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Daily Archives: October 4, 2011

Egyptian blogger’s hunger strike turns critical; hearing delayed

CS Monitor
Oct. 4, 2011
By Kristen Chick

Egypt’s military prosecution today postponed the appeal hearing of Maikel Nabil Sanad, an imprisoned blogger convicted of criticizing the military. His brother Mark said the three-week delay amounted to a death sentence, since Maikel – now 43 days into a hunger strike – has vowed to abstain from water as well as food beginning today.

“By postponing the case until Oct. 11, they are killing him,” said Mark, speaking outside the military prosecution headquarters today. He said the prosecution postponed the case because his brother’s file was not placed before the judge as it should have been – a reason Mark called “silly and stupid.”

For rights activists, the blogger’s case has become a symbol of the crackdown on freedom of expression carried out by Egypt’s military rulers, who promised to guide Egypt to democracy but have instead continued the repressive policies of former President Hosni Mubarak. But the lack of public support he has received is also a sobering warning for Egypt’s future.

While other Egyptians arrested for their tweets or blog posts have garnered waves of public support that likely encouraged their release, only a couple dozen protesters were present outside the military prosecution Tuesday to support Mr. Sanad. Activists say many have refused to fight for Sanad because of his unorthodox views – he is an atheist and has a more favorable stance toward Israel than most Egyptians.

Sanad’s case is important because “it’s a freedom of speech case,” says Maha Maamoun, a project coordinator at the Hisham Mubarak Law Center who was outside the military court Tuesday. She said she did not expect a large crowd in support of the imprisoned blogger because of his unpopular views.
“People won’t support much someone they disagree with,” she said. “People still do discriminate between people who have the same thinking or ideology” and those who don’t – like Sanad.

Several bystanders told foreign journalists covering the protest to leave Egypt, and activists reported that someone in a nearby residential building dropped a note down on the crowd telling them to leave, threatening “we’ll pour water on you.” His story has not received extensive coverage in local press, in part because of a warning to newspapers by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the interim rulers of Egypt, not to publish anything related to the council.

The slim blogger in his 20s was sentenced to three years in prison in April for “insulting the military establishment” and “spreading false information.” Human Rights Watch in April called his case one of the worst strikes against freedom of expression in Egypt since the Mubarak regime began jailing bloggers in 2007.

Full Article Here – http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1004/Egyptian-blogger-s-hunger-strike-turns-critical-hearing-delayed 

Drugs Administered to Guantanamo Detainees are Equivalent to “Pharmacological Waterboarding”

Project Censored
Oct. 3, 2011

In an act an Army public health physician called “pharmacological waterboarding,” Guantanamo Bay detainees were forced to take a high dosage of anti-malarial drug mefloquine in January 2002. The experimentation was discovered in government investigation papers about the June 2006 death of three inmates and reported by the Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center for Policy and Research in 2010. The drug was administered according to “Standard Inprocessing Orders for Detainees” and discontinued in September 2009.

At standard doses, mefloquine can cause suicidal thoughts, paranoia, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, and convulsions; at large doses, side effects last from weeks to months. Detainees were administered five times the prophylactic dose of mefloquine without testing for malaria or contraindicating conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), presumptive malaria treatment should only be reserved for extreme circumstances. Seton Hall research fellow Sean Camoni said “there is no legitimate medical purpose for treating malaria in this way,” suggesting the drug was administered for its severe side effects. If so, the drug’s administration violated international anti-torture laws.
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Top 5 Reasons Why The Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody Values Of The Real Boston Tea Party

Oct. 3, 2011
By Lee Fang

In recent years, the Boston Tea Party has been associated with a right-wing movement that supports policies favoring powerful corporations and the wealthy. As ThinkProgress has reported, lobbyists and Republican front groups have driven the current manifestation of the Tea Party to push for giveaways to oil companies and big businesses.
However, the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations picking up momentum across the country better embody the values of the original Boston Tea Party. In the late 18th century, the British government became deeply entwined with the interests of the East India Trading Company, a massive conglomerate that counted British aristocracy as shareholders. Americans, upset with a government that used the colonies to enrich the East India Trading Company, donned Native American costumes and boarded the ships belonging to the company and destroyed the company’s tea. In the last two weeks, as protesters have gathered from New York to Los Angeles to protest corporate domination over American politics, a true Tea Party movement may be brewing:

1.) The Original Boston Tea Party Was A Civil Disobedience Action Against A Private Corporation. In 1773, agitators blocked the importation of tea by East India Trading Company ships across the country. In Boston harbor, a band of protesters led by Samuel Adams boarded the corporation’s ships and dumped the tea into the harbor. No East India Trading Company employees were harmed, but the destruction of the company’s tea is estimated to be worth up to $2 million in today’s money. The Occupy Wall Street protests have targeted big banks like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, as well as multinational corporations like GE with sit-ins and peaceful rallies.

2.) The Original Boston Tea Party Feared That Corporate Greed Would Destroy America. As Professor Benjamin Carp has argued, colonists perceived the East India Trading Company as a “fearsome monopolistic company that was going to rob them blind and pave the way maybe for their enslavement.” A popular pamphlet called The Alarm agitated for a revolt against the East India Trading Company by warning that the British corporation would devastate America just as it had devastated South Asian colonies: “Their Conduct in Asia, for some Years past, has given simple Proof, how little they regard the Laws of Nations, the Rights, Liberties, or Lives of Men. [...] And these not being sufficient to glut their Avarice, they have, by the most unparalleled Barbarities, Extortions, and Monopolies, stripped the miserable Inhabitants of their Property, and reduced whole Provinces to Indigence and Ruin.”

Full Article Here – http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/10/03/333925/top-5-reasons-why-the-occupy-wall-street-protests-embody-values-of-the-real-boston-tea-party/ 

Anonymous: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ now in 30 U.S. cities

Raw Story
Oct. 4, 2011
By Stephen C. Webster

In a brief video published to YouTube this week, a masked member of hacktivist group “Anonymous” claimed the “99 percent” movement behind “Occupy Wall Street” has now spread to 30 U.S. cities ahead of a series of nation-wide actions.

“Everyone, everywhere, will be occupying their towns, their capitals and other public spaces,” the protester said. “Already we have made tremendous progress. In just a little over a week, ‘Occupy’ initiatives have sprung up in over 30 U.S. cities.

“This is now bigger than you, or me. It is about us, a collective 99 percent that will no longer stand for the corruption, greed and inequality that is rampant in our governing bodies.”

Federal authorities warned this week that “Anonymous,” which has encouraged the protests but does not represent them, will likely use the protests as a motivation for continued cyber attacks on targets seen as antagonistic to the cause.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a prepared statements that Anonymous “will continue to exploit vulnerable publicly available web servers, computer networks and other digital information mediums for the foreseeable future.”

In an opposing statement, Occupy Wall Street spokesman Patrick Burener told News Corp. paper The New York Post that the hackers stand “in solidarity with us, and they’re nonviolent.”

Full Article Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/10/03/anonymous-occupy-wall-street-now-in-30-u-s-cities/ 

“Occupy” protest movement takes over LA

Oct. 3, 2011

CEO Pay: Still Skyrocketing, Still Undeserved

Mother Jones
Oct. 3, 2011
By Kevin Drum

Over the past three decades, the growth rate in justifications for skyrocketing executive compensation has been nearly as high as the growth rate of executive compensation itself. Globalization makes a great CEO more valuable than ever. Tournament theory makes high pay inevitable. Companies are bigger these days. The skill sets of modern CEOs dwarf those of past eras. Pay is more closely linked to performance. Blah blah blah.

All of these things have a kernel of truth (aside from pay for performance, which is mostly a myth), but even collectively they don’t explain much. What does explain a lot is two things:

(a) stagnating worker pay has made a much bigger pool of money available for executive compensation, and (b) peer group comparisons inexorably ratchet up CEO pay. Because nobody wants to admit that their company is merely average, every company wants to pay its CEO more than average. But if every company wants to pay above the average, guess what happens? Today, Peter Whoriskey of the Washington Post tells us that the practice of peer group comparison is widespread:

“It wasn’t until recently, however, that its pervasiveness and impact on executive pay became clear. Companies have long hid the way they set executive pay, but in late 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission began compelling companies to disclose the specifics of how they use peer groups to determine executive pay.

Since then, researchers have found that about 90 percent of major U.S. companies expressly set their executive pay targets at or above the median of their peer group. This creates just the kinds of circumstances that drive pay upward.”

The chart on the right tells the familiar tale. Adjusted for inflation, cash compensation for line workers has actually decreased over the past few decades, and even when you include healthcare compensation it’s grown only about 30% or so. In contrast, executive compensation over the same period has more than quadrupled.

Full Article Here – http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/10/ceo-pay-still-skyrocketing-still-undeserved 

NYC bus drivers don’t want buses used in protest

Associated Press
Oct. 3, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — A union representing New York City bus drivers has filed a lawsuit to stop the police department from making drivers leave their routes to transport Wall Street protesters arrested in their anti-corporate greed campaign to holding facilities.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan by the Transport Workers Union of Greater New York. The lawsuit said police officers on Saturday ordered bus drivers in Brooklyn to drive to the Brooklyn Bridge where police made more than 700 arrests in the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

Lengthy jail terms for Bahrain protesters

Al Jazeera
Oct. 3, 2011

Thirty-six people in Bahrain have been given prison sentences of between 15 and 25 years in three separate cases for taking part in anti-government protests earlier this year.

Matar Matar, a former opposition legislator with the Shia party al-Wefaq, told Al Jazeera that 14 of the convicted had been sentenced to life, meaning they face 25 years in prison.

Prosecutor Yusof Fleifel, quoted by BNA state news agency, said the 14 were convicted of beating to death a Pakistani “with a terrorist aim”, as well as “assembling for riots”.

Another 15 were sentenced to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of attempting to murder military personnel, in addition to taking part in protests and vandalism at Bahrain University in Manama, BNA said.

The third case involved seven university students, six of whom were jailed 15 years, while another was sentenced to 18 years, over charges including attempted murder targeting several people at the university.

The three groups were sentenced by the National Safety Court, a special security court set up following a mid-March clampdown on the Shia-led protests.

Medics sentenced

Last week, doctors and nurses accused of aiding demonstrators were also given prison terms. They have vowed to appeal their sentences later this month.

Full Article Here – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/10/2011103104321505207.html 

Amy Goodman, ‘Democracy Now!’ Settle Lawsuit Over 2008 Republican National Convention Arrests

Huffington Post
Oct. 3, 2011

Journalist Amy Goodman’s federal lawsuit over her arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention will finally come to an end on Monday.

Goodman, the host of “Democracy Now!” as well as her producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, sued the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the U.S. Secret Service, after their arrest in 2008.

The three alleged that they sustained injuries, after being assaulted by police officers while filming. According to their lawsuit, the police unlawfully “arrested, questioned, detained and even brutalized journalists,” who were merely covering the event. They sought a permanent injunction against authorities from interfering with their journalistic rights, citing fear that their arrests would set a dangerous precedent for law enforcement authorities.

Full Article Here – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/03/amy-goodman-settles-lawsuit-2008-republican-national-convention-arrest_n_992431.html