Black Snake Down: Voices from Standing Rock

An estimated 10 thousand people, including approximately 2,000 Veterans who were prepared to act as human shields against any stage aggression were hunkering down under the watchful eyes of the various police agencies assembled high on the hill just past the 1806 bridge. As the state had already displayed a wiliness to employ a level of brutality not seen since the civil rights era water cannons—in sub-zero temperatures no less—a PTSD-fueled adrenaline was growing thick in the air.

On Contact: Israel’s Secret Weapons with Rania Khalek

Chris Hedges discusses the influence of the Israeli arms industry with independent journalist Rania Khalek. They examine the Israeli weapons and tactics that are tested on Palestinians in occupied territory and then sold to the world. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the Israeli defense industry.

In the age of Trump, resistance movements must bring people together beyond the digital realm

The temporality of corporate social media is based on a business model of dispossessing data. Platforms like Facebook are no substitute for the work of sustainable, long-term organizing.

When I reached over to switch off my alarm on the morning of 9 November, I wished I had stayed asleep. In the few seconds that I searched for the snooze button, my phone’s notifications had revealed that Trump would almost certainly be the president-elect of the US. I was paralysed.

Today, I still feel helpless and unable to respond to this threat to the values I believe in. I should have known better, I shouldn’t be depressed, but agitated, ready to protest and mobilize. But I am not. I am still trying to hope that Žižek and other pundits turn out to be right and that this is a deeply disruptive moment that shakes the grounds of representative democracy and helps change it for the better. Trump’s victory feels like a threat to the idea of democracy, but we need to realize that, as Gary Younge has put it, Trump is but one “product of democracy already in crisis”.

Global warming already causing local extinctions

Climate change is already beginning to alter the natural world. A study of 976 plant and animal species worldwide—freshwater, terrestrial and marine—reveals that local extinctions have happened in 47% of their natural ranges.

This does not mean that species have become extinct: the effects are local. Amphibian species that once frequented particular ponds and streams have slipped away, meadow wildflowers have migrated, and once-familiar butterflies and bees have flown favourite nesting places, all in response to global warming.

An Open Letter to President Obama: Decision Time for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Dear President Obama:

On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed for the New York Times titled, “America Must Recognize Palestine.” His urgent plea was directed to you to take “the vital step…to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership,” before you leave office on January 20, 2017.

Mr. Carter referenced your reaffirmation in 2009 of the Camp David agreement between Israel and Egypt and United Nations Resolution 242 when you called “for a complete freeze on settlement expansion on Palestinian territory that is illegal under international law.” He noted that in 2011 you made clear that, in your words, “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines” and that “negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine.”

Obama’s Legacy: Leaving Indefinite Military Detention Regime Intact

President Barack Obama’s administration will come to an end next month, but the administration will pass on a legal regime that enables President-elect Donald Trump to indefinitely hold alleged terrorism suspects in military detention away from any battlefield.

The administration embraced the concept of “preventive detention,” and in 2012, the authority for indefinite military detention without charge or trial was codified in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Obama’s administration also designated a class of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison as individuals, who were too dangerous to release even though the government lacks evidence to charge them with a crime. Plus, Guantanamo prison remains open, despite the fact that the administration released dozens of prisoners over the past seven years.

Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying Seven Techniques to Control the Media

December 2oth was the 146th day since Donald Trump last held a news conference. As the Electoral College backs Trump, we speak to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it,” Reich recently wrote. “They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.” We speak to Reich, who discusses how Trump uses seven techniques to control the media.

Standing Rock Victory (for now)

ec 4, 2016—Oceti Sakowin Camp

Remi, an Indigenous Vet of Navajo Nation, told me that Veterans were coming to risk their lives to protect the Water Protectors as a gesture of apology on behalf of the 7th Calvery for atrocities and genocide that have occurred on this land throughout history.

100-140 million were exterminated, Remi told me, due to the same policies that “We are experiencing to this day.”

The sense of preparation for an upcoming battle changed to euphoria and renewed resolve, however, when the news came down that the pipeline project will be delayed—and perhaps rerouted.

A significant, if temporary victory. DAPL could decide to continue drilling and simply pay the fines. In that case, will the Obama administration send in law enforcement to say #NODAPL?

There is still much to be decided here.

On White Supremacy, Sundresses, and Riot Cops

Looking at the already iconic photo of Ieshia Evans standing serene yet defiant as police officers in riot gear descend upon her Baton Rogue, Louisiana brings to mind the chant, aimed at police officers in situations like these: “Who Do You Protect? Who do you serve?” The photo is already being compared to iconic photographs such as the image of time a white cop had an attack dog go at a high school student attacked in Birmingham, Alabama. Then, as now, a variant of that question also worth examination is “what do you protect? What do you serve?”

#BernieorBust Throws Down Gauntlet, Declaring, “Trump is No Worse Than Clinton” |Acronym podcast 13

#BernieorBust spokespeople YahNé Ndgo and Greg Haddock lay out the rationale for their commitment to the growing #BernieorBust campaign.
In today’s podcast, we will discuss how the #BernieorBust campaign will shift tactics after Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton and attempts to circle the wagons by bringing his voters under one big happy Democratic tent.

Lee Camp on how Bernie Sanders Got Screwed by Election Fraud and Voter Suppression | Acronym podcast #12

Lee Camp, host of Redacted Tonight, joins Dennis Trainor, Jr. for a conversation about blatant voter suppression, election fraud, #ExitPollGate and more. Like this podcast? Subscribe/Review/Rate on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher… Read more “Lee Camp on how Bernie Sanders Got Screwed by Election Fraud and Voter Suppression | Acronym podcast #12”