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Humanists announce formation of new institute dedicated to ethics
Friday, 02 July 2010 03:03
Brandishing a statement of "Neo-Humanist" values, a group of leaders in the humanist movement has established a new non-profit aiming to re-humanize secularism.

“We aim to be inclusive and to work with religious and non-religious groups to help solve common problems facing the Planetary community,” Paul Kurtz, chairman of the new Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV), said.

Kurtz also said the group will promote scientific inquiry and critical thinking in evaluating claims and "develop values that are naturalistic and humanistic in character and appropriate to the 21st century." He said religion is often at the root of society's ethical values, and that ISHV wants to reevaluate them on rational grounds.

“We’re going to enlist the brightest scientists and scholars, and not just in the United States but everywhere there are humanists,” Kurtz said. “We want to find out how to better develop the common moral virtues that we share as human beings.”

Kurtz is an emeritus professor of philosophy and has been involved in humanist, skeptical,and secularist movements for more than 30 years. In 1991 he brought together two organizations, one focused on skepticism and the other on humanism, to form the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Kurtz resigned from CFI’s board in May of thisyear.





Mohawk Men's Council: Border Patrol attacks, one Mohawk paralyzed
Sunday, 18 April 2010 05:19
by Brenda Norrell

On Monday April 12th, 11:00 p.m., Two Akwesasne men were rammed by a boat in Akwesasne waters by two Royal Canadian Mounted Police accompanied by two, U.S. Border Patrol and one Coast Guard, 5 boats in total.

After being rammed and ejected from their boat into the water. They were plucked out of the water by the U.S. Border Patrol and handcuffed and thrown in the boat and brought to shore. Upon being brought to shore, people at the shore realized that they were seriously injured. A call went out to the ambulance. Medical personnel and the people present ordered that the individuals be un-handcuffed so they could receive treatment.

The two individuals were transported by ambulance to Massena Memorial Hospital. At 5:45 a.m. both individuals were airlifted to Burlington Vermont with severe injuries. Both have broken backs and one of the individuals is paralyzed as reported by family members.

This incident is a very serious international issue. The Border Patrol was commanded off the Territory by land and water by Onkwehonweh Signatory Headmen.





Ramzy Baroud UK Tour - Don't miss it!
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 03:12
by Gilad Atzmon

Internationally respected Palestinian/American writer Ramzy Baroud is touring Britain with his phenomenal new book "My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story ' (Pluto Press 2010).


Noam Chomsky: "Ramzy Baroud's sensitive, thoughtful, searching writing penetrates to the core of moral dilemmas that their intended audiences evade at their peril"
Gilad Atzmon – : "Ramzy Baroud’s “My Father Was A Freedom Fighter” is more than a book, it is actually a masterpiece .. Ramzy’s father Mohammed, was a freedom fighter. He didn’t win a single war, not even a battle, yet, against all odds, in spite of his poverty and illness, he managed to educate his children and to plant hope in their young souls
Cindy and Craig Corrie, The Rachel Corrie Foundation: "This book should be read by all who struggle to understand the Middle East and to find passage to a just peace in the region."

Sunday 18th April (12.00 - onward) Talk and book signing, Waterstones Richmond, West London

Monday 19th April (12:00 –15:00) Glasgow University

Monday 19th  6 pm April - Annual Hetherington lecture, Stirling University

Tuesday 20th  7 pm April - Dundee University

Wed 21st  April (7:00 –9:30 pm) Jews for Justice for Palestinians @ YMCA Fitzroy Sq

Thurs 22nd April (7-9 pm) - Richmond & Kingston PSC United Reform Church

Fri 23rd  April (6:30-8:15 pm) - Bookmarks 1 Bloomsbury Street, London

Sunday 25th  April (7.45pm - ) Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Monday 26th April (6.30 pm-), with Gilad Atzmon - Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 34a Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford.






The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) on First European Speaking Tour with events in Italy, England and Ireland
Friday, 09 April 2010 05:21
by Press Release

In the wake of child abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic church, a deputation from The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) led by the Media Award Winning Canadian Kevin Annett are on a First European Speaking Tour with events in Italy, England and Ireland. They are attending conferences, rallies and intend to help convene an International Tribunal into crimes against humanity in which Pope Joseph Ratzinger is personally implicated.

Kevin Annett said, "I will be returning to St. Peter's Square in Rome to do what I can to fasten a millstone of truth around the neck of the most murderous institution in human history.

This time, survivors of torture in Catholic Indian residential schools will accompany me, and together we will seek not to reform evil, but to bury it; not with the weapons of this world, but the ones provided us by truth,and heart, and love."

As part of the second leg of the European Speaking Tour, the Canadian delegation are guests at a special UK Conference in Stafford where the Canadian abuse survivors will meet a Scottish abuse survivor on neutral territory: England

Said Chief Louis Daniel, Elder of the Turtle Clan, Anishinabe Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba:

"I gave Kevin Annett his Indian name, Eagle Strong Voice, in 2004 when I adopted him into our Anishinabe Nation. He carries that name proudly because he is doing the job he was sent to do, to tell his people of their wrongs. He speaks strongly and with truth. He speaks for our stolen and murdered children. I ask everyone to listen to him and welcome him."

Following Kevin Annett's Italian leg of the European Tour which included Florence, Turin, Genoa and Rome, he and his delegation now move on to the UK and Ireland.

NB Kevin has asked for supporters to bring drums, whistles, rattles and banners to events as we are going to make a big noise! (Charlie Vietch - Love Police- will also be supporting the England tour with megaphone.)





Naomi Klein calls for boycott of Israel
Sunday, 28 June 2009 16:28
by Staff

Bestselling Canadian author Naomi Klein on Friday took her call for a boycott of Israel to the occupied West Bank village of Bilin, where she witnessed Israeli forces clashing with protesters.

"It's a boycott of Israeli institutions, it's a boycott of the Israeli economy," the Canadian stated, as she joined a weekly demonstration against Israel's controversial separation wall.

"Boycott is a tactic . . . we're trying to create a dynamic which was the dynamic that ultimately ended apartheid in South Africa," said Klein, the author of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."
"It's an extraordinarily important part of Israel's identity to be able to have the illusion of Western normalcy," the Canadian writer and activist said.
"When that is threatened, when the rock concerts don't come, when the symphonies don't come, when a film you really want to see doesn't play at the Jerusalem film festival . . . then it starts to threaten the very idea of what the Israeli state is."
She briefly joined about 200 villagers and foreign activists protesting the barrier which Israel says it needs to prevent attacks, but which Palestinians say aims at grabbing their land and undermining the viability of their promised state.

She then watched from a safe distance as the protesters reached the fence, where Israeli forces fired teargas and some youths responded by throwing stones at the army.
"This apartheid, this is absolutely a system of segregation," Klein said adding that Israeli troops would never crack down as violently against Jewish protesters.
She pointed out that her visit coincided with court hearings in Quebec in a case where the villagers of Bilin are suing two Canadian companies, accusing them of illegally building and selling homes to Israelis on land that belongs to the village.

The plaintiffs claim that by building in the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit, near Bilin, Green Park International and Green Mount International are in violation of international laws that prohibit an occupying power from transferring some of its population to the lands it occupies.
"I'm hoping and praying that Canadian courts will bring some justice to the people of Bilin," Klein said.
Her visit was also part of a promotional tour in Israel and the West Bank for "The Shock Doctrine" which has recently been translated into Hebrew and Arabic. Klein said she would get no royalties from sales of the Hebrew version and that the proceeds would go instead to an activist group.






Groups Urge Meaningful Pressure on Jakarta for Papuan Rights
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 05:44
by Staff

Two U.S. organizations concerned about human rights in West Papua today urged the U.S. government "to apply meaningful pressure on the Indonesian government and its security forces... to address long-standing Papuan concerns and grievances."

The West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) called the new Obama administration's  approach to West Papua "hardly fresh."

In testimony before Congress last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for supporting West Papua "in its efforts to have a degree of autonomy within Indonesia." 

"Failure of the U.S. government to think seriously and act responsibly about West Papua, before Indonesia's July presidential elections, risks further deterioration of human rights and communal violence," said Ed McWilliams,  a retired U.S. diplomat and spokesperson for WPAT.

"Papuans have repeatedly rejected 'Special Autonomy' and...  have demanded instead an internationally-facilitated dialogue with the central government to address key issues, including demilitarization of West Papua, an end to intimidation, the release of political prisoners, and the right to self-determination," the groups said. The full statement is below.

The U.S. government and Congress should "apply meaningful pressure" for such a dialogue and for "an end to restrictions that prevent the international community from monitoring human rights developments and the welfare of Papuans in the region." Pressure should include conditioning "assistance to the Indonesian military, Brimob, Indonesia's intelligence agencies on real reform [of the security forces], human rights accountability and demonstrated respect for people of West Papua."

In recent weeks, their has been an escalation of both peaceful protest and violent conflict in West Papua, which Indonesia annexed in 1969. Since then Papuans have suffered massacres and other systematic human rights violations, environmental destruction, and marginalization in their own land. 





MADA condemns Bolbul prevention from travel and the arrest of Sabri
Sunday, 26 April 2009 05:52
by Staff

The security services in Gaza Strip are still preventing Director of the Zoom Press Center Khalid Jamal Bolbul, from travelling to Cairo city since four days, to participate in the professional safety training course, organized by the International Federation of Journalists.

Bolbul said that he went to the Rafah crossing on 19 April to travel to Cairo, the responsible for internal security service at the crossing told him that he was not permitted to travel, and asked him to go to the internal security in Gaza, to solve his problems with them.

He went to their headquarters (Almashtal) the next day, and there they told him that he had no problems, "you may have problems with other security services", so he went to Rafah crossing in the same day, and told them what he was been told in "Almashtal", but the Chairman of the internal security told him that he is still prohibited from travelling.

The Palestinian Preventive Security Service arrested Freelance journalist Mustafa Sabri, in Qalqilya city (West Bank), yesterday (21 April) afternoon.

His wife said that a group of the preventive security came to their house yesterday afternoon and asked for Mustafa, who was outside the house in a nearby field, they accompanied his son to show them the place, but they did not find him there, she called him to return home, and when he returned back they arrested him.

They returned back at about 9 pm, and searched the house thoroughly for two hours, and then they confiscated his computer and left the house.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemns Bulbul prevention to travel, and the arrest of Sabri. MADA calls for allowing Bolbul to travel, and also demands the release of Sabri.





ADBUSTERS Win Legal Victory Against Canada's Media Giants - Legal Action in the US Next
Monday, 13 April 2009 06:30
by Press Release

After 15 years of legal tussling to bring democracy to the public airwaves, Adbusters has finally scored a great victory. The Supreme Court of British Columbia has granted us an appeal in our landmark case against Canada's CBC and Canwest Global, giving us the go-ahead to set a precedent and establish some public rights over the airwaves (check out the judges’ ruling here).

People are spending an unparalleled 8.5 hours per day in front of screens and even with the influx of new screen formats – cell phones, computers, Kindle – TV is still dominant. It’s the most powerful social communications medium of our time. And yet it is a place where commercial imperatives rule and dissenting voices are routinely censored. Adbusters’ attempts to purchase airtime from major commercial broadcasters for its socially-minded public service spots have been repeatedly denied over the years.

The airwaves are public property – just like city sidewalks or parks. They are a public space where freedom of speech must prevail. This is an inspiring idea for media activists and could pave the way for further legal victories down the road not only on the TV airwaves, but in cyberspace as well.

Not surprisingly, none of Canwest’s 13 daily newspapers or 23 TV channels covered the appeal court ruling. The silence has been deafening. Canadians citizens should be aware that the largest media conglomerate in our country is censoring the news to suit its own interests.

Here’s who did cover the story:  CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail, the Georgia Straight and the Tyee.

CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV and the Food Channel have also repeatedly refused to sell us airtime over the past 15 years and we would like to launch a freedom of speech legal action in the US. If you know an American lawyer who may be interested in being part of our legal team then let us know, email kono@adbusters.org.

The endgame will be a series of lawsuits around the world forcing the half a dozen media megacorporations controlling the bulk of news and entertainment flows around the planet to return some control back to the public.

Email kono@adbusters.org if you want to talk strategy or contribute to our legal war chest.





Bye Bye NATO
Sunday, 22 March 2009 15:26
by Staff

Europe: On the 3rd and 4th of April, NATO will celebrate its 60th anniversary and the preparations for the protest party are already in full swing! Here are the latest updates.

The 2009 NATO summit in Strasbourg and Baden Baden is much more than the average NATO summit. This year the world leaders will be preparing their plans for a new form of global governance. This new governance will be based on increased militarization both between countries and within countries, especially in terms of an increase in border control and a decrease in the separation of powers between police and military. For more information about this new NATO “strategy paper” For the strategy paper itself see here.
Want to know more? Come to Target Café on the 25th of March (de Peper, 301 overtoom, Amsterdam. 8pm/20.00).

Protest Preparations:

Bus: The bus leaves from Amsterdam on the 31st of March and returns on the 5th of April. To reserve your place on the bus or for more information email: natogameover[at]gmail.com. Buses will also be leaving on Friday the 3rd of April. See here. or email: stopdenavo[at]hotmail.com
All buses cost 50 euros return. If you can’t afford the bus, but would like to go, let us know. Email: natogameover[at]gmail.com

Camp (1-5 April): The location of the camp/housing/alternative village site is now known. There will be one large camp instead of several small camps close to Strasbourg, in Strasbourg-Neudorf (La Ganzau).





Massachusetts School Of Law Holds Conference March 7-8 To Examine Serious Problems Facing The News Media
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:18
by Sherwood Ross
Massachusetts School of Law (MSLAW) Dean Lawrence Velvel is hosting a conference March 7-8 to discuss the serious problems facing the news media, as well as possible corrective actions. One goal of the conference will be to determine the feasibility of establishing organizations to promote particular solutions and, if this is feasible, to subsequently seek the creation of these organizations. The conference is open to the public. The topics to be covered include:

* Print News Media Decline in Competence
* Inadequacy of Broadcast, Cable TV, and Radio News
* Newspaper Ownership – family v. corporate
* Ideology and government financing of media
* Media gullibility regarding the War in Iraq and the War on Terror
* Are the news media reluctant to admit their mistakes?
* Satire and News Reporting
* Has the Decline in Media Competence (Especially Print) Reduced Their Role of the Voice of the Poor and Disenfranchised?
* Should Journalism Schools Change Teaching and Learning?
* Can the Internet Be a Corrective for News Media Ills?
* Universities and Philanthropies and Media Owners

The conference begins on Saturday, March 7 at 8 a.m., and concludes on Sunday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included for both days, and the law school has reserved rooms at a discounted rate at the Wyndham Boston Andover hotel, a five-minute drive from the school.

Attendance is open to the public by reservation only. The admission fee is $36, which includes all sessions and meals. Students will be able to attend at a 50% discount. Those who wish to be in the audience should reserve their place by phoning/e-mailing MSLAW Assistant to the Dean Rosa Figueiredo at (978) 681-0800, ext. 113 or rosa@mslaw.edu.

The Massachusetts School of Law (MSLAW) is located in Andover , Massachusetts . Its mission is to make practical, affordable, high quality legal education, and resulting social and economic mobility, available to capable but less privileged persons who have been traditionally excluded from the legal profession.

Conference participants include:

*Karen Dunlap – president of The Poynter Institute

*Tyler Marshall – Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent who co-wrote the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism study – “The Changing Newsroom.”

*Lou Ureneck – chair of the Boston University Department of Journalism and former deputy managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer

*Chris Hedges – is a journalist and author, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and society. He was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. In 2002, he received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism





Mada condemns the Israeli aggression on Gaza and Aqsa TV headquarters
Monday, 29 December 2008 08:36

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (Mada) strongly condemns the continued Israeli occupation authority's attacks on journalists and the Palestinian media, in the framework of its criminal aggression on Gaza Strip, which began yesterday (December 27), and left more than 280 martyrs and hundreds of wounded.

Israeli warplane fired two missiles early today morning on Aqsa TV headquarters in Gaza city, which destroyed it completely. But it continued to broadcast from a secret location, where one of its news announcers said "this voice continues its work to expose the crimes of the occupation," .This new crime, reminds us of bombing and destruction of Palestinian Public Radio and TV crime, on 19January 2002 by Israeli occupation.

Although the bombing did not lead to any casualties in Aqsa TV staff, in view of the administration evacuation the headquarters in the previous day, but it forced Palestinian radio stations in Gaza Strip to evacuate its headquarters for fear of bombardment.

The Israeli occupation forces penetrated Sawt Al-Sha'b radio frequencies in Gaza city this morning, where they podcasted incitement against the resistance, and called on citizens not to cooperate with them. The radio administration denounced this action in a statement, "this is part of the aggression which doesn't spare anything".

While the Israeli occupation forces continued to prevent foreign journalists from entering Gaza Strip, the continuation of its aggression is a threat to the journalists covering the events there, ARD German TV correspondent Zakaria Al-Telmes said that the danger lurks in every place we go to cover the events.

Mada again expresses condemnation of the brutal Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip in general, and on Aqsa Television and Sawt Al-Sha'b radio, in particular. Mada calls upon the international community to bear its responsibility to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip and the media, and to lift of the siege completely.





Wednesday, 29 October 2008 23:47



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Upgraded Site
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 18:17

Due to upgrades on the site some pages may not be at the links you clicked on to Atlantic Free Press from other sites and via search engines. Sorry for the inconvenience but the articles can be found using the search function or scrolling down this page for recent articles.


Welcome to the new, lean look of Atlantic Free Press. The redesign took some time as it was an upgrade not only to the look but also the code but we are pleased to say that the site is faster and, we think, functions and feels better. Enjoy.


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