Sanctioned by PayPal Thu Aug 04, 2022 21:31 | Anti-Empire
Spain Limits Heating to 19ÂºC, Cooling t... Tue Aug 02, 2022 11:39 | Associated Press
WHO Declares Monkeypox a â€œGlobal Healt... Sat Jul 23, 2022 21:01 | Apoorva Mandavilli
Zelensky Says Ukrainian KIA Down From Pe... Sat Jul 23, 2022 18:13 | Anti-Empire
German Health Ministry: 1 Severe Adverse... Sat Jul 23, 2022 11:25 | Matthew Roscoe
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Liberation of Peski. Where to go next? Mon Aug 15, 2022 17:34 | The Saker
A Strange Thing Happened ? with the development of a New Order Mon Aug 15, 2022 16:45 | The Saker
By Francis Lee for the Saker blog ??The best-known definition of financialization is that it involves the increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors, and financial institutions in
An Alternative Open Letter to Western Politicians Mon Aug 15, 2022 16:34 | The Saker
by Asia Teacher for the Saker blog Dear western politicians! Leaving aside the usual sycophantic nonsense, which applauds your continuing efforts to bring freedom and democracy to the Middle East
The Second Coming of the Heartland Sun Aug 14, 2022 19:25 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author?s permission and widely cross-posted It?s tempting to visualize the overwhelming collective West debacle as a rocket, faster than free fall, plunging into the
We will come after you! Message for the Ukronazi terrorists Sun Aug 14, 2022 04:51 | The Saker
The Saker >>
News Round-Up Tue Aug 16, 2022 00:13 | Jonathan Barr
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
And Finally? Mon Aug 15, 2022 23:21 | Toby Young
In this week?s London Calling, the talking points are the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago and why it won't do Trump any harm, the disgraceful assault on Salman Rushdie and Jerry Sadowitz?s cancellation in Edinburgh.
The post And Finally… appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Woke Medicine Abandons Meritocracy and Sense Mon Aug 15, 2022 15:06 | Noah Carl
American medicine has abandoned meritocracy. Black students are seven times more likely to be admitted to medical school than similarly qualified white students, and nine times more likely than Asian students.
The post Woke Medicine Abandons Meritocracy and Sense appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Why Are All-Cause Excess Deaths in the Under-45s So Much Higher This Year Than at the Height of the ... Mon Aug 15, 2022 14:00 | Nick Rendell
If the WHO thinks it?s worthwhile declaring a public health emergency after five Monkeypox deaths, shouldn?t the 770 excess deaths of children across Europe so far this year also be flagged as a public health emergency?
The post Why Are All-Cause Excess Deaths in the Under-45s So Much Higher This Year Than at the Height of the Pandemic? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Peddlers of Environmental Doom are Closet Totalitarians Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:30 | Toby Young
Jordan Peterson has written a great essay for the Telegraph about the utopianism that underpins the net zero agenda of the global corporate and political elites. Like other utopian projects, it will immiserate us all.
The post Peddlers of Environmental Doom are Closet Totalitarians appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Lockdown Skeptics >>
Voltaire, international edition
Voltairenet.org is taking a hiatus Thu Jul 14, 2022 20:47 | en
Paradoxes of Russophobia Thu Jul 14, 2022 12:46 | en
EU-Russia agreement on supplying Kaliningrad Thu Jul 14, 2022 12:26 | en
Political destabilization plagues the West Thu Jul 14, 2022 05:40 | en
Ukraine destroys its Nova Kakhovka factory Wed Jul 13, 2022 07:53 | en
Voltaire Network >>
G8 Genoa: Police receive low sentences
G8 Genoa: Police receive low sentences
[Media G8way | Gipfelsoli Infogroup]
Press release, July 15th 2008
* Lawyers criticize judges
* Week of action in Genoa
After nine hours the “Bolzaneto trial” against 45 members of police, jail staff and doctors ended yesterday evening in Genoa. The accused persons were under investigation for the misuse of authority, constraint, abuse, intimidation, and falsification of evidence. 300 demonstrators were arrested during the protests against the G8, most of whom were brought to police barracks that were being used as temporary jails.
Concerned activists documented beatings, affronts, fascist slogans and systematic humiliations during the trial. Due to the fact that the police pretended that most of the police officers on duty at the time could not be identified, only police officers in charge were put on trial. Yet, 30 of the accused were acquitted because of “lack of evidence”. The highest sentence was 5 years and 8 months for the chief of security of the jail, Antonio Biahio Gugliotta. The jail doctor Giacomo Toccafondi, criticized heavily for his brutality, received a sentence of only one year and two months.
The convicted have announced that they will appeal. This means that, according to Italian law, the sentences will be prescribed.
In the Bolzaneto trial 300 concerned persons appeared as joint plaintiffs, some of whom are relatives of abused protesters. Half of them are from foreign countries. The judge Renato Delucchi granted each of them an “immediate compensation” between 2,500 to 15,000 € .
Until last week it was unclear whether Berlusconi’s new “security law” may hinder the conclusion of the trial and the sentencing of those charged. Berlusconi is under investigation for suspected corruption. He is calling for the abandonment of all trials with an expected sentence of less than three years that concern events taking place before mid-2002. The new legislation will be ratified at the end of July by president Giorgio Napolitano. In order to speed up the process, the lawyers have decided to drop the joint plaintiffs’s case.
Lawyers and solidarity groups have criticized the sentences heavily. Although the judge recognized that crimes were committed, the sentences were far lower than what the state prosecutors demanded.
In autumn, another judgement against the police is expected. In the “Diaz trial”, police officers who beat up sleeping activists will be tried. 29 police officers in charge are amongst those accused of the falsification of evidence. One of the state prosecutors, Patricia Petruziello, declared that 4 of the 5 persons arrested in the Diaz-school experienced “inhuman and unworthy treatment” according to criteria of the European Court. Italy is not a signatory to the International Convention on Torture. Therefore, the charge only refer to abuse.
Whereas police officers have been exempt from punishment so far, activists have been given high sentences. Last year in November, 25 Italian protestors received draconic sentences of up to 11 years. Being arrested close to where skirmishes were happening was sufficient. This year in June, a French activist was sentenced to five months because she was the only one to climb oder the security fence in the city centre of Genoa.
“These sentences are an attack against social movements and the right to resist”, the Italian solidarity group SupportoLegale writes. “Genoa was a revolt of 300 000 people”, the Gipfelsoli Infogroup comments. “The resistance against the police attacks was absolutely justified.”
Next week, the seventh anniversary of the G8 protests in Genoa will be commemorated with several events to mark the occassion. On July 19th, Haidi Guliani, the mother of assassinated Carlo Giuliani, together with others, will invite people to participate in the preparations for the protests against the next G8 summit 2009 on the island of Sardinia. On July 20th, the annual memorial ceremony for Carlo will take place at the Piazza Alimonda. Solidarity groups from Genoa and from other countries have organized presentations and debates in Palazzo Ducale, the meeting place of the G8 in 2001.
A society in which state representatives have less responsibility than protestors is “an ugly society” declares the joint plaintiff lawyer Laura Tartarini. A detailed comment by the lawyers is expected for today.
* Declaration of SupportoLegale: http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Home/Genua_2001/5299.html
* Lawyer Laura Tartarini on Berlusconi’s “security law”: http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Home/Genua_2001/5218.html
* Programme of the week of action in Genoa: http://www.veritagiustizia.it/altro/torniamo_a_genova_2...8.php