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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Raise Your Head High
Vowing to be "as persistent in our resistance and solidarity as Israel's occupation," protesters in New York unfurled a massive illicit Gaza flag reading "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and "Gaza In Our Hearts" during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. In another small vital protest, Gaza native and Arab Idol superstar Mohammad Assaf cancelled an upcoming concert and released a powerful video in solidarity declaring, "Lift your your head high/ It is your weapon."
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Staying Human in Ferguson
Rage simmers on in Ferguson even as a judge turned down an ACLU move to block repressive police actions there. Still, many are speaking up and calling out what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls the "systemic racism (and) class warfare" against America's 50 million poor - with moves for new laws, less hardware, fundraising - without which "we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors."
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Help Wanted: Ark Encounter Seeks Millions More From Taxpayers, A Few of Whom Might Get Jobs If They Bring Their Creation Belief Statement
Chutzpah Award to creationist Ken Ham, who's bamboozled another $18 million from Kentucky to add a Noah's Ark to his Creation Museum, already struggling despite many millions in subsidies and the Screaming Raptor Zip Lines he added as a last godless resort. As if the erasure of church/state separation wasn't bad enough, Ham also discriminates against anyone who doesn't agree God made the world in six days and on the seventh declared homosexuality an abomination while riding a dinosaur.
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Monday, August 18, 2014
Ferguson Cops (Meant to Serve and Protect) To Media (Exercising Their First Amendment Rights): Get the F#/k Out of Here Or You'll Be Shot
A chilling autopsy report has found Mike Brown was shot six times, including twice in the head. Meanwhile, reporters are being threatened and arrested for documenting a crisis born of "racial storytelling" of "the forms of terror visited upon black people in the place they call home." Video. And John Oliver on an over-armed police: "Let’s take it all away from them, and if they can make it through a month without killing a single unarmed black man, they (can) get their fucking toys back.”
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Friday, August 15, 2014
The Murder Of Our Kin In Gaza: Dutchman Returns Righteous Medal To Israel, Which He Says No Longer Gets to Judge Righteousness
Amidst ongoing protests against Israel, one singular act of defiance: Henk Zanoli, a 91-year-old Dutch man declared Righteous Among the Nations for saving a Jewish child during the Nazi Occupation, returned his medal after six of his relatives were killed in Gaza. Having long supported a Jewish homeland, Zanoli slowly realized "the Zionist project (had) a racist element" that made the honor an insult to the relatives he'd lost, past and present, "fighting (for) the preservation of human life."
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Thursday, August 14, 2014
A Different Day For Ferguson
Declaring "we're all in this together," Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, the new, black, homegrown police commander in Ferguson, ordered cops to remove SWAT gear and gas masks and then marched with protesters, prompting what observers called a stunning mood change in what had felt like a war zone hours before. Ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to replace clueless, thuggish local police, Johnson said he understood "the anger and fear (of) residents... We all want justice, we all want answers."
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
This Is My Backyard: America Is Not For Black People, Especially Male
Ferguson has become a battlefield, with a white police force waging war on black residents after Mike Brown died in the street "like an animal." With the FAA declaring a no-fly zone to protect "law enforcement activities," police have shot two more people, declined to hear the chilling account of Brown's friend, lobbed tear gas at protesters in their own backyards, and issued a statement saying sorry but could black folks' protests be only in daylight and "respectful," just like they've been.
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Monday, August 11, 2014
We Need to Recognize What Barbaric Is
As Gazans begin to return to their shattered lives, the U.N. has announced a panel to investigate war crimes, beyond the obvious: 1,814 Palestinians killed, 86% civilians including over 400 children. Still, more stories emerge. Amnesty International offers testimony the Israeli army repeatedly attacked ambulances, medics and others seeking to help. In light of that and so much else, Dr. Rania Masri's searing speech at an Austin protest schools Obama in what is and is not "barbaric."
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Sunday, August 10, 2014
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Another Kid Killed For Walking While Black
In another senseless killing of an unarmed black kid, a Ferguson, Missouri cop shot 18-year-old Michael Brown multiple times, either as he walked to his grandmother's house and held his hands in the air - according to onlookers - or as he struggled for the cop's gun - the police version, and they're sticking to it. The shooting has sparked furious protests, candlelight vigils, several hashtags and weary outrage from a mostly African-American community that pleads, "They are killing us."
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Friday, August 8, 2014
History Is Knocking In Gaza
The bombs in Gaza - the "IDF-scripted apocalypse," the "blind evil rage" - are silenced for now. The oppression, displacement, anguish and vital needs go on. Many of those horrified by the carnage see this as a key moment for change. Thus, Saturday's Gaza Day of Rage, a day of action calling on "civil society and people of conscience" to end Israel's "unprecedented crime against humanity...We are not asking for charity. We are demanding solidarity..."
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