Monday, May 16, 2016
Silence Is Not An Option: ADL Breaks With Israel - and U.S. - To Acknowledge Armenian Genocide
Breaking with Israel's long insistence that Jews hold a monopoly as victims of mass murder, the Anti-Defamation League has for the first time declared the 1915 Turkish massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians "unequivocally genocide.” The call on Holocaust Remembrance Day to "edu­cate each gen­er­a­tion about the tragedies of the past" was seen by some as a rebuke to the denial of Turkey, the U.S., and an Israel that refuses to recognize the tragedy befalling not just Armenians, but Palestinians.
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Friday, May 13, 2016
I Am His Hands. He Is My Eyes.
Enough slime this week. So meet two men from the Chinese village of Yeli: Jia Haixia, who is blind, and his best friend Jia Wenqi, who has no arms. For 13 years, they have spent their days planting trees; today, over 10,000 guard the village "like green soldiers." "When we work together, two become one," says Haixia. "It may be hard financially, but we're so delighted spiritually." Humanity may yet prevail.
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Thursday, May 12, 2016
An Obscene Piece of American History: George Zimmerman Wants To Sell You His Gun. Yes, That Gun
We regret to inform you that child-murdering human slime bucket George Zimmerman is "honored and humbled" to auction off the "American Firearm Icon" he used to kill Trayvon Martin for being a black kid. The good news is the gun site for the listing rejected it, suggesting there's a sliver of hope for humanity. The bad news is another site took it. The worst news is this scumbag is still among us. Update: Trolls have hijacked the site. Top bid is now $65 million from one Racist McShootFace.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Engaged In Good Causes: Longtime War Criminal Inexplicably, Unconscionably Gets Not Jail Sentence But Award (WTF?)
Having blithely orchestrated several genocides and the deaths of millions of brown-skinned innocents in the imperial name of the right to bomb neutral countries to save them and us - a right the U.S. still claims - infamous war criminal Henry Kissinger has won a Distinguished Public Service Award, the military's highest honor for private citizens. The award from one grotesquely unfit Nobel Peace Prize winner to another was for services "unique in the annals of American diplomacy.”
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
On the Inexecrable Narcissistic Man-Baby: Jon Stewart Speaks
After too many months of straight-faced news "analyses" of jaw-dropping Trump "policies," it's swell to hear Jon Stewart pop up on "The Axe Files" podcast to speak rude tough truth to the currently lunatic incarnation of power. With his usual clarity and a good dollop of profanity, he offered a fine, take-no-prisoners rant on the "unrepentant narcissistic asshole" that is "Fuckface von Clownstick," and how the media, Democrats and GOP are all to blame.
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Monday, May 9, 2016
No More Fig Leafs: Doctors Without Borders Rejects World Aid Summit, Rips U.N. For Ongoing War Crimes
Having seen 75 of its hospitals bombed and hundreds killed "in violation of the most fundamental rules of war," Doctors Without Borders has withdrawn from an upcoming World Humanitarian Summit charging it's become "a fig-leaf of good intentions" that will not hold states accountable. In a blistering speech to the U.N., MSF's president charged countries with failing to "stop the carnage." "Seeking or providing healthcare must not be a death sentence," she said. "Your work has only begun."
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Mothers of Trans Kids To Clueless Lawmakers: Meet My Child
In time for Mother's Day, and in response to a wave of panicked, bigoted laws bizarrely focused on the pivotal issue of who uses what bathrooms, the nation's first transgender lobby, Trans United Fund, has launched a campaign to educate those obsessively working to pass laws bearing no relation to the reality of the lives they will affect. In a video, moms of trans kids make breakfast, play ball, speak their fears and pledge their love: "She is my heart."
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Thursday, May 5, 2016
We Can Do Something: One Stalwart Woman Vs. 300 Stone-Faced Nazis
Bravo to fearless Afro-Swedish activist Tess Asplund, 42, and the photographer who caught the moment Asplund ferociously, instinctively charged a march of anti-immigrant neo-Nazis with her head and fist held high, and Nelson Mandela in her mind. In a country and continent where right-wing racism is on the rise, she just knew "they shouldn’t be here and spread their hate...I was thinking, 'Hell no. No Nazi is going to march here. It’s not okay.'”
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
These Are Not Sweet, Nice Little People: Argentinians and Pretty Much Everyone Else Troll Drumpf
Now that - yes, Virginia - Drumpf is the presumptive if inconceivable GOP nominee, the merciless hordes of brown-skinned barbarians he's trashed are like many others making the most of it: In an ad for the international soccer tourney Copa América coming here soon, the Argentinians gleefully romp and sneer and score as Trump intones, "We have people coming in through the border that are not people we want....These are total killers." Mark Twain: “Humor (is) the great thing, the saving thing after all.”
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Telling the Truth Is Not A Crime
In honor of this too often ignored World Press Freedom Day, a reminder that today at least 200 journalists - from China to Burundi to Iran to perhaps most egregiously Egypt and Turkey - are imprisoned and sometimes tortured for doing their job, which is telling the truth and giving a voice to the voiceless. "Journalism is not a crime," notes Amnesty International, "yet the principles of free speech and a free press are threatened across the world."
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