India: Hikaka abductors put out April 5 deadline

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 00:38

The Odisha Government on Tuesday was faced with a pincer attack when the Andhra-Odisha border Maoists who abducted Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka on March 24 issued a video tape declaring April 5 as deadline for release of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh leaders and members incarcerated in jails under fabricated charges in lieu of Hikaka’s safe release even as a second letter by the MLA, held captive in an unknown Maoist camp since March 24, ruefully alleged that the Government had so far done precious little to secure his freedom since he is an adivasi.

The letter contained a threat by Hikaka to resign as MLA in order to lead a normal life.

The audio tape issued by Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee secretary Chandra Mauli came close on the heels of an audio tape issued by Odisha State Organising Committee of the CPI(Maoist) secretary Sabyasachi Panda on Monday evening, charging the Government with dilly-dallying over a decision to fulfill his demands for release of the Puri-based Italian tour operator Paolo Bosusco and planning a counter-attack on the Maoists. Continue reading

US: “At 11th Hour, Georgia Passes ‘Women As Livestock’ Bill”

By Lauren Barbato, Ms.Magazine Blog, March 31, 2012

After an emotional 14-hour workday that included fist-fights
between lobbyists and a walk-out by women Democrats, the
Georgia House passed a Senate-approved bill Thursday night
that criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks.

The bill, which does not contain rape or incest exemptions,
is expected to receive a signature from Republican Gov.
Nathan Deal.

Commonly referred to as the “fetal pain bill” by Georgian
Republicans and as the “women as livestock bill” by everyone
else, HB 954 garnered national attention this month when
state Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn) compared pregnant women
carrying stillborn fetuses to the cows and pigs on his farm.
According to Rep. England and his warped thought process, if
farmers have to “deliver calves, dead or alive,” then a
woman carrying a dead fetus, or one not expected to survive,
should have to carry it to term. Continue reading

India: “Third Maoist letter to Odisha CM; Abducted MLA requests CM to release tribals jailed on fabricated charges”

Odisha Diary, Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Report by Manoranjan Routray; Koraput : The media in Koraput today received a third letter from the CPI (Maoist) Party regarding release of kidnapped BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. The letter, addressed to media persons, lashes out at the Naveen Patnaik Government for deliberate inaction on demands stated by CPI (Maoist) Party in exchange of the release of the captive BJD MLA. CPI (Maoist) Party has criticized Government for repeatedly sending requests for appointing negotiators despite the Party’s clear statement that they do not want any mediators and expect the Government to use mediapersons to convey their willingness to act on demands released by the Party to the media ten days ago.

It may be recalled that leader of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) Narayanpatna Nachika Linga had already given a statement in media that their organisation has nothing to do with kidnapping of the BJD MLA. In this context the Party letter asks why then is the Government repeatedly asking for the mediation of CMAS in the matter of release of the captive BJD MLA ? The Party therefore concludes that the Government is trying to buy time by deliberately delaying decision on mediation and action on the stated demands. The letter asks media to reflect whether Government, which is repeatedly asking the CPI (Maoist) Party to abjure violence, is itself bound to this principle ? And whether or not the State is indulging in violence by launching combing operations ? Continue reading