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Call for the World Social Forum Free Palestine, Nov. 2012 in Brazil

Call for the World Social Forum Free Palestine, Nov. 2012 in Brazil
Occupied Palestine is part of every free heartbeat in this world and her cause continues to inspire solidarity across the globe.  The World Social Forum Free Palestine is an expression of the human instinct to unite for justice and freedom and an echo of the World Social Forum’s opposition to neo-liberal hegemony, colonialism, and racism through struggles for social, political and economic alternatives to promote justice, equality, and the sovereignty of peoples.

The WSF Free Palestine will be a global encounter of broad-based popular and civil society mobilizations from around the world. It aims to:

1. Show the strength of solidarity with the calls of the Palestinian people and the diversity of initiatives and actions aimed at promoting justice and peace in the region.

2. Create effective actions to ensure Palestinian self-determination, the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the fulfillme…

NYPD Admits Using Anti-Muslim Film for Training Nearly 1,500 Officers -- News from Antiwar.com

NYPD Admits Using Anti-Muslim Film for Training Nearly 1,500 Officers -- News from Antiwar.com
NYPD Admits Using Anti-Muslim Film for Training Nearly 1,500 Officers
Film Accuses All Muslims of Plotting to Overthrow US
by Jason Ditz, January 24, 2012
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Last year, the New York Police Dept. was caught in an ugly scandal when the Village Voice reported it showed a 72-minute film titled The Third Jihad to police as a “terrorist training” video. Officials at the time downplayed the number of officers who saw it, and claimed it was quickly pulled when it was deemed “inappropriate.”

The video condemns Muslims in general and moderate American Muslims in particular, claiming that all non-violent Muslims are part of a secret conspiracy to overthrow the US government and impose Sharia law in its place.

FOIA requests have finally gotten through the red tape, however, and it is now revealed that movie was not an isolated mishap at NYPD, but rather was required viewi…

Haditha Massacre ‘Sentence’ Riles Iraqis, Seen as ‘Insult’ -- News from Antiwar.com

Haditha Massacre ‘Sentence’ Riles Iraqis, Seen as ‘Insult’ -- News from Antiwar.comHaditha Massacre ‘Sentence’ Riles Iraqis, Seen as ‘Insult’
Staff Sergeant Faces Pay Cut Over Butchering of Civilians
by Jason Ditz, January 24, 2012
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In the mother of all plea bargains, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who was charged with leading the US Marines’ massacre of 24 civilians in the Iraqi city of Haditha, plead guilty to a single count of “dereliction of duty.”

His “sentence,” such as it is, will amount to a demotion to the rank of private and a pay cut related to his loss of rank. He will serve no jail time.

The announcement has angered a number of Iraqis, particularly the relatives of the slain, who say the verdict is an insult. Khalid Salman, a lawyer for the relatives of the victims, and a cousin of one of the slain, condemned the decision. “This is not a traffic felony,” he said.

Even skeptical Iraqis weren’t prepared for this total dismissal. Saleem al-Jubou…