May 23, 2011
May 23, 2011
Dubbed the “Spanish revolution”, the protest began with a march through Madrid on Sunday, led by young Spaniards angry at mass unemployment, austerity measures and political corruption. More here.
Anatol Lieven’s clear-sighted study asks if Pakistan has lost control of its international narrative Pakistan, Anatol Lieven writes in his new book, is “divided, disorganised, economically backward, corrupt, violent, unjust, often savagely oppressive towards the poor and women, and home … Continue reading
…ce qu’il ne pardonne pas à Hitler, ce n’est pas le crime en soi, le crime contre l’homme, ce n’est que l’humiliation de l’homme en soi, c’est le crime contre l’homme blanc, et d’avoir appliqué à l’Europe des procédés colonialistes … Continue reading
In what could be a model for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the nation, Vermont is poised to enact single-payer health care. Full article.
A quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years—an average of one suicide every 30 minutes. The crisis has ballooned with economic liberalization that has removed agricultural subsidies and opened Indian agriculture to the … Continue reading
The historical division of society in South Asia on caste lines is now an acknowledged sociological, political and economic fact. However, caste as a literary or social discourse does not, for several reasons, form a part of the predominantly Muslim … Continue reading
he quarries in the occupied West Bank provide 12 million tons of construction material annually. Seventy-five percent of this material is used inside Israel and the rest is used for Israeli construction in the occupied West Bank. Although any royalties … Continue reading
to understand what’s happening in the congo today, we have to go back in history – to the beginning of european colonialism.
What will it take to make Americans recognise that the real Martin Luther King-style non-violent Palestinian protestors have arrived, and that Israeli soldiers are shooting them with real bullets? More here.
They caused the deaths of a million innocent people to “give new security to oil supplies” — and to gain the strategic dominance this “new security” would bring. They knew that all the rest — WMD, threat of terrorism, etc. … Continue reading
In Lebanon, activists organised hundreds of buses to take Palestinian refugees to a protest site atop a mountain overlooking the border with Israel. The protesters were forced to climb the mountain to reach the protest site. There they threw stones … Continue reading
the one and only noor jehan…
Alain Deneault is co-author of “Black Canada: Pillage, Corruption, and Criminality in Africa,” a book that details well-sourced human rights abuses by the multinational resource companies Barrick Gold and Banro Corporation. The companies have responded with $11 mil in lawsuits, … Continue reading
Noga Kadman’s landmark book, Erased from Space and Consciousness tracks a key element of the history of the Nakba: The absorption of the remains of over 400 Palestinian villages scattered across historic Palestine into the Israeli geographical and emotional landscape. … Continue reading
for the world’s “only superpower” to be at war with/occupy the second poorest country of the world is already morally reprehensible. it’s not about the taliban or the burka, it’s about malnutrition. what’s important to know is that this is … Continue reading
listen to the testimonies of descendants of nakba survivors here.
“My brother was sick, and we were taking him to the hospital and on the way back, this happened,” Samar said. “We just heard bullets. “My mother and father were killed, just like that.” The image of Samar, then 5 … Continue reading
“no matter how much I read and write I always feel like a student in the presence of refugees” more here.
“our people all around the world, revolt against and object to the injustice and hatred we are met with on a day to day basis, just because we’re palestinians and just because we exist.”
my baby’s 16 today. so thankful, so humbled.
The evening was lonely for me, and I was reading a book till my heart became dry, and it seemed to me that beauty was a thing fashioned by the traders in words. Tired I shut the book and snuffed … Continue reading
?”Must pass” piece of legislation called the Defense Authorization bill: This new war authority would give the president — any president — the power to unilaterally take our country to war wherever, whenever and however he or she sees fit. … Continue reading
?…the scenes of drone attacks which they had personally witnessed: the carbonized bodies, burned so fully they could be identified by legs and hands alone, the bystanders sent flying like dolls through the air to break, with shattered bones and … Continue reading
ELISA MEZA, ORGANIZER, UNIDOS: Public decision-making in Arizona definitely is not prepared to see such a mobilized and vocalized movement against them, especially decision makers on education. They aren’t prepared to see such well-put-together, well-organized community in opposition to what … Continue reading
wake up america – this is BAD news for all of us. this kind of impunity will only continue to expand unless we push back. … The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010, or S. 3081: The … Continue reading
noam chomsky speaking at nottingham high school, invited by syracuse peace council, may 11, 2011. more than 1000 people in the audience. thunderous applause, standing ovations. terrific event. as expected. noam chomsky’s speech here.
what u need to know about the private prison system, its profits and the lobby that supports it.
fire/prosecute john yoo.
It may be shocking to some that Zionist ideology leads to racism even against Jewish blacks. But it does – from its genesis Zionism was an outgrowth of European race-thinking, and developed as a white supremacist ideology. It is useful … Continue reading
“You would not expect a Democratic administration to fund right-wing groups and yet we continue to have hard-right, Islamophobic speakers and companies being paid taxpayer dollars to promote racist doctrines that undermine U.S. national security policy.” … ?’News personalities, politicians, … Continue reading
brilliant victory for rochester activists and a family of 11 that didn’t have to become homeless. more here.
dark phrases of womanhood of never havin been a girl half-notes scattered without rhythm/ no tune distraught laughter fallin over a black girl’s shoulder it’s funny/ it’s hysterical the melody-less-ness of her dance don’t tell nobody don’t tell a soul … Continue reading
We stand with citizens across Uganda who are calling on their government to withdraw the Anti-Homosexual Bill, and to protect the universal human rights embodied in the Ugandan constitution. Pls sign here.
A new exhibit at Li-Space in Beijing aims to refashion the traditional visual impression of Africa – that of famine, war and poverty – through images that show a continent of culture, hope, imagination and dreams. … China, which has … Continue reading
there’s the war on terror and then there’s the war on drugs. “mexicans can’t take more of this fear. this country is overwhelmed by violence as never before.” 90,000 protest the militarization of the war on drugs, which has led … Continue reading
It is telling that the U.S. chose Geronimo as Bin Laden’s moniker. At an unconscious level, perhaps U.S. officials realized that just like the famous Native American warrior, Bin Laden had a valid bone to pick with Western imperialism. More … Continue reading
read “ruined” – the pulitzer prize winning play by lynn nottage. am still reeling from the emotional shock of it. set in a brothel in the congo, the play is based on stories of congolese refugee women interviewed by nottage … Continue reading
one of the police commanders in saigon executing a vietcong guerrilla in 1968. this is not the kind of justice we want in (or outside) our country. name, ethnicity, skin color and type of crime believed to be committed r … Continue reading
just saw “potiche” – a french comedy based in the late 70s, full of music like this. i didn’t remember any of the songs as such so it was shocking that i could sing along – they’re deeply embedded somewhere … Continue reading
We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.” … ?”It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating … Continue reading
saw this film from singapore. interesting but didn’t quick click for me. i would have preferred more focus on the main character, a real-life woman who went deaf and then completely blind but managed to become a teacher. i like … Continue reading
Brazil’s Supreme Court has voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same-sex couples the same legal rights as married heterosexuals. More here.
Hundreds upon hundreds of Tunisians have opened their homes to Libyan families since early April, when Colonel Qaddafi’s forces went on the attack. … “Would you give your house to someone you didn’t know, from another country?” asked Maren Abouzakhar, … Continue reading
i have never seen anything like this before.
Islamophobia is solidly mainstream; there is no politically correct taboo against it, as there is with overt racism or other strains of xenophobia. In fact, some of Europe’s highest-profile Islamophobes justify their attacks on Islam and Europe’s Muslims in the … Continue reading
Governments don’t just repress people with false interpretations of religion; sometimes they do it with false cant about national security. (Shirin Ebadi)
it’s still chilly and overcast in rochester but spring is finally here…