Two week break for travels and festivities. Regular Tikkunistas resume January 15th, 2011
* London Protests A terrifying four minute video of the “kettling” actions is the focus of a Guardian article: The chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority’s civil liberties panel has condemned video footage appearing to show protesters being crushed by police attempting to contain them in a “kettle” during student anti-fees demonstrations in London two weeks ago as “appalling” and “ghastly”….
Musab Younis, 22, from Manchester, [shot this video]. Younis estimates that around 1,000 people were being held next to Westminster tube station, around 20 metres from the bridge, when police began moving in from both sides, crushing those in the crowd. “We were hemmed in by a wall on one side, vans and horses on another side, and two lines of police moving in on us,” he said. “I don’t know [if] I’ve ever been in a situation where I’ve been so crushed before. The police didn’t care whether you had any space to move, and if they had to trample you to move forward, then they would.”
* What We’ve Learned From Wikileaks In U.S. elite media, the main revelation of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables is that the U.S. government conducts its foreign policy in a largely admirable fashion….These conclusions represent an extraordinarily narrow reading of the WikiLeaks cables, of which about 1,000 have been released (contrary to constant media claims that the website has already released 250,000 cables). Some of the more explosive revelations, unflattering to U.S. policymakers, have received less attention in U.S. corporate media. Among the revelations that, by any sensible reading, show U.S. diplomatic efforts of considerable concern….
The oil BP tried to hide with nearly 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant has been discovered in thick layers on the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico. The area of contamination covers several thousand square miles and scientists from the University of South Florida say the environmental damage is “significant.”
All the marine life in the settled oil was dead, according to the scientists who saw the damage from research vessels. The disruption to the food chain could be significant. Scientists may not know the full extent of the damage for months, if not years. Fish and other marine life that depended on the worms and other microorganisms to survive may also die if they are unable to find other food sources