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11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
Ahmad Sa'adat: A Palestinian Prisoner of Conscience
Sunday, 4 July 2010
[ Detailed information about him can be accessed here! ]
He's the 1967-founded Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's (PFLP) General Secretary, one of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners, sentenced in 2002 to 30 years in prison "for a range of 'security-related political offenses,'" including his prominence in a prohibited organization, a 1993 document stating that:
Born in 1953 in Deir Tarif village near Ramallah in the West Bank, the son of dispossessed refugees, he became activist after the 1967 Six Day War. In 2001, he was elected PFLP General Secretary, replacing Abu Ali Mustafa, assassinated by Israel on August 27 that year.
In February 1969, Israel first arrested him for PFLP activities, detaining for three months - then for 28 months in 1970, 10 months in 1973, and 45 days in 1975. That year, he graduated from UNWRA's Ramallah Teaching Training College, specializing in math. In 1976, he was arrested again and held four years. In April 1981, he was elected to PLFP's Central Committee. In 1989, he was arrested and detained nine months, again in 1992 for 13 months, then released but declared a "wanted person," subject to re-arrest without cause.
In 1994, he became the PFLP's West Bank leader, arrested again in 1995, briefly detained by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1996, then arrested by the PA with other PFLP members. On February 27, 1997, following a hunger strike, he was released without charge, authorities fearing he might die in prison. In fact, he collapsed, became comatose and needed emergency treatment in Ramallah Hospital.
Arrested again in 2002, the PA held him at Jericho Prison for over four years. On August 20, 2002, Israeli forces assassinated his brother, Mohammed. On January 25, 2006, he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council on the Abu Ali Mustafa slate. On March 14, 2006, the IDF stormed the prison, abducting Sa'adat and five others, incarcerating them in Israeli military prisons.
He committed no crime, was given a military trial by three military judges, with no legal training, in a military court, charged with organizing the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister, Rehavam Zeevi on October 17, 2001, and was convicted by "an illegitimate manifestation of an illegitimate system...."
In June 2002, Amnesty International called for his immediate release after a Palestinian court ordered it, Fatah's cabinet overriding the decision the same day, abiding by a US-brokered deal ending Israel's 34-day siege on PA Chairman Yasser Arafet's Ramallah headquarters on May 1.
After Israel abducted him, a Sa'adat wrote:
On December 25, 2008, he was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, Israel's harshest political punishment, illegal under international law. According to a PFLP statement, he was "sentenced to 30 years in Israeli jails for political reasons and not for any other crime," Sa'adat refusing to recognize the court's legitimacy, calling himself "a prisoner for freedom."
His alleged crimes included a laundry list of "security offenses," among them belonging to a forbidden organization, holding a post in it, and "incitement" in a speech condemning Israel's assassination of the man he succeeded, Abu Ali Mustafa.
On March 18, 2009, he was transferred from Hadarim to Asqelan Prison solitary confinement, a punishment repeatedly used against him. In June, he went on hunger strike for nine days in protest. On August 10, he was moved to Ramon Prison isolation in the Naqab desert. He's been denied family visits, outside communication, books, newspapers, magazines, television, and cigarettes, and has been systematically harassed and abused, including painful shackling and handcuffing outside his cell.
In October, a Bir Saba military court gave him six additional isolation months, what Sa'adat calls a "living death."
Palestinian political prisoners include men, women and children against Israel's illegal occupation, held not for crimes, but for "organiz(ing), act(ing), or f(ighting) for the freedom of their land."
They're now "a highly organized group, operating prisoners' associations, political organizations within the prisons and representative committees, and engaging in protests and hunger strikes that have drawn the attention of the world to their cause."
They're honored for having sacrificed to liberate their people and land, enduring extreme hardships including torture, other abuses and humiliations, long imprisonments, solitary confinement, and, for some, death, assassinated for devotion to their cause.
Sa'adat's wife, Abla, also a political activist, faced Israeli harshness numerous times, including her January 23, 2003 Allenby Bridge border crossing arrest, preventing her from addressing the Porto Alegre, Brazil World Social Forum.
On June 22, 2010, the Bir Saba District Court for Administrative Affairs again denied Sa'adat family visits and affirmed other hardships, claiming "secret evidence" for justification.
Also on June 22, he sent a message to supporters at the June 22 - 26 US Social Forum, this year in Detroit, saying:
He highlighted US complicity in Israel's crimes, collaborating Arab regimes, and lamented the fallout - thousands of political prisoners, millions of refugees denied the right of return, ethnic cleansing, home demolitions, occupation, targeted killings, mass arrests and imprisonments, apartheid, and entrenched racism, ongoing against Palestinians for over 62 years.
He commended the courageous Flotilla activists and others to follow, those killed martyrs "who will inspire us all to struggle in their path of courage, strength, indomitable solidarity and commitment to justice in the face of brutal oppression."
He concluded calling for "a global left front - for socialism, equality, justice and liberation! We join in your call: Another World is Possible! Another US is Necessary!"
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