Σάββατο, 7 Μαΐου 2011

Αν δεν είναι να μαζεύεις τις τσίχλες, καλύτερα να τις μασάς. Πάντως όχι να μιλάς

Life-0Ατενίστας (εκ του ατενίζω -- το κενό):
Το 1993 δήμαρχος της Νέας Υόρκης έγινε ο Ρούντι Τζουλιάνι, ο οποίος έμεινε στην ιστορία ως ο ρεπουμπλικάνος με το σλόγκαν «μηδενική ανοχή». Έκτοτε, πολλοί (δήμαρχοι, υπουργοί, αρχηγοί αστυνομίας) βιάστηκαν να το χρησιμοποιήσουν, ερμηνεύοντάς το κατά βούληση, εφαρμόζοντας κρατικό τραμπουκισμό, αγνοώντας πλήρως τη σημασία του.
Ναι, η αστυνόμευση αυξήθηκε, αλλά όχι με στόχο τον ξυλοδαρμό συνταξιούχων. Για 6 χρόνια, «μηδενική ανοχή» στο μετρό σήμαινε ότι δεν υπήρχε περίπτωση να βγει από το μηχανοστάσιο συρμός βρόμικος, με σπασμένα τζάμια και με χαλασμένες πόρτες. Οι σπασμένες λάμπες, οι ξεθωριασμένες πινακίδες, όλα διορθώνονταν μέσα σε ώρες.
"Rudolph Giuliani's School for Torture":
In 1993, there were 3,400 complaints of police brutality brought before the Civilian Complaint Review Board in New York. In 1994, 4,900. In 1995, 5,612. In 1996, 5,592. That's a 60 percent increase in those years.

"Spotlight on NYC Police Brutality throws Giuliani in Crisis":
The four New York City policemen who mowed down an unarmed immigrant, Amadou Diallo, in a fusillade of 41 gunshots were arraigned March 31. Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy and Edward McMellon all pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree murder.

An immigrant from the West African country of Guinea who worked as a street peddler, Diallo was riddled with bullets in the doorway of his Bronx home after the four policemen in the Street Crimes Unit accosted him on February 4.

"Giuliani and Violence in Pre-9/11 New York":
Almost from the start of his first term, and right up to the morning of September 11, 2001, Giuliani's reign was dominated not by talk of his patriotism, but by troubling discussions of racial profiling, police shootings of unarmed black men, and abuses of power to justify anti-crime policies that seem to terrorize substantial portions of New York City's diverse population.

Unfortunately, the violence in Giuliani's New York has been effectively hidden behind high-impact PR patriotism designed to sell Giuliani to American voters.

"Police Brutality and the Mayor":
''Barbara Mostel...was waiting for a bus on Avenue of the Americas a few hours after the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in 1996 when cops on horseback and on foot began yelling at her to move.

''Eventually, she says, one of them moved her, picking her up and throwing her down on the pavement. Her arm, back, and head were injured.

'''I should be grateful. I'm a small woman, 93 pounds and 5 feet 4 inches,' she said the other day. 'I guess if I were a big man, [the police officer would] have shot me.'

Why Blacks Fear 'America's Mayor'
They call him “America’s Mayor.” But to blacks that title sugarcoats Rudy Giuliani’s real reputation as one of the most racially divisive leaders in the nation. Peter Noel’s book puts Giuliani’s often-ignored record of oppressing the “other New York” front and center in the 2008 presidential race.

Noel was a witness to “Giuliani time” in New York. As the race beat journalist for The Village Voice, he reported exclusively on the police brutality that rained down on blacks, and the denigration of black leadership by Giuliani. In this collection of his exposés, Noel provides stunning insights into the most notorious events of Giuliani’s tenure, including the execution-style killing of Amadou Diallo and the sadistic torture of Abner Louima. Both men—like many black victims of Giuliani’s stop-and-frisk policing—were innocent of any wrongdoing.

This brutality sparked a new black activist movement. Scores, including Jesse Jackson, were arrested—and Peter Noel was there to cover it. No journalist was more insightful about the rise of Al Sharpton, Khallid Muhammad’s “Million Youth March,” and Giuliani’s demonization of David Dinkins, the city’s first black mayor. There are interviews with major political players, inside accounts of the shifting alliances and violent conflicts between ethnic groups, and a stinging critique of the white-dominated media. And then there is Peter Noel’s interview with Giuliani, which took the form of a street fight in Harlem.

Times Square Red, Times Square Blue:
In a provocative and persuasively argued cri de coeur against New York City's gentrification and the redevelopment of Times Square in the name of "family values and safety," acclaimed science fiction writer Delany (Dhalgren, etc.) proves himself a dazzlingly eloquent and original social commentator. In the first of two radically distinct but related essays, Delany, an Amherst college professor and native of Manhattan, writes frankly about his gay sexual adventures in the peep shows, porno movie houses and bars of Times Square. This personal history is juxtaposed with a detailed record of how the city's red light zones have changed over the past 40 years. The companion essay movingly details Delany's sociological and anthropological observations of the men who live, work and socialize in the area, and extols the virtues of a society that not only tolerates but values a public sexual culture. Drawing upon a wide range of historical and theoretical materialsAthe history of the pornographic film, Jane Jacobs's Death and Life of Great American Cities and Supreme Court discussions about homosexual activity. Delany makes the case that because urban areas like Times Square promote relationships across class boundaries, they are not a blight but foster an environment of safety, empathy and social coherence. In his most dramatic argument, Delany charges that, despite City Hall rhetoric, Times Square's "Disneyfication" is not about public morality, safety or health but simply serves corporate and private economic interests. This bracing and well-calibrated blend of journalism, personal history and cultural criticism will challenge readers of every persuasion.

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Στα ελληνικά και εν συνόψει:  οπωσδήποτε, κατά την αξιέπαινη δημαρχία Τζιουλιάνι, την οποία η Ατενίστας οραματίζονται κατά πως φαίνεται ως μοντέλο για την Αθήνα μια και η "μηδενική ανοχή" αφορούσε τσίχλες στα πεζοδρόμια όπως μας διαβεβαιώνουν, μειώθηκαν τα σπασμένα παράθυρα στον υπόγειο, αυξήθηκαν όμως τα σπασμένα κόκκαλα και κεφάλια πολιτών. Αλλά εντάξει, οι πολίτες αυτοί ήταν κατά κύριο λόγο μαύροι, μετανάστες και ομοφυλόφιλοι. Οπότε μικρό το κακό, δε βαριέσαι.

Υ.Γ. Τα αποσπάσματα από τον αμερικανικό Τύπο δεν μεταφράζονται γιατί οι Ατενίστας είναι προοδευτικοί άνθρωποι και μιλούν ξένες γλώσσες.

Υ.Γ. 2: Δεν έχουν συμπεριληφθεί ανάλογα αποσπάσματα από τον σοσιαλιστικό τύπο στις ΗΠΑ, για να μην κρυφτούν κάποιοι πίσω από αντιρρήσεις περί ιδεολογικού bias. 

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