Update (6/1/2016): Six years after Anastasio Hernández Rojas’ death, there sadly remains no accountability for his brutal killing. In November 2015, the Department of Justice declined to bring criminal charges against any of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel involved in his death. More than six months later, CBP has not announced any administrative … Continue reading The Border Patrol is Getting Away with Murder
. . . let's not do that. Weaponized mourning. Let's not do that. Collective punishment of those assumed to be similar to the assumed perpetrators. Let's not do that. Muslims lives count. ~ Kate Scott As France enters yet another period of mourning, Lebanon is just emerging from one. Not that you probably heard anything … Continue reading Paris Attacks Highlight Western Vulnerability, And Our Selective Grief And Outrage
Todd Miller and Gabriel Matthew Shivone Israeli companies are using the lessons they’ve learned occupying Gaza to militarize the US border. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates … Continue reading Why Is An Israeli Defense Contractor Building A ‘Virtual Wall’ In The Arizona Desert?
Rania Masri A very moving speech by Rania Masri, the keynote speaker, during the 'Texas For Gaza' protest on August 2, 2014 in Austin, Texas. We apologize that the first words and last minutes of the speech were not captured due to phone recording problems. The opening began with, "Yesterday, the Obama administration said that … Continue reading Rania Masri Speech: ' Mr.Obama, What Is Barbaric?'
Written by Alvaro Sosa A Place To Play Marbles The first thing I noticed when I came into this country was the landscape, how everything seemed to be covered in cement, so much so that I looked around for a patch of dirt, but the only place I could find was the small circular patch … Continue reading My Assimilation
Speak out by Rafeef Ziadah, London. Introduction by Debra Ellis One of Toronto's most captivating spoken word artists is Rafeef Ziadah, a third-generation Palestinian refugee and community organizer. Rafeef Ziadah received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut album, Hadeel, featuring music from other notable Toronto musicians … Continue reading 'We Teach Life, Sir'