Funeral: An oral history
of the remarkable behind-the-scenes effort to stage Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 funeral and keep peace in Atlanta while 110 other cities burned
. Memories from people who were directly involved, from Carl Sanders, the former governor of Georgia, and Xernona Clayton, who organized events for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), to Bernice or Bunny King, the youngest King child, and June Dobbs Butts, a friend of King's since childhood who flew home to Atlanta from New York to attend the funeral. (From Atlanta
magazine) [more inside]
Audio recordings show that airspace restrictions over Ferguson following the killing of Mike Brown, supposedly due to shots fired at helicopters, were actually to keep the media out
. Meanwhile federal charges against Darren Wilson
are looking increasingly unlikely.
Circle of an Abstract Ritual
is the latest stop motion timelapse from artist Jeff Frost
)who creates short films that defy description. This latest work gathers hundreds of thousands of photographs taken over the last two years during wildfires, riots, and inside abandoned houses where he created a series of optical illusion paintings. Frost says the film “began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing,” and that it is in part “a way to get an ever so slight edge on the unknowable.” [via
Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?
- According to the police of Fergusson, Missouri it was because he reached for an officer's weapon, necessitating that he be shot multiple times as he ran away empty handed. Eyewitness tell a different story
. Whatever happened the killing has prompted demonstrations and looting. Ferguson police responded in full force, firing teargas
and wooden rounds
into crowds of protestors and sealing the area off from the media
. In the wake of the tragedy questions of racial profiling
, the paramilitarization of police
and media depictions of black shooting victims
have been raised. Meanwhile the shooter has not been named to preserve his safety
"Baltimore had always been seen as an explosive city, hypersensitive to the shifting currents of politics. The present crisis was no exception. While most Baltimoreans felt that Lincoln should keep his hands off the South, there was also a smaller contingent of Confederate zealots there who were more than willing to go to war over it. Sending Northern troops through their hometown was like putting a lit match to a powder keg."
The Baltimore Riot of 1861, also known as the Pratt Street Riots, underline Maryland's complex and often tragic part
in the US Civil War. [more inside]
, victim of a 1991 police brutality incident
that became the catalyst for civil unrest and rioting
a year later, was found dead
by his fiancee at the bottom of his swimming pool. He was 47. [more inside]
Self-Organized, Hyper-Networked Revolts—Coming to a City Near You:
Wired looks at how messaging and social media have influenced the dynamics of riots, protests, other large crowd gatherings.
"You feel euphoric you know. Because it's one of the best buzzes personally I've had in my life. Better than any drug. And you know it was just that....It was a feeling of standing up straight against an institution that's been historically has always been brutal, wicked and bad mind towards young people especially young black people."
In collaboration with the LSE, the Guardian's Reading the Riots
project has used a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the causes of England's summer of disorder.
Collective violence, extending from riots to warfare, presents a challenge to our ordinary understanding of free will. Actions that would rarely be taken by an individual on their own seem to be embraced when supported by a larger group. This can occur in societies ranging from the communist regime of Soviet Russia to the capitalist free market of modern day England. Given this commonality, perhaps the collective violence of a riot can be best understood as a biological event in which evolved cognitive responses encounter a unique environmental threat. And if that is the case, do individuals caught up in such incidents have any choice in the matter?
Freedom to Riot
: an evolutionary perspective on collective violence.
Researchers at the New England Complex Systems Institute
say they've uncovered a pattern that triggers riots wherever it's found. What is that pattern? The price of food
. When it rises to a certain level, social unrest & violence are soon to follow. According to their calculations the food price index is due to peak in August of 2013, assuming no corrective action is taken. The original paper is here
Riots have broken out
in the Tottenham
area of London Saturday night after a protest over a fatal police shooting on Thursday. A double-decker bus
and several police cars
have been set on fire
, and one policeman is said to be in hospital. Shops have been looted
, and several buildings have been set on fire
BBC and Sky News camera crews have moved away from the scene for safety reasons, but LBC Radio is reporting live
clashed with police and attacked Prince Charles's limousine as riots raged in the heart of London after MPs voted to triple university tuition fees
. Video's here.
39 years ago tToday, September 9, 1971, a riot started at Attica Correctional Facility
in Attica, New York. Several days later almost 40 people were dead. Talking History
has an extensive collection of resources on the riots including Videos
. Elsewhere, Most
of the Stories
, though some are Poetic
and even Heroic
(Attica is also home to Mark David Chapman, who was just denied parole again
Pentecostal minister Clovis Salmon, known in Brixton as "Sam The Wheels"
due to his wheel-making skills, came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s. From the 1960s to the 1980s he used his Super-8 camera to film Brixton daily life
and church scenes
, including the aftermath of the 1981 riots
You may have heard about Romeo Agents
, the male employees of the East German Ministry for State Security
(also known as MfS or Stasi). They were unleashed on female federal employees in West Germany, with whom they began long-term relations and then began using as sources.
That tactic has apparently been used in the United States as well; David Cay Johnston writes about the real legacy of Daryl Gates
, the former chief of the LAPD. Gates died Friday. [more inside]
Italians cheer as police move African immigrants out
of a small town in Calabria, following clashes
in which immigrant farmworkers were shot at, severely beaten and run over. Rosarno is said to be a hotbed of the 'Ndrangheta
, which controls the labour market of illegalized seasonal day labourers living in inhuman and desperate conditions
. While the Pope urges Italy to respect migrants
, leftist newspaper 'il manifesto' put this
on the front page.
I really didn't want to be the one to post this, but there are riots raging in Oakland
"Night of terror - Madness and lunacy in Athens"
reads the headline of one Greek newspaper this morning; "Night of agony and terror - Athens, Pireaus and Thessaloniki at the mercy of hooded individuals" reads another, and the rest follow suite. Three days of mass protests
, demonstrations... and finally rioting, rampage and looting
across Greece have followed Saturday's fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy
by police in Athens' bohemian/anarchist neighborhood of Exarchia
. [more inside]
Before 1969, the city of Zap
was best known as the punch line of a joke about three towns in North Dakota that sounded like Rice Krispies—Zap
, and Mott
. But when student body president Charles "Chuck" Stroup
at North Dakota State University
needed an alternative to Fort Lauderdale while stuck in North Dakota for spring break, he enlisted the help of some student journalists
at the Spectrum
newspaper to promote the "Zip to Zap,"
an event that became the only "official" riot
in the history of North Dakota. The tiny coal mining town originally looked forward to the impromptu "Zip" festival, which had so much advance buzz that the Wham-O
toy company created a toy called Zip Zap
in honor of the imminent event. Unfortunately, after throngs of students descended on Zap, the only two bars in town quickly ran out of beer, and the North Dakota National Guard
was called into extinguish the bonfire, beer brawls, and riot that ensued. For more info about about how the "Zip to Zap" fit in context with the 1960s zeitgeist, look here
, and here
In April of 2001,
a Cincinnati police officer shot an unarmed African-American teenager in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, sparking a summer of riots and violence.
Now, a neo-Nazi group plans to march through Over-the-Rhine
on April 20, with
a permit, to celebrate the birthday of Adolph Hitler. The NAACP has demanded
that police protection not be provided at taxpayer expense. In 2005, a march by the same group through a Toledo neighborhood did not end well
The UKs Celebrity Big Brother provokes a diplomatic incident
after bullying and alleged racism in the Big Brother house. At the center of the furor are Shilpa Shetty
, massive bollywood film star, and Jade Goody, a previous Big Brother content famous for being a previous big brother contestant and her odd views on geography
. Both Jade and Shetty are now up for eviction, with the formerly popular Jade being widely expected to be evicted
. She could face trouble on the outside, where already an anti-bullying charity she represents has dropped her
. Meanwhile Shetty has become favorite to win
"We lied in the morning, and we lied in the evening,"
... "Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. You can't show me any significant government measure that we can be proud of, other than, in the end, we managed to drag the government back from the brink." 150 injured in rioting
. brought about by the leak of a taped speech by Ferenc Gyurcsány wikipedia
Spin, exposed live and wriggling.
In 1995, Brian Springer released an hour-long documentary film comprised of incredibly revealing moments caught from raw satellite feeds. Not only do we get to hear the spin-doctor coaching candidates received during various commercial breaks, there are also some amazing moments such as Larry King suggesting to Clinton that Ted Turner could "serve him," an anchor suggesting to her expert that during the L.A. riots his frank diagnosis of inner-city hope is "too obtuse," and the exclusion and exclusion of Larry Agran from the 1992 Democratic primaries — and, really, there's much more.
Due to the insanity of the 'cartoon riots' one man takes it upon himself to support Denmark
The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898
(some call it the Wilmington Massacre
), occurred on November 10, 1898, when a white "mob forcibly expelled from the city black and white leaders opposed to Conservative Democratic rule and white supremacy. It used the threat of paramilitary forces -- in the only recorded coup d'etat to occur on American soil
-- to remove from office at gunpoint a duly elected city government, which included three black aldermen." North Carolina just released an extensively researched and documented report
on the riot and its effects. The riot helped ensure years of Jim Crow laws and a white supremacist government. [MI]
The French Democracy
is a short film on the recent riots in France. It was made by Alex Chan
, Parisan-born but of Chinese parents, to "to correct what was being said in the media, especially in the United States" about the riots. He used a techinique
--using a video game engine to make his movie.
Joblessness is a major motivating force of these riots, which is why the politicians and the press turn endlessly around the question of job creation in the banlieues. [...] An injection of vigorous enterprise, a big deregulating kick, and racial discrimination would evaporate in the tremendous, creative release of market forces. No race riots in an untrammelled market economy: that’s what Sarkozy really means. It’s an ingenious, high-pressure sales pitch for the ‘Anglo-Saxon model’ – indeed, it’s bordering on blackmail.
Jeremy Harding in the London Review of Books
goes among the arsonists in Paris and offers some insights on the economic factors and political consequences of the riots.
De Villepin: The French riots didn't happen
. Riots? What riots? There were no riots. (Jean Baudrillard: "That's right, Dominique, you're getting the idea
The riots in Paris
have becomes such a popular topic
for bloggers that even the BBC have noticed
, even going as far to produce a TV news package (H.264 video, AAC audio, in MP4 container)
Why Paris Is Burning
Officially, the French state doesn't recognize minorities, only citizens of France, all of them equal under the law. But that republican ideal has seemed especially hollow over the past week as the children of impoverished, largely Muslim immigrants from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa fought running battles with police throughout the banlieues, or suburbs, to the east and north of the French capital...
Unoticed news: riots in Belfast.
I've been surprised that I haven't seen much reporting on the riots in Belfast, especially since it is the second night
of rioting. The lack of coverage is probably due to the fact that no one has yet to be killed
coupled with the ongoing coverage of both Katrina
and John Roberts nomination.
What I find interesting about this is that these riots seem to be the cumulation
of increasing sectarian
violence. apparently, this is not the first riot to happen in Northern Ireland this year
. The Guardian has the best coverage of the events, and points out that both the pressures and rewards
of the peace process have been placed and (apparently) granted more toward the Republicans than the Loyalists. The rioting also comes after the "Love Ulster"
propaganda campaign started distributing pamphlets all over the province.
This also comes as there is an ongoing feud
between Loyalist groups. This apparently paused when the Northern Ireland
football (soccer) team beat the British team on their home turf.
Disclaimer: I am an American with some Irish extraction and tend to have very little sympathy for the Loyalist cause.
"Alcohol makes fans fight. But cannabis smokers will be shaking hands and singing along together.”
Confronted with the dangers of English soccer hooligans
, Portugese police have found an incredibly pragmatic way to reduce crowd violence: crack down on booze and encourage the fans to smoke out. It's not some crazy new-fangled idea - it's been used successfully in the Netherlands. How does this reflect on US drug policy? More importantly, how does it reflect on the state of English soccer hooliganism?
A police shooting in País Basquo
led to rioting and rubber bullets
on Saturday just hours before the Spanish elections. Reports say that Angel Berroeta was shot for not placing a sign in his shop window that read, "ETA NO."
Riots in Iran
have started, apparently over the recent elections. The revolution, it seems, will be blogged (with pictures). But not televised? Has anyone seen anything on CBSNBCBBCABCFOXESPN about this? If the riots are over the election, why are we hearing from the BBC (and others, presumably) that the election went smoothly
? Does anyone have more information about what's happening with these pro-democracy riots? (Via Roger L. Simon
"The mob was rolling toward us for the second attack. This was, in a way, the worst of that night. For one thing, it was still daylight; later, when night fell, our own sense of organization helped us much more, but this was daylight and they poured down the road and into us, swinging broken fenceposts, billies, bottles, and wielding knives..." Howard Fast's account of a terrifying evening that was supposed to be an outdoor concert near Peekskill, NY. You can think about the political implications ("...it illustrates how easily, when terror is unleashed in a nation, it can take hold, and how thin the line is that separates constitutional government from tyranny and dictatorship...") or just enjoy the riveting tale. (Related song and picture here
In anti-war protests in Australia yesterday
as young as 12 were shown on TV coverage participating not only in protests, but in the violence that followed when the protesters attacked police. There has, in the past, been condemnation of those who bring their children along to protests, but this is the first time I have seen large numbers of children protesting on their own behalf - most of whom would have been truant from school and, judging by the way many hid from cameras, without the permission of their parents. Should we take them seriously, or are they too young to really understand what it is they are protesting against? [more inside]
The ugly side of football: man dies in Moscow riots.
The World Cup has been great so far, but it was only a matter of time before things got out of control.
Rioters complain about tear gas.
[Bloominton Hearald-Times, link expires after a week] After Indiana University lost to Maryland in the NCAA finals, drunken fans rioted in the streets forcing police to use tear gas. It was stupid enough to start a riot, but rioters complained that the police offered no warning before deploying tear gas after rioters pelted the police with beer bottles and prevented the fire department from putting out fires in the middle of the street.
"They could have easily done that," Raggs said. "If they would have said, 'You have 10 minutes, then we are going to use the tear gas,' people would have gone away."
Personally, I think the police showed an amazing level of restraint considering that about half of the state troopers on the scene got hit by flying glass.
Not surprisingly, police were needed to break up celebrating students
at UM last night, though it wasn't as bad as what happened over the weekend
. (I guess the Saturday riot really wore them out.) As Bobcat Goldthwait used to say: "If your team wins a major sporting event, you can legeally do anything within the next 24 hours." And this is the school I should be proud to call my Alma Mater?
Two in a week!
That must be a record or something. Nobody knows where is Argentina going, and the rioters keep making damages in the capital. Nice way to spend the New Year's eve.
The most detailed account
I've yet seen of the prison riot at Qali-i-Jhangi. Double-crossed by Mullah Faizal's skin-saving deal
, the Taliban's foreign legion misread the good intentions
of their captors, starting a riot in which mysterious CIA operatives Mike and Dave
found themselves trapped. Massive airstrikes result in casualties on all sides
, leaving small teams of special forces to mop up the remaining rioters. I'd be surprised if a book doesn't come out of this.
I live in Bradford.
This summer we had a series of riots
which tarnished the image of a city which, whilst I might love the place, didn't exactly have a sparkling reputation in the first place. A major reason cited
for the riots was the devisiveness in the local community of schools that cater only to one community, typically of course the community in which any given school happens to reside.
The UK government today announced that it would be basing the future of British schools
on the successes of the Bradford model. The future is single faith schools.
When I was 13 and choosing which lessons I was to take from that point up until I was 16 I made all the wrong choices, had others imposed upon me, and screwed up pretty badly ending up leaving at 15 with no qualifications at all (this is why I write '15' instead of 'fifteen' BTW). The future is also, apparantly, specialisation.
stopping football holigans in the gambia
security forces banned from football tourney - "the beating of some of the footballers, team officials and supporters of the opposing team which resulted in the admission to hospital of a footabller and the serious wounding of some supporters is a total violation of fair play and can no longer be entertained by the committee."
well you've got to draw the line somewhere