(Rainbow ice cream cones to celebrate the passage of marriage equality in Taiwan, Nadine Kirchner, Creative Boom)
June 1st – June 2nd 2017
Iraq 13 strikes (12,821-12,833)
Syria 19 strikes +5* (9,094- 9,117)
Confirmed actions: US
Spoiler of the week: The great slanderer, our dear leader Donald Trump is exploiting this weekend’s London massacre in order to promote his unconstitutional and ill-conceived travel ban on 6 majority Muslim countries. In characteristic repugnance, the American president took to Twitter in order to berate Mayor of London Sadik Khan by taking a quote from a recent address out of context:
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reson to be alarmed!'”
Spoiler alert: Mayor Khan was referring to the increased police presence in the city stating:
“My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today. . . you will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this.”
What Trump and Duterte said privately about the North Korean Nuclear Threat, Jeremy Scahill, Alex Emmons, Ryan Grim, The Intercept
“We can’t let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that. We have a lot of firepower, more than he has times 20, but we don’t want to use it,” Trump told Duterte. (In fact, the U.S. has 6,800 nuclear warheads and North Korea is thought to have about 10.) “You will be in good shape,” he added.
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte joke that his soldiers can rape women under martial law, Elizabeth Elizalde, New York Daily News
“If you go down, I go down. But for this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible, just do your job I will take care of the rest,” Duterte said, according to a transcript cited by The Guardian.
He then said if any of his men were to rape three women, he would claim responsibility.
Rainbow ice cream cone artwork celebrates Taiwan’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, Katy Cowan, Creative Boom
Earlier this month, Taiwan’s top judges ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for the country to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. In celebration of this cultural shift, artist and designer Alexandra Plesner has created Series 1 (Culturescape) – a rainbow coloured ice cream cone artwork, reflecting the set of beliefs, practices and ideas that program us to see and function in the world.
German foreign minster says Trump has made the West ‘weaker’ with destructive policies, Jason Silverstein, New York Daily News
“Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk,” Gabriel said.
“The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union. The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker.”
Brazilian diplomats criticize Temer over protest crackdown, Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press
Several dozen protesters were injured and several news organization captured images of military police firing live rounds at protesters. After scenes of vandalism, Temer issued a decree to use troops to protect public buildings in Brasilia, a measure that was criticized by a Supreme Court justice and key leaders of Congress. The president, whose popularity has fallen into the single digits, said it was a necessary measure to block anarchists that trashed the government area, but he withdrew the soldiers.
Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails Ends, Yaniv Kubovich and Jack Khoury, Haaretz
According to Palestinian official Jamal Mohsin, “the strike ended after 41 days and following struggle, steadfastness and long negotiations, including with the leaders of the strike headed by Marwan Barghouti.”
Haaretz has learned that over the past two weeks senior officials from the Shin Bet security service met with senior Palestinian officials and discussed with them the prisoners’ demands. The meetings showed that the defense establishment was intending to meet some of the prisoners’ demands and improve their conditions. However, the Shin Bet demanded that the hunger strike end first.
Thousands of young people clashed with riot police in northern Morocco on Friday night, following a general strike called for by activists demanding the release of a protest leader.
Nasser Zefzafi, who emerged as the head of the grassroots al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or “Popular Movement,” was arrested on Monday after three days on the run.
Death toll rises to 206, 68 still missing, DailyMirror
The death toll from the adverse weather conditions in the country had risen to 206 last evening while 68 persons were still said to be missing,disaster Management Centre said yesterday. The highest number of deaths were reported from Ratnapura-84, while 63 deaths were reported from Kalutara, 31 in Matara, 05 in Hambantota, 15 in Galle and 04 in Kegalle.
Motherhood is Complex and So Am I, Rachel Siemens, Man Repeller
“The longer I’m a parent, the less of an identity I have other than mom.” I found that quote on a private Facebook group for moms. I read it on occasion for its eyebrow-raising, hyper-granola content. Like, reusable-toilet-paper levels of granola. It was in response to a question a woman had posted about not having anything to talk about with her husband after having kids. Other commenters sympathized, some even responding along the lines of not caring if you’re boring to other adults as long as you’re superheros to your kids. This is a notion I wholly reject. It’s possible to be both a functional, intellectual being and an invested parent.
About a month ago I heard some Animal Collective for the first time in a while and have been on a kick since. Couple of my favorites for ya:
Who could win a rabbit, Sung Tongs, Animal Collective (Lyrics)
Banshee Beat, Feels, Animal Collective (Lyrics)
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