Archive for April 15, 2012


The day the vegan and animal rights movements stop quoting only Dr. Martin Luther King, and start absorbing the vital message of Malcolm X as a crucial critical contrast and corrective point of view, is the day these movements will begin to grow from weak to strong. Malcolm X remains a hugely important and still largely untapped philosophical and tactical resource for liberation movements of any kind, the animal liberation movement above all.

Among other things, these videos clarify what he means by his (in)famous phrase “by any means necessary,” and he exposes the real violent forces in American society and the right of Black liberations to defend themselves from racist violence. He thereby brilliantly demonstrates the crucial difference between violence and self-defense.

Thus, I coined and argued for the notion of “extensional self-defense,” whereby animal libertionists legitimately assume the right and duty to defend innocent animals from attack “by any means necessary,” and I sharply distinguish this from what pacifists confuse and exploiters and cops denounce as “pro-violence.”

That is obfuscatory bullshit; this is straight talk and Malcolm X makes so many brilliant observations and dead-on points that you better grab a pen and pad of paper for notes and to tally the flurry of knock-out blows to dogmatic pacifism, which is nothing but the internalization of the State supergo and a manifestation of the Stockholm Syndrome.

“We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent to us. But we are not nonviolent with anyone who is violent with us.” Malcolm X

Malcolm X: His Life and Legacy

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

The Best of Malcolm X

Malcolm X: Speeches and Interviews (1960-65)

Malcolm X Interview at UC Berkeley (Oct. 11, 1963)

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Debate (spliced footage of separately conducted interviews)

Courtesy of iol News

A Rhino poaching suspect has been shot and killed in a gunfight with wildlife rangers at Ndumo Game Reserve, on KwaZulu-Natal’s northern border with Mozambique.

The shooting happened early on Wednesday when a group of three poachers was intercepted in the reserve by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s anti-poaching unit.

Ezemvelo had received information on Tuesday night that a rhino poaching attempt was about to be launched in Ndumo.

According to Ezemvelo rhino security co-ordinator Jabulani Ngubane, rifle shots were fired when the poaching suspects were confronted around 5am.

Ezemvelo officers returned fire and, once the shooting stopped, a critically injured man was found nearby.

He died before an ambulance arrived at the reserve.

Ngubane said the man’s age, nationality and other personal details had not yet been established. The other two suspects, including a man carrying a rifle, escaped.

Police had been notified and were expected to investigate the incident.

Ngubane said 18 rhinos had been poached in KwaZulu-Natal this year, either on private ranches on in provincial reserves.

Nationwide, at least 159 rhinos have been killed by horn-poaching criminal syndicates this year.

The heaviest losses have been in the Kruger National Park, where at least 95 rhinos have been killed in just over three months.

SA National Parks environmental crimes investigations head Ken Maggs said last week that more than 600 rhinos would be dead by the end of the year if the current slaughter rate continued.

Maggs said rhino horn poaching was now increasingly co-ordinated by organised crime syndicates, with profit levels comparable to illegal weapons and drugs trading. – The Mercury

Courtesy of Washington Post

MADRID — Spain’s King Juan Carlos has successfully undergone hip replacement surgery after tripping on stairs and fracturing bones around the joint while on an elephant hunting trip in Botswana, officials said Saturday. It was the monarch’s fourth surgery in almost two years.

Botswana government spokesman Jeff Ramsay told The Associated Press that the 74-year-old was on a private visit up north in the Okavango area when he had the accident. “He was hunting for elephant. He has a permit,” the spokesman said.

In this July 19, 2011 file photo Spain’s King Juan Carlos, waits before a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid. Spain’s King Juan Carlos has successfully undergone hip replacement surgery to repair minor damage related to arthritis worsened by a fall, his fourth operation in less than two years, royal palace officials said Saturday April 14, 2012. Leading newspaper El Pais reported on its website that the king had been on an elephant hunting trip when the fall occurred, but the palace declined to comment, saying the visit was a private matter. This is not the first time the aging monarch’s love of hunting has caused concern. In October 2006, a Russian governor launched an inquiry into reports that Juan Carlos had shot and killed a bear while on holiday near Moscow.

The fall occurred early Friday morning in the chalet where the head of state was staying, said Angel Villamor, spokesman for San Jose hospital in Madrid where the king had his operation.

Juan Carlos flew back and was driven straight to hospital after landing, a royal palace spokesman said. The palace also released a statement saying the king had sustained “a fracture in three fragments of the right hip, associated with osteoarthritis of that joint.”

Spanish state broadcaster RTVE carried the news on its website accompanied by a photograph of the king, rifle in hand, standing next to a dead elephant while on a previous hunting trip with a Botswana-based safari company.

The latest incident drew criticism from some lawmakers at a time when Spain is on the verge of recession with close to 23 percent unemployment.

“It can’t be said the head of state is losing sleep over the many thousands of young people who are unemployed,” said Cayo Lara of the United Left party.

The surgery was the king’s fourth since May 2010. Previously, a benign tumor has been removed from one of his lungs, in June last year he also underwent surgery on his right knee and then in September he had an operation to repair Achilles tendon damage.

This is not the first time the aging monarch’s love of hunting has caused concern. In October 2006, a Russian governor launched an inquiry into reports that Juan Carlos had shot and killed a bear while on holiday near Moscow.

Vyacheslav Pozgalyov, governor of the Vologda region northeast of Moscow, had reportedly received a letter from the region’s deputy hunting chief, Sergei Starostin, claiming a bear — named Mitrofan — had been fed honey mixed with vodka before being released near a site where the king was to hunt.

Starostin wrote that the local authorities had thus turned the king’s hunting trip into a “disgusting fraud,” Russia’s top business daily Kommersant said.

Mitrofan, whom Starostin described as “a good-natured and joyful bear,” was taken from his home at a local holiday resort and brought to the hunting place where they “generously fed him with vodka mixed with honey and pushed him into a field,” the newspaper quoted the letter as saying.

The Spanish royal family has enjoyed hunting with firearms for decades, but has also experienced its share of gun-related tragedies.

The king’s 13-year-old grandson, Felipe Juan Froilan, is currently recovering in a hospital after shooting himself in the foot accidentally with a shotgun.

The most serious shooting incident occurred in 1956 when Juan Carlos accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old brother while handling a gun during a vacation visit to Estoril, Portugal.

The royal family has been the focus of much media attention in recent months on account of a judicial probe into whether Princess Cristina’s husband, Inaki Urdangarin, used his privileged position to secure lucrative deals for a nonprofit foundation he ran, then fraudulently diverted some of the money for personal benefit.

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