Monday, September 29, 2008
Anti-Roma, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments have been powerful and growing in Europe recently and this victory of the far right Freedom Party and the Alliance for Austria's Future is terrifying. Immigrants are being blamed for all the economic woes in Austria and throughout Europe.
A good article appeared in today's Seattle Times, written by Sirota. His webpage address is http://www.credoaction.com/sirota. Check it out.
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Friday, September 26, 2008
The Czech Government said today that they are now opening potential adoptions of Gypsy children in orphanages to people outside of the Czech Republic. This decision was made after a study showing that Gypsy children ARE NEVER ADOPTED by Czech citizens. It's amazing they needed a study to show them that fact.
The interesting thing about todays news release is that it states that Italians are among those non-Czechs interested in adopting Gypsy children. That statement is mind numbing considering the treatment of Gypsies (and Gypsy children) in Italy. Does anyone remember the 2 dead Gypsy girls on the Italian beach. The fingerprinting of all Roma in Italy continues.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Five members of Veterans for Peace are occupying a 35 foot high ledge at the National Archive Building.
They have raised a large banner reading :
DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY, WAR CRIMINALS.
For more information, see
Remember the scandal last week about the employees of the Interior Department office in Denver ? The very employees responsible for collecting fees from energy companies drilling on federal land have been caught in various outrageous examples of official misconduct, including sex, drugs and partying with representatives of ENERGY COMPANIES.
As the editorial in the Seattle Times says
"....In the midst of an epic financial crisis hemorrhaging money from the US Treasury, the new scandal raises questions about the collection of oil and gas royalties owed to the government...."
Also in today's news, the Environmental Protection Agency (yeah sure) announced that there is no need to rid drinking water of perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel that has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states. The levels found are high enough to interfere with thyroid function and pose serious developmental risks in babies and fetuses.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is a good article from Aljazeera News.
It addresses the rise of the ultra right in Hungary. The xenophobic right is on the rise throughout Europe, east and west.
The particular incident reported in this article concerns an attack on participants at a conference on Rroma rights.
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Protesters fight Hungarian police
( http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2008/09/2008921143059791261.html )
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Martin Sobell, who was tried and convicted of espionage with the Rosenbergs in 1953, has recently admitted that he was a spy, but he only worked with Julius Rosenberg and the Greenglasses, Ethel's brother and sister in law. This admission bolstered the long held theory that while Julius did send information to the Soviet Union (who were our allies at the time), Ethel was completely innocent.
Even prosecuting Ethel, the mother of two small children was indicted as a ploy to get Julius to confess. Ethel, however, called their bluff and refused to testify against her husband. In 1953 she was electrocuted by the United States government.
The recent release of grand jury testimony from the trial never mentioned Ethel typing the notes for Julius, which was the main allegation which led to her conviction and state sanctioned murder.
In other news, Ed Koch, the previous ultra conservative mayor of New York City has said he will vote for Obama because he is terrified by the Republican ticket. He said that Sarah Palin is totally scary, especially in how she encourages and fosters cultural strife. hi ho.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
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Thousands lead invisible life in Italy
ROME -- They speak Italian, eat Italian and cheer for Italy's
soccer stars, but they are not Italian. In fact, it's hard to
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Friday, September 12, 2008
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
ROMA CAMP IN ITALY
Oh where to start. It's been a few days since I made an entry and things are hopping. So here we go.
Sept. 9Th was the anniversary of the 1971 uprising at Attica State Penitentiary in New York. 43 people, mostly prisoners were killed before it was over.
Sept. 11Th (1973)is the anniversary of the violent overthrow, with US backing, of the leftist government of Salvador Allende of Chile.
In related news, the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has expelled the United States ambassador for inciting violence.
Jim McDermott has signed on to impeach George W. Bush. Better late than never Jim.
Gloria Steinem has written a good article on Sarah Palin. It's in the LA Times on 9/4/08. I hope you can look it up. I just couldn't get the link to work.
In Seattle, police have started carrying tiny cameras which can videotape for 4 hours at a time. They've already been seen filming demonstrators with their little cameras. Am I the only one outraged ?
The European Union has decreed that Italy is NOT violating anyone's rights by systematically fingerprinting the Sinti Roma. Meanwhile, a Romani news crew was denied entrance to Camp Castillano, the oldest and most notorious of the "camps" for Roma in Italy
Yesterday I heard a wonderful interview on KUOW/NPR with a philosopher from Slovenia named Slavoj Zizek. He's written over 30 books, the latest called VIOLENCE.
He talked about many things dear to my heart including
that Americans recognize physical violence but ignore institutional and ideological violence. We try to fix immediate problems, like hunger here, starvation in Africa, but refuse to address the underlying philosophies which cause them.
My favorite part was when he talked about liberal philanthropists, like Bill Gates, and even George Soros, who does a lot for Roma in Europe. They give away lots of money but first accumulated it by any means necessary.
He even addressed the issue of "tolerance" (gag me) but I'll write more on that later.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
J'ai lu un article très intéressant sur le site de www.tolerance.ca ayant pour titre « "Treat Roma people with respect", Indo-American leader urges Italy and Europe ». Il suffit de cliquer sur le lien suivant pour le lire :
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Monday, September 8, 2008
Astroland Park, Coney Island Brooklyn is closing for good this Saturday night. The park has been owned by the same family for over forty years.
The 3 acre site was bought by Thor Equities, a private developer. Rumor has it that condos are being planned on the prime beach fromt property. I guess the property has been wasted on the commoners all these years.
I'm really confused about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack. I just keep thinking that if Hugo Chavez had 'taken over' an equivalent institution, the US would be calling him all sorts of unsavory names. Deja vu.
These topics do tie in together.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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Friday, September 5, 2008
I just heard an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now about her arrest at the Republican National Convention. Fortunately, there is a video of Amy's interaction with the storm troopers, oops, I mean the police. It is vital that all charges against Goodman and her crew be dropped. But besides that, it is very important that we confront the actions of the police in Minnesota and Denver about the treatment of opposition demonstrators. Charges do need to be filed, but against the police rather than demonstrators or observers.
I already said that the Republican convention reminded me of "Triumph of the Will" the Nazi propaganda film made by Leni Riefenstahl. And the beat goes on.....
And while I feel bad for Sarah Palin's teenage daughter and appreciate her need for privacy, I also find it interesting that Sarah Palin would deny the rights of any woman seeking an abortion, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON.
And, I was happy to read that community organizers across the country are outraged by Sarah Palin's insults to the vital work they do. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were community organizers. Martin Luther King Jr was a community organizer. Shall I go on listing community organizers.
The European Union has announced that Italy's policy of fingerprinting Roma/Sinti does not violate European Union's criteria for human rights. What a surprise.....NOT.
Years ago the European Union said that one criteria for a country joining the Union was their treatment of Roma. They said that Roma should be treated with the same respect with which they are treated in original Union countries. The only trouble with this criteria is that Roma are treated terribly in ALL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES from England to Italy.
What is surprising is that the Vatican is supporting the rights of Sinti/Roma and still condemning the policies of the Berlusconi government.
In my final news of the day, we are making another effort to convince the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum to return Dina Babbitt's watercolor paintings of the Roma in Auschwitz. For more information on this case see previous entries on this blog or google Dina Babbitt.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Did I already say "gag me with Rudyard Kipling and the white man's burden" ?
M. Ahern saw this story on the BBC News website and thought you
should see it.
** Grappling with a Roma identity **
The BBC World News series Life on the Edge meets a film director in Hungary who is in a dilemma about his Roma roots.
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/europe/7591669.stm >
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The whole experience reminded me of Leni Reifenstahl's movie Triumph of the Will which was a documentary of the Nazi Party.
I'm scared actually.
Roma and Travelers in England held an awareness fair in a small town outside of London. They displayed traditional arts and crafts including the wooden PEG, which is a clothespin invented generations ago by the Roma.
Anyone older than clothes dryers knows the sociological and practical importance of the clothespin. And you thought all we did was dance. Ha.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
250 people were arrested after an anti war march by the Republican convention,including Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.
And I've been watching the republican convention. Gag me with Rudyard Kipling. One of the first scenes/speeches was about Cindy McCain "saving" 2 babies of color from a Mother Theresa orphanage. The McCains adopted one girl, and their (white) friend adopted the other.
Both girls, now 17, appeared with their adoptive parent, one actually at the podium. Not a word was heard from either girl. They just grinned adoringly.