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Gaza Youth Breaks Out
1 year 35 weeks ago

(this appears to be almost two years old, but, due to the course of events, it is circulating again)


Gaza Youth Breaks Out With a 'Manifesto for Change"

by Gaza Youth Breaks Out



Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA!

We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community! We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16’s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this fucking situation we live in; we are like lice between two nails living a nightmare inside a nightmare, no room for hope, no space for freedom. We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, homemade fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.

Obama administration grants DACA relief to more than 50,000 undocumented immigrants
1 year 36 weeks ago

The Obama administration released updated statistics today that indicated that, as of yesterday, 53,273 undocumented youths have received relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

As of Nov. 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received more than 300,000 requests for deferred action. Most of those applicants are still awaiting the completion of background checks.

The figures the administration released didn't indicate either how many beneficiaries have received work permits under the program or whether any requests for deferred action have been denied.

DACA directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to practice prosecutorial discretion towards those who came to the United States without documents as minor children.

At the rate the agency is processing applications, it appears likely that more than 100,000 requests for deferred action will be granted by the end of the year.

To be eligible for the DACA program an applicant must be under 31 years of age and present in the U.S. by June 15 of this year and came to the U.S. before age 16. Applicants must have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, they must have attended school or served in the military and have no serious criminal record.

Michael Rabb calls for protests of Jews at Worship on their Holy day
1 year 36 weeks ago
Sam Xie

Anti-Israel activist Michael Rabb has called upon the community to protest Jews worshipping at Synagogue on their holy Sabbath. Its not anti-Semetic. Its anti-israel. He writes: Ask Jews and all Americans to renounce their support for Israel: stand vigil in front of Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Road in Boulder, Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. Ethnic cleansing of Palestine is a crime against humanity that was conceived and perpetrated as part of the Zionist project to create the Jewish state of Israel. As a result of ethnic cleansing, most of the indigenous population of Palestine has been expelled. They, or their descendants, now live as refugees or exiles in foreign countries. About 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their native land in 1948. These expulsions were done by Zionist armies using terror, home destruction, starvation, fear inducing propaganda and threats of death. Over 500 Palestinian villages were ethnically cleansed and destroyed by Zionist armed forces at that time. In defiance of UN resolutions, none of these Palestinian refugees were allowed to return. Another wave of ethnic cleansing occurred after the 1967 war when several hundred thousand residents of the West Bank were pushed into Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. And these crimes are not past tense. The ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population of Palestine continues today! State ownership of more than 90 percent of all the land in Israel is explicitly instituted to privilege Jews and bar Palestinians from living in Israel. Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes, confiscate Palestinian property and build Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land. Ongoing Israeli colonization and the oppressive matrix of control of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza are designed and administered to push Palestinians off their land and out of their country. Of course, Israel continues to deny the basic human right of return to millions of Palestinian refugees.

Anti-Politics and Revolutionary Solidarity
1 year 37 weeks ago

(Reposted from: )


There appears to be a trend in radical circles of distinguishing prisoners based on their so-called ‘crimes’, with the intent (conscious or not) to identify ‘political prisoners’ who, by virtue of their actions, are more deserving of support and solidarity. Prisoners who have been targeted by the state due to their political beliefs and/or actions are given special attention amongst radicals, while the rest of the prison population spending their days in a cage are often only an afterthought, used as a means to lend credibility to political ideology, or completely forgotten.

This privileged and moralistic practice has invaded radical circles and creates a distinction between ‘political’ and ‘ordinary’ prisoner. Political prisoners are said to have been imprisoned unjustly, unlike the rest of the prison population. This can manifest either as an insistence of their innocence (as in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal), or, in cases in which the prisoner has obviously broken the law, they are viewed as acting only in response to unjust laws or conditions (as in the case of Walter Bond). In both cases, their innocence is maintained.

But stating that some prisoners are innocent implies that others are guilty and deserve their punishment, that some unjust laws should be broken, while others should be upheld. This distinction requires predefined ideas of what is right and wrong and the application of those ideas in all situations and to all individuals, regardless of context. This process of taking subjective ideas, reifying them as universal moral principles and claiming their objectivity is no different than the state claiming that to uphold their laws is to uphold ‘justice’.

October Surprise! Romney benefits $15 million from Obama auto bailout
1 year 39 weeks ago

We Americans have come to expect extraordinary events to occur before an important election day. When a National election is in play, however, the attempts to sway voter opinions assume more demonstrative proportions, whether from without or within, becoming what has euphemistically been called an “October Surprise."

Both political parties will typically withhold their most precious “bullets” until the final days for maximum effect, but occasionally the “firepower” comes from true investigative reporting. Greg Palast, an economist and financial investigator turned journalist, supported by the Nation Institute, the Puffin Foundation, and by others, recently published a revealing article in “The Nation," detailing how former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his donors held the auto industry hostage after President Obama’s auto bailout. These “opportunists” raked in billions from their underhanded shenanigans.

The article, entitled “Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza,” is a testament to how money moves in the “shadows," far from public scrutiny, to enrich special interest groups, private equity funds, and material contributors to political campaigns. The central figure in this “expose” is Paul Singer, who has been labeled by the press as a “vulture investor” for preying on distressed companies and countries by buying their debt for pennies on the market and then demanding full payment from the issuers. Fortune magazine goes further to describe him as a “passionate defender of the 1%," earning his reputation by “strong-arming his way to profit.”

Let Patagonia's Rivers Run
1 year 40 weeks ago
Less destructive alternative energy sources are abundant, and the Chilean government may not fully appreciate the significant tourism revenue opportunities that could be gained by safeguarding the natural grandeur of this spectacular area. We need to encourage them not to dam the rivers. International Rivers is currently working to stop the construction of five huge hydroelectric dams in Chilean Patagonia. They've begun a large-scale mailing campaign aimed at influencing key decision-makers in these Patagonia dam projects. To learn more about their campaign, or take action yourself, hit this LINK to help keep Patagonia beautiful, via: International Rivers. The video below vividly showcases the proposed park's landscape and makes a compelling case for its protection and restoration. It also touches on the environmental threats to the area of the massive proposed hydroelectric project.
Patagonia Environmental Initiatives Booklet
1 year 40 weeks ago

We talk about these things not to toot our own horn, but with the hope that other companies will see the value in using business to help protect wild nature and improve human society. If you think your employer could benefit from similar programs, please encourage them to join 1% For the Planet. For the full scoop, download the Environmental Initiatives Booklet (17mb PDF; right-click to download) or hit the jump to browse a Flash-based version before downloading. Click on the arrows to turn the pages, or on the booklet to see a larger version. For optimum readability, download the PDF. Get your own - Open publication

Vote the Environment
1 year 40 weeks ago

For example, George Bush, in his retirement, collects rainwater and uses geothermal energy to run his house in Crawford. “We’ve tried to live our life that way, you know, without thumping our chest,” he said in a recent interview. “We just did it. Not for political purposes, just because we want to live our life.” The presidential library he’s building at Southern Methodist Univeristy will be LEED-certified. That’s good, but not enough. We need a lot more senators, congressmen and women and governors willing to both “live their lives” and stake their political fortunes on the work we need to do to keep the planet habitable and life possible for our children. The private feelings we all share for our promised, endangered natural environment must translate now into a steady stream of responsible action from munities, which includes government and business. That stream will also translate into jobs. What can you do today? Vote as though your life depended on it. Before you mark your ballot, check the environmental record of the person you’re voting for. The League of Conservation Voters’ environmental scorecard provides a good place to start.

Yosemite Dispatches with Ron Kauk: Sacred Rok Summer
1 year 40 weeks ago

This week, the weather in Tuolumne turned cold. The fall weather brings with it a reflective time, a respect for the change of seasons. With the experiences of this past year, Sacred Rok is now starting to mature. We have a nice cadre of young people with whom I have cultivated friendships that I hope will continue to grow. Leading up to next summer, I will have day trips with small groups ing up from Merced, continuing to develop our appreciation of education, nature’s way. At the same time, we are working on the inherent tension between our way of doing with the external expectations of being clearer about objectives, curriculum, and teaching. We believe that structure often works against natural discovery and connecting the experiences to the soul. Sacred Rok for me is an on-going experiment in how these elements of learning and living can be woven together to inspire a deeper understanding of being human and our responsibility to the earth. –Ron Kauk To read more about Rons summer and the meaningful trips he and his partner Kenji hosted, visit the Sacred Rok news page. If youd like to help support the non-profit mission of Sacred Rok, a $50 donation will send a youth to Yosemite for a day with Ron; an event that can be life changing. In return they will send you this Midnight Lightning inspired Sacred Rok tee (Adult sizes S, M, L, XL).

NBC Nightly News and ABC World News Ignore Faith Community Urging to Cover the LIBOR Banking Scandal
1 year 41 weeks ago

Last Friday, the 5th of October, the Sisters of Charity of New York delivered thousands of petitions to NBC Nightly News and ABC World News to urge them to stop their blackout coverage of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) scandal since it broke 3 months ago. The bank manipulation of a critical interest rate that impacts all of us - from home mortgages to credit cards, its affects are wide-ranging, especially for the poor and most vulnerable.

Jubilee USA Network, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate sent letters to NBC Nightly News and ABC World News to urge them to cover the scandal. Over three months since the scandal broke and two months since the letters were sent, there has still been no response. The Sisters, on behalf of 250 interfaith communities brought the petition to their front doors but ABC and NBC still have not responded or covered this critical story.

In the faith leaders letter to the programs, they wrote, “Our organizations represent almost all of the mainline Churches, more than 100 national organizations and 200 congregations that are concerned about continued corruption in our banking system. The manipulation of these rates affects people across the income spectrum. As faith-based organizations we must stress that this corruption has severe repercussions for the poor and most vulnerable.” Today the Sisters of Charity of New York hand delivered 5,000 petitions to the programs headquarters in NY.

According to the Economist, LIBOR is a benchmark for short term rates, when manipulated, affects payments for more than 800 trillion dollars of financial instruments and 99 percent of all commercial products including mortgages, credit cards and pensions, as reported by CNN.

Stanford/NYU Study: Obama's Drones Kill Civilians 98% of the Time
1 year 42 weeks ago

From Portland Indymedia


The Obama administration's "Drone Wars" have only killed some two percent of "Top militant leaders" and a mind-blowing 98% innocent civilians since they began back in 2004 under George Bush. This according to a newly released study by Stanford and NY Universities conducted onsite in Afghanistan. According to Obama's "top terrorism advisor" John Brennan, civilian deaths are "exceedingly rare".

The Bureau for Investigative Journalism estimates almost 900 civilians have been killed, and nearly 180 of them were children. Think about this the next time you hear a Democrat gush some babble about "our precious children". All this crap about focused, pinpoint targeting is just so much hogwash. Got to keep up appearances in the "war on terror" by continually staging FAKE "attacks on terrorists", even though the victims are completely innocent over 9 out of ten times! Orwell wouldn't even believe this shit. This is really confirmation that the Obama team is nothing more than the warmongering Bush team in Democratic Drag when it comes to serving the military/industrial/oil cartels that wage war for profit under the guise of fighting "terrorists". It's the same old America after all, isn't it? While intellectuals parry in the free web forums of the USA, real people living real lives are being blown to bits by explosives bought and paid for those happy, clapping audiences on "Ellen" and "The View" and "Leno". Sure- they're all "nice people", I'm sure. Nicely APATHETIC.

The Romney Ryan Record of Animal Abuse From Rodeos and Bowhunting To Purchase Of Animal Research Companies
1 year 42 weeks ago

Romney Ryan Record Of Animal Abuse

Romney Ryan Record Of Animal Abuse revised Oct 7, 2012
The biggest lobby in the United States is the combined power of animal rights, animal welfare, and individual cat, dog, rabbit, mouse, bird and other animal, bird, reptile and fish guardians. May our combined united power defeat Romney Ryan. This is not a political power run by money or violence, but by compassion.

Romney Ryan Record Of Animal Abuse.. Has Involved 2 Illegal Practices
revised Oct 7, 2012

In 1997 Romney bought German animal torture company Behring and expanded its animal research to Miami, Florida renaming it Dade Behring. He invested in
slaughterhouse products, brought brutal rodeo into the nonviolent Olympics, had an aggressive promotion of toxic animal flesh ads on Clear Channel, refused to sign a bill acknowledging the right of students to refuse to dissect animals in biology classes, filled the state wildlife agency with that 4.5% of the population which hunts,
treated his family dog terribly while breaking Massachusetts law. He has harmed millions of animals. He said "I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter." Rob Portman, touted as a possible vice presidential candidate, is a leader of the drive to bring hunters into the national parks, endangering citizens, their children, and international tourists, not to mention the animals. Paul Ryan voted no on protecting horses and burros. Ryan has voted consistently for rancher and dairy industry subsidies which benefit Wisconsin agribusiness cartels.

Romney-Ryan Record Of Abusing Cows, Pigs, Sheep, Horses, Dogs, Cats, Deer, Turkeys Etc Edit

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Romney's Destructive Record Regarding The Environment
1 year 42 weeks ago
Romney's Record: Destruction of the Environment While Turning Appalachia into a Moonscape ROMNEY RECORD REGARDING THE ENVIRONMENT IS ONE OF DESTRUCTION.. HE WOULD MAKE ALL OF WEST VIRGINIA A BARREN MOONSCAPE FROM MOUNTAINTOP MINING I PROMOTER OF WORLD THREATENING NUCLEAR POWER Mitt Romney supports lethal nuclear power and coal, promotes drilling in Alaskan wildlife shrines as well as offshore drilling and sending Canadian oil sludge through a pipeline to Texas, opposes wind power II WIND POWER OPPOSITION Romney who is heavily invested in earth destroying petroleum products wants to remove supports for wind power. Romney is doing the bidding of his supporters, the billionaire polluting Koch Brothers, in such opposition. Romney said we shouldn't have to drive around with a windmill on top of our cars, to which Obama replied: Romney's had other things on the top of his cars (like the family dog). In actuality, small dynamos powered by moving car air flow can be a source of energy. Illinois alone has derived 6 billion dollars from windpower. III SOLAR POWER OPPOSITION Romney has stated the government should stay out of the search for clean nonviolent inexpensive fuels. IV DRILLING IN ANWR in Alaska is supported by Mitt Romney. V OFFSHORE DRILLING is supported by Mitt Romney who wants to double the offshore drilling permits given to nonAmerican BP which dumped trillions of gallons of oil and of neurotoxic Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico and to nonAmerican Shell which has been poisoning the Niger Delta for decades. which pressured the nigerian government to hang ken saro-wiwa and other nonviolent environment activists.
Jill Stein – The Gentle Face of The Empire
1 year 42 weeks ago

Occupy Denver is holding a Stop The Empire Action at the Presidential Debates as I type this. 
Naturally the Green Party has acted quickly to take advantage of this for their own political agenda.
Jill Stein’s vision may offer more equality, but it WILL NOT bring about more freedom.
Jill Stein’s plan is to reduce spending via military cuts & preventive health. But she still wants a military. She still wants doctors to maintain the position of secular priests that every day people hold in reverence.

Jill Stein wants to leave the archaic institution of marriage intact, but give the “right” to people the dominant order considers “gay” to marry. She is not interested in destroying the institution of marriage that serves the Dominant Order or dismantling the social identities that are necessary for the Dominant Order to function.
She also had the audacity to claim the American Revolution “threw off corporate rule” although the American Revolution did not even benefit the great majority of colonists, slaves, indentured servants, women or anyone who wasn’t a rich, white property owner. (In other words the American Revolution only benefited the 1%)
She also wants to increase spending on public schools – these are the very institutions that indoctrinate young Americans into the values of the 1%!
I commend the brave people who are taking direct action against the Dominant Order. I just hope they don’t allow themselves to be manipulated by a rich, white, Harvard educated woman with a political agenda every bit as brutal as Obama and Romney’s.

First Resurrection: A History of Islam in America
1 year 43 weeks ago

We must tell our own stories. Or someone else will tell them for us.

First Resurrection: A History of Islam in America is a narrative documentary shining a light on the histories and identities of American Muslims.

Even if you are not Muslim, this film is important because American Muslims have made a major contribution to oppositional currents in the United States. Now we can hear the story as told by the participants, rather than liberals on PBS.

Super Sneak Peak here: