Thursday News Round-up: March 21, 2013

  • Portland police release mandated report on their involvement with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Predictably, it says little, though it does admit police involvement with one case outside of Portland last year. The FBI is knowingly watching Portland anarchists. This report indicates that an FBI agent on the JTTF from the Seattle branch contacted and worked with Portland cops in 2012. The case in question?
  • Portland high school students with the Portland Student Union organize to opt out of standardized testing.
  • President Obama and his staff are making moves to shift control of their drone program from the CIA to the military to bring it into compliance with international law, as eerily, casually mentioned in this article.
  • The UN will investigate claims made by Syrian rebels that government forces have used chemical weapons in their attempt to put down the two-year insurgency.
  • A Monday deadline has been set for Cyprus to resolve its debt crisis. Cypriot banks have been closed since Monday and will remain closed until Tuesday.
  • A hunger strike is growing at the US military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, where detainees have been held without trial or charge for over 11 years. There are 166 prisoners at Guantanamo and there are no signs that their detention will ever end.
  • The US House of Representatives has passed an emergency spending bill to avert a government shutdown that was set for next week. Take note that US politicians are doing a much better job of threatening the government than US anarchists.
  • Australian anarchists go on vandalism spree in solidarity with fugitive Australian anarchist Felicity Ryder, who is being sought by Mexican authorities for her connection in an accidental detonation of an explosive device in Mexico City last year.
  • Little Shuswap Lake band members occupy local band office to protest tribal leadership of their band, which is part of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia.


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