Rocking the cradle: the Syrian siege on innocence

Maimouna Alammar clutched her baby girl to her chest last Friday in her home in Daraya, a suburb of Syria’s capital, Damascus. Security agents appeared at her door at 8 p.m., with Maimouna’s younger brother Suhaib in shackles. They stormed the home searching for her husband, then demanded she hand little Emar Nassar over. »


Water Bottles & Roses

A town of about 200,000 Daraya is notable mainly for its grapes — and, truth be told, for its lack of social diversity. If Damascus is too full of people of different faiths, military sorts, and Baathist Party members, you beat a retreat to Daraya, where a calm coexistence has traditionally existed among only Christian Arabs, and the town’s majority: Sunni Arab Muslims. »


France’s occupy movement fails to attract the crowds

In the middle of Argentina 3.000 people gathered, at the summit of a lost mountain. Summoned by three local gurus, the flock anxiously awaited for the miraculous hour, 11:11 of the 11th date of the 11th month of year 2011, the moment when the 11th portal of cosmic energy would open. It is a new beginning, so they claim. »


Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] Releases Conference Statement and Next Steps

“Another Iraq is Possible with Peace and Human Rights,” agree 250 representatives of civil society organizations who met October 8-9 in Erbil, Iraq. A final declaration from their work together has been just released in Arabic, French, Italian, and English and lays out a vision for social activists working to promote national sovereignty of Iraqi people. »


Thousands begin to occupy gates of Fort Benning to demand closure of the School of the Americas

Joined by actor Martin Sheen, people from across the Americas call for an end to US military training school. Music fills the air and the atmosphere crackles with excitement as people from around the U.S. and across the Americas pour onto Fort Benning Road, the main entrance to the military base and the home of the US Army School of the Americas. »


Middle East Nuclear Free Bid Moves to Finland – Yet Another Lost Chance?

Cairo – The four-decade-long bid to liberate the Middle East from all weapons of mass destruction (WMD) starting with nukes, will move next year to Helsinki as Finland surprisingly decided to host an international conference on the establishment of a Middle East nuclear-free zone. »


Arundhati Roy speaks in New York in support of the Occupy movement

Impassioned critic of neo-imperialism, military occupations, and violent models of economic ‘development’, Arundhati Roy speaks at the People’s University in Washington Square, New York during the Student Week of Action in support of #Occupy. As this young movement continues to inspire the inspiring more voices converge from all corners of the world demanding change »


ICAC Seminar for India Against Corruption Movement

The 'India Against Corruption - Hong Kong' volunteer group gathered together 13 November, 2011, to better understand the success story of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), and to get to know how this organisation eradicated corruption in the territory, as a guide to how India can do the same as corruption has plagued India for decades. »


Report: Forced Eviction Takes “Occupy” Into Its Next Phase

New York – Liberty Plaza (or Park or Square) looks an awful lot like Zuccotti Park again—aside from the damaged flower beds and a broken plastic peace sign lying in the gutter. At 1 in the morning, hundreds of police in riot gear stormed the plaza, shining floodlights and tearing down tents. »


The Empire Strikes Back. Moves to evict #Occupations begin in several countries

New York, London, Zurich… Not a glamorous multinational but a seemingly coordinated action to evict protesters from campsites. “Health and Safety” reasons. Too many “vulnerable” people. Concerns from local businesses. Public Highway legislation… Why is it not spelt out? Occupations are drawing undue attention to the corrupt and dehumanising practices of the Financial Sector. »


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