The other mass shooting that happened today in the United States – The Washington Post

Suddenly, the little-noticed crime in Georgia became the second mass shooting in a single day — and at least the third since Robert L. Dear Jr. opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic last week in Colorado springs.

Source: The other mass shooting that happened today in the United States – The Washington Post

Video: Israeli soldier forces knife on Palestinian girl | The Electronic Intifada

The 3-minute video appears to have been filmed from a vehicle stopped at the checkpoint. At the beginning, a man in civilian clothes can be seen speaking to the girl next to a white truck. Israeli soldiers are standing nearby and giving orders to others.The girl is not restrained by the soldiers and walks toward the cab of the white truck. At 1:30, one of the soldiers throws what appears to be a knife onto the ground.The girl, with her arms raised near her chest, trembles. The soldier then appears to order her to bend down and pick up the knife.She kneels down and picks it up, and then appears to talk to the soldier as she holds it. As she kneels, a second soldier aims his weapon at her.A third soldier then approaches and leads her away with her hands behind her back.As with other similar incidents, the video has fueled widespread suspicions that many of the alleged stabbing attempts in which Palestinians were killed involved the planting of evidence.

Source: Video: Israeli soldier forces knife on Palestinian girl | The Electronic Intifada

Bullshit Artist Donald Trump’s 9/11 Cheering “Evidence” Immediately Debunked: Gothamist

Donald Trump took a break from demanding that America kill children, mistreating people with disabilities, and re-arranging photos of himself on his desk to continue pushing a fourth-hand 9/11 NJ “cheering” narrative that has now been debunked and refuted multiple times. But because Trump is a dangerous snake oil salesman who remains on top of the Republican presidential nominee tire fire, it’s important to make it abundantly clear when Trump’s particular brand of bigoted racism lapses into outright fantasy.

Source: Bullshit Artist Donald Trump’s 9/11 Cheering “Evidence” Immediately Debunked: Gothamist

10,000 Afro-Brazilian women march against racism

Activists from across Brazil gathered in the country’s capitol this month to participate in the Black Women’s March and draw attention to the discrimination and disproportionate levels of violence that Afro-Brazilian women face.

Young Black women with natural hair pose for a picture.

Participants from the Natural Hair Empowerment March in Salvador pose for a photo. November is Afro-Brazilian culture month in Brazil. Image by Marco Musse.

Over the past decade, violence against Afro-Brazilian women has significantly increased, while violence against White women has been in a slow decline. Scary facts like these have motivated Brazilians to take action and cultivate a vibrant anti-racist community with close ties to the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US. A year ago I wrote about a similar march, protesting police violence against Afro-Brazilians (trigger warning):

The violent policing of low-income communities of color speaks closely to what is happening in Ferguson, reminding us that though racism looks different throughout the Americas, the legacies of slavery and white supremacy continue to threaten Black and brown lives in similar ways. In Brazil, about 2,000 people are killed by law enforcement every year, most of them Black or dark-skinned, many of them women. And in the same way that state violence against young men has a color, in Brazil, six in ten women murdered are Black. Last month, Joana Darc Brito was shot in a favela in Rio de Janeiro and died en route to the hospital.  Maria de Fátima dos Santos and her daughter Alessandra de Jesus were executed in an ally. Claudia Silva Ferreira was shot by law enforcement back in March, and died after falling out of their car and being dragged for two blocks.

This year’s march was cut short when a white man calling for President Dilma’s impeachment and military intervention in Brazil shot a firearm into the air, dispersing march participants and exemplifying the violence Afro-Brazilian women face daily.

See more images from the march.

Header image by Vinicius Carvalho

Learning from Ebola: Why MERS needs to be taken seriously

As with Ebola, there are few, if any, tools currently available to use in the case of a major outbreak of MERS. Experts point to last spring’s crippling outbreak in South Korea — 186 cases, 37 deaths, hospitals closed to new admissions, all stemming from a businessman who came home sick from the Middle East — as evidence of the danger of underestimating the coronavirus.Because the MERS virus can be transmitted through coughs and sneezes, its spread could be even more difficult to stop than Ebola, which people only catch if they have contact with blood and body fluids.You can generally avoid someone else’s bodily fluids, if you know you need to. But breathing is not an optional endeavor.

Source: Learning from Ebola: Why MERS needs to be taken seriously