Tag Archives: political prisoners

The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 20

The Ancap Barber Shop

Source: Pax Libertas Productions

"We discuss Ross Ubricht and the Silk Road — Free Ross." [various formats] (07/14/17)


China: Political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies

Source: USA Today

"The imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died of multiple organ failure, Chinese officials announced Thursday. He was 61. Friends of Liu had risked detention earlier Thursday by visiting the First Hospital of China Medical University where he was being treated under guard for advanced liver cancer in northeast China. … Liu was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion for his role in the 'Charter 08' movement calling for political reform and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence. Liu, a former professor, had helped negotiate with the military for the safe passage of students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest." (07/13/17)


Political prisoner alert: Woman faces sentencing for laughing at Sessions

Source: New York Daily News

"A woman convicted after laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing is expected to be sentenced on Friday. Desiree Fairooz, a 61-year-old activist with the Code Pink group, was arrested for 'disorderly or disruptive conduct' in January after laughing when an Alabama senator testified that Sessions had a record of 'treating all Americans equally under the law.' Her lawyer asked a Washington, D.C. judge to toss the jury’s verdict because it couldn’t be proven that Fairooz’s conduct had disrupted the congressional hearing." (07/11/17)


Intercept assisting accused NSA leaker, admits partial fault in outing her

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"The parent company of The Intercept online news outlet announced Tuesday that it is helping the legal defense of the Augusta suspect in the National Security Agency leak investigation. At the same time, The Intercept admitted some fault in Reality Winner’s predicament. 'The ongoing criminal case prevents us from going into detail,' Intercept editor-in-chief Betsy Reed wrote online Tuesday, 'but I can state that, at several points in the editorial process, our practices fell short of the standards to which we hold ourselves for minimizing the risks of source exposure when handling anonymously provided materials.' The U.S. Justice Department has accused Winner of leaking to The Intercept a top-secret NSA report about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election." (07/11/17)


American political prisoner Ross Ulbricht transferred without warning

Source: Bitcoin.com

"Ross Ulbricht, the alleged 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' was suddenly transferred to another location on Thursday. The move happened without warning or notice. Family members went to pay him a visit, and they discovered he was no longer at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. Soon after the family realized what happened, they tweeted Ross was no longer there. It took until the next day before they realized he was being transferred to another correctional unit. Ross finally called and let them know he was being moved." (07/09/17)


PanAm Podcast, 06/27/17

Source: PanAm Post

"Lyn Ulbricht, mother of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, fights for her son's freedom." [Flash video] (06/27/17)


Otto Warmbier, US student abducted by North Korean regime, dies

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The American student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died, his family says. Otto Warmbier, 22, returned to the US last Tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. North Korea said botulism and a sleeping pill led to the coma, but US doctors have disputed this account. Mr Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel." (06/19/17)


Russia: Opposition leader Navalny abducted ahead of protest

Source: ABC News

"Protests spearheaded by prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny were taking place across the country on Monday, but Navalny himself was reportedly arrested outside his Moscow home en route to the centerpiece demonstration in the capital city. Navalny's wife, Yulia, said on his Twitter feed that he was arrested about a half-hour before the demonstration was to begin. There was no immediate statement from police. … Navalny's website reported Monday that protests were held in more than a half-dozen cities in the Far East, including the major Pacific ports of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk and in Siberia's Barnaul. Photos on the website suggested turnouts of hundreds at the rallies." (06/11/17)


Pakistan: Regime thugs announce intent to kill man for Facebook posts

Source: Associated Press

"A minority Shiite Muslim was sentenced to death in Pakistan for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said. Judge Shabbir Ahmed announced the sentence for 30-year-old Taimoor Raza on Saturday in Bahawalpur in eastern Punjab province, according to Shafiq Qureshi. Raza was arrested last year for allegedly posting derogatory content about Sunni Muslim religious leaders and the wives of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. … The [regime] has never executed anyone convicted of blasphemy, but the mere accusation is enough to ignite mob violence or lynching in the deeply conservative country. Right[s] groups say the harsh blasphemy laws are often used to settle personal scores." (06/11/17)


Snowden: Prosecution of Reality Winner without jury a "threat to free press" in America

Source: Washington Examiner

"Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday condemned the charges against accused NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner and called for Americans to resist the Espionage Act. Calling it 'a World War I era law meant for spies,' Snowden criticized the Espionage Act because it 'explicitly forbids the jury from hearing why the defendant acted, and bars them from deciding whether the outcome was to the public's benefit.' … Snowden also said that regardless of opinions on the specific charges against Winner, Americans should get behind allowing her release on bail pending trial because she is not a 'threat to public safety nor a flight risk.'" (06/06/17)