‘NASA gives sneak peak at impressive frosted dunes on Mars’; RT, June 7, 2016
May 31, 2016, ‘A Russian Warning’ ClubOrlov
“We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and the Russian military, cannot swallow these lies. We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this:
If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead.”
You may remember that some time ago I’d had my knickers in a not about BLM activist Jasmine Richards having been hauled off to jail, charged with terrorism, disappeared for days or weeks… She’d resurfaced sometime later after comrades had crowd-sourced her whopping bail, but as it turned out:
Antimedia Pasadena, June 2 — ‘Black Lives Matter leader Jasmine Abdullah, better known as Jasmine Richards, was convicted of felony lynching on Wednesday after a jury deliberated for just two hours. Anti-Media was in the courtroom covering the trial, in which Richards became the first black person in the U.S. to be convicted of lynching.’
It’s an ugly story. No: check that: a hideous story of racist police state political prosecution. Undeterred by the verdict, she chanted Assata’s prayer. Yes, we love you indeed, amiga. She was later sentenced to 90 days in jail, and three years probation. Cold comfort alert: she could have received four years in jail.
‘What the Donbass Rebels Are Really Fighting For’, morningstaronline; ‘PIERRE MARSHALL speaks to those on the front lines of the anti-fascist war in the east of Ukraine’
Two essays on the limits of nonviolence:
‘The Ugly American Goes to Chiapas: Correcting Hedges on the Zapatistas’ by Lorenzo Raymond, wrongkindofgreen
Via orchestratedpulse.com: ‘You Call This an Uprising?’, deconstructing Erica Chenowith, Gene Sharp, Kai Newkirk’s sorta silly vaguely reformist ‘Democracy Spring, and Mark and Paul Englers’ ‘Momentum’ (media attention empathy) school of thought, and funding sources.
“What’s missing here is any theory of class, or really of any other kind of structural system of power reproduced in everyday social relations. The Englers see civil society as a public debate about collective values, not as a sphere of class struggle where ruling groups materially dominate and organize social life. This means that for them, an uprising is a spectacle, a method to change hearts and minds, not a society-wide struggle to overturn deeply material structures of repression and exploitation. In this vision, people are recruited to movements on the basis of their values, not the ability of the movement to deliver concrete gains.” It’s really very good.
Roar Magazine: ‘Europe’s solidarity crisis: a perspective from Greece’; Refugees are not a cause but a symptom of a broader European political crisis, which a leading Greek scholar argues might well end up with Europe in ruins.
“A clear manifestation of this new dystopia is the EU-Turkey agreement of March 18, which ordains that all refugees and immigrants arriving in Europe via “irregular” routes will be deported to Turkey. The Greek government followed the European lead and signed this shameful agreement.”