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Tehran Youth Continue Demonstrating!

At least twenty Iranian protestors have been killed, hundreds had their heads bashed in by the thugs of President Ahmadinejad, but the spirit of democracy will not die in Iran. Even as Tehran’s governor, Morteza Tamaddon warned, “if some individuals plan to conduct anti-security moves through listening to a call by counter-revolutionary networks, they will be smashed” hundreds of students gathered to shout “death to the Dictator.” Groups of students have been gathering at street corners to hurl words of defiance at authorities. Security forces run toward them with batons held high, but the young people flee only to return elsewhere. It is estimated a group of 700 Tehran University students gathered to express their disdain for the illegal government of Iran.

Ahmadinejad and Khamenei have won the first round of a struggle that will go on for years. The young people of Iran will not accept defeat and they will continue challenging the power elite. Some will die, many will be beaten, and hundreds will wind up in prison, but their spirit lives on and the world will support them in any way that can be done.

Czech Youth Lead Europe In Drug Use

A study reveals that Czech Republic youth lead the continent in the use of drugs. Almost one half of Czech 16 year-olds have tried an illegal drug and many of them have tried marijuana or hashish. According to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) the use of marijuana as well las hard drugs has doubled in the Czech republic since 1995. Its figures indicate an average of 23 percent of boys and 17 percent of girls have tried an illegal drug. Most European youth admit it is relatively easy to obtain illegal drugs. The Czech Republic also has the highest percentage of students who use marijuana on a daily basis.

The figures are quite clear — despite billions spent on trying to halt illegal drugs they are readily available and used by a high percent of young people. Does this suggest the current approach of “prohibition” is not working? If it isn’t working, isn’t it time for a new approach?

Greece–First World Internet Sparked Youth Riots?

Students in Bordeaux hurled flaming garbage cans at the Greek consulate and there were other similar protests around the world as young people expressed support for the youth of Greece. Pupils staged protests across Athens as self-styled anarchists clashed with police in an attempt to prove the government was wrong about the decline of riots in the capital. Forensic tests appear to dispute claims by the police the 15 year old whose shooting by police initiated the violence died due to a bullet that ricocheted. In Athens a protest march that began at the University of Athens escalated to a riot by nightfall. In the district of Patissia, hundreds of students clashed with police while near Piraeus about 700 pupils marched on a prison only to be halted by tear gas.

There were sit-ins at about 100 universities in which it was apparent students were not only concerned about the boy’s death but about education “reforms” proposed by the government. There is abundant evidence web sites were providing directions as to the location of protests and providing Internet followers with information on how to join the demonstrations.

Perhaps, future historians will identify the Greek protests as among the first examples of the Internet fostering riots in many places.

Older Finns Prefer Internet Censorship

An overwhelming majority of Finns, age 55 to 64 are more receptive to the idea of restrictions on Internet free speech than are younger Finns. three out of four in the older group accept some form of restrictions on free speech. Younger men and women are against such restrictions. Most probably, incidents such as the shootings in a Finnish school have made older people aware how the Internet can serve as a means of communication for young people and make them aware of various forms of violence. Many would accept the concept of preventive censorship to prevent certain ideas being presented on the Internet.

One might suspect that older people attribute violence as stemming from Internet and other forms of media which readily project brutality on public media. Younger people know that violence is an individual decision and is not shaped by the Internet or other forms of media.

How Does Society Identify Who Is A Terrorist?

A young Canadian who is regarded as a terrorist suspect last week fired his lawyer and denounced Canada’s justice system. Today, he ended his protest and agreed with his lawyer, Mitchell Chernovsky, he made a mistake when he refused to recognize the authority of the court and had his bail revoked. The suspect is 20 and his name can not be revealed since he was arrested while under age. Last Tuesday, the young man was told by Justice John Sproat, “as a judge, it’s not my practice to pass judgment on religious practice or principle, but I would also urge you to get whatever advice you can in that regard.” The suspect had converted to the Muslim religion as a teenager. He was one of four a rrested in June, 2006 during a massive sweep.

The boy’s trial is important because it is the first major terrorism case since the Criminal Code was revised after 9/11. His lawyer notes that seven of 18 terrorist suspects arrested have been released due to lack of evidence and believes the same holds true for his client. The boy attended a 12 day camp near Washago, Ontario, where police argue the group prepared themselves for armed jihad. His lawyer says the boy went to a camp and did the normal things boys do at a camp.

There has been no trial and so far no evidence has been offered by police to prove the boy was guilty of something termed “terrorism.” Up to this point, the main issue is what happened at a camp. We live in unusual times when what takes place at a camp can be construed as connected to terrorism.