5.02 countering political repression, promoting human rights

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Trauma and Resilience: Covering the Colombian Civil War

October 2008. La Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres is a coalition of over 200 Colombian womenís organizations. They hold events for peace and nonviolence throughout the year and also coordinate an annual parade, held in different violent regions, to giv

Summary:

Telling the truth is frequently unpopular, but it is an important way to help communities survive and grow, and heal the wounds opened by war.

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Military Recruiting Abuses: On Tape

Military recruiters have a quota, or what they call a "mission," specifying how many people they're expected to enlist each month. When they don't reach their quotas, they're often pressured intensely, ordered to work overtime, and threatened with career-ending consequences. Not all recruiters lie, but lies by military recruiters aren't the exception, they're common. ABC in New York, for example, sent hidden cameras into recruiting stations in 2006 and found 5 of 10 recruiters they taped lied on camera (see item 11).

Obama Contends President is Beyond Review: Asserts Powers More Sweeping than those Claimed by Bush

Witness Against Torture stands vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court on December 5, 2007, as the Court hears the oral arguments for Al Odah and Boumediene. Photo: www.witnesstorture.org
Authors: Mark Wilson

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If a president is allowed to hide executive actions without review, the president becomes a dictator.

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Targeted Divestment: an Approach to Stopping Genocide in Sudan/Darfur

Summary:

Oil money fuels the genocide. Cut off the flow of money.

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Open Letter to Obama Regarding Darfur: End CIA Involvement, Increase Diplomatic Efforts

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First, cut CIA ties to Sudan's Intelligence agency.

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Closer to a Death-Penalty-Free World: But in 2008: 2390 Known Executions

For the World Day Against the Death Penalty, an anti-death penalty message was projected against the Roman Collosseum, a former public mass execution site. Italy banned the death penalty in 1947. PHOTO: NOVEMBER 30, 2006, FABIO RENZETTI VIA FLICKR

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Capital punishment is a legalized process of physical and psychological terror.

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Don't Let those who Kill Turn Us into Killers: NH Legislator's Rejection of Vengeance Sways House

Ken Wiwa
Authors: Renny Cushing

Summary:

They took enough from me. I won't let them take away my values.

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Abolishing the Death Penalty in New Mexico: Lessons Learned in a Long Campaign

Justice for Troy Davis Protester
Authors: Viki Elkey

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Long term organizing, a focus on anti-death penalty families, and the exonerees made the difference.

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Social Media Fueling Moldovan Protests

Candlelight vigil protesting election fraud in Moldova. Photo, Sibiu, Moldova, April 7, 2009, Aurelian Sandulescu, http://www.flickr.com/photos/43008843@N00/3422186580/in/set-72157616475654208
Authors: Daniel Bennett

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Countering perceived election fraud, despite zero coverage by national media.

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US Sergeant Apologizes to Afghan Parliamentarian: "How Sorry I am for the Violence that My Army Has Done"

Matthis Chiroux and Malalai Joya following his apololgy. PHOTO: MALALAIJOYA.COM

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We can enforce a peace by refusing to hate, refusing to kill.

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