Ken Currie “Self-Taught Man”
"Soccer is about people feeling a sense of collective joy and hope. It creates scenes, like the ones in earlier this year—it feels like a lifetime ago—of thousands of people on the Gaza beach celebrating the ascension of their national team.
Attacking soccer is about attacking these very national aspirations. It’s the inhumane act targeting a collective expression of humanity.”
At last night’s opening ceremony of the World Cup, three children (presumedly representing Brazil’s “racial democracy”) released three white doves in an act symbolizing peace and harmony. But what the cameras didn’t show (because it’s literally illegal to protest during a FIFA event) is that as they walked off the field the empowered Guarani youth held up a banner calling for “demarcation” of indigenous lands (the federal state suspended these negotiations in 2013). Brazil’s indigenous peoples are currently engaged in a fierce battle to defend their homelands from predatory land owners and an encroaching state, both of which want to limit the territory of the country’s native groups and exploit their natural resources. You didn’t see his brave act on TV, but you can support his cause by liking and sharing this post and photo from the Yvyrupa Guarani Commission.
You can also read more about Brazil’s indigenous movement here: http://bit.ly/1kxaX2T
Cardboard box in Salford reveals incredible story of Len Johnson, a gifted boxer, rebel and political firebrand
'“I am very sorry,” Lonsdale writes, “because he is a very fine fellow, a really nice man with a splendid personality and a splendid boxer. But there it is.”'
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