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December 2005

cronulla beach ist ein beliebter freizeitort/ badeort ( in australien ist jetzt sommer) in sydney / new south wales. vom 2. bis 12. dezember gab es dort rassistische auseinandersetzungen. etwa 5.000 menschen griffen alle menschen an von denen sie dachten sie seien libanesischer herkunft. anfang der woche gab es an dem strand eine auseinandersetzung zwischen bademeister und zwei männer libanesischer herkunft. es soll sich um eine verbale auseinandersetzung gehandelt haben aber dann gab es meldungen von einem angriff. die mobilisierung soll über internet und sms gelaufen sein. es gibt gerüchte das neonazis die auseinandersetzungen organisiert haben. es waren viele skinheads anwesend und mind. drei rechtsextreme gruppierungen haben ihre flugblätter verteilt: "australia first", "patriotic youth league (pyl)" und "blood and honour". die zahl der verletzten wird unterschiedlich angegeben ( 25 oder 37) ebenso die zahl der verhafteten (16/27) alle verhafteten waren männer im alter zwischen 17 und 40 jahre.

die mitglieder des parlaments von new south wales wurde aus den sommerferien geholt und haben in einer eilsitzung neue gesetze verabschiedet. so können polizisten ganze stadtviertel absperren. sie können handys und autos von denen sie annehmen die würden für die riots benutzt werden bis zu 7 tage beschlagnahmen. in den abgesperrten gebieten können sie alle personen und autos durchsuchen. sie können straßen und plätze zu alkoholfreien gebieten erklären und geschäfte schließen. viele dieser maßnahmen wurden während der olympiade 2000 ausprobiert. die höchststrafe für menschen die sich an riots beteiligen stieg von 10 auf 15 jahre, für krawall / schlägerei von 5 auf 10 jahre. außerdem wurde ein neues delikt geschaffen " assault during public disorder" ( körperverletzung während öffentlicher/ allgemeiner unruhen) mit einer höchststrafe von 5 jahren knast wenn es dabei keine heftigen verletzungen gab und 7 jahre bei verletzungen.

Anti-riot laws passed

15. dezember 2005

LAWS giving NSW police more power to crack down on unrest have been passed by NSW Parliament. Both houses of Parliament were recalled from their summer recess today to pass the laws, which will be given the royal assent today by Governor Marie Bashir. The emergency legislation was introduced following a race riot on Sunday at the beachside suburb of Cronulla and apparent retaliatory attacks by members of Sydney's Lebanese community. The laws will permit police to lock down areas where unrest is occurring or is threatened. They will be able seize cars and mobile telephones for up to seven days if they are deemed to have been used as part of a riotous disturbance. Police will also be able to search people and vehicles in locked down areas and require individuals to identify themselves.

They will also be given the power to close licensed premises and to declare alcohol-free zones. Under amendments to the Crimes Act, the maximum sentence for rioting will be increased to 15 years, up from 10 years, and the maximum sentence for affray will be doubled to 10 years. A new offence of assault during a public disorder will carry maximum penalties of five years' jail for assault not causing actual bodily harm, and seven years' for actual bodily harm.

[  news.com.au

In wake of racial violence in Sydney
Australian state government prepares savage attack on democratic rights

14 Dezember 2005

In response to racial violence last weekend in Sydney, state Labor Premier Morris Iemma yesterday called an emergency session of the New South Wales (NSW) parliament for Thursday to pass a series of repressive measures that will allow police to declare "lockdown zones" throughout the city. The laws will provide extensive new powers to police who are already engaged in sweeping and unprecedented operations. Last night police erected at least six checkpoints at various points in eastern Sydney. Motorists were stopped, and had to issue their driver's licence and explain why they were driving into the area. At one checkpoint, a queue of more than 200 cars formed as police searched vehicles for weapons.[...]

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Second night of riots hits Sydney

12. dezember 2005

Violence triggered by race tensions has hit Sydney for a second night, with youths damaging cars and shops. A reporter in the suburb of Cronulla, where dozens were arrested after riots on Sunday, described scenes of "chaos". Police said carloads of people had come into the area from other parts of Sydney and committed violent acts. Australian Prime Minister John Howard condemned the weekend's attacks by thousands of young white men on people of Arabic and Mediterranean background. A reporter from the ABC national radio network said some of the people coming into Cronulla on Monday night had carried out attacks on property. Some of the violence appeared to have been carried out by youths of Middle Eastern appearance, raising speculation it was a retaliation for Sunday's unrest. "We have shops damaged at Caringbah, cars damaged at Cronulla," said a spokesman for New South Wales police. "We have six arrests at this stage."

At the nearby suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands, "a smaller crowd has thrown bricks and other objects at police cars and passing motorists", the ABC reporter said. Earlier in the evening police had confiscated iron bars from parks and the roofs of buildings at nearby Maroubra. Police believed they had been stored there by residents. The ABC also reported police were monitoring cars travelling through the suburb of Rockdale, and large groups of people gathering in Punchbowl and Peakhurst. Thousands of young white men attacked people of Arabic and Mediterranean background on Cronulla Beach on Sunday. The fighting injured more than 30 people, including police officers, and at least 16 people were arrested. The clashes follow an assault on two lifeguards last week, reportedly by youths of Middle Eastern origin.

[  news.bbc.co.uk

Violence at Cronulla Beach as 5000 people gather

12. dezember 2005

Cronulla Beach in Sydney, New South Wales was the scene of racist mob-violence yesterday. In what has been described as disgusting, un-Australian and shameful behaviour, participants in a 5000-strong mob assaulted people suspected of being of Lebanese origin. The angry, alcohol-fuelled crowd also turned on anyone who tried to help the victims, including police, security guards and ambulance officers. Following an attack on two lifeguards earlier in the week, allegedly by men of Lebanese descent, a protest had been organised via text messages and a small number of usenet postings.

Sutherland Shire Mayor Kevin Schreiber says inflammatory text messages calling for revenge attacks fueled the violence. Mr Schreiber said the heavily-circulated messages ensured troublemakers went to the southern Sydney beach looking for a fight. Police had patrolled the area all weekend after text messages began circulating among the community calling for vigilante responses to unwelcome visitors on the beach. "The sending out of that text message was foolish and irresponsible and ensured that people from all over Sydney came to Cronulla looking to cause trouble and this was further fueled by alcohol," said Mr Schreiber. Sydney's popular talk-back radio station 2GB also promoted Sunday's event. Breakfast announcer Alan Jones has been accused of "fanning the flames." Callers who recommended vigilante action were not discouraged to take the law into their own hands. Mr Jones, notorious for inflamatory comments, repeated the text message for Cronulla residents to defend their territory several times.

As the crowd marched along the beach and foreshore area, waving Australian flags, the crowd chanted racist slogans, with many wearing clothes bearing racist sentiment. Middle Eastern men were openly targetted and assaulted. A young Muslim woman wearing a veil was chased into a kiosk on Cronulla beach. Police tried to move her away from the chanting crowd but were unable to reach the security of the command post. While the woman and police officers hid in the kiosk, a crowd surrounded the kiosk and shouted "Kill the Lebs", while others climbed on top of the kiosk. As police horses and special operations officers formed a line and pushed the crowd away, they were bombarded with beer bottles. After half an hour, an ambulance arrived at the kiosk and people were loaded into it. The ambulance, transporting six injured youths, escorted by police and police horses, was also bombarded with beer bottles. One struck an ambulance officer on the head. His colleague suffered lacerations to the arm.


A total of 25 people, including two ambulance officers, were injured and about 40 cars were vandalised at Maroubra as the unrest spread to other beachside communities. Police said 16 people had been arrested and charged with 41 offences. Locals said today they were in shock and many refused to be named, too scared of retribution for their comments. Those charged were from Mortdale, Cronulla, Bondi Junction, Kareela, Granville, Lugarno, Greenacre, Mascot, Northmead, Jannali, Sutherland, and Riverwood. Offences included malicious damage, resist police, hinder police, assault police, resist arrest, possess prohibited drug, offensive manner, threaten violence, affray, possess knife in a public place, and driving in a manner dangerous. All of those charged were men between 17 and 40 years of age.

Government response

A Police strike force had been established to track down those responsible, NSW Premier Morris Iemma said today. Mr Iemma said video and photo evidence would be used to catch the offenders following incidents which he said showed "ugly face of racism in Australia". He said the Government would examine what extra police powers would be needed to combat further outbreaks of violence. A meeting of community leaders would be convened to discuss the problem. "Let's be very clear, the police will be unrelenting in their fight against these thugs and hooligans," the Premier said. A series of apparent revenge attacks ? including two stabbings ? occurred overnight following the unrest at Cronulla.

Prime Minister John Howard, at a separate press conference, condemned the violence. He said attacking anyone on the basis of their race or ethnicity was unacceptable and should be repudiated. He has refused to call Australians "racist". He himself created racism-related controversy when in 1988 he claimed that the rate of Asian immigration into Australia was too high.

Response from Islamic leaders

Kuranda Seyit, the director of Forum on Australia's Islamic Relations (FAIR), an Islamic think-tank, was disgusted by the weekends violence. "The Cronulla police must send a loud and clear message to others who are potentially considering vigilante action against fellow Australians," Mr Seyit said. He also condemned the previous violence that was allegedly committed by Lebanese men, but said that this does not justify yesterdays violence. "I realise that the initial behaviour by the thugs who beat the lifeguard was unacceptable but to take it out any anyone who the mob think are not one of them, is not the solution," Mr Seyit said. He suggested that a number of people in Sutherland Shire were racist, and this contributed to the violence. "Obviously the underlying racism and intolerance in the shire is now bubbling to the surface." Participation of "Neo-Nazis"

NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says police believed neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups were among the crowd. "That in fact is something that we're following up," he told the Nine network. Skinheads wearing boots, braces and neo-Nazi emblems were among the protestors. Three far-right organisations: "Australia First Party", "Patriotic Youth League (PYL) and the Newcastle-based "Blood and Honour" - all handed out pamphlets. PYL describes itself as a "radical nationalist" group with links to the German-based skinhead group Volksfront, British Nationalist Party and the New Zealand National Front. Australia First's Dr Jim Saleam, who was jailed for 3 1/2 years in 1991 for possessing a firearm and organising a shotgun attack on the home of the African National Congress's Australian representative, said: "I wouldn't condone it, but I wouldn't condemn it," Dr Saleam said his members had recruited up to 120 people for the rally but denied they were involved in violence.

Anti-race hate campaigner Matt Henderson-Hau, who runs the Fightdemback.org http://www.fightdemback.org/ website, claims only one skinhead at the rally came from within the Sutherland Shire. "The rest came from the Central Coast, Newcastle and other parts of Sydney," he said. Mr Henderson-Hau said neo-Nazis had manipulated the crowd at Cronulla. "If you remove the Nazis from the equation, you will go a long way to dousing the flames and hopefully some cool heads will emerge on both sides," he said. White Nationalist website, Stormfront Downunder, yesterday featured messages from people in the US, Britain and Canada supporting the Cronulla attacks.

Reaction from Sydney bloggers

Most bloggers were in agreement that anyone committing acts of violence should be arrested and punished, regardless of race, place of residence, or justification for their actions. Some are purely critical, whereas others are pointing to previous acts by Lebanese youths to explain the violence. "Round 'em up-all of them, from both sides-charge 'em, convict 'em, jail 'em," Tim Blair said. "Are we living in Tsarist Russia where peasants with pitchforks chase Jews down the street?" said Jason Soon of catallaxy. He made a distinction between these riots and previous riots, such as Maquarie Fields. "The denizens of Cronulla do not even have the excuse of poverty and deprivation for their actions. The infamy of disgrace will be heavier on them than on the people of Macquarie Fields."

One blogger said that he did not support Sunday?s violence, but argued that it was understandable after what he described as years of violence and intimidation by Lebanese youths. "This episode is an absolute disgrace. I, however, absolutely refuse to condemn the people who took that action yesterday, especially given the pattern of wilful inaction from the authorities over the last two years. Far from demonstrating intolerance (arguably, quite the opposite has been demonstrated here, given the facts), put quite simply, everybody has a limit," said James Ozark of "A Western Heart". Another blogger, who goes by the name "AnonymousLefty", issued a challenge to right-wing bloggers and mainstream pundits, asking them to explain how recent events should have been handled. "What precisely should we be doing differently in order to prevent flare-ups like Cronulla? (If Andrew Bolt and Piers Ackerman are going to devote their next columns to Cronulla - and I'd bet you the shiny biro on my desk that they will - perhaps they'd consider, instead of simply attacking 'multiculturalism' as a vague concept, actually suggesting what they'd do differently.)"

Splat Guy criticised the use of the national flag and anthem during the riot. "... the ugliest thing of all was the use of symbols of the unity of Australians - all Australians, not just Anglos - like the flag, national anthem, and sports cries as a sort of racial identifier. Really unsavoury, really unacceptable, really unaustralian."

Historical background: The White Australian Policy

Racism in post-invasion Australia dates back to the White Australia policy, which started as government policy in the 1880's, became a national law with the creation of Australia as a state in 1901, effectively was stopped in 1973 under the prime ministership of Whitlam, and was completed by further reform in immigration law under Fraser in 1978. For more depth, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Australia_policy

[  wikinews.org

12 held for Sydney race riots

11. dezember 2005

Sydney - Racial violence erupted in Sydney beachside suburbs on Sunday after thousands of white youths, many chanting racial slurs, clashed with police and attacked people of Middle Eastern origin. At least 12 people were arrested for assault and other offences and several were injured in the alcohol-fuelled fights at Cronulla beach.

Late Sunday, after an uneasy peace had returned to Cronulla, the violence spread. Police said youths damaged cars in at least one nearby suburb and a man was stabbed after what a police spokesperson described as a short conversation with a "group of males of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance". The victim was hospitalised in serious condition. Dozens of police in riot gear also were involved in a confrontation with youths in the Brighton-le-Sands neighbourhood close to Sydney's Botany Bay, Sky News reported. Earlier on Sunday, crowds approached people of Middle Eastern background at Cronulla beach "with vile abuse", police assistant commissioner Mark Goodwin said. In TV broadcasts, the rioters overwhelmingly were young white men. Many carried beer bottles, waved Australian flags and chanted anti-Middle Eastern slogans in response to reports that youths of Lebanese ancestry were responsible for an attack last weekend on two of the beach's life guards.

One white teenager had the words "We grew here, you flew here" painted on his back. On the beach, someone had written "100 percent Aussie pride" in the sand. Two paramedics in an ambulance were injured as they tried to get youths of Middle Eastern appearance out of the Cronulla surf lifesaving club, where they had fled to escape one mob. The mob broke the vehicle's windows and kicked its doors as the paramedics tried to get the group out. TV broadcasts showed a group of young women attacking another woman. Her ethnicity was not immediately clear. Some rioters stomped on police vehicles and other cars. Officers fought back with batons and pepper spray.

Sydney has many beaches, but Cronulla is one of few that are easily accessible by train and often is visited by youngsters - many of Middle Eastern ethnicity - from the poorer suburbs of western and southern Sydney. Area residents accuse the visitors of being disrespectful and sometimes intimidating other beachgoers. Days ago, police increased the number of officers patrolling the beach after SMSs began circulating calling for retaliation for the attack on the lifeguards.

[  news24.com

[  morew Article about Sydney's Race Violencenews.com.au

31. Dezember 2005

das pechersky bezirksgericht in kiew hat zwei zeitungen, die artikel gegen einen herausgeber antisemtischer publikationen veröffentlichten, geschlossen.

KIEV Court Fines Newspapers for Reporting on Anti-Semitism

The Pechersky District Court of Kiev has ruled in favor of Ukraine's most prolific publisher of anti-Semitic literature and ordered the closure of two newspapers that have campaigned against it, according to a December 21 report by the AEN news agency. The court ruled that the newspapers "Stolichnye Novosti" and "Stolichka" damaged the reputation of Grigory Shchyokin, rector of the Interregional Academy of Personnel (MAUP), by publishing "negative and non-factual" information about his and his university's activity.

The two newspapers were ordered shut down and their publishing company ordered to pay MAUP 50,000 hryvnias ($10,000) and Shchyokin personally 25,000 hryvnias ($5,000). MAUP has hosted conferences featuring extremist Islamists, former KKK leader David Duke, and others who write and speak against "the Zionist threat." It has published several books, magazines, and newspaper issues defaming Jews and Israel. With 50,000 students registered in campuses across the country, MAUP is the leading purveyor of anti-Semitic literature in Ukraine.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that hate speech is illegal in Ukraine, the government has so far done nothing to check MAUP's activities. The latest court ruling, which the AEN correspondent theorized was an attempt by the government to silence media outlets that report on anti-Semitism in Ukraine, will probably embolden MAUP and its leadership.

[  israelnn.com

26. December 2005
Erneut ausländischer Student in St. Petersburg ermordet

St. Petersburg. DPA/baz. Nach einer Serie von Gewalttaten gegen ausländische Studenten in Russland haben mutmassliche Rechtsradikale in St. Petersburg einen Mann aus Kamerun ermordet. Der 28-Jährige, der am Samstag vor seinem Wohnheim auf offener Strasse erstochen wurde, war das vierte Todesopfer rassistischer Gewalt gegen Studenten in diesem Jahr. Im Unterschied zu früheren Fällen ermittele die Justiz dieses Mal wegen Mordes aus Rassenhass, berichteten russische Medien am Montag. Die Polizei müsse entschiedener gegen rechtsradikale Schläger vorgehen, forderte die Bürgerrechtlerin und Präsidentenberaterin Ella Pamfilowa.

Bei dem jüngsten Angriff in St. Petersburg hatte eine Gruppe von etwa zehn russischen Jugendlichen den Wasserbau-Studenten aus Kamerun attackiert. Ein Student aus Kenia sei dabei schwer verletzt worden. Zwei weitere dunkelhäutige Studenten hätten sich in ihr Wohnheim flüchten können. Nach Medienberichten hatte es Mitte November eine Schlägerei zwischen Studenten aus Kamerun und mehreren Russen gegeben. Milde Strafen

Die Internetzeitung "Newsru.com" listete für 2005 mehr als 40 Angriffe auf ausländische Studenten auf, von denen viele schwer verletzt worden seien. In St. Petersburg war am 15. Dezember ein Schüler aus Aserbaidschan und am 13. Oktober ein Student aus Vietnam getötet worden. In der südrussischen Stadt Woronesch hatten Rechtsgerichtete am 9. Oktober einen Studenten aus Peru erschlagen und einen weiteren Peruaner und einen Spanier verletzt. Die Zahl ausländischer Studenten in St. Petersburg sei wegen der Übergriffe stark gesunken, hiess es. In vielen Fällen gehe die Polizei von Rowdytum aus, der rassistische Hintergrund der Überfälle werde oft verkannt, kritisieren russische Medien. Rechtsradikale Skinheads erhielten vor Gericht sehr milde Strafen. Seit sowjetischen Zeiten studieren in Russland viele Ausländer aus der Dritten Welt. Die Russen verdächtigen die fremdländischen Studenten, mit Drogen zu handeln.

[  baz.ch

17 December 2005
15.000 Iren klagen auf Entschädigung f. Missbrauch

Dublin (AFP) - In Irland sind gut 15.000 Menschen einem Aufruf der Regierung gefolgt, für erlittene Misshandlungen in zumeist kirchlich geführten Kinderheimen Entschädigung zu beantragen. Bis zum Ende der Meldefrist am Donnerstag seien 14.768 Anträge bei dem eigens eingerichteten Entschädigungsausschuss für Heimbewohner (RIRB) eingegangen, teilte das Gremium auf seiner Website mit. Die Summe der Entschädigungen, für die der Staat aufkommen muss, könne bei über einer Milliarde Euro liegen.In einem umstrittenen Abkommen zwischen irischem Staat und katholischer Kirche wurden die von der Kirche zu leistenden Entschädigungen auf maximal 128 Millionen Euro festgesetzt. Was darüber hinaus geht, muss aus Steuergeldern bezahlt werden.Die Antragsteller machen geltend, sie seien als Kinder in staatlich gegründeten, zumeist unter Leitung der katholischen Kirche stehenden Einrichtungen misshandelt worden. Dabei handelte es sich um sexuellen Missbrauch und andere körperliche Misshandlungen sowie um seelische Qualen. Die Taten reichen zurück bis in die 30er Jahre.Parallel zum Entschädigungsprogramm der Regierung ermittelt die Justiz in dem weit reichenden Missbrauchsskandal, der in dem tief katholischen Land große Bestürzung ausgelöst hatte. Nach Darstellung von Klägern kam es in Kinder- und Waisenheimen, Internaten und Kinderkrankenhäusern in der Obhut der Kirche in früheren Jahrzehnten zu häufigen Übergriffen durch Geistliche und andere Angestellte der Kirche.

[  news.yahoo.com

14. December 2005
China, Cuba, two African nations are top jailers of journalists
Ethiopian crackdown fuels worldwide increase;U.S. is 6th among nations

New York, December 13, 2005—China, Cuba, Eritrea, and Ethiopia are the world's leading jailers of journalists in 2005, together accounting for two-thirds of the 125 editors, writers, and photojournalists imprisoned around the world, according to a new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists.The United States, which is holding journalists in detention centers in Iraq and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, rose to sixth among countries jailing journalists, just behind Uzbekistan and tied with Burma, CPJ found. "Antistate" allegations, including subversion, divulging state secrets, and acting against the interests of the state, were the most common charges used to imprison journalists worldwide. Seventy-eight journalists were jailed under such charges, many by the Chinese and Cuban governments. [...]

[  more details: cpj.org

9. December 2005
Paramilitaries murder 22 peasant farmers in Cesar, northern Colombia.

MINGA, the Association for the Promotion of Social Alternatives informs national and international public opinion, that paramilitaries currently engaged in so called “peace negotiations” with the Colombian government, detained, tortured and then executed 22 peasant farmers in the villages of La Mas Verde and Nuevo Horizonte, in the municipality of Curumani, Cesar.

The facts:

On 4 and 5 December 2005, a group of about 200 armed men in uniform, identifying themselves as members of the Northern Block of the AUC paramilitaries, under the command of Jorge 40, entered the villages of La Mas Verde and Nuevo Horizonte in Curumani, Cesar. In these villages they then committed every imaginable abuse against the civil population before detaining and taking away a large group of civilians. 22 of these people were later tied up and executed, shot at close range.

Before killing them, the paramilitaries tortured their victims. They then stole cattle and other goods from the villages.

Of the dead peasant farmers, only 3 have so far been identified. 64 year old Carlos Julio Hernandez Triana’s remains were found in a ditch in the village of La Mas Verde. The bodies of Elidez Ramirez Pineda and Hector Julio Manzano were recovered by the national army and taken away to the nearby town of Curumani. The other 17 bodies are still to be identified due to the severe state of decomposition. The bodies had been left out in the open and eaten by carrion animals. Neither the police nor judicial authorities have so far made any attempt to recover or identify these bodies.

The paramilitaries managed to enter these villages and then leave without facing any opposition from the armed forces. They set up road blocks and blockaded the local population until 7 December, forbidding anyone to enter or leave the area. They then returned to their bases in Curumani and Pailitas in Cesar.

The inhabitants of this zone and understandably scared about future paramilitary activity in the area. They also have no access to food and medicines.

We therefore demand the following:

Of the national government:

Guarantee the lives, integrity and freedom of the people of Curumani.

Provide psychosocial and material assistance to the victims of this paramilitary incursion.

Neutralise and combat the paramilitary group responsible for the massacre.

d)Inform public opinion if this paramilitary group has broken the terms of the ceasefire and the negotiations with the administration of President Alvaro Uribe Velez.

That the Attorney General’s Office urgently send a judicial commission to the area to find, identify and return the bodies to their loved ones, and to prosecute those responsible for the massacre.

Of Sergio Caramanga, the Organisation of American States overseer of the Peace Process with the paramilitaries:

a)Verify the facts and to denounce this action as a violation of the ceasefire agreed by the paramilitaries and the Colombian government.

b)Publish a report about these events.

Bogotá D.C., 9 December 2005

Please send messages of protest to:
President Alvaro Uribe Velez: auribe@presidencia.gov.co
Vice President Francisco Santos: fsantos@presidencia.gov.co
Colombian Embassy in the UK: mail@colombianembassy.co.uk

[  nuevacolombia.de

15. november 2005

bei einem neuen interaktivem spiel , la fuga ( der ausbruch), das in madrid gespielt wird, tragen die spielerinnen rfid- chips.

RFID Helps Gamers Break Out of Jail

An interactive game in Madrid uses radio frequency identification to track players as they try to escape from a simulated futuristic high-security jail.

You might be surprised to hear that radio frequency identification has a fun side, especially when it involves tracking your every movement. Even so, a number of adventure-seekers are strapping RFID tags and PDAs onto their wrists in order to take part in a new interactive game. The goal: to escape from Mazzinia, a futuristic high-security jail. Named La Fuga (The Breakout), the game opened this month at a former bank not far from the Real Madrid Stadium in northern Madrid. The facility can host up to 300 players at a time, each of whom tries to solve quizzes and pass through different obstacles in order to escape.

Every player receives a console consisting of a specially designed PDA worn on the wrist. Between the PDA and its wrist strap is a passive RFID tag with a unique ID number used to locate and identify each player during the game. "RFID provided an easy way to identify every player individually," says Josep Cabestany at Négone, a Madrid-based developer of interactive games. The company invested €16.3 million to design and produce the technology on which La Fuga is based, and to convert the bank into the equivalent of a three-dimensional game board. The PDA communicates to the game system by means of wireless technology developed by Négone. A player uses the console to answer the questions, and to receive information such as score, battery level or time left. "The game system activates the quizzes, the doors and the tricks in response to the detection of the tags. This allows the system to keep track of the gaming information of each player and generate each player's game individually," Cabestany says.

RFID interrogators (readers) placed in doorways and in other areas of the game rooms enable the application to detect a player's location, and to use that information to drive the gamer's experience. For example, when the interrogator detects a person in a certain location, the system might display questions on the PDA screen that he or she must answer in order to progress. On the other hand, it might signal doors to open. "There can be more than 10 readers per room, totaling about 200 in the whole center," says Cabestany.

Négone says it developed both the PDAs and the RFID interrogators. For the tags, however, the company turned to Swiss RFID transponder specialist Sokymat, which also helped Négone determine how to embed the tags in the wristband. The system uses Sokymat's passive 125 kHz Clear Disc tags. In selecting the tags to be used, Négone considered the technical, financial and practical requirements of its system. "We didn't need a fast data transfer, or to perform write operations, but as the tags were going to be embedded in plastic and close to the player's body, using low frequency was the best solution," says Cabestany. While the performance of all RF signals can be adversely affected by metal or water, low frequencies are better able to penetrate people's bodies and other objects with high water content. Therefore, 125 kHz tags were deemed best suited to this application.

In addition, because Négone needed to deploy a large number of interrogators in its gaming center, it wanted to reduce the potential of interference from other game players' tags. The 125 kHz system offered a read range of about 1 foot, which well suited the company's requirements. However, the application did require a larger than usual antenna to get the required read performance. Sokymat's Clear Disc tags come in standard diameters of 20 millimeters and 30 millimeters, but this application uses a specially produced version with a 50-millimeter antenna. After trying several different tags, Négone says it selected Sokymat's for its better performance and quality. The company also says it is planning to opening similar game centers in the United States.

[  rfidjournal.com

30. november 2005

riot polizisten haben 8 seit über 30 jahren besetzte häuser in kennington geräumt. Es gab auseinandersetzungen zwischen den polizisten und etwa 150 besetzerinnen.

London, England - Over 150 people were evicted from London's oldest squatted community on St. Agnes Place in Kennington, south London. Many residents resisted bailiffs with improvised barricades, other defensive "devices," and even a petrol bomb, but were overcome by hundreds of riot police, who eventually secured the eight occupied buildings. The government plans to demolish the homes in order to build new homes, 75% of which will be deemed "affordable." The former residents will be given temporary accommodations. Officials lamented that they had been missing out on over 30 years of unpaid rent on the properties amounting to £4 million, plus a further £400,000 in taxes.

[  bombsandshields.blogspot.com

28. November 2005

East Berbice, Guyana - More than 1,000 anti-police protesters used burning cars and tires to block a section of the Corentyne Highway between Guyana's capital of Georgetown and the neighboring country of Suriname. Demonstrators were able to create an autonomous zone free of police and government officials that included Tain, Port Mourant, Rose Hall and other adjoining villages on the Corentyne. Residents took to the streets on Friday to call for the permanent removal of a corrupt police force they accuse of being responsible for a number of recent armed robberies. Government officials, hoping to resolve the situation quickly, were disappointed Saturday after protesters ran them off with stones and fire bombs. Police returned in greater force the following day to disperse demonstrators with tear gas and rubber pellets and dismantled the barricades with bulldozers.

[  bombsandshields.blogspot.com

27. November 2005

hunderte menschen aus den dörfern chandia, baligoth und ugraghati in orissa haben nach der verhaftung von "tribal ( stammes-)" leitern , die gegen den diebstahl und die industrielle entwicklung auf ihrem land kämpfen, die polizeistation in kalinganargar angegriffen.

Indian Tribes Fight For Survival

Jajpur, Orissa, India - Hundreds of tribal people from the Chandia, Baligoth and Ugraghati villages surrounded and attacked the Kalinganagar police station after police arrested tribal leaders who have been resisting the theft and industrial development of their ancestral lands. Villagers also blockaded roads surrounding the area to prevent officials from sending reinforcements.

Police charged the anti-development leaders with extorting truck drivers that passed through the village. Villagers claim that the charges are bogus and that the police are simply trying to break up their resistance. In May, members of one of the villages clashed with police and government officials, leaving at least six officials injured, including a district magistrate and a police inspector who both received head and face injuries from projectiles. Villagers were also injured, and some were forced to flee to the mountains. While in hiding, at least four tribal people died; among them were two young children. Government officials have been working to industrialize the region in collusion with big business interests. The indigenous tribes who have lived there for centuries are often, as in this instance, offered little to no compensation or choice in the matter.

Tribal people from the Gadpur, Khurunti, Chandia, Baligoth, and Ugraghati villages are being threatened with displacement in order to make way for a steel plant and mining operation. Tribes in the Kashipur district have been beaten and teargassed for opposing aluminum plants. Officially, 62 distinct tribal cultures live in Orissa. That number is guaranteed to decrease significantly as industry continues to encroach on traditional tribal lands.

[  bombsandshields.blogspot.com

24. November 2005

in athen kam es aus solidarität mit den menschen in frankreich zu riots.

Athens Greece - Rioters burned cars and fought police in Athens's center last night. Anarchists throughout the country have burned at least 70 cars in the past two weeks as acts of solidarity with rioters in France, who burned thousands of cars and buses over the course of 20 straight nights of rioting.

[  bombsandshields.blogspot.com

23. November 2005

indymedia hat gemeldet daß ein 30 jähriger mann nachdem er von der polizei bei einer demonstration am 17. november in thessaloniki verprügelt wurde, starb.

Kavala, Greece - Indymedia Greece has reported that a 30-year old demonstrator died of a brain aneurysm in his home in Kavala after he was beaten by police during the November 17 demonstration in Thessaloniki which commemorated the 1974 student uprising.

[  bombsandshields.blogspot.com

28. September 2005

weil die fährgesellschft sncm ( societe nationale maritime corse ? mediterranee) am 26. september ihren bevorstehenden verkauf an eine französische investmentfirmaankündigte, kam es zu streiks und riots in deren verlauf eine fähre von mirgliedern der stc ( eine korsische gewerkschaft bestezt und nach korsika gebracht. Das schiff wurde von einer antiterroreinheit gestürmt, die gewerkschafter verhaftet. Ihnen drohen strafen bis zu 20 jahren.

French Commandos Retake Ship; Striking Hijackers Face Prison

Helicopter-borne French commandos landed on a ship off Corsica hijacked by strikers protesting plans to sell a state-owned ferry operator, and the strikers were taken into custody, the Marseille prosecutor said. Hooded paramilitary gendarmes of an anti-terrorist unit, carried by five Puma helicopters, were lowered on ropes to take control of the Pascal Paoli cargo ship, belonging to the Societe Nationale Maritime Corse-Mediterranee, or SNCM, which serves Corsica and North Africa. The operation, in which maritime police also boarded, was shown on LCI all-news television. The ship was hijacked in Marseille by members of the Corsican Workers' Union, or STC, late yesterday and sailed to the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. It was heading into the northern Corsican port of Bastia when the gendarmes, who are under Defense Ministry command, went in. The ship then turned back toward the French mainland.

The Marseille prosecutor's office opened an investigation into ``ferry hijacking'' and ``detention of persons for less than seven days,'' charges that could bring jail terms of up to 20 years, Jacques Beaume, the Marseille prosecutor, said by telephone. It is ``premature'' to speculate on the likely penalties, he said. Reached by mobile phone on the ship as the troops landed, Alain Mosconi, national secretary of the Corsican Workers' Union, or STC, maritime section, told Bloomberg News: ``We have been boarded.'' The connection was then cut.

`Corsica's Interest'

The hijackers are ``workers who took action in the interest of Corsica's economy,'' Jacques Rossi, the STC general secretary, said by telephone. ``In Corsica, the government's orders are to act swiftly to break the Corsican people.''

The proposed sale of SNCM to Butler Capital Partners, a French investment company, announced on Sept. 26, prompted a strike and clashes with riot police in the mainland port of Marseille. The strikers said the sale will lead to job losses. French Transport Minister Dominique Perben said before the Pascal Paoli was hijacked that the state might go back on its plan to sell all of SNCM to Butler Capital and keep a minority share in the company, LCI reported.

[  bloomberg.com

Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents

Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they’re tremendous tools of freedom of expression. Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest.

Reporters Without Borders has produced this handbook to help them, with handy tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles.

[  Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents.pdf

07. September 2005
Realschullehrer darf eine angebotene Lehrerstelle in Hessen nicht antreten

Der Heidelberger Realschullehrer Michael Czaszkóczy darf auch in Hessen nicht unterrichten, weil im dortigen Kultusministerium "berechtigte Zweifel an der Verfassungstreue des Bewerbers" bestehen. Das Staatliche Schulamt für den Kreis Bergstraße und den Odenwaldkreis hatte Czaszkóczy unter der Voraussetzung, dass er alle Einstellungsvoraussetzungen erfülle, für die Anstellung als beamteter Lehrer auf Probe in Heppenheim ausgewählt. Scharfe Kritik an der Haltung der hessischen Landesregierung übte die Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW). Die Gewerkschaft verwies darauf, dass der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte 1995 die Berufsverbotspraxis in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland als Verstoß gegen die Grundrechte auf Meinungs- und Vereinigungsfreiheit gerügt habe.

Als Grund für die Zweifel an der Verfassungstreue Czaszkóczys nannte die Sprecherin des Hessischen Kultusministeriums, Tatjana Schruttke "die Mitgliedschaft in einer als linksextremistisch eingestuften 'Antifaschistischen Initiative' und die vorangegangene Ablehnung des Bewerbers in Baden-Württemberg". Wer das Grundgesetz nicht achte, habe in der Schule nichts verloren, erklärte sie in einer Antwort auf eine Anfrage von ngo-online.

Michael Czaszkóczy hatte mit Datum vom 25. August eine schriftliche Einstellungszusage des Staatlichen Schulamtes Kreis Bergstraße und Odenwaldkreis als Lehrer an der Martin-Buber-Schule in Heppenheim erhalten. Die Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) erhielt von dem Schulamt die Auskunft, es sei vom hessischen Innenministerium telefonisch angewiesen worden, den Arbeitsvertrag nicht unterschreiben zu lassen. Czaszkóczy wollte in der vergangenen Woche seine Arbeit aufnehmen, musste jedoch wegen des fehlenden schriftlichen Vertrages wieder nach Hause geschickt werden.

Michael Czaszkóczys antifaschistische Arbeit in Heidelberg war bereits der Grund für die baden-württembergische Kultusministerin Annette Schavan, ihm im August vergangenen Jahres die Einstellung in den Schuldienst des südwestlichen Bundeslandes zu verwehren. Nach der Ablehnung des Widerspruchs Csaszkóczys gegen Schavans Maßnahme, hat dieser Klage beim Verwaltungsgericht in Karlsruhe erhoben. Die Verhandlung steht noch aus.

Die Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft spricht in einer Presseerklärung von einer "Hexenjagd" und einer "Schande für den Rechtsstaat". Deren Vorsitzender Ulrich Thöne berief sich in seiner grundsätzlichen Kritik an Berufsverboten auf ein Urteil des Europäischen Gerichtshofes für Menschenrechte, der 1995 die Berufsverbotspraxis in der Bundesrepublik als Verstoß gegen die Grundrechte auf Meinungs- und Vereinigungsfreiheit gerügt hatte.

Im aktuellen Fall fordert Thöne von der hessischen Landesregierung, Czaszkóczy sofort als Lehrer einzustellen. Er habe sich als qualifiziertester Bewerber für die Stelle in Heppenheim erwiesen, dienstliche Verfehlungen oder Straftaten würden ihm nicht vorgeworfen

[  ngo-online.de

Das in dem Artikel erwähnte Urteil des Gerichtshofes für Menschenrechte kann hier eingesehen werden:

[  In the case of Vogt v. Germany

[  berufsverbote.de / Informationseite zum thema Berufsverbote

[  zeitungsartikel gesammelt zum thema berufsverbot beim Infoladen Moskito

15. JUNI 2005

report von human rights watch über die bedrohung / belästigung von menschen und gruppen die zu hiv/aids arbeiten

China: End Restrictions on Civil Society in Fight Against AIDS

Hong Kong, June 15, 2005) -- The Chinese government should stop its harassment of AIDS activists and remove restrictions on civil society groups working to fight the country's burgeoning HIV/AIDS epidemic, Human Rights Watch said in a 57-page report released today.

Based on on-the-ground interviews with Chinese AIDS activists, gay rights activists, activists working with drug users, and website managers, the report, "Restrictions on AIDS Activists in China," shows that while senior officials have said they want to encourage China's emerging civil society, many AIDS activists face state harassment and bureaucratic restrictions. First-hand accounts provided to Human Rights Watch reveal that activists conducting AIDS information workshops or working with those at high risk of HIV have been harassed or detained, and that pornography laws are used to censor websites providing AIDS information to gay men and lesbians under pornography laws.

"Grass-roots organizations have direct experience that could greatly strengthen the country's fight against AIDS," said Sara (Meg) Davis, China researcher for Human Rights Watch. "But in a number of regions, they face harassment, censorship and even beatings because the Chinese government is suspicious of any activity outside its direct control."

China faces what could be one of the largest HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world, with Chinese and international experts predicting that over 10 million Chinese may be infected with the human immune deficiency virus by 2010.

Human Rights Watch said that after trying to hide the extent of the problem for years, in the wake of the SARS epidemic, senior Chinese officials began to confront the AIDS epidemic. In 2004, China's premier Wen Jiabao called fighting AIDS China's top priority. China has also established an ambitious nationwide treatment and care program, officially called simian yiguan -- "Four Free and One Care."

Despite official promises, AIDS workers and activists told Human Rights Watch that national policies on AIDS are unevenly implemented. Many entrenched local officials who may have a limited understanding of AIDS and how it is transmitted fear any public discussion of the disease as a source of embarrassment that threatens external investment in their impoverished regions.

"AIDS activists are at the forefront of China's emerging civil society," Davis said. "The Chinese government should do all it can to support the work of groups who have helped thousands of people infected with HIV."

The problems facing AIDS activists are most visible in Henan province, one of the epicenters of the epidemic. Thousands of people, perhaps a million or more, were infected with HIV as a result of a profit-driven blood-selling scheme run by provincial officials throughout the 1990s. None of the officials who profited from the scheme and ran the blood centers have been held accountable, and some have even been promoted. Doctors and activists in Henan estimate there are some 100,000 children orphaned by AIDS in that province alone.

For years, Henan officials attempted to cover up the epidemic. Over the past few years, Henan provincial and county officials have publicly promised medical aid and financial support to impoverished villages ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. But in practice Henan's response continues to be uneven. Residents and activists complained to Human Rights Watch about the lack of adequate services and care, especially for children affected by AIDS, and about alleged corruption in the administration of internationally and nationally-funded aid programs.

Instead of addressing these criticisms, Henan officials have detained those activists who complained too loudly or who took matters into their own hands by initiating grass-roots initiatives to fill the gaps left by the state. Dozens of activists have been jailed, and some have even been beaten by thugs hired by local officials. Activists working in other inland provinces have reported similar problems.

"We continue to receive the greatest number of complaints from Henan, but that's because AIDS activists there are better organized and able to get their complaints before the national and international media," Davis said. "We are concerned that in other, more repressive provinces, conditions may be similar or worse."

Human Rights Watch said that activists also face problems in establishing their organizations in the first place. Around the country, activists who try to register new NGOs face a web of bureaucratic restrictions designed to keep government control over grass-roots organizations. Many can only register as for-profit enterprises, making them ineligible for many sources of funding.

In addition, China's notorious restrictions on the Internet have hampered the delivery of urgently-needed AIDS information to high-risk groups, such as men who have sex with men. Under a national anti-obscenity campaign run by the police, hundreds of websites have been shut down, including a number that provided vital AIDS information and counseling to lesbians and gay men.

"China's laws on pornography say that any website with homosexual content is automatically considered to be obscene," Davis said. "That's not only discriminatory; in the context of the AIDS epidemic, it is self-destructive."

Human rights watch said that after the report was printed, the organization met for the first time with officials at the Chinese Ministry of Health to discuss aids and human rights in China. Davis called the discussion "frank and productive."

[  hrw.org

[  Restrictions on AIDS Activists in China / report

01. JUNI 2005
Afrikaner im Zoo / Wir protestieren!
aufruf des ISD

"Für vier Tage entsteht im Augsburger Tierpark ein afrikanisches Dorf. Um eine einmalige afrikanische Steppenlandschaft gruppieren sich Kunsthandwerker, Silberschmiede, Korbflechter, Zöpfchen- flechter. Im Park duftet es nach Spezialitäten vom afrikanischen Kontinent. Informationen über die vielfältige afrikanische Kultur und Natur sowie Reisetipps der Fachleute wecken die Reiselust ..." (Veranstaltungshinweis)

"Sie können sicher sein, dass es sich nicht um einen Planungsfehler handelt ... ich denke, dass der Augsburger Zoo genau der richtige Ort ist, um auch die Atmosphäre von Exotik zu vermitteln. "(aus einem Antwortschreiben der Zoodirektorin Barbara Jantschke)

Mit ausgesprochenem Befremden hat die Schwarze deutsche Gemeinschaft zur Kenntnis genommen, dass vom 9.-12. Juni im Augsburger Zoo eine Art afrikanisches Dorf entstehen soll. „Um eine einmalige afrikanische Steppenlandschaft gruppieren sich Kunsthandwerker, Silberschmiede, Korbflechter, Zöpfchenflechter“ - so ein Auszug aus dem Werbetext der VeranstalterInnen. Dass es sich dabei um eine in konzeptioneller wie praktischer Hinsicht direkt in der Tradition der Völkerschauen stehende Veranstaltung handelt, wird aus dem Antwortbrief von Frau Dr. Barbara Jantschke (Zoo Augsburg) ersichtlich, der als Reaktion auf die durchaus berechtigte und besorgte Nachfrage eines schwarzen Schweizer Bürgers verschickt wurde. Demnach handelt es sich beim Augsburger Zoo um den „genau … richtige(n) Ort …, um auch die Atmosphäre von Exotik zu vermitteln.“

Ganz offensichtlich scheinen sich den VeranstalterInnen die historischen Dimensionen ihres Projektes nicht zu erschließen, was vor dem Hintergrund der mittlerweile auch in Deutschland öffentlich stattfindenden Diskussionen zu Implikationen und Folgen der deutschen Kolonialherrschaft auf eine erstaunliche Resistenz verweist. Die Reproduktion kolonialer Blick-Verhältnisse, in denen Schwarze Menschen als exotische Objekte, als Un- oder Untermenschen in trauter Einheit mit der Tierwelt in einer offenbar zeitlosen Dörflichkeit betrachtet werden können und den Mehrheitsdeutschen als Inspiration für künftige touristische Reiseziele dienen, ist wohl kaum als gleichberechtigte kulturelle Begegnung zu verstehen. Abgesehen davon, dass der afrikanische Kontinent nicht nur aus „Savanne“ und „Dorf“ besteht und sich nicht unter einem singulären Kulturbegriff („African Village“) subsumieren lässt, spricht die gesamte Herangehensweise der VeranstalterInnen von einer erschreckend ungebrochenen Verdrängung historischer Kontinuitäten, mit der die Aneignung und Einverleibung vermeintlich exotischer Orte und Menschen immer wieder neu begründet werden kann.

Wir möchten die VeranstalterInnen daran erinnern, dass in der Geschichte der Völkerschauen nicht nur rassenanthropologische Untersuchungen an den DarstellerInnen vorgenommen worden sind, sondern dass viele von ihnen in Folge der schlechten Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen starben. Wir weisen darüber hinaus mit Nachdruck darauf hin, dass Schwarze Deutsche auch während des Nationalsozialismus, nämlich von der Zwischenkriegszeit bis in die vierziger Jahre, dazu gezwungen waren, in Völkerschauen aufzutreten, weil ihnen andere professionelle Sphären verschlossen wurden. Viele Schwarze Menschen kamen im Zuge der rassistisch begründeten Herabwürdigung und juristisch legalisierten Verfolgung während des Nationalsozialismus ums Leben. Im ahistorisch situierten Kontext des Augsburger Zoos werden in geschmackloser Art also nicht nur die (Überlebens)-Geschichten Schwarzer Kolonial- und NS-Opfer verhöhnt, sondern es ist darüber hinaus zu fragen, an wen sich der von den VeranstalterInnen explizit artikulierte unbekümmerte Anspruch, „die Toleranz und Völkerverständigung (zu) fördern“ , eigentlich richten kann.

Die AdressatInnen sind ganz sicher nicht Schwarze deutsche Menschen oder solche mit Migrationshintergrund. Wie wäre es ansonsten zum Beispiel mit einer - unserer Ansicht nach typisch deutschen - Kulisse des Rotwild- oder Wildschweingeheges, vor der bayerische BergdörflerInnen zu bestaunen und uns mit ihrer Handwerkskunst und ihren kulinarischen Spezialitäten auch gleich die touristischen Weiten deutscher Landstriche authentisch vor Augen führen? AdressatInnen sind sicherlich auch nicht die vielen weißen Menschen in diesem Land, die sich um ein gleichberechtigtes Miteinander, um Offenheit und Respekt und um Überwindung der geschichtlich bedingten Grenzen in den Köpfen und einer damit einhergehenden Ignoranz bemühen.

Es ist an der Zeit, sowohl Deutschlands mehrere Jahrhunderte andauernde Verstrickung in die koloniale Geschichte als historische Tatsache anzuerkennen und sich damit auseinanderzusetzen als auch mit der geschichtslosen und folkloristischen Darstellung und Behandlung von Menschen afrikanischer Herkunft in diesem Land zu brechen.

Eine kolonialrassistische Zur-Schau-Stellung im Zoo wird keinem Menschen gerecht!

Wir protestieren ausdrücklich gegen ein "Afrikanisches Dorf / African Village" im Zoo! Wir fordern von den Verantwortlichen, dass sie von ihrem Vorhaben Abstand nehmen und für ihre geplante Veranstaltung einen anderen Ort wählen. Natürlich richtet sich unser Protest nicht gegen Afrika- Festivals grundsätzlich, sondern dagegen, dass Menschen im Zoo zur Schau gestellt werden. In der Vergangenheit ging Europa derart menschenverachtend mit afrikanischen und auch mit asiatischen Menschen um, in der Gegenwart hat eine solche Praxis keinen Platz.

Sollten die Veranstalter an dem Veranstaltungsort Zoo festhalten, werden wir zu Aktionen dagegen aufrufen und unsere Sichtweise den BesucherInnen der Veranstaltung deutlich machen.

Die Schwarze deutsche Community ruft zu Protesten gegen die Veranstaltung „African Village“ im Augsburger Zoo auf. Wir rufen dazu auf, jetzt und in Zukunft mit kolonialrassistischen Traditionen zu brechen!

Ihren Protest richten Sie bitte direkt an die VeranstalterInnen

Frau Dr. Barbara Jantschke (Direktorin Zoo Augsburg)
Tel.: 0821 / 567 149-0
Fax: 0821 7 567 149-13

und an die Agentur, die für Projektidee und –umsetzung verantwortlich ist:

maxVita GmbH
Mainzer Str. 15a
80804 München
Tel: 089-780 60 70
Fax: 089-780 60 725
E-Mail: info@maxvita.de

Bitte senden Sie uns eine Kopie Ihres Protestschreibens oder lassen Sie uns von anderen Protestaktionen wissen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Peggy Piesche (Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftlerin,
Black European Studies, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Nicola Lauré al-Samarai (Historikerin, TU Berlin)
Tahir Della (Vorstand ISD-Bund e.V./ München)
Jasmin Eding (Vorstand ADEFRA e.V./ München)

[  isd-bund.org

[  Tiere im Zoo / german-foreign-policy

[  siehe auch : Völkerschau / WIKIPEDIA

[  Schwarze Menschen im Nationalsozialismus / isd-online

[  Bücher zum Termin: Unrast Verlag

The Black Book - Deutschlands Häutungen

The Black Book ist ein Versuch, durch die Kombination von Theorie und Praxis zum einen Unbewusstes bewusst zu machen, strukturelle Wirkungsmechanismen von Rassismus und Diskriminierung aufzudecken und andererseits die Strategien kollektiven und individuellen Self-Empowerments Schwarzer Deutscher darzustellen.

The Black Book reflektiert und analysiert die Schwarze Präsenz zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts. Thematisiert werden neben der kolonialen Vergangenheit die Diskurse der Gegenwart. Menschen, die der Fiktion des ‚typisch Deutschen’ nicht entsprechen, berichten über ihre Erfahrungen mit alltäglicher Diskriminierung und zeigen Überlebensstrategien auf. Einer eingeschränkten Beteiligung und Repräsentation von MigrantInnen und ethnischen Minderheiten im Mainstream der etablierten Politik und dem fehlenden rechtlichen Schutz gegen Diskriminierung, werden politische Strategien der Gegenwehr entgegengestellt. Beiträge über die zunehmende Präsenz von Schwarzen Menschen in den Bereichen Kunst und Medien verdeutlichen, dass sich das Spannungsfeld von kultureller Ausbeutung und exotisierten Rollenzuschreibungen hin zu künstlerischer und medialer Selbstbestimmung verschiebt.

[  The Black Book - Deutschlands Häutungen

20. MAI 2005
Germany is accused of racism as 50,000 Roma are deported

Germany is deporting tens of thousands of Roma refugees to Kosovo despite clear threats to their safety and dire warnings from human rights groups that they will face "massive discrimination" on arrival. The first of hundreds of planeloads of deportees will arrive at the Slatina airport in Kosovo today, blazing a trail for up to 50,000 people who are to be sent back. Leaked documents obtained by The Independent reveal that the German government took the controversial decision to eject thousands of Roma refugees and other minorities in November of last year, regardless of the risks they may face on returning home.

At a meeting of German state legislators, officials made it clear to central government that the Roma were unwanted and should be deported as soon as possible, starting with those costing the state money in welfare payments. The confidential paper shows that a majority of state leaders "call on the interior ministry to enforce the quickest possible return of the refugees [to Kosovo]... It would therefore be in the interest of the public authorities, which are in a tense situation - to prioritise the return of those who receive social welfare." Once back in Kosovo the refugees can expect no aid either from Germany or the United Nations, which administers the province. Claude Cahn from the European Roma Rights Centre said the main motive for the mass deportation was racism against Gypsies: "They don't want Gypsies, it's as simple as that. These people face massive discrimination, limits on their freedom of movement and residence rights."

"German authorities have targeted the Roma on a racial basis," he added. Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies, were among those hardest hit when the long-term tensions between Serbs and ethnic Albanians spilled over into open war six years ago. Tens of thousands of Roma and other minorities joined waves of ethnic Serbs and Albanians in fleeing the province. Over the past five years since the end of hostilities and the imposition of the UN Mission in Kosovo (Unmik), many ethnic Albanians, minority Egyptians and Ashkalis have been able to return home and reintegrate into their communities. The same situation does not apply to returning Roma. Discriminated against and unwanted by either ethnic group, the Roma have endured a difficult existence on the fringe of Kosovo society. During the war they were accused by many Albanians of collaborating with the Serbs and became the target of ethnic violence. Many thousands of Roma were forced to flee, either into Serb enclaves in the north or into Serbia proper.

Hopes that relations had improved were dashed in March last year as thousands of ethnic Albanians rioted across Kosovo following the alleged killing of a teenager. More than 4,000 people were forced from their homes and 19 people were killed in four days of fighting that targeted Roma and Serbs. As with so many violent episodes in the province's past, the spark to ignite the fighting came from the combustible northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica.

The conditions that await the returnees from Germany are clear from the situation in that divided town, once home to the province's largest Roma community. According to a Yugoslav census carried out in 1991 in Mitrovica, the Mahala ghetto was home to 8,516 Roma. Today, the area on the south bank of the river is a spectre of the formerly bustling community. All that remains of hundreds of family houses are the concrete joists.The few hundred Roma who remained live in "terrible conditions" in a camp in the Serb enclave on the north side of the river. The bridge that links the town is heavily barricaded and patrolled by K-For troops. It is unsafe for members of either the Serb, Albanian or Roma communities to cross the water. At a donors' conference last week in Pristina, none of the foreign consulates or international organisations were willing to contribute to rebuilding the Mahala, an official source, who attended the meetings, said.

[  news.independent.co.uk

[  Germany returns Kosovo refugees

Abschiebung ins Kosovo

Katja Schmid 20.05.2005

Tausende von Menschen sollen nach und nach zwangsweise in den Kosovo abgeschoben werden, darunter auch viele Roma, für die dadurch besondere Gefährdung besteht Trotz zahlreicher Proteste hat Deutschland mit der Abschiebung von Flüchtlingen ins Kosovo begonnen. Am Donnerstag ist die erste Maschine mit 30 Flüchtlingen an Bord in Düsseldorf gestartet, darunter waren auch fünf Angehörige der Minderheit der Aschkali. Im Juni und Juli sollen jeweils rund 300 Menschen abgeschoben werden, ab August dann monatlich 500, ab Januar soll die Mengenbegrenzung aufgehoben werden.

Insgesamt sollen rund 10.000 Kosovo-Flüchtlinge zwangsweise in die von Kosovo-Albanern dominierte südserbische Provinz zurückkehren, insbesondere Minderheitenangehörige wie Ashkali und Kosovo-Ägypter. Je nachdem, wie sich die Lage im Kosovo entwickelt, könnten auch die rund 24.000 in Deutschland lebenden Roma aus dem Kosovo, für die aufgrund ihrer besonderen Gefährdung bislang ein Abschiebeverbot gilt, künftig ausgewiesen werden. Zunächst jedoch können nur Roma abgeschoben werden, die in Deutschland als Straftäter verurteilt sind.

Scharf kritisiert wird die aktuelle Abschiebung von der Grünen-Vorsitzenden Claudia Roth. "Die Situation im Kosovo ist weiterhin angespannt. In eine solch fragile Situation ist die zwangsweise Rückführung von Minderheitenangehörigen nicht zu rechtfertigen", sagte (1) Roth der Berliner Zeitung. Menschen, die seit langem in Deutschland lebten und integriert seien, "brauchen hier eine Zukunftsperspektive und kein Leben in Zeltstädten." Tatsächlich sind zahlreiche Siedlungen, die einstmals von Minderheitenangehörigen bewohnt waren, inzwischen zerstört. Und die Aussicht, eine Arbeit zu finden, ist für die Abgeschobenen äußerst gering. Deshalb ist auch die Bundesbeauftragte für Migration (2), Marieluise Beck, gegen die Abschiebung von Minderheitenangehörigen.

Die Abschiebung beruht auf einem Abkommen (3) zwischen Bundesinnenministerium, den Länderinnenministern und der UN-Zivilverwaltung Unmik (4) im Kosovo. Deutschen Quellen zufolge kam das Abkommen Ende April 2005 zustande. Laut Independent wurde die Abschiebung der Roma und Kosovo-Ägypter jedoch bereits im November 2004 beschlossen (5). Man wolle keine Roma in Deutschland haben und als erstes all jene abschieben, die staatliche Unterstützung bekommen. Dies gehe aus internen Unterlagen hervor, die der englischen Tageszeitung zugespielt worden waren. Auch wenn im Text zwischen Roma, Ashkali und Kosovo-Ägyptern unterschieden wird: in der Überschrift des Independent ist pauschal von der Abschiebung von "Roma" aus Deutschland die Rede.

Auch für Claude Cahn, Direktor des Europäischen Zentrums für die Rechte der Roma (6) mit Sitz in Budapest, spielt die Unterscheidung in Roma, Ashkali und Kosovo-Ägypter seitens der deutschen Behörden eine untergeordnete Rolle. "Die Menschen werden von den Kosovo-Albanern alle als Zigeuner wahrgenommen und angefeindet", so Cahn. Gegenüber dem Independent erklärte er, was seiner Meinung nach das Hauptmotiv für die Abschiebung ist: "Die deutschen Behörden haben die Roma aufgrund ihrer Rasse ausgewählt."

Bereits in der Vergangenheit wurden Flüchtlinge ins Kosovo abgeschoben. Als es jedoch im März 2004 zu blutigen Unruhen kam, bei denen albanische Kosovaren Angehörige von Minderheiten angriffen (Terror im Kosovo (7)), wurden die Abschiebungen ausgesetzt. Nach Einschätzung der Unmik soll sich die Sicherheitslage inzwischen jedoch verbessert haben.

Was die Einschätzung der aktuellen Sicherheitslage angeht, so scheint es auf internationaler Ebene durchaus unterschiedliche Standpunkte zu geben. So hat der Hohe Flüchtlingskommissar der Vereinten Nationen (UNHCR) im März 2005 darauf hingewiesen (8), dass Angehörige von Minderheiten im Kosovo nach wie vor gefährdet sind. Und Anfang April beschloss die Bundesregierung, die Beteiligung der Bundeswehr an der KFOR-Mission fortzusetzen (9), da die Lebensbedingungen für Minderheiten im Kosovo nach wie vor ungesichert sind.

Ebenfalls ungeklärt ist der offizielle Status der südserbischen Provinz Kosovo, die seit 1999 unter UN-Aufsicht steht. Während die Mehrzahl der Kosovo-Albaner die Unabhängigkeit befürwortet, möchte die serbische Regierung die Unabhängigkeit der Provinz verhindern. Nicholas Burns, Staatssekretär im US-Außenministerium, gab unlängst bekannt, dass die USA noch für dieses Jahr eine endgültige Lösung anstreben. Vor diesem Hintergrund hätte sich die Grüne Europaabgeordnete Gisela Kallenbach (10) etwas mehr Fingerspitzengefühl bei der Behandlung der in Deutschland lebenden Flüchtlinge gewünscht. Ihrer Meinung nach hätte man mit der Abschiebung wenigstens abwarten sollen, bis die politische Zukunft der Provinz Kosovo geklärt ist. Die Flüchtlinge jetzt zurückzuschicken, würde die schwelenden Konflikte nur anheizen.


(1) http://www.berlinonline.de/berliner-zeitung/politik/448608.html
(2) http://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/index.php
(3) http://www.fluechtlingsrat-nrw.de/2146/index.html
(4) http://www.unmikonline.org/
(5) http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=639567
(6) http://www.errc.org
(7) http://www.telepolis.de/r4/artikel/17/17007/1.html
(8) http://www.unhcr.de/pdf/491.pdf
(9) http://www.einsatz.bundeswehr.de/einsatz_aktuell/kfor/ueberblick/kfor_start.php
(10) http://www.kallenbach.gruene-leipzig.de/

[  Telepolis Artikel-URL

[  Presseerklärung von Pro Asyl

[  the site of the Caravan - for the rights of refugees and migrants.
   We are a nationwide network made up of refugees, migrants and antiracist groups.

[  Linkseite des Flüchtlingsrat Berlin

19. MAI 2005

vor 20 jahren wurde in philadelphia die gruppe move in ihrem haus von der polizei angegriffen.11 menschen wurden in dem haus verbrannt bzw. erschossen als sie aus dem haus kamen. die feuerwehr wurde durch die polizei, die auf das haus eine bombe werfen ließen, am löschen gehindert so daß noch weitere 61 häuser abbrannten. in dem move-haus waren während des angriffes auch 5 kinder. zwei personen überlebten, ein 13 jähriger junge und ramona africa die danach wegen rioting und konspiration zu 7 jahren verurteilt wurde. bei einer demo wurde ebenfalls die freilassung der move 9 und von mumia abu jamal gefordert.

Philadelphia march recalls "Day of Infamy"

Hundreds gathered here at Osage Avenue and 63rd Street on May 14 for a march marking 20 years since the government dropped a bomb on the MOVE organization?a day that shall live in infamy. On May 13, 1985, 11 MOVE members, including six children and five adults, were killed in the resulting fire, which also destroyed 61 homes. Chanting "Never forget 1985" and carrying signs demanding "Free the MOVE 9," marchers proceeded through West Philadelphia neighborhoods and commercial districts, receiving positive support from people along the way. Speakers denounced the state terror that led to the dropping of a bomb containing the powerful explosive C-4 on this residential African American neighborhood on Mothers' Day in 1985. Ramona Africa, the sole survivor of the fire, was imprisoned on framed-up charges as a result.

FBI officers provided the explosive to the Philadelphia police?who actually dropped the bomb. And fire department officials with the approval of City Hall allowed the fire to burn unattended for more than 45 minutes, knowing that children were in the building. Yet no government representatives were ever charged.

Speakers at this year's May 14 rally used the occasion to demand freedom for the MOVE 9, members of the MOVE organization who were unjustly imprisoned on murder charges from an earlier confrontation with Philadelphia police in 1978. At that time, police moved against a MOVE compound in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia after a two-month blockade. While police officer James Ramp died from a gunshot coming from behind police lines, nine members of MOVE were convicted of the killing and given 30- to 100-year prison sentences. The MOVE 9 (Debbie Sims Africa, Janet Holloway Africa, Janine Phillips Africa, Michael Davis Africa, Charles Sims Africa, Eddie Goodman Africa, William Phillips Africa, Delbert Orr Africa and the late Merle Africa)have spent decades in prison, despite ample evidence of their innocence.

Michael Africa, Jr., son of MOVE 9 members, asked the younger members of MOVE and their children to come to the front of the rally and lead the march. "The state launched a murderous campaign of terror against our family," Africa said. " But we are still here and we're not going to stop fighting these injustices. "If the state had not railroaded my parents and the other MOVE members to prison for a crime they did not commit," he noted, "There would have been no May 13th?there would have not been the need for it." Speakers at the rally also pointed to the connection between this state terror against an African American community in Philadelphia 20 years ago and the ongoing terror of the U.S. military against the people of Iraq today. "The government has provided constant examples of their willingness to beat, torture, jail, bomb or kill any perceived threat," Pam Africa, of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, told the gathering. "All of us fighting for what's right are a threat and a target. Our only safety is to fight back!"

[  workers.org

"We will not forget!"
20th anniversary of police bombing of MOVE

By Betsey Piette

On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb onto the headquarters of the MOVE organization in a residential Black neighborhood, starting a fire. City officials allowed it to burn, resulting in the murder of 11 people, five of them children, and the destruction of 61 homes.On the 20th anniversary of the state’s bombing of the MOVE organization house on Osage Avenue, there is still no justice for the victims of this horrific police assault. No state official was ever tried or convicted of murder.A recent article in a Philadelphia newspaper opined that “the stigma has faded,” that “the ineptitude, the miscalculations, the miscommunications” of city officials on that day start “to pale” when compared to more recent events like “the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, May 8) Not once did the newspaper raise the racist nature of this abhorrent attack or point out the glaring injustice that no officials were charged with the murders.

Let us not forget.

The MOVE organization, started in the 1970s by John Africa, quickly earned a reputation for opposing social injustices. While often described as a “back to nature” movement, it was MOVE’s opposition to police brutality that led to confrontations with the state in the 1970s.MOVE is not a pacifist organization. Its members believe in the right to bear arms in self-defense, and did so in 1977 after police jailed three members and attacked their home in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia, killing a young child. A year-long siege by police came to a head on Aug. 8, 1978, when officers fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition into the basement of the MOVE house, where members had retreated.Nine MOVE members were later convicted in connection with the shooting death of Philadelphia police officer James Ramp, even though evidence indicated that the bullet that killed Ramp could not have been fired from the MOVE house. Within 24 hours of the assault, police completely destroyed the MOVE home in Powelton Village, along with any evidence that would support the MOVE members’ defense. Three police officers who brutally and publicly beat MOVE member Delbert Africa after the shootout were acquitted.

Anticipating a renewed police attack, MOVE fortified the group’s new home in the 6200 block of Osage Avenue in a predominantly African-American area of west Philadelphia. They used a loud speaker system in an effort to educate their neighbors about the case of the MOVE 9 and the ongoing danger of police attack.Saying they were responding to neighbors’ complaints, 500 police evacuated the neighborhood at dawn on May 13, 1985, then surrounded and attacked the house with over 10,000 rounds of ammunition in 90 minutes. Small explosive charges and water from fire department hoses were also used to attempt to penetrate the house. All the while, police and city officials were aware that several children were inside.In January 1985, four months before the siege, a special agent of the FBI had given the Philadelphia police bomb squad 30 blocks of C-4, the most lethal of military plastic explosives. In the afternoon of May 13, a police helicopter dropped a bomb containing C-4 on the roof of the MOVE home on Osage Avenue, starting a fire.

The fire, which started on the roof of the house, was allowed to burn for 45 minutes before fire hoses were turned on. By then, the blaze was starting to devour the entire block. MOVE members who attempted to escape from the rear of the building were shot at by police. Only Ramona Africa and 13-year-old Birdie Africa escaped the fire. Eleven MOVE members were killed in the fire, and 250 area residents were left homeless.Even though a special commission formed in 1986 to investigate the bombing concluded that police fired on MOVE members trying to escape, a grand jury denied this in 1988. No government official or police officer has ever faced criminal charges in connection with the MOVE deaths. All the Philadelphia bomb squad officers took the Fifth Amendment and refused to cooperate in any way with the commission.

Ramona Africa, however, was convicted of riot and conspiracy and served seven years in prison. After her release she won a federal civil-rights judgment against the city for $1.5 million. The only person to serve any prison time in connection with the bombing was Ramona Africa, the only adult member of MOVE to survive the fire.More information on MOVE and the bombing is contained in an award-winning documentary produced by Cohort media called “MOVE.” It’s a must-see for any activist too young to remember the events of 20 years ago. Information on this documentary is available at http://www.movefilm.com.On Saturday, May 14, MOVE and supporters will hold a rally and march to honor those killed on May 13, 1985, starting at 63rd and Osage. The march, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., will conclude at Malcolm X Park at 52nd and Pine, where speakers will give updates on the struggle to free the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

[  www.workers.org

06.MAI 2005

die brasilianische regierung lehnt ein $ 40 millionen angebot der usa für aids - programme ab, weil damit eine verurteilung der prostitution gefordert war. prostitution ist legal in brasilien.

[  Brasilien lehnt US-Gelder zur Aids-Bekämpfung ab

Brazil declines US anti-AIDS funding

ISN SECURITY WATCH (06/05/05) - The head of Brazil?s anti-AIDS program, Pedro Chequer, sent a letter to the US government last week declining an offer of US$40 million in AIDS assistance, because the aid was conditional on condemning prostitution. Prostitution is legal in Brazil and the Brazilian Health Ministry said the clause condemning prostitution had not been part of the original agreement on AIDS assistance, but was added later by the administration of US President George Bush. Under Bush's ambitious US$15 billion assistance package to help countries fight AIDS, HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, US$48 million was earmarked for Brazil between 2003 and 2008. Brazil has already received about US$8 million, but the addition of the prostitution clause was seen as meddling in the country's internal affairs.

"This would be entirely in contradiction with Brazilian guidelines for a program that has been working very well for years," The Guardian quoted Sonia Correa, an AIDS activist in Brazil and co-chair of the International Working Group on Sexuality and Social Policy, as saying. "We are providing condoms, and doing a lot of prevention work with sex workers, and the rate of infection has stabilized and dropped since the 1980s," she said.

Some 600,000 people in Brazil - out of a population of 183 million - have been infected with HIV, and the Brazilian government has been making progress in curbing the spread of AIDS by distributing millions of free condoms every year at street festivals and providing anti-AIDS drugs free to anyone who needs them. Campaigners congratulated the Brazilian government for its stance, and voiced concerns that the declaration on prostitution could damage efforts to tackle AIDS among sex workers in many countries. The US global AIDS coordinator, Randall Tobias, who is responsible for spending the US$15 billion in HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria assistance, told the BBC: "Any organization receiving US global AIDS funding will have to agree to the policy."

The US has a history of withholding money and aid to countries and organizations that condone family planning and abortion. The US religious right, which backs such policies, has been growing in influence under the Bush administration and pushing its agenda into foreign and domestic policies. Brazil is one of the first countries to reject aid because of the Bush administration's policy of linking foreign aid to policies favored by the religious right.

[  isn.ethz.ch

02. MAI 2005

" the truster" wird für $ 99 verkauft ,wird vermarket als " der erste lügendektor der welt" ist so groß wie ein handy und ist u.a. online zu bestellen.

[  deutschsprachige website truster

New device claims to detect lies

"The Truster" looks like a cell phone or small audio recorder. 4 p.m. May 2, 2005. If you've ever wished for a way to quickly separate tall tales from the truth, the solution may be just a mail order away.A new gadget called "The Truster" is available at spy gadget stores and online. It's marketed as the world's first lie-detector test.

"The Truster" looks like a cellular phone or a pocket audio recorder, but its manufacturer claims it can actually detect stress in the human voice.If the LCD screen shows a full apple, it indicates a person is telling the truth. Disappearing bites from the apple indicate someone is lying. "The Truster" retails for around $99.The makers of "The Truster" do point out it's for "entertainment" only and should not be used for critical decisions in the business of life or love.

[  9news.com

April 2005

no sweat is a group from london who works against sweatshops.

[  No Sweat FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

a comic about sweatshops

[  MODERN-DAY slavery No Sweat - UK.pdf

[  nosweat.org.uk


einige berichte zu den aktionen vor den abschiebelagern Maribyrnong detention centre in Melbourne

29. märz 2005

REFUGEE advocates divided over detention centre protests

[  www.abc.net.au

28. märz 2005
Protest at asylum seeker detention camp ends

Protests outside a detention centre for asylum seekers in South Australia have ended, after violent clashes between demonstrators and police.More than four hundred people converged on the detention centre over the Easter weekend to protest against the Australian government's policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers. Sally Dixon reports.
"Police are defending the tough action taken against protesters yesterday. A brawl broke out, after police charged violently at demonstrators who were attempting to fly kites. Assistant Commissioner Gary Burns says the protesters were repeatedly warned that they were violating restricted airspace. He says he's un-phased by claims that a number of demonstrators plan to take some form of action against the police over the violent tussle. "Those people are quite welcome to put in police complaints." Almost all of the 450 protesters who converged on Baxter over Easter have now gone home. In total 16 arrests were made outside the centre. That's compared to the 33 arrests made during the 2003 Easter protests at Baxter."

[  www.abc.net.au

28. märz 2005
Baxter protests 'disturb' asylum seekers

Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone says the weekend protests outside the Baxter Detention Centre in South Australia's north would have been very disturbing for those detained there.There were scuffles and brawls between demonstrators and police dressed in riot gear, with 16 people arrested during the protests.Senator Vanstone says a lot of money has been spent stopping "activists" from breaking into the detention centre.

"I think it's very disturbing for the people inside Baxter to have a whole weekend where there's a fuss going on outside," Ms Vanstone said."The protesters probably think they lift people's spirits, I don't know that that's necessarily the case and if it gives them false hope it's one of the cruellest things you can do."Senator Vanstone says the protestors were largely "activists" rather than "idealists" who were trying to break the centre's perimeter fence.

She says the protest will not have any impact on the Government's immigration policy."A pre-determined protest with a pre-determined outcome of basically costing the South Australian police a lot of money and therefore the Commonwealth a lot of money trying to break into property - why would you listen to people like that?" she said.

[  www.abc.net.au

28. märz 2005
Demonstrators claim victory at Baxter Detention Centre

Reporter: Sally Dixon

TONY EASTLEY: After days of protests outside the Baxter Detention Centre in South Australia, demonstrators are claiming a victory in their campaign against the long-term detention of asylum seekers.There were 16 arrests after activists clashed with police.At one stage scuffles broke out as the police, dressed in heavy riot gear, moved in to puncture a bunch of red balloons being carried by protesters.

SALLY DIXON: The hundreds of protesters, from each State and Territory stopped in North Adelaide on Good Friday, for a noisy demonstration outside Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone's house, before heading three hours north to Baxter.The first clashes happened on Easter Saturday, when hundreds of police dressed in full riot gear charged at a large group of protesters who'd pushed down the metre-high fence, which runs around the outside of Baxter.

(protesters chanting)

Yesterday morning, violence broke out again.

Police formed a blockade along the road, cutting off the path of demonstrators carrying helium-filled balloons.

POLICEMAN: That's a good pace. Maintain that line!

SALLY DIXON: Again police charged at the group.

(sound of scuffle)

Things got worse and a violent brawl erupted when STAR force officers chased down a kite-flier, pushed him to the ground and arrested him.

Ian Rintoul, from the New South Wales Refugee Action Coalition, says yesterday's police response was over the top.

IAN RINTOUL: Well it had a touch of the surreal and bizarre except for the intimidatory nature of what they were doing, when the STAR Force officers used to charge in, assault people, smash people with elbows and then proceed to pop 30 helium balloons, it has a touch of the absurd to it, except it's such a dangerous and sort of fearful situation they create.

SALLY DIXON: Police say the balloons and kites were a diversion, while four demonstrators threw a grappling hook over the detention centre's main security fence.

Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Gary Burns has dismissed claims that the police action was too heavy-handed.

GARY BURNS: The police acted with a lot of restraint for a long time. It was the protesters that actually played the game of brinkmanship and provocation. They are the ones that actually decided to keep pushing the limit, regardless of how many warnings they were given. Then when we have gone in to take action, they've resisted and they've actually, it's not just police that have been involved in the pushing and shoving.

SALLY DIXON: Yesterday's violent clashes may in fact suit the protesters, who want Baxter and the Government's immigration policies in the media spotlight.

PROTESTER: These protests are really important, they're part of the movement that has forced the Government to look as though it's changing its tack on refugees.

TONY EASTLEY: A protester at Baxter Detention Centre ending that report from Sally Dixon.

[  www.abc.net.au

26. märz 2005
Australian Protesters Oppose Mandatory Detention for Illegal Immigrants

By VOA News

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in riot gear Saturday outside a remote immigration detention center in southern Australia.About 400 protesters converged on the Baxter Immigration Detention Center near the city of Port Augusta on Friday as part of a weekend-long demonstration against Australia's illegal immigrant detention policy. They attempted to get past a strong police cordon at the rear of the facility today but were pushed back. At least three people have been arrested for trespassing.

The protesters are demanding an end to the government's controversial policy of mandatory detention for illegal immigrants.In a separate demonstration Friday, about 300 protesters gathered outside the home of Australia's immigration minister, Amanda Vanstone, near the city of Adelaide.

[  voanews.com

12. märz 2005

im januar hat die studentengruppe young conservatives of texas ( yct) eine demo unter dem motto: " capture an illegal immigrant day" durchgeführt. bei der auf dem campus der university of north texas durchgeführten demo waren einige studenten " papierlose migrantinnen während andere jedesmal einen preis bekamen wenn sie einen der angeblichen papierlosen festnahmen". am 2. märz ( "texas independence day" ) haben gegendemostrantinnen eine ähnliche veranstaltung in austin verhindert. die yct sind eine der gruppen die sich durch die affirmative action diskriminiert sieht..

'Capture An Illegal Immigrant Day' Inflames Ethnic Media

Ethnic media are at the forefront of reporting a controversial student demonstration in north Texas called “Capture An Illegal Immigrant Day.”

In January, the student group Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) organized a protest at the University of North Texas in Denton at which some students pretended to be undocumented immigrants, “while others received a prize each time they ‘captured’ one of the supposedly undocumented ones,” writes Vanesa Salinas in the Dallas-Fort Worth Spanish-language daily Al Dia. The protest, she writes, aimed to “raise consciousness of the problem of undocumented immigration and demand more energetic laws to stop it.”

[  www.antiracismnet.org

8.märz 2005

nach einer presseerklärung des adc gab es einen vergleich in einem prozeß eines arab americans, der kurz nach dem 11.9.2001 gefeuert wurde.

[  Arab American Wins $150,000 in National Origin Bias Settlement.

5. märz 2005

dora maria tellez, eine kämpferin der sandinastas, die später gesundheitsministerin war, die in diesem frühling in harvard als gastprofessorin arbeiten sollte, wird die einreise in die usa verweigert.

[  Sandinista leader barred from US as "terrorist"

1. märz 2005

vietnamesinnen klagen vor einem new yorker gericht gegen us - firmen, u.a. dow chemical und monsanto, wegen des einsatzes von agent orange während des krieges in vietnam. das us - justizministerium hat die richter aufgefordert die klage abzulehnen. in einem brief im januar 2005 schrieben die anwälte des ministeriums daß das zulassen einer „solchen klage von ehemaligen feinden eine gefährdung der präsidialen macht sein kann, einen krieg zu beginnen“. „ zwischen 1962 und 1971 wurden große mengen von agent orange über teile von vietnam gesprüht ,um damit die kommunistischen nordvietnamesischen truppen aus dem wald zutreiben.“ 1984 bezahlten chemische firmen in einem „außergerichtlichen vergleich“ $ 180millionen an ehemalige us - soldaten, die durch das gift erkrankten. agent orange hat seinen namen von der farbe der behälter in denen es aufbewahrt wird. es ist ein gift aus der gruppe der dioxine.

[  Agent Orange lawsuit opens in US

25. februar 2005

das kanadische bundesgericht hat entschieden das die aktivitäten des holocaust - leugners und nazis erich zündel, der seit 2 jahren in abschiebehaft ist, „ nicht nur eine bedrohung für die nationale sicherheit“sind, sondern auch eine „gefahr für alle nationen“ und er nach deutschland abgeschoben werden kann. „ deutsche behörden sagten canadian press am freitag daß zündel sofort nach seiner ankunft verhaftet werden würde.“ der rechtsanwalt von zündel rechnet mit der abschiebung in 1 bis 2 wochen, und wird das urteil vor dem supreme court anfechten.

[  Canada rules German Holocaust-denier should be deported

16. februar 2005

noch ein bericht zu den flüchtlingslagern:
diemal geht es um die weigerung der regierung journalisten zugang zugewähren.

[  Journalists insist in accessing immigrants’ detention centres

12. februar 2005

263 menschen ohne papiere darunter 23 kinder wurden in den letzten tagen bei polizeirazzien festgenommen , und sind im abschiebeknast in nassau ( carmichael road detention center). geplante sind weitere razzien „ um gegen ein wachsendes problem vorzugehen“. letztes jahr wurden 3.050 menschen abgeschoben, davon 2.500 aus haiti. bisher sind 430 menschen abgeschoben worden davon 388 aus haiti.

[  Bahamas rounds up 263 illegal migrants in police raids

18.januar 2005

es gab eine pressekonferenz des unhcr wegen des brutalen einsatzes des militärs gegen asylsuchende und illegale migrantinnen während einer friedlichen demonstration. 26 menschen wurden verletzt und ins krankenhaus gebracht.
die demo fand innerhalb des safi- geländes, einer ehemaligen kaserne, auf dem fußballplatz statt es waren per zufall zwei mitarbeiter der unhcr in malta, die, nachdem ihnen besuche im krankenhaus verboten wurden, mit einigen der verletzten reden konnten. außerdem gibt es bilder die zeigen wie die soldaten auf die menschen einprügeln. lt der unhcr gab es am 29.oktober 2004 einen massenausbruch und proteste, die friedlich endeten. auf malta gibt es 4 flüchtlingslager. erst vor kurzer zeit hat die regierung die bisher angeordnete unbegrenzte unterbringung in den lagern auf 18 monate beschränkt. in der praxis bedeutet es nachwievor meist bis zur anerkennung bzw. abschiebung.

[  UNHCR condemns excessive and unnecessary use of force on illegal immigrants during protest

wer weitere informationen will:
am 23. september 2004 erschien ein 40-seitiger bericht des international federation of human rights ( fidh)„ locking up foreigners, deterring refugees : controlling migratory flows in malta“ ,indem die lebensbedingungen in den flüchtlingslagern beschrieben werden.

download:  [  locking up foreigners, deterring refugees : controlling migratory flows in malta .pdf

Januar 2005

ein etwas längerer artikel über den kampf der bauern und landlosen in Paraguay und die repression der sie ausgesetzt sind

[  Peasants in Paraguay fight for land, end of repression

24.JANUAR 2005

Nagoya clears out tents of homeless in park ahead of Aichi Expo

die stadtverwaltung von nagoya hat die zelte von obdachlosen in einem park zerstört und die menschen vertrieben. In der stadt wird im märz 2005 die expo stattfinden.

[  japantoday

20.JANUAR 2005
Supreme Court Stops Indefinite Detention of Illegal Immigrants

[  news.ncmonline.com

"Guide for Migrants "

Das mexikanische Aussenministerium hat einen Ratgeber im Comicstil für einsichere Überqueren der Grenze herausgegeben, was für Aufregung auf us-amerikanischer Seite sorgte.

[  antiracismnet.org

Wer sich einmal den Ratgeber anschauen möchte
kann das hier auf der Seite des [  mexikanischen Aussenministerium tun