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Norman Finkelstein on why anti-Zionists should support Hezbollah and other anti-Zionists militant groups.
“Israel is determined, with the US, to put the arabs in their place, and keep them in their place”
”It’s better to die on your feet than to walk crawling on your knees….how can I not respect those (Hezbollah) who say they would rather die on their feet? How can I not respect that?”
“How can you expect others to respect Arabs if you have no respect for yourself?”
I think this also highlights another very important issue. The increased pacification of the Arab world by governments who seek peace with Israel to bolster relations with the US and Europe. Frankly, I find it disgusting and saddening that many Arabs are still willing to tolerate the existence of Israel.
Students for Life’s pole table…
This shouldn’t even be debatable. Seriously. If you agree that abortion should be made illegal, you are okay with supporting laws that kill and maim 70,000 pregnant people a year (and if you make it illegal, those figures will only increase) – laws that also do not reduce the abortion rate, so it’s literally pointless to illegalise abortion. All it does is make abortion dangerous and even deadly.
You’re also fine with things like this happening:
I’ve written about the methods of legal abortion: procedures performed by licensed medical professionals in a clean, sterile environment, with clean, sterile tools. But what about illegal abortions?
Those who push for more restrictions on abortion access – really, those who push for abortion to be made illegal – seem unwilling to acknowledge the disastrous alternatives. Many who are anti-choice have no memories of what life was like before Roe v. Wade in 1973. We know abortion rates stay fairly steady, regardless of legality. How are these illegal abortions procured? What options are there for those without the money or connections to a discrete physician?
To answer these questions, I’ve compiled a list of methods of illegal, or “back-alley” abortions.
Waldo L. Fielding, M.D. wrote an article for the New York Times in 2008, describing what he saw while working as a gynecologist in New York City from 1948 to 1953.
The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it.
Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion — darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off.
Another method that I did not encounter, but heard about from colleagues in other hospitals, was a soap solution forced through the cervical canal with a syringe. This could cause almost immediate death if a bubble in the solution entered a blood vessel and was transported to the heart.
The worst case I saw, and one I hope no one else will ever have to face, was that of a nurse who was admitted with what looked like a partly delivered umbilical cord. Yet as soon as we examined her, we realized that what we thought was the cord was in fact part of her intestine, which had been hooked and torn by whatever implement had been used in the abortion. It took six hours of surgery to remove the infected uterus and ovaries and repair the part of the bowel that was still functional.
A case report from 1911 describes a self-induced abortion using a knitting needle.
In the afternoon the day before her admission she had attempted to pass into the uterus a bone knitting needle…During the attempt the needle broke off short, leaving about half of it inside her body…During the next four days the temperature gradually rose, until on the fifth day after admission it was 102.2 F, and the pulse rate 100. On the evening of this day uterine hemorrhage occurred…and at 6:30 next morning the patient aborted, a fetus some 4 in. in length…The needle had just missed the right border of the rectum, the wall of the bowel being slightly torn superficially…
A case study from 1972 goes into greater detail about the use of a soap solution.
A case report from 1964 describes a woman’s attempt to self-abort with turpentine.
Believing herself to be pregnant she had, on the afternoon preceding admission, injected into her uterus the contents of a rectal syringe filled with turpentine and water. Immediately thereafter, she experienced a sharp burning sensation which “went all through me up to my chest.” This was followed by a convulsive seizure. Two hours later she began to have paroxysms of coughing productive of a bloody sputum.
A case history from 1961 describes two women’s attempts to self-abort with Lysol. One woman survived. The other did not.
The second patient was a 26-year-old French Canadian woman, married, but separated from her husband. She was…3 1/2 months pregnant. She had used a vaginal douche of concentrated Lysol solution 25 hours before admission…On examination there was erythema of the thighs and vulva. Pieces of placental tissue were passed but the abortion remained incomplete. The day after admission renal shut-down became apparent…A full-blown picture of lower nephron nephrosis [acute renal failure] developed rapidly in this case…The patient’s condition deteriorated rapidly and she died on the sixth day in acute pulmonary edema [fluid in the lungs].
Those who got them done by others didn’t fare much better (PDF). (1964)
…this 21-year-old single girl…went to an abortionist who inserted a catheter and wire into her cervix. The wire was removed after four days when chills, fever, crampy lower abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting developed. Symptoms persisted until she came to the emergency ward with a temperature of 103 F (39.4 C) and a shaking chill…Her abdomen was rigid, with diffuse tenderness and absence of bowel sounds. There was tenderness, also, on pelvic and rectal palpation, the uterus was enlarged with necrotic [dead] tissue extruding from the cervix…She was discharged to her home after 17 days, only to return 10 days later with a temperature of 105 F (40.6 C)…Two days later…a laporotomy was done…and total hysterectomy [removal of the uterus]…She was…sterile at the age of 21.
…this 25-year-old married woman was given a soap-and-bleach douche by an abortionist. Following the douche, fever and chills developed with vaginal bleeding and crampy lower abdominal pain. On admission she had a temperature of 103 F (39.4 C), which rose to 106 F (41.4 C)…an emergency hysterectomy was done, following which she had a cardiac arrest. She was resuscitated, but arrested a second time and did not respond to resuscitation.
Some women attempted to induce miscarriage by drinking poisons such as aloe, ergot of rye, savin oil (derived from a juniper plant), teas made from tansy, pennyroyal, rue, and nightshade, high doses of vitamin C, and other natural “remedies.”
The first time I started to think about abortion was in 1960, when I was in second year medical school. I was assigned the case of a young woman who had died of a septic abortion. She had aborted herself using slippery elm bark…The young woman in our case developed an overwhelming infection. At autopsy she had multiple abscesses throughout her body, in her brain, lungs, liver and abdomen.
I have never forgotten that case.
I will never forget the 17-year-old girl lying on a stretcher with 6 feet of small bowel protruding from her vagina. She survived.
I will never forget the jaundiced woman in liver and kidney failure, in septic shock, with very severe anemia, whose life we were unable to save.
Some women were also told that they could induce miscarriage by undergoing physical stress, such as vigorous exercise, jumping off tables, bellyflopping onto a hard surface, receiving punches, kicks or other blows to their stomachs, or throwing themselves down the stairs.
None of these methods were guaranteed to work. Women would be left injured, ill, sterile, or dead.
Was that hard to read? It should be. That was the reality of pre-Roe America, and for some, it is still their reality. Those who can’t afford abortions, can’t get to clinics, or can’t tell anyone about their situation, turn to these methods, and worse. In countries where abortion is illegal, this is what people are offered.
Lysol, carbonic acid, coat hangers, stairs, and fists are not surgical instruments. Back alleys, kitchens, and motel rooms are not operating rooms.
Regardless of your opinion on abortion, this is what happens when abortion is no longer available. Keeping abortion legal is the only moral option.
The right to abortion isn’t just under attack in the US, in the UK the Conservative government is also making moves to make it harder for people to obtain them. This will not stop people from having abortions, it will drive them underground where it’s more dangerous and damaging. Whether or not you agree with abortion, banning it supports backstreet abortions. Nobody benefits.
I’m going to be away from home for a bit, there’s a good chance I won’t have consistent internet access back until the 11th so don’t except to see too much of me for a while (though I won’t be quite so in the sticks as I was during Glastonbury so hopefully I’ll be able to borrow some people’s laptops!)
As ever, if you want to send me an ask for any reason, my ask box is always open and anon is enabled!
Fascism uses violence to perpetrate it’s intentions. To be a pacifist and to not be prepared to meet fascism head on to defend yourself and others is to allow fascism to exist. Although you may perhaps go on peaceful marches in protest to deny them the tacit consent that complete inaction has, the fact remains that this will do nothing to prevent the actions of fascism. Although emotionally it is not pro-fascist, to be a virtuous person you must be willing to stand by and defend your ethics instead of simply preaching them.
Similar to the ethos that in instances of oppression, to not take action is to side with the oppressor.
AN IRISH ship, the MV Saoirse , will not take part in the planned freedom flotilla which is preparing to sail to Gaza because it has been sabotaged, according to one of the ship’s intended passengers.
Speaking last night from the Turkish port of Göcek, Fintan Lane, the national co-ordinator of Irish Ship to Gaza organisation, said that the ship would not be able to sail as it had been “dangerously sabotaged”, according to the organising campaign.
He said that the damage to the ship was discovered on Monday night when the captain noticed that there was something wrong. Divers found that a piece was missing from one of the propeller shafts.
“This was the type of sabotage that endangered human life,” Mr Lane said last night. “They put divers under the boat who cut a piece out of the propeller shaft. That means that the damage would have happened gradually and what would have happened eventually is that the propeller would have come up through the bottom of the boat, caused a flood in the engine room and would have caused the boat to sink.”
He said the attack was “unnerving” for the crew, classifying it as a “violent attack” on the lives of those aboard. He said pictures detailing the damage to the ship would be published by the campaign today during a press conference in Dublin.
Mr Lane said that, due to the extent of the damage, the MV Saoirse would not be in a position to sail, adding that just six of the 20-plus crew who had been due to set sail would be able to take part in the flotilla by joining an Italian-based vessel today.
Those passengers who intend to board the Italian vessel include Mr Lane, former Munster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Hogan, Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy, Libyan-born Irish citizen Hussein Hamed, Derry-based Sinn Féin councillor Gerry MacLochlainn, and Zoe Lawlor, who teaches at the University of Limerick and is a member of the national committee of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Mr Lane said the damage to the ship was similar to that caused to the Swedish ship the Juliano , which organisers claim was sabotaged in the Greek port of Piraeus by “hostile divers”.
Israel has labelled the flotilla as a “dangerous provocation”, and has warned that it will intercept any ships which attempt to break the naval blockade of the Palestinian occupied Gaza Strip.
In May 2010, Israel exhibited similar resolve when troops abseiled onto a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, and in the ensuing confrontations nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed.
riot police throw stones at protesters
“Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense.” – George Orwell, Pacifism and the War: 1941 essay.
No matter what your gender identity is, I might add. Even cisgender gay men are shaving it all off these days- which is FINE, if that is how you feel. But I personally like pits with hair- LOTS of hair.
^ I don’t fuck dolphins. I fuck primates. Give me some hair.
Hairy pits, shaven pits … in the grand scheme of things neither way really matters. But if you do shave your pits do it because you personally want to, not because society is telling you that part of your body is in some way disgusting or unacceptable.
Because you know what? We all have it (well, most of us anyway). And that’s fine; be happy with who you are and be the best you you can be. Don’t buy into the con that through some fatuous culturing of your body will cause some aspect of your character to be changed or improved, and don’t buy into the con that to be accepted you have to spend countless hours of your life changing yourself to fit into some abstract mould.
If people are unable to accept you for who you are, what you can do and what you can become based upon the premise that you do or don’t have a bit of hair somewhere, it’s a pretty sure sign that they’re not the sort of people worth spending a lot of time around.
8am Sunday 22nd May, most are still in bed, LAZZZZYYYYY
Police in the square have been arresting people one by one for not giving their name and address, taking them to the police station to get their details and then dropping them back at the camp.
A young camper was taken away in a police van. He wasn’t arrested and wasn’t given chance to refuse to give his details. Police have refused to tell campers where he’s being taken and why. A police officer commented that ‘it was too noisy’ to tell him where/why he’s being taken.
The camp are staying put and will still be there tomorrow!!
Welcome to the police state. Please keep dissent to the pre-determined locations away from the public eye. Enjoy your stay in gaol, as you can see we’ve provided you with all the mod cons, it’s even en suite!
It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Douglas Adams (via glynnthomas)
June 29th, 2011
ATHENS — Pro-Palestinian activists hoping to draw international attention to Gaza’s plight faced further setbacks Wednesday, as reports a second boat had been “sabotaged” pushed the departure back to the weekend at the earliest.
Frustrated volunteers for the Gaza-bound flotilla milled helplessly around in Athens as organisers also admitted they were making little headway with the Greek government over getting the necessary permission to set sail.
“The Irish boat has a problem with its propeller, we don’t know yet how serious it is, but we believe it may have been sabotaged,” said flotilla coordinator Claude Leostic.
The problem with the “Saoirse” (Gaelic for freedom) — one of 10 vessels trying to leaving the Greek port of Piraeus — followed Monday’s news that the propeller on the “Juliano” boat, belonging to Swedish activists, had been cut. More
Gahhhh, “Freedom” was supposed to leave with the French ship now.
From Dr. Fintan Lane, national co-ordinator of the Irish Ship to Gaza, who is onboard the MV Saoirse:
“An Irısh Shıp to Gaza press conference wıll be held at tomorrow mornıng (Thursday) to present evıdence of the (lıfe-threatenıng) sabotage of the MV Saoırse by Israelı dıvers: 11am, Buswells Hotel, Dublın. More detaıls wıll be released then.”
People are encouraged to continue to contact the Irish Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister, Eamon Gilmore, and ask him to keep applying pressure to the Israeli Ambassador and the Israeli Government –
Cordelia: Why is it always virgin women who have to do the sacrificing?
Wesley: For purity, I suppose.
Cordelia: This has nothing to do with purity. This is all about dominance, buddy. You can bet if someone ordered a male body part for religious sacrifice the world would be atheist — like that.
28th June, 2011
Did the Prime Minister’s office distribute a fake anti-flotilla video? This is exactly what some American bloggers have been claiming, after probing a video that was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.
The video, nearly three minutes long, featured a young man who called himself Marc and claimed to be a gay and human rights activist. The man recounted a story in which he asked the organizers of the upcoming Gaza flotilla to join their mission, and claimed that his request was allegedly denied on the grounds that participation of the gay and lesbian group with which he was affiliated would not serve the flotilla’s “interests.”
“Marc” explained in the video that he understood why his request was denied only after he researched the people organizing the aid flotilla and found that they had strong ties to Hamas, “whose foreign minister has called homosexuals a minority of perverts, mentally and morally sick,” he said in the video.
Following the YouTube video’s release, U.S. blogger Max Blumenthal found that the recording, which was distributed by Israeli government employee Neil Lazarus on his Facebook page, was a hoax, and that the man who appears in it was actually an Israeli entrepreneur and public relations expert named Omer Gershon.
The video was also tweeted later by Guy Seeman, who was apparently working as an intern in the prime minister’s office.
The premier’s office refused to comment about Seeman’s employment.
You can watch the fake video here and Max’s original story can be found at the following link:
Anti-Flotilla video fraud linked to PM Netanyahu’s office, official Israeli hasbara agents (Updated)
I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.
Malcolm X (via iamtoneblak)
Greek Revolution ..
Plan for tomorrow:
9 – be at my university’s main UCU picket line, a thermos of tea may be optimistic but I’ll try and bring some cookies and doughnuts.
11 – be in the city centre to join the solidarity demo.
3 – hope on a coach to London for the Marxism festival.
Busy as a bee.
Something needs to be done about this right now – not in 10 years like other cases that involve Native people and hate crimes.
I feel like a trigger warning is needed for this. I got incredibly upset reading this and I imagine it could be quite triggering for others. Regardless, action needs to be taken. Does anyone know if there is a petition going around?
here’s the petition. take care when reading.
thank you 🙂 everyone please sign this!
Welcome to the 21st century, where disgusting injustice is supported by the organs of the state and mainstream media won’t report on it. I haven’t even finished reading the article yet and already I’m starting to feel sick to the stomach.