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Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras

While listening to KPFK radio this morning, the Sojourner Truth show w| Margaret Prescod
http://www.kpfk.org/index.php/programs/142-sojournertruth#.U3Yf-qzn99A

The show highlighted this documentary and played excerpts which gave light to the conflict in Palestine/Israel. I went to a conference at UCLA a couple months back to hear the experiences of an activist group who visited Palestine. The violence against the people of Palestine is heart wrenching.

They are kicked out of their own homes, killed, beaten and the U.S. government is an ally with the entity inflicting these should-be crimes, Israel. There are certain roads they may and may not drive which is enforced by different colored license plates.

Nominated for an Oscar, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.

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“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”: Boxing Champ’s Refusal to Serve in Vietnam Was The Fight of His Life

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Democracy Now excerpts from the documentary that examines the struggle Muhammad Ali faced in his conversion to Islam, his refusal to fight in Vietnam, and the years of exile that followed before his eventual return to the ring. Ali is considered the greatest boxer in the history of sports. When he refused to be drafted into the military and filed as a conscientious objector, he was sentenced to prison and stripped of his heavyweight title. He appealed his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and did not go to prison, but he was forced to wait four years before regained his boxing license.

This Black Man did not see himself fighting a war for a country which did not care about his well-being. The United States was built on racism, sexism and classism. My people, Blacks were not considered human and still to this day are oppressed by this so-called great country’s inhabitants | leaders.

Why would a Black Man | Woman | Non-Caucasian person want to fight a war for people’s who are their oppressor…? Not I.

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The Untold Story of War: U.S. Veterans Face Staggering Epidemic of Unemployment, Trauma & Suicide

Today marks Veterans Day, the federal holiday honoring U.S. men and women who have fought in the armed forces. Veterans continue to face extremely high levels of unemployment, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and homelessness. Since 2000, nearly 6,000 service members have experienced traumatic amputations from injuries caused by improvised explosive devices and other war-related dangers. Nearly one million active service members have been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder since 2000; nearly half of those have been diagnosed with two or more. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 22 veterans take their own lives each day. Last year, more U.S. military personnel died by their own hands than the hands of others. On any given night, nearly 63,000 veterans are homeless. Many suffer chronic debilitating mental health problems. w Long time writer and photographer Ann Jones, author of the new book, “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story.”

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Vietnam War stories @ http://video.pbs.org/video/2166430461/

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“These Drones Attack Us and the Whole World is Silent”: New Film Exposes Secret U.S. War

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A U.S. drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan earlier today, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes. Just last week, Amnesty International said the United States may be committing war crimes by killing innocent Pakistani civilians in drone strikes. Today we air extended clips from the new documentary, “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,” and speak to filmmaker Robert Greenwald. The film looks at the impact of U.S. drone strikes through more than 70 interviews with attack survivors in Pakistan, a former U.S. drone operator, military officials and more. The film opens with the story of a 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, who was killed by a drone just days after attending an anti-drone conference in Islamabad. We are also joined by human rights attorney Jennifer Gibson of Reprieve, co-author of the report, “Living Under Drones.”

This drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan earlier today, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes last week. The identity of the victims has not been confirmed, but Pakistani intelligence officials say they are suspected militants, as is generally the claim with U.S. drone attacks. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism says at least 400 civilians have been killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004. But in a twist Wednesday, the Pakistani government significantly downgraded its official estimate of civilian casualties. Previous reports have detailed the Pakistani government’s extensive cooperation with drone strikes. Today’s attack came as members of a Pakistani family are in the United States calling for an end to drone strikes which they say are killing innocent people.

One year ago, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed by an alleged U.S. drone while picking vegetables in a field with her grandchildren on October 24, 2012. The United States has never acknowledged killing her or any other drone strike victims in Pakistan, always claiming that it is militants locked in the crosshairs. This week, her son and two of her grandchildren traveled to Washington, D.C., to became the first drone victims to testify before members of Congress — even though only five Democrats appeared at the hearing. Live in studio, we speak to Rafiq Rehman and his two children, nine-year-old Nabila and 13-year-old Zubair, both of whom were injured in the strike. “I don’t understand why this happened to me. I have done nothing wrong,” Zubair says. “What I would like to say to the American people is to please tell your government to end these drones because it is disrupting our lives.”

See her story @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE2O0q6rynQ

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A Drone Warrior’s Torment: Ex-Air Force Pilot Brandon Bryant on His Trauma from Remote Killing

The United States uses drones in war, and their impact, through the eyes of one of the first U.S. drone operators to speak out. Former U.S. Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant served as a sensor operator for the Predator program from 2007 to 2011, manning the camera on the unmanned aerial vehicles that carried out attacks overseas. After he left the active duty in the Air Force, he was presented with a certificate that credited his squadron for 1,626 kills. In total, Bryant says he was involved in seven missions in which his Predator fired a missile at a human target, and about 13 people died in those strikes — actions he says left him traumatized. “The clinical definition of PTSD is an anxiety disorder associated with witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event,” Bryant says. “Think how you would feel if you were part of something that you felt violated the Constitution.”

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Antiwar Protesters Rally Against U.S. Military Action in Syria

Antiwar Protesters Rally Against U.S. Military Action in Syria

Antiwar protesters gathered in New York City and Washington, D.C., last night calling for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Syria.

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Samar, protester: “Please, leave us alone. It’s our own country. You have no right whatever to bomb it or to do anything. Go take care of your people here. Give them the money. They deserve it more than spending on the war over there for no reason. It’s another lie. Please leave us alone.”

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The Worldly Issue

The Worldly Issue

Four major reasons why this country’s 99% are broke, can’t get a job or are in prison.

Free trade agreements, jobs shipped overseas, Iraq/Afghanistan war since 2001 $60 Billion tax dollars spent and racial division (Racism).

Don’t think “man-kind” will ever get it right….
This world will be ruined beyond fixing before that thing called Humanitarianism is a way of life for all.