[independent media centre]
searchSEARCH
select medium:
select language:

search for:
(leave blank if you wish to browse all entries)

try another search

INDY-NEWS UPDATES
Subscribe to regular news updates:


PARTICIPATE

newswire
international coverage of life, politics and protest.

post your news
instantly upload your audio, video, photo or text directly from your browser

background
in-depth analysis on capitalism and global economics from znet

features:
   archive
   9-11: peace & justice
links
about
contact
support us
get involved
syndication
volunteer
up coming events
imc video projects
   IMC Channel


MEDIA CENTERS

www.indymedia.org

Projects
climate
print
radio
satellite tv
video

Pacific
adelaide
aotearoa
brisbane
jakarta
melbourne
sydney

Africa
nigeria
south africa

Europe
athens
austria
barcelona
belgium
bristol
euskalherria
finland
germany
ireland
italy
madrid
netherlands
norway
portugal
russia
sweden
switzerland
thessaloniki
united kingdom

Canada
alberta
hamilton
maritimes
montreal
ontario
ottawa
quebec
thunder bay
vancouver
victoria
windsor

Latin America
argentina
bolivia
brasil
chiapas
colombia
ecuador
mexico
qollasuyu
rosario
tijuana
uruguay

South Asia
india
mumbai

West Asia
israel
palestine

United States
arizona
atlanta
austin
baltimore
boston
buffalo
central florida
chicago
danbury, ct
dc
eugene
hawaii
houston
ithaca
la
madison
maine
michigan
milwaukee
minneapolis/st. paul
new jersey
new mexico
new york capitol
north carolina
nyc
philadelphia
portland
richmond
rochester
rocky mountain
san diego
san francisco bay area
santa cruz, ca
seattle
st louis
urbana-champaign
utah
vermont
western mass

Process
discussion
fbi/legal updates
indymedia faq
mailing lists
process & imc docs
tech
volunteer

 


IMC technlogy by cat@lyst and IMC Geeks
Get involved with the indymedia revolution at process.indymedia.org

 

 


features archive | support indymedia | newswire | publish | about us | contact | help
Boston, USA Washington, DC, USA Seattle, USA Italia, Europe Belgium, Europe Mexico Ontario, Canada Los Angles, USA Philladelphia, USA Rocky Mountain, USA London, UK, Europe Calgary, Canada Windsor, Canada Hamilton, Canada San Francisco Bay Area, USA MayDay, USA Atlanta, USA
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.

Special Coverage:
From the World Summit on Sustainable Development this week we have a global summary, up to the minute coverage from the South Africa IMC and live webradio coverage from diversity radio and Radio Without Borders.

Older Features | Newswire | Publish | Links | About
GLOBAL: A31 DAY OF ACTION Aug 31 2002
UN-corporated From Alexandra to Sandton; Apartheid to the IMF

After a week of meetings by lower-level governmental officials from 191 countries at the WSSD in the suburb of Sandton, formal UN documents will be agreed upon and signed by heads of state next week, amid the corporate takeover of the United Nations and widespread opinions that the summit is a failure. In surrounding townships, the mass marches planned for August 31 in Johannesburg are taking shape, with two responses to the summit.

The Landless People's Movement and Social Movements Indaba will march together from Alexandra-East Bank to Sandton, protesting the illegitimate WSSD and the capitalist system embodied by the UN, international financial institutions, and African manifestations in the form of NEPAD and GEAR. Meanwhile, the Global Forum, including the ANC-COSATU-SACP alliance, the South African Council of Churches, and the South African National NGO Coalition, will march from Alexandra Stadium to Sandton with a more conciliatory message. Disagreement between these and others critical of the summit has centered around the participation of the ANC, questions about violence, policy prescriptions, and the timidity of large NGOs.

Solidarity actions [ 1 | 2 ], both local and international [ 1 ] over the last week have helped to curtail repression against dissent that has been reminiscent of Apartheid. Unprecedented support for new social movements has led to the release of detained prisoners, the granting of permission for marches outside of the legally approved 'struggle pen' in Sandton, and the growth of the international opposition to corporate globalization.

On September 1, corporations are holding a 'Business Day' at the WSSD to continue their PR offensive portraying themselves as 'responsible' organizations. In response, people across the planet have organizec Global Day of Action on August 31 against the corporate control and privatization, and in solidarity with the marchers in Johannesburg. Actions are planned in Amsterdam [ 1 ], Copenhagen, Timosoara, Perth, Bogota, Ghana, Brighton, London, Tokyo, and elsewhere.

For more information, read a three part report [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] on the WSSD from the LA IMC, and past global coverage [ August 29 | August 28 | August 27 | August 26b | August 26a | August 25 | August 24 | August 23 | August 19 | August 1 | July 25 ].

[ South Africa IMC | A-SEED | A31 Global Day of Action ]

EUSKAL HERRIA: POLITICAL REPRESSION Aug 30 2002
Spanish Government Outlaws Basque Political Party

On August 26, a Spanish judge issued an order to suspend Batasuna, a Basque left separtist party. This ruling was on the basis that it is part of ETA (Basque Fatherland and Freedom). ETA is an armed group fighting for an independent Basque nation, and has been declared a terrorist organization by the Spanish and other governments.

The order closed all official Batasuna offices, and prohibited the party from political organization or activities. It also seeks to shut down the party's website, which could be the first case of an internet site to be closed by the Spanish government. The decision is based on Article 129 in the Spanish penal code, which was designed for private associations, and does not mention political parties. Simultaneously, the Spanish Parliament passed a law (pdf) banning Batasuna if it does not publicly renounce ETA bombings. This measure has been criticized as a breach on fundamental rights in the Spanish constitution. Moreover, the three parties governing the Basque autonomous region have opposed the law.

Batasuna has polled around 10% of the votes representing nearly 48,000 voters in Navarra, and about 143,000 in the Basque Autonomous Region. The party is also present in northern Basque regions under French administration. Polls show a split between Spanish and Basque public opinion, with Spanish public opinion supporting the law by a vast majority while a majority of Basques oppose it.

The same day, police closed offices of the party, triggering violent clashes between Batasuna supporters and both national police and the Basque autonomous police. Other offices belonging to the Basque Prisoners Relatives' Association and the Association Against Torture were shut down as well.

More Indymedia coverage is available from Barcelona [ ... minoria il-legalitza minoria... ], Madrid [ En la lógica de la guerra global: la ilegalización de Batsuna ] , Italy [ Batasuna e' Fuori Legge ], and Uruguay [ Batasuna ilegal en España ].

[ Euskal Herria Indymedia | International Coverage | Batasuna ]

CHIAPAS: ARMED STRUGGLE Aug 30 2002
Funeral in Chiapas Paramilitaries Execute Two Zapatistas

Two campesinos from EZLN support bases were assassinated by paramilitary groups in the morning of August 25 in ranchería Amaytik at the independent municipality Olga Isabel. The newspaper La Jornada has reported on the previously announced assassination of two Zapatistas in the Ricardo Flores Magón Autonomous Municipality. The 'official' version, released on August 26 by the State Prosecutor's Office, and widely refuted by residents of the area, is that it was due to an infamous "family" dispute.

These are the second and third deaths of residents of the bases of support of the EZLN in recent days. Every day this seems more and more like a coordinated operation of the diverse paramilitary groupings that operate in the forest and the Northern zone to harass and intimidate the communities in resistance. The murders happenednear an operational base of the Mexican Army, leading many to believe that the government is complicit.

There has been a deployment of Army troops - unprecedented since December of 2000 - into the cañadas of the Selva Lacandona. Yesterday, hundreds of troops moved into the extreme northern parts of the Selva, including tanks and armored vehicles. Autonomous municipalities have reported several other remarkable troop movements in the area over the last 36 hours.

Human rights organizations mobilized at least three brigades of observers from San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Ocosingo and Chilón to head to the scene of the assassinations. The recent movements of the Army towards the interior of the gorges and the north, ostensibly to stem the paramilitary violence, seem rather to have stimulated it. The murders were perpetrated by paramilitaries under the control of the governing party in the region, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Discuss this feature, with more coverage en español is available at the Argentina CMI and the Madrid IMC.

[ Chiapas CMI | EZLN | Comision de Solidaridad CGT ]

JOHANNESBURG: INTIMIDATION AND MISINFORMATION Aug 29 2002
Stop Electricity Cut-Offs; No to Privatisation! Struggles Silenced at the WSSD

With two days to go before the march to Sandton, intolerance towards dissent is increasingly apparent. This is occuring not only in the form of police repression, but within the media as well. The corporate media has been working with the intelligence agencies and other government officials in circulating misinformation aimed at demobilizing mass movements rejecting the neoliberal agenda of the WSSD, and at justifying the excessive use of force, unjustified arrests, torture, and a flawed legal system.

Movements refusing to submit have become the targets of this misinformation, mass arrests of members, and general police intimidation. On August 27, the APF office in Johannesburg was visited by the head of the South African National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The same day, the Landless People's Movement was staked out by 19 police 'hippos' (Apartheid-era township tanks) while launching its Landless People's Assembly. However, despite these open attacks on the movements of the poor, they continue their commitment to expose the corporatization of development, and the South African government's cosmetic gesturing at improving the lives of the most marginalized.

Protests are continuing [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] to be held, while solidarity actions have already been held in Toronto [ 1 | 2 ], Buenos Aires [ 1 ], London [ 1 | video ], Lunenburg, Germany [ 1 | 2 ], and elsewhere. These actions are in preparation for the newly-permitted march Social Movements Indaba march from Alexandra to Sandton and the Global Day of Action on August 31.

More information is available at previous coverage of the WSSD [ August 28 | August 27 | August 26b | August 26a | August 25 | August 24 | August 23 | August 19 | August 1 | July 25 ].

[ South Africa IMC ]

BUENOS AIRES: SOCIAL FORUM MOVEMENT Aug 29 2002
Opening protest at the Argentina Social Forum WSF in Argentina: Same Structure, Same Criticism

After four days of discussion, activities, and marches, the first (es) international Social Forum in Argentina was concluded on August 25 [ 1 ]. An estimated 5,000 people convened in the Plaza Houssey to listen to the forum�s opening remarks. The forum attracted numerous participants (es), including members of the CTA (Argentina's central labor union), various NGOs, intellectuals and activists, and community members, setting the theme of "the crises of the neoliberal model and the challenges of the global social justice movement." There were also many forum speakers and attendees from across South America, including Bolivia, Brazil and Ecuador. Two of the major topics dicussed and organized against in the forum included the FTAA/ALCA and Plan Colombia.

Criticisms of the meetings largely centered around concerns (es) that radical perspectives were not included within the forum's debate. "Those who are organizing the forum are from intellectual sectors connected to the democratic institutional establishment who are defending the system, and want to change things a little bit but not a lot; reform is the objective," critiqued Marcel, a journalist with a counter-information collective, Argentina Arde.

For more information, read an English language summary about the Forum, listen to audio reports en espanol from the meetings [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 ], and past coverage, including August 12 and August 6 features about anti-FTAA protests in Brasil, and an August 3 feature about the IMF contagion across Latin America.

[ Argentina IMC | Foro Social Mundial en Argentina ]

SOUTH AFRICA: PRIVATIZTION AND PRIVATION Aug 28 2002
Protest at Orange Farm Orange Farm, ESKOM, and the WSSD

The South African electricity company ESKOM is a major sponsor of the WSSD, and has worked diligently with the ANC government and multilateral business institutions to increase corporate influence in the meetings, while portraying itself as responsible in its growing African business. It is linked to the the recently established South African Business Co-ordination Forum (BCF), a business body that is working closely with the BASD in the preparations for the summit. The company also has an increasingly negative record of abusing poor electricity users across South Africa. Campaigns against these abuses and the proposed privatization of the company have been growing for years.

Most recently, anger and determination to act is growing among the residents of Orange Farm as members of the ANC Youth League and Sanco, subcontracted by ESKOM, continue to spy on their neighbors, seize electricity boxes, and extort bribes from their fellow community members in the case of "illegal" consumption. The population of Orange Farm, a poor community on the outskirts of Johannesburg, recognizes that eight years after the first democratic elections, the government has failed to deliver free basic services as promised.

Rather, living conditions have worsened as water and electricity cut-offs now occur on a regular basis. With an alarming unemployment rate of 75%, households are not in a position to purchase pre-paid electricity cards and many have resorted to bridging electricity boxes. ESKOM's strategy has been implemented under the banner of job creation and one might wonder about the ethical implications of the company's contribution to poverty alleviation.

More information is available at previous coverage of the WSSD [ August 27 | August 26b | August 26a | August 25 | August 24 | August 23 | August 19 | August 1 | July 25 ].

[ South Africa | Corporate Europe Conservatory | Anti-Privatisation Forum ]

UNITED KINGDOM: CORPORATE CORRUPTION Aug 27 2002
UK PM Tony Blair Blair's Junket to Rio + 10

Slimmed down from 100 to 70, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's�junket to Johannesburg contains a number of his corporate cronies, including Bill Alexander, chief executive of Thames Water, Sir Robert Wilson, executive chairman of mining company Rio Tinto, and Chris Fay, non-executive director of Anglo American, another of the world's mining giants. The three companies known to be on junket have been involved in a number of high-profile and damaging accusations over their environmental record. Criticisms of the delegation that began weeks ago are being confirmed as the summit begins.

Thames Water, the largest water company in the UK with 12 million�customers, has been prosecuted by the UK Government's Environment Agency watchdog for pollution on more than 20 occasions since 1996.�It has also been fiercely criticised in the past for operating in Indonesia while President Suharto was in power. Rio Tinto, the largest mining conglomerate in the world, has a poor environmental record worldwide,� and is currently pursing a uranium mine at a World Heritage Site in Australia.�Mining giant Anglo American has been embroiled concerning planned operations in Peru and pollution in Zambia. The company, once a pillar of�apartheid South Africa, has left behind a legacy of billions of dollars of damage to the envrionment and�communities around Johannesburg itself, and is only beginning to respond to community pressure demanding AIDS treatment for employees.

A leaked EU report shows why they are going. Privatization of services under GATS is on the table in Sandton, as well as an opportunity for business to cleanse its image. Meanwhile, most South Africans will continue to confront the effects of these policies cutting of water and electricity to millions of persons, as the privatized Earth Summit in Sandton celebrates itself.

More information is available at previous coverage of the WSSD [ August 26b | August 26a | August 25 | August 24 | August 23 | August 19 | August 1 | July 25 ].

[ South Africa IMC | UK IMC | Corpwatch UK ]

Older Features | Newswire | Publish | Links | About

Check out the archive of past featured stories

About these featured stores: The stories highlighted on this page in the center column are published by the www-features working group. We encourage you to get involved or suggest a story to feature. Interested in getting your imc coverage listed in the upcoming events section?

UPCOMING IMC COVERAGE

Africa:
August • Rio + 10Johannesburg

Asia / Pacific:
Nov 14-15 • WTOSydney

Europe:
Aug 18 - Sep 21 • Refuge RightsGermany
Aug 28 - Sep 1 • No BordersSlovenia
Aug 31 - Sep 4 • PGA ConferenceLeiden, NL
Sep 12 - 19 • S15 - WEFSalzburg, Austria
Nov 1-5 • European Social ForumFirenze, Italy
Nov 21-22 • NATO • Prague

North America:
Aug 16-18 • borderhackTijuana
Sep 9-14 • NABSeattle
Sep 25-29 • IMF / World BankDC
Oct 5-15 • Anti-NuclearNevada
Oct 11-14 • Columbus DayDenver
Nov 15-17 • Close the SOAAtlanta

Latin America:
Aug 22-25 • Social ForumArgentina
Oct 31 - Nov 3 • Anti-FTAA • Ecuador

Int. Days Of Action:
August 31 • Against a Corporate UN

Ongoing Coverage:
Mid East Conflict • Israel | Palestine
IMF Contagion • Argentina | Uruguay
For a complete list of upcoming actions, check out: protest.net.

NEWSWIRE: FEATURES | OPEN

FEATURES: Compiled by local IMC editors worldwide.

article
Judge Halts all Maxxam/PL logging operations!
Judge Halts all Maxxam/PL logging operations temporarily! or not?...
2002-09-01 02:33 GMT
SF Indymedia

en  
Sustainable Transportation
Critical Mass in Eugene
2002-09-01 00:57 GMT
Portland IMC

en  
Defense From Chemical Weapons/Police Brutality
Public Health Alert: The Truth About Pepper Spray
2002-09-01 00:36 GMT
Portland IMC

article
Breaking The Spell Of Media Corporatism
Reclaim the Media! Upstaging the NAB, Sept 10-15
2002-09-01 00:04 GMT
Seattle IMC

article
Reclaim The Media
Community Media Convergence in Seattle
2002-09-01 00:04 GMT
Seattle IMC

article
(Low) Power To The People
Mosquito Fleet of Microbroadcasters Provide Soundtrack to NAB
2002-09-01 00:03 GMT
Seattle IMC

en  
Critical Mass Police Riot
First-hand account from young man with 'One Less Car' tattoo
2002-08-31 23:43 GMT
Portland IMC

article
Dalits Are Winning The War Against Caste System
AMBEDKAR CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
2002-08-31 18:55 GMT
India IMC

article
Report from Johannesburg
LA IMC Exclusive: Report from Johannesburg
2002-08-31 17:48 GMT
LA Indymedia

article
Labor Day
What Are You Doing For Labor Day?
2002-08-31 16:36 GMT
LA Indymedia

article
Movilización en Argentina
En la calle; variaciones sobre el que se vayan todos
2002-08-31 15:34 GMT
Argentina Indymedia

article
UNCORPORATED
UNCORPORATED -A 31 global action day !
2002-08-31 12:53 GMT
Indymedia Italia

article
W$$D
W$$D: la privatizzazione dello sviluppo sostenibile
2002-08-31 11:51 GMT
Indymedia Italia

en  
9/11 And Immigrant Communities
IPA-NY Reports Crackdown on Pakistani Nationals in Brooklyn, Queens
2002-08-31 11:35 GMT
IMC NYC

article
African Americans & Somalis To Fight Police Brutality Together
Police State, People Respond
2002-08-31 09:39 GMT
Minneapolis/St Paul IMC

article
intro
MIGRANTI, CITTADINANZA, NOBORDER
2002-08-31 01:29 GMT
Indymedia Italia

en  
Wssd / Rio+10 / Earth Summit
Reporting the Earth Summit
2002-08-30 22:23 GMT
IMC UK

en  
Social Centres / Occupied Space
Social Centre News Update
2002-08-30 22:14 GMT
IMC UK

en  
Gm Crops
Contaminated GM News
2002-08-30 22:09 GMT
IMC UK

article
batasuna ilegal
Batasuna ilegal en España
2002-08-30 18:20 GMT
Uruguay Indymedia

en  
War
Opposition to War on Iraq Grows
2002-08-30 17:23 GMT
IMC NYC

article
Free Speech
Nearly Half of Americans Believe the First Amendment 'Goes Too Far'
2002-08-30 16:56 GMT
washingtondc

article
Fighting Sprawl

2002-08-30 12:59 GMT
washingtondc

article
Belgian Weapons Delivery To Nepal
[FR] Vente d'armes vers le Népal: ça bouge
2002-08-30 12:05 GMT
Indymedia Belgium

en  
Fascists Countered In D.C.
On August 24, white supremacists representing the National Alliance, the World Church of the Creator, and neo-nazi skinhead groups marched in D.C. for a rally at the Capitol. They were met by angry anti-fascist and anti-racist counter-demonstrators, while the police--out in full force--struggled to maintain distance between the two sides.
2002-08-30 05:47 GMT
Baltimore IMC

article
Weltgipfel in Johannesburg: Einschüchterung und Desinformation
Abgeschottet von Basis und Bevölkerung über die entschieden werden soll, treffen sich seit Anfang der Woche Politiker, Wirtschafts- und NGO-Vetreter hinter Stacheldraht und Mauern in Johannesburg.
2002-08-30 03:39 GMT
Indymedia Germany

article
ddhh
¿Derechos humanos?
2002-08-30 02:18 GMT
Argentina Indymedia

article
Keine Wahl - aber eine Stimme
Die 2. bundesweite Karawanetour der Karawane für die Rechte der Flüchtlinge und Migrantinnen ist am 17. 8. mit einer Demonstration in Bremen gestartet.
2002-08-30 01:48 GMT
Indymedia Germany

article
Corporate World
Strategies Against the WTO
2002-08-30 01:45 GMT
Sydney IMC

article
Back to School - UCB Clerical Workers Strike
UC Berkeley Clerical Workers Hold Strike
2002-08-29 23:09 GMT
SF Indymedia

RSS

(c) Independent Media Center. All content is free for reprint and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere, for non-commercial use, unless otherwise noted by author.