Cochabamba: Climate Justice Has a New Program and New Hope for Victory By Ian Angus

29 April, 2010 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 347

On April 22, a mass international assembly in Cochabamba, Bolivia, adopted a charter for action to protect our planet from ecological devastation.

More pictures from the conference at City Project blog.

Following the failed climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December, where Barack Obama tried unsuccessfully to impose a toothless backroom deal, Bolivian President Evo Morales invited “the peoples of the world, social movements and Mother Earth’s defenders, … scientists, academics, lawyers and governments,” to attend a conference “to define strategies for action and mobilization to defend life from Climate Change and to defend Mother Earth’s Rights.”

That call struck a chord with activists around the world. Despite the volcanic ash that prevented many European delegations from attending, more than 30,000 people from over 100 countries took part in the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba, April 19-22. The participants included more than 40 official government delegations and thousands of activists and representatives of social movements.

Particularly notable was the large number of Indigenous people from throughout South and North America, who played leading roles in defining the meeting’s environmental philosophy and drawing up a program for action. Morales urged the delegates to commit to learn and benefit from the wisdom of the world’s indigenous peoples. “The peoples of the Andes believe in the concept of ‘living well’ instead of wanting to ‘live better’ by consuming more regardless of the cost to our neighbors and our environment.”

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US military enforces attacks on Haitian unions By Didier Dominique

29 April, 2010 — The Real News Network

Didier Dominique: US military helping to repress organizing of textile worker’s unions in Haiti

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Didier Dominique is a trade unionist and a prominent spokesperson for Batay Ouvriye. BATAY OUVRIYE is an organization that regroups factory unions and committees, workers’ associations and militants, all struggling in Haiti for the construction of an independent, combative and democratic union movement, and to organize wage-workers, self-employed workers as well as the unemployed for the defense of their rights.

National Security Archive Update, April 29, 2010: BREAKING DOWN SOVIET MILITARY SECRECY

Archive publishes documents from “The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy,” the new book by David E. Hoffman, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction.

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David E. Hoffman

Washington, DC, April 29, 2010 – Previously unpublished documents from inside the Kremlin shed new light on how Soviet and American scientists breached the walls of Soviet military secrecy in the final years of the Cold War.

The documents were first disclosed in a new book by David E. Hoffman, “The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy.” The documents are being posted today in English translation by the National Security Archive.

The documents and the book show how a progressive Soviet physicist, Yevgeny Velikhov, challenged the Soviet military and security system, throwing open the doors of glasnost with a series of unprecedented tours of top-secret weapons sites. Velikhov took American scientists, experts and journalists on these tours just as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was accelerating his drive to slow the arms race.

These glasnost tours punctured some of the myths and legends of both sides. They showed that the Reagan administration had exaggerated Soviet capabilities and also that the Soviet military machine was not as technologically advanced as had been thought.

The book is based in part on thousands of pages of documents obtained by Hoffman detailing key decisions about the Soviet military-industrial complex and arms control in the 1980s. The documents were collected by Vitaly Katayev, a professional staff member of the Central Committee, and are now deposited at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The book is also based on extensive documentation of the final years of the Cold War in the collection of the National Security Archive.

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THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.

HLLN 29 April, 2010: UPDATE: The Douglas Perlitz Case – Abandoned Children

29 April, 2010 — HLLN

Recommended HLLN Links: The Douglas Perlitz Case – HLLN: Page 1 Perlitz Case – HLLN: page 2

UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children

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– Abandoned Children By: Chris Simmons, Fairfield Mirror, April 28, 2010

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HLLN 29 April, 2010: Dukens Raphael, Haiti Union Leader Interview: “We’re Looking for Solidarity. Charity We’re Not Interested In.”

29 April, 2010 — HLLN

Recommended HLLN Link:


The Plantation called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid

HLLN Photogallery – Djab la di l ap manje nou, se pa vre!…Sa a se blag Timoun yo, sa a se jwèt!

A Conspiracy or Not? When will the sun come up for Black by Ezili Dantò | May 13, 2004

Gas kills Gaza tunnel workers |

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– Haiti Union Leader Interview: “We’re Looking for Solidarity. Charity We’re Not Interested In.”

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Democracy Now Interviews Danny Schechter on His New Film “Plunder”

28 April, 2010 — Media ChannelDemocracy Now

“Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time” – Danny Schechter Takes on Wall St. in New Film

We speak with investigative journalist, filmmaker, and author Danny Schechter, ‘the News Dissector.’ His latest film features interviews with industry insiders to reveal how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity. It’s called “Plunder: The Crime Of Our Time.”

Statewatch News Online – 29 April 2010: UK: Home Office: Police powers and procedures 2008/9 report. Including stop and search figures

Home page:
Statewatch European Documentation Centre (SEMDOC):

1. EU: EUROPOL: TE-SAT 2010: EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report
2. UK: Home Office: Police powers and procedures 2008/9 report. Including stop and search figures
3. EU countries trading in tools of torture: Amnesty International and Omega Research Foundation
4. EDPS: E-waste and data protection: warns against security risks and calls for “privacy by design”
5. EIPA: Seminar: Transparency and Data Protection: Cooperating or Conflicting Elements of Good Governance?
6. Statewatch Briefing: Protection of Personal Data in Transatlantic Security Cooperation SWIFT, PNR & Co – which way forward?
7. European Commission: EU-US International agreement on personal data protection
8. European Commission: on establishing an Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems for JHA
9. EU Council of the European Union: Report on the Development of EU Military Capabilities for the First Semester of 2010
10. USA: General Accountability Office: Intellectual property: Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods:
11. European Commission: Proposal on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, and protecting victims
12. European Commission: Commission Work Programme 2010 (COM 135)
13. EU-USA-PNR: European Commission: Report on the joint review of the implementation
15. EU-USA-SWIFT: European Parliament: Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE)
16. EU-USA-PNR Agreement: Letter from the Article 29 Working Party
17. EU: European Commission: Staff Working Document: Roma in Europe
18. Italy-Turkey: AI calls on Italy not to forcibly return Avri Er
19. EU Roma Policy Coalition: Second EU Roma Summit – ERPC Joint Statement
20. UK: Series of government reports on Intelligence and Security and National Security Strategy

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Statewatch News Online – 29 April 2010: Statewatch Analysis: The right to protest: “Troublemakers” to be recorded on database and targeted

Home page:
Statewatch European Documentation Centre (SEMDOC):

1. UK: Metropolitan Police and the killing of Blair Peach in 1979:
2. ITALY: COE: Committee on Torture concern at detention regime for terrorism suspects
3. EU: Council of the European Union:Justice and Home Affairs Council
4. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 23 April 2010, Brussels: Press release
5. UK: Airline pilot cleared of role in 9/11 after ‘nine years of hell’
6. ITALY-TUNISIA: ECtHR rules against Italy in Trabelsi expulsion case
7. EU: ACTA agreement: ACTA negotiating parties finally succumb to pressure
8. EDRI: ACTA: European Commission transparently ignores European Parliament
9. EU: Commission: Proposal for a Directive: sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography
10. USA: EPIC Press release:Petition for Suspension of TSA Full Body Scanner Program
11. German civil society calls for a definitive end to telecommunications data retention
12. European Commission: Stockholm Programme Action Plan: Statewatch Analysis
13. Statewatch Analysis: The right to protest: “Troublemakers” to be recorded on database and targeted
14. Statewatch Analysis: EU proposals to increase the financial transparency of charities
15. EU: Council of the European Union: New measures
16. EU: Council of the European Union:Annual report: Regulation for public access to EU documents
17. Spain: Report on conditions and abuses in Basque centre for unaccompanied foreign minors
18. FRONTEX: Indymedia: Presentation of the current role and future of the agency

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Palestinian village inspires popular movement

28 April, 2010 – The Real News Network

Political leaders from all major Palestinian parties endorse grassroots struggle at Bil’in conference.

Every Friday for five years, Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists protest the annexation of the lands of the Bil’in village by Israel’s segregation wall. Their grassroots effort won them a major victory in Israeli courts in 2007. Now, at the fifth Bil’in conference, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and representatives of all the major political parties endorsed their struggle. Khaleda Jarrar of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine criticized the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority for its recent repression of Palestinian political activists as part of the security collaboration outlined in the Oslo agreements. Fatah’s Nabil Shaath noted that negotiations haven’t led far as this weekend U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to some concessions though they will most likely be rejected by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Paltry Humanitarian Priorities By Felicity Arbuthnot

15 April, 2010 — Global Research

“Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882.

Canada’s contribution to Afghanistan’s death toll, in the ironically named: “Operation Enduring Freedom” (7th October 2001-3rd June 2003) resulted in eternity’s “enduring freedom” for up to 23,600 fellow beings, young, old. Even the unborn in their mothers’ wombs. The “Coaltion” mass murders, at checkpoints, in vehicles, schools, homes, markets, communities, continue unabated. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, recently stated that General Stanley McChrystal believes that continued “casualties” (translation: dead) at the hands of US and NATO troops imperil the entire war effort in the country. You couldn’t fault Gates and McChrystal for critical perception (clarity that took nearly nine years to figure.)

Professor Marc Herold at the University of New Hampshire has attempted to keep an accurate, careful, dogged, woeful toll of the decimation of Afghanistan’s population. He deserves a medal, for service to humanity and for upholding the vow that: “To the dead, we own only the truth.” (

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GazaFriends: The Freedom Flotilla Sails to Gaza in May

28 April, 2010 — Free Gaza Movement

London, UK – On May 24, 2010, the Freedom Flotilla sets sail for Gaza determined to, once again, challenge Israel’s blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in an open-air prison. Under the coordination of the Free Gaza Movement, numerous human rights organizations, including the Turkish Relief Foundation (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organization from Malaysia, the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza, and the Swedish and Greek Boat to Gaza initiatives will send three cargo ships loaded with reconstruction, medical and educational supplies. At least five passenger boats with over 600 people on board will accompany the cargo ships.

These passengers include members of Parliament from around the world, U.N., human rights and trade union activists, as well as journalists who will document the largest coordinated effort to directly confront Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza and take in basic supplies.

Said Mary Hughes Thompson, one of Free Gaza’s co-founders, “Although we were happy with the first trips, it was bitter-sweet, knowing that our small boats and symbolic amounts of relief paled in comparison to what was really needed in Gaza. Now, we finally feel we are helping to organize a powerful action, one with the potential to translate into a sustained campaign of much more effective challenges to Israel’s brutal siege.”

In the past three months, Israel has limited fuel to run the power station. Much of Gaza is often in darkness. There are just enough trucks coming in to barely prevent total starvation, and Egypt, complicit with the Israeli-US policy of blockading Palestinians, is building an underground steel wall to prevent people in Gaza from bringing in vitally needed supplies through tunnels.

A cargo ship sponsored by the people of Malaysia and loaded with cargo donated from citizens of Ireland, Scotland, and Britain as well as thousands around the world, will depart from Ireland the second week of May. When it reaches the Mediterranean, she will be joined by the other boats and begin the journey to Gaza.

Dr. Mona El-Farra, Deputy Director of the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza was pleased to hear we are coming back. “When the two boats from Free Gaza entered the harbor in 2008, it was like a dream, it was historic. And all great things start with some dreamers who made it true. For us in Gaza, the dream of freedom will not be lost, and we welcome this next voyage with open hearts.”

The Free Gaza Movement along with the partners listed above, are the organizers of this flotilla. However, dozens of organizations and tens of thousands of people around the world are taking part to make this voyage a success.

Greta Berlin

Contact: Greta Berlin, +33 63 142 7577,
Huwaida Arraf, +970-598-336-215, +972-542-635-936,
Caoimhe Butterly, +353 876 114 553,

Demonstrators Stop the Wall, Teenager Pepper-sprayed and Arrested

29 April, 2010 — The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Demonstrators managed to disrupt the construction of the Wall in al-Walaje for the second time in a week . A 15 year old demonstrator was beaten, pepper-sprayed and arrested.

Palestinian, Israeli and international demonstrators managed to stop the construction of the Wall in the village of al-Walaje, south of Jerusalem, for the second time this week. If completed, the path of the Wall in the area will surround the village completely, isolating it from all its lands, the cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem and essentially the rest of the world.


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