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“‘We reject the bureaucratic concept of memberships. So, no, we are not members.’”

August 29, 2014

The younger generation is easily recognisable at protests in Kurdish areas. They lug a red banner with an eagle on it, a mountain and a bright yellow Kurdish sun: the symbol of the YDGH, the Patriot Revolutionary Youth Movement. An illegal club, so they keep their faces covered.

During the opening of the first PKK graveyard on Turkish soil last summer YDGHyouth announced the names, code names, birth and death year of all guerrillas who were going to be buried there, after which a battle song was sung. After the opening ceremony, they dispersed into the mountains to prevent arrest: under-cover cops are everywhere. During Kurdish New Year, Newroz, on 21 March 2013, when the message of Öcalan was read to an enormous crowd and with which the peace process and the withdrawal of the PKK from Turkey started, youths with their faces covered stormed the stage, made a roaring statement and disappeared again.

The distrust against foreign journalists is huge. Activist youth I try to talk to react with suspicion. ‘Who are you? Why do you ask these questions? For a magazine in the Netherlands? They want to learn about youth in Kurdistan? Don’t make us laugh.’

Read More | “‘Did you listen to Öcalan?’” | Frederike GeerdinkBeacon Reader


“contact and communication and so-called sharing, but at a desk of savagery”

August 8, 2014

The opportunity had arrived for the nation to finally prove, in the most quantifiable manner possible, that it had shucked its barbaric racial reservations aside and that it was now able to judge men on quality alone. And what a sweet release, what a sweet political orgasm it was that erupted on the November streets as we found ourselves leaping over the brink of newness and … change. Those old black-and-white lynchings had finally given way to black cool and sophistication — made all the more enticing because it could be observed in HD. The nation was suddenly galvanized, the world became like one swooning mass of humanity and the galaxy itself seemed to pulsate in cosmic celebration of this turning of the tide. All of this before the closing of the first decade of the new millennium!

And then a bullet zipped out of the chamber and pierced the lung of Oscar Grant.

Read More | “We’ve Brought in the New Year with a Gunshot” | Michael J. Wilson | The Liberator


“New York City officers have kept mum”

August 6, 2014


Nine days after a Staten Island police officer placed Eric Garner into a fatal choke hold, angry New York City residents took to the streets in Harlem. “As long as [the police] think they can get away with anything no matter what,” Reverend Al Sharpton shouted out to the rally that assembled outside Manhattan’s House of Justice, “they’re going to keep doing it.”

Now some current and former cops are starting to speak up for themselves. Earlier this week, a retired Jersey City police captain named Robert Cubby posted a blog entry on titled “United We Stand for NYPD.” The post declares that the law enforcement community should come together to support the officers that were involved in Garner’s death, which has been deemed a homicide.

“The career of those involved from the NYPD dangles by a slender thread,” Cubby writes. “The officers face the worst possible nightmare; loss of their career and being thrown in jail for a good portion of the rest of their lives.”

In the latest twist, to show solidarity, officers (and their friends) are being asked to change their Facebook profile picture to an upside-down and backward NYPD flag—a flag that was first introduced to the department in 1919. An upside-down flag is a signal of distress.

Read More | “NYPD Cops Launch Choke Hold Protest on Facebook” | Eric Markowitz | Vocativ


“the philosopher Mikhail Bakunin is a suspect”

July 31, 2014


According to the document, Bakunin was quoted by a protester in a message intercepted by the police. From there, he became classified as a “potential suspect.” The teacher Camila Jourdan, 34, one of the investigated, mentions this episode to demonstrate the fragility of the investigation. “From the little I’ve read, I can say that this process is a work of fantastical, shoddy literature,” she explains.

This is not the first time that a deceased intellectual figure appeared in case the Brazilian authorities. During the military dictatorship, Karl Marx was one of the blacklisted in the Department of Political and Social Order (DOPS), one of the principal organs of repression of political and social movements identified as “subversive”.

Read More | “Mikhail Bakunin: Wanted by Brazilian Police” | Revista Forum | Earth First!


“the geckos have a limited food supply”

July 29, 2014

67 years ago, the US sent fruit flies into space inside a V-2 rocket to see if they could survive the radiation. Thus began a long and storied history of bringing animals off planet to explore what happens when gravity disappears. One of the latest: a Russian satellite called Foton-M No. 4 that was launched into orbit last week containing fruit flies once again. But this time there were also five geckos, whose sex lives were going to be studied on camera — for science. That was until one of the engines controlling the satellite stopped responding to ground commands that were trying to raise the vessel into a higher orbit.

According to a representative for Russia’s Institute of Medico-Biological problems who spoke with Agence France-Presse, all other parts of the satellite are working as expected, including life support systems that will keep the experiments running. Scientists are also able to remotely monitor data that’s being sent back. However, the geckos have a limited food supply that could run out in just two and a half months, which could happen long before the satellite falls out of orbit and back down towards Earth, says The Guardian. In the meantime, officials are attempting to restore communication with the satellite.

Read More | “Russia has lost control of a gecko sex experiment in space” | Josh Lowensohn | The Verge