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Follow that blog…

Some people are more insightful than others. With my limited attention, and in the face of information overload, I WANT to be selective in what I read. Dmytri Kleiner is one of those rare observers who can not only drill deep down to the core of an issue, but is also able to tell about it in an clear and interesting way. He is particularly astute in the realm of sociopolitical issues, and his European perspective makes his essays particularly interesting for North Americans. He has finally taken the leap to create a real blog where he has posted all of the articles he’s written over the past 3 years or so. I’m following his posts; you may want to, as well.

Start by scrolling down the page and read Nobody Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded!

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Harassment and Abuse of Legitimate Journalists at the Republican Convention

In an obvious attempt to intimidate journalists and encumber independent reporting of events at the Republican convention, police arrested Amy Goodman and her team while they were trying to cover the Convention. Here below is the news release from Democracy Now! – thg.

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2008

Contact: Mike Burke

UPDATE

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC. Goodman Charged with Obstruction; Felony Riot Charges Pending Against Kouddous and Salazar

ST. PAUL–Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.

All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar’s violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, “I’m Press! Press!,” resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman’s arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.

On Tuesday, Democracy Now! will broadcast video of these arrests, as well as the broader police action. These will also be available on: www.democracynow.org

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a felony. While the three have been released, they all still face charges stemming from their unlawful arrest. Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a “peace officer.”

Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped.

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities’ law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, including a photographer for the Associated Press.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism’s top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and the subsequent criminal charges and threat of charges are a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists.

Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

Video of Amy Goodman’s Arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

You Can Help Check “The Not-See Menace”

A message from Tikkun pointed me toward a brilliant op-ed piece by Steve Bhaerman, aka, Swami Beyondananda. I am in awe of Steve’s wisdom and perceptiveness, not to mention his well-recognized skill with humor, word-play, and puns. I strongly urge everyone to read his article, It’s Time to Face the “Not-See” Menace, and to share it widely.