The Drone That Killed My Grandson
— Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, Fulbright scholar, founder of Ibb University and former president of Sana University, served as Yemen’s minister of agriculture and fisheries from 1988 to 1990. His 16-year-old grandson Abdulrahman (an American citizen born in Denver, Colorado) was killed by an American drone strike in Yemen on Oct. 14, 2011, two weeks after his father Anwar was killed by a previous drone strike.
posted by cenoxo
on Jul 19, 2013 -
For the first time since 1987, Chicago public school teachers will strike.
Last year, the city council in Chicago passed a law mandating that 75% of Chicago Teachers Union
members would need to vote to authorize a strike. In June, CTU announced that they had met that threshold
, and that they would strike if negotiations with Chicago Public Schools over job security, evaluations, and a longer school day with no extra pay for teachers, failed. They did, and tonight Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, announced that as of midnight tonight, public school teachers in Chicago are on strike.
posted by deliciae
on Sep 9, 2012 -
In March, 2012, students in Montreal, Canada took to the streets to protest the Quebec Liberal government's intention to raise tuition by 75% over five years.
The red square
, a symbol of the last student strike, quickly became the symbol of this one as well. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee
on Apr 30, 2012 -
Hundreds of angry longshoremen stormed through a grain shipping terminal in Longview, Wash., early Thursday and held security guards at bay while descending on a disputed train full of grain, cutting brake lines and dumping cargo.
- Serious and sometimes violent direct action aimed at a new west coast shipping facility by a local union, supported by members from the Seattle area.
posted by Slap*Happy
on Sep 8, 2011 -
French general strike
is going on. It's against a proposal by the French government to raise the normal retirement age for public pensions from 65 to 67 and early reduced pensions from age 60 to 62. All society is concerned. Voilà
the manifestations of high-school students, so damn chic
posted by -
on Oct 23, 2010 -
On Saturday, Cuba issued an unprecedented public report on the status of an imprisoned dissident. Guillermo Fariñas Hernández
began his hunger strike in February, the day after the first Cuban hunger striker death in almost forty years. He is now near death
. [more inside]
posted by hat
on Jul 6, 2010 -
Norman Strike is blogging the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike.
From his account of the "Battle of Orgreave" (June 18, 1984)
: There was the coke works in the distance, squatting on the land and belching out smoke from Yorkshire coal. A black line of police spread across the yellow field in front, with horses to the rear and sides. . . . I began sprinting up the field, trying to avoid the slower lads. I made it to safety but was horrified at what I saw as I looked back down the field. Dogs were biting lads whilst others were being truncheoned by pigs and either led away or dragged away! It was a disgusting sight and one I never thought I’d see in this country. I’ll never forget it but worse was to follow.
posted by chinston
on Nov 5, 2009 -
rethinking the lipstick index
- a nice find: there's an old Greek play called
, in which the women of Greece go on a sex strike to stop the Peloponnesian War. Did it work? The play maybe was just a play
, but in the last decade there have been (successful?!) sex strikes in
... this site
gets into some research
about ancient women's ceremonies
being a coordinated sex strike to get the men to hunt, and that they painted their faces red
to suggest menstrual blood... and now i can't help but think of lipstick, and blush, and then there's the
, the idea that lipstick sales go up during hard times, (supposedly) because its the cheapest female self-indulgence product; but now i wonder... some primal impulse...
posted by jojo-dancer
on Mar 20, 2009 -
US Airways Flight 1549 has crashed into
the Hudson. Fortunately, it appears that everyone has survived. The culprit appears to be a bird strike
from a flock of geese (as opposed to a single bird, which airplane engines are built to withstand). [more inside]
posted by kdar
on Jan 15, 2009 -