August 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three European film-makers detained secretly Follow the news on Pakistan News Help by sharing this information RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today at Pakistan’s arbitrary arrest and expulsion of three European documentary film-makers, who were held secretly for 16 days (15 in solitary confinement) and finally deported on 3 August. The film-makers are Leon Flamholc and his son David Flamholc (Swedish nationals residing in London) and Tahir Shah, a British writer of Afghan origin.”This case is riddled with illegality, ill-treatment and lies,” the organisation said in a letter to Pakistani interior minister Aftab Khan Sherpao. “The Pakistani authorities seem to think the laws do not exist any more and that they can detain foreigners with complete impunity. We are shocked by the absurdity of these arrests and the conditions in which the three men were held.”The letter added: “Instead of claiming that these respected film-makers were filming a military base – which is completely false – we recommend that you undertake a thorough investigation into their detention and thereby show that you, too, understand that there is good reason to be angry.”Reporters Without Borders also urged the Swedish and British authorities to follow up on the case, saying it was puzzled that the Swedish government said nothing for two weeks although he was not even allowed consular visits.The three film-makers were arrested by military police on 18 July 2005 in the northwestern city of Peshawar as they were filming the home of a friend of Shah’s. Accused without evidence of filming a military base, although they nearest was more than 500 metres from the house, they were blindfolded and taken to military installations.After several initial rounds of interrogation, first by military police, then by military intelligence agents, they were placed in solitary confinement in dark and dirty cells. During the next 15 days, they were regularly interrogated in rooms described by David Flamholc as “living museums of medieval torture instruments.”Leon and David Flamholc were questioned about their personal history and their Jewish origins. As a British Muslim, Shah, who has written extensively about Afghan culture, was questioned about possible links to the recent London bombings.Their interrogators never hit them, but David Flamholc said they were treated inhumanely and suffered moments of anxiety. After his return to London, he told Reporters Without Borders their cell walls were spattered with blood and excrement. “When we asked if we were going to be released, they laughed in our faces,” he said. “In their eyes, we had to be guilty.”The military never tried to understand why they were in Peshawar, a stopover on their way to Afghanistan. They were researching on behalf of their production company, Caravan Film, with a view to making a documentary about the treasures of the Mogul empire.The Pakistani authorities said they broke the law by filming while in the country on tourist visas. And to justify their expulsion, the authorities accused them of filming a military installation. “This is false,” David Flamholc said. “They returned absolutely all of my video cassettes to me and they confirmed to me they found no sensitive footage.”All the time they were held, the Pakistani military refused to let them contact their embassies or their families. Although informed that two of his citizens were detained, the Swedish foreign minister appears not to have intervened.This is not the first time foreign journalists have been arbitrarily detained by the Pakistani authorities. Two French reporters and their Pakistani fixer were imprisoned in December 2003. Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder A British writer of Afghan origin, Tahir Shah, and Swedish documentary film-makers Leon (picture) and David Flamholc were arrested by military police in Peshawar, held arbitrarily for 16 days, interrogated in rooms used for torture, and then deported. Reporters Without Borders condemns the illegality, ill-treatment and lies marking this case as an outrage. PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Organisation News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific News June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more
Facebook Email WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSupport gathers for Garda sub-office in WestburyBy admin – July 28, 2010 621 Twitter Previous articleAll haircuts are not created equalNext articleHSE tell court no place for teenager admin Linkedin A GARDA superintendent has come out in favour of setting up a Garda sub office in Westbury.Superintendent Frank O’Brien of Henry Street Station, said he would not be against locating an office for a specific period of time in the Corbally housing estate. The superintendent, who was speaking at a Joint Policing Committee meeting in Clonlara Community Centre, has jurisdiction for policy matters in South-’East Clare.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Noting that as a rural station, Ardnacrusha Garda Station has limited opening hours, he said that during any eight hour shift the gardai has just one quarter of its overall complement on duty, which also has to cope with deploying resources for court work for a number of days.“We have to prioritise our resources and sometimes a garda patrol car does not come to an area in an hour or two because frequently gardai are attending a more serious incident, such as a robbery, serious assault or even murder. Incidents are prioritised in terms of how serious they are”.Responding to Cllr Pascal Fitzgerald’s complaints about late night drinking by young people along the river banks close to Shannon Banks and his request that a garda sub office be located in the area, Supt O’Brien said:“People drinking in a public place is a serious concern and I would be willing to arrange a meeting with councillors to see how we can progress these issues”.The late night drinking in their area is a source of genuine concern to the residents, Cllr Fitzgerald said.“They are being woken up by youths who aren’t supposed to be drinking in public places. Some of the residents telephoned Ardnacrusha garda and there was no one in the station, and while we know that the garda in Ardnacrusha are doing their best, the fact is that they don’t have the required manpower.“It took two hours before a patrol car came out to the scene. I have called for a community garda to be stationed in a sub-office in the Westbury area because it’s not good enough that when Ardnacrusha gardaí are called to an incident in Limerick city, we are left without cover.“I have got phone calls from residents at 11pm looking for me to do something but I’m a councillor not a garda. I have though, tabled a motion in Clare County Council calling for the banning of drinking in public places,” he added.Senior executive officer, Michael McNamara, pointed out that the bylaws banned drinking in towns but didn’t cover locations in South-East Clare.Two years ago, the issue of having a garda sub office opened locally led Tony Hayes, who runs Westbury Stores, to lodge a planning application seeking permission to demolish an existing garage and barber shop in order to construct three commercial units, one of which would be a sub-office for a community garda.Mr Hayes had hoped the permanent presence of a community based garda within easy access of residents living in Westbury, Shannon Banks and Carrig Meade would be hugely beneficial for the local community.However, he had to withdraw the application after Clare County Council stated his plans represented “significant overdevelopment” of the site.Following Supt O’Brien’s recent comments, however, Cllr Fitzgerald is hopeful for a positive outcome in relation to a garda sub office being opened in Westbury in the not too distant future. Advertisement Print
While Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has emerged as one of the best Grateful Dead tribute bands, the group regularly takes liberties with what falls into the Dead spectrum. Each of the band’s musicians has an enormous repertoire and technical proficiency, creating limitless possibilities for every Almost Dead performance. Last night, however, the band stuck mainly to the Grateful Dead catalog, focusing instead of unique transitions and song selections to win over the crowd at the Fillmore Philadelphia.The show started with a big jam that wound into “Cumberland Blues,” and the first set stayed with the classics. It was the second set where the band started to explore, weaving “Slipknot!” into an array of songs that included “Feel Like A Stranger” and “Franklin’s Tower.” They also explored Radiohead’s “Myxomatosis” for the third time, but kept this version instrumental. Afterwards, they went back into “Slipknot!” again, before emerging with “Crazy Fingers”.Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead perform “Crazy Fingers” below, courtesy of Gabrielle Cianfrani on YouTube.The show closed with an encore of “Goin Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” which segued into the traditional, “We Bid You Good Night”. You can see a few more videos below.Check out Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s great jam on “Playin In The Band” below, courtesy of 215music.Watch the jam into “The Wheel”, courtesy of Smoke Green.A short clip from “Cumberland Blues”, courtesy of Rachel Molly.The band will return next week, playing the House Of Blues Boston on December 2nd. It’s also worth mentioning that this performance featured Jon Shaw on the bass, as Dave Dreiwitz is currently in the middle of a three-night run with Ween at the Capitol Theatre. Dreiwitz will resume his low-end duties for all remaining 2016 performances.Check out Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s full setlist below, as annotated by manager Peter Costello and shared via the band’s Facebook.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA – 11/26/16Set 1 (9:15PM – 10:40PM)Jam ->Cumberland Blues @ (All) >Here Come Sunshine # (TH) ->Casey Jones >Mr Charlie (SM)Marco Solo $ ->The Wheel (All) ->Morning Dew (TH)Set 2 (11:10PM – 12:47AM)Feel Like A Stranger (SM) ->Slipknot! (End) ->Franklins Tower (TH) ->Slipknot! ->Myxomatosis Jam % ->Slipknot! ->Crazy Fingers (TH) >Estimated Prophet (SM) ->Eyes Of The World & (TH) ->Playing In The Band (SM)E: GDTRFB -> (All)WBYGN ending *@ – With a “Hoedown” (Aaron Copeland) Tease (MB)# – With a “Material Girl” (Madonna) Tease (MB), a Duo Jam & a China Cat Sunflower Tease (TH)$ – Bunch of Teases & / or familiar themes in here, including probably a “Dear Prudence” (The Beatles) Tease. See what you can find.There was a “Playin’ In the Band” Tease somewhere in the first set as well, tho neither I nor Joe could remember when after the show. Bonus points if someone can connect the dots on that one. Maybe in The Wheel?% – Radiohead cover, 3rd time played, not sung& – With a JS Bass Solo & Playin In The Band Tease (TH)* – “Standard” Instrumental ending for GDTRFB, with a “Cold Rain & Snow” tease (TH)As always, our sincerest thanks to all of you that came out & supported the band and to the staff & crew at the Fillmore for their amazing hospitality. We appreciate all of you & understand that we couldn’t do it without you. See you in Boston, which will sell out as well -so don’t sleep! Good night!
April 1, 2006 Regular News Smith gives address to the Board of Governors Smith gives address to the Board of Governors Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Being considered a long-shot candidate for Florida governor is no reason to lose your sense of humor.At least that was the view of state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, as related to the Bar Board of Governors at its February 17 meeting.The Bar had invited all four major gubernatorial candidates — Smith and U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa for the Democrats and Attorney General Charlie Crist and Comptroller Tom Gallagher for the Republicans — to speak at the meeting, but only Smith’s schedule allowed him to attend.Smith began by recounting how the first major poll of the campaign put his support at 4 percent. “That was the good news,” he said. “The margin of error on the poll was 5 percent.”Smith went on to deliver what best could be described as an old-fashioned stump speech. He touched on his personal history and experiences, issues important to him, and how the Democrats can take back Florida. His ending was a fervent defense of an independent judiciary and legal system that received a standing ovation from the board.The son of farmers, Smith said he was the first in his family to go to college, much less law school. After 17 years in practice, he was approached to run for Eighth Circuit state attorney in 1992, and he defeated a two-term Republican incumbent. In 2000, he ran for the state Senate, winning a vacant seat that had been held by a Republican — a rarity in a state that has seen growing Republican majorities in the legislature.Smith said his approach is simple.“When we stay on the subjects that people talk about at their breakfast table, we do very well. Schools, affordable health care, affordable housing,” he said. “One of my opponents said, ‘I believe the next election should be about family values.’ I believe the next election should be about valuing families.”One way to show that is by education. Smith said Florida has the highest rate of ninth-graders who drop out before graduation. His solution is to fully fund the class-size constitutional amendment and boost the pay of teachers.“Not so long ago, we knew the secret was recruiting the best teachers and keeping them in the classroom,” Smith said. He told of one teacher who taught in Florida for 21 years, but then left to teach in Georgia where she earns $9,000 more.Schools and universities must also do better teaching math and science, as the U.S. is falling behind other countries in the region and around the world, Smith said. He added there is little good to have the Kennedy Space Center and the Scripps biomedical research facility in Florida if the state can’t produce scientists and engineers to work for those employers.Smith predicted the recently enacted state Medicaid overhaul that will have HMOs running the program will fail. He said the program might work in some urban areas where there are many health facilities, but it won’t work in rural areas where there may be only one doctor or clinic in a county.“We need to drive down the cost of pharmaceuticals through bulk buying and looking at re-importation [of drugs] for what it is — a way to drive down costs,” he said.Smith questioned why the state is talking about $1 billion of tax refunds when residents face paying more than that in increases on their property insurance. The money could be better used for the state’s disaster fund and last-resort insurance company, he said, adding private insurance companies are unlikely to help much.“When you’ve lost $32 billion, you can talk refunds ’til the cows come home and that’s not going to happen,” Smith said.He closed by defending the legal system and an independent judiciary, citing the Terry Schiavo case as an example. He noted he put together a coalition of 12 Democrats and nine Republicans to oppose the state getting involved in that case, and that he also requested the record from the trial court. Despite the intensity of debate, Smith said he was told that he was the only legislator to request that information.“Nineteen courts reviewed that record and the legislature should have stayed out of it,” Smith said. “The independence of the judiciary was at the heart of it. To me, it is the critical part of our system.”If elected, he vowed to push to return to the old way of appointing members to judicial nominating commissions, a system in which the governor appoints three members, the Bar appoints three, and those six choose three public members. Currently, the governor names all nine members, although four are chosen from a slate of nominees proposed by the Bar.“I will do nothing as governor, and I will not allow the legislature while I’m governor, to do anything that weakens the judiciary or use the budget to do that,” Smith said. “I do not think we should do anything that weakens the right of the little guy to go into court and have a shot at justice.. . . “Americans believe in their heart of hearts somebody wins and somebody loses [in court] and they’ll live with the results. And our democracy will be stabilized. People want the ability to turn to their peers and get a shot at justice that nobody owns and nobody buys.”