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Unter all den Erwartungen, die an das Internet herangetragen und doch entt¤uscht wurden, war Bertolt Brechts Radiotheorie, nach der jedem noch so kleinen Produzenten ein Publikum beschert werde, eine der langlebigsten. Das Internet hat die Institutionen aber nicht ¼berwunden, sondern im Gegenteil: Es hat Giganten erschaffen, milliardenschwere Konzerne. Kleine Medieninstitutionen, die dieser Entwicklung widerstehen, k¤mpfen um ihre wirtschaftliche Freiheit. Sie sind zumeist von Werbeerl¶sen abh¤ngig. Dass ein Publikum ein Medienangebot selbst¤ndig, nachhaltig und direkt finanziert, bleibt ein unerf¼llter Wunsch. Doch es gibt eine Ausnahme.

Seit f¼nfeinhalb Jahren betreiben die Amerikaner John C. Dvorak und Adam Curry mit der Show 'žNo Agenda'' einen Podcast, also eine im Internet abrufbare und zu abonnierende Radiosendung, die das Gesch¤ftsmodell 'žValue for Value'' verfolgt. Sie senden zweimal pro Woche eine aufwendige und bis zu drei Stunden lange Talkshow und bestreiten diese allein von den Spenden ihrer H¶rer, die sie 'ždie Produzenten des besten Podcasts im Universum'' nennen. Auf sch¤tzungsweise 250.000 Dollar pro Jahr belaufen sich die Einnahmen.

Ganz ohne klassische, institutionelle Medienerfahrung der Macher gelang der Erfolg der Internetshow allerdings nicht. Der 1952 geborene Technologiejournalist Dvorak schreibt seit Jahrzehnten Kolumnen, in denen er sich gegen die g¤ngigen Technologietrends stellt. Ber¼hmt ist er f¼r ein Zitat aus dem Jahr 1984, in dem er die f¼r den Macintosh erfundene Computermaus als von Menschen wohl kaum gewolltes Experiment von Apple darstellt. Bis heute tritt er in seinen Texten als 'žBuzzkill'' auf und redet als h¤ufiger Gast von 'žThis Week in Tech'' gegen die Technikeuphorie der Silicon-Valley-Protagonisten an.

Curry, Jahrgang 1964, machte seine Laufbahn in den Medien nicht nur ber¼hmt, sondern auch reich. Mit 23 Jahren wurde er MTV-Moderator. Dass er f¼r den Sender die Domain 'žmtv.com'' registrierte und Sprachrohr im Internet werden wollte, brachte ihm viel rger ein. Im ersten Internetboom f¼hrte er ein Unternehmen mit mehreren hundert Mitarbeitern an die Technologieb¶rse Nasdaq. 2004 schuf er eine Videoplattform, ein Jahr vor der Gr¼ndung von Youtube. Als 'žPodfather'' z¤hlt er heute zum Erfinderkreis des Podcastings.

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'žNo Agenda'' h¤lt, was die Biographien der beiden versprechen: Misstrauen und Kritik gegen¼ber allen Institutionen und Entwicklungen, gepaart mit dem unbedingten Willen zu unterhalten. Curry und Dvorak nehmen insbesondere amerikanische Medien unter die Lupe und unterziehen Ausschnitte aus Radio- und Fernsehsendungen, die sie in jeder Sendung im Dutzend vorspielen, einer Zweitverwertung - sie legen ¼ber die Aussagen der Politiker und Moderationen von Journalisten eine eigene Weltsicht, in der eine abenteuerliche Bandbreite an Haltungen zum Vorschein kommt und insbesondere als alternativlos geltende Szenarien zerpfl¼ckt werden. Pr¤sidenten kommen bei ihnen nicht gut weg, ebenso das Milit¤r, Geheimdienste und Zentralbanken.

Ihrem Publikum verlangen Curry und Dvorak einiges ab. Den Zuschnitt der Sendung mit ihren zahlreichen Querbez¼gen kann man erst nach Wochen nachvollziehen, und nicht selten wiegen die Na-ja-Effekte die Aha-Effekte auf. Doch die H¶rergemeinde w¤chst, nicht nur in Amerika, wo sich die groŸen Medieninstitutionen inzwischen offen politischen Lagern zurechnen und der Name 'žNo Agenda'' f¼r ein alternatives Programm durchaus passt. Adam Curry sch¤tzt, dass etwa ein Prozent der Zuh¶rer f¼r das Programm bezahlen. Zur 500. Ausgabe am Sonntag, den 31. M¤rz, wird der Anteil wohl etwas h¶her sein.

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Bradley Manning: I want to live as a woman - TODAY.com

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Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman.

''I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,'' the Army private wrote in a statement read on TODAY Thursday. ''Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.''

Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday after having been found guilty of 20 charges ranging from espionage to theft for leaking more than 700,000 documents to the WikiLeaks website while working in Iraq in 2010.

Click here to read Manning's full statement

''I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility),'' he continued in the statement. ''I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.''

Manning signed the letter ''Chelsea E. Manning.''

During his trial, Manning's defense team suggested his struggles with gender identity as a gay soldier were a factor in his decision to leak. His attorneys presented an email to a former supervisor from April 2010 in which he said he was transgender and joined the Army to ''get rid of it.'' The email, which had the subject line ''My Problem,'' also included a photo of Manning in which he is wearing a blonde wig and lipstick. During Manning's nine-month detainment at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., following his arrest in 2010, he sent two letters to his counselor using the name ''Breanna,'' Master Sgt. Craig Blenis testified at his trial.

"The stress that he was under was mostly to give context to what was going on at the time," Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Thursday. "It was never an excuse because that's not what drove his actions. What drove his actions was a strong moral compass."

Manning will likely serve his sentence at Fort Leavenworth, the only military prison for service members sentenced to 10 or more years, a Military District of Washington spokesperson told The Associated Press.

Coombs said he is "hoping" that Fort Leavenworth "would do the right thing" and provide hormone therapy for Manning. "If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure they are forced to do so."

The facility does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity issues but does provide psychiatric care, a Fort Leavenworth spokeswoman told Courthouse News earlier this week.

In the U.S. prison system, transgender prisoners who have not had genital surgery are generally assigned to live with their birth-sex peers, but the military policy is unclear.

On whether Manning will seek sexual reassignment surgery, Coombs said "I haven't really discussed that aspect with her. Really, it's more about getting the hormone therapy, so at this point I don't know the answer to that."

Coombs told Guthrie that he expects Manning "to be out" on parole in seven years. "But I actually expect him to get pardoned," Coombs continued. "At least that's what my hope is, that the president will in fact pardon him."

Coombs said he doesn't fear for Manning's safety in prison, and that Manning will not ask to live in a female prison. "Everyone that's in a military prison is a first-time offender. These are soldiers who have done something wrong, have gone to prison and are really just trying to do their time and then get out."

In the statement read on TODAY, Manning thanked his supporters. ''I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years,'' he wrote. ''Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong.l I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.''

Bradley Manning: a sentence both unjust and unfair | Editorial

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Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Bradley Manning has received a prison sentence that was 10 years longer than the period of time after which many of the documents he released would have been automatically declassified. The military judge handed down the longest ever sentence for a leak of US government information.

Mr Manning, according to this logic, did more harm than the soldier who gave a Jordanian intelligence agent information on the build-up to the first Iraq war, or the marine who gave the KGB the identities of CIA agents and floorplans of the embassies in Moscow and Vienna. Mr Manning did three times as much harm in transmitting to WikiLeaks in 2010 the war logs or field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, as Charles Graner did. He was the army reserve corporal who became ringleader of the Abu Ghraib abuse ring and was set free after serving six and a half years of his 10-year sentence.

Among the 700,000 classified documents Mr Manning downloaded while stationed in Iraq was a video that showed a US Apache helicopter in Baghdad opening fire on a group of Iraqis, including two Reuters journalists and their children, who had attempted to rescue a severely injured man. More devastating than the film was the cockpit chatter of the soldiers who joked as they shot people in the streets.

"Look at those dead bastards," said one. "Nice," said another.

The Apache crew has never been charged with any offence (all their adult targets were listed as insurgents) and neither has any other individual as a result of Mr Manning's revelations. But the shortened 17-minute version of the video has been viewed more than 3m times on YouTube.

So, the central question to answer in judging the proportionality of this sentence is whether the desire to punish a whistleblower driven by moral outrage stems from the alleged harm he did US military and diplomatic interests, or whether it derives more from sheer embarrassment. The judge presiding, Col Denise Lind, had already thrown out the gravest charge, that of "aiding the enemy". Col Lind had also limited the admissibility of evidence regarding the "chilling effects" that Mr Manning's actions had on US diplomacy by releasing 250,000 state department cables. A military witness conceded there was no evidence that anyone had been killed after being named in the releases.

Mr Manning's recent apology for his actions does not, and should not, detract from the initial defence he gave for them, when he spoke of his shock at the "delightful bloodlust" displayed by that helicopter crew, or his belief that stimulating a debate about the wars was the right thing to do. We know what his motives as a whistleblower were and we have applauded them. They are certainly not akin to treachery or any act fit to be judged '' if anything is '' by an espionage act rushed onto the statute book in 1917 after America entered the first world war.

Mr Manning exposed the abuse of detainees by Iraqi officers under the watch of US minders. He showed that civilian deaths during the Iraq war were much higher than the official estimates. If they were published today, these claims would be uncontentious. They have already slipped into the official history of this war. But the author of this orthodoxy will continue to pay for the record he helped establish by a prison term that he will serve well into the next decade, which is when the first date for his parole application becomes due. Mr Manning was seeking to hold his country and its army to the values they claim to uphold.

It is unclear what the US military hopes to achieve by securing a sentence that dwarfs those of other military convictions. Deterrence features large in its thinking. Whistleblowing will not only endanger your career, it wants to say, but your freedom '' for most of your adult life. In 2008, one could have hoped that the US had a president whose administration would distinguish between leaks in the public interest and treason. But this sentence tells a different story. Mr Manning's sentence, which is both unjust and unfair, can still be reduced on appeal. Let us hope that it is.

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Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic

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Yahoo bumps Google from the top spot on ComScore's top 50 Internet properties list, a position held by Google since 2008.

For the first time in five years, Google is no longer No. 1 in US Internet traffic, and its top spot was taken by a surprising competitor -- the once lackluster Yahoo.

ComScore released its monthly report on the top 50 US Internet properties Wednesday and it listed Yahoo as the top dog in July with 196,564,000 visits. Google, lagging behind slightly, had 192,251,000.

Marketing Land noted that Google has been No. 1 since April 2008. While Yahoo's numbers fluctuated, its had reached the No. 2 or No. 3 position occasionally, it never could make it the top.

The boost comes shortly after Yahoo's May purchase of the popular blogging site Tumblr. While ComScore still ranks Tumblr as its own entity, there's a footnote indicating that the site has "has assigned some portion of traffic to other syndicated entities." Tumblr came in at No. 38 with 38,367,000 visits.

Whether it's some clever number crunching or a real renewed interest from consumers, these latest figures have got to give Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and the company's loyal employees, a good morale boost.

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Autopsy report: Michael Hastings - Documents - Los Angeles Times

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Journ­al­ist Mi­chael Hast­ings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of ''trau­mat­ic in­jur­ies'' as a res­ult of the ac­ci­dent and had traces of drugs in his sys­tem, Los Angeles cor­on­er's of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

Note: This doc­u­ment con­tains con­tent that some read­ers might find dis­turb­ing.

'-- Andrew Blankstein

Published: Aug. 20, 2013

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Section 53.

This schedulenoteType=Explanatory Notes has no associated

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.1(1)In this Schedule ''examining officer'' means any of the following'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a constable,

(b)an immigration officer, and

(c)a customs officer who is designated for the purpose of this Schedule by the Secretary of State and the Commissioners of Customs and Excise.

(2)In this Schedule'--

''the border area'' has the meaning given by paragraph 4,

''captain'' means master of a ship or commander of an aircraft,

''port'' includes an airport and a hoverport,

''ship'' includes a hovercraft, and

''vehicle'' includes a train.

(3)A place shall be treated as a port for the purposes of this Schedule in relation to a person if an examining officer believes that the person'--

(a)has gone there for the purpose of embarking on a ship or aircraft, or

(b)has arrived there on disembarking from a ship or aircraft.

Power to stop, question and detainE+W+S+N.I.2(1)An examining officer may question a person to whom this paragraph applies for the purpose of determining whether he appears to be a person falling within section 40(1)(b).E+W+S+N.I.

(2)This paragraph applies to a person if'--

(a)he is at a port or in the border area, and

(b)the examining officer believes that the person's presence at the port or in the area is connected with his entering or leaving Great Britain or Northern Ireland [or his travelling by air within Great Britain or within Northern Ireland].

(3)This paragraph also applies to a person on a ship or aircraft which has arrived [at any place in Great Britain or Northern Ireland (whether from within or outside Great Britain or Northern Ireland).]

(4)An examining officer may exercise his powers under this paragraph whether or not he has grounds for suspecting that a person falls within section 40(1)(b).

3An examining officer may question a person who is in the border area for the purpose of determining whether his presence in the area is connected with his entering or leaving Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

4(1)A place in Northern Ireland is within the border area for the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3 if it is no more than one mile from the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If a train goes from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland, the first place in Northern Ireland at which it stops for the purpose of allowing passengers to leave is within the border area for the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3.

5A person who is questioned under paragraph 2 or 3 must'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)give the examining officer any information in his possession which the officer requests;

(b)give the examining officer on request either a valid passport which includes a photograph or another document which establishes his identity;

(c)declare whether he has with him documents of a kind specified by the examining officer;

(d)give the examining officer on request any document which he has with him and which is of a kind specified by the officer.

6(1)For the purposes of exercising a power under paragraph 2 or 3 an examining officer may'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)stop a person or vehicle;

(b)detain a person.

(2)For the purpose of detaining a person under this paragraph, an examining officer may authorise the person's removal from a ship, aircraft or vehicle.

(3)Where a person is detained under this paragraph the provisions of Part I of Schedule 8 (treatment) shall apply.

(4)A person detained under this paragraph shall (unless detained under any other power) be released not later than the end of the period of nine hours beginning with the time when his examination begins.

SearchesE+W+S+N.I.7For the purpose of satisfying himself whether there are any persons whom he may wish to question under paragraph 2 an examining officer may'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)search a ship or aircraft;

(b)search anything on a ship or aircraft;

(c)search anything which he reasonably believes has been, or is about to be, on a ship or aircraft.

8(1)An examining officer who questions a person under paragraph 2 may, for the purpose of determining whether he falls within section 40(1)(b)'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)search the person;

(b)search anything which he has with him, or which belongs to him, and which is on a ship or aircraft;

(c)search anything which he has with him, or which belongs to him, and which the examining officer reasonably believes has been, or is about to be, on a ship or aircraft;

(d)search a ship or aircraft for anything falling within paragraph (b)

[(e)search a vehicle which is on a ship or aircraft;

(f)search a vehicle which the examining officer reasonably believes has been, or is about to be, on a ship or aircraft.]

(2)Where an examining officer questions a person in the border area under paragraph 2 he may (in addition to the matters specified in sub-paragraph (1)), for the purpose of determining whether the person falls within section 40(1)(b)'--

(a)search a vehicle;

(b)search anything in or on a vehicle;

(c)search anything which he reasonably believes has been, or is about to be, in or on a vehicle.

(3)A search of a person under this paragraph must be carried out by someone of the same sex.

9(1)An examining officer may examine goods to which this paragraph applies for the purpose of determining whether they have been used in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.E+W+S+N.I.

[(2)This paragraph applies to'--

(a)goods which have arrived in or are about to leave Great Britain or Northern Ireland on a ship or vehicle, and

(b)goods which have arrived at or are about to leave any place in Great Britain or Northern Ireland on an aircraft (whether the place they have come from or are going to is within or outside Great Britain or Northern Ireland).]

(3)In this paragraph ''goods'' includes'--

(a)property of any description, and

(b)containers.

(4)An examining officer may board a ship or aircraft or enter a vehicle for the purpose of determining whether to exercise his power under this paragraph.

10(1)An examining officer may authorise a person to carry out on his behalf a search or examination under any of paragraphs 7 to 9.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)A person authorised under this paragraph shall be treated as an examining officer for the purposes of'--

(a)paragraphs 9(4) and 11 of this Schedule, and

(b)paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 14.

Detention of propertyE+W+S+N.I.11(1)This paragraph applies to anything which'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)is given to an examining officer in accordance with paragraph 5(d),

(b)is searched or found on a search under paragraph 8, or

(c)is examined under paragraph 9.

(2)An examining officer may detain the thing'--

(a)for the purpose of examination, for a period not exceeding seven days beginning with the day on which the detention commences,

(b)while he believes that it may be needed for use as evidence in criminal proceedings, or

(c)while he believes that it may be needed in connection with a decision by the Secretary of State whether to make a deportation order under the Immigration Act 1971.

Designated portsE+W+S+N.I.12(1)This paragraph applies to a journey'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)to Great Britain from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or any of the Islands,

(b)from Great Britain to any of those places,

(c)to Northern Ireland from Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland or any of the Islands, or

(d)from Northern Ireland to any of those places.

(2)Where a ship or aircraft is employed to carry passengers for reward on a journey to which this paragraph applies the owners or agents of the ship or aircraft shall not arrange for it to call at a port in Great Britain or Northern Ireland for the purpose of disembarking or embarking passengers unless'--

(a)the port is a designated port, or

(b)an examining officer approves the arrangement.

(3)Where an aircraft is employed on a journey to which this paragraph applies otherwise than to carry passengers for reward, the captain of the aircraft shall not permit it to call at or leave a port in Great Britain or Northern Ireland unless'--

(a)the port is a designated port, or

(b)he gives at least 12 hours' notice in writing to a constable for the police area in which the port is situated (or, where the port is in Northern Ireland, to a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary).

(4)A designated port is a port which appears in the Table at the end of this Schedule.

(5)The Secretary of State may by order'--

(a)add an entry to the Table;

(b)remove an entry from the Table.

Embarkation and disembarkationE+W+S+N.I.13(1)The Secretary of State may by notice in writing to the owners or agents of ships or aircraft'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)designate control areas in any port in the United Kingdom;

(b)specify conditions for or restrictions on the embarkation or disembarkation of passengers in a control area.

(2)Where owners or agents of a ship or aircraft receive notice under sub-paragraph (1) in relation to a port they shall take all reasonable steps to ensure, in respect of the ship or aircraft'--

(a)that passengers do not embark or disembark at the port outside a control area, and

(b)that any specified conditions are met and any specified restrictions are complied with.

14(1)The Secretary of State may by notice in writing to persons concerned with the management of a port in the United Kingdom (''the port managers'')'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)designate control areas in the port;

(b)require the port managers to provide at their own expense specified facilities in a control area for the purposes of the embarkation or disembarkation of passengers or their examination under this Schedule;

(c)require conditions to be met and restrictions to be complied with in relation to the embarkation or disembarkation of passengers in a control area;

(d)require the port managers to display, in specified locations in control areas, notices containing specified information about the provisions of this Schedule in such form as may be specified.

(2)Where port managers receive notice under sub-paragraph (1) they shall take all reasonable steps to comply with any requirement set out in the notice.

15(1)This paragraph applies to a ship employed to carry passengers for reward, or an aircraft, which'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)arrives in Great Britain from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or any of the Islands,

(b)arrives in Northern Ireland from Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland or any of the Islands,

(c)leaves Great Britain for the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or any of the Islands, or

(d)leaves Northern Ireland for Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland or any of the Islands.

(2)The captain shall ensure'--

(a)that passengers and members of the crew do not disembark at a port in Great Britain or Northern Ireland unless either they have been examined by an examining officer or they disembark in accordance with arrangements approved by an examining officer;

(b)that passengers and members of the crew do not embark at a port in Great Britain or Northern Ireland except in accordance with arrangements approved by an examining officer;

(c)where a person is to be examined under this Schedule on board the ship or aircraft, that he is presented for examination in an orderly manner.

(3)Where paragraph 27 of Schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971 (disembarkation requirements on arrival in the United Kingdom) applies, the requirements of sub-paragraph (2)(a) above are in addition to the requirements of paragraph 27 of that Schedule.

CardingE+W+S+N.I.16(1)The Secretary of State may by order make provision requiring a person to whom this paragraph applies, if required to do so by an examining officer, to complete and produce to the officer a card containing such information in such form as the order may specify.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)An order under this paragraph may require the owners or agents of a ship or aircraft employed to carry passengers for reward to supply their passengers with cards in the form required by virtue of sub-paragraph (1).

(3)This paragraph applies to a person'--

(a)who disembarks in Great Britain from a ship or aircraft which has come from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or any of the Islands,

(b)who disembarks in Northern Ireland from a ship or aircraft which has come from Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, or any of the Islands,

(c)who embarks in Great Britain on a ship or aircraft which is going to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or any of the Islands, or

(d)who embarks in Northern Ireland on a ship or aircraft which is going to Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, or any of the Islands.

Provision of passenger informationE+W+S+N.I.17[(1)This paragraph applies to a ship or aircraft which'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)arrives or is expected to arrive in any place in the United Kingdom (whether from another place in the United Kingdom or from outside the United Kingdom), or

(b)leaves or is expected to leave the United Kingdom.]

(2)If an examining officer gives the owners or agents of a ship or aircraft to which this paragraph applies a written request to provide specified information, the owners or agents shall comply with the request as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(3)A request to an owner or agent may relate'--

(a)to a particular ship or aircraft,

(b)to all ships or aircraft of the owner or agent to which this paragraph applies, or

(c)to specified ships or aircraft.

(4)Information may be specified in a request only if it is of a kind which is prescribed by order of the Secretary of State and which relates'--

(a)to passengers,

(b)to crew, . . .

(c)to vehicles belonging to passengers or crew [,or

(d)to goods.]

(5)A passenger or member of the crew on a ship or aircraft shall give the captain any information required for the purpose of enabling the owners or agents to comply with a request under this paragraph.

(6)Sub-paragraphs (2) and (5) shall not require the provision of information which is required to be provided under or by virtue of paragraph 27(2) or 27B of Schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971.

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

Marginal Citations

OffencesE+W+S+N.I.18(1)A person commits an offence if he'--E+W+S+N.I.

(a)wilfully fails to comply with a duty imposed under or by virtue of this Schedule,

(b)wilfully contravenes a prohibition imposed under or by virtue of this Schedule, or

(c)wilfully obstructs, or seeks to frustrate, a search or examination under or by virtue of this Schedule.

(2)A person guilty of an offence under this paragraph shall be liable on summary conviction to'--

(a)imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months,

(b)a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale, or

(c)both.

Table Designated Ports Great Britain

SeaportsAirportsArdrossan

Cairnryan

Campbeltown

Fishguard

Fleetwood

Heysham

Holyhead

Pembroke Dock

Plymouth

Poole Harbour

Port of Liverpool

Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port

Southampton

Stranraer

Swansea

Torquay

Troon

Weymouth

Aberdeen

Biggin Hill

Birmingham

Blackpool

Bournemouth (Hurn)

Bristol

Cambridge

Cardiff

Carlisle

Coventry

East Midlands

Edinburgh

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David Miranda detention legally sound, says Scotland Yard

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19 August 2013Last updated at21:44 ETUsing the Terrorism Act to detain the partner of a Guardian reporter who wrote about US and UK security services was "legally and procedurally sound", Scotland Yard has said.

It was responding to claims it misused its powers by holding David Miranda for nine hours at Heathrow on Sunday.

Independent reviewer of terrorism legislation David Anderson QC has said the length of detention was "unusual".

Mr Anderson will meet police later for an urgent briefing on the matter.

He has been joined by senior British politicians in calling on police to explain why Mr Miranda, 28, was detained.

The Brazilian was held at Heathrow on his way from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with his partner, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has published information from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

He was detained under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This allows police to hold someone at an airport, port or international rail station for up to nine hours for questioning about whether they have been involved with acts of terrorism

Mr Miranda said he was kept in a room and questioned about his "whole life".

Scotland Yard, which has not revealed on what grounds he was detained, said in a statement on Monday night that the "examination" of Mr Miranda was "subject to a detailed decision-making process".

"The procedure was reviewed throughout to ensure the examination was both necessary and proportionate," it added.

"Our assessment is that the use of the power in this case was legally and procedurally sound.

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David Miranda: "I was kept in a room with six agents... asking me about everything - my whole life"

"Contrary to some reports, the man was offered legal representation while under examination and a solicitor attended.

"No complaint has been received by the MPS at this time."

In Germany, Mr Miranda had been staying with US film-maker Laura Poitras, who has also been working on the Snowden files with Mr Greenwald and the Guardian, according to the newspaper.

The paper said Mr Miranda was stopped while he was "ferrying materials" between his partner and Ms Poitras.

"I was kept in a room with six agents coming in and out and asking me about everything - my whole life," Mr Miranda told reporters when he arrived back in Brazil on Monday.

"They took my computer, my video games, my mobile phone and memory cards - everything."

'Heads up'In a separate interview with the Guardian, he said: "They were threatening me all the time and saying I would be put in jail if I didn't co-operate.

"They treated me like I was a criminal or someone about to attack the UK... it was exhausting and frustrating, but I knew I wasn't doing anything wrong."

The US government has said British officials gave it a "heads up" about Mr Miranda's detention but said the decision to seize him was a British one taken "independent of our direction".

Brazil's foreign minister Antonio Patriota has called the detention "not justifiable" and has sought answers from his UK counterpart, William Hague.

Downing Street has said the case is an "operational matter for the police".

Mr Greenwald said the British authorities' actions amounted to "bullying" and linked it to his writing about Mr Snowden's revelations concerning the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Mr Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, leaked details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by American intelligence services.

According to the Guardian, he passed "thousands of files" to Mr Greenwald, who has written a series of stories about surveillance by US and UK authorities.

Mr Greenwald said his partner's detention was "clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and [UK intelligence agency] GCHQ".

Newspaper forced to destroy Snowden material - CNBC

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The Guardian, a major outlet for revelations based on leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, says the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed the classified documents or handed them back to British authorities.

In an article posted on the British newspaper's website on Monday, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said that a month ago, after the newspaper had published several stories based on Snowden's material, a British official advised him: "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back."

Rusbridger's disclosure follows Sunday's detainment at London's Heathrow Airport under British anti-terrorism laws of David Miranda, domestic partner of U.S. journalist and Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald.

Miranda, a Brazilian citizen in transit from Berlin to Brazil, said he was released without charge after nine hours of questioning but minus his laptop, cellphone and memory sticks.

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Greenwald, who met face to face in Hong Kong with Snowden and has written or co-authored many of the newspaper's stories about U.S. surveillance of global communications, vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will "regret" detaining his partner.

Rusbridger said that after further talks with the British government, two "security experts" from Government Communications Headquarters, the British equivalent of the ultra-secretive U.S. National Security Agency, visited the Guardian's London offices.

In the building's basement, Rusbridger wrote, government officials watched as computers which contained material provided by Snowden were physically pulverized. "We can call off the black helicopters," Rusbridger says one of the officials joked.

A source familiar with the event said Guardian employees destroyed the computers as government security experts looked on.

Rusbridger, in his article, said he told British officials that due to the nature of "international collaborations" among journalists, it would remain possible for media organizations to "take advantage of the most permissive legal environments." Henceforth, he said, the Guardian "did not have to do our reporting from London."

(Read More: Leaker Snowden riles hacker conferences)

A source familiar with the matter said that this meant British authorities were on notice that the Guardian was likely to continue to report on the Snowden revelations from outside British government jurisdiction.

'Had Your Debate'

Rusbridger said that in meetings with British officials, before the computers were destroyed, he told them the Guardian could not do its journalistic duty if it gave in to the government's requests.

In response, he wrote, a government official told him that the newspaper had already achieved the aim of sparking a debate on government surveillance. "You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more," the unnamed official was quoted as saying.

The Guardian's decision to publicize the government threat - and the newspaper's assertion that it can continue reporting on the Snowden revelations from outside of Britain - appears to be the latest step in an escalating battle between the news media and governments over reporting of secret surveillance programs.

One U.S. security official told Reuters that one of the main purposes of the British government's detention and questioning of Miranda was to send a message to recipients of Snowden's materials, including the Guardian, that the British government was serious about trying to shut down the leaks.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that while the United States did not ask British authorities to detain Miranda, British officials had given the United States a "heads up" about the British government's plan to question him.

(Read More: Russia summit 'up in the air' as Snowden gets asylum)

Greenwald, asked by a reporter if the detention of his partner would deter him from future reporting, said the opposite would happen.

"I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I am going to publish things on England, too. I have many documents on England's spy system," Greenwald, speaking in Portuguese, told reporters at Rio de Janeiro's airport where he met Miranda upon his return to Brazil.

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David Miranda detention: Why I believe the Guardian has smeared Britain's security services '' Telegraph Blogs

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Like most people, I fully supported Edward Snowden blowing the whistle on the NSA surveillance programme on Americans. I called for a Presidential pardon for Snowden on my blog, and suggested the journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story, should win a Pulitzer prize for it.

Unfortunately, within barely a few days, my naive belief that Snowden was a patriotic whistleblower started to unravel. He fled to Hong Kong and it became apparent that he had aimed not just to gain intelligence on the NSA, but to expose American '' and British '' spy programmes, putting our agents at risk around the world, and aiding some of the world's most repressive regimes. With the interview Snowden did with the South China Morning Post, he exposed US intel in China. He then dumped his entire stash of files with the anti-American Wikileaks and Julian Assange, who has previously stated "so what?" (I paraphrase) if US intel assets are killed from leaks.

My blog on that was here.

But with the distressing realisation that Snowden looks like a little spy, one who was happy to suck up to the homophobic regime in Russia where he has taken asylum, I kept looking at Glenn Greenwald's feed '' @Ggreenwald on Twitter '' hoping to see some condemnation of what many in the US believe is the plain and obvious treason committed by his source. Yet there was none.

I put this down to journalistic "Stockholm Syndrome", that Greenwald was so in love with his story and his source that he had just gone blind and could see no wrong. When Greenwald frenziedly attacked a Wall Street Journal reporter who suggested he, Greenwald, might have aided and abetted Snowden, I supported Greenwald. I honestly did not believe that Greenwald would stoop so low, knowing as he did by then that Snowden was happy to leak US intel operations against repressive regimes.

The Guardian came out with a ''story'' that GCHQ had spied on Russia at the G8 and it was rightly met with total derision on Twitter, even amongst lefties. #GuardianBond was the hashtag. (They were shocked, shocked that our spies spy! And on Russia, too!)

Well, the sell-out traitor Snowden took asylum with the homophobe Putin, issuing a fawning statement of thanks, and I assumed the story was dead for a while.

Until the ''scandal'' of David Miranda's nine-hour detention broke on Twitter. Boy, did it seem pretty bad '' the husband of a journalist, nothing to do with this story himself, detained for no good reason for nine solid hours, denied a lawyer, held under the Terrorism Act, purely to intimidate his husband. Wow. I had no idea our security forces at Heathrow were such utter b*******, abusing their power in violation of all professional standards and ethics.

Except'... for that very reason I didn't quite believe it. Here's how the story utterly unravelled over the course of the day.

Here's Glenn Greenwald to the New York Times, pretending Miranda was just there as a spouse, and was not himself a journalist:

He is my partner. He is not even a journalist.

This was the first clue. It turned out that the Guardian was paying for David Miranda's flights and that Miranda was working on the leaks story, making him a journalist. My direct question to Greenwald '' and the Guardian '' as to whether the Guardian was paying Miranda for his work on the story went unanswered, though Greenwald instead asked me a question of his own.

Here's where the Guardian admit they were paying for his flights and he was assisting with the story:

The Guardian paid for Miranda's flights. Miranda is not an employee of the Guardian. As Greenwald's partner, he often assists him in his work and the Guardian normally reimburses the expenses of someone aiding a reporter in such circumstances.

This showed that Greenwald was lying by saying that Miranda was merely a spouse '' he was actively involved in the story with Greenwald.

But hey, no biggie '' even if Miranda WAS acting as a journalist himself, you can't detain someone under the Terrorism Act just for being a journalist. Freedom of the press. And you can't deny them a lawyer, as Greenwald said the airport police did:

The official '' who refused to give his name but would only identify himself by his number: 203654 '' said David was not allowed to have a lawyer present, nor would they allow me to talk to him.

Except, giving an interview to the Guardian just before 10pm and after all the UK papers had gone to bed (so they couldn't report this) David Miranda confirmed he had been offered a lawyer:

He was offered a lawyer and a cup of water, but he refused both because he did not trust the authorities.

Right. Now let's pause for a moment and talk about lies of omission. Surely both the Guardian newspaper and Glenn Greenwald had known for some time that David Miranda was offered a lawyer by airport security. So why did they allow the falsehood to be tweeted and written about that Miranda was detained without being offered a lawyer to persist for so long? Did they know all day and not tell us?

I was arguing at this point that Miranda, who was clearly working as a journalist assisting on the story, was obviously suspected of not just reporting, but helping Snowden disseminate his intelligence on UK and US spying programmes, which would clearly be a serious crime. I qualified it by saying Miranda may not have been doing that, but it could be reasonably suspected.

I didn't know then what we all know now, and what Greenwald and the Guardian knew but kept secret until late last night.

But the final shoe fell. Glenn Greenwald admitted to the New York Times that David Miranda had been carrying, as a mule, stolen, encrypted thumb drives actually containing intelligence data that Snowden stole from the CIA '' and those encrypted drives were confiscated.

Remember, Greenwald knew this all along. He knew his husband was not only a journalist but much more to the point, he was carrying top secret, encrypted drives with stolen intelligence information on them '' information not just about the NSA but about UK and US intelligence action against foreign powers. Yet he was so quick to lie and viciously slander our security services, saying they targeted his husband only to intimidate him, Greenwald. He always knew Miranda was transporting top secret encrypted files Snowden stole, as the New York Times reported:

Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden.

Note the NYT correctly says ''the two journalists'' '' though at this point they are far beyond that.

As I tweeted away on this bombshell, fellow tweeters denied it was possible, even when again and again I pointed them to the quote. Then they asked ''If Miranda was carrying encrypted stolen Snowden data, why wasn't he arrested and charged? Eh? Eh?''

Well, probably because the thumb drives are encrypted and it would take police more than 9 hours to decode them '' by which time they had to release Miranda under the law. The only reason we know for sure that Miranda was smuggling this is because Greenwald admitted it to the Times '' once Miranda was safely back on Brazilian soil.

In Brazil now, Greenwald was threatening, apparently out of sheer revenge, to expose British intelligence and therefore British agents. He tried to deny these threats later, but unfortunately for him, CNN reported his exact words with the video to prove it (slide to 1:20 for Greenwald):

Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the news about secret U.S. surveillance programs, said the authorities who took his partner into custody at London's Heathrow Airport ''are going to regret what they did.''

''I am going to write my stories a lot more aggressively now,'' the Guardian reporter told Brazil's Globo TV on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.

''I am going to publish many more documents now. I am going to publish a lot about England, too, I have a lot of documents about the espionage system in England. Now my focus is going to be that as well.''

And lastly of course, we have the juxtaposition of the quotes by David Miranda to the Guardian and the statement by Glenn Greenwald to the New York Times. Miranda states (if you believe him, and I don't) that he had no idea what he was carrying. Greenwald states that he was transporting Snowden's stolen, top secret CIA intelligence data on encrypted thumb drives. So basically, you have Greenwald using his spouse as a mule to actively assist Edward Snowden, and you have Miranda apparently lying at the airport when he answers that damned basic security question'... ''Has anyone given you anything to carry on board?''

''It is clear why they took me. It's because I'm Glenn's partner. Because I went to Berlin. Because Laura lives there. So they think I have a big connection,'' he [David Miranda] said. ''But I don't have a role. I don't look at documents. I don't even know if it was documents that I was carrying. It could have been for the movie that Laura is working on.''

Did you lie to airport security, then, David?

Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden.

And you knew this all along, Glenn Greenwald, yet you continued to smear our intelligence police, just as you knew all along David Miranda was offered a lawyer yet failed constantly to correct the record?

But you know, why is the New York Times breaking the story that Miranda was transporting stolen intelligence data, stolen by Snowden? Why wouldn't our fearless truth-seekers at the Guardian let Britain know what David Miranda was really doing?

This is an edited extract of a post on Unfashionista.com, published with Louise Mensch's permission. Read the full version here.

The Smears of Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian '' a primer Unfashionista

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Like most people, I fully supported Edward Snowden blowing the whistle on the NSA surveillance programme on Americans. I called for a Presidential pardon for Snowden right here on this blog, and suggested the journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story, should win a Pulitzer prize for it.

http://unfashionista.com/2013/06/09/obama-must-pardon-edward-snowden/

Unfortunately, within barely a few days, my naive belief that Snowden was a patriotic whistleblower started to unravel. He fled to Hong Kong and it became apparent that he had targeted his job not just to gain intelligence on the NSA, but to expose American '' and British '' spy programmes, putting our agents at risk around the world, and aiding some of the world's most repressive regimes. With the interview Snowden did with the South China Morning Post, he exposed US intel in China. He then dumped his entire stash of files with the anti-American Wikileaks and Julian Assange, who has previously stated 'so what' if US intel assets are killed from leaks.

My blog on that was here.

http://unfashionista.com/2013/07/02/assange-turns-snowden-into-a-traitor/

But with all this distressing realisation that Snowden was just a shitty little spy, one who was happy to suck up to the homophobic regime in Russia where he has taken asylum, i kept looking at Glenn Greenwald's feed '' @Ggreenwald on Twitter '' hoping to see some condemnation of the plain and obvious treason committed by his source. Yet there was none.

I put this down to journalistic ''Stockholm Syndrome'', that Greenwald was so in love with his story and his source that he had just gone blind and could see no wrong. When Greenwald frenziedly attacked a Wall Street Journal reporter who suggested he, Greenwald, might have aided and abetted Snowden, I supported Greenwald. I honestly did not believe that Greenwald would stoop so low, knowing as he did by then that Snowden was happy to leak US intel operations against repressive regimes.

The Guardian came out with a ''story'' that GCHQ had spied on Russia at the G8 and it was rightly met with total derision on Twitter, even amongst lefties. #GuardianBond was the hashtag. (They were shocked, shocked that our spies spy! and on Russia, too!)

Well, the sell-out traitor Snowden took asylum with the homophobe Putin, issuing a fawning statement of thanks, and I assumed the story was dead for a while.

Until the ''scandal'' of David Miranda's 9 hour detention broke on Twitter. Boy, did it seem pretty bad '' the husband of a journalist, nothing to do with this story himself, detained for no good reason for nine solid hours, denied a lawyer, held under the Terrorism Act, purely to intimidate his husband. Wow. I had no idea our security forces at Heathrow were such utter bastards, abusing their power in violation of all professional standards and ethics.

Except'.... for that very reason I didn't quite believe it.

Everybody else believed it though, and fellow UK papers, the AP, the NUJ, all ran the story unquestioningly '' by the way, the lot of you, this blind acceptance because a journalist throws an accusation is a violation of your OWN ethics.

Here's how the story utterly unravelled over the course of the day.

Glenn Greenwald to the New York Times, pretending Miranda was just there as a spouse, and was not himself a journalist:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/world/europe/britain-detains-partner-of-reporter-tied-to-leaks.html

He is my partner. He is not even a journalist.

This was the first clue. It turned out that the Guardian was paying for David Miranda's flights and that David Miranda was working on the leaks story, making him a journalist. My direct question to Greenwald '' and the Guardian '' as to whether the Guardian was paying Miranda for his work on the story went unanswered, though Greenwald instead asked me a question of his own.

Here's where the Guardian admit they were paying for his flights and he was assisting with the story:

The Guardian paid for Miranda's flights. Miranda is not an employee of the Guardian. As Greenwald's partner, he often assists him in his work and the Guardian normally reimburses the expenses of someone aiding a reporter in such circumstances

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/david-miranda-detention-labour-glen-greenwald

This showed that Greenwald was lying by saying that Miranda was merely a spouse '' he was actively involved in the story with Greenwald.

But hey, no biggie '' even if Miranda WAS acting as a journalist himself, you can't detain someone under the Terrorism Act just for being a journalist. Freedom of the press. And you can't deny them a lawyer, as Greenwald said the airport police did:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/david-miranda-detained-uk-nsa

The official '' who refused to give his name but would only identify himself by his number: 203654 '' said David was not allowed to have a lawyer present, nor would they allow me to talk to him.

Except, giving an interview to the Guardian just before 10pm and after all the UK papers had gone to bed (so they couldn't report this) David Miranda confirmed he had been offered a lawyer:He was offered a lawyer and a cup of water, but he refused both because he did not trust the authorities.Right. Now let's pause for a moment and talk about lies of omission. All day long, both the Guardian newspaper and Glenn Greenberg had known that David Miranda was offered a lawyer by airport security. Yet all day long they had allowed the falsehood to be tweeted and written about that Miranda was detained without being offered a lawyer.Pretty shocking. Pretty untransparent, that, from self-appointed truth seekers.I was arguing at this point that Miranda, who was clearly working as a journalist assisting on the story, was obviously suspected of not just reporting, but helping Snowden disseminate his intelligence on UK and US spying programmes, which would clearly be a serious crime. I qualified it by saying Miranda may not have been doing that, but it could be reasonably suspected.I didn't know then what we all know now, and what Greenwald and the Guardian knew throughout the day but kept secret.But the final shoe fell. Glenn Greenwald admitted to the New York Times that David Miranda had been carrying, as a mule, stolen, encrypted thumb drives actually containing intelligence data that Snowden stole from the CIA '' and those encrypted drives were confiscated.Remember, Greenwald knew this all along. He knew his husband was not only a journalist but much more to the point, he was carrying top secret, encrypted drives with stolen intelligence information on them '' information not just about the NSA but about UK and US intelligence action against foreign powers. Yet he was so quick to lie and viciously slander our security services, saying they targeted his husband only to intimidate him, Greenwald. He always knew Miranda was transporting top secret encrypted files Snowden stole.Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden.Note the NYT correctly says ''the two journalists'' '' though at this point they are far beyond that.As I tweeted away on this bombshell, fellow tweeters denied it was possible, even when again and again I pointed them to the quote. Then they asked ''If Miranda was carrying encrypted stolen Snowden data, why wasn't he arrested and charged? Eh? Eh?''Well, probably because the thumb drives are encrypted and it would take police more than 9 hours to decode them '' by which time they had to release Miranda under the law. The only reason we know for sure that Miranda was smuggling this is because Greenwald admitted it to the Times - once Miranda was safely back on Brazilian soil.In Brazil now Greenwald was threatening, out of sheer revenge, to expose British intelligence and therefore British agents. He tried to deny these threats later, but unfortunately for him, CNN reported his exact words with the video to prove it:Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the news about secret U.S. surveillance programs, said the authorities who took his partner into custody at London's Heathrow Airport ''are going to regret what they did.''

''I am going to write my stories a lot more aggressively now,'' the Guardian reporter told Brazil's Globo TV on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.

''I am going to publish many more documents now. I am going to publish a lot about England, too, I have a lot of documents about the espionage system in England. Now my focus is going to be that as well.''

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIvF8KXTW3s (slide to 1:20 for Greenwald)

And lastly of course, we have the juxtaposition of the quotes by David Miranda to the Guardian and the statement by Glenn Greenwald to the New York Times. Miranda states (if you believe him, and I don't) that he had no idea what he was carrying. Greenwald states that he was transporting Snowden's stolen, top secret CIA intelligence data on encrypted thumb drives. So basically, you have Greenwald using his spouse as a mule to actively assist Edward Snowden, and you have Miranda lying at the airport when he answers that damned basic security question'... ''Has anyone given you anything to carry on board?''

''It is clear why they took me. It's because I'm Glenn's partner. Because I went to Berlin. Because Laura lives there. So they think I have a big connection,'' he [David Miranda] said. ''But I don't have a role. I don't look at documents. I don't even know if it was documents that I was carrying. It could have been for the movie that Laura is working on.''

You lied to airport security, then, David, didn't you?

Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden.

And you knew this all along, Glenn Greenwald, yet you continued to smear our intelligence police, just as you knew all along David Miranda was offered a lawyer yet failed constantly to correct the record?

But you know, why is the New York Times breaking the story that Miranda was transporting stolen intelligence data, stolen by Snowden? Why wouldn't our fearless truth-seekers at the Guardian let Britain know what David Miranda was really doing?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/david-miranda-detention-labour-glen-greenwald

He was returning to their home in Rio de Janeiro when he was stopped at Heathrow and officials confiscated electronics equipment, including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles.

Oh my goodness! Those awful Guardian subs are at it again. They totally forgot to mention that the ''memory sticks'' confiscated contained classified information about UK and US intelligence programmes against repressive foreign regimes, stolen by Edward Snowden! Ooopsy! Must tie a knot in your handkerchief, Alan Rusbridger, so you can remind your reporters to mention little details like that next time'.... before they accuse our security forces just doing their job of intimidation.

Shame on the Guardian for its smear story, its partial reporting, and its vile accusations against our border agents. Shame on Glenn Greenwald for not correcting the idea that David Miranda was denied a lawyer. Shame on Greenwald and the Guardian for not admitting Miranda was smuggling encrypted Snowden files. Shame on Miranda for lying at security about being ''asked to carry anything for somebody else''. Shame on Greenwald for '' if we believe David (I don't) '' not telling his husband that he was carrying top secret encrypted CIA data that Snowden stole. And a plague on all their houses for conflating whistleblowing on the NSA with revelations of intelligence actions against foreign powers.

Lastly, shame on Greenwald for attacking a fellow journalist, Edward Epstein, for questioning him '' as to whether he was actively assisting Edward Snowden. The encrypted thumb drives his husband was smuggling are a pretty solid proof of that.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323873904578573382649536100.html

to end, let's just remind ourselves of Edward Snowden fearlessly betraying his country to the South China Morning Post:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/06/20/edward-snowden-blows-it/

Coda '' many have argued that David Miranda, even if assisting in espionage, should not have been detained under the Terrorism Act. This is of course flat wrong. The Terrorism Act does not only apply to men with bombs and guns. Interrupting electronic systems to influence the govt of a foreign power for political purposes is EXPRESSLY COVERED.

http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/ctd.html

Terrorism is defined in the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT 2000) and means the use or threat of action where ''

The action ''involves serious violence against a person,involves serious damage to property,endangers a person's life, other than that of the person committing the action,creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public, oris designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system ANDThe use or threat is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, ANDThe use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause1 E, 2, 3 are absolutely covered here.

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Edward Epstein: Who Helped Snowden Steal State Secrets? - WSJ.com

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By Edward Jay Epstein

In March 2013, when Edward Snowden sought a job with Booz Allen Hamilton at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, he signed the requisite classified-information agreements and would have been made well aware of the law regarding communications intelligence.

Section 798 of the United States Code makes it a federal crime if a person "knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States" any classified information concerning communication intelligence.

Mr. Snowden took that position so he could arrange to have published classified communications intelligence, as he told the South China Morning Post earlier this month. The point of Mr. Snowden's penetration was to get classified data from the NSA. He subsequently stated: "My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked, that is why I accepted that position."

My question would be, then: Was he alone in this enterprise to misappropriate communications intelligence?

Before taking the job in Hawaii, Mr. Snowden was in contact with people who would later help arrange the publication of the material he purloined. Two of these individuals, filmmaker Laura Poitras and Guardian blogger Glenn Greenwald, were on the Board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation that, among other things, funds WikiLeaks.

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In January 2013, according to the Washington Post, Mr. Snowden requested that Ms. Poitras get an encryption key for Skype so that they could have a secure channel over which to communicate.

In February, he made a similar request to Mr. Greenwald, providing him with a step-by-step video on how to set up encrypted communications.

So, before Mr. Snowden proceeded with his NSA penetration in March 2013 through his Booz Allen Hamilton job, he had assistance, either wittingly or unwittingly, in arranging the secure channel of encrypted communications that he would use to facilitate the publication of classified communications intelligence.

On May 20, three months into his job, Mr. Snowden falsely claimed to his employer that he needed treatment for epilepsy. The purpose of the cover story was to conceal his trip to Hong Kong, where the operation to steal U.S. secrets would be brought to fruition.

Mr. Greenwald and Ms. Poitras also flew to Hong Kong. They were later joined by Sarah Harrison, a WikiLeaks representative who works closely with Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder. Mr. Snowden reportedly brought the misappropriated data to Hong Kong on four laptops and a thumb drive. He gave some of the communications intelligence to Mr. Greenwald, who had arranged to publish it in the Guardian, and Mr. Snowden arranged to have Ms. Poitras make a video of him issuing a statement that would be released on the Guardian's website. Albert Ho, a Hong Kong lawyer, was retained to deal with Hong Kong authorities.

This orchestration did not occur in a vacuum. Airfares, hotel bills and other expenses over this period had to be paid. A safe house had to be secured in Hong Kong. Lawyers had to be retained, and safe passage to Moscow'--a trip on which Mr. Snowden was accompanied by WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison'--had to be organized.

The world now knows that the misappropriation of U.S. communications intelligence began appearing in the Guardian and other publications on June 5, and Mr. Snowden left Hong Kong for the Moscow airport on June 21. A question that remains to be answered: Who, if anyone, aided and abetted this well-planned theft of U.S. secrets?

Mr. Epstein's most recent book is "The Annals of Unsolved Crime" published in March by Melville House.

A version of this article appeared June 29, 2013, on page A15 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Who Helped Snowden Steal State Secrets?.

CPS : The Counter-Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service

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IntroductionThe Counter Terrorism Division (CTD) is responsible for advising the police in all terrorism cases and is often consulted whilst the evidence is being gathered. The CTD subsequently undertakes the prosecution of those terrorism offences. The Division also deals with Violent Extremism and Related Offences (see separate entry). All review decisions made by the CPS about whether or not to prosecute are made in line with the two tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors, which is a public document. Further reference to this document can be found at the back of the Violent Extremism document.

Terrorism is defined in the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT 2000) and means the use or threat of action where ''

The action ''involves serious violence against a person,involves serious damage to property,endangers a person's life, other than that of the person committing the action,creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public, oris designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system ANDThe use or threat is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, ANDThe use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological causeWhere the use or threat of action as defined above involves the use of firearms or explosives it is always terrorism, whether or not the condition in (2) above is satisfied.Since the beginning of 2007, the CTD has successfully prosecuted a range of offences including the following:

Preparing for acts of terrorism. This means engaging in conduct in preparation for committing acts of terrorism or assisting another to do so (Section 5, Terrorism Act 2006)Training for Terrorism by providing instruction or training in certain skills, e.g. the making, handling or use of a noxious substance, in the knowledge that the trainee intends to use such skills for terrorist purposes (Section 6, Terrorism Act 2006). Also, those who attend 'training camps', i.e. any place used for terrorist training, commit an offence under Section 8, TACT 2006.Dissemination of terrorist publications is an offence under Section 2, TACT 2006. The section includes the distribution, circulation, giving, selling, lending or otherwise making available such publications, in any form. The person disseminating must intend or be reckless as to whether his conduct in doing this encourages, induces or provides assistance to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.Possessing information for terrorist purposes or collecting information of a kind to provide practical assistance to a person committing an act of terrorism. This includes having manuals about making explosives. The information can be in any form, written, photographic or electronic (Sections 57 and 58, Terrorism Act 2000).Fundraising for Terrorism (in the UK or abroad) or agreeing with others to do so, including using the money or property so realised, are offences under Sections 15-17 Terrorism Act 2000. This can also include Money Laundering under Section 18.Failing to disclose information which a person knows or believes might be of material assistance in preventing an act of terrorism or in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of a person involved in an act of terrorism (Section 38B, Terrorism Act 2000).Conspiracy to murder.Conspiracy to cause explosions.Successful prosecutions since the end of 2006

Same-sex marriage in Brazil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Legal recognition ofsame-sex relationshipsMarriageArgentinaBelgiumBrazilCanadaDenmark:· Denmark properFranceIcelandMexico:1· DF, QRNetherlands:· Netherlands properNew Zealand:· New Zealand proper

NorwayPortugalSouth AfricaSpainSwedenUnited Kingdom:· England & Wales' United States:· CA, CT, DC, DE,· IA, MA, MD, ME,· MN, NH, NY, RI,· VT, WA, 5 tribesUruguay

RecognizedCivil unions andregistered partnershipsAndorraAustralia:· ACT, NSW, QLD,· TAS, VICAustriaColombiaCzech RepublicDenmark:· GreenlandEcuadorFinlandGermanyHungaryIreland

Isle of ManMexico:· COA, COLJerseyLiechtensteinLuxembourgSloveniaSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUnited States:· CO, HI, IL, NJ,· NV, OR, WIVenezuela:· M(C)rida

Unregistered cohabitation' Not yet in effect1. Valid in all 31 states2. If performed in the Netherlands

LGBT portalSame-sex unions have been legally recognized in Brazil since 2004. Same-sex marriage has been a right of all same-sex couples to access since May 14, 2013 due to a sweeping Federal Court ruling,[1][2] which denies notaries of states who do not recognise same-sex marriage the right to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.[3][4] Same-sex couples enjoy the provisions of several constitutional principles and the absence of prohibitive legislation. Stable union (Portuguese: uni£o estvel) is available for same-sex couples since May 2011. These unions are granted rights similar to those in marriages, including adoption, welfare benefits, pension, inheritance tax, income tax, social security, health benefits, immigration, joint property ownership, hospital and prison visitation, IVF and surrogacy.[5]

Brazil's Supreme Federal Court ruled, in 2011, that same-sex couples are legally entitled to those unions, laying a legal foundation for future legislation on same-sex matrimonial rights. Several unions were converted into full marriage by state judges.[6] Before the nationwide legalization in May 2013, Alagoas,[7]Bahia,[7][8]Cear, Esp­rito Santo, Federal District, Mato Grosso do Sul, Para­ba, Paran,[9][10]Piau­, Rond´nia, Santa Catarina, Santa Rita do Sapuca­ (MG), S£o Paulo,[11][12] and Sergipe allowed same-sex marriages in a manner that is equal to opposite-sex marriages, while Rio de Janeiro in April 2013 allowed local judges to perform same-sex marriages if they agreed to do so.[13] Other states all recognized the marriages, and had registered marriages (often after a judicial approval) on a case-by-case basis.

Nevertheless on May 14, 2013, The Justice's National Council of Brazil legalized same-sex marriage in the entire country in a 14-1 vote by issuing a ruling that orders all civil registers of the country to perform same-sex marriages and convert any existing civil unions into marriages if such a couple desires.[1][2][14][15][16][17]Joaquim Barbosa, president of the Council of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court said in the decision that notaries cannot continue to refuse to "perform a civil wedding or the conversion of a stable civil union into a marriage between persons of the same sex."[3] The ruling was published on May 15 and took effect on May 16, 2013.[18][19]

In 2004, the first case of recognition of same-sex unions in Brazil occurred with a binational Englishman and a Brazilian. This legal precedent encouraged other couples to marry around the country. At the time of the ceremony, in the form of common-law marriage, this was a status that, until then, was only granted to opposite-sex couples. The couple had lived together for fourteen years, in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.[20]

In 2010, the Foreign Ministry officialized the right of diplomatic LGBT partners of servers working in Brazil's representations abroad. The decision, which includes homosexual and heterosexual partners, was announced internally to embassies and consulates in over 200 countries. According to the Foreign Ministry, the measure must ensure that employees register their LGBT partners to secure their right to stay outside the country. Now, with the grant of diplomatic passports, in practice, means that it would be easier for the partner to obtain a residence permit. This decision complements other resolutions, that has enabled the officials in the Foreign Ministry's services to include same-sex partners as dependents on health plans.[21]

Also in 2010, the state-owned Infraero (Brazilian Company of Airport Infrastructure) came to recognize the stable union between same-sex couples for purposes of granting benefits. The change came with the signing of the new Collective Work Agreement. To receive the benefit, the union must be registered through the public notary.[22]

On 5 May 2011, Brazil's Supreme Federal Court ruled that civil unions must be allowed throughout the country. The decision was approved by 10-0; one judge abstained because he had previously spoken publicly in favor of same-sex unions when he was attorney-general. The ruling resulted in stable partnerships for LGBT having the same financial and social rights enjoyed by those in heterosexual relationships. Civil union of a same-sex couple guarantees the same 112 rights as marriage of opposite-sex couples.[23] Brazil's high court ruling came in response to two lawsuits, one filed by the Rio de Janeiro state government in 2008 and another in 2009 by the Public Ministry, a group of prosecutors that is part of the federal government but independent from its executive, legislative and judicial branches. To qualify as a stable union, same-sex couples can officially register as a civil union or prove it the same way some heterosexual couples do, by having a bank account together or living at the same address.[24]

On 17 June 2011, a judge from Goinia, Jeronymo Pedro Villas Boas, annulled the first civil union that happened in the country, between Liorcino Mendes and Odilio Torres, and also ordered all notaries in Goinia to not issue civil unions anymore.[25][26][27][28] Villas Boas, who is also a church pastor of the Assembleia de Deus, claimed that same-sex unions are unconstitutional.[29] On 21 June, another judge, Beatriz Figueiredo Franco, cancelled Villas Boas decision, making the union valid again.[30] Concerned, Liorcino Mendes and Odilio Torres signed again another civil union in Rio de Janeiro.[31]

On 27 June 2011, a Brazilian judge in the State of S£o Paulo converted a civil union into a same-sex marriage. It is not clear whether the ruling presents a precedent for additional same-sex marriages. The Supreme Federal Court had ruled in May that same-sex marriages are not required by the constitution of Brazil.[32] On 28 June, another stable union between same-sex couples was converted into a marriage. This time it was Judge Jennifer Antunes de Souza, the 4th of Bras­lia Family Court, who upheld the order.

On 7 June 2013, the Brazilian Air Force recognized the "stable union" of a sergeant and his partner after he presented a notarized deed documenting their relationship; the Air Force did not comment on the recognition, and could not confirm if the relationship was the first same-sex union certified by the branch.[33] On 8 August 2013, Judge Elio Siquerira of the 5th region TRF ruled on appeal that the Brazilian Army must recognize the civil union (performed in January 2012 in Pernambuco) of a servicemember and his same-sex partner, and must also accord a military spousal pension to the partner. It marked the first time that a state-recognized same-sex union was recognized by the Army.[34][35]

Recognition of same-sex unions in South America Same-sex marriage

Other type of partnership

Unrecognized or unknown

No recognition, same-sex marriage banned by the constitution

Same-sex sexual activity illegal

Marriage law is governed by federal rather than state law and involves issuing of a marriage certificate by a notary. In May 2011, the Supreme Federal Court decided that the present marriage law already did allow for both opposite and same-sex marriages. Based on this decision, the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Cear, Esp­rito Santo, Federal District, Mato Grosso do Sul, Para­ba, Paran, Piau­, Rond´nia, Santa Catarina, S£o Paulo and Sergipe amended its guidances for issuing marriage certificates to implement the Supreme Court decision and allow same-sex marriage through a notary. In other states notaries who preside over marriage licenses and perform marriages are required by judicial order to provide such services to same-sex couples.[3]

National Justice Council ruling[edit source |edit]On 14 May 2013, The Justice's National Council of Brazil legalized same-sex marriage in the entire country in a 14-1 vote; via issuing a ruling that orders all civil registers of the country to perform same-sex marriages and convert any existing civil unions into marriages if such a couple desires.[1][2][14][15][16][17]Joaquim Barbosa, president of the Council of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court said in the decision that notaries cannot continue to refuse to "perform a civil wedding or the conversion of a stable civil union into a marriage between persons of the same sex."[3][4][36]

On 21 May 2013, the Social Christian Party (SCP) lodged an appeal of the National Council's decision in the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil. The party alleged that the Council had committed an abuse of power and that legalising same-sex marriage was a matter exclusively for the legislature to decide.[37] For the time being, the appeal does not affect the Council's original decision in favour of same-sex marriage. On 30 May 2013, the Supreme Federal Court rejected the appeal on technical grounds, stating that the SCP had used the wrong form of appeal. The Court held that the National Council's decision could only be challenged through a "direct action for unconstitutionality" (a§£o direta de inconstitucionalidade) rather than an action for injunction (mandado de seguran§a).[38] On 6 June 2013, the SCP re-lodged the appeal.[39][40]

Timeline[edit source |edit]Individual cases[edit source |edit]In several individual cases, marriage licenses have been granted, often through the decision of a judge. Notable cases include:

On 27 June 2011 S£o Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled that two men could convert their civil union into a full marriage, and indicated this was a first for Brazil. The ruling was based on the May Supreme Court decision.[41]On 31 May 2012, a civil partnership contracted by two men in England was converted into a marriage when the couple moved to Brazil.[42] The Brazilian Embassy ruled in favour due to a 2003 decision issued by a judge.On 28 June 2012, in the state of Par, 28 same-sex couples got married in a ceremony, that took place in Bel(C)m.[44]State-wide[edit source |edit]The Supreme court decision has given rise to several states explicitly altering their procedures enabling same-sex couples to marry in a manner that is bureaucratically identical to opposite-sex couples. Those states are listed below:

On 7 December 2011, the Corregedoria Geral da Justi§a of Alagoas ordered the Civil registry of Alagoas to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, being the first state to enable same-sex marriages to be recognized in the same way as other marriages.[45][46]On 5 July 2012, Brazilian State's Judiciary Power of Sergipe issued "Provimento nº 06/2012" regulating same-sex marriage throughout the State.[47]On 9 July 2012, Santa Rita do Sapuca­ becomes the only city in the country (and in the world) that allows the same-sex marriages by itself, after the decision of one judge of Minas Gerais (the state of Santa Rita do Sapucai).[48]On 15 August 2012, the Corregedoria Geral da Justi§a of the State of Esp­rito Santo issued a Circular Letter stating that all Civil Regestries of that State should address same-sex marriage the same way they would do it regarding that for opposite-sex couples, making it the third Brazilian State to deal with this subject in its State jurisdiction.[49]On 26 November 2012, the Court of Bahia adapted the text of the directive regulating marriages to include same-sex marriage in a manner equal to other couples.[8][50][51]On 1 December 2012, the Court of Public Registers of the Federal District, ruled that, effective immediately, same-sex marriage licenses should be granted without a judge's intervention.[52]On 15 December 2012, the Corregedor Geral de Justi§a of Piau­ updated its marriage provisions in a similar manner.[53][54]On 18 December 2012, the Court of S£o Paulo did the same, with an entry into effect 60 days later.[7][55]On 7 March 2013, Cear's state general attorney, Francisco Sales Neto, ruled in decision 02/2013 that all notaries statewide are obligated to accept same-sex marriages. The decision took effect on 15 March 2013.[56][57]On 26 March 2013, the Corregedor Geral de Justi§a of Paran ruled that same-sex marriage and conversion of the stable unions to marriage should be possible using the normal marriage procedures.[9][10][58][59]On 2 April 2013, the Court of Mato Grosso do Sul authorizes marriage between same-sex couples in the state.[10][60][61]On 17 April 2013, the General Magistrate of Justice of Rio de Janeiro, Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva, published a legal ruling authorizing same-sex marriage in the state if local judges agree. Same sex weddings are poised to begin in the coming days.[62] According to the ruling (25/2013), a couples' request must be registered by civil registry officers, who have to give 15 days for the district to decide if they agree. If they don't agree, the marriage cannot proceed.[63]On 26 April 2013, the Corregedoria Geral de Justi§a of the state of Rond´nia published in the Dirio da Justi§a Eletr´nico this Friday, April 26, 2013, the Provision 008/2013-CG which provides for the direct qualification for marriage between same-sex and conversion of stable in marriage in the civil registration records of the State of Rond´nia.[64][65][66]On 29 April 2013, the Corregedoria Geral de Justi§a of the state of Santa Catarina authorizes same-sex marriage in a manner equal to opposite sex couples if both applicants are resident of the state.[67]On 29 April 2013 the Corregedoria Geral de Justi§a of the state of Para­ba, Judge Murilo Mrcio da Cunha Ramos, authorized the release of a Provision (06/2013) which enables same-sex marriage.[68][69][70]^ abchttp://www.estadao.com.br/noticias/cidades,cnj-obriga-cartorios-a-celebrar-casamento-entre-homossexuais,1031678,0.htm^ abcBrazil judicial panel clears way for gay marriage^ abcdBrazilian judicial council orders notaries to recognize same-sex marriage^ abBrazil clears way for gay marriage^Uni£o civil entre pessoas do mesmo sexo (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBT] civil unions in Brazil)(Portuguese)^John Lyons (6 May 2011). "Brazil Top Court Grants Equal Rights to Same-Sex Unions". Retrieved 20 January 2012. ^ abc"Brazil's most populous state to allow same-sex marriage". Washington Blade. 21 December 2012. ^ ab"Bahia legaliza casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo (Bahia legalizes marriage between persons of the same sex". A Tarde (in Portuguese). 10 October 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013. ^ abJoyce Carvalho (4 April 2013). "Casamento gay est valendo em todo o Paran". Parana-Online (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 April 2013. ^ abc"Paran e Mato Grosso do Sul autorizam casamento gay". Athos (in Portuguese). 4 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. ^"Brazil: Court ruling means all gay couples can legally marry in the state of S£o Paulo". Pink News. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013. ^"S£o Paulo court guarantees same-sex marriages". Gay Star News. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. ^"Rio de Janeiro state legalizes gay marriage". 17 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 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"Justi§a manda Ex(C)rcito reconhecer companheiro de sargento gay ("Judge mandates Army recognizes gay partnership of sergeant")". Tribuna de Alagoas. ^Judges clear the way for gay marriage throughout Brazil^PSC recorre ao Supremo contra decis£o sobre casamento gay^[1]^(Portuguese)PSC entra com nova a§£o no STF contra casamento gay em cart"rio^(Portuguese)PSC volta a acionar STF contra casamento gay em cart"rios^Marriage news watch (English)^"Reconhecido casamento entre homens registrado no exterior". Zero Hora (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 January 2013. ^"Casais gays encontram facilidade para casar no RS". Zero Hora (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 January 2013. ^"Par faz primeiro casamento civil comunitrio gay". Diario Online (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 January 2013. ^"Alagoas regulamenta o casamento civil entre gays em todos os cart"rios do estado - Brasil em Pol­tica no A Capa". UOL (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 January 2013. ^"PROVIMENTO Nº 40, DE 06 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2011". JusBrazil (in Portuguese). 7 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2012. ^"Marriage open to gay couples in Sergipe" (in Portuguese). 5 July 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. ^"Casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo (C) liberado pela Justi§a em Santa Rita do Sapuca­" (in Portuguese). 9 July 2012. ^"Espirito Santo's legalization of gay marriage" (in Portuguese). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. ^"Provimento Conjunto trata de uni£o homoafetiva". Tribunal de Justi§a do Estado da Bahia (official web site of the state supreme court). ^"Bahia j pode oficializar casamento homoafetivo". Bahia24/7 (in Portuguese). 27 November 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012. ^Soraya Sobreira (1 December 2012). "Para a lei, j n£o h mais diferen§a [English: For the law, there is no difference anymore]". Journal de Brasilia (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 January 2013. ^"Corregedoria do TJ regulamenta casamento gay no Piau­". Diario de Teresina (in Portuguese). 15 December 2012. 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Retrieved 2 April 2013. ^"CGJ-PR divulga instru§£o sobre procedimentos de habilita§£o para casamentos homossexuais, instru§£o normativa Nº 2/2013". Promad.com.br. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. "Que os magistrados e agentes delegados dos Registros Civis de Pessoas Naturais do Estado do Paran observem as decisµes proferidas pelo Superior Tribunal de Justi§a (REsp nº 1.183.378-RS) e por esta Corregedoria da Justi§a (autos de consulta nº 2013.49650-9/000), procedendo habilita§£o de pessoas do mesmo sexo para o casamento civil, nos termos dos artigos 1.525 e seguintes da Lei Federal nº 10.406/2002 (C"digo Civil)." ^"Tribunal de Justi§a autoriza casamento gay em Mato Grosso do Sul" [Court allows gay marriage in Mato Grosso do Sul] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 3 April 2013. ^"Provimento Nº 80, de 25 de marco de 2013". Dirio de Justi§a do Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul. Retrieved 3 April 2013. "Considerando o princ­pio advindo da decis£o do Supremo Tribunal Federal, na ADI 4277/DF, que passou a admitir a habilita§£o direta para o casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo sem a necessidade do pr(C)vio reconhecimento da uni£o estvel" ^"Rio de Janeiro state legalizes gay marriage". 17 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. ^"Rio de Janeiro facilita casamento gay em todo estado; uniµes ainda passam por aval de juiz". Acapa. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. ^"Casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo (C) autorizado em Rond´nia" (in portuguese). 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. ^"Casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo (C) autorizado em Rond´nia". Orodoniense. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. ^"Casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo (C) autorizado em Rond´nia". UmOutroolhar. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 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Remarks by the President in a Press Conference

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THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Please have a seat.

Over the past few weeks, I've been talking about what I believe should be our number-one priority as a country '-- building a better bargain for the middle class and for Americans who want to work their way into the middle class. At the same time, I'm focused on my number-one responsibility as Commander-in-Chief, and that's keeping the American people safe. And in recent days, we've been reminded once again about the threats to our nation.

As I said at the National Defense University back in May, in meeting those threats we have to strike the right balance between protecting our security and preserving our freedoms. And as part of this rebalancing, I called for a review of our surveillance programs. Unfortunately, rather than an orderly and lawful process to debate these issues and come up with appropriate reforms, repeated leaks of classified information have initiated the debate in a very passionate, but not always fully informed way

Now, keep in mind that as a senator, I expressed a healthy skepticism about these programs, and as President, I've taken steps to make sure they have strong oversight by all three branches of government and clear safeguards to prevent abuse and protect the rights of the American people. But given the history of abuse by governments, it's right to ask questions about surveillance '-- particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives.

I'm also mindful of how these issues are viewed overseas, because American leadership around the world depends upon the example of American democracy and American openness '-- because what makes us different from other countries is not simply our ability to secure our nation, it's the way we do it '-- with open debate and democratic process.

In other words, it's not enough for me, as President, to have confidence in these programs. The American people need to have confidence in them as well. And that's why, over the last few weeks, I've consulted members of Congress who come at this issue from many different perspectives. I've asked the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to review where our counterterrorism efforts and our values come into tension, and I directed my national security team to be more transparent and to pursue reforms of our laws and practices.

And so, today, I'd like to discuss four specific steps '-- not all inclusive, but some specific steps that we're going to be taking very shortly to move the debate forward.

First, I will work with Congress to pursue appropriate reforms to Section 215 of the Patriot Act '-- the program that collects telephone records. As I've said, this program is an important tool in our effort to disrupt terrorist plots. And it does not allow the government to listen to any phone calls without a warrant. But given the scale of this program, I understand the concerns of those who would worry that it could be subject to abuse. So after having a dialogue with members of Congress and civil libertarians, I believe that there are steps we can take to give the American people additional confidence that there are additional safeguards against abuse.

For instance, we can take steps to put in place greater oversight, greater transparency, and constraints on the use of this authority. So I look forward to working with Congress to meet those objectives.

Second, I'll work with Congress to improve the public's confidence in the oversight conducted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISC. The FISC was created by Congress to provide judicial review of certain intelligence activities so that a federal judge must find that our actions are consistent with the Constitution. However, to build greater confidence, I think we should consider some additional changes to the FISC.

One of the concerns that people raise is that a judge reviewing a request from the government to conduct programmatic surveillance only hears one side of the story '-- may tilt it too far in favor of security, may not pay enough attention to liberty. And while I've got confidence in the court and I think they've done a fine job, I think we can provide greater assurances that the court is looking at these issues from both perspectives '-- security and privacy.

So, specifically, we can take steps to make sure civil liberties concerns have an independent voice in appropriate cases by ensuring that the government's position is challenged by an adversary.

Number three, we can, and must, be more transparent. So I've directed the intelligence community to make public as much information about these programs as possible. We've already declassified unprecedented information about the NSA, but we can go further. So at my direction, the Department of Justice will make public the legal rationale for the government's collection activities under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The NSA is taking steps to put in place a full-time civil liberties and privacy officer, and released information that details its mission, authorities, and oversight. And finally, the intelligence community is creating a website that will serve as a hub for further transparency, and this will give Americans and the world the ability to learn more about what our intelligence community does and what it doesn't do, how it carries out its mission, and why it does so.

Fourth, we're forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies. We need new thinking for a new era. We now have to unravel terrorist plots by finding a needle in the haystack of global telecommunications. And meanwhile, technology has given governments '-- including our own '-- unprecedented capability to monitor communications.

So I am tasking this independent group to step back and review our capabilities '-- particularly our surveillance technologies. And they'll consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used, ask how surveillance impacts our foreign policy '-- particularly in an age when more and more information is becoming public. And they will provide an interim report in 60 days and a final report by the end of this year, so that we can move forward with a better understanding of how these programs impact our security, our privacy, and our foreign policy.

So all these steps are designed to ensure that the American people can trust that our efforts are in line with our interests and our values. And to others around the world, I want to make clear once again that America is not interested in spying on ordinary people. Our intelligence is focused, above all, on finding the information that's necessary to protect our people, and '-- in many cases '-- protect our allies.

It's true we have significant capabilities. What's also true is we show a restraint that many governments around the world don't even think to do, refuse to show '-- and that includes, by the way, some of America's most vocal critics. We shouldn't forget the difference between the ability of our government to collect information online under strict guidelines and for narrow purposes, and the willingness of some other governments to throw their own citizens in prison for what they say online.

And let me close with one additional thought. The men and women of our intelligence community work every single day to keep us safe because they love this country and believe in our values. They're patriots. And I believe that those who have lawfully raised their voices on behalf of privacy and civil liberties are also patriots who love our country and want it to live up to our highest ideals. So this is how we're going to resolve our differences in the United States '-- through vigorous public debate, guided by our Constitution, with reverence for our history as a nation of laws, and with respect for the facts.

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EFF Victory Results in Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Update: In response to EFF's FOIA lawsuit, the government has released the 2011 FISA court opinion ruling some NSA surveillance unconstitutional.

For over a year, EFF has been fighting the government in federal court to force the public release of an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Issued in October 2011, the secret court's opinion found that surveillance conducted by the NSA under the FISA Amendments Act was unconstitutional and violated "the spirit of"' federal law.

Today, EFF can declare victory: a federal court ordered the government to release records in our litigation, the government has indicated it intends to release the opinion today, and ODNI has called a 3:00 ET press conference to discuss "issues" with FISA Amendments Act surveillance, which we assume will include a discussion of the opinion.

It remains to be seen how much of the opinion the government will actually make available to the public. President Obama has repeatedly said he welcomes a debate on the NSA's surveillance: disclosing this opinion'--and releasing enough of it so that citizens and advocates can intelligently debate the constitutional violation that occurred'--is a critical step in ensuring that an informed debate takes place.

Hereareexamples of documents previously released by the administration in response to our Freedom of Information Act request. Anything even resembling those "releases" would be utterly unacceptable today. But we've come a long way since then'--it took filing a lawsuit;litigating (and winning) in the FISC itself; the unprecedented public release of information about NSA surveillance activities; and our continuing efforts to push the government in the district court for release of the opinion.

Release of the opinion today is just one step in advancing a public debate on the scope and legality of the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. EFF will keep fighting until the NSA's domestic surveillance program is reined in, federal surveillance laws are amended to prevent these kinds of abuse from happening in the future, and government officials are held accountable for their actions.

Declassified Court Document Describes Unconstitutional NSA Surveillance Program.

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In 2011, the FISA court ruled that an NSA surveillance program was unconstitutional. The court's opinion has now been declassified, and the Washington Postdescribes the program:

Under the program, the NSA diverted large volumes of international data passing through fiber-optic cables in the United States into a repository where the material could be stored temporarily for processing and for the selection of foreign communications, rather than domestic ones. But in practice the NSA was unable to filter out the communications between Americans.

A month after the FISA court learned of the program in 2011 and ruled it unconstitutional, the NSA revised its collection procedures to segregate the transactions most likely to contain the communications of Americans. In 2012, the agency also purged the domestic communications that it had collected.

More later after I've had a chance to read the opinion itself.

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The Daily Dot - Forget PRISM: FAIRVIEW is the NSA's project to "own the Internet"

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According to Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency senior executive who blew the whistle on the agency's reckless spending and spying in 2006, a previously unknown NSA surveillance program known as FAIRVIEW aims to ''own the Internet.''

Last month, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked a series of PowerPoint slides to the Washington Post and the Guardian revealing that the agency was engaged in a large-scale Internet surveillance program, dubbed PRISM, that collects Americans' chats, emails, photos, and videos. One of the slides, only later released by the two papers, made reference to a group of additional ''upstream'' collection programs, including two named FAIRVIEW and BLARNEY, but gave no further details about their function.

Drake, who was prosecuted under the Espionage Act for his whistleblowing, explained the upstream programs to the Daily Dot.

''Upstream means you get inside the system before it's in the Internet. In its pure form,'' he said.

About the slide, Drake said, ''you've got programs and umbrella programs.'' FAIRVIEW is one such umbrella. Drake referred to it as a ''highly classified program'' for tapping into the world's intercontinental fiber optic cables.

''It's just a name,'' Drake said, ''that at the highest level means to own the Internet.''

According to Drake, an article published this week in the Washington Post reveals one such instance of FAIRVIEW. The story describes a contract signed between the Asian telecom giant Global Crossing and the U.S. government. ''The agreements,'' the Post reported, ''do not authorize surveillance. But they ensure that when U.S. government agencies seek access to the massive amounts of data flowing through their networks, the companies have systems in place to provide it securely.''

Domestically, similar efforts to tap into the Internet were leaked by a former AT&T Computer Network Associate Mark Klein, who witnessed the agency attaching splitters to the company's San Francisco office. ''What I know of the splitters,'' Klein said, ''is that they get everything.''

According to Drake, beneath the umbrella of FAIRVIEW, programs like BLARNEY collect and analyze the data that is made accessible by secret arrangements like the one with Global Crossing. ''BLARNEY is a key access program facilitated by these commercial arrangements that exploits the Internet data at these junctions,'' Drake said. ''BLARNEY is to the international Internet space as PRISM is to the domestic.''

Drake pointed out that FAIRVIEW is also the method through which the NSA receives the information it has collected, essentially co-opting the fiber optic cables to transmit the data back to the agency to be analyzed by data mining programs.

At this point, said Drake, ''I don't try to put too much emphasis on the names of the projects.'' Their distinction, he said, is largely holdover from a time when the NSA's reach was less broad. They were named to delineate one particular data gathering technique from another. Many carry different names simply because they are specific to a particular region or state. ''The NSA has open season on anything foreign,'' he said.

In Drake's opinion, journalists have overlooked the significance of BOUNDLESS INFORMANT, which tracks the international intelligence gathering techniques of the NSA.

The Guardianreported that it ''has acquired top-secret documents about [BOUNDLESS INFORMANT] that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.'' According to Drake, the program indicates the incredible success of FAIRVIEW.

Of FAIRVIEW, Drake added, ''I suspect a lot more is going to come out.''

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NSA's Reach: 75% of U.S. Internet Traffic - WSJ.com

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Article ExcerptBY SIOBHAN GORMAN AND JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIESWASHINGTON'--The National Security Agency'--which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens'--has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans' Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say.

The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans. In some cases, it retains the written content of emails sent between citizens within the U.S. and also filters domestic phone calls made with Internet technology, these people say.

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In classified cyberwar against Iran, trail of Stuxnet leak leads to White House

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The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar on Iran's nuclear program, internal State Department emails show.

The information in the 2012 book by chief Washington correspondent David E. Sanger has been the subject of a yearlong Justice Department criminal investigation: The FBI is hunting for those who leaked details to Mr. Sanger about a U.S.-Israeli covert cyberoperation to infect Iran's nuclear facilities with a debilitating computer worm known as Stuxnet.

A New York Times story adapted from the book, ''Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power,'' quotes participants in secret White House meetings discussing plans to unleash Stuxnet on Iran.

The scores of State Department emails from the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2012 do not reveal which officials told Mr. Sanger, but they do show an atmosphere of cooperation within the administration for a book generally favorable toward, but not uncritical of, President Obama. For example:

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License plate readers used to record attendees at political rallies

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Heeding the demands of the Secret Service, state police in Virginia recorded and collected the whereabouts of potentially millions of people in an effort to monitor attendees at political rallies in 2008 and 2009.

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Richmond Times-Dispatch in the Virginia state capital show that police agencies utilized license plate readers in order to record information about people traveling to at least three politically-charged events during the 2008 presidential election season.

According to the documents obtained by the paper, Virginia State Police logged license plate data for every vehicle leaving the state en route to neighboring Washington, DC during President Barack Obama's first inauguration ceremony in January 2009. Three months earlier, the police ran a similar operation to coincide with campaign rallies in Leesburg, Virginia being held by then-candidate Obama and Sarah Palin, the Republican Party's nominee for vice president.

Mark Bowes, a reporter with The Dispatch, wrote that the United States Secret Service directed state police to use a license plate reader positioned at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA to ''to capture and store the plate images as an extra level of security for the inauguration.'' Similar requests were made for the preceding rallies outside of DC, he reported.

The Dispatch has not published information about how many vehicles had their location recorded and logged, but Bowes noted that an estimated 1.8 million people attended Pres. Obama's inauguration in Jan. 2009.

How much of that information still exists, if any, remains a mystery, however. In February, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli authorized legislation forcing the state police to stop storing data in a ''passive matter,'' and intelligence is now erased after 24 hours unless investigators believes it's relevant to an ongoing criminal case. When Cuccinelli made that directive in February, it impacted the information from roughly 8 million license plates scanned over the span of 2010 through early 2013. Bailey McCann wrote for CivSource online, though, that the data is likely still accessible since it was collected per the orders of the Secret Service, the federal law enforcement agency that provides security detail for US presidents and other persons of high-importance and serves as a function of the Department of Homeland Security.

The Dispatch's revelation comes amid growing concerns of federal-ordered surveillance within the US, as well as a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union detailing how law enforcement agencies across America are increasingly relying on license plate scanners as a crime-fighting tool. But despite proponents of the technology calling the devices instrumental in finding criminal suspects and stole vehicles, scanners like the ones used in Virginia have raised a number of privacy questions from the likes of the ACLU and others.

''At first the captured plate data was used just to check against lists of cars law enforcement hoped to locate for various reasons,'' ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump wrote in July when her non-partisan group published their profile on the scanners. ''But increasingly, all of this data is being fed into massive databases that contain the location information of many millions of innocent Americans stretching back for months or even years.''

''As it becomes increasingly clear that ours is an era of mass surveillance facilitated by ever cheaper and more powerful computing technology, it is critical we learn how this technology is being used,'' Crump wrote. ''License plate readers are just one example of a disturbing phenomenon: the government is increasingly using new technology to collect information about all of us, all the time and to store it forever '' providing a complete record of our lives for it to access at will.''

Claire Gasta±aga, the executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, told The Dispatch that she found recording information pertaining to attendees of political rallies ''pretty astounding.''

''It's a situation where you're collecting a lot of information on a lot of people to potentially use if something bad happens at some unspecified future time and some unspecified situation,'' Gasta±aga said. According to her, that reasoning ''would justify a camera on every street corner recording all of our movements at all times, because it would be expedient to be able to have that to refer back to if there's a bank robbery there two years from now.''

As RT reported last month, DC's Metropolitan Police Department currently has over 300 cameras that can be used to record car and pedestrian traffic on city roadways, and the department is currently pushing on a way that will allow more city cops the ability to monitor those video feeds in real-time.

Syria

VIDEO: Syria 'toxic attacks kill hundreds'

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The Chemical Weapons Origins of Syria

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As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.........

Ever notice how remove viewers have vanished from the Mockingbird fringe media........gee I wonder why that order went out. None the less, I am not remote viewer, although I have that capability.

The chemical weapons being utilized in Syria are real. They are not of Col. Khadaffi nor of Bashir Assad origin. In fact, if one desires to know where these weapons came from in Middle East manufacture, the source of them is Saddam Hussein.These WMD chems came directly to Syria from Iraq. No Saddam did not ship this weapons cache, but this cache was one in the Kurdish region by Mosul. They were located and under CIA control and recently entered in country to light the fuse in Syria.

Assad's people did not use these weapons. This was al Qaeda group which answers to 1600 Penn Avenue as a greater regional realignment is taking place and the children of Aram are to be sacraficed on holocaust fires.When the Russians make the statement that this was not Assad and it was the American or European backed terrorists in these "fighters", they are not lying.This is distressing to me personally as the Americans have a mother in these Syrians after the Exodus in she was the main progenitor of the American line through the sons of Manneseh.

I digress, but this is not right to be making a collossal pyre of Syria for the anti Christ's coming kingdom.

There are not a great deal of these chemical weapons in only one truck load entered Syria. The protocols are changing in this, in the Jews are not to receive chemical greetings, but instead it is now calling for biological agents in "non lethal" anthrax to be introduced, again from Saddam's missing WMD stores.Upon inquiry there was about 97 pounds of this Saddam Anthrax brought into America, and it was not weaponized. It's stores have been added to by a private lab on the east coast. This is where the source is for this anthrax in a "non lethal" spore.Approximately 275 pounds of this WMD has left the states and is sitting in an American base in Turkey awaiting deployment.One of the religious Jewish enclaves in northern Israel is the intended delivery point via rocket attack.

It is stated this blog stopped the original "Jew babies coughing up lungs" by publication of the original protocol. The new operational plans are for this "non lethal" anthrax to sow the seeds of destruction.

Protocol indicates end of August launch for a two week "war".Tick tock.........Goes the clockIt was posted hereSo very clearThat chemical weapons would come to playTo blame Assad for his nuclear judgment dayThe Russians now say it was Obama's al QaedaThe regime now says it was Assad duhTick tockTick tockWill the war come last week lateOf that August dateTick tockTick tock

I would prefer that the cartel would get this initiated as living on the air I breathe and not large donations from millionaires for these exclusives gives my child bearing hips a girlish figure, but then I suppose as TL once noted I looked like holocaust audition chic once in my model figure.Get your mind on the WMD's and not my bod as both are lethal, but the theater in Syria is the attraction.

That should be enough of the exclusives for free. They though still have on the digital something about including Americans in this as was exclusively published here. So what do you rich people want now from me......to breathe my air too when yours is unfit?TL concludes if the work here does not warn off the events on the horizon transpiring, then those events completed would probably bring in the millionaire donations as they will then try to save themselves.

All I need is the air Lame Cherry breathes and my wads o'cash.Richtard O'Moneybags..

71 lines and 674 words.........that would be like 5000 dollars a line to be informed to save oneself. Got to go as looking at a pizza with TL and what difference does world war make when you can look at a pizza.

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REPORT: 500 killed in 'gas attack' near Damascus...

SKYNEWS: 1,300...

Children convulsing on floor, foaming at nose and mouth...

'Rebels' post videos of attack on YOUTUBE...

'Suspicious'...

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Adam Gadahn, al Qaeda spokesman, calls for attacks on U.S. diplomats - CNN.com

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He urges wealthy Muslims to offer militants rewardsHe posted his statement on jihadist websitesHe has a $1 million bounty on his headWashington (CNN) -- American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn is calling for attacks on U.S. ambassadors around the world.

In a 39-minute video, Gadahn praised the death of Libya's U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens on September 11 last year -- and urged wealthy Muslims to offer militants rewards so they can kill others, according to SITE, a jihadist monitoring group.

Specifically, he referenced a bounty set for the death of U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Gerald Feierstein.

"These prizes have a great effect in instilling fear in the hearts of our cowardly enemies," Gadahn who has a $1 million dollar bounty on his head, says in the video. "They also encourage hesitant individuals to carry out important and great deeds in the path of Allah."

The California-raised Islamic convert, also known as Azzam the American, spoke entirely in Arabic throughout the video, "The Exploits of Muslims and Infamies of the Criminals." It was produced by al-Qaeda's as-Sahab Media Foundation and posted to jihadi websites.

"The dead American ambassador Christopher Stevens wasn't a friend of Libya" Gadahn asserts, saying instead he was "representative of the empire of evil and corruption, America".

Multiple American embassies across North Africa and the Middle East were closed earlier this month in light of intelligence information suggesting a possible attack. All have reopened.

Gadahn has made similar videos in the past.

In 2007, he also called for attacks on U.S. diplomats, vowing that al Qaeda would target American diplomats and embassies in retaliation for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

One Eyed Terror leader's group expands, vows Egypt attacks

NOUAKCHOTT: The one-eyed terror leader Moktar Belmoktar, who is considered by many to be the most dangerous man in the Sahara, is now officially joining forces with a Mali-based jihadist group and vowing to stage attacks in Egypt, according to a statement posted Thursday. The announcement of the alliance known as "the Mourabitounes" formalizes an emerging union between Belmoktar's followers and the group known as MUJAO, or Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa. Their statement was carried by the Nouakchott Information Agency, a Mauritanian site previously used by Belmoktar to convey messages. The two groups said they had decided "to confront the Zionist campaign against Islam and Muslims" by uniting jihadists from the Nile to the Atlantic, spanning all of North Africa. Belmoktar, an Algerian believed to be in his 40s, masterminded the January attack on the BP-operated natural gas plant in southeastern Algeria in retaliation for the French-led military intervention in Mali. In the attack and in the subsequent rescue attempt, 37 people, all but one of them foreigners, were killed inside the complex. Belmoktar claimed responsibility for the attack within hours, immediately catapulting him into the ranks of international terrorists. Belmoktar, who broke away from Al-Qaeda's North Africa branch to form his own group after falling out with Al-Qaeda leaders, had long been suspected of working alongside MUJAO. The longtime spokesman for the Mali-based jihadist group is the uncle of Belmoktar's Malian wife. Most recently Belmoktar and MUJAO claimed joint responsibility in May for attacks in Niger. Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing 26 people and wounding dozens of others. Belmoktar claims he trained in Afghanistan in the 1990s, including in one of Osama Bin Laden's camps. It was there that he reportedly lost an eye, earning him the nickname "Laaouar," Arabic for "one-eyed." He has been declared dead on multiple occasions, including most recently in March, and each time, he re-emerged to strike again.

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A BITTER PILL FOR GLAXO?

To the titans of the pharmaceutical industry, the Tabatznik family's little generic-drug outfit has been like an annoying insect buzzing around their ankles. Operating from bases in Britain and South Africa, the family has earned a hard-nosed reputation by winning fights with big drugmakers in Europe and Australia. But with sales estimated at less than $100 million, the Tabatzniks hardly seemed a threat to the big multinationals.

Until now. A tiny Canadian arm of the Tabatznik group is challenging the main U. S. patent protecting ulcer remedy Zantac, the world's biggest-selling prescription drug and the mainstay of Britain's Glaxo Holdings PLC. While Glaxo vows a vigorous defense, many patent lawyers think the publicity-shy Tabatzniks have an even chance of winning. And while any generic copy could not hit the market for four more years, the battle already has the industry abuzz and is casting a cloud over Glaxo's future earnings prospects. No wonder: Glaxo gets half its revenues (chart) and perhaps two-thirds of its profit from Zantac.

At the heart of the dispute are two key Zantac patents. The first, filed in 1977, covers the basic drug. It's called Form 1. Normally, that would have protected Zantac until 1995. But Glaxo in 1985 won a second U. S. patent for a more useful crystalline variant, Form 2. It's this compound that ulcer sufferers are swallowing in ever-increasing amounts--$1.4 billion worth in the U. S. last year, $2.5 billion worldwide.

Glaxo insists the second patent will shield its blockbuster until 2002. But with such a tantalizing market, nearly every major generic drugmaker has been mulling how to break the monopoly after 1995. The Tabatzniks moved first, at least a year before analysts had expected any action.

Those who know the Tabatzniks aren't surprised. The family, of South African origin, has built a privately held group of generic makers in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. In each country, they have targeted drugs that are vulnerable to copycatting. The family has even clashed with Glaxo -- and won. In the mid-1980s, they fought all the way to the European Court of Justice to import to Britain a cheap Italian form of Ventolin, an asthma drug. In a rare interview, family leader Anthony S. "Tony" Tabatznik told BUSINESS WEEK: "It's not in our interest, or in the public's interest, to have high drug prices."

This aggressive stance can be traced to patriarch David Tabatznik, described by a former associate as a "very small man but a very tough guy" and a "walking encyclopedia" of the industry. Now in his early 70s, he lives in Johannesburg and is still involved in the company. But he has given day-to-day control to Tony, who says he moved to Britain 22 years ago for "political reasons." One colleague describes Tony as "very clear-headed about objectives."

POWERFUL ALLY. Rivals also give the Tabatzniks high marks. In Canada, the family's Genpharm Inc. is only some five years old. But it already has applied for at least 40 licenses and won the right to sell a generic form of the diabetes drug Diabeta. "This is a company that knows what it's doing," says Jack Kay, executive vice-president at Apotex Inc., Canada's leading generic drugmaker.

Even so, the Tabatzniks have not escaped the controversy that has dogged the generic industry. In 1986, David Tabatznik was a director and vice-chairman of Zenith Laboratories Inc., a New Jersey generic maker, when it ran afoul of the Food & Drug Administration. The FDA faulted its manufacturing practices, saying they differed from those detailed in regulatory filings. No safety questions arose, but Zenith briefly recalled 33 of its 54 drugs. Tabatznik quit the board in April, 1988, a month before Zenith filed for Chapter 11. It emerged a year later under new managers.

In Australia, a Tabatznik affiliate, Alphapharm Ltd., was targeted by a 1987 government probe into the accuracy of drug testing done for it by a South African company. The government advised doctors to restrict prescriptions of the company's drugs, but Alphapharm notes it was quickly cleared after submitting new test data.

None of this deterred a powerful ally from joining the Tabatzniks: Lord Jacob Rothschild. In 1989, RIT Capital Partners PLC, a London investment company that Rothschild chairs, put up $14 million in return for about 20% of the Tabatznik holding company, Amerpharm Holdings. "We think it's a very entrepreneurial group, with a very good ability to identify what drugs to go for," says Andrew Stafford-Deitsch, a director of Rothschild's firm who sits on the board of Amerpharm. He cautions anyone who doubts that the Tabatzniks have the funds to pursue their Zantac case that "Amerpharm and its shareholders are substantial people."

Tony Tabatznik says he's hoping to exploit a clause in the 1984 Waxman-Hatch Act that liberalized generic drugs. Under it, any company that succeeds in invalidating a patent may win exclusive rights to market a generic form of a drug for six months, after which the gates are thrown open to any generic company. "It's a reward for anybody to spend the money on a legal challenge if they think the patent isn't valid," says Tabatznik. He's hoping to invalidate the Form 2 patent, thus permitting a generic Zantac after the Form 1 patent expires in late 1995.

WINDFALL. Given that generics usually take about 50% of the market within a year, that six months could bring a huge windfall to the Tabatzniks. "They have no downside except the cost of the lawsuit," notes Apotex' Kay. "This could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars."

Glaxo's defense rests in part on asserting that Form 2 is distinct enough from Form 1 to deserve a separate patent. That's a matter of some debate, given their chemical similarity. Also, at least some of Glaxo's testing was done with Form 1. "It's a winnable case," says U. S. patent attorney Alfred B. Engelberg. Canadian patent lawyer Malcolm Johnston calls the Form 2 patent "absolute rubbish. It's a distinction without a difference."

But others point out that U. S. courts are loath to invalidate a patent without clear evidence that it was faulty. Moreover, if the case is appealed, it will be heard in Washington. George Repper, a drug-patent specialist at Washington's Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Kurz, says this appellate court "leans very strongly to the patent holder." He gives the Tabatzniks less than a 50-50 chance.

Glaxo's stock, which had jumped 30% in London trading since Jan. 1, fell by 4% on news of the suit. It later rebounded, and some analysts think investors haven't realized the importance of the Zantac challenge. Jo Walton, analyst at Lehman Brothers International in London, figures Glaxo stock is "fully reflecting the best possible" outcome. If the Tabatzniks win, many investors could get burned. And an obscure South African family will get very, very rich.Mark Maremont in London and William C. Symonds in Toronto, with Joseph Weber in Philadelphia and bureau reports

Anthony Tabatznik: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek

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PharmaceuticalsCompany Overview of Arrow Group ApSExecutive ProfileAgeTotal Calculated CompensationThis person is connected to 1 Board Members in 1 different organizations across 4 different industries.65--BackgroundMr. Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik, Tony is the Founder of The Generics Group Ltd. Mr. Tabatznik is the Founder of Robin Hood Holdings, Ltd. Mr. Tabatznik is a Founder of Arrow Group ApS and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He founded Arrow Group Ltd. and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He serves as the Chairman of Merck Generics Ltd. He served as the Chairman of Generics (UK) Ltd. until December 1999. He serves as a Director of Merck Generics Group BV (Generics ...Group BV ) and Robin Hood Holdings Limited. Mr. Tabatznik served as a Director of Actavis, Inc. (formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), since 2009 until January 24, 2013.

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Anti-Israel Petitions Signed by Israeli AcademicsIsraeli Academics Sign up for "Jews for Justice for Palestinians"Jews for Justice for PalestiniansWE BELIEVE THATPeace in the Middle East will only come about with mutual recognition and respect and must be seen as just by both sides.Peace requires the end of illegal occupation and settlement.Violence against civilians is unacceptable.Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza are breeding hatred and resentment.It is crucial that Jews speak out for Palestinians' human rights.The humanitarian values of Judaism have been corrupted by the Israeli state's human-rights abuses½WHO WE AREJews for Justice for Palestinians is a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not. We oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.

We support the right of Israelis to live in freedom and security within Israel's 1967 borders.

As well as organising to ensure that Jewish opinions critical of Israeli policy are heard in Britain, we extend support to Palestinians trapped in the spiral of violence and repression½

Israeli Academics among the list of signatories:Prof Emeritus Moshe MachoverProf Haim BresheethDavid NewmanAmir Paz-FuchsEyal Weizman

http://jfjfp.com/?page_id=2

Jews for Justice for Palestinians

"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. That is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary."RABBI HILLEL

WE BELIEVE THATPeace in the Middle East will only come about with mutual recognition and respect and must be seen as just by both sides.Peace requires the end of illegal occupation and settlement.Violence against civilians is unacceptable.Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza are breeding hatred and resentment.It is crucial that Jews speak out for Palestinians' human rights.The humanitarian values of Judaism have been corrupted by the Israeli state's human-rights abuses.A lasting peace must be seen as just by both sides.Britain, the EU, the USA, Russia and the UN must be persuaded to implement UN resolutions on Palestine.IF YOU AGREEthen link up with over one thousand six hundred other Jews in Britain who make up Jews for Justice for Palestinians

The Torah teaches: 'Justice, justice, you shall pursue' (Deuteronomy 16:20).To secure a lasting settlement to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis so they can live in peace and security, thrive side by side, and co-operate together, Jews today are obligated to pursue justice on behalf of both peoples."

RABBI ELIZABETH TIKVAH SARAH

WHO WE AREJews for Justice for Palestinians is a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not. We oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.

We support the right of Israelis to live in freedom and security within Israel's 1967 borders.

As well as organising to ensure that Jewish opinions critical of Israeli policy are heard in Britain, we extend support to Palestinians trapped in the spiral of violence and repression. We believe that such actions are important in countering antisemitism and the claim that opposition to Israel's destructive policies is itself antisemitic.

We cooperate with other organisations on specific issues without necessarily endorsing everything they do.

We work to build world-wide Jewish opposition to the Israeli Occupation, with like-minded groups around the world and are a founding member of European Jews for a Just Peace, a federation of Jewish groups in ten European countries whose principles include:

condemnation of all violence against civilians in the conflict, no matter by whom it is carried out;recognition of Israel's 1967 'green line' borders;commitment to the Palestinians' right to a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza;calling on Israel to acknowledge its part in the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem and its obligation to negotiate a just, fair and practical resolution of the issue."Israel must withdraw from all the settlements and dismantle the wall within Palestinian territory.Then, perhaps, we may at last see some justice for Palestinians."

MIRIAM KARLIN OBE

At the end of 2010, our over 1,600 signatories included six rabbis; 110 professors (including five Fellows of the Royal Society and two fellows of the British Academy); 150 medical and academic doctors; several OBEs, CBEs and MBEs, six knights, one Member of Parliament and one member of the House of Lords.

The list includes Helen Bamber OBE, Prof Zygmunt Bauman, Sir Geoffrey Bindman, Rex Bloomstein, Sir Anthony Caro, Prof Stan Cohen, Jenny Diski, Moris Farhi MBE, Bella Freud, Stephen Fry, Prof Eric Hobsbawm, Dr Julian Huppert MP, Prof Mary Kaldor, Nicolas Kent, Beeban Kidron, Baroness Oona King, Prof Francesca Klug OBE, Mike Leigh, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Mike Marqusee, Dr Jonathan Miller, Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, Sophie Okonedo OBE, Prof Susie Orbach, Prof Jacqueline Rose FBA, Mike Rosen, Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, Alexei Sayle, Prof Lynne Segal, Will Self, Sir Antony Sher, Prof Avi Shlaim FBA, Gillian Slovo, Sir Tom Stoppard, Dame Janet Suzman and Zo½ Wanamaker CBE

"Jews for Justice for Palestinians gives expression to the many alternative views within the community."

MICHAEL ROSEN

All our signatories can be found here.

What we do"Jews for Justice for Palestinians is concerned for justice for them½and us!Without justice for Palestinians, there is no hope forIsrael."

RABBI JEFFREY NEWMAN

We support many Israeli peace and human-rights organisations morally and financially including:ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel), Adalah, Breaking the Silence, Coalition of Women for Peace, Gisha, Gush Shalom, ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions), Machsom (Checkpoint) Watch, New Profile, PHR-I (Physicians for Human Rights), PCATI (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel), Rabbis for Human Rights, Ta'ayush (Arab-Jewish Partnership), Yesh Gvul (There is a Limit) and Zochrot (Remembrance).

We organise meetings across the UK and produce information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict½both printed and web-based at www.jfjfp.org

We lobby on issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often in association with Palestinians.

We publish adverts occasionally about important current issues in the national and Jewish press

We promote boycott, divestment and sanctions initiatives against Israeli and foreign companies profiting from the illegal occupation.

We support a wide range of Palestinian peace and humanitarian organisations.

We channel humanitarian aid through the British Shalom Salaam Trust, an independent grant-giving charity.

We provide practical support to the Palestinian economy: planting olive trees, supporting Zaytoun, a fair-trade organisation marketing Palestinian olive oil, and encouraging fact-finding trips to the area.

"The work that Jews for Justice for Palestinians has done is of profound importance for the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis and for reaffirming the long association between Jewish people and the struggle for human rights everywhere."

FRANCESCA KLUG OBE

HOW YOU CAN HELPEncourage Jewish friends, relatives and colleagues to join our growing list of signatories.Get involved with other signatories where you live. There are very large numbers in the London region, and clusters of signatories in Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford, Newcastle, Norwich, the West Midlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Contact us for information on local groups including Just Peace Leicester, Justice for Palestinians-West Midlands, Merseyside Jews for Peace and Justice, Norfolk Jewish Peace Group and Scottish Jews for a Just Peace.Write letters to the local and national press ½ JfJfP can help.Help organise meetings in your synagogue or area ½ JfJfP can supply speakers.Join in fundraising for humanitarian and campaigning activities.Lobby your MP to speak out against the Occupation.Support boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against those profiting from the occupation.Help distribute information on JFJFP events, campaigns and relevant issues.For further information visit jfjfp.com e-mail info@jfjfp.org or write to JFJFP, PO Box 46081, London W9 2ZF

Students can contact the student group at students@jfjfp.org

OrganisationEveryone who adds their name is included on two mailout lists: one a weekly summary of postings made to the website, the other is occasional with notices of campaigns and actions, but do ask if you don't want to receive them. If you are not on email, please send us 5 stamped addressed A4 envelopes for our monthly postal mailouts.

There is no membership fee, but donations to support our work will be gratefully received. We hold regular meetings in London and Manchester and work with others in Scotland and in Liverpool, Leicester, Norfolk and elsewhere. JfJfP is a national network; you can be a signatory as well as a member of one of these other groupings.

Some contact details:Scottish Jews for a Just Peace ½ info@sjjp.org.ukManchester JfJfP ½ mjfjfp@tiscali.co.ukMerseyside Jews for Peace and Justice ½ via info@jfjfp.orgJust Peace Leicester ½ via info@jfjfp.orgNorfolk Jewish Peace Group ½ via info@jfjfp.org

JfJfP In the Community

JfJfP signatories include Jews from across the religious and political spectrum. We value contributions to the struggle for justice for Palestinians by Jews from every background, in Britain, Israel, and across the world.

It is sometimes difficult for us to make our voices heard within formal Jewish structures. Too often we are misrepresented as 'traitors', 'self-hating Jews', or worse. Yet among JfJfP signatories, and those who share our vision of justice for Palestinians, are Jews who play an active role in numerous synagogues and other Jewish groups. They know that their views do not compromise their identity, but enrich their commitment to Jewish life. This is true for Jews from all traditions: secular and religious, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, identifying with any or none of the denominational groups.

Despite the claims of some communal figures, there is no consensus among British Jews about the political situation in Israel and Palestine. The last authoritative research on the subject, undertaken by the UJIA in 2004, showed that 22% supported the policies of the then government of Ariel Sharon, and 28% opposed them. The views of the remaining 50% were 'not sure' or' mixed'. Furthermore, 31% of British Jews described themselves as 'often very critical' of Israeli government policies.

For JfJfP signatories and sympathizers, honest discussion about Israel and Palestine often risks painful disagreements with family, friends and colleagues. That is why JfJfP has launched a series of grassroots initiatives designed to help British Jews who want to express their commitment to justice for Palestinians within their own communities.

If you want to know more about this work, or to discuss how you can make your voice heard within your community, please contact community@jfjfp.org

http://jfjfp.com/?page_id=9

A number of signatories have died over the years and we wish to remember their commitment to the cause of justice for Palestinians. They are listed here.

Please join us ½ read the statementJews for Justice for Palestinians is a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not. We oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people.

There are 1707 signatoriesat 31 January 2013

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Tabatznik Research

From Peter Orourke

As a family the Tabatzniks are very private. In a Bloomberg article entitled A BITTER PILL FOR GLAXO? The article deals with how the Tabatznik family has made a cottage industry from making "copy cat" drugs by finding loophole in weak patents. The writer calls the family "publicity-shy" which is an understatment. I haven't been able to directly ascertain, anywhere, precise familial relations but the following is what I have been able to piece together. Everything is accurate, checked and double checked, with the exception of family relationships which I have had to guess at.

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1991-04-28/a-bitter-pill-for-glaxo

The father, I think is Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik. His nationality is usually given as South African but he resides in New York and London as well. He is where the money originates from. His net worth in 2011 was listed at £500m. He was involved in the manufacture of generic drugs through various companies oneArrow Pharmaceuticals he sold for cash totaling US1.75bn another, Generics was sold to Merck for £200m. Tony, as he is called, has branched out into the film and entertainment business as well. He runs Bertha Dochouse Limited, The Doc Factory and Curzon Artificial Eye (now Curzon World) all companies whose stated goal is to produce and distribute socially relevant content. This interest in the film business may well be from where the introduction to Laura Poitras ensued as most of the families thrust in this area is centered in London.

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=614624&privcapId=32811056&previousCapId=32811056&previousTitle=Arrow%20Group%20Ap

http://www.manufacturingchemist.com/jobs/article_page/Pharma_executives_in_Sunday_Times_Rich_List/60898

Besides distribution, the brunt of Tabatzniks film productions have been about three or four films: Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis (2008),KZ (2005) both deal with the Holocaust and Article 12 (2010) “Presents a sharp look at the current state of privacy and debates around the rights and desires of individuals, governments, terrorism and the increasing accessibility and use of surveillance.” Black Gold (2006) is a documentary on Ethiopian coffee farmers.

Tony is no stranger to controversy; nor is the rest of his family for that matter. Tabatznik came under scrutiny for price fixing in an investigation dealing with bid rigging of drug contracts with The National Health Service in the U.K. He was a supporter of Tony Blair and, according to several sources, helped to push Blair over the top: donating “£5,000 to the Labour Party in 1998. In 2002 he is reported to have donated £25,000 to Labour.” This would all seem quite innocent except that his father, David, also a Pharma titan created the family fortune in South Africa by supplying the monolithic Nationalist Party with bribes and kickbacks in exchange for monopoly drug contracts with the government.

There seems to be at least two adult children: Lara and Seth Tabatznik. Lara is listed as the director of The Bertha foundation. Seth is listed as a consultant. Tony, it seems is the Chief Executive Officer and Lara is the President. Searching for other family members is difficult. Results seem to branch off and a satisfying search heuristic is difficult to find.

Lara Tabatznik is of uncertain nationality. Her birthplace is variously listed as either the UK or the US according to the source consulted. She graduated with a degree in psychology and communications from Syracuse University a private highly endowed school that prides itself on taking exceptional students from diverse backgrounds. When self-reporting her occupation Lara often lists Events Coordinator. She is involved in crowd sourcing and fund raising both for the family charities and political candidates as well. She hosted a loft party and silent auction for a hipper than thou crowd in New York and the winning bid went for Bono’s red iPod. As far as the film wing of the family Lara doesn't seem to be directly involved in that. She either coordinates events or shows up for moral support but most of the leg-work seems to be done by the males in the family.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lara-tabatznik/4/8a5/a7a

Seth seems to be kind of the odd ball of the family. While involved in various Bertha charities, he doesn't seem to be an executive there. He is also listed as a non-executive director of The Central Film School in London which is an accredited film school. One of his schemes was a mobile solar powered outdoor traveling movie theater. He was also involved in a Bertha funded green think tank called Berti Investments, a business incubator and venture capital group. Seth seems to be embracing the practice of Philanthro-capitalism. One notable thing about Seth Tabatznik is that he has renounced his United States Citizenship. (Source: Federal Register)

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/10/26/2011-27570/quarterly-publication-of-individuals-who-have-chosen-to-expatriate-as-required-by-section-6039g

It would be easy to dismiss this family as limousine liberals and be done with it but there seems to be a dark side at work here. The dark side of the family history began in South Africa and patriarch David’s underhanded dealing with the National Party (NP) the party that gave us apartheid. David didn't just bribe the NP fascists; it seemed he might have been one of them. In a presentation to North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa Tiffany F. Jones describes how David Tabatznik formed Smith Mitchell in 1948 which was a supra-governmental mental health system for blacks only and profited from their suffering. Reports say that black patients were housed in appalling conditions. Now the family has come full circle with the Ubuntu Foundation. Touted as an “education foundation” it can also be seen as a big pharma connected aids awareness group which deals with AIDS/HIV now seen as a highly politicized condition diagnosed by inaccurate testing, of uncertain etiology and requiring expensive and constant treatment.

http://www.solitarytrees.net/pubs/smithmit.htm

From Hushmail

Tony Tabatznik was an immigrant from South Africa. Explains why the Foundation is based there.

http://www.ihouse-nyc.org/s/707/internal.aspx?sid=707&gid=1&pgid=1604

He sold one of the companies he founded for $1.75 Billion in 2009.

http://ir.actavis.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=65778&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1299872

From Russia

hi, Adam

Unfortunately for us, russians, there is no way that Bertha is russian.

"Lara Tabatznik, 23-year-old event coordinator, and a Host Committee including the other four staff members who work out of the New York office planned the event.

Tabatznik, who was born in England but whose father is South African, got involved with Ubuntu in 2005 when she began volunteering for the organization and helped organize the first annual benefit gala at which Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke to more than 450 guests and some $600,000 was raised." - from this:

http://uppereastsideinformer.blogspot.ru/2006/12/loft-party-largesse.html

her facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=770328613176&set=a.770327166076.2369260.5505111&type=1&theater

her father -Tony Tabatznik, multimillionaire, British - South African

the name Bertha - apparently from this: http://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/s.asp?p=389

their friends:

The Rockefeller Foundation, The Tony Elumelu Foundation and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship hosted a forum in Capetown, South Africa; Impact Investing in Africa: Accelerating the Industry Regionally on April 5, 2013. - http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/current-work/impact-investing/events

So, search among those who are stealing African subsoil assets right now. There might be some russian guys among them but they are definitely not in charge ;)

Sorry my English.

Regards

From Switzerland

Bertha Foundation

FromSenor JabDateToday 12:11

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Sir,

Not sure whether any of this is of interest to you, but for what it's worth...

As per the Swiss register of corporations and organizations, the Bertha Foundation is formally registered as a foundation in Geneva, Switzerland:

http://www.moneyhouse.ch/en/u/bertha_foundation_CH-660.0.012.013-7.htm

Purpose: "In the world, and particularly in South Africa, support for people in precarious situations, dissemination and promotion of art and culture, economic development of the poor, access to education and health promotion human rights, the fight against torture and assisting victims of torture, promotion of social and humanitarian law, the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination based on ethnicity or religion, the fight against discrimination on sexual orientation or gender identity, the promotion of freedom of the press and media, environmental protection and promoting social entrepreneurship and innovative (cf. act as a foundation for full view)"

The full text is included in the Swiss Federal Register of Foundations, http://esv2000.edi.admin.ch/e/entry.asp?Id=5932 and adds specific activities of the foundation to the above (please pardon the French):

La fondation peut faire tous actes et exercer toutes activités destinés à lui permettre d'atteindre les objectifs sus-énoncés. Les actions de la fondation consisteront notamment à: a) soutenir, y compris par des contributions, des institutions philanthropiques ou d'utilité publique poursuivant l'un ou l'autre des buts énoncés ci-dessus; b) engager, le cas échéant en collaboration avec des tiers, des actions de terrain et programmes, y compris l'institution de prix, bourses d'études ou autres formes analogues; et c) soutenir, y compris par des contributions, la promotion ou la réalisation de films documentaires sur des sujets ayant trait aux buts énoncés ci-dessus; de même que l'organisation de festivals de cinéma indépendant.

... note that the production and promotion of documentaries, as well as the organization of independent movie festivals is part of the foundation's purposes.

Founding Members / Signatories listed:

Markovitz Justine, de Grande-Bretagne, à Troinex, présidente, avec signature individuelle, ( http://www.withersworldwide.com/people/justine-markovitz--2 , specializing on tax and charities )

Clifford Rubin, des Pays-Bas, à Anvers, B, ( not much information on this one - supposedly lives in Antwerpen, Belgium - in conjunction with the whole South Africa theme, this may be indicative of a diamond connection )

Tabatznik Anthony Selwyn, de Grande-Bretagne, à Londres, GB, (he's the most interesting person here - cf below) et

Tabatznik Nestadt Susan, des USA, à Baltimore, USA, tous trois avec signature collective à deux.

(note: "Lara Tabatznik, Founder and CEO of the Bertha Foundation" (as per vimeo.com/29846259) does not appear to be listed as a signatory of the foundation, but may be related to the signatories)

Mr. Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik, Tony is the Founder of The Generics Group Ltd. Mr. Tabatznik is the Founder of Robin Hood Holdings, Ltd. Mr. Tabatznik is a Founder of Arrow Group ApS and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He founded Arrow Group Ltd. and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He serves as the Chairman of Merck Generics Ltd. He served as the Chairman of Generics (UK) Ltd. until December 1999. He serves as a Director of Merck Generics Group BV (Generics Group BV ) and Robin Hood Holdings Limited [the holding company for Arrow Group which manufactures and sells generic pharmaceuticals, based in Valletta, Malta, operating as a subsidiary of Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc]. Mr. Tabatznik served as a Director of Actavis, Inc. (formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), since 2009 until January 24, 2013.

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=614624&privcapId=32811056&previousCapId=32811056&previousTitle=Arrow%20Group%20ApS

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=59570249

"The family, of South African origin, has built a privately held group of generic makers in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. In each country, they have targeted drugs that are vulnerable to copycatting."

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1991-04-28/a-bitter-pill-for-glaxo

"Tabatznik is described as being a 'boss' for Generics UK during the time of an alleged price fixing fraud of an estimated £400 million from the NHS"

"In an article in 2002 on the subject of how 'Rich people are costing Britain millions in lost tax by not registering their houses in their own names', the Guardian reports that Tabatznik's north London home is owned by a Panama company"

http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Anthony_Tabatznik

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2002/may/25/tax.politics1

In 2011, the Sunday Times listed Anthony Tabatznik as number 151 of 1000 richest in UK, estimating his net worth at 500m GBP - Pharma executives in Sunday Times Rich List

Other noteworthy links:

Tabatznik Trust takes equity stake in Curzon Artificial Eye; Knatchbull contracts as CEO for three more years | News | Screen

London Jewish Cultural Centre - Patrons

a picture of Susan and Tony (cousins?) at a fund raiser -> http://www.cosmeticworld.com/Feature_Photos/02_09_12_BeyondBeauty/BeyondBeauty2012.html)

Finally, the official contact for the Bertha Foundation in Switzerland is listed as Clermont Consultants (CH) SA, a local fiduciary and part of Clermont Trust ( http://www.clermonttrust.com/ ), who describe themselves as follows on their web page:

Clermont is an international business providing bespoke wealth protection strategies to families, investors and entrepreneurs. We are an independently owned and managed business that consults with clients across more than twenty countries.

All of our clients receive a personal, professional and discreet service, affording them security and peace of mind. We apply our knowledge, creativity and experience to developing elegant and efficient solutions which meet individual clients’ requirements.

Our attention to the finer detail in both design and implementation delivers excellent results, and our high level of personal contact fosters relationships which can last generations.

On the face of it, this Bertha Foundation would appear to be part of an elegant and efficient wealth protection strategy, custom-tailored by the Clermont Trust to fit the requirements of Anthony Tabatznik and family, who seem to owe much of their fortune to major transactions in the "generic" drug market, and have since developed an interest in producing and promoting documentaries and supporting independent "storytellers".

Later,

Jab

PS: Bertha is a female Germanic name, from Old High German berhta meaning " bright one". (as per wikipedia) ... The word "bright" is also used in Sundance partner credits to TBF ( http://www.sundance.org/artistservices/distribution/distribution-partners/ ) : "The Bertha Foundation was established in 2010 by a family who believes that bright ideas, combined with resources and strong leadership, can create profound social impact." and the credits on http://www.equaleducation.org.za/page/funders state that "The Bertha Foundation believes that bright ideas, combined with resources and strong leadership, can create profound social impact. " ... maybe words do matter, and brightness comes from illumination?

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A note from Roger Waters - August 18, 2013

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To My Colleagues in Rock and Roll

Nigel Kennedy the virtuoso British violinist and violist, at The Recent Promenade Concerts at The Albert Hall in London, mentioned that Israel is apartheid. Nothing unusual there you might think, then one Baroness Deech, (Nee Fraenkel) disputed the fact that Israel is an apartheid state and prevailed upon the BBC to censor Kennedy's performance by removing his statement. Baroness Deech produced not one shred of evidence to support her claim and yet the BBC, non political, supposedly, acting solely on Baroness Deech's say so, suddenly went all 1984 on us. Well!! Time to stick my head above the parapet again, alongside my brother, Nigel Kennedy, where it belongs. And by the way, Nigel, great respect man. So here follows a letter last re-drafted in July

25th July 2013

To My Colleagues in Rock and Roll.

In the wake of the tragic shooting to death of un-armed teenager Travon Martin and the acquittal of his killer Zimmerman, yesterday, Stevie Wonder spoke at a gig declaring that he will not perform in the State of Florida until that State repeals it's ''Stand your ground'' Law. In effect he has declared a boycott on grounds of conscience. I applaud his position, and stand with him, it has brought back to me a statement I made in a letter I wrote last February 14th, to which I have referred but have never published.

The time has come, so here it is.

This letter has been simmering on the back burner of my conscience and consciousness for some time.

It is seven years since I joined BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) a non violent movement to oppose Israel's occupation of the West Bank ,and ,violations of international law and Palestinian human rights. The aim of BDS is to bring international attention to these Israeli policies, and hopefully, to help bring them to an end. All the people of the region deserve better than this.

To cut to the chase, Israel has been found guilty, independently, by international human rights organizations, UN officials, and the International Court of Justice, , of serious breaches of international law. These include, and I will name only two:

1.The Crime of Apartheid:

The systematic oppression of one ethnic group by another.

2.The Crime of Ethnic Cleansing:

The forcible removable of indigenous peoples from their rightful land in order to settle an occupying population. For example, in East Jerusalem non Jewish families are routinely physically evicted from their homes to make way for Jewish occupants.

There are others.

Given the inability or unwillingness of our governments, or the United Nations Security Council to put pressure on Israel to cease these violations, and make reparations to the victims, it falls to civil society and conscientious citizens of the world, , to dust off our consciences, shoulder our responsibilities, and act. I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel, to shed light on these problems and also to support all our brothers and sisters in Palestine and Israel who are struggling to end all forms of Israeli oppression and who wish to live in peace, justice, equality and freedom.

I am writing to you all now because of two recent events.

Stevie Wonder.Word came to me, the first week of last December that Stevie Wonder had been booked to headline at a gala dinner for the Friends of The Israeli Defence Force in LA on 6th December 2012. An event to raise money for the Israeli armed forces, as if the $4.3,000,000,000 that we the US tax payers give them each year were not enough? This came right after The Israeli defence Force had concluded yet another war on Gaza, (Operation Pillar of Defence), according to human rights watch, committing war crimes against the besieged 1.6 million Palestinians there.

Anyway, I wrote to Stevie to try to persuade him to cancel. My letter ran along these lines, ''Would you have felt OK performing at the Policeman's Ball in Johannesburg the night after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 or in Birmingham Alabama, to raise money for the Law Enforcement officers, who clubbed, tear gassed and water cannoned those children trying to integrate in 1963?''

Archbishop Desmond Tutu also wrote an impassioned plea to Stevie, and 3,000 others appended their names to a change .org petition. Stevie, to his great credit, cancelled!

2. Earlier that week I delivered a speech at The United Nations. If you are interested you can find this speech on YouTube.

The interesting thing about these two stories is that there was NOT ONE mention of either story in the mainstream media in the United States.

The clear inference would be that the media in the USA is not interested in the predicament of the Palestinian people, or for that matter the predicament of the Israeli people,. We can only hope they may become interested as they eventually did in the politics of apartheid South Africa.

Back in the days of Apartheid South Africa at first it was a trickle of artists that refused to play there, a trickle, that exercised a cultural boycott, then it became a stream, then a river then a torrent and then a flood, ( Remember Steve van Zant, Bruce and all the others? ''We will not Play in Sun City?'') Why? Because, like the UN and the International Courts of Justice they understood that Apartheid is wrong.

The sports community joined the battle, no one would go and play cricket or rugby in South Africa , and eventually the political community joined in as well. We all as a global, musical, sporting and political community raised our voices as one and the apartheid regime in South Africa fell.

Maybe we are at the tipping point now with Israel and Palestine. These are good people both and they deserve a just solution to their predicament. Each and every one of them deserves freedom, justice and equal rights. Just recently the ANC, the ruling party of South Africa, has endorsed BDS. We are nearly there. Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global civil society in proclaiming our rejection of Apartheid in Israel and occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.

Roger Waters

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Supermodel Bar Refaeli has a message for former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters: take my photo out of your concerts.

Israeli model Bar Refaeli told former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters to take her image out of his concerts. (Getty Images)

Waters is a major proponent of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel, and has penned a letter to fellow musicians asking them to boycott the country as well.

But Waters apparently uses an image of the Israeli model during his shows, which Refaeli called him out on Wednesday.

''Roger Waters, you better take my picture off of the video art at your shows. If you're boycotting '' go all the way,'' Refaeli tweeted in Hebrew, according to a translation in Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

According to Haaretz, Refaeli previously said she was ''honored'' to spot her photo during a Waters concert in 2011.

Waters was criticized last month after he raised an inflatable pig featuring the Star of David alongside symbols of fascism and repressive regimes.

''Waters deployed a classic disgusting medieval anti-Semitic caricature widely used by both Nazi and Soviet propaganda to incite hatred against Jews,'' the Simon Weisenthal Center said at the time.

Waters made his latest call for an Israeli boycott in a letter addressed to his ''colleagues in rock and roll'' posted on his Facebook page Aug. 18.

''Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global civil society in proclaiming our rejection of apartheid in Israel and occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights,'' Waters wrote.

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We've just uploaded the transcript of Ta'anit Tzedek's recent rabbical conference call with Judge Richard Goldstone. As I wrote in my previous post this conversation with Judge Goldstone was extraordinary. He reflects on his growing up in South Africa under Apartheid, his reasons to take on this Fact Finding Mission in Gaza, and the evidence that led to the commission's determination that Israeli forces had intentionally targeted civilians in Gaza. This Shabbat/Sabbath we read about Noah who the Torah describes as a righteous person in his generation. Listening to the audio or reading the transcript, you will hear a decent human being explain how he has pursued righteousness in his life.

See below for a cleaned up, very slightly edited version. You can also listen to an audio file of the entire interview here.

Judge Richard Goldstone: Thank you very much indeed, Rabbi Walt. First, I'd like to thank you and Rabbi Rosen for having arranged this call. I'm deeply appreciative, and I say good evening to all of the people listening in. As Rabbi Walt suggested, I'm going to spend a few minutes just talking about where I've come from and say a few words about the Gaza mission.

Firstly, as Rabbi Walt mentioned, I was born and grew up in South Africa. My parents were born in South Africa and my one grandmother was born in South Africa. The others came as very young children in the 1880s. And I grew up in a very typical upper middle-class white South African Jewish home. It was a Zionist home very much. My mother was very active in the Zionist movement from way back in the 1950s, before I was born. And that was the atmosphere in which I grew up. My parents opposed racial discrimination and apartheid but they were not activists at all, and I certainly met no black South Africans in my home. And indeed, until I went to university, to Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, I'd met no black South Africans as peers. So I grew up with the prejudices that were dominant in the white South African community generally, and that applied pretty much to 95% of the Jewish community.

The other point I'd make '' and I'm sure Rabbi Walt would agree '' I think the South African Jewish community is possibly unique, possibly not, but certainly in the South African Jewish community there's no split between being Jewish and being Zionist as the two go together and I think are pretty much the two sides of the same coin. And that was certainly my understanding of the position '' if one was Jewish, one was a Zionist and one supported Israel. And certainly I did that for my youngest days at university. I became, I think, the first chairman of the Younger [unintelligible] Association and then in 1966 I was recruited and became involved with World ORT. And that was my major commitment in Jewish life, to World ORT. I served for many years as the chairman of South African ORT. I joined the executive committee of World ORT [unintelligible] in 1967 and rose through the ranks to become President of World ORT for seven years. And at the end of that, I'm still the President Emeritus of World ORT.

I don't believe that being Jewish has shaped my views particularly towards racism and racial oppression. As I mentioned, until I went to university I'd never met black South Africans and it was a watershed event for me. My first week at university was the first time in my life meeting black South Africans as equals, as peers, and striking up friendships and having lunch together in the university cafeteria. And I became angry and frustrated in that very first week at the inequity and unfairness of black students being equals on the campus but the minute they stepped off into the street they lived in a completely different world. They had to carry special ID documents, called passes. If they forgot them at home they were liable to be picked up and put in prison for the night. They went home to enforced segregated poorly developed black townships in Soweto, Alexandra Township. Many of them didn't have electricity. Many of them didn't have running water. And when I went home to a comfortable home in a white suburb with tarred roads and parks and electricity,they had to go to these very poor living conditions. And it was really in that first week that I became actively involved in the student anti-apartheid movement. And that, I think, shaped the rest of my adult career.

I'd like to think that being Jewish played a role. I've certainly had difficulty in understanding how Jews who have been persecuted for over two millennia can themselves be in support at all of any form of irrelevant discrimination, whether on grounds of color or religion or race and so forth. And yet I suppose we all are products of our own homes and the overwhelming majority of South Africans, if they didn't actively support apartheid, certainly felt comfortable with it. And did very little to stop the racial oppression in South Africa.

The question of collective punishment was raised by Rabbi Rosen in his introductory remarks and, again, one of the things that shocked me in coming to Gaza was to see how collective had been visited on the people of Gaza, and saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears the affect of the blockade. And I fully support the action that your movement is taking in that regard. I've been involved, as Rabbi Walt indicated, with investigating war crimes and serious crimes against humanity not only in my own country but in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda '' in Kosevo in particular. I was involved in investigations into the highest level of government when I joined Paul Volcker in the investigation into the United Nations Iraq Oil-for-Food Program. I have for five years now been a co-chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, and I co-sign letters just about every week protesting a human rights violation in many countries around the world, including China and Iran and Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. So it's been part of my adult life, and particularly in the last fifteen or twenty years, to be actively involved in this area and particularly with violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

It was in that context that I found it difficult to reject a plea I received from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who is fellow South African I've known for at least the last twenty years. Initially, as is well know, I refused to become involved in the Gaza mission because I was not prepared to get involved with a mandate I considered not to be evenhanded, a mandate that suggested that only Israel had committed violations in the context of Operation Cast Lead. And I thought that was the end of it. But it wasn't, because I was asked to meet with the High Commissioner and, more importantly perhaps, the President of the Human Rights Council, who was then the Ambassador from Nigeria, who asked me what I would consider to be an evenhanded mandate. And I informed him I would consider an evenhanded mandate an investigation into all relevant violations in the context of Operation Cast Lead, whether committed before, during or after the military operations launched by the Israel Defense Force. And the mandate that I explained was given to me by the President of the Human Rights Council and he said, ''Well, if that's the mandate that you think is evenhanded it's my job to set up the fact-finding mission. That's the mandate I'll give you and I'm sure it will be accepted by the Human Rights Council.'' Well, I wasn't so sure about that, but in fact the President took it to a plenary meeting of the Human Rights Council and there was no objection to the expanded mandate. And I then discussed the mandate with the four sponsoring ambassadors, the four nations that sponsored the original resolution, and they had no objection.

I think that explains why the Human Rights Council last week adopted the whole report. I was always nervous that the Human Rights Council might treat the repor as a sort of a-la-carte menu and approve those parts which were condemning of Israel and would reject those parts which were condemning of the Palestinians, whether Hamas or Fatah. But in fact, those of you who would have seen or read about the resolution know that it adopted the whole report, which obviously includes the findings of serious human violations and humanitarian law violations '' war crimes '' on the part of Hamas.

It was a more difficult decision, I think, for me as a Jew to accept the leadership of the Commission. I knew there would be strong and negative opposition to my doing it on the part of members of the Jewish community and particularly the government of Israel and its supporters in Israel and the Diaspora. But I really felt that to live with myself and to live with my own conscience, I couldn't justify having gotten involved in the investigations in many other countries and because I was Jewish refuse to use the same norms and the same principles in relation to Israel.

Let me say, to conclude this part, that I really did believe '' perhaps naively, in hindsight '' that the government of Israel would cooperate. I thought this was the first time that the Human Rights Council had ever given an evenhanded mandate in a matter relating to the Middle East. I thought this was a new direction '' and it is a new direction, but I thought that the government of Israel would see it in that light and would cooperate. Unfortunately, when I wanted to discuss this with the Israeli Ambassador in Geneva my overtures were rejected. I sent further letters asking for a reconsideration of the initial rejection on grounds that were incorrect. The first rejection was on the basis of the original mandate, which I had rejected.

And I pointed out that that was incorrect and requested the Ambassador to bring this to the attention of his government. I then wrote a letter personally to Prime Minister Netanyahu, offering to come at short notice to meet with him or any members of his government who were relevant to discuss how the mandate should be approached. I requested their advice as to what incidents we should look into and their advice as to how our mission should implement the mandate. There was no response for almost two months, until I received a letter from the Israeli Ambassador in Geneva saying on his own behalf and on behalf of the Prime Minister '' and without reflecting on my own integrity and reputation '' the Israel government was not able to work with us, or to cooperate.

So I think that's the sort of general background of where I was coming from and how I got involved.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Thank you, Judge Goldstone, so much, in particular for your comments in speaking personally as a South African Jew. I think towards the end we'd like to talk to you a little bit more to reflect on your experience in that regard. But we'd like to have our first set of questions really focus on the report itself, and in particular the methodology that you used to gather the information for the report. I think the first place that would probably be most helpful would be for us to hear you reflect a bit about how you gathered your information, and in particular how you verified the veracity of the information that you gathered. That was the subject of a number of questions that we received.

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, for any of you that have the report, the methodology we adopted is set out in some detail in paragraphs 151 to 174, beginning on Page 41 of the report. But in general '' let me first deal with Gaza. I'll deal separately with the West Bank and with Southern Israel, and I make the distinction because we were allowed to go to Gaza but we weren't allowed into Southern Israel and we weren't allowed into the West Bank because of the attitude of the Israeli government. But in respect to Gaza, we interviewed many people. We conducted roughly a hundred interviews in Gaza: with victims, with organizations, with the United Nations, agencies, and so forth. We saw many of the witnesses in the office we were given in the U.N, in the UNWRA offices. We saw many of the witnesses at their own homes and people from the area came to see us in their circumstances.

Let me immediately refute with every conviction that I can muster the mischievous and untruthful suggestion that there was any Hamas presence anywhere near the places where we interviewed witnesses. It just isn't true. Had it been so, I would have found that completely unacceptable and would have immediately stopped the process. So that just didn't happen. The suggestion was made '' I see there's an Op-Ed in answer to an Op-Ed I've just published in the Jerusalem Post this morning in Israel on Monday suggesting that we were directed or influenced by Hamas in who we saw. Again, that is without any truth at all. We had our own independent staff. We had a staff of about sixteen, almost all lawyers. And in addition, we had interpreters obviously, from Arabic and from Hebrew. But our professional staff were '' very few, maybe two or three, came from the permanent staff of the High Commissioner's Office in Geneva. The other staff were recruited specially and came from about twelve countries, including Italy and the United Kingdom, Scotland and various other countries '' South America '' people really without any particular history or contract with the Middle East, but people who were experienced in investigations. Some of them had worked for the International War Crimes Tribunal, the International Criminal Court. And they spent some time in Gaza before we got there consulting and finding out what sort of incidents there were that we should consider looking into.

And we were given a very long menu of incidents, from which we chose thirty-six. It could have been 136. We had a very limited timeline of two to three months to investigate. And we decided to choose those situations which appeared to us to be the most serious, where there were the highest fatalities and injuries, to investigate in situations which didn't appear to involve difficult decisions being taken by soldiers in what's being called ''the fog of war.'' We wanted to look at situations that appeared, on the face of it, clearly to involve attacks on civilians in situations that didn't appear to have any military justification. So obviously we chose what we wanted to look into, and that was the main guidelines on which we operated. We received documentation. We looked at thousands of pages of reports of other organizations. Because we got there fairly late '' by the time we got there, there were investigations by Amnesty International, by Humans Rights Watch, by the John Dugard's Arab League Report, and Ian Martin's [unintelligible] Report on behalf of the Board of Inquiry that was set up by the Secretary-General into attacks on the United Nations facilities.

So we had a mass of written information, which we familiarized ourselves with. And we then started meeting witnesses, and obviously we asked questions of them. We inquired whether they had any Hamas connections. We obviously didn't take at face value answers we got '' we checked to the extent we could on the information we got. We tested it against information which some of the same people we saw had given previously. We checked for consistency. Obviously, all four members of the mission had had experience in this sort of activity and I think after having been a judge for twenty-three years I've got a pretty good idea of weighing up the veracity of people. I'm obviously not a psychologist, and mistakes can be made. But we certainly applied our best efforts in deciding on the credibility of witnesses we heard, the logical rationality of the information they gave us.

In addition, we commissioned UNOSAT, which is the United Nations satellite facility, to give us a full satellite report, which is part of our report. It's a thirty-four page report with satellite photographs of Gaza before and after the Israeli Defense Force campaign. And we used that to corroborate or not corroborate a lot of the information we got with regard to damage.

So that generally is the approach we took.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: To follow up on the issue of the interviews and the veracity of the interviews, Ambassador Michael Oren has stated publicly that he believes the report is flawed because the only people interviewed were Palestinians and that the witnesses had to testify publicly, which meant they may well have been intimidated into providing false evidence. So how would you respond to such a claim?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, I reject the claim absolutely. The fact that we only spoke to Palestinians in Gaza speaks for itself. But even that is incorrect '' obviously the victims were Palestinian, but we spoke to many members of the international community in the United Nations and in the foreign few embassies [unintelligible] representation to journalists.

And very importantly, we spoke to a number of really outstanding non-governmental organizations, both Palestinian and Israeli. I just have the highest regard and respect for some of the '' particularly, perhaps, the Israeli NGOs who have been involved in Gaza with tremendous courage and commitment. And obviously, a lot of the information we got from them was important. A lot of photographs '' a lot of photographic information, because these NGOs realized the importance of taking photographs immediately, actually during the war itself. And that provided important corroboration.

To give you just one example, I was very distressed at some of the graffiti I saw that we were told had been written on the walls of destroyed or damaged homes by the Israeli Army, in Hebrew and in Russian. And one of the questions I asked our staff was: how do we know this wasn't put there afterwards as propaganda by the Hamas or Palestinians? And we were shown photographs taken really within very few hours of the damage being done, showing this graffiti on the wall. So it's that sort of corroboration that's very important.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: I think for many people who don't understand how these kinds of investigations work, there's this sense or concern that you're only able to get to partial information '' that you're not able to get the whole picture. And I think it's important for people to understand that you're able to get the picture given the restrictions that exist during the investigations. To that point, Judge Goldstone, you were quoted recently as saying that you personally wouldn't be embarrassed if any of the allegations in your report eventually turn out to be disproved down the line. And some are suggesting that this means you may well be backing away from the findings in your missions report.

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, you know, I've read that. It's a complete, I suppose, misunderstanding. But certainly, it's a wrong understanding of what I was saying. We weren't conducting a judicial investigation, obviously. It wasn't even a quasi-judicial investigation. It was a fact-finding mission. We didn't make our findings according to the criminal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. We didn't adopt any formal standard, but I would say it was a prima facie case, reasonableness on weighing up the evidence.

And in most of the incidents we had a look at, the evidence went all one way. But obviously, if there were a criminal investigation and if some of the allegations were found to be true were rejected by a court of law or not being proven beyond a reasonable doubt '' well, I would absolutely accept that and it wouldn't be surprising. The information we've got would not be admissible as evidence in a criminal court.

I was in exactly the same position when I arrived at the Yugoslavia Tribunal. We had volumes of evidence and very strong findings made by an expert team on a fact finding mission that had been set up by the Security Council '' allegations, hundreds of allegations of rape and torture and murder in Bosnia and Herzegovina '' a very similar investigation to ours. We used that, as I mentioned in my interview with the Forward, as a roadmap '' which was very useful, to be able to know where to go to investigate. And I see our report being useful in the same way. I still very much hope that by an open and transparent domestic inquiry in Israel and in Gaza the findings we made in our report, I'm sure, will be very helpful to investigators. But if a court of law came to a different conclusion, I wouldn't have any problem about that.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Thank you. I want to now refer back to a comment you made in your introduction, vis- -vis the Human Right's Council's endorsement of the report last week. And maybe this is an opportunity for you to clear up a little bit of confusion. I believe it was quoted in your Forward interview, an interview you made with a Swiss newspaper in which you said that the HRC's endorsement of your report was unfortunate because it only included censure of Israel and not of Palestinians. But you said in your introduction that it included both. I wanted to make sure ''

Judge Richard Goldstone: Let me explain what happened. I was at a conference in Berne in Switzerland, an annual conference organized by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This was on Wednesday of this last week, and I was sent the then draft resolution that was being put before the Human Rights Council the next afternoon. And in fact, I got it early on Thursday morning, if I remember correctly. It could have been Wednesday night. But I was concerned, because I read a roughly thirty-six-paragraph resolution that was in three parts, and only one part '' Part B '' dealt with the report. And there wasn't a word in this resolution other than condemnation of Israel. I was concerned, and I'm still disappointed, that the resolution dealing with our report wasn't a separate resolution. I think it should have been. It shouldn't have been mixed in with condemnations about East Jerusalem and other matters that were not relevant to our report.

But it was in that context that I spoke. At the conference I was on a plenary panel and also had a press conference with the Swiss media, and I said that I was saddened by the fact that the whole resolution only condemned Israel, where our report also condemned Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups.

As a result of my complaint, the matter was taken up in Geneva. And it resulted in an additional paragraph being inserted into the section dealing with the report, condemning the targeting of any civilians and calling for accountability of all parties. And that was a clear reference to all sides. Even if it might not have gone as far as I would have liked, it seemed to me that that at least put into the resolution findings that involved both sides. So we're talking about, in fact, two different resolutions '' the original draft, which I objected to, and the resolution that ultimately went before the Council, which had the additional paragraph.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Well, thank you. That's helpful to clarify. Brian, would you like to take over?

Rabbi Brian Walt: Judge Goldstone, I think we want to move to the second area of questions, and I'd like to ask you more about the substance of the report and particularly about this question of intention, which has become such a big issue. For Israelis and for many supporters of Israel, there is a legitimate conversation about how one wages a war and how mistakes can happen in a war where civilians are hurt, and especially in a war where it's between a nation state and a resistance group or what some people call terrorists. In your report, the report does go further and suggests some level of intentionality on the part of the IDF and I'd like you to elaborate on: what's the evidence that led you to this claim? What do you have to back up the claim?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, I think there are two aspects one must look at. The one is in respect of the intent to attack civilian targets in urban areas, in built-up areas. The example I've been giving, because it struck me particularly in a very hard way, was the mortar shelling of a mosque during a service. The mosque was full of worshippers in the combined morning and afternoon service. They were combined because of war and a mortar shell came through the front door of the mosque and killed fifteen people and injured many more. That clearly is unacceptable under any interpretation of the law of war. Now, the evidence by the Israel Defense Force in all the reports they put out '' and we studied them carefully '' is that they've got the sort of munitions and the technology that that doesn't happen in error. And in the absence of any explanation to justify it, we came to the conclusion '' certainly on the balance of probability '' that that was intentional.

When we saw the terrible destruction Gaza, five thousand homes wholly or partially destroyed '' in fact, many more partially destroyed '' that's not by error. That's by design. The Parliament building, which was completely destroyed, the American school was completely destroyed '' these are civilian targets. It wasn't a mistake. The Israeli Defense Force doesn't do those things by error.

And it's consistent with that approach that there was this terrible damage to the infrastructure of Gaza. On what basis does one plow up, bulldoze, fields '-- huge tracts of agricultural land? On what basis does one bomb the water works? On what basis does one destroy a large part of the egg-producing capacity of Gaza? Tens of thousands of chickens killed. On what basis does one destroy the only flour factory in Gaza? And so on.

Now, all of those things were done intentionally. And there's certainly been no response '' our report has been out five weeks, over five weeks, and there's been no, no explanation of any of the events to which I've been referring.

Rabbi Brian Walt: And do you draw a distinction, then, between the attacks on the infrastructure and the attacks on human life, or do you regard them as the same?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, it seems to me to be consistent '' there's one thread running through, and that was to punish the people of Gaza. It was a collective punishment. And I don't believe that sufficient distinction was made between civilians and combatants in that respect.

Rabbi Brian Walt: So let me ask you about another question that has come up. These questions all have come from the rabbis and also from Rabbi Rosen and I collecting all those questions. This is a question that was submitted by a rabbi who's participating in the call, and it's the concern that the IDF claims that Hamas uses Gazan civilians as human shields in staged attacks from the midst of civilian areas '' from schools, from mosques '' and it goes directly to the question you just addressed, because the Israeli government claims that Hamas was hiding in these civilian structures. And furthermore, one of our questioners cited video evidence that has shown up on YouTube of Palestinians using rocket launchers from a school compound. Now, your report seems to suggest that you didn't find much indication of this.

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, the incidents we investigate '' that's true. And we said very clearly in our report that we didn't exclude that that may have happened in situations that we didn't investigate. So that certainly, as far as our report is concerned, is an open question. But certainly, as an international humanitarian lawyer '' and incidentally, the YouTube reference that was made '' we had a look at those photographs and other photographs we were sent. There's absolutely no basis on which one can say when those photographs were taken. So if that happened three or four years ago, that would have no relevance, obviously, to Operation Cast Lead.

But to give you example, if three or four Hamas militants come onto a school ground, assuming they came onto the grounds of the American school in Gaza City and launched mortars from there and then ran away there's no basis '' there could be absolutely no justification for bombing and destroying the whole school. I obviously recognize the difficulty of fighting what's being called an asymmetric war '' a war between the Israel Defense Force on the one hand and non-state actors on the other. It's very difficult, especially in a built-up area like Gaza. But by the same token, the laws of war require that the principle of distinction that is fundamental to the law of war, the distinction between civilians and combatants, has to be taken into account.

We investigated one situation, in fact, where homeowners that we consulted with described to us how two Hamas militants came with rocket launchers into their back garden, to their backyard, and were busy erecting the mortars. And the homeowner chased them out and said, ''Don't you dare do this from here. You're going to endanger us.'' And they left. But assuming that they had, at gunpoint, stopped being chased away and refused to be chased away and launched their mortars and then ran away I don't believe that any international lawyer would justify the bombing of the home of those civilians who objected to this happening.

Rabbi Brian Walt: But the one way in which it doesn't seem completely irrelevant '' for instance, you say that the photographs don't have any relevance or that of course if someone came and then ran away it doesn't give justification to bomb the school. But it does in some way give some understanding as to how an army that's fighting that war could make a mistake or could attack a particularly civilian structure that has been used by armed forces, by non-state armed combatants.

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, of course mistakes can be made, as I say, in the fog of battle. But then it's a matter to put before an investigation.

Rabbi Brian Walt: Right. And so you believe that what you found there is significant, is overwhelming evidence that you could safely say that this was not error, it was ''

Judge Richard Goldstone: It was by design.

Rabbi Brian Walt: By design.

Judge Richard Goldstone: Correct.

Rabbi Brian Walt: That's correct. Okay. And what you're saying now is that what you would recommend is an investigation to really investigate that claim and the incidents that you describe in the report and in other reports and have a judicial investigation eventually.

Judge Richard Goldstone: That's correct. Now, I would add another dimension, which is very important. We didn't investigate because it wasn't our mandate and we didn't have the ability to investigate, on the assumption that these acts or any of them were deliberate, who was responsible. The question of individual guilt is a matter that seems to me to be calling out, crying out for investigation. Who gave the orders to bomb the American school? For what reason? I mean, we didn't investigate the American school, but I drove past it on a few occasions. And it seemed to me to be a strange incident because the American school, on my understanding and from what we were told, was an anathema to Hamas. The American school stood for the United States Imperialism, for not teaching Islam, and it was a sort of focal point of opposition on the part of Hamas. And frankly, I would love to know why the Israeli Defense Force decided to completely destroy the whole school. I mean, it's really razed to the ground.

Rabbi Brian Walt: Thank you so much. To end this section '' I'm watching the time '' many people claim that the report focuses in an unbalanced way on Israel. And in one particular way there seems to be consensus, or a large body of opinion, that Hamas or the armed groups in Gaza will never launch an internal investigation. And on the other hand, Israel has in the past launched an internal investigation, and there is reason to hope that Israel could, if it chose to, launch such an investigation. Do you think there are any sanctions that can realistically be placed upon Hamas and do you believe there's any reasonable chance that they would carry out an internal investigation?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, I think if Israel carried out an internal investigation there would be huge pressure on Hamas to do the same. I think politically it would be difficult for them. The impression I got was that certainly some leaders of Hamas would like nothing more than to be recognized by the international community. They want to become part of negotiations and it seems to me from the cooperation that they indicated that certainly we got, in facilitating our visit to Gaza '' and obviously, we couldn't have come into Gaza if Hamas had said, ''We're not having you here.'' Obviously, our lives would have been in imminent danger from the minute we set foot into Gaza. It's the de facto government of the Gaza strip. So I think there would be tremendous pressure on them to do that. And I've been asked whether I thought that Hamas administration in Gaza is capable of an open and transparent investigation into the firing of rockets and mortars into Israel and, frankly, I don't know. All I know is that they do have an operating justice system. They have murder trials and they sentence people to be executed and they're caught, and there's a very active Palestinian bar. But if they're not then it's a matter, it seems to me, for the international community '' and particularly the United Nations '' to insist that the investigation in Gaza should be done locally but certainly with strong international assistance. There would be enough lawyers and judges in the Arab world to make it possible. It's a question of political will, not a question of ability.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Judge Goldstone, if I might, just one final question about the substance of the report '' this is reference something you mentioned earlier in reference to Israeli actions against Palestinians in occupied territory other than Gaza, namely the West Bank. The question is: if this was really a report focusing on potential war crimes during the period of Cast Lead, what would the relevance be in focusing any attention on Israeli actions in the West Bank?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, the mandate related to violations in the context of Operation Cast Lead. For example, one of the areas we looked at were actions taken by Fatah, by the Palestinian authority, to put down pro-Hamas demonstrations during Operation Cast Lead. The assassination of Hamas members on the West Bank, the detention and torture of Hamas or perceived Hamas members '' this reached a crescendo during Operation Cast Lead and were clearly human rights violations that were associated with it.

Rabbi Brian Walt: So, Brant, can we move on to the next set?

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Yes, absolutely.

Rabbi Brian Walt: We have one mass set and then some final questions. The last set focuses more on what you started with, which was so moving, your description about how you were asked ''I didn't actually put this all together, that the person who asked you originally was herself South African, and then Nigerian '' and the wrestling inside yourself about how you, as a Jew, speak out about Sri Lanka and China and all other countries in the world. And you were being asked to do something that challenging, which was about a country with which you had particular connection as a Jew.

We have several questions about this from the participants in this call, and I will just read you one that came to me. Do you think the fact that you are Jewish played any role in you being chosen to head the Commission? Did your Jewish identity play any role in your own experience of the investigation or writing the report? You answered that fully in the first part. But some people have criticized you for allowing yourself to be used, if in fact you were chosen to head the Commission partly because you were Jewish. There are people who are critical of you for having allowed yourself to be used by the United Nations as a Jew to help to do this investigation about Israel, and thus giving them cover. What do you say to such criticism?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, I reject that completely. I don't believe I was chosen to lead the mission because I'm Jewish at all. Firstly, I wasn't the first person approached. I happen to have been the first person that insisted on and managed to get an evenhanded mandate. But I was chosen obviously because of the experience I've had with investigating war crimes. This was the reason. And my Jewishness obviously would have been taken into consideration by the President of the Human Rights Council, whose decision it was. But certainly, being Jewish, I would have imagined '' if I were in his position '' would have been more negative than positive. I think I would have been, if I were in his shoes, concerned '' as I'm sure he must have been, and as I was '' that being Jewish would make me unacceptable to the Palestinians. And the immediate reaction from Hamas was a negative one. One senior Hamas member rejected the mission because it was being headed by a Jew. So the suggestion that I was, as it were, co-opted to '' being misused or manipulated, I really can't accept at all.

Rabbi Brian Walt: I wanted to ask: as a committed Jew, were you surprised by what you saw in Gaza? In what way did it differ from what you expected, and has it affected the way you think about Jews in Israel?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, certainly I was shocked. I've been shocked twice in my life in that context. The first was my first visit to Sarajevo after I became the prosecutor of the Yugoslavia Tribunal, where I'd read many reports about the damage done to Sarajevo and the bombing of mosques and so on. I'd seen video films of it but I wasn't prepared for what I saw when I was flown over it in a helicopter during the war. It was a really dangerous trip, but I couldn't believe mile after mile of absolute destruction. And it came back to me on the visit to Gaza, because one can't drive a block in Gaza City or in Rafah or any of the other areas without seeing destroyed buildings, without seeing people living in makeshift tents. Because this is the one shocking aspect, as far as I'm concerned, and that is that the thousands and thousands of homes that have been destroyed are still in the condition they were at the time of Operation Cast Lead some six months before we went there because no rebuilding can be done because of the blockade and no building materials are allowed in. So it was the extent of the destruction that shocked me.

Rabbi Brian Walt: And how has that affected the way you -

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, you know, it hasn't obviously affected my attitude to Israel. My love for Israel remains unaffected. I'm critical of the Israeli government. I'm critical of the leaders of the Israel Defense Force. I understand the position of the foot soldiers. They take instructions and pretty much are affected by the philosophy that is applied to them.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: To the extent that you're comfortable talking about this, the intense personal criticism that you're receiving now from Israel, from American Jews, and even perhaps from South Africans as well '' could you reflect a little bit about how that affected you, if you expected this response, and how you understand the intensity of this attack?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, certainly I expected criticism. But I didn't expect the venom and the personal, what I consider really to be unfair, attacks. It's saddened me. It's upset me. It's the sort of thing that keeps me awake at night '' and not only for myself, but even more for my family because this obviously has had a tremendous affect on them. They live in Jewish communities; one in South Africa and one in Canada, and this obviously has a very serious affect on them.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Is this the first time you've experienced something in this regard?

Judge Richard Goldstone: No, no, it's not, not at all. I went through a very similar situation when I was investigating violence in South Africa, with huge criticism from many people in the white community '' and in the Jewish community, who thought that what I was doing was unnecessary: why should a Jew get involved in these things? And that was still during the apartheid or towards the end of the apartheid era. So there were also '' I got typed letters and there were letters to newspapers criticizing me for doing this, not so much as a Jew but as a white South African.

Rabbi Brian Walt: And do you understand that, Judge Goldstone, to be somewhat similar in structure in that you were then being criticized because you were breaking with your racial group ''

Judge Richard Goldstone: Breaking ranks '' absolutely.

Rabbi Brian Walt: '' and now you're breaking rank with your tribe, with your people, the Jewish people?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Absolutely. And one's treated as a sort of traitor.

Rabbi Brian Walt: But that somehow your commitment to '' not somehow, but your commitment to a universal ethic of human rights transcends those?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, absolutely. And this is why I admire what you're doing, because I think as rabbis it's very important to have that commitment to morality and to the norms '' certainly I'm not an expert on Judaism or Judaic philosophy, but certainly I've grown up to believe that the Jewish tradition is a highly moral system and certainly one that recognizes the humanity of all people.

Rabbi Brant Rosen: You know, as Rabbi Walt and I have talked about this with one another, one of the things that occurs to us as rabbis is that there are these two Jewish values that often feel in conflict. One is this notion '' Kol Yisrael arevim zeba'ze''' '' that, you know, we have a responsibility to our tribe, to our people. And on the other hand, there's a very central Jewish value of Divine image and are worthy of dignity and justice. And how we as Jews work out that tension, I think, is very important. I'd love to hear if you have any thoughts about this '' in your work, both as someone who's a committed Jew but also someone who is committed to universal human rights, if you feel that tension as well.

Judge Richard Goldstone: I understand that. But I think at the end of it, one's got to have one's own moral '' one has one's own moral norms. And certainly, I hope that they're consistent with Jewish ethics and Jewish teaching.

Rabbi Brian Walt: We want to honor your timeframe. You gave us an hour and we're extending it a little bit and we're almost at the end, so I really appreciate you spending the time with us. If we can just go on a little bit with some final questions, is that all right with you?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Yes, absolutely.

Rabbi Brian Walt: Thank you. These are some final questions. A question was submitted to us by a rabbi who notes that it was submitted by his grandson, who's a student in international relations at Johns Hopkins and asked him to pose the question: how do you think your report, with its harsh condemnation of Israel for responding militarily to rocket attacks from an evacuated territory, affects the likelihood that the Israeli public would be willing to risk further withdrawals from any place in Palestine?

And Israel has warned, the Israeli government has warned, along the way that acceptance of your report will damage '' I'm now going beyond the question. Israel has warned that acceptance of your report will damage the peace process. How do you respond to this charge, and how do you understand the connectionb etween the pursuit of peace and human rights?

Judge Richard Goldstone: Well, firstly, I really strongly believe '' and it's not just a fancy phrase '' I really do believe that there can't be any enduring or lasting peace without justice. I think you're not going to get peace before victims are acknowledged '' victims on all sides. I think that the victims of Southern Israel need acknowledgement. The evidence that was given to us in Geneva and the telephone calls '' many phone calls were made by our staff to victims and people in Southern Israel to get their views. And we took advice as to whom we should speak '' they were community leaders. It's very important for them to get that acknowledgement. And it's saddened me that Israel has completely downgraded to the point of ignoring, I think, a pretty full treatment of the victimization and the terror caused by thousands of rockets and mortars to the people of Sderot and Ashkelon and other parts of Southern Israel. I think the people there need that acknowledgement. They've suffered grievously. Their children are in fear and terror every day of hearing air raid sirens giving them less than forty-five seconds to get into shelters. You know, it's really amazing that the death toll in Southern Israel has been as low as it is. It's pure happenstance and luck. If one of those rockets had hit a kindergarten during school hours, the death toll could have been in hundreds.

So it's really important, and I don't believe that you can really have a lasting peace until these things have been put on the table, looked at, investigated, opened, the people responsible being prosecuted or a form of truth and reconciliation commission, as we had in South Africa '' it needs to be done officially. And you can't brush it under the table. You may get a ceasefire, but you're not going to get peace. And that's my firm belief from the experience I've had in South Africa and Yugoslavia and Rwanda and what I've read about and seen in Chile and other countries around the world.

As far as the Israeli public is concerned and stopping the occupation, this was a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. So it wasn't done in pursuance of a peace negotiation or a peace treaty '' it was driven by the politics of the situation. It wasn't done out of any motive of giving freedom or recognizing the right of self determination for the people in Gaza at all. It had the effect of splitting Gaza from the West Bank and it was seen for what it was, a political maneuver. And if anybody thought that was going to bring peace and quiet from Gaza, obviously it wasn't. And I don't believe that there was ever any chance of that.

And as far as the Israeli government's attitude to our report inhibiting the peace process '' I mean, this is a shallow and I believe false allegation. What peace process are they talking about? There isn't one. The Israeli Foreign Minister doesn't want one '' at all. The whole question over one state or a two-state solution '' you know, what peace process are they talking about that is going to be impeded?

Rabbi Brian Walt: What do you think now are the possible scenarios of what will happen over the next six months regarding the report and what do you think would be the ideal scenario over the next six months?

Judge Richard Goldstone: You know, I hate being a prophet. I don't have a crystal ball that I can trust. But certainly, it's my hope '' if you ask me what I hope will happen, it's certainly domestic inquiries in Israel and in Gaza. There seem to be more calls for inquiries coming from Israel, and I see one of the Kadima members of the Knesset has called for an inquiry today. And I just published an Op Ed in the Jerusalem Post, as I mentioned, and there's already a response from Allen Baker, formerly of the Foreign Office '' who is, not surprisingly, highly critical of me, but ends off by also suggesting that there should be an inquiry, an investigation, in Israel.

If the Israeli government set up an appropriate open investigation, it would really be the end of the matter. That's where the report would end as far as Israel is concerned, certainly with respect to most of the recommendations we've made. The other recommendations I think should go forward. There are questions that we looked at of environmental damage done by Operation Cast Lead, and we believe that should be looked at by appropriate United Nations experts. And it's not only environmental damage to Gaza but also to Southern Israel, so Israel has got an interest in it. But certainly, the heart of the report would become pretty irrelevant if there were a bona fide open investigation.

Rabbi Brian Walt: I want to just thank you. Brant, I think we're at that point, right?

Rabbi Brant Rosen: Yes.

Rabbi Brian Walt: I want to thank you so much, Judge Goldstone, for spending this time with us. I'd like to ask the people on the call to stay on the call. We have a few things we still want to cover about what we are going to do in relationship to this call. But I just want to say that for all of us it is such a gift. There are people on the call that are part of Taa'nit Tzedek, there are people who are not, there are people of different points of view on the call, and our intention was exactly what happened tonight '' just to hear directly from you about your thinking about this and the values that informed you. And also the facts of the matter, because in the controversy there are a lot of charges being made that aren't necessarily true. And I can't thank you enough for your generosity in giving time to Taa'nit Tzedek and to our cosponsors and to the rabbis on this call.

Obviously we, as rabbis, are charged with being moral leaders of the Jewish people. And I know you along the way said you're not an expert in Judaic ethics and so on. I must say I disagree '-- I think you're an embodiment of Jewish ethics, but that's my own particular evaluation of the work that you've done that I just find totally admirable and very inspiring in terms of your courage and your conviction about the idea that all human beings are entitled to human rights, and to protect an international humanitarian law that in some way draws a lot of its energy from the terrible experience that our people had during the Holocaust. So I really want to thank you so much.

Judge Richard Goldstone: Rabbi, thank you. Thanks to both Rabbi Rosen and Rabbi Walt for having set this up and for the most enjoyable hour and a quarter. I must say the time went very quickly.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura PoitrasPosted on Aug 18, 2013By Alexander Reed Kelly

Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we're looking for newsmakers whose actions in a given week are worth celebrating. Nominate our next Truthdigger here.

At some point in the last decade we entered a new era of investigative journalism. Ubiquitous government surveillance made possible by the pervasiveness of digital communication has made the task of cultivating unauthorized sources inside official organizations more difficult and dangerous than perhaps it's ever been.

For evidence of this, ask Pfc. Bradley Manning, who faces possible life imprisonment for giving classified records showing government wrongdoing to the watchdog publisher WikiLeaks. Or ask Barrett Brown, the journalist who has been in prison for almost a year without trial for linking to an archive of 5 million emails that happened to contain credit card information stolen from a hack on the intelligence contractor Stratfor. Or ask documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.

Poitras is the reporter who along with Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald began breaking stories of bulk domestic and international NSA surveillance at the beginning of the summer. It was Poitras whom the source of those reports, Booz Allen Hamilton contractor-turned-whistle-blower and fugitive Edward Snowden, contacted when he failed to get Greenwald to take him seriously. Snowden had read an article by Greenwald saying the U.S. had detained Poitras more than 40 times at airports for interrogations related to her work. In a lengthy profile of Poitras published last week, New York Times writer Peter Maass'--who spent time with Poitras and Greenwald at Greenwald's home in Rio de Janeiro'--wrote that Snowden ''figured that [Poitras] would understand the programs he wanted to leak about and would know how to communicate in a secure way.''

Snowden was right. Since Poitras began filming U.S. abuses of power in Iraq in 2004, she has been routinely harassed by authorities. In 2006 the government began marking her tickets on domestic flights with ''SSSS'''--Secondary Security Screening Selection. The designation means Poitras faces extra scrutiny. On one occasion in Vienna she was briefed by an airport security agent who dared to speak openly about what was happening to Poitras. While officers seized and examined her bags, she says one of the guards told her: ''You're flagged. You have a threat score that is off the Richter scale. You are at 400 out of 400.'' Poitras responded: ''Is this a scoring system that works throughout all of Europe, or is this an American scoring system?'' He said no, ''this is your government that has this and has told us to stop you.''

The filmmaker was placed on something like the terrorist watch list the government began compiling after 9/11, a roster that was estimated at one point to contain nearly a million names. Officials have seized and held her computers, cellphones, paper documents and other equipment for weeks. Poitras has written to members of Congress and submitted multiple Freedom of Information Act requests, but she has never received any explanation as to why she was put on a list.''It's infuriating that I have to speculate why,'' Maass quotes her as saying. ''When did that universe begin, that people are put on a list and are never told and are stopped for six years? I have no idea why they did it. It's the complete suspension of due process.'' She added: ''I've been told nothing, I've been asked nothing, and I've done nothing. It's like Kafka. Nobody ever tells you what the accusation is.''

These intrusions into Poitras' life and work caused her to begin thinking about how to protect herself. She would ask traveling companions to carry her laptop, leave notebooks with friends overseas or in safe deposit boxes, and wipe her computers and cellphones clean so the authorities wouldn't be able to get at anything when they grabbed them. Soon enough she began encrypting her data. Then she cut down use of her cellphone, which gives monitors a user's location at any given point in time. When Snowden began contacting her in 2013, she developed new precautions. ''[S]he began using different computers for editing film, for communicating and for reading sensitive documents (the one for sensitive documents is air-gapped, meaning it has never been connected to the Internet),'' Maass writes.

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To an even greater degree than Oskar Schindler, Dr. Israel Kasztner played a key role in saving the lives of well over 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust (1,600 in Kasztner's case; 1,200 in Schindler's), but a fascinating and deeply sad irony lay buried in the differences between the men's stories: Schindler was a Nazi party member who manipulated the Gestapo in such a way that it enabled him to save the said individuals, and he died a veritable hero; Kasztner was a Jew who bargained with Adolf Eichmann for the salvation of the 1,600 (whom he shuttled off to Switzerland on a train), and was not ultimately laurelled as a hero, but branded a traitor by his own people. This occurred largely because the notion of bargaining with the Nazis struck many as morally unacceptable (indeed, a greater moral infraction, in the eyes of some, than simple party membership). Kasztner's tale thus speaks volumes about the complex loyalties, conflicting allegiances, and deep-seated confusion at the heart of World War II, and those are the gray areas explored by director Gaylen Ross in this penetrative documentary account of Kasztner's life. The film ultimately poses key questions about the extent to which collaboration with the enemy is morally acceptable in a time of war; it reveals the extent to which Kasztner touched innumerable lives, and features deeply moving interviews with Kasztner's family (who are still attempting to restore his legacy), even as it also features conversations with Kasztner's political opponents and detractors. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Sundance Best Doc about Palestinian father and filmmaker Emad Burnat

Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi France, Israel, Netherlands, Palestinian Territory, Occupied 2011 90mins

Age group: 15+

Winner, Best Documentary, Sundance 2012''Startlingly intimate and direct''Village Voice

When Emad Burnat buys a video camera to record the birth of his son, little does he know that he will suddenly be drawn into an extraordinary new role in his village of Bil'in in the West Bank. Overnight Bil'in has become the centre of an international campaign to halt the seizure of land and olive groves for Israeli settlers: one that the world must not be allowed to see. Navigating a dangerous path between truth and propaganda, family and friends, life and justice, Emad, and his camera, stay firmly in the firing line throughout this extraordinary film that shows the price of freedom steadily going up and up.

We are delighted to welcome the award-winning star and director of 5 Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat, to Edinburgh and Glasgow for Q&As following all screenings of this film. With Barrie Levine (Scottish Jews for A Just Peace).

Region: North Africa/Middle EastKey themes: Mid East/Isr-PalestineStrand:Please book for the following shows using the links below, or telephone the relevant venue box office: Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, Glasgow Film Theatre 0141 332 6535.

Fri 28 Sept, 3.15pm (bargain matinee)Edinburgh FilmhousePlus director Q&A

Sat 29 Sept, 3pmGlasgow Film TheatrePlus director Q&A

Sat 29 Sept, 8.15pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus director Q&A

The World On Your Plate weekend / UK Premiere, plus discussion

Kalyanee Mam Cambodia 2013 83mins

Age group: 12+

''BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL'... BREAKS NEW GROUND'' HUFFINGTON POST

FILM SYNOPSISIntimate, moving and stunningly filmed by director Kalyanee Mam (of the Oscar-winning Inside Job), A River Changes Course vividly captures the profound interdependence between Cambodian river, forest and farm peoples and the foods they harvest. While moments of great beauty, grace and humour shine through, Mam witnesses the growing effects of debt, international land grabs and urbanisation on the families' means of survival and happiness, finally begging both filmmaker and audience to break the silence and speak out from behind the screen.

A powerful reflection on the frontline impacts of our global food system, this mesmerizing film deservingly walked away with the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at Sundance.

PANEL DISCUSSION The lay of the landScreening followed by discussion responding to the film and touching on the state of global land rights protections, with Humza Yousaf MSP (Minister for International Development) and Judith Robertson (Head of Oxfam Scotland).

TAKE ONE ACTION DIALOGUESWant to make your film experience even better? Many of you have been asking us to create space for small audience conversations over a cuppa or a glass of wine after our screenings. In response, we're launching Take One Action Dialogues - 60 minute facilitated conversations for up to 8 people at/near Filmhouse - a chance to explore the issues raised by the films in a more relaxed and personal way immediately after panel discussions. It's free, and the first drink is on us. No catch, except that you must register to take part - and please show up if you do - as it costs us. Sorted. To register for A River Changes Course (8.30 to 9.30pm), email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 0131 553 6335.

Region: AsiaKey themes: globalisation, hunger/food issuesStrand:Thur 30 May, 18:00-20:25Film plus discussionFilmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

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Frank Piasechi Poulsen Denmark 2010 82mins

Age group: 12A cert

What's the price of a text message? This is the question that takes director Frank Poulsen on a hugely personal journey in this rollercoaster IDFA hit to connect Africa's ''heart of darkness'' with the ivory towers of European multinationals. In the past 15 years, five million people have died in Congo's civil war. The UN has consistently reported a connection between the conflict and control of the international trade in minerals used in products such as mobile phones. Reaching the dangerous and normally inaccessible Bisie mine area, Poulsen's extraordinary journey reveals child labourers in death-defying conditions before he returns home to ask his phone company, the largest in the world, just what are they doing to halt the cycle of poverty and conflict?

Region: Congo, Dem Rep of theKey themes: consumerism, corporate responsibilityStrand:Call the Filmhouse box office on 0131 228 2688 or using our link below.

BLOOD IN THE MOBILESat 26 Nov, 20:15Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by panel discussion and audience Q&A.

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Key themes: cult classics, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh Scottish premiere / Exclusive UK preview

Frank Poulsen Denmark 2010 82 mins

Age group: not certified

"tightly constructed... A courageous piece of investigative reportage''Variety

What's the price of a text message? This is the question that takes director Frank Poulsen on a hugely personal journey in this rollercoaster IDFA hit to connect Africa's ''heart of darkness'' with the ivory towers of European multinationals.

In the past 15 years, five million people have died in Congo's civil war. The UN has consistently reported a connection between the conflict and control of the international trade in minerals used in products such as mobile phones. Reaching the dangerous and normally inaccessible Bisie mine area, Poulsen's extraordinary journey reveals child labourers in death-defying conditions before he returns home to ask his phone company, the largest in the world, just what are they doing to halt the cycle of poverty and conflict?

All screenings will be followed by Q&A with director Frank Poulsen, with evening screenings followed by free drinks in the bar (retain ticket). On Saturday 24th September, Frank will be joined by Clare Short, former UK Secretary of State for International Development who currently serves as Chair of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Region: Congo, Dem Rep of theKey themes: corporate responsibility, human rights, work/labourStrand:Land and Freedom BLOOD IN THE MOBILEFri 23 Sept, 15:30Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by Q&A with director Frank Poulsen.

BLOOD IN THE MOBILEFri 23 Sept, 18:00Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB

Followed by Q&A with director Frank Poulsen and Kathy Galloway, director of Christian Aid Scotland. Followed by free drinks in the bar (retain ticket).

BLOOD IN THE MOBILESat 24 Sept, 20:20

Followed by Q&A with director Frank Poulsen and Clare Short, former UK Secretary of State for International Development who currently serves as Chair of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Followed by free drinks in the bar (retain ticket).

You've Been Trumped

A billionaire, a golf course and a community collide'...

Key themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 12A cert

When China Met Africa

An intimate and provocative view of China's growing role in Africa

Key themes: corporate responsibility, democracy/political systems, international development

Age group: 12+

Clare Short in Conversation

An opportunity to dialogue with one of the world's most outspoken poverty campaigners and one time key player in Blair's goverment.

Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, work/labour

Age group: not certified

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) protects and promotes journalists and journalism reporting across our world.

Key themes: corporate responsibility, media issues, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, work/labour, world-changing filmPartner location: Scotland-wide, Glasgow Christian Aid is a development organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Fri 23 Sep '' Sat 24 Sep

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Family Screening

Petr Oukropec, Bohdan Slma Czech Republic 2012 90 mins

Age group: 8+

Johanka and Matyas's playground is the lush botanical garden in the old quarter of a Czech city. When the new mayor reveals his intention to scrap the garden and modernize, Johanka's terrific imagination takes hold and the pair plan to stop him. Suddenly rumours of a mysterious Blue Tiger in the city circulate. Can they protect him from the Mayor and save the garden? This heart-warming Czech film, a hit on the indie festival circuit, explores play, environment and social responsibility themes with bags of charm.

With activities for younger viewers led by Take One Action's Andy McCoy and special guests.

Interactive bike-powered screening(Glasgow only)Join us (and join in) under the stars as we pedal through the film at Glasgow's Hidden Gardens. Please bring warm clothing and a waterproof as rain cover is limited.

Region: Czech RepublicKey themes: environment (general), youth/family friendlyStrand:Please book for the following shows using the links below. Tickets for The Hidden Gardens screening are only available online in advance (£4/£2). To book Edinburgh Filmhouse tickets over the phone telephone 0131 228 2688.

Sat 22 Sept, 3.15pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus activities for younger viewers

Fri 5 Oct, 7pmThe Hidden Gardens, GlasgowBike-powered outdoor screeningPlus activities for younger viewers

Exclusive UK Preview : Bicycle powered moonlit screening

Peter Gilbert UK 2010 79 mins

Age group: not certified

In the month that the UN reinforces its warning that hundreds of millions of people will be made homeless by climate change this century, this exclusive outdoor screening asks whether tackling climate change is a science... or an art? In 2008, 45 scientists and artists '' including Jarvis Cocker, Robyn Hitchcock, Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall, Marcus Brigstocke and Ryuichi Sakomoto '' joined together on a Cape Farewell expedition to Disko Bay, Greenland to set about answering this question.

Our exclusive UK preview of this gentle documentary bears witness to their journey and subsequent performances of new material at Latitude Festival and elsewhere.

At the Botanic Gardens, pedal-power the film under the stars to stay warm and keep this event "off the grid". With additional storytelling activities and art exhibition 'Tarnished Earth' in the gardens.

Also showing at Edinburgh University on Weds 21 September, see below.

Region: ArcticKey themes: climate changeStrand:Green Shoots In association withRoyal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, The Co-operative, Edinburgh Woodcraft Folk, Transition Edinburgh SouthBURNING ICEMon 19 Sep, 19:00Royal Botanic Gardens, 20A Inverleith RowDress for the outdoors and pedal the cinema to keep warm! Additional storytelling activities and art exhibition 'Tarnished Earth' in the gardens.

BURNING ICEWed 21 Sep, 19:45George Square Lecture Theatre (Indoors)

Tickets £5/£3 on the door

There Once Was An Island

A centuries old island community in the Pacific ocean is going under water

Key themes: climate change, consumerism, environment (general)

Age group: 12+

SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, is the official aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland, working in 16 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to support the poorest people.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, HIV and AIDS, trade/economic justicePartner location: Scotland-wide, Glasgow The Co-operative Group is a unique business democratically run and owned by its members to meet their common needs and aspirations.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, fair trade, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Sat 1 Oct '' Sun 1 Jan

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Tue 20 Sep

Event location: EdinburghOrganised by

Do you want to find out more about the positive role that business can play in international development? NIDOS, the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland, is bringing together businesses and charities alike who are finding ways of working together for mutual benefit. We'll also hear from Scotland's former chief economic advisor, Dr Andrew Goudie, on the Scottish Government's role in business and development. The seminar will be followed by our AGM, which is for NIDOS members only.

Type of event: OtherKey themes: international development, trade/economic justiceAge group: not certifiedFull event address: Radisson Blu Hotel, Royal Mile, EdinburghEvent website address:www.nidos.org.uk/events/event.asp?id=328

Please download a booking form from our website for details of ticket prices for non-members and to book your place. Please note that the event is free to attend for NIDOS members. For more information please contact us on 0131 243 2680 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Scottish premiere - Edinburgh only

Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall Uganda, USA 2012 87mins

Age group: 15+

"connects the dots perfectly to show how personal and global struggles are inextricably linked"IndieWire

Uganda has become ground zero in the Evangelical church's war on the ''homosexual agenda.'' Enter David Kato, a veteran activist who's been working tirelessly to repeal his country's homophobic laws and liberate his fellow gay and transgendered citizens'--called ''kuchus'''--from persecution. Kato's mission is intensified when a new anti-homosexuality bill proposing death for HIV-positive gay men is introduced. Meanwhile, the country's newspapers are outing kuchus under headlines such as ''HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.'' Kato is one of the few to publicly denounce these actions, insisting ''if we keep on hiding, they will say we are not here.'' Call Me Kuchu documents the courageous efforts of Kato and his team to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The result is both a hard-won victory and a devastating loss for the international gay community.

Followed by discussion about the issues raised in the film with special guest speakers including Ugandan activist John Bosco and The Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh.

Region: UgandaKey themes: empowerment/activism, gender and powerStrand:Fri 5 Oct, 8.25pm

Edinburgh Filmhouse

Plus discussion

Edinburgh and Glasgow 3 hrs

Age group: adult training

Actively seeking change on the issues you care about can take many forms, but it can also be fun and hugely rewarding. These informative and empowering beginners guides to changing the world will give you the confidence to make a real difference. Meet experienced campaginers, get to grips with the building blocks of developing a campaign and hear directly from politicians who might be on the receiving end of your future action.

Both workshops will be followed by screenings of Our Generation at the Edinburgh Filmhouse and Glasgow Film Theatre. There will be an opportunity for participants to meet director Sinem Saban beforehand to hear about her own campaign work. Tickets for the film should be purchased through the relevant box office.

Region: globalKey themes: empowerment/activismStrand:Green Shoots Land and Freedom Faces of Change CAMPAIGNING FOR BEGINNERSSat 1 Oct, 10.00 - 13.00Barclay Church, TollcrossFollowed by Our Generation at Edinburgh Filmhouse. Tickets for the film should be purchased through the box office (0131 228 2688)

CAMPAIGNING FOR BEGINNERSSun 2 Oct, 13:00 - 16:00Ogilvie Centre, 25 Rose StreetFollowed by Our Generation at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Tickets for the film should be purchased through the box office (0141 332 6535)

You've Been Trumped

A billionaire, a golf course and a community collide'...

Key themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 12A cert

Our Generation

Groundbreaking documentary igninitng a people power movement across Australia

Key themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 15+

Clare Short in Conversation

An opportunity to dialogue with one of the world's most outspoken poverty campaigners and one time key player in Blair's goverment.

Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, work/labour

Age group: not certified

Sat 1 Oct '' Sun 2 Oct

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The World On Your Plate weekend / Scottish Premiere, plus discussion

Katja Gauriloff Finland 2012 81mins

Age group: 15+

GRIERSON AWARD NOMINEE - LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2012

FILM SYNOPSISAs horsemeat scandals urge us to ask who really benefits from the food market, this visually arresting 30,000-kilometre journey tracing the life of a can of ravioli in Europe and beyond starts to look for answers. A dream-like voyage, the story opens with a single mother toiling in one of the biggest open pit mines in Brazil and ends on the shelf of a western supermarket. Along the way, the workers whose hands mine, raise and harvest each ingredient reveal their dreams and hopes, like the Danish pig farmer who loves his sows but longs for a girlfriend, and the tomato picker who wants to stay healthy long enough to pay her daughter's way through university.

Profound and visually explosive cinema, Canned Dreams opens the cupboard to ask: what is sustainable, healthy and fair?

PANEL DISCUSSION European food rulz... ok!?Screening followed by discussion touching on the sustainability of industrial food production in Europe, with guests including George Lyon MEP (former President NFU Scotland, now EU Agriculture Committee), Jim McLaren (chair, Quality Meat Scotland) and Pete Richie (Nourish/Whitmuir Organics).

Region: EuropeKey themes: corporate responsibility, globalisation, hunger/food issuesStrand:Tickets through Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, £8.20/£6 concessions inc first 20 Co-op members when booked in person at the Filmhouse box office.

SHOWINGFri 31 May, 17:45-19:55Film plus discussionFilmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Scottish Premiere + panel discussion

Raed Andoni Palestinian Territory, Occupied 2010 98 mins

Age group: 15+

"Engaging and proactive"Variety Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2010

Raed Andoni has a tension headache'--one that has lasted generations and isn't going to end soon. That's because he is a Palestinian filmmaker living in Ramallah, where the prospects for a creative life are elusive.

One of the unspoken weapons in the occupation in Palestine is boredom and the obscuring of everyday Palestinian identity and creativity outside the narrative confines of the conflict zone. In Fix ME (official selection, Cannes 2010), we follow Andoni through twenty therapy sessions as he explores the internal terrain of displacement and alienation that mimics the reality for thousands of Palestinians. Ironic in tone, stylishly shot, told with sly humour and a lingering score, this haunting doc explores the meaning of individuality in culture dominated by collective consciousness, as well as the filmmaker's irrepressible longing for a way back home.

Followed by discussion with speakers including Barry Levine (Scottish Jews for a Just Peace in Palestine) and David Pratt (Foreign Editor, The Sunday Herald, author of Intifada: The Long Day of Rage).

Region: Israel, Palestinian Territory, OccupiedKey themes: conflict/reconciliation, Mid East/Isr-PalestineStrand:Land and Freedom FIX MEFri 30 Sep, 17:45Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by discussion with speakers including Barry Levine (Scottish Jews for a Just Peace in Palestine)

Position Among The Stars

Vibrant, funny and moving, it throws colour into the debate about globalisation

Key themes: globalisation

Age group: 12+

Even The Rain

Opening night gala: Official UK premiere, with Paul Laverty

Key themes: democracy/political systems, historical profile, trade/economic justice

Age group: not certified

UNISON is Scotland's biggest and liveliest trade union, representing 150,000 members delivering public and related services across Scotland

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, trade/economic justice, work/labourPartner location: UK-wide Fri 30 Sep

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Scottish Premiere/Bike-powered (Glasgow only); also at Filmhouse

Robbie Gemmel USA 2011 86mins

Age group: 12+

"Exasperatingly funny"The Boston Globe

Dazzling, surreal and hilariously intimate from the start, Cape Spin follows the tragicomic battle over America's most scandal-driven renewable energy project, Cape Wind. Set to become the US's first offshore windfarm, strange alliances have formed for and against the project in NIMBY central, Martha's Vineyard, New York. Kennedys, journalists, grassroots and sponsored campaigners do battle with the developer and green groups over the future of American power. Fuelled by full access to both sides, a commitment to impartial storytelling and a fantastic soundtrack, Cape Spin foregrounds powerful questions about what works, and what is acceptable, when people campaign for things they are passionate about, or have a vested interest in?

Followed by discussion about campaigning, lobbying and spin with special guest speakers including Linda Butcher, Chief Executive, Sheila McKechnie Foundation: connecting, supporting and informing campaigners across the UK.

Audience Discussion (Edinburgh)Followed by discussion about campaigning, lobbying and spin with special guest speakers including Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse (stars of BBC3's The Revolution Will Be Televised), Linda Butcher (Chief Executive, Sheila McKechnie Foundation) and Peter Facey (Chief Exec, Unlock Democracy): connecting, supporting and informing campaigners across the UK.

Interactive bike-powered screening (Glasgow only)Join us (and join in) under the stars as we pedal through the film at Glasgow's Hidden Gardens. Please bring warm clothing and a waterproof as rain cover is limited.

Region: Northern AmericaKey themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), media issuesStrand:Please book for the following shows using the links below. Tickets for The Hidden Gardens screening are only available online in advance. To book Filmhouse tickets over the phone telephone 0131 228 2688.

Fri 28 Sept, 7.30pmThe Hidden Gardens, GlasgowBike-powered outdoor screeningOnline booking only

Thur 4 Oct, 8.25pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus discussion

Raising funds and awareness with the Refugee Survival Trust

Michael Nash USA 2010 60mins

Age group: 12+

Take One Action, The Ceilidh Collective andRefugee Survival Trust present the award-winning film Climate Refugees, plus dinner and a fabulous night of dancing, at the Rudolph Steiner School.

6pm - an organic two-course seasonal dinner with bespoke organic events, plus a one-hour film presentation during dinner by Take One Action

8pm - a wild and furious ceilidh with the Cosmic Ceilidh Band

The film is Ê>>Climate Refugeesʼ - an award-winning documentary film about Ê>>the human face of climate change. Ceilidhing to all the traditional tunes plus a few more exotic numbers such as the Dancing Queen and Jungle Book theme tune, until 1am! Licensed organic bar throughout the evening. Tickets £20, concsessions available. 100% profits from dinner, film, bar, door and raffle go to directly to destitute asylum seekers through the RST (SC 024328).

Region: globalKey themes: climate change, refugees/asylumStrand:Green Shoots Sat 29 Oct, 6pm

Rudolph Steiner School 60 Spylaw Road, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Oct

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Scottish Premiere/Bike-powered (Edinburgh only); also at CCA Glasgow

Jeff Orlowski USA 2012 75mins

Age group: 12 cert

Best Cinematography Sundance 2012, Audience Award SXSW 2012''a big screen phenomenon that simultaneously terrifies, astounds, entertains, and educates''Sandy Cannon-Brown

When National Geographic photographer James Balog asked, ''How can one take a picture of climate change?'' his attention was immediately drawn to ice. Soon he was asked to do a cover story on glaciers that became the most popular and well-read piece in the magazine's recent history. But for Balog, this marked the beginning of a much longer project that would reach epic proportions. In his breathtakingly beautiful documentary, filmmaker Jeff Orlowski follows the indomitable photographer as he brings to life the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS)'--a massive photography project that placed 30 cameras across three continents to gather visual evidence of the earth's melting ice. The story of a visionary artist who, in facing his own mortality, bequeaths the magic of photography and the adventure of the expedition to a new generation and captures the most visible sign of climate change on the planet today.

Interactive bike-powered screening(Edinburgh only)Join us (and join in) under the stars as we pedal through the film at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Please bring warm clothing and a waterproof as rain cover is limited.

We are also running school screenings of this film in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Click herefor details.

Region: ArcticKey themes: climate change, world-changing filmStrand:Please book for the following shows using the links below. Tickets for the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens screening are only available online in advance. To book CCA tickets over the phone telephone 0141 352 4900.

Tues 25 Sept, 7:30pmCCA (Centre for Contemporary Art), Glasgow350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Thur 27 Sept, 7pmRoyal Botanic GardensJohn Hope Gateway entranceArboretum Place, EdinburghBike-powered screening event

Scottish Premiere plus discussion/activities - Edinburgh & Glasgow

Jeff Orlowski USA 2012 75mins

Age group: 12+

Best Cinematography Sundance 2012, Audience Award SXSW 2012''a big screen phenomenon that simultaneously terrifies, astounds, entertains, and educates''Sandy Cannon-Brown

When National Geographic photographer James Balog asked, ''How can one take a picture of climate change?'' his attention was immediately drawn to ice. Soon he was asked to do a cover story on glaciers that became the most popular and well-read piece in the magazine's recent history. But for Balog, this marked the beginning of a much longer project that would reach epic proportions.

In his breathtakingly beautiful documentary, filmmaker Jeff Orlowski follows the indomitable photographer as he brings to life the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS)'--a massive photography project that placed 30 cameras across three continents to gather visual evidence of the earth's melting ice. The story of a visionary artist who, in facing his own mortality, bequeaths the magic of photography and the adventure of the expedition to a new generation and captures the most visible sign of climate change on the planet today.

Viewing guidance:No graphic images or language. Thematically suitable for 12+ audiences.

Region: ArcticKey themes: climate change, world-changing filmStrand:Please book for the following free schools' screenings by contacting the relevant venue box: Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, Glasgow Film Theatre 0141 352 8613.

Tues 25 Sept, 10amEdinburgh FilmhousePlus activities for S3+

Wed 3 Oct, 10.15amGlasgow Film TheatrePlus activities for S3+

Wang Quan'an China 2011 97 mins

Age group: 12 cert

In his follow-up to the Berlin Golden Bear winner Tuya's Marriage, director Wang Quan'an has fashioned a bittersweet late life romance, reuniting former lovers separated some fifty years earlier by the end of China's civil war.

When a political thaw permits surviving veterans in Taiwan to return to Shanghai to visit their families, ex nationalist soldier Liu returns to his native city Shanghai to find the first love of his life, Qiao, who he left behind pregnant five decades earlier. In the meantime, Qiao has married and built a family, but Liu tracks her down and is determined to get the family's approval to take her away with him. Made with support from the Chinese government, Apart Together marks a new frontier in representations of China's history and its relationships with the outside world.

Winner '' Best Screenplay, Berlin International Film Festival

Region: AsiaKey themes: conflict/reconciliationStrand:Faces of Change Tickets available through the Filmhouse box office.

0131 228 2688

Ticket dealsQuote ''China On The Move flyer offer'' over the telephone to get £1 off every ticket you buy.See 3 films (or more) and get 15% off when you book over the phone or in person at the Filmhouse

Sat 28 Jan, 18:00Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by a panel discussion

Edinburgh's year-round hub for independent cinema, including Take One Action and the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Key themes: cult classics, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh Lixin Fan China 2009 85 mins

Age group: 15 cert

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos, as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers, and the homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to find work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, as it rapidly modernises and increases its global economic dominance. Last Train Home draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this annual migration. Intimate and candid, the film paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China.

Winner '' Best Feature Documentary, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Region: AsiaKey themes: poverty (global), work/labourStrand:Faces of Change Tickets available through the Filmhouse box office.

0131 228 2688

Ticket dealsQuote ''China On The Move flyer offer'' over the telephone to get £1 off every ticket you buy.See 3 films (or more) and get 15% off when you book over the phone or in person at the Filmhouse

Thur 26 Jan, 20:15Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by a panel discussion

Edinburgh's year-round hub for independent cinema, including Take One Action and the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Key themes: cult classics, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh Dogwoof is the UK's leading distributor of films with a global and ethical focus, such as The Age of Stupid, Black Gold, Burma VJ and Food Inc.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, human rights, world-changing filmPartner location: UK-wide Jennifer Baichwal Canada, China 2008 90 mins

Age group: U cert

In this series of extraordinary visual portraits, renowned artist Edward Burtynsky travels through China photographing the evidence and effects of its massive industrial revolution and the implicit impact on the environment. Director Jennifer Baichwal captures the artist at work amid some of the most surreal landscapes of the 21st century: the mountains of 'ewaste' in China where 50% of the world's computers end up to be recycled; the Yangtze Valley where whole towns are being demolished to make way for the Three Gorges Dam and the crowded skyline of Shanghai which has recently attracted millions of new inhabitants.

Winner '' Best Canadian Film, Toronto International Film Festival

Region: AsiaKey themes: consumerism, environment (general)Strand:Faces of Change Tickets available through the Filmhouse box office.

0131 228 2688

Ticket dealsQuote ''China On The Move flyer offer'' over the telephone to get £1 off every ticket you buy.See 3 films (or more) and get 15% off when you book over the phone or in person at Filmhouse.

Sun 29 Jan, 18:00Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by a panel discussion

Edinburgh's year-round hub for independent cinema, including Take One Action and the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Key themes: cult classics, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh Han Jie China 2011 88 mins

Age group: 15 cert

This double prize winner at Shanghai Film Festival is a complex reflection on the challenges and questions arising from China's rapidly changing rural economy. The film charts a year in the life of Mr Shu (aka Tree), a Chinese man with learning difficulties whose life allegorically mirrors the social and economic development of his home-town. Generally viewed as a benign but lazy idiot, Shu loses his job after a workplace accident but at the same time transcends community hierarchies, giving the viewer a unique insight into the ties between local leaders, families, workers, businessmen, and even the past and future. When in parallel, a locally-run mining company starts to relocate the townspeople, and Shu gets drawn into doomed marriage with a deaf mute girl, the town's carefully maintained boundaries between order and disorder begin to unravel. Although it is never clear whether the dangers associated with a changing China are merely a mental disturbance or situated more widely, the film nonetheless begs the question: where is China going?

Region: AsiaKey themes: health, poverty (global), work/labourStrand:Faces of Change Tickets available through the Filmhouse box office.

0131 228 2688

Ticket dealsQuote ''China On The Move flyer offer'' over the telephone to get £1 off every ticket you buy.See 3 films (or more) and get 15% off when you book over the phone or in person at the Filmhouse

Wed 25 Jan, 20:15Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by a panel discussion

Edinburgh's year-round hub for independent cinema, including Take One Action and the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Key themes: cult classics, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh Free schools screening

Weijun Chen China 2007 52mins

Age group: PG cert

Although millions of Chinese recently voted in China's version of Pop Idol, political elections in China currently only take place only inside the Communist Party. Against this background, Please Vote For Me follows the experiment of one grade 3 class in an elementary school in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where three eight year old candidates stand for election to the coveted position of class monitor. As their campaigns progress, they are abetted and egged on by teachers and their doting parents, whose actions start to influence the results.

Director Weijun Chen's film explores how, if democracy came to China, it would be received. Is democracy a universal value that fits human nature or do elections inevitably lead to manipulation? Please Vote for Me paints a portrait of a society and a town through a school, its children and its families.

Region: AsiaKey themes: democracy/political systemsStrand:Faces of Change Tickets are free to school pupils and teachers, but please register your places in advance through the Filmhouse box office - call 0131 228 2688 and ask for the Duty Manager.

For details on this screening please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Wed 25 Jan, 10:30Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFilm followed by additional activities

Edinburgh's year-round hub for independent cinema, including Take One Action and the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Key themes: cult classics, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh Fringe Event

90 mins

Age group: not certified

"Behind the exterior of political harridan...beats a heart that isn't so much bleeding as haemorrhaging for her fellow men and women, combined with an intellect guided by deeply held opinions"Independent on Sunday"I'm going to try to be good but I can't help it, I have to be me"Clare Short, on being elected to the UK cabinet

A unique opportunity to dialogue with one of the world's most outspoken anti-poverty campaigners and one-time key figure in Tony Blair's government until her angry resignation in 2003 over Britain's role in the Iraq War.

For six years Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short finally resigned the Labour whip in 2006, having a year before accused the UK of spying on senior United Nations officials, an instituti...on she is a passionate defender of. Short finally stood down as an MP in 2010 and was elected Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She also serves as a trustee for a number of charities working on issues such as gay rights, African governance and the defence and rebuilding of Palestinian homes.

Exploring the commitments and controversies that have defined Short's career in politics, this special conversation event guarantees a lot of food for thought.

Region:Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, work/labourStrand:Faces of Change CLARE SHORT IN CONVERSATIONFri 24 Sep, 16:00Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Pink Saris

Too many Indian women face entrenched abuse. Enter the Gulabi Gang'...

Key themes: empowerment/activism, gender and power

Age group: 15+

Blood in the Mobile plus director Q&As

Expose of mineral mining practices in Congo for mobile technologies

Key themes: corporate responsibility, human rights, work/labour

Age group: not certified

Sat 24 Sep

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Sat 19 May

Event location: EdinburghOrganised by World Development Movement

Come and learn about the history of resistance movements across the globe from author Tim Gee, and find out the latest on World Development Movement campaigns on financial speculation and climate debt from our head of campaigns Hannah Griffiths. Also featuring West African drumming workshop from internationally renowned 'Pete the Beat' and workshop on the history of protest songs from John Powles of 'Giving Voice' and curator of the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection at Glasgow University. There will also be workshops on local food networks and on WDM's current campaigns on food and climate debt. A lunch of soup and sandwiches, plus tea and coffee, will be provided for a £3 donation. After the event, WDM is working in partnership with Take One Action films to show 'Four Horsemen' at the Edinburgh filmhouse with a panel discussion chaired by Lesley Riddoch. More information about the film from: http://www.fourhorsemenfilm.com/about/ or look on the Take One Action website.

Type of event: WorkshopKey themes: hunger/food issuesAge group: all agesFull event address: St. George's West Church, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RTEvent website address:www.wdm.org.uk/events/dancing-different-beat-campaigns-stories-and-songs-resistance-99

Gala screening + Official UK Premiere

Ic­ar Bolla­n Bolivia 2010 103 mins

Age group: not certified

"Intensely moving... at once subtle and shattering"Hollywood Reporter

Nominated for 13 Goyas (Spain's Oscars), Iciar Bollain's dramatic rollercoaster penned by Take One Action patron Paul Laverty (Looking for Eric) stars Gael Garc­a Bernal as Sebastian, a filmmaker caught up in Bolivia's mass protests of spring 2000 against the government's decision to privatise the national water compa...ny.

As Sebastian vainly tries to tell the story of Columbus' colonisation of the new world, his cast and crew get drawn into a contemporary version of events, blurring the boundaries between past and present, fiction and reality. In fact, the cost of water in Bolivia had gone up by three hundred per cent. But although Bollain's story is finally one of the triumph of the people, the privatisation of basic public services remains at the centre of a powerful debate about poverty and development across the globe..

Preceded by music from Chilean-Scottish band Voces Del Sur, and followed by Q&A with screenwriter Paul Laverty.

Region: BoliviaKey themes: democracy/political systems, historical profile, trade/economic justiceStrand:Land and Freedom EVEN THE RAINWed 21 Sep, 20:20Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

EVEN THE RAINThu 22 Sep, 18:00Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB

Our Generation

Groundbreaking documentary igninitng a people power movement across Australia

Key themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 15+

Blood in the Mobile plus director Q&As

Expose of mineral mining practices in Congo for mobile technologies

Key themes: corporate responsibility, human rights, work/labour

Age group: not certified

The World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the underlying causes of poverty. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, empowerment/activism, globalisationPartner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh, Glasgow UNISON is Scotland's biggest and liveliest trade union, representing 150,000 members delivering public and related services across Scotland

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, trade/economic justice, work/labourPartner location: UK-wide Wed 21 Sep '' Thu 22 Sep

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with live music and discussion

Ic­ar Bolla­n Spain 2010 103min

Age group: 15+

FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING in Blantyre Miners' Welfare Community Resource Centre

Nominated for 13 Goyas (Spain's Oscars), Iciar Bollain's dramatic rollercoaster penned by Take One Action patron Paul Laverty (Looking for Eric) stars Gael García Bernal as Sebastian, a filmmaker caught up in Bolivia's mass protests of spring 2000 against the government's decision to privatise the national water company. As Sebastian vainly tries to tell the story of Columbus' colonisation of the new world, his cast and crew get drawn into a contemporary version of events, blurring the boundaries between past and present, fiction and reality. In fact, the cost of water in Bolivia had gone up by three hundred per cent. But although Bollain's story is finally one of the triumph of the people, the privatisation of basic public services remains at the centre of a powerful debate about poverty and development across the globe.

We will be joined by acclaimed Edinburgh-based Valentina and Voces del Sur, playing songs of exile, love and social change, inspired by tango and folk music traditions from Latin America.

Join us after the film for discussion with guest speakers Stephen Smellie (UNISON Scotland), Mark Langdon, (Glasgow Media Access Centre), and other guests.

Region: Southern AmericaKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, poverty (global)Strand:Followed by director Q&A + special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Holly Lubbock South Africa, UK 2009 80 mins

Age group: 12+

''A remarkable story'' The Evening Standard ''Warm-hearted and heart warming''The Observer

Charting one teacher's inspirational quest to take 77 young musicians onto the world stage, Fezeka's Voice, by first time director HollyLubbock, offers a heartwarming glimpse of what empowerment can really mean.

The Fezeka High School Choir may be national champions, but their school sits in one of the most deprived areas in South Africa. Guguletu township, like most ghettos within South Africa, is affected by many of the hardships brought on by material poverty. But the children of today's South Africa face an even greater hurdle: the challenge of learning beyond the confines of their segregated history and the positions it has put them in.

No one understands this more than high school music teacher Phumi Tsewu, raised during the apartheid era, who knows that the only way for black South Africans to claim their right to a free and just society is to teach its children that they are worthy of it.

All screenings will be preceded by a special message from Take One Action Hero Archibishop Desmond Tutu, and followed by Q&A with director Holly Lubbock.

Region: South AfricaKey themes: education, empowerment/activismStrand:Faces of Change FEZEKA'S VOICEWed 28 Sep, 20:30Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB

Followed by Q&A with director Holly Lubbock.

FEZEKA'S VOICEThu 29 Sep, 15:00Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Followed by Q&A with director Holly Lubbock.

FEZEKA'S VOICEThu 29 Sep, 20:25Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Followed by Q&A with director Holly Lubbock.

You've Been Trumped

A billionaire, a golf course and a community collide'...

Key themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 12A cert

Our Generation

Groundbreaking documentary igninitng a people power movement across Australia

Key themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 15+

New Internationalist is for people seeking an independent, intelligent and international perspective. Our magazine explores current global issues with thought, depth and insight, to give you the complete picture.

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Wed 21 Mar '' Fri 23 Mar

Event location: GlasgowOrganised by www.fairpley.com

Wednesday 21 March, 1.00pm Films: UCS 1 and UCS: 40th Anniversary Panel: Ann Guedes, Susan Morrison, Dr Chik Collins. Tickets £5 Thursday 22 March 7.30pm Films: UCS 1 and UCS: 40th Anniversary Panel: Ann Guedes, Mike Kirby (STUC President), Pat Rafferty (UNITE). Tickets £6 Friday 23 March 7.30pm Film: Class Struggle: Film from the Clyde Panel: Ann Guedes, David Hayman. Tickets £7.50 After each showing the films will be followed by a Q&A with special guest, film-maker, Ann Guedes, plus an invited panel. Ann Guedes - Independent cinema in Britain is unthinkable with- out the achievements of the innovative film collective Cinema Action, which was set up in the late 1960s and crystallised around a core of three cultural dynamos: Ann Guedes, Gustav Lamche and Eduardo Guedes. Ann has made 15 documentary films, many with International Film Festival Awards, Berlin, London, Madrid, Portugal, Leipzig and the jury prize at the Moscow Film Festival. Her 90-minute feature documentary So That You Can Live was selected for the opening day of Channel 4. Ann's feature films include:Rocinante (1986), starring John Hurt and Ian Dury, which won 6 international film awards; Bearskin (1989), starring Tom Waits and Ian Dury; and Talk of Angels (1998).

Type of event: Film screeningKey themes: work/labourAge group: PG certFull event address: Mitchell Theatre, GlasgowEvent website address:www.fairpley.com

Tickets available from www.glasgowconcerthalls.com

Ross Ashcroft UK 2012 97 mins

Age group: 12+

''There are thoughts here of such profundity you feel the need to reach for the rewind button''Time Out

Synopsis''Malnutrition on the one hand, obesity on the other. What kind of system have we created?'' Clear, cleverly illustrated and profoundly thought-provoking, these Scottish premieres (plus director Q&As) bring a brand new lens to the global financial crisis through the eyes of some of the world's most influential thinkers. Voices range from UK government advisers and Financial Times editors to senior Bush administration staff and international ecologists. Moving through a concise dissection of the here and now, its protagonists challenge viewers to set aside preconceptions about global conflict, inequality, consumerism, welfare and progress. But while the ''Four Horsemen" warn of the passing from one civilisation to another, they invite us who live on the cusp of change to transform the systems we live by ("What is created by humans, can be changed by humans'') with hope, urgency and wisdom.

Speaker information- St Andrews New Picturehouse, Friday 18th May, followed by a Q&A with director Ross Ashcroft, plus Louise Giblin from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (on behalf of UNISON). Chaired by Simon Bateson (Take One Action).- Edinburgh Filmhouse, Saturday 19th May, followed by a Q&A with director Ross Ashcroft, plus special guests including Tim Gee, author of Counterpower: making change happen. Chaired by Lesley Riddoch.- Glasgow Film Theatre, Sunday 20th May, followed by a Q&A with director Ross Ashcroft, plus special guests. Chaired by Mark Langdon (GMAC).

Region: globalKey themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, trade/economic justiceStrand:Please book tickets through the venues below by clicking the links or phoning:- New Picturehouse, St Andrews, 01334 474902- Edinburgh FIlmhouse, 0131 228 2688- Glasgow Film Theatre, 0141 332 6535.

Fri 18th May, New Picturehouse, St Andrews, 8.10pmScreening followed by a Q&A with director Ross Ashcroft, plus special guests. Chaired by Simon Bateson (Take One Action).

Sat 19th May, Edinburgh Filmhouse, 8.15pmScreening followed by a Q&A with director Ross Ashcroft, plus special guests including Tim Gee, author of Counterpower: making change happen. Chaired by Lesley Riddoch.

Sun 20th May, 3pm (tbc), Glasgow Film TheatreScreening followed by a Q&A with director Ross Ashcroft, plus special guests. Chaired by Mark Langdon (GMAC).

The World On Your Plate weekend

8pm to 11pm

Age group: 15+

A delicious home-cooked, seasonally sourced dinner with Edinburgh Community Food. Fantastic animated and short films celebrating all things food will slot between courses, followed by a spirit-lifting ceilidh with Edinburgh's stella Cosmic Ceilidh Band! Vegetarian and vegan options.

Region:Key themes:Strand:Tickets £12/£10 concessions (includes deliciious two course meal at 8pm, drinks by donation). Advance booking essential at www.freshandwild. eventbrite.com

EVENT TIMESFri 31 May, 20:00-23:00Meal plus ceilidhLauriston Hall, 28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh

Representing poverty and social change

3 hours

Age group: 12+

Our first ever shorts programme is world class thanks to a brand new partnership with Encounters, the UK's leading short film and animation festival (encounters-festival.org.uk). Blending delightful comedy, moving drama and eye-opening short docs on a range of social themes, the screenings will transition into discussion in the Filmhouse Guild Room about how poverty and development issues are represented on film and in the media in Scotland and beyond. This is also your chance to tell Take One Action what kind of programming would be even more empowering for you at future festivals. With Brenda Davis (direct, Sister), Seth Tabatznik (Bertha Foundation for film concerned with social change) and Gillian Wilson (Co-ordinator, Network of International Development Organisations, Scotland).

Featuring:Roger the Real Life Superhero (Cathy MacDonald, UK 2011, 10mins) Bagong Silang (Zena Merton, UK 2011, 10mins)Carta a Sasha (Javier Reverte, Andoni Ja(C)n, Spain 2012, 15mins) Hombre Mquina (Roser Corell a, Alfonso Moral, Spain 2011, 14mins)Kin (l'Atelier Collectif, Belgium 2011, 11mins)Unravel (Meghna Gupta, UK/India 2012, 14mins)

As part of Representing Poverty Night, this event will be followed by a screening of The Woman in the Septic Tank, ''the most outstanding directorial debut in Philippine cinema this year" The Hollywood Reporter. A joint ticket for both events is available through the Filmhouse box office for just £10/£8. To buy tickets for The Woman in the Septic Tank separately, and for details/trailer, click here.

Region: globalKey themes: poverty (global)Strand:Please book for this event using the link below, or telephone Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688 to book by phone or to take advantage of the joint ticket deal with The Woman in the Septic Tank.

Tues 25 Sept, 2pmEdinburgh FilmhouseFollowed by discussion 3.30pm '' 5pm

Representing poverty and social change

3 hours

Age group: 12+

Our first ever shorts programme is world class thanks to a brand new partnership with Encounters, the UK's leading short film and animation festival (http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk). Blending delightful comedy, moving drama and eye-opening short docs on a range of social themes, the screenings will transition into discussion at GMAC about how poverty and development issues are represented on film and in the media in Scotland and beyond. With Brenda Davis (director, Sister), Morag Gillespie (Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Glasgow University) and Val Morgan (Press and Communications, SCIAF, Scoland's development agency).

Featuring:American Water (Nick Jordan, UK 2011, 9mins)Roger the Real Life Superhero (Cathy MacDonald, UK 2011, 10mins)Bagong Silang (Zena Merton, UK 2011, 10mins)Bendito Machine IV (Jossie Malis Alvarez, Spain 2012, 10mins)Ever Hear A Postman Whistle? (Bexie Bush, UK 2011, 3mins)Bon Voyage (Fabio Friedli, Switzerland 2012, 6mins)Dura Lex (Anke Blond(C), Belgium 2011, 18mins)Unravel (Meghna Gupta, UK/India 2012, 14mins)

Follow the link at the bottom of this page to book tickets for this event only.

Ticket deals/related screeningsAfter a short break, this event will be followed at GMAC at 6pm by an exclusive screening of Half Revolution winner of Best Film at the 2012 Al Jazeera Film Festival, and a Q&A with the film's Danish-Palestinian director Omar Shergawi. Buy a joint ticket for both events for just £8/£6, or to buy tickets for Half Revolution separately click here for further details and to book tickets.

If you want to further explore the representations of poverty theme in Glasgow, The Woman in the Septic Tank will screen the day before (Weds 26th Sept) at the Glasgow Film Theatre at 8.15pm: ''the most outstanding directorial debut in Philippine cinema this year" The Hollywood Reporter. Bizarre, hilarious and shocking in equal turns, this extraordinary spoof-drama breaks the mould of Philippino cinema and begs the question ''When does real social issue drama become poverty porn?'' Click here for further details and to buy tickets.

Region: globalKey themes: poverty (global)Strand:Tickets for Global Encounters (and the joint ticket offer with Half Revolution) are only available online in advance.

Thurs 27 Sept, 2pmGlasgow Media Access CentreTrongate 103Followed by discussion 3.30pm '' 5pm

Part of Nourishing Global Communities: food, music, films and discussion

Simon Cunich Australia 2011 60mins

Age group: 12+

Edinburgh only.

Why are hundreds of millions of people living in hunger when we know there is enough food to satisfy everyone? With a sideways glance at the global systems maintaining the status quo '' the industrialization of agriculture, land grabbing and financial speculation '' this spirited film then turns full face towards the community projects in Venezuela that are challenging them. Leaving the debate around Hugo Chavez aside, we are introduced to ordinary people bringing about change in a beautiful land: cooperatives breaking the country's reliance on imports; cocoa producers involved in the local processing of chocolate rather than just exporting raw beans; fisherfolk who are benefiting from new regulations that ban industrial trawling; urban populations growing healthier on their own organic produce. Full of inspiring characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system, Growing Change celebrates the power or community in stories that could be mirrored around the world.

Introduced by Liz Murray of The World Development Movement.

Wonderful world foodThis film is showing as part of Nourishing A Global Community: food, music, films and discussion. Full details here. A delicious world food buffet meal is included with your ticket price.

Region: Venezuela, Bolivarian Rep ofKey themes: empowerment/activism, hunger/food issuesStrand:Sun 23 Sept, 12pm to 4.30pmOut of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh32 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RGBuffet 12pm, films 1pm, discussion 3pm

Bike-powered screening / Scottish Premiere plus fun food activities

UK 2010 52 mins

Age group: not certified

Homegrown is the inspiring true story of one family living ''off the grid'' on an organic urban homestead in the heart of Pasadena city, California. On less than a quarter of... an acre, they harvest over 6000 pounds of produce every year, feeding themselves and their friends, making their own biodiesel, and harnessing solar power for pretty much everything else. What sets them apart is how they take what is familiar to so many'' time, space and relationships in the city '' to make something grow that most of us wouldn't think possible...until now.

Dress for outdoor weather and pedal power to stay warm!

Region: USAKey themes: climate change, empowerment/activism, youth/family friendlyStrand:Green Shoots HOMEGROWNTue 20 Sep, 19:00Royal Botanic Gardens, 20A Inverleith Row

World Food Day - Sun 16 Oct, Leith

Eat your way to a better world in honour of World Food Day!

Key themes: climate change, empowerment/activism, hunger/food issues

Age group: all ages

UK Premiere - Enjoy Your Meal

Where does your food come from and what could it mean for the planet?

Key themes: environment (general), hunger/food issues

Age group: not certified

Oxfam Scotland works to improve the lives of the world's poorest people, both at home and abroad.

Key themes: climate change, fair trade, health, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Tue 20 Sep

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Glasgow Film Theatre (Wed 7 March) and Edinburgh Filmhouse (Thur 8 Mar). Plus discussions.

Micha X. Peled India, USA 2011 88 min

Age group: not certified

A billion people go to bed hungry every night around the world. Women are often hit hardest with climate change, agricultural pressures and land grabs combining to make the current food system untenable. Marking International Women's Day, Bitter Seeds offers an "affecting, character-driven portrait" (Variety) of Manjusha Amberwar, a young Indian who hopes to get her debut article published in the local paper. Taking her first step as a journalist is not easy for the village girl, whose entire family opposes her ambition, and her chosen topic provides even less reason for joy. Her father was one of many Indian cotton farmers who have committed suicide because of the pressures heaped on rural farmers by changing food systems. Manjusha hopes that by drawing attention to their plight, she can bring an end to this epidemic. But where do the real solutions lie?

The film will be followed by discussions:

In Glasgow, with director Micha Peled (via Skype), and Sarah Watson, Oxfam Scotland Campaigner.

In Edinburgh, with Joanna Blythman, an award-winning investigative journalist and author of six landmark books on food issues, and Sarah Watson, Oxfam Scotland Campaigner. Chaired by Lesley Riddoch, an award winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster who writes regularly for the Scotsman and Guardian.

Region: globalKey themes: climate change, consumerism, gender and power, globalisation, poverty (global), work/labourStrand:Please book online by clicking the links below or telephone the appropriate venue:Glasgow Film Theatre, 0141 332 6535Edinburgh FIlmhouse, 0131 228 2688

Wednesday 7 March 18:00Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, GlasgowFollowed by discussion (see above).

Thursday, 8 March 17:45Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by discussion (see above).

Free Fringe Event

Running time 13:00 - 16:00

Age group: 15+

Across the world - from Donald Trump's Aberdeen golf course and the soya fields rapidly replacing Amazonian rainforest, to the internationally fuelled conflicts over land and minerals in Africa - ordinary communities are struggling to retain control of how their land and resources are being used.

For some able to capitalise on the opportunities of globalisation, the standard of life is arguably improving. To most, power and wealt...h seem to be concentrating in the hands of a global minority. And yet the voices of civil society groups and concerned filmmakers have grown stronger the world over. There is a growing debate about what sustainable development really means, and about the tools, ethics and regulation needed to keep it in check.

Land Rights, Land Wrongs brings this debate to Edinburgh as part of the Take One Action Film Festival, inspired by a special stand of new world class feature films entitled Land and Freedom. Join Mozambican land rights campaigner Isilda Nhantumbo, author Andy Wightman(The Poor Had No Lawyers), West Papuan musician and campaigner Benny Wanda, director Anthony Baxter (You've Been Trumped), Jill Wood (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund), Hannah Kitchen (Friends of the Earth Scotland) and others. Explore the issues raised by these films and to draw inspiration from the stories of social movements around the world addressing the question: how should the earth we all live on be owned and used?

The Drill Hall Arts Cafe will be open during the afternoon, selling hot and cold drinks and food. Delivered in partnership with Friends of the Earth Scotland, Christian Aid, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, and UNISON Scotland.

This event will be followed by an exclusive screening of You've Been Trumped at the Filmhouse, preceded by original live music by Karine Polwart.

Region: globalKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, environment (general)Strand:Green Shoots Land and Freedom In association withFriends of the Earth Scotland, Christian Aid, SCIAF, Unison ScotlandLAND RIGHTS, LAND WRONGSSun 2 Oct, 13:00 - 16:30Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street EH6 8RG

You've Been Trumped

A billionaire, a golf course and a community collide'...

Key themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 12A cert

When China Met Africa

An intimate and provocative view of China's growing role in Africa

Key themes: corporate responsibility, democracy/political systems, international development

Age group: 12+

UK Premiere - Enjoy Your Meal

Where does your food come from and what could it mean for the planet?

Key themes: environment (general), hunger/food issues

Age group: not certified

Scottish Premiere The End of Poverty

Interrogating the our economic system from the perspectives of the poorest.

Key themes: corporate responsibility, international development, trade/economic justice

Age group: 15+

Our Generation

Groundbreaking documentary igninitng a people power movement across Australia

Key themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 15+

Cannes/Palestine premiere FIX ME

Raed attempts to get to the bottom of a headache that has lasted generations

Key themes: conflict/reconciliation, Mid East/Isr-Palestine

Age group: 15+

Blood in the Mobile plus director Q&As

Expose of mineral mining practices in Congo for mobile technologies

Key themes: corporate responsibility, human rights, work/labour

Age group: not certified

UNISON is Scotland's biggest and liveliest trade union, representing 150,000 members delivering public and related services across Scotland

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, trade/economic justice, work/labourPartner location: UK-wide SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, is the official aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland, working in 16 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to support the poorest people.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, HIV and AIDS, trade/economic justicePartner location: Scotland-wide, Glasgow Christian Aid is a development organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Sun 2 Oct

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10th Anniversary Double Bill Screening + Panel Discussion

Stephanie Black USA 2001 80 mins

Age group: not certified

''A documentary that should be mandatory viewing for anyone interested in one of the most contentious issues of our times''The Guardian

A decade on from the mass rallies that took place at the G8 summit in Birmingham which made third world debt a global issue, and five years since Bob Geldof announced that it had been dealt with, this rare tenth anniversary screening of Stepanie Black's award-winning film a unique opportunity to ask whether debt justice has really been achieved.

In 1977,15 years after its break from British colonial rule, Jamaica is forced to borrow $4.5 billion from the IMF to service its development. In a story echoed in dozens of countries across the world, the self-interested trading controls then attached to these loans by IMF credtors forced Jamaica into ever greater poverty.

Caputured with poetic insight, we see the ports developed exclusively for foreign company trading, and meet the local workers forced out of jobs by the influx of cheap, untaxed imports flooding the market. At once a tribute to the ingenuity and strength of the people who defy the odds of survival, Life and Debt is also a classic example of successful agitprop cinema, and an ongoing call to scrutinise the march of Western history.

Showing as a double bill with The End of Poverty (see ticket deal below). Followed by discussion with John Christenson (Director, The Tax Justice Network), Alys Mumford (Jubilee Scotland) and Andrew Millson (Scottish Business in the Community).

Region: JamaicaKey themes: poverty (global), trade/economic justiceStrand:Faces of Change LIFE AND DEBTTue 27 Sep, 20:20Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Scottish Premiere The End of Poverty

Interrogating the our economic system from the perspectives of the poorest.

Key themes: corporate responsibility, international development, trade/economic justice

Age group: 15+

UK Premiere - Enjoy Your Meal

Where does your food come from and what could it mean for the planet?

Key themes: environment (general), hunger/food issues

Age group: not certified

Jubilee Scotland is a coalition of faith groups, charities, unions and other civil society groups who campaign together, and as part of the international debt movement, for the total and unconditional cancellation of all unjust and unpayable poor country debt.

Key themes: globalisation, poverty (global), trade/economic justicePartner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh Tue 27 Sep

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Scottish Premiere - Edinburgh & Glasgow

Avie Luthra South Africa 2011 100 mins

Age group: 15+

''delicate and real'...extraordinarily touching''Variety

One of the most nuanced and arresting portrayals of the impact of HIV on children in South Africa, Avie Luthra's acclaimed drama follows ten year old Lucky as he struggles to honour a promise at his mother's grave to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, Lucky accidentally falls in with an elderly Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other's language, they develop an unlikely bond forged through greed, loneliness, and ultimately, a renewed sense of belonging.

We are delighted to welcome director Avie Luthra to Scotland for Q&As following these screenings, alongside other voices on global access to health and education.

Region: Southern AfricaKey themes: education, HIV and AIDS, poverty (global)Strand:Please book for the following shows using the links below, or telephone the relevant venue box office: Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, Glasgow Film Theatre 0141332 6535.

Sat 22 Sept, 5.30pmGlasgow Film TheatrePlus Q&A with director Avie Luthra

Sat 22 Sept, 8.15pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus Q&A with director Avie Luthra

Arts and crafts, street theatre and a classic Disney film

Robert Stevenson UK, USA 1964 120 mins

Age group: U cert

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

This special and free Take One Action event introduces and explores ideas of money and social responsibility for all ages.

Kicking off with arts, crafts and indoor street theatre (from pleasesquad.blogspot.co.uk) before we all fall down and watch one of the great classics of Western cinema. Promises to be a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious family event. Don't miss it!

''The sets are luxuriant, the songs lilting,the scenario impeccably sentimental, and the case...perfection" Time

Region: United KingdomKey themes: corporate responsibility, youth/family friendlyStrand:Sat 29 Sept, 12pm to 4pmPlatform Community Arts, Glasgow1000 Westerhouse Road, G34 9JW

Sun 30 Sept, 2pm to 5pmOut of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh32 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RG

Scottish Premiere + International Activist Q&A

Kyaw kyaw Oo Germany 2009 90 mins

Age group: 15+

Official Selection IDFA 2011

A rare opportunity to bear witness to one of the great hidden populations and stories of the twentieth century, Nargis: when time stopped breathing captures the devastation wrought by the cyclone of the same name which killed more than 140,000 people in May 2008 and left two and half million Burmese homeless.

While Burma's ruling miltary, propped up by oil, was slow in responding and refused international aid, a group of undercover filmmakers set out for the rural Delta and main cities to tell the full story. Their images speak for themselves: a wilderness of water and greenery that would be paradisiacal if not for the ravage of fallen trees, blown-away huts, and collapsed houses... bewildered widows and orphans... and the slow, steady, painful work of beginning to piece back shelters, find parents, and come to terms with their leaders' apparent silence, and the world's.

Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with speakers including author and renowned Burmese activist in exile Zoya Phan, and in Edinburgh Sarah Boyack MSP.

Ticket deal: The Edinburgh screening is preceded by Zoya Phan in Conversation at 16:00. Buy a combined ticket to hear Zoya talk about her work AND see Nargis for just £10/£8 when booking through Filmhouse on 0131 228 2688 or in person.

Region: Asia, MyanmarKey themes: climate change, democracy/political systems, historical profileStrand:Land and Freedom Faces of Change NARGIS: WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHINGSat 1 Oct, 17:45Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZScreening will be followed by panel discussion with speakers including renowned author and activist-in-exile, Zoya Phan and Sarah Boyack MSP.

NARGIS: WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHINGSat 1 Oct, 20:30Glasgow CCA, 350 Sauchiehall StreetScreening will be followed by panel discussion with speakers including renowned author and activist-in-exile, Zoya Phan.

NARGIS: WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHINGSun 2 Oct, 13:00Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Zoya Phan in Conversation

A chance to dialogue with a leading campaigner for human rights in Burma

Key themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, human rights

Age group: 12+

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Jarreth Merz Ghana, Switzerland, UK 2011 89 mins

Age group: 12+

''My Brothers and sisters, we want no violence, we want no cheating. We don't want any bloodshed.''

Fresh from success at Sundance and Berlin International Film Festival, this acclaimed documentary follows the key players in the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa. In a continent where elections are often tarnished by allegations of corruption, fraud and violence, the two political parties in this race will do almost anything to win. But will democracy prevail?

Director Jarreth Merz spent three months gaining unprecedented access to the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana, capturing each unexpected twist and turn in the contest. The result is an intriguing and suspenseful look behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of African democracy in the twenty-first century.

''One of the most gripping documentaries showcased at this years Sundance Film Festival'' Hollywood Reporter

Presented by Take One Action, this screening on 2nd December will be followed by a discussion with special guest speakers about the issues raised in the film.

Region: Southern AfricaKey themes: democracy/political systems, international developmentStrand:Faces of Change Please book online through the links below or call Edinburgh Filmhouse on 0131 228 2688.

An African ElectionFri 2 Dec, 20:25Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by panel discussion.

Dogwoof is the UK's leading distributor of films with a global and ethical focus, such as The Age of Stupid, Black Gold, Burma VJ and Food Inc.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, human rights, world-changing filmPartner location: UK-wide Food, films, music & discussion - Edinburgh only

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Age group: 12+

Can we eat our way to a better world?Following on from last year's sell-out world food day event, join Take One Action and friends in Leith to further explore Scotland's food chain and its relation to people across the globe: all centred around a fantastic world food buffet. We kick off with lunch, stalls, a brand new photo exhibition about Scotland's links with the developing world, and live music '' your chance to kick back under the Drill Hall's wonderful glass roof, alongside others curious and expert about a range of food and justice issues.

From 1pm we have two exclusive film screenings. The Dancing Forest (Reykjavik International Film Festival Environmental Award) celebrates the extraordinary women of rural Togo who are taking back their food system from overseas control; while our premiere of Growing Change draws similar inspiration from urban settings in Venezuela.

The afternoon wraps up with an interactive open discussion featuring Alex Renton (The Guardian), James O'Nions (WDM, Red Pepper) and you! Mmmm. If you don't leave belly-full of inspiration for more wholesome relationships with the wider world, we'll eat our hats.

In partnership with The Co-operative, NIDOS and The World Development Movement

Region: globalKey themes: empowerment/activism, hunger/food issuesStrand:In association withWorld Development Movement, NIDOS, The Co-operative Membership, World Kitchen in Leith, Out of The BlueSun 23 Sept, 12pm to 4.30pmOut of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh32 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RGBuffet 12pm, films 1pm, discussion 3pm

Cycle-powered Cinema

Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud France 2011 1hr 44mins

Age group: 8+

Disney Nature's ''Oceans'' takes us beneath the waves with narrator Pierce Brosnan to tell the epic tale of our blue planet. With short films beforehand and activities and refreshments before the music starts.

Region: globalKey themes: climate change, environment (general)Strand:Green Shoots Sat 25 Feb, 18:00-21:45St. Peters Hall, Lutton Place EH8 9PE

Scottish Premiere + Director Q&A

Sinem Saban Australia 2010 73 mins

Age group: 15+

''A very fine piece of work... Truthful and eloquent'' John Pilger "Knowledge... passion... much to admire''The Guardian

Made in unique collaboration with its subject community, Our Generation is a groundbreaking new documentary which is igniting a people-power movement across Australia.

Northeast Arnhem Land is one of the last heartlands of traditional Aboriginal culture and law in Australia, and the ancestral home of the yidaki, or didgeridoo. Here, despite high profile government apologies for ''historical'' abuses, its people are themselves accused of abuse by the state '' systemic abuse of children '' in a final, extraordinary bid to remove them from their land.

The reason? Despite centuries of slavery and disempowerment, the Yolngu are still clinging to territory which contains some of the most prized export minerals in Australia. But can their resistance hold out? Or will the oldest living culture on earth soon have the ground pulled from under their feet?

All screenings followed by Q&A with director Sinam Saban, plus special guests. Evening screenings in Edinburgh and Glasgow followed by drinks in the cafe-bar (please retain your ticket).

Edinburgh and Glasgow screenings are preceded by A Beginner's Guide To Campaigning. Find out more here...

Region: AustraliaKey themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), world-changing filmStrand:Green Shoots Land and Freedom OUR GENERATIONFri 30 Sept, 18:00Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, DundeeFollowed by discussion with the film's director, Sinem Saban.

OUR GENERATIONSat 1 Oct, 13:30Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by discussion with the film's director, Sinem Saban.

OUR GENERATIONSat 1 Oct, 20:30Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by discussion with the film's director, Sinem Saban and post-screening drinks in the cafe-bar (please retain your ticket).

OUR GENERATIONSun 2 Oct, 17:00Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RBFollowed by discussion with the film's director, Sinem Saban and post-screening drinks in the cafe-bar (please retain your ticket).

When China Met Africa

An intimate and provocative view of China's growing role in Africa

Key themes: corporate responsibility, democracy/political systems, international development

Age group: 12+

Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Witness one of the most hidden populations and devasting stories of modern times

Key themes: climate change, democracy/political systems, historical profile

Age group: 15+

New Internationalist is for people seeking an independent, intelligent and international perspective. Our magazine explores current global issues with thought, depth and insight, to give you the complete picture.

Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, globalisationPartner location:Fri 30 Sep '' Sun 2 Oct

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Scottish Premiere + Director Q&A

Kim Longinotto UK 2010 100 mins

Age group: 15+

''A multilayered, psychologically complex portrait of both a woman and a moment''Variety

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But too many of its women still face entrenched abuse.

Enter ''stage left'' the Gulabi Gang, a group of remarkable vigilante women from the lowest social caste who resist being treated as such. And enter ''stage right'' their formidable champion Sampat Pal, who charges head first into endless cases of discrimination and domestic abuse - often perpetrated by the women's husbands' extended families, with whom they're forced to live.

Declaring 'what do women have but their tears?', Sampat Pal has learnt from experience. In circumstances that are far from unusual, she married young. Beaten by her in-laws for disobedience, she fought back, escaped and developed a hardened resolve never to be under any man's control again. Now beleaguered women from throughout Uttar Pradesh seek her out, in awe of her strength.

We hope to be joined by award-winning director Kim Longinotto for a Q&A following this screening.

Region: IndiaKey themes: empowerment/activism, gender and powerStrand:Faces of Change PINK SARISWed 28 Sep, 20:20Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by discussion with the film's award-winning director Kim Longinotto.

Fezeka's Voice

Music teacher Phumi Tsewu takes his high school choir on an inspiring journey'...

Key themes: education, empowerment/activism

Age group: 12+

Clare Short in Conversation

An opportunity to dialogue with one of the world's most outspoken poverty campaigners and one time key player in Blair's goverment.

Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, work/labour

Age group: not certified

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) protects and promotes journalists and journalism reporting across our world.

Key themes: corporate responsibility, media issues, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, work/labour, world-changing filmPartner location: Scotland-wide, Glasgow NIDOS is a network of international development organisations based in Scotland. We aim to strengthen the contribution of Scottish organisations to reducing inequality and poverty worldwide.

Key themes: human rights, international development, poverty (global)Partner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh Wed 28 Sep

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Exclusive UK Preview + Panel Discussion

Leonard Helmrich Netherlands 2010 109 mins

Age group: 12+

''Wildly expressionistic'...a canvas so vast that people, fighting fish and cockroaches complete a bizarre ecosystem of co-dependence''LA Weekly

One of the most extraordinary visual insights into any country, we're delighted to include this exclusive UK preview of Sundance hit and overall IDFA winner to throw colour onto the debate about the impact of globalisation in a changing world.

Filmed in Helmrich's trademark Single Shot style '' symphonic, uninterrupted cinema with no interviews or voice-over '' this is the final installment of a vibrant, funny and often moving trilogy.

We rejoin the Christian-Islamic Sjamsuddin family as grandmother and grandaughter leave the countryside to join the girl's uncle in Jakarta. A microcosm of the life under globalisation the world over, contrasts and conflict abound '' between the modern and traditional, religion and capitalism, wealth and poverty '' before some devastating wisdom from the unlikeliest of sources brings the family back to where they started.

Region: IndonesiaKey themes: globalisationStrand:Faces of Change POSITION AMONG THE STARSThu 22 Sep, 20:20Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

POSITION AMONG THE STARSFri 23 Sep, 18:00Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

POSITION AMONG THE STARSFri 23 Sep, 18:00Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB

Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Witness one of the most hidden populations and devasting stories of modern times

Key themes: climate change, democracy/political systems, historical profile

Age group: 15+

Even The Rain

Opening night gala: Official UK premiere, with Paul Laverty

Key themes: democracy/political systems, historical profile, trade/economic justice

Age group: not certified

Christian Aid is a development organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Tue 27 Sep

Event location: -Organised by

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Fri 30 Sep

Event location: EdinburghOrganised by

Come along between 10 am and 12 for a chance to get help with your mending, learn some basic sewing techniques, have a go on a sewing machine, help our community patchwork grow a bit, or just have a coffee and a chat. All welcome. Our drop-in sessions are continuing every Friday, at the South Bridge Resource Centre on Infirmary Street (behind Blackwells).

Type of event: WorkshopKey themes: environment (general)Age group: all agesFull event address: South Bridge Resource CentreEvent website address:http://remadeinedinburgh.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://remadeinedinburgh.blogspot.com/

Just turn up!

One day conference

Afternoon event

Age group: not certified

World hunger is increasing. Citizen movements are growing. Climate change is threatening tens of millions in the poorest nations. How can journalists, charities and filmmakers work better together?

In the midst of this, multinationals and charities are as present as ever, some achieving success, others causing problems. And meanwhile UK and Scottish overseas aid budgets have been ringfenced or increased, but with limited public u...nderstanding.

But what role does the changing face of UK journalism have to play in these issues? And how best can others collaborate with the sector to hold international development to account and increase its impact?

This special conference invites reporters, filmmakers, students, academics, charity workers and campaigners to consider, debate and be inspired by these questions and to connect with like-minded people trying to answer them.

Session One 14.00 - 17.00 : Dialogue with award-winning filmmakers and journalists. Plus a workshop with a host of experts on the industry and the role of media and social media in fundraising, campaigning and reporting conflict.

Session Two 17:00 - 19:00: Networking plus keynote speakers, and our main debate on the state of reporting on international development. With Paul Holleran (National Union of Journalists) and others.

Region: globalKey themes: international developmentStrand:Faces of Change REPORTING INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTWed 28 Sep, 14:00 - 17:00 and 17:00 - 19:00Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, Lady Lawson Street Gateway

When China Met Africa

An intimate and provocative view of China's growing role in Africa

Key themes: corporate responsibility, democracy/political systems, international development

Age group: 12+

Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Witness one of the most hidden populations and devasting stories of modern times

Key themes: climate change, democracy/political systems, historical profile

Age group: 15+

Scottish Documentary Institute is an internationally recognised documentary research centre at Edinburgh College of Art specialising in documentary training, production and distribution.

Key themes: media issues, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) protects and promotes journalists and journalism reporting across our world.

Key themes: corporate responsibility, media issues, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, work/labour, world-changing filmPartner location: Scotland-wide, Glasgow NIDOS is a network of international development organisations based in Scotland. We aim to strengthen the contribution of Scottish organisations to reducing inequality and poverty worldwide.

Key themes: human rights, international development, poverty (global)Partner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh New Internationalist is for people seeking an independent, intelligent and international perspective. Our magazine explores current global issues with thought, depth and insight, to give you the complete picture.

Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, globalisationPartner location:Wed 28 Sep

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Simon Bright UK 2011 84min

Age group: 15+

Robert Mugabe... What Happened? charts the Shakespearean rise and fall of the man who built a successful African country and then destroyed it. Damned as a terrorist, knighted by Queen Elizabeth and then suspended from the Commonwealth, Mugabe remains in power after 30 years. The film explores what happened through interviews with some of Mugabe's closest comrades, and draws on a unique collection of southern African archive that powerfully evokes his reign. This is a complex and compelling view of Zimbabwe the country and Mugabe the man.

Presented by the Take One Action and Africa in Motion Film Festivals, the 6pm screenings on Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May will be followed by Q&As with the film's producer Michael Auret, plus special guests.

Region: ZimbabweKey themes: democracy/political systemsStrand:Please book online by clicking the links below or telephone the appropriate venue: Filmhouse 0131 228 2688.

Wed 30 May, 18:00Edinburgh FilmhousePlus Q&A with producer Michael Auret

Thurs 31 May, 18:00Edinburgh FilmhousePlus Q&A with producer Michael Auret

followed by discussion on the issues raised in the film

Iciar Bollain France, Mexico, Spain 2010 103 Minutes

Age group: 15+

Spain conquered the new world for gold, 500 years later, water is gold.

Nominated for 13 Goyas (Spain's Oscars), Iciar Bollain's dramatic rollercoaster penned by Take One Action patron Paul Laverty (Looking For Eric) stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Sebastian, a filmmaker caught up in Bolivia's mass protests of spring 2000 against the government's decision to privatise the national water company.

As Sebastian vainly tries to tell the story of Columbus' colonisation of the new world, his cast and crew get drawn into a contemporary version of events, blurring the boundary between past and present, fiction and reality. In fact, the cost of water in Bolivia has gone up by three hundred percent, and although Bollain's story is finally one of triumph of the people, the privatisation of basic public services remains at the centre of a powerful debate about poverty and development across the globe.

Winner - Silver Ariel for Best Latin American Film, Ariel Awards, MexicoWinner - Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film FestivalWinner - Bridging the Borders Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival

Region: Southern AmericaKey themes: democracy/political systems, historical profileStrand:Tickets £8.50 / £5.50

Please book online through the links below or by calling the venue on:

booking 0871 902 5721

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:30Belmont Picture House 9 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Followed by a panel discussion

UNISON is Scotland's biggest and liveliest trade union, representing 150,000 members delivering public and related services across Scotland

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, trade/economic justice, work/labourPartner location: UK-wide Creative Scotland is the new national leader for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries. It's our job to help Scotland's creativity shine at home and abroad.

Key themes: world-changing filmPartner location: Scotland-wide The Co-operative Group is a unique business democratically run and owned by its members to meet their common needs and aspirations.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, fair trade, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide followed by discussion on the issues raised in the film

Iciar Bollain France, Mexico, Spain 2010 103 Minutes

Age group: 15+

''A powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed.'' Variety

Spain conquered the new world for gold, 500 years later, water is gold.

Nominated for 13 Goyas (Spain's Oscars), Iciar Bollain's dramatic rollercoaster penned by Take One Action patron Paul Laverty (Looking For Eric) stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Sebastian, a filmmaker caught up in Bolivia's mass protests of spring 2000 against the government's decision to privatise the national water company.

As Sebastian vainly tries to tell the story of Columbus' colonisation of the new world, his cast and crew get drawn into a contemporary version of events, blurring the boundary between past and present, fiction and reality. In fact, the cost of water in Bolivia has gone up by three hundred percent, and although Bollain's story is finally one of triumph of the people, the privatisation of basic public services remains at the centre of a powerful debate about poverty and development across the globe.

Winner - Silver Ariel for Best Latin American Film, Ariel Awards, MexicoWinner - Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film FestivalWinner - Bridging the Borders Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival

Region: Southern AmericaKey themes: democracy/political systems, historical profileStrand:Tickets are available at the door for £2.00

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Tickets are available on the door for £2.00

Saturday 18th February 2012 19:30Ashfield Village Hall, nr Dunblane Stirlingshire FK15

Followed by a panel discussion

UNISON is Scotland's biggest and liveliest trade union, representing 150,000 members delivering public and related services across Scotland

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, trade/economic justice, work/labourPartner location: UK-wide Creative Scotland is the new national leader for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries. It's our job to help Scotland's creativity shine at home and abroad.

Key themes: world-changing filmPartner location: Scotland-wide The Co-operative Group is a unique business democratically run and owned by its members to meet their common needs and aspirations.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, fair trade, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Briar March New Zealand 2010 80mins

Age group: 12 cert

A unique Pacific Island community face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?

Takku, a unique, centuries old island community in the Pacific Ocean, is going under water. Its gardens have become polluted by salt water, its homes are being washed away, and the scientists who have come to visit say it is irreversible.

Briar March's multi award winning, beautiful account of the effects of climate change gently explores the impact of this devastating news on the island population. One by one, families must choose between resettling to an alien mainland hundreds of kilometres away or staying to defend their culture, and watch their paradise disintegrate.

Winner of Best Documentary Award, Raindance Film Festival

Region: PacificKey themes: climate changeStrand:Tickets available for £2 on the door.

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Saturday 18th February 2012, 16:00

Ashfield Village Hall, Ashfiled, Nr Dunblane, FK15

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 Minutes

Age group: 12+

In this funny, inspiring and shocking David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on billionaire celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

After the Scottish Government overturns its own environmental laws to give Trump the green light, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to the film Local Hero, refuse to sell their land.

With a stunning score by Sigor Ross frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

Region: United KingdomKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, environment (general)Strand:Please book online through the links below or by calling the venue on 01330 825 431

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Friday, 24 February 2012 19:30

Woodend Barn, Burn O' Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA

Followed by a panel discussion

A David and Goliath story for the 21st century

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 Minutes

Age group: 12+

In this funny, inspiring and shocking David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on billionaire celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

After the Scottish Government overturns its own environmental laws to give Trump the green light, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to the film Local Hero, refuse to sell their land.

With a stunning score by Sigor Ross frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

Winner - Best Feature, EdindocsWinner - Green Award, Sheffield Doc FestWinner - Special Jury Prize, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film FestivalWinner - Audience Award, Sidewalk Film Festiva

Region: United KingdomKey themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), ScotlandStrand:Land and Freedom Tickets available for £4 on the door

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Saturday 18th February 2012, 16:00

Rob Roy Visitor Centre, Ancaster Square, Callander

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

A David and Goliath story for the 21st century

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 Minutes

Age group: 12+

In this funny, inspiring and shocking David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on billionaire celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

After the Scottish Government overturns its own environmental laws to give Trump the green light, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to the film Local Hero, refuse to sell their land.

With a stunning score by Sigor Ross frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

Winner - Best Feature, EdindocsWinner - Green Award, Sheffield Doc FestWinner - Special Jury Prize, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film FestivalWinner - Audience Award, Sidewalk Film Festiva

Region: ScotlandKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, environment (general)Strand:Tickets are available on the door for £4.50 adult and £2.50 under 16

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:30

Comrie WRI Hall, Drummond Street, Comrie, Perthshire PH6 2DY

Followed by a panel discussion

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Briar March New Zealand 2010 80 Minutes

Age group: 12+

A unique Pacific Island community face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?

Takku, a unique, centuries old island community in the Pacific Ocean, is going under water. Its gardens have become polluted by salt water, its homes are being washed away, and the scientists who have come to visit say it is irreversible.

Briar March's multi award winning, beautiful account of the effects of climate change gently explores the impact of this devastating news on the island population. One by one, families must choose between resettling to an alien mainland hundreds of kilometres away or staying to defend their culture, and watch their paradise disintegrate.

Winner of Best Documentary Award, Raindance Film Festival

Region: PacificKey themes: climate changeStrand:Tickets available for £4 on the door.

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Saturday 18th February 2012, 16:00Duirinish Media & Culture Club, c/o Ceol na mara, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV558wa

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 Minutes

Age group: 12+

In this funny, inspiring and shocking David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on billionaire celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

After the Scottish Government overturns its own environmental laws to give Trump the green light, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to the film Local Hero, refuse to sell their land.

With a stunning score by Sigor Ross frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

Winner - Best Feature, EdindocsWinner - Green Award, Sheffield Doc FestWinner - Special Jury Prize, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film FestivalWinner - Audience Award, Sidewalk Film Festival

Region: EuropeKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, environment (general), ScotlandStrand:Tickets available for £2.50 at the door

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Saturday, 3 March 2012 19:30

Duirinish Media & Culture Club, c/o Ceol na mara, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV558wa

Followed by a panel discussion

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Frank Poulsen Denmark 2010 82 Minutes

Age group: 15+

What is the price of a text message? This is the question that takes director Frank Poulsen on a hugely personal journey in this rollercoaster hit documentary to connect Africa's 'heart of darkness' with the ivory towers of European multinationals.

In the past 15 years, five million people have died in Congo's civil war. The UN has consistently reported a connection between the conflict and the control of the international trade in minerals used in products such as mobile phones and computers. Reaching the dangerous and normally inaccessible Bisie mine area, Poulsen's extraordinary journey reveals child labourers in death-defying conditions, before he returns home to ask his phone company, Nokia, the largest in the world, just what they are doing to halt the cycle of poverty and conflict.

Winner of the Cinema for Peace Justice Award 2011, Berlin

Region: Southern Africa, EuropeKey themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, environment (general)Strand:Please book online through the links below

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 19:30

Eden Court Cinema, Bishop's Road, Inverness

Followed by a panel discussion

followed by discussion on the issues raised in the film

Iciar Bollain France, Mexico, Spain 2010 103 Minutes

Age group: 15+

''A powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed.'' Variety

Spain conquered the new world for gold, 500 years later, water is gold.

Nominated for 13 Goyas (Spain's Oscars), Iciar Bollain's dramatic rollercoaster penned by Take One Action patron Paul Laverty (Looking For Eric) stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Sebastian, a filmmaker caught up in Bolivia's mass protests of spring 2000 against the government's decision to privatise the national water company.

As Sebastian vainly tries to tell the story of Columbus' colonisation of the new world, his cast and crew get drawn into a contemporary version of events, blurring the boundary between past and present, fiction and reality. In fact, the cost of water in Bolivia has gone up by three hundred percent, and although Bollain's story is finally one of triumph of the people, the privatisation of basic public services remains at the centre of a powerful debate about poverty and development across the globe.

Winner - Silver Ariel for Best Latin American Film, Ariel Awards, MexicoWinner - Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film FestivalWinner - Bridging the Borders Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival

Region: Southern AmericaKey themes: democracy/political systems, historical profileStrand:Tickets available at the door

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Monday, 27th February 2012 19:30Little Theatre Cinema, King Street, Nairn IV12 4MP

followed by a panel discussion

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 Minutes

Age group: 12+

In this funny, inspiring and shocking David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on billionaire celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

After the Scottish Government overturns its own environmental laws to give Trump the green light, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to the film Local Hero, refuse to sell their land.

With a stunning score by Sigor Ross frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

Winner - Best Feature, EdindocsWinner - Green Award, Sheffield Doc FestWinner - Special Jury Prize, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film FestivalWinner - Audience Award, Sidewalk Film Festiva

Region: ScotlandKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, environment (general), ScotlandStrand:Tickets: £5 on the door, or booking online through the links below

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Friday, 2 March 2012 19:30

An Lanntair Kenneth Street, HS1 2DS Stornoway

Followed by a panel discussion

Follwed by a panel discussion on the issues raised in the film.

Frank Poulsen Denmark 2010 82

Age group: 15+

What is the price of a text message? This is the question that takes director Frank Poulsen on a hugely personal journey in this rollercoaster hit documentary to connect Africa's 'heart of darkness' with the ivory towers of European multinationals.

In the past 15 years, five million people have died in Congo's civil war. The UN has consistently reported a connection between the conflict and the control of the international trade in minerals used in products such as mobile phones and computers. Reaching the dangerous and normally inaccessible Bisie mine area, Poulsen's extraordinary journey reveals child labourers in death-defying conditions, before he returns home to ask his phone company, Nokia, the largest in the world, just what they are doing to halt the cycle of poverty and conflict.

Winner of the Cinema for Peace Justice Award 2011, Berlin

Region: Southern Africa, EuropeKey themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, environment (general)Strand:Tickets are available on the door for £4

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Saturday, 25 February 2012 19:30

Tullynessle & Forbes Hall, Tullynessle

Followed by a panel discussion

A David and Goliath story for the 21st century

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 Minutes

Age group: 12+

n this funny, inspiring and shocking David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on billionaire celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

After the Scottish Government overturns its own environmental laws to give Trump the green light, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to the film Local Hero, refuse to sell their land.

With a stunning score by Sigor Ross frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

Winner - Best Feature, EdindocsWinner - Green Award, Sheffield Doc FestWinner - Special Jury Prize, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film FestivalWinner - Audience Award, Sidewalk Film Festiva

Region: ScotlandKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, environment (general), ScotlandStrand:Tickets available on the door for £5 adult, £3 concessions

We have 3 pairs of FREE TICKETS available for each event for Co-operative members - email us quoting your co-op membership number and the film/venue you would like to attend.

Thursday, 1 March 2012 19:30Macphail Centre Mill St Ullapool IV26 2UN

Followed by a panel discussion

Fri 8 Feb

Event location: InvernessOrganised by Network of INternaitonal Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS), World Development Movement (WDM)

The event starts with a lilm screening of 'Growing Change' - a spirited film about the problems with the current food system and the food revolution taking place in Venezuela. Full of inspiring characters, stunning landscapes and thought provoking insights into how we might transform our food system. This is followed by a panel discussion with John Finnie MSP; Jo Hunt, Nourish (Scotland's local food network); and Liz Murray, World Development Movement. Chaired by Gillian Wilson, Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS). During the evening, the exhibition, Scotland v Poverty, will be on show - it celebrates Scotland's strong tradition of working for global justice. This collection of images and stories from 34 Scottish international development charities highlights the voices of people who lifted themselves out of poverty with our support across the world.

Type of event: Film screeningKey themes: hunger/food issuesAge group: all agesFull event address: The Spectrum Centre, 1B Margaret Street, Inverness IV1 1LS1Event website address:www.scotlandvpoverty.org

The event runs from 6 - 8pm on the 8th of February 2013. It is a free event (as is viewing the exhibition during the day fromm 9 - 13 February) but please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or ring 0131 243 2680 to book as we need to arrange catering for the right numbers.

10 year anniversary screening. Part one of our Towards A New Economy double bill with 'Life and Debt'.

Phillipe Diaz USA 2009 106 mins

Age group: 15+

''Never loses sight of the human cost of global capitalism''Village Voice

Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Narrated by activist and actor Martin Sheen, this award-winning film presents a bold and thorough challenge to the status quo from the perspective of the bottom billion.

What we think of today as global poverty didn't come from nowhere. Colonialism, past and present, the expropriation of land and labour, have unsettled many great societies which we now lump together as ''the developing world''. It serves a system in which 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than it can regenerate. But the system is breaking.

Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, this critically acclaimed manifesto for change features compelling interviews with the world's leading political and social theorists including Joseph Stiglitz, John Christensen, Susan George and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania. The question is, where do you come in?

Discussion with John Christenson, director the Tax Justice Network, featured in the film, and other guests will follow the later screening of Life and Debt as part of the evening's double bill.

Region: globalKey themes: corporate responsibility, international development, trade/economic justiceStrand:Faces of Change THE END OF POVERTYTue 17 Sep, 18:00Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Life and Debt

Insightful analysis of the effects of an IMF loan to the tune of $4.5 billion'...

Key themes: poverty (global), trade/economic justice

Age group: not certified

Blood in the Mobile plus director Q&As

Expose of mineral mining practices in Congo for mobile technologies

Key themes: corporate responsibility, human rights, work/labour

Age group: not certified

Jubilee Scotland is a coalition of faith groups, charities, unions and other civil society groups who campaign together, and as part of the international debt movement, for the total and unconditional cancellation of all unjust and unpayable poor country debt.

Key themes: globalisation, poverty (global), trade/economic justicePartner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh The Co-operative Group is a unique business democratically run and owned by its members to meet their common needs and aspirations.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, fair trade, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Tue 27 Sep

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European Premiere - Edinburgh & Glasgow

Brenda Davis Cambodia, Haiti, USA 2012 94mins

Age group: 15+

Official Selection, Montreal Film Festival

Lack of transport, communication, education and investment in healthcare mean that Ethiopia, Cambodia and Haiti have an average maternal mortality rate of one in forty women. With tenderness, incredible access and a real-life cast of heroes Sister tells the unheard story of three health workers from these countries, exploring how they and their colleagues find hope and meaning against all the odds. Following them through home visits, deliveries and moments of quiet reflection, their stories honour strategies and skills that demand greater understanding, appreciation and investment as a matter of urgency.

We are delighted to welcome director Brenda Davis to Scotland for Q&As following these screenings. With Ruth Dawson in Glasgow (Senior Maternal Health Advsier, UK Department for International Development) and in Edinburgh Nepali nurse and Edinburgh University research associate associate of Radha Adhikari.

Region: globalKey themes: health, poverty (global)Strand:Please book for the following shows using the links below. Tickets for the screening at Yorkhill Hospital Glasgow are only available online in advance. To book Edinburgh Filmhouse tickets over the phone telephone 0131 228 2688.

Wed 26th September, 6pmYorkhill Hospital, MediCinemaDalnair St, Glasgow G3 8SJPlus director Q&A

Fri 28 September, 6pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus director Q&A

Sat 10 Mar

Event location: GlasgowOrganised by Voluntarily initiated by Mark Langdon and Susan Pettie, 'we just have to do something!'. We are eager to get others involved, are you interested?

We want folk to vote in May at the local council elections. If there is no one you want to vote for, we want to encourage you to ask someone you trust to stand. We are showing the film 'Gnarr' as an inspiration of what is possible in politics when people have had enough of the status quo and stand up for justice. The purpose of the event is to provide a focus for discussion and action on reinvigorating local democracy, encouraging people to stand for May's Local Government elections on a social justice platform. Information on how to stand will be available. Discussion will begin on how we can work together to offer an alternative to the current party political system of UK democracy. The details of the day are still being finalised, don't expect dogma and vitriol but do bring positivity and ideas. We'd love this to be the launch of a new Communitarian Movement.

Type of event: Film screening, TalkKey themes: ScotlandAge group: adult trainingFull event address: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JDEvent website address:www.facebook.com/CommunitarianMovement

Film Screening at 1pm, Panel Discussion & information sharing after. Finish at 4pm. Free but ticketed. Call the CCA on 0141 352 4900. For more info email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The World On Your Plate weekend / UK theatrical premiere + discussion

Christoffer Guldbrandsen Denmark 2012 17:45 - 20:15

Age group: 12+

FILM SYNOPSISStarbucks, Amazon, Google'... Household names accused of avoiding tax that could have benefitted Britain. Map it onto Africa '' where a lack of transparency enables multinationals to extract $9 for every $1 given in overseas aid '' and the tax question and its link to global hunger becomes positively dystopian. Stealing Africa brings this to life. It contrasts a surreal Swiss village whose coffers are overflowing with donations from global copper giant Glencore, with Zambia, where Glencore's mines make profit disappear before the eyes of a population 80% unemployed and hungry. A compelling film, backed by 60 global broadcasters, this is timely and essential viewing.

PANEL'DISCUSSION Investing against hungerFirst screening followed by discussion touching on the links between food security and corporate social responsibility. With Fiona O'Donnell MP (International Development Select Committee) and Chris Hegarty (co-ordinator, Enough Food for Everyone If - Scotland).

DOUBLE BILL CONTINUED AFTER DISCUSSIONCOUSCOUS ISLANDF Amato & S Scarafia, Italy 2012, 27 mins, suitable for ages 12+Pitted against environmental degradation and illegal overfishing by European companies off the Senegalese coast, Couscous Island shines a light on the kinds of indigenous African food projects '' couscous co-ops and mangrove conservation '' working on a scale that truly empowers across social divides.

TAKE ONE ACTION DIALOGUESWant to make your film experience even better? Many of you have been asking us to create space for small audience conversations over a cuppa or a glass of wine after our screenings. In response, we're launching Take One Action Dialogues - 60 minute facilitated conversations for up to 8 people at/near Filmhouse - a chance to explore the issues raised by the films in a more relaxed and personal way immediately after panel discussions. It's free, and the first drink is on us. No catch, except that you must register to take part - and please show up if you do - as it costs us. Sorted. To register for the Stealing Africa dialogue (8.15 to 9.15pm), email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 0131 553 6335.

Region: Southern AfricaKey themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), hunger/food issuesStrand:Tickets through Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, £8.20/£6 concessions inc first 20 Co-op members when booked in person at the Filmhouse box office.

Sat 1 June, 17:45 to 20:15Film plus discussionFilmhouse, 88 Lothian Road

Edinburgh only

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Age group: 15+

''The audience had doubled from last year and the pre-film atmosphere in the cinema was buzzing''2011 attendee

Take the plunge and join us for the final screening of Take One Action 2012 as voted for at the festival by you from our host of critically acclaimed European, UK and Scottish premieres. Followed by music and drinks with the festival team. It could be a Sundance or Berlin winner, a gripping feature drama or an eye-popping comedy. What's certain is it will have fired the imagination and social spirit of hundreds of festival goers in the preceding days and weeks: so don't miss it.

Go for £1. Present a ticket stub from another Take One Action 2012 festival film at the Edinburgh Filmhouse box office any time up to Friday 5th October to get your Audience Award Screening ticket for just £1. One reduced price ticket per stub. Tickets can also be bought for £1 at the same time as purchasing another festival ticket. They can also be purchased without another ticket at normal Edinburgh Filmhouse prices. All tickets bought for this event are non-refundable.

Region: n/aKey themes: world-changing filmStrand:To take advantage of the £1 offer, present a stub at the Edinburgh Filmhouse Box Office, or to book at normal prices follow the link below or telephone the Filmhouse on 0131 228 2688.

Sat 6 Oct, 6pmEdinburgh FilmhouseFollowed by music and drinks

Scottish Premiere/Opening night screening - Edinburgh & Glasgow

Mattieu Roy Canada 2012 86 mins

Age group: 12+

''bristles with provocative insights and probing questions about humanity''LA Times

"The scary thing about where we are now in history is that for the first time there's only one system... So what happens when it goes wrong?" With dazzling imagery and an immersive soundtrack, Surviving Progress (exec produced by Martin Scorsese) launches us on a rollercoaster journey of the mind to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers. Technological progress vs. the fundamentals of wellbeing'... Improving global livelihoods vs. protecting the environment: the film presents the story of social advancement as a spectacular, awe-inspiring and double-edged sword, without ever straying into clich(C). Can we in the twenty-first century continue in this way?

We are delighted to welcome the film's co-director and co-writer Harold Crooks to Scotland for Q&As following screenings in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Supported by our associate Christian Aid and partner SCIAF. Followed in Edinburgh by opening night drinks and music in the Filmhouse caf(C)-bar, open to all.

Region: globalKey themes: environment (general), globalisationStrand:Please book for the following shows using the links below, or telephone the relevant venue box office: Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, Glasgow Film Theatre 0141 332 6535 .

Fri 21 Sept, 8.15pmEdinburgh Filmhouse

Plus Q&A with co-director and writer Harold Crooks

Instance 2Sun 23 Sept, 3pmGlasgow Film TheatrePlus Q&A with co-director and writer Harold Crooks

Closing night after the Audience Award

180mins

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Following our surprise Audience Award screening, join the Take One Action team, volunteers and other audience members you've been sharing screen time with to celebrate our 5th birthday, and to honour the spirit of all the filmmakers and others (you included) who are daring to dream of a better world.

In traditional Scottish style we'll be dancing with a fantatis c(C)ilidh band, raising a glass, and welcoming in a new season of optimism and change. Come dance with us.

Get in thereBefore the ceilidh, enjoy the best film of the festival - as voted for by you - just down the road at Filmhouse. Tickets from £1.

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Sat 6 Oct, 8pm to 11pmLauriston Hall, Edinburgh28 Lauriston Street, EH3 9DJ

European Premiere - Edinburgh only

Amy Miller Canada 2012 84mins

Age group: 15+

Opening in Midlothian, this groundbreaking documentary moves across the globe to meet the impoverished ''beneficiaries'' of our carbon trading market: a multi-billion dollar industry nicknamed "green gold" by its backers. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Deforestation in Brazil. Oil barons and militias on the rise in Panama. What do these stories have in common? Their causes are all hailed and receiving Western support because they are ''offsetting'' pollution created here in Scotland and other parts of Europe. Many situations the filmmakers encounter along the way are so topsy-turvey they could have come from the Mr Men books. But this is no joke, and there is, as yet, no happy ending. With direct links back to Scotland, where carbon emissions are rising rather than falling, the need to re-examine our choices has never been more critical.

Interactive bike-powered screeningJoin us (and join in) under the stars as we pedal through the film at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Please bring warm clothing and a waterproof as rain cover is limited.

Region: global, ScotlandKey themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general)Strand:Wed 26 Sept, 7pmRoyal Botanic GardensJohn Hope Gateway entranceArboretum Place, Edinburgh

World Aids Day special screening

Maggie Betts USA, Zambia 2010 88 mins

Age group: 15 cert

The Carrier / Maggie Betts / 2010 / 88 mins

When 28-year-old Mutinta Mweemba first shares all the hopes and dreams she once nurtured as a child, her aspirations seem no different from many other young women around the world. She dreamed of falling in love, being married and raising children, and hopefully one day providing those children with a better life than her own. But Mutinta's soft-spoken husband came with two other wives, and the remote Zambian village that she calls home is being ravaged by a deadly new epidemic - a mysterious disease called AIDS. When Mutinta learns that she's become pregnant again, her quest to the save her baby from her disease, becomes the family's last hope for redemption.

A beautiful and powerful documentary, The Carrier is a a story of hope and renewal, of love and dignity, told through the eyes of an increasingly determined young woman who refuses to be overwhelmed by the forces that surround her.

The film will be presented by Take One Action Film Festival and will be accompanied by a post screening discussion.

Region: ZambiaKey themes: health, HIV and AIDS, world-changing filmStrand:In association withAfrican Caribbean Network GlasgowFree Event at the University of Glasgow

Thursday 1st December18:00University of GlasgowBoyd Orr Building 412 (Lecture Theatre B), University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQFollowed by a panel discussion

Part of Nourishing A Global Community: food, music, films and discussion

Brice Lain(C) Togo, UK 2008 52mins

Age group: 8+

Environmental Award, Reykjavik International Film FestivalEdinburgh only

This powerful story about sustainable food production and community development in Africa champions hope, self-reliance and change in the face of seemingly unconquerable forces. When S(C)da and Tiy(C)da returned to their native village in Togo, they found it on the brink of ruin, devastated by decades of bleak economic prospects and an increasingly infertile land. Yet armed with their unshakable faith in the riches and ways of their ancestors, they empowered hundreds of local women in an indigenous project that revolutionized life in the community and made harvests rich again. Bursting with West Africa's vibrant sights and sounds, The Dancing Forest goes beyond the usual African story of desolation and poverty to unveil a world of dignity and hope '-- a world where forests can dance.

Introduced by Gillian Wilson of NIDOS (the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland).

Wonderful world foodThis film is showing as part of Nourishing A Global Community: food, music, films and discussion. Full details here. A delicious world food buffet meal is included with your ticket price.

Region: Southern AfricaKey themes: gender and power, hunger/food issuesStrand:Sun 23 Sept, 12pm to 4.30pmOut of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh32 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RGBuffet 12pm, films 1pm, discussion 3pm

The World On Your Plate weekend / Exclusive preview + discussion

Yung Chang Canada 2013 17:45 - 20:15

Age group: 12 cert

''FASCINATING... THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE'' SCREEN'DAILY

FILM SYNOPSISThis lush celebration of food, as close to smell-o-vision as you'll come this year, travels across culture, history and geography to show howintertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman's obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Adventurers Noris and Richard scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before they are steamrolled by industrialisation. And pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas resistant to a fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. Above all hang the fruits themselves, presented in such mouthwatering glory, it will have you running for the hills.

DISCUSSIONFollowed by discussion with special guest speakers - tbc

Region: globalKey themes: globalisation, hunger/food issuesStrand:Tickets through Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, £8.20/£6 concessions inc first 20 Co-op members when booked in person at the Filmhouse box office.

Sun 2 June, 17:45-20:15Film plus discussionFilmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh

Premiering in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling... + discussions

Jon Shenk USA 2012 100 mins

Age group: 12A cert

''Essential... As informative as it is stimulating'' Time Out New York"What a wonderful doc... plays out like a thriller" Awards Daily

StoryNearly 2,000 Maldive islands are being engulfed by rising sea levels and changing weather patterns caused by climate change. This visually stunning and politically potent film (''Astonishing access'... Superb'' Variety) pits the US, China and India against one man '' former President Nasheed of the Maldives '' as he single-handedly challenges the international community's muddled response to reducing global carbon emissions. Against a wonderful soundtrack by Radiohead and Stars of the Lid, we follow Nasheed (who increasingly starts to resemble a kind of James Bond hero in an all-too-real thriller) as he moves from playful underwater publicity stunts to an extraordinary behind-the-scenes climax at the contentious 2009 UN climate conference in Copenhagen.

Discussions (see below for times and to book)Glasgow, with Ahmed Moosa, featured in the film, former Maldives special envoy on climate change to the UK, plus campaigners Alexis Barnett (SCIAF) and Diane Green (Christian Aid).Edinburgh, with Paul Roberts, featured in the film, former adviser on International Media and Communications to President Nasheed, plus Diane Green (Christian Aid) and Patrick Grady (advocacy manager, SCIAF).Stirling, with campaigners Alexis Barnett (SCIAF) and Diane Green (Christian Aid). Supported by Christian Aid, SCIAF and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.Region: AsiaKey themes: climate change, democracy/political systems, environment (general)Strand:Green Shoots Please book tickets through the venues below by clicking the links or phoning:- Edinburgh FIlmhouse, 0131 228 2688- Glasgow Film Theatre, 0141 332 6535- MacRobert Cinema, Stirling, 01786 466 666.

Glasgow Film TheatreTuesday 10th April, 8pmPlus discussion with Ahmed Moosa, featured in the film, former Maldives special envoy on climate change to the UK, plus campaigners Alexis Barnett (SCIAF) and Diane Green (Christian Aid).

Edinburgh FilmhouseFriday 13th April, 8.15pmPlus discussion with Paul Roberts, featured in the film, former adviser on International Media and Communications to President Nasheed, plus Diane Green (Christian Aid) and Patrick Grady (SCIAF).

MacRobert, StirlingSaturday 21st April, 5pmPlus discussion with campaigners Alexis Barnett (SCIAF) and Diane Green (Christian Aid).

UK Premiere + Director Q&A

Cosima Dannoritzer France, Spain 2010 75 mins

Age group: 12+

Once upon a time products were made to last... Planned Obsolescence was the name given by businessmen in the early twentieth century to the deliberate shortening of product life spans in order to guarantee consumer demand. Cosima Dannoritzer's compelling film combines investigative research and rare archive footage to trace one of the defining stories of our age: from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to contemporary high street brands such as Apple. The story moves between France, Germany, Spain and the US to find witnesses of a business practice which has become the basis of the modern economy, and brings back disquieting pictures from Africa where our discarded electronic waste is piling up..

Region: globalKey themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, environment (general)Strand:Green Shoots THE LIGHTBULB CONSPIRACYThu 29 Sep, 17:45Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by discussion with the film's director, Cosima Dannoritzer, plus hands-on activities with Remade in Edinburgh.

THE LIGHTBULB CONSPIRACYFri 30 Sep, 12:30Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by discussion with the film's director, Cosima Dannoritzer.

THE LIGHTBULB CONSPIRACYMon 3 Oct, 19:00Chaplaincy, Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9ALFollowed by hands-on activities with People and Planet. £5/£3 on the door.

Burning Ice

Bike-powered, moonlit garden screening: celebs engage with climate change

Key themes: climate change

Age group: not certified

Thu 29 Sep '' Mon 3 Oct

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The World On Your Plate weekend / Exlcusive UK Preview plus discussion

Andy Heathcote UK 2013 98mins

Age group: 12+

"BLESSED WITH A TRULY WINNING PROTAGONIST, THIS FILM WILL CHARM'' HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

FILM SYNOPSISIn the bucolic English countryside, Stephen Hook runs the family dairy farm, Hook and Son, a lo-fi, raw-milk anomaly resisting hi-fi, high-consumption norms. Farming is a hard life and an even harder business, but Stephen and his family make it work by staying small and offering services like home delivery... And it's not just a profession for Stephen: each cow has a name and is lovingly cared for, especially the farm's resident ''cover girl,'' Ida. It becomes quite clear that Stephen's unconventional and heartwarming friendship with his herd is what really enables the farm to survive. Mirroring his subject, director Andy Heathcote takes a gentle, genial, light-touch approach ''all the more watchable because of it'' (ScreenInternational).

Q&A: Farmer stories: the UK lensScreening followed by discussion responding to the film and touching on the prospects for small and medium scale farming and alternative food markets in the UK, with The Moo Man director Andy Heathcote and protagonist Stephen Hook, plus Gary Mitchell, chair of NFU Scotland's Milk Committee.

TAKE ONE ACTION DIALOGUESWant to make your film experience even better? Many of you have been asking us to create space for small audience conversations over a cuppa or a glass of wine after our screenings. In response, we're launching Take One Action Dialogues - 60 minute facilitated conversations for up to 8 people at/near Filmhouse - a chance to explore the issues raised by the films in a more relaxed and personal way immediately after panel discussions. It's free, and the first drink is on us. No catch, except that you must register to take part - and please show up if you do - as it costs us. Sorted. To register for The Moo Man dialogue (4.40 to 5.40pm), email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 0131 553 6335.

Region: United KingdomKey themes: hunger/food issues, work/labourStrand:Tickets through Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, £8.20/£6 concessions inc first 20 Co-op members when booked in person at the Filmhouse box office.

Sat 1 June, 14:00 to 16:35Film plus discussionFilmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh

Scottish Premiere - Edinburgh only

Mimi Chakarova USA 2011 72mins

Age group: 15+

"Fearlessly researched and undeniably urgent"Variety

According to UN estimates, each year around 1.5 million women are taken abroad to serve as sex slaves. 25% of these come from Eastern Europe where the collapse of communism left an increasing number vulnerable to economic instability and the sex traffickers' promises of prosperity. Having left Bulgaria as a teenager in search of a better life, The Price of Sex is director Mimi Chakarova's nine-year effort to infiltrate a world in which many women of her generation were left behind. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, she illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking remains a multi-billion dollar global concern.

We are delighted to welcome director Mimi Chakarova to Scotland for a Q&A alongside award-winning human rights journalist Billy Briggs (The Observer, The Scotsman) and Jenny Kemp (co-ordinator, Zero Tolerance).

Region: EuropeKey themes: gender and powerStrand:Sun 23 Sept, 6pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus Q&A with director Mimi Chakarova

Special screening plus discussion - Edinburgh only

Larysa Kondracki Canada 2010 112mins

Age group: 15 cert

Winner, best director Seattle International Film Festival''A great example about how a film can help create change''IndieWire

Inspired by true events, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a UN peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue that implicates US and British contractors and multinational diplomats in protecting sex trafficking. As she comes ever closer to the truth, the real-life implications escalate: for her, for the women she is trying to defend, and for the British press and company at the heart of the story.

Followed by discussion with special guest speakers including Jenny Kemp (co-ordinator, Zero Tolerance) about the multi-billion dollar sex trafficking industry and what Scotland can do to limit it.

Whistleblower Night: ticket dealThe Whistleblower is preceded by a special screening of Wikileaks: secrets and lies. Whistleblowing been protected in UK law since 1998. These two true-life stories that shook the world explore the rights and wrongs of a powerful tool for social change. Buy a joint ticket for both events for just £10/£8 when booked together through the Filmhouse Box Office. To book separately, follow the link below.

Region: EuropeKey themes: gender and power, historical profileStrand:Sun 30 Sept, 8.10pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus discussion

UK Premiere - Edinburgh & Glasgow

Marlon Rivera Philippines 2011 87 mins

Age group: 15+

Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival 2012''the most outstanding directorial debut in Philippine cinema this year"The Hollywood Reporter

Bizarre, hilarious and shocking in equal turns, this extraordinary spoof-drama breaks the mould of Philippino cinema and begs the question ''When does real social issue drama become poverty porn?'' Rainier, Bingbong and Jocelyn are three film school graduates dead set on making the Phillipines' Oscar film nomination. Their natural choice of subject to win the hearts of juries around the world? Poverty, and specifically the tricky subject of child sex tourism. In the course of one day, as they venture to secure the Phillipines top actress Eugene Domingo, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in a host of increasingly ridiculous ways until finally, tragedy strikes.

Followed by discussion with special guest speakers about representations of poverty in the media.

Buy a joint ticket for Global Encounters (Edinburgh) and The Woman in the Septic Tank for just £10 (£8 concessions) when booked together through the Edinburgh Filmhouse Box Office. We've left an hour between these events so you can enjoy an early dinner or drink in the Filmhouse caf(C)-bar.

Region: PhilippinesKey themes: media issues, poverty (global)Strand:Please book for the following shows using the links below, or telephone the relevant venue box office: Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, Glasgow Film Theatre 0141 332 6535.

Tues 25 Sept, 6pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus discussion

Weds 26 Sept, 8.15pmGlasgow Film TheatrePlus discussion

Scottish Premiere

Briar March New Zealand 2010 80 mins

Age group: 12+

Best Documentary Raindance 2011 "Intimately and quietly passionate... and object lesson in documentary filmmaking"New Zealand Herald

Takuu, a unique, centuries old island community in the Pacific ocean, is going under water. Its gardens have become polluted by salt water. Homes are being washed away. And the scientists who have come to visit say it is irreversible.

Briar March's multi-award winning, beautiful account of the effects of climate change gently explores the impact of this devastating news on the island population. One by one, families must choose between resettling to an alien mainland hundreds of kilometres away or staying to defend their culture, and watch their paradise disintegrate. This is a uniquely human and poignant view of a situation which '' if we do not turn the tide '' will soon be felt by hundreds of millions across the planet.

These screenings will be accompanied by discussion with leading climate change campaigners.

Region: PacificKey themes: climate change, consumerism, environment (general)Strand:Green Shoots THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND

Fri 23 Sept, 20:30

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Followed by discussion with leading climate change campaigners.

THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND

Sat 24 Sept, 13:30

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Followed by discussion with leading climate change campaigners.

THERE ONCE WAS AN ISLAND

Sat 24 Sept, 16:00Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB

Followed by discussion with leading climate change campaigners.

The Lightbulb Conspiracy

A compelling film investigatin the origins and rationale of Planned Obsolescence

Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, environment (general)

Age group: 12+

UK Premiere - Enjoy Your Meal

Where does your food come from and what could it mean for the planet?

Key themes: environment (general), hunger/food issues

Age group: not certified

The World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the underlying causes of poverty. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, empowerment/activism, globalisationPartner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh, Glasgow Christian Aid is a development organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Key themes: climate change, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Fri 23 Sep '' Sat 24 Sep

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Mojtaba Mirtahmasb & Jafar Panahi Iran, Islamic Rep of 2011 74mins

Age group: U cert

''a samizdat cine-poem in defence of cinema and freedom''The GuardianScreening in Edinburgh only

Does censorship work? You have to wonder when you consider that Jafar Panahi's extraordinary satire, rated as the number one film of 2011 by Rotten Tomatoes, has hardly been seen in the UK'... and that he is still under house arrest, perhaps as a result. One of three films in this year's festival ''Contextualising the Arab Spring'' (with 1/2 Revolution and Zero Silence), the film follows a day in the life of Panahi as he defies the Iranian Government's filming ban and the threat of six years in prison for supporting the opposition in the 2009 election. Shot on his iPhone and a cheap DV camera and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, the film offers a humble, utterly compelling and visceral statement about creativity, freedom and civilization that should be seen by everyone.

Followed by discussion with special guest speakers including Yassamine Mather (Hands Off The People of Iran) and special guest speakers about Iran, censorship and the campaign to free Jafar Panahi. Supported by NUJ Scotland.

Region: North Africa/Middle East, Iran, Islamic Rep ofKey themes: historical profile, world-changing filmStrand:Wed 26 Sep, 6pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus discussion

UK Premiere + panel discussion

Walter Grotenhuis Netherlands 2010 89 mins

Age group: not certified

Journey from your local restaurant to Kenya via the Amazon rainforest and the Phillipines, to discover the twenty-first century social and environmental cost of your favourite meal.

Thousands of us work with or simply enjoy diverse food. But while some parts of society push for more sustainable, local eating habits, the momentum in the world as a whole is very much in the opposite direction. This creative and engaging doc reveals the Indian tribes made homeless as huge tracts of rainforest are burned to grow Soya beans, the main food for the piglet and the growing agro-fuels industry. Meanwhile, local fishermen in Asia and subsistence farmers in Kenya struggle to come to terms with the industrial use of the same water their livelihoods depend on. The food on our plate says more than we know about who we are.

Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with leading food journalists and campaigners.In Edinburgh: Joanna Blythman (Radio 4, The Sunday Herald), Ryan McQuigg (Oxfam) and Christine Haigh (WDM). In Glasgow: Alex Renton (The Guardian, The Times) and Mike Small (The Fife Diet).

Region: globalKey themes: environment (general), hunger/food issuesStrand:Green Shoots ENJOY YOUR MEALFri 30 Sep, 20:25Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Followed by discussion with Joanna Blythman (Radio 4, The Sunday Herald), Ryan McQuigg (Oxfam) and Christine Haigh (WDM).

ENJOY YOUR MEALSat 1 Oct, 17:45Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RB

Followed by discussion with Alex Renton (The Guardian, The Times) and Mike Small (The Fife Diet).

Homegrown - cinema under the stars

Self-sufficiency in the city? One family shows us how it's done.

Key themes: climate change, empowerment/activism, youth/family friendly

Age group: not certified

Burning Ice

Bike-powered, moonlit garden screening: celebs engage with climate change

Key themes: climate change

Age group: not certified

The World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the underlying causes of poverty. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, empowerment/activism, globalisationPartner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh, Glasgow Oxfam Scotland works to improve the lives of the world's poorest people, both at home and abroad.

Key themes: climate change, fair trade, health, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Fri 30 Sep '' Sat 1 Oct

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UK Premiere plus discussion/activities - Edinburgh & Glasgow

Kim Nguyen Canada 2012 90mins

Age group: 15+

UK Premiere / Best narrative feature, Tribeca 2012

Beautiful imagery, humour and incredible acting from its young cast give the horrors of Kim Nguyen's acclaimed tale of child soldiers a poignancy and empathy absent in similar films. Preceded by discussion and activities contextualizing the issues for S5/S6.

This is the story of Komona: a 14-year-old girl who has been kidnapped from her village to become a rebel. For over a year she is forced to take part in a war that seems to have no goal, until eventually she escapes with an older albino soldier. Together, at last, they experience the joys of a peaceful and loving life. But it cannot last. Before long fresh tragedy forces Komona to confront and fight the ghosts that have been haunting her.

A gripping and elegiac love story about the evils that guns and poverty still write large across many countries, not only in Africa.

Viewing guidance:Contains strong themes, including moderate violence suitable for 15+ audiences. In French with slow, readable English subtitles.

Region: Southern AfricaKey themes: conflict/reconciliation, poverty (global)Strand:Please book for the following free schools' screenings by contacting the relevant venue box: Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, Glasgow Film Theatre0141 352 8613.

Weds 26 Sept, 10amEdinburgh FilmhousePlus activities for S5/S6

Tues 2 Oct, 10.15amGlasgow Film TheatrePlus activities for S5/S6

Plus discussion - Edinburgh & Glasgow

Kim Nguyen Canada 2012 90mins

Age group: 15+

Best narrative feature, Tribeca 2012"A genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen"The Hollywood Reporter

Beautiful imagery, humour and incredible acting from its young cast give the horrors of Kim Nguyen's uncompromising tale of child soldiers a poignancy and empathy absent in similar films. This is the story of Komona: a 14-year-old girl in a conflict ravaged African state who has been kidnapped from her village to become a rebel. For over a year she is forced to take narcotics and kill in a war that seems to have no goal, until eventually she escapes with an older albino soldier. Together, at last, they experience the joys of a peaceful and loving life. But it cannot last. Before long fresh tragedy forces Komona to confront and fight the ghosts that have been haunting her. A gripping and elegiac love story about the evils that guns and poverty still write large across many countries, not only in Africa.

Both screenings will be followed by discussions. We hope to be joined by Kenny McAskill, Minister for Justice (Edinburgh only), as well as Jamie Livingstone (Campaigns Manager, Oxfam).

We are also running school screenings of this film in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Click here for details.

Region: Southern AfricaKey themes: conflict/reconciliation, poverty (global)Strand:Please book for the following shows using the links below, or telephone the relevant venue box office: Edinburgh Filmhouse 0131 228 2688, Glasgow Film Theatre 0141 332 6535.

Tues 2 Oct, 5.45pmGlasgow Film TheatrePlus discussion

Wed 3 Oct, 8.20pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus discussion

Plus discussion with BBC3's Jolyon Rubenstein and guests - Edinburgh only

Karin Hayes & Victoria Bruce USA 2012 81mins

Age group: 12+

Official selection, Sundance 2012

We're Not Brokeis the globally resonant story of the financial crisis in America, the lobbyists who sought to capitalize on it, and the campaign movements that are opposing it. With the world in the grip of the worst recession since the Great Depression, the conclusion that massive public spending cuts are inevitable seems unquestionable. But is that the whole story? This searing expos(C) reveals the infuriating facts that brand name corporations are trying to hide: not least their secreting away trillions of dollars in taxation and relationships with government that, according to the filmmakers, are directly responsible for the middle class shrinking and the poor getting poorer.

We are delighted to welcome Jolyon Rubenstein, star of BBC3's new political satire The Revolution Will Be Televised, for discussion after this screening alongside Dave Watson (Scottish Organiser, UNISON) and Paul Brannen (Christian Aid).

Region: Europe, USAKey themes: corporate responsibility, democracy/political systemsStrand:Tues 2 Oct, 8.30pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus discussion

Scottish Premiere plus director Q&A

Nick and Marc Francis UK 2010 74 mins

Age group: 12+

"A rare grass-roots view into one of the most important economic developments of the age"The Times

A historic gathering of over 50 African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia where the lives of three characters unfold in this new film from the makers of one of the world's most widely seen documentaries, Black Gold.Mr Liu is one of thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs who have settled across the continent in search of new opportunities. he has just bought his fourth farm and business is booming. in northern Zambia, Mr Li, a project manager for a multinational Chinese company is upgrading Zambia's longest road. Pressure to complete the road on time intensifies when funds from the Zambian government start running out. Meanwhile Zambia's Trade Minister is on route to China to secure millions of dollars of investment... But on what terms? Through the intimate portrayal of these characters, the expanding footprint of a rising global power is laid bare '' pointing to a radically different future, not just for africa, but also for the world.

These screenings will be followed by Q&As with director Marc francis, named a ''Rising Star'' by The Observer and Harper's Bazaar Magazine, and from Zambia, good governance campaigner Sheila Kambobe. Also in Edinburgh Natascha Gentz, director of the Confucius institute for Scottish-Chinese relations.

Region: Southern AfricaKey themes: corporate responsibility, democracy/political systems, international developmentStrand:Land and Freedom Faces of Change WHEN CHINA MET AFRICASun 25 Sept, 15:15Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RBFollowed by Q&A with director Marc francis, named a ''Rising Star'' by The Observer and Harper's Bazaar Magazine, and from Zambia, good governance campaigner Sheila Kambobe.

WHEN CHINA MET AFRICASun 25 Sept, 20:30Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by Q&A with director Marc francis, named a ''Rising Star'' by The Observer and Harper's Bazaar Magazine; from Zambia, good governance campaigner Sheila Kambobe; and Natascha Gentz, director of the Confucius institute for Scottish-Chinese relations.

Our Generation

Groundbreaking documentary igninitng a people power movement across Australia

Key themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 15+

SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, is the official aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland, working in 16 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to support the poorest people.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, HIV and AIDS, trade/economic justicePartner location: Scotland-wide, Glasgow NIDOS is a network of international development organisations based in Scotland. We aim to strengthen the contribution of Scottish organisations to reducing inequality and poverty worldwide.

Key themes: human rights, international development, poverty (global)Partner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh Sun 25 Sep

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Upgrade! seminar: social media activism

60mins

Age group:

Social media was largely credited for much of the mobilsation in the Arab Spring. The internet has changed the boundaries of media reporting, as evidenced by Wikileaks, and of film production and distribution. E-campaigning groups in the UK like 38 Degrees and Avaaz are reaching millions with quick-fire actions and debate. And governments are trying to engage with online pressure groups through ePetitions.

But where's it going? How is it changing how we think about the world and take responsibility for the issues that effect us, and others? What are the downsides? And what support and resource is there in Scotland to go further?

At this special, free 1hour event Take One Action is delighted to be joined by campaigners, journalists, artists and online gurus setting the scene of this major global culture change - before we open up the debate for audience questions and ideas. This event is an Upgrade! seminar part of the Inspace season: Remediating the Social.

About our contributors:ALEX RENTON has been a campaigns director at Avaaz - a global civic organisation operating in almost 200 countries promoting activism to "close the gap between the world we have and the world most people want". Alex is also an award-winning journalist (The Guardian, The Times) specialising in a range of global issues including food culture, poverty and development across the world.

LILIA WESLATY is a Tunisian journallist and campaigner and a key actor at the epicentre of the Arab Spring. She works with the multi-award-winning organisation Nawaat - an independent collective blogging platform for debate and dissident voices, bridging the gap between social media activism and more traditional protest movements. Lilia features in the film Zero Silence, showing in Inspace later on the 4th October (starting 7.30pm) - book tickets here.

JOE TREE is the founder of Blipfoto - the BAFTA-winning social networking site for people who don't like social networking! The site started life as a personal-photo-a-day-journal and is now an online community connecting people in over 160 countries, inspiring creativity and - according to it's founder, a former TEDx speaker - "nurtures real and positive change".

We also hope to be joined by Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse, the stars of BBC3's acclaimed new comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised.

What a great line-up! We're looking forward to hearing more... from Alex, Lilia, Joe, Jolyon, Heydon - and you!

DON'T MISS: Zero Silence: 7.30pm, InspaceWhy not grab some food from the Mosque Kitchen and return for our screening of Arab Spring/social media movie Zero Silence at 7.30pm - will include discussion with Lilia Weslaty (see above) and David Pratt (Foreign Editor, The Herald)

Region: globalKey themes: empowerment/activismStrand:Thu 4 Oct 5:30pm,Inspace, Edinburgh University1 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB

Scottish Premiere, plus discussion - Edinburgh only

Patrick Forbes Germany, UK 2011 75mins

Age group: 12+

Official selection SXSW 2012''Thought-provoking and adroitly constructed"Variety

The definitive account of the 'wiki-saga', featuring the first major interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who at the time of press is still awaiting the outcome of the events described in this extraordinary film under the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Award-winning film-maker Patrick Forbes goes behind the headlines, exclusively meeting the global actors at the heart of stories that shook first the US and then the world. Sulphurous, personal and moving, it documents history in the making and the problematic frontier between new technology and traditional journalism.

We are delighted to welcome director Patrick Forbes and Sunday Herald journalist Rob Edwards for discussion as part of this event about Wikileaks and the ethics of public interest disclosure in a new media age.

Whistleblower Night: ticket dealWikileaks: secrets and lies is followed by a special screening of The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz about European sex trafficking. Whistleblowing been protected in UK law since 1998. These two true-life stories that shook the world explore the rights and wrongs of a powerful tool for social change. Buy a joint ticket for both events for just £10/£8 when booked together through the Filmhouse Box Office. To book separately, follow the link below.

Region: global, United KingdomKey themes: historical profile, media issuesStrand:Sun 30 Sept, 5.40pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus discussion

Sat 10 Mar

Event location: AberdeenOrganised by This event is in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Women's Alliance, Grampian Women's Aid, Grays' School of Art, Belmont Picturehouse and the local performance artist Merlyn Riggs.

To celebrate International Women's Day in Aberdeen this year we will be screening 'Women Art Revolution' (2010). For over forty years, director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures. This will be followed by a series of academic talks, live debate, dance, music and comedy performances from 4pm at the Bar Below in the Belmont.

Type of event: OtherKey themes: gender and powerAge group: not certifiedFull event address: Belmont Picturehouse, 49 Belmont Street, AberdeenEvent website address:www.facebook.com/events/329846143726744/

Tickets to the screening itself will be £5. Tickets will be available for purchase from the Belmont Picturehouse or on their website www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Belmont_Picturehouse/Whats_On/All/Date_10_3_2012/ . Attendance for non-ticket holders to the talks and performances in the Bar Below is free but spaces may be limited. Arrive by 4pm to avoid disappointment.

Discussion, action workshops, scrummy homebakes

14:00 - 21:00

Age group: 15+

Standing with the billion people now classified as hungry, millions are starting to ask what needs to change. Drawing on ideas generated by the film events in this programme, join this short discussion with award-winning food journalist and campaigner Alex Renton (The Guardian, The Times) followed by a choice of practical workshops asking: what can I celebrate, learn from and take forward here in Edinburgh to support a better food system for everyone?

With workshops on G8 action, community gardening and transforming the city's food culture, this is a simple opportunity to make stronger connections into the stories you are already part of. What seeds will you take away?

Precedes The Fruit Hunters - UK Preview.

Region: global, ScotlandKey themes: empowerment/activism, hunger/food issuesStrand:SUN 2 JUNE 2pm to 5pmSt John's Episcopal Hall, Princes St(right of main church door)

Food, music, talks, workshops and stalls

Afternoon Event 3hrs

Age group: all ages

Join Take one Action, Leith World Kitchen, Out of the Blue, Oxfam Scotland and The World Development Movement, plus a host of local food projects and eat your way to a better world in honour of October 16th, World Food Day.

Coupled with talks, workshops and live music, this special meal will also provide an opportunity to consider how sustainable our global food system really is.

Explore the impacts of international politics and economics on the food supplies and health of people in Scotland and around the world. And discover what you can do to make a difference: through how you shop, grow-your-own and take action in solidarity with a billion people around the world.

Region: globalKey themes: climate change, empowerment/activism, hunger/food issuesStrand:Green Shoots In association withWorld Development Movement, Oxfam, Transition Edinburgh South, Out of the BlueFree entry. World food buffet £5 on the door. No need to register in advance. Please be aware that the food is first come first served.

WORLD FOOD DAYSun 16, 12:15 - 16:30Out of the Blue 36 Dalmeny Street EH6 8RG

UK Premiere - Enjoy Your Meal

Where does your food come from and what could it mean for the planet?

Key themes: environment (general), hunger/food issues

Age group: not certified

The World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the underlying causes of poverty. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor.

Key themes: climate change, corporate responsibility, empowerment/activism, globalisationPartner location: Scotland-wide, Edinburgh, Glasgow Oxfam Scotland works to improve the lives of the world's poorest people, both at home and abroad.

Key themes: climate change, fair trade, health, poverty (global)Partner location: UK-wide Sun 16 Oct

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Exhibition private-view with cycle-powered movie premiere

Ben Evans USA 2011 Movie: 121mins

Age group: 12+

Private-view of Hard Rain: What Scotland is Doing exhibition followed by a cycle-powered UK Premiere screening of YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip.

A very special Take One Action evening in celebration of our year of Green Shoots Action and WWF Earth Hour.

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling with hope, humour, and all of their garbage - to explore every state in America (the good, the bad...and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises.

Please arrive promptly at 6.30pm at the John Hope Gateway (West Gate), Arboretum Place. Be prepared for the weather and dress warmly.

The event is step-free. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on site, if possible please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01315 536 335 to inform us of your needs in advance.

Presented by Take One Action, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the Woodcraft Folk's Geurilla Cinema.

Region:Key themes: climate changeStrand:Green Shoots Fri 30 Mar, 18:30

Royal Botanic Garden, John Hope Gateway (West Gate), Arboretum Place, Edinburgh

Exclusive UK preview plus director Q&A

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 mins

Age group: 12A cert

''A runaway success"The Times "A shattering expose"The Toronto Star

Funny, inspiring and shocking in equal measure, this gripping feature doc charts the arrival and conquest of donald trump's golf course and hotel development project in an area of Special Scientific interest on Scotland's Aberdeenshire coast.

When first proposed, the billionaire's planning application is decisively rejected by the local authority. But in an unprecedented move the Scottish Government overturns the decision and gives the project the go-ahead '' arguing the case for economic development and inward investment. From this point on, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to Local Hero, refuse to sell their land. With an stunning score by Sigor ros frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with director Anthony Baxter. Introduced in Edinburgh with an exclusive orginal performance by Karine Polwart ("exceptionally subtle and melodic" Q Magazine)

Region: ScotlandKey themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), world-changing filmStrand:Green Shoots Land and Freedom YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPEDFri 30 Sept, 17:45Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RBFollowed by Q&A with director Anthony Baxter

YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPED

Sun 2 Oct, 20:20

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Introduced with an exclusive orginal performance by Karine Polwart and followed by Q&A with director Anthony Baxter

Our Generation

Groundbreaking documentary igninitng a people power movement across Australia

Key themes: empowerment/activism, environment (general), world-changing film

Age group: 15+

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) protects and promotes journalists and journalism reporting across our world.

Key themes: corporate responsibility, media issues, Mid East/Isr-Palestine, work/labour, world-changing filmPartner location: Scotland-wide, Glasgow Fri 30 Sep '' Sun 2 Oct

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Special screening plus panel discussion and director Q&A

Anthony Baxter UK 2011 95 mins

Age group: 12+

''A runaway success" The Times "A shattering expose" The Toronto Star

Funny, inspiring and shocking in equal measure, this gripping feature doc charts the arrival and conquest of Donald Trump's golf course and hotel development project in an area of Special Scientific interest on Scotland's Aberdeenshire coast.

When first proposed, the billionaire's planning application is decisively rejected by the local authority. But in an unprecedented move the Scottish Government overturns the decision and gives the project the go-ahead '' arguing the case for economic development and inward investment. From this point on, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action, water gets shut off and the police descend on the home owners who, in direct homage to Local Hero, refuse to sell their land. With an stunning score by Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi, this is a rare and revealing glimpse into absolute power on Scottish soil that raises the enormous question: whose rules rule in Scotland today?

This screenings will be followed by a Q&A with director Anthony Baxter, and a panel discussion about the issues raised in the film.

Region: ScotlandKey themes: corporate responsibility, environment (general), Scotland, world-changing filmStrand:Green Shoots Land and Freedom YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPEDFri 18 Nov, 20:15Edinburgh Filmhouse, 88 Lotahian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZFollowed by panel discussion and Q&A with director Anthony Baxter

Edinburgh's year-round hub for independent cinema, including Take One Action and the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Key themes: cult classics, Scotland, world-changing filmPartner location: Edinburgh Fri 18 Nov

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Scottish Premiere/Bike-powered (Glasgow only); also at Edinburgh Inspace

Javeria Rizvi Kabani, Alexandra Sandels Sweden 2011 57mins

Age group: 15+

"as relevant to the west as it is to the Arab Spring"Sheffield Doc/Fest, Official Selection

Balanced, inspiring and beautifully filmed, Zero Silence presents portraits of six young people from Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria who have taken to the streets, the airwaves and the internet since the start of 2011 to fight for change in their societies. Female activist Lilia walks us through downtown Tunisia, sharing memories of the single act of protest that started all the others. In Egypt, journalists, musicians and artists cast light on the critical role of underground media in Mubarak's fall. In Lebanon, we hear of a movement that is rising above religious divisions with the purpose of ending them. As the film points towards a new battle beginning to raging in Syria, it powerfully reminds us that political freedom must be the inheritance of this generation of Arab youth.

We are delighted to welcome Lilia Weslaty at both screenings (pictured above) a Tunisian activist who features in the film, alongside David Pratt (Foreign Editor, The Herald) in Edinburgh, and other guests. Screened with support from Edinburgh Woodcraft Folk's Guerrilla Cinema.

Interactive bike-powered screening(Glasgow only)Join us (and join in) in the underground as we pedal through the film at Glasgow's Glue Factory.

Region: North Africa/Middle EastKey themes: empowerment/activism, historical profileStrand:Please book for the following shows using the links below. Tickets for are only available online in advance (£6/£4).

Wed 3 Oct, 7.30pmThe Glue Factory, Glasgow22 Farnell Street, Garscube Industrial EstateMaryhill, G4 9SE

Thu 4 Oct 7:30pm,Inspace, Edinburgh University1 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB

Fringe Event

Event time 1hr 15mins

Age group: 12+

''The most powerful political activist for Burma living in Britain"The Daily Telegraph

A unique opportunity to dialogue with one of the world's leading campaigners for human rights and democracy in Burma, 30 year-old author, TED fellow and exiled activist Zoya Phan.

Aged just 14, Zoya Phan was forced to escape Burma during the military regime's brutal offensive against the Karen people. She spent her teenage years in refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border before coming to England in 2005 to study.

The daughter of ...the General Secretary of the Karen National Union, Zoya was politically active at an early age, and soon joined the staff of the UK Burma Campaign where she became the movement's outspoken advocate for greater international pressure and sanctions on the Burmese regime: a message she has taken to Downing Street and the airwaves with gusto.

In 2009, Zoya published her memoir of Burma, Little Daughter, and was in the same year awarded an honorary TED fellowship and Young Global Leader Award by the World Economic Forum.

Buy a joint ticket for Zoya Phan in Conversation and Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing for just £10 (£8 concessions) when booked together by phone or in person.

Region: n/aKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activism, human rightsStrand:Land and Freedom Faces of Change ZOYA PHAN IN CONVERSATIONSat 1 Oct, 16:00 - 17:15Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing

Witness one of the most hidden populations and devasting stories of modern times

Key themes: climate change, democracy/political systems, historical profile

Age group: 15+

Clare Short in Conversation

An opportunity to dialogue with one of the world's most outspoken poverty campaigners and one time key player in Blair's goverment.

Key themes: consumerism, corporate responsibility, work/labour

Age group: not certified

Sat 1 Oct

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Scottish Premiere Edinburgh & Glasgow

Omar Shargawi & Karim El Hakim Denmark 2011 72mins

Age group: 15+

Winner of Best Film at Al Jazeera Film Festival

"A timely movie unlikely to lose its power anytime soon" Indiewire

When waves of protests escalate outside their window during the first chaotic days of the Egyptian Revolution, directors Omar Shargawi and Karim El Hakim take to the streets to capture the extraordinary events unfolding around them. Overnight, as in countless other homes across the city, terror and excitement spill over into once safe havens and force them to choose between staying with the action and looking after their families. Perhaps the most powerfully immersive film to emerge from the Arab Spring, ½ Revolution was the deserving winner of Best Film at this year's Al Jazeera Film Festival. Followed by the short film Phone call from Cairo (Yiotis Vrantzas, Greece 2012).

We are delighted to welcome award-winning director Omar Shargawi to Scotland for Q&As following this screening.

Follow the link at the bottom of this page to book tickets for this event only.

Ticket deals/related screeningsGlasgow: Preceded at GMAC by Global Encounters: shorts and workshop. Buy a joint ticket for both events for just £8/£6 at halfrevolution.eventbrite.com. We've left 60 minutes between these events so you can grab a quick bite or drink in the caf(C)-bar.

Edinburgh: Preceded at Filmhouse by This Is Not A Film. Buy a joint ticket for both events for just £10/£8 when booked together through the Filmhouse Box Office. We've left 35 minutes between these events so you can grab a quick bite or drink in the Edinburgh Filmhouse caf(C)-bar.

Region: North Africa/Middle East, EgyptKey themes: democracy/political systems, empowerment/activismStrand:Please book for the following shows using the links below. Tickets for the screening at GMAC Glasgow are only available online in advance. To book Edinburgh Filmhouse tickets over the phone telephone 0131 228 2688.

Wed 26 Sept, 8.45pmEdinburgh FilmhousePlus director Q&A

Thur 27 Sept, 6pmGlasgow Media Access CentreTrongate 103

Shadows of Liberty (Documentary 2012) - Cast & Crew - IMDb

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US Aid to Egypt Is About Keeping Suez Canal Open to Warships

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The US government's position on Egypt is constant. They backed Mubarak until the moment it was clear he was going, then jumped ship to back the revolution. They then backed the elected government, until last month's coup was in progress. Now they're on the junta's bandwagon, overtly violating a US law that requires ending aid in the event of coups, and looking the other way during massacres of civilian protesters.

Whoever is in power can count on the Obama administration's support so long as their hold on power seems secure. They can also count on $1.5 billion in funding. Officially, this is to maintain ''influence,'' but since the administration clearly doesn't care what the junta or anyone else does in power, it never seems to want to exercise any of that influence.

The reality is a lot more cynical than that, and analysts who support keeping the aid flowing say that it's mostly about keeping the US military's access to the Suez Canal unquestioned, something which is particularly important with the US ever looking to start new wars in the region.

In a way this puts the US in the same boat as it is with Bahrain, willing to look the other way for pretty much anything so long as whoever happens to be in power remains effectively for sale.

Egypt aid has its roots in the Camp David Accords, and since then the US has essentially agreed to buy off Egypt to keep them willing to give Israel veto power over operations in the Sinai Peninsula. In practice, this means less and less, since Israel is pretty pro-junta and pro-crackdown, but the tradition of throwing money at Egypt has gained a momentum of its own, and it will take a lot of work to end it.

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Gibraltar as-it-happened: British ships sail in for war games amid sovereignty row - Telegraph

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16.35 The European Commission is to send a team to Gibraltar to investigate long border delays resulting from increased checks by the Spanish authorities. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy agreed to the monitoring mission in discussions with Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

The European Commission said in a statement that the team would travel to the area as soon as possible. David Cameron had requested on Friday that a mission scheduled for next month instead be dispatched "urgently".

They agreed that a commission fact-finding mission should as soon as possible examine in loco the border control/movement of people and goods questions.

"President Barroso expressed his hope that Spain and the UK will address these matters in a way that is in line with their common membership in the EU."

Meanwhile the Spanish government said in a statement that Mr Rajoy had also requested the visit, asking for observers to ensure that the economic activity in the area did not "violate European rules relating to the laundering of money, contraband and taxation".

16.28 Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, has given a press conference at which he called for the EU to intervene.

This is an unseemly political row and it is causing a breakdown of the European treaty right at our border. The sooner the EU can intervene and make Spain see sense the better. We want dialogue with our neighbours so that we can live peacefully and fruitfully together for the good of all our citizens.

The role of politicians should be to make life easier for people not ore difficult. And the frontier should be a model of EU cooperation.

Unfortunately very strong rhetoric coming from Spain makes Gibraltar look like the bad guys but that isn't the case.

I have always said that Gibraltar has nothing against Spanish fisherman fishing in our waters as long as they do so legally and observe our environmental limitations. The reef was created having made very careful calculations to preserve marine management. They are British Gibraltar waters and so we are within our right to manage them."

15.20 Earlier agency reports that Jose Manuel Barroso, head of the European Commission, told Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that a Gibraltar border tax would be illegal have been corrected - this warning came from Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly and not in a phone call between the pair.

13.48 Julie Girling, the Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, has arrived in the territory for talks with local politicians.

"I think what the people of Gibraltar have really appreciated with the arrival of Westminster today, and the two support ships, is that it is flying the flag, it is saying 'we British people support the Gibraltarians, we are not abandoning you', and that has been very, very welcome," she said.

"If this situation continues, if the pressure on Gibraltar continues, then of course I think the people of Gibraltar would like to see a bit more of that."

12.30 Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, has told Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that it would be "illegal" to impose a fee for crossing the Gibraltar border as Madrid has proposed.

Mr Barroso urged Spain to "respect the law of the European Union" in his telephone conversation with Mr Rajoy, and appealed for "dialogue" between the Spanish and British governments, spokesman Olivier Bailly said at a news conference in Brussels.

"The Commission hopes that these two member states hold dialogue as members of the European Union. It also falls to them to find a solution and overcome obstacles," Mr Bailly said according to Europa Press.

12.10 Conservative MP James Wharton, writing on Twitter, welcomes the presence of HMS Westminster and chides Spanish authorities.

11.59

Downing Street is refusing to rule out 'tit for tat' actions against Spain in response to the delays at the Gibraltar border imposed by Spanish authorities, according to Tim Shipman, Deputy Political Editor at the Daily Mail. He tweets that this could translate to "disrupting their tourists".

11.01

Fiona Govan reports from Gibraltar on the enthusiastic reception given to the HMS Westminster by the Rock's residents as it arrived this morning.

Gibraltarian Andrea Jones said: ''I feel very emotional, very patriotic.

''It means a lot to us Gibraltarians to have naval ships here during these troubled times.

"It shows the strength of the ties between Britain and Gibraltar and it sends a strong signal to Spain '' We are here, we are British and not Spanish and we never will be."

Gibraltarians welcomed the HMS Westminster with displays of patriotism

10.50 The Telegraph's Spain Correspondent, Fiona Govan, reports that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is to take up the issue of the Gibraltar border controls imposed by Spain.

"Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will have a conversation with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso today over the border controls imposed by Spain, sources at Moncloa confirmed. This follows a call from PM David Cameron on Friday for the EU to send a monitoring unit over to assess the situation."

10.35 On its front page this morning, the Gibraltar Chronicle reported claims that in 1982, King Juan Carlos of Spain told a senior offical in the Thatcher government that it was not in Madrid's interests to recover Gibraltar soon "even if it were possible". The king's remarks, allegedly made to Sir Anthony Parsons, Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy adviser, referenced threats from the Moroccan king to recover Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla if there were to be movement on the Gibraltar issue.

10.08 As British warships sailed into Gibraltar's warships this morning for long-scheduled military exercises, Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, said that he and his family have received death threats amid the escalating dispute over the sovereignty of the British territory. Peter Dominiczak, The Telegraph's Political Correspondent, reports.

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The Strait of Gibraltar (Arabic: مضيق جب٠طارق, Spanish: Estrecho de Gibraltar) is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa. The name comes from the Rock of Gibraltar, which in turn originates from the ArabicJebel Tariq (meaning "Tariq's mountain"[1]) named after Tariq ibn Ziyad. It is also known as the Straits of Gibraltar, or STROG (Strait Of Gibraltar), in naval use[2] and as the "Pillars of Hercules" (Ancient Greek: αἱ á¼(C)ράκÎ>>ειÎι σÏá†Î>>αι)[3] in the ancient world.

Europe and Africa are separated by 7.7 nautical miles (14.3 km; 8.9 mi) of ocean at the strait's narrowest point. The Strait's depth ranges between 300 and 900 metres (160 and 490 fathoms; 980 and 3,000 ft)[4] which possibly interacted with the lower mean sea level of the last major glaciation 20,000 years before present[5] when the level of the sea was believed to be lower by 110''120 m (60''66 fathoms; 360''390 ft).[6] Ferries cross between the two continents every day in as little as 35 minutes. The Spanish side of the Strait is protected under El Estrecho Natural Park.

On the northern side of the Strait are Spain and Gibraltar (a British overseas territory in the Iberian Peninsula), while on the southern side are Morocco and Ceuta (a Spanish exclave in North Africa). Its boundaries were known in antiquity as the Pillars of Hercules. There are several islets, such as the disputedIsla Perejil, that are claimed by both Morocco and Spain.[7]

Due to its location, the Strait is commonly used for illegal immigration from Africa to Europe.[8]

Extent[edit source |edit]The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the Strait of Gibraltar as follows:[9]

On the West. A line joining Cape Trafalgar to Cape Spartel.On the East. A line joining Europa Point to P. Almina (35°54'²N5°18'²W>> / >>35.900°N 5.300°W>> / 35.900; -5.300).Around 5.9 million years ago,[10] the connection between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean along the Betic and Rifan Corridor was progressively restricted until its total closure, effectively causing the salinity of the Mediterranean to periodically fall within the gypsum and salt deposition range, during what is known as the Messinian Salinity Crisis. In this water chemistry environment, dissolved mineral concentrations, temperature and stilled water currents combined properly and occurred regularly to precipitate many mineral salts in sea floor bedded layers. The resultant accumulation of various huge salt and mineral deposits about the Mediterranean basin are directly linked to this era. It is believed that this process took a short time, by geological standards, lasting between 500,000 and 600,000 years.

It is estimated that, were the straits closed even at today's higher sea level, most water in the Mediterranean basin would evaporate within only a thousand years, as it is believed to have done then,[10] and such an event would lay down similar mineral deposits as those such as the salt mines now found under the sea floor all over the Mediterranean.

After a lengthy period of restricted intermittent or no water exchange between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean basin, approximately 5.33 million years ago,[11] the Atlantic-Mediterranean connection was completely reestablished through the Strait of Gibraltar by the Zanclean flood, and has remained open ever since.[12] The erosion produced by the incoming waters seem to be the main cause for the present depth of the strait (900 m at the narrows, 280 m at the Camarinal Sill). The strait is expected to close again as the African Plate moves northward relative to the Eurasian Plate,[citation needed] but on geological rather than human timescales.

The Strait has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because hundreds of thousands of seabirds use it every year to pass between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, including large numbers of Cory's and Balearic Shearwaters, Audouin's, Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Razorbills and Atlantic Puffins.[13]

For full articles on the history of the north Gibraltar shore, see History of Gibraltar or History of Spain. For the full article on the history of the south Gibraltar shore, see History of Morocco.Evidence of the first human habitation of the area by Neanderthals dates back to 125,000 years ago. In fact, it is believed that the Rock of Gibraltar may have been one of the last outposts of Neanderthal habitation in the world, with evidence of their presence there dating to as recently as only 24,000 years ago.[14] Archaeological evidence of Homo sapiens habitation of the area dates back to ca. 40,000 years ago.

Beginning in 1492, the straits began to play a certain cultural role in acting as a barrier against cross-strait conquest and the flow of culture and language that would naturally follow such a conquest. In that year, the last Muslim government north of the straits was overthrown by a Spanish force. Since that time, the straits have come to foster the development of two very distinct and varied cultures on either side of the straits.

On the northern side, the Christian/European culture has remained dominant (as it used to be in the southern side too), along with the Latin-based Spanish language, while on the southern side, the markedly different Muslim-Arabic/Mediterranean culture came to dominate later, along with the Arabic language. For the last 500 years, religious and cultural intolerance, more than the small travel barrier that the straits present, has come to act as a powerful enforcing agent of the cultural separation that exists between these two groups.

The small British enclave of the city of Gibraltar presents a third cultural group found in the straits. This enclave was first established in 1704 and has since been used by Britain to act as a surety for control of the sea lanes into and out of the Mediterranean.

Following the Spanish coup of July 1936 the Spanish Republican Navy tried to blockade the Strait of Gibraltar to hamper the transport of Army of Africa troops from Spanish Morocco to Peninsular Spain. But on 5 August 1936 the so-called Convoy de la victoria was able to bring at least 2,500 men across the strait breaking the republican blockade.[15]

The Strait is an important shipping route from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. There are ferries that operate between Spain and Morocco across the strait, as well as between Spain and Ceuta and Gibraltar to Tangier.