The Gun Report: July 16, 2013 –

A 2-year-old boy and two men were killed in a shooting at a Flint, Mich., apartment complex Monday morning. The two adult victims were found dead just before 8 a.m. at Park West apartments near Atherton. The toddler died on the way to the hospital. There are no suspects and no arrests had been made.

—CBS Detroit

A 10-year-old and 24-year-old were shot when someone opened fire on the front porch of a house on the east side of Detroit, Mich., Monday afternoon. The 10-year-old was shot in the arm and the adult was shot in the back. The shooter is in custody.

via The Gun Report: July 16, 2013 –

Honduran Army Kills Indigenous Leader of COPINH Who Resisted Dam in Rio Blanco

On Monday July 15th, while the Lenca community of Rio Blanco, in Honduras, marked 106 days of resistance to the building of Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, the Army indiscriminately shot at the demonstrators killing one of the leaders of the resistance, Tomas Garcia, and seriously injuring his son (photo).

Tomas was a Lenca indigenous leader who was part of his community’s Indigenous and Auxiliary Council and of the National Council of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).

The Honduran activist was shot dead while he was walking with other community members to the project’s facilities owned by Desa and Sinohydro companies, while his son, who was seriously injured by a high-calibre bullet, is in hospital and his life is in danger, Berta Caceres, leader of COPINH, told Real World Radio.

via Honduran Army Kills Indigenous Leader of COPINH Who Resisted Dam in Rio Blanco.

Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 53rd time | Maan News Agency

“It is the 53rd demolition since July 2010,” Araqib chieftain Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim told Ma’an.

“They have brought down all the sheds we built for the summer so we can protect our land and defend ourselves against the oppressive policy of this tyrannical government.”

Large numbers of Israeli police officers and officials from Israel’s Land Authority accompanied the bulldozers.

Families in Araqib managed to re-build five of the sheds after the bulldozers left, Abu Mdeighim said, with Palestinian and Israeli activists due to visit to the village to help rebuild the rest of the structures.

On Monday, thousands of people demonstrated across Israel and Palestine to protest a controversial plan which would see the forced displacement of nearly 40,000 Bedouins in the Negev.

The Israeli government approved the Prawer-Begin plan in 2011, in what it says was an attempt to address the problem of unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

The 2011 proposal was formulated without any consultation with the Bedouin community and rights groups slammed it as a major blow to Bedouin rights.

According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the plan will forcibly evict nearly 40,000 Bedouins and destroy their communal and social fabric, condemning them to a future of poverty and unemployment.

Israel refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house nearly 90,000 people.

The Israeli state denies them access to basic services and infrastructure, such as electricity and running water, and refuses to place them under municipal jurisdiction.

via Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 53rd time | Maan News Agency.

Really dumb and could be model for US GOP who keep trying to tear down healthcare reform and to kill food aid for US families in need…

Drunk Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In Head With Friend’s Gun: LAist

An intoxicated 38-year-old man accidentally shot himself to death early Monday morning with his friend’s gun.

Sgt. Peter Gamino of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station told City News Service the man was at a friend’s house in the 3200 block of Folsom Street in Boyle Heights when the host felt compelled to show off his gun during a party. Guests passed around the weapon, and when it ended up in the hands of one man, the homeowner decided to try to take the gun away from him.

During the struggle, the drunk man shot himself in the eye. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators were examining the deceased man’s hands as well as the host’s to confirm the story. The L.A. Times says guests immediately called 9-1-1 and stayed for questioning. It is unclear if charges will be filed.

via Drunk Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In Head With Friend’s Gun: LAist.

Youth Anti-Violence Summit

Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat recently hosted a Youth Anti-Violence Summit on the farm in response to the shooting on Mother’s Day which deeply touched our Grow Dat community.

It was a day of reflection, sharing, and an attempt to envision a world different than the one we inhabit today. Filmmaker John Richie screened a section of his film Shellshocked and answered questions. Youth wrote letters to someone in their lives that had been touched by gun violence, and then shared their letters with another crew member.

Crew members were invited to create two kinds of trees: an unhealthy tree that maps systems of violence in New Orleans and beyond;  and a healthy tree that maps systems of individual and community-wide success, peace and happiness. Youth were encouraged to identify the roots of both trees, brainstorm what sustains the roots and helps the trees grow (the trunk), and what sort of leaves or fruit…

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This Event Isn’t For You: Family Friendly Spaces

Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz

“I’ll count to 10 and you hide!”
“That’s not fair, I WAN TO COUNT!”
“I’ll count and you can count next time?”
“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! Ready or not, here I come!”

The kids ran around the conference room looking for each other, oblivious to the fact that their mom’s and dad’s were in the other room getting information and building on their skills in order to raise healthier families and better futures.

However, it wasn’t all rainbow colored ponies. As I took a small break from the conference and made my way to the bathroom, I caught a conversation between two of the guards on the floor. Both were annoyed at the children. The screaming, laughing, jumping and overall awesomeness was too much for them. Complaints were exchanged about several things. Both agreed that the work environment was being disrupted because of…

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China and the Middle-Income Trap: Indiscriminate Tuna Fishing

Read carefully – Danny Quah is seldom wrong and nearly always ahead of the curve.


Like a spectre, the Middle Income Trap stalks China and the rest of the world’s successful emerging economies. This Trap says that no matter how fast-growing initially, all emerging economies will slow.

(In January 2013, Google returned 400,000 references  to the term “Middle-Income Trap”; by July that number had risen to 1.3mn.)

The proposition that fast-growing economies will slow eventually is called “neoclassical convergence” — when capital-deepening has run its course and any further advance in prosperity can come only from technological progress, whether through indigenous innovation or through importing techniques from any economies still running on ahead.

But neoclassical convergence is an old idea. Moreover, its prediction is that slowdown occurs when emerging economies smoothly and gradually catch up with and achieve equality with the advanced ones. In contrast the newer hypothesis of the Middle Income Trap puts forwards two further claims: first, that the slowdown occur with a…

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Beijing is delicately super-sizing the country’s farms | China Economic Review

In the northwestern Chinese town of Wuliming, farms are being consolidated into a vast tract, the likes of which haven’t been seen since collective farms under Mao Zedong.

But the plots aren’t being combined under the directives of commune leaders as they were in the late 1950s. Farmers won’t be eating gruel in communal dining halls. And there will be little need for them to sweep across the fields en masse turning up soil or harvesting crop.

via Beijing is delicately super-sizing the country’s farms | China Economic Review.

Same song but this time banks, government, and international investors will try to control agriculture in China and for sake of profit – will likely kill the land with over production and industrialized agriculture – all so they can force farmers and rural people to move to cities to become factory workers – think factory communes or starve… 

FAQ – Farm Alliance of Baltimore – A vibrant network of urban farms

What’s the difference between an urban farm and a community garden?

Definitions for both can vary, and many projects fall somewhere in between. In general, a community garden is run by a core group of community members with the goals of growing food for themselves and their families – this can take many forms including individual plots or communal rows. We tend to define an urban farm as an entity that is production-oriented and growing food for others – whether for sale or for donation.

via FAQ – Farm Alliance of Baltimore – A vibrant network of urban farms.