From Whence Cometh Thou?
guardian:

It’s a day of rather dapper demonstration outside the Abercrombie & Fitch store on Burlington Gardens. Protesters are objecting to the company’s plans to open a children’s clothing store on Savile Row in London. They claim the chain store’s presence would signal the demise of a street dedicated to the bespoke tailoring trade Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

guardian:

It’s a day of rather dapper demonstration outside the Abercrombie & Fitch store on Burlington Gardens. Protesters are objecting to the company’s plans to open a children’s clothing store on Savile Row in London. They claim the chain store’s presence would signal the demise of a street dedicated to the bespoke tailoring trade Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

I have an appreciation for the Orthodox Church, especially the Russian Orthodox, as they have influenced one of my personal heros Chiune Sugihara, it makes me feel uneasy to know that the church is trying to put down legitimate dissent. Further, it is unacceptable to use religious language to cover up their own corruption deflection legitimate criticism.

As one of the greatest teachings of Jesus according to the Gospel of Matthew

Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

It’s an imperative to take seriously the critique given to us and to transform that, rather than shuck aside the criticism as though those failings don’t exist to point out a miniscule failure in the other. 

The contradiction is rife especially in religious circles, this event just shows you one facet of our failings. 

think-progress:

Sunday news programs are completely dominated by Republican white men. 

think-progress:

Sunday news programs are completely dominated by Republican white men. 

This is incredible.

The facial expression of the guy is priceless too.

Grass roots activism is like this.

Non-violent direct action is like this.

Peace is like this.

It starts with little actions. 

EDL’s tweet backfires

This has to be one of the funniest things on Twitter right now. If you go and check out the #creepingsharia 

These (this one and this one) will give you the story on how the trend started in the UK yesterday. 

Some of the funniest ones I’ve seen so far are

@sdefranc “I just realized that water is halal” #creepingsharia

@MPACUK “When I realised that my favourite superhero, Batman, is wearing a niqab” #creepingsharia

@imrangarda “Anders Breivik shaves his moustache and keeps the beard.” #creepingsharia

It’s constantly updating as we speak so check it out!

https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23creepingsharia

[Gunter] Grass is not blind, he’s just myopic, like so much of the global left, which has long focused on criticising Israel and/or the United States while keeping silent about the crimes committed by the historic victims of Western empire. The larger fact is that the global economy is addicted to war, to militarism, oil and the rape of the planet for the minerals and resources that fuel the now globalised culture of hyperconsumption that will doom our descendants to a fate we dare not contemplate. Israel’s gluttony for Palestinian territory, and its willingness to encourage a regional nuclear arms race to keep it, is ultimately no different than the the gluttony for the 60-inch TV, the iPhone/Pad, the cavernous homes and cars, the ability to live at levels of consumption that are only sustainable if most of the world lives in poverty that increasingly defines all our cultures.
Mark Levine from “Dear Germany: It’s okay to criticise Israel” 

Check out the hommie, Abdurahman. He’s going to be the first Egyptian to be competing in Sumo in Japan. 

He’s gonna be a wrecking machine, Karam Gaber of sumo.

Oh, and a shout out to all the folks on twitter that took it to the EDL. 

Oh my God! a Egyptian guy in a mang-thong thing in Japan with a bunch of longhaired chubby Japanese guys(also called sumo)! #creepingsharia ahah I thought it was only appropriate.

Criminal Justice, Norway Style

Breivik is in court for the mass murder that he committed in July of last year.

An excerpt from the AJE article is below, something that is unfathomable in the US criminal justice system.

If convicted, the 33-year-old faces a 21-year sentence that could be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society. If deemed to be insane he would face closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.”

There’s a great FP photo essay that shows the condition of the “maximum security” prisons in Norway.

Inside the prison


Maybe it’s time to emphasize rehabilitation as a goal of the criminal justice system rather than punishment. Maybe it’s time to restore the humanity to those who have turned to committing the most inhumane crimes. Or does engaging those that have turned to inhumane acts, such as Brevik, show us a reflection of the darkest and most inhumane within us, which we would rather lock up and throw the key away or simply vanish from our sight and thought so that we ourselves aren’t reminded of the the inhumane within us; someone that looks like Breivik, acts like Breivik, and thinks like Breivik.

Flytilla

So some of the news from the “flytilla,” and this is how the Israeli government reacted.

Check out this clip for a digest of the story.

Yes, people should be protesting the Syrian regime and the Iranian regime too, but systematic land confiscation and “separate but equal,” treatment should be protested too. 

Lovely Letter Sent by the Prime Minister's Office to the Activists

Aaaand this is what they get to sign

Teaching our son about world politics during bath time #G8 #occupy #nato (Taken with instagram)

Teaching our son about world politics during bath time #G8 #occupy #nato (Taken with instagram)