July 14, 2014

Welcome to day 7, people

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Day 6: Israel widens offensive & deploys ground troops as PALESTINIAN death toll passes 160, Israel’s remaing at Zeromore than 15,000 flee homes in northern GazaUN estimates 77% of victims are civilians | July 13, 2014

1. Palestinian children take shelter at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Palestinians stand amongst the rubble of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

3. Palestinians travel to a shelter at a UN school after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Palestinian children stand next to graves ahead of the funeral of 18 members of al-Batsh family who were killed the previous night in Israeli strikes that hit their house as they were targeting Hamas police chief Tayseer al-Batsh. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

5. A Palestinian boy draws on a chalk board at a UN school after evacuating his home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

6. A blood-stained mattress rests on top of the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Palestinian families travel to a UN school to seek shelter after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

8. The son (L) of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

9. A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands behind a missile which was fired by Israeli aircraft at a shack belonging to Bedouins in Rafah. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

10. Palestinian children sleep on the floor at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Naming the dead)

June 17, 2014
rebelfootball:

At last night’s opening ceremony of the World Cup, three children (presumedly representing Brazil’s “racial democracy”) released three white doves in an act symbolizing peace and harmony. But what the cameras didn’t show (because it’s literally illegal to protest during a FIFA event) is that as they walked off the field the empowered Guarani youth held up a banner calling for “demarcation” of indigenous lands (the federal state suspended these negotiations in 2013). Brazil’s indigenous peoples are currently engaged in a fierce battle to defend their homelands from predatory land owners and an encroaching state, both of which want to limit the territory of the country’s native groups and exploit their natural resources. You didn’t see his brave act on TV, but you can support his cause by liking and sharing this post and photo from the Yvyrupa Guarani Commission.You can also read more about Brazil’s indigenous movement here: http://bit.ly/1kxaX2T

rebelfootball:

At last night’s opening ceremony of the World Cup, three children (presumedly representing Brazil’s “racial democracy”) released three white doves in an act symbolizing peace and harmony. But what the cameras didn’t show (because it’s literally illegal to protest during a FIFA event) is that as they walked off the field the empowered Guarani youth held up a banner calling for “demarcation” of indigenous lands (the federal state suspended these negotiations in 2013). Brazil’s indigenous peoples are currently engaged in a fierce battle to defend their homelands from predatory land owners and an encroaching state, both of which want to limit the territory of the country’s native groups and exploit their natural resources. You didn’t see his brave act on TV, but you can support his cause by liking and sharing this post and photo from the Yvyrupa Guarani Commission.
You can also read more about Brazil’s indigenous movement here: http://bit.ly/1kxaX2T

(Source: soccertronix, via antifascistaction)

June 9, 2014
Your Favorite Banana Company Spent $780,000 Campaigning Against 9/11 Victims

Chiquita, the world’s largest banana company, is locked in a legislative battle with 9/11 victims and families over a bill that could dredge up the fruit conglomerate’s sordid past.

The company has spent nearly $800,000 lobbying Congress over the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a bill created and supported by a group of 9/11 survivors and family members that would make financiers of terrorism more legally accountable, according to a Daily Beast scoop.

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(Source: micdotcom)

April 29, 2014
Palestinians must resist Israel's efforts to foment sectarianism

Christians CANNOT be members of the “Israeli State.”  Special privelages are given to Jews.  This is apartheid, same as South Africa, but with Religion instead of Race.

March 31, 2014
Venezuela: Amnesty lets down human rights defenders | Green Left Weekly

amodernmanifesto:

In a recent article, Amnesty International accused the Venezuelan government of a “witch hunt” when a right-wing opposition mayor Daniel Ceballos was arrested.

However, Amnesty has yet to use such strong language against the five weeks of human rights violations people in Venezuela have suffered at the hands of violent opposition sectors. The “witch hunt” term demonises the people’s right to bring such criminals to justice.

In its March 20 statement, “Venezuela: Arrest of local mayor signals potential ‘witch hunt’”, Amnesty says Ceballos, mayor of San Cristobal, capital of Tachira state on the Colombian border, was arrested for his “alleged involvement in anti-government protests … authorities in Venezuela seem to be setting the scene for a witch hunt against opposition leaders”.

It is important to counter the horrendous distortions contained in this article, because the private media will quote its positions as fact. Articles like this embolden the criminals and coup participants who are among opposition leaders. It also makes it harder for those of us who have suffered from opposition violence to demand arrests, and authorities to carry them out.

March 24, 2014
The truth about Venezuela: a revolt of the well-off, not a 'terror campaign'

THE BEST article on the Venezuela protests I have come across.  From the ever-credible Guardian.

February 22, 2014
Robert Fisk: Ukraine'€™s future is tied up with Syria's and Vladimir Putin is crucial to both

December 19, 2013
Good Judges exist.  Not often.  But MUCH more often than good politicians…
anarcho-queer:


Lawyer: Murdering A Transgender Prostitute Not Such A Big Deal
A Queens attorney didn’t do much to help his client yesterday when he argued that his defendant’s hefty sentence for murdering a transgender woman should be reserved for someone who kills “certain classes of individuals." 
Last month, 32-year-old Rasheen Everett was convicted of the 2010 murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a transgender prostitute. Prosecutors said Everett, who has a history of abuse, choked the 29-year-old Gonzalez-Andujar to death allegedly after he discovered she had male genitalia, bleaching her body and fleeing her Queens apartment with her camera, suitcase, keys, laptop, coat and cell phone. “He said he choked her until she wasn’t breathing," the prosecution’s witness, Darius Ferguson, told the court.
But at Everett’s sentencing hearing yesterday—at which he was served a sentence of 29 years to life—defense attorney John Scarpa caught the ire of the judge when he argued against the victim’s character. “Shouldn’t that [sentence] be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?" he reportedly asked, adding, "Who is the victim in this case? Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?”
Scarpa says he was speaking about the victim’s history, not her status as a transgender person. “He himself was guilty of attempted murder," he told us, referring to Gonzalez-Andujar’s HIV-positive status as a prostitute, and detailing her history of drug use. "I thought it was loathsome for the judge to say this was a good person.”
But Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter, who described Everett as “coldhearted and violent menace to society," didn’t take too kindly to Scarpa’s argument. "This court believes every human life in sacred," he said. "It’s not easy living as a transgender, and I commend the family for supporting her.”
This wasn’t the defense’s first misstep in the trial; in October, during a cross-examination of one of Everett’s ex-girlfriends in October, Scarpa accidentally allowed the witness to reveal more of the defendant’s history of abuse. “Our breakup was because he choked me,” she said when Scarpa asked her why their relationship ended. “I dislike him for what he did to me.” A juror later told the Post that the admission “didn’t close the case for me at that point, I wanted to be fair, but it did for some of the other jurors.”

Good Judges exist.  Not often.  But MUCH more often than good politicians…

anarcho-queer:

Lawyer: Murdering A Transgender Prostitute Not Such A Big Deal

A Queens attorney didn’t do much to help his client yesterday when he argued that his defendant’s hefty sentence for murdering a transgender woman should be reserved for someone who kills “certain classes of individuals."

Last month, 32-year-old Rasheen Everett was convicted of the 2010 murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a transgender prostitute. Prosecutors said Everett, who has a history of abuse, choked the 29-year-old Gonzalez-Andujar to death allegedly after he discovered she had male genitalia, bleaching her body and fleeing her Queens apartment with her camera, suitcase, keys, laptop, coat and cell phone. “He said he choked her until she wasn’t breathing," the prosecution’s witness, Darius Ferguson, told the court.

But at Everett’s sentencing hearing yesterday—at which he was served a sentence of 29 years to life—defense attorney John Scarpa caught the ire of the judge when he argued against the victim’s character. “Shouldn’t that [sentence] be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?" he reportedly asked, adding, "Who is the victim in this case? Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?

Scarpa says he was speaking about the victim’s history, not her status as a transgender person. “He himself was guilty of attempted murder," he told us, referring to Gonzalez-Andujar’s HIV-positive status as a prostitute, and detailing her history of drug use. "I thought it was loathsome for the judge to say this was a good person.

But Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter, who described Everett as “coldhearted and violent menace to society," didn’t take too kindly to Scarpa’s argument. "This court believes every human life in sacred," he said. "It’s not easy living as a transgender, and I commend the family for supporting her.

This wasn’t the defense’s first misstep in the trial; in October, during a cross-examination of one of Everett’s ex-girlfriends in October, Scarpa accidentally allowed the witness to reveal more of the defendant’s history of abuse. “Our breakup was because he choked me,” she said when Scarpa asked her why their relationship ended. “I dislike him for what he did to me.” A juror later told the Post that the admission “didn’t close the case for me at that point, I wanted to be fair, but it did for some of the other jurors.

December 11, 2013
Israel-Romania row over settlements building

This is the equivalent of a nation not allowing its people to enforce apartheid.  Or support genocide.   Congrats, Romania, you are awesome.

July 1, 2013
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“If Syria falls into the hands of America, Israel and Takfiris [Sunni extremists], the resistance will be besieged and Israel will enter Lebanon and impose its will.” This is what Nasrallah said on the huge screen erected in the town of Mashgara on the 13th anniversary of south Lebanon’s liberation from Israeli occupation on Saturday night. What he meant was that if Assad falls, Hezbollah’s own political support and weaponry – originating in Iran – will come to an end. And then there will be no more Hezbollah to drive out the Israelis when they return.

And before we bellow with hollow laughter, let’s just remember that the destruction of the Islamic Republic of Iran – as a theological state created by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 – is currently the be-all and end-all of US and Israeli policy towards the country once called Persia. The 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah was an attempt to destroy Iran’s Shia ally in Lebanon. The battle against Assad – a struggle supported by the US, the EU and those wonderful, freedom-loving demo¬cracies in the Gulf – is an attempt to strike down Iran’s only Arab ally. western-supported rebel battle for Syria is therefore a proxy war against Iran. No wonder Hezbollah has come clean about their involvement.

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Robert Fist for The Independent


The most simple two paragraph breakdown of US policy in the Middle East ATM

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