Vice News makes this documentary,  to fully understand whats going on here in mexico.  MUST WATCH. This is about the murder and crimilnalization of young people around the world. Just as in ferguson, this students where attacked by the police. 6 of them where murdered, 43 where literally abducted by the police force, since then, we haven’t heard of them. We want this to be heard around the world. We Want Justice. 

Monday, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) finally voted for a new transgender policy that allows students to choose a name that best represents their gender identity. They have also enacted a policy for single-stall, genderless washrooms. On top of that, the VSB has introduced gender-neutral pronouns: xe (third person), xem (plural), and xyr (possessive) for students who do not identify with traditional gender roles.

How U.S. Media Misses the Mark on Ayotzinapa Story

By Ricardo Lezama

En Español

At the Zócalo book fair in Mexico City, autodefensa lawyer, Talía Vázquez, recalled notifying Dr. José Manuel Mireles about the mass graves found in Iguala, Guerrero, and said that Dr. Mireles cried upon receiving the news. Vasquez notes that a frequent task for the auto-defensas in Michoacan was to unearth the remains of missing youth. The judicial system is so broken in Michoacan that these families never reported the homicides. Instead, only vigils were held in their honor.

All of this is to say that the rage with which many Guerrero students have reacted to these shooting deaths and disappearances is echoed throughout Mexico and abroad. Normalista organizing tactics are often criticized in the Mexican and US media, but these observations tend to require an omission of grievances in order for the criticism to appear valid. The murder and kidnapping of Normalista college students has occurred before, but on those occasions there was no international solidarity or national day of action. In fact, during the month of December 2012, there was a skirmish between police and Normalista students, and the few U.S. outlets that covered the news did so in a manner that seemed to justify the violent repression so widely condemned today.

Even in the aftermath of the Ayotzinapa deaths, media outlets in the United States fail to provide the level of depth in their coverage necessary to understand why Guerrero students are out in protest, why they need special rural colleges or why their lives have become the target of state repression. Answers to these questions are instead replaced with superficial terms that supposedly provide insight into the identity of the Normalistas.

For instance, in an October 6 story, Vice News used the term “ ardently leftist politics” to characterize the stances of Normalistas. Additionally, they mentioned that “Visiting the Ayotzinapa Normal School is like entering a time warp, or landing in Communist Cuba. Portraits of Che, Marx, Lenin, and Engels adorn the interior walls, accompanied by images of the 1970s Mexican guerrilla leader Lucio Cabañas”. However, many, including Cabañas himself were ardent teachers first, guerilla tactic practicioners second. In the 1960′s, Cabañas also made calls for a halt in kidnappings and extrajudicial killings, and once said that he was not necessarily aligned with the notion of ‘leftist.’

As the reporter herself notes: “the school had been swarmed by national and foreign reporters, many of them pressing parents insensitively about their missing children.” The irony is that coverage of the type she provides would necessarily classify her as insensitive. In a most insensitive tone, with a headline reading “Smells of Burnt Flesh,” she notes how her news outlet received “access to several of the six grave sites where the missing normalistas were likely buried” and somehow weaves the official position of the Mexican government into the discourse.

Vice somehow took a story about popular education and political repression in Mexico, and turned it into a high-level discussion of the Drug War from the Mexican (and US) government’s perspective, highlighting the discovery of Meth Labs in the area. While narco-traffickers were signaled as the people who attacked the students, the conflict has always been between the government and the Normalistas.

For this reason, Mexican activist pressure remains on the government. They demand the removal of Guerrero’s governor, and a thorough investigation leading to the arrest of government officials and police. There are witness reports indicating the presence of military personnnel during the actual shooting deaths. This implies a need to examine the U.S. role in providing training to various military and police personnel.

An important detail is the international response to the Iguala massacre. While the Vice article notes the presence of Argentine forensic experts, it fails to note calls for an independent investigation in parallel with the official state investigation. Amnesty International has raised its own concerns about the investigation, none of which factor into Vice’s coverage.

Humanizing the Normalistas, not just presenting a play-by-play of the gory events that took place in Iguala (recall the note about “flesh”), is what responsible journalists covering the event must do today. Shifting the focus to grievances is key. Noting the constructive actions demanded throughout Mexico and internationally is essential to contextualizing these events. Otherwise, Vice simply adds to the dissonance and confusion they presumably aim to dissipate through their coverage.

Ricardo Lezama is a linguist from Santa Ana, California. He also works as a software engineer at a tech company, and is the founder of Follow him on Twitter at @ricardoblezama.

This article was originally posted at La Cartita

In the event of a zombie apocalypse — or, if you prefer, zombiepocalypse — the Pentagon plans to save the nation with the Chaplain Corps, remote-controlled robots, and hand sanitizer. If an evil magician creates the zombies, the chaplains will step up.

Robots could repair and operate power plants where human workers would otherwise attract hordes of the undead. Hand sanitizer has never been proven to stop the viruses that reanimate corpses, but it kills 99 percent of germs.

Why not give it a try? It sounds silly, because it is silly. But those measures are detailed in “CONPLAN 8888,” or “Counter-Zombie Dominance,” an authentic United States Strategic Command working paper dated April 2011.

“This plan was not actually designed as a joke,” says the 31-page document published recently by Foreign Policy. “The hyperbole involved in writing a ‘zombie survival plan’ actually provided a very useful and effective training tool.”

The Pentagon doesn’t really think zombies are a threat to Mom and apple pie. Zombies present an opportunity to theorize how the military would react to a fast-spreading biological threat that could spawn hordes of enemy combatants and wreak chaos across the globe.

In other words, it’s just a hypothetical model for tactical purposes that gets the top brass thinking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pulled a similar stunt when it issued guidelines to the public on zombie preparedness earlier this year.

The CDC used the zombie ploy to explain how to prepare for any major disaster. The irony that’s probably lost on the generals, however, is that the Pentagon is inextricably linked to zombies. Really.

The Pentagon Is Prepared for a Zombie Outbreak | VICE News


Radical Young Israelis and the Price Tag Attacks

For a few years, a young radical group of Israeli settlers in the West Bank have committed random acts of violence and vandalization against Palestinians and their property to make them pay the price for affronting their way of life. They call themselves “Pricetaggers,” and they’ve largely avoided prosecution by Israeli authorities.

VICE News gets rare access to the young members of the Price Tag movement—at the homecoming of Moriah Goldberg, 20, who just finished a three-month sentence for throwing stones at Palestinians. She and her family remain proud of the act, even as the current conflict in Gaza was sparked after an all-too-familiar round of retributive violence.


I made these screencaps while watching Vice News’ latest video, “Nowhere Safe in Gaza: Rockets & Revenge (Dispatch 2).”

That is Momen Faiz, a photojournalist living in Gaza. A few years ago, while working on a report that questioned the goods that were being held up at the Israeli border, an Israeli airstrike struck him, causing him to lose his entire lower body. The journalist of this Vice piece asked Momen if, after that horrific occurrence, he was afraid to pick up a camera again.

This was his response.

If you aren’t aware, there is some real diabolical situations going down in Palestine between them and the Israelis, who have been bombing parts of Gaza, killing numerous families, children, establishments, and homes. These people live in fear, for they will never know if a bomb will land upon them, wiping them out instantly.

Watching the video had me clutching my heart. It wasn’t a movie set when I saw a bomb land behind the hotel where the Vice reporter stayed. This wasn’t Behind The Scenes footage. This was real life. It IS real life, for so many of them. And to see Momen continue his craft after his injury because he can’t let it go now that it’s truly a part of him, my heart swelled up.

When you’re so driven by something, nothing holds you back. It’s like this never ending stream of inner voices and outer influences that tell you to keep going because you’re getting closer. To what, exactly? Freedom of self. Freedom to help those who don’t have freedom. Freedom to speak your mind, freedom to be. Creating dangerously, as Haitian author Edwidge Danticat said in her book, “Create Dangerously: The Immigration Artist At Work.” She and Momen and the many journalists, writers, and artists out there that are silenced by the majority, but who keep pressing on because this art needs to be shown, told, looked at, absorbed, analyzed, dissected, admired…

The bravery it takes to be you and to live in your truth is rare. I want it. I want to feel incapable of being if I can’t be me, specifically through my gifts. I want to go through hell and back to be myself. I want to create dangerously, live fearlessly, and love relentlessly.

I have found a new hero in Momen Faiz and so many other Palestinians fighting to survive. The lives they’re living really puts things in perspective for yourself.

It’s no secret that teenagers can be pretty stupid about their social media habits, and this also seems to be true for kids that may be street smart. Some 103 alleged gang members were indicted on Wednesday in what authorities have called the largest gang takedown in New York City’s history, a takedown largely made possible by a long trail of incriminating Facebook messages the young suspects left behind.

The Kids Arrested in the Largest Gang Bust in NYC History Got Caught Because of Facebook


The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Part 1)

Shoutout to my dude Daniel Hernandez and his team at Vice Mexico for all of their great investigative work.

tw: death, blood, violence