Britain’s extreme right-wing meathead Katie Hopkins said in an interview: “There will not be peace in Israel until you remove the people who don’t belong there….it will be a one-state solution.” By “the people who don’t belong there,” she means the indigenous Palestinians. By a one-state solution, she does not mean a democratic, secular state of the kind proposed by Palestinian visionaries. She means a colonial Jewish-only state based on Zionist racism & Palestinian genocide & ethnic cleansing. There can be no confusions on the distinctions between the two.

(Flattering photo of Katie Hopkins)

For some reason the RGV animal rescue sites on FB are not uploading the photo of this sweet little dog. He was found in Mission two days ago. It’s not known if he was lost or abandoned. Before I relinquish him to Yaqui rescue for adoption, can someone please post this notice to the RGV sites?

“They keep saying those opposed to {prostitution} are confusing human trafficking with those who make a choice to be prostitutes. They always bring up those out there who claim to be making a choice and it makes me feel like my head will explode.

“I am not sure they ever suggest a way to combat human trafficking. I don’t think they think it’s their problem to deal with. I know people who got sucked into it, and I almost did. These people would be cheering my being dragged into it saying it’s my choice yet I never wanted it. They would be fighting for my right to be abused. It’s quite chilling that they believe they are right even though I prefer better options in my life, for myself and for others.”
–A Facebook friend

‘Hope springs eternal’ & that’s what gives freedom struggles all over the world a fighting chance. But where hope is absolutely worthless is believing agencies of oppression, like the US Democratic Party or ASEAN, will transform themselves & switch loyalties from the side of capital to that of working people. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit is going on in Bangkok, Thailand & media is reporting that the crisis of the Rohingya genocide will be pursued. Putting aside that Thailand as a matter of policy forces Rohingya refugee boats back out to sea, it is not the political nature of ASEAN to seriously address human rights issues since it is primarily a sweatshop economics & military alliance. It’s the wrong venue for hope to be applied but the right place for Rohingya political pressure to be amped up to expose the political collusion of ASEAN’s member nations with the Burmese genocidaires.

This is a series of posts I’ve done on ASEAN & the Rohingya crisis which may give some insight into the organization:

(Photo from Reuters is mug shot of ASEAN 2019 participants)

When I was in Portugal for the 1974 revolution, call me shallow, but I thought Portuguese men were the most handsome men in the world. Then in 1979, I thought maybe it was Iranian men. Later, I switched my attractions to a whole progression of nationalities until finally I thought it must be Kashmiri men who are the most handsome. I don’t know if there’s a political connection here but I do think at my age it may be time to stop this unseemly drooling.

Please don’t share my posts to Assadist pages. Their adulation for the Syrian & Russian armies creep me out & I wouldn’t want any of them to think we have anything in common on any other issue.

The governor of Texas just deployed 1,000 more National Guard troops to the border. Not child welfare specialists, not medical personnel, not social workers, not human rights investigators, but soldiers. He tweeted, which from him is more like guttural farting, that soldiers were needed because 45,000 people from 52 different countries were apprehended crossing the border in the past three weeks. What about the children, you ask? What about the thousands of refugee kids–estimated six months ago as over 15,000 but likely considerably higher–living in concentration camps? Do you get the distinct malodor of racism, nationalism, xenophobia, & white supremacy?

Photo from December 2018 is children protesting outside ICE concentration camp in LA.

(Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

The main immigration rights group here has been politically compromised for a long time. It has an annual parade without banners or placards so that no one knows what the parade is about. It can hardly be called a political event. It appears more to obstruct immigration rights activity than lead it. Now it is in the midst of a #MeToo catastrophe for protecting a staff member for ten years who was a serial rapist & for maligning his accusers. They have sponsored almost no political actions against the border wall or against the local concentration camp for refugee children.

There are many activists involved in actions against the border wall but there need to be daily, ongoing protests at the concentration camp facility. If necessary, I will take my placard down there & picket by myself but I would prefer others join me. What is optimal is that a coalition form to organize a visible presence at the concentration camp. Is anyone interested in working on such an initiative?

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