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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Guillermo Del Toro - The Shape of Water

In California ho una stanza della pioggia, la “Rain Room”, costruita come un set cinematografico. Lì dentro è sempre notte e piove fuori dalla finestra tutto il tempo. Così, se devo lavorare, entro nella mia stanza, accendo la pioggia e scrivo. Guillermo Del Toro

Monday, 28 August 2017

Jack Kirby

The only real politics I knew was that if a guy liked Hitler, I'd beat the stuffing out of him and that would be it. Jack Kirby

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Auschwitz on the Beach - Annulled


Some German newspapers and some Jewish cultural centers have harshly criticised the title of the performance that we were expected to give in Kassel the 24th of August.
As we respect the sensitivity of those persons who feel offended by this title, we cancel the performance, but in the following lines I’m going to reply to arguments that can be interpreted as a misunderstanding or as a sign of hypocrisy and manipulation.
Some of the critical voices, for instance Jorg Steinback author of an article titled Das Ende der Kunst published by the Hessische Allgemeine 18 august) accuse us of relativisation of Nazism, and of the Holocaust, because we dare to name the symbol of inhumanity: Auschwitz in relation to what is happening now all around the Mediterranean sea.
Should we accept the notion that Nazism cannot be contextualised, analysed as a the outcome of a social, political and psychological situation? Should we believe that no sign of Nazism can re emerge in the history of the world?
The identification of Nazism as an exceptional manifestation of the Absolute Evil that cannot be referred to an historical context and that will never re-emerge, is a dangerous form of self-absolution of power. Nazism did not come from a devilish god, as an inexplicable manifestation of Evil, but emerged in a precise social, political and psychological context; it was the effect of the long protracted humiliation of German population, of the impoverishment of German society. The criminal ideology based on racial discrimination, and aimed to racial extermination has to be analysed in this context.
In June 2016, while the British were voting for Brexit and the Americans were listening to Trump, Zbigniew Brzeziński published an article titled “Toward a Global Realignment.” According to Brzeziński: “Periodic massacres of their (…) ancestors by colonists and associated wealth-seekers largely from Western Europe (…) resulted within the past two or so centuries in the slaughter of colonized peoples on a scale comparable to Nazi World War II crimes: literally involving hundreds of thousands and even millions of victims. (…) delayed outrage and grief is a powerful force that is now surfacing, thirsting for revenge, not just in the Muslim Middle East but also very likely beyond.”
Should we accuse Brzesinski of antisemitism, and of relativisation of Nazism? I don’t think so: he writes that Nazism is the most extreme and inhuman manifestation of a long stream of inhumanity that marks the history of modern colonialism, and can re-emerge in contemporary world in multifarious forms: as revenge of the oppressed who are now possessing weapons of mass destruction, and also as racist upheaval of the western white population, disempowered and seeking for supremachist revenge.
The intention of the poetical action that we have decided to cancel is to alert everybody: in our time the extreme inhumanity of Nazism is re-emerging, and the Mediterranean is one of the theatres of this re-emergence.
Ten years of austeritarian politics have enormously impoverished the European workers and social structures, particularly in the Southern countries of the Union. Democracy has been cancelled because political decisions taken by voters have been obliterated for the sake of the bank system rescue: the humiliation of the Syriza government has been the highpoint of this systematic obliteration of democracy.
Political impotence and social impoverishment have resulted in the humiliation of the European workers. The systematic betrayal of leftist parties has generated a widespread consensus to the right wing, and most importantly a wave of xenophobia and racial aggressiveness in large part of the european population.
The modern myth of potency, is failing. The ageing white population is unable to change things by political means. We should not underestimate the meaning of humiliation for the white western population. Humiliated people tend to identify with the humiliator in chief, like the trump victory demonstrates.
In this situation migrants have become the perfect scapegoat. They are deemed responsible of a crisis that has been generated by financial capitalism, and has no connection with the migration.
The prohibitionist politics enforced by the european leading class, in the attempt to gather popular consensus, and systematic rejection have obviously produced an illegal system of transportation and penetration in the fortress Europe. Migrants are obliged to give their money to criminal gangs that make the transportation possible in conditions of extreme precariousness and danger.
As a result countless migrants have died, in their path through the deserts, and in the waters of the Mediterranean sea. The massive casualties are the direct consequence of the refusal of europeans to face their historical and political responsibility.
After the military enforcement of the Balkan borders, and of the Greek borders, now it is the turn of the Italian border, that has been sealed with the help of the Libyan Coast Guard, which is notoriously linked to the smugglers who transport migrants.
Recently the Italian government, betrayed by the European Union, and pressed by the racist political groups (Lega and M5S) has decided to follow the methodology of total rejection adopted by the the majority of countries of the continent.
NGOs have been accused of abetting illegal migration, so they have been obliged to bend to a restrictive code or to leave their place in the Mediterranean. Medicines sans frontiers have decided to leave the field of operation, and other NGO are subjected to judiciary procedures, because they are accused of intelligence with the smugglers. Now the flow of migrants has been reduced thanks to the alliance with the Libyan Coast Guard, who is known to be linked with the network of smugglers.
Migrants pay the smugglers for the passage, during the passage they are halted by the Guard, and brought back to Libia, where they can try again the illegal crossing, paying for the second time. More often they are segregated in camps where they are routinely subjected to violence, slave work, tortures, and death.
In the past decade the european Union has been a machine for financial predation: an unprecedented transfer of resources from the salaried people to the financial system has happened. Now the Union is turning into a machine for rejection and extermination, if we’ll be unable to stop the cynical politics of scapegoating, rejecting and delivering people to executioners.
It’s crystal clear that in the present conditions rejection and externalisation of borders equal extermination. Uncountable migrants have drowned crossing the sea, and countless are being detained, enslaved, tortured and killed all around the Mediterranean: the extermination is based on a racial discrimination. Can I say that this has a strong resemblance with the historical phenomenon named Nazism? It’s not matter of scale, it is not a contest. But the cultural sentiment and political behaviour of European governments and populations are re-staging the sentiment and behaviour of the Germans who identified a scapegoat in the Jewish and Roma communities during the years of the second world war.
We don’t know how many people of Arab, Afghan, African origins have drowned in the mediterranean, how many have died in the camps from the Balkans to Ceuta. What we know is that the present carnage is only the beginning of a massive bloodbath. Should we remain silent?

franco berardi august 21 2017

Nnamdi Kanu - Biafra -

"We have one thing in common, all of us that believe in Biafra, one thing we have in common, a pathological hatred for Nigeria. I cannot begin to put into words how much I hate Nigeria." Continue

Monday, 21 August 2017

Giuseppe Memeo, May 14 1977, Milan (Mosaic)

The movement of 1977 was a spontaneous political movement that arose in Italy in 1977. It originated mostly from groups of extra-parliamentary left; as for form and substance, it was completely new compared to previous student movements, such as the protests of 1968. In fact, it was characterized by the declared objection to the system of parties, unions, and even political movements. continue

Sunday, 20 August 2017

I am dead. And now?

Dogan Akhanli - FREE!

A German-Turkish writer who is a known critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been arrested in Spain.
Dogan Akhanli, who has written extensively on human rights in Turkey, was detained at the request of Turkish authorities in the city of Granada.
German Green MP Volker Beck said the move was politically motivated and that he had requested that Mr Akhanli should not be extradited to Turkey.
It is unclear on what grounds the arrest warrant was issued.
The move, Mr Beck said, showed that President Erdogan was prepared to "extend his power beyond his country's borders" to "intimidate and pursue [his critics] around the world". Continue

Friday, 18 August 2017

Giulio Regeni - Cut and paste

Mohammad Ali Taheri - FREE!

Iranian spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri is awaiting his second hearing due to take place in July. The authorities are prosecuting him for “spreading corruption on earth”. He has been held in solitary confinement for over six years in Tehran’s Evin prison. If convicted, he can be sentenced to death.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Scorta mediatica #scortamediatica

“Chiediamo una scorta mediatica. Qui, che tenga d’occhio e monitori. E una scorta mediatica per quando andremo al Cairo” Paola, la mamma di Giulio Regeni, ci ha congedati così al termine dell’intervista che assieme al marito e accompagnati dall’avvocato Alessandra Ballerini ha concesso a me di Radio Rai,  ai colleghi Simona Battistini del TG1 e Paolo Maggioni di RaiNews.
La Milano deserta dove ci siamo incontrati fa riflettere su quanto mai come adesso si debba tenere alta l’attenzione. L’oblio e’ dietro l’angolo, anche se sul caso di Giulio Regeni questo rischio non si corre. Perche’ come hanno voluto ricordare i genitori di Giulio, subito dopo l’annuncio del nostro governo di inviare al Cairo l’ambasciatore Cantini, nominato lo scorso anno, ma la cui partenza era stata congelata, dalla loro parte ci sono  soprattutto la Procura di Roma, gli investigatori, l’avvocato Ballerini e quel popolo giallo composto da migliaia di persone mobilitate da 18 mesi per chiedere verita’ sulla fine tragica di Giulio. Continua

Nigerian army have opened fire on members of IPOB

...waiting for the arrival of Nnamdi Kanu in Ekwulobia in Anambra.

Monday, 14 August 2017

You are not the majority! #wearethemajority

Over the past two days, we have all witnessed the violence by white supremacists from across the country in Charlottesville, Virginia. While we understand this hatred and vitriol to be part of this country’s long history with white supremacy, we also know this is directly related to the growing popularity and recent rise in far right nationalism as evidenced by more and more blatant attacks on our communities.

Considering the level of violence—from Charlottesville to the White House—we invite you to join us for a national call to confront white supremacy, build power and defend our communities.

Join The Majority today, August 14th at 9PM EST/6PM EST for a national call. Register here. (You must register to join call).

We, people who believe in freedom, justice, and the humanity of all people are the majority. We won’t stand idly by; we will show up united, in a deep abiding love for one another. We are committed to fight for and realize a world in which the inherent humanity of all people is honored. Join us today.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

I hate the Charlottesville Nazis!

Vincent Brings Plenty (Sioux Lakota)

This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the landmark UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. This is an opportunity to honour the rights of indigenous peoples and their unique contribution to achieving mutual understanding, peace and sustainable development. Indigenous peoples are custodians and practitioners of unique cultures and relationships with the natural environment. They embody a wide range of linguistic and cultural diversity at the heart of our shared humanity. Protecting their rights and dignity is protecting everyone’s rights and respecting humanity’s soul, past and future.
Let us join our efforts and share this message - #weareindigenous !

10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the landmark UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. This is an opportunity to honour the rights of indigenous peoples and their unique contribution to achieving mutual understanding, peace and sustainable development. Indigenous peoples are custodians and practitioners of unique cultures and relationships with the natural environment. They embody a wide range of linguistic and cultural diversity at the heart of our shared humanity. Protecting their rights and dignity is protecting everyone’s rights and respecting humanity’s soul, past and future.

The protection and well-being of indigenous peoples has never been so important. Despite their cultural diversity and homelands across 90 countries, they share common challenges related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples. 370 million indigenous peoples make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population but account for 15 per cent of the poorest.

In this spirit, UNESCO’s latest Global Education Monitoring Report provides concrete guidance and policy advice for the advancement of indigenous peoples’ rights’.

UNESCO launched the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme in 2002 to support governments in creating synergies between scientific and indigenous peoples’ knowledge. This has been furthered through a policy brief on “Indigenous and Local Knowledge(s) and Science(s) for Sustainable Development” issued by The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the United Nations Secretary-General. All this inspires UNESCO’s ongoing work to develop a Policy on Engaging with Indigenous Peoples to ensure a stronger implementation of the UN Declaration.

This will not only be beneficial to indigenous peoples but for all of humanity and our planet.

Let us join our efforts and share this message - #weareindigenous !

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim #Sudan

“Women want to participate in political life and state management with men. To direct the policy of your country for the benefit of children, as well as of women, men and society as a whole.” - Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Sajjad AbuAbdullah - 5 years - killed in Awamia

Two months after he was shot in the abdomen by #Saudi snipers, 5YO Sajjad AbuAbdullah has succumbed to his gunshot wounds today #Awamia

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Virginio Merola - Sindaco di Bologna

- Prima vi manganelliamo!
- Poi soluzione alternativa.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Hussein Bashir - FREE!

Detainee Hussein Bashir was arrested at 16 years. By the time he was 17 years old, he was sentenced to 90 years in prison.

South Yemen

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Stop Death Penalty! CHINA

Ferzan Ozpetek

La politica non mi piace, mi irrita. La solidarietà fra gli esseri umani, il volontariato, credo che abbiano molto più valore.