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Happening now: Protesters in Clayton, Missouri, demand justice for Mike Brown, African American youth murdered by cops in nearby Ferguson, August 12, 2014.

Photos by Lorena de la Cuesta

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Belizeans protest Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip

BELIZE CITY—Modern-day Israel has occupied the territory on which it presently sits since it defeated the Egyptian army in the June 1967 war and took control of the Gaza Strip, which was once Egyptian territory.

Since then, as a result of various treaties signed and continuing expansions of Israel’s settlements, the Palestinian people, who once lived on the land that the Israelis now rule, have been driven into a tiny, concentrated strip of land, without many of the rights most nations have.

Yet, they are determined to forge an independent state, and militants among them have used tactics such as the firing of rockets against Israel to assert their rights as a people.

Israel’s response has typically involved using far more powerful and devastating weaponry that cause massive casualties – most of them civilians, and many of them children.

In the past few weeks, this is exactly what has happened. Israel has been dropping bombs in areas of Gaza where there are many civilians, and the footage on social media and on the television screens have been so heart-wrenching that protests against this use of force have been taking place in countries all over the world.

Yesterday, about 25 Belizeans walked around Belize City’s Battlefield Park carrying placards, denouncing the latest outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Israel, which has claimed almost 1,900 Palestinian lives (primarily civilians) and a little under 70 deaths (mostly soldiers) on the Israeli side.

The protest was organized by the local Muslim community, which has decried the slaughter of innocent civilians, women and children in the conflict.

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Filed under belize palestine solidarity anti-imperialism anti-racism

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Barra Vieja: Otra muestra del despojo contra pueblo garífuna

Barra Vieja: Another Show of The eviction Against the Garifuna People

"….OFRANEH además denunció que del desalojo en Barra Vieja, la Portuaria está pretendiendo reubicar nuevamente la comunidad garífuna de Puerto Castilla, relocalizada en 1978 por la misma empresa estatal, después que el general Álvarez Martínez obligó a punta de pistola a firmar un convenio entre la comunidad y la Portuaria, despojando de esta forma a los garífunas de los terrenos en los que se encuentra ubicada actualmente la ENP en Puerto Castilla, Trujillo, Colón.

“Primero muertos”

imageLos habitantes de Barra Vieja han declarado que primero muertos antes de abandonar sus casas. Don Santos Valerio, habitante que desde hace 50 años reside en la zona dijo que, “no tenemos donde ir. Desde hace años vivo aquí, no sé porque ahora dicen que estas tierras les pertenece cuando es nuestro hogar”…”

Filed under garifuna garinagu ofraneh barra vieja violent eviction desalojo violento african diaspora indigenous people afro-arawak-carib afro-arauco-caribe caribbean honduras

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So many of our stories about technology and our paradigms for it refer to Greek and Roman myth and language: we name rocket ships “Apollo” and communication devices “telephone,” a human-machine interface a “cyborg.” It shapes not only the names for the technology we create, but the type of technology we create. I wondered what technologies a largely African diasporic culture might build, what stories its people might tell itself about technology. So a communication device that sees and hears becomes a “four-eye;” literally, a seer. The artificial intelligence that safeguards all the people in a planetary system becomes Granny Nanny, named after the revolutionary and magic worker who won independent rule in Jamaica for the Maroons who had run away from slavery. Rather than being a “Big Brother” paradigm it is an affectionate reference to her sense of love, care, and duty. The operating system that runs a dwelling is an “eshu,” named after the West African deity who can be in all places at once, who is the ghost in the machine.
Nalo Hopkinson (via datadrudge)

(Source: overnightbivouac)

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The Crop By Mark Anthony Johnson 

But we are the crop. We declared springtime the shadows of your twin towers, our flowers like fists springing form the earth…

soon there will be no silence
there will be no sirens
there will be no silence
there will be no cracked ribs
or last breaths
or broken teeth
left in unmarked or undisclosed grey areas

dandelions check, 1….2…
dandelions check, 1….2…”