15th day of the Egyptian revolution. Definitely, things are not "winding down." As a human being, one must feel a certain pride. From the uprising and Ben Ali overthrow that started in Sidi Bou Zid, early January in Tunisia, to Tahrir (in Cairo), Alexandria, Suez, and all over Egypt a few days later (January 25th), we are witnesses to whole new chapters (and books) being written - in international relations, diplomacy, politics, and popular and non-western democracy. The "western democracy" I've known all my life up to now has stated or implied it's 'imprudent' to "allow" MILLIONS of people to gather in the way they are doing so - today, tomorrow, yesterday, last week - across Egypt. Western democracy seems to assume uncontrollable violence & disorder. Western democracy seems to assume the need for scores of controllers (police). That, in essence, probably what you need is a police state. And not only in the so-called developing world. But Tahrir shows us otherwise, live on TV, and mainly through Qatar-based Al Jazeera television news service. Congratulations to the people of Egypt and Tunisia, two nations, both firmly located in Africa.
Salut, everyone. Happy 2011! Year of Afrodescendants / People of African Descent (as declared by UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights). We're making every month of 2011 a time for the Afrodescendants of the Americas.
Just a note to say hello as we near the end of 2010 and come closer to the New Year! So much is still changing and evolving with blogging and other social media. We've been on Facebook and twitter. It's now time to come back to the blog. Cheers!
A year on from Israel's calculated decimation of Gaza, we now witness a "rebirth" and strengthening of Jewish anti-Zionism. The other evening, the first time ever (and NOT in New York) we came across a street demo by a group of black-hatted, bearded Hasidic Jewish men, complete with hand-drawn campaign placards "against Zionism". Something has happened, shifted, perhaps even cracked - since never before in my life have I seen anything like this.
With ideas and issues that were provocative when first presented in a U.S. speaking tour thirty years ago this year, like so many things which 'ring true' it seems this book's time has come again.
From the website: "In the spring & summer of 1970, Arie Bober (died 2003), then a member of Matzpen, made a speaking tour of the US, sponsored by the Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East (CONAME). Among the sponsors of CONAME were Arthur Miller, Noam Chomsky, Pete Seeger; the main activists included Berta Green Langston, Robert Langston & Emmanuel Dror Farjoun (member of Matzpen doing post-graduate work at MIT). In connection with this tour, the Langstons arranged with publisher Doubleday & Co for publication of the book, entitled The Other Israel: The Radical Case Against Zionism, to be edited by Bober. The book - consisting entirely of Matzpen material - came out in 1972. Bober signed the contract with Doubleday & his name appears as nominal editor. The actual editing was done by Emmanuel Dror Farjoun with the help of Robert Langstone."
GAZA: Operation Cast Lead. It's the first anniversary of Israel's unbelievably horrific "Operation Cast Lead" military assault on Gaza. You have to wonder if Ms. Zipporah "Zippi" Livni (in particular), who seems fairly brags about it, ever will get it... G*d, please have mercy and give someone the guts to end the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Ciao all! We're here; been focusing on life offline and such things as "microblogging". We're also quite attached to something called LibraryThing (social book cataloguing). And also sharing this link: http://beforetheydiemovie.com , and preparing for May 31-June 1st, the 89th anniversary of the destruction of the thriving Black American community Greenwood (Tulsa), Oklahoma. Today, fifty-two survivors remain. They are our elders. We would like to help them, and spread the word to more folks. Thanks in advance for your help!
We'd like to recommend a book for those interested: Simon Schama's Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution. Here's a video - Schama discussing this huge, terribly obscured chapter of Black American & U.S. history, with staff of Google. This history is growing serious legs.