Rob Ford, Toronto’s conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars. One reason for this is that he smokes crack cocaine. I know this because I watched him do it, on a videotape. He was fucking hiiiiigh. It’s for sale if you’ve got six figures.
This is legitimately the most surreal thing I’ve ever read.
Terry Eagleton, “The New Atheism and the War on Terror”
Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou explains the social meltdown which took place in Greece between May 2010 & June 2012 that is on going. This film contains videos and photos shot on the streets, often containing violence and paints a portrait of widespread economic hardship endured by a city’s inhabitants. This film is part of an ongoing research project, which looks at the rapid structural changes which Greece is undergoing. This work in progress can be viewed here: crisis-scape.net
Can everyone please watch this.
- Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (via howtotalktogirlsdialectically)
This BBC documentary reveals and analyzes the fact that al-Qaeda does not exist.
There is no such thing as “al Qaeda”, there is no one on earth who calls himself a member of “al Qaeda”. “al Qaeda” is a term made up by the U.S. government to be applied to anyone killed during in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no formal organization. There is no secret terrorist network.
I remember reading a few years ago that al-Qaeda was in fact an invisible bogeyman fabricated by the U.S., but could never find much about it, so I disregarded it as conspiracy hearsay. A recent documentary special aired in the UK via the BBC goes into depth about it, however. This ten-minute video focuses on the parts regarding the truth behind al-Qaeda. It’s very important, so please watch it and please reblog it.
This documentary, which has aired globally and has even been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, has yet to air in the United States, of course. Writer/producer Adam Curtis had this to say in 2008:
“Something extraordinary has happened to American TV since September 11. A head of the leading networks who had better remain nameless said to me that there was no way they could show it. He said, ‘Who are you to say this?’ and then he added, ‘We would get slaughtered if we put this out.’ When I was in New York I took a DVD to the head of documentaries at HBO. I still haven’t heard from him.”
I’ve been recommending this to people for years. Here’s the full thing.
Also, Jason Burke’s book Al Qaeda is a great read.
Interesting stuff, as always, from Nina Power. This is pretty much exactly what my politics of distribution class was about last semester.
- Eli Clare, Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (via feministsociology)
Yup. Yup yup yup. Violence is one of his best not-theoretically-hyperfocused books.