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TarenSK: MIT report is a whitewash. My statement in response.

tarensk:

This morning, MIT released a report into Aaron Swartz’s death. Here is the statement I just released in response:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

CONTACT:
Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com

Aaron Swartz’s Partner Slams MIT Report As a Whitewash

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TarenSK: MIT report is a whitewash. My statement in response.

tarensk:

This morning, MIT released a report into Aaron Swartz’s death. Here is the statement I just released in response:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

CONTACT:
Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com

Aaron Swartz’s Partner Slams MIT Report As a Whitewash

Statement…

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The authority to rape

Dear friends,


I wrote a story about a young Somali woman brutally gang-raped by government soldiers, hoping that her bravery in telling such a painful story would bring attention to the awful rape problem there. Instead, the government used my article to jail a rape victim for ‘insulting the state’! Now I’m asking all of us to stand together to end the epidemic of rape by security forces. Click below to join me:
My name is Laila and I’m a journalist. I recently wrote a story about a young woman brutally gang-raped by government soldiers in Somalia, hoping that her bravery in telling such a painful story would bring attention to the awful rape problem there. Instead, the government used my article to jail a rape victim and another journalist covering the story for ‘insulting the state’!

Rape is horrific, but to be raped when the only authorities you can turn to for justice are your rapists — it’s the most crushing powerlessness. But together I think we can bring her hope. That’s why I started a global petition on the Avaaz site, because Somalia’s government depends heavily on financing from other governments, so the international community can press them to stop the cover up and bring real reforms to end the epidemic of rape by security forces. Our call for change could really work, but it needs to be big. UN envoy Zainab Bangura has told us that she will directly deliver our petition to donor countries and Somalia’s President. Help by signing and forwarding this email — let’s show these women that they’re not alone, and that no one has the authority to rape them:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Somalia_No_Authority_to_Rape/?bgRrAbb&v=22217 The brave young woman was accused of fabricating her own rape by government officials before she even got a trial. Then, the judge refused to hear witnesses or accept medical evidence proving that she was raped. And she’s not alone: I’ve interviewed too many women who live in constant fear of getting shot or raped, often by the very people charged with protecting them.

But there is hope for Somalia like never before. In just 18 months, it has approved a new constitution, selected a new president, and is finally winning its war against extremists. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is in a position to act to protect women from his own armed forces, if we together give him a big reason to crack down on this state violence. This innocent rape survivor and Abdiaziz Abdinur, the journalist who spoke to her, are facing a year in jail! Funders hold the key to changing the way Somalia’s own soldiers and security forces treat women. Sign now and forward this email to help grow a call big enough to change Somalia forever:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Somalia_No_Authority_to_Rape/?bgRrAbb&v=22217 The Avaaz community has fought courageously to stop the war on women across the world. Last month, more than 1 million of us signed a petition calling for justice and real change in India after the tragic death of a rape victim in Delhi, and received encouraging signs from top government ministers that they were heeding our call. Now, we can bring that people power to Somalia and set the country on a new course.

WIth hope and determination, Laila Ali, with the Avaaz team

*Laila is a British-Somali journalist based in Nairobi PS: This petition was started on Avaaz’s new Community Petitions Site. It’s quick and easy to start a petition on any issue you care about, click here: http://avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?22217

MORE INFORMATION: I’m shocked that my reporting on rape in Somalia has led to the jailing of an alleged victim and a journalist (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/05/jailing-somali-women-rape-affront-justice

Somalia: Woman Alleging Rape, Journalist Convicted (HRW)
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/02/05/somalia-woman-alleging-rape-journalist-convicted Journalist arrested for interviewing reported rape victim (CPJ)
http://www.cpj.org/2013/01/journalist-arrested-for-interviewing-reported-rape.php

Somalia: Free journalist, others linked to rape allegation (HRW)
http://www.hrw.org/node/112472 In meeting with Somali President, Clinton should stand up for rape victims (New York Times Blog)
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/in-meeting-with-somali-president-clinton-should-stand-up-for-rape-victims/

Somali government to tackle rape cases (Al Jazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/02/20132315946687205.html


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that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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: Announcing: the Flaming Sword of Justice 2.0!

flamingswordofjustice:

I think activists are rock stars. I think true stories about battles for a better world are more thrilling than action movies. And I think email isn’t the only scalable way to inspire people to action.

So I’m very excited to announce my new gig: The Flaming Sword of Justice, with Ben Wikler,…

24 hours to tame the banks

Dear friends across the UK,

Bankers are lobbying hard to keep their big bonuses at our expense. But the EU is trying to crack down. If we push George Osborne to stand by a sensible plan to cap bankers bonuses — the very greedy payouts which crashed our economies — we could finally beat the banker lobby! Sign the petition:

Sign the petition! 
The banks crashed our economies, causing a wave of unemployment, evictions and cuts, but bankers are still raking in massive pay cheques. We have a chance to end this madness in 24 hours, but the British government stands in our way. Bankers run outrageous risks, driven by the lure of big bonuses. EU plans to stop bankers getting bonuses higher than their salaries are now being ambushed by George Osborne. Public pressure now can push our finance ministers to take a stand against the bankers’ greed that caused the crash in the first place!

We have 24 hours — the bankers’ lobby is massive, but our politicians know they can’t get re-elected if they favour friends in high finance while our jobs and services disappear. Sign the petition to George Osborne and other EU finance ministers now — which we’ll deliver to Osborne’s door and via the media on the day of the talks — and share it with all your friends across the UK! http://www.avaaz.org/en/uk_bankers_champagne_on_our_tab_a/?bgRrAbb&v=22076

Banks like Barclays keep paying out bonuses worth billions. Many politicians talk a good game about reining in the banks, but then fold as soon as bankers pressure them. The European Parliament has agreed proposals that would prevent banks paying bonuses that are more than their fixed salary, unless shareholders holding two thirds of the bank’s shares attend a meeting and agree to override that. Tuesday will see a needle negotiation between the Parliament and EU government representatives. It’s behind closed doors, but right now the UK is trying to get other governments to side with it to block the bonus ban. Banks caused the financial crisis and have been caught out in scandals over interest-rate fixing, product mis-selling, and evicting people from their homes. It’s time to get the public policies we need to ensure these outrages can’t happen again. Banks threaten to move abroad if rules are tightened, but this is a bluff, as no global bank can afford to leave the EU. And UK banks say they are changing their culture — changing their pay and incentive schemes is a necessary part of that. Other, more respected, professions trust their people to work hard without the lure of tripling or quadrupling their salary — bankers can, too.

We have just 24 hours to get George Osborne to back off the banking lobby and agree to bring sanity to bonuses. We’ll deliver on the day of the meeting, when enough people have signed. Click below to add your voice: http://www.avaaz.org/en/uk_bankers_champagne_on_our_tab_a/?bgRrAbb&v=22076

We’ve done it before - getting the EU to agree to put criminal bankers behind bars. Let’s now go further to tame bankers’ animal spirits. With hope and determination,

Alex, Christoph, Emma, Emily, Ian, Rewan, and the rest of the Avaaz team More information:

EU states back bonus cap in bank rules (Reuters)
hhttp://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/14/uk-eu-banks-idUKBRE91D18X20130214 Archbishop of Canterbury accuses banks of hypocrisy over bonuses (Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/feb/06/archbishop-of-canterbury-banks-bonuses

EU Officials Draft Some Compromises on Basel Bank Law (Bloomberg Business Week)
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-12/eu-officials-draft-some-compromises-on-basel-bank-law European countries consider reforms to cap banker bonuses (Dawn Business)
http://dawn.com/2013/02/12/eu-countries-consider-reforms-to-cap-banker-bonuses/

EU lawmaker Othmar Karas calls for cap on banker pay (Telegraph)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9170220/EU-lawmaker-Othmar-Karas-calls-for-cap-on-banker-pay.html
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Exciting News: 50,000 Avaaz campaigners?!

Hi Avaazers,

People-power has emerged as the new global superpower, creating amazing opportunities to change the world. Avaaz has launched a new tool — now anyone can create an online petition. Share this email with people you know who like to speak up for what’s right, or click here to start one yourself!
People-power has emerged as the new global superpower, creating amazing opportunities to change the world with the incredible power of our community. Many of us probably have a ton of things that need changing in our own neighbourhood: a school that’s being closed, a politician that’s corrupt, a family that needs help. And we also know friends, family and colleagues with a passion to speak up for what’s right.

That’s where the new community petitions website comes in! Forward this email to people you know who might like to use this tool to change something, large or small — or click here to start an Avaaz petition of your own:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=2514806816&v=21944 Take any local issue, add a massive wave of people-power from around the country — even the world — and change will happen faster than we ever imagined. An Avaaz member in Brazil started a petition about a small community in the middle of the forest being kicked off its land by the government. In just weeks, her petition had over 250,000 signers, mountains of media attention and the eviction was stopped!

Plus, if the petition gets enough support on its own, the staff at Avaaz could pick up the campaign, add strategic advice, media help and even send it to a wider list of members. Some campaigns have been started by one person and then sent to millions of Avaaz members. If we all started petitions that changed the face of our communities, pretty soon, we’d be changing the way our countries operated. And that rise of people-powered change from everywhere is enough to transform the entire world. Send this email to any people you know who have great ideas about how to make the world a better place, or click on the link to start something yourself:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=2514806816&v=21944 What we do together is inspiring — we’ve protected forests, ousted corrupt politicians, saved whales and even worked together to help create a whole new country. Imagine what we will achieve when we take our know-how and bring it to the challenges facing our own neighbourhoods.

With so much hope for what we will achieve together, Oliver, Emma, Ricken, Jooyea, Michelle and the whole Avaaz team

P.S. If you’re not yet ready to start your own campaign, consider forwarding this email to a friend. We all know someone who’s itching to change the world or some piece of it — and this new tool is a powerful way to do it: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=2514806816&v=21944
SOURCES

How one letter (and the internet) saved a Brazilian tribe (Daily Briefing)
https://en.avaaz.org/994/how-one-letter-and-the-internet-saved-a-brazilian-tribe


Avaaz.org is a 19-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

You are getting this message because you signed “UK: STOP RUPERT MURDOCH" on 2011-03-03 using the email address post@posterous.com.
To ensure that Avaaz messages reach your inbox, please add avaaz@avaaz.org to your address book. To change your email address, language settings, or other personal information, contact us, or simply go here to unsubscribe.To contact Avaaz, please do not reply to this email. Instead, write to us at www.avaaz.org/en/contact or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).

Exciting News: 50,000 Avaaz campaigners?!

Hi Avaazers,

People-power has emerged as the new global superpower, creating amazing opportunities to change the world. Avaaz has launched a new tool — now anyone can create an online petition. Share this email with people you know who like to speak up for what’s right, or click here to start one yourself!
People-power has emerged as the new global superpower, creating amazing opportunities to change the world with the incredible power of our community. Many of us probably have a ton of things that need changing in our own neighbourhood: a school that’s being closed, a politician that’s corrupt, a family that needs help. And we also know friends, family and colleagues with a passion to speak up for what’s right.

That’s where the new community petitions website comes in! Forward this email to people you know who might like to use this tool to change something, large or small — or click here to start an Avaaz petition of your own:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=2513806884&v=21943 Take any local issue, add a massive wave of people-power from around the country — even the world — and change will happen faster than we ever imagined. An Avaaz member in Brazil started a petition about a small community in the middle of the forest being kicked off its land by the government. In just weeks, her petition had over 250,000 signers, mountains of media attention and the eviction was stopped!

Plus, if the petition gets enough support on its own, the staff at Avaaz could pick up the campaign, add strategic advice, media help and even send it to a wider list of members. Some campaigns have been started by one person and then sent to millions of Avaaz members. If we all started petitions that changed the face of our communities, pretty soon, we’d be changing the way our countries operated. And that rise of people-powered change from everywhere is enough to transform the entire world. Send this email to any people you know who have great ideas about how to make the world a better place, or click on the link to start something yourself:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=2513806884&v=21943 What we do together is inspiring — we’ve protected forests, ousted corrupt politicians, saved whales and even worked together to help create a whole new country. Imagine what we will achieve when we take our know-how and bring it to the challenges facing our own neighbourhoods.

With so much hope for what we will achieve together, Oliver, Emma, Ricken, Jooyea, Michelle and the whole Avaaz team

P.S. If you’re not yet ready to start your own campaign, consider forwarding this email to a friend. We all know someone who’s itching to change the world or some piece of it — and this new tool is a powerful way to do it: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=2513806884&v=21943
SOURCES

How one letter (and the internet) saved a Brazilian tribe (Daily Briefing)
https://en.avaaz.org/994/how-one-letter-and-the-internet-saved-a-brazilian-tribe


Avaaz.org is a 19-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

You are getting this message because you signed “UK: STOP RUPERT MURDOCH" on 2011-03-03 using the email address post@posterous.com.
To ensure that Avaaz messages reach your inbox, please add avaaz@avaaz.org to your address book. To change your email address, language settings, or other personal information, contact us, or simply go here to unsubscribe.To contact Avaaz, please do not reply to this email. Instead, write to us at www.avaaz.org/en/contact or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).

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