Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Sign Petition to Free Dr. Rafil Dhafir


U.S. and U.K.-inspired UN sanctions initiated against Iraq in 1991 were the most severe in human history, and resulted in the premature deaths of well over a million Iraqi people. Dr. Rafil Dhafir of Syracuse, New York, founded the charity Help the Needy in direct response to this humanitarian catastrophe. For 13 years he worked openly to help publicize the plight of the Iraqi people and to raise funds to help them. According to the government, Dr. Dhafir donated $1.4 million of his own money over the years. However, in the aftermath of 9/11, the U.S. government targeted for prosecution many prominent Muslims across the country, particularly those associated with Muslim charity. Arrested on February 26, 2003, Dr. Dhafir was held without bail for 31 months and then sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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Vanunu Begins Prison Sentence

Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu began serving a three month prison sentence on May 23.  Details here.  He wrote on his website “WHILE I AM IN PRISON, I DON’T WANT TO GET ANY LETTERS OR ANY MAIL. FROM ANY ONE. Before turning himself in, Vanunu made a public statement decrying the failure of governments, the media, and religion to protect his freedom, 

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Missile Silo Protest Veteran Arrested Again, Jailed Pending Trial

James Richard Sauder, who served time in prison following a series of prayerful protests in the early 1980s at missile silos in Arkansas and Missouri and Navy bases in Virginia and Georgia, was arrested again April 15, 2010, inside a nuclear missile silo near Parshall, North Dakota.  He has been jailed since his arrest and faces a federal court bench trial for criminal trespass, probably in late summer.

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Vanunu Sentenced to Three Months in Prison

From Amnesty International
Israeli government urged not to jail nuclear whistleblower again

12 May 2010

AI Index: PRE01/154/2010

Amnesty International today urged the Israeli government not to imprison nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, who is facing a return to jail within days.

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on 11 May that Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison for revealing information about Israel’s nuclear programme, must serve a further three months for meeting a foreign national, a violation of the restrictions imposed on him by the military since his release.

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Twenty-two Arrested At Grand Central Die-In

by Tom Keough – May 4, 2010

by Ed Hedemann

NEW YORK — May 3, 2010. To bring a stronger cry against the threats from nuclear weapons at this time of the UN Special Session on Disarmament there was a protest inside of the main lobby of Grand Central Station during Monday’s rush hour.

The action was organized by the War Resisters League and their friends from the Catholic Peace Fellowship, The Catholic Worker and others. Protesters carried death heads with the names of the deadly nuclear weapons states, the US, Russia, China, the UK, France, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea.

Several dozen people held a moving picket line from 8 to 10 a.m. At 9 another group of activists displayed banners from the balcony. One set of banners said “Nuclear Weapons = Terrorism.” Another set said “Less Talk, Disarm.” Police quickly grabbed the banners and took them away,
arresting five activists.

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