How the Syrian Revolution has transformed me

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The world revolves around Palestine, or so I thought until 2011.

The Palestinian cause, I argued, was the litmus test for anyone’s commitment to freedom and justice. Palestine was the one and only compass that must guide any Arab revolution. Whether a regime is good or bad should be judged, first and foremost, based on its stance from the Palestinian cause. Every event should somehow be viewed through a Palestinian lens. The Arab people have failed us, and we inspired the entire world with our resistance.

Yes, I called myself internationalist. I claimed to stand for universal and humanist ideals. I blathered on and on about breaking borders and waging a socialist revolution.

But then came Syria, and my hypocrisy and the fragility of those ideals became exposed.

When I first heard the Syrian people in Daraa demand a regime reform on 18 March 2011, all I could think about…

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منتقمو دلتا النيجر يحذرون شيفرون           NDA warns Chevron

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لاحظوا أخر بيان صادر عن منتقمو دلتا النيجر وفيه يحذرون شركة شيفرون من محاولة القيام بأية إصلاحات للمرافق التالفة في أحدث هجوم لهم، ويحذرون أي مقاول محتمل من قبول القيام بهذه المهمة.

هذا البيان يكشف أن منتقمو دلتا النيجر على ما يبدو لديهم نظام فعال نسبيًا لجمع المعلومات الاستخبارية والتي تمكنهم من معرفة خطط شيفرون في الدلتا، وطبعا من الواضح أن هذا يعتبر عنصر أساسي في أي حركة حرب عصابات ناجحة، فإما أن منتقمو دلتا النيجر لهم مؤيدون ومخبرون يعملون في شركة شيفرون، أو ربما ببساطة لديهم معلومات من المقاولين المحليين الذين تستعين بهم شيفرون لأعمال الترميم والصيانة، وفي كلتا الحالتين الأمر مثير للإعجاب.

هذا البيان يوضح هدفهم بشكل أكثر من رائع:

“شيفرون ظلت تعمل في منطقة دلتا النيجر لأكثر من 40 عامًا ولم يحدث أبدا أن انقطع عنهم تيار الكهرباء في أي يوم، بينما ظلت المجتمعات المضيفة والقرى مفتقرة لجميع وسائل الراحة الأساسية….”

هذا هو نوع من الخطاب الذي…

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Egypt: Luxor residents set fire, hurl stones at police cars

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CAIRO, May 14 (Aswat Masriya) –  A number of residents of the Luxor district of Tiba have set two police cars on fire and hurled stones at the officers, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry added in statements to state-run news agency MENA, that additional security forces were sent to the site of the incident to “control and disperse” the angry crowd.

According to the ministry’s narrative, security forces were investigating a report in the Tiba, Luxor police station, when they noticed a motorcycle passing by without license plates and arrested the two men riding the vehicle.

Angered by the arrest, the residents gathered and began throwing stones at the officers and setting fire to the police cars.

The ministry denied media reports that residents of one of the Tiba villages detained two of the officers.

The ministry said that it will take the necessary legal procedures, and notify public prosecution to begin investigating the incident.

Several incidents of police brutality have sparked anger among different sects of people over the past few months.

In April, a low-ranking policeman shot dead a tea vendor and injured two more people, in the upscale suburban neighbourhood of Rehab, after a quarrel over his refusal to pay for a cup of tea.

The incident was preceded by another in February when a policeman shot dead a driver in the Downtown neighbourhood of al-Darb al-Ahmar over the cost of loading goods.

Police brutality was one of the triggers of the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising, sparked by protests on Police Day in Egypt aimed to draw attention to the police’s use of excessive, at times fatal, violence.

Philippines: Anniversary of Battle of Mactan

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Filipino battle of Mactan 1 Battle of Mactan mural in Cebu, Fort San Pedro painting, Philippines;  scene depicts the leader of the Mactan warriors, Lapu-Lapu killing Magellan, commander of the Spanish forces.

On this day in 1521 Indigenous peoples on the island of Mactan in present-day Philippines defeated a heavily armed Spanish force and killed their commander, Magellan.  This was the first Spanish attempt at colonizing what would eventually become the Philippines.

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Call: Worldwide Day of Action For Refugees at May 14, 2016

Call: Worldwide Day of Action For Refugees at May 14, 2016

Open Borders!

For human rights and the freedom of movement for all people!

Against a misanthropical Europe!

Freedom, equality and humanity for all people! Against sealing-off Europe!

At May 14 people around the world will take the streets for the rights of refugees. Also in Wuppertal, Germany.

Its not long ago that refugees where welcomed enthousiatstic at railway stations in Germany. Thousands of people welcomed people who had to flee as they arrived at the railway stations of Dortmund, Munich, Frankfurt and many other cities. Many of these people are still active and now involved in local and supraregional initiatives like for instance Welcome to Wuppertal, Cars of Hope or directly in refugee shelters.

Although the drownings at the Mediterranean sea and sealing off Europe is nothing new, the hope of many people was growing after the Balkan route was opened. Angela Merkel said “We manage that!” and even a rightwing populist…

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