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Quino, creator of ‘Mafalda,’ keeps it light while inspiring generations
by Tim Shenk, Justicia Global, July 17, 2011.
Born Joaquín Salvador Lavado in 1932, Quino has captured the sentiments of joy and frustration of generations who work for a just world. His cartoons, tinged often with biting social critique, are still as relevant today as they were when he started drawing for newspapers in 1954. With his comic strip “Mafalda,” Quino highlights different forms of domination, among them adultcentrism.
This talk, given by a US Iraq war veteran, is worth serious study. It reveals how nationalism and racism blind soldiers into believing that their enemies are the poor (brown) peoples of the world, not those who send them off to kill and die.
Thoughts on today’s elections in Peru
by Tim Shenk, Justicia Global, June 5, 2011.
Today, June 5, is the second round of the Peruvian presidential elections. Ollanta Humala, who represents the coalition Gana Perú, was the frontrunner in April’s first round. Keiko Fujimori represents the conservative and neoliberal sectors. She is the daughter of ex-president Alberto Fujimori, now incarcerated for corruption and human rights violations. It’s clear a Keiko Fujimori administration would be a repetition of the awful legacy of her father.
From “Accumulating Insecurity”: Forfeiture law in the United States
by Tim Shenk, Justicia Global, April 27, 2011.
I’ve been reading a new book, Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and dispossession in the making of everyday life. The ideas I want to share here are from an article by Charles Geisler, a professor in Development Sociology at Cornell University. Geisler has put together some pretty scary data about property and some under-publicized things known as “forfeiture laws” in the United States. When the Department of Homeland Security or local law enforcement makes an arrest, they can confiscate any property belonging to the detainee, whether or not they ever end up charging the person of any crime.
Haitians Face Imminent Eviction from Displaced Persons Camps
DemocracyNow, posted April 13, 2011.
This is the transcript of a video report filmed in Port-au-Prince detailing the continuing social disaster in Haiti, caused primarily by national and international elites who neither follow through on promised aid so that Haitians can rebuild their lives with dignity, nor allow people even to stay in the displacement camps where they’ve been forced to live the past 15 months since the earthquake. Report from Democracynow.org. Reconstruction efforts in Haiti have barely begun 15 months after a devastating earthquake killed thousands and left more than 1.5 million people homeless. Hundreds of thousands of people still live in makeshift shelters in hundreds of tent camps across Haiti. Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from one of those camps and speaks with residents who face imminent eviction by landowners even though they have nowhere else to go.
The great dictator…
Ingrid Luciano, Justicia Global, April 8, 2011
Today I’d like to share a short clip from the film, “The Great Dictator,” written and directed by — and starring – Charlie Chaplin, from 1940. The currency of what Chaplin’s character says is uncanny, and his strength is impressive. This is an example of the way art can critique reality through humor.
War is good business: civilians and public infrastructure are targets of U.S.-led NATO bombings in Libya
By Tim Shenk, Justicia Global, March 30, 2011
Far from being “humanitarian,” U.S.-led NATO bombings begun March 19 in Libya are killing civilians and destroying public infrastructure in what appears to be the preparation for a ground occupation to control the largest oil reserve on the African continent. This apparent contradiction – insisting on a discourse of civilian protection while hitting civilian targets – suggests less-than-humanitarian motives for the air attacks. Many are speculating that NATO powers are after Libya’s 46 billion barrels of oil, or worse, that they’re planning an occupation and reconstruction similar to what began in Iraq in 2003.
Economics in the immigration debate: the case of New York State
by Tim Shenk and Krin Flaherty, March 16, 2011.
Economic interests have played a role in defining immigration issues in the Americas since the first waves of European colonization. Profit was the key motive for bringing indentured Europeans and enslaved Africans to the American continent in the first place. In this article we first highlight the historical origins of immigration in the state of New York, revealing the economic motivations for controlling the movement of people within the capitalist project. We then describe some of the current laws, inequalities and struggles for immigrants in the “border state” of New York.
Forum on Migrations and Borders: Costa Rica, Haiti and DR
Justicia Global. March 14, 2011.
We invite your participation in the coming Forum on Migrations and Borders, to be celebrated March 15-17, 2011 in Haiti, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The forum is to be a space for discussion and sharing a structural analysis of migration and the realities of immigrant workers throughout the world. We will focus specifically on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines and will host representatives of organizations from these three countries.
Just ask a teenager: The face of the media is changing
by Tim Shenk, Justicia Global. March 8, 2011.
The face of the media is changing. Or, if you ask a teenager, it changed, like, such a long time ago. How we receive, digest and pass on information is continuing to change as fast as you can update your Facebook status. So how do we figure out the role of media in today’s society? This is a question that interests those of us who have stories and ideas we’d like more people to know about.
In Libya: Neither NATO nor Kaddafi
by Narciso Isa Conde, Coordinator, Movimiento Caamañista
Translated by Justicia Global. March 3, 2011.
The Kaddafi regime is indefensible for its despotism, corruption, concentration of personal power and cruel repression. It is indefensible in spite of its initial merits in terms of the nationalization of oil production, the expulsion of British military bases, support of libratory and revolutionary processes in Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, solidarity specifically in African and Arab causes, and initial domestic policy decisions.
It Ain’t Just Mubarak — 7 of the Worst Dictators the U.S. is Backing to the Hilt
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet. February 9, 2011.
Embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, whose regime has received billions in U.S. aid, has been in the global media spotlight of late. He’s long been “our bastard,” but he’s not alone. Let’s take a look at the other dictators from around the planet who are fortunate enough to be on Uncle Sam’s good side.