Occupy Sandy Relief NYC organizer Lopi Laroe writes: “We are in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. And the mayor is flying around in a fucking helicopter. He and his cronies see this as an opportunity to kick out locals & jack up rents on beachfront pro

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Occupy Sandy Relief NYC organizer Lopi Laroe writes:

Interviewed an older couple today who are afraid to leave their apt for more than a couple hrs at a time bc their landlord will put all their possessions out on the street & kick them out if they do. He claims he can’t afford to restore power & heat but at the same time is fixing up his own house. The couple is trying to find an apartment to mo

ve to that is affordable. He needs an oxegen tank to breath. It runs on electricity. We gave them a generator but now its hard for them to get gas. Also, the candles they use are a hazard w the oxegen. They lost their grown son two years ago and are still deeply sad about it. I hugged the man while he sobbed in my arms. They did get a check for two months rent from FEMA, but that really doesn’t solve much. Meanwhile, bloomberg flew in a helicopter from Manhattan to Rockaways today to visit. He didn’t do anything though. He staged a photo op. We are in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. And the mayor is flying around in a fucking helicopter. He and his cronies see this as an opportunity to kick out locals & jack up rents on beachfront property. They want people to suffer. Don’t believe me? It’s the equivalent of starving people out so they have no choice but to leave their communities which is home to them. Larry, the man who cried in my arms today, has lived there since he was 13. He is 67 now. They just want to live out their retirement years by the sea.

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WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT AND DAY OF REMEMBRANCE Session: 2012-13 Date tabled: 05.11.2012

Parliament UK

 

Early day motion 687

WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT AND DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

That this House wishes to record the case of Mr Brian McArdle who, having suffered a blood clot on his brain, was left paralysed on one side, unable to speak properly and blind in one eye and yet was summoned to an Atos work capacity assessment, before which he suffered a further stroke and was eventually informed he was to lose his disability benefits; notes with sadness that Mr McArdle died from a heart attack the day after his benefits were stopped and that his 13 year old son Kieran wrote to Atos to tell the company that their assessments `are killing genuine people like my dad’; and appreciates why disability campaigners like Susan Archibald are calling for the suspension of Atos assessments, and why Jim Moore and other campaigners are calling for 3 December to be a day of remembrance for all Atos victims.

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Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 13.11.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 13.11.2012
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 07.11.2012
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 06.11.2012
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 06.11.2012
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 07.11.2012
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 07.11.2012
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 12.11.2012
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 12.11.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 06.11.2012
Hosie, Stewart Scottish National Party Dundee East 19.11.2012
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 19.11.2012
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 09.11.2012
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 08.11.2012
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 09.11.2012
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 07.11.2012
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 05.11.2012
McGovern, Jim Labour Party Dundee West 22.11.2012
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 06.11.2012
Owen, Albert Labour Party Ynys Môn 13.11.2012
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 07.11.2012
Robertson, John Labour Party Glasgow North West 20.11.2012
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 06.11.2012
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 08.11.2012
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 07.11.2012
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 06.11.2012

Occupy London ยท Bradley Manning: Marine commander warned detention was inappropriate. The Guardian

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Moody’s Investor Service on Wednesday said it has lowered Hewlett-Packard’s HPQ +2.99% long-term credit ratings to Baa1 from A3

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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) – Moody’s Investor Service on Wednesday said it has lowered Hewlett-Packard’s HPQ +2.99% long-term credit ratings to Baa1 from A3, with a negative outlook. “Although H-P will maintain strong to leading positions in a number of product areas, the company’s credit profile will remain weaker than previously expected over the intermediate term,” Moody’s senior vice president Richard Lane said in a statement. Moody’s said the negative rating outlook is based on concerns about competitive pressures, and execution challenges. H-P shares were last trading up 3% to $12.74. The stock has shed 8% this month, and has fallen 51% year-to-date.

 

Occupy London The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears by Chris Hedges


The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears
by Chris Hedges

You may have the bulldozers, planes and helicopters that smash houses to rubble, the commandos who descend from ropes on ships and kill unarmed civilians on the high seas as well as in Gaza, the vast power of the state behind you. We have only our hands and our hearts and our voices. But note this. Note this well. It is you who are afraid of us.

 We are not afraid of you. We will keep working and praying, keep protesting and denouncing, keep pushing up against your navy and your army, with nothing but our bodies, until we prove that the force of morality and justice is greater than hate and violence. And then, when there is freedom in Gaza, we will forgive … you. We will ask you to break bread with us. We will bless your children even if you did not find it in your heart to bless the children of those you occupied. And maybe it is this forgiveness, maybe it is the final, insurmountable power of love, which unsettles you the most.

And so tonight, a night when some seek to name names and others seek to hide names, let me do some naming. Let me call things by their proper names. Let me cut through the jargon, the euphemisms we use to mask human suffering and war crimes. “Closures” mean heavily armed soldiers who ring Palestinian ghettos, deny those trapped inside food or basic amenities—including toys, razors, chocolate, fishing rods and musical instruments—and carry out a brutal policy of collective punishment, which is a crime under international law. “Disputed land” means land stolen from the Palestinians. “Clashes” mean, almost always, the killing or wounding of unarmed Palestinians, including children. “Jewish neighborhoods in the West Bank” mean fortress-like compounds that serve as military outposts in the campaign of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. “Targeted assassinations” mean extrajudicial murder. “Air strikes on militant bomb-making posts” mean the dropping of huge iron fragmentation bombs from fighter jets on densely crowded neighborhoods that always leaves scores of dead and wounded, whose only contact with a bomb was the one manufactured in the United States and given to the Israeli Air Force as part of our complicity in the occupation. “The peace process” means the cynical, one-way route to the crushing of the Palestinians as a people.

These are some names. There are others. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish in the late afternoon of Jan. 16, 2009, had a pair of Israeli tank shells rip through a bedroom in his Gaza apartment, killing three of his daughters—Bessan, Mayar and Aya—along with a niece, Noor.

“I have the right to feel angry,” says Abuelaish. “But I ask, ‘Is this the right way?’ So many people were expecting me to hate. My answer to them is I shall not hate.”

“Whom to hate?” asks the 55-year-old gynecologist, who was born a Palestinian refugee and raised in poverty. “My Israeli friends? My Israeli colleagues? The Israeli babies I have delivered?”

The Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali wrote this in his poem “Revenge”:

At times … I wish

I could meet in a duel

the man who killed my father

and razed our home,

expelling me

into

a narrow country.

And if he killed me,

I’d rest at last,

and if I were ready—

I would take my revenge!

*

But if it came to light,

when my rival appeared,

that he had a mother

waiting for him,

or a father who’d put

his right hand over

the heart’s place in his chest

whenever his son was late

even by just a quarter-hour

for a meeting they’d set—

then I would not kill him,

even if I could.

*

Likewise … I

would not murder him

if it were soon made clear

that he had a brother or sisters

who loved him and constantly longed to see him.

Or if he had a wife to greet him

and children who

couldn’t bear his absence

and whom his gifts would thrill.

Or if he had

friends or companions,

neighbors he knew

or allies from prison

or a hospital room,

or classmates from his school …

asking about him

and sending him regards.

*

But if he turned

out to be on his own—

cut off like a branch from a tree—

without a mother or father,

with neither a brother nor sister,

wifeless, without a child,

and without kin or neighbors or friends,

colleagues or companions,

then I’d add not a thing to his pain

within that aloneness—

not the torment of death,

and not the sorrow of passing away.

Instead I’d be content

to ignore him when I passed him by

on the street—as I

convinced myself

that paying him no attention

in itself was a kind of revenge.
And if these words are what it means to be a Muslim, and I believe it does, name me too a Muslim, a follower of the prophet, peace be upon him.

The boat to Gaza will be named “The Audacity of Hope.” But these are not Barack Obama’s words. These are the words of my friend the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. They are borrowed words. And Jerry Wright is not afraid to speak the truth, not afraid to tell us to stop confusing God with America. “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands [killed] in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said. “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Or the words of Edward Said:

Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a difficult and principled position which you know to be the right one, but which you decide not to take. You do not want to appear too political; you are afraid of seeming controversial; you want to keep a reputation for being balanced, objective, moderate; your hope is to be asked back, to consult, to be on a board or prestigious committee, and so to remain within the responsible mainstream; someday you hope to get an honorary degree, a big prize, perhaps even an ambassadorship.

For an intellectual these habits of mind are corrupting par excellence. If anything can denature, neutralize, and finally kill a passionate intellectual life it is the internalization of such habits. Personally I have encountered them in one of the toughest of all contemporary issues, Palestine, where fear of speaking out about one of the greatest injustices in modern history has hobbled, blinkered, muzzled many who know the truth and are in a position to serve it. For despite the abuse and vilification that any outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and self-determination earns for him or herself, the truth deserves to be spoken, represented by an unafraid and compassionate intellectual.
And some of the last words of Rachel Corrie to her parents:

I’m witnessing this chronic, insidious genocide and I’m really scared, and questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. I don’t think it’s an extremist thing to do anymore. I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I feel. Disappointment. I am disappointed that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it. This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world. This is not at all what the people here asked for when they came into this world. This is not the world you and Dad wanted me to come into when you decided to have me. This is not what I meant when I looked at Capital Lake and said: “This is the wide world and I’m coming to it.” I did not mean that I was coming into a world where I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide. More big explosions somewhere in the distance outside. When I come back from Palestine, I probably will have nightmares and constantly feel guilty for not being here, but I can channel that into more work. Coming here is one of the better things I’ve ever done. So when I sound crazy, or if the Israeli military should break with their racist tendency not to injure white people, please pin the reason squarely on the fact that I am in the midst of a genocide which I am also indirectly supporting, and for which my government is largely responsible.

And if this is what it means to be a Christian, and I believe it does, to speak in the voice of Jeremiah Wright, Edward Said or Rachel Corrie, to remember and take upon us the pain and injustice of others, then name me a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ.

And what of the long line of Jewish prophets that run from Jeremiah, Isaiah and Amos to Hannah Arendt, who reminded the world when the state of Israel was founded that the injustice meted out to the Jews could not be rectified by an injustice meted out to the Palestinians, what of our own prophets, Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein, outcasts like all prophets, what of Uri Avnery or the Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai, who writes in his poem “Rypin,” the Polish town his father escaped from during the Holocaust, these words:

These creatures in helmets and khakis,

I say to myself, aren’t Jews,

In the truest sense of the word. A Jew

Doesn’t dress himself up with weapons like jewelry,

Doesn’t believe in the barrel of a gun aimed at a target,

But in the thumb of the child who was shot at—

In the house through which he comes and goes,

Not in the charge that blows it apart.

The coarse soul and iron first

He scorns by nature.

He lifts his eyes not to the officer, or the soldier

With his finger on the trigger—but to justice,

And he cries out for compassion.

Therefore, he won’t steal land from its people

And will not starve them in camps.

The voice calling for expulsion

Is heard from the hoarse throat of the oppressor—

A sure sign that the Jew has entered a foreign country

And, like Umberto Saba, gone into hiding within his own city.

Because of voices like these, father

At age sixteen, with your family, you fled Rypin;

Now here Rypin is your son.
And if to be Jew means this, and I believe it does, name me a Jew. Name us all Muslims and Christians and Jews. Name us as human beings who believe that when one of us suffers all of us suffer, that we never have to ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for us all, that the tears of the mother in Gaza are our tears, that the wails of the bloodied children in Al Shifa Hospital are the wails of our own children.

Let me close tonight with one last name. Let me name those who send these tanks and fighter jets to bomb the concrete hovels in Gaza with families crouching, helpless, inside, let me name those who deny children the right to a childhood and the sick a right to care, those who torture, those who carry out assassinations in hotel rooms in Dubai and on the streets of Gaza City, those who deny the hungry food, the oppressed justice and foul the truth with official propaganda and state lies. Let me call them, not by their honorific titles and positions of power, but by the name they have earned for themselves by draining the blood of the innocent into the sands of Gaza. Let me name them for who they are: terrorists.

BirminghamStrong Justice 4 ALL – To all the families, campaigners and supporters across the uk, Keep calm and FIGHT FIGHT! FIGHT!! We seek Justice for all the following

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/26276

JUSTICE FOR AZELLE RODNEY NOW!!!!

To all the families, campaigners and supporters across the uk, Keep calm and FIGHT FIGHT! FIGHT!!
We seek Justice for all the following
ANTHONY GRAINGER – DIED 3RD MARCH 2012
MARK DUGGAN – DIED 4TH AUG 2011
JAKE MICHAELS – DIED 22 AUG 2011

SMILEY CULTURE – DIED 15TH MARCH 2011
KINGSLEY BURRELL – DIED 31ST MARCH 2011
DEMETRE FRASER – DIED 31ST MAY 2011
LIOYD BUTLER – DIED 4TH AUG 2010 
IAN TOMLINSON – DIED 1ST APRIL 2009
HABIB ‘PAPS’ ULLAH – DIED 3RD JULY 2008
SEAN RIGG – DIED 21ST AUG 2008
DORIAN ROBERT MACKIE -DIED 25 AUG 2008
AZELLE RODNEY – DIED 30TH APRIL 2005
MIKEY POWELL – DIED 7TH SEPTEMBER 2003 
RICKY BISHOP – DIED 22ND NOVEMBER 2001
plus many many more

DEATHS IN (or as a result of) CUSTODY IN THE MIDLANDS REGION

Clinton McCurbin – Wolverhampton died 20th February 1987
Alton Manning – 33yrs Birmingham died 8th December 1995
David Henderson – 18yrs Wolverhampton died 22nd March 2000
Martin Green – 25yrs Staffordshire died 15th July 2002
Mikey Powell – Birmingham died 7th September 2003
Michael Bailey – 23yrs Birmingham died 24th March 2005
Lee Sean McArdle – 19yrs Birmingham died 12th February 2005
Victor Massey – 54yrs Nottingham died 8th August 2006
Lloyd Butler – 39yrs Birmingham died 4th August 2010
Kingsley Burrell – 27yrs Birmingham died 31st March 2011
Demetre Fraser – 21yrs Birmingham died 31st May 2011

John Shorthouse – 5yrs old shot dead by police in Birmingham 24th August 1985. R.I.P

People For Schapelle Corby QUESTIONS THE CIA MUST ANSWER Did the CIA advise Australia to sacrifice the life of a citizen they knew to be innocent?

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QUESTIONS THE CIA MUST ANSWER
Did the CIA advise Australia to sacrifice the life of a citizen they knew to be innocent? 

Did the CIA tell them that the airport security issues had to take priority over a life? 

Did CIA input encourage immoral Australian politicians, who embarked upon a course which included the suppressing of evidential proof of her innocence, the misleading of their parliament, and the orchestrating their media? 

Did the CIA realize that the Australian regime would sink into a pit of self-interest corruption?

Please see the following revelations of CIA input:
www.expendable.tv/2011/10/ exhibit-mutual-assistance-r equest.html

See the corruption of the Australian government for yourself, in sacrificing a life they always knew ot be innocent:
www.expendable.tv 

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25 UNREPORTED FACTS ON THE SCHAPELLE CORBY CASE

1. Schapelle Corby’s boogie-board bag was the only one not scanned at Sydney Airport: it was diverted past the scanner by baggage staff. Customs Minister Ellison withheld this vital information, even when Schapelle Corby’s lawyer asked directly about scanning. [Transit Report]

2. This information was also hidden from Parliament, when direct questions were asked, and critically, it was withheld from the Bali court. John Howard, and his friend, Head of Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd, Max Moore-Wilton, also kept quiet about it, when they both knew. [Transit Report]

3. The AFP never investigated the reason for this missing screening data, and AFP Commissioner Keelty, who also knew, never commented upon it. [Transit Report]

4. Schapelle Corby’s bags were subsequently found to be 5kg overweight on the Qantas system, when she had checked her bags in, underweight, without any excess charge ($175). [Transit Report]

5. Again, neither Schapelle Corby, nor the Bali court, were ever provided with this critical information. [Supplementary Report]

6. Two weeks before the verdict, AFP Commissioner Keelty told the media that there was no evidence of airport drug syndicates using innocent passengers, when this was clearly, demonstrably, and utterly, false. The AFP had held the Kessing Reports for months, and it withheld a host of other vital support evidence, which proved the long term and systemic nature of such syndication at Sydney Airport. [Transit Report]

7. The AFP and DFAT demonstrably evaded the forensic and DNA tests which Schapelle Corby begged for. [Mutual Evasion Report]

8. The AFP also told Parliament that it couldn’t perform marijuana pollen tests, when it could, and indeed, had originally offered to perform them for the INP. It also refused the services of a forensics expert, who had volunteered to perform them. [Mutual Evasion Report]

9. Ellison subsequently told a clearly false story about marijuana testing, in a letter to a constituent. [Mutual Evasion Report]

10. DFAT did not invoke the MACMA treaty to obtain the sample of marijuana which Schapelle Corby begged them for, when it could have done so within the provisions of the treaty itself. [Mutual Evasion Report]

11. The AFP and Qantas provided wholly contradictory stories about the missing CCTV footage, which Schapelle Corby pleaded for. [Transit Report]

12. Foreign Minister Downer, and Prime Minister Howard, publicly endorsed the original Bali trial, when they were well aware of the multitude of legal and human rights abuses committed throughout. [Bali Trial Report]

13. Ellison publicly endorsed the burning of the evidence, when Schapelle Corby pleaded for it to be preserved. [Mutual Evasion Report]

14. DFAT have, de facto, endorsed and suppressed the ongoing documented abuses of a mentally ill Australian citizen for eight years. [Health Report]

15. ACLEI, when forced to examine the AFP’s role in the affair, was directly and demonstrably complicit with an AFP officer, in producing a report which was an utter embarrassment to all parties. A functionary, who was at the heart of the Howard regime when the AFP abuses occurred, was allowed to rubber stamp ACLEI’s complicit rubber stamp. [Whitewash Report]

16. The government forced an Australian QC, Mark Trowell, on to Schapelle Corby. He then decimated her appeal by attacking her defence team to the media. When he subsequently admitted that he was working for the government, and not for Schapelle Corby, the government hid, refusing to comment. The precise role of Justice & Customs Minister Ellison, Trowell’s long term friend, in this affair, has never been explained. [Insider Report]

17. Downer and Howard publicly called a standard flour hoax a “biological agent” and a “murderous attack”, when there was no evidence whatsoever to suggest that it wasn’t flour. Neither of them said that the note included with the flour didn’t even mention Schapelle Corby, and was even written in Bahasa, when they promptly blamed it on her supporters [PowderGate Report]

18. Ellison did not alert the parties necessary to prevent the false (but support-wrecking) story from circulating around the world, when he was informed of the benign nature of the flour, by email, at 6:35pm on the same day [PowderGate Report]

19. The government seized Schapelle Corby’s book royalties, when she was still in legal process in Indonesia, when it knew that this would signal ‘guilt’ to Jakarta. It brought the Australian judiciary itself into disrepute, by illegally extending its jurisdiction outside Australia, and holding secret trials, at which Schapelle Corby was not even represented [Political Seizure Report]

20. The government thus denied her the funds for another appeal, and for medicine, even though it was well aware of the nature of the Bali trial, and of the vital primary evidence which it had, itself, wilfully withheld [Political Seizure Report]

21. The dozens of breaches of the Freedom of Information Act, with respect to requests made on behalf of Schapelle Corby, for information held on herself, remain totally un-addressed [FOI Abuse Report]

22. The AFP suppressed a secret recording of two known criminals discussing the collection of marijuana from Sydney Airport on the same day that Schapelle Corby flew to Bali [Candidate Sources Report] 

23. The Commonwealth Ombudsman has supported the government with respect to every complaint ever lodged relating to Schapelle Corby. The same applies to every other quango presented as a watchdog to the public. [Quango Report]

24. Serious broadcasting media abuses, including criminal matters, which were submitted to the government in 2011, were excluded from the Finkelstein media inquiry. Compelling evidence of political interference with respect to the ABC, and evidential proof of subsequent editorial and reporting abuses, continue to be ignored. [Media Reports]

25. The current Attorney-General has refused to accept a formal Crime Report, including a 450 page evidential Addendum, which documents serious breaches of the law by politicians and the AFP [Crime Report].