YouTube and WITNESS Use Video to Promote Human Rights

Last week, YouTube partnered with WITNESS, an international group that uses video to promote human rights, to begin a series of blog posts that will demonstrate and explore how film has become an integral facet of the worldwide human rights initiative.

Last week Saturday’s blog post kicked off the start of the series, and featured the full-length version of “For Neda,” a documentary on citizen reporting. The title of the documentary is a reference to Neda Agha Soltan, the young Iranian woman whose death by a sniper during the 2009 Iranian election protests was captured on camera and quickly distributed across the internet.

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Response to Michael Bersin

  Witness for the prosecution (none / 0)

We have pressing problems in our country that really need attention!

#1  Over 45 million Americans live in poverty in this country and something should be done  about it without having to argue whose Republican or Democrat, or whose right or wrong!
   #2  Over 35 million Americans don't have any health insurance coverage and something should  be done about it  and no need to  point a finger at anyone.
   #3  We're pouring billions of dollars into a far-off country while we neglect our own needs in this country.
   #4  We don't take heed of global warming even though we don't need to be a nuclear physicist and can plainly see how fast the Arctic and Antarctic ice fields are disappearing, that have been around for thousands of years.
   #5  We see good paying jobs disappear that paid 12-15-18-20 dollars an hour. That hurts when you're raising a family while paying for a mortgage. And the best you can do is to get a job at minimum wages, if you're lucky to find one.

Who's been in charge for the last five years?

All the bull about politics doesn't matter to a person if he is going to lose his house and maybe even destroy his family because "there ain't no one minding the store."

It does matter. Again, who's been in charge for the the last five years? Who has the power?

I rest my case.

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by Michael Bersin on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 03:21:32 AM EST
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To Michael Bersin
   Re:It does matter. Again, who's been in charge for the the last five years? Who has the power?

I rest my case.
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Hello Mike,
Yes, I agree with you. In our system, unless vote counting is fraudulent, it is each vote that should count. However, the whole point of my blog was to focus on the plight of an average Joe:(married,2kids,a mortgage,etc.)
Joe's company goes overseas and Joe is without a job!Best Joe can do is get work at minimum wage.
Joe needs immediate answers and can't wait for
the next election to voice his anger.
Matter of fact, Joe like many others voted for Bush because Bush said stuff like protecting the American Dream and our American Values. Joe thought campaigner Bush was speaking to Joe and all the other Joe's. Joe now sees he was fooled by Bush! Joe now wonders who were the people Bush was protecting American Dreams and American Values for if not people like him?


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"War is Deceit" : Moussaoui in Federal Court

Some eyewitness impressions of Zacarias Moussaoui's testimony at his sentencing hearing this past Monday, March 27, 2006.  

(1)    An atypical defense

The defense began proceedings with a wooden reading into the record of the statements of deposed high-ranking FBI employees.  In order to protect the identity of witnesses their "testimony" was read into the record by federal public defenders.  The written statements would also be given to the jurors.  

Depositions are highly unusual in a criminal trial where witnesses are almost always subject to cross-examination.  I felt this technique harmed the defense.  It's an accepted truism that the jury assesses credibility based on facial expression, gesture, and spontaneous response.  On top of that, listening to someone read is boring and the jury is less likely to retain read information than a colloquy between a witness and an examiner.  In fact, Moussaoui himself was vigorously shaking his head left to right and back as if to say "no" when Judge Leonie Brinkema made any mention of the agreement between the parties to admit the testimony in the form of statements.  In any case, the defense did not begin with a "bang." Perhaps counsel wanted to dull out the jurors enough to mute the effect of the defendant himself who testified on his own "behalf?"


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