Jan. 28th, 2011

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The trial is happening:

'Please don't shoot me:' Girl, nine, begged for her life before she and her father were shot dead by 'anti-immigrant vigilantes'.

Shawna Forde, the head of the Minutemen American Defence group, is on trial accused of two charges of first degree murder.

She is allegedly orchestrated the attack on the Flores family with two male accomplices, due to face face court in.March.

Police claim that Forde believed Mr Flores was a drug trafficker and would have cash and goods in the house which they could use to fund their patrols.

Notice the, "not hate crime" rhetoric here.
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January 27th is the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism here in Germany, it's the day when Auschwitz was liberated by the Sowjet army.

For the first time a Romani survivor, Zoni Weisz*, spoke in the Bundestag on this day.

Speech by Zoni Weisz for "Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism" on 27 Januar 2011 [via GoogleTranslate]

We are Europeans and have the same rights as any other citizens, have the same opportunities as they apply to every European.

It can not and should not be that a people who have been discriminated against through the centuries, and continues, today, in the twenty-first century, are still excluded and being deprived of any honest chance of a better future.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to end by expressing the hope that our loved ones have not died in vain. We must remember them in the future, we must continue to proclaim the message of peaceful coexistence and building a better world - so our children can live in peace and security.

*Weisz is a Dutch Sinto whose immediate family was murdered. He could escape the train to Auschwitz thanks to a Dutch policemen. He is a member of the
Dutch and International Auschwitz Committee. In January 2007 he was the keynote speaker at the opening of the exhibition "The Holocaust against the Roma and Sinti and present day racism in Europe" at the headquarters of the United Nations. [translated from his German wikipedia entry]

*"Sinta and Roma" is the official name in Germany for the Romani minority.

ETA. Mods, I'd like to add "holocaust", "antiziganism", "porajmos" and/or "genocide" but I can't decide where in your tagging system to put them.
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Apparently they succeeding in setting fire to the ruling party's headquarters? And they are totally defying the curfews placed by the government, and are attacking riot-geared police and beating them with their own batons, as well as taking control of some army tanks. And the military has been deployed. Egyptian supporters are rallying worldwide BTW.

Al Jazeera English Streaming Video and Live Blog plus Timeline

Israel's response is very interesting:

8:44 pm - Time magazine's Karl Vick pulls in the first reaction from Israel that's not a "no comment." A minister in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government tells Vick that Israel believes Egypt's security forces will be able to suppress the protesters. "We believe that Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations, but we have to look to the future," he said. While it would be better if Egypt were a democracy, since "democracies do not initiate wars," the minister said, "I'm not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process."


The Guardian Live Blog

The main US cable news networks had given Egypt minimal coverage so far this week, partly because of the time difference but also because of the president's state of the union address on Tuesday night absorbing so much energy.

That has all changed today, with the the extraordinary scenes from Egypt filling America's TV screens – even if the early morning bulletins were more interested in Charlie Sheen's hernia.

The exception has been Fox News, where coverage has been more muted. "You probably don't give a lot of time thinking about Egypt," a Fox News presenter suggested about an hour ago, before explaining that "groups linked to al-Qaida" were in danger of taking over the government in Cairo.
Jesus CHRIST Fox News!!!

Things I am sick and tired of in the coverage in Western papers (and the lying lying liars known as Fox news): 1. Overblown fear mongering speculation on the order of RADICAL MOOSLIMS WILL BE TAKING OVER. 2. The everlasting speculation about how the US will react and why haven't they reacted as per our uplifting mythical support for democracy and freedom etc. Isn't it past time that we stop hoping that the US will live up to its rhetoric and start paying attention to our actual foreign policy? I mean seriously, by now the varnish of the mendacious verbiage should have long ago worn off.Of course Biden is gonna say that Mubarak is no dictator, like DUH, we all should know by now that the US doesn't give a fuck what you do as long as you do what we tell you to. OF COURSE we are going to mealy-mouthed in our "support" for democracy, hell we are giving up the fiction that we care about that right here at home! I just...people who are in a position to know better should really show it right now.

In addition the US is reviewing 1.5 billion dollars of aid to Egypt based on the outcome of the protests. Please note that they are already threatening Lebanon with withdrawing thier aid because Hezbollah looks like its gonna be able to take control of the gov't.. I'm guessing the same thing applies to Egypt, in this case the SCARY RADICAL MOOSLIMS, (who are actually fundamentalist) will be The Muslim Brotherhood. Here's a Nov 2010 article on them from Al Jazeera English The Muslim Brotherhood in Flux ETA the thing is, though, they are not the ones driving the protests. They are participating in the Friday protests and if the regime falls will be trying as hard as they can to get power, but they "didn't start the Fire" as Billy Joel put it.
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Canadian Government Appeals Landmark Accessibility Ruling

In December, a judge ruled in favour of Jodhan, finding the Canadian Government had infringed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by failing to make its websites fully accessible.

The government is now appealing against this ruling, claiming that the judge exceeded his jurisdiction in finding a “system-wide failure” of government through its websites, when it was only Jodhan who was proved to be directly affected. The government is also claiming the judge “erred in law” by ordering it to ‘remedy’ the websites of 146 government agencies, when only 106 agencies used the website guidelines (‘Common Look and Feel Standards 1.0’) which were found to provide inadequate accessibility.

A hearing for reconsideration filed by the Canadian Government will take place on 8 February via a video conference. “We are still awaiting their official documents to see exactly what they are appealing but it appears that they are appealing the judge’s entire decision,” Jodhan told E-Access Bulletin.

Previously: The Canadian Government Is Going To Court So They Don’t Have To Make Web Content Accessible To Screen Readers and WIN!: Federal Court Orders Canadian Government To Make Websites Accessible To Screen Readers!


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