Protests against the new law on mobilization have been taking place in different parts of the country (Transcarpathia and Bukovina, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsy, etc). In this one a group of villagers burn their mobilization writs and reject Kiev’s war in the Donbass.
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.
|—||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.
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.
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.
this is beautiful and every person who didn’t get what they wanted tonight should reblog this.
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.
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.
|—||Butler Shaffer (via hatredismymuse)|
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