29 Jul 2012

Can You Spot the Iran Hawk?

Romney is saying it’s ok for Israel to go ahead with an attack while Obama’s team is briefing Bibi on how we’ll do it. Can someone explain what the choice is here since I certainly can’t.

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01 Jul 2012

AngryArabiya Injured By Bahrain Police

On June 27, Zeinab AlKhawaja (@AngryArabiya) and Said Yousif Almuhafda, head of monitoring & evaluation for the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BHCR), were attacked by Bahrain police.

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24 Jun 2012

The Romance of Counterinsurgency

Ah, the romance of counterinsurgency surprisingly still alive and well … the old mujahadin sharing tea with me …. and then we kill his kids since it’s precisely these free of red tape SOF units that have been responsible for so many civilian casualties.”

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18 Jun 2012

FDL Movie Night: Words of Witness

Watching Mai Iskander’s film Words of Witness as the reports filtered in of the Egyptian presidential election results was somewhat surreal, a word the film’s Heba and her family also find descriptive of the situation in their homeland as the initial joy of Mubarak’s resignation becomes the much longer struggle to build democracy – or perhaps to continue wresting democracy from the hands of the regime.

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12 Jun 2012

Putting Some Heart Back Into the Discussion of Women’s Health

I was so impressed by the Movie Night that Lisa hosted with the remarkable women who made Pink Ribbons Inc. It’s always a delicate and often radical matter to talk about fundraising and awareness raising around illnesses – and in many ways any challenge to pink ribbon land is a risky undertaking so these women – Ravida Din; Barbara Brenner, and Dr. Samantha King are my heroes. I hope folks will see the film and read the superb discussion that took place in the thread here.

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10 Jun 2012

Obama & Clinton Pal, Bahrain’s King Al Khalifa, Jails Kids

At left you see the photo of Ali Hasan. Ali is 11 years old and has been in a Bahraini jail for three weeks now. His crime – “Illegal gathering.” His trial will be held tomorrow.

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25 May 2012

This Is What Democracy Really Looks Like – Manifencours in Montreal

or the past three months the students of Montreal have been marching daily in the streets. These “manifencours” or manifestations travel throughout the city, with marchers carrying “les casseroles” or pots and pans and drumming on them as they march. The students are protesting the government’s plan to raise university tuition 75% and while their tuition is inexpensive by many standards, a commitment to providing eduction and access to university has been a core aspect of this special community.

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20 May 2012

Chicago’s BlackBlock

@Jeff Sharlet summed it up today: @JeffSharlet Masked men in all black, wearing strange armor, refuse to ID selves, carrying sticks cld be weapons. Turns out cops have a black bloc, too. Chicago today looks so much like a police state – and feels like it too. On my way

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19 May 2012

The Real Violence in Chicago: Millions for NATO Cops Not for City Children

It’s very strange to have my home town host NATO and NONATO this weekend. Strange partly since my health limits my ability to be in the streets as part of NONATO and I so miss it. But also odd to have our usual daily routines interrupted by the hyper security state that Rahm and his friends decided we need to protect us from all that dangerous free speech that might take place this week.

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19 May 2012

The Real Violence in Chicago: Millions for NATO Cops Not for City Children

It’s very strange to have my home town host NATO and NONATO this weekend. Strange partly since my health limits my ability to be in the streets as part of NONATO and I so miss it. But also odd to have our usual daily routines interrupted by the hyper security

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