Monday, 25 August 2008

Missing in Somalia - Amanda Lindhout

I was shocked and saddened to learn that a former colleague, Amanda Lindhout and at least three other companions had been abducted by armed men in Somalia on Saturday morning.

According to sources, 48-hours after the kidnapping there has been no public announcement of responsibility, or demands - either political or financial.

While it is believed Amanda and her companions are being held in Mogadishu, there has been no reliable indication of which group is behind the kidnapping, or what their motive may be.

Please show your support for the hostages, and indeed the plight of the Somali people by signing up to Facebook and adding your name to Voice for Amanda Lindhout.

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Saturday, 23 August 2008

Freedom "fleet" enters Gaza waters

Following is the content of an email I just received from One Democratic State.

10am, 23 August, 2008

A Statement from the International Human Rights Workers Aboard the SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty, Sailing to Gaza

*At 10am this morning, the Cyprus team of the Free Gaza Movement was able to briefly speak with our people on board the SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty. They are all fine, and they asked us to release the following statement:

"The electronic systems which guarantee our safety aboard the SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty have been jammed and scrambled. Both ships are flying Greek flags, and are in international waters. We are the victims of electronic piracy. We are currently in GMS P area A2 and we are relying on our satellite communications equipment to make a distress call, if needed.

We are civilians from 17 nations and are on this project to break the siege of Gaza. We are not experienced sailors. As a result, there is concern about the health and safety of the people on board such an emergency develop.

We are currently experiencing rough sea conditions, and we call on the Greek government and the international community to meet their responsibilities and protect the civilians on board our two ships in international waters."


Intimidation will not stop our boats sailing for Gaza

Our perilous, non-violent mission should now be nearing its destination, bearing a message that some want to silence

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