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"I Love To Laugh," Ed Wynn ft. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, from "Mary Poppins," released 50 years ago today.
Gaza celebrates the end of the war…now it’s time for Netanyahu and the other war criminals to face justice at the UN’s International Criminal Court in The Hague. (pic via @sabbah)
In 1983, Barack Obama wrote a nice little article headlined “Breaking The War Mentality" for Columbia University’s weekly magazine Sundial about a couple of campus organizations including Students Against Militarism. I was one of the original SAM members who originally worked against Jimmy Carter’s draft registration law.
Can you believe Obama wrote this?
Generally, the narrow focus of the Freeze movement as well as academic discussions of first versus second strike capabilities, suit the military-industrial interests, as they continue playing with their billion dollar erector sets. When Peter Tosh sings that “everybody’s asking for peace, but nobody’s asking for justice,” one is forced to wonder whether disarmament or arms control issues, severed from economic and political issues, might be another instance of focusing on the symptoms of a problem instead of the disease itself.
What did the children of Gaza do to you? via @carlosgomezgil
Emotional reunion in the rubble of Gaza. From @DrBasselAbuward:
This father & son found each other, but other children were not so lucky
Gazans children………….playing the funeral of a martyr…
The Palestinian version of that Chinese student who stood up to the tanks in Tiananmen Square is this brave man with a cardboard rocket battling Israel Terror Forces who are using live fire to suppress a Hebron (West Bank) protest against the Gaza massacre. Someone make a gif set!
Rahed Taysir al’Hom was buried in the sandy soil of the cemetery of Jabaliya, the rough Gaza neighbourhood where he had grown up, at 1pm on the third day of the ceasefire.
His funeral was quick, attended by a hundred or so mourners, and accompanied by a quick sermon from a white-turbaned cleric, a sobbing father and some shots fired from a Kalashnikov by a skinny teenager.
Two breezeblocks and a ripped piece of cardboard with his name scrawled on it now mark the grave of a personable man with an easy smile, hollow eyes and a quiet intensity that was entirely understandable given his job.
The 43-year-old father of seven lies next to his brother – a Hamas fighter killed in an Israeli air strike two weeks ago. But the al’Hom who died on Wednesday was not a warrior. He was head of the sole bomb disposal unit of Gaza’s northern governorate and his job was to protect several hundred thousand people from the unexploded ordnance that now litters the streets, fields and the rubble of many homes. [Read more]
"World Destruction," Time Zone ft. Afrika Bambaataa, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, and later of Public Image Ltd.) and Bill Laswell, 1984
Father celebrates his daughter’s graduation by the rubble of their former home in Gaza, via @RachelMicheleG