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In the News
"Gazans flee floods caused by Israel's dams opening"
It seems that Israel has comitted yet another human rights violation in Gaza. As usual there has been no coverage of this incident by mainstream media outlets. 'Brigadier Gerneral Said Al-Saudi, chief of the civil defence agency in Gaza, told Al Jazeera: "Israel opened water dams, without warning, last night, causing serious damage to Gazan villages near the border.
The White-Saviour Industrial Complex, by Teju Cole
Killed by Cops
I am creating this page to collect helpful resources about the extrajudicial killing of people by cops in the U.S. The FBI only reports "justifiable" killings which means the many killings like Mike Brown and Eric Garner don't count. It doesn't make sense that the state does not make this information readily available. Even journalist, whose role should be to provide voices for the voiceless and hold institutions accountable, are being barred out from this vital information. If law enforcement is here to protect and serve, there should be no problem releasing that information.
UN Security Council and Security for Whom?
Democracy Now reports that the UN Security Council demanded the Houthi rebels to step down in Yemen, with the British ambasaddor to the United Nations citing that "those who use violence and intimidation to try to dictate Yemen’s future are undermining the security of all Yemeni citizens." This rings of hypocrisy, however.
Teaching a People's History
"The goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The empowering potential of studying U.S. history is often lost in a textbook-driven trivial pursuit of names and dates. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history.