Monday News Round-up: March 25, 2013

  • This week’s episode of The Final Straw on Asheville FM is about imprisoned anarchist hacker Jeremy Hammond. It also looks at political repression in Belarus with the Belarusian Anarchist Black Cross.
  • Cyprus has reached a deal with the European Union to fund its emergency bailout. The planned taxation of bank deposits will no longer include insured accounts of small depositors.
  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to spend $12 million on anti-gun ads in a dozen states. As we mentioned in February, the gun debate is about much more than a billionaire versus the most powerful lobby in America.
  • Israel raids the Bab al-Shams protest encampment in the E1 Israeli settlement zone on the outskirts of Jerusalem, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama leaves. Israel also managed to apologize to Turkey on Friday for the deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla bound for occupied Gaza, which killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American  in 2010.
  • The CIA is ramping up its arming of Syrian rebels, through airlifts officially sponsored by foreign governments.
  • Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi promises strong response to recent protests against the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule.
  • In a complete and total shocker, cops needlessly beat up a non-resisting black man, this time in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Reducing the use of antibiotics in factory farms would halt the growing crisis of antibiotic-immune sicknesses, (or, to be fair,  ending factory farming).
  • A belated acknowledgement of the passing of Mohawk agitator Dacajeweiah, or “Splitting-the-Sky.” He was found dead near his home on March 13, of as-yet-undetermined causes. Splitting-the-Sky was a member of the American Indian Movement who participated in the 1971 Attica prison uprising and the armed standoff at Gustafsen Lake in British Columbia in 1995. He was a much-loved voice for indigenous sovereignty in Canada who, in 2009, attempted a citizen’s arrest on former U.S. President George W. Bush when he visited Alberta.


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