The killings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo highlight the threat to media workers in a world where free expression faces many violent threats. But they provide no excuse for hateful rejoinders.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo is the worst case of targeted killings of journalists ever recorded in Europe and is matched only by the massacre five years ago of 32 journalists and other media workers, by 100 armed men who attacked an election convoy in Mindanao in the Philippines.
But the Paris (...)
The world reacted with horror to the murderous attack on the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo. In the New York Times, veteran Europe correspondent Steven Erlanger graphically described the immediate aftermath, what many call France’s 9/11, as “a day of sirens, helicopters in the air, (...)
This piece is adapted from Uprisings, a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to US Empire, Noam Chomsky’s new book of interviews with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropolitan Books). The questions are Barsamian’s, the answers Chomsky’s.
Does the United States still have the same level of control over the energy resources of the Middle East as it once had?
The major energy-producing countries are still firmly under the control of the western-backed dictatorships. So, actually, the progress made by the Arab spring is limited, (...)
Defending free speech and free press rights, which typically means defending the right to disseminate the very ideas society finds most repellent, has been one of my principal passions for the last 20 years: previously as a lawyer and now as a journalist. So I consider it positive when large (...)
Just a few pages into “American Sniper,” Chris Kyle used an epithet to describe the Arabs on the wrong side of his gun scope. “A lot of people, myself included, called the enemy ‘savages,’” he wrote. “I only wish I had killed more. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better (...)
Moves to define Israel in constitutional law as a Jewish state might seem at first glance tautological. Didn’t Israel shoot, bomb, and murder its way into existence so that David Ben Gurion could declare a Jewish state in 1948?
Forget the ethnic cleansing of the Nakba, with three quarters of a (...)
U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America’s wars have defended America’s freedom. But the historical record doesn’t bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.
Shortly after the United States (...)
Terrorism Serves the State, Brian Martin
Do Wars Really Defend “America’s Freedom”?, Lawrence Wittner
American Exceptionalism and American Torture, William Blum
Adding More Proof ’War Is Over’ Is a Myth, NATO Commander Warns of Inevitable Deaths to Come, Sarah Lazare
US control (...)
Arpilleras are three dimensional appliquéd tapestries originating in Chile in the late 1960s. They originally depicted the landscapes and everyday lives of women and their families in rural areas. They were made with scraps of different materials found in homes using the burlap from bags of potatoes or flour as a canvas.
Arpillera means strong burlap.
During the Pinochet dictatorship (1973 - 1990) they became a form of resistance.
Through workshops with the Association of Relatives of Detained and Disappeared sponsored by the Vicariate of Solidarity of the Catholic Church in Chile, in 1977 women courageously came together and made arpilleras to tell their stories portraying the places, the people and the (...)
BOOK REVIEW: Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements
by Chris Dixon
University of California Press, 2014
Reviewed by Carwil Bjork-James
Over the past two decades, a certain kind of radical politics has surfaced and resurfaced, most recently within the whirlwind of activism that made up the Occupy movement. As the movement spread and encampments grew, occupiers sought to deepen their critiques and build democracy amongst (...)
Extracts from the new book, Popular Protest in Palestine, an important study of popular unarmed resistance to the Israeli occupation since the second intifada
As one member of a popular committee in Silwan [on the outskirts of Jerusalem] observed: ‘A major challenge is the coordination of nonviolent activities. Some focus on the [Israeli Separation] Wall, others on checkpoints and others on settlements. There is no coordination like there was in the (...)
A number of scholars, journalists, and activists have argued that we may be witnessing the development of a ‘security-industrial complex’ in Europe which resembles the earlier ‘military-industrial complex’ of the Cold War. The border security-industrial complex refers to the relations between military, security, and private industry within a global market for the design and implementation of border security technologies
The main actors are governments, suppliers of security technologies, and security forces demanding use of new technologies for controlling and managing state borders. The types of industrial actors which supply border security technology range from general and specialized equipment providers (...)
We think that your thought isn’t a thought – so you can’t benefit from freedom of thought!
Turkish courts have released the detailed ruling against Yannis Vasilis Yaylali, the conscientious objector from Turkey who was convicted for violating a highly controversial penal code, Article 318 – “alienating public from military service”. The details show that Turkish courts are doing their (...)
On 14 May, as part of an international climate action, 2,000 campaigners entered and shut down the massive Welzow-Süd opencast lignite coal mine, and its coal-loading station, in Lusatia in eastern Germany. The protest escalated on the following day as more protesters shut down the nearby (...)
Military coups have brought along human rights violations in every location they have taken place. In every place where the army has taken control by force, the violence has been further institutionalized and the societies who witness the coups have been stuck in spirals of violence. The process we have been living since July 15 night is making us experience a variety of this spiral of violence.
On one side military coup scenarios are being put into practice by “Peace at Home Council”, on the other side AKP government’s so called “democratic moves” are on the agenda.
This equation will enable AKP to further centralize the government by gathering the power in one hand and apply the (...)
When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. announced his strong opposition to the war in Vietnam, the media attacked him for straying outside of his civil rights mandate. In so many words, powerful interests told him: “Mind your own business.”
In fact, African American leaders have long been concerned with broad issues of peace and justice and have especially opposed nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this activism is left out of mainstream corporate-produced history textbooks.
Coretta Scott King (R) with Women Strike for Peace (...)
"GIVE ME generals who have luck!" Napoleon once exclaimed.
Which reminds one of Goethe’s Faust, who complained that "the fools never realize how luck is connected with talent."
Luck can be a great benefactor. It can also be the cause of catastrophes. I seem to remember that one of those evil Greek gods or goddesses destroyed their human victims by making them lucky.
Luck goes with hubris. And hubris leads to nemesis.
TAKE, JUST for example, Binyamin Netanyahu. A very lucky politician – up to now, at least.
His predecessors were confronted with a united front of Arab states, which were determined to destroy Israel, or at least to help the Palestinian people to achieve freedom and independence.
In 1948, all (...)
Ideas on how to unify a majority of Americans through a broad strategy that makes the country ungovernable by the 1 percent and provides a credible, practical alternative to its rule. We can build on strengths we already have, opportunities that are already available, and skills that are learnable. This is the time to be bold because we can learn from history and also to go beyond it. This is a moment calling each of us to an adventure of empowerment.
George Lakey talk at UMass Amherst 9/21/16 for Resistance Studies Initiative,
UMass Amherst, USA 1:10:12
Ideas on how to unify a majority of Americans through a broad strategy that makes the country ungovernable by the 1 percent and provides a (...)
Karl Marx modified a Hegel quotation that world-historical facts always occurred twice, "the first time as tragedy and the next time as farce" (1). Since November 9, 2016, we know they can occur as tragedy and farce at once.
"Neoliberalism now seems to be in the process-optimization of world history," the sociologist Rudiger Haude said with raised eyebrows.
A FARCE AS TRAGEDY
The election in the United States on November 8, 2016, was a farce. People chose between two extremely unsympathetic and anti-social (...)
Near Cannon Ball, N.D. — Last Sunday, the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock in North Dakota was slick with icy, packed-down snow. The mud was glass. Veterans poured in, having traveled all night to support the people protecting their water from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I linked arms (...)