Filed under: Discrimination, Society & Economy, U.S. Politics
“Despite all evidence to the contrary, blaming black culture for racial inequality remains politically dominant. And not only on the Right.”—–Jonah Birch & Paul Heideman
This morning I read the latest attempt to chip away at the “culture of poverty” mythology that has survived all previous attempts to debunk it. Published in the always interesting Jacobin Magazine, the article “The Poverty of Culture” by Jonah Birch & Paul Heideman got me rethinking my own ideas on the subject.
So here goes a BobboSphere reaction to the Jacobin article: Read more
“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.” ― Rachel Carson
About 70,000 years ago humanity appears to have faced its greatest challenge up to that time. According to genetic studies, the human population, never very numerous, may have dropped to as few as 2000 individuals worldwide. Some scientists link this population loss to the explosion of the Toba super volcano which they believe caused dangerous environmental changes. Others do not. But something took place that nearly wiped our species off the face of the earth.
As a species, we are not blessed with an immortality gene.
Today our much larger human population faces another challenge when it comes to survival of our species. Modern capitalism, with its infinite drive for profit on a finite planet is fueling a massive extinction of life. Some are calling it the 6th great extinction, comparing to five earlier mass extinctions caused by catastrophic climate and environmental changes.
Historically, corporate capitalism, and later it’s close relative, state “communism”(exemplified by Stalinist Russia and Maoist China), have been fueled by burning coal and petroleum products which dangerously alter our atmosphere.
Hamas was founded in 1987 with some assistance from Israeli intelligence who tolerated its efforts against the secular Fateh movement. How much help it received is unclear as both sides have an interest in keeping that obscure.
Since that time it has used a variety of tactics including attacks on Israeli civilians and attacks on the Israeli military. It has also engaged in pitched battle for control against Fateh, especially after Fateh failed to recognize the Hamas electoral victory in 2007 and launched attacks against it.
Much of its growing popularity in the Occupied Territories comes not only because it resists Israel’s oppression and Fateh corruption, but because of its extensive social welfare projects in health, education and other public services.
A Chicago march against the Israeli siege of Gaza Read more
Filed under: Discrimination, Global Economy & Politics, U.S. Politics
Israel refuses to grant equal status to the Palestinian Arabs no matter if they resist non-violently, violently or not at all— as there have been periods of relative quiescence. This has been Israeli policy since the mass expulsion of 1948. That never changes. That is why many people call Israel an apartheid state.
Israel can do this because they have the backing of Washington who will kill or allow to be killed a seemingly unlimited number of people to keep the oil flowing.
Will Israel have it “Mandela moment” ? Will its rulers finally realize that its own unique brand of apartheid is no longer sustainable? South Africa’s came in 1992. But South Africa is not located next to strategic oil reserves.
According to the AP news service: “Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.”
But both sides made it clear that despite a 7 hour ceasefire called by Israel, fighting will continue. Gaza, surrounded by its enemy Israel and and a hostile Egypt has been called the world’s largest “open air prison”
Israeli dissident Uri Avnery said at the beginning of the 2014 Siege of Gaza that there are IDF officers who not only have an aversion to occupying Gaza, but believe that the Hamas leadership is neither fanatical nor unreasonable, whatever their charter or their other political propaganda might state.