#Mauritania State TV Mocked for its part in "spontaneous" pro-gov protest

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State TV Mocked for Bias

In a supposedly spontaneous protest in support of president Aziz in the capital Nouakchott on Tuesday, onlookers could plainly see protesters being ferried around by a vehicle bearing the state TV insignia.

The photograph has spread rapidly across FaceBook and blogs with suitably sarcastic comments.

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A few hundred protesters gathered at the Department of Justice HQ in D.C. to rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal Photo credit: Don Baxter/Media Images International

Hundreds of protesters rallied and marched at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in D.C. today to bring attention to police and judicial corruption and demand the release of journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

On the day of Abu-Jamal’s birth, activists gathered in the Nation’s Capitol, and around the world, to support the imprisoned former Black Panther. In 1981, police arrested Abu-Jamal for the killing of Philadelphia Police officer Daniel Faulkner. A conviction and death sentence followed.

Some facts of his case are not in dispute. Abu-Jamal was driving a taxicab for extra money the night of the incident. He came across officer Faulkner who had stopped his younger brother.  Abu-Jamal got out of his vehicle and approached Faulkner. The two exchanged gunfire.

Both Faulkner and Abu-Jamal were shot. Faulkner died.

What seems to be in dispute is whether a second gunman actually killed Faulkner. Some eyewitnesses claimed to have…

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#WesternSahara activists occupy #Iceland ship in Dakhla

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Laayoune, Western Sahara occupied territories 23/04/2012

Sources: Saharawi human rights activists

Twenty-five young Saharawi occupied an Icelandic fishing vessel, commanded by a Swedish captain, which has been tied to dock for a week in the port city of Dakhla Western Sahara, formerly Villa Cisneros.

The ship according to sources from human rights activists in the city is registered as 8616142 MAYA MOBILEZ.FLG SOUED, and is involved in illicit trade with Moroccan General Abdelaziz Benani, the senior Moroccan army  official involved in the illegal plundering of  Sahrawi marine resources by European fishing boats.

The twenty-five young Sahrawis chained themselves on board protesting marginalization of labor and the plundering of natural resources of the area.

According to the Saharawi human rights activists, Moroccan military may attack Saharawi workers because of these new protests against the plundering of natural resources and marginalization, at a time when the Moroccan military is apparently preparing for a visit by King Mohamed VI to the military zone of Dakhla. The activists are appealing to the MINURSO peacekeepers for protection.

Note that at the time this was published the military were negotiating over the PA with the Sahrawi citizens occupying the ship’s deck.

Poems for Free Sahara.

Engineering color revolutions. Price tag: $20-120million (RT video)

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The US is the “foremost power” when it comes to creating and applying “color revolutions”: America invented the know-how and has the best experts in this area, political scientist Mateusz Piskorski told RT

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Color RevolutionsMap: Aris Katsaris. Photo credit: Wikipedia

RT: What are the key ingredients to start a color revolution?

Mateusz Piskorsky: There has to be a real political and social crisis, which may be an inspiration for those groups who protest. There is no color revolution without a social basis. Common consciousness of a real economic or social problem is needed to easily manipulate the protesting groups.

RT: So the problem has to be economic or social rather than a regime problem, like a dictatorship?

MP: Yes, about 90 per cent of every society, including the societies of Central and Eastern Europe, are first and foremost interested in their social and economic interests. Which means they don’t care about politics, the political system or the character of a political regime. They’re just worried about their economic prospects and possibilities of keeping their families on a certain social level. This is the most important factor in every revolution.

RT: What is the infrastructure behind a protest?

MP: Really professional coordination centers… secret from ordinary protesters, but functioning very effectively.

RT: What is the share of people power versus the power of the people who actually pull the strings?

MP: Every protester has his own interests to participate in the protest, but it is really very easy for him to lose his rationality and become a subject of “emotional engineering”.

RT: When people realize they have been subject to manipulation – what is their reaction?

MP: Usually they do not realize they are subject to manipulation. It’s a question of the so-called information area or mass-media.One of the very important factors in any color revolution is the control of mass-media. First you take control over alternative mass media which has good reliability in the opinion polls. Then you think about a color revolution.One of the decisive parts of a color revolution project is the media.This is not a war between the regime and the people. It is a conflict between PR specialists of the government on one hand and the protest movement, or some foreign powers engaged on the other.

RT: Talking about foreign powers – where does the funding come from for such [color revolution] projects?

MP: This is the most interesting question, and also the most guarded secret… Certain foundations from some western countries, including the US, funded protests in Ukraine and Belarus.

RT: Is the US always present in such conflicts?

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MP: I’m not sure about always, but it is in most of the conflicts. Another factor here – you have geopolitical interests. Every superpower like the US makes its decision: is it worth engaging, starting or igniting a color revolution or not? It is not only the US, but to be honest the US has the best experts in this area. The man who invented the whole technology is Gene Sharp [considered by many the world’s best expert on non-violent revolution, author of From Dictatorship to Democracy]. The US is the leading power when it comes to this technology, I can say.

RT: The US new ambassador in Russia Michael McFaul has admitted that America used to fund opposition movements and color revolutions but under a different administration, that it’s no longer done under the Obama administration. Do you believe that?

MP: I believe that Mr. McFaul is one of the best specialists and scholars working on color revolutions, including in Ukraine. He’s an expert. I don’t believe the US is not using this technology.Sometimes a color revolution may not end on a peaceful note and may proceed to a civil war, the case with Syria and Libya.

RT: How much can a project like installing a new regime in Ukraine in 2003 cost?

MP: Most of them range from $20 million to $120 million.

via US ‘world leader’ in color revolution engineering — RT.

#Mauritania Police Attack Students on 25 April “Day of Rage”

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Day of Rage Poster

One of the detained student protest leaders

The UNEM union of Mauritanian university students took it upon themselves to stage a “Day of Rage” (or Anger, Wrath, etc, as you prefer) on this first anniversary of the massive protest that took place in Nouakchott in 2011. The day began with a mass walk-out of students starting at 10am, when they gathered in the quad of the law school, chanting against the militarization of the university.

Police surrounded the campus, showering students with volleys of percussion and tear gas grenades and then stormed the area, arresting three student leaders and forcing the protesters out. As the protest left the campus, there were several clashes between students and police near the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice, at the Ministry of Education and at the Regional Security HQ. A taxi driver outside the Ministry of Justice was seriously injured after a direct hit from a gas grenade which struck him after shattering the side window of his vehicle. He was transferred to hospital unconscious and bleeding profusely.Among several reports of police brutality, injuries and arrests, was news of two students from the faculty of arts being taken by police to an unknown destination. They are still unaccounted for.

 

Student Union Joint Protest 24 April 2012

There was also a joint protestyesterday by several student bodies against the politicisation of university life and union actions, with a general appeal to keep politics out of student protests.

 

 

 

 

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