Free Chelsea Manning!

first_imgMay 27 marked six years that Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning has been held in military custody. The heroic 28-year-old WikiLeaks whistleblower and transgender activist is currently jailed in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., serving a 35-year prison sentence for releasing classified military documents. Her intention was to tell the truth about U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in what she calls “the war diaries.” Manning’s real transgression: exposing U.S. war crimes.However, even from prison Manning has continued political activism, especially through her writings, often published in the Guardian newspaper and on social media. She has international support from anti-war activists and members of the transgender community. Scores of human rights, civil liberties, and other progressive and legal organizations and individuals have denounced the extremely brutal punishment meted out to her by the U.S. military.Manning’s attorneys reported that she tried to commit suicide at the prison on July 5, and that they and her family were not informed of her condition after her hospitalization. The lawyers, Chase Strangio, Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander, said they had not been able to communicate with Manning for several days. On July 11, Manning finally talked to her lawyers. They released this statement at her request:“After not connecting with Chelsea for over a week, we were relieved to speak with her this morning. Though she would have preferred to keep her private medical information private, and instead focus on her recovery, the government’s gross breach of confidentiality in disclosing her personal health information to the media has created the very real concern that they may continue their unauthorized release of information about her publicly without warning. Due to these circumstances, Chelsea Manning requested that we communicate with the media and her friends and supporters on her behalf.“Last week, Chelsea made a decision to end her life. Her attempt to take her own life was unsuccessful. She knows that people have questions about how she is doing and she wants everyone to know that she remains under close observation by the prison and expects to remain on this status for the next several weeks. For us, hearing Chelsea’s voice after learning that she had attempted to take her life last week was incredibly emotional. She is someone who has fought so hard for so many issues we care about and we are honored to fight for her freedom and medical care.” (chelseamanning.org)Because of Manning’s principled actions, courage and integrity, the military has never let up on its campaign of harassment. She was held in solitary confinement under 24-hour guard for nine months in the Marine Corps brig at Quantico, Va. She wrote about her experience in an op-ed in the May 2 Guardian, concluding that this horrific practice should be ended.Last August, the military punished Manning for violating prison rules, such as having “unauthorized reading material” — LGBTQ publications, which she received through the prison mail system — and asking to speak to her lawyers. It was Manning’s determination and mass support that prevented her from being sentenced to “indefinite solitary confinement.” Her advocates delivered petitions containing 100,000 signatures to the Army’s congressional liaison office in Washington.Moreover, Manning has had to struggle with the military to receive proper medical care since revealing that she is transgender, even filing a lawsuit with the ACLU’s assistance.‘Unprecedented’ sentence for a whistleblowerIn May, Manning’s attorneys submitted an appeal to the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Fort Belvoir, Va., calling for her conviction to be overturned and her prison term commuted or reduced. The document said the 35-year sentence was “grossly unfair and unprecedented.” The appeal, which was posted on May 19 at the Fight for the Future website, asserts that “no whistleblower in American history has been sentenced this harshly.” Several civil liberties and human rights organizations submitted supporting briefs.Manning has said that what has sustained her is the support from her friends, family and millions of people around the world. Now, it is crucial to send letters of solidarity to this hero. It matters.Manning tweeted through a friend on July 11: “I am okay. I’m glad to be alive. Thank you all for your love. I will get through this.” This message, along with notes of affection, solidarity and calls for her release, are posted at #standwithchelsea. One friend wrote, “Chelsea Manning’s name is honored by people who love truth, justice and peace.”Four days later, Manning tweeted @xychelsea, “I am getting your love through letters and cards. There are so many pieces of mail! I am getting better each day. Thank you.”Address mail to Manning exactly as follows:Chelsea E. Manning 892891300 North Warehouse RoadFort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027-2304.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

U.S.-backed Saudis continue war crimes in Yemen

first_imgPeople gather at the site of a U.S.-supplied Saudi air strike in Sahar.Nov. 4 — Saudi airstrikes and war crimes in Yemen have not slowed down all week. On Nov. 1, attacks on a market in Saada resulted in nearly 70 killed and many wounded. On Nov. 3, raids targeted homes in the same province, killing seven people, most of them women and children.Airstrikes from the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition injured another 10 children, two of them critically, in al-Jouf province just north of Saada. At least 15 strikes hit various areas of Midi and Taiz today in the course of a few hours. Additional attacks in Saada province struck a farm, killing and destroying livestock.Yemen’s resistance has drastically increased their military capabilities as a defensive tool against this type of aggression. This includes manufacturing Yemeni-made long-range ballistic missiles and anti-air sniper rifles. The Sana’a-based forces have also increased maritime and special operations capabilities.In retaliation for the ongoing airstrike campaign and siege, Yemen’s resistance struck the King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia with a long-range ballistic missile the morning of Nov. 4. Mainstream news outlets like CNN quickly (and incorrectly) reported that Saudi forces had intercepted the missile. Video from the ground proves otherwise. Flight data also shows that the event impacted travel and delayed flights for hours.War crimes include famine and cholera  In early October, the United Nations re-added Saudi Arabia along with their coalition to a censure list due to their devastating military and airstrike campaign, which explicitly targets Yemeni civilians, hospitals, markets and homes.Last year, the U.N. removed Saudi Arabia from this same list after facing financial extortion and other threats from Riyadh. Apparently, this censure list holds no significant value because the Saudi-led airstrikes and war crimes in Yemen have not stopped.Well over 10,000 people have lost their lives from air strikes or military operations since Saudi Arabia and allies launched their war against Yemen in 2015. Tens of thousands more have been killed as a result of the ongoing Saudi-imposed siege and blockade.Due to restricted imports, nearly 7 million Yemenis face famine and 17 million face food insecurity. The lack of access to medical equipment and sanitation supplies has triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak claiming the lives of over 3,000, with numbers reaching 1 million infected by the end of the year. The siege also restricts government salaries for health care workers, sanitation workers and other public jobs.Randi Nord is Editor at Geopolitics AlertFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Remaining Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism

first_imgNews October 16, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Remaining Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism RSF_en to go further Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information February 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that four members of the Zone 9 blogging collective who have been held since April 2014 have just been acquitted on a charge of terrorism.One of the four, Befekadu Hailu, will nonetheless remain in detention on a charge of “inciting violence” in his blog posts, which were very critical of the government. Reporters Without Borders deplores this additional charge, which carries a possible three-year jail term. The other three, Atnaf Berane, Abel Wabella and Natnail Feleke are due to be released shortly.The Addis Ababa court also acquitted a fifth blogger, Soleyana Gebremichael, who fled to the United States and who was tried in absentia. Explaining the acquittals, the court said criticizing the government did not constitute terrorism. Another delay in Zone 9 bloggers’ trial News ******************************************************************** RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia An Addis Ababa court yesterday again adjourned a hearing in the trial of Zone 9 bloggers Atnaf Berhane, Befekadu Hailu, Abel Wabella and Natnail Feleke. Officials said it had to be postponed because two of the judges were receiving “training.”The court had been expected to issue a verdict during the hearing, the 37th in the trial. Atnaf Berhane, Befekadu Hailu, Abel Wabella and Natnail Feleke will now have to wait until 16 October to learn their fate.“We are outraged by this latest postponement, which prolongs the agony of the four Zone 9 bloggers still being held,” Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles said. “We again call on the authorities to free them at once because they committed no crime.”Since the arrests of a total of six Zone 9 bloggers in April 2014, the trial has been adjourned 38 times. Two of the six, Mahlet Fantahun and Zelalem Kibret, were released in July 2015 after the justice ministry dropped the charges against them without explaining why.Arrested under the 2009 anti-terrorism law, the bloggers are accused of “working with foreign organizations claiming to defend human rights” and “receiving funding in order to incite the public to violence via social media.”Ethiopia is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation News Follow the news on Ethiopia May 18, 2021 Find out more “These bloggers should never have been arrested and, even more so, should never have spent 539 days in preventive detention. We urge the judicial authorities to compensate them for the effects of their unjustified detention. We also call on the judicial authorities to pursue their reasoning to its logical conclusion and to drop the remaining charge against the last blogger still held.” Receive email alerts Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home EthiopiaAfrica EthiopiaAfrica “We are relieved that Atnaf Berane, Abel Wabella, Natnail Feleke and Soleyana Gebremichael have finally been found innocent,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.last_img read more

Character Assassination By A Few Greedy Men & Women Common In Male-Dominated Society; It Affects Individuals: Madras High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesCharacter Assassination By A Few Greedy Men & Women Common In Male-Dominated Society; It Affects Individuals: Madras High Court Sparsh Upadhyay11 Nov 2020 7:57 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Monday (09th November) observed that “assassination of character in a male-dominated community is common. The assassination of character even among the same gender is also prevailing in our country.”The Bench of Justice S. M. Subramaniam was hearing the bail plea of the petitioner/sole accused, who was arrested and remanded to judicial custody for the offence…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Monday (09th November) observed that “assassination of character in a male-dominated community is common. The assassination of character even among the same gender is also prevailing in our country.”The Bench of Justice S. M. Subramaniam was hearing the bail plea of the petitioner/sole accused, who was arrested and remanded to judicial custody for the offence punishable under 306 of IPC on the file of the respondent police.The Case against the PetitionerIt was alleged that the petitioner is a relative of the deceased woman, who died by suicide. The case was registered against the petitioner on the ground that he, being a relative of the deceased, had a habit of assassinating the character of the deceased woman and due to such continuous harassment, the deceased committed suicide by setting herself ablaze.The petitioner/accused was implicated in the instant criminal case mainly on the ground that he had harassed the deceased by assassinating her character frequently.Court’s ObservationsRegarding the right to die, the Court observed,”Right to die is not made available to the citizen of our great nation. However, some thinkers are of the opinion that the right to life includes the right to die also. This implied right is provided under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Even under the Indian Penal Code, the person who had succeeded in committing such suicide, of course, cannot be punished, since the suicide is self-inflicted death.”The Court further continued,”Persons who abet the deceased to commit suicide alone are prosecuted. This is a larger issue/larger line for arriving at a conclusion regarding the abatement to commit suicide. It would be very difficult for the prosecution, and based on certain circumstances, the Courts are also arriving at a conclusion that there is an abetment. However, it depends upon the facts and circumstances of each case.”The Court also opined that gossiping and assassination of the character are certain characters “developed by a few greedy men and women and on some occasions un-intentional character assassinations are also causing a certain impact on the individual person.”With regard to the instant case, the Court noted that it cannot arrive at a conclusion that only due to the character assassination; the act of suicide was committed.However, the Court said that all these possibilities and probabilities ought to be investigated and the truth must be culled out during the course of the trial.Lastly, taking note of the facts and circumstances of the case and also taking into consideration the period of incarceration, the Court granted bail to the petitioner subject to the condition that he be released on bail on his executing a bond for a sum of Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand only) with two sureties each for a like sum to the satisfaction of the learned Judicial Magistrate.Importantly, the Court noted,”In order to arrive at a conclusion whether the suicide can be made as an offence or right to life includes implied right to die also, it is for law makers to debate the issues by conducting a larger study with the assistance of experts and academicians in the field.”Case title – Balasubramaniyan v. The State [CRL OP(MD). No.12606 of 2020]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/20/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUECincinnati 7, Chi White Sox 3Milwaukee 5, Kansas City 3Houston 3, Arizona 2Toronto 6, Philadelphia 3San Francisco 14, Oakland 2San Diego 7, Seattle 4Minnesota 4, Chi Cubs 0AMERICAN LEAGUEBaltimore 2, Tampa Bay 1Cleveland 7, Detroit 4Boston 10, NY Yankees 2Texas 7, LA Angels 2NATIONAL LEAGUEMiami 2, Washington 1Washington 15, Miami 0Atlanta 7, NY Mets 0Colorado 6, LA Dodgers 3St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSLA Lakers 105, Denver 103 (LA leads 2-0)NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUETennessee 33, Jacksonville 30Chicago 17, NY Giants 13Green Bay 42, Detroit 21Tampa Bay 31, Carolina 17Buffalo 31, Miami 28San Francisco 31, NY Jets 13LA Rams 37, Philadelphia 19Dallas 40, Atlanta 39Pittsburgh 26, Denver 21Indianapolis 28, Minnesota 11Arizona 30, Washington 15Baltimore 33, Houston 16Kansas City 23, LA Chargers 20 (OT)Seattle 35, New England 30WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSConnecticut 87, Las Vegas 62Minnesota at Seattle (Postponed)MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERPhiladelphia 4, Montreal 1Seattle at FC Dallas (Canceled)D.C. United at Los Angeles FC (Canceled)Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund September 21, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/20/20center_img Written bylast_img read more

Speech: PM’s words at the regions and nations lobby drinks reception: 11 October 2018

first_imgThank you all for coming today. I know some of you had to travel some considerable distance.We all know that free, plural and vibrant media is the backbone of this country’s democracy. This is a belief that I and the government hold very strongly. Your coverage, be it in print or broadcast, is a reflection of the rich diversity of the views that can be found right across the United Kingdom.I think it is true to say, regional and local media is fearless. It is independent and we are committed to safeguarding its future.I know from the discussions I have with my own local paper the significant pressures that are on regional and local press at the moment. Nowhere is this more true than in print journalism where the rapid changes in consumer behaviour and technology have led to falling circulations and advertising revenues. As we know, a quarter of local papers have closed in the past decade.That is why we launched the Cairncross Review, to examine what more we can do to improve the long term sustainability of high quality journalism, because it is that high quality journalism, at a local and regional level, that is so important in underpinning our democracy.Obviously, we’ll wait for the review’s findings and recommendations before we make specific policy decisions but nothing is off the table. This commission was launched because we see that there is a problem there and we need to have those voices looking into it for us and coming forward with their recommendations.I have already heard of one group that has been sending in not just comments on the challenges but also some solutions. And I am sure that you all will be talking not just about the challenges you face but how you are also reacting to those challenges, to the digital age and what you are doing to improve sustainability. And I am sure you all have ideas on what the government might do to help in this area.As a member of parliament, I have often seen that it is regional and local media which is a trusted source of news for millions of citizens. It keeps all politicians alive to what really matters beyond the Westminster bubble – understanding what is happening out there is so important for us all. Of course, we see it in our own constituencies but getting that wider reflection of what happens is important.When that trusted local news comes under threat, then I think democracy suffers and people become ever more vulnerable to disinformation. So this is our local press, it is your profession, it is imperative that we work together to ensure it has a very good and viable future.So thank you for all that you do to maintain those local independent voices, and we want to work with you so that we continue to see that vibrant local and regional press. That is an important element, underpinning our democracy.last_img read more

Vermont agriculture officials commend USDA secretary for creating Dairy Advisory

first_imgUS Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that USDA will establish a Dairy Advisory Committee and is requesting nominations to the committee. This committee will review key issues impacting the dairy industry and generate additional ideas about how USDA can help struggling producers. I have been working jointly with my counterparts in New England and the Northeast including New York and Pennsylvania to encourage USDA to put a dairy advisory committee in place over the past few months, said Vermont agriculture secretary Roger Allbee. We are extremely pleased that he has taken this step. The Obama Administration is committed to working with all sectors of the dairy industry to develop changes to the dairy pricing system to avoid the boom and bust cycle behind the crisis facing many dairy farmers this year, said Vilsack. The input provided by the members of this committee will play an important role in building a more stable market for dairy producers for years to come.Earlier this month, Secretary Vilsack promised to move forward with establishment of a charter creating the committee for two years. Once appointed, the committee will review the issues of farm milk price volatility, and dairy farmer profitability. The committee will also offer suggestions and ideas on how USDA can best address these issues to meet the dairy industry s needs. USDA is establishing the committee under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. We know that the milk pricing system in the U.S. is antiquated and broken. It doesn t serve our current market and allows for volatile price swings that are hurting farmers, consumers, communities and rural economies, said Allbee. To make the changes necessary to address this problem we need action at the federal level and we need collaboration from all dairy states.The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint up to 15 representatives of the dairy industry to serve in an advisory capacity on the Committee. Representatives will include: producers and producer organizations, processors and processor organizations, handlers, consumers, academia, retailers, and state agencies involved in organic and non-organic dairy at the local, regional, national and international levels.Written nominations must be received on or before September 28, and should be sent to Judith Lindsay, secretary to Brandon Willis, Deputy Administrator, Farm Service Agency, Farm Programs, USDA Room 3612-S, Stop 0501, Washington, D.C. 20250-0501; faxed to (202) 720-4726; or e-mailed to: [email protected](link sends e-mail).Advisory committee members will elect the chairperson and vice-chairperson who will each serve a two-year term. As Deputy Administrator of the FSA Farm Programs, Willis will serve as the committee s executive secretary.Details will be published in the August 28 Federal Register. More information on the committee is available at www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/DairyAdvisoryCommittee(link is external). Source: Vermont Ag Deptlast_img read more

Key methods to effectively measure your credit card acquisition campaigns

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Aris Jerahian Aris is the AVP of Card Services at Orange County’s Credit Union.  A payment industry executive with more than 15 years of credit, debit portfolio management, consulting and operational … Web: www.orangecountyscu.org Details Credit unions that want and need to grow their credit card business, and even sustain it, need to continuously generate leads. But they can’t rely on lead generation alone. It’s also about evaluating how well key business objectives are achieved and measuring the effectiveness of each campaign. For several years now, we’ve seen an increase in time and resources invested in data analytics. With access to so much consumer information, we find ourselves generating more reports than ever to better understand our members’ behavior and purchase patterns, sometimes getting so granular to the point we may even know the type of coffee they drink. Analytics has helped us make better, more informed decisions, promote appropriate solutions, and offer personalized products. However, generating reports and understanding what to do with them are two separate challenges. With any successful credit card campaign, it is critical to have an acquisition plan to generate the leads and/or new business. When all the data analytics are in place, always consider these questions: How am I tracking my acquisition performance? Do I have the correct key performance indicators (KPI) to measure acquisition performance? It’s important to review these questions on a regular basis or when you have a running acquisition campaign in place. Without the appropriate KPIs, your credit union might be reporting and making decisions based on misleading information. At minimum, a best practice is to measure the overall response rate (number of applications received /number mailed or emailed). Response rates are the first step in understanding how your members take action (or lack thereof) on your message and tracking those indicators will provide you with important baseline data to then help you assess the effectiveness of your lead-generating strategies. As you explore more ways to track the effectiveness of your campaigns, the KPIs listed below can give you a deeper insight on the overall campaign: Direct Mail Response Rate – Number of applications received /number of mailed Approval Rate – Number of approved accounts /number of applications Cost per Account – Total cost of campaign/number of new accounts Cost per Active Account – Total cost of campaign/number of active accounts Online Marketing Click-Through Rate – Number of clicks on a call to action/number of impressions Impressions – Number of times an ad is viewed Email Open Rate – Number of email opens/total number of emails sent Abandonment Rate – Number of applications abandoned/total number of applications A usage feedback loop is also necessary to review ongoing results and to enhance your acquisition strategy. Remember, a new account that has not activated their card and/or isn’t using their card is a lost opportunity for revenue and for future acquisitions. Keep these KPIs in mind when you’re evaluating the effectiveness of your campaign: Feedback Loop Activation Rate – number of new accounts activated/number of new accounts opened Usage Rate – number of new accounts active/number of new accounts A tip: don’t overlook the opportunity to learn from those that interacted with your campaign. This can be accomplished by post-campaign surveys and focus groups. By asking and receiving confirmation directly from your members, you can validate that your strategy is working. This is also helpful for improvement as any critical feedback helps to reaffirm the need to further test and explore different ways to approach future acquisition strategies. Again, it’s more than running reports and gathering the feedback – you have to learn and apply your members’ comments, suggestions, or dissatisfactions to your processes to continually improve your campaigns. With any campaign, acquisition KPIs are a valid way to evaluate the impact of any kind of marketing activity to generate and/or open new credit card accounts. By leveraging this, you not only take your financial performance monitoring to the next level, but you keep a finger on the pulse of what your membership wants and needs. But never stop there – use that information “gold” to tailor your products, services, and objectives to remain top of members’ minds, maximize growth, and succeed in accomplishing your goals. last_img read more

Former CU employee faces October sentencing for theft

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A former credit union employee will be sentenced in October after he admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from members, including one who died three years ago.Bradley J. Hampton, 37, a former financial services officer for the $1.7 billion Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union in Honolulu, pleaded guilty to one felony count of bank fraud in U.S. District Court last week.In exchange for his guilty plea, federal prosecutors dropped four other bank fraud charges and one aggravated ID theft charge, court documents show.From February 2017 to June 2018, Hampton admitted that he accessed accounts of three members and forged their signatures to steal more than $9,000 from one account that belonged to a member who died in 2016 and more than $8,000 from another member’s account.Hampton also stole nearly $60,000 from a member’s trust accounts. continue reading »last_img read more