Experiments with truth: 9/1/09

    • On Saturday, a dozen members from the satirical protest group Billionaires for Wealth Care pulled up in their stretch limo and joined the right wing protesters at a Town Hall Meeting hosted by Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) in Spring Valley, California, thanking them for fighting for the profits of the health industry that enriched them.
    • Canadian filmmaker John Greyson has withdrawn his short film “Covered” – a doc about the 2008 Sarajevo Queer Festival, which was cancelled due to anti-gay violence – from the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival in protest against the festival’s inaugural City-to-City Spotlight on Tel Aviv.
    • Three inmates were in a critical condition at Dar es Salaam’s Keko Remand Prison on Sunday after a five-day hunger strike.
    • The pilot’s union Cockpit has called for a 16-hour strike to protest against a move to replace pilots working for LTU with those working for Air Berlin.
    • Climate camp activists staged a “clean-up” protest outside the Treasury in London yesterday. Wearing boiler suits and brandishing cleaning equipment they said they wanted to expose the Treasury’s “dirty practices”, including the use of taxpayers’ money to fund fossil fuel extraction despite the Government claiming to be a global leader in the fight against climate change.
    • Five workers from the Indorama textiles factory in Shibeen El-Kom in Egypt launched a hunger strike on Friday after four were fired and one threatened verbally that his employment will be terminated.


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