Frank van der Linde, a Dutch political-social activist who spent a long time in Israel and has dozens of friends in the country, is the face of the BDS campaign in the Netherlands. In a special interview to Yedioth Ahronoth, he explains why he doesn’t recognize Israel as a state, dismisses claims of hypocrisy in light of the other injustices taking place in the world, and says he supports the rights of both Palestinian and Jewish refugees.
No money’s coming religious hero Kim Davis’ way from GoFundMe.
Kim Davis, currently the most famous bigot in The United States (congrats, Kim! You earned it!), is cooling her heels in jail after a district court judge held her in contempt of court for not complying with federal law. But if the embattled county clerk who’s functioning under God’s authority thinks she’s going to make some sweet, sweet dough from her time in the slammer, she’s dead wrong.
Unlike Memories Pizza, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars when they went under for their bigotry, Kim Davis is a little too late to the party. GoFundMe’s policy has changed, and according to Addicting Info, no matter how her supporters twist it, no money’s coming her way if the site upholds their policy.
Cornell West this guy ain’t. A whole lot of what he says seems to me egregious nonsense. But I take from this interview that the rhetorical utility of #blacklivesmatter as a slogan is rapidly coming to an end. It crumbles in the face of “lives matter”.
For anyone familiar with how hard ball politics is played it’s easy to believe that some of the more odious chants at blm rallies, “fry ’em”, “pigs in a blanket”, etc, are being shouted by “false flag” plants working for the FBI, Tea Party, FoxNews or the Koch brothers. I readily acknowledge blm has served a useful role since Ferguson in rallying and focusing the energy and online attention of people outraged by the killings of Michael Brown and others. But it looks like the slogan’s 15 minutes are about up. The rallying cry “livesmatter” necessarily includes our darker ones and that, sez me, is the best way forward.
Birth control? BAN IT!
Abortion? BAN IT!
Gay marriage? BAN IT!
Guns? Look, banning things never works. People will find ways to get them.