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Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling Immediately

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling Immediately

Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling Immediately via Australian Customs Services

The International Court of Justice – ICJ –  has ruled Japan must immediately stop its whaling program in the Antarctic. The ICJ’s 16-judge panel ruled 12 votes to four in favour of Australia’s argument that Japan’s whaling program was not in fact designed and carried out for scientific purposes.

The court ruled that Japan must revoke current whaling permits and refrain from issuing any more. Japan has used the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which permits killing for research, to justify killing whales in the Antarctic.

But the court’s judges agreed with Australia that the Japanese research – two peer-reviewed papers since 2005, based on results obtained from just nine killed whales – was not proportionate to the number of animals killed :: Read the full article »»»»


Invisible Children: Kony 2014, Two Years On and Little Has Changed

Posted: March 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Invisible Children: Kony 2014, Two Years On and Little Has Changed

Joseph KonyOne of our most popular posts has been Kony 2012, based on the documentary film and campaign to oust Joseph Kony from Uganda.

On October 6, 2005, the International Criminal Court – ICC – announced that arrest warrants had been issued for five members of the Lord’s Resistance Army for crimes against humanity following a sealed indictment. The Ugandan defense minister Amama Mbabazi revealed that the warrants included Joseph Kony, his deputy Vincent Otti, and LRA commanders Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odiambo, and Dominic Ongwen.

The Film Kony 2012, a campaign by humanitarian group Invisible Children aimed to make Joseph Kony infamous, “not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest… to set a precedent for international justice”.

Two years on and little has changed, the talk continues and so does Joseph Kony’s lawlessness :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Sea Shepherd Heading South

Posted: December 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Sea Shepherd Heading South

Sea Shepherd Heading South

Anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd is stepping up pressure on the Federal Government to send an Australian customs vessel to the Southern Ocean this summer. The organisation says it has had word the Japanese whaling ship, the Nisshin Maru, is preparing to depart port any day.

This year a crew of 100 people from over 20 countries will be on board Sea Shepherd’s three vessels. The Sea Shepherd fleet is in the final stages of preparation for the voyage, but has not yet heard whether a Customs vessel will be following it south :: Read the full article »»»»


Cuba Lifts 50 Year Ban on Pro-sports

Posted: November 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cuba, Revolute | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Cuba Lifts 50 Year Ban on Pro-sports

Cuba Lifts 50 Year Ban on Pro-sportsProfessional sport has returned to Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years , the first pitch was thrown in the communist island’s national baseball league last weekend, in a bid to halt the flow of sporting defectors overseas.

The landmark policy turnaround was announced in September, Cuba said it would relax its strict rules forbidding professional sport in an effort to “perfect sports, generate sources of income, and encourage quality”.

The country’s popular baseball league will be the first to benefit the change in heart, with the 2013-2014  baseball season. The Cuban League was one of the earliest and longest lasting professional baseball leagues outside of the United States, operating in Cuba from 1878 to 1961 when the Communist government shut it down.

For decades, Cuba thumbed its nose at international pro sports, paying hard-working and fabled athletes close to nothing for the honour of representing their proud nation :: Read the full article »»»»


Manning Outs Himself

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Revolute | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Manning Outs Himself

Bradley ManningBradley Manning, the soldier sentenced to 35 years in jail for the biggest breach of official secrets in US history, says he is a woman and wants to be known as Chelsea.

“I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female,” Manning, 25, said in a statement given to NBC’s Today show. Manning said he has felt this way since childhood and wants to begin hormone therapy “as soon as possible”. “I want everyone to know the real me,” the statement said and asked that he be referred to by his new name, Chelsea.

Manning was sentenced on Wednesday for handing more than 700,000 secret files, videos and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. His lawyers had argued the former Army intelligence analyst suffered a sexual identity crisis when he leaked the files while serving in Iraq in 2009 and 2010. Speaking on the TV show, Manning’s lawyer David Coombs said he expected his client to receive a pardon from US president Barack Obama.

Manning was convicted last month on 20 charges, including espionage and theft and will serve his sentence at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas :: Read the full article »»»»


Manning Sentenced

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Manning Sentenced

Bradley ManningUS military whistleblower Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for handing WikiLeaks files that formed the largest breach of official secrets in US history.

The 25-year-old could apply for parole and be freed in a little under a decade, and his lawyer has issued a plea to president Barack Obama to pardon the soldier.

Manning had faced up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 documents, battle videos and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website. Manning appeared ashen-faced moments before he heard his fate in a courtroom at Fort Meade military base in Maryland, close to the US capital.

Military judge Colonel Denise Lind delivered her verdict in a less than two-minute statement, saying Manning would be demoted from private first class to private E1 status, and later dishonourably discharged :: Read the full article »»»»