P.O.S. - Optimist (We Are Not for Them)

we make our own and if they don’t feel it..


Walls and Chains, Zuhdi al Aduwi 1980

As of today, there are over 5,200 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons. Considering the majority of those detained are male, the number of Palestinians detained forms approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the occupied Palestinian territories.

There are currently 183 prisoners being held under Administrative Detention; a procedure which allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

Furthermore, the number of minors held in Israeli prisons is 210 (28 under 16). Not to forget the 12 prisoners currently on hunger strike, 3 of whom are facing serious health problems.

Since these prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons, the families of the prisoners find it almost impossible see their imprisoned relatives since they need to obtain a permit in order to do so. Needless to say that transferring prisoners outside of the occupied territory from which they are detained is illegal under international law.


Gazbia Sirry, Om Ratiba, 1952

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My friend Mariam Barghouti, 20 years old,  has been just released from occupation prison. She was arrested under false charges of stone throwing by Israeli soldiers while accompanying foreign journalists as a translator. You can see her running towards family and friends waiting outside prison for her release. She is one of the strongest people I know and a true symbol of resistance. 

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" Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defence of women hating. "
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"La Adelita" came to be an archetype of a woman warrior in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. An Adelita was a soldadera, or woman soldier, who not only cooked and cared for the wounded but also fought in battles against Mexican government forces. In time the word adelita was used for all the soldaderas, who became a vital force in the revolutionary war efforts. The term La Adelita has since come to signify a woman of strength and courage.

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" From time to time the Americans would indulge in genocidal fantasies as the solution to the problem of Cubans, what Albert Memmi suggested as the logical conclusion of the imperial imagination: “to imagine a colony without the colonized.” “Cuba would be desirable,” Nevada senator Francis Newlands commented, “if for a half hour she could be sunk into the sea and then emerge after all her inhabitants had perished.” "

Cuba in the American Imagination, Louis A. Pérez Jr. University of North Carolina Press (2008), p. 101

(for context, this quote concerns the immediate period after the so-called “Spanish-American” war (1898) - arguably the first “humanitarian” war in US history - where the US invaded Cuba under false pretenses and quickly established a military dictatorship after about a month of fighting)

"You just give me the word and I’ll turn that fucking island [Cuba] into a parking lot." —-Secretary of State Alexander Haig to Ronald Reagan

 "I am so angry with that infernal little Cuban republic that I would like to wipe its people off the face of the earth,"— Teddy Roosevelt to a friend

"[Cubans] possess the superficial charm of clever children, spoiled by nature and geography—but under the surface they combine the worst characteristics of the unfortunate admixture and interpenetration of Spanish and Negro cultures—laziness, cruelty, inconstancy, irresponsibility and inbred dishonesty."— Henry Norweb, U.S. ambassador to Cuba in the 40’s

All quotes from: Lars Schoultz, “Benevolent Domination: The Ideology of U.S. Policy toward Cuba,” Cuban Studies, 2010, Vol. 41, p1-19.

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" …science has always been, and always will be, inextricable from the cultural matrix of power, prestige, and politics that is the source of its cultural authority. As such, science will always be in an important position to defend the status quo - whether it is the racial hygiene of Hitler, the Lamarckian genetics of Stalin, or the Anglo-American social Darwinism of the late nineteenth century. That doesn’t make it bad - any more than the discovery of antibiotics and microwaves makes science good. But it also doesn’t make science value neutral; rather, it makes science strongly value laden, and in ways that merit detailed examination. "

Why I am Not a Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge (p 70) by Jonathan Marks

Science is a human endeavor, and thus it cannot be devoid of morality, responsibility, meaning, value, or self-interest. The opposite idea, that science transcends the values, interests, or politics of its practitioners, is largely a self-interested image developed in the twentieth century.

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A generation of street artists have risen in the streets of Yangon where graffiti has become a new form of expression, drawing inspiration from underground Burmese hip hop and punk scenes in the city. The walls and streets of the city of six million people provide many canvases, particularly Kaba Aye Pagoda Road with its high traffic and thus, option for high visibility for these artists.

Certain images have become highly symbolic. The artist Aung’s winged television set [above], often accompanied with the words “FOR UR RIGHT” protest media censorship and has spread through the city. That of a washing machine next to initials of well known banks refers to their role in money laundering.

Graffiti of an electrical socket trailing a wire, usually accompanied by the slogan “Plug the city”, became common in Yangon in May, when frustration over chronic power shortages led to nationwide protests.

"We didn’t do it on the people’s behalf, but because we ourselves were affected by the lack of electricity," says Twotwenty, 27, the pseudonym for a member of the collective Yangon Street Art, known by its plump, multicolored tag "YSA".

Only 25 percent of Myanmar’s 60-million population has access to the national grid, according to the World Bank.


Like critics of graffiti everywhere, ordinary residents of the already run-down city find it hard to distinguish between street art and vandalism. “Most people don’t know much about this art and the owners of the places where we graffiti are still very sensitive about this,” said Aung.

So far, he says, no street artists have been jailed, although some have been briefly detained and let off with warnings.

Graffiti artists also fought a paint war against an unpopular Yangon mayor. A brigadier general in the army, Aung Thein Linn won a seat for the junta-created Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in a fraudulent 2010 election.

By way of protest, street artists defiantly tagged the wall of his official residence on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road.

"All of us try to draw on this wall," says Aung. "It’s painted over the next day."

Aung Thein Linn was replaced as mayor last year by another retired brigadier-general, and the graffiti war on the residence wall continues.

Another coveted target is the Yangon mansion of self-styled billionaire Tay Za, a U.S.-sanctioned business crony of the former junta. But its walls, which hide a fleet of top-end sports cars, remain unsullied.

"A security guard is always watching," explains Aung.

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The 50 or so artists in the city all have an unwritten code of conduct- schools, hospitals, and religious places including pagodas, temples, churches and mosques are kept free of graffiti.  As the artist Twotwenty says; “We may be regarded as destroyers, but […] We don’t destroy these places, we destroy places we don’t like, the places that were taken by force.” A reclaiming of public property for the people again, a reclamation of their right to voice their dissent.

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" Take 9-11. That means something in the United States. The “world changed” after 9-11. Well, do a slight thought experiment. Suppose that on 9-11 the planes had bombed the White House, suppose they’d killed the president, established a military dictatorship, quickly killed thousands, tortured tens of thousands more, set up a major international terror center that was carrying out assassinations, overthrowing governments all over the place, installing other dictatorships, and drove the country into one of the worst depressions in its history and had to call on the state to bail them out. Suppose that had happened? It did happen. On the first 9-11 in 1973. Except we were responsible for it, so it didn’t happen. That’s Allende’s Chile. You can’t imagine the media talking about this. "
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" The indoctrination is so deep that educated people think they’re being objective. "
by Noam Chomsky

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