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Syria: Outrage Is Not Enough

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Action, Doc, Genocide, Human Rights, Middle-East, Now, Photo, Politics, Racism, US, Wars, World | 2 comments

“‘I and millions of Syrians feel depressed when we see that the killer of thousands of prisoners is left unchecked… I have risked my life and the life of my immediate family, and even exposed my relatives to extreme danger, in order to stop the systematic torture that is practiced by the regime against prisoners,” Caesar wrote. “What is it that you can possibly do to prevent the killing, especially since there are more than 150,000 prisoners in the jails of the regime awaiting this black fate?” – Caesar was photographing accident scenes for the military police when the Syrian conflict erupted. He and several fellow photographers soon found themselves photographing dozens of bodies a day, many of which displayed signs of torture. Convinced that he was documenting war crimes, Caesar downloaded copies of the photos on thumb drives, sneaked them out of his office and transferred them to a hard drive, keeping a grisly record of the deaths for more than two years. But when asked to train a successor, he became alarmed that the government might be on to him, and he defected, taking a hard drive that he says documents more than 10,000 deaths.” […]

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-empyre- This Month on “ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Action, Art, Death, Ego, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Middle-East, Now, Peace, Politics, Security, Shoah, Spectacle, Theater, Time, Wars, World |

For the month of November 2014, I have been invited to be one of a number of guests on this listserv of more than 1900 participants. Here is an excerpt from one of the organizers, Alan Sondheim: “The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre, absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this chaos is a kind of ground-work itself – nothing beyond a scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror that seems to be daily increasing. … we want less political analysis or politics for that matter, and more, a form of personal/cultural testimony that is rarely written. What of anguish? What of inconceivable torture? What of a planet tending wildly towards overpopulation, extinctions, local wars, starvations, all producing despair, breakdown, anomie? In other words – how does one sleep at night?… the very absence of discussion in general, about the interiority of absolute violence, opens the subject up here.” PLEASE JOIN IN […]

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The Ebola Emergency: A Scream-Un Cri/Grito/Grido!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Asia, Care, Death, Genocide, Health, Now, Politics, Racism, Security, Wars, Women, World |

“To put out this fire, we must run into the burning building. This is a transnational crisis, with social, economic and security implications for the African continent. It is your historic responsibility to act. We cannot cut off the affected countries and hope this epidemic will simply burn out… UN member states cannot focus solely on measures to protect their own borders. Only by battling the epidemic at its roots can we stem it.” – From the speech at the UN by Dr. Joanne Liu, MSF international president. […]

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Contre-histoire de la philosophie: Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas & Günther Anders

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Antisemitism, Books, France, Genocide, History, Idées, Jewish, Juif, Media, Middle-East, Politics, Popular, Shoah, Spectacle, Women |

Apparemment Onfray aime trop souvent simplifier pour “engager son public” – c’est bien dommage… Quelque fois cela peut-être utile, mais c’est un couteau à deux tranchants! Malgré une manière désastreuse d’épouser beaucoup trop vite les théories d’Hannah Arendt sur la “collaboration Juive” au Holocauste*, merci beaucoup pour la (ma) découverte de Günther Anders (cf. English bio by Harold Marcuse) et à quel point la critique de Guy Debord dans La Société du Spectacle s’inspirerait d’Anders, une critique décisive de la culpabilité de Heidegger, et le rappel que philosophie et vie ne devraient faire qu’un. (Lanzmann: “La première chose face à une catastrophe pareille, c’est l’humilité.”) – Liens Audio […]

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Dalam Jagal/The Act of Killing (Online Full Versions)

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Action, Asia, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, Genocide, Highlights, Human Rights, Now, Peace, Politics, Racism, Spectacle, Time, Wars |

2014 Oscar Nominated and BAFTA Best Documentary Winner – What must be seen will be seen (for free now – film as change!) – This video is posted here with the full approval of the copyright holders of The Act of Killing. Previous postings with many reviews and interviews: A MONUMENT OF A FILM – my review and more & INDONESIA’S DARK PAST & PRESENT – my first post with much information. Bahasa Indonesia: Dalam Jagal, kami mengundang Anwar dan rekan pelaku pembunuhan lainnya untuk menceritakan kenangan mereka mengenai pembunuhan, tetapi gagasan mereka tidak untuk dituangkan dalam sebuah film dokumenter: mereka ingin membintangi jenis film yang mereka gandrungi dari era percaloan tiket di bioskop. Film Jagal menangkap kesempatan ini untuk mengungkap bagaimana sebuah rejim yang dibangun dengan genosida–dan tak pernah dimintai pertanggunggugatannya–mencitrakan dirinya dalam sejarah. […]

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