Photos from @theimeu in #Gaza. An Israeli airstrike on November 19 decimated the chicken coops (3000 chickens & 15 goats) of the Esleesh family in Khan Yunis.
Ahmed Esleeh, a 43-year-old farmer from the Bani Suheila neighborhood of Khan Yunis, surveys what’s left of the chicken coops that once sustained his extended family of some 40 men, women, and children. The animals they tended were decimated by an Israeli F-16 on the evening of November 19, as electricity outages enveloped the neighborhood in darkness. “At first we could not believe it,” said Esleeh about the airstrike, “but after we were able to go [to the coops], we were shocked. They killed nearly 3,000 chickens and 15 goats, and till this moment, I do not know the reason for killing my animals.” His family’s livelihood gone — like the US-made supersonic jets that destroyed it — Esleeh is without recourse, and he and his children are left to wander through the aftermath of yet another Israeli assault on yet another civilian “target.”
PHOTOS: Jehad Saftawi / IMEU
Daily life in #gaza
Fascinating research that appears to confirm that the Basques really are an ancient people who have stayed put for millenia.
Shit Straight White Guys Say: How to React When A Member of an Oppressed Group Talks About Your Privilege but Doesn't Say "Some" or "Not All" Enough
- Understand that an absence of a “some” is not the same thing as a presence of an “all”.
- Understand the different effects that arise from generalizations about the group in power vs. the group(s) oppressed by those in power.
- Think “To what extent does this apply to me? How do I contribute to this problem and what are things I can do to actively diminish it?”
- If you find yourself more upset about people talking about racism/sexism/homophobia than the actual oppression itself, you need to reevaluate your life before you speak.
- If appropriate, modify your behavior as necessary and possibly go do more research on the topic if you’re still confused
- If it is completely unrelated to you and your behavior, move on with your day. Don’t derail, don’t expect the people hurt by your privilege to cater to your sore feelings. They didn’t mean you and they know that not all [people with X privilege] are the same, as does almost everyone else involved in the discussion. If this confuses you, you are light-years behind, so catch up.
Daft Punk - Horizon (Japan Bonus Track)
Ooooooh, bonus Daft Punk track not available in the UK
UEFA’s Woeful Record on Racism
Welcome to Gareth Edwards of The Inside Left, who introduces himself to Some People on the Pitch with a piece on one the most pressing issues in football at the moment, racism.This year will not be like the last. After receiving 25 minutes of vile racist abuse from a section of the Pro Patria crowd, AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the ball and volleyed it at the top tier of the ground towards the so-called fans. In no time at all he began walking off the pitch, refusing to continue playing. To their enormous credit both his Rossoneri teammates and the opposition followed him in solidarity. The referee was left with no option other than to abandon the game.
It has become increasingly clear that the proxy war on Syria is not merely intended to unseat the Assad “regime” with the sole aim of weakening the Resistance axis. The ultimate goal of the US-NATO-GCC-Israeli axis is, as Seyyid Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly warned, to destroy the only strong…
Gaza-bound aid ship ‘attacked by Israel forces’
A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to breach Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza has “come under attack”
shortly after being approached by Israeli vessels, a spokeswoman said.
“The Estelle is now under attack - I have just had a message from them by phone,” Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told the AFP news agency on Saturday.
According to Dror Feiler, another spokesperson, the Estelle, whose passengers include five parliamentarians and a former Canadian politician, was attacked at around 08:15 GMT.
“Five or six military vessels surrounded the Estelle. Soldiers wearing masks are now trying to board the ship. The attack took place on international water: N31 26 E33 45,” Feiler said.
The Estelle, whose voyage is being organised by an international pro-Palestinian coalition, is carrying humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip.
There are 17 activists from around the world on board, including passengers and crew from Canada, Israel, Norway, Sweden and the US.
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A history lesson for ‘leftists’ supporting the FSA
From the World Zionist Organisation’s periodical, in an article titled ‘A Strategy for Israel in the NINETEEN EIGHTIES’. Just swap Iraq and Syria around and see how it reads:
"The total disintegration of Lebanon in to five regional, localised governments is the precedent for the entire Arab world.. The dissolution of Syria, and later Iraq, into districts of ethnic and religious minorities following the example of Lebanon is Israel’s main long-range objective on the Eastern Front. The present military weakening of these states is the short-range objective. Syria will disintegrate into several states along the lines of its ethnic and sectarian structure … As a result there will be a Shia Alawi state, the district of Aleppo will be a Sunni state, and the district of Damascus another state which is hostile to the northern one. The Druze - even those in the Golan - should form a state in Hauran and in northern Jordan … The oil-rich but very divided Iraq is certainly a candidate to fit Israel’s goals … Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation … will haste the achievement of the supreme goal, namely breaking up Iraq into elements like Syria and Lebanon. There will be three states of more around the three major cities, Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, while Shiite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni north, which is mostly Kurdish."
via @indignado on Twitter
And the sad part is that the supporters of the Syrian “revolution” and Third-Wayers will still refuse to see how their position serves Empire after reading reports like these. In fact, for many of them, especially those in the first category, Empire is no longer the principal enemy if at all.
“By helping to vet rebel groups, American intelligence operatives in Turkey hope to learn more about a growing, changing opposition network inside of Syria and to establish new ties. “C.I.A. officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people,” said one Arab intelligence official who is briefed regularly by American counterparts.
American officials and retired C.I.A. officials said the administration was also weighing additional assistance to rebels, like providing satellite imagery and other detailed intelligence on Syrian troop locations and movements. The administration is also considering whether to help the opposition set up a rudimentary intelligence service. But no decisions have been made on those measures or even more aggressive steps, like sending C.I.A. officers into Syria itself, they said.
What has changed since March is an influx of weapons and ammunition to the rebels. The increasingly fierce air and artillery assaults by the government are intended to counter improved coordination, tactics and weaponry among the opposition forces, according to members of the Syrian National Council and other activists.Last month, these activists said, Turkish Army vehicles delivered antitank weaponry to the border, where it was then smuggled into Syria.”