Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Canada’s spring of occupations

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Podcast160605-BLM-and-INAC.mp3   Welcome back to the first podcast episode after a two-month hiatus! This week, three guests talk about two significant occupations of public space that have happened in Canada in the interim: the Black Lives Matter occupation of police headquarters plaza in Toronto and the occupations of Indigenous and Northern Affairs offices across the country. In ...

drive-by planet: Atlanta billboard features Banksy’s mural of West Bank wall: ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference

This is a two-part post dealing with resistance to the Israeli occupation. The common thread is Christian-related… in one case billboard art with a controversial slant on the the nativity story and in another the growing evangelical resistance to Israeli occupation. Thanks to ifAmericansknew.org, a billboard in Atlanta is host to the artwork of British ...

drive-by planet: Atlanta billboard features Banksy’s mural of West Bank wall: ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference

This is a two-part post dealing with resistance to the Israeli occupation. The first part covers news of a controversial Israel-related Banksy mural in the Atlanta area. The second stays with the Christian theme to discuss the growing numbers of American evangelicals who are openly critical of Israel and expressing increased solidarity with the Palestinian ...

drive-by planet: Jerusalem’s checkpoints and ‘Kafkaesque’ restrictions through the eyes of visiting authors: video

Stills from Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off  – (view video beneath). The video Jerusalem: Uprooted, Walled Out and Cut off was first released by the Palestine Festival of Literature (Palfest). The camera follows a group of authors in the course of their visit to Jerusalem and records their reactions as they encounter checkpoints, ...

drive-by planet: Max Blumenthal’s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel – reviews: liberal hypocrisy on Israel

Max Blumenthal‘s  Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is a remarkable and courageous book that reveals hard truths about Israel’s dark side. What makes Goliath especially impressive is the amount of time Max Blumenthal spent in Israel and the occupied West Bank in order to gather information and get a first hand understanding. His ...

drive-by planet: CBC interview with Dana Golan of Breaking the Silence: "Our Harsh Logic" compiles testimonials of Israeli soldiers

Dana Golan, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and former director of  Breaking the Silence, was interviewed last Sunday on the CBC radio program The Sunday Edition. When asked by the CBC’s John Enright about the mandate of Breaking the Silence, Golan offered the following: So, Breaking the Silence was established in 2004. The ...

drive-by planet: Israeli soldiers testify: powerful new Breaking the Silence videos featuring female ex-soldiers

I’ve posted before about the work of a remarkable site called Breaking the Silence. It features candid video testimonials by former Israeli soldiers about the experience of being the uniformed enforcers of occupation and state control. The site has released a series of new testimonials by females who served in the Israeli military and I’ve ...

Art Threat: Art at War surveys creativity under Nazi occupation, from Picasso to Dubuffet

“History isn’t the lies of the victors … I know that now. It’s more the memories of the survivors, most of whom are neither victorious nor defeated.” – The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes On the last Sunday in the year, the Parisian bourgeoisie were out in force. The queue for the Impressionism ...

Cowichan Conversations: Misguided Journalist Terry Glavin Misunderstands ‘Idle No More’

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor MISGUIDED VICTORIA JOURNALIST MISUNDERSTANDS IDLE NO MORE by Don Maroc Terry Glavin is a well know media commentator on all things cultural  and political. He claims to be left-leaning although he doesn’t always  come off that way in his books and regular column in the Ottawa  Citizen. In his latest book ...

The Disaffected Lib: 40-Years of Peace Tossed in the Garbage

Apparently forty years of peace has been too much of a good thing for Benjamin Netanyahu.  Israel has enjoyed peace with its Arab neighbours since 1973. Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t realize that the Middle East has enjoyed four decades of peace. But that is precisely what has transpired between Israel and Arab states ...

Art Threat: Life in Gaza is no day at the beach – Beach by video artist Guli Silberstein

In this 2006 work by Israeli-born, London-based video artist “>Guli Silberstein, painful footage from the infamous Israeli shelling of a beach in Gaza is juxtaposed with scenes of a happy family relaxing on the sand in Tel Aviv. According to the artist, “the video work refers to the thin line between tranquillity and chaos, and ...

Art Threat: Emotionally devastating documentary explores Israeli bombing of Gaza – Friday Film Pick: Tears of Gaza

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed or wounded in Israel’s latest bombing campaign of Gaza, while the Israeli military stubbornly insists the child-killing attacks are necessary to stop “terrorism”. Such bloody assaults on Gaza are unfortunately common, and those that took place over 2008-2009 may have been the most devastating. Documentary film Tears of Gaza, ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: What Would Happen if You De-occupy the Cognitive Surplus?

The “West” is known for its consumers. Much of the rest of the world is trying its best to head in that direction too. Reading Clay Shirky’s recent blog post, Gin, Television, and Social Surplus, got me thinking about the stance of the passive consumer. I’m wondering if the new consumer will be a producer… ...