Sri Lanka’s Buddhist monks protest Bangladesh violence
October 4, 2012
Hundreds of Buddhist monks demonstrated in Sri Lanka Thursday to protest a recent wave of violence targeting their religious community in Bangladesh.
Reverend Galagodawatte Ghanasara told the crowd in Colombo that Buddhists are hiding in jungles in fear of their lives after rampaging Muslims reportedly torched more than 20 temples and over 100 businesses in southern Bangladesh near the Burmese border.  He said innocent people have been massacred.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s high commissioner to Sri Lanka, Shafiur Rahman says some 800 people peacefully protested in front of the Bangladesh Embassy and had discussions with the staff.
A day earlier, the Associated Press reported that representatives of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community also condemned the violence and demanded that authorities punish those responsible.  The human rights group Amnesty International also released a statement urging Bangladeshi authorities to protect minority populations.
Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims rioted Saturday and Sunday, targeting Buddhist temples in Cox Bazar and surrounding areas.  The attacks began after Muslims found a photo of a burned Quran and blamed it on a Buddhist man.
Bangladeshi Home Affairs Minister Mohiuddun Khan Alamgir has accused radical Islamists and opposition party activists of instigating the riots as a “premeditated and deliberate” attempt to disrupt communal harmony.
Bangladeshi authorities say they have detained about 300 people in connection with the riots.
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Sri Lanka’s Buddhist monks protest Bangladesh violence

October 4, 2012

Hundreds of Buddhist monks demonstrated in Sri Lanka Thursday to protest a recent wave of violence targeting their religious community in Bangladesh.

Reverend Galagodawatte Ghanasara told the crowd in Colombo that Buddhists are hiding in jungles in fear of their lives after rampaging Muslims reportedly torched more than 20 temples and over 100 businesses in southern Bangladesh near the Burmese border.  He said innocent people have been massacred.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s high commissioner to Sri Lanka, Shafiur Rahman says some 800 people peacefully protested in front of the Bangladesh Embassy and had discussions with the staff.

A day earlier, the Associated Press reported that representatives of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community also condemned the violence and demanded that authorities punish those responsible.  The human rights group Amnesty International also released a statement urging Bangladeshi authorities to protect minority populations.

Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims rioted Saturday and Sunday, targeting Buddhist temples in Cox Bazar and surrounding areas.  The attacks began after Muslims found a photo of a burned Quran and blamed it on a Buddhist man.

Bangladeshi Home Affairs Minister Mohiuddun Khan Alamgir has accused radical Islamists and opposition party activists of instigating the riots as a “premeditated and deliberate” attempt to disrupt communal harmony.

Bangladeshi authorities say they have detained about 300 people in connection with the riots.

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Mark Rinehart, Georgia math teacher, denied additional paid leave to be with dying wife
September 7, 2012
Time ran out on Thursday for a Georgia woman whose rare infection led to a quadruple amputation and whose husband’s unsuccessful battle to take time off to be with her made headlines.
Hannah Rinehart, 32, succumbed to multiple organ failure  early Thursday at a hospital in Cumming, north of Atlanta. Her death was announced by her husband Mark on his Facebook page: “At exactly 0415 this morning, Hannah Johnson Rinehart went to be with the Lord.”
It was the end not only of a short life marked by illness and the struggle to contain it but of her husband’s battle with his employer, which refused to give him additional days of leave to be with Hannah after she contracted the aggressive bacterial infection.
While Rinehart, a math teacher at South Gwinnett High School, had 20 days of paid sick leave, he believed he would need more to be by his wife’s side. The school board refused to extend him additional days to be with Hannah in her last days — even though dozens of his colleagues pleaded with their school board to allow them to donate their time off to him. Sadly, no additional days were necessary.
Despite widespread publicity about his plight, the Gwinnett County School board refused to allow Rinehart, who also serves in the Georgia National Guard, to take more time off without forfeiting pay and insurance.
School board official Sloan Roach told CBS Atlantathat making an exception to allow donated time to Rinehart would affect not only him but all of the district’s 22,000 employees. The board said it would review its policy but ordered Rinehart back to work in the meantime.
In late August, the teacher returned to the classroom for the new school year, saying it was a “difficult, but necessary decision.”
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Mark Rinehart, Georgia math teacher, denied additional paid leave to be with dying wife

September 7, 2012

Time ran out on Thursday for a Georgia woman whose rare infection led to a quadruple amputation and whose husband’s unsuccessful battle to take time off to be with her made headlines.

Hannah Rinehart, 32, succumbed to multiple organ failure early Thursday at a hospital in Cumming, north of Atlanta. Her death was announced by her husband Mark on his Facebook page: “At exactly 0415 this morning, Hannah Johnson Rinehart went to be with the Lord.”

It was the end not only of a short life marked by illness and the struggle to contain it but of her husband’s battle with his employer, which refused to give him additional days of leave to be with Hannah after she contracted the aggressive bacterial infection.

While Rinehart, a math teacher at South Gwinnett High School, had 20 days of paid sick leave, he believed he would need more to be by his wife’s side. The school board refused to extend him additional days to be with Hannah in her last days — even though dozens of his colleagues pleaded with their school board to allow them to donate their time off to him. Sadly, no additional days were necessary.

Despite widespread publicity about his plight, the Gwinnett County School board refused to allow Rinehart, who also serves in the Georgia National Guard, to take more time off without forfeiting pay and insurance.

School board official Sloan Roach told CBS Atlantathat making an exception to allow donated time to Rinehart would affect not only him but all of the district’s 22,000 employees. The board said it would review its policy but ordered Rinehart back to work in the meantime.

In late August, the teacher returned to the classroom for the new school year, saying it was a “difficult, but necessary decision.”

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Anaheim braces for a weekend of protests over police shootings

July 28, 2012

Residents in Anaheim braced for more street protests Saturday, following a week of unrest linked to several high-profile police-involved shootings in the Southern California city.

The FBI said Friday it would “consider” investigating police tactics in Anaheim, and Mayor Tom Tait announced he had asked for a federal review of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man July 21. Police described the victim as a known member of the city’s notorious street gangs.

That shooting touched off a wave of demonstrations in the Orange County city, famous as the home of Disneyland.

Amid the scrutiny, the Anaheim Police Department has stood behind its officers.

"As the war against street-gang terrorism continues in cities across America, including Anaheim, the fine men and women of the Anaheim Police Department will continue to serve and protect all the residents of Anaheim who live in fear of gang violence," Police Association President Kerry Condon said in an open letter to the Register.

The birth and growth of Occupy Belo Monte!

July 11, 2012

The indigenous-led occupation of Pimental Island on the Xingu River started on June 21st. Steadily-growing groups of indigenous inhabitants of the Xingu are demanding that construction of the Belo Monte dam be halted until the dam-building consortium and the government can put in place effective measures to address the effects of the dam such as loss of fishing and hunting resources, loss of river navigation, and increased incidence of diseases.

More than 300 people from 21 indigenous villages and 9 different ethnicities are represented at the occupation so far. Many tribal elders have expressd outrage seeing how the initial earthen dam is now blocking a large part of the flow of their mighty river. On one side of the coffer dam, the river comes to a sudden halt; on the other side, there is no flow, just pools of stagnant water.

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Occupy Newfoundland holds Saturday Demonstration
June 16, 2012
Roughly 75 people gathered at Confederation Building on Saturday afternoon to display their displeasure with changes to the province’s information laws.
The protest was organized by Occupy NL.
The bill passed in the early hours of Friday morning.
Critics say the legislation goes too far, and gives the government a broad array of powers to withhold information from the public.
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Occupy Newfoundland holds Saturday Demonstration

June 16, 2012

Roughly 75 people gathered at Confederation Building on Saturday afternoon to display their displeasure with changes to the province’s information laws.

The protest was organized by Occupy NL.

The bill passed in the early hours of Friday morning.

Critics say the legislation goes too far, and gives the government a broad array of powers to withhold information from the public.

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CLASS WAR IS REAL
Why do you think WE SPEND MORE MONEY (by leaps and bounds) ON maintaining a PRISON population full of drug-related “offenders” THAN we do on the EDUCATION of our citizens? 
One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study. (From 2009)
As recently as 2008, California’s inmate population was 173,670, the highest in the U.S., followed by Texas at 172,506, according to a 2010 report by the Pew Center on the States.
 According to Pew studies, over the past two decades spending on corrections nationally has jumped from $11 billion to more than $50 billion. A remarkable 1 of every 100 adults nationally is incarcerated. (2011)
Texas schools are spending $8,908 per student in the current school year and $21,390 a year to keep a person in prison. (2011)
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.6 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites(7.3 percent), blacks (14.0 percent), and Hispanics (10.3 percent) showed little or no change in March. -U.S. Department of Labor
California spends almost seven times as much on each prison inmate as it spends on each K-12 student. This is what class war looks like.
Ask yourself - who does this benefit? Who stands to gain from institutionalized racism, a society where those who step out of line (and many who don’t) are imprisoned and often killed, and from a work force of less-educated citizens? To whose benefit is this?

CLASS WAR IS REAL

Why do you think WE SPEND MORE MONEY (by leaps and bounds) ON maintaining a PRISON population full of drug-related “offenders” THAN we do on the EDUCATION of our citizens?

  • One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study. (From 2009)
  • As recently as 2008, California’s inmate population was 173,670, the highest in the U.S., followed by Texas at 172,506, according to a 2010 report by the Pew Center on the States.
  • According to Pew studies, over the past two decades spending on corrections nationally has jumped from $11 billion to more than $50 billion. A remarkable 1 of every 100 adults nationally is incarcerated. (2011)
  • Texas schools are spending $8,908 per student in the current school year and $21,390 a year to keep a person in prison. (2011)
  • Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.6 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites(7.3 percent), blacks (14.0 percent), and Hispanics (10.3 percent) showed little or no change in March. -U.S. Department of Labor
  • California spends almost seven times as much on each prison inmate as it spends on each K-12 student. This is what class war looks like.

Ask yourself - who does this benefit? Who stands to gain from institutionalized racism, a society where those who step out of line (and many who don’t) are imprisoned and often killed, and from a work force of less-educated citizens? To whose benefit is this?

April 20, 2012
Syrian troops fired tear gas and bullets on thousands of protesters who spilled out of mosques after noon prayers Friday, activists said. State media reported that bombs and shootings killed 17 soldiers as the latest diplomatic efforts failed to halt more than 13 months of bloodshed in the country.
Opposition activists reported that at least 11 Syrian civilians were killed in regime shelling and other attacks Friday, the main day of the week for protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar Assad.
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April 20, 2012

Syrian troops fired tear gas and bullets on thousands of protesters who spilled out of mosques after noon prayers Friday, activists said. State media reported that bombs and shootings killed 17 soldiers as the latest diplomatic efforts failed to halt more than 13 months of bloodshed in the country.

Opposition activists reported that at least 11 Syrian civilians were killed in regime shelling and other attacks Friday, the main day of the week for protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

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Gatineau student protest leads to 151 arrests
Police arrested 151 people in Gatineau Thursday after busloads of student protesters arrived from Montreal as part of provincewide demonstrations against the Quebec government’s proposed tuition-fee hike.
About 400 students took part in the demonstration at the University of Quebec’s Outaouais campus, Gatineau police said. Police said it was clear that the protesters had no intention of co-operating with authorities. We sure hope not! :) 
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Gatineau student protest leads to 151 arrests

Police arrested 151 people in Gatineau Thursday after busloads of student protesters arrived from Montreal as part of provincewide demonstrations against the Quebec government’s proposed tuition-fee hike.

About 400 students took part in the demonstration at the University of Quebec’s Outaouais campus, Gatineau police said. Police said it was clear that the protesters had no intention of co-operating with authorities. We sure hope not! :)

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Badass Strips Naked as a Form of Protest Against TSA
April 18, 2012
A 50-year-old man who said he felt that airport screeners were “harassing” him stripped naked at Portland International Airport, police in Oregon said.
Police charged John E. Brennan with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after he disrobed while going through the security screening area at the airport Tuesday evening.

"When interviewed about his actions, Mr. Brennan stated he fly’s (sic) a lot and had disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him," a police incident report said.

He was not intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at the time, police said.
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Badass Strips Naked as a Form of Protest Against TSA

April 18, 2012

A 50-year-old man who said he felt that airport screeners were “harassing” him stripped naked at Portland International Airport, police in Oregon said.

Police charged John E. Brennan with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after he disrobed while going through the security screening area at the airport Tuesday evening.

"When interviewed about his actions, Mr. Brennan stated he fly’s (sic) a lot and had disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him," a police incident report said.

He was not intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at the time, police said.

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