Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gaza devastation seen from the air

This short video shows how the neighborhood of Shujaiya was flattened by Zionist genocidal hatred:

(via The Electronic Intifada)

The images were taken with a quadrocopter drone.

Almost even worse than the devastation is the impunity of Zionist hate-speech online. Just go to the corresponding YouTube page and read the many anti-semitic (anti-Arab) murderous comments...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dominican Republic: Army attacks peaceful ecologists with machine-guns

The fascist degeneration of the Dominican Republic continues. After all kind of absurdly racist maneuvers like the removal of citizenship to all people with origins in nearby Haiti since a century ago or the pathetic fiasco of forcing women to straighten their hair in order to get the ID card photo taken, today the fascist involution of the Dominican state has taken a further step. 

A Green March in defense of the declaration of Loma Miranda as National Park was held these days (picture), with a camp being set in the would-be park. The Dominican Army has surrounded the camp, what triggered the mass support of the local inhabitants of El Algarrobo for the protesters. 

The Army has reacted by firing gun-machines. It is unclear at this time if anyone has been injured or killed. 

Source: Webguerrillero[es] (background[es])

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

France: Rothschild minion appointed new Economy Minister

François Hollande and Emmanuel Macron
The French government crisis has been "solved" with an even greater turn to the Right, removing the three critical ministers and replacing them with loyal minions of the Capitalist International, notably former Adjunct Secretary to the Presidency, Emmanuel Macron, who used to be a high executive (2008-12) of Rothschild & Cie Banque, the investment branch of Paris Orléans SCA, which is the flagship of the Rothschild Banking Group.

The other new ministers are Najad Vallaud-Belkacem (Education) and Fleur Pellerin (Culture). 

The only critical minister keeping her position is Christine Taubira (Justice), who is best known for having promoted the homosexual marriage law. 

The majority of the Valls government in the National Assembly is thin, with the PS holding a mere plurality of the seats (48.5%), some of which are openly hostile to this reactionary cabinet, and needing hence the support of the so-called Party of the Radical Left (meaning the left-leaning faction of the liberal "radicals", almost identical to the PS in their liberalism), who hold 2% of the parliamentary weight but three of the portfolios. 

Negotiations to gather the support of Europe Ecology - The Greens have failed. No other party supports the cabinet, although there are some independents (collectively known as miscellaneous left) who may do.

Sources[es]: Gara, Público

Government crisis in France underlines the failure of EU "austerity"

Aggressive discourses against Germany-led "austerity" (recession) policies in the Eurozone were issued by several prominent ministers in this dramatic government crisis. The collapse of the popularity of the very reactionary "socialist" Prime Minister Manuel Valls (who is still in charge but for how long?) and the rise of these "rebel" ministers who openly criticize the Eurozone policies and the destructive leadership of Germany in all this social and economical catastrophe, underline that it is a most serious conflict on the socio-economic model in the French Republic and in the whole European Union. 

One of those rising PS stars is Arnaud Monteburg, former Minister of Economy, who has been very fierce in his criticism of Merkel and generally German euro-destructive policies. Excerpts of his commentaries:
You have to raise your voice. Germany is trapped in an austerity policy that it imposed across Europe (...) France is the eurozone's second-biggest economy, the world's fifth-greatest power, and it does not intend to align itself, ladies and gentlemen, with the excessive obsessions of Germany's conservatives (...) The priority must be exiting crisis and the dogmatic reduction of deficits should come second.

Montebourg is a heavyweight in the Socialist Party, getting 17% of the votes in the 2012 presidential primaries. He has been minister since Hollande became president but not anymore because he is now openly confronting the corporate subservient policies of his bosses.

The Minister of Education, Benoît Hamon, agreed wholeheartedly:
Merkel cannot be anymore the one leading Europe's course. (...) You cannot sell anything to the French unless they have money in their pockets.

Former Housing Minister, Cécile Duflot (Greens) has also attacked very verbosely both Holland and Valls for their disaster policies. 

No matter what, the new Valls cabinet plans to apply the EU-demanded €50 billion budget reduction in three years. And will do it by loading the cost on the popular classes: pension and public salary cuts and destruction of public services.

It seems however that Valls has not at all granted the support of Parliament for this endeavor, as more and more critical voices arise from inside his own party. Naturally they will get no support from the Right, which hopes for snap elections.

Sources: Gara[es], Russia Today.

Ukraine: Fascists flee as Militias march on Mariupol

The Fascist troops that occupied the harbor town of Mariupol, south of Donetsk, have evacuated the city as the Militias march decidely against them, fleeing towards the west (Zaporozhie and Mangushev).

Source: EHDEK[es],[ru]

Other news from Ukraine:

Nazi prisoners paraded in Donetsk (videos and photo-slide)

Also solidarity with Palestine and Donbass in the fiestas of my hometown Bilbao (source):

Peoples resist through the destruction of the media blockade!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hydrogen from water with cheap catalysts

Until now all hydrolysis catalysts were made out of precious metals, making relatively impractical to produce hydrogen (a top quality fuel that emits only water vapor as residue) in large quantities out of water, what implied the use of polluting methane instead, a bad "solution". 

However US researchers have now developed a nickel-based catalyst that performs even better than the old expensive ones, shows promise of durability and even reduces the electric tension needed so much that even a common 1.5 V battery can do the job. 

Scaled up industrial designs are under research but seem perfectly feasible, judging on the excellent results of these nickel catalysts. 

Effective transformation of electric energy into hydrogen and a modicum of political will are all that are needed to make the jump from a petroleum-based energy system to one based on renewables with minimal, if any, pollution impact.

The main problem of renewable sources of energy is that their supply is somewhat unstable and their relative low portability. However being able to store all that energy in hydrogen form, split out of water, should solve these inconveniences and, politics allowing, even fully replace our current, polluting and growingly expensive, reliance on fossil fuels.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ukraine: Anarchist guerrilla arises in Zaporozhia

Nestor Makhno
The most striking recent development in Ukraine's war against Fascism is the raising of an Anarchist guerrilla, named Makhno Battalion, which is operating behind the lines not just in Zaporozhia but also in Dniepropetrovsk. 

Their ideology is rather different from the more generically nationalist slogans that often dominate the discourse in the rebel Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, figuring among them the goal of liberating all Ukraine from Fascism and not just certain regions. They are also different from the fake "anarchists" financed by Western oligarchs like George Soros to create confusion, which have been spreading disinformation about what is actually happening in Ukraine.

The Makhno Battalion first attacked a column of the Fascist National Guard, accompanied by US military advisors, on August 7th, destroying several tanks. 

On August 21st they attacked again the National Guard in the region of Dniepropetrovsk. The Fascist unit was retreating from Ilovaysk, where they had been previously crushed by the Donbass Militia. The bounty was Zionist-made body armors and machine guns Fort-221.

See also for historical background at Wikipedia: Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine and Free Territory.

Other developments

With date of August 21st, Euskal Herria - Donbass Solidarity Committee, mirrors another military report in English (originally from Novorossiya News Agency) which briefly mentions a number of battles, particularly around Lutgino, where the Junta's forces have managed to make a limited but potentially dangerous breakthrough, which is being countered by Militia's counter-attacks and some successful defense actions. 

They also mention Militia's progress around Slavyanoserbsk and a clear advance to the North of Lugansk, still in development at the time of this report. Most enemy forces are described as "Nazis", what suggests that they are either part of the National Guard or the armored battalions organized by the oligarchs, all them full of Banderista fanatics. Regular troops are only mentioned in relation with the pocket of Zhdanovka, where they have been systematically besieged and punished by the Militia since weeks ago. 

In general terms there would seem that there is not any more a regular Ukrainian Army worth that name, just Fascist units in rather difficult situation. 

The Basque Solidarity Committee also mentions[es] that the the Russian humanitarian aid trucks have successfully arrived to Lugansk in spite of the Junta's bombings, sanctioned by NATO, which claims that sending humanitarian aid is a "violation of sovereignty". No mention to the many crimes against humankind committed by the Junta, of course, let alone their absolute lack of legitimacy. 

Russian humanitarian aid convoy

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ukraine: Junta's offensive stagnates, "mad" bombing of chemical facility

At the Basque Country - Donbass Solidarity Committee you can read the latest war report from Novorossiya (translated to English by Gleb Bazov): 

Overall, it is becoming increasingly clear that the widely publicized offensive on Donetsk has, as expected, amounted to zilch. The Ukrainian Armed Forces does not have any more strength. It simply does not. And that is all. Moreover, the Junta forces are facing several simultaneous catastrophes on the local scale, which can become operational-tactical in nature and then strategic.

In Donetsk Republic, they report of successful encircling operations in the last week, retaking most of the border with Russia and capturing many armored vehicles. Similar results were achieved in the Northern front. Also fierce fighting around the strategic area of Ilovaisk with clear victories for the Militia, while the Western sector remained idle except for the incident of a bunch of Nazis in a bus who suicidally attacked a militia control point and were massacred. 

Latest military map (click to enlarge)

In Lugansk Republic the hostilities were essentially related to the Russian humanitarian convoy, which triggered the Junta's desire to cut the road supplying Lugansk at Novosvetlovka-Khryashchevatoye. After an initial apparent success caused by surprise, the attack was fully defeated, crushing one of the Fascist units financed by the Ukrainian oligarchs: Battalion Aidar, as well as a tank company and a motorized infantry company of the regular Army. Further popular victories, with still ongoing artillery fire, were reported in Novosvetlovka.

They also mention the adjustments (resignations-cum-new-nominations) in the command of both militias, which are now gathered as a unified Army with pan-Ukrainian aspirations. 

However I can't but raise my eyebrows to this comment:
The centralization of the military command will also oust the remnants of Makhnovism, which have been discrediting the movement.
How could Makhnovism (Anarchism, Libertarian Communism) discredit the movement and which are the goals of the Novorossiya Federation if Makhnovism is so problematic for them?

In any case, they emphasize that, after the many crushing victories of the Militias in the last weeks, the limelight has been transferred from the regular Army, extremely damaged, to what they call "militarized battalions", i.e. Fascist units financed by the oligarchs, units that, in spite of their fanaticism, are not at all comparable with the, properly trained and equipped, regular troops.  

They conclude with an evaluation of military capacity, which has been technically equalized but is clearly better in the fields of moral and operational quality for the Militia. They suggest that a critical change is about to happen. 

Bombing of chemical plant

The Spanish volunteers Rafa and Ángel (pictured) report at Webguerrillero[es] that the Junta has bombed the chemical residues' processing plant of Gorlovka in yet another war crime, that risks the health and lives of the peoples of the wider region, not just the rebel republics. 

Update: a second military report mentions growing guerrilla activities behind Ukrainian lines

Basque Country - Donbass Solidarity Committee just published another military report, which partly overlaps with the one mentioned above. 

They discuss the murky issue of the black market of weapons, which affects both sides and the Russian mafias, and some ongoing battles in Donetsk People's Republic such as stopping the enemy at Yasinovataya, inflicting them severe losses at Nizhnyaya Krynka, repeat that the attempts to capture Ilovaisk have been all repealed and list some of the losses inflicted to the Junta's troops (known as "Ukies") in the besieged enclave of Saur-Mogila tumulus (called "mountain" in the report but actually an artificial hill from Prehistory).

The most mentioned town is Gorlovka (Horlivka in Ukranian), where the Militia claims to be encircling the "Ukies" after repealing the last attacks by the Junta's forces. 

Contrary to the other report, this one has a more cautious forecast and advises that before the junta’s offensive in the area to the south of Debaltsevo is rebuffed and Novosvetlovka recaptured, all talk about the crisis being overcome is premature.

Even more interesting, I believe, is that, largely because of the lack of operative capabilities of the Ukrainian forces, the rear-guard is pretty much without watch and a still incipient guerrilla has began attacking the Fascist positions here and there. Considering that the actual civic support for the Junta is very weak in most of Ukraine and that the Nazi death squads have been largely sent to the front to replace the vanishing regular troops, I would say that it is very likely that guerrilla will become widespread throughout the country very soon, possibly triggering the collapse of the Junta altogether, particularly if the Novorossiya resistance becomes offensive and marches over Kharkov and other largely Russian-speaking cities, maybe even to Kiev itself.

Racist state terror in the USA

Impressive report on the state terror against the population of Ferguson (suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, USA), who protest precisely against police terrorism. From Webguerrillero:

Living under occupation in Ferguson

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Nicole Colson reports on the uprising against police murder in a Missouri city–and the response of political and law enforcement authorities to double down on violence.

Police train machine guns on a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Mo.Police train machine guns on a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Mo.
SINCE 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by an unidentified police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, the majority Black city just outside of St. Louis has been rocked by protests against the racism of a system that sees the lives of young Black men as disposable.

The response of authorities has been to flood the town with hundreds of police from dozens of neighboring cities and towns, decked out in riot gear, and armed with assault weapons, attack dogs and militarized vehicles for “crowd control.”Protesters say “keeping the peace” is the last thing on these cops’ minds–the invaders are acting in a deliberately provocative and aggressive manner, leading to an escalation of violence over several more nights of protest.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, police shot and critically wounded another young man in Ferguson, not long after that night’s protests dispersed. Police say they were called to the area by reports of men wearing ski masks and wielding shotguns, but when they arrived at the scene, the unnamed victim flashed a handgun–”forcing” them to shoot.

But most people in Ferguson–and millions more like them around the country–can’t help but be skeptical about any police claims at this point.

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LOOKING MORE like an occupying army than anything else, the massive police presence in Ferguson is responsible for the tensions and violence in Ferguson, having inflicted violent repression on protesters for four days and nights, including tear gas and rubber and wooden bullets.
Steve Walsh was an innocent bystander. On Tuesday, He was walking to the home of his two-month-old son and the child’s mother when he got caught up in a police attack on protesters. Walsh told the Guardian that he was struck in the neck by a “wooden pellet” which left “a bloody, coin-sized wound behind his left ear,” the article stated. Walsh told the reporter “I almost fainted. Blood just started coming out.”

According to the Washington Post, the clashes come “like clockwork–when the sun goes down each night, those remaining on Ferguson’s dark streets are met by heavily armored police, prompting confrontations and injuries.”

Pictures of Ferguson on Wednesday night showed a huge cloud of smoke or gas over part of the city. Another showed what was reportedly some kind of an incendiary device used by police as it exploded in the street, throwing off a massive shower of sparks.
One writer at Jezebel described the I Am Mike Brown livestream playing on the KARG Argus Radio website:
Viewers watched as police fired rubber bullets into crowds of unarmed citizens. We watched as police advanced on a group of peaceful demonstrators. I Am Mike Brown livestream reported police were demanding that they turn off their cameras. “Because they don’t want witnesses,” the reporter said.
And no wonder. While law enforcement tries to paint protesters as violent thugs, CNN cameras caught one white cop on camera taunting demonstrators: “Bring it!” he yelled, “All you fucking animals–bring it!”

Amid the violence of police, many protesters respond with a symbolic action that is a poignant echo of how Michael Brown died: with hands raised in the air, telling police, “Hands up. Don’t shoot.” Other protesters march with signs that draw a parallel to the assertion of basic humanity during the civil rights struggle only a few hours south of Ferguson in Memphis, Tenn.: “I am a man,” “I am a woman.”

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IN A statement, Ferguson police “requested” that those wishing to hold vigils or protests “do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner. We further ask all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants and the safety of our community.”

But for police to lecture the residents of Ferguson–or anyone else–about “safety” after they gunned down an unarmed teenager and treated protesters like animals is the height of hypocrisy. The cops in Ferguson and the governmental authorities who issue their orders don’t deserve anyone’s “respect,” as their actions this past week have shown again and again.

Police still won’t release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown, because of the “threats” he might face. But they’ve been more than happy to share with the media the names and mug shots of those arrested in the past week for supposed looting.

It’s an illustration of the racism that lies at the heart of the eruption of anger in Ferguson: A young unarmed Black man has his life stolen by a white police officer whose identity is protected–while Blacks alleged to have committed nonviolent crimes like burglary have their names dragged through the mud on the evening news.

Despite the violence of police, protesters have called out this double standard, night after night. Like Jammell Spann, a young demonstrator who yelled out at police clearing a protest, “All of my friends have been killed. I’m sick of it!”

On Thursday morning, it was reported that St. Louis Alderman Antonio French–who has been critical of Ferguson police and a presence at the protests, where he has been videotaping the police for the past several days–had been arrested. There was no word on the circumstances of that arrest as this article was being written, but it was no doubt retaliation for his criticism of the police.

The cops’ fear of independent voices like French’s is understandable–they have been going out of their way to make sure their preferred story is the only one coming out of Ferguson. As The Wire’s Arit John wrote: “In the last few days reporters have said they were barred from entering the city. Reporters who have made it in have been tear gassed and threatened by police officers, alongside the residents of Ferguson.”

Adding to the clampdown on reporting is the fact that the Federal Aviation Administration declared a “no-fly” zone for low-flying aircraft over the area on August 12, after a police helicopter was reportedly shot at–meaning that news helicopters are unable to gather aerial footage of confrontations between police and protesters.

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IN SOME cases, journalists have been turned away from press conferences, and on Twitter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Trymaine Lee–who is Black–reported on August 12: “I’ve been told to disperse and go to my residence.”

The next day, when Washington Post reporter Wes Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly questioned the pushy tactics of police and engaged in the constitutionally protected act of videotaping cops, they were immediately arrested.

The two were working from inside a local McDonald’s that reporters have been using as a hub. Police, some in riot gear, came in and demanded to see ID. According to Lowery:
Moments later, the police reemerged, telling us that we had to leave. I pulled my phone out and began recording video.
An officer with a large weapon came up to me and said, “Stop recording.”
I said, “Officer, do I not have the right to record you?”
He backed off but told me to hurry up. So I gathered my notebook and pens with one hand while recording him with the other hand.
As I exited, I saw Ryan to my left, having a similar argument with two officers. I recorded him, too, and that angered the officer.
Apparently not exiting the restaurant fast enough for the cops, a confused Lowery was arrested–and so was Reilly:
Multiple officers grabbed me. I tried to turn my back to them to assist them in arresting me. I dropped the things from my hands.
“My hands are behind my back,” I said. “I’m not resisting. I’m not resisting.” At which point one officer said: “You’re resisting. Stop resisting.”
That was when I was most afraid–more afraid than of the tear gas and rubber bullets.
“They essentially acted as a military force,” Reilly later told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “It was incredible. The worst part was he slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald’s, and then sarcastically apologized for it.”

The reporters were told they were under arrest for trespassing in a McDonald’s–but the officers refused to give them their names or badge numbers. Once word got around to police officials that two reporters had been arrested, they were quickly released.
Residents of Ferguson, however, don’t know when they’ll be released from the police occupation they now live under.

“It’s like the elephant in the room,” Yusra, a resident of East St. Louis, told The Daily Beast’s Justin Glawe. “We are being occupied.”

She added: “They say it’s the death of three men that started a chain reaction of death and destruction in Gaza. Will we as a people rise up like the people of Gaza? Will our community be bombed like last night with tear gas? That was a terrorist attack.”

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BUT TO hear St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar tell it, the police have acted as a model of restraint.

“To maintain that restraint, it is, frankly, remarkable,” Belmar said of his officers after several nights of protests, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The police say they won’t release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown out of “fears for his safety.” They’ve had no comment about Dorian Johnson’s claim that officers refused to take his statement. According to Freeman Bosley, Johnson’s lawyer and the former mayor of St. Louis, Bosley contacted the police to offer an interview with his client–the person standing closest to Michael Brown when he was shot.

“They didn’t even want to talk to him,” Bosley told MSNBC. “[The police] don’t want the facts. What they want is to justify what happened…What they are trying to do now is justify what happened instead of trying to point out the wrong. Something is wrong here, and that’s what it is.”
Dorian Johnson told MSNBC that he understands the outrage that protesters in Ferguson feel toward police:
There are two crowds. An older crowd that wants justice, but there’s anger. Then it’s the younger crowd that wants revenge, but there’s anger there, too. What do you expect when something is steadily occurring and it’s hurting the community and nobody is speaking out or doing anything about it. I feel their anger, I feel their disgust.
But according to Ferguson City Police Chief Thomas Jackson, the “trouble” in Ferguson is being caused by “outside agitators.” On Fox News’ Hannity show, Jackson said:
It’s a lot of outside agitators that are causing the violence. We’ve had several very peaceful protests–they’re angry, they have questions they want answers to. I understand that. I get that. But the community has now stepped up once this violence happened. Our community leaders, the clergy, some of the activists, have stepped forward and said, “Enough is enough.”
That tactic–pitting “good” protesters against “bad” ones, and blaming violence and property destruction on “outside agitators”–is a tried-and-true method of police and the state. During the civil rights movement, complaints about “outside agitators” and “mobs bent on violence” were part of an attempt to divide and conquer, as Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor explained in a article about the urban rebellions of the 1960s:
[T]he rebellions are seen as the dysfunctional cousin to the peaceful and nonviolent Southern civil rights movement. Thus, while the civil rights movement is universally lauded as successful because of its strategic emphasis on nonviolence, the riots are universally condemned because of the violence inherent in them. Moreover, they are also blamed for alienating white allies and supporters, and are widely viewed as the origins of white “backlash politics.”
New York Times editorial, written only a few weeks after the riots in Detroit in 1967, captured this argument: “The riots, rather than developing a clamor for great social progress to wipe out poverty, to a large extent have had the reverse effect and have increased the crises for use of police force and criminal law.”
Yet that perspective didn’t appear to correspond with a number of polls taken 10 days later that showed massive support for the expansion of social programs aimed at mitigating the material deprivation that many connected with the spreading violence.
In a poll of both African Americans and whites, strong majorities supported anti-poverty programs. As a Washington Post headline summarized, “Races agree on ghetto abolition and the need for a WPA [the federal Works Projects Administration]-style program.” Some 69 percent of Americans supported federal efforts to create a jobs program, and 65 percent believed in tearing down ghettos. Another 60 percent supported a federal program to eliminate rats, and 57 percent supported summer camp programs for Black youth.
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THAT FERGUSON was a powder keg of anger waiting to explode isn’t the fault of “outside agitators,” nor of its majority African American population. It is the fault of the racist system–and, in particular, the sentries of that system, the police–responsible for the killing of Michael Brown.

Ferguson is a community where the stamp of racism and inequality is imprinted on every aspect of life–from jobs to housing to racial profiling. It was once known in the area as a haven for Blacks who sought to escape poverty and violence in St. Louis, and who were prevented from living in more affluent neighborhoods as a result of redlining and other discriminatory housing practices. But as Blacks moved into Ferguson, whites fled, New York Times editorial reports:
In 1980, the town was 85 percent white and 14 percent black; by 2010, it was 29 percent white and 69 percent Black. But Blacks did not gain political power as their numbers grew. The mayor and the police chief are white, as are five of the six City Council members. The school board consists of six white members and one Hispanic. As [University of Iowa professor Colin] Gordon explains, many Black residents, lacking the wealth to buy property, move from apartment to apartment…
The disparity is most evident in the Ferguson Police Department, of which only three of 53 officers are Black. The largely white force stops Black residents far out of proportion to their population, according to statistics kept by the state attorney general. Blacks account for 86 percent of the traffic stops in the city, and 93 percent of the arrests after those stops.
Ferguson residents have spoken powerfully in ways that put a human face on these statistics. As Michael Brown’s mother Leslie McSpadden told CNN’s Don Lemon in between sobs, “Just because my son is a 6’4″ male Black walking down the city street does not meet he meets the profile for anything other than just walking down the street.”

Michael Brown Sr. said in the same interview, “My son don’t have justice, and we don’t have no peace. If he has no justice, we won’t get no peace.”

That’s why the smear that the people of Ferguson have engaged in unrestrained “looting” and “rioting” since the death of Michael Brown is so despicable.

The biggest property damage was done to a QuikTrip convenience store that was set on fire and then tagged with anti-police graffiti. As it turned out, the crowd likely turned its anger on the store when word spread that someone at the store made the call to police reporting an alleged case of shoplifting, which was reportedly the pretext for the officer to stop Michael Brown in the first place. Other targets of protesters include a Walmart and check-cashing store–that is, symbols of poverty and exploitation in an impoverished neighborhood.

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PERHAPS REALIZING that the heavy-handed response from cops has only inflamed the situation, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Thursday that he was going to pull St. Louis County police out of Ferguson–reportedly assuring clergy and community members that there will be “operational shifts” and “you all will see a different tone.”

It would be hard for the police and politicians to do any worse than they already have in infuriating the people of Ferguson. But however “different” the tone of police enforcement is, the angry tone of the protest won’t change. It is a bitter reaction to the injustice at the heart of not only Michael Brown’s death, but the death of John Crawford, a 22-year-old Black man shot and killed by police in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmartbecause he was carrying a toy gun; of the death of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old Black man shot and killed by police as he lay on the sidewalk in South Los Angeles, complying with their orders; of the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old Black man choked to death by police on a Staten Island sidewalk in New York; of the death of Dante Parker, a 36-year-old Black man Tasered to death by police in Victorville, Calif.

These are just some of the most recent examples of Black lives stolen by police murder. And beyond the killings, untold numbers of people–men and women–have their lives upended by an injustice system that is racist to its core.

And what has been the response of America’s first Black president to this epidemic of Black lives stolen? Almost total silence.

The president expressed his condolences over the killing of Michael Brown, calling it “heartbreaking.” But as tear gas and rubber bullets were being fired at protesters and riot police roamed the streets of Ferguson on Wednesday night, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz tweeted from Martha’s Vineyard, where the president is currently vacationing: “Readout of tonight’s social gathering coming shortly–spoiler alert: a good time was had by all.”

Obama’s failure to offer any substantial political initiative on the urgent question of fighting racism is because he is dedicated to maintaining the system that produces it.

Instead, we should be looking to the example of those fighting racism and fighting to win justice for Michael Brown–and all the other “Michael Browns” across this country whose names we don’t yet know.
Like those at the historically Black Howard University where, on Wednesday night, during a meeting about freshman move-in, students felt compelled to respond to Michael Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson. In solidarity, hundreds gathered for a powerful picture–hands raised, faces defiant.


Also: arrests in New York protests in solidarity with Missouri (video)

Is Ebola the Black Death of our time?, is it already out of control?

Honestly, I'm beginning to worry quite a bit as the epidemic spreads from Far West Africa to Nigeria and now also to the Persian Gulf (a woman in Dubai on her way to India, reported today by RIA) and very possibly Albania (where the victims arrived from Eritrea via Greece and surely other countries). Whatever the possible experimental treatments, the infection is pretty much deadly and physicians and other healthcare workers are getting infected even with all precautions, suggesting that transmission of this clade of ebola is much more likely than what was known before. 

How did the epidemic begin?

Nobody knows. There was never before any Ebola in West Africa before nor there has ever been so many people infected in such a short time. All this, together with the "Ebola attack" slip of some US undersecretary-or-something, the past reports of the Trilateral Commission having debated genocide in Africa (or just in general for the World's poor), and the suspicious existence of an "experimental" effective medicine in the USA (necessary for any biological attack to be under control by the attacker), has fueled rumors and speculations about the epidemic being engineered (and then of course all eyes look to Washington, where else?)

The main counter-evidence is that the epidemic has begun in two West African states that have very close ties with Washington (both freed slaves' colonies). Also at the moment there is no conclusive evidence, so I remain agnostic. 

Whatever the case the epidemic is clearly unprecedented. And is spreading fast. With such a virulence it could not be otherwise in our hyper-globalized World. If in much less interconnected and massified historical circumstances highly virulent epidemics spread massively, for example the Black Death, today anything comparable has to spread without any possible effective barrier.

There's nothing that can stop Chaos. Order and safety are just illusions. 

Liberian authorities facilitated the spread to Nigeria

The vector of the transmission was Patrick Sawyer, a US-Liberian citizen with status of consultant at the Liberian Ministry of Finances. The Liberian authorities knew that he was infected with the ebola virus but cleared him for travel anyway (→ Global Research). 

Sawyer planned to fly back to Minnesota (USA) after stopping in Lagos but he never made it. He could well have brought the virus to North America. But worry, yes, because if not now and if not him, someone else will eventually. 

Whatever the case the scandal of Sawyer's clearance by the Liberian Deputy Minister of Finance, Sebastian Omar (pictured), who has shown no repentance whatsoever (→ Daily Post of Nigeria), has shattered African media, but remained censored in the Western propaganda machinery. 

Nigerian authorities have blamed Sawyer but they have so far avoided to blame the actual culprits: the Liberian Government. 

And Lagos, the largest African city, is a global crossroads from where the epidemic no doubt will spread to other countries and continents. Kenya has already suspended all entrances from the three affected countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. This is no doubt a necessary safety measure but let's think about the economic implications: as the epidemic spreads from place to place, more and more countries will become liable to such preventive measures. Of course in practical terms it is almost certainly impossible to fully control the global migration of the virus but authorities will reasonably try to implement such quarantine measures, what will hinder the economy and even possibly strain diplomatic relations. 

Most dramatic forecast as the epidemic becomes a global pandemic

In any case, there's no way to stop it if the virus transmission is partly airborne, as seems to be the case (→ Public Health Agency of Canada), airports and airplanes will behave as main contagion nexuses and soon the epidemic will arrive to some place near where you live. In the worst case, it may well kill the vast majority of Humankind. But, even if it does not, even if there is some sort of effective or partly effective remedy that may keep the pandemic under control (particularly for the rich most likely), the social and economic reality of Late Capitalism will be dramatically altered. 

At the very least border controls will be dramatically incremented (and fascist xenophobic trends will be fed by the very natural feeling of panic) and global traveling "normality" will be put under very strict controls. Forget about holidays anywhere far away, forget about intercontinental business traveling, forget even about customs union... when an epidemic like this one sets on, every other person is a potential threat. But, then again, if you are the one infected, you may want to avoid responsibility and pretend to be healthy because otherwise you know you will be effectively imprisoned in maximum security hospital room (or similar). Without any hope of effective treatment and with the effective reality of stigmatization of the rare survivors already happening, for many attempting to go through it on their own biological resistance (or hopes of it) may be extremely tempting. 

This was no doubt the case of Patrick Sawyer. But there will be many others like him. And surely there will be many others like Omar who don't assume their responsibilities and allow the epidemic to spread knowingly. 

The more interconnected a city is, the more likely that ebola will reach it soon. And then it will act as vortex for further spread. Hardly any conceivable extreme precaution will be enough.

And each precautionary step taken will hinder the globalized economy, triggering all other sorts of social ills. This is the kind of positive feedback that cannot really be brought under control, not in any way I can imagine: it is damned if you do, damned if you don't. One way you harm the economy and only have a slim chance of preventing the propagation of the pandemic, the other way you favor the pandemic, what no doubt will cost dearly to the economy as well.


I forgot to mention but Guinea is also affected and has declared the State of Emergency, following the initiative taken by Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Allegedly the Nigerian sprout seems under control - but who knows?

Another European case has been possibly detected in Alicante (Valencian Country): an immigrant from Nigeria was put under Ebola protocol in a hospital, as well as his sister, who brought him there (although she shows no symptoms).

Sources[es]: Webguerrillero, Russia Today.

Never ending Gladio: Shadow Fascist rule in Europe evidenced in NSU case

Interesting read: German Secret Service Implicated in Fascist Murders (by Sven Heymanns and Dietmar Henning, Global Research). Excerpt:
The most recent statements of two police officers in the NSU (National Socialist Underground) trial imply that the intelligence agency employee Andreas Temme may have been involved in the murder of Halit Yozgat. The Constitutional Court of Hesse denies this and has blocked the release of information and hindered witness testimony.


Both the German parliamentary Investigation Committee into the NSU and the current NSU trial in Munich are intent on suppressing the involvement of the intelligence agencies in the NSU murder. Nevertheless such involvement becomes ever clearer the longer the trial continues.

The destruction of hundreds of documents, refusal to give testimony, gaps in memory, mysterious deaths, etc., are being used to hush up the direct participation of the state in the NSU murders. The secret services operate as a state within the state, free from any democratic control and legal accountability.

This is just another tip of the massive Gladio Iceberg that lays under the Europe built as US Imperial Protectorate after WWII, allowing most of the fascist structures and networks to thrive under a pretext of "democracy" (or sometimes totally in the open).

Friday, August 15, 2014

August 15th the day Basques kicked Frankish Imperial ass

It happened in 778 at dusk. The Frankish Imperial Army had failed in the plot to conquer Zaragoza and returned home through Basque lands. For unclear reasons Charlemagne had ordered to demolish the walls of Pamplona, maybe because they did not expect to be able to control it against both Basques and Muslims, what apparently outraged the Basque People to no avail. 

Some days later, a day like today 1236 years ago, they had to cross the Pyrenean passes and mostly they did without problem, but when the rearguard, made up of the elite knights of the Frankish Empire, including some of the most powerful men in the realm, marched through them, they were ambushed and massacred.

It was the only major defeat of Charlemagne ever. 

12th centenarian commemorative plate

Later two subsequent battles in 812 and 824 consolidated Basque independence south of the Pyrenees.

Some more details at Wikipedia, for example.

Ukraine: napalm war crimes, Marinovka liberated and other news

Donetsk bombed with napalm

Kiev's Nazi Junta bombed the city of Donetsk with white phosphorus yesterday August 14th.

Euskal Herria - Donbas Elkartasun Komitea[es]

Marinovka liberated by the Militia


Interview in English with Borotba (Ukranian libertarian communists): They hate us because we are communists

Our organization now is under strong attack by the Kiev regime. One of our comrades, Andrej Brajevsky, was killed during the massacre in Odessa on May 2nd, many of our leaders are on a wanted-list of the government’s prosecution office, some leading comrades are still in Ukraine but they are working now under very dangerous conditions. Neo-Nazi gangs tried to kidnap Denis Levin and Svitlana Likht in Charkov[1].

All of our offices were destroyed and partly occupied by fascists. The so called National Guard, that was created from right-wing paramilitary forces from the Maidan and that is now the legal disguise for them, attacked our last office in Charkow.[2]

A few days ago our fellow activist Maria Matushenko was kidnapped from her apartment in Dnipropetrovsk. She was kidnapped by the secret police, who took all electronic devices of her family (two laptops, four cell phones, one tablet PC). Later she was released and fled the country. Other comrades have been arrested and tortured by the police in Charkow. Police officers tried to receive information about the whereabouts of our leading comrades. Many comrades have left their apartments in order not to get arrested.

At the moment we have no political democracy in our country, instead we are confronted with a civil war in Ukraine.

Nazis killed in battle

Twelve stormtroopers of the Nazi party Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) died under the Militias' gunfire after they attacked a control point near Donetsk. The Nazis arrived in an unidentified bus to the control point and attacked it killing one militiaman. The quick and effective response by his comrades nevertheless took the lives of twelve of the attackers (initially reported as seven)


Source: Webguerrillero[es]

Astronauts show their solidarity with the Novorossian antifascists

Not sure where this picture was taken but it's probably the International Space Station:

Source: Euskal Herria - Donbas Elkartasun Komitea