Today in history: July 8, 1972 – Palestinian leader Ghassan Kanafani assassinated along with his niece by the Israeli Mossad with a car bomb in Beirut.
Kanafani was a well-known Palestinian writer and was a leader and spokesperson of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
Preparing for spontaneous events doesn’t mean waiting for them – it means living our lives in conflict so that those spontaneous explosions of rebellion feel like a continuation of antagonism that permeates our lives, not like ‘the big game’ that we’ve been preparing for.
|—Conflict & Self Critique: May Day and Beyond (via ninjabikeslut)|
"Just as an LSD stamp distorts our vision , the paintings of Stephen Tompkins reforms our perception. Continuously changing from background to foreground, we are following lines and have been trapped trying to find a figurative form or an organized chaos, we are caught red-handed trying to find the beginning or the end. Stephen Tompkins multilayered visions experiences with the abundance of informations and the power of chance . His anti natural cartoon forms seem suddenly organic. Well known strokes of our childhood are losing their original forms , abandoned in their transparencies, they build a space of permanent metaphors suggesting the ugliness of truth. The amount of unfinished bodies sporadically crossed by precedent or future layers are vanishing the figurative into abstract. Those humorous see-throughs are far of just satisfying some esthetic purpose , they succeed reminding us to the vulnerability of humanity and the fragile aspect of beauty. Stephen Tompkins has reached the point where he redefines the difference beetween a painting which is directly self displaying or the one doing it through illustration." - Jaybo AKA Monk, Artist
A disturbing video was submitted to the Free Thought Project, via facebook, which shows a New York man being assaulted by NYPD cops.
The alleged reason for the police harassment was that he fell asleep on the train.
In the video we can hear the man plea with police to allow him to stay on the train so he can get home. He was on his way home from work, according to the video.
The situation quickly escalates to violence and several officers begin beating the man with batons.
Finally 2 large NYPD cops rush onto the train and take this otherwise peaceful man down.
June 18 2014: 4-8 people killed and several injured when up to six missiles hit a house on the outskirts of Miranshah in the early hours. #drone #drones #pakistan (at Dandy Darpakhel, North Waziristan)
It was Thursday night when Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Ifrach disappeared. The three Israeli teenagers were hitchhiking home from their schools in the West Bank, and were last seen near Gush Etzion, a settlement bloc. They never made it home.
Seven days have now passed since the disappearance, and in that time Palestinian life has been plunged into fear and disarray. In what is now clearly much more than a bid to return missing teenagers, Israeli forces have unleashed a military crackdown on the West Bank — a crackdown that, for all its punitive brutality, is yet to attract real scrutiny from the global media.
In Israeli media it was presumed that the young settlers had been abducted, and officials pinned the blame on Hamas. The militant organization denied any involvement, but the incident was soon being reported globally as a Hamas terror attack, with international condemnation and coverage of the kidnapping featuring on U.S. news. By the end of the weekend, the flurry of attention on the abduction was reaching its peak.
For Palestinians, however, the crackdown had just begun. On Sunday night, the West Bank city of Hebron was shut down as troops began to search from house to house. Couples were woken at gunpoint in the dark, groceries scattered across kitchens, men blindfolded and cuffed in their living rooms. Doors were blasted open, and an 8-year-old was seriously injured by shrapnel. In the Jalazon refugee camp, 20-year-old Ahmad Sabarin took a bullet to the chest; he died in hospital.
That first night, 140 people were arrested, supposedly “terror suspects” associated with the kidnapping. But neither this, nor the disproportional military siege unfolding in the West Bank, made the global headlines: For editors in the U.S., it seemed a sidenote compared to the disappearance of the three settlers.
In just the past few hours, a 14-year-old boy, Mahmoud Dudeen, and 22-year-old Mustafa Aslan were both shot dead by Israeli forces. Now, nights from Bethlehem to Jenin are disturbed by blasts as soldiers patrol the streets and storm houses, dispersing stone-throwing youth with live fire and sound grenades. Airstrikes are in full force over Gaza, and on June 18, Palestine’s top university was raided. Both Palestinians and Israelis say this is the biggest West Bank mobilization since the second Intifada.
"We are seeing a total shutdown of what was an already desperate situation," Mahmoud Subuh, from the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, told Mic. “Wednesday night, 20 to 30 houses were raided here. The whole third floor of one house was destroyed. The crackdown is really serious, and everyone is confused and hopeless. No one wants this violence again.”
Is this desperation a news story? It doesn’t seem so. In the U.S. media, coverage has been sparse — eyebrow-raising, given the level of violence. And while the strongest international condemnation has zeroed in on the kidnapping, no esteemed voices have criticized the deaths of Ahmad Sabareen, Mustafa Aslan, Mahmoud Dudeen or Ali al-Awoor, a 7-year-old boy also killed by Israeli fire this week.
This pattern is familiar. When Eyad, Gilad and Naftali disappeared, some 130 prisoners in Israeli jails were on the brink of death after more than fifty days on hunger strike against administrative detention, a practice that means they are imprisoned without charge, sometimes for years. The youngest striker, at 19, is the same age as one of the kidnapped boys. Yet his plight — and that of the 196 Palestinian minors imprisoned, often for stone-throwing, in Israeli jails — has gone largely unnoticed by the wider world.
The enormous wave of arrests that followed the kidnapping, too, has itself escaped serious censure. Since the boys’ disappearance on Thursday, at least 300 Palestinians have been arrested. None have been charged (many will be put in administrative detention) and the majority are members of Hamas.
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The Palestinian lawyer Farid Atrash Chairman of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in Bethlehem was caught today writing “salt and water, welcome Pope” on the Israeli occupation apartheid wall. The IDF soldiers chased and attempted to arrest him but he succeeded in eluding them. 24 May 2014.
May 16 2014
Brazilian police compared notes with US law enforcement officers here Thursday as they geared up for a mammoth security operation at next month’s World Cup.
With fresh protests against the tournament rippling across Brazil, a gun-toting shock battalion of Rio military police held a mock crowd control drill complete with helicopter and fake tear gas.
Military police Colonel Andre Vidal said input for US advisers had been useful as Brazil prepares to drape a 170,000-strong World Cup security blanket across the June 12-July 13 tournament.
"We will not be changing our modus operandi for the World Cup," Vidal stressed, while adding information-sharing was a useful means of determining "how to act in the best way possible" during the World Cup.
"This is an exchange of experiences to learn from different countries," said Vidal. The Brazilians have also studied riot policing techniques in European countries including Spain and Germany.
Vidal reiterated that peaceful protests against the cost of the World Cup would be tolerated provided they did erupt into violence.
"Demonstrations are permitted in Brazil, but what is not permitted is civil disturbances," the colonel told reporters in Rio.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation agents present declined to comment.
In March, the Brazilians oversaw a week-long training session with FBI agents in the city of Belo Horizonte, covering topics such as organized crime, peacekeeping techniques and respecting marchers’ human rights.
Brazil’s branch of Amnesty International this week expressed concern that a planned crackdown on protests may comprise human rights such as freedom of expression.
"Protesting is not a crime, it is a human right," said Amnesty’s Brazil director Atila Roque.
The Brazilian senate is due to vote on proposals to pass a law making public “disorder” a crime.
But Amnesty fears the move could criminalize people simply attending a protest.
A new, free society is building itself in the shell of the dying authoritarian society. Technologies of abundance, with all those technologies imply, are an inescapable feature of that new, free society. The sooner you begin availing yourself of your continuously expanding options, the faster and less violent the transition will be.
|—Thomas L. Knapp, Guns: Out of the Bottle, Like it or Not (via c4ss)|