"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine
"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine
"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights… Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone.
Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”"
— Martin Luther King
Shots fired into Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza, a day after Israeli FM said Israel will work to close down the network.
Israel… Silencing the truth since before 1948
An Italian partisan in Florence on August 14, 1944
Squat demolition called off after four nights of rioting in Barcelona
May 31, 2014
Barcelona city hall has called off plans to demolish and redevelop a squatted building in one of the city’s poorest districts after four nights of violent protests.
Authorities said on Friday that they would halt demolition plans and attempt to reach a peaceful solution after widespread outrage at the forced eviction of Can Vies, a public building that has been occupied by leftist groups for 17 years.
Confrontations between protesters and police continued on Thursday after crowds gathered to demonstrate in the Sants district for a fourth consecutive night.
Police said they had arrested a total of 59 people in four nights of violent clashes after squatters were evicted and demolition began on the building, which is owned by Barcelona city transport authorities, but has been used as an unofficial civic centre since 1997.
The streets of the working-class district of Barcelona have seen pitched battles between protesters and riot police after thousands gathered to stage night time demonstrations against the closure of Can Vies.
Rioters hurled bottles and stones at police barricades, burnt bins and broke windows during the protests. Banks have also been attacked and the excavator used to demolish the Can Vies building set on fire.
Baton-wielding riot police charged protesters, fired foam bullets across the barricades and attempted to disperse the crowd using a high-pitched horn.
The violent disturbances were blamed on a small group of troublemakers but the protest has won support from across Spain and peaceful demonstrations to show solidarity have been planned in other cities this weekend.
"These protests are not just about the eviction. The eviction was just one more blow after the crisis," a Can Vies representative said.
"The people are fed up of taking blows and in the end they explode."
The abandoned property was occupied in 1997 by left-wing activists who used it to host concerts, training courses and other community activities in the rundown area of the Catalan capital.
But the transport authority which owns the property wants to redevelop the area and turn it into a park.
Police forcibly cleared the house on Monday following a court order issued after negotiations broke down between the city and the squatters.
After an emergency meeting Barcelona city council said it would “attempt new dialogue” with neighbourhood leaders to reach a peaceful accord.
Why can’t this happen here in the US when our community centers are demolished? When our neighborhoods are gentrified? When our tent cities are evacuated?
^^ Because we’re led to believe that if we cause any property destruction during protests, or if we resist violence with counter-violence, the corporate media will condemn us (as if they don’t already) and we’ll loose support from the public. Pacifists have managed to keep us more docile than the government has.
Once again, Spaniard leftists have shown us how to challenge state repression and subdue government forces.
Fucking yes to the above. The US left doesn’t challenge the monopoly of force of the Oligarchy, and isn’t willing to take the risks of the successful nonviolent movements of the past
Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.
Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?
Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.
And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.
This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.
israel does not give a fuck. they will kill everyone incl journalists and not bat an eye bc they control this country
Israelis are murderers and American Zionists are accomplices to this barbaric butchery
It is REALLY important to remember that more innocents are under fire more often in Palestine than on luxury jetliners, any day of the week. And I say this as someone who is flying through Ukraine
This, really and truly, is horrifying.
Large multinational corporations could develop their own highly capable security forces. Criminals and terrorists will have access to increasingly cheap unmanned drones and space satellites. Sophisticated environmental warfare will spread plant and human diseases by insects.
These are among an array of dire warnings spelt out in a study by a Ministry of Defence thinktank exploring potential threats to security that might emerge by the middle of the century.
The study, Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, contains fresh warnings about the effects of climate change, the growth of sprawling urban centres, and pressure on natural resources, notably water. It paints a picture of a world in which the authority of states diminishes in the face of powerful private multinational companies, and national loyalties are weakened by increasing migration.
Rear Admiral John Kingwell, director of the MoD’s Concepts and Doctrine Centre, which carried out the study, said it did not seek to predict the future and did not reflect official government policy. However, he said it described plausible outcomes on the basis of rigorous analysis of existing trends.
"The pace and breadth of technological advancements will change our perception of our role in the workplace, reveal new opportunities for health advances, and facilitate the deepening of global communications," he said.
"But as access to technology increases, we will face new risks to our security both at home and abroad. In the west in particular, a rise of individualism and … a growing sense of disconnection from long-established governing structures will challenge traditional systems."
The study says that by 2045:
• The world population could reach 10.4 billion, compared with about 7.2 billion at present.
• More than 70% of the population is likely to live in urban areas.
• 3.9 billion people are likely to suffer water shortages.
• Driverless transport is likely to be widespread.
• Unmanned systems are increasingly likely to replace people in the workplace, leading to mass unemployment and social unrest.
• Robots are likely to change the face of warfare, but “military decision-making is likely to remain the remit of humans for ethical reasons, at least in western countries”.
• Individuals may define themselves less by their nationality, with growing migration and stronger links to virtual communities.
• Chinese defence expenditure it likely to rival that of the US, but Russia’s will not match that of China, the US or India.
The study says the influence of non-state actors such as multinational corporations is likely to increase at the expense of nation states, and private companies may develop “highly capable security forces”.
Cheaper and more sophisticated drones will mean criminal and terrorist groups are likely to find it easier to “gain, hold and use unmanned capabilities”.
Internal terrorist threats are likely to continue in the Middle East and north Africa, while the expansion of alternative currencies may make it easier for criminals and terrorist groups to transfer funds between national jurisdictions, the study says.
However, it says the pressure of globalisation will make it more difficult for individual countries to act unilaterally. That could reduce conflicts between states.
Future weapons are likely to include long-range lasers capable of producing a beam of electromagnetic energy or atomic radiation that can destroy equipment and infrastructure or cause non-lethal damage to human targets, the report says.
"As the cost of sequencing an individual’s DNA continues to fall, targeting an individual using their DNA may be possible by 2045," the study adds. "We could also see sophisticated environmental warfare capable of spreading plant and human disease by insects or insect-machine hybrids. Crops and cattle could be destroyed, as well as people being incapacitated or killed."
By 2020, more than 500 small satellites, sometimes called cubesats, will join the 1,000 already operating in orbit around the planet, according to the report. They will be increasingly vulnerable to attack – and collision.
By 2045 or earlier, it says, “criminal organisations could secure payload space on rockets operated by private companies – this would allow them to launch their own surveillance satellites, potentially threatening individual and corporate privacy”.