Monday, February 16, 2015
'Apartheid' Is the Only Word That Will Do: Artists Boycott Israel
Declaring "the Palestinian catastrophe goes on" in the wake of “one of the cruellest and deadliest (years) in the history of the Occupation,” at least 800 U.K artists have announced a cultural boycott of Israel. Refining the model of the Sun City boycott of South African apartheid, the artists convincingly argue they cannot in good conscience practise what they consider "a celebration of humanity...in the face of horrifying inhumanity."
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Friday, February 13, 2015
Fifty Shades of Running For Your Life
Arguing "Hollywood doesn't need your money - abused women do," the online campaign #50dollarsnot50shades is urging people to donate to a women’s shelter rather than go see the much-hyped, critically-panned, soft-porn film about a sadistic predator sexually targeting and abusing a young woman. Organizers charge the film "tells lies about women's lives...You might think this is a romance story (but) in reality it’s a horror story for most women.”
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
The Air We Breathe Is the Same Air
Over 5,000 solemn people packed the funeral of three young Muslim students murdered in Chapel Hill, where Dr. Mohammad Yousif Abu-Salha, who lost his daughters, urged the crowd to "stand up" to make "this country that they loved, where they lived and died, peaceful for everybody else." The FBI also announced it was opening an inquiry into a crime most sentient observers believe was about hatred, not parking.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Oh Lord, Save Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Hell, Make It the Whole South, Amen
Poor Dixie. Heads are exploding across the South as change, arduous but inexorable, comes to a God-fearing people even less able to accept it than the rest of us. Faced with stunning images like this from Alabama's current battle over gay marriage, southern states are inventing ever more desperate legislative moves aimed at stopping time. Among their crackpot schemes: Declaring their states Christian, English, prayerful, straight, Bible-based and in no need of "tyrannical" health care, thanks.
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Walking While Brown, Chapter 6,782
Proving U.S. police forces still include way too many racist thugs who slam 'em to the ground first and (possibly) ask questions later, Alabama cops assaulted and partially paralyzed a 57-year-old Indian gentleman for taking a stroll in his engineer son's nice white neighborhood. A caller had declared Sureshbhai Patel "suspicious." Only, the family attorney persuasively argued, in that "he has brown skin." Police said they're investigating and (really) wished the victim "a speedy recovery."
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Only Honest Name In News: Jon Stewart Leaving the Daily Show
The news Jon Stewart is retiring from The Daily Show has been met with a collective Noooooo! Why: That night, Stewart took on the Brian Williams debacle with his usual acumen, mourning Williams as a victim of "infotainment confusion syndrome." He noted, "Finally, someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq war...Never again will (Williams lie about) a war we probably wouldn’t have ended up in if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual f*cking war.”
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Monday, February 9, 2015
28 Words of Hate: Rotting In Guantánamo/Hell
For the first time since the Senate's torture report release, a flurry of actions on Guantánamo reveal the enduring obstacles to closing a travesty even the head of the U.S. military calls "a psychological scar on our national values." The most telling moment, in a Senate hearing, featured the wisdom and empathy of Tea Party Sen. Tom Cotton as he proclaimed of those held, "As far as I'm concerned, every last one of them can rot in Hell, but as long as they don't..they can rot in Guantánamo Bay."
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Friday, February 6, 2015
You Make Sure You Do Good
Friday would have been the 70th birthday of the great Bob Marley, just 36 when he died. To mark the occasion, his family has launched the #Share1Lovecampaign, which helps raise money for a non-profit bringing clean water to those in developing countries without it. Also new footage, songs of struggle, and online tributes to a man who so fervently insisted that "everybody a search," but, ultimately, "you have to talk the truth." May he be at peace.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Our Youth Pass On the Streets: Last Words of Trayvon and So Many Others
Feb. 5 would have been Trayvon Martin's 20th birthday. 20. Still impossibly young. In solidarity with him and so many others, too many others, the stunning #LastWords project by Iranian journalist and filmmaker Shirin-Banou Barghi seeks to understand the losses - What did he say? What did it mean? How did it come to be?
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Saving Raif Badawi: We Are Prepared to Present Ourselves, Also Give Him the Nobel Peace Prize
While the fate of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi remains unclear - his case was moved to a court of appeals even as officials twice postponed the next round of a 1,000-lash punishment that advocates deem a death sentence stretched over 20 weeks - the movement to free him escalates. Along with global protests and campaigns, a group of high-profile U.S. academics have offered to take his lashes and two Norwegian politicians have nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize as "a beacon of light."
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