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Revolution in Tunisia: News Round-Up

Unity Government Is Sought in Tunisia After Days of Clashes

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Ruling Family

The citizens of Tunisia rise up, burning banks and the mansions of the presidents’ corrupt family

Tunisia: The Revolution will not be Televised

Revolution in Tunisia: When the Media is Silent, Twitter Takes the Spotlight

The long and short of it is that long-time President and dictator, Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, has been run out of the country by the violent protests that have been going on over the last few days, and the military has taken charge of Tunisia, with no end to the riots in sight.

Power Again Changes Hands in Tunisia as Chaos Remains

Bowing to the continuing uprising, the prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, an ally of the ousted president, ceded authority to the speaker of the Tunisian Parliament.

Behind Tunisia Unrest, Rage Over Wealth of Rulers

Dyab Abou Jahjah, “Notes on the Tunisian Revolution”

Revolution in Tunisia: Al Jazeera Breaks Report of Military Takeover

The protests in North Africa: What’s happening?

Riots sweep Tunisia, police fire tear gas in capital

Tunisia Leader Flees and Prime Minister Claims Power

In Tunisia, Cyberwar Precedes Revolution

Tunisia: Double or Quits

Tunisia: The Last Days of Ben Ali



How the State Handles Dissent: Violence and Oppression in the US and Around the World

‘French police take over Total refinery’

France arrests over 1,000 protesters

French Police Break Refinery Blockade

London Activists Target Of Police Intimidation for putting up fliers

Irish riot police attack students after they occupy Department of Finance in Dublin

Animal rights activists jailed

Peace campaigner, 85, classified by police as ‘domestic extremist’

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

‘Palestinian Gandhi’ Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent

Congo Rights Activist Found Dead

COLOMBIA: Voices of Women Peace Activists Silenced

China Police Confine Prominent Artist

China: Worker activist sentenced to three years in jail – scholars demand release

Vietnam sentences independent unionists to 7-9 years in prison

Riot police end Bangladesh labour strife

Labor activists in Bangladesh arrested

Leftist Activist Is Slain in Philippines

Moscow authorities sanction 1,000 people for opposition protest

Police made mistakes in G20 tactics, chief admits for first time

G20 detainees seek $115M in class action

Overview: Toronto G20 Legal Fallout

Black Shirts of Toronto–Professional Provocateurs

Police strangled me, punched me in head, manhandled me (peaceful protester at the G20)

Undercover Police Orchestrated G20 Violence

G20 Toronto Riots perpetrated by Agents Provocateurs of the Police

UNITED STATES

7 Outrageous Examples of Police Spying and Harrassment Toward Peaceful Activists

Dissenters To Be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”?

New bill allows U.S. citizens to be kidnapped and detained without trial indefinitely based on “suspected activity”

Pentagon fesses up to 800 pages’ worth of potentially illegal spying, including peace groups and Planned Parenthood

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has forced the Pentagon to release over 800 pages of classified material documenting “possibly illegal” spying during the Bush administration. The heavily redacted documents include details of a spying program against Planned Parenthood and white supremacist groups in the runup to the Atlanta Olympics, as well as spying on Alaskans for Peace and Justice, an anti-recruiting group, civilian cell phone conversations, and other breaches of spying laws.

FBI Raids Activists’ Homes in Twin Cities, Attorneys Claim “Political Suppression”

FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists’ Homes

DOJ Demonizes Constitutionalists As Extremist Criminals

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Source: Patriot Act May Be Used Against Tea Party Activists

One hour documentary: How The Black Bloc Anarchists Are Used To Provocateur Violence

FBI OPENLY RECRUITING INFORMANTS INSIDE LARGE COMPANIES. MAY BE GIVEN “RIGHT TO SHOOT” FOLLOWING DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW.

Code Pink protester: Blackwater official threatened to kill me

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

Los Angeles: More Arrests As Protestors Riot In Response To Police Shooting

Patriot Act Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

7 Greenpeace Activists Charged With Felonies in Anti-Drilling Protest

Environmentalist Could Get 3 Years for Hanging Banners From Senate Building

Dissent Victory for Animal Rights Activists

Earth First! Activists Arrested Protesting Maine Wind Farm – ‘It’s Too Big’

Community, Solidarity, Resistance: The Conclusion of the RNC 8 Case and Some Lessons Learned

US: Las Vegas drone trial makes history

Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history today in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America’s newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare. The so-called Creech 14, a group of peace activists from across the country, went on trial this morning for allegedly trespassing onto Creech Air Force Base in April 2009. From the start of today’s trial, prosecutors did their best to keep the focus on whether the activists were guilty of allegations they illegally entered the base and refused to leave as a way to protest the base’s role as the little-known headquarters for U.S. military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. But a funny thing happened on the way to prosecutors’ hope for a quick decision. Appearing as witnesses for the Creech 14 today were some of the biggest names in the modern anti-war movement: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and one of three former U.S. State Department officials who resigned on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; and Bill Quigley, legal director for the New York City-based Center for Constitutional Rights.

Human Rights Advocate Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas

Ken Hayes, Father Louis Vitale and Nancy Gwin, the three human rights advocates who were arrested together with Michael Walli, were each sentenced in January 2010 to six months in prison as well – the maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of the ‘SOAW 4.’

“Those who speak out for justice are facing prison time while SOA-trained torturers and assassins are operating with impunity,” said SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois.



Beyond Deepwater Horizon: Multiple Leaks in Gulf, Additional Spills Around World, and the Next Catastrophes

GULF OF MEXICO

Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells — and no one at all is checking to see if they are leaking

Prominent Oil Industry Insider: “Theres Another Leak, Much Bigger, 5 to 6 Miles Away”

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Third Giant Underwater Oil Plume Discovered

BP Rig Atlantis “An Even Bigger Disaster In The Making”

As the oil continues to flow, some are charging that another BP operation in the Gulf is an even bigger disaster in the making.

For six months, Ken Abbott managed BP’s engineering documents for “Atlantis,” BP’s deep water platform nearly 200 miles south of New Orleans. He turned into a BP whistle-blower in February 2009 after finding what he says were thousands of Atlantis engineering documents and drawings that were neither complete nor reviewed properly by BP. That, Sawyer now says, was a serious safety violation.

Abbott and his lawyer quickly hired Mike Sawyer, a safety engineer consultant, who examined the BP documents in question. Sawyer tells CNN that oil rig “engineering drawings and specification are the primary means that workers use to ensure that they can operate the platform safely, and can ensure that they can shut it down or at least control any unsafe event.” Atlantis’ engineering documents and drawings, says Sawyer, were so incomplete that he fears another environmental disaster from BP.

BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf

Senator confirms reports that wellbore is pierced; oil seeping from seabed in multiple places

Another Gulf oil spill: Well near Deepwater Horizon has leaked since at least April 30

Coast Guard to probe report of new Gulf spill: official

AROUND THE WORLD

Gulf Spill Just A Drop In The Bucket Compared To What Happens Every Day, Everywhere Else

One of the worst oil spills in history you’ve never heard of just happened.

On May 10th, 2010 ExxonMobile had an oil spill in Nigeria Delta. It is somewhere around the 16th worst oil spill in [wikipedia reported] world history, at 95,000 tonnes (696,350 barrels or 214,475,800 gallons). Nigeria’s agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it. Oil spills are a regular occurrence in Nigeria, about 300 a year, it is estimated over the past 50 years about 1.5 million tons have been dumped in the Delta, equivalent to the Gulf War oil spill (the largest spill on record) or 50+ Exxon Valdez.

Situation is Out of Control: Risk of Blowout on Norway’s Offshore Gullfaks C Platform

Chevron Drilling Oil Well in 8,530 Feet of Water, Says it Doesn’t Need Relief Well

If 5,000 feet is deep enough to make it very hard to fix any problems with an oil well, it would seem that 8,530 feet would deep enough to warrant extraordinary precautions (if you’re going to be drilling at all, not something I’m in favor of). But Chevron, who’s drilling a well at this depth off the coast of Newfoundland says that a relief well isn’t necessary (even though a relief well could probably have avoided the Deepwater Horizon disaster)

There’s another BP oil spill? – Shhh!! says BP, the Bushs’ and Their CIA a Federal Judge Finds Out

In one case, BP’s CEO of Alaskan operations hired a former CIA expert to break into the home of a whistleblower, Chuck Hamel, who had complained of conditions at the pipe’s tanker facility. BP tapped his phone calls with a US congressman and ran a surveillance and smear campaign against him. When caught, a US federal judge said BP’s acts were “reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

Prudhoe Bay, BP’s Other Ticking Bomb

Nearly 5,000 miles from the oil-spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and its culture of cost-cutting are contributing to another environmental mess in the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s north shore, according to internal BP documents and more than a dozen employees interviewed over the past month.

After two serious oil spills and other mishaps at the remote site, the BP employees fingered a long list of safety issues that have not been adequately addressed, making the Prudhoe Bay oilfield vulnerable to a devastating accident that potentially could rival the havoc in the Gulf.

Mystery fuel leak seeps into Burrard Inlet

Chevron Corporation has been trying for weeks to locate the source of a “historic” leak from its Burnaby oil and gas refinery — a leak that has been seeping still-unknown amounts of oil, gas and diesel fuel into the Burrard Inlet since at least April 21.

The Oil Spill the World Forgot

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to dominate headlines around the world, public outrage is being focused more intensely upon BP and its gaffe-prone CEO Tony Hayward. But amidst this crisis, the public should not forget the atrocities committed by other massive oil companies. For example, Royal Dutch Shell‘s drilling operations have been spilling oil into the Niger Delta in Nigeria since 1958. Because Nigeria is an impoverished nation and oil revenues fund a majority of government operations, Shell and other companies have been able to drill and pollute without serious oversight for all these years. It is estimated that 13 million barrels of oil have spilled into the delta, making life even more difficult for the region’s destitute residents. Shell blames the constant spills on attacks from “rebels,” who are in fact minority ethnic groups who feel they have been exploited and displaced by foreign oil companies. But Shell would never consider pulling out of the region or finding ways to avoid ethnic strife. Instead, Shell has proceeded with business as usual, and spilled a record 14,000 tons of crude oil into the delta last year.