There has been a great misconception in Western media that the protests in Turkey died down after the initial Gezi Park protests. In fact, Western media consumers, rather puzzled why people were making such a fuss over trees, turned their attention to other stories after a day or two. Egypt had problems, Syria had problems, and Turkey was forgotten. In fact, through most neighborhoods there were marches every night. In an effort to curb them, the Prime Minister banned banging on pots and pans.
Today, the world learned of the stabbing death of Greek antifascist hiphop artist Pavlos Fissas, who performed under the name MC Killah P, at the hands of thugs affiliated with the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. His death is just the most recent since the party’s rise in recent years, but may have tipped a country teetering on the brink of civil war into incredibly volatile territory.
On August 1st, Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse welcomed reknowned historian and theorist Vijay Prashad to MICA's Graduate Studio Center. In this talk, Prashad presented his latest book, The Poorer Nations, which picks up where his incredible history of the Bandung/Non-Aligned Movement effort to forge a third world political project, 2007's The Darker Nations, left off.
On late Friday afternoon, August 30th, peace and justice activists held an anti-war demonstration. Their message was clear and cogent: “No U.S. war with Syria!” The rally took place at Centre and North Charles Streets at the base of the Washington Monument, in the historic Mt. Vernon District. The activists insisted there was no clear evidence that Syria had perpetrated any “chemical attack” on its own people.
“I want people to see the truth … regardless of who they are … because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.” – Chelsea Manning weeks after she leaked the “Collateral Murder” video and just days before military police arrived to arrest her on May 29, 2010.
On Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013, at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore, Bill Hughes discussed the upcoming “March on Washington” with long-time advocate for social justice, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham. Hughes also covered the August 17, 2013 rally for “immigrant rights," which was held in front of the White House.
The continued functioning of the remittance pipeline is “essential for Somalia's immediate survival and long-term development,” concludes a new Oxfam report, which emphasizes the “crucial role” of Somali-Americans and the money-transfer institutions they rely on to send life-saving funds back home. Despite its importance, “the Somalia remittance pipeline is under serious threat,” the report warns. Its precarious state is a result of a Washington-led effort to prevent Somalis in the diaspora from providing aid to their home country, one of the lesser-known developments that have come out of the “war on terror.”
The Charles Theatre, in Baltimore, is presenting the film, “Dirty Wars.” It features investigative journalist, Jeremy Scahill, and it deals with how America conducts its many and far-flung “covert wars.” On Friday night, July 26th, peace activist and author, David Swanson, shared his views on the film with me. Later, he also led a discussion with the audience about the documentary.
On April 6, 2013, investigative journalist and historian, Nick Turse, spoke about his new book, "Kill Anything That Moves," at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. The panelists who responded to Nick Turse's talk were Carolyn Eisenberg, a history professor at Hofstra University, and John Prados, the George Washington University National Security Archives Senior Fellow. This video was produced by Indyreader's regular contributor, Richard Concepcion.
On Thursday afternoon, July 11, 2013, CODEPINK activists and their human rights allies staged a lively demonstration in front of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. They were there to protest the Justice Department’s “relentless campaign to hunt down and block whistleblower Edward Snowden’s attempt to seek [political] asylum.” They also repeated their demand that the Justice Department “stop the NSA from its [unlawful] surveillance of Americans and foreigners.”