#SpeakOut for Freedom

From http://www.sodahead.com

Now dreams
Are not available
To the dreamers,
Nor songs
To the singers.
In some lands
ark night
And cold steel
But the dream
Will come back,
And the song
Its jail.

By Langston Hughes

Russia: “Speak out for Freedom” – show of solidarity against repression

Amnesty International has launched a Week of Action, from 6 to 12 October 2014, to show solidarity with independent voices in Russia who speak out against the pernicious creep of repression in the country.

To mark the start of the Week of Action Amnesty International is publishing a new briefing, Violation of the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly in Russia, which focuses on the following areas of concern:

  • Independent media in Russia – journalists threatened, harassed, physically attacked and even murdered with impunity;
  • Non-governmental organizations smeared, fined and forced to close down for independent and critical work spuriously presented as “political activities” in the interests of foreign sponsors;
  • Protesters denied the right to express their views in public spaces; arrested and tried in unfair proceedings.

The week of action coincides with the 8th anniversary of the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, one of the all-time staunchest critics of the Kremlin and once a prominent free voice of the Russian media.


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#Blame Twitter

Blame-TwitterFrom When in Doubt, Blame Twitter

As Conner Livingston points out, “Despite the cute little bird mascots and harmless-sounding name, Twitter can actually be tracked back to be the cause of nearly everything that is going wrong in the world. Everything.”

For ‘proof’ look no further than Twitter infographic from CableTV.com

 Twitterfrom CableTV.com

Political unrest is also routinely blamed on Twitter, with Turkey providing one of the most recent examples with Turkish Prime Minister blaming Twitter for the anti-governmental movement last week.

Here’s the context from #Resistanbul: “Initially sparked by the plans to redevelop Istanbul’s central public park, the protests are a pursuit towards defending civil rights and freedoms, protecting democracy and expressing discontent towards prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been denounced for his repressive rule. The government crackdown on the demonstrations, which includes widespread use of teargas and water cannons, has so far seen at least three people killed and thousands injured.

Female academic Ceydar Sungar  has rapidly come to symbolise the peaceful protestors of the ever-escalating “Occupy Gezi” riots spreading across Turkey. After emerging a few days ago, images showing the unarmed woman being sprayed with tear gas by heavy-handed police forces have rapidly become viral.”

Woman in redFrom #Resistanbul: The Woman in Red

Democracy? Human rights and freedoms? Why bother – just keep blaming Twitter…


From Bahrainrights.org


Clothes make the man…

However there is no shortage of people who disagree with Mark Twain on that.

  • 25 naked Filipino students joined the protests against the Islamophobic film Innocence of Muslims, saying: “We support the right of every individual to practise their religion“:
  • On the first anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, art-activist collective @LiberateTate carried out a very artistic naked performance-intervention in the main gallery of the BP-sponsored Tate Britain gallery in London.

  • Animal rights activists have a penchant for bare-skinned mobilisation. Check out this incredible protest in Mexico city against bullfighting. Members of the Anima Naturalis organisation form the word “Basta” (Spanish for “Enough”):

  • Six hundred people shed their clothes on a glacier in the Swiss Alps to bodily cry out for help against a planetary emergency: global warming:

(from AVAAZ.org)