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APRIL/MAY 2006 Vol. 7 Issue 2
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>in this issue:
> A Poem for Memorial Day: Standing Still in Time by Thomas C. Murray
> Imperatives of Transition from Activism to Politics in Nigeria, by Kayode Fayemiby Steve Kibble
EYE ON HUMAN RIGHTS:
> Mr. "Bring 'Em On"
> A City in Search of a Renaissance by Victor Saraiva
> An Open Letter to the Mayor-Elect of the City of Newark, Cory Booker by Victor Saraiva
> An Open Letter to My Sister, Angela Y. Davis by James Baldwin
> As I Remember by Victor Saraiva
> On Mixed Topics
> Who is to be "detained?"
> Lee Raymond's Golden Years
>NUCLEAR MIDDLE EAST: Money Can't Buy Love, Just Time
Commentary / Opinion
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>Essays & articles of interest published by other sites:
Is It For Freedom?
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American Civil Liberties Union:
Gov Docs on Torture
Tell Your Member of Congress to Stop Torture
NOT JUST PIZZA:
Authorities Target Political Groups
ACLU ACTIVIST TOOLKIT
Become an Effective and Efficient Activist
Urge Congress to Renew and Restore the Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act, passed over 40 years ago in 1965, is most successful piece of civil rights legislation in history. Unfortunately, unless Congress votes to renew several key sections of the law, they will expire by 2007.
Stop torture and ill-treatment in the 'war on terror'
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Latest Reports from AI:
The State of the World's Human Rights,
50 Books That'll Boost Your Civil Liberties Savvy
The arms trade is out of control.
Worldwide, arms are fueling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses.
Medical Privacy Petition
FACIAL RECOGNITION AND PRIVACY
DoD Recruiting Database
Help predict global warming
Make your computer do some real work for a change!
Podcast: Whales, noise pollution and military sonar
Glaciers Melting at Alarming Rate:
Human Rights Watch Reports:
The global scandal of violence against children
U.S.: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse
Investigations Lag Two Years After Abu Ghraib Photos
Afghanistan: Reject Known Abusers as Police Chiefs
Time for President Karzai to Show He Is a Genuine Reformer
Thailand: Investigate Krue Se Mosque Raid
No Justice Two Years After Deadly Clashes in South
Traveling Film Festival 2005-2006
Every recognized country in the world, except for the United States and the collapsed state of Somalia, has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, pledging to uphold its protections for children. Today the convention stands as the single most widely ratified treaty in existence.
IRIN NEWS Reports:
Minorities Under Siege
Pygmies today in Africa IRIN In-Depth
Latest Audio Programs IRIN RADIO
Bird Flu Alert
The bird flu virus H5N1 threatens the livelihoods and potentially the health of millions of people in Africa and Asia. This page provides you with the latest news and information on avian flu in the countries covered by IRIN.
STOP BIG TOBACCO
Standards of Political Conduct for Corporations
CORRUPTION AFFECTS YOU
Corporations like Coca-Cola and Suez are aggressively turning water from a basic human right into an unaffordable luxury.
The powerful tobacco industry led by Philip Morris/Altria is still fighting in the US and internationally to undermine the global tobacco treaty. http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org:80/cms/page1111.cfm
Food & Agribusiness
Global food and agribusiness corporations like Cargill, Monsanto and Dow increase their profits as people around the world face hunger and malnutrition. ttp://www.stopcorporateabuse.org:80/cms/page1132.cfm
Big Oil giants like ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco are causing permanent damage to the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Organized Crime and Corruption Information:
Bibliographic Database Search
Global Corruption Report 2006
special focus: Corruption and Health
Launched 1 February 2006, TI’s Global Corruption Report details how corruption deprives millions of access to essential health care and helps spawn drug – resistant strains of deadly diseases.
Transparency International’s Web Portal on Anti-Corruption Resources (CORIS) http://www.corisweb.org/
PREVENTING CORRUPTION ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
A Special Report, IPS News,
Business Principles for Countering Bribery
Corruption Fighters' Tool
Anti-Corruption Handbook http://www.transparency.org/tools/a_c_handbook
National Whistleblower Center,
Govt Doctors Get Whistleblower Protection
KEEPING an EYE on the most CORRUPT CONGRESS EVER
Boycott Bush International Network
Nenhum dinheiro para a guerra - Boicote a Bush
Pas D'Argent pour la Guerre – Boycott Bush
GARY WEBB'S DARK ALLIANCE SERIES
re-posted by NARCONEWS
GARY WEBB: In His Own Words
Tribute to the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who broke the story of the CIA’s involvement in the importation of cocaine into the US
Dark Alliance: Day One
America's 'crack' plague has roots in Nicaragua war Colombia-San Francisco Bay Area drug pipeline helped finance CIA-backed Contras by Gary Webb
Testimony links U.S. to drugs-guns trade
Dealers got their 'own little arsenal' by Gary Webb
Dark Alliance: Day Two
The Crack Epidemic's Shadowy Origins, By Gary Webb
If they'd been in a more respectable line of work, Norwin Meneses, Danilo Blandon and ''Freeway Rick'' Ross would have been hailed as geniuses of marketing. This odd trio -- a smuggler, a bureaucrat and a driven ghetto teen-ager -- made fortunes creating the first mass market in America for a product so hellishly desirable that consumers will literally kill to get it: ''crack'' cocaine. Federal lawmen will tell you plenty about Rick Ross, mostly about the evils he visited upon black neighborhoods by spreading the crack plague in Los Angeles and cities as far east as Cincinnati. On Aug. 23, they hope, Freeway Rick will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Drug agent thought she was onto something big
On a November afternoon in 1981, San Francisco DEA agent Sandra Smith inadvertently uncovered the first direct link between cocaine and the secret army the Central Intelligence Agency was assembling to overthrow the government of Nicaragua.
Smith, one of the first female Drug Enforcement Administration agents in the Bay Area, was investigating rumors that a cocaine ring run by Norwin Meneses was bringing drugs into California and, for some reason, sending weapons down to Central America.
It was, she said, ''the only (case) that I ever worked, in all the time I worked there, that I thought was really big.''
Drug expert: 'Crack' born in San Francisco Bay Area in '74
Though Miami and Los Angeles are commonly regarded as the twin cradles of ''crack'' cocaine, the first government-financed study of cocaine smoking concluded that it was actually born here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, in January 1974. After comedian Richard Pryor nearly immolated himself during a cocaine-smoking binge in 1980, the National Institute on Drug Abuse hired UCLA drug expert Ronald K. Siegel to look into the then-unfamiliar practice. Siegel, the first scientist to document crack's use in the United States, traced the smoking habit back to 1930, when Colombians first started it.
Dark Alliance: Day Three
War on Drugs Has Unequal Impact on Blacks in U.S.
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors:
Why Question the Military's JROTC Program?
Before You Enlist...
Get the Military Out of Our Schools
Are students getting a balanced education about the military? http://www.objector.org/
GI Rights Training
Train to Help Stop the Military Machine! Or at Least to slow it down. http://www.objector.org/gitraining060325.html
Tools for Activists
Other Peace Related Issues:
Children's Defense Fund
2005 Gun Report:
Protect Children not Guns
Influence Peddling Laws
Tracking the activities of special interests.
Auto and Truck Safety
Auto Industry http://www.citizen.org/congress/campaign/special_interest/articles.cfm?ID=5730
Asbestos Industry http://www.citizen.org/documents/master%20report.pdf
Congress & the Lobbying Industry http://www.citizen.org/documents/DeLay_Lby_Fndr_Tbl.pdf
Energy Industry http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/documents/dirtiest_plants2.pdf
Gambling Industry http://www.citizen.org/congress/campaign/special_interest/articles.cfm?ID=5771
Health Care & Pharmaceutical Industries http://www.citizen.org/documents/MedicareDrugWarReportREVISED72104.pdf
Homeland Security Industries http://www.citizen.org/documents/ACF1B7.pdf
Medical Malpractice Facts
Challenging the Malpractice Claims of the Doctors' Lobby
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