published by Justin Podur on Fri, 05/21/2004 - 10:55
I realized yesterday after writing my previous post on the US vs. Holy Matrimony that the inspiration for the wedding party massacres might have come from Hollywood. How many readers have seen Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill'?
published by Justin Podur on Thu, 05/20/2004 - 22:05
The Haiti Information Project reports that Haitian police opened fire on a Lavalas demonstration, killing 9 people, while US Marines, supposedly there to guarantee the 'security' of the population of Haiti, watched. Can't verify the story but it certainly fits with everything else reported to be going on in Haiti, particularly with the attacks on Lavalas members.
published by Justin Podur on Thu, 05/20/2004 - 12:49
With all the sanctimony about marriage being a sacred thing, one would be justified in wondering why the US is so insistent on massacring wedding parties in the countries it occupies. For example, the latest massacre of over 40 people at a wedding party in Iraq, by way of an AC-130 Gunship.
published by Justin Podur on Thu, 05/20/2004 - 10:16
Readers have probably heard that Sonia Gandhi will not be the Prime Minister of India. In some ways this is a good thing: she was going to be the leader of India because of her last name. But she is being replaced by Manmohan Singh, the man most associated with neoliberalism in India (again it is worth remembering that Sonia Gandhi got her last name by marriage to Rajiv Gandhi, and the neoliberal opening of India begun under Rajiv Gandhi). Less important,, it would have been kind of nice that India could have a Prime Minister who was born in another country and have it be no big deal.
published by Justin Podur on Thu, 05/20/2004 - 09:59
Its impunity ratified, Israel is continuing the slaughter in Gaza, and in particular in Rafah. MSNBC calls this 'forging ahead' to look for 'tunnels'. The bizarre and contorted story calls three of the people Israel killed 'militants', citing 'witnesses', then tacks on almost as an aside the fact that 'Medics said the mangled remains of two other men were found in what looked like another missile attack.' Then it goes on to cite the Army's justificaiton.
published by Justin Podur on Wed, 05/19/2004 - 23:09
So I am back, it's quite late, and having taken a look at my mail I despair of being able to make any sense of it. I have, in other words, lost all track of current events, and will not be able to catch up tonight. There is of course a lot going on -- stuff worth commenting on has happened in India, for example; the destruction of Gaza has escalated, if that's possible; Iraq; I have received quite a few reports on events in Haiti in the days I was away; and more. I can't cover any of that tonight.
published by Justin Podur on Wed, 05/19/2004 - 21:31
I was wrong -- this needs to be blogged, despite the fact that it is all over mainstream outlets. It looks like another line has been crossed, with Israel launching a missile attack into a crowd of people in Gaza, essentially a flat out massacre of civilians, without even any kind of pretext (most Israeli massacres of civilians come with a pretext).
On May 20, 2004, people from all over the Ontario and Quebec will go to the Mohawk community of Kanehsatake to show their support for a peaceful resolution to a confrontation between heavily armed agents of the state and a community that rejects them. The conflict has gone on for months, with a Grand Chief ousted by the community trying repeatedly to return to power, against community opposition, at the head of a group of heavily armed police.