Nobel Peace Prize ceremony boycott grows due to Chinese pressure

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Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for 11 years due to his participation in the document called Chapter 08, in which several people supported democracy and the end to the “one-party”

… China and 18 other countries have decided not to be represented “for various reasons.” It noted that number has tripled from six weeks ago.

The countries joining China in its boycott include Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Pakistan, Egypt, Morocco and the Philippines.

The 58 countries who have embassies in Oslo were invited to attend.

China strongly objected to Liu’s win last October and levelled more criticism Tuesday, calling members of the Nobel committee “clowns” who are “interfering in China’s judicial affairs.”

The 54-year-old writer and academic was jailed in December 2009 to serve an 11-year term for subversion. He was detained just days before the publication of what has turned out to be an explosive political document, Charter 8, which he co-wrote.

Charter 08 calls for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of democratic reforms in China. It was signed, via the internet, by thousands of people, some of them Communist Party officials.

via CBC News – World – Nobel Peace Prize ceremony boycott grows.

UN: Cuba, Venezuela, Iran Top the List of Countries Lining Up to Scrutinize U.S. Human Rights Record During U.N. Review


A lawmaker who chairs Iran’s parliamentary human rights committee, Zohreh Elahian, said this week that the countries registering to take part in the UPR are doing so “to declare their criticisms of the U.S. policies in area of human rights.”

Charging that the U.S. holds itself up as the example for others to emulate even while violating rights at home, Elahian told Iran’s Fars news agency that this had “redoubled the importance” of the U.S. review.

She said Iran’s delegation planned to address the session and would also hold sideline meetings with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the subject of the U.S. human rights record.

As part of the UPR  process, every U.N. member state presents its rights record, once every four years, for the rest of the international community to examine, question and offer recommendations. More than 100 countries have gone through the process since it was inaugurated in mid-2008.

…according to diplomats cited Wednesday by a Geneva-based NGO, U.N. Watch, Cuban officials “took the lead last week in circulating an advance sign-up sheet.”

We are concerned that Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and other non-democracies are planning to hijack the session to score propaganda points and drum up anti-American sentiment worldwide,” said the organization’s executive director, Hillel Neuer.

via Cuba, Venezuela, Iran Top the List of Countries Lining Up to Scrutinize U.S. Human Rights Record During U.N. Review |

Meanwhile, Iran is rumoured to be, with Saudi Arabia, in the governing body of UN Women’s Rights Agency. There is a group in FB to protest about this.

More here: “Cuba Organizing Rogue Speakers’ List of Hardliners in Bid to Ambush U.S. at Friday’s U.N. Review. UN Watch Backgrounder on U.N.’s 1st UPR Review of America’s Human Rights Record“.

Raúl Castro, Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales: what a trio!!

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On the 200 anniversary of Venezuelan independence’s acts:

Raúl Castro said that Venezuela and Cuba “are increasingly the same thing” and added that he goes back to Cuba very satisfied, because “all our meetings are very important, whether we hold htem here or in Habana”.

On the other hand, Hugo Chávez, took his chance to ratify that he agrees with the “magnificent”speech that Bolivian president, Evo Morales, gave, in which he spoke about “Mother Earth”.


That speech was pretty interesting indeed. In it, Evo Morales, who was named “World Hero of the Mother Earth (Pachamama)” by the UN last year, has said that coke serves as a plunger and transgenic chickens produce baldness and homosexuality because for growing them, female hormones are used. He also critisized in similar ways Dutch potatoes (video in Spanish).

Evo is also supporting “Coca Colla”, a drink made with cocaine, which its producers are hoping would be a Coca-Cola’s competitor in the market. No imperialistic drinks in Bolivia!!

If these guys didn’t have power over so much people (and in Cuba’s case for so many years, now) this would be funny. As it is, they are only a disgrace.

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Germany: International blogging conference on internet freedom

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According to the rights organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), present at the Re:publica digital media conference in Berlin, about 120 bloggers and online reporters are currently in jail because of their work.

More than half of them are imprisoned in China, one of the countries most criticized for its rigid online censorship. Last month, RSF welcomed Google’s decision to stop censoring its Chinese language search engine and to move its operations to Hong Kong.

“Companies who obey the demands of oppressive regimes are accomplices to censorship,” said Lucie Morillon, the head of Reporters Without Borders’ new media desk. “They are helping to silence basically those people who want to express dissident views. They are helping regimes to stay in place.”

Lucie Morillon, head of the New Media desk at Reporters Without Borders talks about internet censorship at Re:publica conference Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift:  Reporters Without Borders’ Lucie Morillon, says many companies help state censorsMorillon hopes that other major international players follow Google’s lead, especially Yahoo, which has a history of collaborating with the Chinese authorities. In 2005 it handed over information that resulted in the imprisonment of a Chinese activist for 10 years.

In recent weeks more allegations against Yahoo have surfaced. Morillon said the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China reported 13 cases of foreign reporters whose accounts have been hacked.”

In 2009, more than 60 countries experienced some form of internet censorship, according to Reporters without Borders. In March, RSF published a list of 12 so-called “enemies of the Internet,” which are countries that seriously violate their citizens’ free speech online.

Apart from China and Iran, the list also includes Saudi Arabia, Burma, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Cuba and Egypt, who use a range of measures from Internet filtering and blocking Web sites, to imprisoning bloggers and journalists.

With 70 million people writing over 700,000 blogs, Iran has a strong Internet presence. Twenty-seven-year-old Farnaz Seifi, was one of the first Iranian women to start her own blog seven years ago. She worked for many years as a women’s rights activist and journalist in reformist newspapers, which were shut down. Seifi now lives in the Netherlands.

“Iranian cyber army” hacked Twitter last year

Seifi has noticed the Iranian government’s increasingly sophisticated range of strategies to suppress freedom of speech, including using blogs.

“Three years ago suddenly we had this huge wave of Muslim bloggers, very religious ones, very loyal to the Islamic Republic. And they are working for spreading the propaganda of the Islamic Republic regime,” she said. “So it shows that the government of Iran thought, ‘If we want to control them, we need to be active in what we are doing as well and spreading our own propaganda’.”

Notice the list, don’t you? Islamic theocracies or communist/socialist dictatorships.I miss North Korea, but for the rest, not really surprising at all!!
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US-Israel: Obama mistreats Netanyahu

Israeli leader Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu.

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Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday. The snub marked a fresh low in US-Israeli relations and appeared designed to show Mr Netanyahu how low his stock had fallen in Washington after he refused to back down in a row over Jewish construction in east Jerusalem.

via Gateway Pundit.

While Obama nearly kneels in front of Saudi Arabian King (theocracy), handshakes Chávez (more and more an autocrat) and wanted to have dialogue without preconditions with Iran (theocracy) or Cuba (communist dictatorship), he can’t even get to have a meal with Netanyahu (president of a democracy). Well, how does that sound?

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Venezuela: Chávez creates militias to defend “Bolivarian revolution”

ramiro-valdes-y-hugo-chavez And of course, “Castroite” thugs are enchanted that their Government’s colony –something real after the arrival of Cuban dark lord Ramiro Valdés (right, with Chávez)-, really defends them:

President Hugo Chávez called on the popular power authorities today to create militias to defend the Venezuelan Revolution in the 184 communes that are constituted at national level.

According to the Head of State, the residents in those areas, made up by hundred of families with low resources, will receive military training to resist any attack.

We won’t attack anybody, but we have to get ready to defend hand to hand, millimeter by millimeter, the territory of this Revolution, he pointed out during his Sunday program Aló, Presidente.

Hugo Chávez

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South America: The Growing Threat of Terrorism

…the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism in Latin America also requires more attention. However, due to the war in the Middle East, tracking terrorism in Latin America is not a high priority. Jim Bergman, Drugs Enforcement Agency Director for the Andean Region of South America, recently characterized the current issues as “an unholy alliance between South American narco-terrorists and Islamist extremists.” Furthermore, SOUTHCOM analysts understand the importance of tracking terrorism in the region because they have better intelligence even though it might not seem as significant when it is funneled up the ladder to Washington. So, is Latin America a good location for terrorist organizations to strengthen their ability to harm Americans? Yes, due to the close proximity to American soil and the inability of our immigration officials to keep track on illegal immigrants coming into the country.

Hezbollah is considered to be one of the largest international terrorist organizations in Latin America. The Argentinean media reports that Hezbollah supporters and Iran were responsible for the bombings of an Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. Abolghasem Mesbahi was an Iranian intelligence agent who allegedly admitted that in Argentina, former President Carlos Menem supposedly accepted $10 million dollars of bribe money to cover up the connection between Iran and Hezbollah concerning the bombing. In December of 2006, the Treasury Department announced that nine individuals in Brazil and Paraguay were financing Islamic terrorism and were involved in the AMIA bombing. One of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks was Khalid Shaikh Mohammad (KSM). Less known, is that in 1995 KSM spent three weeks in Brazil meeting with Muslims in the region and also founded a charity called the Holy Land Foundation to raise funds for Osama bin Laden. According to the U.S. Treasury, the charity is designated as a terrorist supporter and funds were reportedly given to Hamas. KSM went to the region because the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay is a safe haven for radical Islamic terrorists that use the area for smuggling, money laundering, and arms trafficking.

via Threat of Terrorism in Latin America | The Americano.

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