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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

Have fun, be safe, don't burn down the forest or your house, or anyone else's.

Perceval Press will be closed from 3-12 July.

 

The hardest thing I had to overcome in life? I think racism. That's so difficult because I don't think anyone can ever understand it. It's not that people don't want to understand it, but they don't want to touch it.

Herschel Walker

 

America's Denial of Its Own History

by ROB URIE

JUNE 26-28, 2015, © Counterpunch

The American capacity to deny history might be heroic if it weren't so persistently in the direction of social repression. The port of Charleston, South Carolina was the major entry and distribution point for kidnapped Africans forced into slavery in the American colonies. Slaves built the city of Charleston and were the force that drove the colonial economy of South Carolina. By 1709 South Carolina had the first slave patrols in the colonies, self-appointed groups that policed the movements of Blacks. By 1837 the Charleston slave patrols became the first official municipal police department in the U.S. Today Charleston's role in the horrors of slavery has been sanitized through the storyline of the 'progress' of history. But with the blood of nine Black innocents freshly spilled, this history doesn't wash away so easily.  full article>

 

Earth enters sixth extinction phase with many species – including our own – labelled 'the walking dead'

ROSE TROUP BUCHANAN

Saturday 20 June 2015, © The Independent

The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are "essentially the walking dead" – including our own.  full article>

 

And As It's Going

 

And as it's going often at love's breaking,
The ghost of first days came again to us,
The silver willow through window then stretched in,
The silver beauty of her gentle branches.
The bird began to sing the song of light and pleasure
To us, who fears to lift looks from the earth,
Who are so lofty, bitter and intense,
About days when we were saved together.

 

Anna Akhmatova

 

Our Jihadis and Theirs: The Real (Armed) Dangers of American Life

Tom Engelhardt

June 21, 2015, © TomDispatch

Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I'm waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I'm done, some angry -- or simply mentally disturbed -- and well-armed American "lone wolf" (or lone wolves) will gun down someone (or a number of people) somewhere and possibly himself (or themselves) as well. Count on that. It'll be my last paragraph. Think of it as, in a grim way, something to look forward to as you read this piece on American armed mayhem.  full article>

 

I Murder Hate

 

I murder hate by flood or field,
Tho' glory's name may screen us;
In wars at home I'll spend my blood—
Life-giving wars of Venus.
The deities that I adore
Are social Peace and Plenty;
I'm better pleas'd to make one more,
Than be the death of twenty.

 

I would not die like Socrates,
For all the fuss of Plato;
Nor would I with Leonidas,
Nor yet would I with Cato:
The zealots of the Church and State
Shall ne'er my mortal foes be;
But let me have bold Zimri's fate,
Within the arms of Cozbi!

 

Robert Burns

 

Elle avait 17 ans et elle a été violée par 40 soldats

LEÏLA MINANO

15 MAI 2015, © Libération

"Ils m'ont tout fait... Ils m'ont tout fait." Le vieux paysan referme la main sur son pantalon en velours côtelé. Le regard est vide, la voix sûre, mais les doigts broient le tissu à s'en tordre les phalanges. Pour le rassurer, Marina, sa petite-fille de 20 ans, lui parle à l'oreille. Mais Pietro, 86 ans, ne faiblit pas : "Ils m'ont pris comme une femme... Ils m'ont tout fait, comme des bêtes, et puis ils m'ont tiré dessus." Et de montrer la cicatrice de la balle qui l'a frappé à l'arrière du cou.  full article>

 

The Young Soldier

It is not death
Without hereafter
To one in dearth
Of life and its laughter,

 

Nor the sweet murder
Dealt slow and even
Unto the martyr
Smiling at heaven:

 

It is the smile
Faint as a (waning) myth,
Faint, and exceeding small
On a boy's murdered mouth.

 

Wilfred Owen

 

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.

Otto von Bismarck

 

Congress's Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One on TPP

June 22, 2015

by Bill Moyers and Bernard Weisberger

"With cat-like tread upon our foes we steal." So boasted Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance as they decided to try a little burglary for a change. And "steal" is the appropriate word.  full article>

 

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Despite What Corporate Media Tells You, Bernie Sanders' Positions Are Mainstream

by Juan Cole

June 1, 2015, BillMoyers.com

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all.  full article>

 

There's a lot of fuss on the Left about election irregularities, like, you know, the voting machines were tampered with, they didn't count the votes right, and so on. That's all accurate and of some importance, but of far more importance is the fact that elections just don't take place, not in any meaningful sense of the term 'election.'

Noam Chomsky

 

Nuevas escuchas sobre el oscuro manejo del fútbol

22/06/2015, © Perfil.com

El intento de Julio Grondona de eludir el pago de impuestos, la tentativa de incentivación al equipo de Colón para ganarle a Argentino Juniors y evitar así el descenso de Independiente, la designación irregular de árbitros para torneos locales e internacionales, la manipulación de los horarios de los partidos televisados y la prueba de la estrecha relación entre el expresidente de AFA y Alejandro Burzaco son solo algunas de las revelaciones que contienen los diálogos secretos que fueron dadas a conocer anoche por La Cornisa TV, bajo el título de "Las escuchas de la mafia del Futbol Argentino".  full article>

 

We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.

Pope Francis

 

Pope Francis Calls for Urgent Action to Fight Climate Change

By Jaweed Kaleem

Thu Jun. 18, 2015, © Mother Jones

In a highly anticipated papal letter released Thursday, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to make safeguarding the environment and battling climate change an urgent and top priority of the 21st century.  full article>

 

Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way.

Pope Francis

 

Francisco, el nuevo teólogo de la Tierra

Juan Arias

18 JUN 2015, © El País

La primera encíclica de Francisco, Laudato si', dedicada a la "deuda ecológica" contraída con nuestro planeta, ha confirmado, si es que era necesario, que la Iglesia tiene hoy a su frente a un Papa que se escapa a todos los esquemas del pasado. Nos hallamos, en efecto, ante el obispo de Roma más diferente desde los tiempos del apóstol Pedro.  full article>

 

Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.

Pope Francis

 

Pope's climate change encyclical tells rich nations: pay your debt to the poor

Stephanie Kirchgaessner

Thursday 18 June 2015, © The Guardian

Pope Francis has called on the world's rich nations to begin paying their "grave social debt" to the poor and take concrete steps on climate change, saying failure to do so presents an undeniable risk to a "common home" that is beginning to resemble a "pile of filth".  full article>

 

The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology ... is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit.

Pope Francis

 

 

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Dear Christopher,

It has been an honour to have spent time with you in this world. Not just acting together in New Zealand, but especially during those unforgettable sessions in your London home with your lovely wife Gitte. No matter what time of the day I came by, a nice glass of Danish aquavit was served, along with a good cigar or two. These were not needed to stimulate the illuminating conversations and humorous anecdotes you so generously shared, but they certainly were welcome treats. I'm so glad I got to know you a little, and will sorely miss your voice and your glittering gaze. I'll seek out recordings to accompany my memory of your singular, imposing presence and of that deeply melodious baritone known to millions the world over. Travel well and continue to rumble and shine, my friend.

With love and admiration,
Lille Viggo

 Christopher Lee

 

Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

Benjamin Lee and Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Thursday 11 June 2015, © The Guardian

Sir Christopher Lee, known as the master of horror, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The veteran actor, immortalised in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man, and via James Bond villainy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.  full article>

 

Reality doesn't exist until you look at it, pioneering quantum physics experiment finds

Andrew Griffin Author Biography

June 8, 2015, © The Independent

Reality doesn't exist until it's measured, at least for very small things, new research has found.

By replicating a famous experiment where an object is given a choice for how to behave, physicists found that the object doesn't actually make its decision until it is seen. The finding proves one of the central parts of quantum theory, a branch of science that has been applied to make much of our modern technology.  full article>

 

There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.

Thomas Hobbes

 

Death Is The Road To Awe: The Art of Joseph McVetty.

June 8, 2015, © Disinformation

Joseph McVetty is an artist and illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon. The masked participants of these drawings are acting out communal rituals involving new age occult signifiers such as crystals, chakras, energy fields, levitation, and conjuring. Each drawing aims to evoke the feelings associated with the cultish, drop-out supernaturalism, and homespun magic.  full article>

 

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Bertrand Russell

 

How US Cluster Bombs Banned by Most Countries Ended Up in Yemen

Bryan Schatz

Tue Jun. 9, 2015, © Mother Jones

On April 29, three adults and a child came across some fist-sized canisters on the ground outside of Baqim, a Yemeni town controlled by Houthi rebels. To the 10-year-old boy among them, they "looked like toys." Out of curiosity, they picked up the cannisters, which then exploded. All four were injured; a nurse told Human Rights Watch that the child was wounded in the stomach, and one of the adults received injuries to his face, torso, thigh, and crotch. Considering the kind of damage that cluster-bomb submunitions can cause, they're lucky to still be alive.  full article>

 

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Samso, l'île danoise aux énergies vertes

Par Pierre Le Hir

15.05.2015, © LE MONDE

Les Vikings, maîtres des vents, avaient fait de cette petite île perdue au centre du Danemark une place stratégique. Ils y avaient creusé un chenal et bâti un château, d'où ils contrôlaient la course des drakkars vers les contrées lointaines. Leurs descendants, eux, ont planté les mâts de leurs éoliennes sur la terre et sur les flots. Samso fait aujourd'hui claquer le pavillon des énergies vertes. Elle tire toute son électricité du vent qui la fouette sans relâche, et sa chaleur du soleil, du bois ou de la paille. Elle veut désormais aller plus loin, en éliminant les carburants fossiles de ses transports.  full article>

 

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Buddha

 

The Big Lie at the Heart of the Myth of the Creation of Israel

by DOUGLAS VALENTINE

June 5-7, 2015, © Counterpunch

Lia Tarachansky's heart-wrenching documentary, On the Side of the Road, reveals the Big Lie at the heart of the myth of the creation of Israel.

Tarachansky had to break through a lot of personal and social barriers to produce this often infuriating film about the Nakba, the "catastrophe" of 1948, when approximately 750,000 Palestinians (a number that has grown to 1.5 million refugees living in camps over the ensuing 67 years) were expelled from their homes and forced into squalid camps, where they are denied basic human rights.  full article>

 

We say to the British government: you have kept those sculptures for almost two centuries. You have cared for them as well as you could, for which we thank you. But now in the name of fairness and morality, please give them back.

Melina Mercouri

 

Isis slaughter in the sacred Syrian city of Palmyra: The survivors' stories

Robert Fisk

Friday 05 June 2015, © The Independent

When the black-cowled gunmen of the 'Islamic State' infiltrated the suburbs of Palmyra on 20 May, half of Assad Sulieman's oil and gas processing plant crews – 50 men in all - were manning their 12-hour shift at the Hayan oil field 28 miles away. They were the lucky ones. Their 50 off-duty colleagues were sleeping at their homes next to the ancient Roman city. Twenty-five of them would soon be dead, among up to 400 civilians – including women and children – who would die in the coming hours at the hands of the Islamist militia which every Syrian now calls by its self-styled acronym 'Daesh'.  full article>

 

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

William Shakespeare

 

Se pasan la pelota

Por Gustavo Veiga

Domingo, 07 de junio de 2015, © Página/12

La hija adolescente de uno de los presos octogenarios de la FIFA, Eugenio Figueredo (foto), le dijo a su padrino –un ex dirigente de la Conmebol–, cuando se enteró de la detención: "¿Mi papá está en cana? El que debería estarlo es Blatter". La anécdota remite a otras anécdotas, en un sinfín de historias donde desfilan prófugos, acusaciones, sospechas de enriquecimiento ilícito, coimas y un futuro incierto para la organización del fútbol mundial. La investigación judicial en Estados Unidos va dejando preguntas abiertas que se multiplican a medida que pasan los días.  full article>

 

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

 

There is nothing we like to communicate to others as much as the seal of secrecy together with what lies under it.

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Julian Assange: Despite Congressional Standoff, NSA Has Secret Authority to Continue Spying Unabated

May 27, 2015, © Democracy Now

The Obama administration's authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk will likely expire next week after senators from both parties rejected attempts to extend it. First, the Republican-led Senate rejected a House-passed measure to curb bulk spying by keeping the records with phone companies instead of the government. The Senate then rejected a bid by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to extend the current bulk spying program for two months. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene May 31, the day before the program expires. In an exclusive interview from his place of refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange weighs in on the NSA standoff.  full article>

 

 

 

She had become really quite expert, she thought, at listening as though she didn't listen, at sitting in other people's lives just for a minute while they talked round her.

Katherine Mansfield, (Miss Brill)

 

Blocking a Nuclear-Free Mideast

By Paul R. Pillar

May 25, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

Last week, the latest quinquennial review conference for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) ended as a failure, without issuing a formal statement or report. The single biggest snag concerned whether to call for the convening of a conference on a Middle Eastern nuclear weapons free zone (MENWFZ).  full article>

 

In the history of Wikileaks, nobody has claimed that the material being put out is not authentic.

Julian Assange

 

Jeb Bush Says His Brother Was Misled Into War by Faulty Intelligence. That's Not What Happened.

By David Corn

May 19, 2015, © Mother Jones

Last week, Jeb Bush stepped in it. It took the all-but-announced Republican presidential candidate several attempts to answer the most obvious question: Knowing what we know now, would you have launched the Iraq War? Yes, I would have, he initially declared, noting he would not dump on his brother for initiating the unpopular war.  full article>

 

Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

by BILL QUIGLEY

May 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?

Permanent War

Since 1980 the US has engaged in aggressive military action in 14 countries in the Islamic world alone, according to research published in the Washington Post: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. In this hemisphere, US military forces invaded Grenada (1983) and Panama (1989), and landed 20,000 military forces in Haiti (1994).  full article>

 

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu

 

How the right is kiiling the humanities

May 24, 2015, © Undernews

In These Times - In early February, Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker drafted a draconian state budget that proposed to decrease the state's contribution to the University of Wisconsin system by over $300 million over the next two years. Beyond simply slashing spending, Walker was also attempting to alter the language that has guided the core mission of the University of Wisconsin over the last 100 years or more, known as the "Wisconsin Idea." Apparently Walker's ideal university would no longer "extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses" and would thus cease its "search for truth" and its efforts to "improve the human condition," as his proposed language changes scrapped these ideas entirely; the governor's scaled-back objective was for the university to merely "meet the state's workforce needs."  full article>

 

In war, truth is the first casualty.

Aeschylus

 

Fox Attacks Obama For Calling Climate Change An Immediate National Security Threat

NICHOLAS ROGERS

May 20, 2015, © Media Matters

Fox personalities criticized President Obama for calling climate change "an immediate risk to our national security" during his U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement address. But security experts agree with the president that global climate change does threaten U.S. national security.  full article>

 

When opportunity knocks, some people are in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.

—Polish proverb

 

Watch: Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

By Mark Fiore

May 22, 2015, © The Progressive

Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he's reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries. I'm not tarring him with the same brush as George W. Bush just because they are brothers. Jeb has voluntarily staffed his foreign policy team with 17 people from his brother's administration. (This is out of a foreign policy team of 21, mind you.)  full article>

 

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Oscar Wilde

 

World Governments Subsidize the Burning of Fossil Fuels to the Tune of $10 Million a Minute

Mark Hertsgaard

May 21, 2015, © The Nation

Ten million dollars a minute. According to the comprehensive account in The Guardian that broke the story of a new IMF study, $10 million a minute is how much the world's governments are spending to subsidize the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas. That amounts to $5.3 trillion a year in taxpayer money that is intensifying climate change at the very time humanity needs to be reversing it. This $5.3 trillion is also contributing to millions of deaths, heart attacks, asthma cases, and other health effects of local air pollution in the United States and countries around the world. Through the wrongheaded policies of our political "leaders," we humans are subsidizing the digging of our own graves.  full article>

 

The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.

Al McGuire

 

How the Saudis Wag the Dog

by ANDREW LEVINE

May 22-24, 2015, © Counterpunch

American diplomacy favors (majority) white, English-speaking countries (the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and non-Hispanic European settler states (Canada, Australia and New Zealand again, but also Apartheid South Africa and, of course, Israel).  full article>

 

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Flip Wilson

 

What happened to Doug Hughes' letters to Congress

Friday, May 15, 2015, © Jim Hightower

When mailman Doug Hughes delivered a powerful message to Congress in April, he drew saturation coverage from the mass media.

Not coverage of his message, mind you, but a ridiculous spasm of media scaremongering over the non-existent terrorist threat that our self-absorbed members of Congress say his visit posed to them. Hughes is the plucky rural letter carrier who piloted his little, one-person gyrocopter undetected through Washington's no-fly airspace, landing in Congress' front yard. He was "special-delivering" letters he'd composed to all 535 lawmakers, dramatically conveying to them that We the People are fed up with legislators who're routinely bought at auction by corporate powers.  full article>

 

I intend to live forever. So far, so good.

Steven Wright

 

Bill Kristol Makes A Funny

5/23/15, © Crooks and Liars

And what will the outline for Neocon U's required "Introduction to Modern American History" freshman seminar look like?

I'm glad you asked. From USA today, one of the many, many media outlets where Bill Kristol is still given a national platform and you and I are not:  full article>

 

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Marilyn Monroe

 

Israel Seeks International Law Rewrite

By Lawrence Davidson

May 23, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

The promulgation of International law addressing crimes against humanity was one of the major legal achievements resulting from World War II. As Robert Jackson, the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials put it, the crimes bred by that conflict were "so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated."  full article>

 

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

José María de de Eça de Queiroz

 

Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.

Wallace Stegner, from Angle of Repose

 

Israel's Plan to Kill Lebanese Civilians

By Jonathan Marshall

May 20, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

It's a rare and remarkable event when a government broadcasts ahead of time its intent to commit war crimes. Yet that's just what senior Israeli military officials recently did in the pages of The New York Times.

Israeli military officials gave friendly Times correspondent Isabel Kershner a provocative briefing, warning (in her words) that in the "almost inevitable next battle with Hezbollah . . . many Lebanese civilians will probably be killed, and that it should not be considered Israel's fault."  full article>

 

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.

James Baldwin, from Giovanni's Room

 

Canada's plan to make boycotting Israel a 'hate crime' is stupid and counterproductive

Robert Fisk

Sunday 17 May 2015, © The Independent

I've never been keen on boycotts. The one against Italy for invading Abyssinia didn't work. Nor did the arms blockade on Spain. I'm still not sure that boycotting South Africa really brought down apartheid. I rather suspect that the old racists simply realised they were hopelessly outnumbered by the blacks of South Africa and that the game was up.  full article>

 

The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours

Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland

 

I Went to Prison for Exposing the CIA's Torture Program. Why Are the People Responsible for It Walking Free?

John Kiriakou

May 20, 2015, © The Nation

After I blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.   full article>

 

 

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Aged 28, but a timeless presence in the minds of those who had the honour of knowing this proud, handsome, and supremely intelligent being, mighty Uraeus has finally come to rest on the physical plane. Thank you, Jane and Ray, for helping him do so with dignity. Dearest friend and teacher, I hold you and keep you.

 

uraeus

 

_______________________

 

 

En 'meningsmodig' dansker fra Beirut

Sanni Jensen

16. maj 2015, © Berlingske

Menneskerettighedsforkæmper og mellemøstforsker Hanna Ziadeh har det meste af livet kæmpet for at skabe forandringer i især den arabiske verden. Vejen har ikke været let, og i kampens hede har han oplevet at blive kidnappet som barn og forsøgt solgt til halshugning som voksen.  full article>

 

Exene Cervenka

Exene Cervenka

 

Sloan Projects is pleased to present The Dust of Sunlight: Exene Cervenka, Journals and Collage 1974-2015, curated by Kristine McKenna. On view June 6 through July 04, 2015. A reception for the artist and book signing will be held Saturday, June 6 from 5-8pm more information>

 

Wake Up the Earth!

by PETER LINEBAUGH

May 18, 2015, © Counterpunch

On 17 April it was more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit in Ann Arbor. The daffodills were in full bloom. As usual on Wednesdays at the court house we were protesting the police shooting of Aura Roser last November and the prosecutor who refused to indict the policeman for that crime. Suddenly, such a racket of bird song poured out from the tree above us as a robin red breast sang his heart out and circled hysterically around a female! Spring had arrived at last. It has come so suddenly after an aching long winter.  full article>

 

In Cambodia, Along the Path to Something Profound

KAREN J. COATES

MAY 13, 2015, © The New York Times

I tiptoed across the wood planks of a wobbly orange boat heading from the riverside town Kampot to the Gulf of Thailand. I burned my bare feet on the shiny outdoor tiles surrounding a Buddhist stupa at Udong, the old capital of Cambodia. Across the country, at the 11th-century ruins of Phnom Banan, I spelunked through deep, damp caverns steeped in legends of magic and superstition. All the way, I followed a Frenchman named Henri. For 16 years and more than 20 trips, he has led me through the heart of this beautiful but knotty country.  full article>

 

"A pesar de los avances, la ciencia no va a resolver el sentido de la vida"

Ignacio Vidal-Folch

26 ABR 2015, © El País

Profesor de filosofía en la Universidad de Barcelona y autor de varios ensayos, Josep Maria Esquirol (Sant Joan de Mediona, Barcelona, 1963) acaba de publicar La resistencia íntima. Ensayo de una filosofía de la proximidad, (Acantilado en español y Quaderns Crema en catalán) donde propone la vuelta a casa, el elogio de la cotidianidad y la resistencia al "dogmatismo de la actualidad", con la casa, el hogar, como metáfora central.  full article>

 

Farewell to the United Kingdom

by TARIQ ALI

May 8-10, 2015, © Counterpunch

The British General election was dramatic. On the superficial level because three party leaders- Miliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (Liberal-Democrat) and Nigel Farage (UKIP-a racist, right-wing populist outfit)...resigned on the day following the Conservative victory. On a more fundamental level because the Scottish National Party took virtually all the Scottish seats (56 of 59) wiping out Labour as a political force in the region where it had dominated politics for over a century. Scotland was where the Labour Party was founded. Scotland it was that gave Labour its first leaders and Prime Minster (as well as the last one). Scottish working class culture was in most cases much more radical than its English equivalent.  full article>

 

Statistics are like lamp posts: they are good to lean on, but they don't shed much light.

Storm P

 

Nothing in the world can be compared to the human face. It is a land one can never tire of exploring. There is no greater experience in a studio than to witness the expression of a sensitive face under the mysterious power of inspiration. To see it animated from inside, and turning into poetry.

Carl Theodor Dreyer

 

Uncle Sam the Hand Holder

Paul Pillar

Sometimes it seems that a major part of the U.S. role in the world is to assuage the anxieties, fears, and hurt feelings of other nations. Parents do this with children, and clinical psychologists do this with patients; should the world's superpower be expected to do this with foreign states? Evidently it is. This month, for example, there will be a summit meeting at Camp David with Gulf Arab states, and the purpose is summed up in the headline of a newspaper article about preparations for the meeting: the gathering is intended to "ease fears" of Arabs in connection with the agreement on limiting Iran's nuclear program. Such U.S. hand-holding with putative allies in the Middle East is not limited to matters related to the Iranian nuclear deal, and such salving of feelings is not limited to the Middle East.  full article>

 

America's God Complex

by Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS

May 05, 2015, © Counterpunch

American presidents reverently end their speeches with the audience-approving Benediction, "God bless America." What they are really communicating is that God favors America. That, today, America is God's chosen people. Even more! They are equating America with God. Which— in the magical twinkle of a rationalizing mind's eye—means that America is God—white America, that is. As political leaders like to assert: America is today's embodiment of Jesus' teaching that "a city set on a hill cannot be hidden," and by inference, his followers, "are the light of the world." (Matthew 5: 14-16) With a "manifest destiny" that swept our white forefathers across the American continent, over the bones of indigenous people and on the backs of black persons forced into slavery—today's continuation of which includes a trail of bodies, citizens killed by police "while being black."  full article>

 

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

Bertrand Russell

 

La dérive morale de l'armée israélienne à Gaza

Piotr Smolar

04.05.2015, © LE MONDE

Eté 2014, bande de Gaza. Un vieux Palestinien gît à terre. Il marchait non loin d'un poste de reconnaissance de l'armée israélienne. Un soldat a décidé de le viser. Il est grièvement blessé à la jambe, ne bouge plus. Est-il vivant ? Les soldats se disputent. L'un d'eux décide de mettre fin à la discussion. Il abat le vieillard.  full article>

 

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rébellion.

Albert Camus

 

A Chajaya, " ils ont anéanti 90 % des maisons "

Piotr Smolar

04.05.2015, © LE MONDE

S'asseoir n'importe où. Par exemple, sur ce monticule de pierres et de bouts de parpaing difformes. Ou bien au bord de ce cratère, creusé par un F16 israélien, où se dressait autrefois une maison. S'asseoir et regarder, ébahi, la désolation urbaine. Quêter les bruits distinctifs qui témoigneraient du reflux de la vie, neuf mois plus tard, dans ces artères de Chajaya suppliciées au cours de l'opération " Bordure protectrice ". A quelques kilomètres de là, la ville de Gaza a été plutôt épargnée par l'artillerie et l'aviation. Elle claudique, elle manque de tout, mais elle s'ébroue. Ici, en revanche, dans cette large zone à l'est du territoire palestinien, à quelques centaines de mètres d'Israël, on traverse un décor de séisme. C'est la main armée des hommes qui a fait de Chajaya une ruine.   full article>

 

Those who lack courage will always find a philosophy to justify that.

Albert Camus

 

Israël a une vision singulière du droit de la guerre

Piotr Smolar

04.05.2015, © LE MONDE

Israël possède " l'armée la plus morale du monde ". La formule a été employée par Benyamin Nétanyahou fin septembre 2014. L'opération " Bordure protectrice " s'était achevée un mois plus tôt, et les critiques se multipliaient. Au-delà des allégations de crimes de guerre commis à Gaza, la question de la doctrine militaire est fondamentale. Elle délimite les règles d'engagement des soldats.  full article>

 

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Bertrand Russell

 

1945-nederlaget

Børge Outze

5. maj 2015, © information.dk

Vi levede livet mangefold i de susende togter og sparede ikke os selv hverken godt eller ondt. Men da sejren var nær, og den nye dag gryede, kom de gamle mænd frem igen og tog os sejren ud af hænderne. Sådan skriver Informations stifter Børge Outze i et essay, som ikke tidligere har været bragt i Information  full article>

 

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

Carl Jung

 

Michael Blake

 

Michael Blake, or "Rides Alone" as he sometimes referred to himself among friends, has left the building. He leaves a family and the many people who got to know and love him to keep sorting their way through the Big Mystery, as he called our shared existence on this earth. To the countless admirers he gained throughout the world for his novels, including Dances With Wolves and its very popular film adaptation from 1990, he is a singular voice in the Western and Native American story-telling genres. To defenders of the buffalo, the mountain lion, the wild horse, and other four-leggeds of North America he has long been a champion advocate. To those who knew him well, he was an eternal optimist who approached death smiling and unafraid, grateful for his time in the sun. To see him off with the kind of courage he showed us, we offer these two Lakota Ghost Dance songs:

 

Wana' yan ma' niye

Wana' yan ma' niye

 

Tatanka wan ma' niya

Tatanka wan ma' niya

 

Ate heye lo

Ate heye lo

 

Now he is walking

Now he is walking

 

There is a buffalo walking

There is a buffalo walking

 

Says the father

Says the father

 

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Miyelo

Miyelo

Miyelo

 

Tunkasila heya ca

Cewakiya ca namahun yelo

 

It is I

It is I

It is I

 

Grandfather says so

I pray to him and he hears me

 

Michael Blake

 

 

All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.

Julio Cortazar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

 

Armenian genocide: Turkey's day of denial amid remembrance for a genocide in all but name

Robert Fisk

Friday 24 April 2015, © The Independent

They were brave Turks and they were brave Armenians, the descendants of the murderers of 1915 and the descendants of their victims.

They stood together outside the old Istanbul prison where the first 250 Armenians – intellectuals, lawyers, teachers, journalists – were imprisoned by the Ottoman Turks exactly 100 years ago, and they travelled across the Bosphorus to sit next to each other outside the gaunt pseudo-Gothic hulk of what was once the Anatolia Station.  full article>

 

Memory is a mirror that scandalously lies.

Julio Cortazar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

 

Obama's 'Openness' and Deceit

By Robert Parry

April 24, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

In disclosing the deaths of two Western hostages in a U.S. drone strike on an Al-Qaeda compound, President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he had ordered the declassification of the secret operation because "the United States is a democracy committed to openness in good times and in bad."  full article>

 

And do you accept the idea that there is no explanation?

Julio Cortazar

 

Australia Day Thought

 

First Nation people of this land
Belong to deserts and coastline sands

 

For millenniums of Dreamtime places
Respecting country with black faces

 

The second nation to reach these shores
On ships with flags to conquer all,

 

A third nation to cross the waves
Of migrants, refugees and slaves

 

Australia's first millennium
A nation built by British men

 

A nation with its mines and farms
A nation born from bearing arms

 

Australia's nation of today
Whose generations number 8?

 

Australians merge to form new moulds
200 years is not that old...

 

First nation Australians are still here today
No boats have taken us away

 

From where our forefathers feet touched ground
First nation Aussies stand strong and proud,

 

Not for the White Australia Day
It brought us way too much dismay

 

We stand tall for what's here today
Another millennium? We will stay...

 

Zelda Quakawoot

 

The Secret Country Again Wages War on Its Own People

by JOHN PILGER

April 24-26, 2015, © Counterpunch

Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to "support" the homelands.  full article>

 

The Australian

 

I come from Australia
where we do not wear a shirt

 

We walk around bare footed,
dancing in the dirt.

 

And we make them feel welcome,
the people overseas

 

To our mother country
we make them feel at ease.

 

Because this land belongs to us
and it always will

 

So remember that along the track
or even better still

 

Take off your shoe and your shirt
as you walk upon the sand,

 

And come and sit down in the dirt
with the owners of this land.

 

Aaron Richardson

 

World War One's forgotten Anzacs: The Indigenous Army

23 April 2015, © BBC News

This year marks the centenary of that first bloody battle on the shores of Gallipoli and will be remembered across the country and in Turkey with special ceremonies and exhibitions. In the third feature in our series on Gallipoli, Saffron Howden for BBC News tells some of the stories of Indigenous Australian soldiers.  full article>

 

Saltwater Mourning

 

Bars...

 

Of heart
Of mind
Of steel

 

Alone
Unable to

 

Feel
Grandfather the Wind
Grandmother the Rain,
Their lilting cadence, gentle
Dialect of spirit becoming

 

Torrid surge
Of anger, of sorrow
Magnified in reverberating
Echo through hollow void

 

Of cell
And soul.

 

Sunken eyes
'Neath heavy brow,
Summon half-forgotten apparitions
Look hard, just may

 

See
Father the Saltwater
Mother the Red-dust,
He the strong
She the elegant,

 

He who shapes by grains
She who bears, sustains
Sodden heat, humid embrace
Held by country, swathed in grace

 

No longer!
Nay, no longer

 

Hear
Brother the Turtle
Sister the Dugong,
Weeping saltwater
Sing lament of flesh and bone,

 

Of lost men

 

Removed from sanctuary
And briny womb
Of refuge, only bricks
And mortar here

 

And bars...

 

Of heart
Of mind
Of steel

 

Samuel McKechnie

 

Now That the Justice Department Has Struck Out, It's Time to Put Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame

Dave Zirin

April 23, 2015, © The Nation

55 million dollars. In sports terms that's not a great deal of money. It's a healthy NBA contract or the kind of deal a Major League Baseball team would hand to a quality third baseman. But in the real world as opposed to the sports world 55 million dollars is one hell of a stack. In governmental terms $55 million builds a new school. It reopens a public hospital. It repairs miles of roads. It saves lives. $55 million is also what the US Justice Department—mostly spent under Bush but finished under Obama—has wasted on what we can now officially call the failed prosecution of Barry Lamar Bonds. The Major League Baseball home run king, assumed steroid user and Hall of Fame pariah on Wednesday had the government's last thread holding him down—an obstruction of justice conviction—finally snipped on appeal.  full article>

 

Hombre libro

David Trueba

22 ABR 2015, © El País

El Día del Libro cobra a ratos un carácter subversivo. Convertido en un objeto sospechoso, anclado a una tecnología del pasado, no es raro que muchos se sientan miembros de una cofradía secreta por más que hoy se festeje a cielo abierto. Si en aquella distopía imaginada por Ray Bradbury, los libros estaban perseguidos por las fuerzas del orden y solo sobrevivían en la memoria obstinada, hoy planea el miedo de que nosotros seamos capaces de autodestruirnos con mucha más naturalidad de la que imaginaban nuestros profetas.   full article>

 

Autopsicografia

 

O poeta é um fingidor.
Finge tão completamente
Que chega a fingir que é dor
A dor que deveras sente.

 

E os que leem o que escreve,
Na dor lida sentem bem,
Não as duas que ele teve,
Mas só a que eles não têm.

 

E assim nas calhas de roda
Gira, a entreter a razão,
Esse comboio de corda
Que se chama coração.

 

Fernado Pessoa

 

Autopsicografía

 

El poeta es un fingidor.
Finge tan completamente
que llega a fingir que es dolor
el dolor que de veras siente.

Y los que leen lo que escribe,
en el dolor leído sienten bien,
no los dos que él tuvo
mas sólo el que ellos no tienen.

Y así en los raíles
gira, entreteniendo la razón,
ese tren de cuerda
que se llama el corazón.

 

Fernado Pessoa

(traducción de Miguel Ángel Sepúlveda Espinoza)

 

Autopsychography

 

The poet is a fake.
His faking seems so real
That he will fake the ache
Which he can really feel.

 

And those who read his cries
Feel in the paper tears
Not two aches that are his
But one that is not theirs.

 

And so in its ring
Giving the mind a game
Goes this train on a string
And the heart is its name.

 

Fernado Pessoa

(translated by Keith Bosley)

 

Settled Wanderers: Poetry and Protest from Western Sahara

Tue 12 May 7.30pm

2015 marks 40 years since Morocco's invasion and occupation of Western Sahara. Poet Sam Berkson, recounts his experiences among the Saharawi refugees in Algeria, bringing back poems from the some of the Saharawi greats, translated for the first time into English.  full article>

 

Fighting Is Long Over, but Western Sahara Still Lacks Peace

By CARLOTTA GALL

FEB. 22, 2015, © The New York Times

TIFARITI, Western Sahara — Ghalla Sid Ahmed and her mother eke out a living in this isolated desert settlement, subsisting on five goats and a war pension. For 40 years they have lived in exile, barred from their land by a heavily patrolled sand berm that runs like a scar for 1,600 miles through this remote corner of the Sahara.  full article>

 

Why I'm a Moroccan Standing with the Sahrawi People

10/3/2013, © Nadir Bouhmouch

My first encounter with the Sahrawi-Moroccan conflict also happens to be one of the first and most striking memories of my life. Only three years after the ceasefire, I was four years old when my mother, my grandfather and grandmother were on a vacation in Merzouga, a small desert town in south-eastern Morocco just a few kilometers from the Algerian border. During our stay in Merzouga, my mother-- a fan of adventure, wanted to go off-roading in the desert.  full article>

 

Obama Ignores Morocco's Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

Stephen Zunes

12/22/2013, © Huffington Post

Late last month, President Barack Obama met with Morocco's King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights and international law.  full article>

 

Sahrawi Realities: Space, Architecture, and Mobility of Displacement (Part 1)

by Samia Errazzouki

May 18 2014, © Jadaliyya

A benign online search for a map that outlines the geographical area between southern Morocco, southwestern Algeria, and the Western Sahara will yield a number of results. Some maps will have solid borders between Morocco, Algeria, and the Western Sahara; some will display a dotted line between Morocco and the Western Sahara; some will extend the borders of Morocco to the North of Mauritania, completely erasing the Western Sahara. The different variations of these maps can be read as geographical representations of the contentious political conceptions of the Western Saharan conflict. These maps, however, obscure the nuanced nature of this space, its tenuous borders, and mobility within and beyond them.   full article>

 

Sahrawi Realities: The Remembrance of Gdeim Izik (Part 2)

by Samia Errazzouki

Aug 12 2014, © Jadaliyya

The first part of this series examined Morocco's use of space and architecture to exert force and reify the regime's conception of the national borders in the south. The 1,600-mile sand berm Morocco constructed in the 1980s initially served to curtail the expansion and activities of the Polisario Front. While the armed conflict between the Moroccan army and the Polisario Front came to an end in 1991 after the signing of a treaty, the berm continued to exist and not only remains today, but is also reinforced with the presence of soldiers and an estimated seven million landmines.  full article>

 

Hillary: a Disaster in the Making

by ROBERT FANTINA

April 17-19, 2015, © Counterpunch

One longs for a candidate for president of the United States possessing those rare traits of statesmanship, honesty and integrity. One looks back in vain to see such an example, and the near and far horizons offer no such hope, either.  full article>

 

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

Mark Twain

 

The New World Disorder

by TARIQ ALI

April 17-19, 2015, © Counterpunch

Three decades ago, with the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the South American dictatorships, many hoped that the much talked about 'peace dividend' promised by Bush senior and Thatcher would actually materialise. No such luck. Instead, we have experienced continuous wars, upheavals, intolerance and fundamentalisms of every sort – religious, ethnic and imperial. The exposure of the Western world's surveillance networks has heightened the feeling that democratic institutions aren't functioning as they should, that, like it or not, we are living in the twilight period of democracy itself.  full article>

 

When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.

Mark Twain

 

How Ukraine Commemorates the Holocaust

By Robert Parry

April 17, 2015, © Consortiumnews

The U.S.-backed Ukrainian government came up with a curious way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust being brought to an end. The parliament in Kiev voted to extend official recognition to Ukrainian fascists who collaborated with the Nazis in killing Jews.  full article>

 

When in doubt tell the truth.

Mark Twain

 

The secret corporate congress inside the US Congress

Friday, April 17, 2015, © Jim Hightower

My dictionary defines a "staff" as a walking stick, used either for balance – or as a weapon.

So how are today's congressional staffs used? At one time, they were behind-the-scenes people hired to walk lawmakers through the complexities of legislation, or to help find some balance between competing viewpoints. These days, though, top staffers tend to be a specific type of high-profile operative: Corporate lobbyists.  full article>

 

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Mark Twain

 

Anti-Islam Hate in City of Brotherly Love

By Lawrence Davidson

April 16, 2015, © Consortiumnews

On April 1, an anti-Muslim advertisement started appearing on 84 municipal buses in the Philadelphia regional area. The ad space was purchased for a four-week period by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which paid $30,000 to run its message: a picture from the early 1940s of Adolf Hitler speaking to Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti (chief Muslim religious authority) of Jerusalem, with an accompanying text, "Islamic Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran" and a call to "end all aid to Islamic countries."  full article>

 

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.

Mark Twain

 

What Does Gun Violence Cost?

May/June 2015, © Mother Jones

It was a mild, crystal clear desert evening on November 15, 2004, when Jennifer Longdon and her fiance, David Rueckert, closed up his martial-arts studio and headed out to grab some carnitas tortas from a nearby taqueria. They were joking and chatting about wedding plans—the local Japanese garden seemed perfect—as Rueckert turned their pickup into the parking lot of a strip mall in suburban north Phoenix. A red truck with oversize tires and tinted windows sideswiped theirs, and as they stopped to get out, Rueckert's window exploded. He told Longdon to get down and reached for the handgun he had inside a cooler on the cab floor. As he threw the truck into gear, there were two more shots. His words turned to gibberish and he slumped forward, his foot on the gas. A bullet hit Longdon's back like a bolt of lightning, her whole body a live wire as they accelerated toward the row of palm trees in the concrete divider.  full article>

 

Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Mark Twain

 

TILLYKKE MED FØDSELSDAGEN!

 

 

Reasons for the Mideast's Despair

By Alon Ben-Meir

April 10, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

The intensified public discussion about the root causes of violent extremism among some Muslims has focused mainly on the socio-economic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries and among Arab communities in Europe and the U.S., which provide a breeding ground for extremism.  full article>

 

It is much easier to condemn Islam and 'oppressive Muslim men' than to unpack the intricate relationships between global politics related to empire building and capitalist expansion as well as regional and national struggles revolving around political and economic power and resources.

Nadje Al-Ali

 

Ralph Nader's Unanswered Letters to the President

April 7, 2015, © The Nation

 

January 2, 2014

 

Dear President Bush,

 

A few days ago I received a personalized letter from your Presidential Center that included a solicitation card for donations that actually provided words for my reply. They included "I'm honored to help tell the story of the Bush Presidency" and "I'm thrilled that the Bush Institute is advancing timeless principles and practical solutions to the challenges facing our world." (Below were categories of "tax deductible contributions" starting with $25 and going upward.)

Did you mean the "timeless principles" that drove you and Mr. Cheney to invade the country of Iraq, which, contrary to your fabrications, deceptions and cover-ups, never threatened the United States? Nor could Iraq, under its dictator and his dilapidated military, threaten its far more powerful neighbors, even if the Iraqi regime wanted to do so.

Today, Iraq remains a country (roughly the size and population of Texas) you destroyed, a country where over a million Iraqis, including many children and infants (remember Fallujah?) lost their lives, millions more were sickened or injured, and millions more were forced to become refugees, including most of the Iraqi Christians. Iraq is a country rife with sectarian strife that your prolonged invasion provoked into what is now open warfare. Iraq is a country where Al Qaeda is spreading with explosions taking twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or sixty lives per day. Just this week, it was reported that the US has sent Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to Iraq's air force to be used against encampments of "the country's branch of al-Qaeda." There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq before your invasion. Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were mortal enemies.

The Bush/Cheney sociocide of Iraq, together with the loss of tens of thousands of US soldiers' lives, injuries and illnesses, registers, with the passage of time, no recognition by you that you did anything wrong, nor have you accepted responsibility for the illegality of your military actions without a congressional declaration of war. You even turned your back on Iraqis who worked with US military occupation forces as drivers, translators, etc. at great risk to themselves and their families and were desperately requesting visas to the US, often with the backing of US military personnel. Your administration allowed fewer Iraqis into the US than did Sweden in that same period and far, far fewer than Vietnamese refugees coming to the US during the 1970s.

When you were a candidate, I called you a corporation running for the presidency masquerading as a human being. In time you turned a metaphor into a reality. As a corporation, you express no remorse, no shame, no compassion and resistance admitting anything other than that you have done nothing wrong.  full article>

 

As British and French imperialism ebbed following the end of the Second World War, America became the main outside player in Arab affairs.

Stephen Kinzer

 

Globalization and Its Discontents

By Amitabh Pal

March 17, 2015, © The Progressive

Writer Mohsin Hamid's life has straddled three continents. His new collection of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches From Lahore, New York, and London, taps his uniquely internationalist perspective.  full article>

 

Imperialism is capitalism at that stage of development at which the dominance of monopolies and finance capitalism is established; in which the export of capital has acquired pronounced importance; in which the division of the world among the international trusts has begun, in which the division of all territories of the globe among the biggest capitalist powers has been completed.

Vladimir Iliych Lenin

 

Klaus Rifbjerg is gone for now. His extensive body of work as a novelist, poet, playwright, social commentator and in other fields of writing remains, as does his sharp wit and his gift with the Danish language, to remind us of his enormous contribution to Scandinavian culture during the last sixty years. One has to wonder why he never came close (as far as I know) to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. He would have certainly been more deserving, in my opinion, than some who have been given that award. These things are mysterious, however, and prizes certainly do not make an artist better or worse.

About thirty-five years ago I sent him a short novel I had written, and he was kind enough to reply with a hand-written letter of constructive criticism and encouragement. He certainly did not need to take the time and effort to read or comment on what was a very raw piece of writing by a twenty year-old. But that is the kind of person he was, someone who inspired and encouraged others. Recently, through the good agency of actress Ghita Nørby, Klaus agreed to help me with the translation into Danish of some of the dialogue originally written in Spanish by Fabián Casas and Lisandro Alonso for the movie "Jauja". He took the assignment on even though he was not well physically. For this last favour, but mostly for his life's work as one of Danish literature's greatest artists, I am most grateful. Wherever he goes, out of body and time, I'm sure he'll find a way to write more stories and poems. Maybe they will reach us one day in an unexpected gust of inspiration that blows through the mind of some unsuspecting, lucky author. Fortsat god rejse, Klaus!

Med kærlig hilsen og en stor tak,

Viggo

 

Klaus Rifberg

 

Selv så kan man leve lidt
Med alt sit fut
der går det gik
det går
vist går det
siger man og svinger døren op
for dér er stationen hvor man skal af
i fred og ro.

Klaus Rifbjerg

(fra Fut Fut Fut)

 

Klaus Rifbjerg er død

Kristian Corfixen Journalist

5. apr. 2015, © Politiken

Den danske forfatter Klaus Rifbjerg er død, 83 år gammel.  full article>

 

Klaus Rifberg

 

"Klaus Rifbjergs forfatterskab vil først og fremmest komme til at stå for en fornyelse af det danske sprog med stor vitalitet og opfindsomhed. Og det gør sig gældende i alle hans genrer. Det er også forklaringen på, at han aldrig fik samme anerkendelse i udlandet. Han har også ageret prügelknabe og blev skældt voldsomt ud, men bed også fra sig. Også her med sproglig opfindsomhed.

Det var en fin oplevelse at kende ham. Jeg har kendt ham siden 1960'erne, hvor jeg var begyndt at skrive selv.

Han har altid været stimulerende selskab på grund af en anden evne – både privat og i forfatterskabet – nemlig hans absolutte hukommelse. Han kunne huske alt. Derfor er hans erindringsprosa så unik.

Jeg sidder og læser hans endnu ikke udkomne bog om besættelsestiden. Der er det ene udtryk efter det andet, hvor jeg tænker gud ja, det er rigtigt. Sådan sagde man. Det har alle andre glemt. Men når han sætter de udtryk på tryk, dukker det op igen.

Det samme gjorde han i den seneste digtsamling 'Fut fut fut', som er baseret på togminder, men som er fuldt af livsminder.

Og hans beskrivelse af at blive kropsvisiteret på storebæltsfærgen, som man blev under besættelsen – som var det islamisk stat. Det kan han huske ned i små detaljer som duften af det hørlærred, man gik ind bag, når man skulle visiteres."

—Thomas Bredsdorff

 

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Klaus Rifberg

 

Klaus Rifbjerg

Den Store Danske

Klaus Rifbjerg, 15.12.1931-4.4.2015, dansk forfatter, den mest synlige og produktive i anden halvdel af 1900-t. Han arbejdede som journalist 1957-71, var medredaktør af Vindrosen 1959-63 og litterær direktør for Gyldendal 1984-91.  full article>

 

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At blive voksen betyder jo ikke bare, at man bliver højere og tykkere og måske får job og en familie. Det betyder også, at man udvikler sig og bliver en anden.

Klaus Rifbjerg

 

Klaus Rifberg

 

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Klaus Rifbjerg

Denmark.de

b.1931, one of the principal figures in Danish post-war literature and cultural criticism, a rejuvenator especially of lyric poetry, in which he was a pioneer of Danish modernism at the beginning of the 1960s.  full article>

 

Ethvert langvarigt forhold er give-and-take. Der må være en vis modenhed, fordi tingene ikke kan være det samme fra det sekund, man forelsker sig, til man har været gift i 60 år. Der vokser en indbyrdes forståelse og solidaritet frem, som ikke kan knækkes.

Klaus Rifbjerg om sit ægteskab gennem 57 år med Inge Rifbjerg

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Han var en herlig legekammerat, som altid var tilstede, altid havde fantasien med, og så kunne han udtrykke sig, allerede fra han var meget, meget lille. Og det synes jeg, er noget af det største ved ham; Der var ikke noget filter. Han talte i virkeligheden altid direkte, og det gjorde han også når han skrev.

Niels Barfoed

 

Klaus Rifberg

 

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Hvis man ikke har hjemve en gang imellem, er det fordi man aldrig har flyttet sig en tomme...

Klaus Rifbjerg

 

Fuego en la piedra (antología poética)

de Klaus Rifbjerg

Klaus Rifbjerg, eterno aspirante al Nobel, es una de las personalidades literarias más polifacéticas e interesantes del ámbito danés. De su amplia obra poética, Francisco Uriz, excelente traductor, ha llevado a cabo una inteligente y rigurosa selección, donde se aprecian todas sus épocas y estilos, síntesis del enorme talento de quien es, sin duda, uno de los grandes poetas de la hora actual.  full article>

 

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Allerede hans debut var forbavsende, men især med digtsamlingerne 'Konfrontation' og 'Kamouflage' skabte han et lyrisk sprog, som man ikke havde kendt eller hørt før. Jeg vil ikke tøve med at placere hans indsats som sproglig fornyer på linje med Oehlenschlägers gennembrudsdigte eller med Johannes V. Jensen og andre store digtere. Rifbjerg har sat sit præg på sproget. Han havde en kolossal udtrykslyst og en observationsevne uden lige – og en fantastisk hukommelse og erindringsevne. Hans sanser kunne være så forfinede, at han kunne få en til at fornemme, at virkeligheden er større end den, man selv går rundt i og ser. Der har han betydet kolossalt meget for nutids- og samtidsfølelsen.

Han var utroligt produktiv, og jeg husker engang, hvor vi sad i hver sit værelse og skrev. Jeg hørte hans skrivemaskine rase af sted, mens jeg selv sad med kuglepen eller pen og blæk og skrev om ham. Og så sad og fortsatte sit forfatterskab i naboværelset til stor frustration ... Og midt i det hele kommer så et udrykningshold af fotografer fra Danmarks Radio for at fortælle, at han har fået Nordisk Råds litteraturpris. Så vi afbrød og gik på kro. Og fortsatte dagen efter. Og jeg husker hans replik meget tydeligt: 'Sådan skulle man egentlig altid have det'."

Torben Brostrøm

 

Klaus Rifberg

 

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1915

 

1915
Seksten år før jeg blev født
Trådte en flok herrer ind
I det følsomt sort-hvide billede
Med en naturligt velfriseret arrogance
Cigaret i munden eller mellem to fingre
Blanke støvler blanke knapper
En lille moustache
Men først og fremmest en opmærksomhed
Rettet mod noget udenfor billedet

 

Charmerende junkeragtigt
Som var rollen noget naturgivent
Deres bevægelse fra højre mod venstre
I billedet aftalt spil
Slet ikke skabt af øjeblikket
I hvert fald ikke udelukkende
Men rakt ned gennem generationer og generationer
Af vekslende skylag
Pludselige stålglimt
Flydende guld
Buldrende okklusioner
Og en skarlagensfarvet absurditet

 

Et knepperi fuldt af blodig tilfældighed
Modvilligt eller frivilligt som det faldt
Men happenstance og først senere
Forsynet med historiens og konveniensens
Udhamrede halsbånd
Tåbelige privilegier og såkaldt god smag
Skocreme og påsyede galloner
Mandlig seksualitet for dværghøns
Og drømmen om endelig at få udleveret
Skarpladt ammunition til pikken.
Fint vejr, fint flyvervejr
Uendeligt sigt over land og hav, ja
De skal sgu nok klare den.
Skoddet flyver gennem luften
Og ingen aner om det var sådan ordene faldt
Og der går ikke ild i græsset
Der er altid en støvlenæse
Der er i det hele taget ikke andet end en håndfuld
Officerer fra Hærens flyverkorps
Som samler sig foran hangaren
For at bevidne et særligt stunt:
Verdens første fotografering af København
Fra luften!

 

1915
Seksten år før jeg blev født
Ligner byen sig selv i den klare, lette luft.
Det er der jo alt sammen: Langelinie,
Kastellet, Søerne, Kongens Have
Havnen, Volden og Kløvermarken
Hvor det hele begynder og ender
Midt i den mest uafviselige modernitet med
En mand fra Nordisk Film i det forreste
Af maskinens to sæder, en Farman dobbeltdækker
Med propellen agter
Et stykke imponerende, velpudset og ferniseret
Ædeltræ
Og resten stivere og barduner og ror og struts
Og lærred

 

Et flyvende hønsehus men langtfra i tidens øje
Et livsfarligt skrummel
Og slet ikke for herrerne med tangorabat og disse
Ovalt rejste kasketter som var À la mode i
Hæren på netop det tidspunkt og helt op til
Anden Verdenskrig
Som ingen anede det hele var forspillet til
Hverken G. Brandes som stadig gik levende rundt
Eller J. Aakjær der skrev om puslinglandet
Der hygged' sig i smug eller jeg
Som fra et punkt i det ydre rum muligvis
Muligvis ikke spejdede efter det tilfældige samleje
Der skulle lægge køl til en bevidsthed som
Tusind andre eller titusind eller hundredemillioner
Billioner blot med den lille skævhed eller
Sygdom man kunne kalde pælen i kødet eller
Splinten i øjet

 

Og som uden nogen anede det sad indbygget
I kameraet hin blanke og ekstremt tiltrækkende
Formiddag hvor Farman-flyet gik på vingerne fra
Kløvermarken og efter et blidt sving til venstre
Satte kursen ind over byens tage for at vise
Hvordan de så ud og ikke ret meget andet.
Måske lige undtagen den mand jeg så springe op
Lige før maskinen igen rørte jorden og vinke og
Vinke som en rasende men også ivrigt begejstret
Både over det han så og måske ved tanken om
At han kom med på billedet selvom han næppe
I det øjeblik anede at han blev filmet.

 

Det er den dobbelthed som skaber appetitten
Og den blinde længsel efter at komme ind under
Ind i ikke kun for at se og måske forstå men også
For at være del af og med på holdet
En af drengene en af herrerne en af stiverne
En af støvlerne en af stenene der for længst
Er faldet ned og hviler i slumrende fortrolighed
Mod låret eller løftes en anelse ved skridtet
Fra den faste grund til det transportable sprinkelværk
Som ved aerodynamikkens hjælp mod al fornuft

 

Skal gøre det hele muligt inklusive mødet
Med den hvidklædte entusiast og hans rørende
Men dybest set idiotiske entusiasme for noget
Han ikke forstår noget naturstridigt
Som tiden påtvinger ham eller historien eller
Udviklingen eller fremskridtet der på vej ind i
Det næste og det næste og det næste
Æder sig selv op med rasende fart og kun efterlader
Billedet af en elskværdig tåbe som dig og mig
Med svingende arme indstøbt i øjeblikkets
Uventede eufori og en murrende længsel
Efter at gå tilbage og finde det forsvundne og
Forstå det og være del af det i stedet for
Hovedløst og med blinde øjne at blive hængende
Som en mulighed mellem iskolde galakser
Et nummer der måske måske ikke kommer ud
En tilfældighed blandt utallige og utællelige
Tilfældigheder en distraktion som søvn i øjet
Let fjernet med pegefingeren i en elegant
Og næsten usynlig bevægelse før den næste cigaret.

 

Officer eller officiant
I det perfekte flyvevejr og under indtrykket af
Begivenhedens særegne blanding af videnskab
Og underholdning opstår en stemning af noget
Man kunne kalde lunt demokrati eller én for alle
Og alle for én uden at man af den grund skal tage
Fejl af hakkeordenen og hvem der er over- og
Hvem der er undermand den hierarkiske opbygning
Er på plads også nu hvor blikket er rettet mod
Himlen eller i det mindste et apparat som kan bringe
Mennesket et stykke nærmere den femstjernede
General som man gennem et par årtusinder har lært
Styrer alt og har blik for den mindste detalje
Olien omkring stemplerne olien omkring stemplet
I bukserne ved siden af de to kugler
Som nu bæres bekvemt i en slags somnambul
Dvale overbevist om egen magt og evne til
At gå videre i tilsyneladende uendelig skaben
Eller det stik modsatte uanset hvad kussen siger
Men den har jo heller ikke noget at skulle have sagt
I solskinnet på Kløvermarken 1915.

 

Hvor det er langsomheden der tæller
Åh, denne skønne, glemte langsomhed
Man fra århundredets start havde gjort alt for at
Komme til livs og nu syntes at have fået has på
Det kunne jo overhovedet ikke lykkes at
Få hønseburet i luften hvis accelerationen
Ikke hele tiden øgedes og hvem fanden var dum nok
Til at tro at en oksekærre med to stude foran
Nogensinde ville være i stand til at flyve?

 

At der skulle et oxymoron til skænkede ingen en tanke
At den fastholdte tid sagde: "Skynd dig langsomt!"
Faldt ingen ind. Monsieur Farmans konstruktion
Ligefrem rasede af sted det kunne enhver se
Selv den dumme officiant der nu stod skulder
Ved skulder med sekondløjtnanten for slet ikke at
Tale om den arme fotograf som i maskinens
Forreste hul klamrede sig til sit apparat og drejede
Og drejede på håndtaget som var hans sidste time
Kommet og han absolut måtte have den med
På sin vildt brændbare celluloidstrimmel
Der senere skulle afsløre hvor henrivende langsomt
Det hele gik for sig

 

Også Dr. Brandes lever hvor den gamle herre
Forsøgte at svinge benene ud over sengekanten
For at komme op men måtte tage en tur tilbage i
Dynerne og sunde sig lidt før næste forsøg
Hvad med årebetændelse og alle de hundrede glas
Med Kloral han måtte nedsvælge hver eneste
Aften for at kunne falde i søvn efter dagens dynger
Af ord avisartiklerne polemikken brevene
Nok til at give enhver åndenød ikke mindst den
Der er vant til at et andet tempo og er født
Længe før automobilet og flyvemaskinen blev
Opfundet og telefonen som han hadede
Og interviewet som han foragtede
Og menneskene som blev ham mere og mere
Vederstyggelige i deres tilsyneladende uhelbredelige
Og aggressive dumhed.

 

Set fra det ydre rums hundredeogsyttende
Kartoffelrække tog det sig ganske mærkeligt ud.
Set fra det ydre rums uendelige række af
Uindfriede muligheder eller evighedens kølige
Nihil var det komplet uforståeligt men alligevel
Så rørende svøbt i længsel en længsel
Uden køl sejl eller retning årer eller motor
Vinger eller propel men hjertegribende i al sin naivitet
Med fornemmelsen af at noget måtte kunne
Lade sig gøre noget stod til forandring noget
Kunne blive bedre skønt enhver indså
At det kunne det ikke bevægelsen fra ydre til
Indre rum fra tag til stue kun en fødsel og ikke
Noget som helst andet
Et knald med konsekvenser som under evighedens
Synsvinkel eller fem hundrede fods højde en
Solbeskinnet formiddag er fuldkommen tilfældig
Meningsløs og i sidste ende
Selvdestruktiv.

 

Men det var dog trods stanken af varm olie
Og den hårde vind i ansigtet
Og den halvhjertede forpligtelse til at skabe noget
Enestående et sving op under herrens himle
Som fik hjertet til at banke hurtigere
Mens håndsvinget drejede og drejede og meter
Efter meter kom i kassen
Der var dog om end i beskedent format tale
Om en overvindelse ja ligefrem en bekræftelse
På at det umulige kan lade sig gøre
Leonardos og Hieronimus Boschs og H.C.
Andersens drøm gjort til virkelighed
Mennesket løftet over jordens overflade ikke af
En slasket og upålidelig ballon men af en
Driftssikker maskine langt tungere end den
Omgivende luft et apparat med en propel i røven
Og en spruttende og hostende motor
Der bekræftede teorien i lun praksis og naturligvis
Rummede muligheden for katastrofe og pludselig
Død men hvad pyt der skete jo ikke noget
Sådan som der næsten aldrig sker noget
Og dernede under tagene var det fuldstændig umuligt
At se hvad der skete

 

Åh, Farman, hvor havde du dog ikke bragt det vidt
Og Fokker og Curtiss og Douglas og Lockheed
Og Dornier og Messerschmitt og Junkers og Heinkel
Som senere fik det hele sat i system og fra større
Højder kunne betragte verden og alle de tusinder
Og tusinder af hustage hvor der måske måske
Ikke skete noget og som man derfor ligeså godt kunne
Smadre så man var helt sikker på der ikke skete
Noget i hvert fald ikke noget af det de som havde sat
Det hele i system brød sig om

 

De stod jo ude i Kløvermarken ganske uskyldige
Men elegante som bare satan
Og lige den lyse dag 1915 var bevidstheden om
Hvad der var sluppet løs over hovedet på dem
Kun en termik i hjernen en varm løftelse ja
Ligefrem en stolthed i sekundet fjernet så
Langt fra enhver form for strategisk tænkning at
Alene tanken ville have virket bizar og næsten
Fornærmende hvis man havde haft den dristighed
At formulere den det hele lå jo lige for
Det var byen det gjaldt byen set fra oven og filmet
Fra et aeroplan og skulle man endelig tale om
Noget så banalt som den dybere mening med det
Hele var nøgleordet historie man ikke alene
Skabte historie man var selv historie
Man var historie og havde klædt sig på til lejligheden
Så der ikke var noget at tage fejl af

 

Stil var ordet der var tale om stil en rolle
Kan ikke gennemspilles med held uden stil
En situation er ikke overbevisende uden iscenesættelse
Et historisk øjeblik er meningsløst hvis det ikke
På en eller anden måde er sig sin historie bevidst
Sin egen private historie som matrice for den
Store ikke nødvendigvis udspillet for fuldt orkester
Men gerne lagt synligt frem i detaljen som
Udover signalværdien også kan være rent praktisk
Modebestemt men aldrig tilfældig vorherrebevares
Det skulle bare lige mangle og når chakoen blev fjernet ville man finde spor af og kunne lugte den
Hårpomade som tidligt om morgenen var applikeret
Og måske også fornemme et pust af talkum der
Steg op fra skrævet hvor et skrabsår fra de alt for
Snævre uniformsbukser forsøgtes helbredt
Så de blødt-elastiske kugler ind imellem kunne
Få lov til at dingle i fred og stige op og falde ned
Alt efter forholdene

 

Intet måtte gribe forstyrrende ind i den koncentration
Som var forudsætningen for succes
Ingen idiosynkratisk fornemmelse måtte stille sig
I vejen for det rent ud sagt storslåede som her
Udspillede sig ganske vist på et beskedent plan
Men alligevel i forhold til ideen enestående og
Enestående agtværdigt nobelt menneskevenligt
Optimistisk fremskridtsorienteret og hvis det skal med
Livsfarligt og stumt fuldkommen stumt og lydløst
Ikke en knirken ikke en sprutten ikke en klapren
Ikke et udbrud ikke en lyd ikke engang fra manden
I hvidt der stadig vinker sødt og idiotisk med armene
Mens han hopper op og ned og maskinen
Lydløst drøner hen over hovedet på ham i sin søgen
Efter jorden i sin længsel mod overlevelsen og
Måske efter noget af det der sker under tagene som
Man ikke har set en skid til hvordan skulle det
Kunne lade sig gøre

 

Når de to stivnakkede figurer i deres stivnakkede
Insisteren på for første gang i verdenshistorien
at fastholde billedet af den danske
Hovedstad set fra oven og egentlig kun har mulighed
For at vise deres egen blødhed deres egen sårbare bug
Og hvad der hænger længere nede ved at piloten
Går ind i et blidt venstresving som må være observeret
Af et andet aeroplan i luften samtidig og også
Forsynet med en fotograf hvis det da ikke forholder
Sig sådan at den oprindelige flyvemaskines fotograf
Har observeret en anden maskine i luften og pr.
Næsten guddommelig inspiration har vendt sit
Kamera mod den og fanget venstredrejet i al
Dets skønne nærmest feminine ynde og er
Sprunget op og faldet ned på forholdsordren om kun
At filme byens tage

 

En flot konfundering der på en overraskende måde
Åbner muligheden for at se andet end hvad
Øjet ser og komme ind under de satans tage og
Måske få et glimt af et køkken i en meget beskeden
Lejlighed hvor en sølvfisk netop i det øjeblik
Prøver at finde skjul i en revne i det noget forslidte
Køkkenbord mens et Waterbury-ur i den lille
Stue ved siden af med en billig raslen fortæller hvad
Klokken er eller hvad den ikke er for uret går
Altid forkert i modsætning til det på Rådhustårnet
Der nu i elve år har meddelt borgerne tiden
forholdsvis præcist hvis der da ikke har været tale om
Reparationer og tilfældigt indkøringsbesvær
Men det er småting det er småting i forhold til
Det mirakel at kvinderne nu har fået valgret og
Sophus Claussen har skrivebesvær og maler dårlige
Billeder i stedet for at digte mens Vilhelm
Lundstrøm ser sit første pakkassebillede for sig
Og en psykiatrisk overlæge bliver mere og
Mere sindssyg fordi han synes kunsten er
Sindssyg og G. Brandes lægger sig ud med
Clemenceau fordi G. Brandes synes franskmændene
Er ligeså meget skyld i den sindssyge krig
Som nu raser som tyskerne og Farman
Nedlægger sin produktion af håndbyggede
Flyvemaskiner fordi krigen har brug for masser
Masser af fly masser af døde masser af masser
Masser af Massemensch

 

1915 hvor det alt sammen trods alt er temmelig
fjernt og solen som man aldrig ser direkte lyser
det hele op med sin diskrete munterhed
og man såmænd glæder sig til et ubesværet
og forholdsvis skyldfrit knald både i hytte og
på slottet hvor kronprins Frederik efter en lang
nat i byen skrår over Amalienborg slotsplads med
en våd plet i underbukserne og irriteres af
en flyvemaskines brummen mens den krænger ind
over residensen og udfordrer det der for hans
Vedkommende er ved at udvikle sig til rasende
Og meget støjende tømmermænd
Åh, tak for tag og tøj og sko og skjorter
Seler strømper hofteholdere og alt det man
Ikke taler om men bare har alt det moden byder
Og man går med hvis der er råd og hvis der
Ikke er blot stikker i eller tager om sig for
At holde kulden ude eller blot for at skjule det
Man ikke ønsker andre ser det helt private
Det sære selv alle er forsynet med
Men ikke tænker på hemmeligheden man af
Al magt værner om og bærer på fra vugge og til grav
Det uforklarligt skjulte et lille fimrehår som
Det i bronchietræet der kalder hosten frem
Når det er mindst belejligt og kommer ligesom
Døden rundt om hjørnet tager kasketten af og
Nikker, se her er jeg

 

En leg som den i barndommen
Hvor mutter gemte sig bag dynevåret og sagde
Borte borte til spændingen var næsten kvælende
Og hun kom frem igen og sagde tit tit
Ansigtet altædende med sit smil og samtidig blindt
Svajende som ballonerne på fælleden
Drejende i vinden på en blød og kluntet måde
Halvt tilfældig halvt iscenesat og styret af
De rørende artillerister som var kommanderet op i
Kurven for at se hvor granatens nedslag lå
Til højre til venstre midt i i plet
Måske i hjertet

 

Som ingen ser men alle taler om
Skønt alle ved det kun er det man ser
Der tæller som hin skønne dag i
1915 hvor alt var sol og tag og træer og vand og
Park og hospital og rådhus og befalingsmænd
Jeg gentager befalingsmænd så skønne som
Den slags nu kan blive og det er ikke lidt
Med stramme bukser og lange støvler og flotte
Hatte hver eneste med navnet Henry eller
I det mindste én som med raske skridt går ind
I billedet bliver stående og iført grå øjne stålsat
Ser alt og går ud igen må man formode når
Scenen er forbi og det man havde sat sig for er
Gennemført med held som alle bombetogter
Der fra dette uskyldens øjeblik blev norm

 

Op al den ting, som gud har gjort up up and away
Fra Guerníca til Warszawa Rotterdam og Coventry
Og Dresden Berlin og London Liverpool og
København titusind her en skole dér og med
Hiroshima-Nagasaki en hel befolkning i lyset
Af den store hævnens kerte der brænder klart
For enden af hver teknologisk landvinding
Hvert tryk på speederen hvert knæfald for det
Ny og smarte hver skudsikker vest hver uniform
Hver hjernevasket Henry der forveksler sex
Med krig og omvendt hver nødstedt djævel
Hvis hemmelige fimrehår er hostet op i
Historiens store spyttebakke fortrængt forkastet og
Forpulet som de dråber spyt der rammer
Rekruttens ansigt når sergenten brøler for at
Gøre ham til mand

 

Mens den næste gøres klar til affyring i
Den yderste galakses syvtusinde kartoffelrække
Hvor tilfældigheden under den lille døds
Respit forlader pikken og skydes ind i kussen
Og kussens store tælleapparat der fløjtende
Og i ganske godt humør skiller bukkene fra fårene
I millionvis for til sidst at satse på én celle
En lille sjover og sandsynligvis en Henry og forener
Ham med fruens eget æg hvor han får lov at
Vokse og blive stor og hvis der er held i sprøjten
Og alt går som det skal til sidst kommer frem
Og siger bøh
f.eks. et jeg hvordan siger man jeg jeg prøver igen
Jeg jeg jeg jeg seksten år efter 1915
Og allerede langt inde i katastroferne der som bekendt
Er konstante men i løbet af århundredet får en særlig
Accent ved den umage man gør sig for at
Gøre klarsprog til doubletalk og bilder hinanden ind
At ragnarok er det normale og verdens undergang
En sød selvfølge og Anden Verdenskrig en god krig
Hvor man fik has på ondskaben og det lykkedes
At fremstille KZ-lejrenes rædsler som meget meget
Værre end døden fra luften hvor man i hævnrus
Kogte stegte kvalte knuste så mange civile at
Ingen i dag har været i stand til at regne ud
Hvor mange det drejede sig om

 

Og hvor man nu er nået dertil at selv intelligente
Mennesker ønsker radikale indgreb mod de landes
Befolkninger som har lagt navn til etnisk udrensning
Og slår flere ihjel af dem der hygger sig i smug
Og værner om det indre fimrehår end dem
Der begår forbrydelserne eller man går så vidt
I ytringsfrihedens og demokratiets navn at man
Kommer udefra og slår dem ihjel der sandsynligvis
Aldrig har hørt om demokrati eller ytringsfrihed
Eller ligeberettigelse eller har nogen anelse om
Hvad det er for at indføre demokrati og ytringsfrihed
For de overlevende

 

Som bestemt ikke er de fem mennesker
Sigtemekanismen har udpeget og som man kan se
På TV inden de om få sekunder er kogt til lava
Og fjernet fra jordens overflade hvor de indbildt
Sunde hersker over de påstået syge som
Absolut må frelses og omvendes selvom de
Måske dør under processen som andre satans
Simulanter for blot at knopskydes i sytten
Gange syttentusindfemhundredeniogtredive
Såkaldte terrorister der er så dødssyge at de
Ikke har andet i hovedet end at komme efter
Den store satan in casu U.S.A. og alle hans
Vasaller inklusive Danmark der aldrig
Nogen sinde vil finde på
At gøre andre fortræd bare de lover at holde hænderne
Over dynen og ikke brænde Dannebrog og blive ligeså
Fromme og fine og
Velfriserede som den globale kapitalismes
Forvaltere der aldrig på noget tidspunkt har
Haft ondt i sinde men tværtimod har taget alle
I favn blot de afleverer deres naturlige resurser
På børsen og sørger for at råolieprisen er nogenlunde
Stabil og der er nok petroleum til jetflyene
Som døgnet rundt åbenlyst og mere clandestint

 

Krydser himmelrummet for at se om alt går
Rigtigt til og hvis ikke sørger for at affyre
Det nødvendige antal missiler der udløses
Ved et ganske let tryk på en knap og næsten altid
Rammer målet og hvis ikke blot fjerner et antal
Ligegyldige halenegre eller en flok kvinder og børn
Og gamle skæggede idioter hvis afrevne lemmer
Eller blod med garanti aldrig når op i tyve eller
Tredive tusind fods højde og sviner plexiglasruden
I bombeflyet til så man ikke kan se en hånd
For sig

 

I modsætning til dengang hvor alt var klart og
Solen skinnede og jeg stod midt på ruten
Født og ufødt og rakte begge hænder op og
Viftede med armene og skreg min uskyld ud
Fordi jeg næsten kunne nå op til det der svævede og
Brummede og strøg forbi med to mænd i
Stivnakkede, modige og stolte som tiden selv
Fremtidens bestyrere indkapslet i en drøm
Om evig progression til filmen knækker
Eller fader ud i stumhed og det eneste der står
På lærredet er SLUT.

 

Skrevet med fimrehårets skælven
Før det definitivt er hostet op.

Klaus Rifbjerg

 

Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

by HENRY A. GIROUX

MARCH 30, 2015, © Counterpunch

George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. The consequences can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, poor minorities and any vestige of the social contract. Free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States. Public spheres that once offered at least the glimmer of progressive ideas, enlightened social policies, non-commodified values, and critical dialogue and exchange have been increasingly militarized-or replaced by private spaces and corporate settings whose ultimate fidelity is to increasing profit margins. Citizenship is now subsumed by the national security state and a cult of secrecy, organized and reinforced by the constant mobilization of fear and insecurity designed to produce a form of ethical tranquilization and a paralyzing level of social infantilism.  full article>

 

Pence defends religious freedom law: 'Absolutely not' a mistake

By Anna Brand

03/29/15, © msnbc.com

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday defended his decision to sign a religious freedom bill into law, saying that it was "absolutely not" a mistake.

In an interview on ABC's "This Week" the Republican governor repeatedly dodged questions on whether the law would legally allow people of Indiana to refuse service to gay and lesbians, saying that residents of the state are "nice" and don't discriminate and that "this is about protecting the religious liberty of people of faith and families of faith."  full article>

 

The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.

Noam Chomsky

 

Media Ignores Scott Walker's Dark Money Controversy

OLIVER WILLIS

March 27, 2015, © MediaMatters

The press has almost entirely ignored the revelation that after the "richest man in Wisconsin" made secret donations benefitting Republican Governor Scott Walker, his company received special tax credits for that same donor's company.

By contrast, the media have frequently invoked donations to the Clinton Foundation in their coverage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, baselessly suggesting that those donations create conflicts of interest.  full article>

 

No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent.

Abraham Lincoln

 

Body Count Report Reveals At Least 1.3 Million Lives Lost to US-Led War on Terror

Sarah Lazare

March 26, 2015, © Common Dreams

How do you calculate the human costs of the U.S.-led War on Terror?

On the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, groups of physicians attempted to arrive at a partial answer to this question by counting the dead.

In their joint report— Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the 'War on Terror—Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival, and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War concluded that this number is staggering, with at least 1.3 million lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan alone since the onset of the war following September 11, 2001.

However, the report notes, this is a conservative estimate, and the total number killed in the three countries "could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely."  full article>

 

No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.

Susan B. Anthony

 

Colombian Report on US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

By Adam Johnson

March 26, 2015, © FAIR

An 800-page independent report commissioned by the US-friendly Colombian government and the radical left rebel group FARC found that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007 and, in all cases, the rapists were never punished–either in Colombia or stateside–due to American military personnel being immune from prosecution under diplomatic immunity agreements between the two countries.  full article>

 

A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

 

Neocons: the Echo of German Fascism

By Todd E. Pierce

March 27, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

With the Likud Party electoral victory in Israel, the Republican Party is on a roll, having won two major elections in a row. The first was winning control of the U.S. Congress last fall. The second is the victory by the Republicans' de facto party leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's recent election. As the Israeli Prime Minister puts together a coalition with other parties "in the national camp," as he describes them, meaning the ultra-nationalist parties of Israel, it will be a coalition that today's Republicans would feel right at home in.  full article>

 

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Thomas Jefferson

 

The Tangle of US-Israeli Double Standards

By Marjorie Cohn

March 26, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

As Israeli voters went to the polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared he would oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. In what The New York Times called a "racist rant," he also proclaimed, "right-wing rule is in danger" because "Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations."  full article>

 

Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; 'Am I my brother's keeper?' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.

Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death.

Eugene V. Debs

 

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

Coretta Scott King

 

Apple CEO slams Indiana "religious freedom" law seen as anti-gay

by Phil Wahba

March 27, 2015, © Fortune.com

Apple CEO Tim Cook, the most prominent openly gay executive, assailed a new Indiana law that critics say could make it legal for businesses there to discriminate against gays and lesbians. But he stopped short of saying his company would boycott the state as some of his peers have.  full article>

 

We cannot use a double standard for measuring our own and other people's policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in our own country.

Hubert H. Humphrey

 

A Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

by DOUGLAS VALENTINE

March 27-29, 2015, © Counterpunch

John Kiriakou is widely known as the former CIA case officer who, in an interview with ABC News in late 2007, confirmed that the CIA had tortured prisoner Abu Zubaydah, an alleged member of al Qaeda, on the waterboard.  full article>

 

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.

Jimmy Carter

 

Walmart, Lowe's, Safeway, and Nordstrom Are Bankrolling a Nationwide Campaign to Gut Workers' Comp

by Molly Redden

Thu Mar. 26, 2015, © Mother Jones

Nearly two dozen major corporations, including Walmart, Nordstrom, and Safeway, are bankrolling a quiet, multistate lobbying effort to make it harder for workers hurt on the job to access lost wages and medical care—the benefits collectively known as workers' compensation.  full article>

 

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.

Aldous Huxley

 

Denmark 3-2 USA: Bendtner hat-trick wins it for the Danes

Mar 26, 2015, © Goal.com

The striker levelled twice for his side after they fell behind to strikes from Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson before netting the winning goal

Nicklas Bendtner netted his first international hat-trick as Denmark twice came from behind to beat the United States 3-2 in Aarhus on Wednesday.  full article>

 

HIJOS DE LA SELVA
La cámara de un alemán desgarbado

Mario Trigo, © Altaïr Magazine

Está empezando el siglo XX y entre la espesura del Alto Xingu, en el estado brasileño del Mato Grosso, vemos aparecer, junto al río, a un alemán alto, pálido y flaco acompañado de dos muchachos, tres burros y una mula. Están completamente perdidos. Expresando el espíritu del momento mejor que cualquier diálogo posible, la mula sale desbocada y se echa al agua y el más joven de los dos guías, apenas un niño, se echa a llorar desconsolado.  full article>

 

The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable.

Confucius

 

Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter maximum

Karl Mathiesen

Thursday 19 March 2015, © The Guardian

Arctic sea ice has hit a record low for its maximum extent in winter, which scientists said was a result of climate change and abnormal weather patterns.

The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) said on Thursday that at its peak the ice covered just over 14.5m sq km of the northern seas. This was 130,000 sq km smaller than the previous lowest maximum in 2011.  full article>

 

Men argue. Nature acts.

Voltaire

 

This Year's Climate Talks Are Our Last (and Best) Chance to Slow Global Warming

David Kortava

February 24, 2015, © The Nation

In December 2015, world leaders will gather in Paris to negotiate a binding agreement to reduce global carbon emissions. It will be the twenty-first major UN climate summit since 1992. Two decades of conferences have coincided with mounting emissions and rising temperatures. Indeed, the World Meteorological Organization has pronounced 2014 as the warmest year on record for the planet. And the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns that—short of a "substantial and sustained" reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—we will experience more frequent heat waves, droughts, storm surges, shocks to the world food supply and other extreme weather-related events.  full article>

 

Climate is always evolving, and natural disaster have always existed.

Marco Rubio

 

Scientists: Ted Cruz's Climate Theories Are a "Load of Claptrap"

By Tim McDonnell

Wed Mar. 18, 2015, © Mother Jones

Last night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a probable candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, shared his thoughts about climate change with late-night host Seth Meyers. Here's what he said:  full article>

 

The warming effect of carbon dioxide is strongest where the air is cold and dry;
mainly in the arctic rather than in the tropics;
mainly in winter rather than in summer, and mainly at night rather than in daytime.
The warming is real, but it is mostly making cold places warmer rather than making hot places hotter.
To represent this local warming by a global average is grossly misleading.

Physicist Freeman Dyson

 

In United Nations Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to address the pro-Israeli lobby group AIPAC and Congress, we feature Noam Chomsky's United Nations address on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

 

Man Moves Huge Blocks By Himself Using Simple Tools & Ancient Knowledge

Is this how Stonehenge and the pyramids were made? This Michigan man uses simple levers and stones to move massive blocks weighing as much as 21,000 pounds.

 

LO QUE EL ENTENDIMIENTO IGNORA

 

Yemen: Unas 140 personas rezando en una mezquita voladas al aire por suicidas nefastos. Añadido a lo ocurrido en Túnez, esta ha sido una semana increíblemente sangrienta.

 

(Muertos en Yemen por atentado suicida)

 

En el mundo que nos rodea, como dijo el escritor anti-belicista Kurt Vonnegut, no existe el orden y debemos adaptarnos al caos. Adaptarnos, sobrevivir e intentar buscar el entendimiento. No es fácil ver estas barbaridades y seguir pensando que los responsables son seres humanos, que empezaron sus vidas como niños inocentes, pero ahí es donde hay que ir si queremos perdurar como especie. Los políticos casi siempre, por instinto de supervivencia y ambición personal, se aprovechan del dolor, la frustración y la furia de los ciudadanos -y los llevan ciegamente hacia la violencia inconsciente en vez de intentar entenderla y desarmarla.

 

(Muertos en Yemen por un Drone de Obama)

 

No tengo una respuesta clara, pero pregunto: ¿qué diferencia hay entre los inocentes asesinados en Yemen por terroristas suicidas y los inocentes asesinados en Yemen por los Drones de Obama?

 

A veces no hay palabras, a veces hay que recular, sentir lo que se siente antes de actuar, antes de atacar. Según el maestro Zhuangzi, "Las palabras deben siempre detenerse ante lo que el entendimiento ignora".

 

Viggo Mortensen

 

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Let us go forth,the teller of tales,and seize whatever prey the heart long for and have no fear.
Everything exists,everything is true,and the Earth is only a little dust under our feet.

W.B. Yeats

 

Which superpower will win the battle of hypocrisy?

Robert Fisk

Sunday 15 March 2015, © The Independent

Strange, isn't it, how every time we have a "crisis" in the Middle East, the Russians step in to take advantage of it? Or so it looks. No sooner have we identified Isis/the Islamic Caliphate/Daesh as the most apocalyptic, end-of-the-world antagonist since Hitler/Napoleon/Nero/Genghis Khan, than old Mother Russia stretches out her bear's claws and tickles a former Soviet Republic, namely Ukraine.  full article>

 

Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.

W.B. Yeats

 

At Five Years Old, Obamacare Is Uneven and Incomplete—But It's Working

By Orson Aguilar

March 19, 2015, © The Progressive

On its fifth anniversary, the secret of Obamacare is that it's working.

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010, is doing precisely what it was supposed to do: provide health coverage to millions of Americans who didn't have it and couldn't afford it.  full article>

 

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

W.B. Yeats

 

When Torturers Walk

by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

March 20-22, 2015, © Counterpunch

Here's what we learned from the release of the Senate's report on the CIA's use of torture: the Agency tortured some people, in the President's flippant phrase. More than a few people it turns out, though we probably will never know exactly how many. The techniques of torture were brutal, even sadistic. Though, again, the most barbarous measures have been redacted from public disclosure. The CIA learned almost nothing of value from these heinous crimes. More strikingly, the Agency didn't expect to pry out any fresh intelligence. Instead, what the torturers wanted most desperately was to extract false confessions, writhing accounts of fantastical ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, linking Iraq to the 9/11 attacks, that could be used retroactively to justify a phony war. Thus does one crime feast on another.  full article>

 

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

W.B. Yeats

 

GOP's Corporate Lackies Block Climate Change Science At Every Turn

By Susie Madrak

3/19/15, © Crooks and Liars

Do these Republican morons think we don't notice the severe weather changes? That by stopping government validation of what we already understand will somehow protect them from a public mandate to do something about it? Republicans are the original party of "see no evil." Like toddlers, they think if they close their eyes, "You can't see me!" Can't wait to see how that philosophy works out! Steve Benen:  full article>

 

Mock mockers after that
That would not lift a hand maybe
To help good, wise or great
To bar that foul storm out, for we
Traffic in mockery.

W.B. Yeats

 

Netanyahu has a big mess to clean up

By Alan Elsner

03/18/15, © msnbc

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out all the stops to win Tuesday's election - but his victory has come at a tremendous cost to him and, more importantly, to Israel.

In the final days of the campaign, Netanyahu renounced the two-state solution and whipped up nationalist sentiment. On Election Day, he resorted to fear tactics that crossed the line into racism, exhorting his followers to get to the polls because "the Arabs are voting in droves."  full article>

 

I am Yusuf, O father

I am Yusuf, O father.
O father, my brothers do not love me nor want me among them.
They assault me and throw stones and words at me.
They want me to die so they can eulogize me.
They closed the door of your home and left me outside.
They expelled me from the field.
They poisoned my vineyards.
They destroyed my toys, O father.
When the gentle breeze passed by the played with my hair they became jealous
And flamed up with rage against me and flamed up in rage against you, What did I ever do to them O father?
Butterflies perched on my shoulders, Stalks of wheat swayed toward me, And birds rested in my palms.
What did I do O father? And why me?
You named me Yusuf, And they threw me into the well, And accused the wolf, The wolf is more merciful than my brothers.
O father! Did I ever wrong anyone when I said: 'I saw eleven stars, and the sun and moon, I saw them prostrating before me?'.

Mahmoud Darwish

 

Lia Van Leer, grand dame of Israeli cinema, dies at 90

By Nirit Anderman

Mar. 14, 2015, © Haaretz

Lia Van Leer, a pioneer in Israel's film industry, died at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Friday at the age of 90.  full article>

 

Be curious, not judgmental.

Walt Whitman

 

What About Israel's Nuclear Bomb?

William Greider

March 12, 2015, © The Nation

After Bibi Netanyahu's provocative speech to Congress, The New York Times provided helpful clarifications in an article headlined "What Iran Won't Say About the Bomb." Written by two superbly expert reporters, William Broad and David Sanger, the piece walked through the technical complexities for non-experts (myself included) and explained key questions Iranians have failed to answer.  full article>

 

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.

Kurt Vonnegut

 

Jon Stewart labeled 'most disgusting Jew on planet' by Pamela Geller

Mar. 14, 2015, © Haaretz

Comedian Jon Stewart, a perennial critic of both the American political establishment and the current Israeli government, has been named "the most disgusting Jew on the planet" by Jewish far-right activist Pamela Geller, the Huffington Post reported.  full article>

 

As long as you say
because it's the end, because there's no more
not yes, no, no
enough war. There's
someone saying
I hear the voice
of someone, there is plenty
All is well, there's someone saying
Therefore: there is someone
who breathes now

Tuvya Ruebner

 

Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby?

by ANDREW LEVINE

MARCH 13-15, 2015, © Counterpunch

Congress is the last place to look for "the brightest and the best" or the most knowledgeable. Still, most Senators and Representatives are at least somewhat better informed than people whose window on the world is Fox News.  full article>

 

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

William Carlos Williams

 

How to Die of Dumb

By William Rivers Pitt

Sunday, 08 March 2015, © Truthout

Sen. James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma since 1994, took to the floor of the Senate the other day with a snowball in a bag. Because it was cold in Washington DC, he said, because there was snow on the ground, that proves climate change is a hoax. "In case we had forgotten," he said, pulling the snowball from the sack, "because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It's a snowball, just from outside here. It's very, very cold out." He went on to denounce what he called the "hysteria on global warming," and then threw the snowball at the presiding officer.  full article>

 

In Florida, Officials Ban Term 'Climate Change'

By Tristram Korten

March 8, 2015, © Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state's beaches over the next 85 years. But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.  full article>

 

Remember, Kill Chain

by ANDREW COCKBURN

March 6-8, 2015, © Counterpunch

In a cold February dawn in 2010, two small SUVs and a four-door pickup truck headed down a dirt road in the mountains of southern Afghanistan. They had set out soon after midnight, traveling cross-country to reach Highway 1, the country's principal paved road, which would lead them to Kandahar and north to Kabul. Crammed inside were more than thirty men, women, and children, four of them younger than six. Everyone knew one another, for they all came from the same cluster of mountain villages roughly two hundred miles southwest of Kabul. Many of the men, unemployed and destitute, were on their way to Iran in hopes of work. Others were shopkeepers heading to the capital to buy supplies, or students returning to school. The women carried turkeys, gifts for the relatives they would stay with in Kabul. A number were Hazaras, an ethnic minority of Shia Muslims whom the Taliban treated with unremitting cruelty whenever they had the opportunity. Now they were in western Uruzgan Province, Taliban country and therefore very dangerous for them, but they risked the shortcut because they were short on gas.  full article>

 

Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate.

Edward W. Said

 

El etnógrafo

Ulises Rosell

Retomando algunos de los lineamientos con los que construyó Bonanza en el 2001, Rosell cuenta la cotidianeidad de una comunidad wichi. De la mano del etnógrafo, se adentra en la Salta profunda y, desde Tartagal, hace hablar a los wichis en su propia lengua. Pero también, como en el cuento de Borges, el etnógrafo americano "llega a soñar en un idioma que no es el de sus padres". Así, Rosell pone en escena multiplicidad de lenguas –las maternas y las que se aprenden, las que nos son propias y las ajenas– para proponer que el lenguaje es lo que nos define y nos identifica. Este extranjero, antropólogo de profesión, llega para observar e investigar las prácticas sociales de una comunidad, se queda a vivir allí y se vuelve la voz cantante (hablando de voces) de la resistencia de los wichis por defender sus tierras, sus tradiciones; en definitiva, su identidad.  full article>

 

 

 

Teens Sue Government for Failing to Address Climate Change for Future Generations

Cole Mellino

February 23, 2015, © EcoWatch

Many young people feel they have too much at stake to wait for our leaders to get their act together and take meaningful action on climate change. In the words of one young climate activist, Alec Loorz, we need to demand our political leaders "govern as if our future matters." With their future at stake, many youth have taken their case to the courts in the hopes that the judiciary will require the legislature to take action.  full article>

 

The Gaza Test for World Justice

By Lawrence Davidson

February 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was designed as a vehicle for the prosecution of the most heinous of crimes committed by individuals in positions of state authority – those military officers and politicians at the top of a national chain of command. Until recently ICC prosecutions have been limited to leaders of small and weak states. This is not because the leaders of powerful nations are not sometimes culpable, but rather because no member state of the ICC has yet brought a relevant complaint.  full article>

 

All Rudy Giuliani Loves Is Himself - and a Dangerous Mythical Notion of the United States

MARK KARLIN

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, © BuzzFlash

At BuzzFlash, we have long been critical of many of the key neoliberal policies of the Obama administration. The white House's positions on foreign policy and Wall Street, for example, have always embodied the consensus conventional wisdom of the duopoly - and that is not an expression of praise.  full article>

 

In Other Words

 

Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.

—MARIE CURIE

 

Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.

—FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

 

I do not study in order to know more, rather to be less ignorant.

—SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ

 

We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.

—MARCUS AURELIUS

JUNE 2015

$4 MONTHLY SPECIAL

In our effort to publish and distribute texts that otherwise might not be presented we are offering a monthly book selection available for $4.

This month the selection is

by Georg Gudni

Strange Familiar brings together Gudni's unique, finely layered landscape paintings with selections from his vast collection of drawings, watercolors, notebooks, maps, and photographs, accompanied by illuminating texts by prominent commentators.

Our latest release:

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come.

Words

 

Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.

 

Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.

 

Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.

 

But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.

 

For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate

 

Yahia Lababidi

New titles

Perceval Press is pleased to announce the release of HIJOS DE LA SELVA/SONS OF THE FOREST. The book outlines the story of German Ethnographer and explorer Max Schmidt, and includes many of the remarkable photographs that he made in the field while studying the cultures of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil and remote areas of Paraguay between 1900 and 1935.

Back in stock!

Canciones de Invierno/Winter Song Skovbo

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