It’s worth remembering that the U.S. government officially considered Nelson Mandela to be a “terrorist” for decades because of his role in the struggle against racial Apartheid in South Africa. His name was actually not lifted from the State Department’s terrorist watch list until 2008. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24709294)
“During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their death, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the “consolation” of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time robbing the revolutionary theory of its substance, blunting its revolutionary edge and vulgarizing it.” - Lenin, State and Revolution
Mr. Mandela’s decades in prison and insistence on forgiveness over vengeance made him a potent symbol of the struggle to end his country’s system of racial domination.
THERE ARE times when the line between shock, rage and sadness becomes so blurred, it is impossible to know when the flow of emotion ends or begins. The shock and rage come from hearing about an African American student violently tormented by his three white housemates at San Jose State University.
Thrown together randomly as first-year students tend to be, Logan Beaschler, 18, Joseph Bomgardner, 19, and Colin Warren, 18, found common cause in acts of racist sadism against their fourth housemate. They at times forced a bike lock around the neck of this young man. They barricaded him in his room. They nicknamed him “three-fifths” or “fraction” in reference to the three-fifths Compromise of 1787 that decreed slaves to be less than a full person. They hung confederate flags outside their room. They scrawled swastikas on white boards and hung pictures of Adolf Hitler.
Let’s say their names again: Logan Beaschler, Joseph Bomgardner and Colin Warren, three people who made their dorm into a fascist chamber of horrors for their own amusement.
Damn. New study puts clinical depression as the second-leading cause of disability around the world.
Also, and honestly, unsurprisingly, two of the most depressed countries in the world today are Afghanistan and Palestine, with more than one in five people suffering from this mental disease.
Clearly, it takes a tremendous toll on the physical as well as psychological health of a nation’s people when they are subjected to continuous military occupation, carpet-bombings, terrorism from the sky by unmanned drones, impoverishment, infrastructural destruction, mass imprisonment and torture, and racial inequality and indignity. And what’s more, these people are then blamed as the ones responsible for this utter barbarism being visited upon them by the US and Israel.
Truly, truly disgusting. The people of Palestine and Afghanistan are suffering from a mass form of mental sickness, owing almost entirely to the very social sickness which rests at the heart of our present US/Western-dominated military-economic world order.
The real headline should be: “Why in the hell is the U.S. conducting drone strikes within sovereign Somalian territory in order to assassinate two people who have committed no crime at all against the U.S.?”
Talk about being the imperial policeman of the world!
A senior U.S. military official has confirmed that a military drone attack Monday afternoon killed two top leaders of the al Qaeda-linked terror group that massacred civilians at a Nairobi, Kenya mall last month.
The official said that the attack on a single vehicle in southern Somalia had killed two leaders of al Shabaab, including its most important explosives expert, a man named Anta. The official did not identify the second man killed.
A car carrying the two leaders was struck by Hellfire missiles fired from a Predator, said the official, who contended that no one outside the vehicle was killed.
In other words, the US is practicing indiscriminate killing in Pakistan. Either the US simply does not even actually know the identities of the people it is killing, or it knows but is just withholding them from the public, including oversight, watchdog, and human rights groups. Regardless, this whole thing represents an enormous series of war crimes.
Just before noon on October 30 2011, a CIA drone attacked a vehicle near Datta Khel in Pakistan’s tribal northwest. At least four people were reported to have been killed and two injured. Pakistani intelligence officials said the dead men were militants. But local villagers disagreed. They said the dead men were ‘peaceful tribesmen’. They even named one of them: Saeedur Rahman, described as a local chromite dealer.
Five months later, in March 2012, journalists from the New York Times spoke with a 64-year-old farmer called Noor Magul. He said three of the men killed in the strike were relatives of his. He named them as Khastar Gul, Mamrud Khan and Noorzal Khan, and all three, he claimed, were not militants but worked in a local chromite mine.
This is just one of more than 370 drone strikes to hit Pakistan’s Afghan border region in the past nine years. More than 2,500 people have reportedly died in these strikes, including at least 400 civilians.
What makes Saeedur Rahman and his fellow passengers unusual is that they have been identified by name.
Although the US government claims drones are highly precise and target ‘high-value’ terrorists, including members of al Qaeda and affiliated organisations, it is only in exceptional circumstances that the administration will acknowledge responsibility for a particular strike – let alone admit to killing a specific person.
New comprehensive study reveals that up to 6,800 civilians [i.e., not counting “military combatants”] have died in Afghanistan as a result of war-related actions by the United States, its allies and Afghan government forces, from the invasion in October of 2001 through the end of 2012.
That’s the equivalent of over three 9/11-size catastrophes that the US government has wrought upon innocent civilians who just happen to live in a part of the world that the US has decided to bomb mercilessly and continuously for over a decade straight.
The single greatest act of terrorism in the history of the world — in terms of the scale of death and destruction wrought — occurred on August 6th and 9th of 1945, when the U.S. Army dropped two nuclear bombs on the densely-populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, instantaneously killing over 250,000 non-military civilians, with hundreds of thousands more dying in the months and years following from radiation poisoning.
Not only has the U.S. government or Army NEVER been punished for this crime against humanity, but “official” historical accounts within the Western world even today justify this monstrous act of barbarism as a necessary, rational, and even “civilized” instance of mass violence.
This is UTTERLY fucking outrageous. Anyone who even enters any one of the dozen or so mosques on the NYPD list will come under suspicion as a possible terrorist threat.
Freedom of religion is a JOKE if to practice that religion means facing automatic repression by the state.
The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen “terrorism enterprise investigations” into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like.
… The disclosures come as the NYPD is fighting off lawsuits accusing it of engaging in racial profiling while combating crime. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that the department’s use of the stop-and-frisk tactic was unconstitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups have sued, saying the Muslim spying programs are unconstitutional and make Muslims afraid to practice their faith without police scrutiny.
Utter Islamophobic hypocrisy in the USA, land of racist repression. An American imam sends $50,000 to a religious school he runs in Pakistan and faces four counts of terrorism charges.
Meanwhile, the US government sends billions of dollars to underwrite the brutal violence and repression behind the despotic governments in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia … not to mention the widespread death of innocents as a result of US drone strikes in Pakistan …
Yet another case of the shark putting the salmon on trial for the crime of eating other fish.
Federal prosecutors in South Florida are seeking a 15-year prison sentence for an elderly Muslim cleric convicted of financially supporting the Pakistani Taliban.
The sentence was recommended in court papers filed Wednesday for 78-year-old Hafiz Khan, who was imam at a Miami mosque. Khan was convicted in March of four terrorism support charges. Trial evidence showed Khan funneled thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban, which has carried out numerous violent attacks against U.S. and Pakistani targets.
Khan’s lawyers are seeking a more lenient sentence, in part because of his poor health. Khan also testified that the estimated $50,000 he sent overseas was for family, friends and charity, not terrorism. Khan operated a religious school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
A Miami federal judge is scheduled to sentence Khan on Friday.
"A Dream Deferred? Victims of Police Violence Speak Out" | Boston, MA (15 Aug. 2013)
Wayne Dozier, grandfather of DJ Henry, a 20 yr old college student who was shot through the windshield of his car by Officer Aaron Hess in Pleasantville, NY in 2010. A case riddled with police cover-ups and lies, the family has been fighting for justice since their son’s death.
Carla Sheffield, mother of Bo (Burrell) Ramsey White, a 26 yr old who was murdered by Boston police in August 2012 during a random traffic stop in the South End. The BPD has failed to explain the reason for the traffic stop and to identifythe officer that killed Bo.
Anwar Luckman, a young man who assaulted by Brookline police in May 2013. Though he was assaulted, he is facing fines and prison time.
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Don’t hold your breath waiting for these people to be charged with terrorism or anything. Nor will you hear the media go on a rampage about the nefarious moral failings of White culture or the beauty products industry or some other inanity, which they usually reserve only for Muslims, Arabs, and people of color …
A Utah beauty queen has been arrested for hurling home-made bombs containing toxic toilet cleaner at houses in a south Salt Lake County community.
Kendra McKenzie Gill, who was crowned Miss Riverton in June and was set to compete in the Miss Utah pageant, was taken into custody with three friends - John Patrick Reagh, Shanna Marie Smith and Bryce Christopher Stone - on Saturday.
… ‘They were throwing them at both property and people,’ Unified Fire Authority Captain Clint Mecham told KUTV. ‘This goes well beyond a teenage prank.’
Residents began calling authorities at around 10:50 p.m. on Friday after seeing the teens chucking the bombs from a vehicle and hearing loud explosions.