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Free Mohammed Nasheed

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(from daily kos and Bill McKibben:)

...(this is) about one of our real allies on this planet, the president of the Maldive Islands, Mohammed Nasheed. He's arguably the Mandela of the Indian Ocean--he spent six years in jail before forcing an election that overthrew the country's longstanding autocrat. But this morning some kind of sketchy military coup returned the old order to power. Many of Nasheed's colleagues have fled; he's under some kind of house arrest. This is not just a blow to democracy--it's a huge blow to the climate movement. Nasheed is the epitome of the kind of leadership we need to see the world around. He's engaged in practical work--the Maldives was, until this morning, on track to become the world's first carbon-neutral nation by 2020. And he's been a great political leader--you may recall that he trained his whole cabinet to scuba dive so they could hold an underwater cabinet meeting against their dying coral reef in 2009, in conjunction with 350.org's first huge global day of action. This Muslim leader is a great great man. We need to come to his defense. Here's a quick petition page we've set up at 350.org, to let the Maldivian military know the world is watching. I'll never forget watching Nasheed speak to a huge rally at Copenhagen--it was the high point of that hopeless week. As you can tell, I'm a little frantic. You can help at this page

a quick diary on a clear violation of the First Amendment. Josh Fox who made the documentary "Gasland" was ordered arrested by House Republicans for attempting to film and report on a hearing concerning fracking in natural gas drilling. From Huffpo's Zach Carter:
In a stunning break with First Amendment policy on Capitol Hill, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Republicans also denied the entrance of a credentialed ABC News news team that was attempting to film the event.... Approximately 16 officers entered the hearing room and handcuffed Fox amid audible discussions of "disorderly conduct" charges, according to Democratic sources present at the arrest.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Gasland: Here is some more on the 2005 'Haliburton' loophole that allowed Fracking to start and the impact on residents in Colorado. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/08/1023581/-Occupy-the-EPA?via=blog_748070 lastly, it appears that Josh Fox and his crew will not be able to return to the hearing.
The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, is currently seeking to secure a procedural maneuver that would allow the detained film crew to re-enter the hearing, which is open to the public. Miller's motion is not expected to succeed.
This is particularly upsetting, because this hearing is about revealing the secret ingredients in fracking fluids. President Obama made the statement that he wanted Oil and Gas companies to reveal these ingredients in the State of the Union, but it appears House Republicans are not ready to give up that golden goose. I am starting to agree with Thom Hartmann on the reason for the delay to reveal these ingredients, by the Republicans and the Oil and Gas industry - not only are they dangerous to us, but these industries are used to having to pay huge sums of money to properly dispose of by-products from refineries - and this is a convenient way to get rid of these by products - just inject them 3000 feet underground which also happens to be where our aquifers are. A sad day for the first amendment and for those of us who don't want to see any more of this:

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