A Massacre, Not a Coup: A Response to Misinformation on Nicaragua

“…Those of us on the left should be able to be to adapt to changed realities: none of us wants a return to a right-wing government in Nicaragua, and we should continue to oppose U.S. intervention. But that doesn’t mean we must accept the status quo or the ruthless abuse of power. Our solidarity should be with the Nicaraguan people, who are being killed, not with a political party. Otherwise, this bloodbath can only get worse.”

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Guest post by Dr. Mary Ellsberg, a Professor of Global Health and International Studies, and Founding Director of the Global Women’s Institute of the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

For the past 3 months, progressive websites and journals have run articles that paint a picture of the crisis in Nicaragua that is dangerously misleading.  Many of these articles have been circulated among people on the left who were in solidarity with Nicaragua and the FSLN during the 1970s and 1980s but haven’t kept up with what has happened over the last 30 years—particularly since 2007, when Daniel Ortega returned to the Presidency and has been there since. I’d like to take a moment to correct some misconceptions about the current crisis in Nicaragua.

I will first say that I consider myself a Sandinista, as do many of my friends and colleagues who are currently resisting the Ortega/Murillo regime, and…

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Meet a Church of Satan Nazi

Trident Antifascism

We’ve been researching, documenting, and keeping tabs on the Church of Satan and some of its fascist members since June 2018. We’ve even made a handy Twitter “Moment” listing a vast amount of tweets containing our coverage on various fascist Church of Satan members (it’s worth noting here we’ve also made a Twitter Moment for fascism in the Satanic Temple). We continue documentation here on an outright Church of Satan nazi, this time providing a handy doxx on CoS member Kenaz Filan.

Church of Satan Member Kenaz Filan

On Twitter, we’ve reported in some detail on Kenaz and his fascism, racism, anti-Semitism, and his desire for political opponents to be thrown out of helicopters à la Augusto Pinochet.

From Kenaz’s Gab account.

Kenaz is a very troubled individual. For instance, he has harassed a vulnerable individual online in an effort to get them to kill themselves. It appears…

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‘Last summer, Tim ­Alsiofi saw a lake for the first time in almost 10 years. It was Eid Al Fitr, and Alsiofi and some friends travelled from Idlib into the Aleppan countryside, where they spent the day swimming, playing in the lake and learning to fish. After seven years of war, much of it spent…

via How a Syrian photographer and a rapper are documenting a Syria under siege — News Of The Revolution In Syria

How a Syrian photographer and a rapper are documenting a Syria under siege — News Of The Revolution In Syria

On “International Human Rights Day,” New SOHR Report Unveils the Death of 560,000 People in Syria since March 2011

Notes toward an International Libertarian Eco-Socialism

Assad's Syria

In a new report published for “International Human Rights Day,” December 10th, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) announced an updated death-toll of 560,000 people in Syria since the beginning of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, which has demanded equality, justice, freedom, and democracy.

Previous estimates of the total losses in Syria had ranged from 360,000-400,000 people.

According to the SOHR, these casualties include the following:

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Civilian casualties:

111330 Syrians including 20819 children under the age of eighteen and 13084 citizen women over the age of eighteen.

Syrian fighters in the ranks of the rebel and Islamic factions and the Syria Democratic Forces and other factions, movements and organizations: 63561

Defected of the regime forces: 2619

Number of persons who were killed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime forces: 65048

Fighters of NDF and gunmen loyal to the Syrian regime: 50296

Fighters…

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Material evidence of religious violence

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I’ve been talking to people recently about what the material evidence of a major change in society looks like. Today, I will briefly discuss the example of the material evidence of the change in religion that occurred in Late Antiquity, when Christianity became the dominant religion in the Roman Empire.

This change was brought about by not just by consensual conversion, but also by coercion and violence. Temples and devotional art were destroyed, houses and towns were ransacked, adherents of traditional religion were persecuted, and the full weight of Imperial law was brought down upon those who resisted.

The material evidence for this religious revolution is like a crime scene. We can see the distinctive marks on statues, reliefs, and inscriptions from repeated blows with blunt or sharp instruments,. Sometimes works of devotional art or dedicatory inscriptions were reduced to fragments, testimony of the perpetrator’s emotional state during the attack…

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In his recent article for New York Magazine, Children of Ted, John H. Richardson ruminates on the recent rise of a fringe political movement centered on the writings of Ted Kaczynski, the ecoterrorist widely known as “the Unabomber.” On its face, Richardson’s article amounts to an eccentric human-interest story for a mainstream publication. Yet, in typical […]

via The Ableist Logic of Primitivism: A Critique of “Ecoextremist” Thought — Protean Magazine

The Ableist Logic of Primitivism: A Critique of “Ecoextremist” Thought — Protean Magazine

‘The Syrian régime has imprisoned thousands of women and children, who are subjected to systematic torture and assault. Some of the women who survived these inhumane Syrian prisons were hosted in Turkey’s Istanbul as part of an event organized by 10 nongovernmental organizations, including the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH). Two of these women who use the…

via Syrian régime prisons are a ‘real hell’ and inmates prefer death, say survivors — News Of The Revolution In Syria

Syrian régime prisons are a ‘real hell’ and inmates prefer death, say survivors — News Of The Revolution In Syria

Sacred Cows, Disposable Humans

KAFILA - 12 YEARS OF A COMMON JOURNEY

The Bulandshahr mob killings show that the Hindutva Supremacist world view, which has complete apathy and indifference toward human life and puts a four-legged animal on a pedestal, is on the ascendance.

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“It is a curious people. With them, all life seems to be sacred except human life.”

– Mark Twain on Indians.

A single quote sometimes remains the sole memory of a leader.

Giriraj Kishor, a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader, can be considered a classic example to demonstrate the thought behind Mark Twain’s quote. Kishor had rather (in)famously said, “Cow is considered more sacred than human beings in the Puranas(Hindu scriptures)”. The occasion was a tragic one when five Dalits — who were carrying dead cows — were lynched by a vigilante mob in front of a police station (Dulina, Jhajjar in Haryana, October 2002) with many senior government officials turning mute spectators.

The spectacle-type killing was…

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One year of flying with the Raven: Ready for the Desktop?

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It has been a little over one year now that I’m with the Ravenports project. Time to reflect my involvement, my expectations and hopes.

Ravenports

Ravenports is a universal packaging framework for *nix operating systems. For the user it provides easy access to binary packages of common software for multiple platforms. It has been the long-lasting champion on Repology’s top 10 repositories regarding package freshness (rarely dropping below 96 percent while all other projects keep below 90!).

For the porter it offers a well-designed and elegant means of writing cross-platform buildsheets that allow building the same version of the software with (completely or mostly) the same compile-time configuration on different operating systems or distributions.

And for the developer it means a real-world project that’s written in modern Ada (ravenadm) and C (pkg) – as well as some Perl for support scripts and make. Things feel very optimized and fast. Not…

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The late 2nd– early 3rd Century Roman author Quintus Serenus Sammonicus is particularly notable amongst researchers of ancient magic and medicine for being the first to propose the use of the word ABRACADABRA, and in treatment of tertian fever. The traditional ubiquity of this word in association with modern magic tricks has highlighted this use, though it would not have seemed unusual as a Roman phylactery.

The instructive text reads:

“Rather more deadly is what in Greek words is commonly called hemitritaion. This no one could express in our language, I believe, and neither did parents wish for that. Write on a sheet (of papyrus) the word ABRACADABRA, repeat it rather more often underneath, but omit the last letter, so that more and more individual letters will be missing from the lines, the elements that you remove, which you continually snatch away, while you commit to writing…

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Testing ABRACADABRA: Sammonicus’ Magical Amulet

Talking Suffolk fairies on BBC Radio Suffolk

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The ‘black impet’ Tom Tit Tot, from one of Suffolk’s most famous fairytales

Today I spoke to BBC Radio Suffolk’s Amy Nomvula on the Lesley Dolphin Show (listen from 29:30) about Suffolk’s folklore of fairies and my new book on the subject, Suffolk Fairylore. Amy asked me how traditional ideas about fairies differ from modern stereotypes, as well as about the origins of fairylore in Suffolk and the ways in which fairy beliefs have changed over time. I spoke about my inspirations for writing the book, the challenges of gathering folklore about fairies, and the lingering influence of fairy beliefs into the twentieth century.

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Introducing Mirarce eatoni, the wonderful winged messenger.

Letters from Gondwana.

Skeletal reconstruction of Mirarce eatoni showing preserved skeletal elements (white). Illustration: Scott Hartman.

Birds originated from a theropod lineage more than 150 million years ago. By the Early Cretaceous, they diversified, evolving into a number of groups of varying anatomy and ecology. In recent years, several discovered fossils of theropods and early birds have filled the morphological, functional, and temporal gaps along the line to modern birds. Most of these fossils are from the Jehol Biota of northeastern China, dated between approximately 130.7 and 120 million years ago. Among them was the long bony-tailed Jeholornis, only slightly more derived than Archaeopteryx, that lived with Sapeornis, Confuciusornis, and the earliest members of Enantiornithes.

Enantiornithes are the most diverse group of Mesozoic birds. Their remains have been collected on every continent except Antarctica, although their fossil record is particularly poor in North America and limited to the Late Cretaceous. The…

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The Decans of Albumasar

Heaven astrolabe: Traditional, hellenistic & medieval astrology

After some years from the first edition, the Decans of Albumasar comes back in a paper edition with a detailed preface about the use of decans and the story of this book.

The Decans of Albumasar is a must-read book for astrologers and occultists. It offers the original images of 36 decans, copied in Picatrix, in De Philosophia Occulta, and in tons of other ancient or modern books.

In addition the book gives the properties and the meaning of the fixed stars arising with each decan, with quotes from other significant texts on fixed stars and beibenie.

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Would you believe that the 27th October is National Black Cat Appreciation Day? This year it’s on a Saturday – sorry, #Caturday – and it’s right before Halloween. Whilst you’re reading this, I’m in Whitby for the Goth Weekend. It’s like the dark side of every moon just aligned! Please enjoy some carefully curated content […]

via National Black Cat Day: Goth Holiday! — The Blogging Goth

National Black Cat Day: Goth Holiday! — The Blogging Goth

“All the world will be affected, not just Syria”: Interview with a Syrian Australian artist

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Miream art Artwork by Miream Salameh.

Ani White interviews Miream Salameh, a Syrian artist living in Melbourne.

First of all, can you tell us why you were forced to seek refuge and how this happened?

At the beginning of the revolution, I worked with a group of my friends to create a magazine against the tyrannical regime that ruled Syria for fifty years. This regime is represented by the Assad family, which seized power in a military coup by Hafez al-Assad.

Our aim in founding this magazine was to present our ideas, the goals and principles of our revolution and our dream of building a new free, civil and democratic Syria. All of us should be equal under the law that achieves equality and justice for all. The aim was also to document the crimes of the Assad regime and its violations of international law – which is still under the eyes…

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Picatrix Pre-Orders Now Available!

The Modern Hermeticist

I’m very pleased to announce that our translation of “Picatrix: A Medieval Treatise on Astral Magic” – part of Penn State University Press’ ‘Magic In History’ series – is finally available for pre-order here (Release Date: February 8, 2019)

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“So What’s So Special About Your Translation Anyhow?”

We’ve been getting a lot of [completely reasonable] questions regarding our new translation of Picatrix, specifically with respect to how it differs from the English translation which was published some years ago by John Michael Greer and Christopher Warnock, so we’ve put together a list of differences for those who are curious.

Firstly, it must be stated that our version was independently translated, which is to say, it was first translated directly from David Pingree’s 1986 Latin edition without reference to (or “cross-contamination” from) any other modern language translation until well after the first draft was finished by hand…

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What is Socialist Feminism? A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing Starting Saturday November 17, 2018, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013 This seven-part class series will critically examine four of the main socialist feminist theories of gender oppression: Social Reproduction, Alienation, Intersectionality, Gender…

via What is Socialist Feminism?  A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

What is Socialist Feminism?  A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

Developing a Marxist approach to global agriculture: A primer on the role of animals in maintaining soil health

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by David Walters

All progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil…. Capitalist production, therefore, only develops the techniques and the degree of combination of the social process of production by simultaneously undermining the original sources of all wealth—the soil and the worker.”

Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1, Chapter on “Machinery and Large-Scale Industry”


Issues and terms covered in this essay, in part:

  • adaptive multi-paddock grazing

  • mob-grazing

  • intensive rotational grazing

  • holistic management

  • regenerative/restorative agriculture

  • no till farming

  • cover cropping

  • agro-ecology


These are all terms that are overlapping concepts dealing with
mimicking nature to restore the land, grow food and ending the negative effects of climate change due to factory farming  [technically called “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs].

Story at-a-glance

  • Adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing is a certain type of rotational grass fed farming that allows…

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Maximilian and the Mathematici–astrology as political propaganda

The Renaissance Mathematicus

For a long time most historians of science tried their best to ignore the history of astrology, basically sweeping it under the carpet where and when it poked its nose into their area of study. More recently this began to change with more and more historians acknowledging that astrology played a role in a large part of human history, although  most of them still treated it as some sort of largely irrelevant side issue that one could mention in passing, if necessary, and then safely ignore. However in large phases of European history astrology permeated all levels of society and was just as much a central factor of life as religion or politics. This was certainly very much the case in the Renaissance. A number of historians have begun to examine in depth the role that astrology played and present their findings in books and articles; one such book is

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