Archive for July, 2006

Rock the Desert Festival to Highlight Religious Persecution in China

Friday, July 28, 2006

Rock the Desert Festival to Highlight Religious Persecution in China

The image [base The lack of true religious freedom in China and growing persecution of Chinese house churches is being highlighted at an annual outdoor Christian concert festival in Texas which expects more than 20,000 attendees.

Rock the Desert is being held July 27-29 in the Midland, Texas-town known as the “hometown of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.” Every year a ministry focus is on displayed throughout the event and this year exhibits is documenting China’s religious persecution and human rights abuses.

A special presentation on Saturday, July 29, will feature a live reenactment of a church being bulldozed with its worshipers being thrown out just minutes before. Actual video footage of a church demolition in China will be shown before the reenactment.

Several well-known specific cases will be highlighted throughout the concert: the case of Zhao Yu, a New York Times correspondent now imprisoned in China; Chen Guangcheng, a blind rights activists detained for exposing violence against women in the name of family planning policies; Wu Hao, who was in the processes of making a documentary in China about the persecuted church and was jailed and then released on July 11, 2006; Jiang Zongxiu, who was martyred by being beaten to death for carrying scriptures; Pastor Cai Zhuohua, who is imprisoned for printing Bibles; and Pastor Zhang Rongliang, who was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for his leadership in the house church movement.

According to PrisonerAlert.com, religious persecution by the Chinese government appears to be increasing as the 2008 Olympics approaches. Rock the Desert attendees will be encouraged to write and express concerns to the corporate sponsors of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, urging them to use their influence to pressure China to allow greater religious freedom and human rights.

Six North Korea refugees will be the honored guest at the massive Christian concert. The refugees were the first from North Korea that have been admitted into the United States since the Korean War. They will provide testimonies of trial and perseverance in their journey to America.

Jennifer Riley
Christian Post Reporter

Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng at Work

Activist ChenA social activist who blew the whistle on official abuses under China’s one-child policy in the eastern province of Shandong continues his work collecting evidence from witnesses in the face of tight surveillance and the threat of detention and beatings. >> See the slideshow
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Austin 911 Meetup Group Resurrected

So it appears that the Austin 911 Truth Meetup group has been resurrected and has become quite active due to the efforts of a few local activists.<http://9-11.meetup.com/259/>
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There’s even a Kirk Watson listed as a member. Surely this isn’t Austin’s former Mayor Kirk Watson …

Organizer: CMS

Meet other local citizens who are interested in discussing the events of the 9/11 attacks, and the subsequent investigation, commission, and report. Gather for support and possible action on this critical topic.

Other recent 911 events in Austin, Texas …

Monday, July 17, 2006 – 9/11 Truth Movie Night in Austin

The Austin Citizens for 9/11 Truth group is sponsoring a free event on Wednesday, August 2nd.

This event features a lecture by Davidson Loehr, author of the acclaimed book “America, Fascism + God”, and a showing of the 2006 documentary “What’s the Truth?” at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 7pm, discussion to follow. 4700 Grover. 452-6168.

The focus of this evening is both to explore the events of 9/11 and to put the resulting drastic changes in American life since that day in context.

We would like to extend an invitation to everyone (and their guests) to attend this event.

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Media Coverage of Chen Guangcheng’s Plight Explodes

Friday, July 21, 2006

Media Coverage of Chen Guangcheng’s Plight Explodes
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Chinese activist’s trial postponed
Chicago Tribune, United States – 17 hours ago
By Joseph Kahn. BEIJING — Chinese officials postponed the criminal trial of a peasant-rights lawyer Thursday as his supporters gathered

China Postpones Trial of Family Rights Activist
Washington Post, United States – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING, July 20 — The trial of a blind rural lawyer, charged in what rights activists say is a politically motivated case, was postponed Thursday, and a
Scuffles in China as Trial of Peasants[base ‘] Rights Advocate Is …
New York Times, United States – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING, July 20 [~] Chinese officials postponed the criminal trial of a peasants[base ‘] rights advocate on Thursday as his supporters gathered in large numbers to
Blind Lawyer a Legal Crusader in China
Forbes – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN , 07.20.2006, 02:18 PM. Like many of China’s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer. Instead he ended up in jail.
Protesters detained as trial of blind Chinese activist is delayed
International Herald Tribune, France – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING The Chinese authorities postponed the criminal trial of a blind rights lawyer Thursday as his supporters gathered in large numbers to protest what they
Advocate for China[base ‘]s Weak Crosses the Powerful
New York Times, United States – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING, July 20 [~] Chinese authorities postponed the criminal trial of a rights lawyer today, as his supporters gathered in large numbers to protest what
China court delays blind activist’s trial
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN. BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind Chinese activist whose supporters
Scuffles at China activist trial
BBC News, UK – Jul 20, 2006
Scuffles broke out outside a court in China where a blind activist who raised concerns about forced abortion and sterilisation was due to be tried.
Trial of China activist delayed, supporters harassed
Reuters AlertNet, UK – Jul 19, 2006
By Lindsay Beck. BEIJING, July 20 (Reuters) – The trial of a blind Chinese legal activist who exposed forced abortions and sterilisations
Praise and punishment: It’s a fine line in China
International Herald Tribune, France – Jul 19, 2006
BEIJING Only a few years ago, Chen Guangcheng, a blind man who taught himself the law, was hailed as a champion of peasant rights who symbolized China’s

Chronology of Chen Guangcheng’s Case

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CHRONOLOGY

March 2005:
Chen learns of family planning abuses in Linyi city, Shandong province and begins his own investigation.

June 2005:
After Chen organizes a class-action lawsuit, he travels to Beijing to consult with legal scholars and lawyers and to meet with the press. The suit was filed, only to be rejected.
Chen[base ‘]s findings are revealed on the Internet and through the foreign press.

August 12, 2005:
Chen and family are imprisoned in their own home. Twenty to 300 officials and civilians who appear to work in concert with the police maintain round the clock watch.

September 6, 2005:
Chen manages to escape to Beijing, where he is apprehended by Linyi city officials and threatened with a long prison term if he does not stop his activism. When he refuses, he is returned to effective house arrest in Dongshigu, his home village.

September 2005:
Lawyers and legal experts who had earlier posted Chen[base ‘]s findings on the Internet organize to defend him.

September 19, 2005:
The National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), responding to the concerns raised about Linyi, reports that [base “]illegal family planning practices that violate people[base ‘]s legal rights and interests do exist. Those who are responsible have been dismissed from duty. Some are under investigation, some are in detention.[per thou]

October 4, 2005:
Lawyers Li Fangping and Li Subin and law lecturer Xu Zhiyong attempt to visit Chen and to negotiate with local officials for an end to the enforced isolation. After two of the three were beaten, police interrogate all three, then escort them back to Beijing the following day.

October 24, 2005:
Local officials beat Chen to prevent him from leaving his house to meet with two Beijing scholars, then refuse to permit him to seek medical assistance.

March 11, 2006:
Chen is [base “]disappeared[per thou] from his home. His family is told nothing about his whereabouts for three months.

June 11, 2006:
Yinan county officials acknowledge that they have Chen in custody; his formal detention is dated June 10.

June 18, 2006:
An interrogator warns Chen that there is nothing abnormal [base “]if someone dies in the detention center.[per thou]

June 19, 2006:
Family, lawyers, legal experts and activist friends cancel a press conference in Beijing after security officers prevent would-be participants from leaving their homes. On the same day, some 10 men, who did not identify themselves, use force to remove Chen[base ‘]s 70-year-old mother, his 3-year old son, and his older brother from legal expert Teng Biao[base ‘]s Beijing home, and return them to their homes in Dongshigu village, Shandong. University officials tell two Beijing law professors [^] Teng Biao from the Chinese University of Politics and Law and Xu Zhiyong from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications [^] to stay away from the case.

June 21, 2006:
The Yinan County People[base ‘]s Procuratorate approves Chen[base ‘]s arrest. Chen[base ‘]s lawyers, Li Jinsong and Zhang Lihui, are able to visit him, but prison officials interfere with their ability to interview Chen. For example, they refuse to allow him to respond to certain questions.

June 22, 2006:
Local police officers take lawyer Li Jinsong in for questioning. Local assailants beat three lawyers defending villagers jailed for supporting Chen. Police officers look on as the lawyers[base ‘] cameras are smashed, then take the three in for questioning.

June 23, 2006:
Lawyers Li Jinsong and Li Subin try to visit Chen[base ‘]s wife, but are stopped and beaten by guards.

June 24, 2006:
All lawyers return to Beijing. An unidentified caller warns lawyer Li Jinsong that he is [base “]seeking death.[per thou]

June 27, 2006:
Li Jinsong and Li Subin return to Shandong on June 27, only to be harassed by assailants while the police again stand by. Some 20 men overturn the lawyers[base ‘] car and smash their cameras. Police take Li Jinsong in for questioning again.

July 7, 2006:
Li Jinsong announces Chen[base ‘]s trial is scheduled for July 17, 2006. The trial is subsequently postponed until July 20.

Trial Officially Postponed for Advocate Who Challenged China’s One …
Kaiser network.org, DC – 13 hours ago
Human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng’s trial has officially been postponed, his attorney, Li Jinsong, said on Thursday, the New York Times reports (Kahn, New
Trial of Chinese whistle-blower put off; wife, baby detained
Peninsula On-line, Qatar – 19 hours ago
BEIJING [apple] The trial of a blind activist who exposed government abuse of China[base ‘]s one-child policy was postponed yesterday, as 200 of his supporters scuffled
China Court Postpones Trial of Blind Activist Against Forced …
LifeNews.com, MT – Jul 20, 2006
by Steven Ertelt. Linyi, China (LifeNews.com) — A Chinese court on Thursday postponed the trial of a blind activist who, along with
Trial of China Abortion Activist Delayed
ProLife Blogs – Jul 20, 2006
It appears the prosecution lacks evidence and is having difficulty using their usual tactics due to the international spotlight: The trial of a blind Chinese
Gao Zhisheng and Human Rights Advocates Travel to Attend Court …
Epoch Times, NY – Jul 19, 2006
By Feng Chang-le and Gao Ling. As the scheduled date for the trial of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng approaches, Gao
China: Release [base “]Barefoot Lawyer[per thou]
BBSNews, NC – Jul 19, 2006
HRW via BBSNews – New York, July 19, 2006 — Chinese authorities should immediately release Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer persecuted for exposing official
China: Defendant’s lawyers barred from mounting a defense
Human Rights Education Associates (press release), MA – Jul 19, 2006
China: Release [base “]Barefoot Lawyer[per thou] (New York, July 19, 2006) — Chinese authorities should immediately release Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer persecuted for
China Release “Barefoot Lawyer”
Kansas City infoZine, MO – Jul 19, 2006
New York, NY – infoZine – Chinese authorities should immediately release Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer persecuted for exposing official abuses, Human Rights
Opponent of Forced Abortions Faces Trial in China
CNSNews.com, VA – Jul 19, 2006
By Patrick Goodenough. (CNSNews.com) – China is preparing to put on trial this week a blind activist who helped to draw attention
Protests as trial of activist postponed
The Age, Australia – 13 hours ago
CHINESE officials have postponed the criminal trial of a peasant rights lawyer as his supporters gathered to protest at what they say is a politically
Advocate for China[base ‘]s Weak Crosses the Powerful
New York Times, United States – 23 hours ago
Chen Guangcheng, wearing sunglasses, in 2002 with a group of farmers with disabilities who were not being given required tax exemptions.
Blind lawyer a legal crusader in China
Houston Chronicle, United States – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN Associated Press Writer. BEIJING [~] Like many of China’s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer.
China court delays blind abortion activist’s trial
CTV.ca, Canada – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind Chinese activist whose supporters say has been harassed since he
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Salon – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN Associated Press Writer. July 20,2006 | BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Los Angeles Times, CA – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press Writer. BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Forbes – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN , 07.20.2006, 06:34 AM. A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind Chinese activist
Advocate for China[base ‘]s Weak Runs Afoul of Power
New York Times, United States – Jul 19, 2006
BEIJING, July 19 [~] Only a few years ago, Chen Guangcheng, a blind man who taught himself the law, was hailed as a champion of peasant rights who symbolized
Blind lawyer a legal crusader in China
Jackson News-Tribune, WY – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press Writer Thu Jul 20, 2:18 PM ET. BEIJING – Like many of China[OE]s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer.
Blind lawyer a legal crusader in China
Penn Live, PA – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN. BEIJING (AP) [~] Like many of China’s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer. Instead he ended up in jail.
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Lexington Dispatch, NC – Jul 20, 2006
In this undated photo released by his supporters, blind activist Chen Guangcheng is seen in a village in China. A court on Thursday

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19 July 2006 — United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today expressed grave concern over the continued killing and maiming of
Trial Of China Activist Delayed, Supporters Harassed
Epoch Times, NY – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING – The trial of a blind Chinese legal activist who exposed forced abortions and sterilisations has been delayed because the prosecution lacked

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A Scanner Darkly Reviewed by Robert Larson

Sunday, July 9, 2006

A SCANNER DARKLY
Reviewed by Robert Larson

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“A Scanner Darkly” is a brilliant visual delight that sets your mind afire, frightens you, makes you laugh, toys with you and ultimately causes you to question — everything. This is, in a sense, not surprising given that it is the gifted filmmaker Richard Linklater’s interpretation of Philip K. Dick’s book of the same name.Dick was one of the greatest writers America has produced, and this is the latest in a line of film adaptations of his works (“Blade Runner,” “Total Recall,” Minority Report”). Though filled with deep quirky humor, his stories usually dealt with huge mysteries: What is reality? What does it mean to be human? How do you define a conscious being? What is consciousness? How do you know you’re not already dead? These existential / numinous quandaries are usually played out by an everyman in bizarre circumstances. This is ceratinly the caes in “Scanner” where we see a slightly future Anaheim, CA in the midst of a more extreme, more paranoid drug (terror) war.

Read entire Review at Out The Rabbit Hole

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Angela Keaton Elected to Libertarian Party National Committee

Sunday, July 2, 2006

Congrats to our Friend Angela Keaton!! Way to go Angela!https://i0.wp.com/www.elfis.net/images/girls/Angela-sticker1.jpg

Hooray!

My good friend, and sometimes partner in criminal/subversive activities, Angela Keaton, was elected today to the Libertarian Party National Committee.

Also, she said at least one of the whiny, pro-war, Libertarian “moderate”? leaders has quit the party, I suppose to go back to the Republicans where he belongs.

It’s either my friend Ernest Hancock or Bill Redpath – who I don’t know, but they say is antiwar – for chair.

Individualism is not dead yet.

Update: Redpath won for Chair, Chuck Molten for vice-chair, Geoff Neal for Treasurer, Austinite and TXPL chair, Pat Dixon also won an at large seat while the results of Texas LP executive director Wes Benedict’s run for a regional seat is yet to be decided. Angela also reports that a substantial portion of the platform has been gutted by the Republican pro-war b!t@h-@sses. No details yet on which parts.

Via Scott Horton’s Stress Cast Blog:

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Angela Keaton – Past Station Manager of KOOP radio 91.7 fm, in Austin. Long time host of the Liberated Space radio show. Recent co-host of Libertarian TV syndicated out of California, and recently “Angela Keaton Joins LPC ExCom“.

Read her blog and listen to archives of past shows at:

www.LiberatedSpace.com
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Chinese Activists March to Free Activist Chen Guangcheng

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Chinese People March to Rescue Blind Human Rights Activist

“By standing in the streets of Beijing wearing these T-shirts and blindfolds we are calling for justice through artistic measures.” (The Epoch Times)

Chinese People March to Rescue Blind Human Rights Activist
Epoch Times, NY – 21 hours ago
human rights activists and people handicapped during the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre rallied together in support of blind democracy activist Chen Guangcheng.
: Police Detain Blind Chinese Activist, Put Family Under House …
NewsReleaseWire.com (press release) – Jun 29, 2006
HONG KONG[~]Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, who earlier detained rights activist Chen Guangcheng for [base “]inciting people to disrupt
Attorney for China Activist Against Forced Abortions Attacked in …
LifeNews.com, MT – Jun 28, 2006
Li Jinsong said more than a dozen people prevented him from visiting Chen Guangcheng’s wife to gather information to defend him.
Lawyer for China sterilisation exposer attacked
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand – Jun 28, 2006
Li Jinsong said a dozen or more people stopped his car from entering the village where the wife of 34-year-old Chen Guangcheng lived and tipped it over.
Topic: China’s Brutal Crackdown on Dissidents (Read 3 times)
The Chaser (satire), Australia – Jun 28, 2006
The police in Shandong Province, for example, arrested blind civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, 35, after months of harassment.
Shandong: fresh violence targets blind activist’s cause
AsiaNews.it, Italy – Jun 28, 2006
The lawyer of Chen Guangcheng, an imprisoned activist famed for his battles against forced abortion, was beaten and robbed together with his assistant, while
China defence lawyer says attacked
Swissinfo, Switzerland – Jun 28, 2006
Li Jinsong said a dozen or more people stopped his car from entering the village where the wife of 34-year-old Chen Guangcheng lived and tipped it over.
China defence lawyer says attacked
Reuters.uk, UK – Jun 28, 2006
Li Jinsong said a dozen or more people stopped his car from entering the village where the wife of 34-year-old Chen Guangcheng lived and tipped it over.
China defence lawyer says attacked
Scotsman, United Kingdom – Jun 28, 2006
Li Jinsong said a dozen or more people stopped his car from entering the village where the wife of 34-year-old Chen Guangcheng lived and tipped it over.

Chinese Legislative Committee Drops Provision That Would Have …
Kaiser network.org, DC – Jun 27, 2006
In other China news, Chinese police have formally arrested human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, who has spoken out against China’s one-child-per-family policy
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