Tag - human rights

Clash of civilizations spreads to ex-British dependency.

It’s a long way from the UK and now Brunei institutes sharia law.

Any local outrage was ordered to be silenced earlier this month, and it was, as the Sultan gets his own way. “”Theory states that Allah’s law is harsh and unfair, but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair,” the Sultan said in comments apparently aimed at critics.” from the above link.

International outrage is noted.

Indonesia, the worlds largest Islamic state, is already moving towards sharia law with Aceh province already adopting it.

Christianity is fading globally…

Al Akahbar-English – May Day in Egypt – The Struggle for Social Justice Continues

may day egyptMay Day in Egypt: The Struggle for Social Justice Continues
By: Mustafa Bassiouni Al-Akahbar-English
Published Thursday, May 2, 2013, Creative Commons

Over two years after Egypt’s January 25 revolution, working class Egyptians find themselves fighting alone to achieve two of the revolution’s main goals: workers’ rights and social justice.

CAIRO – The workers’ movement in Egypt has made significant strides in the past few years. In March 2013 alone, one study registered more than 300 labor strikes in the country – a significant increase over the previous month, in which 250 strikes were recorded.  (Image)

The most important change to occur within the movement is the emergence of an independent union movement. But the numbers alone don’t tell the whole story, especially if you factor in the scope of the strikes, which have spread to nearly all parts of the country and have targeted all sectors of the economy – public and private alike – even sensitive areas, such as the strategic transportation sector.

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Anonymous launches cyber attack on Israel; major government websites down

anonFrom Al Akahbar English, Beirut
Creative Commons

Published Sunday, April 7, 2013

Updated at 2:45pm: Dozens of Israeli websites were hacked in early hours Sunday, including pages of the prime minister’s office and the Tel Aviv stock exchange, in the largest cyber offensive yet against the Jewish state.

The operation is being dubbed #OpIsrael and is said to be led by hacker group Anonymous, which says it aims to wage hacking operations against human rights violators. Several official websites were covered in photos of long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi, deceased Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, and slain Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.

The names and email addresses of some 1,500 Mossad agents have also reportedly been made public in a Google Doc.
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Ai Weiwei on the challenges China faces to becoming a “great nation” (VIDEO)

Via Big Think:

China’s meteoric rise to global economic power has come at a dire cost to human rights, says artist Ai Weiwei. While onlookers in the West are dimly aware of the massive relocations, political corruption, widespread worker riots, and environmental disasters that have accompanied China’s astonishing recent growth, Beijing’s control of Chinese media has made the extent of these problems difficult to ascertain. Ai Weiwei, named “most powerful artist in the world” of 2011 by ArtForum magazine, has made it his mission to confront Beijing’s corruption and hypocrisy at home and on the international stage. It has earned him police beatings, extended detention, tax persecution, and the silencing of his popular blog and Twitter account, yet he continues, undaunted. Here, in a Big Think interview at his Beijing studio, Ai Weiwei discusses the challenges China faces to becoming a truly “great nation.”


Police on playback: Copwatch in New York City

Via Waging Nonviolence/The NY Video League:

Stories of police brutality are often told in a way that casts victims as helpless bystanders of cops run amok. We met with Sean Pagan, a recent victim of police violence, and found that his story changes how we think about policing in New York. Sean’s story shows that communities are finding new and innovative tactics for dealing with discriminatory policing, beyond waiting for legislative reform. One such tactic is copwatch, in which individuals or teams film police officers in action. But what’s the history of the tactic? What are the risks, limitations and impact of filming the police? And how do these videos change the way we understand narratives of police violence?



Quebec student strike wins big

by Scott Weinstein

(Originally published by Waging Nonviolence, republished under a Creative Commons license)

Psst, the secret is out: We fought the law and we won.

Quebec’s five-month college and university student strike against tuition hikes ended in victory last week. Coming on the heels of the Arab Spring, the European revolts against disastrous austerity policies and the Occupy movement, Quebec students in three province-wide associations struck, hung tough and refused to back down against the repressive Liberal government’s plan to raise tuition 75 percent (or $1,625) over three years — winning a major battle againstneoliberalism that was all but hidden from American eyes. In Quebec, most colleges and universities are public.

Over the last four decades, Quebec students have collectively struck against tuition hikes and cut-backs to loans and bursaries — but this strike was by far the most ferocious, drawing battle lines between the corporate state and the population. (Full disclosure, I am almost four decades beyond my Quebec student days, but was one of many arrested at the 2012 protests.)  Read More