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Palestinians' Light Rail Intifada or "Shufat Revolution"? North Jerusalem Shufat light rail damaged, Pisgat Ze'ev settlement transport topology

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Geopolitical Flashpoint Pisgat Zeev & Shufat - Jerusalem neighborhoods with Separation Wall & Grindable Light Rail too [photo source: Twitter / Majd_AzaaaL: من شعفاط الشبان …]

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Photo Source (Reuters/Baz Ratner) - Palestinian officials condemn Israel settlement plans | Maan News Agency Nov 6 2012: "The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem. The plans call for the building of 607 new homes in Pisgat Zeev and 606 in Ramot. Tens of thousands of Israelis already live in the two areas."

screen-shot-2014-07-04-at-10-42-42-pm.pngA light rail built recently in metropolitan Jerusalem has been damaged at several points in intense protests sweeping much of the West Bank and Arab-Israeli cities like Nazareth. Apparent reprisal killings, attacks & marches against Palestinians after three Jewish settler teenagers were killed in the West Bank has left the region in upheaval. With renewed instability across much of "Al-Sham", an area comprising Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, this season there's renewed focus on individual communities & networks battling each other. [Photo source at right Israel Police / Jpost: Palestinian unrest spreads to Israeli-Arab towns in fresh riots | JPost | Israel News July 5 2:42PM update]

Shufat / Shuafat & Pisgat Ze'ev, and their shared light rail network, form a critical geopolitical fault line in recent days: Murdered teen laid to rest, as tensions flare in Shufat | Mondoweiss. Israeli police mass along lightrail pathway:

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In the complex topologies of Middle Eastern conflict railroads are an interesting one as depicted in Lawrence of Arabia. British and Ottoman railroad power provided leverage in previous eras. Kemal Mustafa Ataturk got a large rail network rolling in Turkey, then it suffered from neglect for decades due to US imposing pro-auto industry policies on the Turkish government.

The metropolitan Jerusalem government built a light rail system through Shufat [wiki], a north Jerusalem Arab neighborhood which is within the area Israel captured in 1967 and annexed, offering its residents Israeli citizenship. Most decline IL citizenship and have Israeli residency cards, including those in the Shufat refugee camp which has families from nearby areas that landed there in the Nakba / Israel's founding.

More recently Shufat has been shoved into a lonely status as an Israeli-annexed city but partially outside the Separation Wall around much of Jerusalem, making it harder for Shufat residents to work in neighboring recently built Jewish settlements inside the area now demarcated as metropolitan Jerusalem. Even though they are within Israel as Israel defines it, & not like West Bank towns, they are still totally screwed by most of the same problems facing nearby Palestinian West Bank towns.

Those who see the light rail system as part of the occupation settler apparatus supported disabling it. Pisgat Zeev, built in 1985, is served on the line. For many years the neoliberal settler goal was to develop commuter suburbs in the occupied West Bank laced with settler-only road systems, setting up Jewish suburbs among old Arab towns where, unfortunately no area resident was part of the same national government. [Sometimes it happens one apartment at a time].

The current situation has led Hamas in Gaza to call on Palestinians to join "Shufat Revolution": Hamas calls on Palestinians to join 'Shufat revolution' | Al Bawaba. AFP July 3 photo:

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Hamas called Thursday upon all Palestinians to engage in “the revolution of Shufat” with every possible tool in their power to aid the resistance.

Hamas said in a statement that “our people in occupied Jerusalem started a huge revolution against the Israeli occupation and settlers.”

Fawzi Barhoum said that “the revolution of Shufat” and its intifada show that all the violations, suppression and intimidation “cannot keep the Palestinians down” but only makes them hold onto their rights and resist.

March 19 2014: Israel approves 184 new settlement homes | Reuters

(Reuters) - Israel's Jerusalem municipality approved building plans on Wednesday for 184 new homes in two Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, drawing anger from Palestinians engaged in faltering statehood talks. A municipality spokeswoman said the local planning committee had approved requests by private contractors who purchased the land years ago for the construction of 144 homes in Har Homa and 40 dwellings in Pisgat Zeev.

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OpenStreetMap | Relation: ‪שועפת / شعفاط /Shoufat‬ (‪2746781‬) - Open Street Map entry for Shoufat light rail station. Things start to make more sense when juxtaposed with latest additions to Pisgat Zeev & notice how Shuafat refugee camp is actually cut off from rest of Shuafat by the Separation Barrier: Right click to view this full-res map separately via PeaceNow.org.il.

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via Pisgat Zeev in the Headlines – What does it mean? | Eyes On The Ground in East Jerusalem. The light rail seems to service within 1km some of the latest plans for new Israeli construction. Via MondoWeiss: Israeli riot police possibly along light rail corridor (Photo: Matthew Vickery)

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From rightwing Arutz Sheva:Documentation of Jerusalem's Destroyed Light Rail - Inside Israel - News - Arutz Sheva

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Peace now mapping from 2010: Facts on the Ground map project - Americans for Peace Now

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The rail system has not been without controversy: Haaretz Aug 23 2010: Officials slam 'racist' Jerusalem light rail survey Israel News | Haaretz

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Municipal officials slammed the company that won the Jerusalem light rail tender for publishing a survey asking city residents whether it would bother them if Palestinians were to use the system under various conditions.

Officials from the municipality and the Transportation Ministry called the questions "racist," and said they should not have been asked, especially not by a private company.

Last week, Haaretz reported that the CityPass consortium had asked Jerusalem residents, "There are three stops in Shuafat; does this bother you?" and "All passengers, Jews and Arabs, can enter the train freely, without undergoing a security check. Does this bother you?"

Municipal director general Yair Maayan sent a strongly worded letter to Avraham Shohat, CityPass' chairman, on Friday. The letter was titled, "Request for an examination and for drawing conclusions."

"We were flabbergasted to see how a private commercial consortium dared to address these subjects, which are none of its business whatsoever; to ask such racist questions and to arouse strife and contention in the city," said the letter, citing the Haaretz article.

"It is a shame that the municipal director general attributed totally unfounded significance to the survey, whose only aim was to improve the service to all the residents," said the spokesman. "This merely adds unnecessary fuel to the fire and certainly does not serve the interests of the city's residents. The survey was not meant to offend any residents, and we shall change it accordingly."

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Some other headlines from around the spectrum on latest developments:

Slaying of Palestinian teen stokes fear of new intifada - chicagotribune.com [Batsheva Sobelman July 2]

Search for missing settlers shines light on depth of the West Bank’s occupation | Al Akhbar English

MAP: SETTLEMENT EXPANSION EAST JERUSALEM, 2010-2013 — Foundation for Middle East Peace

SETTLEMENT-RELATED INCIDENTS IN THE WEST BANK, 2011-2013 — Foundation for Middle East Peace

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Video shows faces of suspected killers of Palestinian teen | The Electronic Intifada

Former Shin Bet security chief blasts deceptive regime: Diskin: Delusional government brought us to this security deterioration - Israel News, Ynetnews

The escalation of violence in the territories, Jerusalem and the triangle (of Arab towns in central Israel) are the direct result of the policies of the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin wrote late Friday in a harshly critical Facebook post.

In his lengthy comment, Diskin wrote that the rapid deterioration in the security situation has shattered the Israeli leadership's "illusion that Israel's frustrated Arab citizens will not at the end of the day take to the streets over the lack of response to their problems and the containment of the Palestinians in the West Bank, and will not react despite their frustration and the worsening economic situation."

This illusion, Diskin said, "worked perfectly for as long as the defense establishment succeeded in providing impressive calm in the defense arena. The rapid deterioration in the security situation was not only down to the brutal murders of Naftali, Eyal and Gil-Ad, but first and foremost it is the result of the illusion that the government's stagnation in every area was really keeping the situation in deep freeze."

Diskin, who headed the Shin Bet for six years, went on to define the various "illusions" that he says the government is propagating.

"The illusion that 'price tag' attacks are just a few slogans on the walls and not really racism; the illusion that everything can be solved with a little more force; the illusion that the Palestinians will just accept all that we are doing in the West Bank and not respond, despite their rage, frustration and worsening economic situation; the illusion that the international community will not impose sanctions on us; that Israel's frustrated Arab citizens will not ultimately take to the streets over the lack of treatment of their problems; and the Israeli public will keep submissively accepting the government's incompetent response to the social gaps that its policies have only worsened, when corruption continues to eat away at all that is good, and so on and so on."

Diskin concluded with a grave warning that there could still be worse to come.

"Anyone who thinks that this can be sustained is making a huge mistake. What has been happening in recent days could be much worse - even if the situation temporarily calms down. Do not be fooled for one moment, because the massive internal pressure will still be there, the combustible fumes in the air will not dissipate, and if we do not dispel them, there will be an even more serious situation."

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VIDEO: Palestinian journalist gets clobbered apparently by fireworks: ‫فضائية فلسطين اليوم‬

VIDEO: Shuafat light rail station damage: LiveLeak.com - The Shuafat Jerusalem Light Rail Station Final Destruction by Palestinian Youth Aftermath. July 02,2014

Bitter rightwing account showing how Netanyahu govt manipulated press blackout around kidnappings to alter flow of popular outrage in Israel: Blog: Zalmi Unsdorfer, Bibi is the Price Tag - Arutz Sheva

VIDEO: Israeli Jews militant chants in angry nighttime march - Jules Farah - "FUCK ARABS"; "DEATH TO ARABS"; "ARABS GO TO GAZA"

Paywall: Police arrests 20 protesters as riots spread to Arab towns // As violence rears its head, could Netanyahu's government be next casualty? - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz

Bulldoze the Jewish terrorists’ homes - Opinion Israel News | Haaretz [paywalld]

The tragedy of the innocent boys murdered by terrorists will haunt us for a long time, but it will not destroy us. Jewish revenge killings will.

By Rabbi Daniel Landes | 12:35 04.07.14 |

There is only one sane and truly halakhic way to tackle our current situation: Take the well-known members of the Orthodox Price Tag gang and lock ‘em up, for a long time and in an inaccessible prison. Don’t let them go home for chagim and deny them visitors. Do the best to break and separate them. Freeze monies that go to their families. And when and if we have proven guilty perpetrators, bulldoze their…

In United States weird topology news, police cut off a street in Cincinnatti claiming too many sex workers… We ain't TRICKIN', Open up MCMICKEN - The Petition Site

Network Map from SethFranzman.com:

screen-shot-2014-07-04-at-10-43-42-pm.pngSeveral posts on likely trouble with this line: The rise and fall of Jerusalem’s light rail | Seth J. Frantzman // Rightwingers spinning it's some BDS / ISM sabotage conspiracy because why would regular working Palestinians want to sabotage a line serving new settlements? The Light Rail Destruction is More than Meets the Eye - Op-Eds - Arutz Sheva [Arutz Sheva / Israel National News is a pro settler service. Also: Riots in Shuafat: Light Rail Station Set on Fire - Latest News Briefs - Arutz Sheva] Similar: The Jewish Press » » Terrorist Attacks on Light Rail in Jerusalem

Refugee camp history: Shu’fat Refugee Camp | Grassroots Al-Quds Network

July 3: Israel Moves Troops Toward Gaza As Tensions Soar - AP JOSEF FEDERMAN

July 5 WaPo: In Jerusalem neighborhood, an unlikely center of Palestinian grievance - The Washington Post

More settlement construction maps: march 21 2014: Monitoring Israeli Colonization Activities in the Palestinian Territories

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Transportation can be a powerful force for colonialism -- it's not hard to see why it's a matter of profound importance for Palestinians to try to express some influence on the weird, militarized Jerusalem development environment by cutting off a mass transit system designed to serve ongoing 'frontier' settlements isolating them from the West Bank. The topology of the conflict continues….

Keystone XL Spirit Camp coming up near Ideal South Dakota; St Paul Enbridge Tarsands hearing April 3rd; MazaCoin!

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A quick compilation of links on exciting new tar sands pipeline opposition projects…

First a new piece from our friends at UneditedMedia.com who were on Pine Ridge recently: "Come and take a walk with me":

The night after the walk we all gathered in the local elementary school for a feed to commemorate Carter Camp’s life. I sat and spoke to Vic about resistance, and the Lakota identity. He said that right now the battle is for the water. That pipelines like the Keystone XL are threatening their way of life.
“You know that we’re indigenous peoples. We’re of the land. It’s our duty to protect our mother. And Earth, she’s weeping right now.”
The drums shook the floorboards as people waited in line for their bowl of buffalo soup. The gym had “Warriors” in big red letters on the wall.
He leaned close to me.
“We’re the biggest threat to the United States Government. You know why?”
The people sat in bleachers eating and laughing. I shook my head.
“Because, we have another way to see the world,” he points east, “Out there, they only see the world through a financial lens. And that’s all they know. One way to see the world.”
He shrugged.
“They think they’re free, but that’s not freedom. We’re free because we know there’s another way to live, and that’s why we’re dangerous.”

Four Directions March


Rosebud Sioux Tribe Hosting Spirit Camp to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz to Attend

IDEAL, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is hosting the Shield the People project this weekend near Ideal, South Dakota called the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp, which is an action to unite together in prayer for protection from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and ultimately to request President Obama deny the permit for the proposed pipeline.

The appearance on the Ed Show on MSNBC is part of an ongoing dialogue that will make known the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s and the Oceti Sakowin’s opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Crews from the Shield the People Project, and the Ideal, Ihanktowan, and Rosebud tribal communities have erected tipis, and a fortified wall of 1,500 lb. grass bales to surround the spiritual encampment. A cooking tent has been put up also along with a tipi that will be manned twenty-four hours a day until either the proposed Keystone XL pipeline permit is denied or the ground gets broken with pipeline construction.

“We’re trying to devise plans to protect the people from these things like KXL,” stated Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Cyril “Whitey” Scott. “We’ve made an oath to protect you and we’re going to do that,” President Scott further added.

Tribal representatives from the Oceti Sakowin (7 Council fires), Nebraska, Montana, and South Dakota are anticipated to attend the Spirit camp opening. Representatives from the Cowboy Indian Alliance in Nebraska are also anticipated to attend.

via No to the Keystone XL Pipeline! tumblr.

See also Rosebud Sioux Tribe Hosting Spirit Camp to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline. hashtag #edshow for the MSNBC host lurking onsite - but will Ed stick w security culture?? #edshow Camping Out Rosebud Sioux Tribe Hosting Spirit Camp to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline : ndnstyl

See also: Native Americans: ‘No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Our Lands’ | Humboldt Sentinel

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Honor The Earth video:

CENSORED NEWS: Oyate setting up camp on elbow of KXL pipeline

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Sounds pretty awesome. Time to move the narrative along again!! Previously in Minnesota: Enbridge Blockade - Nizhawendaamin Indaakiminaan. Here are some videos I shot about a year ago at Enbridge Blockade in Leonard MN including with Tito Ybarra and Tom Goldtooth from Indigenous Environmental Network.

Also locally in MN via Mn350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota: "Please SHARE this photo far and wide so we can get some great turn out for the April 3rd rally/march/hearing to stop the Alberta Clipper expansion! Also, please consider TESTIFYING at the hearing so the Public Utilities Commission can hear as many voices against the pipeline as possible.

RSVP for the event and INVITE FRIENDS by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/April3Rally "

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MAZACOIN: Last but not least, Mazacoin is the new semi-official cryptocoin of the Lakota Nation! For Al Jazeera interview w Payu Harris: http://mazatalk.com/payu-harris-founder-mazacoin-interview-al-jazeera/ and broadly: http://mazatalk.com/ & on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mazatalk - take that, fractional reserve banking!

We are all thawing out after this nasty winter -- and I am trying to reboot the narrative on this website. Onwards n upwards!

Massive Minnesota Tar Sands Enbridge Line 67 called out by Rep. Hornstein for invalid Certificate of Need at MN Public Utilities Commission; Utah make total win; Felix & Michigan Cats win vs Enbridge Line 6B today!

Set yr hashtags for #fearlessSummer #summerheat cause it's on! Enbridge is a Canadian corporation trying to nail down a disastrous and indeed genocidal tar sands pipeline from Alberta Canada. This would be bigger than the infamous Keystone XL.

Great starting article based on latest events: Climate activists to fossil fuel industry: ‘If you build it, we will come’ by Camila Ibanez.

On the Minnesota front first: It's a bit of a complicated regulatory story - for a rundown and action items start here: http://tc.indymedia.org/2013/jul/dont-keystone-take-action-stop-enbridge...

Posted just now on OccupyMN.org about this with more detailz, plz check it out - http://www.occupymn.org/as-the-enbridgeresistance-grows-a-minnesota-repr...

See earlier: http://www.ienearth.org/oil-in-your-backyard/ (July 18)

Related lines (but not Line 67) are blockaded outside Leonard MN and the camp is awesome. Follow on fedbook: https://www.facebook.com/EnbridgeBlockade - Background story: http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/red-lake-encampment-battl...

http://www.startribune.com/business/215881221.html

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/state-oks-pipeline-change-over-protests

Fortunately just found out today, State Rep. Frank Hornstein has at least gone on record that the Certificate of Need is total BS. He's a pretty good guy.

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Here is a backgrounder on the tar sands world market mechanisms from Al Monaco CEO of Enbridge: http://www.northerngateway.ca/news-and-media/northern-gateway-blogs/trad... indicating Hornstein is indeed correct and Enbridge is lying in the MN Certificate of Need.

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In related developments in Utah: Efforts to scatter investors from the potential first US tar sands mine have gotten tons of traction and lots of nifty direct action! http://canyoncountryactioncamp.org/ and on twitter @Peace_Up_ and https://twitter.com/CCRisingTide also https://twitter.com/tarsandsRESIST . Here is the full reportback from @uneditedcamera http://uneditedmedia.com/utah-canyon-country-action-camp/ - please read it!

Just a fantastic video from our dear colleagues! Please pass it on, best direct action in Utah video evar?!

Lol direct action zaps already almost worthless 'penny stock' - take that Capitalist herd navigating betwixt fears & greeds! http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/tar-sands-stock-tanks-after-direct-action-in-utah/ .

TICKER: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=USO.V and great headline: http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/23284210/article-US-Oil-Sands-stock-drops-13--day-nonviolent-direct-action-shuts-down-mine?instance=eeo_report1 "US Oil Sands stock drops 13% day nonviolent direct action shuts down mine".

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In Michigan today something's been going on all day with Michigan Cats! These Lolcats just got the goods with Non Violent Direct Action! On FedBook: https://www.facebook.com/michigancats

main post / live blog: http://www.michigancats.org/daring-aerial-blockade/. on tweeter: https://twitter.com/MichiganCat

This morning, MICATS is taking direct action in the Crane Pond State Game Area to halt expansion of Canadian corporation Enbridge Energy’s tar sands pipeline 6B with an aerial blockade.

LIKE and SHARE if you stand in solidarity with impacted communities, ‪#‎MICATS‬, and all those resisting tar sands infrastructure.

Check out our LIVE updates on our blog! http://www.michigancats.org/

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California Wut? Also via @revfredsmall "Fantastic 7-min interview w/ my 90yr-old mom arrested at #SummerHeat Richmond Chevron @KALW #CrossCurrents (:59-8:00) http://bit.ly/174YUo9 " - San Fran Chronicle Ecuador communities speak out : http://t.co/99cyAfqdPS . via @carriem213: sit in to get arrested vs fossil fuels . DNow snippet about 200 arrested: http://m.democracynow.org/headlines/2013/8/5/35340

Well it is just great to see things firing on so many cylinders on this issue. Good luck everyone!!!

UPDATE: left out a few things. Oglala Lakota president Brewer arrested in human blockade at White Clay Nebraska - http://youtu.be/08qOoZNohSw .

IDAHO: About 100 in Nez Perce Tribe maintain 2.5 hour rolling roadblock despite 40-50 police officers. Moar here: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/08/photos-nez-perce-rolling-roadblock... . some more updates here: https://www.facebook.com/bigcountrynewsconnection?hc_location=stream

VIDEO: Minneapolis Rally #Justice4Trayvon #Justice4Terrance

Here is live video from #justice4trayvon #justice4terrance rally Sat night ~12:30AM in Downtown Minneapolis >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RyjuazWlik&feature=youtu.be (creative commons - interview w Mel Reeves!) - several FB events for Monday >> https://www.facebook.com/events/205300609626208/

https://www.facebook.com/events/610769695620223/

https://www.facebook.com/events/300046336807336/

Minneapolis residents hit the streets after Zimmerman acquitted in Florida murder trial. On Friday there was another march for late Terrance Franklin, killed by Minneapolis Police Department May 10th with five bullets to back of head according to a family member.

Video has several interviews including with Mel Reeves @ 17:20who has called for a rally on Monday at Hennepin Co. Government Center (Peoples Plaza). NOTE I heard earlier it was on SUNDAY but there is NOT a rally at Plaza on Sunday according to Mel.
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Upcoming events - several posted: :/
https://www.facebook.com/events/20530...
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https://www.facebook.com/events/30004...

Filmed shortly after midnight Sunday July 14th
CREATIVE COMMONS WITH ATTRIBUTION

Original via here: http://bambuser.com/channel/Hongpong
http://bambuser.com/v/3739301 - please subscribe for more videos.

Comrades from Cairo speak out: Fight the System

It's moving full speed in Egypt right now. Difficult but Inspiring as always! Jadaliyya Coverage of Egypt on 30 June 2013 // Millions of Egyptians turn out nationwide for anti-Morsi rallies; 7 dead in violence - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online. Incredible pics: These Pictures Show Just How Massive The Protests In Egypt Have Become - Business Insider. BBC News - Egypt crisis: Mass protests over Morsi grip cities

//// NSA Bonus: chaser story about Wayne Madsen NSA material briefly published then yanked by Guardian! The Guardian Revealed Wayne Madsen NSA Scoop - Business Insider. Anger! LOL: June 30-July 1, 2013 -- NSA's joint operations with European nations. - Wayne Madsen Report. PDFs at link. Madsen ain't always right but I'm pretty sure he published the NSA code names STELLAR WIND and PINWALE first… BTW finally getting Pinwale flowcharts: Washington Post Publishes 4 New NSA PRISM Slides. FBI Data Intercept Technology Unit… ////

Via RoarMag: From Taksim and Rio to Tahrir, we can smell the tear gas | ROAR Magazine

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From Taksim to Tahrir, from Bulgaria to Brazil, we fight the same struggle against oppressive state structures that benefit only a tiny wealthy elite.

Open letter by the Egyptian activist collective ‘Comrades from Cairo’.

To you at whose side we struggle,

June 30 will mark a new stage of rebellion for us, building on what started on January 25 and 28, 2011. This time we rebel against the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood that has brought only more of the same forms of economic exploitation, police violence, torture and killings.

References to the coming of “democracy” have no relevance when there is no possibility of living a decent life with any signs of dignity and decent livelihood. Claims of legitimacy through an electoral process distract from the reality that in Egypt our struggle continues because we face the perpetuation of an oppressive regime that has changed its face but maintains the same logic of repression, austerity and police brutality. The authorities maintain the same lack of any accountability towards the public, and positions of power translate into opportunities to increase personal power and wealth.

June 30 renews the Revolution’s scream: “The People Want the Fall of the System”. We seek a future governed neither by the petty authoritarianism and crony capitalism of the Brotherhood nor a military apparatus which maintains a stranglehold over political and economic life nor a return to the old structures of the Mubarak era. Though the ranks of protesters that will take to the streets on June 30 are not united around this call, it must be ours — it must be our stance because we will not accept a return to the bloody periods of the past.

Though our networks are still weak we draw hope and inspiration from recent uprisings especially across Turkey and Brazil. Each is born out of different political and economic realities, but we have all been ruled by tight circles whose desire for more has perpetuated a lack of vision of any good for people. We are inspired by the horizontal organization of the Free Fare Movement founded in Bahía, Brazil in 2003 and the public assemblies spreading throughout Turkey.

In Egypt, the Brotherhood only adds a religious veneer to the process, while the logic of a localized neo-liberalism crushes the people. In Turkey a strategy of aggressive private-sector growth, likewise translates into authoritarian rule, the same logic of police brutality as the primary weapon to oppress opposition and any attempts to envision alternatives. In Brazil a government rooted in a revolutionary legitimacy has proven that its past is only a mask it wears while it partners with the same capitalist order in exploiting people and nature alike.

These recent struggles share in the fight of much older constant battles of the Kurds and the indigenous peoples of Latin America. For decades, the Turkish and Brazilian governments have tried but failed to wipe out these movements’ struggle for life. Their resistance to state repression was the precursor to the new wave of protests that have spread across Turkey and Brazil. We see an urgency in recognizing the depth in each other’s struggles and seek out forms of rebellion to spread into new spaces, neighborhoods and communities.

Our struggles share a potential to oppose the global regime of nation states. In crisis as in prosperity, the state — in Egypt under the rule of Mubarak, the Military Junta or the Muslim Brotherhood — continues to dispossess and disenfranchise in order to preserve and expand the wealth and privilege of those in power.

None of us are fighting in isolation. We face common enemies from Bahrain, Brazil and Bosnia, Chile, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Tunisia, Sudan, the Western Sahara and Egypt. And the list goes on. Everywhere they call us thugs, vandals, looters and terrorists. We are fighting more than economic exploitation, naked police violence or an illegitimate legal system. It is not rights or reformed citizenship that we fight for.

We oppose the nation-state as a centralized tool of repression, that enables a local elite to suck the life out of us and global powers to retain their dominion over our everyday lives. The two work in unison with bullets and broadcasts and everything in between. We are not advocating to unify or equate our various battles, but it is the same structure of authority and power that we have to fight, dismantle, and bring down. Together, our struggle is stronger.

We want the downfall of the System.

Comrades from Cairo

NEW VIDEOS: Interviews from Enbridge blockade in Leonard MN & Indigenous Canadians barred from their consulate by Minneapolis police

Got a batch of videos here from the last week to check out. Glad to have a little chance to bring these interesting projects, including Idle No More MN & the Enbridge Blockade near Leonard MN (also known as the encampment) going strong since late February. All these videos are basically unedited and you can remix them as Creative Commons at your leisure!

Interview w Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, the Native fight for natural world

Really fascinating interview, unedited, with Indigenous Environmental Network longtime organizer Tom Goldtooth inside the kitchen tent at the Enbridge Blockade/encampment near Leonard MN. Covers capitalism, colonialism, Indigenous organizing and tar sands resistance. Thanks Tom!

VIDEO - CREATIVE COMMONS W REMIX!

https://www.facebook.com/EnbridgeBlockade?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indigenous-Environmental-Network/18626498...

Interview with Tito Ybarra, Enbridge protest encampment organizer & Native comedian

Interview with Tito Ybarra, camped at Enbridge Encampment/blockade at Leonard MN. A popular native comedian has been bottomlining the camp protesting above several pipelines operated by Enbridge without an easement on Red Lake ceded land. Covers humor in politics, organizing the camp & more.

SUBSCRIBE: The 1491s: http://www.youtube.com/user/the1491s

Slapping Medicine Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVWLHMZ-ceE

Learn the AIM Song: Singing lessons by the 1491s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ89HBfaLs4

Follow Tito: https://www.facebook.com/TitoBAYBAY

Comedy page: https://www.facebook.com/TitoComedy?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/EnbridgeBlockade?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indigenous-Environmental-Network/18626498...

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So these are the videos from the March 20 Idle No More protest in Minneapolis. @tshirttoby also shot a livestream.

Canadian citizens barred from access to their Consulate in downtown Minneapolis as IdleNoMore protesters try to register their concerns with the Canadian govt.

This is related to a major Idle No More symposium happening Friday Mar 21st

INFO https://www.facebook.com/events/449434278463290/?ref=3

VIDEO - CREATIVE COMMONS W REMIX!

PT1 http://youtu.be/fQHAB0QgoTc

PT2 http://youtu.be/cQ8nr3oO7qk

PT3 http://youtu.be/g19DQUKu2rA

Minnesota Anonymous to protest "Church of Scientology" travesty-industrial complex in St Paul tomorrow - in blizzard?

UPDATE 3PM SUNDAY: Here's the video I livestreamed at the protest today. Bambuser link: http://bambuser.com/v/3363747 Pretty fun and good champs in the snow amirite?

Youtube version may finish processing this year?

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A heads-up for lulzcats in the Minnesnowta region: Minnesota Anonymous people have filed a permit to protest at the Church of Scientology "Ideal Org" at Wabasha & Exchange Streets, (the old Science Museum of MN building) starting at 10:30AM roughly, marking five years of Chanology, the large-scale protests which brought the old era of abusive Scientology schemes to a close. I will probably livestream from some part of this at http://bambuser.com/channel/hongpong & keep an eye on http://twitter.com/hongpong for updates otherwise.

Also given the expected snowy weather tomorrow, the exception to "CONCEALING IDENTITY" in Minnesota Statute may clearly apply:

609.735 CONCEALING IDENTITY. - 609.735, 2012 Minnesota Statutes

A person whose identity is concealed by the person in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise, unless based on religious beliefs, or incidental to amusement, entertainment, protection from weather, or medical treatment, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Despite a decidedly lowprofile promotional scheme, this was already in the local paper. Info from PioneerPress.com published Feb 6th, updated 7th: Church of Scientology 'dance protest' in St. Paul a go. Vuvuzela playing? Limited. - TwinCities.com

The St. Paul City Council voted to allow a planned "dance protest" outside of the Church of Scientology in downtown St. Paul, but limited a requested noise variance to a single hour.

Members of Minnesota Anonymous had applied for a noise variance from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. The group's application listed vuvuzelas, the type of horns used at sporting events, and speakers among their instruments.

"Free speech is one thing, and a total disruption of people's lives is another," said St. Paul City Council Member Dave Thune. "They're free, of course, to picket, carry signs, at various times."

Before the vote, Nancy Schumacher, a public affairs director for the Church of Scientology, told the council that a noisy protest would disrupt Sunday services, church courses and residential neighbors.

"The intent of the group is to actually harass and intimidate church members, and we're hoping you will vote against it," she said.

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No one representing Minnesota Anonymous spoke at the hearing.

Here is my commentary on this ugly fake religion on PP:

It was a sad travesty when the once proud, educational and even fun Science Museum of Minnesota building of my youth got taken over by this nasty, greedy little corporate cult which is partially based on the intrinsically selfish & maniacal teachings of Hubbard's personal hero & organizer of Satanic sects, Aleister Crowley. It turns the principles of the Enlightenment on its head to have such 'black disinformation' spammed out into the larger community.

I have met people whose family lives have been ruined, through no choices of their own, because of Scientology's classic cult strategy of dominating and splitting families, requiring years of deprogramming simply to obtain a normal life once more. That type of abuse certainly suffices to justify protesting this corporatist, 'intellectual property' hoarding knockoff cult. Also they kill people through brainwashing at their front organizations such as "Narconon Arrowhead" in Oklahoma. I'm not a "member of Anonymous" but I can agree this travesty of a site offends me as much as anything in the Cities.

See pics from Fibonacci Blue for older local protests at the now-closed Nicollet Mall org: Flickr: Fibonacci Blue's Photostream. See late 2011 opening of this place post: Largest Scientology church in Midwest opens in downtown St. Paul - TwinCities.com.

MPD Homeland Security Unit at Cruz House: Minneapolis Police Department data request on Occupy Minnesota finally released; sketchy anti-Occupy fusion-style police material from Nevada

///// UPDATE 2:30AM Jan 9: Diggings lead to a truly under-appreciated and basically new police strategic intelligence outfit in Fridley complete with documentation about why they ought to be tracing protesters on state-of-the-art gear - WCCO stated this place is "secret"! LOTS MOAR: MPD Tracking OccupyMN Facebook BBQs: Minneapolis "secret" Strategic Information Center / Emergency Operations and Training Facility 25 37th Ave NE in Fridley /////

After some months, the Minneapolis Police Department released dozens of pages about Occupy Minnesota / Occupy Minneapolis and several high-profile operations, particularly the eviction of protesters from 4044 Cedar Ave. This data was released from the Department late yesterday afternoon.

Interestingly the suppression of the civil disobedience at 4044 Cedar fell under the rubric of the MPD Special Operations Division / Homeland Security Unit. Further data requests to this unit could be interesting, including federal grants applied for similar suppression activities in the name of "Homeland Security."

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This email related to the "Emerging Issues" PDF from Nevada below (see the attachments field).

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One interesting feature: the coordination between the MPD and the Downtown Improvement District (DiD) which is aligned & serves the purposes of the downtown property owners (as opposed to homeless, indigent people downtown etc). DiD, while seen as a semi-public entity, is privately directed and is not an openly participatory structure. DiD has a central office that coordinates over a digital radio system with the downtown First Precinct and corporate building security officers including during protests.

The other major item of wider interest is a sketchy Nevada operation partially merged with the Los Vegas Police Department. It was use as "a lot going on" from Darrel Stephens@carolina.rr.com whoever that is...

"Emerging Issues in the Occupy Movement" from the Major Cities Intelligence Commanders Group (MCC ICG Sub-Committee)and the Southern Nevada Counterterrorism Center (SNCTC) is really a classic chestnut. The email addresses to LVMPD.com seem to be an official domain of Las Vegas law enforcement, not a private organization. I don't recall seeing this Occupy-related writing from this organization circulate elsewhere. If so, we have a new taxpayer-supported 'node' generating more hype in the "counterterror" national political activist monitoring network.

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Fortunately the "LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY - DO NOT DISSEMINATE" pseudo-classification does not really have much if any actionable meaning under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, though we can surely expect proposals to create tons of secret data piles under loosey-goosey unnecessary pseudo-secrecy at the Minnesota Legislature this session. Follow @richneumeister for sharp updates on that whole front for sure!

I want to also point out a couple other good recent releases posted on Scribd about Minneapolis. The ALPR reader system ongoing story - see Dec 2012: Mordor Mayor Rybak makes moves to hide Minneapolis panopticon: Total Minneapolis Awareness Automatic License Plate Reader records form 'retroactive surveillance' empire | HongPong.com && also Nov 30 2012: EXCLUSIVE MnDOT info cake: 2.97gb emails/docs on the Mileage Based User Fee (MBUF)- Minnesota's GPS vehicle taxing regime in the works. The City of Minneapolis itself neatly ties both these stories together in the next link by arguing that these surveillance data programs are both dangerous! Thanks!

City of Minneapolis Application to IPAD requesting classification of all ALPR data as not public. It's worth an entirely separate post, but basically here the City of Mpls argues that the ALPR license plate reader should be classified by the State of Minnesota Dept of Administration's "IPAD" division as confidential, because IPAD classified data from an entirely different tracking project, the MnDOT IntelliDrive / Mileage Based User Fee (MBUF) system, is also dangerously specific data which easily indicates when homes are vacant due to daily traffic patterns, etc. So the argument from the city is that the data is dangerous: ALPR is dangerous, MBUF is dangerous, therefore should be classified -- but still collected of course!

Page 7 of this one: http://www.scribd.com/doc/117555926/Metro-Transit-Police-Report-on-Chalk-and-Silly-String talks about using Trespass notices specifically because of OccupyMN. For more docs like these see SmileyRevolt & twitter.com/smilyus.

There does not seem to be very much other personal data of regular people, besides one page of mugshots of arrestees with their birthdays. However I do not have the time to parse more carefully & if this acts as an intrusion to anyone in the public I apologize in advance. IN theory, what the state defines as private personal data should not be released on this kind of material. Lacking a handy secure redaction tool for PDFs, I deleted page 99 from part 1 in this release..

Here is the Data Practices Act official response email which accompanied this. If the requestor wishes to have their name added back onto this I will do that, just took it off by default.

----- Forwarded Message -----

From: "Meyers, Linda" <Linda.Meyers@minneapolismn.gov>

To: [....]

Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:43:48

Subject: DP 1229 - Occupy MN data

Mr. [....],

We received your check today and I’ve attached the data you requested regarding Occupy MN. There are 259 pages. Again, we apologize for the delay in getting this to you.

Linda Meyers

Police Support Technician I

MPD Records Information Unit

350 S. 5th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55415

612-673-2961

linda.meyers@minneapolismn.gov

Non-public and/or Privileged and/or Confidential and/or Private Information:

This electronic message may contain investigative data which is non-public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 13.82 subdivision 7, or personnel data which is non-public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 13.43 subdivision 4. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail: (1) do not read the content of the message; (2) immediately notify the sender that you incorrectly received the message; and (3) do not disseminate, distribute, or copy this e-mail.

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134 pages (135 before the removed page) - Part1 originally 4242Kb. With the edit, the md5 sum is aef289624969402680255a15dea1aec3 MPD_OccupyMN_Data_part1b.pdf - Posted also at http://www.scribd.com/doc/119531853/MPD-OccupyMN-Data-Part1b

Direct download: MPD_OccupyMN_Data_part1b.pdf 6.7MB

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Part2 3183Kb.

1d58ba5700273ede7b3dd5ad0595fa5c MPD_OccupyMN_Data_part2.pdf - Posted also at

http://www.scribd.com/doc/119527079

Direct download 3.3MB MPD_OccupyMN_Data_part2.pdf

MPD OccupyMN Data Part2

The Next Big Thing - Idle No More MN: Indigenous protest at Mall of America

Many hundreds, perhaps a thousand or more, Natives and supporters joined up at the Mall of America on Dec. 29 in sympathy with those struggling against the Canadian government. Burned sage wafted out into the crowd as echoes of drums & cheers throbbed off the walls. Reportedly, many were in extra high spirits later Saturday at the Minneapolis American Indian Center New Year's Powwow gathering, as so many indigenous people have mobilized so quickly across international borders in just recent days.

This went off way easier than some expected. I heard secondhand something like that management had offered the rotunda - or at least, more like there was an understanding that there would not be arrests. Earlier someone said that a VP for Operations had called and threatened arrests a little while after the event was first suggested, so in any case MOA management didn't want arrests to happen it appears. The rotunda which was full of Xmas stuff, and instead everyone headed for the large space on the Northeast corner in front of Sears.

(Another likely factor: I heard from one person that MOA owners are still trying to get in on a casino, so they had a fiscal incentive to work something out & not get the MN tribes angry. There have been casino plans near the Mall site previously, years ago Caesar's spent lots of money in Minnesota lobbying for this, & the dream of raking cash from Japanese tourists continues...)

It was really nice to be able to livestream this to GlobalRevolution.tv and a wider audience. A Best Buy ad placard overhead declared "The Next Big Thing" which seemed quite appropriate!

Earlier videos from the first US demonstration: Idle No More in Minneapolis: First indigenous protest vs new Canadian repression in the United States - The Seventh Fire isn't just an Anishinaabe thing!

Main video: Not great audio at the high levels, but good interviews I think. Please remix - Creative Commons!

Shorter clip shot by a friend:

Additionally a friend sent video of a pretty sketchy guy that admitted to being a corporate videographer, though he did not say for where. Here are the 2x clips of this guy:

Photo via Patricia Shepard: (SRC)

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Image by Robert DesJarlait:

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All these videos are licensed Creative Commons - with attribution. So please remix!

If you see this guy taping your events - well watch out for him!

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This guy reminded me of earlier work on the weird Mall of America shady intelligence operations & Suspicious Activity Reports, which I and some other colleagues with TC Indymedia discovered a few months before PBS made a big deal out of it. Here is the video that I shot in late 2010 about this:

You'll see a certain resonance with this weird guy. [Also this was the same group of people evaluative state law enforcement intelligence systems who I notified of the routine laundering of drug money through the banking system including the Federal Reserve (VIDEO). Good times!]

Idle No More in Minneapolis: First indigenous protest vs new Canadian repression in the United States - The Seventh Fire isn't just an Anishinaabe thing!

On Wednesday, Dec 19th, indigenous and allies launched the first protest in the United States in solidarity with their kin further north in what is known today as Canada. Prime Minister Harper basically decreed a bunch of lakes critical to indigenous survival are no longer environmentally protected, which clears the way to their destruction at the hands of the tar sands-oriented petrochemical industry.

According to Robert DesJarlait (talking in the first video) the US/Canadian border is becoming more restricted for natives/shut down right now & border protests have been called as well.

Unedited / Creative Commons with attribution to HongPong or Dan Feidt. Unfortunately was not able to livestream it - either maple syrup-powered EMP cannons or the relatively mild cold interfered with power levels. Technology not cooperating with me lately - not easy to edit FlipCam clips either :-/ I have not videotaped any protests in quite a while & this one was really inspiring, I was lucky to be involved in any way.

Later in the day at the American Indian Center I also saw representatives from Red Lake reservation leaving for the site of the school shooting in Connecticut in solidarity with those victims, since Red Lake had its own disastrous school shooting in 2005.

I wish our indigenous brothers and sisters the best of luck struggling against the power structures in both these nationstates which are determined to strip them of dignity and the means to survive autonomously in harmony with nature.

Also our colleague Will already posted three videos as well - this one has the most views - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06xImpIKyDc - get the rest on his channel. Here's the original event post on Facebizzle with a bunch of comments and links.

On Friday the Day of Action for Idle No More will be starting - where else? in Egypt! Idle No More day of action Friday will begin in Egypt | APTN National News. Drum circles for noon Mountain time zone have been called so I believe there will be a protest at 1PM around Minnehaha Park/Coldwater Springs though I am not sure of where exactly.

I like this one - it's 18 minutes totally unedited, the last song and going up in the elevator to the Consulate & most of that time in there. Watch Harper's Canadian consular staff lurk behind their thick walls & bulletproof glass, taking cell pics and dipping!

MORE LINX:

http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/

http://idlenomore.tumblr.com/post/38329891610/idle-no-more-support-rally...

http://thelapine.ca/obama-calls-harper-large-lump

https://www.facebook.com/events/205119732946505/?ref=3

http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/12/19/idle-no-more-day-of-action-friday-w...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06xImpIKyDc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsSUkwZ1VZg

http://idlenomore.makook.ca/

Friday, December 21, 2012

Idle No More - PARLIAMENT HILL- OTTAWA

http://www.facebook.com/events/437759016287760/

Friday, December 21, 2012

Idle No More, Solidarity Action -LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

http://www.facebook.com/events/458961510829311/

Friday, December 21, 2012

IDLE NO MORE: Peace River Region -BRITISH COLUMBIA

http://www.facebook.com/events/492285850793858/

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Idle No More -VANCOUVER

http://www.facebook.com/events/539740012721038/

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Idle No More -HAMILTON, ONTARIO

http://www.facebook.com/events/448076668589295/

Friday, December 21, 2012

Idle No More rally- PRINCE ALBERT- SASKATCHEWAN

https://www.facebook.com/events/127655597393724/

Friday, December 21, 2012

IDLE NO MORE - WINNIPEG NATIONAL EVENT

https://www.facebook.com/events/551422504885143/

Friday, December 21, 2012

IDLE NO MORE -SASKATOON

http://www.facebook.com/events/123368197825076/

Friday, December 21, 2012

"IDLE NO MORE" PROTEST - MONTREAL

http://www.facebook.com/events/430768096977486/

Friday, December 21, 2012

Idle No More Rally - OWEN SOUND

http://www.facebook.com/events/307840622669177/

Friday, December 21, 2012

IDLE NO MORE - SAN FRANCISCO

RALLY SOLIDARITY WITH CANADIAN FIRST NATIONS

https://www.facebook.com/events/374271672664448/

Friday, December 21, 2012

IDLE NO MORE - LOS ANGELES -

RALLY IN SOLIDARITY WITH CANADIAN FIRST NATIONS

http://www.facebook.com/events/349497715147942/

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Here are a few pics, one I found and the two from Weds. posted by Robert DesJarlait. They overflow my blog border but you can right-click to save them!

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