The May 22nd bombing of Manchester Arena during a concert by Ariana Grande was a major atrocity and should be resoundingly condemned by anyone morally sane.
As ought to be the case whenever major atrocities occur on the soil of Western powers, especially when enacted by official state enemies, our anger is better to yield to our grief; since we are all in general unaccustomed to glimpsing, on our own streets or those of our friends, the violence we routinely inflict on vast portions of the world, the brisance of Monday night’s bombing should hopefully provide space for reflection. These actions cannot be forgiven or excused – but perhaps they can be understood.
Reflections are not all equally or equivalently valid or useful – to say nothing of factually sound – however. Among the latest of the “hot takes” is a theme of wearying, propagandistic moralizing and pro-Western liberal jingoism best summed up as: the Ariana Grande concert bombing was an attack against women and feminism by primitive, misogynistic Muslims.
(Beginning today, I will be providing my readers with a curated selection of news. I hope that those of you who tell me they “don’t know where to look for real news” will use this as a resource; I’ll be selective so you don’t have to be. Be advised that these selections reflect only my own sensibility & those looking for more are encouraged to do so.)
1. Candian citizens held without charge in Egypt after being arrested
- Canadian filmmaker John Greyson & physician, Tarek Loubani are somewhere in Egypt. For the story, click here. For updates, check here.
2. Egyptian military coup deepens & worsens.
- The military dictators who have claimed power admit to killing unarmed detainees. (Disregard the use of the word “Islamist” in this piece; it is a descriptor which is devoid of content)
- More than 800 people have died since Wednesday.
- Deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak claims he will released within the week. The truth of this is in dispute.
- Obama refuses to call the incident a “coup” (which it is) & continues US military aid to the dictatorship.
3. “Time Magazine” journalist Michael Grunwald writes tweet celebrating the putative drone assasination of Julian Assange
- For a really good discussion as to why this is newsworthy, as well as the ideological framework that underpin it, click here.
4. Constable John Forcillo, the officer responsible for the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, has been charged with second-degree murder.
5. Amnesty International condemns the detainment of Glenn Greenwald’s partner as “revenge tactics.”
- Greenwald is the journalist who broke & continues to break the stories on the NSA’s illegal wiretapping programs. He was approached by whistleblower Edward Snowden a few months ago. Now the US & UK aren’t happy with him. Full story here.
- For more on the NSA story, perhaps the most important ongoing story in the world, please click here.
- For Greenwald’s fantastic blog, go here
6. UN chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Syria.
- Their mission is to determine whether or not chemical weapons were used, not who used them. Accusations of the use of chemical weapons have been made against both sides.
7. Flotilla protesting Indonesian occupation of West Papua to be intercepted by Indonesian authorities.
- Story here. It’s estimated that 500 000 West Papuans have been killed by the Indonesian occupiers since the island was annexed in 1969.