Dennis Rodman’s adamant defense of Kim Jong-un is even more absurd when you remember he’s a PETA supporter and vegetarian because he’s so deeply moved by the idea of animal suffering.
Maybe he’ll care more about the situation if someone forwards him those reports of families resorting to cannibalism due to extreme starvation.
It is the latest Internet phenomenon that has the world laughing, but in Egypt the Harlem Shake has caught the imagination of revolutionaries who are using it as a new way to challenge the country’s new Islamist rulers.
“It’s a funny way to protest how [the Muslim Brotherhood] have taken control of the country,” said law student Tarek Badr, 22, who was one of more than 100 thrusting their hips in front of the political movement’s Cairo headquarters on Thursday. “People won’t be silent. They will protest in all ways and this is a peaceful way.”
Organizer Noor al Mahalaawi, a 22-year-old engineering student, and three friends started a group that they have dubbed the “Satiric Revolutionary Struggle”.
The group intends to stage innovative weekly protests in front of the party headquarters, which will be posted on its increasingly popular Facebook page.
“People are very supportive,” Mahalaawi said. “It’s a change from violence to sarcasm and it’s peaceful. There has been enough blood, enough arrests, enough trials.”
He said the message to the party was that many Egyptians “do not like their way of rule… with human-rights violations every day.”
After their Harlem Shake ended, participants took up the new revolutionary chant: “The people want the fall of the ‘Murshid’ [the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood].”
An impromptu conga line snaked through crowd shouting, “Leave, leave, leave.”
From Judith Butler’s comments last Thursday at Brooklyn College, at what was a highly controversial event on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement co-sponsored by the political science department and Students for Justice in Palestine. A core challenge brought by those, like Dov Hikind and Alan Dershowitz, who vehemently opposed the panel (which also featured Omar Barghouti) and went to great lengths to try and prevent it from happening, was that the BDS movement (and, by extention, pro-Palestinian sentiment and Palestinians themselves) is a purveyor of hate speech and anti-Semitism. Butler very smartly (no surprise there) addresses this in her statement as reprinted in The Nation.
Definitely read it in its entirety.
This is another one of those situations where people need to watch their jargon a little more carefully, but it’s worth the read.
The problem with Camp Assange is that, in the words of George W Bush, it sees the world as being ‘with us or against us’. When I told Assange I was part of the We Steal Secrets [an upcoming documentary about WikiLeaks, not the Cumberbatch film] team, I suggested that he view it not in terms of being pro- or anti-him, but rather as a film that would be fair and would represent the truth. It would address, directly, the claims of his critics, which needed to be included so that the film could be seen as balanced and could reach people beyond the WikiLeaks congregation. He replied: ‘If it’s a fair film, it will be pro-Julian Assange.’ Beware the celebrity who refers to himself in the third person.
—The Man Who Wasn’t There, Jemima Khan
(just so we’re clear, this is another tantrum from ACTUAL ASSHOLE FIVE YEAR OLD JULIAN ASSANGE)