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Alabama’s abortion ban is about keeping poor women down

For the 25 white, male state senators voting for it, this is not about the foetus but about maintaining the social order

#usa #alabama #oppression #HumanRights #racism #freedom #abortion #socialorder #discrimination #women #choice #rights


«Umbrella nine» leaders sentenced to jail

A district court judge jailed sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, law professor Benny Tai, 54, and Baptist minister the Rev Chu Yiu-ming, 75, to 16 months each for conspiracy to commit public nuisance. Chu’s sentence was suspended for two years.

Raphael Wong and Shiu Ka-chun were sentenced to eight months while former student leader Eason Chung and Democratic party member Lee Wing-tat were given eight-month sentences suspended for two years.

The activists planned to use civil disobedience tactics and occupy Hong Kong’s central business district in hopes that Beijing would allow Hong Kong voters to choose the city’s leader for the first time in history in 2017.

#HongKong #China #PRChina #News #Politics #Asia #FarEast #Democracy #Autocracy #Authoritarianism #Oppression #Freedom #UmbrellaNine


On Henry Kissinger's failed speech at New York University and Conservatism at colleges

1. The Bulwark:

In the ‘60s, it was the revolutionary counterculture and the rise of the New Left. Today, it is the scourge of identity politics and the attendant intersectionality, trigger warnings, among other signs of radical left dominance among students and faculty alike.
I wouldn't call it the radical left but the whimpy left. This has got nothing to do with radicalism but rather with emotionalism. You simply have to tell them that when they can't stand the heat, they should stay out of the kitchen. Something like that.
Still, you shouldn't give somebody like Milo a stage, at least not at campus. He's got nothing to do with politics but only with populism. and colleges should not be the place to promote populism. I was fine with Jordan Peterson, but Milo crosses a line of decency.
Student groups invite conservative speakers ranging fr
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ILPS condemns arrest of Julian Assange, demands his immediate release as journalist

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), strongly condemn the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by British authorities under the direction of the US government. We defend his rights as a journalist and demand his immediate release.

Assange has earned the ire of the US for exposing the truth about US behind-the-scenes machinations in its drive to carry out foreign interventions and launch wars of aggression for regime change and economic plunder. Wikileaks has published volumes of material documenting the crimes of US imperialism around the world.

The arrest of Assange is based on a charge of engaging in theft of US state secrets. Assange is accused of conspiring with US Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning to crack a password on a Defense Department computer network for classified documents and communications to download classified records and transmit them to WikiLeaks.

The charge sheet released to the public by the US State Depar... show more


Landlord accused of having urged female tenants to offer sex as rental payment

Last week, more details of Mitchell’s alleged abuse were exposed. In a motion opposing his release while awaiting trial, Jessica Kim of the U.S. attorney’s office wrote that the federal investigation had identified multiple women “all of whom are vulnerable members of our community—who were tenants of the defendant’s rental properties and traded sex for free or reduced rent from him.”

Andrew Mitchell joined the vice squad in 2017, after 30 years on the force, including five years in homicide. But as a side job, he is a landlord who had 15 properties registered to his name at the time he killed Dalton, according to Franklin County parcel records.

For Danielle, Mitchell’s request for the photos made her immediately uncomfortable. “Sending nude photos for what?” she recalls asking. He replied with an offer, she said. “If you were to do something like that, then I would be able to take a lot of m
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Politique : être #syndicalistes et #libertaires aujourd’hui

Le combat syndical est, pour les militantes et militants d’Alternative libertaire, un des caractères essentiels de leur engagement #anticapitaliste. À l’ #exploitation et à l’ #oppression sur le terrain de classe doit répondre une lutte pied à pied. Parce que nous sommes #révolutionnaires, nous sommes syndicalistes :

#AL #AlternativeLibertaire #Syndicalisme


On police brutality

There’s no indication he’s clearly awake, yet all at once, the officers start screaming, “Show me your hands!” so loudly that it’s necessary for captions to explain that the yells weren’t in fact gunshots. Within roughly three seconds, the officers start firing.

Then, however, things got strange — very strange — rather than asking Shaver and his friend to keep their hands visible while police (who, at this point, had guns pointing straight at both of them) approached and applied handcuffs, they ask them to crawl towards police in a highly-specific way. The Washington Post’s account is decent, but you have to watch the video truly grasp the strangeness of the requests:
The USA - land of the free, where oyu can be shot for not following humiliating, tortorous procedures exactly by the booK; where they start shooting at you immediately after making one comparably suspicious hand movement, although you might be drunk and not visibly armed. Yet, as the text ch... show more


Pakistani woman alleges husband of having shaved her head, stripped her naked and hit her with a pole

In the video - which shows her bruised face and shaven head - the 22-year-old said she had been attacked after refusing to dance in front of her husband's friends at their home in Lahore.
What an indecent prick. May his carcass rot in hell.
Mr Faisal - who has denied torture - and an employee of his are both in police custody.

Many people took to Twitter to denounce domestic violence in Pakistan, and criticised the sharing of a video purporting to show Ms Aziz dancing with her husband.
What is wrong with those people and their eagerness to share video footage of committed crimes? I already saw this when oh-so many concerned people on the internet wanted to share the mosque shooter's live video footage. To share it around the world like a video of cats doesn't serve any journalistic purpose and only hails the murderer's deeds. The only ones you should share it with are actual journalists who follo... show more


A Rejoinder to the Malicious and Slanderous Publicity of the AFP-PNP On the NPA’S Improvised Explosive Devices and on “Localized Peace Talks” to Malign the Revolutionary Movement in the Ilocos-Cordillera

Since the time the NPA have been using the so-called Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to advance the National Democratic Revolution through People’s War against the Filipino people’s three basic problems of US imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism, the fascist commanding officers of the reactionary AFP-PNP forces – who are the candid protectors of the big landlords and big comprador bourgeoisie and their US-imperialist master – blatantly shout that the revolutionary Army of the Filipino people are the violators of the international laws and rules of war. The NPA’s National Operations Command (NOC) has often made clarifications that NPA commanders and combatants always and at all times adhere to the laws and rules of war in waging the People’s War. Nonetheless, the AFP-PNP commanders conti... show more


International outrage over Bruneian death penalty law for LGBT people

"Even before syariah law, LGBT+ people could be prosecuted under civil law," Zoe told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which is identifying her by only one name for her protection.

The laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014, could see LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and related communities) people whipped or stoned to death for same-sex activity. Some aspects of the laws will apply to non-Muslims.

"It is seriously regrettable that Brunei's decision contravenes a number of international norms on human rights," New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in a statement on Sunday (March 31).

The Straits Times

The Thompson Reuters Foundation has also listed some of the worst countries for sexual minorities:
The move will make it the seventh country to im
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Panhandling is not illegal in Arkansas, federal judge decides

U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson on Monday imposed a permanent injunction on a 2017 ordinance in Hot Springs that outlaws physical interactions between pedestrians and people in vehicles, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The ordinance violates the First Amendment by regulating speech based on content, Dawson said.
I didn't even know you could illegalise something like this. Marvellous!
"The Court is unpersuaded by the city's effort to separate physical interaction from its expressive intent or message as a means of avoiding conflict with the First Amendment," he wrote. "All people everywhere routinely communicate non-verbal messages through physical interaction, often without noticing it."

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Workers of the World, Unite - on GitHub!

The original anonymous developer first posted the project on the Chinese social platform V2EX, saying that such an intense work schedule kept them from “resting and having time to speak to family members.”
Pretty Communist, this Chinese "people's" republic, eh? No? Well, must be the fact that the workers are indeed being exploited, when you're working for more than 12 hours a day, six days a week, just to then be sent somewhere to recreate, to be ready to join this vicious circle again. Yes, that's what Marx had in mind when he wrote his famous "Kapital": Not as a solution, but as the literal problem of what the workers had to stand up against.
To get a submission accepted, people are supposed to present evidence, often in the form of social media posts or news articles, but sometimes including internal evidence within the company. The developers of the repository warn users not to screenshot companies’ internal data directly, but to use screen capture, so as to avoid de
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Rappler CEO Maria Ressa temporarily arrested - again

Pasig police officers served the warrant of arrest the moment that Ressa deplaned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. Police officers took Ressa and her lawyer on board their police car.

“To any officer of the law, you are hereby commanded to arrest the person Maria Angelita Ressa who is to be found at (address redacted) or elsewhere and who stand charged before me of the crime of violation of Section 2-A of Commonwealth Act No. 108 or the Anti-Dummy Law,” said Judge Acerey Pacheco in an arrest order issued on Thursday.
Commonwealth Act - and I always thought that in the latter outcome, the Philippines were a US-American colony, and no longer an English one. Well, they didn't seem to have changed their law any afterwards.
The charges stemmed from a complaint by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) which said that Rappler violated the Anti-Dummy Law for issuing Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) to foreign investor O
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Chechen human rights activist incarcerated for drug possession

In recent years, Memorial has investigated alleged abuse by Chechen authorities, including kidnappings, torture and the persecution of gay men.

The court in the town of Shali, north-east of the capital Grozny, sentenced Titiev, aged 61, after the judge took nearly nine hours to read out her verdict.

Nine hours for the charge against him due to drug possession? This either is a ridiculous show trial, or they worked overtime for their false charge. Either way, this has to be punished by the Western world, or otherwise, it has lost its moral high ground.

The police said cannabis had been found in his car - he said the drugs had been planted.
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On one's relation to one's mother tongue and what it means

I read how the notorious former Ugandan president Idi Amin, in the 70s, brazenly addressed the United Nations in his mother tongue. The Congolese despot Mobutu Sese Seko also showed allegiance to his local language by dumping his European names. More recently, the internationally acclaimed Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, after a successful career writing in English, decided to switch almost entirely to writing in his native Gikuyu. Upholding one’s mother tongue over English appeared to be the ultimate demonstration of one’s love of people and country – a middle finger raised in the face of British colonialism.

“We spoke it to set ourselves apart,” he said. “Those of us who were educated wanted to distinguish ourselves from those who had money but didn’t go to school.”

Meanwhile, Igbo is among the world’s endangered languages, and there is a rising cry, especially among Igbo intellectuals, for drastic action t... show more

#MinorityReport is coming all over again and the target is now #India. #Surveillance #ArtificialIntelligence #Oppression #Entrapment


#Grèves de #Limoges (1905) : Contre le droit de cuissage

En 1905, à Limoges, le #harcèlement sexuel d’un contremaître provoque une grève des ouvrières de la porcelaine, soutenue par «  leurs hommes  ». Nous sommes nombreuses à subir cette #oppression :

#AL #AlternativeLibertaire #Histoire #Féminisme

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