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Indigenous Resistance is Now the New 'Terrorism'

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© alijazeera.netIn South America, indigenous people who protest against government decisions to deplete natural resources for profit are often criminalized [EPA]
In Ecuador, protesting for the rights of the Earth and trying to preserve natural resources may make you a "terrorist".

If you thought there was anything romantic about environmental activism or indigenous rights, think twice. Socialist ideas about nature - such as keeping water a public good - can get you facing charges of sabotage by a leftist government. In the land of the Incas, if you protect the pachamama ["Mother World"], you might just be a "terrorist".

It's becoming tricky to identify "terrorists", at least in Ecuador. They are not members of criminal organizations, they don't spread fear or target civilians, nor have a politically motivated agenda. According to President Correa, "terrorists" are those opposing Ecuador's development. So today's "terrorism" might just look like indigenous peoples peacefully taking over the streets, with their ancestral knowledge and values, to demand environmental and social rights.

In Ecuador, "terrorists" are indigenous peoples from the Amazon and the Andean highlands fighting to preserve access to water in their communities. Old penal codes written in times of dictatorship are being revived by leftist presidents to repress indigenous activists. As "terrorists", they are labelled as enemies of the state, and arrested - by the very president that claimed leftist credentials and staged his inauguration in overtly ethnic style.

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Russian lawmakers to consider chemical castration bill for pedophiles

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© RIA Novosti. Sergey GuneevMedvedev suggested that castration of convicted pedophiles should remain voluntary, while the United Russia party, which holds a majority in parliament, has insisted it should be obligatory.
President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted amendments to the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, introducing chemical castration for criminals guilty of sexual offences against children, a Duma official said on Tuesday.

The castration bill, designed to "increase the effectiveness of the prevention of the strikingly brutal crimes" against children, also introduces life sentence as a possible punishment for pedophiles who are repeat offenders.

The bill also stipulates voluntary medical treatment, including chemical castration, for other rapists.

Arrow Down

US: Black bear, Florida Bicyclist Collide


A Panama City man is recovering after colliding with a black bear while riding his bike to work.

John Hearn said he saw something out of the corner of his eye early Thursday morning. The nearly 300-pound bear smacked him off his bicycle and then fled into some nearby woods. Passing motorists stopped to help Hearn, who sustained minor injuries. The back tire of his bike was also ripped off.

Hearn, who bikes to work at Tyndall Air Force Base a few times a week, said he still plans to bike to work.

Heart - Black

US, Minnesota: Mother: Teenage Girl Mob Attacked My Family


A Minneapolis mother is looking for the public's help in finding a mob of teenage girls that she says assaulted her family.

The attack happened Thursday afternoon inside Folwell Park on Minneapolis' north side.

Shawnee Twiet says she was in and out of consciousness when the attack happened.

"As soon as I hit the ground, I just started feeling just everything coming from everywhere," Twiet said. "I mean blows coming from the back of my head. I felt somebody grabbing the back of my hair."

She suffered a black eye, bruises all over her body and imprints on her back.

Twiet says she was not the original victim; her two daughters were targeted first. Twiet says the group blamed her daughters for taking a pair of sunglasses.

Twiet's 15-year-old called home after she said she was threatened by the group. Twiet then made the three-block journey to Folwell Park.

Twiet said when she arrived at the park she saw a woman and some teenage girls crossing the street. She also saw her 15-year-old walking toward her, but she noticed that her 4-year-old daughter was missing.

Bizarro Earth

US, Florida: Casey Anthony Juror, 60, Quits Work and Flees Town in Fear of Her Life

  • 'I'd rather go to jail than sit on another jury'
  • Husband worried about her health
A juror in the Casey Anthony trial has told how she received death threats and has been unable to work since she was cleared of murder.

The woman, known only as juror number 12 left her job and went into hiding fearing co-workers would 'want her head on a platter'.

Her husband said before leaving she told him: 'I'd rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again.'

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© The Associated PressProtest: Anthony to four years for lying to investigators but can go free in July or August because she has already served nearly three years in jail

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© Getty ImagesControversial verdict: Anthony case has been compared to the controversial OJ Simpson trial

Light Sabers

Canada's Largest Public Sector Union Wages Campaign Against Harper government

Stephen Harper
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Get ready for some more labour unrest in Canada.

Canada's largest public sector union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, is vowing to initiate a major offensive against any plans to radically reduce its membership.

President John Gordon says his union, which represents about 172,000 federal employees, won't start a general strike but will be actively be campaigning against the Tories and any potential job cuts.

Stephen Harper's government has made it "very clear" its plan to find $4 billion in annual savings to balance the federal budget will mean some programs will be eliminated or scaled back, Gordon told Bloomberg News.

Attention

US, Massachusetts: Stun Gun Discovery on Jet Blue Plane Raises Questions


A Jet Blue flight took off from Boston Friday night and then landed in Newark, New Jersey, where the plane's cleaning crew found a stun gun.

The Striker 1800 was found in a seat back pocket and was turned over to authorities. Now the investigation is turning to how a stun gun made its way onto a plane and who brought it on, something investigators may never know.

Jet Blue passengers are uneasy with the stunning discovery, and rightfully so. Fred Hevalt, an airline security expert who produced the documentary "Please Remove Your Shoes," however, says that it's possible to get all sorts of things through airport security and people shouldn't be all that surprised now.

Cult

US, Michigan: Bizarre Sex Cult Blamed in 2001 Killing, Mutilation of Madison Heights Man

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© unknownRobert Nowak
Troy Moross of Madison Heights was already dead of a blow to the head when someone removed his genitalia in a "precise surgical fashion," a medical examiner testified Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Robert Nowak.

Nowak, 51, is accused of killing 26-year-old Moross in February 2001 and leaving his body in a parking lot in Madison Heights.

Investigators linked Nowak to Moross in 2010, after Nowak was arrested in California on a theft charge and his DNA matched that taken from Moross' body.

But Nowak's defense attorney, Lawrence Kaluzny, said Moross likely was a victim of a bizarre sexual cult operating in a home in Rochester, where men were mutilated and tortured in the basement of the home in the 400 block of 6th Street.

Federal agents with Immigration and Custom Enforcement have been investigating the cult, and have seized thousands of photos of mutilations and torture. On Monday, agent David Dominique, who is expected to be called as a defense witness, declined to answer questions from reporters.

Sherlock

US, New York: New Twist in Long Island Murder Mystery

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© file photoGilbert’s sister, left, with a 48 Hours reporter.
A Long Island doctor reversed his story about what happened the night Shannan Gilbert vanished, according to a one-hour 48 Hours Mystery special about the Gilgo Beach killings, which will air tonight at 10.

Peter Hackett, long reported as one of the last people to see the missing Gilbert, had denied that he reached out to her family, as her mother alleged.

But tonight, the show reveals that he acknowledged making two calls to Gilbert's family last May, saying he only offered to help search.

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US, Illinois: Mysterious Peacock Found in Chicago Neighborhood


A Westside Chicago neighborhood has gone to the birds! A peacock was roaming free Sunday afternoon on West 19th Street.

An animal control officer spotted the bird Sunday morning but wasn't able to catch it. She did finally corner it Sunday afternoon.

It's unclear where the peacock came from. A city spokesperson says if no one claims it, the bird will go to a sanctuary.

Source: CNN