Abby Zimet, staff writer

Abby Zimet has edited CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Think Of Us When You Are Warm: Rebuilding Gaza, Or Maybe, Mournfully, Not
Job-like, Gazans get yet more bad news: Even as they squat in rubble and tents battling to keep their children alive - a fifth just froze to death - amidst cold, wet, wind, and food, fuel and power shortages, U.N. officials say a program to rebuild over 100,000 destroyed homes will end this month because ignoble world donors oblivious to their fate have reneged on funding promises. With a heartrending plea from those forgotten in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon: "We are slowly dying here."
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I Am Not Corn: Guantánamo Diary Reveals 14-Year-Long Vision of Hell
After a seven-year legal battle and 2,500 redactions by the same government that has beat, tortured and held him for twice that time, we have the first harrowing book detailing life and near-death inside Guantánamo by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian electrical engineer caught in an "endless world tour" of U.S. black sites because he fit an absurdist profile that was "smoke but no fire." His attorney: "It's not that they haven't found the evidence against him - there isn't any."
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Fox News (Sic) Can't Get No Respect
Talk about idiotic chickens coming home to roost. Since Fox "News" committed its infamous No-Go-Muslim-Zones-in- Europe crime against coherence, it's had to issue red-faced apologies for its "regrettable errors," faced merciless spoofs from France's version of The Daily Show, and now seen Paris' Mayor threaten to sue their clueless butts for trashing France's "image" and "honor." Today, the White House even forgot the "News" in their name. Mark Twain: "Genuine humor is replete with wisdom."
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Monday, January 19, 2015
Protest Is the End of Silence
For this MLK Day and 50th anniversary of Selma, much inspiring action intent on reclaiming what Cornel West proudly deems "the Radical King" - anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-war, democratic socialist - and his "revolutionary witness." Protests from Ferguson to Oakland, updates from #ReclaimMLK and #MLKalsoSaid, Selma's "bottom-up" history, and King's fierce Letter From Birmingham Jail "because injustice is here...(and) injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
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Friday, January 16, 2015
"Oh My God, They Use You As Target Practice." Literally.
WTF-Is-Wrong-With-This-Country Dept: Cops in South Florida have been using bullet-riddled mugshots of local black men as target practice, discovered when a National Guard band member went for weapons training and saw her brother, from years ago, among six black male faces. The clueless police chief says what's the problem? The brother - fine now thanks - says, duh, the problem is thus will cops always think "target, target, target." History bears him out.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Satan 1, Jesus 0
Woe be to the hapless, godless children of Florida's Orange County, who will attend school Friday without the guidance of Bibles - serenely if illegally distributed by Christian evangelists - after school officials cancelled their Religious Freedom Day rather than having to include Satanists, atheists and other sketchy types. Bible-thumpers complained the heathens had "ruined it for everyone," though actually they'd just read the Constitution.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Saudi's Perfidy: Ten Years In Prison and 1,000 Lashes In Public For Seeking to "Respect the Differences Among Us"
The same day a Saudi official marched in Paris for free speech, his country - the one that persecutes/jails writers/activists and considers women drivers terrorists - dragged jailed blogger Raif Badawi into the public square and flogged him 50 times for "insulting Islam," the first of 20 scheduled floggings. Tuesday he marked his 31st birthday. Friday, despite global outrage, he will likely be lashed again. From one of his last posts: "Let us all live under the roof of human civilization.”
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Sharia Law Comes To England: Hide Your Infidel Children, Pets and Jam
Maybe you thought Fox News really couldn't get any lower or loonier. Surprise! Thus we have self-appointed terror expert Steve Emerson feverishly declaring that Britain has Sharia no-go zones and "there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don't go." Hilarity ensued from a savage Twitter for which, this once, we're grateful.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
Charlie's Many New Friends, Both Bogus and Harrowingly Real
It's impossible not to be moved by the spectacle of over three million people flooding Paris to reject fear and defend freedom. Sparked by the spilling of senseless blood, Sunday's march personified a multi-layered wave of support for Charlie Hebdo ranging from the grossly hypocritical - cue Netanyahu and other "predators" - to the truly brave and grieving.
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Friday, January 09, 2015
Oh This World, I Have the Right: Gaza's Kids Seek A Voice Amidst the Chaos
A severe winter storm this week brought ever more suffering to the long-suffering residents of Gaza, with over 100,000 still-homeless struggling to stay warm and dry in rubble without heat, fuel or power. At least three infants and a young man have frozen to death; several more have died in fires. Inconceivably, life goes on, and even hope. From a Palestinian girl of 15: "In silence, I am powerless, but with my voice, I can do many things.”
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