Activist leaders targeted in E.Jerusalem

2 April, 2010 The Real News Network

Police target activist leaders who protest settler takeovers in Sheikh Jarrah (E.J’slem) in recent weeks

In recent weeks, municipal police in Jerusalem have been targeting key activists who fight against the settler take-overs of Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah. A neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah has hosted weekly protests for nearly a year by a broad coalition of Israelis and Palestinians. Saleh Abo Dayeb was among the leaders who was recently arrested. Police claimed he pushed back a settler who attempted to photograph him and that in this supposed attack he committed a terrorist act against the state of Israel. The judge found no evidence that Abo Dayeb was even involved in the alleged altercation. A week later, Mikhael Solsbury, one of the key Jewish solidarity activists was also arrested due to his involvement in organizing the weekly protests. In his case the judge also found no evidence and again noted police misconduct. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke to activists, lawyers, settlers, and residents of Sheikh Jarrah to understand the struggle and the recent repression.


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HLLN 1 April, 2010: Urgent HLLN Action : Ask Obama to release the earthquake victims from US prisons, stop all deportations to Haiti

1 April, 2010 — HLLN

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Please mail letters demanding that the Obama Administration release the earthquake victims from US prisons, provide them with trauma and other medical help, re-unite families, grant humanitarian parole as necessary and stop all deportations to Haiti. CC:

In this post

– Rushed From Haiti, Then Jailed for Lacking Visas
By NINA BERNSTEIN, March 31, 2010 |

– Haiti: Addressing Atrocities Following the Quake
by Suzan Song, March 31, 2010, Huffington Post

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Chris Floyd: Bitter Laugh

31 March, 2010 — Winter Patriot

I haven’t been able to blog lately and I apologize for my absence. I still can’t blog much but I wish to share with you the newest music video from Chris Floyd — “Bitter Laugh” — which has entered my Top 10 list at Number One.

Bitter Laugh

Death the great deceiver
Whispers to the soldier
That the love he bears his comrade
Is the greatest he will know
It sets a mist around him
A force field of emotion
A cloud of blood and hormones
That makes monstrous the foe

And when his friend is wounded
When his life pours out in battle
And his spirit leaves his body
Like smoke rising from a flame
The soldier’s gripped by madness
The berserker rage of Ares
And he swoops down like a fury
To savage all within his aim

Then falls the grieving mother
Then falls the aged father
Then fall the little children
Who cannot escape the blast
And when the fever’s broken
And the soldier stares in horror
He can hear the ghostly echo
Of the Deceiver’s bitter laugh

Now far-off stand the leaders
The commanders in their glory
With the profiteers who ply them
With the gold they wring from blood
But alone you’ll find the soldier
In a labyrinth of sorrow
In a never-ending darkness
That has drowned him in its flood

You can see the post in its original context here. You might consider leaving a word of thanks for the artist, and/or throwing a coin into his virtual hat.

In my opinion you should bookmark Chris Floyd’s blog site, Empire Burlesque, and visit it often.

In my further opinion, you should also check out Chris Floyd’s music page, where you will find some very good material. I don’t think any of it is as good as “Bitter Laugh”, but that would be almost too much to ask … even of Chris!

I hope to be able to blog again soon, even if only a little bit.

Best wishes to all my online friends.

And thanks again to Chris Floyd, for telling such horrible truths in such beautiful ways.


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