azspot:


Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Ukrainians burn draft cards against mobilization for fascist war in southeast

Protests against the new law on mobilization have been taking place in different parts of the country (Transcarpathia and BukovinaIvano-FrankivskChernivtsy, etc). In this one a group of villagers burn their mobilization writs and reject Kiev’s war in the Donbass.

There is no understanding Gaza out of context — Hamas rockets or unjustifiable terrorist attacks on civilians — and that context is the longest ongoing ethnic cleansing operation in the recent and present centuries, the ongoing attempt to destroy Palestinian nationhood. The Palestinians use tunnels? So did my heroes, the poorly armed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. Unlike Israel, Palestinians lack Apache helicopters, guided drones, jet fighters with bombs, laser-guided artillery. Out of impotent defiance, they fire inept rockets, causing terror for innocent Israelis but rarely physical harm. With such a gross imbalance of power, there is no equivalence of culpability.
The MH17 disaster and Eastern Ukraine are now front page news across the entire world. The circumstances of the crash are anything but clear, but it is clear that they are not what the Americans initially alleged. This they have already admitted. The Ukrainian government is in disarray bordering on nonexistence. The Ukrainian military is either kettled in traps of their own devising and suffering horrific losses, or blasting away at densely populated districts with heavy artillery and rocket fire. The Ukrainian economy is in freefall, with trade links to Russia severed and industry nearing standstill. The country is bankrupt and at the mercy of the IMF. If you feel that the several hundred lives lost aboard MH17 are a tragedy, then you should consider a larger number: 42 million. That’s the population of Ukraine minus Crimea (which will be fine) and that’s the number of lives at risk from civil war and economic collapse.

shittybeatnik:

ancamnarvienn:

Star Trek + Social Commentary (context in the captions)

THIS is what the original Star Trek TV series and films were about. Not just about blowing up things in space and snazzy lens flares with a side order of casual sexism -.-‘.

dude do you know how many people I have pissed off by saying the exact same thing?

Not enough people.

The working class whose life depends upon the sale of labor, and the employing class who live on the labor of others, confront each other on the industrial field contending for the wealth created by those who toil. The drive for profit dominates the bosses’ lives. Low wages, long hours, the speed-up, are weapons in the hands of the employers under the wage system. Striving always for a greater share of the wealth created by his labor, the worker must depend upon his organized strength.
Preamble to the Constitution of Teamsters Local 574, circa the Minneapolis Teamsters’ Strike (via marxvx)

1) The causus-belli, the kidnapping and death of three Israeli teenagers was false. This has now been admitted by Israeli officials. There was never a scrap of proof, only supposition.

2) Bibi said Hamas did it, and started a war based on that, for vengeance.

3) Ooops.

4) Except that we all know it was just a pretext. Doing it based on a lie just rubs that in.

5) Hamas has been fighting better than last time, inflicting enough Israeli casualties to matter.

6) Israel has been deliberately leveling large parts of Gaza. The damage is much worse than Cast Lead. Most refugees will have no home to go back to.

7) Israel wants truces now, but by and large it’s Hamas who is refusing them.

8) Why?

9) Because the status-quo ante is unacceptable. Gaza was under siege, unable to bring in most goods, food, water and so on and most residents could not leave, even for life-saving medical care.

10) Hamas’s condition for the end of the war is substantially “lift the siege”. If the siege is not lifted, the parts of Gaza which have been flattened cannot be rebuilt, because the equipment needed cannot enter Gaza.

11) Israel can inflict as much collective punishment (a war crime) as it likes on the Gazans, but it can’t make Hamas stop fighting, or shooting missiles.

12) Israel also wants, as part of a condition for peace, for Hamas to let it keep hunting down the tunnels. In other words, it wants Hamas to allow Israel to destroy its ability to fight back even a little.

the-more-u-know:

nfour:

rh1tard:

this is beautiful and every person who didn’t get what they wanted tonight should reblog this.

Omg

Holy cow so many notes

In the current listless economy, every generation has a claim to having been most injured. But the Labor Department’s latest jobs snapshot and other recent data reports present a strong case for crowning baby boomers as the greatest victims of the recession and its grim aftermath.

These Americans in their 50s and early 60s — those near retirement age who do not yet have access to Medicare and Social Security — have lost the most earnings power of any age group, with their household incomes 10 percent below what they made when the recovery began three years ago, according to Sentier Research, a data analysis company.

Their retirement savings and home values fell sharply at the worst possible time: just before they needed to cash out. They are supporting both aged parents and unemployed young-adult children, earning them the inauspicious nickname “Generation Squeeze.”

New research suggests that they may die sooner, because their health, income security and mental well-being were battered by recession at a crucial time in their lives. A recent study by economists at Wellesley College found that people who lost their jobs in the few years before becoming eligible for Social Security lost up to three years from their life expectancy, largely because they no longer had access to affordable health care.

In Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn’t Better … It’s Brutal, New York Times, 2/2/13 (via class-struggle-anarchism)

I’m going to skip the class analysis and just make the snarkey comment; that they are the same generation most responsible for supporting the policies (electorally) that lead to the recession. Hard to feel too bad.  

antoine-roquentin:

futurejournalismproject:

Middle East Friendship Chart
Via Slate. Read through to select cells for relationship information. Select to embiggen. 

i actually know more about the middle east than anybody who works at slate so i fixed up some stuff:

also this needs more players, like qatar, jordan, march 14, etc

More accurate version thanks to antoine-roquentin.tumblr.com. I have fewer caveats that I will list now:  Hamas and Al Qaida its complicated, Al Qaida and ISIS enemies, Egypt and Syria its complicated. 

antoine-roquentin:

futurejournalismproject:

Middle East Friendship Chart

Via Slate. Read through to select cells for relationship information. Select to embiggen. 

i actually know more about the middle east than anybody who works at slate so i fixed up some stuff:

also this needs more players, like qatar, jordan, march 14, etc

More accurate version thanks to antoine-roquentin.tumblr.com. I have fewer caveats that I will list now:  Hamas and Al Qaida its complicated, Al Qaida and ISIS enemies, Egypt and Syria its complicated. 

The struggle confronting mankind comes down to the question of whether human beings are to be the masters of their own lives, or whether they are to remain as resources to be exploited for institutional ends.
Butler Shaffer (via hatredismymuse)

redplebeian:

The Future of Palestine: Ali Abunimah & Max Blumenthal in San Francisco

A very excellent discussion between these two. I just finished Blumenthal’s book “Goliath” and the picture he paints of modern day Israel really is a dystopian nightmare of pro-fascist state of right-wing racist extremists. But Abunimah’s book really is the hope to that nightmare, that paints a picture of possible future for Palestinians and Israelis built off of hope and dignity

anti-keiara:

toocooltobehipster:

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That was the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen