07.21.14 - 2:01 PM

The carnage goes on in Gaza. Over 500 now dead. The devastation has sparked fury and protests around the world. But its scope can also numb us into a sort of moral fatigue. Two stories of singularly random life and death to make and keep it real: The little boy above, brought into a  Gaza City hospital with serious injuries, survived, just. A young man who went out into the rubble of Shujaiya to search for his family during a "ceasefire" was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper as human rights workers with him watched, and filmed, in horror. The searing video of his murder is the closest most of us will likely get to the pitiless bloodbath now unfolding.

-Abby Zimet
07.21.14 - 12:24 PM

The NYPD is facing outrage following the release of two horrific videos showing the death of Eric Garner, 43, an asthmatic father of six seen struggling on the ground pleading "I can't breathe" after he was grabbed by a phalanx of NYPD officers for either what bystanders say was breaking up a fight or what cops say was selling loose untaxed cigarettes - an offense clearly worthy of death - followed by the spectacle of eight cops and four EMT workers  standing around doing nothing except rifling through his pockets. Two cops and the EMTs have been reassigned, the city is investigating, people are angry, again. This time, at least there's video. Warning: Disturbing thugs in action.

Update: An internal NYPD report after the incident fails to mention the chokehold and says Garner's condition "did not seem serious." Except he was, you know, dead.

-Abby Zimet
07.17.14 - 12:00 PM

Israel's murder of four Palestinian children playing on a beach in Gaza City was witnessed by many bystanders, including journalists who have relayed harrowing accounts and photos as they watched the terrified boys run for their lives. Killed were Ahed Atef Bakr, 10, Zakariya Ahed Bakr, 10, Mohammad Ramiz Bakr, 11, and Ismail Mahmoud Bakr, 9. Warning: Graphic. Also  heart-shattering, and untenable.

-Abby Zimet
07.17.14 - 11:32 AM

The Hobby Lobby monster lives, and grows. Even as a Boston-area Christian college joined in a letter to Obama by religious leaders praising our "blessed nation" where "all persons are created in the divine image of the creator" except can they pretty please discriminate against LGBT people? - the Green family has announced their plan to build an $800 million Bible museum hard by the godless halls of Congress in hopes of telling the story of "a reliable historical document.... like none other." Green has warned that "this nation is in danger because of its ignorance of what God has taught (and) lessons from the past." And we agree, though he's probably not talking about the lessons stemmimg from that pesky idea of separation of church and state.

-Abby Zimet
07.16.14 - 1:56 PM

The humanitarian crisis that is the influx of thousands of unaccompanied kids from Central America stranded at our border has been met with the usual right-wing compassion, aka hysterical protests about an "invasion" of "illegals forced upon us." So when news spread of the expected arrival of 40 (short) invaders in an Arizona town, Tea Party congressional candidate Adam Kwasman turned up to speechify about "the abrogation of the rule of law" and later tell a reporter he'd seen the children on the bus and "the fear in their faces" about this "sad state of affairs" - except, umm, he'd seen local kids going to a YMCA camp. Priceless video. Bonus Jon Stewart suggesting an enemy invasion force isn't really dangerous "until it can reach and open its own cereal.”

Kwasman when told the kids were Y campers: "They were sad too."

-Abby Zimet
07.16.14 - 12:46 PM

RIP Archie Andrews, the 73-year-old, red-headed, all-American comics icon who died today stopping an assasination attempt on his friend Kevin Keller, a married openly gay senator campaigning for gun control. The death of the timeless good guy at the hands of a homophobic gun freak, which concluded a "Life with Archie" series portraying grown-up versions of the Riverdale gang, was praised by his creators as "a tonally perfect tribute to a character who has always put his friends first" but slammed by right-wing critics because obviously that could never happen.

"He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale, but the best of all of us."

-Abby Zimet
07.15.14 - 11:29 PM

In the first known instance of U.S. military conscience objection at Guantánamo, a male Navy nurse has refused to continue taking part in the often brutal forced feeding of Gitmo hunger strikers, who consider the practice torture. News of the historic action, reportedly by a Latino captain, came from a Syrian hunger striker who is challenging the policy in court and described the nurse's evolution: "Once he saw with his own eyes that what he was told was contrary to what was actually taking place here, he decided he could not do it anymore.”

"I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act." - the nurse reportedly announcing his refusal

-Abby Zimet


Tuesday July 22, 2014

Bernie Sanders:
Kathy Kelly:
Isaiah Poole:
Jonathan Schell:

Monday July 21, 2014

Sunday July 20, 2014

Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini:
Lina Newhouser