Monthly Archives: November 2014

Deferred (In)Action: Where’s the solidarity with indigenous people facing militarization?

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From Alex Soto, 

Komkch’ed e Wah ‘osithk (Sells) 

Tohono O’odham Nation

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Reposted from the O’odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective.

To all those unaware of the fine print of Obama’s immigration plan:

First and foremost, it will direct more resources to border security. Meaning…further militarization of Indigenous communities who are divided by the so-called border, such as my home community of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Our O’odham him’dag (way of life) will once again be attacked by settler border politics, as it was in 1848 and 1852 when the so-called border was illegally imposed. Attacked like we were in 1994 when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted. These borderland policies are being devised and implemented without any settler consciousness to the Indigenous peoples who will be most negatively impacted by such policies. The Indigenous nations who pre-date so called Mexico and the United Snakkkes end up almost…

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Was Libya attacked because of its attitude toward AFRICOM?

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

As the latest attempt to provide an ex post facto explanation for the imperialist attack on Libya, Ismael Hossein-Zadeh’s Counterpunch article “Why Regime Change in Libya?” breaks no new ground. Trawling Global Research and other pro-Qaddafi websites, the author strings together tendentious arguments made elsewhere.

Among them is an attempt to portray Qaddafi as a great anti-imperialist leader resisting AFRICOM, the American bid to build military bases in Africa. Hossein-Zadeh writes:

To the chagrin of US imperialism, Libya’s Gaddafi also refused to join the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), designed to control valuable resources in Africa, safeguard trade and investment markets in the region, and contain or evict China from North Africa. “When the US formed AFRICOM in 2007, some 49 countries signed on to the US military charter for Africa but one country refused: Libya. Such a treacherous act by Libya’s leader Moummar Qaddafi would only sow the…

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Press Release from Wheeler Hall

The Open UC

Phone: (510) 556-4402

Email: theopenuc@gmail.com

Berkeley, Calif. November 21, 2014 –

We the students at the University of California, Berkeley and members of the UC Berkeley community joined together on Wednesday, November 19th in Wheeler Hall in protest. We oppose the UC Regents’ intention to increase UC Berkeley tuition by 27.6% over five years, despite opposition from student and faculty groups statewide. This would increase UC Berkeley yearly tuition to $15,560 for in-state students and nearly $45,000 for out-of-state students by 2020, excluding living costs. Through a facilitated democratic process we voted Wednesday night to ratify the following demands:

  1. No tuition hikes,
  2. Full transparency of UC Budget under California Assembly Bill 94, and
  3. Drop all charges against Jeff Noven, arrested at the November 19th Regent’s meeting under false charges.

While this movement began with the language of an occupation, we who have organized this space in symbolic reclamation of…

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Statement of Global Solidarity

Cal Progressive Coalition

As students, workers, and community members we came together in solidarity today to protect the beating heart of public education. We rallied for quality, accessibility, accountability in learning and working conditions. Despite our efforts, the UC Regents approved a tuition increase plan 7 to 2 despite large on-site student protests, including at least one arrest, and opposition by Governor Jerry Brown. Undeterred, we stand with movements around the world that are fighting to protect the commons from privatization and militarization.

The police presence at UCSF Mission Bay is a reminder of the ways police are consistently used to intimidate those who use their education to fight for social justice and equity. In previous years, UC police have pulled guns on students, beaten and dragged students, pepper sprayed students who were expressing demands for a public institution. UC Administrators have stood by or colluded in these actions.

From the struggle of…

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Writing Rules?

5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months

timmiesSo there I was, bum in chair, a timmies coffee steaming beside me, the sounds of skates and coaches yelling just beyond the plexiglass in the Langley Sportsplex, and I was just about to write another riveting, nay, epic tale about my research.

But no. Though I’ve learned some amazing things about Holland during the war and my books have all come in (including a text-book on Anglo-Dutch relations during the war, and I don’t mean a sex book,) I thought, based on the last posts by Silk and Paula, that I’d talk about a book.

The reason I want to talk about it is it’s a book I read on recommendation, a book that’s been turned into a movie, and a book that does something (actually a LOT of things,) different.

gone girlIt’s Gone Girl.

Oh, it’s a massively clever book, this one. It’s a writer’s book. And it’s…

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ANCIENT NUBIA AND THE LAND OF PUNT

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

When I hold my love close, and her arms steal around me, I’m like a man translated to Punt … when the world suddenly bursts into flower.

Ancient Egyptian love song

Nubia was the ancient land known as Kush in what is present-day Sudan. The ancient Land of Punt originally encompassed what is now known as Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. 

At the height of its glory, the Land of Punt was a prestigious commerce, military and economic center, and had a profound effect on the culture of the Egyptians.

Nubia also had a great influence on Egypt. Even the way the Nubians wore their hair was copied by the Egyptians.

Abu Simbel was originally located in Nubia.

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Abu Simbel.

The facial features of the smaller statues at the feet of Ramses II are Nubian, even in the hairstyles (some of which were a type of Afro as well as braided…

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