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“He mortgaged the future in order to win an election,” David Axelrod said yesterday afternoon on MSNBC.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party’s reelection last night in Israel has been entitled as a “Big Victory” by every major news station and news source yesterday. “Big Victory,” “Big Night,” “Big Election.” I think I would describe the election as anything but big. By the end of the night, the election and Likud’s victory felt hollow. Netanyahu’s campaign over the past three weeks descended into partisan, extremist, vitriolic politics that have isolated Israel and made the U.S. weary of an ally it once held close.
Cartoon by Renner Larson.
The views expressed in this cartoon are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Chicago Monitor’s editorial policy.
Tuesday night our nation lost three innocent lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The murders of Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Abu-Salha, 19, are still under investigation and though police have yet to make an official determination it is speculated by many that the faith of the three Muslim victims contributed, at least in part, to the motive of the killer, Craig Stephen Hicks. Whether or not law enforcement deems these murders a hate crime is irrelevant to the unacceptable double standard displayed in the aftermath of this tragedy.
For the past week, the television has blared fierce conversations full of provocative labels that have been circling like sharks for the past year – “Extremists,” “Islamists,” “Jihadis,” “terrorists”, “anti-Semites,” ”ISIS supporters,” “murderers,” and “victims.” It was really not until last Wednesday, January 7th, when all of these words suddenly landed together, crashing into a multi-media debate on the spread of militant Islam and the virtues of freedom of speech and the extremists who seek to demolish it.
The Chris Kyle played by Bradley Cooper in American Sniper was not a drone operator, but he had the same mentality of killing terrorists from a distance. As the very first sound you hear in the movie, “Allah Akbar” proclaims, these terrorists are Muslim. WARNING: PROPAGANDA SPOILERS!
Last Tuesday, a homemade explosive was set off next door to the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The bomb was placed in front of a barber shop next door to the NAACP office. There were no injuries and only minor damage according to the police. “An improvised explosive device was detonated against the building, but it was too soon to know whether the nation’s oldest civil rights organization was the target,” FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders said. The only reason there were no injuries is that a gasoline can placed next to the bomb failed to ignite. Even so the blast was heard throughout the neighborhood. The FBI sent members of its Joint Terrorism Task Force to help investigate. Sanders said investigators were looking for a balding white man in his 40s who may be driving a dirty pickup truck. This was not the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four African-American girls and injured 14 others during church services in 1963. But this was the sound of a civil rights movement that is far from over.
By Ameen Omar
Why do citizens of a democratic society ignore state-sponsored terrorism? As U.S. citizens, we have seen numerous cases where our own state was the chief perpetrator of torture and human rights violations but have hesitated to speak out against it. Do we think our government always acts in our best interest or do we overlook these cases because we believe that the victims deserve it? Let us look at two stories that indicate U.S. involvement in human rights violations that offer no evidence as justification.
Australians offer to go with Muslim Australians in public places if they fear racist backlash #illridewithyou So much better than bigotry
— Julian Burnside (@JulianBurnside) December 15, 2014
Julian Burnside, Australian Lawyer and Human Rights Activist
Reporters hungered to cover Monday’s gripping standoff and continued to feast after the situation ended and #illridewith you became the talk of the town, but whether about the horror of a terrorist or the compassion of those who stood by innocent Muslims, these stories illustrate a dangerous flaw in how we define objectivity. The meaning of a picture is changed drastically by how you frame it.
By Erik Allgood
The most interesting article is sometimes the one you don’t write for one reason or another. This has been a problem for me since the first time I wrote an article critical of established authority. The school pool had burned down (don’t ask), and I was then Editor-in-Chief of our school newspaper. The girls’ swim team had been forced to wake up an extra hour early to take a bus halfway across town and back to get their morning swim. By most accounts, the administration was sitting on their hands instead of getting the repairs done in a timely manner. Something that wouldn’t have happened if, say, someone had used grass killer to write F*** (school name) across the football field, which happened and was fixed within the week. One of the upperclasswomen on the girls’ swim team had written a vitriolic, but substantial, list of questions aimed at the administration. We had every intention of publishing it, until I was called into the principal’s office and told that in no uncertain terms that it would not be published because of the “unfair scrutiny” it would put on the school. Even before the high school diplomas are handed out, we learn that power has a way of protecting itself through intimidation, coercion, and control of the narratives of powerless people, which is important when considering Darren Wilson, the power he represents, and the protection he received from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. Seven years have passed since the pool burnt down. Now I get to watch the myth of a post-racial society burn down from my southern perch in the Mississippi Delta (while educating children in a fourth grade classroom and attending graduate school).