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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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Pictures of Ferguson in Clayton MO: Before the Verdict

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Afri, Death, Human Rights, Media, Racism, Spectacle, US, Video |

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. — Parents of Michael Brown, Jr.

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It takes two to tango or to do pilpul…

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Human Rights, Ideas, Jewish, Judaism, Middle-East, Politics, Security, US |

Israel is isolated through lack of dialogue… As with Tibetan learning (like the pilpul [Hebrew for pepper] of Talmud study – through a dyad), the truth is supposed to engage at least someone else! There is no truth by oneself. Re-read Martin Buber, Yeshayahu Leibowitz or Emmanuel Lévinas & end totalitarian manipulations – always based on fear. Speak up!
“There is more space to be critical of Israel in Israel than in North America, said Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, a former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, who wrote an article for the current issue of Reform Judaism magazine on rabbis who feel “muzzled.” He said in an interview, ‘There are a range of opinions in Israel, and there should be a range of opinions here.'” […]

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Facts + Identity = Mess

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Eco, Education, Ideas, Politics, Popular, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, Teach, US |

[cf. Ajahn Sumedho’s book, Don’t Take Your Life Personally] RELATED TO BEYOND BELIEF by Pier Marton – “Mr. Kahan’s study suggests that more people know what scientists think about high-profile scientific controversies than polls suggest; they just aren’t willing to endorse the consensus when it contradicts their political or religious views. This finding helps us understand why my colleagues and I have found that factual and scientific evidence is often ineffective at reducing misperceptions and can even backfire on issues like weapons of mass destruction, health care reform and vaccines. WITH SCIENCE AS WITH POLITICS, IDENTITY OFTEN TRUMPS THE FACTS.” […]

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Murderous Money – The Pain of a Grieving Father

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in France, Jewish, Middle-East, Peace, Politics, Security, US, Women, Youth |

A GRIEVING FATHER PULLS A THREAD THAT UNRAVELS BNP’S ILLEGAL DEALS – from the NYTimes: “‘Please do not mention our name to any bank in the USA,’ Bank Melli wrote to Lloyds in one of the documents obtained by prosecutors. ‘I felt strongly that banks should not be used as vehicles for transferring illicit funds or contraband on behalf of sanctioned countries,’ Mr. Morgenthau,” […]

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Why Care About the N.S.A.? The End of Journalism & Privacy

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in History, Human Rights, Ideas, Now, Politics, Tech, US, Wars, Women, World, Youth |

A short NYTimes video clip by filmmaker Brian Knappenberger (“it’s time for all Americans to decide how to respond”) answering these typical questions – with Daniel Ellsberg “the infrastructure for a police state,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Salon… : Nobody’s looking at my stuff anyway, so I don’t care. – Everything they are doing is legal. – Tech companies already track our data, this isn’t any different. – We need this to keep us safe. The NSA reach is worldwide, and endless (from some recent articles): – NSA spies on Italians from roof of US Embassy in Rome, magazine reports – NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show. + TWO EXTENSIVE ARTICLES ABOUT GLENN GREENWALD (& HIS BLOG) AND EDWARD SNOWDEN in CNET & ROLLING STONE […]

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