Category Archives: Rock on-Peace Out

When Health Law Isn’t Enough, the Desperate Line Up at Tents – The New York Times

 

Anthony Marino, 54, reached into his car trunk to show a pair of needle-nosed pliers like the ones he used to yank out a rotting tooth. Shirley Akers, 58, clutched a list of 20 medications she takes, before settling down to a sleepless night in the cab of a pickup truck.Robin Neal, 40, tried to inject herself with a used-up insulin pen, but it broke, and her blood sugar began to skyrocket.As the sun set in the mountains of southwest Virginia, hundreds of hurting souls were camped out or huddled in vehicles, eager for an early place in line when the gates swung open at 5 a.m. for the nation’s largest pop-up free clinic.

Inoreader – Six things that must be said about the violence in Jerusalem and West Bank

There is a solution here, and not only on the issue of Al-Aqsa and the metal detectors, which if reached with the Waqf and Jordanian authorities could calm things down very quickly. But that is only the beginning.The Israeli Right continues to make the argument that the occupation is something we can live with. (A situation in which two peoples share this land but one of them is superior and enjoys sovereignty and full civil and human rights, and the other is eternally subjugated and without full rights.) That is not a possibility.We cannot keep nearly two million people in Gaza under siege without water, electricity, or a functioning health system. We cannot keep more than two million people in the West Bank locked behind concrete walls and hi-tech fences while Israel continues to control every aspect of their daily lives — arresting elected officials and activists, deciding who can leave the country, which goods can be imported and exported, who can travel to work or to the hospital within the West Bank, which plots of land can be seized for settlement construction, and more.We cannot continue to insist on a united Jerusalem, which is actually divided between Jewish “citizens” and Palestinian “residents” (a status that can be revoked at any time), between those for whom authorities build homes and invest in education and infrastructure and social services, and those sentenced to poverty. We cannot allow a future in which discrimination between Jews and Arabs is an unquestioned characteristic of our country.None of that is sustainable. Or, to be more precise, we can’t expect a pastoral, quiet and peaceful future while those oppressive and discriminatory systems remain in place. We learn that painful lesson again and again, and yet — we refuse to learn it at all. There is another way. We can instead end the occupation and walk down a path of peace and full equality. Without that, our lives will be filled with the endless repetition akin to the terrifying reality of the past few days. Any discussion of the events of the past week that doesn’t address the broader context is disconnected from reality.

Source: Inoreader – Six things that must be said about the violence in Jerusalem and West Bank

Jerusalem is not a place to live…Jerusalem is a place to be | nadiaharhash

As we are entering the third week after the closure of Al Aqsa and installing the electric gates. Jerusalem is still holding tight with a resilience that is not far from the people of this city. The price is continuing to be high as clashes are not stopping and martyrs are increasing. But yet, the scene of people gathering for each prayer time in front the different gates of al Aqsa, despite what seems to be a real curfew on the old city gives a sense of strength that cannot be destroyed.

Source: Jerusalem is not a place to live…Jerusalem is a place to be | nadiaharhash

Inoreader – Breaking News: A Former Soviet counter-intelligence officer attended meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer

The Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.The lobbyist, who denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies, accompanied the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Jr.; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law; and Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign.The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the U.S., where he holds dual citizenship.

Source: Inoreader – Breaking News: A Former Soviet counter-intelligence officer attended meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer

‘I feel great shame’: Swedish police chief’s Facebook post slamming asylum policy goes viral – The Local

Lena Matthijs, police chief in Älvsborg, western Sweden, published the lengthy post on July 11th after she had to tell a teenager from Ethiopia that she was to be deported to her homeland after four years living in the Nordic nation.”I feel great shame. Shame for belonging to the state establishment that decided to deport a 17-year-old girl to Ethiopia after four years in Sweden because her homeland is judged not to be sufficiently dangerous or miserable. I gave her the decision in my role as her legal guardian. All doors are now closed. She will be out of the country before the school term starts in the autumn,” her post begins.”She has finished her first year of upper secondary school and speaks fluent Swedish. She asked me what will happen to her grades? What will happen with her studies? No one will take her in in her old homeland. The summer job she’s doing here in Sweden will be her only source of funds. Now she has to fend for herself, as best as possible,” it continues.Matthijs goes on to say that she questioned whether it was right to speak about the case and similar ones in her position as a chief of police, but seeing the girl crying made it impossible to keep quiet.

Source: ‘I feel great shame’: Swedish police chief’s Facebook post slamming asylum policy goes viral – The Local

Chris Uhlmann Australia’s Political Editor: Trump ‘has no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Speaking on Sunday from the G20 conference in Hamburg, Uhlmann said Trump had shown “no desire and no capacity to lead the world” and was himself “the biggest threat to the values of the west”.“He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,” Uhlmann said.“Where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea which would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it, they were prepared to back it, but it never came.”

Source: Chris Uhlmann Australia’s Political Editor: Trump ‘has no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays | Science | The Guardian

Their structures are still standing more than 1,500 years after the last centurion snuffed it: now the Romans’ secret of durable marine concrete has finally been cracked.The Roman recipe – a mix of volcanic ash, lime (calcium oxide), seawater and lumps of volcanic rock – held together piers, breakwaters and harbours. Moreover, in contrast to modern materials, the ancient water-based structures became stronger over time.Scientists say this is the result of seawater reacting with the volcanic material in the cement and creating new minerals that reinforced the concrete.

Source: Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays | Science | The Guardian

nadya from pussy riot is rewriting what it means to be punk | read | i-D

“Be persistent. Stay focused. Panic will not help. Have patience. There is a lot to be done, but it’s ok.Seduce your hangman into taking on your beliefs. Make prison wardens your friends. Win over the hearts of those who support the villain. Convince the police that they should be on your side. When the army refuses to shoot into the crowd of protestors, the revolution has won.Take your beatings as a badge of honour. When you say that the emperor is naked, you may end up being punched in the face by the emperor’s bodyguards. You’ll be called demented, insane, a lunatic, perverted, a dangerous idiot. But you’re the happiest sort of idiot — an idiot who knows the divine joy of telling the truth.Being a punk is about constantly surprising people. It’s not about getting a mohawk and keeping it forever, if you do that you’re not a punk, you’re a conservative.

Source: nadya from pussy riot is rewriting what it means to be punk | read | i-D

Cecile Richards on Planned Parenthood, the Resistance, and Galvanizing the Next Generation of Activists – Vogue

Cecile Richards strides into the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, student union in a hot-pink dress and a black cardigan. As she walks past me I notice that her toenails are also pink—a color that precisely matches the “I stand with Planned Parenthood” pins and signs and T-shirts that are all around the room. She is uncharacteristically late this morning, and before she arrived I was a little worried: There was only a smattering of local media, and the energy was muted. But as soon as she walked in, the air crackled—as if, in her presence, every atom gained an electron. There is just something about Richards—her height and carriage, her husky voice, that startlingly blonde boy-cut—that makes you sit up and pay attention.

Source: Cecile Richards on Planned Parenthood, the Resistance, and Galvanizing the Next Generation of Activists – Vogue