I cannot believe I still have to protest this shit

Woman protesting the Michael Brown shooting.

The photo, and the message in it, is viral for a reason.

Welcome to the 21st century, and minorities in the supposedly civilised world still have an extra reason to fear our law enforcement.

The police’s desperate attempts to smear Michael Brown with their rather delayed autopsy only further condemn them (he had weed in his system, the horror), and feed on one of the oldest racist tropes: namely that, if you barely scratch away the surface, black men are just dangerous criminals who deserve to be shot down – after the slightest transgressions – for the good of the community. On this occasion with at least 6 bullets at medium range, 2 travelling through the poor man’s skull.

So, yeah, this woman is right. It is truly unbelievable that we have to protest a growing, militarised police state, and its role in the entrenchment of oppression against historically marginalised groups, in 2014.

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited, and abandoned, everything is war.” – Bob Marley (quoting Haile Selassie I in “War“)

Palestine’s problems go well beyond its borders

My friend Jack reminds us why Zionists, either historically or today, were never the only thorn in the side of self-determination for indigenous Palestinians. West Asia’s Arab states also have a lot to answer for.

Mendel Politics

After nearly 100 years of conflict for Palestine, it’s time to realise that this desperate situation is the result of regional interests of many parties, and not merely the consequence of Israel’s existence.

Palestine’s lack of existence as a state, is the result of many factors, but perhaps most importantly, a lack of support from supposed neighbouring allies.

This situation is capitalised on by Israel, who are willing to do their neighbour’s ‘dirty’ work of removing the Palestinian’s last vestige of National struggle. Conveniently, Israel are willing to take the blame for it too; provided they are not seriously challenged in terms of their existence politically or militarily.

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Why is it like it is?

In the aftermath of World War One, Britain and France shaped the region. They wanted to ensure access to major trading routes via the Suez. So, with the prospect of decolonisation of the Ottoman empire, the inheritors split up the region and ensued a policy of disunity…

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