United States, Oka Schumann, Peter Schumann discussed on Democracy Now! Audio

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Jacinda Arden spoke Sunday. Today I stand on behalf of the New Zealand government to offer a formal and unreserved apology to Pacific communities for the discriminatory implementation of the immigration laws of the 1970s that lead to the events of the dawn raids. In Burma the head of the military hunter has named himself prime minister 6 months after the military seized power in a coup. Army chief min Hong Kang has announced the state of emergency imposed after the military who will extend for two more years. He also vowed to hold elections in 2023. Since the coup more than 900 people have been killed and thousands arrested. The Washington Post reports police in the United States shot dead more than 1000 people in 2020. The highest number since the post began an effort to track police shootings in 2015. About one in 5 fatal shootings occurred after police were called to investigate reports of domestic violence or another type of domestic disturbance over the past 6 years The Washington Post has documented more than 6400 fatal police shootings an average of almost three per day. In Connecticut an Ecuadorian father of three who lived in a basement of a New Haven church for two years to avoid deportation has been granted a one year stay of removal. Nelson pinos has been living in the U.S. for nearly three decades the 47 year old was given a deportation order in 2017 prompting him to seek sanctuary at the church. In Tokyo the International Olympic Committee says it's investigating whether an ex gesture made by U.S. shot put silver medalist Raven Saunders violated its ban on political statements. Saunders who is African American and identifies as queer told reporters her gesture from the metal podium represented the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet. And other Olympic news U.S. nastic superstar Simone Biles says she will compete in the balance beam competition on Tuesday about a week after she withdrew from her team finals for mental health reasons. Meanwhile the Belarusian athlete Christina similar skya has entered Poland's empathy in Tokyo requesting political asylum. The 24 year old athlete says she refused her coach's demand that she bore a flight Sunday to return to Belarus out of fears for her safety after she criticized Belarusian Olympic officials. An oka schumann the cofounder of bread and puppet theater company has died. Who was born in the Soviet Union in 1935 and brought to the United States in 1941. She and her husband Peter schumann began the bread and puppet theater company in 1963. Their first productions range from puppet shows for children to pieces protesting poor housing conditions. The group later moved to Vermont. Its processions involving monstrous puppets some of that 20 feet high became a fixture of protests against the Vietnam War. The bread and puppet theater also milled its own flower and baked its own bread sharing it with audience members. This is oka schumann appearing in the 2001 film ah the hopeful pageantry of bread and puppet produced by her daughter Tamar and Dede hallock. We have a grinder of the grind the grain ourselves and the bread is not at all like your supermarket bed. You really have to chew it you really have to put some work into it. But then you get something very good for that. And when our theaters successful we feel it's the same way. You've got to think about it doesn't tell you everything. It's not like wonder bread it just like there it is. Here's the story this is what it means. You've got to do some figuring yourself in the theater in our theater and if this play is successful then at the end you probably feel it was worth the work. Elka schumann died at the age of 85 on Sunday surrounded by her 5 children and her partner Peter schumann. And those are some of the headlines this is democracy now democracy now dot org the war and peace report. I mainly Goodman. The highly infectious coronavirus delta variant is crunching huge spikes in cases across the United States and around the world. With China struggling to control surging infections and the Philippines preparing for a new stricter lockdown. The United States is now averaging some 80,000 new COVID cases a day about 6 times as many daily cases than a month ago. As much of the world's struggles to cope with the pandemic and its impacts we begin today's show with the authors of a new book that examines the social and environmental routes of poor health. Your body is part of a society inflamed right the authors. And then it will speak with the co authors of inflamed deep medicine and the anatomy of injustice bestselling author Raj Patel and physician and activist rupa Maria. But first this is an animated introduction to their book by our Aaron kerbal. You wake up one morning with a dry hacking cough and you've lost your sense of smell. You visit your doctor for a diagnosis. With an x-ray and nasal swab she diagnoses COVID. The coronavirus infected your body and your lungs and nerves are now inflamed. The inflammation sends you to hospital and when you're in the ICU you look around and notice a disproportionate number of people of color in the United States hospitalization and death rates for people of color are far higher than for white people. You make another kind of diagnosis yourself. This you observe is the outcome of structural racism. But how do those structures come to be? To understand that we must go back 600 years to a time when a different pestilence spread across the globe one that continues today and which still makes us sick. And it makes us sick in a pattern way. Through inflammatory disease which underlies all the leading causes of death in industrialized places. European colonization transformed the planet through slavery genocide and disease colonists brought with them a cosmology that changed how people relate to each other and to the living world around them. Those who resisted were sent to the flight. This history lives inside you whether you know it or not since you were conceived your body has been exposed to the consequences of a world on fire. The COVID hospital ward and the specific patients who are in its beds look that way because of centuries of attempts to extinguish other kinds of knowledge and civilizations. If we understand disease with this new kind of diagnosis the treatment options become radically different. The deep medicine we prescribe to address the inflammation of people and planet has been prescribed by others before us. Rudolph on virchow and sitting ball and.

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