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Tue
29
Dec

Report: To Change Everything U.S. Tour

by b. traven
Dec 28th, 2015
CrimethInc

Last month, we concluded the To Change Everything US tour, bringing together anarchists from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to compare notes on the uprisings and social movements of the past decade. In the course of 65 days, we presented 59 events in 57 towns, speaking with well over 2000 people altogether. To hear an audio recording from one of the presentations, tune in to episode 44 of the Ex-Worker Podcast.

Sat
19
Dec

'Off the Charts' Violence Against Muslims Ravaging US Communities

by Sarah Lazare
December 18, 2015
Common Dreams

New data confirms anecdotes of rising Islamophobic violence reflect nationwide trend

From an attack on a hijab-wearing sixth grader in the Bronx to the arson of a mosque near Palm Springs, reports of hate crimes targeting Muslims are more than troubling anecdotes, but rather, reflect a measurable nationwide rise in Islamophobic violence, according to two separate studies released this week.

Researchers with the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University (CSU) found that anti-Muslim hate crimes have tripled in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks.

Sat
12
Dec

The Danish Anarchists Who Inspired SantaCon Could Not Have Imagined Its Bro-Hell Future

by Natalie Zarrelli
December 9, 2015
Atlas Obscura

A sea of red and white coats rancorously swarm down thousands of streets. Hundreds of people, dressed as Santa Claus, scream and sing as they drink heavily, form impromptu dance parties, and crowd public transportation.

Sun
06
Dec

Every Nation Backing This War—Including US—Must Answer for Clinic Bombing: MSF

by Sarah Lazare
December 04, 2015
Common Dreams

From the United States to the United Arab Emirates, every country backing the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign against Yemen "bears responsibility" for Wednesday's bombing of a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in southern Yemen, a spokesperson for the medical charity told Common Dreams.

"We feel it is their responsibility to ensure that their fighter jets avoid medical facilities," Karline Kleijer, MSF operational manager for Yemen, said over Skype from Amsterdam.

Thu
19
Nov

'Wrong Side of History': Outrage as US Congress Moves to Block Syrian Refugees

Lawmakers spew xenophobic rhetoric just days after governors levy threats to keep out those fleeing war

by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
November 18, 2015
by Common Dreams

The xenophobic rhetoric that erupted on the state level in the U.S. in the immediate wake of the Paris attacks is now taking the national stage, where Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are attempting to rush through legislation before the Thanksgiving recess that would block Syrians fleeing war from taking refuge in the United States.

The anti-Syrian hysteria among lawmakers has been criticized as racist, Islamophobic, and deeply inhumane—invoking the U.S. legacies of the Japanese internment camps and the Chinese Exclusion act.

Thu
19
Nov

The Paris Attacks, Refugees, and the Brutal Fiction of Borders

By Molly Crabapple
November 19, 2015

The night the Islamic State attacked Paris, I was translating a book by the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani.

The regularity of the work was what kept my brain from spiraling into a pain loop. Write down the Arabic words you know. Look up the ones you don't. Force the sentences to make sense. Check on friends in Paris. Drink. Avoid the panic and death on Twitter. Translate another page.

Qabbani is a bit like Syria's Pablo Neruda in that he combines revolutionary sentiment with eroticism. The book I translated, Sparrows Don't Need Entry Visas, was a collection of introductory essays Qabbani had read at Arab capitals, many now destroyed by war. In one essay, Qabbani describes the subversive power of words evade governments—to fly, not like airplane passengers, but like sparrows.

Words, Qabbani says, don't need visas.

Thu
29
Oct

For Halloween, NY Post Dresses Up ‘Anarchist Plot’ Warning as Journalism

By Adam Johnson
FAIR
Oct 29, 2015

Keeping up the tradition of seasonal scares, the New York Post (10/26/15) published a story about a potential “Halloween Revolt”: an attack by anarchists on police nationwide.

A group known as the National Liberation Militia, the Post reported, has been planning to dress up in masks like normal trick-or-treaters and use this disguise to sneak up on and assault cops in some coordinated fashion. The story was quickly picked up by CBS News, Fox News and NBC News, all of whom breathlessly alerted the public about this spooky-themed threat to police.

Mon
26
Oct

Noam Chomsky Nails Why the GOP Has Fallen Off the Deep End

In an interview on Latin American media outlet teleSUR, linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky discussed everything from the rightward shift in American politics to Obama's assassination program to why "libertarianism" in America could lead to societal collapse and tyranny.

First, Chomsky explained that both parties have become more right-wing, with the GOP embracing radical extremism and mainstream Democrats occupying territory once held by moderate Republicans.

"The Republican party, about twenty years ago, basically abandoned any pretense of being a normal political party," Chomsky noted. "Their only policies are don't do anything or bomb. That's not a political party."

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Sat
10
Oct

Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today

Keane Bhatt
Yes! Magazine
October 7, 2015

Keane Bhatt, The Next System Project: Thank you for speaking with us. I was really excited to talk to you, because it seems that your intellectual and scholarly trajectory maps toward system change. Could you tell us a bit more about that trajectory, and how you began to tackle system-level questions?

Jessica Gordon Nembhard: I came from a family that was dedicated to social justice—a family that was very involved in trying to make social and economic change. And I felt like people didn’t know enough about economics, and that the economists that were out there had a kind of tyranny over the standard models and weren’t allowing other models to come out. So I decided that I was going to study economics and figure out where the inroads were to make economics liberating, as opposed to being constraining and exploitative.

Tue
06
Oct

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification

by Glenn Greenwald
The Intercept
October 5, 2015

When news first broke of the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the response from the U.S. military was predictable and familiar. It was all just a big, terrible mistake, its official statement suggested: an airstrike it carried out in Kunduz “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Oops: our bad. Fog of war, errant bombs, and all that.

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