August 29, 2014
The best, most centrist, reflection on the most recent Israel Gaza "conflict" I have seen - Robert Fisk

Read this.  It’s worth your time.

August 28, 2014
Palestinians in refugee camps back Gaza

August 27, 2014
"You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently."

J.K. Rowling

The best reason to love Rowling has nothing to do with her books

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August 26, 2014

iwriteaboutfeminism:

#Community

And this.  This is what it’s about, people.

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August 25, 2014
theweekmagazine:

Half the world’s population lives in these 6 countries

theweekmagazine:

Half the world’s population lives in these 6 countries

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August 24, 2014
White people don’t want to talk about Ferguson. Which is why we need to.

The Pew Research Center also asked about the police response to the protests. Only a third of whites think the police went too far in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.

Only a third think armored vehicles rolling down the streets of Ferguson is going too far.

Only a third think police dressed in camouflage (for some inexplicable reason) waving military-grade assault weapons at unarmed civilians is going too far.

Only a third think lobbing tear gas and stun grenades at civilians—the very citizens they’re supposed to protect—is going too far.

Only a third think threatening reporters and calling protestors “f*****g animals” is going too far.

Only a third think treating black civilians like enemy combatants is going too far.

We have a problem. And the problem is that we won’t even accept that there’s a problem.

Fuck that….

(Source: azspot, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 23, 2014

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August 22, 2014
By undermining human rights workers in Gaza, New York Times strengthens Israeli impunity

I have said this for over 8 years, but all of those people who think the NYT is a viable news source for professional grade reporting, and who see reading the Times as an intellectual status symbol, have had their heads up their asses for decades.  There are dozens of publications that blow the Times out of the water… top among them the Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Counterpunch, and Mother Jones

August 22, 2014
"The central fact for me is, I think, that the role of the intellectual… cannot be played without a sense of being someone whose place it is publicly to raise embarrassing questions, to confront orthodoxy and dogma (rather than to produce them), to be someone who cannot easily be co-opted by governments or corporations, and whose raison d’etre is to represent all those people and issues that are routinely forgotten or swept under the rug."

— Edward Said, Representations of the Intellectual (via jahanzebjz)

August 21, 2014
First Bolivarian Workers’ Congress Begins in Venezuela | venezuelanalysis.com

amodernmanifesto:

“You can count on my support to recover the companies abandoned by the bourgeoisie,” Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said in La Guaira, in Vargas State, in the opening speech of the National Congress of Socialist Workers on Sunday.

“We need to build a new economic model in the country, where the working class is protagonist,” said Maduro.

The First Congress of Workers, which officially starts today, will debate plans and proposals for the economic development of the country, with the presence of rural workers, industrial workers, and civil servants, among others. Over 6,500 delegates are in attendence.

The president called for the construction of a committed and revolutionary union movement, as current unions are “becoming too old, and are at the end of their tether”.

The head of state confirmed that workers’ organisations can rely on the executive power’s support to re-activate companies and production units that are not contributing to the development of the workers and the country.

“Whoever gets involved in the economic war, in one way or another, the workers, with the law in their hands, must take over this production unit (…) and make it work,” Maduro said, referring to what he alleges is economic sabotage committed by big business.

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