Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ukraine: Seesaw of war

Ukraine: Playground for warlords 

Cartoon by Latuff

So far clashes in Dontesk between Pro Russian or anti Kiev protesters and pro Kiev protesters have kept Ukrainians in both Eastern and Western Ukraine anxious. Clashes between protesters and police back in in Donetsk and Luhansk have left 2 protesters dead and some 100 injured. In Luhansk, Russian speaking protesters have taken over an administrative building in Luhansk encouraging fellow protesters to call for autonomy for the self proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. Sanctions have also been extended and added to some 17 companies doing business with Russia.

Explaining Ukraine: History, nationhood, and New World Order
 Ivan Daraktchiev on the meaning of nationhood and identity in Ukraine's current crisis and its relationship to Russia. He also looks at the role of nationalism in constructing singular national identities and others. For all the talk about national identity, Russian and Ukrainian history, culture and languages are interwoven. Russia's early history begins in Ukraine in a territory known as Kievan Rus from where Russia gets its name and where Ukrainian capital.

The Birth of Russia: Kievan Rus

Monday, 28 April 2014

Diego Garcia, Chagossians and a lost homeland

Diego Garcia has been on and off the radar of mainstream news channels as a one of many conspiracies suggesting that Malaysian flight 370 might've landed on the carol reef atoll. 

The foots print shaped island once home to an exiled indigenous people the Chagossians
The foot print shaped island of Diego Garcia is known for its beautiful beaches and being home to one of the world's largest American military bases. Positioned in the Indian Ocean between African islands of Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros and neighboring island of Maldives, Diego Garcia is viewed by the British and Americans as a strategically important island (in Chagos Archipelago thus the name Chagossian for Diego Garcia's people) for mainly transporting and receiving military equipment and troops. The island has also witnessed a tragic history. In 1968, the then ruled British colony of Diego Garcia was requested by the United States as a future military base for its military operations to counterbalance the Soviet Union's foothold in the Pacific islands. The Chagossian people, the indigenous people of Diego Garcia who have lived on the island for hundreds of years were discarded and regarded as disposable people by British colonial authorities involved in Diego Garcia's transfer from full British control to joint American-British or Anglo-American control of the island in 1970s. Similar to small island nations with a tiny populations ie Palau, Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius, the Chagossians worked as fishermen and farmers. Their society is familial, everyone knows everyone and is treated as family.

Faces of people removed from Diego Garcia by force compliments of Afrisynergy News

 Despite the long history and culture, the Chagossians were dispossessed of their lands and homes than forcibly removed from their homeland by British-American military and flown to Mauritius and Seychelles. Like the Palestinians, Chagossians have not been allowed to return to their own homeland that is now a massive U.S. military base that has been transporting equipment and other technologies for the past forty years. Diego Garcia has helped the American and British military in terms of transportation from the Middle East to Asia vice versea. The Chagossians' decades long exile from their homeland has strengthened their unending bond and strong identity to Diego Garcia. Despite attempts by ordinary Chagossians to simply return home, American and British military officials still refuse to even recognized the rights of the indigenous people or that their force removal violates international law or even constitute a crime against humanity. Chagossians have taken the British to court. To add insult to injury, many peoples from neighboring countries such as Philippines or Sri Lanka are allowed to work on the U.S. military base on the island while Chagossians who live in the slums in poverty and feel disconnected from their host countries Mauritius and Seychelles (still a French colony) are turned away from approaching the island. The Chagossian history of forced removal and exile is not acknowledged in any mainstream history on the Indian Ocean islands or African islands. The island for years was referred to as uninhabited island without an indigenous population. Meanwhile, Mauritius has also been in a legal battle with the Anglo-American dominance of Diego Garcia seeking to return the island to Mauritian sovereignty prior to British colonial rule. Being disconnected physically or spiritually from one's country (regardless of globalization making the world a smaller place) can damage people more than a war or violence. A home or homeland for any person represents their identity and sense of belonging to a place through deep embedded roots.

Stealing a Nation by John Pilger 

Story of Diego Garcia and its people

Thursday, 24 April 2014

99th Anniversary Armenian Genocide

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This year July will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The article below comes from the Holocaust and History section of IG, which has been updated and revised. 

Modern day Armenia in red and Historic Armenia with its territory Cilicia highlighted in red.

Where Are My People? (1965) By Michael Hagopian 

The film tells the story of the Armenian nation from its birth some 3000 years ago to the 1915 genocide and its aftermath. 

The Armenian Genocide was the first state sponsored systemic extermination of a minority group by a brutal regime beginning in 1915-1922. Making it one of the first genocides of the 20th century. It was carried out by the Ottoman Empire under the nationalistic and increasingly xenophobic Young Turks Regime of Talat Pasha against its own Armenian minority living in what was then considered Historical Armenia in Eastern Turkey. Today Eastern Turkey is a Kurdish majority area. Many irreplaceable Armenian manuscripts, artwork, ancient churches, monasteries and schools were also destroyed by Ottoman soldiers to erase the Armenians' cultural history and contributions in Anatolia. From the Armenian Genocide it is said Hitler and Nazi government copied the Ottoman's use of transporting Armenians from their homes using cattle cars which were later used to cram and transport Jews, Roma, Russians and anyone else marked for death by the Nazi Regime both before and during World War II. The Ottoman government attacked various Armenian intellectuals including prominent community leaders first to get rid of any strength building community leaders who could've protected and sheltered the women and children.

PBS Special: Armenian Genocide Past and Present 

Considered the 20th century's first modern and sadly forgotten genocide lasted from 1915-1920. The date chosen and commemorated is April 24th. The Ottoman Government headed by Talat Pasha, had been harassing and persecuting Armenians (since the 1890s) living in Eastern Turkey than known as Historical Armenia or Armenian tableland. Although mass media was still limited, American, German and other European diplomats did record Ottoman government's force removal of Armenians. One witness to the forced marches of Armenians was American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire Henry Morgenthau. American newspapers followed the genocide then known as the Armenian massacres. Some of the first humanitarian organizations in US was created to sponsor and support the survivors and children who found refuge across the Middle East. The Ottomans' methods of ethnic cleansing of Armenians from cities, towns and villages across Eastern Turkey predated Hitler by twenty years and Bosnian war by almost eighty. The methods used to terrorize the Armenians are eerily similar to methods adapted by Gestapo and Nazi regime's security police: The Ottoman utilized box car transportation, massacring intellectuals and able body men, cultural destruction and loss of property, led women, children and elderly on forced marches across the desert towards the sea, a tactic that was used by German soldiers under the Second Reich in Namibia in 1890s, destroying a centuries old culture, dehumanizing Armenian people as enemy threats and rape and abuse of women and children. The war that nearly wiped an entire people off the face of the Earth. Out of 2 million Armenians some 1.5 million were killed by Pasha's government under the shadow of World War I. Thousands of Armenian children became orphans and trekked across Turkey to the safety of Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and even further to Western Europe and United States. After the end of World War I, Armenians who were displaced by the genocide and now found themselves not allowed to reenter the nearly created Turkish Republic after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, returned to Armenia only to live under Soviet rule where memories and stories of genocide were suppressed by the Soviet authorities. The survivors of the genocide and their descendants are still mourning. They have not received justice in a formal recognition, reparations or an apology by Turkey nor have the original culprits from the government down to the soldiers were fully placed on trial. Talat Pasha was assassinated in Berlin by Armenian Revolutionary Soghomon Tehlirian in the aftermath of the genocide.

Assassination of Talat Pasha in Berlin

US troops going to the Baltics

US troops are enroute to neighboring Baltic countries in response to recent Russian actions. 600 American troops have been sent to Poland and other Baltic countries once again for reassurance for US allies. The US says the paratroopers are in Poland and Estonia for military exercise. But also keeping an eye on Russian troops in Crimea and on the Ukrainian-Russian border.

U.S. in Kiev and Eastern Ukrainian protesters mount

First US troops land in Poland

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Segey Lavrov interview and Ukrainian Jews update

Young Turks: Leaflets tell Jews to register in Eastern Ukraine 

Fliers were recently sent to Ukrainian Jews living in Donetsk asking them to register with the pro-Russian authorities or force expulsion. Just the mention of Jews being signaled out while being forced to register and pay taxes with the Eastern authorities shocked not only local peoples in the area but also Ukrainian and Western governments who immediately denounced the creators of the fliers and leaflets. Come to find out a few days later that the fliers and leaflets were most likely falsified and meant to add fuel to the rising tensions between Eastern Ukrainian protesters and the government. Jewish families in Dontesk are staying put. While the fliers have not caused physical harm, attackers have vandalized Jewish sites in Ukraine coinciding with a racist gunman opening fire on a synagogue in Kansas two weeks ago. The U.S. has always had problems dealing with local/domestic terrorists within the country long before Al Qaeda burst onto the scene. In a sad irony, both attacks occurred during Passover weekend. Passover is celebrated to commemorate the triumph over slavery and other suffering by Jews in Babylon and in modern world. Save for the attacks, Ukrainian Jews were able to celebrate Passover despite the uneasiness in the country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sat down with RT News earlier today to discuss Ukraine and its malcontents. Protesters are not stopping their calls for support from Russian officials no matter if its diplomatic or symbolic. The Ukrainian government's anti terror campaign is still in affect. Putin hasn't said much lately.However Russia is being called out by Kerry and Biden for not abiding by Ukrainian government's wishes to halt its support for the Eastern Ukrainian protesters. Likewise, Russian government has called on the West and Ukrainian govts to stop turning a blind eye to intimidation and hooliganism by far right, neo nazi members from Svoboda and Pravy Sektor.

Enjoy the interview

Sophie & Co Interview with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov: 

"Americans run the show in Ukraine"

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Ukraine bans Russian males from entering country

Ukraine's regional breakdown for the previous presidential elections. The colors almost represent the Ukrainian flag

Russian males from 16 to 60 banned from entering Ukraine with strict travel requirements

As Ukrainian government's "anti-terrorism" campaign gets underway in Eastern Ukraine, Russian males between the ages of 16-60 years old have been ban from entering the country. Border guards at overland bordering crossings and regional airports in Dontesk and other Eastern towns have denied visas and ordered Russian visitors and journalists entering Ukraine to be a screen a second time. Some are even asked to return to their cities of origins within Russia if the border guards do not see any justification for the men and occasionally questionable women visiting cities of Dontesk, Kharkiv Luhansk or Dnipropetrovsk to be in Ukraine. The ban is in place to avoid the current Russian speaking protesters from being joined by militant supporters from Russia. The exception for some male travelers are invitations from family members or businesses. Even the citizens in Crimea are also facing stricter travel requirements by Ukrainian border officials. The Ukrainian government views Russia as a major supporter behind protesters against the Kiev government in the months old protest across the country's Eastern region. Never mind that Eastern Ukraine is home to the industrial and agricultural economy that keeps the country going.

Denied Entry: Israel's treatment of Palestinian American visitors in Israel-Palestine

Israel also has a similar ban on Palestinian males both Muslim and Christian between 14-60 years from entering Occupied East Jerusalem on important holidays and regular visits for fear of terrorism. Palestinian men from occupied Palestine are often denied special entry permits by Israeli border guards at militarized checkpoints along the apartheid/separation wall. The entry permits to Jerusalem are required by Israeli military and border guards for Palestinian families including Palestinian Americans visiting and working in the area seeking to enter occupied Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron. Even foreign visitors/activists arriving in Israel who sympathize with Palestinians and want protest against the denial of Palestinian human rights in occupied Palestine (Flytilla activists) are denied entry at Ben Gurion Airport. Even the renown Professor Norman Finkelstein who has criticized Israeli policy towards neighbors, within US Foreign Policy and Palestinians, was slapped with a ten year ban from visiting or traveling to Israel. Freedom of movement whether it be in Palestine or Ukraine is recognized as a human right by every other country in the world but Israel, US and its European cousins when terrorism or national security concerns are invoked to limit border access by occupied citizens or citizen regarded as dangerous foreigners/aliens when political stability is in question. Coinciding with Ukraine's denial of entry to Russians, the State Department has issued a travel warning for American citizens either traveling or thinking of going to Ukraine.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez passes away

Love in the Time of Chaos

Famous Latin American author and Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away today at the age of 87. He had been living in Mexico City, Mexico and traveled across Latin America for years. Born in Northern Columbia in 1927, Garcia Marquez was a giant and a totem pole in Latin American literature standing beside Julio Cortes, Jose Marti, Eduardo Galeano and Pablo Neruda. He introduced his readers and the wider world to magical realism inspired his grandmother's stories from his childhood. Among his famous works are One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. His books with ironic titles, often feature extraordinary characters and events sometimes based his own life or on local folklore and others from historical and major events across Latin America. Originally beginning a career as a foreign correspondent, Garcia Marquez began his decades long literary career in 1955 with his first novel Leafstorm. However it wasn't until 1967 when he published Cien Anos de Soledad that his genius for intricate stories caught the attention of the non Spanish speaking world. His later books include Chronicles of a Death foretold, Love and other demons, Clandestine in Chile and Incredible and sad tale of Innocent Erendira. In 1982 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature by then recognized as one of the of great Latin American authors of magical realism and its cousin surrealism. For forty years, Garcia Marquez wrote and wrote on everything from fantastic adventures across space and time to the true stories of artists, friends and reflections on his own life. A globe trekker for most of his life, Garcia Marquez experience the diversity of cultures and societies that heavily influenced his writings and ideas. His books has influenced various literary friends and authors among them Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Mi Ultima) or Isabel Allende (The House of Spirits) whose works have been published into many languages or read on many continents. As a giant among many, he will be greatly missed.

A collage of Garcia Marquz novels

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Anti terrorist campaigns and diplomatic war Ukraine

Russia has been suspended from the OSCE () the largest European organization other than the European Union. The country will no longer be allowed to vote, engaging meetings with fellow OSCE members or have its interest considered. Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been trying to calm Ukraine and United States' fears that Russia has no intention nor will falter to stupidly flexing its muscles by expanding its territory to the doors of Eastern Europe. The Western media, particularly US media con fuerza have been repainting Russian Army stationed in its own base in Crimea as a resurrected Soviet army in disgust. All the Soviet Union stereotypes have been played up to further drum up Ukraine's anxiety of a Russian invasion into Eastern Ukraine. An invasion which could destabilize Ukraine as the West and Kiev government fears. Old media images of a formidable and war thirty Russian (read Soviet) brute has been drummed up by US, Ukrainian and Western European diplomats, leaders and media pundits itching to see if Russia will mess up its promise to stay out of Eastern Ukraine's protests. Its interesting that Putin has yet to be labeled as a reincarnated Josef Stalin.

The next image of Putin?

Pro Russian groups have been raising a raucous in Eastern Ukraine, capturing police headquarters, waving Russian flags, chanting Russia and a pop star even sang for Putin to protect Russian speakers living across Eastern Ukraine. Protesters have been clashing with right wing groups Svoboda and other nationalist Ukrainians who do not want to see anymore Russian troops intervening outside of Crimea. . The protests began as peaceful but have now involve running battles with local police. Ukrainian government is more worried that the protesters in Donetsk, Lungesk, Kharkov and other towns will be determine to follow Crimea's path and threaten national security just by demanding autonomy or independence. The Pro Russian speakers have been labeled separatists and terrorists by Kiev government and treated in kind. The Defense ministry has sent in military troops to quell the protests but has reassured the protesters and other Ukrainians watching in the East that it would not use force. Keep in mind that Russian speakers and pro Russian protests are also Ukrainians and are still citizens under the new government. As violent as the Kiev protests and coup was, the military was never if rarely called to deal with the Maidan protesters. The troop movement into the east has been dubbed an "Anti terrorist campaign" to restore order and normalcy. If violence does get out of control, no doubt NATO will be on standby in the neighboring Baltic countries. Ukraine's presidential elections will also be taking place on May 25th. Once again, Vice President Biden is heading back to Europe despite the dangerous situation.

Pro Russian protesters stand their ground

Monday, 14 April 2014

Car bomb at Athens Bank

In the early morning hours of April 10th, a car bomb exploded at the Bank of Greece in central Athens. The terrorist attack was carried out by local terrorists who claim responsibility. The car bombing coincidences with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Greece tomorrow for a meeting on as Greece's continual economic crisis. It also. The symbolism associated with this terrorist attack which is not a first in Greece, is well understood by the majority of Greeks in Athens and across the country. Protests have been ongoing in Greece for over four years against 2008 financial crisis that collapsed Greek bank accounts, led the government to implement unforgiving austerity measures, has slowly turned Greece into a Third World country, limited healthcare services for many insured and under insured people and has allowed for the rise of a Neo Nazi, far right group Golden Dawn. Citizens' frustration against government austerity measures and unemployment boils into political apathy. It has transform from non violent protests ie picketing corporations by union workers or students to national protests and finally violence. Angry citizens clashing with police are not being overly emotional or anarchist. Their actions are meant to highlight an ignored grievances and neglect from incompetent bureaucracy. This has been the same rally cry that brought thousands and millions onto the streets across the world demanding the government's fall or calls for separate countries. Car bombings are purposely aimed at pressuring governments or corporations into listening to demands. Athens' car bombing as with other terrorist attacks are last resorts when non violent protests or pressure have failed.

Terrorism: theirs and our part 1 Eqbal Ahmed

When terrorism is carried out by local Greek or American terrorists, mainstream media will at least look into the why behind such attacks. As the late and eerily prophetic Pakistani anti imperialist/political analyst Eqbal Ahmed once said, "Official approaches eschews causation." In short, chancellors and government officials don't look into the causes for people becoming terrorists. Especially if the said people are members of communist/socialist groups, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Nusra Front, Boko Haram, Ansar Bayt al Muqdas destroying Syria, Egypt and Nigeria. Ahmed spoke on the terrorism used by the West and groups in Global South. In particular the double standards and hypocritical support for terrorists who protect Western interest or allies at the expense of innocent civilians killed in violent attacks. Looking into causation doesn't matter if terrorists can simply be labeled as a never ending nuisance threatening national security.

See also Ignoring Occupation's Economic Squeeze section.

Aftermath of car bomb explosion Central Athens

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton

Woman throws shoe at Hillary Clinton

An angry woman threw her shoe at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while Clinton was at a speaking engagement in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ironically Secretary Clinton was meeting with stakeholders on Solid Waste management from the Institute of Scrap Recycling. Most of the world recognizes shoe throwing as the largest insult to your guest no matter how important or small. In the Arab world, showing the shoe's sole is the ultimate insult. The unnamed and quickly subdued woman was immediately arrested by federal police and removed from the room. Secretary Clinton brushed the shoe off as a joke saying, "I didn't know Solid waste was such a controversial issue." The audience immediately laughed to her joke not seeming to take into account the origins of a lone American's anger. Lashing out at politicians once again returns the media's attention to the distrust and grievances Americans face as the recession continues to eat their finances and livelihoods. Many feel that Congress cares little for the welfare of citizens. Nor do congressmen and women seem to take unemployment or social service cuts that affect ordinary people as urgent necessities to tackle. That is why politicians including Clinton brush off the people's anger and lightheartedly joke about legitimate fury aimed at them. Politicians are protected from ordinary Americans' wrath by officers or security guards while the ordinary are held in contempt until they are proven otherwise. The shoe throwing event brought back memories of the Iraqi journalist Muntadhr al Zaidi who chucked his two large shoes at then President George Bush Jr who was also on a visit to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi President Nouri al Maliki who equally sidestepped the shoe's path. Al Zaidi shouted at Bush, "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog." Al Zaidi was tackled and later sent to prison where he was tortured. While the Western media was quick to condemn the shoe thrower, Al Zaidi was praised in Iraq and across the region by ordinary people not only against the Anglo-American occupation but were tired of American hypocrisy on Democracy, forming transitional governments and the Anglo-American paternalistic view of Iraq as a nation that needed to hold the hand of US to move forward in national development or human rights. Both shoe throwers' aim carry a deep meaning for politicians who think they are immune from accountability.

Infamous shoes: Prez Bush ducks two shoes thrown at him by journalist Muntadhar Al Zaidi

Interview with Muntadhar al Zaidi explaining the shoe throwing and journalism in his own words

PS: Al Maliki still remains the Iraqi Prime Minister. He is regarded as a US puppet by critics and the opposition. Iraqis regardless of opinions and religion, are equally fed up with the violence throughout his administration to the point. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Water is unpredictable

The World as Water

Water covers some 2/3 of the Earth and has been part of our lives for centuries. However, water has been portrayed in popular culture as both a joy and blessing as well as an unpredictable boogeyman. A boogeyman in the sense that the world's water is unpredictable. When the oceans and seas look calm it only takes a few earthquakes, floods, tornadoes or hurricanes and thunderstorms to set it in motion colliding with human settlements and beings wherever they may be. Changing climate and environment have increased water shortage and sea erosion in many regions. Frequent floods continue to pose a long term danger to  island nations and coastal regions who are predicted to slowly disappear or be swallowed by the sea by mid century. The Pacific islands of Tuavalu, Kiribati, Marshall islands, various atolls and coastal regions in Africa ie and Americas also face being slowed by the ocean from rising sea levels, a warming climate and environmental shifts. 

For the past three weeks, firemen and paramedics have been digging through the muddy slush searching for people buried by the mudslide in Oso, Washington. Oso in Spanish oddly enough means Bear. The small village of 130 people have lost 22 residents, half the villages has been flatten and its main road is covered with fallen trees and emergency vehicles waiting for the debris to dry up. Mudslides caused by rain and eroding soil has flatten many villages and towns not only in the Pacific Ocean region but in mountainous regions as well. The West Coast from the tip of Alaska all the way down to Chile's southern cone have witnessed tidal waves, tsunamis in Pacific islands and Asia, earthquake and its multitudes of aftershocks, mudslides and flooding and water born diseases to name a few. Pacific region is known to seismologists and geographers as the Ring of Fire, home to hundreds of tectonic plates and fault lines that constantly built up steam until it explodes in the form of volcanic eruptions or large earthquakes which Chile and Los Angeles recently experienced.

California: Salton Sea's surreal beauty. Photo by John Malmquist 

Just as water has threatened coastal areas, it has reminded society that access to water resources is a matter of life and death literally. Some of the world's major freshwater lakes such as Baikal Lake in Russia, Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and Lake Chad in the West African country of Chad, one of Sahara's importance water bodies has been depleting over the decades. California's Salton Sea,which sits on San Andres Fault line, Iran's Lake Urmia, the Dead Sea in Palestine-Israel, have also lost 1/3 of its water volume to human consumption and agriculture, pollution, salinity, boardroom conflicts over equal access to seas or lakes between states and countries, receding floods, desertification or drought and many factors. Ironically these inland seas were created by floods in arid regions that rely on inland water for their economic and social survival. Scientists and Environmental activists have warned that Lake Chad, Baikal Lake, Aral and Salton seas are disappearing slowly. Their depleting water volume may also be irreversible. Preservation projects have been set up and carried out by local and national governments to halt the remaining lake or sea's water from drying up as climate and human forces threaten to turn water from a valuable resource into a formidable force. There has long been warnings that water might cause a global war as current water scarcity in various regions is no longer seen as a future problem but a growing geopolitical problem with far reaching consequence.

France 24: Is Lake Chad Disappearing?

Online games mirror reality on water importance

The online game, Riverbed: An Eco Mystery Noir imagines a world where water is not only scarce but nearly non existent. Play here

Collapsus, another game compliments of Games For Change group, introduces the player to a world wrecked by war over natural resources including water which has become a prized commodity above fossil fuels and natural gas. An energy conspiracy has brought the world to a reality induced chaos theory.

More on water and life can be found at IG's Pundits and Geopolitics: Water section

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Albuquerque Protests against police violence and brutality

Originally posted at Conscious Objector on Police Brutality

Albuquerque riots against police violence and brutality
The small town of Albuquerque, New Mexico was made famous by Bugs Bunny, the animated smooth talking, prankster rabbit of Looney Tunes from the 1940s. In nearly every episode, Bugs can be seen peering out of his rabbit hole while background characters are up to various antics scolding himself with, "I knew I shoulda taken a left turn at Albuquerque." Since Bugs, Albuquerque rarely makes it to national news and is only mentioned occasionally when speaking on environment degradation in New Mexico and other Southwestern states, history of nuclear testing and nuclear waste dumping in the region at Native American reservations. In recent days, Albuquerque has shot to the attention of independent media and even mainstream news channel from nightly riots or protests by residents against police violence and brutality. The town's police have responded in kind sending in riot, US marshals and even armed SWAT police for a small town that usually doesn't experience protests on a large scale. The riots which began as protests by youth and adults was over the camera helmet shooting death of homeless man James Boyd. Boyd was shot after three park police confront him for sleeping illegal in Sandia Foothills in Albuquerque. The officers claim Boyd has threatened them with knives in his pocket and threaten to attack an officer so force was somehow necessary to subdue the men. Even though Boyd was a good distance away from the officers and told them he would move. 

Homeless man James Boyd shot by police in Sandia Foothills in Albuquerque Raw Footage

KRQE and Anonymous analysis the events and protests in Albuquerque 

Bugs Bunny and Albuquerque