Bloggers demonised and persecuted

first_img March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Organisation RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further Follow the news on Iran In addition to the political trials and arrests of hundreds of government opponents, repression in Iran is concentrating on Internet users. Reporters Without Borders has learned of the arrest last night of Ali Pirhasanlou, one of the first journalists to start blogging in Iran.Pirhasanlou, who used to write for several, now closed, pro-reform newspapers and who blogs under the name of Alpar, was arrested together with his wife, Fatemeh Sotoudeh, at their home after it was searched by plain-clothes intelligence ministry agents. They are accused of “activity against national security.”Other journalists and activists were arrested or were summoned for questioning by the intelligence services today, on the eve of more opposition demonstrations in Tehran.“The Internet and its users have become the new targets for repression by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s supporters in the past two weeks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After suspending newspapers, the authorities are attacking one of the easy ways to access information about arrests and protests in Iran.”The press freedom organisation added: “All of Iran’s news websites are now threatened with termination. Some sites are the targets of organised hacking. Demonised by the public prosecutor during the ongoing Tehran political trials, the Internet continues to be a vehicle of mobilisation which the government is now trying to suppress.”Noorooz (the site of the opposition Islamic Iran Participation Front), Parlemannews (the site of the pro-reform parliamentarians), Tagheer (a news website) and the feminist websites FeministSchool and We-Change have all suffered access blockages. We-Change’s blocking is the 20th since it was launched. Provincial news websites such as Kermannama.net (www.kermannama.net/) have also been blocked.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about Mohammad Pour Abdoullah, the editor of the blog Pishro (Avant-Garde), who was arrested on 12 January 2009 for writing about a crackdown on the student movement, prison conditions and the interrogation methods used by intelligence ministry agents. He was kept in solitary confinement and subjected to constant pressure for 23 days after his arrest. As he refused to admit to the charges brought against him, he is still awaiting trial. An initial hearing was to have been held on 21 February, but the judge adjourned it indefinitely, without explanation. Thereafter, Abdoullah was moved to an individual cell and then to Ghezel Hessar, a prison for non-political detainees.Abdoullah was arrested for the first time on 24 January 2008 and was freed 41 days later on payment of 800 million toman (720,000 euros) in bail. After this spell in prison for participating in a student demonstration, he wrote about the situation of imprisoned students in his articles. His family is worried about him and his lawyers do not understand why he has been singled out. June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts September 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bloggers demonised and persecuted News February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Oxford students working with community

first_imgThe Student Consultancy and Community Action Groups Oxfordshire are working together to get students involved in the local community. The programme lasts 8 weeks, pairing students with local Small and Medium Enterprises, charities or community organisations.Jon Williams, a team leader and Medicinal Chemistry DPhil candidate at Jesus, described the current student contribution, saying “there are seven teams of students working on different Community Action Group projects, including stock management at Sandford Farmer’s market and developing marketing strategy at Dean Court Community Centre.”Williams explained the benefits brought by the programme as “mutual, in that we are able to contribute positively to the local community, whilst also developing key employability skills, such as market research, data analysis and presentation skills.“Working with a small community organisation means there is real potential for tangible impact.” At the moment, Williams’ team is working on funding and market research at the Barracks Lane Community Garden, hoping to boost involvement in the garden.Jonathan Black, a director at the Careers Service described the projects to assist local organisations as “ a progressive and value adding link between ‘town and gown’” that will “undoubtedly build a positive image of the university and its students within these groups.”Black further stated that the programme attracts students from across the range of colleges, year-groups and subjects and provides an opportunity “to break out of the ‘bubble’ and engage with the local community, while learning useful consulting skills, experiencing team work and developing business awareness.“Most students do not want to be consultants in their future, but see this as a way to learn what consulting is about, in a successful and supportive programme.”The students are expected to add value to the organisations with which they work; Black expressed that the Careers Service hopes for students to come up with “well-researched and useable suggestions to the strategic problems facing these groups.”When asked for comment on the new projects, the University press office agreed that “this community engagement has benefits not only for the individuals concerned but also for the University as a whole, deepening the University’s relationship with the city and the region.”Moreover, the press office reiterated its goal “to make a major contribution to improving the quality of life of people in the region”, and cited the great works done by Oxford students dating back centuries: “Oxford students pioneered student volunteering in the 19th century, and the student body today is heavily involved in voluntary community activity of every kind.”The Student Consultancy has been swiftly expanding and will have co-ordinated 47 projects and nearly 200 students over the 2011-12 academic year. The Careers Service hopes to further grow this figure to around 25 projects per term, it has recently received a grant from HEIF enabling the project to grow to 100 students a term.last_img read more

4 personal finance lessons from Harry Potter

first_img 201SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details The Harry Potter universe is an absolute pop culture phenomenon. November 18 marks the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first theatrical release from the Wizarding World since the end of the Harry Potter saga. As a build up to its release, the 8 Harry Potter films will be in select theaters for one week starting October 13. While the books and movies can provide hours of entertainment, there’s also a lot you can learn from them. Here are some personal finance lessons you can learn from “The Boy Who Lived.”Money doesn’t grow on trees (or fall from the sky)In Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Galleons rained from the sky onto everyone in attendance at the Quidditch World Cup. If this seems too good to be true, it’s because it was. It turned out to be Leprechaun Gold, which disappears after some time. So keep this in mind next time you want to make the big purchase. Money doesn’t usually fall into you lap, so be a little more frugal with your earnings.Plan for the futureAs a young boy, Harry Potter lived with his Aunt and Uncle who made him sleep under the stairs in a cupboard. Fortunately, his life was changed by a half-giant named Rubeus Hagrid who told him he was a wizard. He also took Harry to the wizard’s bank and helped him make a withdrawal from the stack of gold his parents left for him. It took 11 years to find out, but Harry’s parents fortunately planned ahead and had money waiting for their son, just when he needed it.Insure your belongingsLord Voldemort clearly should have had his “stuff” better protected. During the series he lost a watch, a ring, a diadem, a diary, and his pet snake, Nagini. Granted, all of those objects were evil, so I wasn’t too sad about it, but I know he was mad. In your case, whether it’s homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, just make sure your stuff is covered in case of a disaster.Do what you loveFred and George Weasley loved nothing more than playing jokes. They turned their passion for pranks into a very successful business in Diagon Alley. If you’re passionate about your job, you’ll be highly motivated to succeed.last_img read more

Mahaut man sentence reduced by $350,000.00

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Mahaut man sentence reduced by $350,000.00 by: – November 11, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share 41 Views   one comment Court gavel. Image via: kirtok.comAnthony Luke had his possession of one Cannabis plant fine reduced to $100,000.00 from a previous sentence of $450, 000.00 by the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court yesterday.Luke who was arrested on six charges; cultivation of Cannabis, possession with intent to supply, possession of Cannabis and three gun related charges pleaded guilty to only possession of one Cannabis plant, an offence which maximum penalty is a fine of $100,000.00 and three years imprisonment.Magistrate Candia Carette-George charged the Appellant $450, 000.00 to be paid forthwith with a two and a half (2 ½) year sentence.Darius Jones who represented the Appellant at yesterday’s sitting of the Court of Appeal told the Court that the trial judge charged his client over three and a half times the legal fine without an examination into his means.Justice Janice Pereira agreed with Mr Jones’ point by stating that “we have nothing to say that any examination was undertaken for paying the fine furthermore the term imposed was two and a half years”.Justice Pereira therefore asked Mr Jones to assist the Court with an examination into his clients’ means with a view to arrive at a proper sentence.According to the Mr Jones, his client is a subsistence farmer who earns on average $250.00 from his weekly sales at the Roseau Market, spends in the range of $25.00 – $30.00 for transportation of his produce to the market, weekly grocery shopping in the range of $60.00 – $75.00 and has one dependent who is not his child.Attorney Clement Joseph of the Director of Public Prosecution’s Office told the appeal justices that the fine was wrong and that they did not wish to waste the Court’s time and therefore admit the error of the magistrate. Justice Pereira also agreed with Mr Joseph’s statement that the fine was wrong noting that “clearly there was an error of law in the sentencing of the Appellant”.She further stated that while the appeal will have to be allowed as what the magistrate ordered was contrary to law in terms of the sentencing, the Appellant pleaded guilty and thus the Court must impose a proper fine.In rendering the decision, Justice Pereira stated that the appeals justices had taken into consideration the guilty plea, the nature of the offenses and will impose a fine less than what was ordered by the magistrate.The appeal against sentence was therefore allowed, the sentence imposed by the magistrate quashed and the Court substitutes payment of a fine in the sum of $50, 000.00 to be paid within two months and in default Luke faces a six (6) months imprisonment term.The Court of Appeal did not impose any separate penalty for charges of simple possession, intent to supply and the ammunition charges.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

LIVE: President Trump Unveils Mideast Peace Plan Calling for “Two-State Solution”

first_imgWhile Congress is impeaching the President, he is trying to solve world peace.President Trump’s long awaited Middle East Peace Plan is expected to be released today at noon. Trump calls the plan as “the deal of the century.” Palestinian leaders have already rejected the plan, which would reportedly allow Israel to annex portions of the West Bank. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu says the plan will make history.last_img