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In today's trial Turkish anarchist prisoners are released by the decision of Izmir SSC (State Security Court). The next trial is postponed to 21st of May.

On 1st of December 2001, 5 people from Usak were arrested with the claim of being members of "Usak Anarsist Otonomu" while 3 of them were distributing their own leaflets during a trade-union demo. They are being judged according to Article No. 3713/7 which defines "illegal political gangs". Although they were just claimed to be responsible for a number of graffiti and a leaflet titled "No to Capitalism and War!" signed as Usak Anarsist Otonomu, 4 of them were forced to spend 2 months in F type cells -- where they lived 2 by 2.

This just came to me via email.

It is from a comrade that is part of the international brigades in Palestine


Last night the Israeli Military tried to kill me.

I'm staying in the al azzeh refugee camp, in Bethlehem, along with about twenty other international civilians. We're here to act as human shields, because we've heard an Israeli invasion is imminent. It's 1:30pm right now, on Easter Sunday, and some are expecting the invasion within the next two hours. It has just been reported that international media has just pulled out of Bethlehem, and tanks are massing just outside of town.

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign sends this update out in hopes that folks will come today at 4:30pm to express solidarity with the people of Vieques!! We also want to call to attention of the recent arrests of five Puerto Rican Women who enganged in Civil disobedience this morning!!

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign



Bronx 718-601-4751

Manhattan 212-927-9065

New Jersey 201-435-3244

Today FIVE PUERTO RICAN WOMEN were arrested for engaging in civil disobedience on the island of Vieques. All five women were members of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP). There names are:

blissett ireland writes:

"Extremely Volatile situation in Palestine. Many Firsthand accounts emerging from Irish, Italian and UK activists who are acting as Human Shields. Up to date reports suggest 8 internationals have been shot.

Amanda (9) an IMC Ireland reporter has been in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs (1) about the situation of Caoimhe Butterly (2), a 23 yr old Irish activist who is providing basic medical care to the Injured in what is left of Arafat’s compound.

What follows is an update to the original post here. the original story continues at the end of this update.

Last night, 30 March 2002, 20 of us stayed in Al Azzeh refugee camp of 5,000 inside of Bethlehem with several families expecting an invasion by the Israeli military. We went two to a house. There is no land to build on, so any new homes are built atop existing ones. At the house I stayed in, we watched Arfat on television most of the night giving a press conference inside his compound in Ramallah. At 10pm he was given one hour to surrender by Israeli military or they would go in shooting. This has not yet happened and he has said he will not go alive. Television stations showed five dead, shot at point blank range inside Arafat's compound. The family I was with stays up most of the night and sleeps during the morning daylight hours. The shooting at nights requires them to quickly move from one room to the next, and to always be ready. They do not jump when they hear the popping of F-16s. They simply get up and move as the noise becomes louder.

nomadlab writes "It is a bad year to be a journalist.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has released a very troubling report. Some of the main findings are:

* total of 37 journalists were killed worldwide as a direct result of their work in 2001, a sharp increase from 2000 when 24 were killed. The dramatic rise is mainly due to the war in Afghanistan, where eight journalists were killed in the line of duty covering the US-led military campaign. Most of the journalists killed, however, were not covering conflicts but were murdered in reprisal for their reporting on sensitive topics including official crime and corruption in countries such as Bangladesh, China, Thailand, and Yugoslavia.

* After four years of steady decline, the number of journalists in prison jumped nearly 50 percent - from 81 in 2000 to 118 in 2001.

* Governments around the world invoked "national security" concerns while seeking new restrictions on the press or unleashing new intimidations in countries like Zimbabwe, where journalists were denounced as "terrorists." As justification, some cited U.S. actions after September 11, such as the State Department's attempt to censor a Voice of America interview with Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

read the rest of their report at on the cpj.org site."

Italian Government Aide Murdered, Political Motive Suspected

BBC News

Marco Biagi, a close aide to Italian Labour Minister Roberto Maroni, has been shot dead outside his home in Bologna. Eyewitnesses said two people on a
motorbike approached the 51-year-old
economist and law professor as he cycled
home, and gunned him down. Police have begun an investigation into
what is being seen as an act of political

German Hermeneuticist Hans-Georg Gadamer, 1900-2002

Julian Roberts, Guardian , Monday March 18, 2002, Gadamer obit

Hans-Georg Gadamer, who has died in Heidelberg aged 102, was one of the outstanding figures of German 20th-century philosophy. He was not just astonishingly long-lived, but his frenetic philosophical activity continued until his death.

NorthEastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists

Reports on Baltimore Conference

The 5th semi-annual conference of the NorthEastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists was held in Baltimore, MD from Friday, February 22 to Sunday the 24. Well over 50 people were in attendance at the conference, which saw a significant expansion of NEFAC's membership as well as a conscious move to develop a serious long-term strategy centered around the strategic interventions in concrete areas of the class struggle.

DaaaihLoong writes "Three-year-old Michael regularly visits his mother in prison. He
plays with her on the floor, gets reassuring hugs while sitting on
her lap and kisses her goodbye when it's time to leave. But if the
California Department of Corrections gets its way, Michael will be
able to visit his mother only through a glass partition and talk to
her over a telephone--no touching, no kisses.


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