Pearson is not
being allowed to receive copies of his own book.
- 11 December 2001
- The DEA has decided to "interpret" a 1970 law so that claims that
food containing even a trace of hemp is illegal. Please visit http://www.SaveHemp.org to tell your
federal representatives that you object to this.
- On December 7, Philadelphia
police attacked a peaceful protest rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal,
- 10 December 2001
- The Drug Reform Coordination
Network is campaigning to change a provision in the Higher
Education Act that excludes thousands of college students (or would-be
students) from financial aid because of drug use (most often simple
possession of marijuana). Americans are asked to send email and faxes
to their congressional representatives through a special web site .
UN Human Rights chief Mary Robinson has criticized the Bush
Administration, saying its present and proposed treatment of
"terrorist" suspects circumvented the system of checks and balances of
a democratic society.
- 9 December 2001
You may already know that Mumia Abu-Jamal was
convicted of murder in an unfair
trial. Now another man is ready to confess to the murder--and so
far, courts have ruled that the system should not listen. A protest
campaign demands the reopening of
- 8 December 2001
war on terror is continuing an assault on freedom that was begun in
the war on drugs.
- Singapore's government wasn't satisfied to convict a
prominent journalist for criticizing the government on the
Internet--they committed him to a mental hospital.
- 6 December 2001
- The case of "incitement to riot" against the editors of Brand has been
dismissed. The court ruled that the article was indeed political
satire. The case received wide publicity in Sweden, with many
well-known personalities standing up for Brand and freedom of the press.
- The EU is proposing an "anti-terrorism" measure that would classify
common forms of political protest and dissent as "terrorism". It
calls for keeping international dossiers on suspected protestors.
200 lawyers from all the EU countries have published an appeal warning
danger to democracy posed by this measure.
- 5 December 2001
- Link to a story about
verified civilian casualties that the US persistently denies.
- 4 December 2001
- There is a panel discussion in San Francisco on December 11, "Chasing Windmills Of
PEACE: is this war necessary? are there alternatives?"
- 3 December 2001
In Bolivia, both the president of
Bolivia and the US ambassador are calling protestors "terrorists".
Meanwhile, the Canadian government is pushing a pair of
"anti-terrorism" bills which, taken together, declare
typical anti-globalization protest tactics to be "terrorism".
- 30 November 2001
- Evidence is being presented to a court in Belgium that
Israeli forces participated directly in the 1982 slaughter of unarmed
Palestinian prisoners in refugee camps near Beirut.
- 29 November 2001
- A 1987 speech by Supreme Court Justice Brennan warns Americans to
beware of America's
tendency to harm itself in time of perceived danger by abolishing
civil liberties, and later discover that the self-inflicted harm
was an unnecessary response to a shadow of a threat.
- A journalist reports on how Canadian
police menaced her to prevent her from covering the G-20 meeting in
Ottawa. On the street, police attacked another journalist who was
covering the protest.
- Katie Sierra, the high school student who was censored for
criticizing the war in Afghanistan, has left school because she
repeatedly attacked and threatened there. People are requested to
write in support.
- Egyptian police have arrested a man for publishing a
supposedly obscene poem on the Internet outside Egypt.
- 28 November 2001
- The British government plans to prohibit "incitement of religious
hatred". Many are worried that people will be prosecuted for
- 27 November 2001
- As a side effect of the "anti-terrorism" bill, the US now plans to
people around the world for breaking computer security. The US in
effect threatens to impose its laws on people and activities in other
- The UK already has a Terrorism
Act which has been used to arbitrarily ban political groups.
This law has been condemned by Amnesty International and by the
UN Commission on Human Rights.
- An Oklahoma forensic analyst with a habit of lying about the
evidence has been fired for a
series of unjust convictions and sentences, but the state Attorney
General is blocking DNA tests that might exonerate others.
- 26 November 2001
- Jared Israel probes the question of why no fighters
were sent to intercept the hijacked airliners on September 11.
- 25 November 2001
- A New Zealand journalist -- whom we reported arrested and
beaten in July -- has written an account of his Genoa experience.
South Korean government plans to fingerprint every citizen, as a
- 24 November 2001
- Senior police officers in the UK have supported a
relaxation of laws for the use of the drug ecstasy.
- 18 November 2001
- Greg Palast reports that when trying to investigate terrorist
connections of other members of the wealthy bin Laden family, the
FBI was blocked by orders from above.
- Jared Israel has compared the various US government and press statements
why no fighters were sent to intercept the plane
that attacked the Pentagon, and finds suspicious discrepancies
and signs of a campaign to mislead the public.
- 17 November 2001
- A list of quotations from the mainstream media response that shows
the dreadful chorus of
lust to punish someone, no matter who.
provides information on "anti-terrorist" threats to civil liberties.
Israeli police continue to use torture, defying the Israeli
Supreme Court, which ordered them to stop.
- The UK government asks for the power to
detain asylum-seekers for 6 months without trial.
- 14 November 2001
- Another place to send your opinion on Katie
Sierra: the Charleston Gazette, email@example.com.
- 12 November 2001
- www.polyamour.net promotes
non-possessiveness in love relationships, and the freedom to go beyond
the narrow range of relationships sanctioned by convention.
- 11 November 2001
- On Oct 25 the DEA raided the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center.
The Marijuana Policy Project asks Americans to send letters to their elected
representatives to support a bill that would put an end to DEA
interference with medical marijuana.
- The East Timor Action Network ask Americans to write to Congress to
call for the establishment of a tribunal to
try the perpetrators of the atrocities there.
- A century-old Anarchist magazine in Sweden, Brand, is being prosecuted
over a parody article.
- Jared Israel writes that the US government has protected
Osama bin Laden and his associates on numerous occasions as
recently as last August.
- 9 November 2001
- There will be a protest at the Massachusetts State House near
Boston Common, on 12:30pm on Wednesday November 14, to call on the
legislators to obey the Clean Elections Law, which voters approved
several years ago but which the legislators are now refusing to fund.
- 8 November 2001
The Center for Democracy and Technology analyzes the
anti-terrorism bill and warns of further
legislative threats to civil liberties in the US.
- Government agents
banned Green Party leader Nancy Oden from flying because of the
party's opposition to the war in Afghanistan.
- Amended the story about the West Virginia High School student
prohibited from wearing anti-war t-shirts, to tell how you can support her.
- New picture of rms wearing his "power tie".
- 6 November 2001
- Canada is planning a
dangerous anti-terrorism bill.
- A student in West Virginia was prohibited from forming an
anarchist club, and
even from wearing anti-war t-shirts, on the grounds that
expressing these ideas "disrupts the educational process".
- 4 November 2001
A CIA agent
met with Osama bin Laden last July in Dubai.
- Jared Israel interviews the Red Cross about the bombed
warehouse of aid supplies in Kabul.
- The FBI has detained over 1000 people as "terrorist suspects" and
refuses to say who or why.
Sep 30 issue of Crypto-Gram explains why many of the new and
proposed security measures against terrorism are as ineffective as
they are intrusive.
- 31 October 2001
- The National Writers Union has voted to support a boycott of
Pacifica Radio stations because of their firing and harrassment
of popular journalists.
- The Foundation for
Individual Rights in Education reports that since Sep 11 there has
been a rash of
censorship of opinions about the terrorist attacks and how to
respond to them.
- 30 October 2001
- The dangerous "antiterrorism" bill has been enacted into law; it
omits the most horrible proposal, life imprisonment without trial for
non-citizens, but even without that it is a great
blow to freedom.
- Police State Minus One Day And
Counting: Congress has abolished due process of the law.
- The FCC decided on September 13 to review the regulation that
prohibits anyone from owning both a TV station and a newspaper in the
same area. This is likely to let TV chains snap up newspapers,
further narrowing the information most Americans get about the world.
your opposition to this change.
- 29 October 2001
- Noam Chomsky's The New War
Against Terror poses the question: what should be done to reduce
terrorism generally in the world today?
- 28 October 2001
- Framed and unjustly imprisoned British political activist Mark Barnsley writes
about the extortionist "company
stores" in the privatized prisons in the UK.
- The UK plans to stop arrests for possession of marijuana
and allow doctors to prescribe it.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Thursday, October 18
to consider the first appellate court nominee of the Bush
Administration with a clear anti-choice record. Ask your Senators to oppose the nomination and
to request a second hearing.
- I recommend
Farce or Figleaf: The Promise of Leisure in the Computer Age by
R. Dennis Hayes.
- 25 October 2001
- The FBI is openly admitting that it wants to find a way to
use torture to get information from terrorist suspects.
- 24 October 2001
- While the US forces attack the Taliban, we must not overlook evidence that the US
aided the Taliban in taking over Afghanistan.
- In the 1960s,
the FBI disrupted and crushed US political opposition groups.
Such practices continued past 1990. Now they may use "anti-terrorist"
powers for similar purposes.
- An interesting article:
The Same New World: Antiauthoritarian Politics after September 11.
- 20 October 2001
- United Airlines kicked a man off two flights, then banned him
from ever flying on their planes again, because he was reading
a novel they considered suspicious. You can write to United
Airlines at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can
also post your message on www.untied.com so that the public
can see it.
- 19 October 2001
- A Times of India article alleges that a Pakistani general
directly supported the September 11 hijackers.
- 17 October 2001
- Afghan refugees report
witnessing heavy civilian casualties from US bombing.
- The Canadian government has
very close ties with the pharmaceutical industry, and repays their
lobbying efforts with monopolies that hurt the public in Canada and
- 13 October 2001
Naomi Klein wrote an interesting article on how the establishment is
trying to use the September 11 attacks to demonize and attack the
anti-globalization movement: Protesting in
the Post-WTC Age.
- 12 October 2001
- As governor of Texas, George W Bush signed a law making the use of
false ID by minors to obtain alcohol a jailing offense. In May 2001
his own daughters were arrested for just this crime. Not only were
they let off without going to jail (unlike the many teenagers arrested
during George W's governorship), but the bar, and the bar manager who
had caught them and called the police were menaced by Bush supporters.
- 11 October 2001
- Who watches the watchmen? Whenever
police ask to be allowed to bypass search warrants, we must be on
- The ACLU warns Americans about the
Senate's "Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act", an
anti-terrorism bill that attacks basic
- 10 October 2001
- US and UK politicians trying to profit from terrorism: The EFF warns that the FTAA may be used to
impose laws like the DMCA on
all the countries of the Western Hemisphere. And in the UK, a
government official proposed, just hours after the September 11
look for unpopular actions to announce while the public and the news
media were distracted by terrorism.
- The Sexual Freedom Coalition
campaigns to bring UK laws into line with the rest of Europe, ending
censorship and many other forms of government-imposed sexual
repression and prudery.
Binding arbitration clauses, which are now often imposed by businesses
on the public, increasingly
deprive Americans of their legal rights.
- 8 October 2001
- Montreal police plan to press charges against a squatter whom they
forcibly evicting him from a long-abandoned city building.
- The Republicans are making a renewed campaign to give Bush "fast track"
authority for new trade treaties such as the FTAA. Please call your
congressional representatives ASAP to oppose this.
- 6 October 2001
- If US seek allies that share deeper values and not just a
momentary common advantage, we should support the Revolutionary Association of the Women of
Afghanistan, who document the Taliban's cruel treatment of women
to educate and help Afghan women both within Afghanistan and in
the refugee camps in Pakistan.
- Prostitutes in the Netherlands, where their trade is now legal, are
form a union.
- Richard Dawkins explains how the irrationality of religion is a
crucial ingredient terrorism, in
Religion's Misguided Missiles.
- 4 October 2001
The West should
look carefully at the murderous, cruel Northern Alliance of
Afghanistan before using them as allies against the Taliban, says
Robert Fisk in the Independent.
The annual conference of the Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility on Oct 19-21 is about Nurturing the
- 2 October 2001
- The UK government plans to institute
unlimited detention without trial of asylum seekers on mere
suspicion of involvement with terrorism. They could also be deported
without a hearing.
- 1 October 2001
- Francisco Gil-White makes a case for determined
police activity and a Marshall plan rather than war in
- 29 September 2001
- The Canadians who are threatened with imprisonment for eating their ballots are now
eat their subpoenas.
- 26 September 2001
- A journalist who covered the US-sponsored guerrilla war in
Afghanistan in the 80s warns that America's announced war on terrorism
suffers from confusion and worse,
in its aims, and its methods .
- 25 September 2001
- As part of preparations for a possible war, the Department of
Defense has stopped
discharging homosexuals from the armed forces.
Britain plans to institute compulsory national identity cards, a
major attack on civil liberties there.
- 24 September 2001
Since the terrorist attacks, religious
rhetoric that excludes Atheists has increased, leaving many
Atheists feeling unwelcome as Americans.
- 23 September 2001
- The Freedom Forum warns of the
threat to civil liberties posed by misguided responses to
- 20 September 2001
- Afghani-American writer warns that
foolishly designed military measures could hurt the Taliban's
victims while helping the Taliban recruit support.
- Added a file of sayings I've uttered
- 19 September 2001
- There will be a protest
Sep 22 in Washington DC, to free Dr. Younus Shaikh and hundreds of
others convicted in Pakistan of blasphemy. You can also sign an on-line
- 18 September 2001
- Thousands dead; millions deprived of
civil liberties? Tell elected (and unelected) officials that you
don't want your civil liberties to become the terrorists' next victim.
- 17 September 2001
- What Became of Tolerance in Islam?
- 12 September 2001
- A Burmese Arts and Literature Symposium was held in Brookline,
Massachusetts, because such a gathering cannot be held in Burma under
military rule. One of the guests was Tin Maung Than, who published
an independent magazine in Burma but had to flee the country. See the Free Burma Coalition.
- Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, writes about how the police violence in
Genoa could affect the future of politics--in Italy, and
throughout the West.
- 10 September 2001
- Bush wants to appoint a "drug czar" who is as fanatical as a real
czar. You can send
an email or fax to your senators asking them to vote against the
nomination of Walters.
- Award-winning Iranian
filmmaker Tahmineh Milani has been charged in Iran with the crime
of "insulting the values of the Islamic revolution."
- 9 September 2001
- WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, is running an
essay contest in praise of copyrights and patents. In response,
another group called WIPOUT has launched a counter-contest. They are
asking people to respond to the same question, "What does intellectual
property mean to you in your daily life?" But they are looking for
responses that present the harm done by copyrights, patents, etc.
They aim to highlight the side of the issue that WIPO ignores. Please
keep in mind, after you read their site, that "intellectual
property" is a propaganda term.
- Several Canadians, members of the Edible Ballot Society, are
years in prison for eating their own election ballots, which they
did as a protest against the sad state of democracy in Canada.
- 8 September 2001
- The Privacy Foundation
has reported on how monster.com
collects and uses personal data from job-seekers. If you are
thinking of using the site, read this report first.
- 4 September 2001
- The ex-chief of the Genoa police admits that
600 neo-nazis infiltrated the Genoa protests, with the aim of
committing acts of violence that would discredit the protestors.
- The US Department of Justice has been attacking
and threatening journalists.
- 2 September 2001
clear explanation of the methods corporations use to manage news
reporting and thus public opinion about major issues.
- 27 August 2001
Shaikh faces the death penalty in Pakistan--for blasphemy. You can
help Younus Shaikh avoid execution by
writing a letter to the government of Pakistan.
- 26 August 2001
Greece has levied criminal charges against Italian police for
attacking a group of Greeks on their way to Genoa to participate in
- 23 August 2001
- The founder of the first rationalist organization in Pakistan has
to death for "blasphemy".
- The Independent warns
against the danger of using a "small group of troublemakers within
larger, law-abiding movements" as an excuse to
restrict the civil liberties of protestors.
- 21 August 2001
- Please take ten minutes to write to your government saying that
the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas
treaty should not require laws like the DMCA.
- 18 August 2001
- The members of the theater troupe "no borders"
have been released from prison in Italy, with charges dropped,
but they have been prohibited (with no grounds) from entering
- 17 August 2001
- If you want to help research stories for this site, please email
at rms at gnu dot org.
- Large protests in support of Dmitry Sklyarov are being organized
for August 30 in San
Francisco and elsewhere.
seeks to censor US web sites through lawsuits. It will be easier
for them to do this if the proposed Hague
Treaty is adopted.
An Italian woman who protested the G8 summit in Genoa was later found
strangled in Padua.
- 11 August 2001
- Norman Blair has updated his statement
concerning the events in Genoa.
- British protestors arrested in Genoa have
set up a fund to help cover the expenses imposed
by their arrests.
- 10 August 2001
- Statement of Joe Moffat about beingarrested, beaten, and denied rights by Italian
- 8 August 2001
- Older notes on Genoa moved to Genoa archive.
- A report shows that in
most of the world globalization provides no general prosperity, and
not even much growth.
- The Republican
War on Prosperity.
- 7 August 2001
has increased censorship on access to the Internet.
- The imprisoned actors from the No Border Tour have
written a letter from jail.
- The Hawaii BOE voted against requiring the teaching of creationism in
- The Moonies are preparing to feed at the public
trough through Bush's plan to supply federal funds to "faith-based"
(i.e. religious) activities.
- 5 August 2001
abuse database to harass and intimidate.
- A report on the
effects of NAFTA
shows that citizens of the US and Mexico have generally lost out
as a result of the treaty, although business has benefited from it.
- Public Citizen, reports on the ways various
industries that paid money to the Bush campaign have been rewarded
with changes in "inconvenient" Federal regulations that would protect
public health or the environment from the actions of these companies.
- The British government is preparing a curfew law to "protect"
teenagers by locking them up.
- Archive of older political notes established.
- 4 August 2001
- More information about the Britons who were kidnaped by Italian
police in Genoa: they have participated in nonviolent disarmament
protests at Faslane nuclear base in the UK. One of them announced
on July 22 that his son
was detained by police with machine guns as a suspected
"terrorist". (His son is not even involved in the protests.)
- WBAI has cancelled
program, and fired its
host, award-winning journalist Robert Knight. Protest
rallies are going on. Meanwhile, some of the WBAI staff are
wearing masks while on the premises, in protest against
videocameras that the management has installed to snoop on them
while at work.
- 2 August 2001
- On Aug 2, the Hawaii Board of Education voted on a proposal to
require teaching of creationism in biology classes. I sent them a message about the proposal.
- 31 July 2001
- Statement of Jonathan Blair, attacked by
police while sleeping in the Diaz School in Genoa.
- Canada has expanded medical
marijuana use, allowing people with certain medical conditions to
grow marijuana or designate someone else to grow it for them.
- Starhawk's report on the implications of
the Italian police's tactics.
- 25 members of a theatre caravan were arrested in
Italy while crossing the border to Frankfurt. They were beaten at
the police station, held and questioned for 4 days without being
charged with a crime.
- 29 July 2001
The POSCO workers' web site, which was prohibited in South Korea
as a copyright violation, has been recognized as a form of free
speech, not prohibited by copyright. But the workers' original
grievances about unfair treatment
by POSCO have not been redressed.
- The UK government is now reconsidering the laws for use of marijuana.
- The Italian daily la
Repubblica interviewed a police officer who was involved in the
beatings at the Diaz school and elsewhere in Genoa. In English and in Italian.
- 26 July 2001
- A New Zealand
journalist was arrested and beaten in the raid on the Diaz school
- This sequence of pictures [PDF]
suggests that murdered protestor Carlo Giuliani
was not attacking anyone when he was shot by police in "self-defense".
of the world's poorest nations are meeting to block further trade
- As their police guard killed and maimed protestors, the G8
summit offered lip service instead of significant help for the
global problems that the protestors demanded attention for.
- Aileen O'Carroll has written an
analysis of television coverage of Genoa.
- 24 July 2001
- Long Beach CA police deported a
peaceful protestor who has lived in the US since the age of 3
months after accusing him of fabricated crimes.
- 22 July 2001
police raided the a web radio journalist organization, www.radiogap.net, destroying
the computers and stealing the data. They did this without a
warrant, pretending to be searching for weapons.
- 21 July 2001
- News from Genoa: 2 protestors killed, woman photographer attacked
by 7 policemen, three Britons held incommunicado for 8 hours without
being arrested or charged with a crime.
- The EFF has temporarily
withdrawn from the protests against the arrest of
Russian programmer Dmitri Sklyarov, since Adobe's management has bowed
to pressure by agreeing to meet with the EFF, but anti-DMCA protests are still scheduled in many cities.
- Bush wants to eliminate contraceptive coverage in the health insurance
for federal employees. You
can help influence the outcome.
- 20 July 2001
- Read about the secret plans of the world's most dangerous rogue state.
- 19 July 2001
- While traveling from South Africa to Sweden in June, I became a victim of the War on Drugs.
- Speakers corner, a
century-old tradition of freedom of speech in London, is now
threatened as a consequence of privatization of the parks.
- To hinder protests against the G8 summit in Genoa, Italian police
have been raiding activists' homes and offices all over Italy. See
www.indymedia.org to follow.
- A Russian encryption expert has been arrested on a visit to the US for
writing a program that converts encrypted e-books into PDF format.
- 18 July 2001
- For independent non-corporate news, see
- The Marijuana Policy Project
reports that Nevada has enacted a law removing criminal penalties for
possession of marijuana.
International reports that Taslima Nasreen has been convicted in
absentia by a court in Bangladesh on charges of blasphemy, for
"hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims".
- 16 July 2001
Supreme Court of Canada recently blocked the extradition of
suspects to the US because the prosecutor in the
US had threatened them with homosexual rape.
union leaders have been arrested recently in South Korea.
- 15 July 2001
- An Ohio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison
for writing--and not publishing--a fictional story about
kidnapping and torturing children. No actual children were harmed (or
involved) in the writing of the story.
- 9 July 2001
- FBI director Louis Freeh says dancing is terrorism.
- Korean censorbots found one of my political notes p / o / r / n / o / g / r / a / p / h / i / c
- 8 July 2001
- The European Parliament passed
a resolution opposing widespread or general surveillance of the
public's electronic communication.
- 5 July 2001
- Nike is now marketing
sneakers by mocking the activists who criticize their horrible
treatment of the workers who make the sneakers.
- 2 July 2001
- Some rental cars are now equipped with a system that tracks
where you go, all the time.
- 29 June 2001
- The US has abandoned the attempt to stop Brazil from manufacturing
AIDS medication at low cost.
- 28 June 2001
- Leading Egyptian feminist Nawal Saadawi may
be forced by the Egyptian government to divorce her husband as
punishment for allegedly criticizing Islam.
- Austrian activist sentenced
for slander after being threatened by a cop.
passes resolution against teaching evolution.
- Police provocateurs attack demonstrators during protest in Barcelona
- Swedish police attack protestors, then
arrest some and hold them incommunicado.
- The Gap is faking anarchism to promote
their sweatshop clothes, trivializing the movement against free
trade and selling jeans at the same time.
- Democratic politicians are making scapegoats of people who protest their policies.
- 26 June 2001
- Waste workers in Brighton beat a French multinational that had
imposed an unreasonable workload.
- During the Quebec protests, a policeman
shot a peaceful protestor at a range of 20 feet, and maimed him for
- The American Commission on Civil Rights found
widespread disenfranchisement of poor and minority voters across
Florida, without which the Supreme Court would not have had the chance
to select a president.
- Princeton scientists have gone
to court asking for a ruling that the DMCA does not prohibit them
from publishing their research.
- Science must "push
- Nonviolent protestors of the EU summit in Gothenburg were besieged
and attacked by police.
- 25 June 2001
- The Korean government is using the excuse of "protecting minors"
to impose filtering on the
- 26 May 2001
- Amy Kalinowski's letter.
- IMF'S Four Steps to Damnation
- John Gatto's
criticism of the school system in the US.
- Donate to help Quebec protesters.
- Jaggi Singh has been released on $3,000 in bail, but is prohibited
from leading or organizing any demonstrations. Singh promises to
appeal that condition to the Supreme Court of Canada.
- 24 May 2001
The shrub is already making big payoffs
to his campaign contributors--at the expense of public safety and
the national interest.
- 23 May 2001
Amnesty International has
taken up the cause of the Quebec protestors attacked by police. See
- 23 May 2001
- Two new song parodies: Boot It
and The Sandwich
- 19 May 2001
In many states,
a company owns part of the law, and you have to pay it to find out
what is legal.
- 13 May 2001
The Sunshine Project
tracks developments in biological warfare--including present US involvement
in the same.
- 8 May 2001
The FBI raided the Independent Media Center in Seattle, with a court
prohibiting them from informing the public about the raid.
- 8 May 2001
- A new US patent, awarded to Monsanto on 16 January 2001, has
blind-sided biotech scientists and threatens to knee-cap public sector
research because it gives Monsanto exclusive monopoly rights on a
crucial method of identifying modified plant cells in the laboratory.
You can read more about the issue at this page on rafi.org.
- 20 April 2001
- The USGS fired scientist Ian Thomas in March 2001 for posting a map on the Internet,
in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve the caribou give birth.
- 18 April 2001
- The antidemocratic suppression of public
protest is now a standard part of the effort to impose these
- 9 April 2001
- Quebec prosecutors accuse the
provincial government of using them for political interference with
- 30 March 2001
- Quebec City Keeping Us Out
Before We Get There, by Naomi Klein (author of No
- 23 Feb 2001
- Nike allows you to personalize your shoes with a
message. Jonah H. Peretti tried to add the word "sweatshop" to his shoes, but Nike said it was
- 15 Feb 2001
Turning public libraries into retail pay-per-view.
- 10 Feb 2001
- We now have some "answers" from Dr Laura.
- 24 Jan 2001
- The DEA really is planning to
ban all hemp products.
- 6 Jan 2001
- Illegalities and fraud were committed at all levels in the
theft of the Florida election.
- 1 Jan 2001
- The ACLU is defending the
people who publish programs you can use to find out which sites
CyberPatrol really blocks access to. (The developers won't tell you
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