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Marketplace Wins Over State Agents in India

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Bloomberg.com reports that protests by cotton growers in India have resulted in state agents withdrawing their threats of violence and cages on people who trade cotton outside of state agent “territory.”

In a predictable move of central planning, the marketplace of peaceful negotiations wins over threats of violence over peaceful traders.

Link to the article here.

You Are Living In The Future Now

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13-Year Old Correctly Analyzes Her Own Slavery

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Good.is reports in Rochester, New York, a 13-year-old girl wrote a comparative essay based on The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas for a contest in her 8th grade class. In it, she reflected on the words of Douglas’ master after discovering the master’s wife had been teaching Douglas to read: “there will be no keeping him,” said Douglas’ master. “It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”

This little girl has some big insight when she drew the connection that her public school seems to be failing students by design, with only 19% of her classmates are proficient in language arts, and only 13% are so in mathematics. The student complained that the teachers simply hand out pamphlets and packets and expect the students to learn, but that approach clearly isn’t working.

The young girl wrote that her teachers are in a “position of power to dictate what I can, cannot, and will learn, only desiring that I may get bored because of the inconsistency and the mismanagement of the classroom.”

She concludes that her position is analogous to that of Douglass, “just different people, different era.”

According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York, “the schools’ teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams’ essay that they began a campaign of harassment—kicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school.”

The Frederick Douglass Foundation has given her an award for her controversial essay, but the parents of the bright young student are still forced to fund the continued operations of the school which is failing her former classmates and attempted to punish this girl for speaking truth to power.

Youth Self-Immolates

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Al Jazeera reported this week of a Tibetan youth who has burned himself to death as part of the protest against the occupation of businesses and monestaries by agents of the Chinese government.

The self-immolating youth, named Dorjee, was 18 years old and died from the incident.

When approached by Reuters, local police denied any knowledge of the incident.

In the past year at least 25 people have set their own bodies ablaze. Though this campaign began in 2008 with the self-immolating members of the religious community, it has grown to include average Tibetans beyond the borders of what is traditionally known as Tibet. Contrary to what most would expect, the most recent deaths were all regular people–not monks or clergy.

Free Tibet is a group based in Britain which cited an eyewitness saying that “Dorjee set himself on fire near a bridge and then walked in flames to a government office building where he collapsed.”

International Campaign for Tibet spoke with Tibetan monks at the Kirti monastery in India’s Dharamsala, the seat of the exiled Tibetan government. They reported that Dorjee shouted slogans against the policies of Tibetan repression by agents of the Chinese government as he set himself ablaze.

Dorjee’s death came two days after two Tibetans killed themselves by setting themselves on fire neighboring provinces.

Activists say that agents of the Chinese government violently stamp out religious freedom and culture in Tibet, which has been under the violence-backed control of Chinese state agents since 1950.

Japanese Whaling Short Quota, Blame Peaceful Resisters

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There were definitely sabotage campaigns behind the figure.”
Japanese Fisheries Agency Official

The BBC reported on Friday that with the season over, the Japanese Fisheries Agency announced their whalers accumulated less than a third of their annual goal. In total, 266 minke whales were caught and one fin whale. Though there has been an international ban on commercial whaling for over 25 years, their objective is to catch about 1,000 of the mammals annually “for scientific research.”

The agency holds anti-whaling activists responsible for the whalers’ lack of success.

AFP spoke with an agency official who said, “The catch was smaller than planned due to factors including weather conditions and sabotage acts by activists. There were definitely sabotage campaigns behind the figure.”

One group involved in the peaceful resistance is called Sea Shepherd. They trail the Japanese fleet and make attempts to disrupt its hunt by positioning their ship between the harpoon and the whales while spraying water cannons into the air to block whalers from taking accurate shots.

While the agents of the state in Australia have pursued legal action against agents of the state in Japan in the International Court of Justice, the brave activists are being the change they want to see in the world and are having an impact today despite the great risk to themselves.

Interview with Jewish Human Rights Activist Liza Behrendt

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This Thursday I had the pleasure of interviewing Human Rights Activist Liza Behrendt. Liza is a young jew From Durham, New Hampshire who cares about the future of Jewish people and of all people. She Studied at Brandeis University and lives in Brooklyn, New York working as a Community Organizing Coordinator at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center. She was arrested as part of occupy Wall St and is an active voice on behalf of injustice everywhere. Recently, Liza was featured in a video by Code Pink Action that went viral overnight.

In my interview with Liza for Fr33manTV, I asked her about AIPAC’s history and influence as well as what she’d like to see for the future of peaceful resistance against state terrorism. While she seems to be a statist, she is certainly an ally when it comes to furthering the dialogue of peaceful solutions to ending wars.

Anonymous Redresses Centuries-Old Grievance

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Reuters reported that the website for the Vatican, Vatican.VA was inaccessible this Wednesday after an announcement by a branch of the hacktivists known as Anonymous claimed responsibility for the cyber-attack. Members of the decentralized group were quoted as saying the site take-down was in response to the Roman Catholic Church’s interference with daily Roman life as well as an endless list of historical scandals such as selling indulgences in the 1500’s and burning non-believers at the stake during the Inquisition.

Anonymous explained their actions in their own words by changing the text of the website to the following: “Today, Anonymous has decided to put your site under siege in response to your doctrine, liturgy and the absurd and anachronistic rules that your profit-making organization spreads around the world.”

Fr33 Agents Radio News 2012-03-06

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20,000 Protest Russian Elections

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The LA Times reported that in Moscow and St. Petersburg this Monday, hundreds of protesters were kidnapped by agents of the state. The protesters claimed that Vladimir Putin nefariously manipulated the results of the election resulting in his win. They demand his immediate resignation.

Agents of the state hovered close to the ground in helicopters while others occupied the streets. The protesters endured sub-zero temperatures and blasted the popular Russian song, “My state is a thief, a dirty and cynical thief,” while the crowd sang, “Putin is a thief!”

Russian election observers reported election fraud ranging from the typical to the bizarre: voters bussed from one polling station to another, names added to lists of eligible voters on election day, people voting at work where their bosses tell them which boxes to check, plus a multitude of votes coming from people registered as living in a vacant building next to the polling station.

Two staff members for another candidate claimed to have been beaten up while writing out a complaint about the transparency of the process.

One of the men, Eldar Dadin, said, “They hit me and my friend several times and dragged us outside.” The LA times reports, “In the street, he tried to break away, but the men choked him to the point where he nearly passed out, and then pushed the two observers into a car.”

Dadin continued, “When I realized they were taking us out of town I got real scared and for a moment thought they would kill us,” but in fact the men were dropped off inside a deserted construction site outside town and told not to return.

In Moscow, state agents scattered the crowd of 20,000 by arresting over 250 people in Pushkin Square and over 50 people, including member of the opposition Eduard Limonov, in front of the Federal Security Service building. The same tactic was used to bring an end to the rally in St. Petersburg when state agents arrested over 300 people.

The sign reads, “Putin, let corruption take you!” (Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP/Getty Images / March 5, 2012)

Do You Value Peace?

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