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An activist who coauthored a report cataloging the appalling environmental damage wreaked by Olympic construction will spend the next three years in a Russian penal colony. Continue reading

Finally Nadezhda and Maria are free! Both denounced the cynical manipulation of President Putin seeking credit for amnestying them just before their release date anyway. Both called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Russia to protest the blatant neo-fascist style persecution of women, gays and minorities

put putin outPussy Riot was founded in 2011, but shot to greater prominence after appearing in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in February 2012, to perform a radical brilliant  song called Punk Prayer which attacked the Orthodox Church’s support for President Vladimir Putin.

Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away” Lyrics (translated from Russian)

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away
Рut Putin away, put Putin away Continue reading

by Stuart Jeanne Bramhall / September 22nd, 2013oildisaster3

When it suits its purposes, Russia seems to have the same propensity as the US to thumb its nose at international law. Two weeks ago, Putin acquired immense international stature and prestige by halting the imminent threat of US missile strikes in Syria. Now he seems to have squandered it all by illegally seizing a Greenpeace vessel in international waters. Continue reading

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Great news! By just 13 votes the Brit Parliament voted against bombing Syria.

This, along with Arab League failure to endorse, French backing off and a snowballing anti-war campaign at home MAY BE ENOUGH to stop the US attacking Syria.

Bad news for US corporations and the arms market. Bad news for the Israelis, for all the imperialist, racist and sexist warmongers who get hot on the idea of blowing people to pieces for their own profit and prestige. Continue reading

 

update here: Good News At Last! .. Syria Bombing to be Cancelled?

The US military/industrial economy needs fresh blood.. or rather needs a war,

the final logic of insane predator capitalism.frag the war

Morality. …Can a nation which has repeatedly used and sold chemical weapons then morally  bomb another country on suspicion they used them? Continue reading

Greenhouse gas emissions explained, in seven balloons

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In 2010, human activity caused 50 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent in emissions.The emissions were 76 percent carbon dioxide, 16 percent methane, 8 percent nitrous oxide, and 2 percent F-gases.

The biggest emitters were China (23 percent), the U.S. (14 percent), Europe (10 percent), India (5 percent), and Russia (5 percent).

And the primary sources of emissions were energy (35 percent), industry (18 percent), transport (13 percent), agriculture (11 percent), forestry (11 percent), buildings (8 percent), and waste (4 percent). The sources are explained in more detail in the balloons. Continue reading

Support Irina Lipskaya,

 

imprisoned anarchist and anti-fascist from Moscow

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27th of June 2013,

The arrest of Irina was prolonged until 2nd of October. She was arrested 2nd of July 2012, so now Irina has already spent more than one year in prison without a court! Arrest of Irina was prolonged due to dubious claims of her alleged “victims” that they still have not acquintanced themselves with the results of the investigation.  Continue reading

UPDATE: Pussy Riot member on hunger strike moved to hospital

A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who went on hunger strike in jail last week has been taken to hospital. Maria Alyokhina was moved to a hospital in her prison colony in the Urals town of Berezniki, the husband of one of her bandmates told the Associated Press. Alyokhina began her protest after being barred from attending a parole hearing. She and two other members of the Pussy Riot group were jailed after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral in February 2012. One, Yekaterina Samutsevich, had her sentence suspended on appeal last October. Another, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was denied parole last month. In a letter published by her lawyers earlier this week, Alyokhina claimed prison officials were attempting to turn fellow inmates against her by holding a security crackdown in advance of the parole hearing. Alyokhina previously spent five months in solitary confinement after claiming that officials deliberately lodged her with hardened criminals and encouraged them to intimidate her.The Pussy Riot trio were jailed for two years last August after being convicted of a breach of public order motivated by religious hatred. The prosecution prompted worldwide condemnation, with Sir Paul McCartney among those calling for the band members to be freed.

Freed Pussy Riot member continues protest against Putin

Yekaterina Samutsevich promises band mates, who remain in prison, she will continue struggle against president and to continue taking part in Pussy Riot’s anonymous performances.

Yekaterina Samutsevich, the Pussy Riot member freed by a Moscow court this week, has promised to continue taking part in the band’s anti-Putin protests, saying she would be “more careful and more clever” to avoid another arrest.

On Friday, in her first newspaper interview, Samutsevich said her parting words to the two band members who remain in jail were that she would continue their struggle against the president. But she expects state pressure on her to grow despite her new-found freedom… Continue reading

 

15 Sept 2012. 10’s 0f 1000’s march against Putin and demand freedom for the Pussy Riot three.

Russia’s opposition movement drew tens of thousands to another large anti-Putin demonstration on Saturday, sending the message that its ranks are undaunted by a battery of new government sanctions and the two-year prison sentences handed down last month to the punk-rockers of Pussy Riot. Continue reading

A message from Adbusters: Look at what’s happening in Quebec … the boldness of the media democracy movement in Mexico … the teenagers leading an education revolt in Chile … the Pussy Riot inspired art war unnerving Putin in Russia … and the new post-capitalist ways of living being forged in Greeceand Spain.

Witness the growing tempo of green riots across China, the South African minerstrikes, the corruption protests of India, the freedom fight in Bahrain, the tremors of dissent in Saudi Arabia, the total loss of confidence in America’s corporate-funded Coke-Pepsielection show.

Then, add to that the crippling droughts, looming food scarcity, the end of easy oil and the tipping points hovering ominously on the horizon … Continue reading

A lawyer for members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot has appealed their convictions on charges of “hooliganism” for a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral earlier this year, Reuters reports, even as the musicians say they’re more committed than ever to seeking the removal of Putin.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were each sentenced to two years in prisonAugust 17th for their February “punk-prayer” demonstration in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Their lawyer, Nikolai Polozov, said he doubts the court will reverse the convictions. “If the court abides by the law it would throw out the verdict,” Polozov said. “But being realists, understanding all the efforts the state has put into this case, we think it’s unlikely the verdict will be overturned.”

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“This is pure action,” says reader reporter Michael N. About ten activists on Monday afternoon bought a ticket to – quite legally – to get to the South Tower of the Zurich Grossmünster. At about 50 meters but they unfurled a huge banner reading “Free Pussy Riot – Fuck Putin now.” Continue reading

The Pussy Riot three got 2 years each.

Nobody doubts this was on the orders of Vladimir Putin, allying himself again with fascistic, sexist corrupt religious bigots.

They have already done nearly six months.. just for singing a song!!

Let’s NEVER forget them, FREE PUSSY RIOT

Do women who have had sex always tell lies? (Pussy Riot and Madonna)

Every now and again the rhetoric of patriarchal power reveals itself in a specially pernicious way .

Last week in Moscow, Madonna lent her voice to the growing international condemnation of the trial of members of the feminist  performance art group, Pussy Riot.

During a concert she stripped off her shirt to reveal the group’s name emblazoned on her back, before donning a version of their trademark balaclava for a slow rendition of Like A Virgin. Continue reading

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