Aleppo Killing Field

Tucked in the lower floor of a building was Al-Quds hospital in Aleppo, Syria, a small 34 bed facility in the Sukkari neighborhood. Its windows and entrance were fortified with mostly sandbags for extra protection despite the many buildings around it that, in theory, protected it from being attacked. The hospital was not a rebel-run […]

via This is Aleppo: In A World Where Doctors Have Become Martyrs & Hospitals Battlegrounds — A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Billy Ocean on Frank Ocean: ‘At least he didn’t say I was his dad’

Repeating Islands

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Back with a new double album, the Caribbean Queen singer discusses Savile Row suits, the joys of herb and London property values, Peter Robinson reports for London’s Guardian.

Billy, your album is full of your greatest hits. How does it differ from The Very Best Of, Greatest Hits, The Collection, Super Hits and Ultimate Collection?

It’s an album that’s a new album, yet it isn’t a new album (1). On Sunday I took my family out for a meal – a really nice Chinese restaurant in Queensway – and I was listening to all those old tracks in the car, and I thought: “This is all right. I’ve done some nice tracks over the years.” Sometimes you’ve got to big up yourself.

Surely you can do better than: “This is all right.” That’s not a quote to put on the CD sticker, is it?

Well, I don’t want…

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Egypt’s El Sherbini Becomes Youngest Ever Women’s Squash World Champion — Egyptian Streets

Egyptian squash player Nour El Sherbini has become the first ever Egyptian and the youngest ever winner of the PSA Women’s World Championship. The 20-year-old defeated World No.1 Laura Massaro of England during the final of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia. El Sherbini, who will now become the new World No.1…

via Egypt’s El Sherbini Becomes Youngest Ever Women’s Squash World Champion — Egyptian Streets

Disobedience: The Courage to Break Free — Views àla JoAnn

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision: The new film Disobedience about the global movement to break free from fossil fuels is now available for free download and streaming at! The film is a powerful journey, featuring Break Free organizers in Canada, Germany, Turkey and the Philippines as they prepare to mobilize for major…

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Joaquin Murrieta

Social Banditry and Ethclass Consciousness

In order to understand the significance of Joaquín Murrieta one must examine two important issues that surround him: social banditry and ethclass consciousness.                 A definition of Social Banditry is required in order to draw a comparison with Murrieta, as such. A Social Bandit is someone who is considered an outlaw by the legitimate law, while remaining a hero to the populace. He represented the oppressed foreigner who suffered discrimination under the law. He came to California to lead an honest life, he was wronged by a people whom he admired. To revenge himself he took to an outlaw life and robbed and killed the hated “gringo”. Many of his fellow Chicanos did not approve of Murrieta’a actions, but they were sympathetic to his cause because he dared to fight back and lead his people in a crusade against the “gringo”.                 This concept of social banditry is well known and seen in other historical figures such as Robin Hood, in which the bandit or villain defends the oppressed from the injustices of the ruling class.                 The issue of ethclass consciousness is also a necessary factor in understanding the rise of Joaquín Murrieta. Ethclass consciousness is the identification, or awareness of one’s own ethnicity and social status and how that plays a role in the way society perceives them. Ethclass consciousness was prevalent among the Spanish-speaking people of California during this era. The social forces in the state during the gold rush period were highly instrumental in creating this consciousness. There was a strong Anglo racism against the Spanish-speaking. This racism was evident in terms of how immigrants were treated in general as well as in legislation that was passed specifically to target them. One example of this was the Foreign Miner’s Tax.

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