Archive for January, 2008
Posted by Jack Stephens on January 31, 2008
Renegade Eye posts on Histologion:
The Guardian reports that five prominent military officers have submitted a “manifesto for a new NATO” which advocates that
The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction…
he manifesto as presented by the Guardian is like something out of an updated Dr. Strangelove movie. It purports to defend the West’s values, lamenting that “the west is struggling to summon the will to defend them”. The particular subset of the West’s values being defended hails from the colonial era, with a healthy dose of the “shoot first and see who’s dead later” ethos which has endeared billions of the unfortunate portion of humanity to the West and its values for some centuries now…
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 30, 2008
Beta Candy blogs:
As ignorant as it is to blame crime victims for getting themselves into this position, we do this because it’s convenient. They’re at hand, whereas the perpetrator might not be, and we want to separate ourselves from them (”Oh! So if I never wear a whorish skirt like she did, I’ll never be raped! Yay!”). And even when the perpetrator is at hand, we’re more scared of him or her than we are of the victim. Safer to blame the victim, and after all, it’s all about whatever makes us feel better, right?
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 29, 2008
Black Looks blogs on the situation in the Niger Delta and posts a video:
In 2005, the High Court declared gas flaring illegal yet both the Nigerian government and oil multinationals have ignored the court ruling. Last year the Nigerian government once again promised to stop all gas flaring on the 1st January this year – a promise that goes back nearly 40 years. Companies defying the order were to be shut down. Once again the government has shown complete disregard and insensitivity to the communities in the Niger Delta and given into pressure from Shell, Chevron, Elf etc. The date has now been set for the end of the year but no one really believes that the government will once again bow to the oil multinationals.
[Hat Tip: Change Seeker]
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 25, 2008
Nezua blogs about anti-immigrant sentiment and how “illegals” attack the “rule of law:”
Practically, what has made America “great” was Manifest Destiny and slave labor. We still practice these in different forms. War of aggression (we’re out for oil this time, not land…well, except the land under our MASSIVE bases), our not-so-hidden (but despised) slave class right here in murka, and outsourcing in some of its forms. America is not even owned by America anymore, but we don’t hear panic over this, do we? So many foreign investors and trade deficits and corporate border hopping that only the sticker is red white and blue today.
But it’s not about the Rule of Law with your type. And you can’t be honest with yourself. Your world is slipping away, and it freaks you out.
Posted in Contemporary Racism, Immigration, Latina/o Issues, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Jack Stephens on January 24, 2008
XicanoPwr blogs in tribute to Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta:
I originally wrote this post on Scholars and Rogues as part of the Scholars and Rogues’ Scrogues Gallery. When I was asked to do a write-up for Oscar Zeta Acosta, I was happy to do it. As I was doing my research on Oscar, something mystical came over me. It was like I was meant to write his story. I like most people who hear Oscar’s name, know him for his literary works, Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972) and The Revolt of the Cockroach People (1973). What I never realized was that Oscar was not only an author but a legendary and compelling figure in the Chicano movement in the late 1960s. Oscar never really received his due in Chicano history – a history that not remains only in the shadows of the general American culture, but hardly ever mentioned among the younger generation of the Latina/o community. This is my tribute to Oscar Zeta Acosta, “The Brown Buffalo,” and hopefully I am able to shine a light to a man who not only help change contemporary literature along with his good friend Hunter S. Thompson but also put his mark on case law and his role in the Chicano movement. Here is to you Brown Buffalo, wherever you are.
Posted in History, Latina/o Issues | 1 Comment »
Posted by Jack Stephens on January 23, 2008
Shark-Fu blogs on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
Today, nooses are hung on high school campuses and arrogantly displayed on the cover of national magazines…media critics discuss how even racists will vote for an ‘acceptably black’ candidate and fashion editors chastise women of color for wearing natural hairstyles in corporate environments…the achievement of thousands is credited to the system they struggled against…the historic campaign of Shirley Chisholm is scarcely mentioned in an election year where a woman and a black man are trying to do separately what she strove to do as one in 1972…white supremacists plan to march in Jena Louisiana even as the language of immigration reform is laced with bigotry and fear…and education is still separate and unequal.
Now is the time to honor the King legacy through action and unite in the struggle for what I know is possible…
…no longer a dream, more a reality yet to be achieved.
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 19, 2008
Bhupinder blogs on an article he read about content in the news media:
The research indicates that TV news today is no longer political. It has become abjectly insensitive towards issues concerning health, education, environment and public interest. It has become flooded with sports, entertainment and crime stories. This has become integral part of news bulletins. It is not surprising that a decrease in the number of political stories has coincided with a rise in the number of sports, entertainment and crime stories. Even a little shift in favour of human interest stories seems to be again trapped in meaningless trivia and selective and obsessive 24-hour coverage of issues like ‘Prince in a hole’ or a ‘naagin’ out to take revenge.
read the complete story at that excellent site Hardnews
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 15, 2008
The most recent Carnival of Feminists is up at Philobiblon:
Welcome to the Carnival of Feminists No 51, which has come back to its original starting point for the second time for a very late second anniversary. And it is also running later than the scheduled date – for which apologies. But enough of that, moving on quickly to some great feminist posts….
One of the many great things I find about the feminist blogosphere is that so many of its writers are capable of dealing with nuance, and complexity, and exploring difficult issues in depth.
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 14, 2008
Cross-posted from The Ghost of Tom Joad.
I haven’t been blogging lately because I injured my back at work. Not a serious injury, just a back sprain. I’ll blog more on that latter. In the mean time, some workplace safety issues I just read up on regarding miners. UPS has a lot of safety issues itself and I should know since I’m the union representative on the local safety committee. More on all of that latter though:
The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) foot-dragging on developing new mine safety rules mandated by the 2006 MINER Act and other legislation has caught up with it. Now, the agency is begging for help.
Posted in Corporations, Government, Union Issues | 1 Comment »
Posted by Jack Stephens on January 9, 2008
Ann blogs about the history of sundown towns and their continued existence today:
Many Americans ask themselves why is that black citizens remain the outsiders in this supposed moral society that rewards hard work. Many people wonder why black citizens have made so little progress in the following 143 years after the abolition of slavery. What they do not know is that there was a time when black Americans lived in better more racially diverse conditions during the 1870s and the earlier 1880s, when Reconstruction was struggling to avoid the vise-like death grip that burgeoning white supremacy had caught it in. Many Americans do not realize that de jure residential segregation grew progressivly worse until around 1968, and that it did not start to somewhat decrease until the 1970s, 1980s, well after the Civil Rights Movement had ended.
Posted in Contemporary Racism, History, Institutionalized Racism, People of Color, Racism, White Privilege, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Jack Stephens on January 8, 2008
Ross, on Moveable Feast, writes:
Despite the prevailing opinion, Benazir’s death may offer new hope for democratic values: rights, the rule of law, and law enforcement.
Benazir Bhutto gave Pakistan false hope of these enlightened values two decades ago. In a shocking display of ineptitude, Pakistan’s first woman prime minister failed to pass a single piece of major legislation during her first 20 months in power. According to Amnesty International, Bhutto’s particular brand of democracy while in office – in the words of historian William Dalrymple, “elective feudalism” – brought some of the world’s highest numbers of extrajudicial killings, torture, and custodial deaths. Transparency International characterized hers as one of the world’s most corrupt governments.
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 7, 2008
Kameelah blogs about Obama and her struggles on being a Black woman but also seeing that Obama, for her, is not a candidate she can support:
I want–no NEED a candidate I can genuinely be excited about. I need to be passionate about this leader as I am about I want someone who can challenge the very values of this nation, and dare I say capitalism itself. I don’t think I will see that candidate before I pass from this Dunya. When I say he does not present something radically different from those who came before him, I am trying with all delicacy, but conviction to say that Obama like the other candidates does not challenge the fundamental values, relationships and tragedies reproduced by capitalism. And, I can’t expect that he does–no one would ever support him. It is not my intention to present a heterodox narrative/desire/dream for the sake of the pompus and self-aggrandizing exercise of being a contrarian; I sincerely believe in what I write here.
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Posted by Jack Stephens on January 5, 2008
This is huge. The decision by the Lakota leadership to withdraw from the United States was announced three days ago, but I only heard about it just this second. The Lakota have declared their independence from the US after over 150 years of broken treaties, oppression, and violence. The Lakota cite both the US Constitution and the United Nations’ Vienna Convention as legal precedent for their decision. The Nation has not only delivered official notice to the State Department, but have appealed to the embassies of several UN member nations, such as South Africa and Venezuela, for support and recognition.
The official press release is below. More information here and here.
Posted in Empowerment, First People Issues, Government | 1 Comment »