Google censorship: May Day Protest


As a reminder

July 5th, 2008 – Workers’ May Day Protest Site Disabled

This coming Thursday, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are planning a historic May Day shutdown of 29 West Coast ports to protest the Iraq War. Here in San Francisco, ILWU’s local affiliate will host a protest march down the Embarcadero in support of the work stoppage. To get out the word about the action and the march, union members set up a website, hosted by Google. But according to several sources both inside and outside of the union, when interested web surfers went to the site last night and this morning, they saw only a blank screen hosting an Orwellian-sounding message:

“This site has been disabled for violations of our Program Policies”

Reached by phone, strike site webmaster Russ Miyashiro told me he was never contacted by Google to warn him of its impending takedown, which he said took place around 4 PM pacific time on Monday. And when he looked into the so-called “Program Policies” the site supposedly violated, he told me those policies restricted posting “things like pornography or stuff that has to do with criminality.”

Miyashiro claimed he fired off an angry email to Google early last evening. “We’re an anti-war and pro-labor website,” he said he wrote. “Pulling our website was an act of political censorship.” By around 11 AM this morning, the site was back up — though, again, Miyashiro said no one at Google bothered to contact him or anyone else affiliated with the site to alert them to the fact.

After Google was asked for comment on this issue, spokesperson Nancy Ngo said she would immediately look into the matter. As of press time there was no further comment.

ILWU’s Jack Heyman, who co-chairs the protest’s local organizing committee, said he believes Google “came to their senses” because people “from around the world started emailing them and protesting this egregious violation of free speech.”

Heyman says he expects the march on Thursday to be a watershed moment for the labor and antiwar movements. “Never in the history of this country have workers taken an action like this to oppose a war … our membership has decided enough is enough.”

Syria: Censorship Google (1)

Dec 10th, 2016

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Dec 10th, 2016 – New attack on Raqqa by US-led coalition causes a massacre – My response to Timothy W.: ‘Their plan is to create destruction and chaos in Syria’ – Google+: ‘There was a problem updating your comment. Please try again’
Dec 9th, 2016
SYRIA: U.S – Turkey
Turkey is dispatching hundreds of more soldiers to neighboring Syria to reinforce its first major US-backed incursion of its conflict-ridden southern neighbor.
(‘Up to 300 elite Turkish commandos to enter Syria’: )
SYRIA: Problems with publishing
As a reminder: December 9th, 2012 – The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels
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Dec 9th, 2016

SYRIA: Problems with posts and comments… As a reminder: December 9th, 2012 – The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels (Google +: ‘There was a problem updating your comment’)
Dec 9th, 2016
SYRIA: Turkey sends 300 more troops to northern Syria
Turkish forces crossed into Syria on August 24 under the pretext of expelling ISIS from the border region but have cleared some 1,800 square kilometers (694 square miles) from not only ISIS, but also the Kurdish-led SDF.
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Dec 8th, 2016
SYRIA: Israel My post and comments about Israel’s involvement in the war on Syria were removed… ‘ And I couldn’t post anymore: ‘Your post was not shared. Please try again.’ – ‘There was a problem updating your comment’ 1) Dec 7th, 2016 – Israel Launches Airstrikes on Military Airport in Damascus – U.N. and western governments keep silent… 2) Sept 17th, 2016 – U.S., Israel Launch Airstrikes On Syrian Government Forces – Directly Supporting ISIS And Al-Qaeda 3) Aug 23th, 2016 – Israeli think tank: ‘Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a useful tool against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria’ 4) June 28th, 2016 – Israel And Turkey Strike Deal That Would Secure Control Of Syrian Oil 5) April 17th, 2016 – Netanyahu: ‘Golan Heights Will Forever Remain in Israel’s Hands’… 6) Dec 9th, 2014 – Israel Bombs Syria For Fifth Time in 18 Months, Gives Arms, Medical Aid to Terrorist Gangs
Photo: Obama dinner with the directors of Google, Facebook,

White House – ‘Gray-haired’ protesters arrested…


Five of the mostly gray-haired protesters were arrested for blocking a White House gate after insisting they meet with President Barack Obama or a senior official to discuss their concerns.
“It’s urgent that we meet with him!” a woman shouted to Secret Service agents, to no avail. The bombing of Syrian jihadis, the protesters said, would only strengthen fundamentalists who have declared a caliphate in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq. Instead, they recommend humanitarian aid and an arms embargo against all groups in Syria.
“War is terrorism,” said John Dear of Campaign Nonviolence, who was among those arrested. “Of course we’re against this stupid bombing of Syria and Iraq.”

Dear, a Roman Catholic priest, said “peaceful means are the only path to a peaceful future.”
Four of the arrested protesters played dead on a sidewalk as Dear held an anti-war sign.
Activist David Swanson said the airstrikes are an irrational, fear-driven response to the beheading of two American journalists by the Islamic State group.

“As if the Saudi government to which we ship our weapons with great generosity didn’t behead people,” he said. “Do you think peoples’ heads are going to stay on their body?”

“The alternatives are obvious and they don’t include loving beheadings,” he said. “We need more people in the streets.”
Swanson said Obama should be protested “everywhere he sets foot” and that constituents should hector members of Congress for what he described as cowardice.
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who like Swanson was not arrested, said Obama’s justification for the current U.S. military campaign “sounds like George Bush all over again.”

“The American people were on our side just a couple months ago, then we heard this constant, constant drumbeat about the beheading of journalists,” she said, predicting public support will dip after reports of civilian casualties.

Congress voted last week to approve arms and training for so-called moderate rebels fighting the Syrian government. The CIA previously armed Syrian rebels, and some of those weapons were reportedly taken by religious fanatics.

Obama did not seek – and say he doesn’t need – congressional approval for open-ended strikes against jihadis in Syria and Iraq. Many legal experts doubt he has such authority, particularly in Syria. Obama sought congressional approval in 2013 to intervene in Syria’s civil war – at that point against the government – but abandoned the plan due to public and congressional opposition.