Archive for the ‘peace’ Category

Occupy Oakland Livestream

November 29, 2011


Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

November 27, 2011

The End of Democracy

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What to do during police encouter 

America home of the free don't tread on me!

November 27, 2011

America home of the free don’t tread on me! Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Maui, Occupy everywhere now !

The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy

This is what Civil War looks like in America today

Don't tread on me

Give, Give, Give

June 11, 2011

Give, Give, Give


“Give, give, give and give. Be ready to serve in all ways, even by your thoughts. That’s why in our Yoga classes we end by saying, ‘May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light.’ Let’s send out good thoughts and vibrations into the world. It costs you nothing. A smile isn’t going to cost you anything. Smile at everybody, think good of everyone and speak well of everybody.


“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”, H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda

TED 2011: Al Jazeera Director on Power of Middle East Revolutions

March 4, 2011

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — “I am here to tell you that the future that we were dreaming for [in the Middle East] has eventually arrived,” Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera network, told the audience at the Technology Entertainment and Design conference (TED) on Tuesday, speaking about the recent popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya that have toppled long-standing governments.

“A new generation, well-educated, connected, inspired by universal values and a global understanding has created a new reality for us,” he said.

Khanfar addressed the audience of powerful movers and shakers on the first day of the conference, and seemed to understand that he was representing the voice of millions of Arabs in calling on attendees and the rest of the world to support the young generation that was taking the Middle East into a new era.

He expressed great faith in the ability of this generation to ensure that democratic values aren’t trampled during the transition phase as new governments are created. And he urged the West not to interfere and impose its will and interests on the region in an effort to establish governments that would be friendly to the West’s economic and political interests.

“Let us accept the choice of the people,” he said. “Let us not pick and choose who we would like to rule the future. The future should be ruled by people themselves even though sometimes there are voices that might now scare us.

“Values of democracy and the freedom of choice that is sweeping the Middle East at this moment in time is the best opportunity for the world, for the West and the East, to see stability, and to see security and to see friendship and to see tolerance emerging from the Arab world, rather than the images of violence and terrorism,” he continued. “Let us support these people, let us stand for them and let us give up our narrow selfishness in order to embrace change and in order to celebrate to the people of that region a great future and hope and tolerance. The future has arrived and the future is now.”

Khanfar described how, as governments in the region crumbled over the last months, Al Jazeera was there to provide context, amplification and even protection for protesters boldly seizing power from their oppressive regimes.

Al Jazeera was banned from Tunisia for years, and no reporters from the network were allowed to work in the country. But the network quickly found it didn’t need its own staff on the ground to report the news.

“We found that these people in the streets, all of them are our reporters, feeding our newsroom with pictures, with videos and with news,” Khanfar said. “And suddenly that newsroom in Doha [Qatar] became a center that received all this kind of input from ordinary people, people who are connected and people who have ambition and who have liberated themselves from the feeling of inferiority.

“Al Jazeera took the voice from these people and we amplified it, we put it in every sitting-room in the Arab world and internationally and globally through our English channel and then people started to feel that there’s something new happening.”

He recalled receiving a phone call one night from someone in Tahrir Square in Egypt who appealed to him not to switch off the cameras.

“If you switch off the cameras tonight, there will be a genocide,” the caller said. “You are protecting us by showing what is happening at Tahrir Square.”

As events unfolded, traffic to Al Jazeera’s online broadcasts grew 2,500 percent, he said. About half of that traffic came from the United States.

“We discovered that people care,” he told the TED audience.

Asked by TED curator Chris Anderson how people in the West could help, Khanfar replied, “This is the moment to celebrate through connecting ourselves with those people in the street and expressing our support to them and expressing this kind of universal feeling of supporting the weak and oppressed to create much better future for all of us.”

Khanfar’s talk is the first video from the 2011 conference that TED has released.


Courage to Resist – How to donate to Bradley Manning's defense

December 17, 2010


1,454 individuals have donated a total $98,358! Another 111 supporters have given $11,953 directly to Bradley’s legal trust account. (Updated: 5pm PST Dec. 13, 2010)

Bradley Manning’s total legal defense will cost about $100,000. We have transferred $62,000 towards that expense so far, are in the process making additional transfers, and are committed to funding the total needed. The defense fund also supports international public outreach and activities.


Bradley Manning defense fund (tax-deductible donations)

The Bradley Manning defense fund is hosted by Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network. About 50% of each donation is currently allocated to legal defense expenses, 35% towards public education and support activities, and 15% to direct admin expenses and credit card fees. For more information, check out the defense fund FAQ.

Donate online

Or, send checks payable “Courage to Resist” to: Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610. Please note “Manning defense” on the check’s memo line.


Bradley Manning IOLTA legal trust account
(NOT tax-deductible)

The Bradley Manning IOLTA legal trust account is managed by attorney David Coombs under regulation of the Massachusetts IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Program, and the American Bar Association. All proceeds, after online credit card transaction fees if applicable, will offset Bradley’s legal expenses. Any funds remaining in the trust account at resolution of the legal case will become Bradley’s with interest.

Donate online

Or, send check payable “IOLTA / Manning” to: Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610

Checks received will be deposited to: Bank of America, Massachusetts IOLTA Trust Account, Account: 0046-2853-2833.



Contributions via PayPal will be used in support of the “Stand with Brad” public statement and petition ( These contributions are not tax-deductible.

Columbia j-school staff: WikiLeaks prosecution ‘will set a dangerous precedent’

December 14, 2010

Jim Romenesko by Jim Romenesko Published Dec. 14, 2010 1:11 pm Updated Dec. 14, 2010 1:24 pm

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Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism faculty and officers tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that “while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks’ methods and decisions, we all believe that in publishing diplomatic cables Wikileaks is engaging in journalistic activity protected by the First Amendment” and that “as a historical matter, government overreaction to publication of leaked material in the press has always been more damaging to American democracy than the leaks themselves.”

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

December 13, 2010

Dear Mr. President and General Holder:
As faculty members and officers of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, we are concerned by recent reports that the Department of Justice is considering criminal charges against Julian Assange or others associated with Wikileaks.

Journalists have a responsibility to exercise careful news judgment when classified documents are involved, including assessing whether a document is legitimately confidential and whether there may be harm from its publication.

But while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks’ methods and decisions, we all believe that in publishing diplomatic cables Wikileaks is engaging in journalistic activity protected by the First Amendment. Any prosecution of Wikileaks’ staff for receiving, possessing or publishing classified materials will set a dangerous precedent for reporters in any publication or medium, potentially chilling investigative journalism and other First Amendment-protected activity.

As a historical matter, government overreaction to publication of leaked material in the press has always been more damaging to American democracy than the leaks themselves.

The U.S. and the First Amendment continue to set a world standard for freedom of the press, encouraging journalists in many nations to take significant risks on behalf of transparency. Prosecution in the Wikileaks case would greatly damage American standing in free-press debates worldwide and would dishearten those journalists looking to this nation for inspiration.

We urge you to pursue a course of prudent restraint in the Wikileaks matter.
Please note this letter reflects our individual views, not a position of Columbia University or the Journalism School.


Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice; Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Helen Benedict, Professor

Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative;
Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism

June Cross, Associate Professor of Journalism

John Dinges, Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism

Joshua Friedman, Director, Maria Moors Cabot Prize for Journalism in the Americas

Todd Gitlin, Professor; Chair, Ph.D. Program

Ari Goldman, Professor

LynNell Hancock, Professor; Director, Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship

Marguerite Holloway, Assistant Professor; Director, Science and Environmental Journalism

David Klatell, Professor of Professional Practice; Chair, International Studies

Nicolas Lemann, Dean; Henry R. Luce Professor

Dale Maharidge, Associate Professor

Arlene Morgan, Associate Dean, Prizes and Programs

Victor S. Navasky, George T. Delacorte Professor in Magazine Journalism; Director,
Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism; Chair, Columbia Journalism Review

Michael Schudson, Professor

Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Alisa Solomon, Associate Professor; Director, Arts Concentration, M.A. Program
Paula Span, Adjunct Professor

Duy Linh Tu, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice; Coordinator, Digital Media Program

WikiRebels – The Documentary (1/4)

December 12, 2010

Must see documentary

Julian Assange – Who Will Be TIME's 2010 Person of the Year? – TIME

December 6, 2010

The truth will set you free

December 4, 2010

The truth will set you free #imwikileaks