Remembering Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015): "We Have to Change Ourselves in Order to Change the World" | Democracy Now!
Remembering Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015): "We Have to Change Ourselves in Order to Change the World" | Democracy Now!: The legendary Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs died Monday at the age of 100. She was born in Rhode Island in 1915 to Chinese immigrant parents. She would go on to become deeply involved with the civil rights, black power, labor, environmental justice and feminist movements. Over the past decade Grace Lee Boggs was a frequent guest on Democracy Now! Her profile grew in 2013 with the release of the Peabody Award-winning documentary “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.” The film captures Boggs’ remarkable life story from collaborating with C.L.R. James to organizing with Malcolm X to starting Detroit Summer. We air interviews of Boggs on Democracy Now!, excepts from the documentary and speak to her close friend and caretaker Alice Jennings.
VIDEO: Venezuelan President Nicol�s Maduro in Harlem: "Put People Before Profits & Capital" | Democracy Now!
VIDEO: Venezuelan President Nicol�s Maduro in Harlem: "Put People Before Profits & Capital" | Democracy Now!: Venezuelan President Nicol�s Maduro spoke at the National Black Theatre in Harlem on Monday while he was visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Joining him at the event were actor and activist Danny Glover, New York state Sen. Bill Perkins, and #BlackLivesMatter organizer Opal Tometi.
Death Penalty News: Criticising blasphemy laws not blasphemous: Pakistan SC judge: [deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com] During Monday's hearing, the bench observed that the entire argument of Qadri's counsel would be rendered irrelevant if it is not established that then governor Salmaan Taseer had committed blasphemy.
Justice Khosa in his remarks said that criticising a law does not amount to blasphemy and the press clippings presented in court do not provide sufficient evidence to maintain that the former governor had committed blasphemy.
Qadri, a former commando of Punjab police's Elite Force, was sentenced to death for assassinating former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer in Islamabad's Kohsar Market. Qadri said he killed Taseer over the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.
He had confessed to shooting Taseer dead outside an upmarket coffee shop close to the latter's residence in Islamabad.
Did the Oregon Shooter Actually Target Christians? That Doesn’t Appear to Be the Case: [patheos.com] McGowan told family members that the gunman didn’t specifically target Christians but asked them about faith. The shooter, apparently planning to die during the massacre, told students: “I’ll see you soon” or “I’ll meet you soon.”
“The shooter would call a person: ‘You, stand up,’” Salas said, recalling what her son told her. “And then he would ask them if they were a Christian, knew God, or had religion. And it wasn’t like it was stated on TV. It wasn’t about that he was just trying to pinpoint Christians, no.”
The shooter would tell them it wouldn’t hurt.
“And then he would shoot them,” she said.
Islamic State 'executes 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq' - BBC News: In 2014, IS militants killed more than 500 members of the tribe, but its leaders vowed to fight on.
The tribe, which is believed to include more than half a million people, confronted IS after it seized control of swathes of western and northern Iraq that June.
Members of the tribe also helped the US military counter al-Qaeda in Iraq, a precursor to IS, during the so-called "Sunni Awakening" in 2006 and 2007.
Rumors of coup to overthrow Wan Azizah emerge as Selangor MB supporters call for emergency PKR meeting | Malaysia Today
Rumors of coup to overthrow Wan Azizah emerge as Selangor MB supporters call for emergency PKR meeting | Malaysia Today: Writing in his blog over the weekend, Chegubard or Badrul Hisham Shahrin alleges that a “coup de’etat” is in the works by the Selangor MB’s supporters to oust Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah as PKR president.
“This is a coup de’etat and a no-confidence motion plot hatched by Azmin’s supporters since Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was imprisoned.
“Imagine if the Supreme Council were to make a ‘u-turn’ in its stance in Pakatan Harapan – how would Wan Azizah explain the sudden reversal without losing credibility?
“She had called for the press conference and made the announcement. If it emerges that her own PKR party members are not in agreement, how would it look? This is clearly an attempt by Azmin’s camp to move a no-confidence vote against Wan Azizah.”
Philippines: mining link seen to paramilitary terror | World War 4 Report: Rights advocates in the region also see a corporate hand in the violence. "The [tribal people] who firmly stand against mining activities were the ones being intimidated by paramilitary forces," Fr. Bong Galela, social action director of the Diocese of Tandag, told reporters in Manila, where he testified before a Senate panel Oct. 1. In his testimony to lawmakers, Galela said: "We call for the disarming and arrest of the members of the Magahat-Bagani group. We also demand the government to ensure that there will be no cover-up in the investigation of these gruesome murders."
An Independent Database Has Found Canada Lost Over 600 Missing or Murdered Aboriginal Men | VICE | Canada
An Independent Database Has Found Canada Lost Over 600 Missing or Murdered Aboriginal Men | VICE | Canada: In Canada, racial data is “actively suppressed” from law enforcement statistics. As a result, Stats Canada does not include race in their annual count of the country’s homicides.
To collect the names of missing and murdered aboriginal men, Mt. Pleasant scoured the web for news stories. She has also used information from several police agencies and missing person’s websites across Canada. Mt Pleasant even contacted relatives of the missing or murdered persons to confirm their ancestry.
In her database, categories have been created for those that have gone missing or been murdered. Mt. Pleasant says her database includes cases where no foul play was suspected, even accidental deaths or drowning. She said she included some of those names because family members often feel there is more to the story.
Indian mob kills man over beef eating rumour - Al Jazeera English: A man has been dragged out of his house and beaten to death by a mob near New Delhi over rumours that his family killed and ate a cow, the victim's brother has told Al Jazeera.
Mohammed Akhlaq, 52, a resident of Bisara village in Gautam Budh Nagar, about 40km from the Indian capital, was attacked on Monday night.
He died of his injuries early on Tuesday while his 22-year-old son Mohammed Danish was admitted to a nearby hospital in a critical condition.
"My brother threw goat's skin in the garbage dump. But some people circulated a rumour that a cow was slaughtered and an announcement was made from the local temple," Mohammed Saifi, the victim's brother, said.
"Soon a mob of about 1,000 people, armed with lathis [batons] and swords, gathered and attacked the house of my brother.
"They did not even spare my 82-year-old mother Asgari Begum, who has suffered injuries, along with Akhlaq's wife and daughter, Sajida Saifi," he said.
Staatsschutz pr�ft Ma�nahmen: Neonazis listen Fl�chtlingshelfer im Netz auf | Nordkurier.de: A right-wing extremist group of goods posted on its Facebook page a list, available on the names of politicians, private volunteers, associations, pastors and a whole school - and for people who are committed for refugees. The neo-Nazis also call on you to forward information on those named to it. Police and state security shall now examine the site operators can be prosecuted.
Article: Missouri to execute innocent autistic man October 6. Ferguson prosecutor responsible. | OpEdNews
Article: Missouri to execute innocent autistic man October 6. Ferguson prosecutor responsible. | OpEdNews: Kimber Edwards was charged and convicted of murder and armed criminal action carrying the death penalty in 2002. He is scheduled to die in the execution chamber October 6th. The case was under the jurisdiction of Ferguson Prosecutor, Robert McCulloch of St. Louis County. McCulloch's prosecutors claimed that in 2000, Edwards hired Orthell Wilson to murder his ex-wife, Kimberly Cantrell, in order to evade criminal prosecution regarding delinquent child support payments.
Allegations have been made accusing St. Louis County Police of coercing a confession from Edwards, and forcing a plea deal on the actual murderer in return for witness testimony against Edwards. The man who recently signed a formally witnessed affidavit recanting his previous testimony and confessing to the murder was that same prosecution witness, Orthell Wilson. Wilson claims he was threatened by police with the death penalty if he didn't accept the plea which included alleged perjured testimony against Kimber Edwards. Wilson is white and Edwards is black. No actual physical evidence has ever linked Edwards to the crime.
One last thing; Kimber Edwards is autistic.
THINKMEXICAN: The US has joined the international community in expressing security concerns for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, even sending law enforcement to help secure the games. Threats of violence at the international event are not new, as evidenced by the kidnapping of the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, and the bombing of the Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. However, the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City stand out from other tragedies because the ruling Mexican Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) used the international attention of the Olympic games to justify intimidating student opposition groups, and — as declassified evidence proves likely– framing them for attacking police officers to initiate the crackdown.
Rakhine Party Could Further Marginalize Rohingya: [irrawaddy.org] The empowerment of ethnic nationalists in Arakan State at the western edge of the Southeast Asian nation could intensify discrimination of the stateless Rohingya, thousands of whom have fled in recent years to neighboring countries.
The government has barred most Rohingya from both voting and registering as candidates, drawing sharp criticism from the United Nations and undermining Burma’s efforts to portray the Nov. 8 poll as its first free and fair election in 25 years.
The Arakan National Party (ANP), an organization of ethnic Arakanese Buddhists, was formed last year.
Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist: Counting Dead Aboriginal Women 2015: It is completely horrific in this country that we cannot go three and a half days without another woman being murdered. It is a national disgrace that this is not declared a state of emergency, a "war on women" and politicians aren't doing everything they possibly can to change things. It is astounding that the Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for Women, has instead sought to defund women's shelters, legal aid, and appears to not actually be remotely interested in women's issues at all. It is troubling to me that the media hardly covers this, that the public barely responds, and that where there is a murder/suicide, the numbers for suicide prevention lines are always listed, but not domestic violence support lines. Admittedly, it also concerns me that I can post an article up naming a woman as the 34th victim for the year and it barely gets a response. 34 women, no longer on this earth, and it's not really considered a issue in huge chunks of society.
Sarcastic Twitter users report 'barbaric cultural practices' to Conservatives | CTV News: Conservative candidate Kellie Leitch then spoke about a possible RCMP tip line for citizens to report "barbaric cultural practices in Canada."
And Jason Kenney, the Conservatives' current defence minister, used similar language the same morning in speaking about the face-covering niqab. "This practice of face covering reflects a misogynistic view of women which is grounded in medieval tribal culture," he said.
Spurred by all this talk of barbarians and medieval culture, Twitter exploded with so-called "reports" under the hashtag #BarbaricCulturalPractices.
No, Native Americans aren't genetically more susceptible to alcoholism | The Verge: Addiction is often described as an equal opportunity disease. It isn’t: while anyone can become addicted under certain conditions, like most bullies, addiction prefers to hit people who are already hurting. The more trauma and social exclusion a child experiences, the greater the addiction risk. This creates a vicious cycle: addiction itself becomes a reason for even more rejection, prejudice, and maltreatment.
Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in the shameful collection of stereotypes and stigmas surrounding alcoholism among American Indians. "Firewater" myths come from the racist ideology that fueled colonialism; they can be seen, for example, in a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to a chief who led a native movement for abstinence. Jefferson argues that whites have only "sold what individuals wish to buy" and that "spirituous liquors are not in themselves bad … But as you find that your people cannot refrain from an ill use of them, I greatly applaud your resolution not to use them at all."
A Voice for Dalit Women in India: Ruth Manorama Speaks Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination | Democracy Now!
A Voice for Dalit Women in India: Ruth Manorama Speaks Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination | Democracy Now!: There are 200 million Dalits, who were previously called "untouchables," in India. According to the country’s National Crime Records Bureau, four Dalit women are raped, two Dalits are murdered, and two Dalit homes are torched every day. Now the Dalit Women’s Self-Respect Movement, a new national campaign to end caste-based sexual violence, is underway in India. The movement is the subject of the upcoming documentary, “#Dalitwomenfight!” We speak with Ruth Manorama, a well-known Dalit activist, who was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2006 for "her commitment over decades to achieving equality for Dalit women, building effective and committed women’s organizations and working for their rights at national and international levels."
4chan Terrorizes Women On Tumblr In Latest Salvo Between Sites: [vocativ.com] This attack is the latest in a long war between subsets of users on 4chan and Tumblr. The chief difference between these groups appears to be not their preferred online platform, but their gender. Tumblr is actually one of the few social media sites where women are not a dominant force—according to recent research, the site has a fairly even gender divide—but it does have some strong subcultures that are largely female, and 4chan’s antagonism has been focused on them. 4chan is thought to be predominantly male; it’s hard to verify, given that users are anonymous, but 87 percent of those who have liked the site on Facebook are men.