(WORLDWIDE) Pegasus Report: Rights activists, journalists and lawyers around the world have been targeted with phone malware sold to authoritarian governments by an Israeli surveillance firm, media reports say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.20: They are on a list of some 50,000 phone numbers of people believed to be of interest to clients of the company, NSO Group, leaked to major news outlets.

#AceDailyNews says Pegasus Spyware sold to governments that ‘targets activists’ according to AFP sold to Israeli surveillance firm media reports and it was not clear where the list came from – or how many phones had actually been hacked as NSO denies any wrongdoing by leaking to major news outlets….

It says the software is intended for use against criminals and terrorists and is made available only to military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies from countries with good human rights records.

It said the original investigation which led to the reports, by Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories and the human rights group Amnesty International, was “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories”.

The allegations about use of the software, known as Pegasus, were carried on Sunday by the Washington Post, the Guardian, Le Monde and 14 other media organisations around the world.

Pegasus infects iPhones and Android devices to enable operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras. 

What do we know about the people targeted?

The numbers on the list were unattributed, but media outlets working on the investigation said they had identified more than 1,000 people spanning over 50 countries. 

Among them are politicians and heads of state, business executives, activists, and several Arab royal family members. More than 180 journalists were also found to be on the list, from organisations including CNN, the New York Times and Al Jazeera.

Many of the numbers were clustered in 10 countries: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the reports. 

When contacted by the outlets involved in the investigation, spokespeople for these countries either denied that Pegasus was used or denied that they had abused their powers of surveillance.

It was not clear how many of the devices on the list had actually been targeted, but forensic analysis of 37 of the phones showed there had been “attempted and successful” hacks, the Washington Post reported.

This included people close to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 and his body dismembered.

The investigation found that spyware was installed on his fiancée’s phone days after his murder, and that his wife’s phone was targeted with spyware between September 2017 and April 2018. 

EPA: Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, was targeted in the days after his murder, the investigation found

The NSO Group said its technology was “not associated in any way with the heinous murder”.

The phone of Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto also appeared twice on the list, including in the month before he was murdered, the investigation found. 

His phone disappeared from the scene of the murder so a forensic examination was not possible, but NSO said that even if his phone was targeted, that did not mean that data collected was connected with his murder. 

More details about who has been targeted are expected to be released in the coming days.

WhatsApp sued NSO in 2019, alleging the company was behind cyber-attacks on 1,400 mobile phones involving Pegasus. At the time, NSO denied any wrongdoing, but the company has been banned from using WhatsApp.

The allegations here are not new but what is new is the scale of the targeting of innocent people that’s allegedly taking place. Nearly 200 reporters from 21 countries have their phone numbers on this list and more names of high-profile public figures are expected to be revealed.There are plenty of unknowns in these allegations – including where the list comes from and how many of the phone numbers were actively targeted with spyware.

NSO Group have once again come out swinging and deny all accusations but it’s a blow for the company that is actively trying to reform its reputation.Only two weeks ago they released their first “transparency report” detailing human right policies and pledges. Amnesty International brushed the 32-page document off as a “sales brochure”.These latest allegations will do further damage to its image, but they won’t hurt the company financially: There are very few private companies able to produce the sort of invasive spy tools that NSO sells, and clearly the largely unregulated market for the software is booming.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.20: 2021:

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(PARIS, France.) Court Report: On 1 June, 21 anti-glyphosate activists were acquitted of criminal damage by a court in Foix, for making containers of glyphosate-based herbicides (like Roundup) unsellable by covering them with paint #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.22: Their defence lawyer Guillaume Tumerelle argued that their actions during their three protests had been justified by the toxicity of glyphosate-based herbicides:

FRANCE: On 1 June, 21 anti-glyphosate activists were acquitted court rules anti-glyphosate protest necessary and proportional to protect public health GM Watch reported.

Citizen demonstration during trial of anti-glyphosate activists.jpg

Court says given the “particularly insidious” dangers of glyphosate-based herbicides, the activists’ actions were justified

The judgement has now been published. In giving the court’s reasons for acquitting the anti-glyphosate protesters, it notes the established dangers of glyphosate products, in particular, and of the “cocktail effect” of the different chemicals mixed together in pesticide formulations.

The court noted that the American victims in the Roundup cancer litigation demonstrated that their diseases were linked not to glyphosate alone but to Roundup, the toxicity of which was greater due to the interaction of the active substance with other substances (co-formulants) present in the herbicide.

The judgement goes on to say that the massive use of pesticides constitutes a major public health issue — both for users and their families, as well as for rural residents and the population in general via contamination of air, water, soil, and food.

The judgement concludes, “In the face of this danger, this necessary action aimed at informing the population as well as the managers of the shops in question, in the face of this particularly insidious danger, meets the requirement of proportionality required by the notion of a state of necessity: it was carried out without violence, and was limited since the defendants, during their interventions, took care to deploy a protective tarpaulin on the ground when marking the cans on the ground and did not damage either the shop or any other products other than the ones in question.”

The defendants were therefore acquitted.

A statement by the office of lawyer Tumerelle said, “We would like to thank all the witnesses, scientists, doctors, farmers, and activists who work with us on a daily basis to inform about and highlight these issues. We welcome the decision of the court which, we have no doubt, will have a considerable impact in bringing about changes in legislation and practices.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.22: 2021:

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(CALIFORNIA) JUST IN: Major publishers want to censor research-sharing resource Sci-Hub from the internet, but archivists are quickly responding to make that impossible #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.27: What this model is actually doing is profiting off of a restriction on article access using burdensome paywalls. One project in particular, Sci-Hub, has threatened to break down this barrier by sharing articles without restriction:

Activists Mobilize to Fight Censorship and Save Open Science: More than half of academic publishing is controlled by only five publishers. This position is built on the premise that users should pay for access to scientific research, to compensate publishers for their investment in editing, curating, and publishing it. In reality, research is typically submitted and evaluated by scholars without compensation from the publisher.

May: 24, 2021:


As a result, publishers are going to every corner of the map to destroy the project and wipe it from the internet. Continuing the long tradition of internet hacktivism, however, redditors are mobilizing to create an uncensorable back-up of Sci-Hub.

Paywalls: More Inequity and Less Progress

It’s an open secret at this point that the paywall model used by major publishers, where one must pay to read published articles, is at odds with the way science works which is one reason researchers regularly undermine it by sharing PDFs of their work directly. The primary functions paywalls serve now are to drive up contract prices with universities and ensure current research is only available to the most affluent or well-connected. The cost of access has gotten so out of control that even $35 billion dollar institutions like Harvard have warned that contract costs are becoming untenable. If this is the case for Harvard, it’s hard to see how smaller entities can manage these costs– particularly those in the global south. As a result, crucial and potentially life-saving knowledge is locked away from those who need it most. That’s why the fight for open access is a fight for human rights

Indeed, the past year has shown us the incredible power of open accessafter publishers made COVID-19 research immediately available at no cost. This temporary move towards open access helped support the unprecedented global public health effort that spurred the rapid development of vaccines, treatments, and better informed public health policies. This kind of support for scientific progress should not be reserved for a global crisis; instead, it should be the standard across all areas of research.

Sci-Hub and the Fight for Access

Sci-hub is a crucial piece of the movement towards open access. The project was started over 10 years ago by a researcher in Kazakhstan, Alexandra Elbakyan, with the goal “to remove all barriers in the way of science.” The result has been a growing library of millions of articles made freely accessible, running only on donations. Within six years it even became the largest Open Access academic resource in the world, and it has only grown since, bringing cutting-edge research to rich and poor countries alike

But that invaluable resource has come at a cost. Since its inception, Sci-Hub has faced numerous legal challenges and investigations. Some of these challenges have led to dangerously broad court orders. One such challenge is being addressed in India, where courts have been asked to block access to a site by publishers Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society. The courts have been hesitant, however, as the site has clear public importance, and local experts have argued that Sci-Hub is the only way for many in the country to access research.  In any event, one inevitable truth cannot be avoided: researchers want to share their work– not make publishers rich.

Archivists Rush to Defend Sci-Hub

With these challenges ongoing, SciHub’s Twitter account was permanently suspended under the site’s “counterfeit policy.” Given the timing of this suspension, Elbakyan and other academic activists believe it was directly related to the legal action in India. A few months later, Elbakyan shared on her personal twitter that Apple had granted the FBI access to her account data after a request in early 2019. 

Responding to these attacks last week, redditors on the archivist subreddit  r/DataHoarder have (once again) rallied to support the site. In a post two weeks ago, users appealed to the legacy of reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz and called for anyone with hard drive space and a VPN to defend ‘free science’ by downloading and seeding 850 torrents containing Sci-Hub’s 77 TB library. The ultimate goal of these activists is to then use these torrents, containing 85 million scientific articles, to make a fully decentralized and uncensorable iteration of Sci-Hub.

This project should ring utopian to anyone who values access to scientific knowledge, a goal publishers and the DOJ have taken great pains to block with legal obstacles. A fully decentralized, uncensorable, and globally accessible database for scientific work is a potential engine for greater research equity. The only potential losers with such a resource might be the old gatekeepers who rely on an artificial scarcity of scientific knowledge, and increasingly tools of surveillance, to extract exorbitant profit margins off the labor of scientists.

It’s Time to Fight for Open Access

Journal publishers must do their part to make research immediately available to all, freely and without privacy-invasive practices. There is no need for such a valuable resource such as Sci-Hub to live in the shadows of copyright litigation. While we hope publishers make this change willingly, there are other common-sense initiatives that could help. For example, there are federal bills like the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), or state bills such as California’s A.B. 2192, which can require government-funded research to be made freely available. The principle behind these bills is simple: if the public-funded the research, the public shouldn’t have to pay again to access it.

In addition to supporting legislation, students and academics can also advocate for Open Access on campus. Colleges can not only provide a financial incentive by breaking contracts with publishers but also support researchers in the process of making their own work Open Access. The UC system for example has required all research from their 10 campuses be made open access since 2013, a policy more public institutions can and should adopt.  Even talking about open access with peers on campus can stir interest in local organizing, and when it does our EFA local organizing toolkit and organizing team (organizing@eff.org) can help support these local efforts.

We need to lift these artificial restraints on science imposed by major publishers and take advantage of 21st-century technology. Initiatives taken by archivists activists such as those supporting Sci-Hub shouldn’t be caught in a game of cat and mouse but supported by policy and business models which allow such projects to thrive and promote equity.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.27: 2021:

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: A dozen activists from the Extinction Rebellion ecological activism group chained themselves to the gates of France’s National Assembly in Paris ahead of the approval of new climate legislation on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.05: Ahead of the vote, Extinction Rebellion described the legislation as a “lie of the state” and called on lawmakers to reject its passage. Its objection to the bill centers on the removal of key measures before it was put before MPs. The group claims France’s industrial sector lobbied for the removal of many of the proposals, with only a few remaining:

Extinction Rebellion activists chain themselves to gates of French parliament in protest at scope of new climate bill (VIDEOS) WATCH chaos gripping Paris as violence & vandalism mark May Day protest after Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament approved the draft bill by a majority of 332 votes to 77 following over 200 hours of debate.

4 May, 2021 20:09 

Extinction Rebellion activists chain themselves to gates of French parliament in protest at scope of new climate bill (VIDEOS)

Flares were set off by some protesters chained to the gates and others gathered below, while braziers were also lit.

PARIS – Militants @xrFrance et journalistes sont repoussés par les forces de l’ordre. Une 10aine de militant restent accrochés à l’Assemblée Nationale. pic.twitter.com/r49N79R8zx— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) May 4, 2021

In footage shared online, police officers could be seen stamping out the fires and dragging protesters away.

Some journalists were also reportedly pushed back by police.

Members of the National Assembly were also reported to have attended the demonstrations, including left-wing lawmaker Adrien Quatennens, who was filmed talking to police.

The draft legislation was approved on Tuesday at a first reading, but still needs the backing of the Senate.

It will then go back to the lower house, where it is likely to receive assent by President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist majority.

The bill includes a ban on short-haul domestic flights that can be taken by train, curbs on landlords renting out poorly insulated properties, and the prohibition of outdoor heaters on restaurant terraces.

Other proposed measures include forcing state-run schools to offer meat-free menus, vetoing the construction of new airports, and clamping down on the use of plastic in supermarket packaging.

The French government has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to its 1990 levels, but this target has been criticized as too low by environmental groups.

The executive director of Greenpeace France, Jean-Francois Julliard, said on Tuesday that the new draft law would “not be enough to effectively tackle global warming.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.05: 2021:

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(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: Women’s March Report: Politicians and rights activists say organisers are being threatened with dangerous blasphemy accusations by religious conservatives #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: Blasphemy accusations have resulted in killings in the past, and human rights activists believe that these allegations have created a widespread climate of fear, especially for women’s rights advocates:

Pakistan: Women’s rights activists face new allegations of blasphemy: While organizers of Pakistan’s Women’s Marchhave long been the subject of threats and criticism, allegations of blasphemy could put women’s rights activists in a new kind of danger.

Activists dance at a Women's Day rally in Islamabad

“Pakistan is not a democratic state but a religious state where clerics wield a lot of influence,” Mehdi Hassan, a former chairperson of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, told DW.

“Hurling allegations of blasphemy amounts to jeopardizing the lives of people here. We fear that the lives of women activists are in danger because there are so many extremists out there in the streets who could target them at any time.”

“At least seven people have been killed just because of blasphemy allegations. Therefore, it is important that the government provides them [the activists] with protection.”

Feminist Pakistani filmmaker rebels against tradition

Who is threatening activists in Pakistan?

At least two local courts — one in the northwestern city of Peshawar and another in the southern port city of Karachi — have asked police to register cases against organizers of the march, alleging violations of blasphemy and other laws. A petition seeking to ban the annual gathering has also been lodged with the Islamabad High Court.

Lahore-based activist Shazia Khan said friends and relatives have pressured them to maintain a low profile following the accusations and legal cases.

“Hatemongers and misogynistic media personalities have been spewing venom against us, jeopardizing the lives of women in a country where people are killed merely due to false accusations of blasphemy,” said Khan.

Khan believes it is difficult to say who is behind these threats and litigation.

“However, the individuals and organizations that are issuing threats or registering cases are believed to have worked for the intelligence agencies in the past, or to have their support.”

“All the videos and posters have been fabricated or doctored. There is no truth to these accusations,” prominent activist Farzana Bari told DW.

Organizers of the march have also written an open letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan in order to draw his attention to the threats.

Pakistan’s first transgender madrasa

Why is Women’s March targeted?

Some prominent right-wing TV anchors and media personalities have also spoken out against the leaders of the march, accusing them of spreading Western culture.

“Blasphemous slogans were used during the Women’s March,” Ibrar Hussain, who filed a case against the activists, with a local court in Peshawar, told DW.

“I went to a police station to register a case, but my application was rejected, so I approached the court and now the court has ordered the police to register a blasphemy case,” said Hussain.

Meanwhile, Hafiz Ihtisham, who is associated with Islamabad’s “Red Mosque,” told DW that “blasphemy” was committed against “holy personalities.”

“Religious personalities were also insulted,” he said. “I approached the court, seeking an action against the organizers of the march, and a permanent ban on the event. I have also requested that the court probe the funding sources of the NGOs that hold the event,” he added.

Although Women’s Day is celebrated in Pakistan on March 8 every year, it has assumed a greater significance since the Women’s March was launched in 2018 by the Women Democratic Front and the left-wing Awami Workers Party.

Sexual harassment forces Pakistani entertainers to create own #MeToo movement

The event has triggered a debate over women’s rights in Pakistan, where thousands of cases of honor killings, domestic violence, sexual assaults and harassment against women are reported each year.

Women are also widely discriminated against in workplaces, political institutions and social gatherings. In particular, the march’s slogan, “my body, my control”  earned the ire of conservative elements of society.

Taliban issues threats

This year, even the terrorist outfit Tehreek Taliban Pakistan publicly threatened the organizers on Twitter, much to the alarm of women’s rights activists.

The tweet said, “Fix your ways. There are still many young Muslims here who know how to protect Islam and the boundaries set by Allah.”

Yasmin Lehri, a female politician and leader of the National Party, believes that women could also be harmed while attending court hearings. Lehri said that the government should provide full protection to women’s rights activists and look into the accusations before registering the cases, due to the dangers posed to those attending the hearings.

However, despite the dangers, government officials have said the march organizers should face the charges.

“This is really very disturbing … All possible methods should be employed to probe these accusations,” said Lehri. “And if the videos and posters turn out to be fake, then those who leveled the accusations must be brought to justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.11: 2021:

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(BANGLADESH) JUST IN: Activists protest against Modi in a a March after Friday prayers according to OpIndia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: Apparently they didn’t get the memo that every Western non-Muslim politician has received, to the effect that Osama bin Laden had nothing, nothing whatsoever, to do with Islam.

Bangladesh: ‘We will rise with the roar of Osama bin Laden, shouted activists at a protest march following the Jummah (Friday prayers), a group of about 500 Muslims marched on the streets outside Baitul Mokarram Mosque in Dhaka according to OpIndia’

“‘We will rise with roar of Osama bin Laden, we are Rasul soldiers’: Muslims in Bangladesh protest against visit by ‘Hindu Nationalist’ PM Modi,” OpIndia, March 20, 2021:

In a video that has now surfaced on social media, hordes of men brandishing skull caps and long beards were seen sloganeering against India and Prime Minister Modi. They were also seen holding their chappals (floaters) in the air to express their demand for the cancellation of his trip to the country.

A second protest march was taken out by the ‘student activists’ of the Left at the campus of Dhaka University. The protestors carried a banner that read, ‘Go Back Modi’, ‘Go Back India’, and ‘Go Back Killer Modi.’ The demonstrators alleged that PM Modi and his ‘Hindu nationalist party’ have been ‘oppressing’ Muslims in India. They further claimed that several Bangladeshis have been killed by Indian border security guards, while in reality, such deaths occur when they try to smuggle, infiltrate into the Indian territory.

We will become Taliban, says protestor

“India’s subordinate government of Hasina has invited Modi, we are here to protest against that,” commented one Hossain Mohammed Anwar. In another video shared by Bangladeshi Hindu activist Raju Das, an Islamist was heard saying, “If Narendra Modi is allowed to come to Bangladesh, we will have to turn into terrorists. Bengal will become Afghanistan, and we will become the Taliban.”

“We will rise with the roar of Osama bin Laden, we will not obey any obstacle. We are Rasul soldier, don’t be afraid of bullets and bombs. Remember, Allah is with you. We cannot tolerate this. For the sake of Islam, the Quran and the country, we will all fight together, he concluded. Besides, the protestors were seen putting up an effigy of PM Modi with the inscription, “Modi is a terrorist.” They also desecrated the Indian flag but putting up a cross mark on the tricolour….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.24: 2021:

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HONG KONG: ‘ Legislature vetoes China-backed electoral reform plan ‘

#AceNewsReport – HONG KONG:June.18: Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-backed electoral reform package criticized by opposition lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, Reuters said.

The Legislative Council’s move is expected to ease for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub. The rejection will likely appease some activists who had demanded a veto.

“Today 28 legco members voted against the wishes of the majority of Hong Kong people, and denied them the democratic right to elect the chief executive in the next election,” said the city’s current leader, Leung Chun-ying.


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#AceWorldNews – DHAKA: Jan.05: Two supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been shot dead in clashes with activists from the ruling party, the Hasina Awami League, and at least 15 people have been injured in the northern town of Natore.

As violence continued, the leader of the BNP, Khaleda Zia, has been confined to her Dhaka office by police, but she has urged her supporters to take to the streets as part of a campaign to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to hold fresh multi-party elections.


#activists, #bangladesh-nationalist-partybnp, #hasina-awami-league


#AceNewsServices – BAHRAIN:Jan.02 – Clashes between riot police and demonstrators have erupted in Bahrain for the fifth day in a row as the activists demand the release of Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of the largest Shiite opposition party in the Kingdom.

Police used tear gas to disperse a crowd following a rally that started after prayers at Manama’s Mumen mosque.

“Dozens of people… including women and children, were arrested,” Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement. Arabic news sources also reported injuries.

READ MORE: #BahrainSchism: Anti-govt protests break out after arrest of Shia opposition leader

The protest movement demands the release of the opposition leader of the Al-Wefaq party. Before the Thursday’s rally in the capital, protests centered on the villages surrounding Manama.

Salman was arrested on Sunday and charged with seeking to overthrow the ruling Sunni family. A number of countries including the US and Iran have expressed concern over the detention of the opposition leader.

A Bahraini protestor takes cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

A Bahraini protestor takes cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

The country’s Interior Ministry have banned further protests scheduled to take place on Friday, as Bahraini security forces continue suppressing the Shiite-majority population. Bahrain’s leadership has relied heavily on other Sunni monarchies in the Persian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia.

OP-EGDE: ‘Arrest of Shia opposition leader endangers Bahrain’s stability’

Bahrain has been accused by human rights groups for brutally clamping down on protesters, with the government in Manama using harsh counter-terrorism laws to prosecute human rights activists.

A Bahraini protestor runs for cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman (on the poster) on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)


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#AceNewsServices – Featured Post – CINCINNATI:Dec.12 – I am relieved and heartened to share that the activists who protested against rainforest destruction at Procter & Gamble headquarters this past March just accepted a plea deal for the misdemeanor of Trespass, after initially being overcharged with two felonies and up to 9.5 years in prison.



They will complete 80 hours of community service, but are not going to prison.

How did we get here?

Earlier this year, Greenpeace exposed Procter & Gamble — the multinational corporation behind products like Head & Shoulders shampoo and Gillette shaving cream — for using palm oil linked to rainforest destruction in Indonesia.

In response, over 400,000 Greenpeace supporters sent messages to P&G and thousands more made calls. Activists also held protests all over the world — including a protest at P&G’s global headquarters in Cincinnati.

The activists in Cincinnati unfurled two 60 ft banners outside of P&G’s headquarters sending a message to P&G about how the company could protect forests and endangered animals like the Sumatran tiger. Employees watched and snapped photos, and the activists came down peacefully.

A month later, P&G announced a new palm oil policy that includes sustainability and human rights goals! Procter & Gamble heard the activists’ message. In fact, the protest has opened up doors for us to work together to address other sustainability issues.

The peaceful protest was a success. But shortly after the protest ended, the activists were overcharged with the felonies of burglary and vandalism, threatening 9.5 years in prison.

While the activists in Cincinnati were prepared to accept the consequences of their actions for a cause they believe in, the charges they faced were not based in fact.

That’s why yesterday’s plea — which dropped the two felony charges — is so important.

Thank You:

It has been an incredibly challenging ten months for the activists, who put their futures on the line to take a stand for an end to senseless forest destruction. I am so profoundly thankful for what they’ve accomplished and what they have endured.

I’m also so thankful for the over 40,000 people like you who signed in support for the activists in the face of ridiculous and incredibly intimidating charges. For your belief that when we act together, change is possible. For your unwavering support in the power of non-violent direct action.

This protest has reminded me just how difficult it is to make change in a system that works the way ours does: one that puts the whims of those in power over the needs of the people. In a time where we are surrounded by abuses of power, from police brutality to environmental destruction, thank you for having the courage to stand up and demand change.

Now more than ever, I am convinced that each of our little acts of courage — when added together — can repair and rebuild our world.

The post Update from Cincinnati: Felony charges dropped for Greenpeace activists appeared first on Greenpeace Blogs.



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#AceNewsServices – HONG KONG:Dec.11 – This is a story l have followed since it all began last September and today finally the police arrested dozens of pro-democracy protesters Thursday as teams with sledgehammers and chainsaws demolished camps and tore down tents erected by activists as part of a mass civil disobedience movement.

The police clearance marked the end of the pro-democracy occupation that has paralyzed parts of the south China city for more than 10 weeks.

“I think the spirit of the movement still lives, but the idea of occupying streets is over,” said student Andrew Chan, 20, as he left the site. “We can’t even get a big crowd to come out today to fight the police clearing the site.”

Among those arrested was popular singer Denise Ho, who led the crowd in chanting “civil disobedience, we are fearless!” reported the South China Morning Post. Four members of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the key campaign organizers, also were arrested, the group tweeted.

Earlier Thursday, bailiffs backed by police to enforce a court injunction met no resistance as they removed barricades in one part of the protest area. The injunction was brought by a bus company that complained of disruption to its business operations.

After telling protesters to leave or face arrest, police moved against the main encampment in Hong Kong’s Admiralty section and set up a cordon around the area, a key financial district close to government headquarters. Several roads there have been closed to traffic for two and a half months, with cars replaced by thousands of protesters, hundreds of tents and dozens of barricades.

“It’s been a failed action, we didn’t achieve any of our objectives of a real election, not the fake one provided by the central government,” said Kit Leung, 29, a marketing professional who said he camped out for several nights at the Admiralty protest site in support of the democracy drive.

“We are planning follow up actions,” he said, without elaborating.

The protests were sparked by China’s refusal to allow a free choice of candidates in leadership elections slated for 2017 in the former British colony. Beijing, which took over control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom in 1997, insists on screening all candidates through a pro-Beijing panel likely to reject anyone critical of Chinese policy.


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#AceWorldNews – JORDAN – Dec.06 – Local authorities quickly stripped away public signs of support for the Islamic State group in this desert town AP reported. 

Black flags have been removed from rooftops.

Graffiti proclaiming the extremists’ imminent victory have been whitewashed.

But supporters of the Middle East’s most radical extremist group are only laying low after their surprise show of strength in protests last summer.

Despite government efforts, support for the Islamic State group is growing in Maan and elsewhere in Jordan, one of the West’s key allies in the region, say Islamic State activists, members of rival groups and experts on political Islam.


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#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.26 – Student protest organizers were reportedly arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as police cleared out a protest site in Mong Kok district, according to student groups’ Facebook pages.



Protest leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were taken into custody.

The news came as Hong Kong police cleared out barricades and tents from Mong Kok district – the site of pro-democracy rallies – Reuters cited witnesses as saying.

After three hours, police were able to get traffic flowing along Nathan Road, which had been blocked since September.


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#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – Nov.19 – In every conflict there are casualties of war, the airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition, is no different. Since 20 October 2014 to midnight last night, this has led to the following:   

' ‘US strikes’ hit Al-Nusra-held town in Syria - reports '

‘ ‘US strikes’ hit Al-Nusra-held town in Syria – reports ‘

Overnight airstrikes targeted a town controlled by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in north western Syria, AP reported, citing two activist groups.

The Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the strike hit the town of Harem in Syria’s Idlib province.

There were no reports on casualties. Harem is controlled by Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front. Its militants were bombed by US aircraft near Harem last week.

SOHR documented 1592 air strikes by regime warplanes and helicopters around Syria since 20th of October/2014 until yesterday’s midnight.

These are as follows:  

War Planes: Went in 866 air strikes targeted areas in Damascus, Dar’aa Aleppo, Idlib, Reef Dimashq, Homs, Hama, Der-Ezzor, Lattakia, al-Hasakah.

Helicopters: Dropped no less than 726 explosive barrels on areas in Damascus, Dar’aa Aleppo, Idlib, Reef Dimashq, Homs, Hama, al-Hasakah, Lattakia.

There were a total of: 396 civilians were killed ( 109 children, 78 women ) while no less than 1500 others were wounded, in addition to material damages in civilians properties. 



The SOHR has condemned in the strongest terms the silence of the international community on these massacres committed by al-Assad forces in the right of the Syrian people, women and children.

Their spokesperson said: We consider The failure of the UN Security Council to refer the war crimes against the humanity in Syria, was a basic factor of turning Syrian into a terrorism land and a target for thousands of foreign fighters to Implement their own agenda in Syria, after killing hundreds of civilians in Syria under the name of their ” Shariaa “.

The failure of security council let dozens of thousands of Shia fighters who are allied to regime forces from Arabic and Asian countries, to travel to Syria and kills its people side by side with Bashar al-Assad, under the pretext of defending the Shia shrines.

We in SOHR make a promise to the people of Syria that we will continue to observe, document, and publish all the human rights violations, and crimes in the right of the Syrian people, in order to stop it and judge the perpetrators, and give it the hope that the Freedom, democracy, justice and equality are coming despite the darkness and injustice, who now lives in it. 


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#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.19 – A small group of protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police early Wednesday, while trying to break into the city’s legislature.

Occupy condemns attack on Legco as pan-democrats claim protesters were 'misled'Screenshot from 2014-11-19 12:22:11

Police arrested six people in the clashes that came hours after authorities enforced a court order to clear some barricades, AP reported.

The activists used metal barricades and concrete slabs to smash glass doors at the legislature before police used pepper spray and batons.

Another group involved in organizing the protests, Occupy Central, said that those responsible for the violence misled the crowd into attacking the legislature by spreading “false information.”

Occupy condemns attack on Legco as pan-democrats claim protesters were 'misled'

Occupy condemns attack on Legco as pan-democrats claim protesters were ‘misled’

Lawmakers are also worried the incident would provide an excuse for pro-establishment lawmakers to push through a proposal to build a three-metre high metal fence outside the Legco complex SCMP reported. 

“The violent acts have violated the principle of peace and non-violence underlying the umbrella movement,” Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said.

“We feel the [break-in] will have a negative impact on the movement. We’re heartbroken.”


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#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – November 06 – Hong Kong protesters clashed with police early on Thursday in the district of Mong Kok that has become a flashpoint for street brawls, Reuters reported.

' Hong Kong Protesters Clash with Police in Mong Kok District '

‘ Hong Kong Protesters Clash with Police in Mong Kok District ‘

Scuffles between hundreds of protesters and dozens of police armed with batons and shields broke out after 2 am local time at one of three remaining demonstration sites, for the first time in more than two weeks.

On Wednesday, Regina Ip, a former Hong Kong security chief and a top adviser to the city’s embattled leader, proposed members of the Federation of Students be given seats on the committee, according to a report by broadcaster RTHK.



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‘ US-led Coalition Hit Islamic State Near Turkish Border as Militants Hold Kobani ‘

#AceNewsServices – September 30 – U.S.-led coalition air-strikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

The aerial campaign, which began last week in Syria and last month in Iraq, aims to destroy the extremist faction known as the Islamic State that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital.

Despite the coalition air-strikes, the militants have pressed their offensive on the town of Kobani, also known by its Arabic name of Ayn Arab, and surrounding villages near Syria’s border with Turkey.

The fighting has created one of the single largest exoduses in Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth year: More than 160,000 fled the area into Turkey the past few days, the U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.

“Their fear is so great that many people crossed heavily mined fields to seek refuge,” she told the U.N. Security Council.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday’s strikes hit Islamic State fighters east and west of Kobani.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also confirmed the airstrikes on the town’s outskirts.

Both groups attributed the strikes to the U.S.-led coalition.


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‘ Holder Steps Down Whilst Mired in Controversy ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – September 26 – Moments after making fresh demands that Attorney General Eric Holder open federal investigations into police shootings of unarmed black men, a cluster of civil rights activists learned, courtesy of whispers and a shared e-tablet, that the nation’s first black attorney general was stepping down.

Civil rights leaders, liberal activists and black lawmakers are now left wondering what effect Holder’s impending departure will have on the high-profile efforts begun on his watch.

“There’s a lot for us to calculate,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was meeting with black leaders in Washington.



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SYRIA: ‘ Government Troops Capture Town of Halfaya to Defend Allawite People’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Hama) – September 12 – Syrian government troops have captured the town of Halfaya in central Hama province that has changed hands several times during the war, AP said, citing the military and activists.

By retaking the key town, troops will be better positioned to defend nearby Christian and Allawite communities that support President Bashar Assad.

The army command said that the current offensive aims “to wipe out terrorists in northern parts of Hama.” 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Halfaya was captured by the army on Thursday.


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` Police Clash with Protesters in Indian Controlled Kashmir Valley over Last Stage of General Election’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – KASHMIR – April 24 – Police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have clashed with protesters, as the last stage of India’s general elections is held amid separatist calls for a poll boycott in Kashmir valley.

Indian forces used tear gas and batons to disperse scores of demonstrators shouting anti-India slogans.
Protesters threw stones at the security forces and attacked some polling stations.

According to Press TV, despite the violence, polling is under-way in the restive region and police say the voting process has not been disrupted.

The turnout in the region – which has only six seats in the Indian parliament – has reportedly been very low, with only two or three percent of eligible voters casting their ballots.

The voting in the region is part of the sixth stage of India’s parliamentary election, in which over 180 million voters are casting their ballots in 12 states.

Altogether, more than 814 million Indians are eligible to vote.

The nine-phase election marathon began on April 7 and will come to an end on May 12. The final results are expected to be announced on May 16.

Activists of Kashmir’s top group, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, have held a torch rally as part of their election boycott campaign.

Ace Related News:
1. Press TV – http://tinyurl.com/kr4vcco
2. IRIB-EA – http://tinyurl.com/mgmn8fo


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