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The president of Chechnya killed Natalia Estemirova, Memorial

Stories and News No. 51 : The Story : My name is Natalia Estemirova and I was a human rights activist. I was born in Saratov, Russia, by Chechen and Russian parents. I graduated in History at the University of Grozny and then I worked there as a teacher. I was a widow and my husband was a policeman. I began to gather evidence on violations of human rights in my country since the second Chechen war in 1999. In 2000 I became a member of Memorial , a human rights organization. In 2004 I was rewarded for my efforts with the Right Livelihood Award in a ceremony at the Swedish parliament. In 2005, along with Sergei Kovalyov , of Memorial, I received the Robert Schuman Medal . In 2007 I was awarded with the Anna Politkovskaya Prize . Anna... I worked with her. Just until 2006, when she was killed. Stanislav Markelov , a lawyer for Human Rights, was on our side and he was assassinated too. Now, my time to be murdered has come. The list of dead grows, as the shadow of blood following the gov

The Italian G8? A great party a few meters from the suffering...

Stories and News No. 50 : The Story : Silvio has a large and beautiful garden full of flowers. He is not the owner, but he is responsible for it. Many people have put on him their trust and hope for a better garden. An unlucky day a violent storm crashes down on the beautiful garden. Many flowers are uprooted and perish. Silvio decides to move the surviving flowers inside a greenhouse. This one is realized in record time, with the hope that it is only a temporary solution. It is a narrow space; the light that comes from the transparent ceiling is in any way not comparable to the sun, which daily gave to flowers a natural and free present. Many begin to lose the wonderful colours that once they possessed. The air inside the greenhouse is not that fresh and clean outside. Also this is now affecting the health of plants. Silvio, who is used to talk to the flowers, assures them that soon they will return to stay in the garden. Words, words, a lot of words, he says. In fact a day comes when

Uyghurs in China exterminated in the silence...

Stories and News No. 49 : The Story : A video with no sound is like an unpopular story, unknown to most. Like ours is. Uyghurs is our name. For media or historians we are a Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia, primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China. However we are only people, just like you. "Uyghurs" means also "unified", "united". United to continue to breathe, to smile, to wake up in the morning and go through the day that will follow, together to survive. Many humanitarian organizations argue that, under the pretext of helping the United States in the war on terror, China is slowly killing us. Many exiled denounced the systematic violation of human rights by the Chinese authorities to repress any form of our cultural expression. Now your media speak about 140 dead. They are not the first ones. Do not let us be another video with no sound... The News : Scores Killed in Clashes in Weste