Abuse on Palestinians Not Limited to West Bank

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Israeli occupation of Palestine: Israeli soldier holds frightened Palestinian mother and young children at gunpoint.

In ever-increasing documentation of violent assaults demonstrating that attacks on Palestinians are not limited to the occupied West Bank, Israeli police repeatedly shot a Palestinian father and Good Samaritan with electric stun guns in front of his 5 young children in an East Jerusalem park.

As reported by mainstream Israeli news outlet Haaretz, the victim, 42-year-old Talal Siad, was having a celebratory Eid al-Fitr family day with his wife and 5 children at Meymadion Water Park on Thursday, when they witnessed Tel Aviv police repeatedly spraying pepper into the eyes of a teenager on the ground.

The teen victim had been involved in an altercation which occurred between some families at the park. Israeli police intervened, but witnesses say the officers used “unnecessary force.”

RT News reports that Siad, who was not involved in the altercation but was alarmed by the excessive police pepper-spraying into the eyes of the teenager on the ground, called out, “What are you doing? You’re killing those kids! You’re being unreasonable!

palestinian-tasered-by-israeli-policeIsraeli police responded by aggressively threatening Siad, who was holding his 3-year old in his arms.

Says YNet News, when Siad put his child down to attempt to help the pepper-sprayed teen, police attacked Siad with stun guns.

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U.S. Freedom on Foreign Soil

guatemala_syphilisThroughout the 1940‘s, U.S. government medical researchers purposefully and secretly infected more than 2,500 Guatemalans with various STD’s.

Purposefully, because the researchers could not perform such illegal experimentation on Americans, and therefore chose to do so on foreign peoples.

Secretly, because the U.S. government did not want Americans, nor anyone in the international community, to learn about the immoral experimentations.

As reported by Rob Stein for The Washington Post, at the helm of the Gutemala experiments was the infamous Dr. Taliaferro Clark who, in the 1930’s conducted similar illegal and immoral syphilis experimentation on African-American males for the notorious Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.

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Says Stein, the tests in Guatemala were carried out using many methods, including direct injection of syphilis into open wounds, and “putting infectious material on the cervixes of uninfected prostitutes” who were then brought to men in order to infect the men, as well, through intercourse.

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Transforming Violence

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Can you see guns as works of art?

Their sleek, iron beauty glinting in the light…

…invoking feelings of hope rather than fear?

No?

Well, read on. You may just change your mind.

 

As reported by Al Jazeera, thousands of weapons are seized by L.A. Police every year. In a joint effort between local businesses and the LAPD, these weapons are destroyed, melted down for more productive, less dangerous use in roads, buildings and bridges.

It’s called Project Isaiah, named for the biblical passage which instructs men to “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.”

However, one industrious Mexican artist, Victor Hugo Zayas, has found a new use for confiscated weapons.

Art.

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American Muslims Under Fire

evergreen-park-cemeteryF*ck u rag head.”

Mohamad is a liar & a fagit.”

This graffiti is scrawled across the tomb of a Palestinian-American’s father’s grave in Chicago’s Evergreen Park cemetery.

It’s one of many such Islamophobic acts being carried out by groups of Americans – including attacks on seven mosques across the U.S. in the past two weeks alone.

 

As reported by CNN, Muslims are being forced to celebrate their holiest month, the month of Ramadan, away from their places of worship.

I think there are a few people who don’t like anybody,” says Iftikhar Ali, president of a Joplin, Missouri mosque which was attacked and burned to the ground last week. “They don’t like a different color than their color, or different religions.”

Ali, along with countless American Muslims, are being pushed by violent hate crimes to steer clear of mosques, worshipping instead in convention centers guarded by law enforcement officers.

So, what?” a portion of Americans may think. “Small price to pay, compared to 9-11!

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Empowerment Shopping

closet-of-clothingYour closet has become “smart.”

Your clothes talk to you, tell you when last they were worn, which accessories you wore with them, and when they’re feeling wounded (time for an alteration) or a little grubby (time for a trip to the cleaners).

Your wardrobe speaks to you via microchips or bar codes, which you scan with a small device that informs you of exactly what it is feeling.

But your wardrobe is not the only thing that talks.

In fact, everything you own now speaks.

Your coffeemaker commiserates about internal issues it may be having. Your refrigerator tattles when certain perishables are entertaining mold. Your portable devices nudge you about a plethora of extraneous apps which can be consolidated, then shows you exactly how it plans to do that upon your approval.

Every aspect of your daily life has become “smart.”

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Income Gender Role Reversal

marriage-breadwinnerLove or money?

Historically, a question posed only about women marrying male breadwinners.

But now, this same question applies to men, as well.

Why?

 

Because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40% of American women are now the breadwinners of the family. And this, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, creates a new strain of marital tension between “an alpha woman and a beta man.”

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Wet Mosquitoes Are Gremlins, Too

gathering-on-backyard-deckAh, summer!

Hot, lazy days. Warm, cozy nights on the deck.

Except when it rains.

Because after a rain, your evening/weekend deck paradise morphs into Mozzy-ville.

Starring you as the town pariah…your flesh the target of every self-respecting mozzy in the community.

Are you scratching yet?

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Healthcare in the Brazilian Amazon

What do you do for healthcare if you live in a dense rainforest?

No doctors. No ambulances. No hospital.

Twenty million-plus residents of the Archipelago of Bailique in the Brazilian Amazon rely, not only on extensive knowledge of natural healing botanicals, but also on Brazil’s military.

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How do you think your family would fare living in the Amazon with intermittent military doctor visits as healthcare?

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Cuba Changes…But for Whom?

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Raul Castro

The Miami Herald reports this week that Cubans in Cuba are not benefiting from the modernization their new leader is implementing throughout the country.

Results from a survey conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) showed a “growing disgruntlement among huge majorities of younger Cubans, hinted that optimism is creeping up, and showed an odd slip in those who favor capitalism and democracy.”

Why no warm fuzzies among younger Cubans about capitalism and democracy in Cuba?

After more than a year of hearing about reforms in Cuba, adults over 18 don’t see any differences in their lives economically,” says IRI Latin American director Alex Sutton.

So, who is benefiting from the changes being made in Cuba?

Wealthy foreigners. And tourists.

In a modern era déjà vu of Cuba’s colonial and U.S.-occupied history, foreigners are once again reigning supreme in Cuba.

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Tiananmen Anniversary: China Blocks Internet Access to All References to the Event

internet_censorship_in_chinaLast week, on the 23rd anniversary of China’s 1989 June 4th Incident, the country’s ruling Communist Party enacted hardline internet censorship against all references to the 1989 anti-government demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.

The 1989 Tiananmen Square protest ended in military suppression resulting in the deaths of hundreds to thousands of protesters. An exact number of the victims has never been released by the Chinese government.

As reported by Reuters, June 4, 2012 saw Chinese internet crackdowns on specific search terms such as “six-four” (for June 4th) and “23” (for 23rd anniversary), as well as more obscure terms such as “never forget.”

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