Philippines: Statement By The Apolinario Gatmaitan Command On The 52nd Anniversary Of The NPA
On the occasion of the 52nd measurement of the formation of the New People’s Army (NPA) on March 29, 1969, the NPA regional command on the island of Negros under the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command, paid its respects to all red commanders and red fighting and recognizing the victories achieved in the trade of armed struggle. We give the highest honor and salute to the comrades who sacrificed their lives just to advance and strengthen the armed struggle of the people. The masses will not be forgotten and with them are Ka Troy, Ka Pido, Ka Jonas, Ka Diego, Ka Jeck-jeck, Ka Eron, Ka Bong, Ka Mayte, Ka Jun, and Ka JK. Their names and heroism have been etched in the revolutionary history of the people. We are proud of the victories achieved over the past year in advancing the stage of the people’s war in response to the executioner and fascist attacks on the US-Duterte regime and the continuing worsening conditions of oppression and exploitation. Without the NPA, the people will have nothing and no bright future for the Filipino people, especially the workers and peasants.
Twitter and YouTube Manipulation in Trial of Derek Chauvin for the Death of George Floyd?
Due to the hour and the terrible general state of search, I can’t prove a negative, but I sure don’t like what I am not seeing regarding the trial of Derek Chavin on Twitter. And I’m not clear on how much of what I am not seeing is due to the US press or our tech overlords. By sheer happenstance, when looking for something to watch while doing one of the few forms of lower body exercise open to me (standing on a whole body vibration plate), I turned on Court TV. Court TV has gavel to gavel coverage. You can also find YouTube videos of the full day of each day of the trial posted by NBC, the Washington Post, and other media outlets. So I am not asserting that some key material is absent from the Internet, but that particularly important bits are not being showcased. What I saw in the mere five minutes that Court TV excepted, at about 3 AM, was a discussion with several policemen of new evidence introduced on Wednesday, police body cam footage. The three cops all agreed, two more strongly than the third, that the approach and arrest of Floyd, as shown on the body cams, was botched. It’s not clear if they had a reasonable basis for arresting him based just on one suspect $20. They treated him as a physical threat when the audio sure didn’t suggest that, and what you could infer from the video was way less than dispositive. All the former policemen agreed Chavin escalated way too quickly. And his and his partner’s priority should have been to search the car for more bills…which never happened.
Tik-Tok Video Promotes Neo-Colonialism and Gentrification in Guatemala
With the coming of the age of social networks, an eco-friendly conscience, remnants of the progressive thought of the 1960s, and a conscience influenced by philosophical currents such as postmodernism, etc., we have a breeding ground for youth from affluent social strata who then decide to tour and visit the wonders of nature in “sustainable” environments, often precisely justifying processes of gentrification in entire populations while doing so. This recently happened in social networks with the Tik-Tok videos posted by Michelle Rusk, a young woman who has built her online presence based on videos that function as promotions of such projects. In her videos, with upbeat “tropical” music, Michelle invites us to know her life in a “conscious community in the Guatemalan mountains.” The activities Michelle describes, although they sound like fun, are nothing more than different cultural elements thrown together in a blender to present a caricature of what a “tribal” experience looks like according to the stereotypes capitalism and imperialism have taught us for decades. In Michelle’s videos, just one Brown person appears, a Guatemalan woman offering her a plate of fruits when she mentions “healthy foods.” The rest of the people appearing in her Tik-Tok videos are, like her, white; not a single Brown or indigenous person (like the majority of the population in Latin America), but people who appear to be from the United States or Europe, with blonde or auburn hair, men with thick beards and long hair in man-buns. Some of the women even have dreadlocks, with sweatpants for their yoga sessions and hippie events in bonfires under the moonlight. It’s the archetype of the middle-class hipster.