27 Aug

“Through a Lens Darkly”

Race Seen Through Viewfinders

The photographer Renee Cox, pictured, featured in the film “Through a Lens Darkly,” comments on racism by drawing on a biblical narrative in which blacks have often been excluded. Credit Renee Cox/First Run Features

…………Such images can still cause pain, in no small part because the attitudes they reflect don’t entirely belong to the past. “Through a Lens Darkly” takes on a grim timeliness when you think about the role that photographs — shared and sometimes counterfeited on the Internet and social media — played in the aftermaths of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., and Trayvon Martin’s killing in Florida in 2012. It is still depressingly easy to find images that pathologize and dehumanize young black men……………

27 Aug

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective


All countries and global regions


Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat

Nato forces

Nato chief announces move in response to Ukraine crisis and says alliance is dealing with a new Russian military approach

Russia admits its soldiers have been caught in Ukraine

Issue of captured soldiers to be discussed at meeting between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday afternoon

Four Russian servicemen are seen in a video released by the Ukrainian Security Service

A video released by the Ukrainian security service purporting to show Russian servicemen captured on Ukrainian territory. Photograph: Reuters TV

Sources in Moscow have admitted that a number of men captured inside Ukraine were indeed serving Russian soldiers, but said they crossed the border by mistake. The admission comes as President Vladimir Putin meets his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, for talks in Minsk. The pair shook hands ahead of the talks on Tuesday afternoon.

Beijing independent film festival shut down by Chinese authorities

Li Xianting, Beijing independent film festival organiser, holds document up to the cameras 

Organisers forced to sign documents promising not to hold festival, as China’s crackdown on freedom of speech continues


Why Hillary Clinton should keep her mouth shut

She might not be the change liberals are looking for, but her no-comment policy – on Ferguson and beyond – will keep her the frontrunner

Megan Carpentier

hillary clintonYou want Hillary Clinton to do what? Photograph: Steven Senne / AP

Hillary Clinton is not going to save you.

She’s not your mother, your best friend or your confessor; a time machine to the 90s, the solution to the nation’s increasing divisiveness, or the correct variable in a complicated equation that equals 538; a reflection of what you want to hear, or the embodiment of what you want a “leader” to believe.

What she is: a politician with two successful Senate campaigns under her belt – both in Democrat-friendly New York – and one ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign; the former US secretary of state; an author; the former First Lady of both the United States and the state of Arkansas; a lawyer; a soon-to-be grandmother; a flawed human being; and, despite the fact that she hasn’t even said if she plans to run for office ever again, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 (if a vote were held today, which it won’t be)……………………

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Why Israel's bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers 'stunned'

Why Israel’s bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers ‘stunned’

Analysis: Military sources say Pentagon’s assessment of Shujaiya shelling alarmed even Secretary of State John Kerry

Photos: Gaza celebrates as Palestinian president announces ceasefire


Photos: Gaza celebrates as Palestinian president announces ceasefire

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces a ceasefire is reached in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
International Location
Middle East
Still #NoAngel: For NYT, the balance is the bias


Still #NoAngel: For NYT, the balance is the bias

Times editors defend the Michael Brown profile, even as they admit their ‘mistake’


Flashpoint Ferguson


The New York Times

Race & Ethnicity







The character assassination of Michael Brown

The New York Times’ disgraceful smear captures America’s unwillingness to give black teenagers equal respect


Flashpoint Ferguson

Race & Ethnicity


The New York Times



27 Aug

Afghanistan & Iraq Occupation Casualties & News


Results of Our Insane Foreign Policy

The McGlynn: And for what?!

Afghan girl

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen took an impressive series of portraits of Afghan refugee children in Islamabad. Here is six-year-old Laiba Hazrat in a slum on the outskirts of the city.

Other Occupation News

Afghan war-boom economy goes bust as foreign troop pullout nears, election dispute rages

Afghan election audit disrupted

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for control of the northern province of Kunduz, where insurgents are threatening to overrun the capital and terrorising residents who have fled to nearby districts.

#2: At last 5 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion, defense officials said Wednesday. Defense Ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said the Afghan soliers were martyed following improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the past 24 hours.

#3: At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and 6 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

08/27/14 VOA: Abdullah Withdraws from Afghan Vote Audit

08/27/14 Reuters: Afghan President Will Not Attend NATO Summit

08/27/14 KP: Afghan intelligence eliminate 3 terrorist networks in Kabul

08/27/14 KP: 5 Afghan army soldiers martyred in IED attack in the past 24 hours

08/27/14 CNN: US ambassador says fraud committed on both sides in Afghan election

08/27/14 AP: US Considering New Relief Mission in Iraq

08/27/14 USAToday: Centers aid conflict survivors from Iraq, other nations

08/27/14 Guardian: Australian PM leaves door open for role in US-led Iraq strikes

08/27/14 AFP: Iraq village now military outpost for Kurdish fighters (video)

08/27/14 RT: ISIS numbers 100,000 and growing quicker than ever – expert

08/27/14 VOA: ‘Countless Actors’ Fighting in Syrian War

08/27/14 VOA: Details Emerging About American Jihadist Killed in Syria


Afghanistan Occupation Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians


U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 2343

Recently Identified Color denotes today’s confirmation:

.Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were: Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.; and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif.

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

.Deaths in Afghanistan: A look at the faces of American lives lost


 Afghanistan Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

Iraq Occupation Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians


U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 4486

Recently IdentifiedColor denotes today’s confirmation



Deaths in Iraq: A look at the faces of American lives lost

IIraq Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

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24 Aug

U.S. militarization of Israel-Palestine

Amer Friends

U.S. militarization of Israel-Palestine

Despite its calls for a non-military resolution to the conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the U.S. continues to fund the militarization of the conflict through the direct and indirect military assistance it provides to the Israeli military and the Palestinian Authority.

AFSC works to change U.S. policy to instead support those pushing for nonviolent change, an end to Israel’s occupation, and equality between Palestinians and Israelis.

Stories, background papers, fact sheets, and other materials to help you understand issues connected to U.S. support for the militarization of the conflict.


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