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A thoughtful review of The Truth About Trident: Disarming the Nuclear Argument by Tim Wallis

The Truth About Trident sets out a blow-by-blow detailed analysis in advance of the forthcoming parliamentary debate about the renewal of Britain’s nuclear weapons’ system known as the ‘main gate’ decision later this year.

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Alton Sterling's son: 'Everyone needs to protest the right way, with peace'

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Cameron Sterling, 15, asks those protesting over his father’s death to avoid ‘arguments, violence, crimes’ and decries shooting of five Dallas police officers

The son of a Louisiana man whose father was shot and killed at point-blank range by Baton Rouge police asked protesters for “peace” and “no violence, none whatsoever”.

Cameron Sterling, the 15-year-old son of Alton Sterling, whose death at the hands of police was caught on video, spoke about his father and protests.

Related: Alton Sterling death: 'I’ve been sick ever since they murdered him'

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Utrecht: Squatters protest against gentrification – New house squatted on Kanaleneiland

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Wednesday July 13, there is a court case in Utrecht about the squatted houses on Monnetlaan. The buildings were squated in April out of protest against the gentrification of Kanaleneiland. Everyone who has affinity with this story, or is interested in the courtcase, is welcome to witness the courtcase itself. The squatters and supporters will be in front of the courthouse from 8.30, the courtcase itself begins at 9 o’ clock.
Utrecht is finishing a large scale gentrification project that has wiped out 9500 social houses. Kanaleneiland Centrum is one of these projects, where 1100 sociale houses have been demolished. This project is now ending, the squatted have occupied the building which will be the last to be renovated.
To illustrate, two foto’s. The first foto shows a block that has not been renovated. The second foto shows a recently renovated block. Doesn’t that look good? Whats wrong with that? Maybe it will clarify if we put a price tag on things. The left side of the photo is 100% sociale housing, prices are around 450,- Euros p/m. The houses in the photo on the right are fore sale for 95,000 to 170,000 thousand euro’s for a fixer upper.
To be more specific, the photo on the left has mainly non white people living there, the one on the right mainly white. The project Kanaleneiland Centrum has 1100 sociale houses and only brought back 138. That means 962 families have been forced to leave the city.
“Gentrifiction pushes non-white people out of the city” says Squatter Rogier.

source: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/34489

Update 13/07/2016: New house squatted on Kanaleneiland

Yesterday there was another house squatted in Kanaleneiland, Utrecht. This house is part of a mass-scale renovation/gentrification project called Kanaleneiland Centrum. The squatters are protesting against gentrification and are in solidarity with the eight houses in the same neighborhood which have a court case today fighting the eviction.

source: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/34492

The Baton Rouge protester: 'a Botticelli nymph attacked by Star Wars baddies'

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The photograph of Iesha Evans at a Black Lives Matter protest has become an instant classic. Art critic Jonathan Jones assesses the image’s impact, while photographer Jonathan Bachman recalls how he captured the shot

A great photograph is a moment liberated from time. If we could see what happened before and after this beautiful stillness and hear the cacophony of yells and arguments that must have filled reality’s soundtrack at a protest in Baton Rouge against the taking of black lives, the heroic stand of Iesha L Evans would just be a fragile glimpse of passing courage. It might even be entirely lost in the rush of images and noise. Instead, Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman was able to preserve a simple human act of quiet bravery and give it an almost religious power.

It is not just that time has frozen but that, in stopping its stream, the camera has revealed a near-supernatural radiance protecting Evans, as if her goodness were a force field. The heavily armoured police officers inevitably look slightly inhuman. They may have good reason to wear such all-covering protective suits and helmets, so soon after a sniper killed five officers who were policing a protest in Dallas but, in their hi-tech riot gear, they unfortunately resemble futuristic insectoid robots, at once prosthetically dehumanised and squatly, massively, menacingly masculine.

Related: 'She was making her stand': image of Baton Rouge protester an instant classic

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How Brexit is an opportunity for a more just Britain

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by George Lakey

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The mainstream U.S. narrative about the British decision to leave the European Union includes hand-wringing and even scorn. Yet, I see it quite differently, because I know a European country that long ago decided not to join the European Union and since then has flourished, delivering even more justice and shared prosperity for its people.

This is another moment when we can’t understand a significant issue until we check in with the outliers. Conventional wisdom is occasionally correct, but is often significantly flawed.

The stunning choice of the Norwegian people to stay out of the European Union, against the advice of their own political class, challenges three questionable assumptions made by the doomsayers: The European Union is the path to shared prosperity, European economic integration is primarily about peace and democracy, and objecting to the European Union is being a nasty nationalist.

In 1972, the Norwegian national parliament decided, by a large majority, to enter the earlier version of the European Union, which was called the European Economic Community, or EEC. However, enormous protest erupted at the grassroots level. The government was forced to agree to a referendum, and a majority of the people voted “Nei!”

The Labor Party, which had been governing Norway for decades, was shocked. Because the nature of the issue went to the heart of Norway’s future direction, the party regarded the referendum as a vote of no-confidence and resigned. That resignation, however, led to chaos because no major party could step into its place. All had supported membership in the EEC.

Finally a governing coalition was patched together and an interim agreement was signed with the EEC, in lieu of membership, that supported a trading relationship for Norway. That relationship continued when the EEC transformed into the European Union.

The Labor Party hoped that, with further education, the grassroots opposition would wither. It therefore set up another referendum for 1994, but again the proposal for membership failed. 2013 polls showed about 70 percent of Norwegians still oppose joining the European Union, and the Socialist Left Party (a junior partner that joined the Labor Party in the governing coalition in 2005) went beyond that opposition, urging departure from participation in the European Economic Agreement that interfaces with the European Union.

Denmark and Sweden have differed from Norway and Iceland when it comes to this issue: The two Nordics whose boundaries meet the rest of Europe joined the European Union. Denmark and Sweden carefully avoided joining the Eurozone, however. They retained their own currencies, giving them flexibility that other E.U. countries lacked when facing the top-down controlling austerity measures that followed 2008.

For my new book “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too,” I interviewed Norwegians about what is now the European Union. Those who most opposed membership saw the E.U.’s member countries faltering in whatever loyalty they formerly had to social democratic ideals. In most E.U. countries the economic elite seemed to be in charge. Joining the European Union, the dissenters feared, would mean that their small country would be submerged in the domination of giant banks and corporations.

Norwegians had corrected their own errant banks in the early 1990s, but most countries did not. When the E.U. members’ financial sectors took a dive, would governments expect the resulting mess to be paid for by the workers rather than those who caused the disaster? The question was answered after 2008: Yes, make the workers pay for the elite’s irresponsibility.

Large corporations from elsewhere continue to make threats in Norway that add evidence to the case made by Norwegians concerned about being out-maneuvered. According to labor leader Asbjørn Wahl, the U.S.-based Kraft Corporation, which bought the iconic Norwegian chocolate firm Freia, pressed workers in Oslo to accept night shifts. If they refused, Kraft said, it would take the jobs to another European country.

Those suspicious of the European Union predict that high Norwegian standards would be pressed downward if it accepted membership, including worker protection and compensation, democratic participation, support for the weakest, and access to economic necessities such as public education.

E.U. opponents say Norwegian agricultural products get such high prices in other countries because they are reliably of high quality, which cannot be said any longer of most E.U. farmers’ products.

Since Denmark joined the European Union its farmers have become so specialized that the country has lost its food security. In contrast, Norway still meets its own needs for meat and dairy products despite its limited arable land base. Opponents ask: What will happen to food security, and the beauty of Norway’s landscape, if the country joins the European Union, loses its ability to subsidize its agricultural sector, and its farms are returned to logging trees?

Is the European Union the path to peace and democracy?

Labor Party consultant Dag Seierstad told me during our meeting in an office of Parliament that the growing trend toward a joint foreign policy in the European Union collides with the Norwegian vision of peace. When the people of Gaza in Palestine voted for Hamas to lead their government, the European Union reacted punitively, withholding previous financial support for the Gazan people. Norway stepped up its own aid to Palestinians in Gaza, aware of the increased suffering. “We must retain our independence,” Seierstad said, “in order to follow our own responsibilities as peacemakers.”

I know British voters who likewise want the chance for a foreign policy more peaceful than the European Union’s. When their peace campaigns bear fruit, they want Britain to be free to implement fresh policies rather than toe the line of the European Union (or, of course, the line of a militarist United States).

Just as important, Brits who have suffered from the post-2008 austerity program of massive cutbacks in health, education and other needs have an excellent reason to want freedom from the E.U.’s rule by the 1 percent. Their fight is with Britain’s own economic elite, and when they start winning again — as they did in the first half of the 20th century — they likewise want the freedom Norwegians have to implement social democracy.

For my book, I checked the international ratings that compare countries by measures of well-being like equality, poverty-prevention, health care, parental leave, elder care, individual freedom, etc. Typically, the ratings put the Nordic countries at the top. In the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development list of the richest countries in the world, the United States is typically at or near the bottom of the ratings, and the United Kingdom somewhere in the middle. Within living memory of older people, the United Kingdom placed higher. Their struggles had achieved more equality and shared prosperity. But the longer they stayed in the European Union, the farther down in the ratings they went.

In the light of that track record for E.U. membership, who can say it was irrational to vote for Brexit? And who can fail to notice that so much of the working class, which has fared the worst in this downward trend, rejected the advice of its Labour Party leadership and voted to get out?

What about nasty nationalism?

Of course when the British or Norwegians vote against the European Union some of them are motivated by racism and ethnocentrism. Mixtures of motivations are standard in politics. To reduce a whole electoral demographic to a disliked part, however, is that tired stereotyping we already get enough of when people do racist rants and indulge in Islamophobia.

An equally bogus claim is that Brexit means “leaving Europe.” As an Icelandic soccer player remarked on NPR the other day, Britain remains as much a part of Europe as ever, just as Iceland is, which is another non-member of the European Union. Many Canadians wish they were not a part of NAFTA, but scrapping NAFTA (a wish that many Americans also share) does not mean “leaving North America.”

My Nordic research tells the real story about “nationalist” behavior. Norwegians typically give the highest per-capita contribution to foreign-aid efforts like the U.N. Development Program; they are proud that the first general secretary of the United Nations was a Norwegian labor leader, Trygve Lie, and they supply volunteers and support for unarmed peacekeepers like Peace Brigades International and Nonviolent Peaceforce.  In Cambodia, I ran into a Norwegian military unit busily engaged in de-mining fields where mines had remained when the U.S. war on Cambodia was over.

When Norwegian journalists or travelers become aware of bad practices being done in some other country by a Norwegian company, they can go to a public agency funded by the government that forces the company to come in and account for what they are doing elsewhere that they would not be allowed to do under exacting, people- and nature-friendly Norwegian law. The agency has the power to ban that company’s behavior.

This is the other side of nationalism, a pride in the high standards they have achieved through decades of struggle and an insistent demand that those standards not be compromised outside the borders whether for exploitation or carelessness.

Contrast that collective self-respect that understands people-centered solidarity both inside and beyond national boundaries, with the elite-centered “unity” implemented by an undemocratic Brussels bureaucracy.

I’m on the side of the Brits — who, despite years of class war in which the rich have been winning — still hope to regain the offensive and put social democracy back on the agenda. Judging from the website of the Trades Union Congress, or TUC, labor leadership may have given up that hope. But that leadership is not reckoning with either the climate crisis that opens new opportunity for change – journalist Naomi Klein’s observation – or the yearning of the TUC’s own rank-and-file dramatized by the Brexit vote.

And who knows? Maybe in this next period of struggle, the Brits will go beyond implementing the social democratic model and invent a 2.0 version – a deeper step toward liberation.

Student launches legal action against IPCC over CS spray incident

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Lawrence Green says police watchdog’s investigation, which dismissed allegations of assault at Warwick student protest, was flawed

A student who alleges he was assaulted by police during a tuition fees demonstration has launched legal action against the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Lawyers for Lawrence Green told the high court on Tuesday that an investigation by the IPCC – the police watchdog – that dismissed his allegations was illogical, hasty and flawed.

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Zimbabwe protests leader charged with inciting public disorder

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Evan Mawarire, who has been in hiding since suspected abduction attempt, held after leading national shutdown last week

The leader of popular protests in Zimbabwe has been charged with inciting public disorder as authorities move to break up a wave of opposition in the unstable southern African state.

Evan Mawarire was summoned to a police station in the capital, Harare, on Tuesday morning and questioned. The 39-year-old pastor was then charged with public order offences. He will be held until he is brought before a magistrate on Wednesday.

Related: 'Now we are waking up': Zimbabwe protests leader seeks international help

Related: Armed with smartphones and memes, Zimbabwe's protesters find their voice online

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BERLINERS DEFY MASSIVE SIEGE BY POLICE, DEFENDING RIGAER 94 AND AUTONOMOUS REVOLUTION FROM MARKET GENTRIFICATION

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Rigaer 94 occupied center in Berlin symbolizes the struggle for a practical alternative to rampant insane predator capitalism

  via        Police complained that more than 120 officers were injured on Saturday (one had a bruise on his arm) and some 86 demonstrators were violently arrested during popular defence in the German capital which mercenary police complained was ‘the most aggressive and violent resistance in the last five years’.

see also: STOP GENTRIFICATION: BERLIN AUTONOMES ”WILL DO €1M DAMAGE PER CRAZY POLICE RAID”  and  #Rigaer

Berlin state propaganda officials said in a statement Sunday that evil leftist protesters threw bottles, cobble stones and fireworks at the, attacking officers in full protective riot gear and hurt them with fists and kicks.

They declined to say how many brave demonstrators were hurt by the 1000’s of ‘overzealous’ fully armed hysterical police on overtime double-pay. The day’s headlines went planetwide on commercial media ..”Anarchist  terrorists hurt over 120 nice innocent Policemen’‘.

The ”terrorists” were protesting against a total gentrification of their area which is destroying their progressive culture which has occupied some abandoned property for community use.The  ‘filthy anti-system’ extremists in the neighbourhood are defending their coop culture, free schools and kindergartens, their anti property speculation, shared living experiments, anti patriarchy, music, art, bar and cafe collectives, refugee welcome initiatives, anti war and climate saving politics and degrowth movements……. etc

In short a confrontation between a heroic voluntary movement of humane common sense and the well paid agents of the insane capitalist machine rushing us all to the cliffs of war, economic collapse and planetary ecocide.

Police riot units, many of them inebriated and apparently drugged, were drafted into Berlin from all over of Germany. The agitated standoff resulted in multiple injuries and arrests. An estimated 7,000 amazingly brave people resisted the onslaught in the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg neighborhoods on Saturday and during the night that followed. They were opposed by at least 1,800 attacking mercenaries all armed to the teeth. Police units came to the German capital from at least four different federal parts of Germany….. continue reading here, + photos :   http://wp.me/pIJl9-8ih

Hong Kong museum commemorating Tiananmen Square protests closes

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Row with landlord comes amid concern about what activists see as growing restrictions on Hong Kong’s freedoms by China

China’s only museum commemorating the 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square is to close temporarily after a long-running legal battle with the management and owners of the building it is housed in.

The museum opened in April 2014. Unlike in mainland China where the 1989 crackdown on student-led protests remains taboo, the museum – and an annual candlelight vigil attended by tens of thousands every year – is legal in Hong Kong.

Related: Tiananmen vigil ignored by some Hong Kong activists amid ideological split

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WNV is hiring a blogger!

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by The Editors

Waging Nonviolence is seeking a journalist or activist with writing experience to blog about movements focused on racial justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality.

We are a non-profit media organization devoted to providing original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the world. Our core audience is comprised of activists, organizers, scholars and journalists, but we also reach a much wider, more general audience through the numerous larger outlets that republish our content — such as The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Huffington Post, In These Times, Yes! Magazine and openDemocracy.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A demonstrated ability to produce multiple short pieces per week
  • Established connections to the groups, activists and communities working on the above mentioned issues
  • A passion for activism
  • The desire to understand and explain how it can affect change
  • The ability to be (constructively) critical when necessary
  • The skill to break down oftentimes complex issues, politics or organizing efforts and make them engaging for a broad audience

Waging Nonviolence is committed to diversity and is especially interested in hiring members of underrepresented communities, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Working remotely, but maintaining regular correspondence with editors
  • Being on top of the news cycle and staying plugged into activist networks
  • Reliably pitching and producing two short blog posts (300-700 words each) per week

Posts can be either breaking news or movement-oriented analysis (for examples, here and here).

Compensation: We pay $50 per post.

What we offer aside from regular paid work:

  • A structured writing environment with deadlines
  • Direct communication with an editor who will help you improve your writing
  • The freedom to pursue stories of true substance (not clickbait)
  • The opportunity to hone an undercovered beat and generate a body of clips
  • The opportunity to contribute to a growing resource read by many of today’s leading activists and organizers — and help build an archive of the day-to-to work of the movements shaping our world.
  • Our writers have gone on to write and work for Democracy Now!, Vice, The Guardian, The Intercept, Rolling Stone and elsewhere.

How to apply:

Email contact@wagingnonviolence.org with a short description of your professional background, the issues you have experience writing about (with links to published articles), and two story ideas for posts you would have written this week. Resume/CV is not necessary.

Application deadline: Sunday, July 24.

'She was making her stand': image of Baton Rouge protester an instant classic

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Photo which shows Iesha L Evans standing still in the face of two Louisiana state troopers in riot gear has drawn comparisons to other historic protest images

As tens of thousands of people protest with renewed vigor following the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and react to the five Dallas police officers that were killed by a sniper, one photograph has emerged from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a symbol of the civil unrest that has spread across the nation.

The image, taken by Jonathan Bachman for Reuters, shows a woman, who has been identified as Iesha L Evans, standing in a long dress in the face of a line of Louisiana state troopers dressed in riot gear outside of police headquarters. Evans looks calm and poised and almost seems to repel the two officers who are charging towards her.

This photo was taken at the #BatonRouge protests. Wow. pic.twitter.com/ut4J6YkAGu

extraordinary moment from Baton Rouge, photo by Jonathan Bachman @reuters https://t.co/x2fS9WV1px #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/zuNhKoXhRD

Powerful image of protester being detained near HQ of the Baton Rouge PD. via @reuters https://t.co/VVBnwixzqp pic.twitter.com/sM4QndNlfb

Jonathan Bachman of @Reuters is doing such strong work in #BatonRouge. Powerful images. pic.twitter.com/rv89i2uDqW

This photo made by Jonathan Bachman of Reuters from the protests in Baton Rouge is incredible. pic.twitter.com/E6JtoIEusr

Mugshot released of Ieshia Evans, 35, whose Baton Rouge protest pic went viral (Jonathan Bachman of @Reuters) pic.twitter.com/bX9YGIVGkO

@RohdeD @nprscottsimon @Reuters History and what we can bend at the root with love instead of fear humbles me pic.twitter.com/squqy5YKXY

When you see this image you think thank God America won the Cold War and defeated tyranny
(JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS) pic.twitter.com/ryVd3lGqIw

Grace
Beauty
Defiance
Strength

Behold Lady Liberty #LeshiaEvans pic.twitter.com/0ALvAI47IN

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Dallas police chief calls for public to adjust its expectations of officers

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Chief David Brown vents frustration amid escalating protests across US, as calls for law enforcement reform are met with frustration from police organisations

Several American cities lurched into investigations and reflection on Monday, after a week of killings and confrontation. As they did so, details began to emerge about Micah Johnson, who on Thursday wounded nine police officers and killed five, during a protest march in Dallas.

Related: Police and black Americans: a relationship worse than in the 90s | Al Sharpton

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It’s time to give up the guns

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by Frida Berrigan

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The video filled my Facebook feed Thursday, but I didn’t watch it. And then stills from Diamond Sterling’s live stream were published at the top of The New York Times tossed on our front walk yesterday morning. I sat outside and read all I could and sobbed. I watched my neighborhood wake up and tried to greet people as though it were just another morning.

I wondered how I could meet a black person’s eyes without crying and apologizing. I cringed internally at that mental picture — how white and blubbery that would be, how pathetic and unwelcome that would be. But maybe that is part of what is necessary. I don’t know.

My husband Patrick and I had gone to our church’s vigil the night before and sang “This Little Light of Mine” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” It was lovely. It gathered many people in. The picture on the front page of our local paper showed a group holding our big yellow “Black Lives Matter” banner, chatting and smiling. Confronted with the image of Philando Castile bloodied in the passenger seat of his car, his eyes open but vacant, I found myself wishing our vigil had been more solemn and resolute.

And then we heard about Dallas, about the five police officers shot and killed during a peaceful protest of the police killings of Castile and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. If we lived in Dallas, that’s where we would have been, I thought, as I listened to a witness describe how Shetamia Taylor pushed her 15-year-old son to the ground and lay on top of him to shield him from sniper fire. She was shot in the leg, one of two civilians wounded. Taylor was at the march with her four sons, ages 12-17, to peacefully express their outrage. I read about how police officers continued to do their jobs under fire, protecting people using their training to safeguard the innocent even as their colleagues were killed in cold blood.

As I tried to absorb this new wave of horror and carnage, I kept thinking about Diamond’s video. “I don’t need to see it,” I thought. I was pulled over by a police officer a few weeks ago. I was going too fast — 85, the officer told me. Patrick rooted around in multiple tote bags before producing my wallet. My hands were shaking just a little when I pulled out my ID. Our kids were asleep in the back seat. The officer, an older white man, came back a few minutes later, gave me a warning: “Slow down, ma’am.”

“I will, officer, I am sorry. Thank you, sir.”

We pulled off, and I was so relieved. It was the first time I had used the word “sir” in seriousness in a long time.

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I gritted my teeth and watched the video. “People live this,” I told myself. When I was pulled over, I was worried about getting a ticket: full stop. Nothing else. For Philando Castile, a busted taillight was a death sentence. Reynolds had the self possession to press record in the midst of this harrowing experience. I needed to see it. Diamond uses the word “sir” at least a dozen times in her 10 minute video. It is a talisman or evidence of good home training, a reminder to the officer screaming “Fuck” in the background of shared humanity, a handle to pull herself back into “normality,” a signal to her daughter that it’s going to be OK (even though it will never be OK again). Diamond Sterling’s little girl sits in the backseat as gun blasts fill the car, and then separated from her mother during this indelible episode. Heartbreak. Hot anger. She is just a little older than my son Seamus. She is only in the video for a few seconds, her eyes serious and her ear translucent against the Minnesota sky. I hear her voice, her plaintive and then soothing invocation of the word “Mommy.”

At intervals throughout the video you can hear someone screaming “Fuck” in the distance. The voice seems to belong to the officer who killed Philando Castile. His freakout is at such odds with Diamond Reynolds’ preternatural calm. As I watched the video, I thought: Whoever thinks guns are cool needs to hear the sounds a human being makes when they kill another human being. It is the kind of aftermath of killing that is never celebrated in the movies or police procedurals. It sounded real.

Fear is toxic, and armed fear is lethal. So, how do we get out of it? Where does it end? Without the guns, it is just fear and hatred and racism. Without the guns, we have a chance to listen, to change. As long as there are guns there is killing. Again and again and again. How many people have been killed in the United States since that night in the middle of June when Latin techno was interrupted by gunfire and screams — when 49 people were killed and another 50 injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando? I found the Gun Violence Archive and I started counting. Working backwards, I reached 300 by the first of this month. Orlando happened on June 12. I could not keep counting. We are not at war. Not here, right? We are told all the time that we are fighting terrorists “over there” so we don’t have to fight them “here.”

In this country we have a lot of ways to push this uncomfortable, brutal truth away: We point out the tragedy of black-on-black violence, we discredit and smear the victims, we nimby it out of existence by moving further and further into segregated enclaves, and we use the language of war. It didn’t take long after Dallas for the language of war to obviate racism, dull nuance and ennoble every clumsy effort. The other effect of casting these events as a war — between Black Lives Matter and “real America,” between blacks and whites, between Obama and police officers — is that it allows for lots of reckless escalation and massive collateral damage.

But, my head went there too. Someone who lived through the Dallas demonstration and sniping called the experience a “little war.” How can that be? Ask the people of Dallas who were out to say “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop the killing” if it felt like a war. Ask black people just about anywhere in this country if they feel like they are under siege. Micah Johnson, the man taking aim at the police officers on that hot night, was an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. He was killed by an armed robot. He was at war.

The same day Philando Castile was killed reaching for his wallet (as directed by a police officer), another 36 people (by my count) were also killed by guns across this nation. After Orlando, Congressional representatives staged a sit in at the Capitol. They were gripped by the need to do something about guns. Today, to honor the five police officers killed in Dallas, to honor Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, let’s disarm the combatants and start the peace process. It’s time — past time — to give up the guns.

Protests against police brutality held from Louisiana to California – video

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Widespread protests against the police shootings of two black men continued in cities across the US on Sunday night. In Memphis, hundreds of demonstrators shut down the bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas after a Black Lives Matter rally earlier in the day. Demonstrations were also held in Atlanta and on the west coast in California, where protesters made a human peace sign in Inglewood

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Armed with smartphones and memes, Zimbabwe's protesters find their voice online

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Activists say social media has given them the collective courage to speak out against Robert Mugabe’s 36-year rule

Zimbabwe’s protest movement is gaining momentum as social media provides citizens with the collective courage to speak out against president Robert Mugabe’s government.

Online discontent has been growing since April after Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire posted a video rant about his economic struggles using the hashtag #ThisFlag.

Related: 'Now we are waking up': Zimbabwe protests leader seeks international help

#ShutdownZim2016 like we did last week let ALL Twitter/ FB activists push our memes, pictures, videos, msgs to WhatsApp. #ThisFlag

Our weapon of mass destruction is a smartphone and $1 data bundle

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I’m struggling to take care of my family because of the selfishness of a few architects of our country’s failure

I live in a country where I can be abducted for calling an incompetent government incompetent! #ThisFlag

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Historic Moreton Bay fig being felled to make way for Sydney light rail

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Environmentalists and eastern suburbs residents rally outside prime minister’s electorate office to protest against demolition of ‘irreplaceable’ tree

Environmentalists rallied outside Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney office on Monday morning to protest against the removal of a 150-year-old Moreton Bay fig, affectionately known as the “Tree of Knowledge”.

Arborists began chopping down the historic tree at the entrance of the University of New South Wales on the corner of Wansey Road and High Street in Randwick on Sunday night to make way for a CBD light rail project that will run through Sydney’s south-east.

Tragic! 150 yr old Tree of Knowledge nearly gone! Join us Monday 10am outside PM's electoral office #sydney #nswpol pic.twitter.com/hdLLLwl7Ir

Related: Data is the secret weapon in the battle to save Australia's urban forests

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Black Lives Matter rallies hundreds in second UK day of protest

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Traffic brought to standstill in Brixton while in Birmingham protesters join demonstration against death in custody of Kingsley Burrell

Hundreds of people in the UK have demonstrated against the killing of two black men – one in Minnesota and one in Louisiana – in the United States.

Related: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States – interactive

This is for our brothers and sisters in the states. From London. We here youStop police brutality #blacklivematters pic.twitter.com/cMostA1NgT

Related: Student restrained by police died from neglect, inquest finds

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Policing isn’t working for cops either

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by Kazu Haga

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“It’s okay mommy…. It’s okay, I’m right here with you…”

Those were the words of four-year-old Dae’Anna, consoling her mother Lavish Reynolds after she witnessed the police shoot and kill her boyfriend Philando Castile.

Those words are now scarred into the psyche of America, much like words that came before it: “Hands up, don’t shoot.” “I can’t breath.” “It’s not real.”

If you haven’t realized that the system of policing isn’t working for the black community, you haven’t been paying attention. Just hours after the killing of Alton Sterling, a four-year-old child witnessed someone getting shot and bleeding out while she sat in the backseat. The system didn’t work for her, her mother or for Philando Castile. The system didn’t work for Alton Sterling, or for Mike Brown, or for Freddie Gray or for countless others.

But here’s something we miss in this climate of police violence: the system of policing isn’t working for those working in law enforcement either. It doesn’t serve anyone.

When I watched the video taken by Lavish Reynolds, I was blown away by the cool and calm demeanor in her voice and how it was offset by the complete panic in the voice of the officer. His was filled with fear.

And why wouldn’t it be? Behind that trigger lies a man who just took the life of another man in front of a child. I’ve worked with enough people in prison, as well as veterans who have taken the lives of others, to know that no human being is immune to the fear, guilt and shame that comes with the taking of another’s life.

The system of policing is one that relies on violence, fear, repression and a colonizer mentality. But the individuals who are employed to enforce that mentality are human beings with a human psyche, just like any other. It’s silly to assume that these men and women aren’t impacted by the violence they witness and participate in every day. No human being can participate in the levels of heightened violence that police are engaged in without being affected by it.

The tragedy in Dallas is a response from a people within a community that has lived with that fear and violence for generations. If you belong to a community that is constantly facing murder, incarceration and dehumanization, it should come as no surprise when members of that community decide that they have had enough and react with violence. It is tragic, yet should not be surprising if you can see their perspective. Similarly, just because police experience that violence from “the other side,” it should not surprise us that if may affect them in similar ways, and that they may similarly react with outbursts of violence.

Marin Luther King, Jr. wrote that “the white man’s personality is greatly distorted by segregation, and his soul is greatly scarred.” He said that the work of defeating segregation was for the “bodies of black folks and the souls of white folks.” He understood that to be a white supremacist, to hold hatred in your heart for so many and to inflict violence on others destroys your soul.

Others have written about the history of policing in the United States — especially in the South — and its roots in the slave patrol. So it should come as no great leap to consider that participating in policing in 21st century America could scar one’s soul.

This is not about being an apologist for the individuals responsible for the killing of black life. It is not about comparing the suffering of black communities to that of law enforcement. But in nonviolence, we know that if you don’t understand the perspective of those who you are in conflict with, you do not understand the conflict. You do not need to agree with, excuse or justify the other’s perspective, you simply need to understand it so you can see the complete picture.

And part of the picture looks like this: Cops are human. They work for an institution with historical ties to slavery and a long legacy of racism. They are indoctrinated in a culture of “us vs. them,” of doing “whatever is necessary so you get home,” of fear, distrust, and dehumanization of those deemed as being on “the other side.” They are taught to fear for their lives. They are trained almost exclusively in tactics of violence and repression. They are sent into situations of conflict every day with those limited tools, into communities where they are playing out tensions that have been brewing for hundreds of years.

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Looking at that picture, no one should be surprised at incidents of police violence, and we should all understand that to some extent, it is rooted in the spiritual and emotional degradation that results from being immersed in such a violent institution.

I’ve been thinking lately about Eric Casebolt, the officer who responded to a call at a pool party in McKinney, Texas and proceeded to throw a young girl onto the ground and point his gun at other teenagers.

Casebolt should have been fired immediately, and his record should follow him everywhere, preventing him from ever having employment as a cop or even as a security guard.

If we look more into the history of that conflict, the story of Casebolt’s own trauma begins to emerge. The pool party was the third call that he attended to that day. His first was a suicide where he witnessed a man blow his head off in front of his family, and had to console the family. Immediately after, he was called to another attempted suicide, where he had to talk a young girl down from jumping off a ledge — also in front of her family. By the time he reached the pool party, he was an emotional wreck.

Again, that’s not to excuse his actions as an individual. But understanding that context and perspective also allows us to point our fingers at the larger culprit: a system of policing that didn’t care enough about Casebolt’s mental health that they couldn’t even give him the rest of the day off. A culture of machismo that doesn’t give space for cops like Casebolt to grieve or process what he just went through.

When the system comes together to defend cops like Casebolt, their defense of him is a smokescreen. The system doesn’t care about any individuals — the individuals are dispensable. It is trying to distract us from the fact that the system itself is corrupt. If the system truly cared about the people who work in the system, it would create fundamental changes to stop the killings of black people, thereby decreasing the chances of retaliatory killings like the ones in Dallas.

But for us, the more we focus our anger on the individual who pulled the trigger, the more we are letting the system off the hook. And the more the system defends the individual, the more we want to see him or her locked up, as if they are the problem. Hook, line and sinker.

Individual accountability requires healing, and a space for the perpetrator of the harm to feel remorse for their actions. I’ve learned over time that people can’t empathize with the pain that they caused until their own pain and story has been honored. So, can we build a movement that honors the pain of the officers, creates spaces to help them see the pain that they cause, and — following the example of former Baltimore officer Michael Wood — allows them to defect from a system that doesn’t serve them either?

And can we hold that level of compassion without pacifying our righteous indignation towards a system that doesn’t value human life? How do we build a fierce and powerful resistance movement that addresses the individual and the system? What does it look like to hold individuals accountable with compassion, and systems accountable with indignation?

#AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile and #Dallas are sobering reminders that violent institutions are causing human death on all sides. And until we find justice for all people, their spirits will be with us, nudging us to answer those questions.

Oslo: Regarding the recent evictions

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We in Vestbredden knows there have been questions and a need for an update from our international supporters, after the recent evictions in our street. A lot of supporters have been asking weither Vestbredden is evicted or not, it is important to keep the facts clear and as no international newspapers wishes to cover our struggle ; we must be our own media. There have also been lies about chemical weapons in the evicted spaces.

In the last two months, the entire Hauskvartalet as a whole has been squatted in protest against the sales prospect. The previously evicted Hausmannsgate 42 was re-squatted along with Brenneriveien 1 aka Hausmannsplatz.

Tuesday 05.07.2016; we were informed in the morning by concerned supporters that the cops had scheduled evictions of the two support projects at 05:00 the morning after, 07.07.2016 . We were already informed about the eviction notices that had been delivered externally by dialoguepolice previously.

At 05:30 the police got access across the roof of H40 while another team was ready to climb ladders into Brenneriveien 1 from the lower section of the Hausmania roofs. In few minutes, police had surrounded the area. Newspapers would later write that there were around 50 officers inside. Short time after; supporters, performers and photographers were covering the rooftops surrounding the eviction zone.

At 05:45 the police had managed to break through parts of the external barricade of Hausmannsplatz. They had evicted/arrested 4 people from Hausmannsplatz while one was remaining passively underneath a car. Another team was trying to access the fortified entry of H42, but newspapers wrote they had problems opening the wooden gate and described it as a «spiked trapdoor». At this point there was also the team on the roof awaiting orders to enter.

At 06:15 the police had managed to wield through the gates of H42 and the residents and supporters inside had gather in one room to make passive resistance against the police. Few minutes after «clearing the area», police started carrying out the current residents of the house.

At 07:00 all the people who had remained at Hausmannsplatz had been moved away from the area. The police and hired towing companies were moving away the «living units» and vehicles from the area while other crews were tearing down our gardens.

At 08:00 the last cars had been moved out of the area and disgraceful cementbeads stuffed with flowers had been put up as barricades against new vehicles. It had also been installed a security box with two guards working in shifts 24:7. Out of the 13 people who had been evicted, 11 were arrested and were later given fines that added up to 40,000 NOK roughly.

The fact that Oslo Kommune is still attempting to scare people away with extreme fines and police violence is to us despicable, but no surprise…

Hausmannsgate 40 is still standing, but we are back in a unstable situation as the properties as far as we know are ready to be taken over already. The squatted properties changed the details in the contract between URBANIUM AS and Oslo Kommune because the contract states that only one of the properties in the sales prospect is inhabited; that information has been incorrect for the past two months until now. We are still excluded from the dialogue between the different parts in the prospect and representatives from MDG/The Green Party and AP have both refused to comment any further on the case.

We do not know the extents of a future eviction of H40, but we do know that Espen A Pay has told the media he is intending to demolish the 130 year old houses to fulfill his city-ecological Camdentown cultural masochist-fantasy.

The contract is still not signed, and each day is another victory for us.

We hope you/your collectives will be able to assist us in the future and hope this release has cleared some shit out for all of you.

A//E

Vestbredden Vel Vel, Hausmannsgate 40 0182 Oslo NORWAY

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