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Hong Kong Democracy Movement- 2014

September 28th, 2014
  • Oct 6 update : Legacy of Tienanman Square looms

  • Oct 5 update: news from Hong Kong..

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    IN PICTURES: On the front lines of the Hong Kong democracy movement

  • The first tear gas fired..

  • Message from Taiwan President

  • Exciting time.. second night (see more photos).

  • In the Mood for Smiles.

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    Michelangelo Antonioni : Born: September 29, 1912, Ferrara, Italy

    Previous post – here

    High Hopes of Eleanor, FDR’s Cape & Fala

    September 22nd, 2014
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    High Hopes

  • Cape Fear-FDR 1CapeFDR

    A defining element of his image, the cape projected an aura of power and strength to the public at large—a subliminal invocation of the emergent superhero and nod to the kings of old—allowing Roosevelt, afflicted with polio-induced paralysis from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, to command the respect of the nation and world as it faced its greatest challenges of the century.

  • I don’t want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster.

    Presidential press conference (May 21, 1940), when America entered WWII

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    Book report from Agog –FDR-Depression Shock

    FDR served as undersecretary of the Navy during the Wilson presidency and WWI, giving FDR a unique insight into the workings of government in Washington and of the workings of the military and armaments industry. This experience was invaluable in his subsequent political career and his preparation to act as Commander in Chief during WWII. Unlike Lincoln in the civil war, FDR made hardly a misstep in selecting his military commanders in WWII.

    Confirming the TV movie Warm Springs , FDR’s struggle with polio, discovery of Warm Springs Georgia, and meeting for the first time, the poor of America and particularly rural southern America resulted in a dramatic change in his perceptions and empathy with the struggling poor. Without his polio and Warm Springs, it is doubtful FDR would have conceived and implemented the far reaching changes underlying the New Deal. (Excerpt)

  • The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.

    First Inaugural Address (4 March 1933).

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    Churchill and Roosevelt met and it was here that they agreed upon only accepting “unconditional surrender” from the Axis powers. At the end of the conference, Roosevelt was anxious to get home, but Churchill begged and convinced him to take some time off to go visit Marrakech. Churchill said “You cannot come all this way to North Africa without seeing Marrakech. Let us spend two days there. I must be with you when you see the sun set on the Atlas Mountains.”

    They made the 150-mile journey with the road lined with American soldiers cheering them on. Staying at the Villa Taylor, which was owned by the wealthy American socialite Mrs. Moses Taylor, Churchill convinced Roosevelt to view the sunset from the top of the famed Berber tower. The President’s personal assistants, making a chair with their crossed arms, carried him to the top. Roosevelt was so taken with the scene from the tower; he exclaimed to the Prime Minister “I feel like a sultan, you may kiss my hand my dear.”

    (See Churchill’s Painting, his gift to FDR ” )

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    No presidential pet was ever publicized more than FDR’s beloved pet Scotty, Fala. Fala was given to Roosevelt as a Christmas gift in 1940 by his cousin, Daisy. His original name was Big Boy, but Roosevelt changed it to Murray the Outlaw of Falahill. This was shortened to Fala. Fala frequently traveled with FDR and the president ordered that only he could ever feed his beloved dog. Fala was to outlive FDR by seven years, dying in 1952. He was buried alongside the president and a statue of him with FDR is featured in Washington DC’s Franklin Roosevelt Memorial. He is the only presidential pet so honored.

    Roosevelt facts

    Born on January 30, 1882, FDR was nameless for the first seven weeks after his birth.

    FDR was a C student at Harvard

    Franklin pink-and-blue-Franklin-Roosevelt-2eleanor_01 and Eleanor
    Why was Franklin dressed as a girl?

    * Frank Sinatra claimed that he named his son Frank Sinatra Jr. not after himself, but after FDR. Frank’s full name is Franklin Wayne Emmanuel Sinatra.

    Hitler & FDR study in contrast

    Eric Cantona Jumped from Soccor to Acting -Eric with Ken Loach & Julian Assange

    July 17th, 2014
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    Looking for Eric

    The awkward squad Ken Loach and Eric Cantona looked like a mismatch, until they worked together and it turned out they’re soul brothers – uncompromising and intense. So how come the result is Loach’s most light-hearted movie in years? Simon Hattenstone talks to them both

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  • Happy birthday Ken Loach born on July 17. (his new film is called Jimmy’s House.)

  • Cantona & Julian Assange and Eric Cantona Assange working out togeher..

    Top Goals

    These Pro Athletes Gave Up Sports For Reasons You’d Never Believe

    Eric Cantana, Borg, Pat Tillman were dicussed..

  • See Blue White – Tube – Soothing Soccor video art

  • Goodbye Ruby Dee – Actress, Writer & Activist

    June 12th, 2014
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    NYtimes – Bruce Weber

    Ruby Dee wiki

    Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist.

    Ossie and Ruby – homepage

    Oscar nominated actress Ruby Dee passed away

    The actress, poet, playwright and an indefatigable voice for Civil Rights passed away at home on Wednesday.

    R.I.P Yuri Kochiyama – A Human Rights Activist

    June 2nd, 2014
  • Yuri Kochiyama dies: activist got reparations for interned Japanese (Sfgate)

    Yuri Kochiyama, whose activism led to reparations for Japanese interned during World War II, and who cradled Malcolm X’s head as he lay dying from an assassin’s bullets, died in her sleep Sunday in her Berkeley home. She was 93.

    Yuri’s wiki

    After the war, Kochiyama moved to New York. She began her activist career in the vibrant Black movement in Harlem in the 1960s, where she met Malcolm X, who inspired her radical political development and the ensuing four decades of incessant work for Black liberation, Asian American equality, Puerto Rican independence, and political prisoner defense. Kochiyama is widely respected for her work in forging unity among diverse communities, especially between Asian and African Americans.

    Democracy Now obit here..

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    Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama

    A film with Angela Davis called Mountains That Take Wing.

    Yuri Kochiyama Yuri Kochiyama (previous post)

  • Email from Hal Lum and Masayo Suzuki.. who met Yuri Kochiyama.

    We were so fortunate to have dinner with her at her place and take a subway
    ride with she and her husband. She also came to Honolulu to speak several times and amazingly remembered us at older age.
    She was beautiful. (Hal Lum)

    A tiny giant in the civil & human rights movements passed away yesterday. Hal and I had the privilege to know her in New York via Noe Tanigawa. I had heard about her for years during the 60’s and was so happy to meet her when we got to new york in the 80’s. Her husband was from Hawaii and part of the 442nd. And to my surprise my mother knew her family in San Pedro. Small world. Masayo

    Camille Lepage – Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa

    May 14th, 2014
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    The Guaridan Obit
    Bearing witness, losing her life (Lens blogs NYtimes)

    French photojournalist Camille Lepage killed in Central African Republic
    French president orders immediate despatch of team to ‘shine light on circumstances of assassination’ of 26-year-old

    Seeking justice for Camille Lepage

    Camille Lepage (Portfolio)

    Remembering Camille Lepage (New Yorker – slideshow )

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    2nd week of August 2013, South Sudanese professional and amateur models gather to be cast to participate in a catwalk at Festival for Fashion and Peace (FFPA) in Juba, South Sudan. © CamilleLepage_hanslucas.com

    See more photos here –We Call it Fashion

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    See more photos here – Vanishing Young

  • Bye Rubin “Hurricane” Carter – (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014)

    April 20th, 2014
  • Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014)

  • R.I.P Pete Seeger – The Power of Song

    January 28th, 2014
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    Pete Seeger performing “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” in Calcutta in 1963.

    This bhajan (Hindu devotional song) translates:

    Chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama,
    Uplifters of those who have fallen, Sita and Rama,
    Sita and Rama, Sita and Rama,
    O beloved, praise Sita and Rama,
    God and Allah are your names,
    Bless everyone with real wisdom, Lord.

    h/t to Priya Barr

  • The Power of Song – a film by his late wife..

    Pete Seeger Remembers His Late Wife Toshi, Sings Civil Rights Anthem “We Shall Overcome”

  • Fracking Indigenous Struggle and Hiroshima Bombing

  • Arlo Guthrie

    Pete Seeger:

    I usually do a little meditation and prayer every night before I go to sleep – Just part of the routine. Last night, I decided to go visit Pete Seeger for a while, just to spend a little time together, it was around 9 PM. So I was sitting in my home in Florida, having a lovely chat with Pete, who was in a hospital in New York City. That’s the great thing about thoughts and prayers- You can go or be anywhere.

    I simply wanted him to know that I loved him dearly, like a father in some ways, a mentor in others and just as a dear friend a lot of the time. I’d grown up that way – loving the Seegers – Pete & Toshi and all their family.

    I let him know I was having trouble writing his obituary (as I’d been asked) but it seemed just so silly and I couldn’t think of anything that didn’t sound trite or plain stupid. “They’ll say something appropriate in the news,” we agreed. We laughed, we talked, and I took my leave about 9:30 last night.

    “Arlo” he said, sounding just like the man I’ve known all of my life, “I guess I’ll see ya later.” I’ve always loved the rising and falling inflections in his voice. “Pete,” I said. “I guess we will.”

    I turned off the light and closed my eyes and fell asleep until very early this morning, about 3 AM when the texts and phone calls started coming in from friends telling me Pete had passed away.

    “Well, of course he passed away!” I’m telling everyone this morning. “But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.”

    Amiri Baraka – (1934 – 2014)

    January 9th, 2014

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    Amiri Baraka (LA times)

    Amiri Baraka, controversial author and activist, dies at 79

    The Guardian obit

    Baraka was the subject of a 1983 documentary, In Motion, and holds a minor place in Hollywood history. In Bulworth, Warren Beatty’s 1998 satire about a senator’s break from the political establishment, Baraka plays a homeless poet who cheers on the title character. “You got to be a spirit,” the poet tells him. “You got to sing – don’t be no ghost.”

    Amiri Baraka Homepage

    12 great quotes by Amiri Baraka (buzzfeed) .

    I will sleep for eternity Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 RIP

    December 5th, 2013
  • “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 – RIP.

  • Jacques Derrida visits Nelson Mandela’s jail cell (youtube)

  • ~12 Mandela Quotes That Won’t Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries~ (Commondreams)

  • Zizek on Mandela

    Coetzee on Nelson Mandela (with a great photo)

    The Child is Not Dead by Ingrid Jonker

    The child is not dead
    The child lifts his fists against his mother
    Who shouts Afrika ! shouts the breath
    Of freedom and the veld
    In the locations of the cordoned heart

    The child lifts his fists against his father
    in the march of the generations
    who shouts Afrika ! shout the breath
    of righteousness and blood
    in the streets of his embattled pride

    The child is not dead not at Langa nor at Nyanga
    not at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
    nor at the police station at Philippi
    where he lies with a bullet through his brain

    The child is the dark shadow of the soldiers
    on guard with rifles Saracens and batons
    the child is present at all assemblies and law-givings
    the child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
    this child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
    the child grown to a man treks through all Africa

    the child grown into a giant journeys through the whole world
    Without a pass

  • Hannah Arendt Misappropriates Hilberg’s Work & Gondry Animates Noam Chomsky

    December 3rd, 2013

    Raul Hilberg, the first historian to document the banality of Nazi evil, nursed a lifelong grudge against Arendt. who borrowed from and popularized his work without crediting him.

    Hanna Arendt never did the research, she popularized the idea that Nazis were primarily bureaucrats. Here is a book about the man whose research Hanna used without attribution.

    Hilberg was not happy either. After toiling for thirteen years on his book, he was being eclipsed by someone who had worked for little more than two years on hers. “Who was I, after all?” Hilberg asked bitterly in his autobiography. “She, the thinker, and I, the laborer who wrote only a simple report, albeit one which was indispensable once she had exploited it.”

  • Hannah and Her Admirers by David Rieff (Susan Sontag’s son)

    Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.
    Arendt had relied, by her own admission, on Raul Hilberg’s magisterial history of the Shoah, The Destruction of the European Jews, published in 1961. Most valuable of all to her was Hilberg’s account of the role of the Judenräte during the Shoah, and to what degree the leaders of these councils had in effect collaborated in the Jews’ extermination. Her conclusion was that had the Jews been leaderless and unorganized, there would have been chaos and misery, but nowhere near as many as 6 million would have been murdered. It was this position, far more than her thinking about the banality of evil, that had set so much of the official Jewish world against her. And while Hilberg did not agree with her, as he makes clear in a few icy paragraphs of his memoir, The Politics of Memory, he nonetheless defended Arendt publicly during the controversy.

    It is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them. Despite her immense talent as a director of actors, perhaps with Hannah Arendt von Trotta is not so far from those late Rossellini films after all, and is nowhere near being as diligent or trustworthy.

    Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt


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    Democracy Now.. interviewed Michel Gondry.

  • Unhappy Birthday – Yosemite Park Shuts Down, 2013

    October 2nd, 2013
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    4 Ducks Captain Monty
    leading us to the journey of unknown.

  • See more photos here on FB album (Camping, biking and rafting at Yosemite)

  • Google celebrates Yosemite as Government shuts famous park down.

    Demand pay freeze for congress..Petition sign here..

    Cartoonists take aim at the shutdown.