The fact is that so many of us are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We are sick of the casual racism. We are tired of the smirking, drive-by sexism. We are done with people who make their living by selling the idea that some people are less human than others...This past week, our voices were heard. It won't...end with Don Imus.
On Friday, February 23, police in Nelson, British Columbia entered the
home of U.S. war resister Kyle Snyder without a search warrant or
permission to enter. They had no warrant for Snyder's arrest, but
arrested him anyway. Treating him like a violent criminal, they did
not even allow him dress into his clothes. They took him off to jail
barefoot and wearing only boxer shorts and a bathrobe.
A seven year old boy in Baltimore, USA was arrested, carted off to the police station, handcuffed to a bench and had his fingerprints and mug shot taken. All for sitting on his dirt bike on the pavement.
In a groundbreaking decision, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has told Canada that it must rein in Canadian corporations operating on Indian land in the United States.
Seventy years after the breakthrough strike that first established the United Auto Workers (UAW) as a powerhouse of organized labor, the union faces new demands for concessions that could sweep away decades of gains by workers...For the UAW the choice is stark: Continue to accept the logic of partnership and enable companies to seek profitability at any expense, or revive the class-struggle unionism that the UAW exemplified in its early days.
"George W. Bush is undoubtedly the most genuine representative of a system of terror forced on the world by the technological, economic and political superiority of the most powerful country known to this planet. For this reason, we share the tragedy of the American people and their ethical values. The instructions for the verdict issued by Judge Kathleen Cardone, of the El Paso Federal Court last Friday, granting Luis Posada Carriles freedom on bail, could only have come from the White House.
How the Wall Street Journal and New York Times savage two progressive independent world leaders.
Exactly how are the men and women fighting in Iraq immune from any and all blame and what does it say about a culture when the concept of "death from above" is proudly displayed on t-shirts and bumper stickers?
[Note from b&r: The following is an excellent, though quite lengthy, analysis of the weaknesses inherent in much of contemporary anarchism; if your time is limited, skip the literature review.]
[In the Anarchist movement]...one divide that is growing more sharp is the same one that runs through much of Europe, the debate between insurrection and organization...[T]here seems to be a lingering affinity for certain Western values that are at the heart of the state and capitalism: a worldview based on dichotomies, and a logical structure that is startlingly monotheistic...For example, when there are two different strategies for revolution, many of us do not see this as two paths for different groups of people to walk...but as evidence that somebody must be Wrong.
[Princeton Historian Bernard] Lewis "described Muslim migration to Europe as an Islamic attack on the West and defended the Crusades as 'a late, limited and unsuccessful imitation of the jihad' that spread Islam across much of the globe." [He] gave a "ringing endorsement of the ill-fated Crusades," and "he made the point that the Crusades, as atrocious as they were, were nonetheless an understandable response to the Islamic onslaught of the preceding centuries, and that it was ridiculous to apologize for them"
One of the driving forces behind [the Senate] hearing was a petition signed by more than 10,000 scientists...decrying administration attempts to politicize science. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) circulated that petition along with an "A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science" that documents hundreds of instances of censorship and political interference. Signatories include 52 Nobel Laureates, 63 National Medal of Science recipients and almost 200 members of the National Academies of Science.
[Part three of three.]
In 2003, Laurence Britt crystallized 14 points of fascism from regimes including those of Hitler, Mussolini and Suharto, then suggested similarities under Bush...Part III finishes up Britt's final two points, makes predictions for 2007 and discusses how to fight back.
The Olympics always want their pound of flesh...BUT THERE are some residents who think that the people of [Chicago] have given quite enough skin, not to mention blood and tears. A group of activists calling themselves Black People Against Police Torture (BPAPT) wants to keep the Olympics out...The group argues, "A city which tortures its own residents does not deserve the Olympics"...[I]f Chicago were in fact "honored" with the Olympics, a resurgence of police repression would surely follow.
Ariel Levy's book Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture rips the lid off the stunning rise and widespread acceptability of sexist culture in the United States. It investigates a number of cultural phenomena that reveal how pervasive and commonplace the objectification of women is, how normal it has become. It's about time someone took notice and wrote about the myriad ways that sexist ideas continue to saturate our society.
Sami Al-Arian is one of many dozens, likely hundreds, of political prisoners in the US today but is noteworthy because of his high-profile status and as an especially egregious example of persecution and injustice in post-9/11 America with its climate of state-induced fear and resulting repression with special targeting of Latino immigrants and all Muslims characterized as "Islamofascists" because of their faith and ethnicity.