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November 12 2013

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Is this Tibet's big chance? (avaaz.org)

Tibetans who refuse to fly the Chinese flag above their homes risk being beaten or shot in the latest attempt to break their spirits. But now is the best moment in ages to bring hope to Tibet's proud, but desperate people.

China’s leaders are mounting an intense campaign to draw a veil over their rights abuses and persuade governments to vote them onto the UN Human Rights Council. So if enough of us shine a light on what’s going on in Tibet -- squashing an ancient religion, banning journalists, dawn arrests --we can get China to back away from its hard-line policy to be sure of getting the 97 votes it needs.

Let’s show the Tibetan people that the world hasn’t forgotten them. China is feeling the heat as 13 governments just called them out on human rights in Tibet. Sign to stand with Tibet, then share this with everyone. When one million have signed we’ll deliver it to crucial UN delegations, and make it massive in the media.

“if you haven’t signed this Avaaz petition already, please take a second to do so. Avaaz is the largest online advocacy group and we are both extremely grateful and excited that they joined in on the good fight. We’re hoping to hit 1,000,000 signatures. 1,000,000 people who want China to know we’re not cool with their sick human rights record, which makes them the last government we want on the UN Human Rights Council.”fuckyeahtibet

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October 12 2013

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June 29 2013

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Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Tom Hayden Urge President Correa to Grant Snowden Asylum

via Just Foreign Policy (Jun. 26 2013):

Dear President Correa,

We write to urge you to grant political asylum to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Snowden’s disclosures have already done much to unveil the alarming scale of U.S. government spying on its own citizens and on people around the world. They have revealed severe overreach by the U.S.’ National Security Agency (NSA), which seeks to gather an overwhelming and invasive amount of information on people within the United States. Snowden has also revealed that the constant NSA surveillance also applies to millions of people outside the U.S., whose phone calls, emails and other communications are also indiscriminately targeted.

These are severe abuses of the basic constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and the rights of people in other nations. Yet rather than focusing on the danger to citizens' freedom and privacy exposed by these revelations, and what reforms are necessary to protect citizens' rights, the Obama administration, the U.S. Congress and much of the media are again focusing their ire on the messenger – the brave whistle-blower who, at great personal risk, decided to step forward and inform the U.S. public about what is being done in their name and what is being done to them. Sadly, a great deal of the media and other institutions that should play the role of watchdog have largely abdicated their responsibility.

We have seen this drama play out several times before under the Obama administration. The administration has charged more than twice as many whistle-blowers under the Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined. These have included Thomas Drake who also exposed wrongdoing at the NSA, and most notably Private Bradley Manning, who stands accused of providing Wikileaks with information that revealed U.S. war crimes, U.S. meddling in other countries’ affairs, and other grave and troubling misdeeds. Manning was held for three years before his trial under conditions that a formal U.N. investigation found to be “cruel, inhuman and degrading.”

Many of us petitioned last year for you to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange, who as you know well, has been targeted by the U.S. government for publishing evidence of U.S. war crimes – most notably the “Collateral Murder” video of a U.S. helicopter attack on civilians in Iraq – and other information embarrassing to the U.S. government. The Obama administration’s consideration of Espionage Act charges against Assange and Wikileaks, via a grand jury, and bellicose rhetoric by top administration officials and members of Congress, amount to a chilling assault on freedom of the press. We were glad to see you act to support this vital freedom by recognizing Assange’s political persecution and granting him asylum and refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

As could have been the case with Assange, Manning’s treatment since his arrest shows that Snowden could be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment if he were taken into U.S. custody. There is also a grave danger that Snowden would have difficulty in receiving a fair trial in the U.S. – a point he reportedly has made in his petition for asylum. Manning’s case also shows that Snowden’s constitutional right to a “speedy” trial might also not be secure. These are all serious examples of political persecution against Manning that may await Snowden if he becomes a U.S. prisoner.

It is no doubt your courageous decision to grant Assange asylum that has encouraged Edward Snowden to also seek asylum in Ecuador. Your choice in Assange’s case was not without consequences; the U.S. and U.K. governments reacted angrily, with British police keeping Assange confined to the embassy. Since Assange is being targeted by the U.S. government, there has and no doubt will be more political repercussions. You knew this and yet you acted in the name of justice, saying “Latin America is free and sovereign and… we'll not put up with meddling, colonialism of any kind, at least in this country, small, but with a big heart."

Charging someone with espionage, who clearly did not commit espionage, is strong prima facie evidence of political persecution. The unprecedented quantity of whistle-blowers that have been charged under the Espionage Act by the Obama administration suggests that it is applying this law in a completely arbitrary fashion. In Snowden’s case what he has revealed are actions by the NSA that violate the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” There is no evidence whatsoever that his revelations have in any way threatened U.S. national security or were ever intended to do so. Yet rather than pursue reforms that would protect the rights of people in the U.S. and around the world, the Obama administration again seeks to silence those who have brought these abuses to light. These are actions of political repression, and you would be right to grant Snowden political asylum.

Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

Oliver Stone, Film Director
Noam Chomsky, Author
Tom Hayden, Author, Peace Activist
Daniel Ellsberg, Vietnam War whistleblower
Danny Glover, Film Director
Amber Heard, Actress
Shia LaBeouf, Actor
John Cusack, Actor
Roseanne Barr, Comedian
Naomi Klein, Author and Activist
Boots Riley, Musician and Community Activist
Juan Cole, Professor of Middle East History, University of Michigan
Cenk Uygur, co-founder, The Young Turks
Thomas Drake, former NSA Senior Executive, whistleblower
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent & former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel, one of three “whistleblowers” named Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002
Ambassador Joe Wilson, Iraq War whistleblower
Jacob Appelbaum, Developer, The Tor Project
Medea Benjamin, Cofounder, CODEPINK
Jodie Evans, Cofounder, CODEPINK
Ann Wright, US Army Colonel (Ret) and former US diplomat
Ray McGovern, Former U.S. Army officer and longtime senior CIA analyst (ret.)
Walter Riley, Attorney; Civil Rights Activist; Chair Haiti Emergency Relief Fund; Chair, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Mark Weisbrot, Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Bill Fletcher, Jr., writer/activist
Kevin Gosztola, Journalist, Firedoglake.com
John Pilger, Journalist
Ignacio Ramonet, Journalist and author
Fernando Morais, writer
Kent Spriggs, Guantanamo habeas counsel
Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action
Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Mark C. Johnson, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun and Chair, The Network of Spiritual Progressives
Norman Solomon, Cofounder, RootsAction.org
Jeff Cohen, Founder of FAIR
Michael Beer, Executive Director, Nonviolence International
Maya Schenwar, Executive Director, Truthout
Michael Albert, co-editor, ZNet, Z Magazine
Robert Naiman, Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
Sam Husseini, Director, Washington office of the Institute for Public Accuracy
Miguel Tinker Salas, Professor of History, Pomona College
David Blacker, Prof. of Philosophy of Education & Legal Studies, U. Delaware; Editor, Education Review
Marc Becker, Professor of History, Truman State University
Adrienne Pine, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, American University
C. G. Estabrook, Visiting Professor (retired), University of Illinois
Carolyn Eisenberg, Professor of US Foreign Policy, Hofstra University
Peter Kuznick, Professor of History, American University; co-author with Oliver Stone of The Untold History of the United States
Greg Grandin , Professor of History, New York University
Betsy Hartmann, Professor, Development Studies, Hampshire College
Van Gosse, Associate Chair, Department of History, Franklin & Marshall College
Falguni A. Sheth, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Political Theory, Hampshire College
Bob Buzzanco, Professor of History, University of Houston
Vijay Prashad, Professor of History and International Studies, Trinity College
Staughton Lynd, Historian and peace activist
Marilyn Young, Historian, New York University
William Robinson, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sinclair Thomson, Associate Professor of History, New York University
T.M. Scruggs, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Iowa; Executive Producer, TheRealNews.com

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June 18 2013

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UN envoy and young Pakistani activist launch drive for safe, universal education (United Nations News Centre, Jun. 17 2013)

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl targeted by assassins – Malala Yousafzai – is the first signatory of a new worldwide petition calling for urgent action to ensure the right of every child to safely attend school, launched today with the backing of the United Nations Special Envoy for Education.

The launch came in the wake of an attack that killed 14 students at an all girls' college in Pakistan, emphasized Special Envoy Gordon Brown, in an op-ed published today in the Huffington Post.

“This, the bloodiest atrocity yet in escalating violence against female students, comes eight months after the attempted assassination of Malala and her two friends, Kainat and Shazia, targeted by terrorists just because they wanted to go to school,” Mr. Brown wrote.

“That is why today, in advance of Malala Day on July 12, we are launching our worldwide petition to demand that global leaders ensure 57 million out-of-school girls and boys are given the chance of education,” he said.

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In a statement issued for the petition launch, Ms. Yousafzai said that the terrorists in the attack on the girls’ school, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned over the weekend, were “cowards.”

"The innocent girls who died on Saturday have nothing to do with politics and only wanted to empower themselves through education. Obtaining education is every man and woman's birth right and no one is allowed to take away this right from them,” she stressed.

April 24 2013

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Save the Internet from the US (Avaaz, Apr. 5 2012)

Right now, the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web -- and they're hoping the world won't notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let's do it again.

Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But we helped beat SOPA, and PIPA -- and now we can beat this new Big Brother law.

Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let's stand together once again -- and beat this law for good. Sign the petition then forward to everyone who uses the Internet!

August 04 2012

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July 20 2012

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Atheists rally for persecuted unbeliever in Indonesia - WorldWide Religious News

The atheist community has embraced the cause of an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, who was beaten and jailed after denying God’s existence on Facebook and posting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Center for Inquiry, a Washington-based humanist organization, launched a petition Tuesday (July 17) on behalf of Alexander Aan, a 30-year-old Indonesian civil servant currently serving a 30-month jail sentence for “deliberately spreading information inciting religious hatred and animosity,” according to the judge who sentenced him.

The petition asks the Obama administration to pressure the Indonesian government for Aan’s release and for better protection of religious freedom in that country, the most populous Muslim nation in the world.

February 17 2012

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【Tumblr】 Petition to remove Alexander Ryking as editor of the Politics tag.

The goal is 1,000 signatures. Please sign and reblog, because we should not have someone who is an unrepentant sexist and rape apologist, who heaps praise upon men who threaten to beat and rape women, in an editorial position here.
  • Women's Rights Petition (Change.org)

    Ryking has long been considered a problem in the tumblr community for his increasingly misogynistic views. Lately, he has taken to defending rapists, calling women who disagree with him "feminazis," using gendered slurs against women, and repeatedly heaping praise upon men who have threatened to beat and rape women. He is not a positive representation of the tumblr community and should not be in a leadership/editorial position.

February 02 2012

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January 31 2012

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January 27 2012

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Just Say ‘No’ to ACTA (accessnow.org)

If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, let us introduce you to their Big Brother, ACTA.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which has already been signed by several countries, poses a dangerous threat to the inherent freedom and openess of the Internet. Under ACTA, ISPs and websites will be given more power to track what we do online, while forcing them to turn over our information and reporting our activity to the authorities -- all in the name of copyright protection! While we respect the rights of creators, ACTA's ill-conceived provisions will have chilling effects on free speech everywhere.

The European Parliament still has to approve ACTA for it to go into effect around the world. If they vote NO, then ACTA will be effectively dismantled -- even in countries that have already signed it. We helped bring down SOPA and PIPA, now let's turn the fight to ACTA. Call on the EU Parliament to take a stand and vote “NO” on ACTA!

August 05 2011

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Petitions Cisco to Stop Helping China Abuse Human Rights | Laogai Research Foundation

Yesterday the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights advocacy group, launched a petition on behalf of Chinese cyber-dissident Du Daobin. Mr. Du, a prolific writer of pro-democracy articles, was interrogated on August 2nd by Chinese Public Security officials regarding his involvement in the lawsuit Du Daobin et. al v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

May 28 2011

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ホールボディカウンターによる体内放射能測定に関する要望書

from 福島原発最新情報リンク集:

福島原子力発電所事故対策統合本部
本部長 内閣総理大臣 菅直人 様

 東日本大震災及び福島第一原発事故の災害対策へのご尽力に、心から敬意を表します。
  ご承知のとおり、この度の大震災により福島第一原発は深刻な損傷を受けました。炉心溶融と水素爆発等に伴い、チェルノブイリ原発事故の10分の1にも相当 する量の放射性物質がすでに放出され、国際的な評価尺度でも「レベル7」の重大事故であることが公に確認されています。そして事故を起こした複数の原発 は、未だに事態の収束メドが立たない事態に陥っております。
 私たちの住む飯舘村は、この度の原発事故による放射性物質の放出のために高濃度に汚 染され、「計画的避難区域」(外部被曝だけでも「事故発生から1年の期間内に積算線量が20ミリシーベルトに達するおそれのある区域」)に指定されまし た。私たち村民のほとんどが、子どもたちも含め「放射能の雲」が村に流れてきた3月15日には、空間線量率が40マイクロシーベルト/時に達したことも知 らないまま、マスクなどの防護もせずに屋外での活動を続けておりました。大人たちは他の地区からの避難者の受け入れに奔走していました。その後も、飯舘村 には国から「屋内退避」の指示が出されることもなく二ヶ月が過ぎました。
 このような中で、私たち村民は地上に降った放射性物質からのガンマ線に よる外部被曝だけでなく、この二ヶ月の聞の呼吸や飲食によって体内に取り込まれた放射性物質による内部被曝の両方による被曝をしていると考えます。外部被 曝については、公表されているモニタリングの空間線量や村や個人が所有する線量計での測定値から、ある程度推定することも可能です。しかし、内部被曝につ いては村や個人の努力では測定も評価もできません。私たち村民、とりわけ放射線に対する感受性の高い子どもたちが、この二ヶ月間に受けた体内被曝量が、事 実として、いかほどであるかを正しく測定し、評価し、記録しておくことは、今後の私たち村民の健康管理にとって必要不可欠だと考えます。また、チェルノブ イリ原発事故によるベラルーシ共和国の汚染地域では、飯舘村の汚染レベルよりも低いレベル(37,000ベクレル/平方メートル以上)の汚染地域でも、政 府の政策として、地区の中央病院に設置されたホールボディカウンターで、毎年の検診時に、住民の体内放射性物質(セシウム137)の測定が行われ、住民へ の健康・生活指導がなされていると聞いております。
 以上のような趣旨から、飯館村の村民に対してホールボディカウンターによる測定を行うことをお願い致します。また、その際には測定結果(核種と量)を正確に記載した記録を本人に手渡して被曝評価などの説明が必ずなされるようお願い致します。
  事故後二ヶ月が経過した今では、ヨウ素131など、半減期の短い核種については、すでに測定できないだろうとのことは承知しております。しかし、比較的 (物理学的)半減期の長いセシウム134 (2.5年)とセシウム137(30年)は、生物学的半減期(大人:50-150日、子ども:44日)を考慮してもまだ測定可能です。特に避難が始まるま でのこの二ヶ月間の内部被曝を評価するには早急に測定を行う必要があると考えます。
 この要望へのご回答は、一週間以内に下記に文書にて送付下さいますようお願い致します。

2011年5月17日

愛する飯舘村を還せプロジェクト「負げねど飯舘!」(仮)

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連絡先 愛澤卓見
住所:福島県相馬郡飯舘村飯樋字笠石25
電話:090‐9633‐4149
Fax:0244‐43‐2807

May 19 2011

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The Second Nuclear Emergency in Japan

from fukushima.greenaction-japan.com (May 13 2011):

The Fukushima disaster has rocked the entire nation of Japan. Unable to guarantee public safety after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, Japan’s bureaucracy has suddenly announced that children can now be exposed to six times as much radiation as adult reactor workers. Sign this EMERGENCY petition to roll back these reckless radiation limits and protect hundreds of thousands of Japanese children from a lifetime of cancer fear.

This is not just about Japan. What happens in Japan can set a dangerous precedent abroad.

THE FACTS | On April 19, Japan’s central government informed Fukushima’s school authorities that children could be exposed to 20 times the radiation previously deemed safe for children -- exposing them ANNUALLY to levels almost four times higher than the legally-recognized level for causing leukemia in workers.

There is no scientific justification for this change. In meetings with the government, no bureaucrat would admit responsibility for raising the radiation exposure level for children. None could explain what the new limit was based upon. Nobody would correct the problem. Disarray in Japan’s bureaucracy cannot be allowed to put an entire generation in danger.

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN | Children are more vulnerable to radiation than adults. Leading independent nuclear monitors in Japan demand that radiation limits for children be rolled back from what is suspected to be an “expedient” level advised by the nuclear industry (20 mSv per year) to the level previously established as safe for children (1 mSv per year).

If the bureaucrats in Tokyo do not roll back the radiation limits, children within 80 kilometers of the stricken Fukushima nuclear reactors will be deliberately exposed to radiation levels that boost their risk of cancer for decades to come.

OUR PETITION | We ask the government of Japan to take these action, beginning immediately:

• Withdraw the 20 mSv per year radiation standard issued April 19, 2011 for children and restore the 1 mSv per year dose limit for children.

• Minimize children’s radiation exposure. Increase support for municipal agencies and civil society groups aiding Japan’s thousands of radiation refugees and undertaking urgent decontamination efforts.

• In setting radiation exposure limits, take into account “internal” radiation exposure from contaminated food, dust and other sources.

• To protect children, maintain official radiation monitoring after outdoor contamination falls below 3.8 microSv per hour, a radiation level still 6 times what triggers a “radiation-controlled” working condition.

To people outside Japan, these demands will sound like mere commonsense. But given the stress and influences on the Japanese government, our people desperately need help for commonsense to prevail and for our children to be protected. Changing public policy in Japan will have the most far-reaching results. We thank you for your understanding and support.

January 05 2011

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Join the US Campaign's call upon the Obama Administration to:
1. Demand that Israel end its illegal siege of the Gaza Strip, and
2. Stop blocking the international community from holding Israel accountable for its actions.

Help us reach our goal of 22,000 signatures in the next 22 days.

Three weeks ago, on Human Rights Day, the State Department told us that there is a "single universal standard that applies to every country, including our own. We apply it to Israelis," and that it views "Palestinians as being human beings under the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights] and entitled to these rights" (our camera recorded these remarks).

You can help us hold the Obama Administration to its words today by signing our petition and spreading the word.
Take Action: Two Years after "Cast Lead," Obama Administration must hold Israel accountable (US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Dec. 27 2010)
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