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US Afghanistan commanders condemn Koran-burning plan

US military commanders in Afghanistan warned on Monday that a small Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks could endanger the lives of American troops. The ironically named Dove World Outreach Center claims that "Islam is of the Devil" and wants to burn Korans to raise awareness that Islam is a hateful religious tradition.

Fox News has a new hero - anti-Civil Rights conservative and 'teabag patriot' Glenn Beck.

Glenn Beck, who Stephen King has described as "Satan's mentally challenged younger brother", has just held a rally against Civil Rights at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

Detainees rioting at Darwin immigration centre

Sydney Morning Herald August 29, 2010 - 11:25AM Detainees at Darwin's immigration detention centre have been rioting this morning. Indonesians from asylum seeker boats are protesting against the time it takes for their cases to be heard in Australian courts.

Terror raids across Melbourne

Federal and Victorian police have raided homes across Melbourne this morning as part of an anti-terrorism crackdown.

- Sydney Morning Herald.

Former UK chief spy slams Iraq war

The war in Iraq led to a loss of focus on the threat from al Qaeda, emboldened the group's leader Osama bin Laden, and helped to breed a generation of homegrown terrorists, Britain's former director of the MI5 Eliza Manningham-Buller, has told an inquiry. 

World's rich got richer amid recession

Pentagon hunts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in bid to gag website

American officials are searching for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks in an attempt to pressure him not to publish thousands of confidential and potentially hugely embarrassing diplomatic cables that offer unfiltered assessments of Middle East governments and leaders.

Current govt surveillance law in NZ

Survey of the current state of surveillance law in New Zealand.

Urgent Call: Raise Your Voice in Solidarity with Oaxaca and Against Militarization

The following is an URGENT call for solidarity in order to highlight the increased militarization in Oaxaca and in other communities throughout the world. We recognize that the recent armed attack against the compañeros participating in the Support and Solidarity Caravan for San Juan Copala, Oaxaca (which includes two dead, one wounded, and many disappeared) have deep roots extending to histories of imperialism and white supremacy. Imperialism, because repression is historical and based on domination, subjugation, and displacement. White supermacy, because violence is systemically and institutionally perpetuated against indigenous peoples, so-called third worlds, people of color, and other marginalized groups in an effort to maintain privileges of wealth and power. We recognize this broader context, that the injustices in Oaxaca do not operate in a bubble, that repression is a global phenomena situated in very different local contexts.

Democracy Now Video: Paramilitaries Kill Two Human Rights Activists in Oaxaca


In Mexico, two human rights activists have been shot dead in the state of Oaxaca. The victims have been identified as Beatriz Carino, director of the Mexican human rights group CACTUS, and Jyri Antero Jaakkola, a human rights observer from Finland. They were traveling as part of a convoy attempting to deliver aid to a town that’s been targeted by paramilitary blockades since the 2006 uprising against governor Ulises Ruiz. [Includes rush transcript]