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Ankara: Police blocked ambulances/ general strike to take place amid anger and grief

Ankara: Police blocked ambulances.
Other links: Call for a 2-day general strike
Rally to commemorate
Police tear gas commemoration

Protesters intent on commemorating their murdered friends attempted to enter the site of the 10 October Ankara Massacre but were met by police barricades on Sunday morning. Despite two attacks featuring tear gas, plastic bullets and truncheons, Ankara residents succeeded in overcoming the barricades and entering the scene of the massacre
http://sendika4.org/…/gas-truncheons-and-barricades-fail-t…/
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Turkey – Thousands gathered in the Turkish capital of Ankara Sunday, the day after twin explosions targeted a massive peace rally, taking the lives of at least 128 people and injuring more than 500.
http://revolution-news.com/peace-rally-explosion-victims-c…/
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Unions and professional organizations that organized the 10 October Labor, Peace and Democracy Rally in Ankara have called for a general strike on Monday and Tuesday to protest a state-instigated massacre against more than 100 people early Saturday.
“To honor our dead friends and to protest the fascist massacre, we are in mourning for three days and on strike on 12 and 13 October,” said the organizing committee, which includes the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK), the Confederation of Public Sector Unions (KESK), the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers And Architects (TMMOB) and the Turkish Medical Association (TTB).
http://sendika4.org/…/turkey-set-for-general-strike-school…/
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Soon after the bombing, within the chaos, cries and screams for help, various civilians in the area and press workers started using the social media announcing that there are tens of dead people in the area and no ambulances were arriving. Doğan Tılıç, a participant of the rally explained the moments of the attack on his article on BirGün newspaper: “I was 20 meters away from the area where the bomb went off. The police forces entered the area by throwing gas capsules. I have not seen any ambulances when the police was arriving. Here [Turkey] the distance between life and death is only 20 meters.”
Member of Turkish Medicine Association, Hande Arpat gave a statement to Agos newspaper: “Because the police attacked with gas capsules right after the explosion, we could not perform immediate medical intervention on those who were wounded.” HDP (People’s Democratic Party) Istanbul deputy Filiz Kerestecioğlu also gave a statement to Agos newspaper: “I arrived 30 minutes after the explosion; immediately we started carrying the wounded people. They [police] made an intervention on the first ambulances that were trying to exit. The explosion happened on HDP cortege. This [bombing] means that you cannot walk here for peace.”
http://sendika4.org/…/who-would-bomb-a-rally-organized-for…/
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I was surprised and disgusted by the love shown for "Justice of else" rally on DU

A Black Trans critique of "justice or Else"rally

Black men rarely show up for anyone but themselves.
I attended a rally for #TransLiberationTuesday in DC a few weeks ago and the majority of the crowd was women–trans and cis. Today, thousands of Black men showed up in all types of beautiful Blackness and yet when there was a simple call for a memorial-like rally for Black trans lives, less than 10 show up. Why?

Minister Farrakhan quite literally hates women.
He stated that “Queens know how to keep their King alive”. In other words, the woman’s primary role is to allow herself to be dominated by her husband. He also engaged in misogynoir, stating that Black women should keep themselves covered unless they’re married–regardless as to if they belong to the Nation of Islam or not.

It was a brilliant testimony on inter-PoC solidarity until he forgot the name of the honored indigenous chief he supposedly respected. And then it the whole topic became a tragedy–he reduced thousands of years of indigenous culture to teepees and “sacred places”. Since when do all Native Americans have the same spiritual practices? Last time I checked, there are 562 federally recognized tribal groups and that’s only what the government acknowledges. I didn’t know that teepees and “sacred places” were shared by every single one of these.

“If you don’t have a husband women, keep it covered.” –Minister Farrakhan
During the speech Farrakhan brought women out to show the audience how not to be objectified but then ultimately objectified the women he used for his example… Confusing, right? Farrakhan fails to understand that Black women are so much more than the Black male gaze and always have been. They exist for themselves. Their lives matter simply because they are alive

It just didn’t feel right.
Being at the March as a Black, gender non-conforming femme made me feel pretty disgusting. Similar to many other #YouOKSis stories, I found myself being leered at and harassed by the Black men I came there to stand with in solidarity. The worst part? The only person who noticed and defended me was a guy friend who I came there with. When will cisgender Black men be there for the rest of us?

http://blavity.com/black-queer-a-response-to-the-million-man-march-justiceorelse/


Plus the DU lovers apparently missed the part where Mr. Farrakhan refuses reproductive rights to women!

A Black Trans critique of "justice or Else"rally, esp. for all of you expressing love for it.

Black men rarely show up for anyone but themselves.
I attended a rally for #TransLiberationTuesday in DC a few weeks ago and the majority of the crowd was women–trans and cis. Today, thousands of Black men showed up in all types of beautiful Blackness and yet when there was a simple call for a memorial-like rally for Black trans lives, less than 10 show up. Why?

Minister Farrakhan quite literally hates women.
He stated that “Queens know how to keep their King alive”. In other words, the woman’s primary role is to allow herself to be dominated by her husband. He also engaged in misogynoir, stating that Black women should keep themselves covered unless they’re married–regardless as to if they belong to the Nation of Islam or not.

It was a brilliant testimony on inter-PoC solidarity until he forgot the name of the honored indigenous chief he supposedly respected. And then it the whole topic became a tragedy–he reduced thousands of years of indigenous culture to teepees and “sacred places”. Since when do all Native Americans have the same spiritual practices? Last time I checked, there are 562 federally recognized tribal groups and that’s only what the government acknowledges. I didn’t know that teepees and “sacred places” were shared by every single one of these.

“If you don’t have a husband women, keep it covered.” –Minister Farrakhan
During the speech Farrakhan brought women out to show the audience how not to be objectified but then ultimately objectified the women he used for his example… Confusing, right? Farrakhan fails to understand that Black women are so much more than the Black male gaze and always have been. They exist for themselves. Their lives matter simply because they are alive

It just didn’t feel right.
Being at the March as a Black, gender non-conforming femme made me feel pretty disgusting. Similar to many other #YouOKSis stories, I found myself being leered at and harassed by the Black men I came there to stand with in solidarity. The worst part? The only person who noticed and defended me was a guy friend who I came there with. When will cisgender Black men be there for the rest of us?

http://blavity.com/black-queer-a-response-to-the-million-man-march-justiceorelse/


BTW: You didn't pass the part where Mr. Farrakhan refuses reproductive rights to women, did you?

The Science of Light and Islam

This year, 2015, marks the 1,000th anniversary of the Kitab al-Manazir (The Book of Optics), a seven-volume treatise written by the Iraqi scientist Ibn al-Haytham - a pioneering thinker whose views have been crucial to our understanding of how the universe came into existence.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/science-in-a-golden-age/2015/09/optics-true-nature-light-150915111252365.html

India protests after maid's arm cut off in Saudi Arabia (our ally)

"Her right hand was chopped off by her employer when she tried to escape the daily harassment, torture and abysmal work conditions," her sister Vijayakumari told the AFP news agency by phone from Tamil Nadu state's capital Chennai.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/india-protests-maid-arm-cut-saudi-arabia-151009142232220.html

Turkey Ankara bombing

Source: cnn

A bomb near Ankara's main train station has rocked the Turkish capital, according to the Anadolu Agency, Turkey's largest news outlet. A witness tells CNN the blast was so powerful it rocked nearby highrise buildings.

Read more: http://www.wptz.com/national/urgent-turkey-ankara-bombing/35764930

Yale's Lucrative Wet Kiss Anoints #BlackLivesMatter's Deray McKesson Their Kind of “Transformational

What does it mean when Yale Divinity School bestows a big padyday on former Teach For America alum, #BlackLivesMatter activist and CampaignZero honcho Deray McKesson for two days of guest lecturing on “Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement?” It's not complicated. It simply means that Mr. McKesson exemplifies the kind of “transformational leader” whatever that means, that our elites have decided to laud, to prop up and to place in front of us. It certifies that Deray is their kind of leader, offering their kind of leadership.

http://www.blackagendareport.com/yale-anoints-deray-mckesson

Texas "Carry-Gun-to-Campus" To Take Effect On 50th Anniversary Of Whitman Tower Massacre

10/6- Mass shootings at schools are now a routine part of our lives, but every routine has a first. And for school shootings, it was at the University of Texas at Austin on Aug. 1, 1966.

Twenty-five-year-old Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clocktower on campus and shot 43 people, killing 13. Texas Monthly's oral history of the afternoon called it the "first mass murder in a public space."

And, as the university's alumni association publication reported Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of his rampage will be the day Texas' campus carry bill goes into effect.

In a rundown of the current state of campus carry at the Austin campus, the university's alumni association, the Texas Exes, pointed out the date's irony: "On Aug. 1, 2016 — the 50th anniversary of the Charles Whitman UT Tower shooting — Senate Bill 11 will go into effect, making it legal for concealed handgun licensees to pack heat on Texas campuses. What exactly that will look like on the Forty Acres remains an open question, and one that has provoked intense emotions from all sides."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/texas-university-campus-carry-shooting-anniversary-charles-whitman

TWO fatal university shootings today

Where is Ben Carson when you need him?

HOUSTON — One person was dead and another wounded after a shooting at a student housing complex at a Texas university Friday, police said.

University spokesman Kendrick Callis said the shooting was reported around 11:30 a.m. Friday at University Courtyard Apartments on the edge of the Texas Southern University campus. Callis said the campus was placed on lockdown and classes were canceled for the rest of the day.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/09/texas-southern-university-shooting/73660286/

Right wingnuts: Oregon is payback for Alek Scarlatos

I'm not kidding. Right-wingnut websites are saying that Alek Scarlatos - one of the persons who helped disarm the would-be train killer in France - was (is) a student at Upmqua CC, and therefore the shooting was "jihadist revenge".

I was actually directed to them by someone I know, who used to be sane.

WTF?
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