Rise Up or Die By Chris Hedges

19 May 2013 — Truthdig

Joe Sacco and I spent two years reporting from the poorest pockets of the United States for our book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.” We went into our nation’s impoverished “sacrifice zones”—the first areas forced to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace—to show what happens when unfettered corporate capitalism and ceaseless economic expansion no longer have external impediments. We wanted to illustrate what unrestrained corporate exploitation does to families, communities and the natural world. Continue reading

Wikileaks: “Malaysia Today editor freed”

For immediate release.

Mon Nov 10 22:43:37 GMT 2008

On Friday Malaysia’s Shah Alam High Court freed blogger and Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin from the Kamuting detention center, where he had been held under Malaysia’s notorious Internal Security Act.

Raja Petra, 58, was detained on September 12, two and a half months after he publicly leaked a Statutory Declaration he had sent to the Malaysian police on June 18. The declaration implicated the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife and two Colonels in 19 Oct 2006 murder of the 28 year old Mongolian beauty, Miss. Altantuya Shaariibuu, whose body was revealed by forensics to have been destroyed by C-4 explosives. Miss. Shaariibuu is believed to have been the lover of one or more senior Malaysian figures.

Raja Petra’s release follows his application for a writ of habeas corpus, on the grounds that his detention under the ISA was unlawful and unconstitutional.

The declaration appeared in Wikileaks on June 26 as http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Raja_Petra_Kamarudin_statutory_declaration_on_Altantuya_Shaariibuu_murder — and was subsequently censored in Malaysia.

Sunshine Press congratulates Raja Petra and all those who fought for his release.

Wikileaks accepts $2.1M journalism competition

For immediate release.

Tue Nov 11 03:59:05 GMT 2008

“News Challenge”

As of November 1st Wikileaks has accepted the Knight Foundation News Challenge 2009 and applied for $2.1M funding. As the Challenge has received over 2,000 submissions, Wikileaks is asking its supporters to draw Knight’s attention to the importance of the Wikileaks submission.

The main goals aimed at with the funding will be development of regional interfaces, furthering the translation of the Wiki and enhancing our communication with media outlets, increasing the political impact Wikileaks can provide to sources as per its mission statement.

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