Alabama-based Drummond coal mining company on Thursday denied charges pending in U.S. federal court that it paid right-wing paramilitaries to kill three union leaders near its Colombian mine in 2001.
Jon Elmer: Following closely behind their counterparts in the United States and Britain, Canada’s Department of National Defence is preparing a comprehensive counter-insurgency field manual for its soldiers and officers.
Amy Goodman: What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.
WOMEN of Idheze community in Isoko South Local Council of Delta State have again shut down oil facilities of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) alleging failure to pay compensation for damages caused by chemical/waste fluid of the firm flushed into the community.
If you were a feminist activist in Iran today, you would be under the constant threat of arrest for a simple action: asking for equal rights. On Sunday, March 4, 34 women’s rights activists were arrested for silently gathering outside Tehran’s Revolutionary Court to protest the prosecution of four women on trial that morning. The four women’s rights leaders are facing multiple charges including “acting against national security” for organizing a protest for women’s equality in Tehran in 2006. These brave women, who represented many, if not most, of Iran’s women’s rights leaders, were held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Although all but two of these women have now been released, they were barred from participating in a rally outside the Iranian parliament on International Women’s Day.Please join our virtual march around the world, in solidarity with our sisters in Iran, and send a message to the United Nations and Iranian officials demanding the immediate release of the remaining two women’s rights activists. The Iranian authorities must see people everywhere joining together to protest the detainment of these leaders and to call for equal rights for women in Iran. With the eyes of the world upon this injustice, we can help ensure the safe release of these courageous women and prevent future arrests of feminists for peacefully protesting for equal rights.
The group takes its name from the Hebrew word for checkpoint, machsom. From a few dozen in the beginning, Machsomwatch now numbers around 500, many of them grandmothers, who take turns watching 40-odd checkpoints in the West Bank.
The title of this article, “Peacekeeping Alone Won’t Win a War” (Embassy March 14) is such an ass-backwards example of double-speak I actually laughed out loud when I gave it some thought.