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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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
On the Side of Freedom: Teaching Kids To Open Carry and Arming Blind People Because Their Hearing Is Great and Why Not
In the same week that saw the death of James Brady, a fierce advocate for gun control, come two new WTF efforts by gunslingers to expand "our rights" by arming everyone in sight - and not - in a dangerous world. Thus, the "wholesome" family book "My Parents Open Carry," and an NRA video arguing blind people should be armed because "you (don't) need to see where you're shooting if someone's on top of you trying to kill or rape you." They're right. It's a dangerous world - they're in it.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014
You Only Need To Be A Human To Stand With Gaza
The mind reels. Another atrocity in Gaza: Israel just hit its sixth U.N. school, this time in Rafah, killing at least 10 in what the U.N. called "a moral outrage and a criminal act." There have been so many, too many to bear. Again, the only succor comes from the courage of those bearing witness. Warning: Much of it is graphic. But looking seems the least we can do.
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LOL: She Will Have Chasteness (But She Will Also Laugh Last)
In a gleeful act of defiance, women in Turkey have flooded Twitter with uproarious pictures of themselves after Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç, in a speech decrying "moral corruption," declared that women should be chaste and not laugh in public. Cue the hashtags #direnkahkaha (resist laughter) and #direnkadin (resist woman), and a laughably fine time had by all.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014
Cardboard Stories
Because "the homeless are people, just like you and I," they all have stories to tell. The advocacy project Rethink Homelessness asked a group of homeless people in Orlando, Florida to write down one thing about themselves that might surprise others. The resulting video is stunning - especially in light of the recent study finding that each chronically homeless person costs the community $30,000 a year. The cost of finding them housing: $10,000.
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