“Nearly all of the kids who attend the children’s club have experienced some form of violence by the [Israeli] soldiers. It’s very difficult to talk to these children about peace when they are being hurt all the time and their friends are being killed.”
— Ayman Ramahi, the director of the Palestinian Children’s Club in Jalazoun, says of the violence by non-lethal weapons
“There were clashes and soldiers were firing tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets. The soldier was about 10 meters away when he fired at me. I was hit in the head and the arm. I fainted and fell to the ground.”
— Ahmad, on the way to a wedding in a Palestinian refugee camp, hit by non-lethal (but now turned deadly) weapons by the Israeli forces.
“Thousands of men and women still flood into the streets of slums, towns and villages across the country every Friday and on many of the days in between — even as captured friends and relatives receive prison time and death sentences”
— Just out of the spotlight, Egyptians’ anger lives on and feet continue to hit the streets across the nation despite the largest crackdown in decades
“Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation’s oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood’s history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders.”
— FBI sting uncovers and interestingly reveals a whole other side of California’s San Francisco in the United States.
Soon there will be no empty walls in the villages west of Manama, capital of the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain. Graffiti calling for the king’s overthrow are crossed out by the authorities every day, only to reappear somewhere else, until the walls are entirely covered by black splodges. Police vehicles sit at the entrance to every village. Even in the shiny, built-up areas of Manama many residents grumble. “There is no freedom, no justice and no democracy,” complains one man.
Bahrain, where a Sunni monarchy has long ruled over a Shia majority, saw a brief flickering of Arab spring protests in February 2011. The biggest were brutally put down with the help of troops from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Yet smaller protests have continued. Violent clashes erupted on December 6th when the government hosted a jamboree of security and military officials from the region (Bahrain’s 40-person delegation included people close to the Shia opposition). Youths in several villages threw stones and Molotov cocktails; security forces lobbed back tear gas and sound bombs.
“It’s a major metropolitan area run by armed teenagers with no access to jobs or healthy food, and not long ago, while the rest of America was ranting about debt ceilings and Obamacares, Camden quietly got pushed off the map. That was three years ago, when new governor and presumptive future presidential candidate Chris Christie abruptly cut back on the state subsidies that kept Camden on life support. The move left the city almost completely ungoverned – a graphic preview of what might lie ahead for communities that don’t generate enough of their own tax revenue to keep their lights on. Over three years, fires raged, violent crime spiked and the murder rate soared so high that on a per-capita basis, it ‘put us somewhere between Honduras and Somalia,’ says Police Chief J. Scott Thomson”
— Rolling Stone publishes a piece on Camden, New Jersey, a town they call “America’s most desperate town.”