Archive for April 2019

On April 30th, way back in 2011, the Oregonian reported that the whitest major city in the United States was getting even whiter.

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Fallujah Massacre

Early in the US military occupation of central Iraq, on April 29th, 2003, anti-imperialist demonstrators in the city of Fallujah threw a stone at occupation forces, and they were massacred. When the shooting was over, 13 unarmed demonstrators were dead. The uprising against the occupation there would commence soon after.

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A podcast special about my plans for Cafe Hellebaek and specifically my current effort to crowdfund a cargo bike.  This was originally livestreamed, but I also recorded it with my nice USB mic and edited out the "testing, testing" bits for this podcast edition.  To donate to the cargo bike crowdfunder please visit www.davidrovics.com/cafe.

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Abu Ghraib Prison Torture Scandal

On April 28th, 2004, the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal hit the headlines.

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Omid Masoumali immolated himself on April 26th, 2016, on the island of Nauru. Nauru is one of several open-air prisons where Australia keeps its refugees – refugees who have claims the Australian government itself acknowledges as legitimate.

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The slave-owning nation of the United States attacked the free nation of Mexico on April 25th, 1846, ultimately annexing most of it and later declaring Mexicans to be somehow foreign. As the war dragged on, thousands of US troops deserted from the ranks of the Army. 202 of them — mostly Irish but including various other nationalities, such as Poles — took desertion a big step further, and formed the Mexican Army’s only foreign legion, the St Patrick Battalion.

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Sachin Tendulkar was born on April 24th, 1973 in Mumbai, India. He would grow up to become one of the greatest cricket players who ever lived.

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Throwing of Medals

On April 23rd, 1971, veterans of the war in Vietnam carried out a series of operations in Washington, DC, actions involving thousands of recently-returned soldiers, one of which involved the depositing on the White House lawn of 700 medals veterans had received for their service in the military.

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The First Intifada

On April 22nd, 1991, a young Palestinian named Saed Bannoura was shot 6 times by IDF soldiers — but he refused to die.

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Deepwater Horizon

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing eleven workers and causing the worst environmental disaster in US history.

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