Come stop in and join us for our monthly meeting tonight at 7pm in the Director’s Room at the historic Athenaeum downtown Indianapolis. Some of us are unusually in the Rathskeller for dinner after 6pm.
Saudi women drive cars to protest government ban
: Women in Saudi Arabia took to the streets in cars on Saturday to protest the ban on female driving in the ultraconservative kingdom.
Activists said more than 60 women claimed to have participated in the protest action, which was deemed a rare show of defiance.
See submitted videos from female drivers at Breaking News.
Photo: Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif, who helped spark the 2011 driving protest, behind the wheel in Dubai. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)
A 68-year-old grandmother killed while picking Okra - just one of the incidents we’ve documented of civilian deaths by drone strikes in Pakistan. The US could be guilty of war crimes and must be held to account. Read more in our major new report on drones.
If you think this is as horrifying and wrong as we do, US authorities needs to hear from YOU! Please speak up. Act now —> http://amnestyusa.org/drones
"Drone strike victims and their families have little chance of securing justice." University of Minnesota students and Amnesty International urge the US government to END extrajudicial killings happening in OUR name. #GameofDrones (at Coffman Memorial Union)
The World Day to Abolish the Death Penalty Conference will be held October 11-13 in Plainfield, IN. The Conference will explore current trends in the abolition movement—both domestically and internationally—and equip attendees with knowledge and skills to work for the worldwide repeal of the death penalty. The conference will feature workshops and training from leading anti-death penalty organizations around the country, testimony from those directly affected by the death penalty such as murder victims’ family members and death row exonerees, and opportunities for fellowship and networking.
For a full list of events, read after the break:
Reporters worldwide are grappling with government censorship and limits to reporting. Some are even accused and convicted of activities against governments that are landing them in jail.
In the past week alone, the following reports have been made:
In China, most mentions of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre were censored from the Internet.
Turkish protesters accused media of ignoring unrest; reports of anti-press attacks amid Turkey protests raise questions of censorship.
Burundi enacted media law that reporters say curbs press freedoms.
Guinea media set strike after government shuts opposition radio.
Ethiopia arrested a reporter after he covered the story of evictions in dam region.
Toronto Star reporter was arrested and ticketed after taking photos of injured public transit employee.
Imprisonment of journalists worldwide reached a record high in 2012, driven in part by the use of charges of terrorism and anti-state offenses against reporters and editors, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists in its annual census of imprisoned journalists.
CPJ video summary of the 2012 report on media imprisonment:
Photo: Activists wearing masks of jailed Nobel laureate, writer, professor and activist Liu Xiaobo hold candles during a night vigil at Liberty Square in Taipei June 4, 2013, on the 24th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. REUTERS/Steven Chen
Nice job by Margarita putting this all together.
June 4, 1989: China’s Army Storms Tiananmen Square
On this day in 1989, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were killed by army troops in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
During the spring of 1989, China’s communist regime was threatened by the largest pro-democracy demonstration in the country’s history. After several weeks of failed negotiations to end the protest, the Chinese government authorized nearly 300,000 soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to seize control of Tiananmen Square. As a result, hundreds of protesters were killed and thousands arrested. Explore FRONTLINE’s timeline of the protests and massacre at Tiananmen Square.
The most famous photograph from the standoff at Tiananmen Square is seen above. The protester known as “Tank Man” became an inspiration for protesters around the world. FRONTLINE’s “Tank Man” reflects on what he means for China today.
Source: BEIJING - JUNE 5, 1989: A lone demonstrator stands down a column of tanks June 5, 1989 at the entrance to Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Photo by CNN via Getty Images)