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‘Flytilla’ activist says mistreated by Israel

An Austrian pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel has complained of ill treatment at the hands of aggressive Israeli forces. Julia Hurnaus, 25, was one of about 40 so-called “flytilla” activists expelled on Tuesday from Israel, where they had flown for a protest action over the weekend. “People were injured, people…

Sudan jails journalist for reporting alleged rape

KHARTOUM — A Sudanese journalist was jailed for a month on Tuesday, and her editor fined, for publishing reports on the alleged rape of a female opposition activist by security force personnel, their lawyer said. Fatima Ghazali is the first of several journalists to be tried for articles they wrote…

Syria troops storm villages killing seven

Syrian troops killed seven civilians on Wednesday when they stormed two villages in the northwest to quash dissent against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a rights activist said. The latest military action came as hundreds of lawyers staged a sit-in in the second city of Aleppo calling for freedom…

Stewart tells Chris Wallace that Fox News is like ‘ideological regimes’

Chris Wallace says he just doesn’t understand the difference between Fox News’ activism and the type of material presented by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart. Stewart tried to spell out the differences Sunday when he appeared on the conservative network but Wallace just didn’t seem to get it. Wallace accused Stewart…

WATCH LIVE: Van Jones keynote speech at Netroots Nation

Van Jones, environmental activist and former advisor to President Barack Obama, is delivering the Saturday afternoon keynote at the Netroots Nation conference. The speech is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Watch it live with Raw Story, courtesy of Free Speech TV. freespeechtv on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free…

Syrian troops fire on funerals, kill 13

DAMASCUS (AFP) – At least 13 mourners were shot dead on Saturday as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed in massive protests and two MPs resigned in frustration at the bloodshed. Activists said the death toll from Friday’s protests could top 100, pending confirmation of a…

Syrian death toll climbs during two-day massacre

DAMASCUS (AFP) – At least 13 mourners were shot dead on Saturday as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed in massive protests and two MPs resigned in frustration at the bloodshed. Activists said the death toll from Friday’s nationwide protests could top 100, pending confirmation of…

22 Syrian protesters killed: rights activist

DAMASCUS — At least 22 protesters were killed on Friday as anti-regime demonstrations and clashes with security forces raged around Syria, the head of the National Organisation for Human Rights said. “We have the names of 17 demonstrators killed in Daraa, and we have been told of the deaths of…

Westboro Baptist Church to picket actress Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church announced that it planned to picket the funeral of Oscar-winning actress and anti-AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor after she died Wednesday at age 79. Taylor, arguably the last great star of Hollywood’s golden era, died six weeks after being admitted to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai hospital with congestive…

Syrian forces fire on protesters, kill 5: activist

DAMASCUS – Syrian security forces fired on anti-regime protesters on Wednesday near a mosque, killing five and wounding scores in the flashpoint southern town of Daraa, a rights activist said. “Security forces fired live bullets and teargas on protesters” staging a sit-in near the Omari mosque in Daraa, which has…

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