Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Whose Streets? Our Streets. Portland Anarchists Will Fix Your Potholes
To the challenge oft posed by skeptics of anarchism - 'But who will fix the roads?' - the tar-hauling, civic-minded crews of Oregon's Portland Anarchist Road Care have the (duh) answer: We will. Citing the key role of "community oriented direct action" and the "gross negligence" of a state apparatus that "cares more about funding a militarized police force" than patching potholes deadly to cars and bikes, anarchists have taken on that task because "these are our streets."
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A Clear Crime: Israel's South Africa Moment May Be Drawing Nearer
Citing her "duty not to conceal a clear crime," the head of a Beirut-based U.N. agency has resigned after the withdrawal of a scathing UN-commissioned report that for the first time charges Israel is "a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people." While furious Israeli leaders likened the report to Nazi propaganda, Rima Khalaf said she rejected their "vicious attacks" and stood by the findings that "Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid."
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Electing To Be Happy
Today's technological perfect storm killed our piece about rowdy town halls in Texas once too often, so here's another form of resistance: The solace of online wiseacres cannily, gleefully, faithfully puncturing the bleak absurdity of the times. With the shadow of the Trumpocalypse looming daily, God love the meme-ing and photo-shopping wits of the Internet - and the guy who came up with the pharmaceutical miracle Impeachara - for reminding us this, too, shall pass.
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Friday, March 17, 2017
St. Patrick Was Of Course An Immigrant
The visit here of Irish P.M. Enda Kenny went as well as anything in Trumpland: After many orange gaffes - hats with four-leaf clover not shamrock, greeting in mangled Gaelic, stilted reading of his favorite "Irish proverb" that's in fact a Nigerian poem - the Irish leader, whose own immigrants sent solidarity to ours, cited the status of St. Patrick and so many more. "We were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in (its) compassion...And we still do."
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Let 'Em Die
Rant time. Some obscene realities of Thursday's proposed budget: One golf trip to Mar-a-lago costs the same as 419,000 seniors' Meals on Wheels (slash), three weeks of Trump Tower security = PBS's budget (cut), $54 billion hike to the military = 1,543 years' funding for Institute of Peace (gone), starving poor kids, veterans and the (the often Trump-voting) elderly is "compassionate" because feeding them isn't "showing any results." Q: Who are these people? A: Morons and monsters.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Cleveland's Proper Protocol: The Boy the Police Thought Needed Shooting
More than two years after a "perfect storm of human error" in which an officer swiftly shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he played with a toy gun in a park, Cleveland police have disciplined a dispatcher who failed to relay the key facts that he was 12 and the gun was fake. Her punishment: suspension without pay for eight days. A cop who later tackled Tamir's sister got two days without pay; neither of two officers involved in the shooting was charged. So much outrage, so little time.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
An Environmental Crime In Its Own Right
With Trump, Pruitt et al poised to slash federal rules aimed at curbing climate change and thus ensuring the survival of the only planet we've got, activists snuck into the uber-pricey Trump National Golf Club in California to carve out a six-foot-high “NO MORE TIGERS, NO MORE WOODS” to protest Trump's water-and-land-guzzling "playground for the privileged." The WaPo called it a "daring act of defiance"; in an arguable move after Eric T. complained, they changed it to "vandalism."
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Monday, March 13, 2017
If Western Civilization's So Superior, How Did It Produce Steve King?
A few salient points on the well-deserved uproar greeting Steve King's "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies" line, the latest from a sordid, witless white supremacist who for years has used his office to spout insults about the brown people in "his" country. On history: We are all someone else's baby. On context: This is today's GOP. To the media: His comments aren't "viewed as racist" by some - they're racist. To Iowans: Time to deport some white men.
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Theater of the Absurd: On Israel's So-Called Purity of Arms
With Israel's slide into right-wing nationalism, the trial of Elor Azaria - a young Israeli soldier filmed shooting a dying Palestinian in the head as he lay on the ground - perfectly, painfully captures the ramifications of that descent. After he was tried, convicted and given "a sentence fit for a bicycle thief," his case spiralled into angry chaos - appeals, racism charges, disparate factions deeming him a brute/role model - mirroring the deep divisions of an apartheid-afflicted Israel.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Nevertheless She Persists
The women have returned to work - and the organizers have been released from jail - but the spirit remains, as does the droll, defiant, audacious art that insists on truth-telling. The Women's March that keeps on marching has prompted a wave of guerrilla art - from Russian Socialists' subway ads on domestic violence to NYC murals calling out Trump's sexist outrages to the bronze statue facing off against Wall Street's bull - titled, aptly, The Fearless Girl.
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