Sakharov Network welcomes Russian NGO among its ranks

first_img Receive email alerts News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further RSF_en Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing – Aung San Suu Kyi (1990 Sakharov Prize winner)- Adem Demaçi (1991 Sakharov Prize winner)- Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1992 Sakharov Prize winner)- Oslobodjenje (1993 Sakharov Prize winner)- Taslima Nasreen (1994 Sakharov Prize winner)- Leyla Zana (1995 Sakharov Prize winner)- Wei Jingsheng (1996 Sakharov Prize winner)- Salima Ghezali (1997 Sakharov Prize winner) – Basta Ya (2000 Sakharov Prize winner)- Dom Zacarias Kamwenho (2001 Sakharov Prize winner)- Nurit Peled-Elhanan and Izzat Ghazzawi (2001 Sakharov Prize winner)- Oswaldo José Paya Sardinas (2002 Sakharov Prize winner)- Belarus Association of Journalists – BAJ (2004 Sakharov Prize winner)- Women in White (2005 Sakharov Prize winner) – Hauwa Ibrahim (2005 Sakharov Prize winner)- Reporters Without Borders (2005 Sakharov Prize winner)- Alexander Milinkevich (2006 Sakharov Prize winner)- Salih Mahmoud Mohamed Osman (2007 Sakharov Prize winner)- Hu Jia (2008 Sakharov Prize winner) RussiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Russia Help by sharing this information October 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sakharov Network welcomes Russian NGO among its ranks The Sakharov Network of former winners of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought hails today’s European Parliament decision to award this year’s prize to Memorial, an NGO that defends human rights in countries of the former Soviet Union.“Taken in a particularly ill-fated year for Memorial, this decision is all the more important as it pays tribute to decades of exemplary work by an NGO founded by veteran dissidents and now run by human rights activists whose courage and tenacity have earned respect and admiration,” the Sakharov Network said. “The award also serves as a reminder that Russian civil society is capable of tackling issues that are essential for both the present and the future, and capable of fighting to defend the human rights of Russia’s citizens.“We will invite Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Oleg Orlov and Sergey Kovalev of Memorial to join the Sakharov Network in the coming days. It will be a great honour for us to count such distinguished people among our ranks. We pledge now that Memorial will receive solidarity and support from each of us whenever it is necessary.“We also express our heartfelt support for the friends and families of Memorial members, especially the family of Natalia Estemirova, who was brutally murdered on 15 July and who will therefore be unable to join her colleagues in receiving recognition for the extraordinary work that she carried out alongside them.“Our thoughts also go out to the imprisoned Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak and the Palestinian physician Izzeldin Abuelaish, who were shortlisted for this European Parliament honour and who also deserved it. We are more and more worried about the health of Dawit Isaak, who must be freed without delay. The Sakharov Network will also continue to support Izzeldin Abuelaish and his search for a lasting peace.” RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 21, 2021 Find out more News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Previous articleDestiny awaits for golden generationNext articleWendi Peter’s Mrs. Whippy admin Advertisement Email McInerney’s build for futureDESPITE the downturn in the economy, McInerney’s have expressed a confidence in the future of the housing market with a planning application to Limerick County Council for a major development at Annacotty/ Monaleen, where they already have a strong presence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They have made application to construct 174 residential dwellings, consisting of 13 detached houses, 88 semi-detached houses, 47 townhouses and 26 (2 and 3 bedroom) apartments, car parking and associated site works at Bloomfield, Annacotty.Cargo services boost for ShannonSHANNON airport has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Lynxs Group, a Texas-based international cargo facility company with major operations in North America and Europe.  Under the agreement, both companies will jointly explore the development of a major cargo facility at Shannon Airport, which is owned by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). The agreement represents a significant step towards the development of a thriving cargo operation at Shannon, utilising state-of-the-art facilities in an airport with one of the longest runways in Europe.Kilteely accidentFIFTY-five year-old Jack Ryan, from Knockderk, Pallasgreen, became Limerick’s latest road casualty when he died following an accident in Kilteely, at the weekend.He was struck by a car on Church Road and was pronounced dead at the scene.Limerick puts best foot forwardLIMERICK put its best foot forward on St Patrick’s Day for the annual parade, with upwards of 40,000 having lined city streets.Thankfully, the weather was also at its best, helping to add to the enjoyment.Carey’s Road born Emma O’Driscoll, who first hit the limelight with pop group Six, and is now a TV personality, was Grand Marshal, and led the parade with six-year-old Cian Casey, honoured to be the first ever Junior Marshal. Cian is from Castleconnell.A feature of the event was the participation of supporters from various rugby clubs, adding to Limerick’s ‘red army’ reputation.Mayor Cllr John Gilligan described it as an extremely proud day for the city, a view echoed by organiser Fran O’Donnell, who thanked all those who had given voluntarily of their services.Daffodil Day FridayTHE IRISH Cancer Society is looking for public support during it’s major fundraising event, Daffodil Day, to be held on Friday.The society is especially interested in hearing from anyone in Limerick who is willing to act as a volunteer selling daffodils in the community or workplace.Last year, the Society raised four million euro nationwide from the Daffodil Day campaign, and they hope to do even better in 2009.Further information on becoming a volunteer is available on CallSave 1850 606060. Printcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter NewsLocal NewsNews in briefsBy admin – March 19, 2009 584 last_img read more

John Kiriakou speaks to students about war on terror

first_imgJohn Kiriakou, the former chief of counterterrorism operations in Pakistan and the author of Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror, addressed students and community members Tuesday.In 2007, Kiriakou was the first U.S. government official to confirm that illegal torture methods were used to intimidate al-Qaeda prisoners, and, after being charged under the Espionage Act of 1917, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. As a seasoned CIA agent, Kiriakou spent years as a Middle East analyst specializing in Iraqi affairs and served in Bahrain, Washington D.C. and Greece before his imprisonment.During his talk, “Keeping Government Honest: Whistleblowers, Torture and America’s War on Terrorism,” Kiriakou spoke about his experiences in Pakistan and his interaction with one particular CIA most wanted criminal, Abu Zubaydah, and criticized the CIA approach to tackling the war on terror.According to Kiriakou, after he had captured Zubaydah in a raid that ended up being the largest al-Qaeda catch in CIA history, the FBI was able to acquire actionable intelligence through milder interrogation techniques.“But the CIA didn’t like the fact that the FBI had taken over primacy in this case,” Kiriakou said.Due to the disagreement, President George W. Bush agreed to take the FBI off the case.“Within 24 hours, the CIA began torturing Zubaydah,” Kiriakou said. “And immediately, [Zubaydah] clammed up.”Torture techniques, according to Kiriakou, spanned from the infamous “waterboarding” approach, which simulates drowning, to sleep deprivation, in which the individual is kept from sleeping for 14-15 days. By day 12, Kiriakou said, the detainee almost always begins to die.“[No government official] was ever prosecuted,” Kiriakou said. “We’re talking about premeditated murder, possibly. Manslaughter, at the very least. But nobody was ever prosecuted.”According to Kiriakou, Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times and, to this day, CIA leaders claim that they were able to obtain actionable intelligence through these torture approaches.“That’s just a lie,” he said. “And these same CIA leaders keep repeating this lie, over and over and over again, hoping that people are either too ill-informed or too stupid to understand that it is a lie.”Even now, after the CIA attained any possible information from Zubaydah, Kiriakou said that Zubaydah can never be released and, moreover, will never be allowed to have contact with a journalist.“No matter what happens, no matter who is president, Abu Zubaydah will never have a day in court,” Kiriakou said. “He will never be able to face his accusers. He will never be charged with a crime. He will never have the constitutional rights that anybody in American custody has. This is a failure of the Obama administration.”Kiriakou added that the way in which the U.S. government tackles the war on terror and the carelessness with which it arrests and incriminates potential criminals is flawed. A chief example of this, Kiriakou said, is the mistaken abduction of Khaled El-Masri, a German and Lebanese grocer. After realizing they had arrested and tortured the wrong man, the CIA released El-Masri and created, according to Kiriakou, “a fundamentalist Muslim extremist. Before, he was just selling fruits and vegetables. We made him an extremist.”It is this irresponsibility, Kiriakou said, along with governmental agencies’ refusal to adhere to privacy policies, that led to his eventual distrust of the government. In fact, Kiriakou’s discussion about the lack of privacy for U.S. citizens shocked many students in the audience.“[I was really surprised to hear] about the government having access to all of our information,” said Emily Goodspeed, a freshman majoring in computational neuroscience.While he staunchly disagrees with the CIA and holds a deep resentment for the agency, Kiriakou also said that he feels that the CIA is “an anomaly.”“It’s the CIA that’s working outside the law. It’s not [Americans]. These wonderful people — this is what America is. That’s how I got through [the bitterness].”last_img read more

Watch: Sourav Ganguly finds his dancing avatar, all thanks to Harbhajan Singh

first_imgImage Courtesy: Zee BanglaAdvertisement 1it8NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7cmwWould you ever consider trying this?😱86dCan your students do this? 🌚bq4r1mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly was well known for maintaining a serious attitude on the pitch. Except the historic shirt spinning incident at Lord’s Cricket Ground back in 2002, ‘Dada’ was always known for his calm and composed manner, even after ending his player career, while still being omnipresent in the Indian cricket scene. The BCCI president also hosts a television quiz show called ‘Dadagiri Unlimited’. In the latest episode, the dancer avatar of Sourav was taken out with the help of the guest and former teammate Harbhajan Singh!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Zee BanglaIn yesterday’s episode of Dadagiri, Team India’s present and former squad members- Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin and of course Bhajji himself were invited as participants.As famous Indian playback singer Usha Uthup started singing her renowned ‘Senorita’ track from the Bollywood film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Harbhajan brought his former skipper in front and started doing his moves. While a little hesitant at first, Sourav started dancing with the iconic spinner. It was a hilarious yet amazing moment for the viewers.Advertisement Enjoy Sourav and Harbhajan’s dancing steps in the clip below, courtesy of Twitter user @SRKsTrooper.While not announcing an official retirement from international cricket, Harbhajan Singh has fallen down in the preference of Team India’s selectors in the presence of younger spinner options. The 39 year old, who made his test debut against the Aussies in 1998, flourished under the leadership Sourav Ganguly into one of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.Even the Prince of Calcutta himself shed praise on the Chennai Super Kings star. In a recent interview, Sourav recalled as he was impressed by a young Harbhajan back in his playing days.“They say it’s love at first sight. And when I saw Harbhajan bowl at Eden, picking up 14 wickets it was love at first sight for a cricketer who I believed would go on to change things for Indian cricket,” Sourav spoke to India Today back in December.“And 800 wickets after that, I am not surprised. He and Anil were the two best spinners India has ever had together in terms of the no of wickets and the impact that they have had on Test matches.” he added.Also read-Watch: Virat Kohli goes full Bhajji, perfectly mimicks his bowling styleSachin Tendulkar teases Sourav Ganguly over ‘how much he enjoyed training’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Let the ‘training camp’ begin for the Nelson Leafs

first_imgFollowing an off-season of turmoil, new coach and GM Dave McLellan hopes to bring a sense of calm to the Good Ship Leaf as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club kicks off the 2014-15 campaign with training camp Friday at the NDCC Arena.McLellan has been thrust into the leadership role with the Green and White after first choice to succeed Frank Maida decided to dump the Murdoch Division franchise like a bag of old pucks during the summer.“Outside it seems to be crazy but right now we’re working through process of finding and assessing player’s potential players,” said McLellan, who found time to talk to The Nelson Daily in between player calls and meetings with the board.“But I’m confident, and if anything, we have a unique situation of  too many players returning wanting to make team.”In McLellan, Nelson gets a seasoned veteran of the game, well versed in building winning teams.And McLellan will use that experience to find the right mix of players to roster the Heritage City franchise.“My main focus has been getting in contact with BC Hockey, Western Hockey and Alberta Hockey teams looking for players who don’t make their rosters who would like to join us at some stage, whether it be (training) camp or after camp,” McLellan explained. The former Delta Ice Hawks and Burnaby Express skipper expects roughly 45 players in camp when the Leafs take to the ice Friday afternoon.The players will be divided into two teams.On ice evaluations start the tryout session before the teams take to the pond for a scrimmage.The teams practice separately before another scrimmage allows coaches and evaluators a chance to gauge the players.Some of the players already on the bubble are the host of returning veterans to the Leafs — defencemen, and last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierrie, Patrick Croome, Kyle Clayton, Robson Cramer and forwards Adam Hodge and Matt MacDonald.While experience is good, KIJHL allows only five 20-year-olds on the roster.“We have numbers crunch of 20-year-olds coming to camp,” McLellan explained. “We’ll see how camp goes but we’ll probably try to acquire some other players through trades using the 20-year-olds.”Others returning to training camp from a Leaf team that finished fourth at the Cyclone Taylor Cup are goalie Adam Maida, defence men Austin Seaman and forwards Alec Wilkinson, Quinn Klimchuk and Rayce Miller.Sunday the players are presented with one last opportunity to impress the coaches before exit interviews conclude the camp during the afternoon.McLellan gets to see the team in action on Wednesday when Nelson travels to Fruitvale to meet the defending KIJHL Champion, Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Exhibition home games for Nelson at September 6 (Creston) and September 7 (Beaver Valley) before Nelson opens the season September 12 against the Nitehawks.last_img read more


first_imgEDDIE HALLIWELL, an internationally acclaimed DJ has announced that he will be performing at The Pulse Venue next month. HALLIWELL will be playing in The Pulse Venue for one of the biggest weekends of the year – The Donegal International Rally! A huge crowd descends on Letterkenny for the Rally weekend, and The Pulse Venue will be the choice for all rallying enthusiasts on Saturday night.However, this weekend at The Pulse – MEGABEAT, from Athlone will be performing LIVE.They are a five-piece band, and they cover the best of the 90’s chart hits right up to the modern chart so everything from Mr Vain to Eminem, Macklemore, Rihanna, Elle Goulding, Flo Rida, Kanye West, Pitbull and the list go’s on! There TWO hour live show has made a massive impact in some of the biggest live venues across Ireland and being something totally different seems to be why they are becoming one of the leading cover bands in Ireland today.In the main club local DJ Dara K will be playing all the hits of today along with DJ Paul R.AWARD-WINNING DJ TO PERFORM AT PULSE VENUE DURING DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY WEEKEND was last modified: May 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Pulse Venuelast_img read more

Red Bluff gets back to the section girls tennis finals

first_imgRed Bluff >> Though pushed to a couple tiebreakers and a winner-take-all third set, Red Bluff’s Audra Brown still came out victorious on the No. 3 court to help the top-seeded Spartans finish off No. 4 Shasta, 8-1 and get back to the Northern Section team finals. The defending section champions will host Chico at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Brown completed the split-set win over Shasta’s Joy Peterson (6-3, 6-7, 7-6). The last two sets both went to tiebreakers, with Brown losing the first …last_img read more

Genes Make People Support Abortion

first_imgIf this political scientist is right, your genes and the environment make you liberal or conservative.Peter Hatemi’s paper in Trends in Genetics was summarized on PhysOrg, “The role of genes in political behavior.”In the past, social scientists had assumed that political preferences were shaped by social learning and environmental factors, but recent studies suggest that genes also strongly influence political traits. Twin studies show that genes have some influence on why people differ on political issues such as the death penalty, unemployment and abortion. Because this field of research is relatively new, only a handful of genes have been implicated in political ideology and partisanship, voter turnout, and political violence.Future research, including gene-expression and sequencing studies, may lead to deeper insights into genetic influences on political views and have a greater impact on public policy.Instead of mere social determinism, Hatemi now argues for social plus environmental determinism.  “The emergence of this research has sparked a broad paradigm shift in the study of political behaviors toward the inclusion of biological influences and recognition of the mutual co-dependence between genes and environment in forming political behaviors,” the abstract explains.  How Hatemi (a political scientist and molecular biologist at the University of Sydney) exempts himself from these influences enough to write about as if detached from them it is not clear.  It’s not clear what constitutes “insight” in such a view. Nor is it clear whose genetically-determined leanings should have sway on public policy.Those who think these are easy questions should look at Douglas Heaven’s entry on New Scientist, “Location of the mind remains a mystery.”  Science Daily tries to offer an explanation for how the brain generates consciousness and introspection, but in so doing, reveals the difficulties: “Clearly, neuroscience is only beginning to understand how the human brain can generate a phenomenon as complex as self-awareness.” Any theory that cannot give an account of the location of the mind is surely not ready to explain how genes or the environment influence that mind.Another cure for determinism is David Chalmers’ video posted at Evolution News, where the noted philosopher of mind claims that the “hard problem” of consciousness (how neural circuitry produces conscious experience) will never be solved by science.  See also our 8/18/2012 entry, “Mind Your Brain.”Determinists are proud people with a Yoda complex, thinking they live on an exalted plane above their fellow beings, analyzing and explaining them in terms of the materials inside and outside their brains.  Pay them no attention; evolution makes them think that way (see Self-Refuting Fallacy and think about it). (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

a month agoAston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has backed Jack Grealish to find some form.The midfielder and Villa captain has struggled to play at his highest level so far this season.”There will be more to come from Jack. He wants to get better. You end up sometimes dragging him off the training ground because he wants to get better. It’s a massive plus in his favour,” he said.”Jack’s a football person. He will train all day and go and find a room somewhere and fall asleep. Then he’ll wake up and go and do a gym session, that’s how he is.”He’s that sort of character – I’m surprised his girlfriend is still with him! He’ll go back home and he’ll be watching football as well. He’s a football nut.”Jack and John McGinn were probably our most influential players last season and to expect them to be as influential in the Premier League is asking a little bit too much straightaway. But they are getting better and better, that’s for sure.”What we want Jack to do is to be running at opposition players and hurting them like he did against Crystal Palace.” last_img read more

High prices cut nonBasmati rice exports 37

first_imgNew Delhi: Rising domestic rice prices have affected exports this year with shipment of the non-Basmati variety falling about 37 per cent or 10 lakh tonnes, over the previous year. Though Basmati rice exports have also declined 1.5 per cent, but experts don’t suggest price as reason behind it. Arvind Kumar Gupta, Director of the Basmati Export Development Institution that comes under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), told IANS, “Prices of non-Basmati rice are high in the country, which has affected its demand overseas. Exports have declined in the first four months of this financial year (FY20) against the corresponding period of FY19”. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal According to APEDA data, 17,06,891 tonnes of non-Basmati rice were exported in April-July of FY20 against 26,94,827 tonnes in the same period of FY19. The non-Basmati rice exports have declined around 9.88 lakh tonnes or 36.66 per cent. In value terms, it has declined by 36.30 per cent to Rs 48.16 crore over the smape period of FY19. Similarly, Basmati rice exports have declined by 1.42 lakh tonnes to 14.35 lakh tonnes between April and July against the year-ago period. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Vijay Setia, Chairman, All India Rice Exporters Association, said due to the high prices of non-Basmati rice its demand had soften in the foreign market. “The paddy is sold on the minimum support price (MSP) decided by the government, which pushes rates compared with other competitive countries”. Rise in local production in the importing countries is also the reason behind the falling demand. For instance, demand in Bangladesh has come down because of domestic production, said Setia. India is world’s top rice exporter, followed by Thailand and Vietnam. Pakistan also exports rice. “Countries, like Bangladesh, have to pay less shipping charges when they import rice from India. Therefore, high-prices don’t cost them much. But in the far away African countries, the situation is different. They purchase it from where they find it cheaper,” Gupta told IANS. There is a price difference of around $30 per tonne of non-Basmati rice between India and other nations. It meant that the domestic price was $30 per tonne higher, said Gupta.last_img read more